Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Quilting

Hi scrappers, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I’m here to show you how to create a “digital quilt” for your next scrapbook page!

I’m sure I’m not the only scrapper who also enjoys a variety of other crafting methods — right? I mean I love anything having to do with crafting; I love using all kinds of tools and supplies to make all kinds of things from home decor, to gifts, to (of course) memory books. I must have gotten the crafting bug from my mother (pictured above) because she, too, has had her hands in a huge variety of crafting hobbies over the years.  And thus, I thought to myself… “mashups are all the rage, why not mashup a couple of my craft hobbies?!”

To do so, I played around in Photoshop for a while and created a “quilt” as the background for my layout. I’ll share what I did here but I’d really love to encourage you all to mashup whatever other crafting hobbies you might have with your digital scrapbooking. There’s so much room for creativity; I’d love to see what others come up with!

OK here goes… the quilting / scrapbook mashup!

Step 1:

In Photoshop, using various shape tools (squares, triangles, etc.), I created the following pattern to use as masks to help build my quilt…

*TIP* Make sure that each shape is on its own layer so you can use it as an individual clipping mask.

Step 2:

I used each of my shapes as a clipping mask and used a different paper for each shape to create the look of a hodge podge sort of quilt (which is one of my favorites kinds!)…


Step 3:

Next, using the line tool, I created “stitching” between each of the shapes using a dashed line. For the stroke, I made sure to change the “Caps” to “Round” (see next image)… and I bumped up the default “Gap” to be 3. In the picture below, you can see my dashed line (in white) between the pink and yellow shapes…


Step 4:

Once I had all my “stitches” added between the shapes (this is where they would be sewn together in quilting) I applied a Bevel & Emboss Layer Style to all layers of stitches.  This was to make those dashed lines look more like 3D rounded thread. You can certainly play around with the settings (I did!) but the image below shows the settings that I found to work best for the look I, myself, wanted to achieve…

  • Style = Pillow Emboss
  • Technique = smooth
  • Depth = 500
  • Direction = Up
  • Size = 16
  • Soften = 16
  • Angle = 90
  • Attitude = 30
  • Highlight Mode Opacity = 70
  • Shadow Mode Opacity = 25


After that was all said and done, it looked like this…

I found that I didn’t need to do any embossing on the quilt pieces themselves, since the effects I put on the stitches made the whole thing look just about right as it was (or at least how I wanted it to look!).


Step 5:

Quilting is not only about sewing pieces of fabric together. Once that’s all done, the quilter will also usually stitch a pattern of some kind — sometimes shapes, sometimes just wavy lines, sometimes hashed lines, etc. – across the entire surface of the quilt to bind it together with the backing and also create more texture and give it a really cool finish.  So… that’s what I did here! With the pen tool, I created heart shapes (to go with the overall shape of my quilt) using the same stroke settings as the first stitching I created.  It turned out like this…

*Special Note* I did put the stitching on its own layer and then used a clipping mask to “cut off” any stitching that extended beyond the “quilt”.

Step 6:

Next, I applied the same kind of embossing settings to my new hearts stitching to make it all look the same as the stitching between the blocks (to do this, you can just copy what we did in Step 5 for the straight lines)…


Step 7:

And then… all of a sudden I had a quilted background ready for my layout! All that was left to do after that was to add photos, embellishments, and borders… and I had completed the quilt / scrapbook mashup project! Here’s how the final page turned out…

I hope this inspires some of you to either try the quilting technique or think about how you can mash up your favorite crafting hobbies too!  Can’t wait to see what everyone creates! Happy scrapping!

About the Author  Shannon has been completely addicted to digiscrapping since she began in early 2016 (though she’s been a scrapper since 2000). She is a part time web designer but since 2019, she’s now the proud mama of her son and loves to have all kinds of adventures with him and her husband. Her family has currently adopted a digital nomad lifestyle and lives in a different city each month by renting AirBnBs.  

Hybrid How-To | Custom Holiday Place Cards

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am excited to show you how I made some quick, simple personalized place cards for my Thanksgiving day table!

We don’t have a huge crowd for Thanksgiving, but everyone likes to feel welcome and know where they’re sitting… so these place cards are both pretty and functional. And of course, you can use your digital kits for any type of celebration, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would get these ready to go in hopes it will motivate me that this is happening in just a few weeks!

My first step was to select a digital kit to work with; I chose this beautiful kit from Rachel Etrog Designs called Grateful Heart

I was drawn to the colors of this kit, as I knew they would work with my tablecloth and dishes. I also loved that sweet winter wreath, and the tags, and the flowers… and so on.

Once I had selected a kit to work with, it was time to decide upon on a basic design for my place cards. Using the wreath element along with some digital paint and solid colored digital papers, I drew out a 4 x 6 white card in Photoshop Elements (PSE). Then I applied the wreath and the “thankful for” word art to each card. I used the blank spaces to print some of my favorite printed papers and elements.

You can see how my pages looked in PSE (below). I then printed them as an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet on my Canon Pixar printer using matte presentation paper.

I also decided to add a simple blessing to the back side using more of the pattern papers. To do so, I just made a rectangle template inside the 4 x 6 card and added the solid paper… and then I typed in my words in PSE. I made a stroke around the inside rectangle, using one of the colors in the paper….I then cut and punched out all my cards and elements. I used different sizes of circle and banner punches with solid papers, patterned papers, and some vellum…

I basically played with the elements, putting the different shapes and sizes together until I got something I liked…

In using these layered embellishments, I was trying to give the cards some dimension… so I used a small tool and my fingers to “ruffle” the edges of one of the layers of paper in the flower, as shown here…

After securing everything on the front side with glue, tape and pop dots, I put the front and backs together. I secured them with a piece of scotch tape on the wrong side, and some pretty gold striped washi on the right side. Then I rounded the corners on the front of the card and attached a bow made out of string…

Then I cut out a few stars from my left over paper and found some sequins and glued them on the front for more interest and added dimension…

Here’s a look at the finished project on my table…

And that’s it! Super cute, and fun to make!

I hope I’ve inspired you to use your own digital products to make some holiday place cards! If you give this project a try, we would love to see pictures of your completed projects in the Hybrid Gallery at The Digital Press!

Happy crafting, everyone!

About the Author  KerriAnne is a homebody who resides in the desert southwest. She started scrapbooking when her kids were little, and hasn’t stopped despite the teenagers rolling their eyes and sticking out their tongues! When not scrapping or being a chauffeur, she can be found consuming large amounts of iced coffee.

Friday Favorites | November 8, 2019

Happy Fall, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I’m excited to share some of my favorite creative inspiration, found in the gallery from our awesome community members here at TDP!

Here’s a look at a few of the newest layouts I love from The Digital Press gallery this past month (they’re linked up to the original posts in the TDP gallery, so you can click through and leave them some LOVE!)…

First up is this fun fall page by Anne PC.  I love the way the paper strips diagonally draw the eye across the page to the photo with additional pattern papers used to create a border along the right hand side of the page to ground the photo and frame out the lovely page.

Next, I’ve picked out an impressive page by sucali. Another great page with wonderful use of pattern papers. I especially like the hexagonal shapes and use of minimal accents to complete this layout.

My next selection is a super sweet layout by TDP designer Shannel Tamara (of Gone Digital Design). Who can resist that gorgeous cluster work? As for me, I can not resist a well-designed page with lots of fabulous elements layered in a way to draw attention to the photo.

I also want to share some “oldies-but-goodies” from the gallery, as well. Here are a few throwback layouts I found in the gallery, to feast your eyes upon…

First up… I just love the clean look of this layout by sylvia. I have soooo many of her pages bookmarked into my gallery favorites. This page displays the visual triangle principle that I often use. First there is the cluster of three little flowers in the bottom left corner and then there is another larger triangle created by thee berry flair at the corner of the photo, the pink flower toward the mid-right of the page and the little blue flower flowing off the top of the page. Lovely composition!

Next… check out this fantastic page by blackkathy. There are so many things that draw me to this page. I love the placement and stacking of the background papers. Naturally, I love the white space! AND… Do you see the visual triangle created with the flowers in the lower right hand corner. Yep, I can totally see myself scraplifting this beauty!

And last but not least… is this gorgeous page by chili. First of all – those clusters are simply amazing, and yep, I love the white space! Yet another great design principle of balance by offsetting the page with a few embellishments to the opposite corner and repetition of the circular stitching used in the cluster and the bottom corner too.

It’s a little addicting to browse through all of the wonderful inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press. When I feel stuck and need a creative boost, browsing the gallery can always get my creativity flowing again!

Be sure to check out the gallery, and then head over to the shop to check out this weekend’s newest product releases so you can grab some new digital supplies and then post your resulting projects in the gallery! We love seeing what you create with The Digital Press goodies, and you might be featured in a future edition of this Friday Favorites series here on the blog in the future, too!

About the Author  Tiffany is a creative team member at The Digital Press and has been scrapping for over 25 years. She resides with her family in Idaho, but dreams of warmer climates. Family will likely keep her in Idaho, so vacations will have to do. Her scrapbook subjects include her husband, four children, one grandson and two dogs – as well as whoever and whatever will stay put for the snap of the camera. Other things that keep her busy include teaching fitness classes at the gym and working as a hospice/home health nurse.


Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Letter Boards

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m here to help you learn how to make a digital letter board image to use on your scrapbooking pages, thanks to our friends at Letterfolk.

Have you jumped on this trend and picked one of these up yet? The modernized-and-yet-vintage letter board of today is wildly popular and not likely going away any time soon. They are everywhere… and truth be told, they’re a lot of fun around our home. I have the Poet 10×10 size and enjoy adding quotes to it — both funny and sentimental. All the while, my kids watch to see what joke they can rearrange the letters into. It’s a fun way to decorate my home!

Now, with the help of this handy online tool at the Letterfolk web site, we can create digital letterboards to use on our scrapbook pages, as well (without the “help” from saucy teenagers).

It’s so easy! Let’s begin…

First, you will navigate your web browser to the Letterfolk website. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘virtual letter board‘ link…


Next, it’s as simple as entering a few lines of text and clicking through the options to customize your board.

You can customize everything from letter size, to justification, to line spacing, to board colors, to board sizes. Be sure to look through all the possible combinations; it’s endless!


After you’ve fully customized your board, click on the ‘Save Image’ button at the bottom of the screen and navigate to the folder you wish to save to.


Once you have your image saved, you can add it to your projects. The PNG images save at 1600×1600 or 1600×1280 (i.e. about 2-3″ on a 12″x12″ page)… and so they will look great on digital pages!

Here’s how I used these virtual letter boards on a couple of my pages…



If you’re not sure how to make one of these work for your pages, here are a few ideas…

  • Take a picture of your kid and use their funny quote on your letter board
  • Use a seasonal poem or quote along with some outdoor pictures
  • Don’t forget the first day of school and birthdays; add those special dates to the virtual letter board
  • Use song lyrics, bible verses, or a quote from your favorite author
  • Use it as a countdown image for an upcoming vacation, holiday, or special event
  • You can also search through Pinterest to find a lot of other great ideas, as well!

We hope you’ll give this fun process a try! We can’t wait to see what you come up with, and how you use your own digital letter boards on your own creations with TDP products in the gallery at TDP. Hop on “board” and we’ll see you there!

About the Author  Jenna is a traditional-scrapbooker-turned-hybrid-scrapbooker-turned-digital-scrapbooker-turned-app-scrapper. She’s made her way through each form of scrapbooking and loves them all, but for now her motto is KISS — “Keep it Simple, Sister!”  She mainly scraps on her iPad using a handful of apps, but the digital world often pulls her back in because there’s nothing like a good drop shadow. She prefers pocket-style scrapbooking, but isn’t one to shy away from an awesome template and a kit full of goodies.

Friday Favorites | November 1, 2019

Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I love browsing through the gallery and seeing the amazing talent of our community members.  So much inspiration to be found!  I am very excited to share with you another showcase of the many amazing pages that can be found in our gallery!  We have a wonderful community of scrappers here at The Digital Press, and it’s always fun to see what they are creating with the amazing products found in The Digital Press shop.

Below you will find just a handful of the many fantastic pages I’ve seen in TDP’s gallery this past week (each image is linked up to the original post in the TDP gallery, which means you can click on the layout artist’s name or the image and check them out yourself, leave some love, etc.).

First up is this amazing page by DivaMom96. I absolutely love all the white space, and that adorable photo centered on the page with only minimal elements and papers used to highlight that sweet little smile. The paint splatters and brushes in the background add just enough pop, and the stamp and title (in the perfect font) just above the photo are spot on.  This page definitely demonstrates that less is more!

Next… here’s a great page by weaselwatchr. The paper strips in the lower half of this page add so much depth to this super fun page. I love the colors, and the clustering is incredible.  And that journal card is a purr-fect fit with that photo. Although kitty doesn’t look too thrilled, this page just makes me smile!

Additionally, here’s a fantastic layout by sylvia. I am in complete awe of her extractions. The way that young man just pops out of that photo is incredible. The elements that she places so carefully — along with the the birds stamped in the background — make this page stunning.

Next, I found this awesome page by Heidi Nicole. I love all the fun rectangle shapes on the page with little treasures tucked in to each one.  Her choice of papers fits perfectly, and that stitching is just my favorite.

And finally, I came across this beautiful fall page from AliceM. Fall is my favorite season, and this layout is all kinds of fall. The photos are gorgeous and are such a great choice for this particular digital kit. The shadow work is incredible, and the quote and the overall composition are both absolutely perfect. I love everything about this wonderful page!

These layouts are only a sampling of the many, many amazing pages to be found in The Digital Press gallery. I hope that you will take some time to take a look for yourself, and/or upload some of your own crafty creations!

Don’t forget each week our amazing designers add lots of new products to the shop, so don’t forget to take a look and see what you need to finish your pages so you can upload them to the gallery. Maybe one of your pages will be featured in an upcoming edition of Friday Favorites, too!

About the author  Tia is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A mom to a 14-year-old son, her favorite thing to do is serve those in her community who need help, and volunteer at a small alternative private school for children with special needs. When she’s not volunteering or working on school projects, Tia loves to spend time with her friends and family!

Tutorial Tuesday | The Puppet Warp Tool

It’s Tuesday again! That means it’s time for another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I want to share the tool that has changed my scrapping life – the Puppet Warp tool.  Ever used a piece of string, and the end is just on the wrong area of your photo? Or that beautiful piece of lace is just too straight for your liking? Using the Puppet Warp tool makes tweaking those gorgeous elements into exactly the shape you want a breeze!

Interested? Here’s how!

Step 1: Select the element you want to edit in the layers palette. In this case, I would like the green trim to curve instead of being so straight.

Step 2: In the menu panel, select Edit > Puppet Warp

Step 3: This should show a mesh over your element. If the mesh doesn’t show up, just tick the box in the middle of option bar next to “Show Mesh”

Step 4: Now you need to add pins to the areas you want to work with. Just click on the mesh where you want the pins to go.  When you start warping your element, the other pinned points will stay in position, with the rest of the element moving in relation to those points and the pin you’re moving.

Step 5: By moving the middle pin, I can create a curve in the trim. This curve is still to linear for my liking, so I want to delete the middle pin by right clicking and selecting Delete Pin.


Step 6: I then add two pins in the middle section and manipulate both these pins until I like the result. When I’m done warping, I just hit Enter to commit the changes. You can always change the outcome by double-clicking on the Puppet Warp filter in the layers palette.

And voila! I have a trim curved exactly the way I want it!

This is a super simple explanation of a very complex tool, but I’ve found that this is all I need in my digital scrapbooking process.  I hope you find the same joy that I have when I stumbled across the Puppet Warp tool.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Christelle is a creative team member at The Digital Press, happily creating for all of the talented designers. She’s originally from South Africa, and has recently relocated to the UK with her husband. She loves scrapping her 3 lovely step-children and 4 beautiful nieces and all of their (mis)adventures. If she could, she’d travel all the time, but for now she makes do with traveling as often as possible. Her other hobbies include machine embroidery and sewing, as well as reading soppy romance!