Hybrid How-To | Lacing Cards

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am here to show you how to make these adorable lacing cards using digital elements from your favorite digital kits.

 

Supplies Needed

  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Be A Unicorn by Mari Koegelenberg)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors (or cutting machine if you prefer)
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle

The first step is to select the images you want. I try and stick with simple images that will be easy to trace with yarn. The unicorn in this was more complicated than I would normally want, but I just really wanted that unicorn!

I enlarged them a bit, added two images per page, printed and cut them out.

I used an eyelet punch to make the holes around each image. Make sure the yarn needle can fit through the punch you’re using.

And that’s it! They’re ready to go.

I used to laminate them to give them more durability, but our local lamination place shut down and so I started letting the kids use them without the laminate and found it was just fine. Because they’re so quick to make, I can easily print and cut new ones using new images each time. My kids love lacing cards!

 


Kate About the Author  Kate is on the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She lives on the Utah/Colorado border with her husband, 5 kids, 10 chickens, a dog named Gracie, and a cat named Kit. She’s a city-born girl who found she’s really a country girl at heart. She can be found outside, barefoot, and probably in her garden.

Friday Favorites | October 11, 2019

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I’m excited to bring you yet another post in our newly-revamped Friday Favorites series, where every week we share some of the best creative inspiration we find in the gallery from our amazing community members here at TDP!

Here’s a look at a few of the newest layouts I love from TDP’s gallery this past week (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 sweet page by southernmother.  How gorgeous is this page! I absolutely love the color scheme and those amazing patterns. Her photos are just the sweetest and the little clusters around the photos are so beautifully done! Lovely use of the word bits and title work as well!

 

Next is this beautiful photoless page by HappyMamacita! I am such a fan of photoless pages but never feel like I can pull it off well. This page is just stunning. I love the patterned hearts and the sweet simple embellishments and word bits added to them. The scatter and coffee stains are absolutely perfect touches!

 

I love the beautiful fall photos in this layout by lady22! That photo is just so beautiful! I love the way she has set if off with the neutral paper on top of the gorgeous pattern! The tiny flowers and perfectly places word art pieces are stunning. The camera element and cameraman stamp are just the right touches. Wonderful layout and precious memory!

 

While browsing around the gallery, I also found some “oldies but goodies” that I thought I would share with you! So, here are some throwbacks from our amazing gallery!

How beautiful is this page by chigirl?! The peach and orange tones are absolutely lovely!! I really adore how she included the pops of green and blue as well. I love the placement of the photo to the side and her lovely cluster of flowers and elements. The use of the frame is so creative! This is just a gorgeous page!

 

Then I found this lovely page by elainem! I am in love with that split background design. Those two patterns look fantastic together! The photos are just the cutest and I really like how she used the other patterns and the scatter behind the photos to really set them off. Such a beautifully done layout!

 

I also found this stunning page by Margje! Her blending work is totally fabulous! I love how the photo, frame, and paints all blend together so perfectly! Fantastic work with the stamps and doodles as well! I adore that title work, too!!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of our newly-revamped Friday Favorites series today! I had so much fun looking through the pages of inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press. I always feel like my creativity soars after browsing through all the amazing layouts!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for even more scrappy inspiration… check out this weekend’s New Release products, as well… and then get creative, add your projects to the gallery, and perhaps you will be featured here in a future Friday Favorites post!


About the Author  Jan is a high school teacher, wife, mom, and grandma who spends most every little bit of free time she gets documenting her family’s memories through digital scrapbooking. She is a summertime sunshine and beach lover who gets her energy from being outdoors. She is currently looking forward to retirement and a beach chair with her name on it and someone bringing her fruity drinks on command!

Tutorial Tuesday | Unzip Products on Your Phone

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! I’m excited today to share with you a new feature of the iOS 13 update that unzips your purchased digital kits right on your phone… no other app needed! It’s a big breakthrough for app scrappers, as the other/previous app options for unzipping kits to use on our devices were very  cumbersome. It is a change that may prove to be really helpful for people who use Photoshop Elements (PSE) on their mobile devices, as well!

First, before we get started… a quick word on the iCloud Drive storage. Everyone with a iCloud account has 5GB of free space to use, and you can see your iCloud Drive in your native Files app (which is where all the unzipping takes place… sounds sultry, huh!). This is more than enough space to store a bunch of zipped and unzipped kits. You will have to move them eventually, however, to create more space for future purchases. But don’t worry!  I will show you how to do that, as well.

Let’s dive in!



And that’s it! It seriously goes so fast once you get the process down. I hope this helps you get your memories recorded that much quicker. I’m so glad Apple added this super helpful feature.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Meagan Johnson is a stay at home mom in Minnesota with an avid love for app scrapping and teaching others just how easy it is to scrap in the go! 

Tutorial Tuesday | Google Photos for Photo Organization

Hello Everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I’m here to teach you how you can use Google Photos to organize all of your family’s photos in one place.

Today I hope to share with you a solution for organizing your photos — both the photos you have on your phone, and those you have stored in various places on your computer.

First off, a little disclaimer:

I don’t claim to be an expert on all the ‘ins and outs’ of how Google Photos works. I just know how I use it to organize my photos for my own scrapbooking purposes, and what works for me. There may be faster, better ways of doing things (share yours in the comments, below!)… but this is what I’ve discovered as I’ve been using it for the last few years. This is also in no way an advertisement or an endorsement of using Google Photos over other options; again, it’s just what I use, and one way to do this in the sea of many.

If you are okay with that, then here we go!


Google Photos allows users to upload photos from any mobile device and provides free unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels or videos up to 1080 HD. To store higher quality photos, there is an option to use Google Drive storage, which charges a monthly fee after 15 gigabytes — $1.99 a month for 100 GB and $9.99 a month for 1 terabyte.

I just use the free option, which works great for me, and I’ve got over 10,000 photos stored there so far!  All it takes is a Google account. If you’ve got a gmail address for your email, you already have access to Google Photos!

You can also download the Google Photos app on your phone, and set it up to automatically sync the pictures you take on your iPhone into the Google Photos program. I can’t remember how exactly I set that up on my phone, but it must have been pretty automatic when I downloaded the app, because I don’t remember a whole lot of setup after that.  If you have questions about setting your phone up to auto-upload your photos… you can Google it. 🙂 LOL

When it comes to organizing my pictures on Google Photos, I use the desktop version rather than my phone using the app. What I’ll be talking about today is for the most part all done using the desktop version of Google Photos.

First, go to photos.google.com.  Here you can see all the photos that have synced from your phone, or that you’ve uploaded (which is as easy as dragging and dropping from your computer) by clicking into the PHOTOS menu (one of the main buttons on the side, once you’re in Google Photos).  By default, Google Photos stores all your photos arranged by date, in a huge long list. This is really handy if you know the date your photos were taken…but if you don’t, then you’ll need to organize them.

Before you can organize your photos, you need to select which ones to work with. So you need to click on individual photos to select them. When you hover over the picture with your mouse a little checkmark icon appears in the top left corner of the picture. Click that circle to select a single picture or select several at once.

The bar across the top of your screen lets you know that you have “X” number of photos selected. On the right side of this bar is a + icon. Click it.

This gives you couple of different options, such as creating a new album. In Google Photos, albums are like folders where you can store pictures in categories. I use the albums just like that, as a way to organize my photos.

When you click the Album option, a new screen appears asking if you want to create a new album, or if you want to save the pictures into an existing album and then lists previously created albums. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll create a new album, but if you were to select an existing album, your selected photos would be added into it. But your photos will always still be arranged by date within that main PHOTOS area of Google Photos.

Creating a new album puts your selected pictures together on the screen.  Now it’s time to give the album a name. I have a system where I name the album with the YEAR and then a short DESCRIPTION of what the photos are all about. For example, I have albums named 2016 Graduation, 2009 Easter, 2014 Yellowstone, etc. Type a name for album and then click the checkmark in the banner across the top of the page to save it.

And that’s it. That’s how easy it is to organize your pictures within Google Photos! Once albums are created, you can access them all at once by clicking the ALBUMS option on the left side of Google Photos.

Once I have my pictures arranged into albums, I slowly work to get them scrapbooked. When I’m ready to make a page, I log into Google Photos, and find the pictures (or album full of pictures) that I want to use. I select my photos and then click the three dots button in the top right corner of the page.

Then I select the DOWNLOAD option, and download those pictures onto my computer desktop, so I can drag them into Photoshop and create my scrapbook page.

Then, after I’ve created my page, I want to make a note to myself that I have scrapbooked those photos, because let’s face it, the old memory isn’t what it used to be!

I go back to Google Photos and click the ALBUMS button to bring up all my albums. I find the album the photos came from, open it up, and I change the name of the album by adding an asterisk (*) to the beginning of the album name (for example: *2016 Graduation). This is just an indicator to me that I have scrapbooked those photos.

Believe me, you will be glad that you have some way to know what’s been scrapbooked and what hasn’t after you’ve made a few hundred scrapbook pages, or if you take a break from making pages for a while!

BONUS INFO

Now for a couple of cool things that Google Photos does.

Once you have several hundred photos stored in Google Photos, try clicking the ALBUMS button. There should be groupings along the top of the page for PEOPLE & PETS, PLACES, THINGS, & VIDEOS.

If you don’t see these, it may be that you haven’t stored enough photos for Google to have enough info to create these groupings. I have found that you need to have at least 500-1000 individual photos stored in Google Photos before these options pop up.

Because Google is first and foremost, a search engine, it tries to make your photos easier to search through by creating these groupings. My favorite grouping is the first one: PEOPLE & PETS.

Click on PEOPLE & PETS and you will see a collection of individual people’s faces from your photos.

If you click on one of the faces, it will open a new screen where it shows you each album that face appears in (at the top of the page) and each photo the face appears in (at the bottom of the page). You have the ability to Add a Name to the face. Basically, you are telling Google who this person is, and it will use some behind-the-scenes-magical algorithm to locate and “auto-tag” that person in other photos within Google Photos.

So if the person’s face you clicked on is your son Bob, where it asks you to Add a Name, type “Bob”.  Google Photos will now “recognize” Bob, and as  you add more photos of him in the future, it will continue to list the additional albums and photos in which he appears here on the page, or whenever you perform a search using his name.

And because Google is a search engine, once you have started adding names to some of the faces using the above method, you will actually be able to perform a search within Google Photos for “Bob” or “Aunt MaryAnn” or any of the names that correspond with the faces you have tagged, and it will locate every picture they’re in that you’ve uploaded! How cool is that?

This is super helpful, especially if you know in your mind what a photo looks like, but can’t remember the year or event album it’s located in. Just enter the person’s name in the search field and all the photos they are in display, making it visually easy to find what you are looking for.

In my experience, (and I have stored thousands and thousands of pictures in Google Photos), I have found that the facial recognition search engine is highly accurate, even across faces that have aged considerably. But, at times, it will “mistake” a face. This happens most often with my wife and her sisters. It pulls up a picture of my wife’s sister Carolyn thinking it’s my wife, or that my mother-in-law is my wife (much to my wife’s horror!) But before we get into how to correct that problem, let’s talk about another similar one.

Let’s say that you have begun tagging faces as described above, and you’ve already labeled your wife’s face with her name, but it pulls up another picture of your wife that it doesn’t recognize as her. Tap on the face and it will prompt you Add a Name again. Type in the first few letters of the name, and it will show a list of matching names you have already tagged. Click the name of the person in the photo and Google Photos will ask you if the photo you clicked on is the same face as one you previously added.

If it is, click YES, and Google Photos will “learn” to recognize those facial features as the same person. This happens a lot if you have tagged photos of babies/children and then their face shows up again as an adult.

Which leads me to the opposite problem. What if, when you do a search for “Cousin Edgar” it shows in your search results some photos that quite obviously are not your dear cousin. You can also teach Google Photos when it has made a facial recognition mistake.  When you are looking at the list of matching results, select the photo that is mis-tagged by clicking the little circle icon on the photo itself (in the top left corner).

This will add a checkmark and select that photo (you can select multiple photos this way, too). At the top right corner of the page, click the three vertical dots button.

Then select REMOVE RESULTS. That photo will now longer show up in “Cousin Edgar” searches. Easy peasy!

So, in a nutshell, that’s how I organize the pictures I keep stored on Google Photos. And every few weeks as I’ve upload more photos, I do a quick face-tagging round and call it good.  Pretty soon, when you click on PEOPLE & PETS, you will have a big collection of faces you’ve identified, and you can click on any of these to quickly open a collection of photos that person is in.

Google Photos has recently added PET face recognition as well! So if you have taken photos of your dog or cat (haven’t had it work on pictures I took of my ducks, though LOL) you can tag those with your pet’s name just like you did Cousin Edgar!

But…..you will have a collection of faces that you don’t/can’t identify. Google Photos pulls in EVERY face from your pictures, even those of bystanders in the backgrounds of photos, so I just identify the ones I can and leave the rest alone.

And one last thing. You can also search your Google Photos for other keywords, too. Want to quickly find pictures from the beach? Try searching for the word “beach”, or “palm tree” or “ocean”. Google Photos finds pictures in your albums that it thinks match your search words! You can also try looking in the THINGS or PLACES groupings like you did with PEOPLE & PETS. There’s a lot of meta-data stored in your photos, and Google Photos uses those to try and store your photos geographically in the PLACES grouping.

Well, that’s about all I know about Google Photos, and what little I know I have learned from just playing around with it.  Let me know your experience with beginning to use Google Photos (or if you are experienced, some tricks you’ve learned) in the comments!


About the Author Sean is a native New Mexican who fell in love with a Utah girl 25+ years ago and never went home! He is the designated scrapbooker in his family, preserving the memories of his wife, two sons, and dog Muffin. He loves all things Disney, Harry Potter, and anything related to his favorite animal, the duck! When he’s not writing long-winded blog posts, he’s probably scrapbooking on his phone or computer. He joined the Creative Team at TDP in February 2019.

Hybrid How-To | Halloween Memory Game

Hello everyone! It’s Tanya here, and I’m excited to bring you another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m going to show you how to use your digital supplies to make a cute kids’ Halloween-themed memory game. It’s a super easy project that can even be given to your child’s classmates instead of candy (we all know there will be enough candy already, right?).

First things first… a peek at the Halloween-themed kits from the shop at TDP that I chose to use for this project…

Witch Please by Rachel Etrog Designs

The Haunted House by Julia Makotinsky

Color Blocks: Halloween Elements by Julia Makotinsky

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  1. Themed digital products (see my choices, above)
  2. White cardstock paper
  3. Double-sided tape
  4. Paper cutter or scissors (or a cutting machine)

I used Silhouette Business Edition to create this fun project; I use it for all my projects because I find the software pretty easy to use. However, using a cutting machine and related software is NOT necessary; you can also create the same thing using any photo editing software program, and some scissors or a few paper punches.

HOW TO MAKE THE MEMORY GAME:

The first step is to draw out a shape for your game pieces (I used the rounded square)…

This project will have two sides: one side with just patterned paper, and the other with the elements. After choosing a shape for the game pieces, it’s time to fill-in one side with patterned paper (if you’re using another photo editing program like Photoshop, etc… you can use your shape as a clipping mask and “clip” the patterned paper to the shape).

Once applying your paper to your game pieces shape, you can alter the pattern size, if desired…

Now, you’ll replicate this shape/pattern combo across the page… by grouping that selection and then replicating down…

Once the page is filled, you will turn ‘on’ the cut lines (if using a cutting machine), put on your mat, and run it through your cutting machine…

Make sure to keep your image from touching any of the registration marks.

Next, for the back of the game pieces… you will first fill with the paper pattern of your choice, and then add elements on top of that. Make sure to use each image on two separate game pieces (to allow for a match!)…

*TIP* You can use on sheet of paper by drawing a large square out and filling it with paper of your choice (no cut lines for this side)  Once printed flip it over, put pack in printer and cut the element side of the paper.

After cutting both pieces out, you will use double sided tape to put them together.

I created two different sets of the game… and I had to stop myself from making a third!

Here’s a look at some of the finished game pieces…

I hope I’ve inspired you to use your own digital products to create this fun game! 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!


TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a member of the hybrid creative team here at The Digital Press. She has been paper and hybrid crafting for at least 18 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 30 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard, and has two sons: Chris, 28 and Chance, 23. She also enjoys crocheting, photography, and woodworking.

 

Friday Favorites | September 27, 2019

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I’m excited to bring you yet another post in our newly-ravamped Friday Favorites series, where every week we share some of the best creative inspiration we find in the gallery from our amazing community members here at TDP!

Here’s a look at a few of the newest layouts I love from TDP’s gallery this past week (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 stunning page by MotherBear! I am such a huge fan of her work, and this shows so many reasons why. I love the soft pastels with the bold black hexagons. The light and airy feel of the page, yet still grounded with the bold title and the shadows… to die for!  Just lovely.

Next, I’ve picked out a more grungy page by Silvia! I love the grungy feel of this page, yet the lines are still very clean… and the arrows with the fantastic shadowing is perfect! The gray background really makes those arrows pop, and pictures really tell a story.

Th next layout is a gorgeous white space layout by sucali. I really love this page. I love the wood background with the black and white photo, and the perfect placement of just enough elements and a bold title. The layout just makes me want to stop what I’m doing and relax… it’s so calming!

I wanted to add some “oldies-but-goodies” for your eye candy enjoyment, today, so here are a few throwback layouts I found in the gallery, also…

First up… I just love the clean look of this layout by Anne PC! When I look at this photo, I automatically smile! I love all the pastel circles of color against the white background, and who doesn’t love a huge title? Such a clean look, and it’s visually stunning. Love this!

 

 

Next… check out this artsy page by Margje. This page is FANTASTIC! I love all the paint and brushwork, and that picture is so much fun with the image reflecting off of her sunglasses! Very cool.

And last but not least… is this gorgeous page by ReneeB. I have to admit that as much as I love all the different styles of scrapping, my go-to is always a full page with lots of pictures and lots of fun stuff to look at (and this page does not disappoint!). Just beautiful!

It’s always so much fun to browse through all of the beautiful inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press. When I’m in a scrapbooking rut, browsing it can always get me in such a creative, scrappy mood!

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 scrappy goodies 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.


About the Author  Anita is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press.  She lives in the US with her husband and two children, which is her inspiration and passion for scrapping.   She loves to travel and loves all animals.  She has been scrapping for 10 years now digitally and prior to that loved to paper scrap, but only made about 20 pages and collected an entire room full of paper products! lol