Hybrid How-To | Luggage Tags

Hi everyone! It’s Kate here, with another edition of our Hybrid How-To series. Travel season is on the way, and I thought it would be fun today to show you how I made these cute hybrid luggage tags for my kids.


  • Digital scrapbooking kit of your choice (I used Happy Camper by Mari Koegelenberg)
  • Photo editing program like Photoshop (PS) or Photoshop Elements (PSE)
  • Cardstock
  • Self-seal laminating sheets
  • Scissors


1. In PSE, I built my luggage tag templates (if you’d like to use mine, you can DOWNLOAD THEM HERE).

2. Add digital paper and elements to each of the tags, by using each PNG tag shape as a clipping mask (Ctrl-G in PSE or Ctrl-Alt-G in PS). Make sure you duplicate the templates so you can create a front and back for each tag. You can also add text to one side of each tag, if desired. Once you have them ready, send them to the printer and cut them out.

3. The next step is to adhere the front of the tag to the back of the tag. I used thin glue dots for this (don’t use anything too thick, or it shows up through the cardstock once you laminate).

4. Place your tags on a self-seal laminating sheet, and add another sheet to the top. Using your nail or a smoothing tool, smooth out the bubbles — especially along the edges of the tags. Cut them out, leaving a little bit of lamination for the edges.

5. At this point, you can just punch a hole and add some string or ribbon for attaching to the luggage. I chose to add a colorful eyelet to each.

And that’s all there is to it! Easy, right? ūüôā

If you want to give this project a try, you can earn TDP challenge points if you post a photo of your finished project in the May 2017 Hybrid Challenge thread in The Digital Press forum.

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, and a dog named Gracie. She‚Äôs 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.

Feature Friday | MEG Designs

It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to feature the amazing Marie Eve of¬†MEG Designs. This is her second feature article here on the blog¬†(you can find her first feature from November 2016 ¬†HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind… here’s a peek at Marie Eve’s work space, where she creates her lovely designs…

Marie Eve’s workspace features lots of storage for all her little bits and pieces. I love the bowl with all that awesome washi tape and the colorful yarn lights. The drawers allow her to have a space for everything and keep things tidy so she can focus on her designs.

We also asked Marie Eve to share a Top 5 list with us that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and she shared her Top 5 Favorite Activities

  1. Sports — I really love doing sports 2 times a week. It is a real need for me. When you do sports, you don’t think about anything and that’s a pleasure. I practice kick power, which is boxing movements set to the rhythm of fitness music.
  2. Watching TV — I love watching American¬†series like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, House, Revenge, Shameless, Bates Motel, The Affair, and much more.
  3. Playing with my kids — I enjoy planning board games with my family; sometimes we play for hours on Sunday afternoons!
  4. Cooking — I love making pastries. I am looking for a lot of recipes on the internet and I love trying them. The last one I tried was a lemon tiramisu with lemon curd; it was a real delight (if you love lemon, of course)!
  5. Genealogy — It became something obvious when my grandfather died 4 years ago. I had this need to look for my roots, to find where I came from. I can spend hours looking for information on the internet (fortunately the Mormons have scanned a lot of records). I also read many articles on the life of our ancestors, how they lived during the 1st and 2nd World War, and also during the French Revolution.

As for her designs, Marie Eve has a wonderful variety of products in her shop at TDP! I love her use of bright colors, her versatile templates, and her awesome pocket scrapbooking items. She truly has something for every scrapper! Here are a few of my favorite products from her shop…

Marie Eve’s products are so versatile that they can be used for all different kinds of layouts and scrapping styles. Here are a few of my favorite projects using her designs…

I loved getting to learn a bit more about Marie Eve of MEG Designs and getting a glimpse of her design space. To celebrate her feature week, her entire shop will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 5/25). She has so many amazing products that it will be hard to choose; go check out her shop and see what catches your eye!

Additionally, she¬†has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from MEG Designs while her shop is on sale 30% OFF‚Ķ and you can also snag this¬†for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!

BLOG-AvatarAbout the Author  Katie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and their four sweet but crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under the never-ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family, and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Export Presets in Lightroom

Do you find yourself exporting your photos in Lightroom over and over with the same settings? If so, and you would like to save time by creating your very own custom presets… I’m here today to teach you how to do so!

Often, I find that I need to export a single layout in multiple different formats/sizes/etc.¬†depending on which online gallery I’m going to be loading it into. For instance, here at The Digital Press, I size my layouts for the gallery at 900 x 900 pixels and up to 350kb in size. Because I do this with every layout I’m going to load at The Digital Press, I go through the same process over and over and over again. Thus, I have created an export preset to do just this with the touch of one button. Let me show you…


Import your layout (or photo) into Lightroom. If you don’t know how, don’t worry… we have¬†another tutorial HERE¬†that details the process of¬†importing into Lightroom. Once¬†you have imported your layout, you will want to select it for export (see blue arrow at lower left)…


Click on the export button on the bottom left side (again, see the blue arrow at lower left)…


Next, click on the drop-down arrow and select the¬†folder into which you wish to save your adjusted photos. You will have a choice between “Select Folder,”¬†“Choose Later,” or “Same Folder As Original.” ¬†I have created a folder on my computer’s hard drive named “New Releases,” and each week when I save a new layout, it will always go to this specific folder. That way, it’s always easy to find when I start the process of posting my pages into various galleries.

*NOTE* When I want to save pictures that I have edited, however, I use “Same Folder As Original” so all my photos stay together. The good news is that you can customize these choices and do what’s best for you!

Once you¬†have specified where Lightroom should save your file, you will select “Custom Text” and rename it (feel free to skip this step, if you’d like). I always add a few letters after each of my titles to let me know which gallery I’ve created this layout for …which is why you see the “TDP” on the end of my name (see image above). Again, you can skip this step if it’s not relevant to you.


This is where you get into the details that save you time! Here’s a detailed look at my own preset (see the image, below, for the numerical references in blue)…

(1) First, I tell Lightroom to limit the file size to 325-350 for The Digital Press. All online sites/galleries tend to have different limitations, so I might choose some other file size/number in this step if my layout will be loaded somewhere else.

(2) Then, I resize the layout to fit m needs.

(3) Again, for The Digital Press, I use 900 x 900 pixels; this is where I enter those numbers.

(4) Here, I can select the resolution. For web-sized images, 72 dpi is perfect.

(5) Lastly, I add your sharpening here (if I haven’t already done this when saving my layout after scrapping).

Of course, you can feel free to change any of the above details to fit your own needs! ūüôā


After you’ve set everything up the way you like it, you’ll click the “Add” button…


Finally, you’ll name your preset. Here, I’ve chosen to call it “TDP Layout Preset.” Brilliantly unique, I know. ūüėȬ†After you’ve typed in your new preset name, click the “Create” button…


You should now be able to see your new preset under “User Presets” on the left side of your screen…


Now, whenever you need to use your preset… you’ll select it, rename your file (don’t worry, this won’t interfere with any of the other settings), and click the “Export” button…

That’s it! You’ve done it! You have successfully created a new preset in Lightroom, so that each and every time you want to save a photo or layout, it will be saved the same way without a lot of extra work.

As I mentioned earlier, I have created a preset for each of the galleries and blogs to which I post my layouts and photos… and it really makes my exporting workflow so much faster! Hopefully this tutorial is helpful in that way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me using the comments on this post, and ask away!


About the author¬† Robin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A wife of 25 years and a mom of 4 crazy children (2 in college and 2 still at home), she says that her life occurs mostly in the car as she transports said crazy kids to their many, many homeschool activities. When not driving, Robin loves to make her family cringe by pulling out her camera again (and again, and again…).

Feature Friday | Calista’s Stuff

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be here today to introduce you to the newest designer to recently make her permanent home at The Digital Press — Meta Wulandari of Calista’s Stuff! Meta initially joined us as a Guest Designer in April 2017, and we’re so excited to announce that she’s joining our Designer Team and staying at TDP!

This is Meta’s very first feature on the blog, so I’m excited to help you get to know her and her amazing products better… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we‚Äôve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers‚Äô creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Meta to show us her creative space. She says that she does her designing “wherever possible” in her house, using her laptop, because she needs to be available to take care of her sweet little baby, Calista (isn’t she precious? see photo, below)! She also said that she always has to have a snack around her laptop… “it’s mandatory!” Here is a photo of her laptop and her beautiful baby girl…

Meta¬†says that her family has¬†a very humble house, but they have each other and really enjoy their life together! Here are photos of her family and of her lovely 6 month old, Calista…

We also asked Meta to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and she shared with us her Top 5 List of Things She Wants to Do/Have As Soon As Possible…

  1. She can’t wait to hear her baby call her “ibu” (mother)
  2. She can’t wait to have a vacation with her family
  3. She’d like a new laptop
  4. She’d also like to get a super speedy internet connection (she lives in a small town and it’s hard to get a full bar of internet signal)
  5. She wants all of her family members to be healthy, happy and continuing to support one another

As for Meta’s products and design style‚Ķ you will find lots of color and unique elements! She also creates such beautiful ¬†and breathtaking blended elements that give you that special pop to your pages; they are simply stunning! She has fantastic templates in her store, as well… products for almost any occasion! Her designs always contain amazing flowers and wonderful word art options.¬†Furthermore, I¬†love that the items in her store are perfect for scrapbook pages AND pocket pages! There are so many¬†versatile and useful options to be found.

You’ll definitely want to take a look at the¬†Calista’s Stuff shop and see for yourself how fantastic her products are, but here¬†are a few of my personal favorites…

And here¬†are some examples of the¬†beautiful projects that have been made using Meta’s products from The Digital Press…

Aren’t those fun?

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about¬†Meta Wulandari of Calista’s Stuff today! To celebrate her upcoming week as our Featured Designer at The Digital Press, the entire Calista’s Stuff shop¬†will be 30% OFF throughout the entire week¬†(the sale will end at 11:59 EST on Thursday 5/18).

Additionally, Meta has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this coming week!¬†Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from¬†Calista’s Stuff¬†at the 30% OFF rate ‚Ķand you can also snag her brand-new (just hit the store shelves today!) Tutti Frutti Kit¬†for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband of  15 years and their 12 year old boy/girl twins. Their 21-year-old daughter will begin graduate school in the fall at Clemson! Amy has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together! Amy is a huge reader (mostly literary fiction), and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Tutorial Tuesday | The Spherize Technique

Do you ever want to jazz up a multi-photo layout, and you’re just not sure how to do that? There are so many ways to add a lot of photos to one layout, but using the ‘spherize’ technique in your layout can make it fun and unique! I’ve used this technique before, and now I just can’t stay away from it. So, without further ado…¬† I’d like to walk you through how to do this today.


You will begin with a blank 7×7 canvas (2100×2100 pixels) at 300 dpi (want to use my grid template? you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE)…

Arrange your photos however you like, but make sure your favorites are in the center, because the photos in the corners and outer edges will be a bit distorted once you use ‘spherize’.


Once you have your photos arranged to your liking, in the layers palette you will right-click on any layer, and click merge visible.

At this point, you will use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (see red text at the upper left of the following image; this is where you’ll find it. *NOTE* that you may need to right-click to find it, as it may be hidden under the Rectangle Marquee Tool) and drag your mouse from one corner of your canvas to the other to create a circle from edge to edge…

Once you have your circle drawn, Ctrl+Alt+I (all at once), OR use the “Select” drop-down, and select ‘Inverse’.¬† It may be a little hard to tell in the above image, but you will have marching ants in the shape of a circle and around the entire 7×7 image once you do this.


Next, you will press “Delete.” At that point, your image should look like this…

Now you will want to de-select your image by clicking on “Select” (top tool bar) and then selecting “Deselect” (or Ctrl+D). You should no longer have the marching ants on your image.


Now for the fun part!¬† You will click on “Filter” (top tool bar), then “Distort,” then “Spherize.” The Spherize window will come up at this point; I opted for using 100 as¬†the amount (see below)… but you can play around with the setting for your own. You may find another setting that works well for you…

After applying “Spherize,” here’s what your image should look like…

At this point, you can save your image as a PNG (File>Save As or Shift+Ctrl+S). To use the image in a layout or project, you’ll simply need to open your image and drag and drop it into a blank canvas. The possibilities for use¬†are limitless!

Here’s a look at a layout that I created using my ‘Spherized’ image…

*BONUS TIP* To make the reflection, I simply duplicated the image, and made the height -100, as shown in the next image…

Then, I decreased the opacity of the duplicated layer, as shown below…

And there you go! That’s all there is to it… and you’ve successfully used a fun, new technique!

The fun really starts now… ¬†because you can use this technique to embellish to your heart’s content! It is such a fun way to display a collection or montage of photos that you love! It would also make the perfect front page for an album… or look fantastic¬†printed on a canvas for your home… etc. So many fun possibilities!

Heidi NicoleAbout the Author¬† Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies.¬† She’s a radiation therapist by day and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape.)¬† She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, FRIENDS reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling.¬† Oh, and wine… she really likes wine.¬† She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

Hybrid How-To | Gift Card Holder

Hello everyone, It’s Tanya here for this week’s Hybrid How-to.¬† I’m going to show you how to¬†create¬†this cute and easy recycled project.¬† ¬†It’s¬† one way to show¬†your child’s teacher ”¬†THANK YOU” for all they do.¬†¬† I loved creating things for my kid’s teachers when they were in school.¬† There are many opportunities throughout the year….the first day of school, teacher appreciation day, the last day of school, their birthday….just to name a few.¬† Today we are creating this project for the last day of school.


  • digital kit of your choice ( I used School Rules¬†by Mari Koegelenbern and Land of the learning by Anita Designs)
  • empty gum container
  • double sided tape
  • pop up dots
  • punches
  • scrap piece of cardstock
  • shredded paper
  • gift card

These are the two kits that I chose, but there are many more fun “school” kits at The Digital Press shop to choose from.

I created the tags and note cards using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software using the print and cut feature.   It can be done in any photo editing program, print and cut with a pair of scissors.

I love my Silhouette and even when things are probably easier just to cut out ¬†Old School, I still use my Silhouette instead.¬† It’s kinda addicting!!

Use the big scallop to punch out the bottom piece.  Continue using the different punches for the layered tag.

Add pop dots to the apple for dimension.  I have tons of pop dots on hand because I love the layered look.

Use the tiny circle punch to punch a hole for the ribbon to go through.

Before adding the gift card, add some of the shredded tissue to the bottom.  There are so many different colors and you can find them for a $1.00 a bag at the Dollar Tree.

After adding the gift card, attach the tag with ribbon of your choice.¬†¬† Isn’t this a super cute way to give your child’s teacher a gift card?

Oh and don’t forget the bus driver.¬† Because of them, the kiddos get to and from school safe and sound.

For this one, I created little note cards for the teacher to use next year.¬†¬† Imagine them stapled to the top of your child’s work.¬†¬† This simple gift even without a gift card would be very sweet.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Hybrid How-To here on The Digital Press’ Blog.¬† Now it’s your turn to create something fun!

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Hybrid How-To here on The Digital Press’s blog. Now it’s your turn to create something fun (with or without a cutting machine)! If you would like to earn points toward TDP’s monthly challenge system, visit the corresponding monthly Hybrid Challenge in the forum’s CROSSWORD SECTION¬†(you’ll find it stickied up near the top during May 2017). We’d love to see your creations!


About the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 14 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 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard and has two sons: Chris, 25 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking

Feature Friday | k.becca

It‚Äôs Friday! That means it‚Äôs time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog‚Ķ and this week, we get to learn a little bit about one of our beloved TDP designers — Kristen of k.becca!

This is Kristen’s first feature here on the blog (she is one of our newest resident designers¬†at The Digital Press, and I’ve¬†fallen completely in love with her style since she arrived in March!)‚Ķ and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Kristen¬†to show us her creative space ‚ÄĒ where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. We’re loving the bold colors she surrounds herself with as she works…

This is what Kristen had to say about her space…¬†“After over a decade of apartment living in the city, my husband and I moved out to the country a few years ago and bought our first house — a 100-year old fixer-upper. This is the first time that I’ve had a dedicated space to design and craft in, which is awesome, but I have to admit that I’m still trying to get used to it. I move furniture and supplies around on a semi-regular basis, trying to find just the right setup. It’s definitely a work in progress! Right now, my computer desk is on one side of the room, and there’s a small alcove on the other side of the room with a desk where I draw, paint, and craft. I keep most of my coloring supplies and adhesives in two IKEA Raskog carts that sit right beside the “crafting desk”¬†…and I love the little containers that hook onto the sides of the carts because I can just pick up a container or markers, colored pencils, etc. and sit it right beside me as I work. There are also a few multi-drawer pieces of furniture where I store inks, paper, and other supplies. I love color, but I actually like the space that I work in to be pretty neutral, so there’s a lot of grey and white going on in the room. Between the art and craft supplies around the room and the work that I do on the computer, I still get my color fix!”

Well I, for one, am so jealous of Kristen’s crafting space! Its sure is filled with oodles of awesome and colorful treasures! ūüôā

We also asked Kristen to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with — her Top 5 Current Favorite Things

  1. Daffodils¬†— The previous owner of our house was known in the neighborhood as the “Daffodil Lady,” and she planted hundreds of the flowers (if not a thousand or more!) around the property. They’ve had to deal with some pretty volatile weather the past couple of years, but they’re some tough little flowers and it makes me happy to see them bloom because I know that warmer weather is coming soon!
  2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies¬†— I’m not a big fan of white chocolate on its own, but when it’s paired with macadamia nuts something magical happens. Mmm‚Ķ so delicious!
  3. All Things Foil¬†— I’m on a mission to Foil All the Things, and the Minc has been one of my “can’t do without” crafting tools lately, along with lots and lots of reactive foil. Rose gold and¬† pewter are two of my current faves.
  4. Hand Lettering¬†— I cannot get enough when it comes to hand lettering and modern calligraphy, and one of my goals over the past couple of years has been to improve my lettering skills. I still have a long way to go, but the journey has been a lot of fun.
  5. Stickers¬†— Okay, so there’s never been a time where I haven’t¬†been lovin’ stickers. My sticker book from back in the day is one of my prized possessions, and my love for 80’s scratch and sniff stickers knows no bounds. You can imagine how happy I was when I first discovered the print & cut feature on my die cutting machine. Woohoo, DIY¬†stickers!


As for Kristen’s products… her shop is filled with lovely digital kits, elements, word art, and journal cards — and she has a knack for putting colors and patterns together with unique elements that work seamlessly with traditional ‘paper-style’ scrapbooking, as well as pocket scrapbooking. You are sure to find something that works for any photo and memory that you want to document and treasure! You will find a good array of products to suit just about any need. Her products gel very well with my personal style, and her journal cards tend to be my special favorites!

I’ve shared just a small sampling of my favorite products from the k.becca shop here…

Additionally, here are some of the projects that have made using k.becca’s¬†designs…

I trust that you have enjoyed getting to know Kristen of k.becca a little better, including the chance to see a peek of her creative space and appreciate her creative process! Remember that the¬†k.becca shop at The Digital Press Co¬†will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 5/4).¬†Surely that’s¬†all the excuse you’ll need to¬†visit her shop and clear out your wish-list! ūüôā

Additionally, this week only ‚ÄĒ you can snag the following FREE COLLECTION¬†with any $10+ purchase in the k.becca¬†shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff‚Ķ


About the Author Pallavi resides in the United Kingdom with her husband and their son, Rajveer. She has previously lived in Calcutta, Pune, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Mexico City. She reflects all these places in her pages as she captures her everyday stories. She is an alumnus of Northwestern University, and currently she is learning photography and working towards getting to a healthy weight. Her days are full and she loves it that way!


Tutorial Tuesday | Multiple Photo Layouts


Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am going to share a few very simple (yet quite useful!) tips for fitting multiple photos onto a layout.

If you’re like me, one of the most difficult parts of scrapbooking is choosing photos with which to scrap. I suffer from ‘separation’ and ‘abandonment’ anxiety when it comes to discarding some of the photos that don’t make the ‘cut’. ūüôā

Whilst¬†good selection¬†may¬†be essential for¬†effective storytelling,¬†I often find that I am trying to¬†fit more photos onto my pages — especially when there is a back-story to those photos. Therefore, I went back through my gallery to see how I’ve solved this issue in the past, and to compile a list of some useful tips and tricks I could share with you. And believe it or not, I found there actually is a method to my madness, when I scrap! LOL

So without further ado… the following are my thoughts on “how to work multiple photos into your layouts”…


1. Make pocket pages

The first obvious approach is to make a pocket style page. The beauty of this scrapping style is that the canvas is neatly divided into spots that you can then fill with your photos, journaling, papers, embellishments or a combination of all of these. Here is an example from one of my favourite pages.


Credits:Beats Journalers by Creashens, Template is Duo 10 Go anywhere by LBVD Designs, Blue skies ahead alpha and papers by River Rose Designs

There is also an awesome tutorial about pocket scrapping and how to go about it if you are new to it :).

It becomes even more effortless if you can find pocket style templates that work for you.¬†One doesn’t need to¬†be a Project Life scrapper or even a Pocket¬†scrapper to dabble in this style. The key is to have fun and adapt these to suit your own style and needs.¬†Here at the Press we have an amazing selection of these. Check them out here.
2. Use unusual photo spots
Here are some examples to do this. In this first layout I have clipped photos to photo spots in the template but also layered with patterned papers. The various shapes were a good way to show different crops on multiple photos I had of my girls ‘rowing the boat’.
 Credits:  Drawing blanks template by Sandy Pie Creations, A lot by Creashens

In the next one, whilst there was just one photo spot in the template, I wanted to show a long shot of where the kids were. I adjusted the template to insert a big photo in the background.

Credits: Everything from April shop collab – Fresh Air

In this final example I have literally added more photo spots. Simple and effective ūüôā Varying the photos between black and white and colour also adds a great deal of interest to the page.


¬†Credits: To remember album, This is everyday wordart, Time stood still all by Sabrina’s Creations
3. Clip photos to other shapes
Photos don’t always have to be rectangular or square in shape. It is great fun to use some different shapes to add a varied flavour to your style. In this example below, I have slipped one of the photos to a watermark star shape – probably not meant to be used as such but worked for me!
 Credits: 31 days of December by Meg designs, Thanksgiving by Rachel Hodge,Plus Side by Sahin Designs
4. Create a background of photos
This is my favourite go to method. Especially when I have nice pictures to show off. Putting that pivotal picture in the background not only creates a great canvas for the layout but also sets the context and lets you be more creative and experimental with the other photos. Here are some examples.


Credits:Tranquil by Sahin Designs, Chinese Whispers template by Jimbo Jambo designs, Found papers by Creashens


¬†¬†Credits:Forever by Little Lamm and Co, Family Love templates by Sabrina’s Creations
5.Change the crop to tell a different story (a.k.a. working with multiple similar shots)
So what happens when you have great photos but they look quite like one another? Fear not, there are a few ways to approach this, as well.

In the following examples, I have simply used different crops of similar shots – some in colour and some in black and white. I also used full length big photo on the left hand side.

All-of--me-loves-all-of-you-copy-for-web Credits: Hello February by Dunia Designs, Choices template by Meg Designs
Trisha-running-pg1copy-for-web Credits: Documented papers and templates by Anita Designs, Love is in the air elements by Mommyish and Mari K
something kinda wonderful
¬†Credits:Clean and Simple templates 24 by Sabrina’s Creations Also used by Meg Designs: Its the Little Things, Spring Song papers, Recharged JCs, Melliflous JCs
6. Use templates
As mentioned before templates are a great booster.Using the right template can get you to a great start! There are many interesting multi-photo templates available here at the Press. See some examples for yourself.
 Credits:Scraptime vol 9 templates and Awakening Bundle by France M Designs
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Credits: May 2016 Templates and Grad bundle by Sahin Designs
7. Use templates, but don’t be afraid to change them up
Whilst templates can be great for a great start, feel free to play around with them to accommodate your photos Рe.g. creating more spots if required or altering their position, shape and sizes.

If you look at the following layout and the template I have used as a starter, it is only but a small proportion of my overall design. In other words the template is hardly recognisable but I still had a great start using it and take it further from there.

 Credits:XO Cards by Dunia Designs, Hey love stamp sheet by Karla Dudley, Love is in the air elements by Mari Koegelenberg, Hello February elements by Dunia Designs and Cynosure templates by Meg Designs


So that’s it! …seven (7) easy ways to approach scrapping when you have lots of photos you need to include on a single page. I hope you find these ideas to be useful! Meanwhile, if you have ideas of your own for solving the “fitting multiple photos onto one layout” issue… I would love to see your own hacks! I’m always looking for more ideas. Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Until next time… stay creative! Ciao!

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About the Author Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping — almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally-disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.


Hybrid How-To | Mother’s Day Mini-Album


Hello everyone! It’s Saturday, and therefore time for another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m going to show you how¬†make a beautiful mini-album as a gift for Mother’s Day.

Supplies Needed:

  • digital kit of your choice (I used For Mom¬†By Little Lamm & Co)
  • white cardstock paper
  • any physical supplies/embelishments from your stash (I used only wood veneers and washi tape)


First, you will need two pieces of white cardstock, sized/formatted like the images below…


Next, after cutting the papers, you will need to score and fold them as shown below (to ensure they look like the format of the images just above this)…

You’ll want to glue the middle section (shown above) of the top paper to the same area of the bottom paper. This will create a thicker center section, along with multiple pages on each side that fold inward.

Next, it’s time to assemble and decorate the album. I chose digital patterned papers that I wanted to use in my mini-album, printed them, and then cut them to look like the images below…

*NOTE* These patterned papers, when printed, are a little bit smaller than the white cardstock sections, to enable us to glue them down on each section, as shown in the following image (below).

Glue your patterned papers down as a base on each section, and then decorate with photos, printed digital embellishments, and physical supplies!


Decorating your album is the most fun part of the process. Enjoy it!

Here’s a look at my album as I added photos and embellishments and it took shape…

I think this is a beautiful way to honor our mothers, isn’t it? And a beautiful and delicate gift. ūüôā

If you’d like to give this a try, too, don’t forget that you can earn challenge points at TDP! Come visit the CROSSWORD SECTION in The Digital Press forum, and you’ll find this month’s Hybrid Challenge¬†thread (*NOTE* for each month’s Hybrid Challenge at TDP, you get to choose one of the two (2)¬†“Hybrid How-To” tutorial posts from here on the blog for that month, and then you get to make your own version of that chosen project). If you choose to give¬†today’s project a try‚Ķ all you have to do is make a mini-album like mine using some digital elements and papers. Give it a shot, and share your final results with us! We can‚Äôt wait to see what you come up with.

Have a great weekend, you guys… and happy scrapping!

AndreaAbout the Author  Andrea Albuquerque is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. Andrea has been a scrapper since 2010 and a photographer since 2012. Although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, she can’t resist playing with paper, paint, and embellishments… so hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her! She lives in Brazil with her hubby.

Feature Friday | Tracie Stroud

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, we are excited to feature¬†Tracie Stroud here on The Digital Press blog! This is Tracie’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from August¬† 2016 HERE)‚Ķ and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Tracie to show us¬†her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great work space, eclectic and bright, busy and cluttered, but she loves it! Tracie says that she does all her mixed media and watercolor artwork here, as well as her scrapbook design work. When she is doing mixed media work, she just moves her¬†laptop and tablet out of the way, and all her art supplies are within arm’s reach.

We also asked Tracie to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of herself at this point in life, and¬†she gave us a list of her Top 5 Essential Oils She Can’t Live Without…

According to Tracie, “we try to avoid medications and chemicals as much as possible, so we use essential oils a lot. It was hard to narrow it down, but these are the 5 I absolutely couldn’t live without…”

  1. Lavender — we use this for any skin issues: rashes, insect bites, minor burns, eczema, etc. I also put it in an essential oil diffuser every night in our boys’ room to help them settle down to sleep.
  2. Peppermint — This is a must-have for me when I feel a headache coming on, or when I need a mid-afternoon boost without breaking out the coffee maker.
  3. Eucalyptus — This one is fantastic for colds and congestion. Be careful, though… it shouldn’t be used for small kiddos.
  4. Lemon — Lemon oil is a great stain remover, air freshener, and cleaning agent. I make a general cleaning mix with lemon oil, peppermint oil, a little white vinegar, and water and keep it in a spray bottle. I use it for everything, and I haven’t bought a chemical cleaning spray in years.
  5. Frankincense — This one can be a little pricey, but it’s worth it to us. I’m never without it. It’s a vital immune support oil. Anytime we feel a cold coming on, we put this oil on the bottoms of our feet, where the skin is thinnest, and it almost always keeps the worst of the symptoms away and shortens the lifespan of the cold. I also use it in place of Neosporin on open cuts and wounds.

As for her digital design style…Tracie creates fun products that look like real-world papers and elements from an art journal. She’s been designing for over eight years, and she loves the flexibility that the digital medium offers — letting her incorporate her art into her designs. The best part is that Tracie’s artsy designs let customers play around and express themselves, too! Personally, I love her “Rock the Shadows” layer styles, which can be found in her shop… and I use them on every single layout I create!

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Tracie’s shop at The Digital Press

Tracie’s products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here’s a look at a¬†few¬†of our favorite projects that use Tracie’s designs…

I hope you enjoyed¬†getting to know a little bit more about Tracie today,¬†as well as getting a look at her work space and at some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun‚Ķ¬†Tracie Stroud’s entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming week during her Feature week¬†(the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/27). It’s a great time to clear out your wish list of any items from her shop, at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Tracie’s “Dance In the Rain” kit for FREE¬†with any $10+ purchase in the Tracie Stroud shop at The Digital Press¬†(this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/27)…


JenniferHigniteJennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.





Tutorial Tuesday | Getting Kids to Smile at the Camera

Ever wish you had a few¬†tricks up your sleeve for getting kids to smile at the camera? I’m here today to help!

It’s often hard to get natural smiles from kids… and let’s face it, simply saying “cheese” often leads to the some of the cheesiest of smiles. So what to do?

I’m the first to admit that bribery goes a long way, but the last thing we really need is blurry photos due to a sugar high and smiles covered in chocolate. Right? So… instead, here are a few tips that will help you get some natural smiles.

  1. Chit Chat — I have found that some kids are shy or nervous about making sure they smile, just like the practiced at home, which can look fake or forced. If I just randomly bring my camera down and start chatting about school or what they ate for breakfast or who their favorite super hero is, I can get them talking and they‚Äôll smile without thinking about it and then the don‚Äôt even notice when I bring my camera back up and start snapping away.
  2. Catch them off guard — On occasion, I will say something out of the blue that kids aren‚Äôt expecting or make it seem that I‚Äôm trying to get a cute smile out of one of the children and end up getting great smiles out of everyone because it lightens the mood and takes the focus off of having to force a smile. This helps to get great natural smiles.
  3. Distraction — Distraction works really well when kids aren‚Äôt cooperating at all. My favorite technique is to ask them to make a silly face or a tiger face and I make faces too. The kids get distracted and start laughing or smiling on their own.
  4. A little humor — My son always makes a funny face when I go to take his photo. Always. He always looks constipated, but as soon as I say the word, he can‚Äôt help laughing hysterically. Of course, I‚Äôd never say that to a client, but other jokes work great. For example, if a kid is picking his nose, I ask if he has some tasty cheese-boogars that he can share.
  5. It is what it is — Many of my clients want picture perfect smiles, but I’m more of a lifestyle type person myself. I absolutely love photos where my kids aren‚Äôt smiling, whether is a posed shot or just a quick capture. I‚Äôm drawn more to eyes than mouths, so I‚Äôd rather avoid squinting eyes from big smiles. Sometimes kids just are who they are and I strive to capture them in the moment. If I don‚Äôt get smiles, it‚Äôs no biggie‚Ķ I get a lot of great shots anyways.

Want some examples of these tricks in action? Here is a layout I created¬†using a few photos of the silly faces my daughter makes…

Next time you are photographing kids and¬†find that you’re struggling to get a natural smile from your subject… give a few of these tips a try, and see if they don’t help you capture a fantastic shot or two!

FarrahAbout the Author ¬†Farrah Jobling is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Denver with her amazing family — Mike, Nicholas (9), Claire (7), Hope (2 yr old puppy) & Kringle (9 mo old bunny). She works from home as a photographer and enjoys scrapping her personal photos.


Feature Friday | Karla Noél

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am super excited to be showcasing the very talented Karla No√©l! This is Karla’s second feature here at TDP (you can find her first feature article from October 2016 HERE)‚Ķ and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers ‚ÄĒ this year, we‚Äôre going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Karla to give us a little peek into her¬†creative workspace. She just recently moved, however, and so nowadays her “current workspace” is actually just her sketchbook, according to her. Here’s a little look at some of her creative magic taking place with pen and paper…

We also asked Karla to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of her at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with…

Karla’s Top 5 List of Tunes She Loves to Listen To While Designing…

  1. When It’s Only Me and the Music by Jem and the Holograms
  2. Nicotine by Panic at the Disco
  3. One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston
  4. Middle Finger by Bohnes
  5. Go the Distance by Michael Bolton

She also shared some fun trivia/information about herself, for those who are new to her designs, given that she’s been on a design hiatus for the better part of this past year or two. So as a bonus, for those who don’t already know Karla… here’s an update! ūüôā

  • I’m a self-taught jack-of-all-trades designer since 2003. Thanks to Google, coffee, and the passion for creative everything.
  • Since then, I have had my biggest blessings… 5 wonderful children, including 2 sets (!) of twins.
  • With digital designs and scrapbook pages… I only make pages with my own designs. Not because I don’t like the design of others… but because I know exactly what I like, and so I just make it myself! LOL
  • I was going strong for years… but since 2007, my personal life was falling apart, and after 11 years of marriage, my husband left us in September 2014. That’s when I stopped designing regularly ūüôĀ …and lost so much, from my belongings, to my van, my home, and my children.
  • I’m slowly working on coming back! Taking my time… making sure it feels right… finding myself after all these years. I’m finding that I have naturally evolved into a new designer with a different outlook. A new me… hoping that I will be accepted by the creative community once more, when I make it back. It helps having a creative fianc√©, too! <3 hehe

As for Karla’s design style… it is distinctly her own. From her use of color to her fantastic hand-drawn elements and word art stamps… you can always recognize Karla’s products as being hers!

Here are just a few of my favorite products by Karla Noél

Also, here’s a look at just a small sampling of the gorgeous projects that have been created using Karla’s products…

Isn’t it all so fun and inspiring? ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Karla and looking into her creative space! I have great news — because during her entire feature week, you will find all of Karla’s products on sale 30% OFF in her shop at The Digital Press! (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/20). Check your wishlist, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear your favorite items off it¬†— at a discount!

Additionally, this week only ‚ÄĒ you can snag Karla’s “Epic.Ness” Collection¬†for FREE¬†with any $10+ purchase in the Karla No√©l shop at The Digital Press¬†(this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/20)…

Gaelle About the author Gaelle is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in France with her hubby, her two sons and her kitty. She loves digiscrap and discovered this activity in 2012, since she’s totally addict and scrap to keep memory her everyday life. Her family is definitively her principal source of inspiration.






Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Keyword Sets in Lightroom

I love using Lightroom. When I first began using it,¬†it was solely for the purpose of photo editing; I do almost all of my photo editing in Lightroom. After playing around in the program¬†for a while, though, I started using it for keywording (a.k.a. tagging) my photos for organizational purposes — and eventually I also began using it to tag my digital scrapbooking supplies. The more I use Lightroom, the more I love it. Keywording in Lightroom is quick and easy… and helpful! …and that’s what I am here to share with you today.

For a long time, I did all of my¬†keywording simply¬†by typing in the keywords I wanted to use (saving to the file’s metadata)… and/or by clicking on the keywords that showed up in the “Recent Keywords” set. One day, however, for whatever reason… I noticed there were up and down arrows immediately to right of the “Recent Keywords” set. Hmmm. Why had I never noticed that before? Nested under “Recent Keywords” was a option to save and edit a keyword set. Finding that option was¬†a great time-saver for me. Keywording is definitely not one of my favorite tasks, but I consider it a necessary part of my scrapbooking/photo-editing process and I welcome any and all shortcuts I find to speed up the process. I bet you will too!

So, before I show you how to create¬†a keyword set, in case you haven’t been using Lightroom for keywording I first want to¬†give you a quick how-to for basic keywording:

  • When you’re in the Library Panel press CMD/CTRL+K to access the Keywording Panel.
  • From there you just type in the keywords you want added to the metadata of your photo. *NOTE* You can add multiple keywords to a photo, simply by separating the keywords with a comma. For my example, I used the keywords “Barbara, BAU, Grant, Lauren, Scott, Stonehenge, UK” because these are the words I will most likely use to search for this photo at some point.


As I mentioned above, I find that creating Keyword Sets is a big timesaver. I’ve got a couple of standard keyword sets that I use.¬†Some standard sets I find useful are for different sets of family members. I like to tag all the individual family members in my photos so I can quickly access photos of individual people. Yes,¬†that is very detailed and perhaps more detailed than some people would want to go with their keywording… but the process actually goes quickly, and it saves me so much time down the road when I’m looking for photos.

I have three basic sets that I use all the time:

  1. “Us At Home” is a set of keywords I use all the time for my core family (my husband, kids, dog and at home keywords)
  2. “May Family” is a set of keywords of the names of people on my side of the family.
  3. “Unzen Family” is a set of keywords of the names of people on my husband’s side of the family.


From there, I’ll create keyword sets for individual holidays and events, vacations, etc. —¬†any keywords that I feel I’ll use over and over for a particular set of photos. I’ll save these keywords to a temporary (or permanent) keyword set. It saves me time and speeds up my keywording process.

So, now you probably want to know how to create a Keyword Set. This is the very simple process:

  • Click on the little up/down arrows to the right of “Recent Keywords”
  • Click on “Edit Set”
  • Type in the keywords you want included in the set (each set can hold 9 keywords). Hit Tab to move from box to box.
  • When you’ve entered in the 9 keywords you want included in the set click on the down arrow next to Preset and choose “Save Current Settings as New Preset”
  • Type in a name for your preset


That’s it! So easy, right?

And the benefit is that after doing this, when you’re keywording images at a later point in time you can choose between using your “Recent Keywords” and any of the other Keyword Sets you’ve created. Such a time-saver! Give it a try. I hope you find that creating and using Keyword Sets in Lightroom speeds up your keywording/tagging process, as well.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments of this post and I’ll get back to you. Also … if you’ve got any Lightroom shortcuts of your own that you’d like¬†to share with us, feel free to share them with us in the comments, as well!

Barbara UnzenAbout the Author:¬† Barbara Unzen is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She’s a mom to two teenage kids, a 19 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. In her¬†free time she loves to digi scrap, take photos and hang out with her family.

Hybrid How-To | Custom Watercolor Tags

Hello everyone! It’s Saturday, and time for another edition of Hybrid How-To… and today I’m going to show you how to use digital stamps to create customized¬†tags (and/or other projects).

Supplies Needed

  • Digital stamps (I used stamps from Speechies¬†and Love This by Rachel Hodge, and¬†also¬†This Life March Stamps¬†from the¬†Juno Designs shop)
  • Digital Kit (I used¬†In Living Colour¬†by KimB Designs)
  • Watercolor paints or distress inks
  • Laser printer
  • Optional — Minc foiling machine


I used Microsoft Word to create¬†my project… but of course you can use just about any word processing or image editing software. You will need to arrange your elements (stamps, etc.) on the page in a way that is conducive to¬†printing.¬†Don’t forget to leave some white space around each element (and around the outer edge of the page as a margin).

*TIP* ¬†In Word, I set the ‘Wrap Text’ option to ‘In Front of Text’ so as to be able to easily move the elements around on the page.

If  you have access to a laser printer, then you can print your document before painting. However, if you only have an inkjet printer, you must decorate your page first before printing or your images will run.

Once you have your stamps printed… you can let your creativity run wild! Use watercolor paints (or similarly-styled inks) to create unique backgrounds. Here’s a look at what I did…

*TIP* Use washi tape or masking tape to secure your page to a board or desk. This will help the paper stay flat (rather than curling).

Color your tags as you wish — use ombre effects, splotches, etc. — it’s up to you. I even left a few of my images blank so that I could color them in after I had cut out the pieces.

When you’ve finished, carefully remove the tape and allow to dry. It’s a good idea to place a heavy book on top to keep the paper flat.

OPTIONAL EXTRA STEP — Because I used a laser printer, I could add foil to my pieces using a Minc machine. To do this, you place the foil on top of the paper and feed it through the machine. The foil reacts with the toner… which melts and grabs the foil. Foil is available in a rainbow of colour and adds a real luxury to your pieces. Check this out…

Finally, you will cut out your pieces (adding extra color or ink as you wish). You can die cut or use a cutting machine to get really creative if you wish.

Here, you can see that I created a card with one of my tags…

You can also add them to scrapbook pages, pocket scrapping projects, or even planner pages! Here’s a look at a few pieces I thought could work well in a memory planner…

Isn’t this easy and fun? Now you can create something unique with your digital stamps, and hold the end-product in your hands!

Want to give this project a try? You can earn challenge points towards the April 2017 challenges here at The Digital Press if you share your finished projects with us. Check out our monthly challenge information in the CROSSWORD SECTION of the forum.

MoragAbout the Author¬† Morag Cutts is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. Morag has been an avid scrapper and photographer for ten years.¬† Although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, Morag can‚Äôt resist playing with paper and embellishments ‚Äď so hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her! ¬†Morag lives in the UK with her hubby, two kids and recently adopted puppy.


Feature Friday | Dunia Designs

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, we are excited to feature Dunia from Dunia Designs here on The Digital Press blog! This is Dunia’s¬† second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from September¬† 2016 HERE)‚Ķ and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers… this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Dunia to show us¬†her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great, clean, simple work space (you should see mine, in comparison!).¬† And doesn’t this space perfectly reflect her design style, which is also clean and simple?! ūüôā

We also asked Dunia¬†to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of her at this point in life, and¬†she gave us a list of her Top 5 of her Favorite Pastimes:

  1. Reading: At the moment, she reads “The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe.” Since she wants to improve her English, she reads a lot¬†at the moment.
  2. Walking: She loves to walk with her friends in her neighborhood.
  3. Playing: She loves playing with her kids. During the winter, they play a lot of board games… like Clue, Monopoly, Jingo, etc.
  4.  Netflix: She is addicted to Netflix. A few of her favorite series and films are: Sherlock, House of Cards, and Stranger Things (among others).
  5. Listen to music: She is a Rock-n-Roll person, and especially loves older music from artists like Led  Zeppelin, Metallica, Motorhead, ACDC, etc.


As for her digital design style… Dunia creates beautiful kits and collections that are perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking pages, as well as for pocket scrapping-style layouts and projects. She is known for her fantastic pocket cards. Whether you are a scrapper who is documenting everyday life… or individual holidays, vacations, or events… her products are perfect for clean and simple-style scrappers.

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Dunia’s shop at The Digital Press

Dunia Designs products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here is a look at a sampling of just a few¬†of our favorite projects using Dunia’s products…

I hope you enjoyed¬†getting to know a little bit more about Dunia Designs, as well as getting a look at her work space and some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun‚Ķ her¬†entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming¬†week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/13)!

Additionally, this week only ‚ÄĒ you can snag Dunia’s “My Kind of Day” Collection for FREE¬†with any $10+ purchase in the Dunia Design shop at The Digital Press¬†(this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/13)‚Ķ


About the author¬† Astrid is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives with her husband and her 2 teenage/adult kids in Germany. As a mini-jobber with only 10 hours/week, she has plenty of time for her digital scrapbooking hobby. She has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and is addicted to nearly all series. Vampires, zombies, vikings… it doesn’t matter; she likes everything. She loves the ocean and the summer heat, but lives in the opposite: mountains. Therefore, she loves visiting her family in Algeria or the south of France.








Tutorial Tuesday | Scraplifting Yourself

Welcome to another installment of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am here to advocate for a simple technique that will help you create more scrapbook pages (and faster, and more easily!) — scraplifting yourself.

I would like to use this post to encourage you to be gentle on yourself and not feel as though every layout you create has to be a masterpiece… while also helping you to avoid feeling as though creating layouts leaves you feeling drained. It’s a hobby and it should be fun, right?

Let’s be honest… life is busy,¬†and there are so many things that have to be done all the time. Often we find that by the time we sit down at the computer to take advantage of a few moments of crafty “me time,” our creative energy seems to have dissipated.

How to solve this?

You can always turn to your tried-and-true sources for inspiration. I love The Digital Press Gallery; Pinterest is another fun source of ideas (as is Instagram, as people are posting their scrapbooking creations there more and more often all the time nowadays!). Sometimes, though, I find that I use up all of my scrapping time just looking at other people’s layouts without doing anything with my own photos and getting any of my stories told. Oops! This ends up leaving me feeling despondent and uncreative.

An easy fix for me is to choose the photos I want to scrapbook, and then look at my own arsenal of previous layouts… with the goal being to re-create one that uses the same number of photos,¬†along w/ a new/different kit or collection. I just clip (Ctrl-G) the new papers and photos over the existing ones, and swap out the embellishments with new items from the kit I am working with the second time around.

For example, let’s take this layout that I created for TDP’s¬†3-for-3 challenge¬†in March 2017…

Characteristics of This Layout:

  • 3 photos
  • 3 different patterned papers
  • visual triangle of clusters
  • engaging title
  • complimentary colours of red and blue
  • right-aligned journaling

I still love this layout, and so for the next layout I had just 30 minutes to create and I started with 3 photos of my grandnieces playing outside of the holiday house we shared in December.

I kept the placement of just about everything exactly the same¬†–the photos, papers and journaling — and I changed up the date, etc. Instead of creating a new title, I used a pre-designed piece of word art from the newest TDP Designer Collaboration “Fresh Air“.¬†I still have foundation layers of paint and a scatter. Three points of orange, with a fourth embellishment spot that is tone-on-tone blue to break boundaries and add a different shaped element for interest.¬†I added shadows as I went¬†along… and in 30 minutes, it was finished and ready to be printed!

Here’s a look…

Again, Characteristics of This Layout:

  • 3 photos
  • 3 patterned papers
  • visual triangle of orange
  • wordart title
  • complimentary colours of blue and orange
  • centered journaling

I decided to use this page’s composition one more time. For this last layout, we had a family BBQ on the day before we left Johannesburg and I wanted to highlight the men’s role in cooking and that the women had a relaxed off duty kind of day. ūüôā

For this newest page, I wanted to include a 4th photo of my hubby grilling the meat… so I nudged the photos to the right and squeezed him in there. You can see more similarities with the second layout than the first, including white piece of word art layered over the photo, and centered journaling. Of course, these layouts look strikingly similar — but you could also mix things up by turning the design 90 degrees, or by flipping the paper layers found at the top to the bottom of the page, instead (or changing up the font, etc.). I went for speed over creativity, though, and as these layouts will be separated within the family album of 2016 with different opposing layouts I can almost bet that no one will even notice that they’re almost the same…

Characteristics of This Third Layout:

  • 4 photos
  • 3 patterned papers
  • diagonal/asymmetrical points of pink
  • Blue, green and pink
  • wordart title and sub-titles
  • centered journaling

What do you think? Do you have 30 minutes to spare, in which you want to complete a brand-new layout in just that short time? This technique will help you do so! Just turn to a tried-and-true layout design that you already love… open that PSD or TIF file… remove the papers and embellishments… and start again!

If you give this a try, I’d love to see your results! Feel free to load your layouts to The Digital Press Gallery, and you can even link us up to the original layout in your credits/description if you want to.

 About the Author  Stefanie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press Co. She is a mom of three older children, all living in Cape Town, South Africa, with her hubby of 29 years and their two cats. In her free time she loves digital scrapbooking, dabbling in photography and reading.

Feature Friday | Laura Banasiak

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, I am excited to feature Laura Banasiak here on the blog! This is Laura‚Äôs second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from June 2016 HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers… this year, we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, as well as more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Laura to give us a peek into her creative space (a.k.a. “where the magic happens”!)… but she did even better than that! Just wait until you see this! ūüôā

According to Laura, “My work space is really wherever I can manage to hide away from my kids for a few minutes with my laptop. Someday maybe I’ll work at a desk again… but in the meantime… my computer’s desktop background (above) is a photo from this past weekend’s “Heroes and Villains Fan Fest” in Chicago. My boyfriend and I have been working disability services at the conventions for the last three years… although last year’s convention didn’t go as planned, as we ended up missing out on it after my water broke at the venue and our little guy Ryker (in photo, above, held by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead) was born that day. We like to keep things interesting! Ryker is now the unofficial adorable Chicago convention mascot!”

Here are a few other photos Laura shared with us from the most recent convention she just attended… how fun is this?!

We also asked Laura to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of her at this point in life, and this was what she came up with…¬†Laura’s Top 5 Bands!

  1. Walk Off the Earth
  2. Deftones
  3. Incubus
  4. Avanged Sevenfold
  5. 10 Years

As for Laura’s designs… her kits are always full of colorful and funky elements, loads of hand-drawn doodles, and various hand-crafted artsy elements. In addition to digital kits, she also creates awesome fonts, alphas, and word art sets‚Ķ all of which have a very special style that is all her own, and you can usually recognize her products without even seeing her name on the packaging. I love working with her products, because Laura creates all kinds of goodies!

I picked some of my favorite products to share with you from Laura Banasiak’s store here at The Digital Press…

Her¬†products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Aren’t they fun?

I also pulled together a sampling of some really fantastic, creative¬†projects that use Laura’s products…


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Laura Banasiak and getting a peek into her creative space! To celebrate her week as our Featured Designer here at The Digital Press, her¬†entire store will be 30% OFF all week long¬†(the sale will end at 11:59 ET on Thursday 4/6).

Additionally, this week only ‚ÄĒ you can snag Laura’s brand-new, just-released “Little Crab” Mini Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Laura Banasiak¬†shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/6)…


About the Author  Miranda is mom of two teenage boys, aged 14 and 16 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves to read Danielle Steel novels, long walks at the beach and she loves Italy; and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

Tutorial Tuesday | Blend Modes

Welcome to another installment of our Tutorial Tuesday series! Today, I want to share a few ways I use blend modes in Photoshop in order to blend my own custom background papers for my layouts!

Layer blend modes can be quite confusing, and honestly I think that simply playing around with them & trying out different opacities is the best way to learn what fits your style. In general, though, layer blend modes change the way layers (or their colors) react with each other.

The modes that I use the most are:

  • Linear Burn & Multiply (the 2nd group of blend modes make things darker; eliminates whites)
  • Screen (3rd group of blend modes make things lighter; eliminates blacks)
  • Overlay & Soft Light (4th group of blend modes generally make things lighter; they work¬†with the gray tones, and results depend on the colors of your base layer)

The Blend mode panel is found just above the layers in the Layer panel. The default is always ‘normal’ and clicking on the small ‘v’ ¬†will bring down the rest of the blending options, as shown here…

Here are a few examples of how I used the blend modes mentioned above to combine two papers together in order to make my own unique background papers. I’ve shown my final layout (top left), the original paper files from the kit I used (bottom left and right), and also the blended version (top right) along with information about the modes/opacities I used…

In the next example, the text paper (lower left) was super fun & I really wanted to use it… but as a background on its own, it was a tiny bit too distracting. Blending it into the starburst paper (lower right) & then lowering the opacity almost all the way down solved that problem. You can still see & read the words on the new version (top right)… but it doesn’t overpower the layout (top left) any longer…

In the next example, I loved the swirly paper (lower right) and wanted to use it for my background, but it was a bit too bright. When I lowered the opacity, however, it seemed to wash out the pretty greens in the paper. My solution was to use a solid green background paper (lower left) because it helped to keep that color nice & sharp, while still decreasing how bold the pattern looks on my layout (top left)…

The next example highlights a useful¬†tip I want to share — which is that if you can’t get it just right with one blend mode, you can always combine it with another mode and/or duplicate the layer that you’re blending. In the following example, I wanted that hexagon paper (lower right) to pop, even despite the darker paper I combined it with. Duplicating the paper and lowering its opacity gave me the defined hexagons I was going for…

Moral to the story: if you love a certain¬†pattern, but you need a darker/different color for your layout… or if you want to tone down the brightness… or if you simply need a certain color to tie your photos together with a kit… blend modes can be your new B.F.F.! Through the use of blend modes, the possibilities are endless!

It’s also a great technique that can help you stretch your scrapping stash!¬†The sky is the limit when it comes to making something unique and creating your own style with just a few clicks of the mouse! ūüôā

AmieAbout the Author¬† Amie is a craft-loving dental hygienist who lives in Washington state. She loves her husband, her two kids (ages 9¬†& 5), and her English Bulldog‚Ķ as well as coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book, and lip gloss ‚ÄĒ not necessarily in that order.