Feature Friday | Mari Koegelenberg

 

Hello and welcome to a new Feature Friday! Today we are getting to know designer Mari Koegelenberg a little better. Mari is the designer behind Mari Koegelenberg Creations (the name gave that one away, didn’t it?!), where you will find beautiful floral designs right next to cute and whimsical papers — some featuring dogs, cats, cacti, raccoons, donuts, and just about anything else you could wish for! Not only does Mari create digital scrapbooking kits and pocket style scrapping supplies, she also has amazing cutting files and planner kits in her collection of products, as well.

Here are just a few of the brilliant products you will find in her store at The Digital Press:

To get to know Mari a little better, we asked her a few questions…

Where do you live?
The Central Coast of California

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
Planning and decorating… I just bought a house with a separate office! Pinterest is my bestest friend.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
LOL! I have been doing this for so long and this question always comes up, so at this point there probably aren’t 5 things people don’t know about me yet… but if this is your fist time learning about me, then let’s go with these…
—I am double-jointed and can do a weird pop thing with my thumb.
—My eyes are 2 different colors.
—I would never, ever wear yellow BUT I love using it in kits!
—When I grow up, I want to be a monster truck driver.
—When I laugh (which happens a lot) I do a pig snort which usually just leads to more uncontrollable laughter… which means I am NOT a good person to sneak around with being quiet, it just isn’t possible!

Which of your products is your favorite?
Smart Cat and Plan With Me

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And now, here are a selection of pages and projects made with Mari’s gorgeous products:

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So there you have it, a little insider information about Mari Koegelenberg, and a peek at some of her gorgeous digital goodies! If you still need any more of a nudge to go and check out her store, then you are in luck — because Mari’s store will be 30% OFF throughout all of this week, so this is the perfect moment to browse all her products, and grab yourself a bargain (the sale will end on Thursday 10/20 at 11:59pm ET). Happy Scrapping!


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently-sunny but breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 2 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Tutorial Tuesday | Create Your Own Postage Stamp Frame

 

 

I love the look of postage stamps on a scrapbook page. They add a nice little touch of interest to a page. Papers look great when they’re clipped to postage stamp shapes, but what I really love is the look of photos inside a postage stamp frames. You can get some great postage stamp frames in digi kits, but you can also easily create them on your own in just a few quick steps while you’re scrapping a page. Let me show you how.

 

When I create a postage stamp frame I usually create it right on my page as I’m creating it, but for ease of instruction I’m going to show you on a blank canvas. My instructions are for Photoshop CS6 but you can use the same basic instructions in Photoshop Elements and other versions of Photoshop as well.

 

1. Create a blank 5″ x 5″ canvas.

 

I’m going to create a 4 inch x 4 inch frame so I’m going to create it on a 5″ x 5″ canvas. (Again, you can easily create your frame directly on your scrapbook page as well.) Here’s how to create a 5″x5″ canvas:

 

File > New > Width: 5 inches, Height: 5 inches, Resolution: 300 pixels/inch

 

2. Create a new blank layer.

 

You can create a new blank layer several different ways. You can click on the Create a New Layer icon in the layers panel (it looks like a folded piece of paper) OR you can select Layer > New > Layer  OR you can press CMD+SHIFT+N and press OK.

 

3. Create the shape you want to turn into a postage stamp.

 

With the new layer active in the layers panel, use the Rectangular Marquee tool (hotkey M) and click and drag to create your shape. I’m going to create a square about 4″ x 4″, but you can create a rectangle as well. NOTE: If after you click and drag to create your shape you press the SHIFT key, you will get a perfect square.

 

 

4. Fill your shape with a color.

 

Since I’m working on a blank white canvas I’m going to fill my shape with a color. I like to fill my shape using the Paint Bucket tool (hotkey G). With the Paint Bucket tool active, simply click inside the marching ants of the shape you created in Step 3 and your shape will be filled with whatever color is in your foreground color picker.

 

 

5. Create the postage stamp edge.

 

Now comes the fun part – creating the postage stamp edge. Using the Eraser tool (hotkey E), choose a hard round brush. (Do not use a soft round brush.) For my example I used a 60 pixel hard round brush. You will also need to adjust the spacing of the brush in order for this to work. Click on the Brush Panel icon (it’s next to the brush size and looks like a file folder with paint brushes). Adjust your spacing to about 150%. As you change the spacing you can see the effect it will have in the brush tool.

 

 

Now that you’ve set your Eraser Brush settings, line the center of your brush shape up with one of the corner edges of the square shape that is going to become the postage stamp. I like to center the dot of the Eraser Brush right on the edge of the shape. (NOTE, as long as your Caps Lock is OFF you should be able to see the outline of your brush shape.) I like to start at the left and work around the square.

 

While holding down the Shift key (which will keep the line straight), click at the start and then again at the end of the top edge of your shape. The Eraser Brush will have erased a straight line of circles from your shape giving you a postage stamp effect on the first side of your shape.  Release the Shift key and your mouse and then do the same thing on the other sides of your shape. Continue until you’ve done the same to all four sides.

 

 

At this point you can mask a photo or a paper to this shape. You can also cut out the center and make it a frame.

 

6. Create the frame.

 

To create the frame effect you will want to cut out the center of the postage stamp shape you just created. With the postage stamp shape layer active in the layer panel, simply use the Rectangular Marquee tool (hotkey M) and click and drag to create a square over your newly created shape. When you’re happy with the area you want to cut out, simply press the Delete key.

 

 

NOTE: If you do not want to erase away part of your postage stamp shape, you can also create a new layer above the postage stamp shape and, using the Rectangular Marquee tool, create a new shape layer ABOVE your postage stamp shape (be sure to use a contrasting color so you can see the shape you added) and you can clip your photo to the new shape.

 

7. Embellish your new Postage Stamp Frame!

 

Voila! You’re done! You’ve created a quick postage stamp frame. Now you can embellish the heck out of it. here are some ideas:

  • Add a drop shadow to your frame
  • Clip a textured paper to the frame
  • Clip some paints, etc. to the frame
  • The possibilities are endless!

 

NOTE: I used River Rose Designs’ Sunday Morning kit to embellish my frame.

 

So what do you think? Did you know that you could create a postage stamp frame on your scrapbook pages so quickly?  Give these steps a try and please let us know if you’ve got any questions.

 


 

BarbaraAbout the Author |   Barbara is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Minnesota, is married and has two awesome kids (a 19 year old boy and a 17 year old girl) as well as an adorable 10 year old Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. In her free time she loves to take photos and play around in Photoshop. Life is good!

Feature Friday | Karla Noél

Happy Feature Friday! This week, we’re excited to help you get to know our very own Karla Noél (formerly Dudley) a little bit better! Karla has a love of art, design, and family. She enjoys spreading her love of design and scrapbooking to all. Her design style is uniquely her own — filled with artsy, hand-drawn patterns and elements… eclectic colors… and fun handwritten word art.

This is just a small sampling of the inspiring product offerings you’ll find in her store here at The Digital Press

 

And now, let’s get to know Karla a little better! We asked her to answer a few questions so we could learn more about her…

Where do you live?
live in Downtown San Diego.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I’m working and crocheting… or is it crocheting and working… 😉

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I can do backflips.
—I’m together and in love with my first love.
—I prefer my eggs burnt (and pretty much all of my food that way, actually).
—I know my fonts!
—I lost over 100 pounds in one year.

Which of your products is your favorite?
Hmm… in the store right now, I think it would have to be the Epic.ness collection. It’s fresh and fun and timeless…

 

Here is a look at some of my favorite projects using Karla’s designs…

If you haven’t already browsed through Karla’s shop here at The Digital Press… definitely check it out HERE! You will want to take a peek this week, for sure, because her entire shop will be 30% OFF through the end of next Thursday (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 10/13)!


LindyKrickbaum

About the Author  Lindy Krickbaum is a member of the creative team at the Digital Press. She is a happily-married wife, and best friend to her twin sister. She currently lives in Johnson City, Tennessee in the United States. Lindy is a self-admitted scrap-a-holic, rarely missing a day to scrap. She also enjoys designing jewelry, reading, and traveling every chance she gets.

Tutorial Tuesday | Blending Text

Hi there, scrappers!

My tutorial for you today is all about making your text look more realistic. When you write or type on real paper, what you see is a mixture of the ink and the texture and material of the paper. But, when we add a type layer on top of a digital paper, we don’t automatically get the same result. I’ll show you a couple quick steps that you can follow in order to make digital text look more like it is written on the paper instead of floating on top.

  • First, type your text as you would like it to appear on your layout
  • Right click on your type layer and choose Blending Options (or, you can also click the little ‘fx’ button at the bottom of your layer palette)

  • When the Layer Style menu opens up, you will see two sliders. You want the bottom one, Underlying Layer
  • Grab the left side of the bar and drag it to the right until the text starts to disappear
  • Hold down the Option key and click on the little carrot you just dragged to the right so that it splits into two little arrows

  • Drag the left of the two new arrows to the left until you like the way the text looks

  • Tweak it as much as you like until your text looks just right!

 

Here is a look at the original text… and the blended text… so you can see the difference!

 

Isn’t that great? I hope you’ll give this technique a try. I find that it really gives that extra realistic look to my digital layouts.


KatieAbout 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.

October 2016 at The Digital Press | Transform

 

Well folks, we’ve just wrapped up our big Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) celebration this past weekend here at The Digital Press… and now with the start of a new week — its time to really dive into the month of October and all that it will be bringing our way!

For the month of October 2016, we will be focusing on a new Word of the Month… TRANSFORM. It’s a simple word, but one that that conveys so much possibility and carries so many different meanings — especially this time of year. There’s the view of “transformation” with regard to the changing of the seasons; here in the United States, one of the most documented and noticeable season changes is that of summer-to-fall. The colors become so vibrant, and the weather is so noticeably different, and it’s so easy to document the changes that you can see — visually — all around you. There’s also the view of “transformation” with regard to holidays we tend to celebrate in the month of October (such as Halloween!), in which people transform themselves into something different through use of costumes. And then, finally, there’s the view of “transformation” with regard to changes we make within ourselves… transforming ourselves through constant work and self-improvement and self-assessment.

Here’s a look at just a few visual representations of this idea of transformation, with regard to our Word of the Month — TRANSFORM

 

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Looking for ways to incorporate this idea of TRANSFORM into your scrapping and crafting this month? Come join us at TDP! We’re jumping into another month of our popular Challenge System for October, and there are so many fun new things in store for you throughout the upcoming month — including a challenge that specifically calls upon our new word of the month — TRANSFORM. 🙂

We have 9 new challenges waiting for you in THE CROSSWORD SECTION — a.k.a. our forum’s challenge section — a fun play on words that we love because (a) #WeAreNerdyThatWay, (b) our challenges have always been loosely connected to our Word of the Month at TDP (get it? “crossword” haha)… and (c) it fits nicely into TDP’s news/press theme.

Here’s a peek at the challenges you’ll find throughout October 2016…

 

 

Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collection, Family Game Night, which launched this past weekend in the shop. It’s only been available for 3 days now but already is one of our most popular-ever designer collaboration collections here at TDP (and it’s easy to see why)! With 45 papers, 96 elements, 9+ pocket cards, 3 matching themed mini-kits, layered templates, cutting files, and more… it’s a must-have for scrapping your family’s game night memories, creating fantastic party decorations, and more!

 

 

As always, you’ll be able to grab this monthly designer collaboration collection for just $4 for the first 4 days of the month (after which time it goes back to regular price… so grab it while the 4-for-$4 deal is on!).

Come check it all out! We look forward to spending October with you at The Digital Press.


Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Hybrid How-To | Halloween Countdown Decor

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Hello and HaPpY OcToBeR!!! And Happy Digital Scrapbook Day! Arielle here and I’m so glad you stopped by today! I have a great project that will get you all scrappy this weekend – snipping and gluing and layering – oh my! I’m going to show you how I designed this little Halloween Countdown decor, and give you some tips on creating your own Halloween decor!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Digital Kit – Magic Hour by Mari Koegelenberg
  • Thin cardstock
  • Adhesives (I used an ATG gun & dimensionals)
  • Scissors and paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as buttons and twine.
  • Base material – you can adhere your decor to an adhesive magnet sheet to use on your fridge or a filing cabinet or you could mount it to black foam core.

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Step One – Design your project! I like to pick my kit and completely design my project In Photoshop before I print out the elements. That way I know everything will work together and I will only print what I need for the project.

I found this antique~y frame in another kit and blew it up, adjusted the threshhold settings and superimposed it over the star paper. I used some free spooky fonts, as well.

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(Once my design is complete, I divide all the elements onto separate sheets for printing. I usually throw in some extra elements in case I mis-cut something or I decide it needs a little something extra!)

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Step Two – Print your elements and gather your supplies! It’s always a great idea to add some buttons, gems, ribbon, twine… you get the idea – mix in some real stuff. It will be fun & you can’t get it wrong. I promise.

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Step Three – Trim out your elements. Yes, you could think of this as tedious… or you can realize it’s really therapeutic! I just love cutting out cute little things!

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Step Four – My frame paper printed really dark, so I went back in with a white pencil to add a little definition. Don’t be afraid to grab paint, glitter or other media to layer onto your project! It adds another dimension to your hybrid work!

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Step Five – Start layering! Pop up different layers with dimensional adhesives. It’s great when you can find them at different heights. Add some different textures, I used buttons and twine. (I added a couple enamel dots to the cat’s eyes, too!)

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(I made my own Halloween “sticker” by just leaving a white border as I trimmed around the word. I used a craft knife to cut out the space in the “H”. I added some depth to my paper flowers by pressing them into my palm to push the petals up!)

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Here’s the finished project! I still can’t decide if I want mine on my fridge or my wall, but I have both magnetic sheets and black foam core when I do! I’ll just trace around my frame, and trim the backing to size.

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Craft stores also sell all kinds of blank signs you could use as a base – canvas, chalkboard, wood, burlap. You could also make a hybrid Halloween banner or bunting, on paper or fabric. hey, you could even print out a bunch of these and let your kids decorate a tin can pencil holder or a cute garland!

Now it’s your turn! Want to try your hand at some hybrid Halloween decor? It can be as easy and as simple as you want it to be! Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create an amazing item for yourself or someone you love AND earn points doing it! Points can later be cashed-in for discount coupons to the shop at the end of the month if you participate in the challenge system at The Digital Press!

Tutorial Tuesday | PART 3: Use Products from TDP to Scrap on Your Phone

 

 

Throughout the past few weeks, we have showed you how to use products from The Digital Press on your mobile device (using the Project Life app) to make quick and easy Pocket Pages on your phone using your own digital stash. If you missed the first 2 posts of this series, be sure to check out PART 1 HERE (full of great tips to get you started with using your own digital stash in mobile scrapping) and also PART 2 HERE (in which we explain how to add journaling/text to cards that come from your own digital stash).

Today, we’re here to share PART 3 of this 3-part series… and show you how to use the app to scrap non-pocket-style layouts — with a teeny tiny little bit of help from Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements (PSE) …or the photo-editing software of your choice.

You’ll be happily shocked at how quick and easy this can be! Are you ready?


PART 3 — USING A PHONE TO SCRAP NON-POCKET-STYLE PAGES

So, possibly you’ve been following along with this series on our blog… but you haven’t been super excited about it, because you just don’t love the pocket-scrapping style.

Raise your hand if this describes you.

If this is you… then you’ve likely been feeling a little jealous as we progress through this tutorial series, right? You love the idea of using the 20 minutes you sit in a doctor’s office waiting room to document your family’s memories… but you don’t want pocket pages in your album. You can see the benefit of mobile scrapping… but you really wish there was a way to scrap more traditionally-styled pages within the app.

Laura has a few ideas for you today… 🙂

 

EXAMPLE 1

Sometimes I find myself with random chunks of time on my hands and nothing to do.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 🙂 *everyone falls over laughing at the idea of a mom with spare time on her hands*

OK, now that we’re all finished laughing… seriously, though… it’s true. Think about all of the times you sit for 15 minutes in a doctor’s office or dentist’s office in the waiting room. You waste time reading the office’s year-old copies of People Magazine, and you sort of hate yourself for caring enough about Brangelina to flip to the middle and read one of the articles. Don’t you wish you had something more fun (and productive) to do?

I have found, in recent months, that I can effectively use these small blocks of time — sitting in waiting rooms, or sitting with the engine off in the afternoon car line at my kids’ school, etc. — to do the majority of the “hard work” of scrapping a page of my family’s memories.

I have also found that if I figure out which photos I want to scrap, and I upload a few digital supplies (papers/cards) to my phone from my own digital stash about once every week or two, then I always have what I need to create the backbone of some easy-peasy non-pocket style pages when I find myself with spare time.

 

HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT…

As we know from PART 1 of this tutorial series, the Project Life app comes with multiple pocket-style layout choices pre-installed (and you can also make in-app purchases to add to the number of other layout choices that are available to you).

For this example, I knew that I had 2 sets of photos that were sitting on my phone — a series of baseball photos of my boys, and another series of photos of them being goofy in our driveway one morning — and all of these photos were just taking up space on my phone, waiting for me to finally put them into a page…

Once I know what photos I want to work with, I can quickly and easily choose a layout/design that will work with either (a) the number of photos I have to scrap, or (b) the type of photos I am wanting to work with.

  • For instance, for the top 3 photos (the baseball photos), I figured I could create a page with 4 photos — one of each parade, and also one of each of my boys (if I cut that center photo apart into 2 portraits).
  • Similarly, for the bottom 4 photos, I knew that a photo-strip of all 4 photos lined up in a row would work nicely (see EXAMPLE 2, below).

Therefore, to work with the baseball photos — I uploaded a few sports-themed (and color-appropriate) 12×12 digital papers to Dropbox, and then transferred them to my phone (see PART 1 of this tutorial series for info on doing this).

Then I opened the app, and chose my desired layout…

Once I selected my 3×3 grid design, I knew that I wanted to have the photos of my kids take up 4 of the 9 spots… and that I wanted the 12×12 digital papers in 4 of the spots… and that I wanted one simple journaling space in the center…

I used a card that came pre-installed in the app itself (a relatively simple/plain card from the “Midnight” edition). Because I was using the 3×3 grid design, each block on the layout was a 4″ square. Therefore, the app only allowed me to choose/use cards that were 4″x4″ or 4″x6″. As you can see, above, I chose a 4″x6″ card and I positioned it in a way that cropped off the top (grey and yellow dots), leaving me just a simple white card with “REMEMBER THIS” in grey text at the bottom.

Next, I added some text to the center space (the journaling card). Because I used one of the cards that came pre-installed in the app, the app allowed me to add text straight to the card on my layout (as opposed to having to add text to one of my own cards outside of the app, as we showed you in PART 2 of this series).

I also did some really quick/simple photo editing, because I felt that a couple of my photos were a bit too saturated/bright. See the following image for the easy photo-editing option that is built right into the app itself…

After going through all of the above steps, I felt that my layout was finally completed within the app. All of the photos, papers, and journaling was added (typically the more time-intensive things for me to do when I scrap — because of all of the decisions that go into all of it!)… and the only thing left to add (later) were some embellishments & shadows.

At this point, it was time to EXPORT the finished in-app page… save it to my phone’s camera roll… and then transfer it to Dropbox in order to access it later from my computer.

Here’s what my page looked like when I was finished with it in the app…

Now, honestly… there’s nothing wrong with that layout. It captures the moment… displays the memories… includes some journaling to help us remember what was happening that day… etc. Could it go into our album like that? ABSOLUTELY!

But with another 10 minutes in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements (PS/PSE)… I knew I could tweak a few things to make this more like a traditionally-scrapped digital page. And that’s where the fun comes in.

The following video shows you — in real time — exactly what I did to take this page from what you see above to the finished page you see below. 🙂 ENJOY!

**NOTE** if you are viewing this in Firefox and have trouble w/ the video… please try another browser. Firefox has known glitches with video, whereas Chrome, IE, and Safari all seem to be working fine. 🙂

 

And here’s a look at the final digital page — after I added everything you saw in the video (above), as well as (a) a year in the upper-right corner, and (b) a felt pennant element in the lower-left corner (two last-minute additions I threw in there right before I saved the final 12×12 print-ready copy)

Isn’t that just a little bit more fun than the page I got out of the app? And it only took me an extra 10 minutes to do it! 🙂

 

EXAMPLE 2

If you remember the “pile of photos” I found on my phone (see above) and wanted to use to create pages… in addition to the baseball photos I just used in EXAMPLE 1, there was also a series of 4 photos of my kids being goofy in our driveway one morning. I mentioned above that I thought I might want to create a photo-strip of that series, and use it on a layout. So… that’s what we will do here, using the app!

First, using the same processed described above… I chose a layout design within the app that would accommodate a 4-photo “strip,” as shown here…

As you can see in image C (above)… I also added a few cards that are available pre-installed in the app (the ones I chose are from the “Kraft” edition).

Now, you’ll notice that the design of my photos and cards isn’t necessarily all that artistic or visually-appealing. That’s OK. It won’t stay that way. 🙂

Once I “grabbed” all of the items from the app that I thought I might need to create my layout… I once again exported it as a 12×12 high-resolution image, the same way I did up in EXAMPLE 1, above. This is what it looked like when I exported it (you’ll notice that if you leave blank spaces in the app… when it exports it, it erases those and you get a plain white background in those spots)

Once I had the high-resolution exported copy of this “half-baked” layout… it was time to pull everything into Photoshop/Photoshop Elements (PS/PSE). The following video shows you — once again, in real time — exactly what I did to take this page from what you see above to the finished page you see below…

**NOTE** if you are viewing this in Firefox and have trouble w/ the video… please try another browser. Firefox has known glitches with video, whereas Chrome, IE, and Safari all seem to be working fine. 🙂

 

And once again, here’s a look at the final digital page — after I added everything you saw in the video (above), as well as (a) a quick page title, (b) some typed journaling, and (c) a date just under the photo strip (all of which took me about 2 more minutes to add after the video stopped rolling)

And that’s all there is to it! It took about 10 minutes or so, give-or-take… and it was super easy!

This is all very exciting, right? The idea of creating non-pocket style pages by doing the bulk of your work in this app is something that expands the possibilities of this app in a way that is just awesome. Freeing. Liberating, even.

The flexibility to scrap in numerous styles from the palm of your hand is just way too cool. We hope this helps give you all sorts of ideas and inspiration about ways to use all of those random little 15-minute pockets of time from your day more effectively and productively!

Enjoy, have fun, and happy scrapping!

 


Laura PassageAbout the Authors

Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Erin

 

Erin is a work from home mom of three who just moved from Thailand to the west coast of the United States. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

 

Jennifer Hignite

 

Jennifer 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.

Feature Friday | Inside Pixels by Lisa Bell

Hello everyone, its time for another Feature Friday… and I am thrilled to be introducing you to the face behind Inside Pixels by Lisa Bell!

I love Lisa’s colorful, fun, themed kits and versatile elements. They are perfect for traditional scrapbooking, as well as pocket-style scrapbooking. Lisa balances her designs with realistic elements, attention to detailing, and little creative touches that make her designs stand out. I especially love her wordarts and pocket cards.

Lets take a look at some of my favorite designs from Lisa’s shop here at The Digital Press…

I also had an opportunity to ask Lisa some questions about herself and her designs, and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
live in Utah.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I play board games or video games, or watch Netflix (Gilmore Girls with my daughter) with my kids and hubby… frisbee/ball with my puppies… or play the piano if I need some alone time. Beethoven is probably my favorite to play.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—My eyes are 2 different colors. Certain colors make it more obvious. They are both hazel, but one is more blue than the other.
—I have 4 kids and my youngest child is 16 so we are in the adulting years at our house. It is usually a lot of fun (for me), especially when they have to make a phone call or set up an appointment bwaha ha ha!
—I am a soda pop junkie with Coke Zero for the win. My children have been known to bribe me to make an appointment for them with a Coke Zero!
—I try to do something silly to make me laugh everyday because there is always something to be grumpy about.
—My youngest son, 16 years old, is Autistic/Aspergers so I quit my job in the paper scrapbooking world to be a substitute teacher in his first grade year. I learned a great deal about him and what I needed to do to teach him to manage social situations. Eventually, I made it back to scrapbooking… just took a small detour through elementary school.

Which of your products is your favorite?
My favorite kit to date is my Adulting Kit, because it reminds me of some fun/silly times going on at our house (especially the dinosaur card in the Life Card Set… “I’ve got a big head and little arms. And I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through… Master?” from Meet the Robinsons)…

Here are some of the layouts that show the range of Lisa’s amazing products. It was hard to pick just a few to showcase, what with all the gorgeous layouts in her gallery…

I hope you have been able to get to know Lisa and her designs a little better today. I, myself, have already discovered some of the next few items from her shop that I will definitely be adding to my wish-list next! And if you haven’t had a chance to use any of her products yet… this is your chance! Her entire shop here at The Digital Press will be 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 9/29).


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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.

Tutorial Tuesday | 5 Ways to Create Visually-Appealing Layout Designs

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Do you want to absolutely LOVE every layout you create? Do you want to spend less time pulling everything together to make a great layout? Do you want to spend less time on arrangements and more time telling the heart of your story?

Yes, yes, yes! We all do. 🙂

Here are 5 simple tips to help you create visually-appealing layout designs every time…

1 — Create a Main Focal Point
Make the most important piece on your layout take up the most room on the page. This will help ensure that it is what you see first (see the target I added?).

 

2 — Use the Rule of Thirds
As with photography, using the Rule Of Thirds (ROT) helps to place the focus of your design elements in a more appealing place. Simply divide your page into thirds, horizontally and vertically and choose a point where the lines intersect.

3 — Create a Visual Triangle
Place key elements along an invisible triangle to add interest and draw the eye from one point to the next.

 

4 — Create Movement & Flow
Use motion to direct attention throughout the page to tell your story. Arrows, lines, and tags help create a flow to follow within your layout, especially on Pocket Pages.

5 — Change up the Alignment
Creating a visual connection among elements helps to create interest. A row of three or more aligned objects creates harmony…

…but it’s also fun to mix it up — drawing the attention to something out of order…

 

I hope these tips will help you create layouts that you love, easier and faster!

 


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.

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Hybrid How-To | Halloween Stickers

Hello everyone, It’s Tanya here to show you step-by-step how to create your own (really cute) Halloween stickers!

I thought that stickers like these would make the perfect Halloween treat for school parties. You just never know when one of your child’s classmates might have a food allergy… and with all of the sugar they will be getting already, these will surely be a big hit! My boys are way to old for this, but I am excited to create a bunch and give them out on Halloween night!

Supplies Needed:

  • Your favorite Halloween-themed digital kit (I used FREAKIN ADORABLE 1.0 and FREAKIN ADORABLE 2.0 by Mari Koegelenberg and Danielle Engebretson, shown below)
  • Cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Printer
  • White shipping labels
  • 3 x 4 treat bags
  • Stapler (I use a mini stapler that came with colored staples)

The reason I chose these kits — there are just soooooo many fun elements to choose from! I chose 4 different elements from each kit and believe me, that was really hard to do because I wanted to use them all!

The first thing you need to do is to open the images/elements you are going to use in your cutting machine software (I’m using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition). Open your elements and simply drag them over to a new drawing area, as shown here…

Once you have decided on the images you will use, you will have to do a “trace” on each one in your software. This will tell the machine where to cut. This is also referred to as a Print and Cut.   Open the Trace menu and select the trace area (see the small black circle I drew near the upper right)…

Now uncheck the “High Pass Filter” and move the “Threshold” all the way to the right. You can see that the image is perfectly highlighted (see the circle and the arrow I drew to show the boxes you will click/change)…

At this stage, there are a few ways to let the machine know the cut area. The one I will be showing you is the Trace and Detach. To do this, simple click on “Trace and Detach” as shown here (see the small black arrow I drew near the right)…

Now you will click on the image and drag it off to the side. It is hard to see, but there will part of the image left behind (you can see this below; when I click and drag over where the image was, the dashed lines show up. This is the part to get rid of). After dragging a box over the leftover part, hit “delete.”

Continue to do this for all elements used…

Next, draw out a box. The dimensions of my box were 3.250 x 2.563. I was able to get six to a page. Resize the elements to fit inside your area. The size of your box and images will depend on the size of your treat bags.

Now, you will copy and paste into all spaces, as shown here…

Now it cutting time. First, you have to print the stickers onto the label sheet. To do this, make sure that your “registration marks” are on… and then send through your printer. It is important to have the registration marks on before you print. These marks tell the machine where to cut.

Next step is to go to the “Cut Settings.” Here, you will tell the machine where to cut and what type of materials you will be using. For this project we will need to send the sticker sheet through twice. The first time will be just a kiss cut; this will not cut the paper all the way through.

First cut: Only turn on the cut settings on the images. To do this, go through and click on each image and chose “Cut Edge.” You can double check to see if the box around the images is off — simply click on one and it should show “No Cut.”

Second cut: Now do the opposite. Go through and turn the cut marks OFF on the images and turn the box cutting lines ON. You will also choose “cardstock” for your material. This will cut all the way through, giving you little individual sticker sheets…

Now you can either peel the white area around your sticker off… or leave it on. I left it on because these particular labels have a “cut” through the back and doesn’t look quite right.

Now add your sticker sheets to the treat bags…

I created a cute topper (in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition) and stapled it to the top of each treat bag. You can even add your child’s name to the back of the treat for a nice finished touch…

Here’s a look at the finished product from the front of the sticker packages…

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial! Get your creative juices flowing and create some stickers for Halloween (or even for some other fun occasion… you could use any theme/kit you like!). If you give it a try, come share your creation in the September Hybrid Challenge thread in the forum. 🙂

 


TanyaAbout 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 | LJS Designs

It’s time for another Feature Friday… and today we are featuring Lorie of LJS Designs.

I asked Lorie, to describe her design style, and this is what she had to say…

“I would describe it as traditional paper style with an illustrative touch. I am a theme designer, so all my kits have to have a central theme that I can expand upon and even twist a little.  I love color and word art, so all my collections are bright and bold and include plenty of journal cards and word bits.”  

I couldn’t agree more! Lorie always comes up with awesome themes and her collections come with everything you need to make a layout (or several!). There is always a lot of color, tons of awesome patterns, journaling cards with great phrases and prompts, and word art pieces to add into the mix. LJS Designs has so many wonderful kits, collections, and even pocket templates in her shop… it is hard to choose favorites! I did try, however, and came up with the following… just a few of my favorites…

I asked Lorie a few questions in order to get to know her better…

Where do you live?
I live in a small town called Nappanee, Indiana that is known for its large Amish population. Our streets are full of horses, buggies, and bikes… and our town motto is “Embrace The Pace.”

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I work full time as a Production Planning Supervisor for an international fruit company that serves the yogurt industry, I design part time, and I am a mom as well as a caregiver to my own mother, so I have very little down-time. When I do have some “me time,” I usually find a quiet spot and read. It relaxes me and usually leads to a nice nap that helps recharge my batteries.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I love words. I am famous at the office for having a wide vocabulary and pulling out some oldies but goodies (like “behooves”) in my everyday speech. I am also known for making up my own words and phrases. Surprisingly enough, my made-up words catch on with my office mates and pretty soon they are repeating them, too. I totally get a kick out of it cause it is like my own super power.
—I am going to be 50 this year, and to celebrate it my sister and I are going to Disney World for a week. I am looking forward to the trip as a whole, but am most excited about my actual birthday because I get to be a Princess that day. I’ve always wanted to be a princess.
—My family nickname is Bug. My grandfather named me Lorie, and started calling me Loriebug right off the bat… but it quickly got shortened to just Bug. Ironically enough, I am scared to death of bugs. Ugh!
—I have a mad crush on Captain America. While I think Chris Evans is very handsome, I don’t swoon over him. But once he puts on the suit, I am a total goner. Must be something about a man in uniform that makes me giddy.
—I am a genealogist. I have been researching my family history for about 15 years now, and love spending time in courthouses looking at old records.

Which of your products is your favorite?
My favorite thing to design is the word art in my collections… but if I had to pick just one favorite collection, it would be Summer Fun: On the Trail

Here are a few layouts to show off the wonderful products of LJS Designs…


I am so happy I was able to introduce you to Lorie and help you get to know her better! She is a wonderful designer (and person)! If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at her shop here at The Digital Press, you will definitely want to check it out this week — as there will be a 30% OFF SALE IN HER SHOP all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 9/22)!

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SabrinaAbout the Author  Sabrina is married to a hard-working man and has two rambunctious kids, nicknamed Captain and Sunshine. She loves to chase after the kids, clean up their messes, and say “stop that!” 100 times a day. When Sabrina gets a break she loves to scrap, read, or watch an occasional show.

Tutorial Tuesday | The Psychology of Colour

Summer is drawing to a close here in England, and Autumn is beginning to creep in. The first thing I notice is that the colours everywhere are changing.

Summer has been all about bright and bold/contrasting colours (from displays and goods in the shops, to the clothing people wear, to things found in nature itself)… while Autumn tends to bring with it more shades of the same colour, and often darker or more muted tones.

Colours can tell us so many things, even on a subconscious level, so I thought it would be interesting to think about how colours communicate to us in scrapbooking. Here are some of the most common associations made with the main colours of the rainbow (and with black and white, as well)…

To show some of these colours in action, and how they might be used to influence you in your decision making, here are some (hopefully) well-known international logos that use just a couple of colours to convery their message. Have a look (above) at the most commonly associated emotions for the colours used by these companies…

So how can we apply this to scrapbooking? Well, some of the pages that catch my eye when I browse through the gallery are layouts in which the colour is used well to reflect the emotion of the photos and the story they tell.

For instance, here is a look at a page I made on which I intentionally used mainly black and white. I was hoping to convey my daughter’s wish to be chic, elegant, and modern… while still young and innocent and with simple wishes in life — the pink is just a little extra something girly!

I hope this helps helps you think about which colours (or kits/products) might work best with your pictures, or just helps you understand why it is that you always love pages with orange, or blue, or whatever it is that makes you happy!


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently-sunny but breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 2 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Feature Friday | Juno Designs

Hey there! It’s Friday and I am super excited to bring you a new Featured Designer… Juno Designs!

I asked the designer behind Juno Designs, Jill, to talk to me about herself and her designs, and here is what she had to say about her work…

“My designs have a realistic paper style. I also create products that are suitable for both digital and hybrid scrapbooking (especially pocket scrapping). I love creating large collections that include a variety of products. And my color palettes are usually quite bold and bright.”

Here are some of my favorite products created by Juno Designs…

 

I asked Jill to answer a few questions so we could get to know her better…

Where do you live?
I live in Geleen, the Netherlands

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I’m not designing, I like to go hiking and geocaching, play video games (my current obsession is Fallout 4), binge-watch TV shows on Netflix (Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, Gilmore Girls, Sherlock, Orphan Black), and read.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I have 2 pet rabbits named Abby and Ozzy
—I studied History and Psychology at University
—Besides digiscrapping, I also like to paper scrap (especially pocket-style pages)
—I love to buy books, but don’t read nearly enough to keep up with my book-collecting obsession LOL
—I love yoga and try to practice at least 5 times a week

Which of your products is your favorite?
I love all of my My Zodiac collabs with Amanda Yi… but if I had to pick just one favorite, it would have to be My Zodiac | Gemini. I love the colors we used, combined with the gold elements…

 

Here is a sampling of layouts using Juno Designs’ products…

 

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Jill of Juno Designs a little better today! She is a wonderful designer (and person). If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at her shop here at The Digital Press, you will definitely want to check it out this week, as there will be a 30% OFF SALE IN HER SHOP all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 9/15)!

 


Krista

 

About the Author  Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her high school sweetheart and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips ‘n’ dip, taking pictures, and documenting her family’s story.

Tutorial Tuesday | PART 2: Use Products from TDP to Scrap on Your Phone

 

A few weeks ago, we showed you how to use products from The Digital Press on your mobile device (using the Project Life app) to make quick and easy Pocket Pages on your phone using your own digital stash. If you missed that post, be sure to check it out HERE; it’s full of a ton of great tips to get you started with mobile scrapping, and we promise you will not regret it!

Today, we’re here to share PART 2 of this 3-part series… and show you how to add journaling and/or other text to any journal cards you import into the app from your own digital stash (again, that part is covered in PART 1 — and now we’ll cover the addition of text here in PART 2).

 


 

PART 2 — ADDING TEXT TO A JOURNAL CARD ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

If you already read PART 1 of this tutorial series, you know that the Project Life app allows you to journal directly onto the cards that come pre-installed in the app itself (and/or the cards that are purchased as in-app purchases)… but when we import cards from our own digital stash, the app treats those cards the same as “photos” and does not provide the options to add text. In order to add journaling to our own imported cards, we need to add the text to the card in a separate app before importing that card into our layout within the app.

There are a number of different apps out there that allow you to add text to images (just do a search in your app store for “adding text to photos”)… but there is no way we can cover all of them in this article, so today we will highlight just a few of our favorites and give you a step-by-step snapshot of how we do it.

Textgram App

Erin uses Textgram, which is a free app that anyone can use. If you check out PART 1 of our series, you’ll see that she added journaling to her card for the layout she created in that post. The Textgram app is simple to the point of being somewhat limited in terms of design choices… but it’s definitely adequate for most things, and fairly straightforward to use. Below, she walks us through her process.

  1. To begin using Textgram, open the app, start a new project using the red plus sign button on the bottom right, and choose the empty canvas option…
  2. Select your canvas size. You can choose pre-set sizes, or build a custom size using pixels. I have found that the presets are actually bigger than my journal cards, so I prefer to use the custom size option and build my canvas in the exact measurements. **NOTE** Most 3×4 pocket cards (without bleed) are going to be 900px x 1200px… 4×3 cards are 1200px x 900px… 6×4 cards are generally 1800px x 1200px, and 4×6 will be 1200px x 1800px.  
  3. Now you can add your card by selecting the +image button. Choose the folder where your cards are stored (in my case, it’s Dropbox), and select a card.  
  4. Once your card is on your canvas you can move it around and adjust it as needed. 
  5. Next, you will have to navigate back to the main menu area by using the back arrow. Once there, you can add a text box to your card with the +textbox button. Double-tap to add your journaling.
  6. Once you have added all of your desired text, drag the resize corner out to fit the text area of your card. You can format your text as needed. There are options for choosing a font, font size, color, and even for adjusting your character spacing and paragraph alignment. **NOTE** I suggest choosing your font first, as this can change the size and spacing of your text dramatically. The sliders for font size and character spacing are a bit difficult to control and you don’t want to have to keep adjusting them.  
  7. When you have your text the way you want it, hit “next” at the top of your screen and save your card. If you would like to keep a layered project in case you need to make further adjustments later, you will also need to save the design. Both of these options save your work to the textgram app itself. If you want to export your work to another folder (for example, to Dropbox), you will need to use the share button. This is not necessary, however, if you are using your newly-finished card in the Project Life app, because a Textgram folder should appear within your gallery files, and you will be able to access it from the Project Life app pretty easily.  

Rhonna Designs App

Jen typically uses the Rhonna Designs app to add text to her journal cards from her phone. You have to pay for this app, but if you are really interested in scrapping on your phone… it is a pretty good investment, as it has a lot of great options for enhancing your photos, adding text, adding stickers and stamps to your cards, and even creating your own cards.  It is also pretty intuitive and easy to use… which is always a plus, right?

    1. The process for adding text in the Rhonna Designs app is pretty similar to that of Textgram, which we just covered. You will start by importing your card.
    2. Because the Rhonna App is designed with pocket cards in mind, it provides you with a good selection of preset sizes. Choose the correct size for your card (in this case 3:4), and hit “crop”.
    3. Now, there are a lot of things you can do with this app, so feel free to play around… but for our purpose of adding text, you will select the “T” in the upper left corner, which will pull up your font choices. Some are free on the app, and others you will have to purchase. Each little icon is actually a set of fonts, so you chose a font set and it will pull those fonts up for you to scroll through.
    4. When you chose a font, your text box will pop up and you can start adding the text. You can switch the font and color using the panel at the bottom. The tools for adjusting spacing, tilt, and a multitude of other aspects are found by tapping the triple line icon on the top right.
    5. Once you have your text just the way you want it, tap on DONE at the top of your screen and you will return to the main screen where you can save or share your work. Just like Textgram, the Rhonna Designs app creates a folder in your gallery where your projects are stored, and these are easily found within the Project Life app, as well.

 

And that’s it! …just a quick look at a couple of simple apps out there that will enable you to add text and journaling to your own pocket cards from your mobile device. Now, with the combined information from PART 1 and this new PART 2 post… you should be able to create an entire pocket-style page, complete with journaling, on your mobile device! How exciting is that?! 🙂

And don’t forget, we will have one more installment in this 3-part series coming in just a couple of weeks (late-September), in which we will show you how to use what you create in the App to make a non-pocket style page. Stay tuned!

Enjoy, and happy scrapping!


Laura Passage

About the Authors

Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Erin

 

Erin is a work from home mom of three now living in Oregon. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

 

Jennifer Hignite

Jennifer 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.

Hybrid How-To | Chipboard Elements

Supplies

  • Digital kit of your choice. I used the Jaunt Collection (papers, elements) by Sahin Designs.
  • Photo editing software (I’m using PSE)
  • Printable sticker paper
  • Chipboard (old cereal boxes work!)
  • Cutting machine (optional, but you’ll need to choose simple designs that can be cut by hand)
  • For the key ring charms: jump rings and split rings (in the jewelry-making aisle of the craft store)

Directions

Open the designs of your choice in photo editing software and resize to whatever you need.

If you’re doing the key ring charms and using a cutting machine, go ahead and make the holes for the rings now. Might as well let the machine do the work for you! If you’re not using a cutting machine, you’ll need to punch the holes after assembling the final product.

Now make a mirror copy of each non symmetrical design. In my case, I also changed the back of two designs to be coordinating paper. Just for fun. 🙂

The next step is to print a set of images on sticker paper and cut them out.  You’ll also need to cut the image shapes out of chipboard. I used my Silhouette for this part. The chipboard provides support for the element, and if you’re planning on using it on a layout or other project, it’ll pop off the page a bit for some added dimension.

After everything is printed and cut, all you need to do is peel the images off the sticker paper and place them on the front and back of the chipboard shape. If you’re making the charms and doing it by hand, now is the time to punch holes in them. I used a hook tool to do this on the sun element.

Next, open a jump ring. Attach a split ring and the chipboard element then close the jump ring.

Now you can add the charms to your key ring!


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’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.

Feature Friday | Dunia Designs

 

Happy Friday, gang! This week, here at The Digital Press. we are featuring the fabulous Dunia of Dunia Designs! Dunia designs beautiful kits and collections that are perfect for Project Life and pocket layouts, whether you are documenting everyday life, holidays, or vacations. Not only does she create kits for these everyday projects, but her journal cards, stamps, washi tapes, alphas, and photo overlays are ideal additions to put together a complete project. If you’ve ever browsed her store, you’ve likely noticed that her templates are just as creative and unique as her designs, which ensures that making a stunning layout will always be a breeze. Her style definitely lends itself to a paper-scrapping/hybrid feel, which I know a lot of us gravitate towards. If you like to stack, shadow, and document your life in the most unique way possible, Dunia’s designs are exactly what you are looking for!

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Dunia’s shop

I asked Dunia some questions so we could all get to know the gal behind these awesome designs just a little bit better. Here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
I’m from Brazil, but this year I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I’m not designing, I’m taking care of my kids, photographing things, reading books, and watching TV series.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I’m turning 40 on September 5th
—I lost my two dogs this year (one was 17 years old, and other was 16)
—I’m addicted to Coca-Cola and chocolate
—I’m a photographer
—I smoke (I’m trying to quit, but it’s so freaking difficult!)

Which of your products is your favorite?
I love to make pocket scrapbooking products, and I really like this one… the Documenting Everyday 2016 Bundle

Dunia Designs has so much to offer to our creative community. Her designs are versatile, unique, and so fun to create with! Here are a few samples of projects that use her work…

Now is your chance to run right over to Dunia’s store and grab a deal! You will be able to grab her beautiful designs at 30% OFF all week long during her feature week! If you need some extra inspiration, her designer gallery is filled with some awe-inspiring layouts and projects. Thanks for joining me to learn about Dunia, and have a great weekend!


Heidi Nicole

About 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 superhero 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!

September 2016 at The Digital Press | Imagination

 

I can’t believe I am typing this right now… but it’s September. SEPTEMBER! How? I have no idea. This year is just flying by. But it’s true… it’s September 1st.

Here in the United States, September is largely associated with “Back to School” — a time that returns us to routine, and renews our focus on the value of learning and creativity. It’s also a time — much like the start of a new year — that we often view as a chance for a “fresh start” and a chance to reinvent ourselves. It’s a time when a lot of people — from young school kids, to their parents, to retirees — all imagine a new and better existence. That might sound hokey, but it’s true! Think about these things you always hear yourself saying around this time of year… “this year, I will stay up-to-date on my child’s homework folder!” …or “this year, we will do better at meal planning and eating as a family!” …etc. We imagine a better way, and a better us.

Because of this, we’re excited about our newest Word of the Month for September 2016 here at TDP… IMAGINATION. It’s applicable to everyone, from young to old, in a multitude of different ways.

 

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Looking for ways to incorporate this idea of IMAGINATION into your scrapping and crafting this month? Come join us at TDP! We’re jumping into another month of our increasingly-popular Challenge System for September, and there are so many fun new things in store for you throughout the upcoming month — including a challenge that specifically calls upon our new word of the month — IMAGINATION. 🙂

We have 9 new challenges waiting for you in THE CROSSWORD SECTION — a.k.a. our forum’s challenge section — a fun play on words that we love because (a) #WeAreNerdyThatWay, (b) our challenges have always been loosely connected to our Word of the Month at TDP (get it? “crossword” haha)… and (c) it fits nicely into TDP’s news/press theme.

Here’s a peek at the challenges you’ll find throughout September 2016…

 

 

Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collection, Cozy Fall, which launched today in the shop. The design team really knocked it out of the park with this collection… capturing the essence of early fall with rich, beautiful earthy colors and lots of great autumn-themed icons and word art. With 41 papers, 85 elements, 17+ journal cards, layered templates, cutting files, and more… it’s a must-have for scrapping your autumn memories and creating some fun hybrid projects, party decorations, and more!

 

 

We look forward to spending September with you at The Digital Press.


Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Star Bursts

 

When I first started out in photography, I was always amazed when I managed to capture camera lens artifacts such as star bursts, sun flares, or bokeh in my photos. They seemed to appear randomly and I had no idea when and why they were occurring. Eventually I took a look back through my photos, studied the camera settings, and then started experimenting. I now have a few tips on how you can capture star bursts such as the one in the photo below (taken at the beach just after sunrise)…

 

 

So what causes these star bursts? Simply put, star bursts are caused by the diffraction of light hitting the blades of your lens. The effect is magnified the smaller the opening through which the light passes into your camera. That is why it is easier to get this effect using a wide angle lens with a small aperture opening (i.e. higher F-setting). You can use any light source — including the sun, of course — or you can experiment with other light sources such as street lamps, night lighting, car headlights, Christmas tree lights, etc.

For those who are more technically-inclined, it is interesting however to note that the number of rays on the star burst is usually directly related to the number of blades of your lens. For lenses with an even number of blades, the number of star rays will be that number (that is — an 8 blade lens can create a star burst with 8 rays, etc.). For lenses with an odd number of blades, the number of star rays will be double the blade number (so a lens with 5 blades will create a star with 10 rays).


The following tips will help you to create star bursts…

1. Camera and lens

You can achieve this result with a simple point and shoot camera… but it is easier with a DSLR (I am not sure what is possible with all different models of phone cameras). Also, try experimenting with different lenses. The effect is usually easier to obtain with smaller focal lengths… so the wider the view the better.

2. Time of Day

It is possible to achieve this at any time of day… but I have found it is easiest early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is not too overwhelming. If you shoot during the day, however, you should always make sure that you do not look directly into the sun — even through your camera’s view finder.  🙂

3. Camera Settings

You will ideally need an aperture setting smaller than f9 (i.e. f9 and above). Also you will want a wider focal length… so use your 50 mm,wide angles lens or telephoto lens at the widest angle.

4. Angle to the Light Source

This is where you will need to experiment and move about. Look through your view finder or screen while moving around and changing angles. You will be surprised at the difference a few degrees up or down or a few feet to the left or right will make. Walk around until you get the effect you desire. As a final tip, you may find it easier if you partially block the sun as I have done in some of these photos.

Here are another couple of recent photos of mine (with the camera settings I used listed on them)…

 

 

I have been experimenting trying to get star bursts in my portrait photography… but still need more practice, as you can see. 😉

 

 

To finish off, here is a page for my Word of the Year book (my word is “breathe”), which I created with one of my starburst photos…

 

 


AvatarAbout the author  Carolyn lives with her partner, eldest daughter and 3 rescue dogs on 5 acres of paradise in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her camera, along with an assortment of lenses, is never out of sight. When not taking photos, she loves cooking and gardening and of course scrapbooking.