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?


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… 🙂



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.



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! 🙂



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 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


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.






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)!


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)!




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).




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 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


  • 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)


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.


Feature Friday | Tracie Stroud


I’m super excited to introduce you to another one of our designers here at The Digital Press… Tracie Stroud. Tracie is a designer who has a unique style that is all her own. Working from a mixed media background, 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 digital offers — letting her incorporate her art into her designs. And the best part is that Tracie’s designs let customers play and express themselves!

Here are some of my favorite products from Tracie’s shop at The Digital Press…



And now… to find out more about Tracie. I asked her a few questions, and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
Shreveport, Louisiana

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I homeschool two of our kids, so that takes up pretty much all my non-designing time. I’m also very involved in my daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop. I’m an avid reader and art journaler, so those are usually my first choice of “me” time. 🙂

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I love to sing. I received lessons as a teenager and I was a worship leader in a couple of churches we’ve attended.
—Along the same lines, my sister is a professional opera singer.
—I have a degree in Elementary Education and Library Science and I taught in public school for several years before our daughter was born.
—Our middle child has moderate autism and we’re vocal advocates for rights for kids and adults with disabilities.
—My daughter and I are learning Latin together this school year.

Which of your products is your favorite?
My favorite kit is Sorrow, although it was a difficult one to create. I designed it in the months following the very sudden passing of my Dad. Although it’s a reminder of a difficult time, it’s also been a blessing to receive messages from others who have gone through loss, telling me how the kit has helped them document their struggles with grief as well.


Here are some fabulous layouts featuring Tracie’s gorgeous designs…



I hope you all can see why I love Tracie’s products (and the pages that are created with them!). There are just so many options and different ways to express yourself creatively.

There are ton of great pages using Tracie’s designs (check them out in the gallery here at TDP)! And while you’re at it, run off to check out her shop, too, because all of Tracie’s gorgeous products will be 30% OFF through the end of next Thursday night (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/1)!


KimberleeAbout the Author  Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing and recently finished her M.Ed. in Instructional Design, but still can’t figure out what she wants to be when she ‘grows up.’

Tutorial Tuesday | Rotating Homework Supply Station


Today I’m here to help teach you how to make a super easy project — a rotating homework station. This is a great way to keep all those school supplies in one place! It’s a really easy project, too… as we’ll basically just turn a lazy susan into a turntable homework station, using our favorite school-themed digital scrapbook kit.

Supplies Needed:

  • turntable & wood top
  • 4 soup cans (or similar; I used 26oz soup cans)
  • ribbon (optional)
  • magnets
  • scissors
  • school supplies
  • printer
  • card stock
  • digital papers (I used the following school-themed papers —  Star Student papers by Inside Pixels by Lisa Bell)…


Here’s a look at my supplies for this project. I chose to use 4 – 26oz soup containers; you could choose smaller cans and use one or two more, or you could even choose 3 larger cans… it’s up to you!)…



I purchased my 9″ turntable from Amazon. You can also find them at most kitchen supply stores. I wanted my platform to be a bit larger than the turntable, itself, so I added a 10″ round wooden top to my turntable.



Once the platform was secured to the turntable, I glued magnets on the top in the places where my cans would be placed.

Next, I printed some of the fun Star Student papers onto my card stock, and then trimmed them to fit my cans.

*TIP* When attaching the papers to your cans, you can hot glue the seams… or even just use glue dots to adhere the papers straight to the cans. You can even add a ribbon around the top of the cans, if you wish, as decoration (I didn’t).



Once the paper was attached to my cans, I placed the cans on the top of the magnets to hold them in place — to keep them from tipping over when rotating the turntable.

After that, we’re finally ready to fill the cans with our school supplies…



You can fill this with supplies for a teacher gift, use for a homeschool organization, college desk, craft area or anything else you can imagine!

If you have a central location where supplies are kept neat and tidy, it will be much more simple to finish your homework efficiently. Let me know if you give this a try… I’d love to see your results!



About the Author  Terresa is a mother to 5 beautiful children. She loves capturing memories with her digital camera and creating a visual family memory book to be enjoyed and treasured. She enjoys designing and creating personalized items for her home and children. Other interests are crafting and gardening, and you will often find her enjoying the outdoors and soaking in the beauty of nature.

Hybrid How-To | Make Your Own Washi Tape

Washi tape has been a trend in scrapbooking for quite a while now, and I’ll admit to having quite a stash. I have about 3 favorites that I tend to use on every project, however… so I decided to make my own shorter versions using digital papers. I’m here today to teach you how to do the same!

STEP 1 — First, gather your supplies:

  • Tissue paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Digital papers (I used papers from Family Time by Meg Designs, and also from Count On Me by Anita Designs)…

STEP 2 — Next, in Photoshop you will open up a page as big as your printer will print. Pull a few of your favorite papers into Photoshop, and make strips down the page, as shown here…

*TIP* make the strips a little wider than the width of your tape, in order to leave some room in case you don’t lay the tape exactly straight in STEP 5

You may need to resize the papers, making them smaller and overlapping them, in order to create the right size pattern for the thin strip. If you look at the blue damask paper, above, you will see that the pattern really needed to be smaller to get the damask effect on the thin tape strip… so I shrunk the paper down, duplicated it, and overlapped it to get the repeating pattern correct.

Here’s a look at my final document in Photoshop, before I printed…

STEP 3 — Your next step will be to cut the tissue paper to the size of the paper that will go through your printer, and secure it to the end that feeds into your printer with double sided tape (I use thinner tape for this). This is because the tissue paper won’t usually feed through your printer on its own, without getting all jammed up (it’s just not thick enough). Adhering it to a thicker piece of plain copy paper ensures that it will make it through the printer without jamming up.

*TIP* I also iron my tissue paper slightly on a low setting (no steam), to ensure that it’s really flat — but this isn’t mandatory.

STEP 4 — Now you will print as many copies as you like, depending on how long you want your tape rolls to be.

STEP 5 — Attach your double-sided tape to the back of the printed tissue paper strips, joining the papers if you printed more than one sheet of the same pattern…

STEP 6 — After that, you will trim each of your new tape strips, cutting off the excess tissue that is wider than the double-sided tape. After that, you just need to roll up the strips…

STEP 7 — Have fun playing with your new tape! You can use your “limited edition” washi tape strips on everything from scrapbooking layouts… to hybrid cards… to planner pages… or anything else you can think of!  🙂

amandajane About the Author  Amanda found digital scrapbooking in 2006, as a paper scrapper who was frustrated with the limitations of paper scrapping products. She now loves to combine paper and digital products and techniques for her pages and projects. She is the wife of a Naval Officer and has two teenage children. She lives in Australia, and has also lived in the U.S and Malaysia and loves that she has had the opportunity to travel the world with her family.


Feature Friday | La Belle Vie Designs


Welcome to another Feature Friday! This week, we’re excited introduce Hannah of La Belle Vie Designs. Hannah’s kits are always full of fun patterned papers, but she doesn’t stop there. Hannah also creates great alphas, wordart, stamps, and templates. You’ll find all sorts of scrapbooking components in her store at The Digital Press — it’s a one-stop shop! The color palettes are always full of fun, bright colors… with kits for both boys and girls.

Here are a few of my favorites from La Belle Vie Designs…

One of the things I really love about being a part of the digital scrapbooking world is getting to know the designers. They’re always so willing to share a little bit about themselves. I asked Hannah a few questions to get to know the designer behind the La Belle Vie label. Here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
Minnesota. I’m about a half hour outside of St. Paul and Minneapolis, so we’re far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet (but not too far away for a football game or the Farmer’s Market!).

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I’m a SAHM to four awesome little monsters (three girls and one super-spoiled little boy), so my free time is really limited 🙂 LOL On the rare occasion that I do have some time to myself, I like to read, bake cupcakes, and binge watch all things on Netflix (right now I’m re-watching Gilmore Girls).

What are five tidbits of trivia that we might not know about you?
—I absolutely love coffee, but I couldn’t stand it while I was pregnant with Liam (my youngest). It was kind of horrible — ha ha!
—I hate wearing socks! Wintertime is torture for me!
—I met David (my fiancé / partner in crime / laundry-folder-extraordinaire) by accident …literally! I was teaching my younger sister how to drive, and she hit his car. No one was hurt and there wasn’t really that much damage to the car, so I figured I’d probably never see him again. Clearly, he had other ideas. 😉
—I’m a history nerd. It was always my favorite subject in school, and I’m almost always reading some sort of autobiography or historical non-fiction book (right now I’m reading Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow).
—I love grocery shopping. Seriously. Probably sounds weird, but there’s just something about it that I love. It probably helps that most of the time I go by myself, 😉

Which of your products is your favorite?
Grace (Hat of Bunny) and I recently worked together again, and I love our most recent collab kit Under the Sea! The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie, so I was excited to add an Ariel-inspired kit to my Disney-themed collection…


Isn’t that a great kit? I don’t see purple too often, but this works so well with the theme.

While I was looking through her store for items to share, I also compiled a few of my favorite layouts so you could see what people have created when using her kits…


If you haven’t already browsed through the La Belle Vie Designs shop here at The Digital Press… definitely check it out this week, because her entire shop will be 30% OFF through the end of next Thursday night (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 8/25)!

KatAbout the Author  Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A Director of Human Resources by day, she loves the opportunity to spend a few hours each day being creative. Vacation memories feature pretty heavily in Kat’s scrapbooking pages, as do her son and “daughter” (of the four-legged furry kind). Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.

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


Here at The Digital Press, we love memory-keeping. We know that if you’re a fan of The Digital Press and you’re reading this, that you likely love memory-keeping, too.

With that said… life is busy. Things are always crazy, and there are never enough hours in the day. Never ever. We get it.

As such, it’s soooo easy to fall off of the scrapbooking bandwagon… and so easy to start to feel “way, way, way behind” when it comes to scrapbooking your cherished photos and memories. We’ve all been there — and sometimes, the task starts to feel insurmountable. The feeling of “I will never get caught up again!” can simply overwhelm.

About two years ago, one of our colleagues in the memory-keeping and scrapbooking industry — Becky Higgins of the Project Life brand of products — launched a completely revolutionary mobile app that made it possible for all of us to use our mobile devices to create scrapbook pages. If you haven’t yet checked out this app, you should definitely take a peek.

We’ve known Becky and her team for years now, and have simply loved watching this app — and her brand — take the scrapbooking world by storm. She has a passion for making memory-keeping something that is simple, quick, and effortless for everyone… and we adore that. Here’s a look at bunch of our team members from here at The Digital Press, meeting with her at the Craft & Hobby Association convention back in January 2015, where she excitedly showed us features of the (at the time brand-new) app…


[ group photo: (top L-R) Laura Passage, Danielle Engebretson, Karla Dudley Noél, Shannon McNab, Mari Koegelenberg, Nicole Seitler;
(bottom L-R) Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Becky Higgins ]

For those of you who have used this app on your mobile device… you know how easy it is. And it’s definitely a game-changer, because it allows you to productively use all of those little chunks of time that would otherwise be wasted (think: waiting rooms at doctors’ offices… sitting in the car line at your kids’ school for 20 minutes at the end of the school day… etc.) — to instead accomplish something, such as scrapbooking your photos, using the device that’s in the palm of your hand! 🙂

But did you know that you can use any digital scrapbooking products you like (not just the cards/etc. that are available in the app itself)?

We’re here today to show you just how easy it is to transfer your favorite digital scrapbooking products to your mobile device… and then import/use them in the Project Life app. Today’s tutorial — written by Laura, Erin, and Jen — is PART 1 in a 3-part series that will be on The Digital Press blog in the coming weeks… a series devoted to helping you use products from The Digital Press to scrap on your phone.




If you’ve used the Project Life app, you know that there are already pocket cards available within the app. Some are included in the app itself, for free… and others are available as in-app purchases. While this is awesome, and convenient… it can also become costly when you’re constantly making $1 and $2 purchases every time you’re working on a themed page and need a card to match.

Most of us, however, already have lots of fun scrap goodies sitting on our computer’s hard drive — stuff we want to use, but simply haven’t ever had time to use.

The exciting news is that you can use most of your own scrap stash in the app! Uploading your own scrap stash for use in the Project Life app is so much easier than you think.

For the purpose of today’s tutorial, we’re going to focus on transferring pocket cards to your mobile device… and then importing and using them in the app (in the future editions of this tutorial series, which are coming soon, we’ll show you how to use other items, as well).

This month, there is a FREE pocket card set available at The Digital Press [download expired 8/31/2016]. We’ll be using it in this tutorial; if you’d like to follow along. 🙂



1.  First, download the cards to your computer’s hard drive. Then, unzip the file and organize the included images however you desire. This is what Erin’s cards looked like on her computer’s hard drive after she unzipped them…



Erin likes to keep all of her TDP goodies together in one folder so that she can find them more easily. You could also create a folder full of all of the journal cards you wish to use for mobile scrapping… or you could organize in folders by designer name… or by theme… etc. It’s totally up to you!


2.  Next, you’ll transfer your files to your mobile device… using an online file sharing program. The three of us all prefer to use Dropbox, but there are a variety of file sharing services out there (*NOTE* Dropbox is handy because the Project Life app actually lists Dropbox as an option when you choose your photos/images… so it’s integrated right into the app). No matter what service you choose… make sure to use one that you can access from both your computer and your phone/mobile device.



Shown above, Laura’s process for using Dropbox to transfer files from her computer to her phone is as follows: (a) she opens Dropbox on her computer, first, and creates a folder called “MOBILE-SCRAPPING” in her Dropbox account; (b) then she uploads the files from her computer’s hard drive to that same Dropbox folder; (c) next, she opens Dropbox on her phone and finds those same files in the “MOBILE-SCRAPPING” folder; (d) she saves each file to her phone by opening it in Dropbox and choosing “save image”.

**TIP** If you save your images onto your phone itself, we recommend creating an album (or albums) on your phone in which you can store your digital scrapbooking supplies. Depending on your phone’s operating system, you can do this manually; on an iPhone, you just click on “albums” within the photo app, and then click on the “+” sign in the top left corner and you can create a new album and name it anything you like.


3.  You can also leave your images in Dropbox (as opposed to actually storing them on your phone, as described in 2(d), above)… because the Project Life app actually gives you the option of opening images straight out of Dropbox. More on that in the next few steps…


4.  Now you’re ready to begin using your pocket card images in the Project Life app…



Open the app on your phone (or tablet)… click on the blue top-right layout creation option (A, on the above images)… and then use the button at the top-left (B, on the above images) to toggle open a layout selection menu (C, on the above images). Choose your layout design option.

Once you have your layout option selected… simply click on any of the blocks on the layout in order to “fill-in” that block. When you do, the app will zoom-in to that block and give you 2 options, as shown here (D, on the following image)…



Shown above (D, on the far left image), the app gives you two options for filling any of the blocks in your layout design: photos (left) or cards (right). If you choose the cards option on the right, you are able to use any of the cards that are built-in to the Project Life app. For the purpose of this tutorial, however, you will be choosing the photo option on the left.

When you click on the photo option… your phone will open a menu to allow you to find and select the photo that you want to use (E, on the above images); note the difference in interface between the iPhone version of the app (center image) and the android version of the app (right image).

Here’s the trick — you’re not actually adding a photo. You’re adding a card… but because you’re importing the card from outside of the Project Life app, the app will view it as a “photo.” Therefore, you’ll use the photo option… and then you locate the image you want to use (which is one of the cards you’ve imported/saved in Dropbox and/or on your phone, itself).


5.  Fill the blocks on your layout with cards and photos…



In the images above, you can see Erin’s step-by-step progression from “empty layout design” to “completed page” as she clicks on each block within the layout and fills it with either a card or a photo.

You’ll also notice that she added text to one of the cards (the pencil journaling card). Currently, this can’t be done directly in the Project Life app (you can only add text to the in-app cards… but not to photos). Thus, we’ll detail the process of adding text to cards from your own digital stash in the next installment of this series (coming September 6 to The Digital Press blog, so stay tuned!). For now, however, we’ll just mention a few of the other apps that we have used to quickly and easily add text to our cards from our phones: Over, Letterglow, Textgram, and the Rhonna Designs app.


6.  Once you have created a page you like… it’s time to save your layout and export it as a high-resolution image.



In the images shown just above, you can see Jen’s process for saving her completed page as a high-resolution image. First, she clicks on the button at the bottom-right corner of the app. Next, she chooses “Export” — and from there, she is able to choose an image size (12″ x 12″ or 8″ x 8″).

Once she chose a size, her phone prompted her to choose a location to save the final image. It is possible to save it to the user’s camera roll, or to Dropbox, or even to send the page off to be printed (yes, that’s right — you can order prints straight from the Project Life app, if you want to).

Here’s a look at 2 finished pages — one by Jen, and one by Erin — both created using the Project Life app, as well as the card set shown in this post…



This final step of saving a high-resolution copy of your image will also come in handy when we get to the 3rd and final installment of this series (coming in late-September to The Digital Press blog, so stay tuned!) — in which we will teach you how to use this app, along with your TDP scrap goodies, to create non-pocket style pages, as well.  🙂

Sounds exciting, right? IT IS! The idea of creating non-pocket style pages 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 can’t wait to continue this series!

For now, however, today’s PART 1 post should ensure that you are all set to make some basic pocket pages on your phone using all of your favorite scrap goodies from The Digital Press! Enjoy, 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 is a work from home mom of three living in Thailand. 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 | Wildheart Designs


Happy Feature Friday! This week, we’re excited to introduce you to Lisa of Wildheart Designs. Lisa creates digital products that have a traditional paper-realistic style, with lots of textured elements that can be layered on top of each other in Photoshop, as well as fun themes and bright colors. Her kits are almost always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

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 Lisa a little better! We asked her to answer a few questions so we could learn more about her…

Where do you live?
I recently moved back to my hometown in Florida, after 15 years in Utah. 🙂 Talk about a climate change!

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I hang out with my family… binge-watching Netflix, reading conspiracy theory books, working on my epic ghost romance novel series, or plotting ways to make my 4-pound chihuahua and Chiweenie dogs instafamous.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
I’m afraid of birds. Not so much pretty birds like parrots or parakeets in nice cages that don’t fly around… but wild birds, like seagulls, pigeons, etc. If we go to the beach or the park and there are a ton of birds hanging out, I freak out. The sound of flapping wings, uuuggghh. It makes my skin crawl.
I recently discovered coffee. I’m almost 40 and never been a coffee drinker until recently. I was like, “where have you been all my life?” I’m in luuurvvveee!
I have ADHD. While controversial to admit these days, since opinions about it vary greatly, I was just recently diagnosed at 39 and it has changed my life and how I look at it. I have a lot more self-compassion and I better understand the struggles I’ve had over the years. It also runs in my family, and it’s really helped us all grow closer, understand our challenges and develop strategies to compensate. I’ve learned to accept and even love my ADHD tendencies! Although it makes it tough to design on a regular basis and my releases can be sporadic, I try to embrace inspiration whenever it strikes.
I don’t know how to ride a bike. We grew up in a scary part of town when I was kid, so I never learned. By the time we moved, I was a teenager and wasn’t interested in learning. I do, however, have some mad scooter skills and still have my purple Razor from back in the early 2000s when scooters were cool. 🙂
I own over 20 pairs of Crocs. I ordered my first pair of Croc flip flops 8 years ago and fell IN LOVE. It’s like walking on marshmallows! I am a flip-flop girl and I cannot stand closed-toe shoes if I can help it, so I only own two of the “ugly” clog styles — the fur-lined slippers, and a pair of hot pink ones (because HOT PINK!). The rest are all sandals or flip-flops and they are awesome!

Which of your products is your favorite?
I would have to say my Smarty Pants collection, since the colors were from a Special Edition palette and I suck at color selection. The journal cards, especially, are my favorite!



Here is a sampling of some of my favorite projects using Lisa’s designs…



If you haven’t already browsed through Lisa’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 8/18)!


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.