Hybrid Saturday | Making A Flipbook

I have seen a lot of rise in snail-mailing lately, and one of the ways to do it is by sending flipbooks. basically a flipbook is a folded book with bits and pieces from the sender to the recipient. Usually a flipbook also includes a mail tag or a series of questions or requests, which the recipient would forward with the answer to another recipient or sender. Making flipbooks is very fun and it uses your physical and digital stuff in a new way.

For the project I am showing to you today, I used Dark Before the Dawn Collection by Scotty Girl Design for the papers, elements, and cards…

Start by printing out 6×6 inch pieces of paper. Since I don’t have a double-sided paper, I  print out 6 pieces of 6×6 papers, 3 of each patterns.

Glue the papers so it becomes a double-sided paper. You can use liquid or dry glue, I tend to work with dry glue because sometimes liquid glue warps the paper.

Create hinges by taping one piece of paper to the other using a washi tape. You can also reinforce this by running a strip of adhesive before taping down the washi tape.

Next is up to you on how you would like to decorate your pages. I printed out journal pages and also embellishments from the kit, and then hand-cutting them to fit the pages.

That’s it! Pretty easy right?

IndahAbout the Author  Indah has been a hybrid crafter for almost 10 years. She also loves collecting stamps and stickers.

Journaling Challenge | Vorfreude



Hello friends! It’s Farrah here today, and I’m hosting a journaling challenge related to the anticipation of things to come.

Whether you are anticipating a baby, planning a big trip, or even just looking forward to the summer… it’s fun to document the anticipation. The German word vorfreude means “the intense, anticipative joy derived from imaging future pleasures.”

For me, the time I experienced the most profound vorfreude was when I was pregnant with my second child. It was a huge surprise after having gone through infertility and then BAM! What?? I found myself pregnant.  We decided to wait until the baby’s birth to learn the gender… but that didn’t stop me from wondering about it and thinking about it (as well as many, many others aspects of a new baby that create intense anticipative joy!). I have created many scrapbooking layouts about this, but here is one of my favorites…




I have a journaling challenge for you today… related to this idea of excitedly anticipating something. I invite you to come check out the challenge in the forum, and join in! You can earn TDP challenge points, while also completing a layout for your personal album. Win-win! 🙂


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 (6), Hope (2 yr old puppy) & Kringle (5 mo old bunny). She works from home as a photographer and enjoys scrapping her personal photos.


Tutorial Tuesday | Libraries


If you are like me and working on multiple albums at the same time, you will no doubt have experienced the following problem — in which you cannot remember the basic technical specifications for each of your albums. For example… you may be working daily on a pocket-scrapping project, and then also go back to do a page in your recipe book and find that you have forgotten what font you were using (or what shadow styles you were using, etc.). It’s frustrating to constantly need to go back to a previously-completed page to check out all this information before you can start a new page, right?

If the above description is you, then I have a great tip – Setup Photoshop CC Libraries.

I discovered this feature early in the year and now use it on a regular basis.

So what are libraries?

Libraries can be used in many ways, but for me they are basically collections of style presets for the photo books/albums that I am working on. They can be accessed in the top right-hand corner of the page, and are on a tab next to “Adjustments” and “Style” (*NOTE* to enable libraries you may first have to select Window/Libraries).

Here, you can see how I have setup my “Project Life 2016” library…


As you can see, I have added the “character” and “layer styles” that I regularly use to this library collection… but you can also add things such as “colors” and “smart objects,” as well.


1. Set up your Libraries

Click on the Libraries tab, and then click anywhere in the text box to bring up the dialogue with “Create New Library.” Select this option and name your new library. You can set up as many libraries as you like. For myself, I have created libraries for my “Project Life 2016,” “Penang Travel Book,” “Recipe Book,” and “One Little Word Book.”



2. Add items to your Library

There are 2 methods that I use to add items to my libraries.

The first is to add all styles from a document. I used this at the beginning of the year when I had started my “Project Life 2016” book, and already had some complete pages. To do this… open your completed layout and (after you have created your library) select the first icon with the upward arrow at the bottom of the libraries panel. All styles from your page will automatically be added to your library. You can then go in and modify them by right-clicking on each library style item.

The second method — which happens to be the one which I use more often — is to add items individually to the library. To do this, you select the layer in the layers panel of the style you wish to add to the library. Then just click on the relevant icon at the bottom of the libraries panel to add it to the library. If you mouse over the icons, you can see there is one for Graphics, Character Style, Layer Style and Color.


Now comes the fun part…

3. Use your library of styles

I find the easiest way is to apply the style after adding the photo or text to a page. For example, I add text to a page using any font. Once text input is complete and text layer is still selected in layer panel, all you need to do is click on the font style you want to use in the library and the font automatically changes. Simple!

You can also apply the effect across multiple layers. So, for example, I have created my own templates for “Project Life 2016” …but each photo layer has a shadow layer style. To use these templates for my flat graphic style this year, I open a template in Photoshop, select all photo layers and then click on the “Grey Stroke no shadow” layer style within my library. This year’s stroke style is now applied to all my photo layers, instead of last year’s shadow.

Isn’t this easy? It’s such a time saver, too.

I hope that you find using Libraries as helpful as I have. Enjoy!

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.

Anticipate a New Day



Anticipate. To me, this word means being ready for what’s to come (whether that is good or bad). Having a plan is the most important thing — especially with your mental outlook on anticipating things to come. Life can throw plenty of curve balls, and being prepared for those really does help tremendously.

I prepare for each new day by using my planner. I jot down my to-do’s, I write down little notes, and I periodically check it throughout the day. This helps me anticipate what’s to come, and be prepared for what I have scheduled or just need to do. I have two young children who demand much of my time, so my lofty goals and daily to-do’s don’t always get accomplished. I am prepared for them, however… and I anticipate everything that could (and does) happen. My attitude is also changing to accommodate sudden change and “lack” of accomplishments.

The following layout dates back to when I first started using a planner last year. I was so excited to start my planner journey and was “anticipating” it helping me get organized and accomplish more. So of course I had to document “when I became a planner girl”…


Here is another layout I created using some snapshots of my planner and my actual workspace. Using a planning system is truly the most effective way for me to anticipate each new day. It’s about having a plan… and knowing what is expected. Plus, it is so much fun and therapeutic to have a planner and an outlet for all of my thoughts, ideas, etc.

I spoke before about changing my attitude about sudden changes and “lack” of accomplishments… and for me, this year has been about learning to be happier, “choosing happy,” and expecting rough days (but being OK with encountering a bump in the road). I’m learning that it’s all about choosing happy… and being happy. Sometimes the best way to keep the good attitude going is a spontaneous dance party with yourself! Here’s a layout I created to remind me to embrace the day — good and bad — and about rocking it. This layout proves that it’s possible!

Lastly, I wanted to share another layout I created about “adulting” — one that captures me taking a “time out” after a long day. I was letting the kids run wild in the backyard, and I was sitting and breathing. Taking these few moments to myself helps me to decompress and get ready (anticipate!) the next part of our schedule.


What I have found this past year is that planning ahead, changing your attitude, and taking just a few moments to breathe are the ways I anticipate life by planning for it. “Anticipate” …as in predict, look forward to, and be ready for what’s next.

I hope these tips help you anticipate and look forward to a new day. Come join me in the challenge forum here at The Digital Press and participate in the challenge I’ve cooked up for you that is related to this post! I can’t wait to see how you embrace each new day…

TDP_blog_sabrinaAbout the Author  Sabrina is an avid documenter of life — herself, her children, her hubby, and her everyday life. There is beauty in the ordinary moments, and they are what she loves to scrap. She is also always on the hunt for a quiet, peaceful moment, and she usually spends it reading.


Composition in Square Scrapbook Layouts


When I’m looking to make a successful composition in a photograph, one of my go-to tactics is to use the Rule of Thirds to find a place to put my focus of interest. But, with the rise of the square format in recent years, I’ve been looking for alternative ideas and it struck me that, with the dominance of the square format in scrapbooking, that these ideas can apply in my other hobby too.

Apparently, when we look at a image in landscape orientation, we scan from left-to-right. If the image is portrait, we scan from top-to-bottom. Because of this, it can be advantageous to put elements in the image (or layout) on the right for landscape and towards the bottom for portrait. This stops the gaze travelling out the other side of the image and on to something else! But in a square image, the eye is much more likely to move in a circle around the image, this means that we don’t have to worry so much about the viewer wandering off, but it means that we have to think about how we guide the viewer around the frame or page in a slightly different way. It can sometimes have the effect of making the image less dynamic. Depending on our intent, that can be useful – or it might be something we need to counteract.

So, what are we trying to achieve? We need to work out what the focus of our layout is. Often it’s the photograph itself, but it could be the journalling, the title-work or even a part of the photograph if we’re using a large image. Once we know that, we can use the papers and elements to guide our viewer around the layout to finally arrive at our focal point.

Let’s look at some examples from The Digital Press’ Creative Team:

In this layout, Arielle has used a frame within the layout to effectively turn a square layout into a more dynamic rectangle.


Next, Hillary’s use of strong rectangles results again, in a dynamic composition where we scan down the page and then back up to focus on the adorable photos. The brights reds of the repeated flowers contrast against the more subtle colours of the rest of the layout to ensure that we’re focussing on the most important part of the page.

This layout from Bao, shows clearly the calming effect of placing the focal point in the centre. Her subtle use of color and minimalist design reinforces that feeling.

Biancka has a rectangle within her square frame, but in this layout, her positioning of her papers and elements have, along with the white space around them, defined the area without need for an actual frame or mat.

When using a larger photo, it can be sometimes harder to define where the focal point of the layout should be. Rae has used the face of her lovely dog and the elements around the edge draw my eye in a circle in to connect with his gaze.

Of course, one of the best things about scrapbooking is that we can use all these rules to give us a starting point, we can adhere to them strictly or we can ignore them completely and do whatever makes us happy! It’s worth stepping away from your layout for a while though. You’ll come back with fresh eyes and when you open it up again, think about how your eye travels around the layout and see if you can move anything around to guide the viewer to exactly where you want them to look.

JudeAbout the Author  Jude is part of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in the UK with her husband and two fantastic girls. She loves traveling, and would be off in her campervan every weekend if she could get away with it. She loves time spent exploring new places, trying new experiences and photographing them! She also spends too much time on the computer, and still doesn’t go running as often as she says she’s going to.

Hybrid Saturday | Easy Hybrid Hacks For Digital Layouts

Hello and happy Saturday! Arielle here, getting all “hybrid~y” today, as I show some techniques for turning digital layouts into hybrid. Sometimes I think certain layouts are far too awesome to be stuck in an album – they should be featured on my walls or given as gifts. But I like to jazz them up a little before I stick them in a frame!

Today I will show you two hybrid layouts based on this all digital layout, and show you some of my fail-proof tips for adding just the perfect amount of pop!

It’s great if you already have a layout you’d like to use, but if not, you can certainly start from scratch! Alex loved this layout so much, that I decided to “hybrid~ize” it for his room. I used the kit Game On by Inside Pixels by Lisa BellWhat a great soccer kit for boys! (She needs to do one for gals, doesn’t she? wink, wink!)

When you know what you’re using, gather your crafty supplies! I used:

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue , vellum, and other assorted papers
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine, ATG gun & dimensionals)
  • Scissors and paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as enamel dots or buttons.
  • photos
  • layout base

When I do a hybrid layout, I always start with creating the digital layout. That one’s for the albums. Then I decide what the base of my layout will be. Either printed on 8.5×11″ at home or on photo paper. I did one of each for this layout.

The pros for paper are:

  • You can write, stamp, paint without destroying it
  • You can print it at home
  • Much cheaper

The pros for photo are:

  • Colors are more vivid
  • Is nice and glossy
  • Lasts longer, perhaps?

First up is the paper based layout. I decide before I print, what layers/elements I will leave, and what I will print separately and add on. For this, all the elements, photos and the two paper layers under the photos were removed (the text remained, along with the stitching and the frame and background soccer paper) from the digital layout before printing. Then everything was printed and adhered back on.

This one is an 8×10″ photo base. I printed this exactly the same, except I also left the two papers that are layered under the photos. (That way, I know those paper will match up, and save me a little time.) They are all shadowed, too. You can’t tell too much of a difference between the two layouts in these photos, but I love the look of the one with the photo base, the shadows really pop!

Now onto the fun stuff!


Adding a little bit of height is a great way to jazz up your hybrid layout… it will also create more interesting shadows! You can use a thin dimensional – say 1/8″ or so, and it will still fit in a regular frame. But not much more than two additional layers above the base, otherwise it will get a squashed look. (Of course, if you’re putting it in a shadow box – go crazy with the layers!)


You can easily add some pop by printing on vellum! It’s so fun to get a little peek of what’s underneath the vellum, it’s a classy little hack! (After I printed the vellum stars, arrow and soccer ball, I put a few of them in my palm, one at a time with the image up, and pressed into the middle of it a little, so it wouldn’t sit so flat on my layout.)


Last month on the blog, I showed off a technique for making your own washi. (In this post) I made a couple small pieces and you can see one below. Yes, it may sound like a lot of trouble, but they do match the kit – LOL! I loved this soccer ball pattern! But you could always use any washi you have!


I love adding buttons or enamel dots to hybrid layouts. Or paint, glitter and stiching. It’s fun to shake up the whole paper thing with some actual hardware ~ to me it creates a Trompe-l’œil effect. It’s interesting to see people trying to figure out what is real and what’s printed. (Text or overlays on photos is another great detail, too.)

Now it’s your turn! Want to try your hand at a hybrid layout? 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!


Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on the BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her gardening, gearing up for summer and reading like it’s going out of style (while sipping sweet tea!)…

Anticipate a Trip

Anticipate a Trip

Hi everyone! Miranda here bringing you a new challenge!

Don’t we all have that wish list of places we want to go for a day or maybe even longer? Maybe you will go there one day and maybe it will remain a wish.

On my list I have Rome, Istanbul and Marrakech.  They may not be far from where I live in The Netherlands, but they are far enough for me to have them on my list of “maybe one day” trips.

On top of my list, however, is Venice. My friends ask why Venice when I have been there so many times – very true, but each time I visited I was only there for just a few hours. When we spend our summer holidays at an Italian lake, we always make a day trip to Venice. My wish is to spend a few days there, to really experience the city.  I want to be there in the evenings – how romantic it must be to wake up in a hotel room and look out the window and see the gondolas passing by or even hear the gondoliers sing.

As of the publishing of this post, I will be having my last few hours in Venice and will then be flying home in the morning – my wish came true!

Below is a page I have created about Venice using Our Trip Kit and A Great Adventure Templates by Anita Designs.

Anticipate a Trip

Join me in the forum for a challenge all about scrapping your future or hopeful trips.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!

MirandaAbout the Author  Miranda is a mom of two teenage boys, aged 13 and 15 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life, she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves gardening, to walk her dogs, to read Danielle Steel novels… and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

Did you know May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week? This is always a great time to show appreciation and love to a favorite teacher.  Today, I am here to show you two simple ways to dress up a card for a teacher gift.  For this project, choose a favorite school themed scrapbook kit.

Supplies Needed:

  • ribbon
  • glue dots
  • scissors
  • template
  • pencils
  • printer
  • digital elements (School-themed, etc.)
  • card stock

I chose School Rules by Mari Koegelenberg for the petal gift cards.

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

For the pencil card I chose  Project 2015 August Papers  and journal cards by Wishing Well Creations (Laura Passage).

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards


Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

Pencil cards are a fun way to show appreciation for your child’s teacher.  They are so simple to create! To make one, gather your supplies.

I created my card from Laura Passage’s 2015 August collection papers and journal cards.  Don’t you just love that little clip element from LJS Design?

To create one I sized my graphic design 8″ x 3″ using the darling pencil papers.  I incorporated some digital stitching elements from my stash around the image and sized down the journal card to 2.5″ x 2″ and then added my text.  I placed all of the elements on the right side of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper as  you can see below.   Once you have the graphic designed, you can print on card stock, then fold and trim.  Or just cut around the graphic as a single page. I added some glue dots to the back of the pencils and tied them with a bow. You can write a fun little note on the back or folded on the inside of the card!

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

For the second card I created a petal gift card.  I chose elements and paper from the School Rules kit by Mari Koegelenberg.

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

Click on the image to save and print.

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards


First, you want to choose your paper and card element to print.  I centered my 3.75″ x 3.75″  apple graphic on the center of my page. With my chosen printed paper behind the image, I used an 8 1/2″ x 11″ size for the paper.  Next, I printed out the image.  Now I am ready to trace the template and score the edges.  Once you have folded your card, you can add a fun gift card inside.  I closed my card with a glue dot – you could also punch two holes across from each other on the petals and close with twine.

Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards


Tutorial Tuesday | Teacher Appreciation Cards

I hope you have fun creating a pencil card or petal gift card for your child’s favorite teacher. Happy Teacher Appreciation week!


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.

Anticipate Life

Anticipate Life

Happy May!  Spring is definitely in full force where I live and I am so excited to see everything in bloom all around us.  I always love this time of year and always anticipate seeing what this favorite season of mine brings with it. Fittingly for this time of the year, our word of the month is ANTICIPATE.  This can mean many things: to ANTICIPATE an age, holiday, pregnancy, season, vacation, graduation, Mother’s Day, end of the school year, garden in bloom, etc.  This time of year is certainly full of things/events to look forward to. What a perfect opportunity to capture this ANTICIPATION in your memory keeping!

Browsing around the web, I found some fun inspiration images to kick-start your thoughts about the word ANTICIPATE

Anticipate Life

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Each month, we like to encourage you to step out of the box with regard to our challenges. Below, you will find the list of upcoming challenges for the month of February — each of which focus on our theme of ANTICIPATE. For more information about our challenge system, please read this information post in the TDP forum.

Anticipate Life

The handy image you see above can be saved to your computer for reference throughout the month, as it features our schedule for May. 🙂 It was made by the ever-talented Alina from TDP’s creative team, using the brand new store collab, A Mother’s Heartwhich was released today and can be purchased for just $4.00 for the first 4 days of the month!

We cannot wait to see how you implement our Word of the Month into your daily lives and memory-keeping!

*** Header image created using A Mother’s Heart Collab by the TDP Designers and A Mother’s Love Alphas by River~Rose Designs.

About the Author  Rachel Alles is on the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is fortunate to share her life with her loving husband, Doug, and her two blessings: Madeline and Maxwell. The three of them are her main source of inspiration for her pocket and traditional style pages. When she’s not scrapping, she enjoys anything Disney-related, learning more about photography (and attempting to turn the dial off “Auto”), and dabbling in home decor projects.

Accomplishment: Every Accomplishment Begins with the Decision to Try

My middle daughter just started gymnastics. This is a pretty big deal for several reasons. Our older daughter has no interest in team sports. While she is quite active at school in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, etc., she has no interest in partaking in something where other people watch her. I do have to give her some credit because she did do a trial class and was interested enough for us to sign her up. But when it came down to it, she decided she didn’t want to do it after all. So it was kind of a big deal for my middle daughter to join gymnastics without the support of her big sister. And you know what?? She loves it!

We are hopeful something will come along that will spark an interest for our oldest, but for now we are celebrating the bravery and courage of our middle and trying to teach the importance of just trying.

Materials Used: You Can Do Anything Kit – River Rose and Inside Pixels Collab and Duo 06 | Love Me Like You Do Template – La Belle Vie

Now, I invite you to come over to the forum to join us in this week’s challenge! You can earn points toward monthly discounts in the shop if you participate (and you’ll get a page done for your album… win-win!).




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 | Lengthen Your Elements

Lengthen Your Elements

Are you ready for another tutorial from me?? I am a scrapper who always resizes the elements and from time to time that means that the element that I resized isn’t big enough to be visible on my layout. I’m really not sure how to describe it so I’ll just start with my tutorial and hope it will make sense to you.

I’m pretty much finished with my layout but I want to add a ribbon so I am opening the ribbon and it is way too big.

Lengthen Your Elements

It just isn’t in proportion with the rest of the elements so I need to resize the ribbon until I am happy with the size of it.

Lengthen Your Elements

Now that it’s the right size I am going to rotate the ribbon and put it in the right place.

Lengthen Your Elements

It’s in the right place but it’s too small and it doesn’t pop out on the top, as I would like. There are two ways you can make the ribbon pop out on top. You can duplicate the layer and move it to the top and you’re done. I’d rather avoid duplicating layers if I meant to use the element just one time. Flowers, I duplicate all the time (as you can see) but to lengthen my ribbon….I use this method:

Select the rectangular marquee tool:

Lengthen Your Elements

Make sure the layer of the element you want to lengthen is selected…

Lengthen Your Elements

Now select the part of the ribbon you want to move/lengthen…

Lengthen Your Elements

I select a large area so I’m sure I’ve selected the entire ribbon. Now hold down the ctrl-button (CMD on Mac) on your keyboard and tap on the arrow of your keypad on your keyboard. 🙂

Lengthen Your Elements

As you can see, the marching ants are now around the ribbon and you can move your ribbon in place with the arrow keys from your keyboard.

Lengthen Your Elements

When the ribbon is in place….click ctrl-d (CMD-D) and there you go. You’ve lengthened the ribbon and now it also shows on the top.

Lengthen Your Elements

Now just add a shadow and you can continue with your layout. For me, this ribbon was the last element that needed to be added to my layout to be done. Here’s the finished layout….

Lengthen Your Elements

I hope you’ve learned something new and you’ll be able to use this when you’re scrapping.

Have a great day !!!

bianckaAbout the Author  Biancka is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She is a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), a wife to Edwin, and mom to Jasper. She lives in the east of The Netherlands (about 30 minutes from the German border). She is addicted to scrapping, but also enjoys baking, reading books (mostly thrillers), watching her favorite TV shows, and photography.

Accomplish More | Bullet Journaling & Pretty Pages

Accomplish More - Bullet Journaling & Pretty Pages


We all need more time in life to do the things we really want to do, and not all of us are stellar at organizing our time.

Enter the recent “planner craze” that is sweeping the planet. I’m sure you’ve all seen zillions of pretty planners all over the internet.

I love the idea of all of the pretty planners that are out there along with subscriptions, clubs, and Facebook groups. In fact, The Digital Press has a wonderful array of planning supplies in the store here. Among them, you’ll find such gems as Miss Tiina’s great annual line of planner supplies… Mari Koegelenberg’s gorgeous planner-specific goodies… Hat of Bunny’s planner printables… Laura Passage’s scrapping planner products… and more!

I’ve bought planners, downloaded some others, and played around with a lot of different planning ideas. Unfortunately, so far none of them have worked well for me. And then… I stumbled across the idea of a bullet journal. To me, a dated planner just doesn’t fit my needs because I don’t have that many things going on in a given month that I need to track. For me, it is all about lists and keeping ideas & projects from falling through the cracks.

The basic idea of the bullet journal is to keep a small notebook in which you can maintain a regular stream of tasks and lists. You can find out more about bullet journaling at the bullet journal site, and there are literally thousands of links on Pinterest. But it is a generally simple method of using an index — “collections” — that are sort of over-arching categories… and then “rapid-logging” your ideas/thoughts — which is where the bullets come into play. Under categories you create your logs, lists, charts, graphs or other items. Then, as a final step, you simply migrate those tasks into action by moving them to a calendar. To me, it is a far simpler method of tracking and planning. You don’t spend so much time on the planner itself — and instead, spend more on completing the tasks themselves. I don’t end up migrating because I keep things pretty simple, and that is how it works for me.

There are a lot of people who are hard-core serious about their bullet journals (or bujo) and some dedicate hours upon hours to their journals, hand-drawing lots of fancy dividers, headers, sketches and everything else you can imagine. People use fountain pens or other fancy writing instruments, do calligraphy or other elaborate writing, etc. I love that idea, but have no time or patience to do something like that.

In terms of the more elaborate style of bullet journaling… here is a sample page spread from Kara at Boho Berry (someone I follow who is also a fellow bullet journaler)…

Accomplish More - Bullet Journaling & Pretty Pages
I love this. But at the same time, for myself, I feel that if I spent that much time “planning,” I wouldn’t have time for the actual “doing.”

But I do find that I want pretty pages like these (which our very own TDP team member Amanda created in a previous blog post).

Recently, it dawned on me that I can just use regular ol’ digital scrap supplies and create my own “pretty” bullet lists with those. Pretty and practical all at once. I am not as detailed or prettified as I could be, but it is a quick and easy page that gets me doing instead of planning. And if I want to get wild and crazy, I can shift it slightly, print it out and paste it into my physical bullet journal. If not, I can keep it on my desktop, send it to Evernote, or put it onto my phone.


See… easy peasy. A simple way to get my to-do list done — and add some color and fun while I’m at it. I used the pie chart as my version of the “Level 10 Life” (but because I’m not currently working or dealing with much in the way of finances, I left those out and added some of my own). I can track and see what needs adjusting and where I should put more emphasis week to week. I can accomplish more, but still give a little bit of style and prettiness. Win-win!

How do you plan out your week? Do you worry about making it “pretty” or just stick to functional? I invite you to come join us in TDP’s forum for this week’s challenge related to this post!



About 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.  Kimberlee 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 | Accomplish Albums Faster

Do you every feel like working on an album is an endless endeavor? Do you ever think to yourself “How can I get more pages done in the same amount of time?”  Using double page spreads is a great way to accomplish your goal!  Even though I usually upload single layouts (LOs) at a time to make them easier for viewing online, I always end up making double spread layouts.  I prefer the double spread for a single event/theme.  I know there are some who agree with me and I know many disagree; either way, it’s ok.  Sometimes you might want to throw in a double spread, even if most of your LOs are single pages.

Here are some tips for using double spread layouts

  1. Make it simple – Start out with a double sizes base, (i.e.: 24×12).  You might be thinking “Wow…that’s a lot of space,” but, a double spread doesn’t have to be intimidating, and it doesn’t have to be 2 separate full layouts.  By spreading out, you can include larger photos/elements, more journaling, or even some white space.  Templates are a great place to start.  Many designers offer 24×12 sized templates, or 12×12 sized template sets that coordinate well.  Many project life templates/ layout styles are double spread as well.
  1. Make it cohesive – My double page spreads are almost always made using the same kit and photos from the same event/day.  On occasion, I will mix it up, but only if the final spread is cohesive.  I might use black and white photos on both sides, to keep a similar mood, or maybe even the same kit, but with photos from different events.
  1. Make it big – Another of my favorite ways to make a double page spread is to use BIG photos.  If there is a photo from a set that I am in love with, then I won’t hesitate to have that photo take up at a whole 12×12 side.  I might even use a 24 inch wide panorama photo spanning the entire spread.
  1. Make it to the end – It’s important to keep your end goal in mind.  Whether your goal is a year, or a certain number of pages, or some other “album-defining” moment.  Try not to over think it, and when you’re ready, go ahead…push that print button!

Here are a couple of examples of my own double spread LOs:


Here are some links to check out to get started on double spreads:





About 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 (6), Hope (1.5 yr old puppy) & Kringle (3 mo old bunny). She works from home as a photographer and enjoys scrapping her personal photos.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Are you ever in that situation where you are running out the door and suddenly remember you forgot to get a birthday card for the party your child is going to?  Or a “Thank You” card for a gift someone gave you, maybe even just a “cheering up” card?   I don’t know about you, but cards are VERY expensive and I hate buying them.  So, I want to show you how to make greeting cards to build up your stash so that you will always have one on hand.  No more excuses for not giving someone a card.

If you are crafter you probably already have most of the items on hand.  Even if you are mostly a scrapper, you still probably have the basics.  Most digital kits these days will either come with a few pocket cards or have a pocket card edition to the kit.  I love pocket cards because they are so versatile.  Since I’m an hybrid gal, I immediately see them as cards.  I love giving people homemade cards even if it’s just to brighten their day.

Here is what you will need:

  • Digital pocket cards
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • double sided tape
  • glue pen
  • embellishments
  • Pop dots

Here are the pocket cards I used for this project, but any of them will work.  You probably already own several.  There is definitely one out there for EVERY occasion.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Andiamo Journal Cards, Birthday Card Set, #Happythings Journal Cards,
Focus On the Good Journaling Cards

You can use any photo editing program you have to create these cards.  You do not have to have a cutting machine, however, I did use mine because I’m a little obsessed with it.   You can be as simple or as fancy as you would like.  I did a little of both.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Some pocket cards are fine without adding anything to them.  Some just need a saying or an additional element. I like dimension so I usually cut out extra elements.

For some of my cards, I started out by drawing out a 5″ x 8″ triangle.  At the 4″ mark, I drew a dashed line – this is if you are going to use a cutting machine, if not, just use the ruler in your editing program and open and place your pocket card at the 4″ mark.   Two cards fit to a page.  That is it… print the card, cut with your paper trimmer and fold.  It really is that simple.   If you want it to be a little fancier, add some cute elements from the coordinating kit……go one step farther and add a piece of coordinating cardstock to the back.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

For that extra little touch, I added several elements to a page to do quite a few cards.   I did a print and cut with my Silhouette, but a pair of scissors will work just as good….I’m just not that great with them.   I also love to add matching inserts for the envelopes.


How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

I took the same card above and added the extra elements I cut out with pop dots.  I also added a piece of cardstock to the back and a button to finish off. Cute, isn’t it?!

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Another way is to just cut several pocket cards for the fronts of the cards.  You can get four pocket cards to a page.  After cutting with your paper trimmer add to a piece folded cardstock with double sided tape or your adhesive of choice.  Again, keep it simple or fancy it up a little.

Here is a front added to a piece of folded cardstock.  It is fine just the way it is, but of course I had to take up a notch.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Here is the same card with another scooter cut out and added to the top with pop dots.  It adds an extra little touch.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket CardsHere I cut the card and added a piece of grey cardstock, cut out the washi tape and added with pop dots.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

This card is done a little different than the others.  You do have to have a cutting machine to get the same affect.  I’m sure that you could do something similar in your photo editing program.


First, open the cutting files in the program that your cutting machine uses.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, the program I am using is Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Next, make sure that your cutting lines are turned on and choose cardstock material type.  Now add cardstock to your mat and send through your machine.  It did take me a couple of times to get a clean cut.  I had to change my mat and slow down my cutting speed.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

This is a good card to use up some of those scraps that you have on hand.   I just took a piece and traced the balloon with a pencil.  Cut to the inside of your trace marks and glue down with a glue pen.  Add to the top of your card base and your done.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket CardsI really like how this one turned out.  I used cardstock scraps that I had on hand.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards


How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

I hope this tutorial has inspired you! If you’d like to give it a try, please join me in the forum and have fun creating some cards.  You can earn points toward this month’s challenges!  I can’t wait to see your creations.

TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 12 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 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 24 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

We Did It!

We Did It!

Life is full of all sorts of wishes and worries… goals and “getting there”s… and hopefully a good smattering of “I DID IT!” too. It feels great to accomplish something!

Big accomplishments feel fantastic, obviously… but sometimes the small wins in life feel pretty good, too. Something that might be a small thing to one person can be a huge accomplishment to another.

I have a daughter who is a worrier (she gets it from me!). Recently, she worried about a bicycle training course at school, and the closer it got, the more she worried. Therefore, when the course was complete and she had passed her test, it was a very big deal to her (and therefore, it was a big deal to me, also!).

I chose to document her accomplishment in order to help remember, in the future, how it felt…

We Did It!

[ credits: KimB – Free Spirited Kit ]

This week, we’ve got a challenge waiting for you in the forum that is related to this idea of documenting your accomplishments.

I can’t wait to see what you are proud of… so come on over to the forum and join me! 🙂

CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press, and is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently wet & chilly 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 | Hybrid Pocket Letter

Hi everyone! Indah here today with a tutorial for creating a trendy pocket letter that I have seen all over the internet.

What is a pocket letter? Pocket letters are penpal letters in pocket format… using pocket scrapping supplies. Basically, you fill all of the pockets of a page protector (most commonly used for this is likely the 9-pocket size), and send it to your penpal! Too fun. 🙂

I have made one as an example using my digital scrapbooking supply stash — it’s so easy and fun! All you need, apart from your digi supplies, is a pocket sleeve. I couldn’t find a standalone pocket sleeve, so I tore one up from a pocket sleeve album. My samples shown here were all made using the digital collection As You Wish designed by Scotty Girl Design.

The first step is to print out your digital papers. This can be done with your digital imaging software by resizing or creating a document sized to fit your pockets (mine were printed/cut at 2.5″ x 3.5″ for my 9-pocket page).

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

You can also use your digital pocket cards — just re-size accordingly. Often, this means cutting off part of the card slightly… but it’s still doable.

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

Next, print out your digital embellishments and start putting together your pocket letter inserts…

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

I used a combination of sequins and seed beads in the center space of my pocket letter. To secure this, I first sealed it with clear tape… followed by a strip of adhesive… before putting on a strip of washi tape to cover up the other adhesive steps and also act as decoration.

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letters

Here is my completed project.

Tutorial Tuesday | Hybrid Pocket Letter

Easy right? Now it’s your turn to do one, too! Give it a try… and don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery!


IndahAbout the Author  Indah is on the creative team here at The Digital Press.  She has been a hybrid crafter for over 8 years, and loves making cards and paper crafts. She also loves collecting stamps and stickers.

Accomplishments: In Review

In Review: Accomplishments

I confess, I hate making “In Review” pages!  While I like the idea of summing up my year in one layout, it is just not feasible for me.  So much happens in our family during the course of any given year, that remembering it all and then paring it down to a few events just completely overwhelms me. The few pages I have tried in the past were frankly pathetic.

So this year I decided to do some preemptive thinking. If I change the time table from a whole year in review to something smaller it might be more doable. For instance, a month in review, a week in review, or on a crazy week, simply a weekend in review is easier for me to sort through and summarize.  If you look at life on that scale it really is not all that different from a Project 52 or Project 12. That is much more manageable to my frazzled mommy brain. Then come the end of the year, I can just pull information from those layouts, or put all those pages into an “in review” mini book, or simply include them as is in my main yearly album. The possibilities are almost endless.

I decided to do an “In Review” page for each month this year.  Since our word for April is Accomplish, I decided to use that idea to further narrow down my  “in review” thoughts for March. After thinking those two thoughts through for a bit I found that the rest of this layout came together really easily for me.

In Review: Accomplishements

credits: Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Designs, Hello March by Anita Designs

Some of these accomplishments for March are huge, and others are just little everyday things that would go missed in a yearly round up, but it really sums up our March and I like that.

But more importantly, I am happy to finally be able to utilize an idea that has always been hard for me.

If you are a pocket scrapper, “In Review” pages are even easier.  There are so many great kits and cards already available to create “In Review” layouts. Check out the Pocket Scrapping Section at the store HERE.

If you are interested making some of your own ” in review” page(s) head on over to the Challenge Forums and check out the Challenge I have for you.

Erin 1About the Author: 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.

Tutorial Tuesday | How to Create Actions in PS or PSE (Video)

Create Actions in PS and PSE

I don’t know about you, but my time to scrap is sometimes limited. When I’m busy with work, family and life in general, I want to optimize my scrapping time and I prefer to spend it actually scrapping than doing repetitive tasks like resizing layouts (LOs), retouching photos, etc.

In Photoshop (PS) and Photoshop Elements (PSE), there is an amazing tool to help with that: actions. If I’m correct, something similar exists in Paint Shop Pro (scripts) and maybe even in Gimp (macros?).

What is an action? It’s a record of various steps from a process that you can then play and replay whenever you need the exact same process. Let’s use the example of saving your LOs for TDP’s gallery. To do so, you first need to resize your LO to 900 pix wide. Then, you might add some sharpening and maybe some color enhancements to make it pop. Finally, you’ll need to save for web in the file of your choice, at a maximum size of 350kb. Rather than doing all those steps “by hand” for each of your TDP LOs, why not create an action that will automatically perform those tasks just as you like them?

How do you create an action? I’ll show you the process in PS CS6 but it works the same way in other versions of PS or in PSE (ETA: unfortunately you can only load and edit actions in PSE, not create you own! Sorry about my mistake!).

  1. Think about the steps of your process to know in advance what you’ll need to record and in what order. You can correct the mistakes done while recording your action, but it’s easier if you don’t record them in the first place! Don’t forget to think if you want to duplicate the file to start with (so that you don’t risk overwriting the original one), to close the file once you are done, where you want to save it, etc.
  2. Open your actions panel by using Alt+F9 or in the menus: Window -> Actions
  3. Create a new actions folder (by clicking on the folder icon in the actions panel) for your homemade actions and name it. You’ll get addicted, trust me, and you’ll create more and more actions to simplify your life, so get ready to store them all in one place!
  4. Create a new action and name it. It will automatically start recording, as the red dot indicates. All you do now will be recorded in this new action. If you don’t want to start recording right now, just click on the square to stop recording, the red dot will turn gray again.
  5. Perform all the tasks you defined in step one, in the correct order. The action will record everything you did and you will be able to see each step as a new line in the action panel.
  6. Once you’re done, press the square to stop recording. Your action is now ready to be played over and over again and to make you save some precious scrapping time! Woo hoo! Don’t forget to save your actions’ folder as it would be too bad to lose them!

Here’s a video showing how I recorded my “resize and save for TDP” action (Click on the image below to view in YouTube.):

Create Actions in PS and PSE

Let us know if you’re interested to learn more about actions, I’d be happy to do a follow-up post on how to personalize and tweak them further!

ChloéAbout the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown