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.

Tuesday Tuesday | Masking With Gradient Tool

The next time you use a mask for your paper or image, try using the gradient tool to blend it into your background layer. Trust me, it’s fun and easy to do. Let me show you how!

I have used Photoshop CC for my tutorial. I also used a mask from Pocket Masks by SandyPie Creations, shown here…

In my first sample, below, I started with a solid paper background, then a patterned paper on top of that. Next came the mask, on top of the papers.

I used the gradient tool to blend some of the top background paper layer into the photo mask (see the bottom right corner of the mask)… and then I used the gradient tool to blend the two background papers together (patterned paper on top layer, with a solid paper on layer below).


How do you do this?

  1. I opened my image into Photoshop, on the layer above the mask… and then I clipped the image to the mask (you can do this more than one way — CTRL-ALT-G is the most common, but I prefer to press the ALT key, and then hover cursor between the two layers in the palette and click; you will see the cursor turn into a downward pointer to indicate that the layers are clipped together).
  2. Next, I duplicated and dragged the patterned paper layer into the mask (press ALT key and drag the paper layer upward into the mask), placing it between the clipped mask and image layers, clipping that also to the mask.
  3. Highlighting the image layer, I selected the “add layer mask” icon (below the right-sided layers palette), and then clicked inside the white box.
  4. To access the gradient tool, use the shortcut key “G”, in the options menu above, click onto the drop-down arrow to open the gradient editor, and select the 2nd box from the left …which is the foreground to transparent gradient.
  5. Next, select the linear gradient (five boxes showing different gradient, linear is the first on the left). By dragging from the bottom right of the image towards the middle, I erased part of the image to allow the clipped patterned paper to show through.

What I like about using the gradient tool — rather than brushing away parts of a layer (which is also fun, and simply achieves a different look) — is that it creates a gradient, or a gradual blending of one layer into another. The gradient of the blending is determined by the type of gradient chosen, and also by the placement and length of the gradient that you draw.

To allow some of the solid paper to show through the bottom right side of the page, I highlighted the patterned paper layer (just above the solid paper layer) and clicked on the “add layer mask” icon, I pressed “G” to select the gradient tool, and dragged from the bottom right corner up towards the upper left. I repeated this a few times until I had achieved the gradient I wanted.

I created a second sample page, as well… this time, using Brushies No.1 by creashens, shown here…

I selected a few brushes and merged them together (to create my own mask shape), and then enlarged it before clipped my image to it. I chose a patterned pattern and solid paper that closely matched the grey road in my image…

After highlighting the patterned paper layer, I selected the “add layer mask” icon and pressed the “G” key to select the gradient tool. By dragging from right to left, more of the underlying gray solid paper was visible with the patterned paper more faded on the right side.

The gradient tool is one of my favorite photoshop tools, and I bet it’ll become one of yours too, after you give this tutorial a try and begin playing around with different gradient options!

RaeAbout the Author  Rae is part of the creative team here at The Digital Press, and has been a scrapbooker and photographer for many years. She lives on the west coast with her hubby and labradoodle, Taz. She’s addicted to chocolate, TV shows, and books!

Hybrid How-To | Decorated Envelopes

Hello and happy Saturday, Arielle here with quick little tutorial on making your own hybrid envelopes! Usually all of my mojo goes into creating cards, and obsessing over every detail… but I realized that I am missing an important part of the process – the envelope! Today I will show you how to make gorgeous, printable envelopes that take hardly any time at all, and will definitely make your snail mail “POP”.

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Bright Spark Elements and Bright Spark Papers by KimB Designs, shown below)
  • Paper
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Scoring tool or a ruler
  • Adhesive (I used and ATG gun)
  • Envelope templates. (I found PDFs at SplitCoastStampers here [for 41/4” square cards] and here [for cards 41/4 x 51/2“])



  1. Open the pdf template in your photo editing program.
  2. Add some paper and elements. (I took parts of the hybrid card I made and added them here to make a matching envelope!)
  3. Print! (I left the lines showing so you could see, but before I print, I usually decrease the opacity of the template to 35% – just enough to be able to see to cut it.)


To Assemble:

  1. Cut along the outer lines of the envelope.
  2. Using a straight edge, or a paper scoring tool, fold in the sides.
  3. Apply your adhesive to the flaps and adhere.


And that’s it — easy as pie!


Here’s a couple others I made… this one is to match a card I made last week…


with the One Kit Two Way | Girl Power shop collab and Dashies Vol. 1 by Laura Banasiak.


And here’s a little “artsy” one…


using Creashen’s Flora Life No. 1 and Brushies No. 2.


And here are the finished envelopes…


Now it’s your turn, make a decorated envelope and come share your creation with us in the forum! During August 2016, you can even receive points in TDP’s challenge system if you complete this project and enter it into the August 2016 Hybrid Challenge. 🙂

Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6.5 & 8. 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 BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her reading like it’s going out of style, going to the gym, or in the car-pick-up line! 

Feature Friday | Rachel Hodge


I’m so excited to tell you all about Rachel Hodge for this week’s Feature Friday!

She is one of my favorite designers — her hand-drawn digital designs just make my heart sing! They are perfect both to accent your pages, or to use as a focal point! From handwritten words and phrases to coordinated elements, there is something in her shop for everyone. Each of her products is typically themed in some way, but I’ve found that they are so versatile that I can use them in so many different ways. From traditional scrapbook pages… to pocket-style pages… to hybrid projects… her designs will really make your projects POP! They can be used in so many different ways including card making, invitations, school projects and so much more. 🙂

Here are just a few of her jaw-dropping designs to give you an idea of how talented she is…

We asked Rachel a few questions to help you get to know her a little bit better, and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
I live in Melbourne, Australia

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I am usually running around after 5 children (and yes, that includes the darling husband) and picking up their junk — WHICH IS EVERYWHERE!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I loved Polly Pockets when growing up.
—I have a slight obsession with planning holidays to tropical islands even though the budget says ‘that ain’t happening.’
—I like to eat chocolate for breakfast (not great, I know, but I have 4 kids so I’m allowed).
—I’m a HUGE fan of TV/Movie thrillers like Criminal Minds, The Bone Collector, and Taken.
—I love a cup of tea when the kids are napping.

Which of your products is your favorite?
My newest release (today) is my current favorite — it’s called One and Only. It is a different take on the normal wedding theme, and I’m so happy with it!

And here are some layouts and projects using her designs that I think you’ll love…


After seeing all of Rachel’s amazing work, I’m guessing that you might be ready to shop! And with a 30% OFF sale all week long in Rachel’s shop here at The Digital Press (the sale will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thurs 8/11), you can take advantage of a great discount and grab some beautiful new scrapbooking items! Enjoy shopping!


About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, VA with her husband of almost 15 years and their 11 year old boy/girl twins. Their 20 year old daughter will soon start her final year at West Virginia University!  Amy has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together! Amy is a huge reader (mostly literary fiction) and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Tutorial Tuesday | Make it Clean & Simple

There are many styles of design/composition in scrapbooking. We can find layouts with many photos aligned, and some with no photos at all; some with many embellishments, and some that are instead very simple. After digiscrapping for 5 years, I discovered the world of clean & simple design… and I fell in love with it.


  • I feel I can better highlight my photo, by using only one (or at most two)
  • My page can stay focused on the main emotion or message that I want to share or remember
  • It takes me less time to make a clean & simple page! 🙂

Today, I would like to share with you, step-by-step, how I create my clean & simple layouts.


Step 1

First, I choose a solid paper (yes, for me a solid background paper is more appropriate to maintain the clean feel on the page). Then I put a photo onto this paper. You can frame the photo or not… your choice. For the example I will show you here today, I clipped my photo to a brush…

Step 2

Next, I add a title. I usually like to put a title on all of my pages; it helps me to focus on what I would like to see on the layout. For this one, the purpose is to remember the good times my kids shared with their cousins, and how much they enjoyed it…

Step 3

Next, I add some embellishments. One or two, but usually not more… for me, the page must be light, and using colored elements helps to add a pop… 🙂

Step 4

I am not good with journaling (I tend to prefer to let my photos saying everything)… but journaling is part of scrapbooking and memory-keeping, and most of the time mine is so minimal it actually acts mainly as decoration. Here, I put on a title… telling nothing! LOL


Here is the final result of this clean & simple page I have been creating today…


You can do anything with a clean & simple page. The most important thing to work with, if you want to make your page clean, is some white space!


DSC_3131About the Author  Bao is a creative team member at The Digital Press. She has been a digiscrapper for about ten years now, and her style tends to be clean & simple. Most of the time she scraps her family’s photos. She also loves, however, to scrap other subjects such flowers, nature, environment, and foods. She says hello to all of you from her big island of Madagascar, and feels blessed to live there.









August 2016 at The Digital Press | Unite


It’s August… and here at The Digital Press, we’ve kicked things into full-gear as we jump right into our bi-annual Pennysaver event!

We’re also really excited about our newest Word of the Month for August 2016 here at TDP… UNITE. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games begin on Friday (in Brazil), and we thought this word really embodied the spirit of what the games represent, and was therefore a great choice for August. We also think it’s a beautiful, timely choice of words… given the social and political unrest that we have been experiencing here in the United States in recent months (which isn’t limited to our country, but can be found worldwide in many forms). Sometimes it’s wise to focus on the things that bring people together, rather than on the things that divide them.


image credits [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Looking for ways to incorporate this feeling of unity 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 August, and there are so many fun new things in store for you throughout the month of August — including a challenge that specifically calls upon our new word of the month — UNITE. 🙂

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 August 2016…



Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collections — and yes, there are TWO this month(!) — One Kit Two Ways, which launched today in the shop. The design team had so much fun with this collection, which uses the same color palette for two very different kits (one for boys, one for girls)… and we think you’ll see/feel how much fun they had designing it when you work with this amazing coordinated collection of scrappy goodness!



The best news of all? Because it’s a Pennysaver month here at TDP, you can buy all of the pieces separately (just $1.00 each!)… or you can even get the entire collection — which is actually made up of TWO full collections — for just $6.00 in August only (that’s less than the regular price of any of our site’s shop collabs… and there are TWO collabs in it!).

Speaking of Pennysaver… don’t forget that it officially launches tomorrow (Tues 8/2) with a batch of fantastic new products that are all JUST $1.00/ea THROUGHOUT AUGUST! We’ll be releasing new items into the shop every Tuesday and Friday all month long, so grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or Mountain Dew… whatever you prefer!) and come browse the August 2016 Pennysaver category in the shop!



We look forward to spending August 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.

Feature Friday | Sahin Designs


Today’s Feature Friday is all about Elif Sahin of Sahin Designs. Her design style is minimalist, clean, and simple… while being rooted in the style of the paper-scrapbooking world. Because of this, her products translate amazingly-well into hybrid projects, while also being gorgeous when used digitally. Her collections give a little of everything — brushes, flowers, journaling cards, papers, and alphas in stunning color schemes. All of her products give you the versatility to use them for a traditional scrapbook page, or a pocket page, or even a hybrid page.

This is just a small sampling of the beautiful and elegant designs that can be found in Sahin Design’s store at The Digital Press…


We asked Elif some questions to get to know her a little better…

Where do you live?
I live in Ankara, Turkey.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I am not designing I love to take care of my plants and play with my little nephew.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—My age is 24, it’s a bit young for the digital scrapbook industry.
—I have a degree in International Relations.
—I love web design and I get my hands on it whenever I can.
—I love knitting and anything handmade.
—I love creating moodboards prior to starting on a new design project.

Which of your products is your favorite?
With each new product it changes. So, at the moment my favorite product is the Grad Collection


Now that we have learned about Elif and seen her beautiful, versatile products… let’s see them in action. Here is a sampling of layouts and projects that were created using her designs…



After seeing all of these inspiring collections, you should be ready to scrap! And with a 30% OFF sale in Elif’s shop here at The Digital Press (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 8/4) you can take advantage of a great discount and grab some beautiful new scrapbooking collections.


About 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 | Importing Photos into Lightroom

How many times have you opened your new Lightroom (LR) software and shut it because you found it too daunting? How many times have you tried to drag images over to LR, like we so easily do in Photoshop (PS), only to realize nothing happens? If you are anything like me, your answer is more than a few times! 🙂

We’ve all heard it time and again — Lightroom is a powerful program. It’s a game changer. And… it truly is. But how do we harness its power if we can’t even complete the initial step of getting started? Well, this post is here to do just that — to help you get your pictures into LR.

The first thing you need to do to get started is open the program. Once you have it open, click on the “Library” button at the top (see image, below). Then, press the “Import” button.

[Please note that my screen (shown above) might look a little different than yours… as I already have pictures in my LR.]

Next, from the left side panel, you will now need to select the photos that you want to import into LR. Photos can be on your hard drive… or on an external hard drive… or on a memory card. Wherever your photo is, you need to browse on this left side panel and select that source (as shown below)…

Using the image above as an example… suppose I were to select “Year 5 — April” as the source. LR will now show me all pictures contained in that folder. This is where you can select the specific photos you want to import. You can choose to select one photo… or a few photos… or even all photos in the folder.

Another thing to note — that top panel (see next image). I shoot in Raw, so I choose the “copy as DNG” option… which is the suggested option for Raw files. For JPEG images, I always choose the “Add” option.

Now we come to the right side panel (again, see next image). Here, there are two steps that I usually complete. First is to select the “Don’t Import suspected duplicates” box. You don’t want to import the same photo twice, right? 🙂

The other step I complete using the right side panel is very important — the destination step. This is where you tell LR where (and how) to save your images. I save my images chronologically… so my files are saved by year and by month. You can organize your files however you like, creating a filing system that works for you.

Now you come to the very last step. You can just press “Import” (as shown below) and tada ….. your photos should start uploading in LR. At that point, once the photos are imported, you are all set and can start playing with the program more! 🙂

Hopefully this “first step” tutorial is helpful in getting you out of the starting blocks, and on your way to using Lightroom. If you have any questions, definitely feel free to reach out to me using the comments on this post, and ask away!

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

Feature Friday | Laura Passage

This week, we’re excited to feature the designs of Laura Passage (known to many of us as Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage, or just WWC). Laura is not only a designer at The Digital Press, but is also our fearless leader! As a designer who also works in the paper scrapbooking industry, designing for companies like Echo Park Paper Company and Carta Bella Paper Company, Laura creates digital products that also have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel. You’ll find lots of flat stickers and icons in her kits, mixed with the types of dimensional items you tend to find used on traditional paper scrapbook layouts — stuff like wood veneer, string, staples, paper flowers, etc. Her kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here is a look at just a few of my favorite products designed by Laura…

I interviewed Laura so that we could all learn a bit more about her, and here’s what she had to say…

Where are you from?
I live in the Pacific Northwest (about 45 min south of Portland, Oregon in Salem — the state capitol).

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time? I sort of “unexpectedly inherited” full ownership of The Digital Press this past winter, and for the past few months my design time has been really limited while I have focused most of my time on expanding and updating the site (and there are lots of really fun new things on the way to The Digital Press this year!). When I’m not doing that and/or trying to find time to design fun digital or paper goodies… I like to (in no particular order) go sit on the sidelines and cheer on my kids during their sporting events; cook and bake; read good books; binge-watch my favorite series on Netflix or Hulu with my husband; and sleep (although I really don’t do that very much! haha).

What are 5 tidbits of trivia that we might not know about you?
—Before I had kids, I worked as a college soccer coach for about a decade.
—My favorite place in the world is the mountains of Colorado. I lived there when I was a kid, and nowadays as an adult even just the act of driving through that area calms me and centers me and makes me happy.
—I’m kind of obsessed with rainbow colors. The clothes in my closet are even hanging in rainbow order, because it just seems happier that way.
—My computers are all PC-based (and that isn’t going to change, because I keep buying PCs every time I need to upgrade — which I actually just did a month or two ago)… but I am totally an Apple snob when it comes to phones and devices. So yeah, basically, I am a walking contradiction and I know it makes no sense haha!
—I have had a love affair with paper goods my entire life. When I was 10 or 12, I would save up my allowance and spend it on pretty patterned paper stationary and matching envelopes… and then that stationary would seem too nice to actually use, so I would just hoard it. This info completely and totally explains my craft space in my home office, which is overflowing with patterned paper and other gorgeous crafty stuff. I mean, washi tape, people. Right?! I have a giant collection of it just because it’s so pretty.

Which of your products is your favorite?
Oh man, I cannot choose just one. I’ve done it before, and then I always feel like I am cheating on my other favorite kits, hahaha! I have multiple favorites, depending on the time of year / theme / etc. Right now because it’s summertime here in Oregon, though, I will say that there is something I adore about last year’s Project Twenty Fifteen | July Collection… I love the happy colors, and the combination of travel-themed items and outdoorsy things and girly florals…

And here are some gorgeous layouts and projects featuring some of Laura’s designs from her shop…

If you love fun color and papery goodness, you need to be sure to check out Laura’s products in the shop! My personal favorite item of hers is her Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle. These templates are my go-to templates for all my pocket scrapbooking layouts. With real stitching in both black and white, and tons of layout varieties, they are the templates I turn to when I have lots of photos to include on a page. They are a pocket scrapper’s dream come true!

Be sure to head over to Laura’s shop at The Digital Press this week for an amazing 30% OFF SALE on all of her products. (sale runs through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/28). You can pick up some of those amazing templates… or anything else that suits your fancy!

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

Tutorial Tuesday | Expanding Your Digital Toolkit

We’ve all had that moment when our creative mojo just escapes us. You’ve been there before, right? You’ve got the time to create… a brand new kit that you really want to work with… and nothing. So what do you do?

Most of us browse galleries for inspiration, of course. Then you find “it” — a layout that has you saying, “wow, I really love that!” Maybe it’s the pictures, the composition/proportions on the page, the kit selection. Oh, hang on a minute… that’s your layout! Wow, that’s a little embarrassing. Actually, it’s not. Most of us are the resident memory-keeper for our family. We should be proud of – and love – the layouts we create. So how about using your own layouts as the inspiration for something new? Yes, I’m talking about expanding your digital toolkit and scraplifting yourself!

I look at scraplifting as one of the sincerest forms of flattery in the digital world. When you scraplift a page, you’re saying to the creator that their page inspired you to create; it struck a chord with you. It’s okay to give yourself a pat on the back for a layout well done… and if you find a formula that you like, why not repeat it? Scraplifting could be duplicating a layout design, or using it as inspiration to build from. I love doing the latter and wanted to show you my process for “lifting” the page shown here…


[credits: Sweet Dreams — a collaboration by Sabrina’s Creations and Designed by Soco]


Where to begin? Open your original file in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and save a copy to work from. This is so important! You don’t want to make changes to your original file and then accidentally save them and over-write your original! Take it from someone who has “been there, done that” — it’s not pretty. On your duplicate file, start removing any paper or photos layers that you might have clipped to shapes. You want to strip the layout down to the basic design elements, like this:



Now, I like to use my existing layouts as inspiration and not necessarily duplicate an existing design (although that’s a great option, too). With that in mind, now that I have the base design laid out in front of me, it’s time to play around by moving elements (or groups of elements) around to create something new.

I like the vertical paper strip on the left with the scalloped edge peeking out and the stitched top edge. This would really lend itself to being on the bottom of a page. Ah, rotate the layout counter-clockwise (all layers), and then lower that portion of the design just a little…



With that central cluster of elements on the bottom edge, I’m now starting to think a vertical design — right down the center of the layout — might be the way to go. Here’s what the design looks like after I’ve moved and re-sized some of the papers. You’ll see that the overall design of the original page is still there; it’s just been modified enough to make it a little different…



Some of the original element clusters on the sides are now looking… well, “off” for want of a better word. This doesn’t mean they should automatically be deleted, however; they can still be re-purposed in the new design layout. Sometimes simply rotating and moving the elements can breathe new light into them. The cluster on the right-hand side of the page, for example, is one I really like. However, the vertical placement just doesn’t work now. Making it horizontal again (as it was in the original layout) will work.  Rotated and moved around a bit, here’s how my page’s composition is shaping up…



You’ll see that I’ve also hidden a few layers, like the element cluster that was originally in the upper left-hand corner of the new design. It was just too much. Also, at this point I haven’t even thought about a kit design, new papers, or new elements. I’ve simply been setting up the foundation on which to build from — and that’s not always easy to do, as I want to jump right in!

Using this scraplifted version of my original layout, I can now start adding all of the new pieces to complete my layout. If I move things around again, that’s fine — it’s my page, my memory. I can do whatever I like with it. I’m a firm believer that there’s no right or wrong way to scraplift a page. Bottom line: have fun with it!

Here’s how my now newly-designed page came out:


[credits: Away by Creashens]


…and just for fun, I did a second variation of the original page, just to show you that you can expand your toolkit and scraplift one page several times with each layout being unique to the memory you wish to record:


[credits: Leelo and Kiwi by Wildheart Designs]


So, if you like what you create… go ahead and give yourself permission to create it again, with a twist! A few things to remember:

  • Create a copy of your original Photoshop file and work from that.  Don’t work on your original file.
  • If you rotate the design, watch for your shadow angles as they will rotate, too.
  • If your original layout was based on a template, which you would normally credit a designer for, think about whether you will still give credit when you share your new layout. My own personal rule of thumb: If the new layout still closely resembles the original template, give credit with something like, “Template (modified) by …”

Scraplifting from your own gallery can be a great way to get your mojo going — or even just a fun exercise to do when you’re in a creative rush. It’s an easy way to expand your digital toolkit since you have all the inspiration right there at your fingertips: it’s you! If you would like to give this a try, I’d love to see what you can do with your own layout, so link me up with a before and after!

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.


Hybrid How-To | Custom Composition Books

Hello and happy Saturday! Summer is quickly coming to an end. Can you believe it? My kids go back to school in 2 weeks and we’ve been busy getting their supplies. I noticed both kids have composition notebooks on their lists — woohoo! Why have a plain notebook, when you can have a fantabulous notebook? I thought it might be fun to create some personalized covers, and am here today to show you how to use your favorite digital kit to do so!

For my own composition book cover, I included a happy memory from my kids’ previous school year, as well as a little inspirational quote. I even left a blank space to write in the subject. I’m also putting a blank sheet of adhesive on the back, too, so the kids can add their own personal touch! Anything to keep them motivated, right?

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Project Twenty Fifteen | August by Laura Passage, shown below)
  • Full sheet adhesive labels (I used Avery #15265)
  • Paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, and a ruler
  • Composition notebook(s) of any size



  1. Measure the cover of your notebook.
  2. Create a document in Photoshop that is the exact size of your book’s cover — plus an extra 1/4″ on the top and bottom (this will ensure the design you are about to create will cover the front of the notebook).
  3. Print your design onto the full-sheet adhesive label sheet.
  4. Using the paper trimmer, trim the excess from the left side of your design, the side closest to the binding tape of the book. Don’t peel the backing off yet! First, you will center it and mark where you’ll need to cut the other 3 sides. Trim those before adhering.
  5. Start to peel the backing from the left side, only a half inch or so, and adhere it starting on the left. Then slowly continue to peel back an inch or so at a time, as you adhere it. Doing it this way not only ensures you get it centered, but also eliminates pesky air bubbles!
  6. Using the scissors, trim around the corners.
  7.  Optional — If you want it to be just a little more permanent, add clear contact paper on top of your cover.

And that’s it — easy peasy!

Now it’s your turn, make one of these super simple comp books and come share your creation with us in the forum! During July 2016, you can even receive points in TDP’s challenge system if you complete this project and enter it into the July 2016 Hybrid Challenge. 🙂


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 BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her buying school supplies, gearing up for VBS and reading like it’s going out of style (while sipping sweet tea!)…


Feature Friday | River~Rose Designs


Today we are excited to feature the lovely Bobbie of River~Rose Designs as a part of our Feature Friday series. Personally, I love her designs and I am thrilled to get to know her better while also showcasing my favorites from her store at The Digital Press with you.

Bobbie creates digital products that are very versatile and easy to work with when you’re scrapping your memories. She always includes a lot of great elements in her kits, like flowers, flair buttons, butterflies, hearts, and cute little elements like owls… and I love the extra element packs that she creates, which give you even more variation to work with. Bobbie’s kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here are a few of my favorite designs by River~Rose Designs…


Don’t you just love how bright and colorful all of those kits are? 🙂

I asked Bobbie a few questions, in order to get to know the person behind all of those wonderful designs even better…

Where do you live?
Right in the middle of the Unites States, in Missouri.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I love to crochet!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—We love playing pool, we have a pool table in our living room and entertain often for our friends who love to play, as well.
—I don’t have a favorite color; I like them all!
—At the age of 40, almost all my children are grown. They are ages 16, 18, 22, and almost 24.
—I am self-taught in Photoshop. I just sat down one day with the program and started playing and never stopped.
—I was named after my father. His name is Robert Louis and they called him Bobby Lou when he was young. So, I’m named Bobbie Lou.

Which of your products is your favorite?
Beautiful Life

You may have noticed that I am a huge fan of Bobbie’s designs, and so here is a sampling of some of the layouts I have created with her kits…

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Bobbie better. Check out her store HERE and don’t forget to have a look at the beautiful new products that she released today. Also, there will be a 30% OFF SALE in Bobbie’s shop all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/21)!

Wishing you a great day!


About 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.