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!)…

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.

Hybrid Saturday | Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

I am a sucker for bright colors, and Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Arielle here with today’s “fun, easy, inexpensive and perfect to work on with the kiddies” project, a Tissue Decoupaged Bunny. Wouldn’t it make an awesome centerpiece for your Easter table? This technique is perfect for other decor items, such as picture frames, miscellaneous objects, old wooden chairs… you name it!

First, pick your favorite papers! I used It’s a Spring Thing | Papers by Juno Designs and Wendy P Designs. All these beautifully bright papers were perfect for my little bunny!

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

Then gather your crafty supplies —

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine & scotch tape)
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as ribbon and buttons.
  • Paper mache animal (or picture frame, etc…)
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Paint and brushes (optional)

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

Start off by cutting some tissue paper to fit your cardstock.  (I picked up some cheap tissue at the dollar store.) I cut it approximately 7.5″x 11″, then using invisible tape, I adhered it to the cardstock at the top and bottom. Be sure to put the paper into your printer so that it will print onto the tissue.


Set up a document of “swatches” to print. My swatches measured 3.5″ x 2.5″, and I was able to fit eight, centered, onto each page.

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

Remove the tissue, and trim off the excess, then run it through the Xyron. If you don’t have one, use Mod Podge, or some other glue. Be careful though and use it sparingly to prevent the ink on the tissue from bleeding.

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

Tear your tissue into pieces and start applying. You’ll notice I also put a thin wash of white paint on my bunny before I started. Keep tearing and sticking the tissue to your project until it’s covered. It took a little over 2 sheets to cover everything.

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

To finish, you can cover it in Mod Podge or spray a fixative on it to preserve it. I also added a pink button nose and an orange ribbon around his neck! Get creative ~ you could even add paper flowers, pearls or beads.

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

Add some candy and Easter grass and you’ve got a great centerpiece!

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny


Want to try your hand at this easy decoupage? Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create fantastic decor items 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 Gordon About 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 hoarding Cadbury Mini Eggs and Peeps, dying Easter eggs and waiting for Lent to be over so she can resume one or two of her less obnoxious vices…

Renew Your Love (and Motivation) for Long-Term Projects

Renew Your Love (and Motivation) for Long-Term Projects

We scrappers usually love long term projects. They bring this comforting feeling that come with routine and habits, without mentioning the joy of recording those memories… but they can also be challenging at times!

These sorts of projects come in all shapes and forms:

  • Everyday/Photogaphy-Centered Projects: pocket-scrapping (Project Life); Project 365 (P365; one photo a day); Project 52 (P52; one photo a week); Project 12 (P12; one photo a month). For example, here’s a look at my last layout from my P365 project in 2015:

  • Themed Projects: All About Me (AAM; one page a week or month about yourself… with the mandatory selfie, of course!); “letter to my kid(s)” (or any other loved one); a year of _____ (fill in the blank; it could be about a hobby, about your pet, or about anything that you’re passionate about!); monthly resolutions-check up layouts; words of the month throughout the year, etc. This year, for instance, I plan to do such a page every month (in addition to my P365-ish) that contains a look at what happened, how I felt, how I progressed on my goals / resolutions, new things I learned, things that worked or didn’t work, etc. I think this will make for a great album! I haven’t started yet, but I found this gorgeous page by TDP creative team member Sabrina, which I found to be totally inspiring:

  • Technique-Centered Projects: these would be about one technique or scrapping style, like Art Journaling layouts, ATCs, journaling-focused layouts, trying a new technique every month or week, hybrid projects, etc.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started and stopped those projects many times over the years. For instance, you might have started an annual album — but now you have an unfinished pocket-style scrapbook project that is making you feel guilty. Well, first of all, please stop feeling guilty… right now! Even if you only have one page done, it’s one more page than nothing. It is still a documented memory! Put it in your book. And rather than focusing on the memories you “missed,” focus instead on the ones you did record. That is already amazing — and there’s no such thing as “failing” in memory-keeping!

I’ve completed everyday-type projects every year since 2011, and here are some tips that have helped me get through each of them:

  1. Knowing WHY I am doing the projects. When I’m clear about my motivations, it’s easier to keep going even when I am busy, when I lose my scrapping mojo, when I feel like my life is boring and not scrap-worthy. I’ve often scrapped those motivations and/or thoughts about the project, and used those as the first page in my photo book. It’s a fun way to make an intro to the album!
  2. Keeping things simple. The first 2 years, I used a template I created with a spot for the daily photo and some journaling, plus a journaling spot for extra info. That way, the planning and design was all done and I simply had to switch my photos from horizontal to vertical when needed… clip my papers, add a few elements, add my journaling… and I was done. I’ve since switched to pocket scrapping, and I’ve used actions (more on that later) to create personalized templates for each page that fit my photos perfectly. I also simplify things by using one kit or collection for the entire month… and the same fonts throughout the whole project (one for journaling, and one for the dates on my photos, and that’s it!). This not only helps me scrap faster (as I don’t have as many creative decisions to make), but it also brings some unity throughout my whole album when I get it printed.
  3. Trying to scrap regularly. It’s much easier to go through one or two pages at a time, rather than catch up and finish 5 months in a row. If you want to use your “big girl camera,” keep it as easy to grab as you can (just make sure little hands can’t grab it too easily! Gaaaah!). You’re way more likely to use it if it’s right next to you, than if you have to search for it or go grab it from somewhere far from where the action is happening.
  4. Automating things as much as possible. Technology is fantastic… let it help you! I’ve created actions in Photoshop to help me scrap my pages as quickly as possible. I originally started with a commercial use pocket-templates maker, and eventually tweaked it so that it not only creates the photo spots but also the double page spread, the background just like I like it, etc. I have another action to save the JPG and the web versions of both the double-spread and each page individually. Same goes for journaling: I use an app to record my journaling, and I’ve set up reminders every evening. When I forget to do it at night, I go through my social media accounts and my calendar to help me remember what happened (I have the worst memory ever!). I call my smartphone my second brain for a good reason: it’s an amazing tool to help me remember to take a photo, write down a few sentences about what happened that day, even record video (as I explained in a previous post here on the blog). Set up processes to upload your photos regularly, edit and rename them as you upload them, back them up (it goes without saying, right?), etc. Anything that helps you go faster through repetitive tasks is a great help!
  5. Let go of perfection and the guilt that comes with it. There is no such thing as a scrapping police! I used to call my projects “P365-ish” …because I do miss days here and there! If I can, I quickly change the date on my camera (that way the metadata shows the previous date too!) and take a picture for the day(s) I missed. And if I can’t, then so be it! No big deal! I’ve started many P365 projects over the years, taking my daily picture religiously for… 2 months, and I finally switched to a pocket-style project because I stopped taking daily photos. Again, no big deal. I’m getting memories recorded either way, right? I’ve had 2-page spreads with tons of photos for one week (especially for Christmas when a lot is going on), and other times I just have one page with only 2 photos for a 2 week period. I’m fine with it. I usually take photos with my DSLR, but I’m definitely OK with phone photos, too! The most important thing is to enjoy the project, both while doing it and when it’s completed.
  6. Don’t forget to print your pages! This is incredibly rewarding and I love to go through my books from the previous years. I usually wait to create them until there’s a sale because I love a great deal (who doesn’t, right?). Sometimes I buy a credit and use the deadline as a motivation to finish my pages (That’s what I did with my 2014 PL: I finished it in May 2015 since I had a credit for a book that I refused to lose! I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be printed yet if it weren’t for the credit! LOL)

I hope those tips will help you enjoy one (or many!) long term project in 2016.

If you’re feeling inspired now… please head over to the forum where there’s a challenge to go along with today’s post!



About the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, and 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.

Renew an Old Passion

The start of a new year is traditionally a time to reflect back on the old year and make plans for the year to come. I have to confess, I have never been good at keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Oh, I am good at making them, but then life happens and it all goes out the window.

As I grow older I have found that making time in my life for things that I am passionate about – whether a hobby I had to set down when the kids came or a relationship that has been on the back burner – really brings new meaning and color to my life.

For example:

I LOVE running.  I have been a runner since I was a child.  I love the exercise, but more than that I enjoy the release from stress, the exertion, the time to get out and be away, the way my brain (which always goes 90 to nothing) can settle down into the steady rhythm of running and not think about anything else.

When my number 3 was born I had some serious health problems and the doctors told me I should never run again – apparently it was destroying my spine.  I was devastated, but I listened and gave up my favorite form of exercise.

That was three years ago.

Three weeks ago, after what has been a very hard year, I went out for a run for the first time.  And I LOVED it.  My entire week was so much better, my spirit was happier and my body felt better and less stiff than I have felt in years.

I know what my doctor said back in the United States, and I understand the risks, but I also know that I am such a better mother, wife and all around person when I have this hobby to release the stress in my life. (And for those who might be concerned – I talked with a doctor here in Thailand who is willing to monitor my spine and provide health care so that I can continue my preferred form of exercise.)

When I thought about our word for the month – RENEW – I immediately thought of this resurgence of running in my life.  The past 5 years have seen me slowly renewing the various passions I have set aside for whatever reason and as I pick them up I feel that I am becoming more truly the person I was meant to be.  The return to running has made such a profound difference in my life this past month that I wanted to scrap this renewal so that I could remember it.

(credits: Scissor Cut Vol 1 Template by Laura Passage, A New Me by River-Rose, The Original Torn Bits No. 6 by creashens)

So for those of you who are not so good with making New Year’s Resolutions, perhaps instead you could look into renewing an old passion that you set aside – or maybe just never pursued.  Passions are much easier to maintain because we have such strong emotional connections and even needs for them, and often our passions lead us to be healthier overall because we are enjoying our life more. Plus, in most cases we are much more motivated to continue our passions than we are to follow through on a resolution.  Just think about it for a wee bit.

If you are feeling the desire to pursue a passion, head on over to Challenge Forums now and check out the challenge I have for you this month that goes along with this post.

And Happy New Year!

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.

Hybrid: Reindeer Food Keepsake Ornament

Reindeer Food Keepsake Ornament


I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. It’s all happening way too fast this year; even my boys mentioned that it doesn’t quite feel like Christmastime yet. I mean, I just put up my tree and haven’t even gone shopping yet… and before you know it, we will be cheering “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” I’m going to do my best in the next two weeks to slow down and enjoy the holidays. I’ll let you know how that works. 😉

Meanwhile, today I am here to show you how to make an adorable “Reindeer Food” keepsake ornament!

I have seen the idea behind today’s tutorial before (the concept of making “Reindeer Food,” that is)… and I thought it would be cute to put my own little twist on it. Instead of simply putting the reindeer food in baggies to put out on Christmas Eve, I decided to also make an ornament so that when the kiddos are done putting out their reindeer food the can have a cute ornament to keep.


  • 4 in plastic fillable ornament (I purchased mine at the Dollar tree)
  • projector sheets (acetate sheets; found at any office supply store)
  • vinyl (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • white cardstock
  • ribbon
  • printer and cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • the special reindoor food (see below for recipe)
  • digital scrapbooking kit of your choice (I used 25 Days by Dunia Designs; I am absolutely in love with this kit!)


Here is my secret Reindeer Food recipe: oats and glitter (I use both red and green). That’s it! …top secret, right!? I have also seen cheerios and little Christmas candy beads use before, too. I’m sure you can just add whatever you think Santa’s reindeer will eat. If they were my reindeer, they would be filling up on sweets… lots of sweets… 😉



Next, we’ll create the ornament. First on that task list is creating the clear acetate insert for the ornament.

If you don’t have cutting machine available to cut the vinyl shapes that make up the reindeer, you can also print the reindeer directly onto the acetate sheets (just make sure that you get the right sheets for your printer). I like the look of the vinyl on the acetate, so the next few steps will detail that method.

First, you need to draw out the ornament template… and then use that shape to cut out the insert from the acetate so that it will fit inside the ornament. I cut my inserts at about 3.75 inches.



I chose a reindeer image from the digital kit, and then before I “pulled it apart” (see below for explanation), I first laid it on top of my ornament template to test it and make sure it would fit.



Next, I traced the pieces of the reindeer and separated them in my software (I use Silhouette Studio Designer Edition v3). I laid it out as shown below (separated by color) so that I could put my different pieces of vinyl on my mat in the same places cut one time instead of five.


Here’s a look at how I arranged my vinyl pieces on the mat; notice how the arrangement corresponds with the layout of the reindeer pieces in the image above. This is a good way to use up those vinyl scraps (I don’t do a lot of vinyl projects with my Cameo, so most of my pieces are scraps). My favorite thing to do with my machine is print and cut.



After I had my vinyl reindeer pieces, it was time to fill the clear glass ornament. First, I removed the top of the ornament and filled it with the reindeer food…


…and then it was time to assemble the rest. I inserted the clear acetate sheet with the reindeer vinyl adhered to it as shown here:



To get the projector sheet in the ornament, simply roll it up and stick it in the ornament.  It will unroll when it is all the way in, and will look like this:


*NOTE* If you don’t have all of the necessary supplies to make the ornament, you can also simply design a header and fill little treat bags with the food — no cutting machine required! With that in mind, a tag comes in handy (you can also use a tag like this on the ornament itself). Here’s how to make the tag…



I created the tag in the Silhouette software… but you can also do this with any photo editing program and a pair of scissors.


I created two tag images (one reindeer image, and one with a written sentiment), and then tied them together. Aren’t these so cute?


Here’s a look at the final version of this ornament with the tags. I love this little reindeer! I made a couple of these ornaments for some friends’ little guys… and they loved them!




I also put the same sentiment onto a wider piece of cardstock in order to make a “treat bag topper”…tagreindeerfood_21


Here’s a look at the treat bag (just the reindeer food, without the ornament). This is a fun little gift, as well!




And there you have it!

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 something awesome for Christmas. You can earn points toward this month’s hybrid challenges! I can’t wait to see your creations.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take time to slow down and spend time with the ones you love the most!


About the Author  TanyaTanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 10 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, 23 and Chance, 19. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Harmony: Making Peace with the Past

Harmony With The Past


I have been taking this class that is all about journaling and finding your voice. I went into it not thinking that I needed ‘help’ with my journaling but now that I’m halfway through, I love that I am digging deep and telling stories that have hardly been told before. That’s why we scrapbook right? So that our children/friends/family/whom ever you do it for has a legacy of your life! Through my class, I’ve done a number of pages JUST ABOUT ME! I know right? Not a single picture of my kids or dog! LOL! I have discovered that although the many stories of our children or the minutiae of our days are absolutely noteworthy- my story is just as important to pass down. One of my stories that I have yet to tell my kids- mostly because they are young and have not really asked- is about my parents’ divorce. I am fortunate that theirs wasn’t nasty or any worse than a typical separation. Yet, I have vivid memories of when it all went down. While making a layout and finding my words to talk about that time in my childhood really helped me today. I have no way to really explain it, except that it just ‘felt’ good to say it. Even if no one reads it or just my kids when they are a bit bigger, it made me feel better and that folks is what really matters! Happy mommy= happy life! 😉


Harmony with the Past

In Kacy’s layout- she talks about learning from her past & realizing how strong (and awesome btw) she is!

Harmony with the Past


Alrighty- my CHALLENGE to you is to DIG DEEP! Even if your story is different than mine- we all have had hard times in the past and scrapping a layout just might bring you some peace today! If your stories are too personal for the interwebs- there are some great ways to still ‘get it all out’ without the entire world able to read it. A few ideas are- blurring your journaling, using tiny or a scripty font, or masking it into the background. Either way, please share with me over in our forums HERE!.


AmieAbout the Author: Amie is a craft loving, dental hygienist in WA state who loves her husband, two kids (ages 7 & 4), English Bulldog, coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book and lip gloss- not necessarily in that order.

Looking Forward with Fonts & the new Glyphs Panel in CC

Looking Forward with Fonts


Hi! My name is Amie and I’m a font-aholic. That’ right folks- I’m admitting that I have a problem with downloading, sometimes even purchasing(!!!) and hoarding fonts. I just LOVE how fonts can totally change the feel of a layout! I like using fun fonts for my titles especially! And now folks- the newest version of Photoshop CC has the Glyphs Panel! TA-DA!!! Nothing like feeding my addiction huh!? SO- today I’m going to show you a few fun ways to JAZZ up your titles with fun fonts (even without the coolest new glyphs panel for PSE users & earlier versions of Photoshop.)


So in Photoshop CC- the Glyphs symbol is the little scripty A. I’ll walk you through how I chose my title on this particular layout.

Looking Forward with Fonts

The font for “the lake” is called Everglow Regular (link)– which I just realized I purchased at some point. It’s my new favorite & with all the extras included- it’s an awesome one to have in your stash. AND it’s on sale right now… #enabler    ANY HOW- The Lake is typed in the screenshot below ‘as is’ with no alternatives selected. It’s nice- but it can be SO much better!

Looking Forward with Fonts


When you open the glyphs panel- you can chose your font & then some other options- you can resize the font as well as the little view boxes of each character. You can also resize the panel- as I did for this screenshot to show you how AWESOME this font is! Just look at all that fontly goodness!


Looking Forward with Fonts

My favorite feature of the glyphs panel is the “alternates for selection” drop down menu. This basically shows you the options for the particular character selected. In the case of creating titles- it’s awesome & much faster than scrolling through the entire font plus all the alternatives. For the capital T in Everglow Regular- there are 5 alternatives. You just double click the one you want & voila! Super cool title coming right up!

Looking Forward with Fonts


I continued through my title & my final result is pictured in my layout below- I LOVE LOVE LOVE that ‘h’ in The and the extended part of the letter ‘k’ in Lake is super fun too! I also changed one of the e’s so they looked different. (all layouts linked to gallery for credits)


Looking Forward with Fonts

For this layout’s title- Grandma has an alternate ‘a’. Super fun & with the sticker style- it almost looks like a piece of word art! FONT is Florabella (link)  (not free- but on sale!!??)

Looking Forward with Fonts

For the title on this layout- I used a lot of alternatives so that all the s’s were different. Font is Amelian Script  (link) again- I have a serious addiction.  I’ll get to some free ones- you’re almost there!

Looking Forward with Fonts

Last but not least- this font is Hilda Regular (link) (sorry again- but it’s not too expensive!!??) After I was happy with my alternatives (the h & the y) I applied a few styles to make the title pop even more!

Looking Forward with Fonts


Okay- now for the really good stuff! There are gobzillions of awesome free fonts out there so please don’t think I work on the side for the site I kept linking you to… I just happened to use those on these layouts, but honestly, I use plenty of free ones too!  This list is just a few that I KNOW have some Glyphs, but are equally awesome as they are or in combination:


Krinkes (PSE or earlier versions of photoshop: use the numbers to add the swashes)

Sverige Script (PSE or earlier versions of Photoshop: use the two fonts in combinations to add stylistic alternatives)

Chopin Script

Great Vibes    (Another favorite of mine!)

Blenda Script (I use this one A LOT!)



For the CC users- BUST out that glyphs panel & do some magic! For the PSE & earlier version of photoshop- I hope you were inspired at least to try some new fonts out & make some super fun titles! Please visit my challenge over in the forums HERE & show me all those lovely layouts!

AmieAbout the Author: Amie is a craft loving, dental hygienist in WA state who loves her husband, two kids (ages 7 & 4), English Bulldog, coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book and lip gloss- not necessarily in that order.

Moving Forward into Fall

Moving Forward Into Fall


I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to move forward into Fall. Fall is by far my favorite season. There is just something about fall that brings a peaceful feeling. I don’t know if it’s the change in weather or the beautiful warm colors, but I just can’t wait for that  first crisp breeze that lets you know summer is gone and fall is in the air.

As fall officially begins this month, I’d thought I’d share a few of the things I look forward to. Here are some of my Fall Favorites:

  • The Crisp, Fresh Air
  • The Beautiful, Warm Colors
  • Leaf Lookin’ (as we call it in the South)
  • Football Season
  • Sweaters & Tall Boots
  • Pumpkin Lattes (or anything pumpkin flavored)
  • Snuggling Up with a Warm Blanket and a Good Book
  • Halloween
  • Corn Mazes
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Making Soups
  • Pumpkin Patches
  • Leaves Crunching Under Your Feet
  • Fall Festivals
  • Fall Spices – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves


I used Little Lamm & Co.’s Crisp Collection to document some of my fall favorites.

Move Forward Into Fall


Move Forward Into Fall


So, how about you? What are your fall favorites?

I’m hosting a challenge over on the forums at The Digital Press so grab a Pumpkin Latte and come play along! Check it out at The Drawing Board: Challenges. See you there!



About the Author: Lindy Krickbaum is a Creative Team Member here at the Digital Press. She is a happily married wife and best friend to her twin sister. She currently lives in Johnson City, TN.  Lindy is a self-admitted scrapaholic, rarely missing a day to scrap. She also enjoys designing jewelry, reading and traveling every chance she gets.








Moving Forward with Motivational Quotes

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This month here at The Digital Press we are focusing on the word Forward.  In the monthly inspirational post HERE I was really struck by the J.R.R. Tolkien quote  “I will not walk backward in life.”

It sounds so determined, so persistent.  And it really struck me.

We don’t have a choice, time keeps moving and takes us along with it.  We can either keep looking back to the things that are behind us, be they pretty or be they ugly, or we can turn around and face the future, boldly marching on.  Now, I will be the first to say that it is sometimes easier said than done.  I have had some pretty awful things happen to me, and it was hard at times to keep moving forward, but it is possible.  I might not always sprint headlong into the future, I might drag my feet and progress at a snails pace, or maybe even stop and take a breather for a minute, but I do make an effort to keep looking ahead, to keep moving forward.

One way I do that is through art journaling.  Now I confess, I stumbled on art journaling by accident through my scrapbooking hobby, and I am so glad I did.  Art journaling has really helped me to keep things in perspective, to find the good when it is elusive, and to create for myself the encouragement I need when no one else is offering it.  It has also allowed me to get to know who I am and what my style  – in life and in art –  really is.

One of the key ways that art journaling helps me to keep moving forward is through the visualization of quotes that really speak to me.  Whenever I run across a quote I really like, I pin it to my “inspire me” board on Pinterest or jot it down in my planner and later when I am feeling crafty, or need to make some inspiration for myself, I go back to those quotes and pick one to visually interpret.  Sometimes that is through paint and messy art supplies, sometimes it is digitally, but it always helps me to solidify the concept that the chosen quote embodies to me.

For example, here is a page I made for the quote I mentioned above

Moving Forward with Motivational Quotes AJ

(credits:   Lets Go Outside Collection by Sugarplum Paperie)

And for those of you who are Pocket Scrappers, did you know that you can do art journaling in pocket style as well?

Just after my youngest was born I was really struggling with PPD and I wanted to art journal so bad, but between my own health issues, our living situation, and having to care for a baby, it was not possible to pull out the paints.  Then one day I ran across a pack of inspiring SNAP pocket cards and decided to make a little Pocket Card Art Journal.  It was so easy to make, and so healing for my heart at the same time.  I still have fun making pocket style art journal pages.  If you have never done it I encourage you to give it a try. Here is a pocket style art journal page I made using one of my favorite quotes from the Winnie the Pooh series.

Moving Forward with Motivational Quotes AJPS

(credits: You are Loved Collection by Mari Koegelenberg, Project Twenty Fifteen (Vol. 5- The Inserts) Templates by Laura Passage)

This month, as we focus on the word forward, I encourage you to find some quotes that really speak to you in some way about moving forward.  Now I know that this could mean different things to different people, and that is OK. It really should be personal. And while you are at it, head on over to the TDP Challenge Forums and check out the challenge I have for you!

Here is to Moving Forward!

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.

Explore The Everyday Moments

Explore The Everyday Moments

I often hear from other scrappers that they have run out of photos to scrap (yep, you heard that right, that can happen although never to me LOL) or they have run out of page ideas. Often the milestone events get scrapped such as birthday, graduations, holidays, etc but there are so many other moments to photograph and scrap about. Also, the focus doesn’t always have to be on your photo, you might scrap a page without a photo, choosing instead to focus on telling your story, your thoughts, your ideas. For this page, I snapped a few pics with my iphone of what I had for dinner. It’s a simple recipe so didn’t feel the need to type out the instructions but this page will remind me that I do love this casserole and will go into my food album. Food pages are a great idea because as the years go by, our health and eating preferences change, so it’s fun to look back on what you used to eat.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary MomentsAnother idea that has a lot of possibilities is to take random photos around your neighborhood, when you are out running errands, going shopping, travelling there and back and, again, you don’t need to bring a big DSLR if you don’t want to, just bring a little point and shoot or use your phone camera. I have a small mirrorless Sony camera that easily stores in my purse and I carry that with me often so I can grab quick shots with a bit better quality than my iphone (although I’m not knocking that camera by any means, it does a pretty good job). My hubby and I were driving down the highway in Bellingham, heading back from an afternoon at the casino. I snapped a pic through the windshield as we were driving.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary MomentsTake photos of things that have an impact on you, positive or negative. Maybe your favorite sweater shrunk in the wash; take a pic of it and scrap about it. I love to scrap about my personal items. I took photos when we went to the store to buy a new big screen TV; also when we went to buy a new fake Xmas tree last winter. I took an iphone pic of my pile of clothes that I will wash and fold to put in the luggage for our trip in a few weeks. Here’s the page I created with those pics. I journaled about the preparation for the trip and the excitement I’m starting to feel.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary Moments

We all have lots of “little moments” that make up our day and we all have hopes, dreams, fears and opinions which are great page topics you can explore. Have fun with it and head over here to check out the fun August challenges that you can participate in. Happy scrapping everyone!

RaeRae is part of the creative team at The Digital Press. She’s a photographer on the west coast of BC, Canada. Passions include chocolate, reading thrillers, watching Netflix and Hulu, scrapping and hanging out with her family and Taz, her Labradoodle.


Celebrate with music

Have you ever noticed that music is part of every Celebration event in our lives!? Well for me it is. I love music! When it is our Birthday we sing the birthday song. When we rock a newborn baby we will sing to them. You know how long it took me to research and find just the perfect song to play when I danced with my son at his wedding?! The words had to be just perfect along with the music that went with the words that speak our heart song.

I have used music always in my layouts, to get the feel, the Tempo (fast-happiness, excitement, anger, slow-sadness, serenity.) the Mode (Major tonality:happiness, joy, Minor tonality: sadness.) Melody (Complementing harmonies: happiness, relaxation, serenity. Clashing harmonies: excitement, anger, unpleasantness.) Rhythm (Smooth/consistent rhythm: happiness, peace. Rough/irregular rhythm: amusement, uneasiness. Varied rhythm: joy.)
You can use the lyrics/word in a song to tell your story!

I have created this layout of my daughter’s 18th birthday using the song ‘Celebration’ by Kool & The Gang. Here are the lyrics.
Yahoo! This is your celebration
Yahoo! This is your celebration
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you
Come on now
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
We gonna celebrate and have a good time
It’s time to come together
It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure
Everyone around the world
Come on!
Yahoo! It’s a celebration
(stop here)
Celebrate good times, come on!
It’s a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate
We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
We’re gonna have a good time tonight (Celebration)
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
We’re gonna have a good time tonight (Celebration)
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on!
It’s a celebration!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!)
‘Cause everything’s gonna be all right
Let’s celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on)
(Let’s celebrate)

As you see I’ve used the lyrics for my journaling and then also the title. I’d love for you to join me in a challenge to use this song as part of your layout! Come see me here.

BarbaraAbout the Author: I started paper scrapbooking in 2001, then in 2009ish I had an online friend who dared me to give digital a try. Wow! life changing in my busy day of being a stay at home mom to six children. In my free time I also love to visit antique malls for treasures, reading, meeting friends for tea and then my woman’s bible study group is a highlight of my week.

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

When I first took on this Challenge, I thought I would scrap about what makes me BRAVE. But the more I thought about it, I wanted to know what makes my middle child, Emily BRAVE. As parents I think we have preconceived notions about our children, but maybe that isn’t how they view themselves. She will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall and I am pretty sure she will walk right in and quickly wave good bye and be on her way. She will take over that room like nobody’s business! We joke about it with her and she throws up a peace sign and says, “I am going to be like Bye Daddy!”

But what if she is actually nervous? scared?

Like at an Ice Cream social last summer. There was a petting zoo and pony rides and my outgoing, BRAVE little girl wanted nothing to do with either of them. That surprised me. Her Big Sister took her hand and led her around.

So, I thought it would be fun to interview her before she starts Kindergarten and see what she thinks about being BRAVE.

Me: Emily, do you know what it means to be Brave?

Emily: Yes. To not be scared.

Me: What makes you scared?

Emily: Ghosts and dreams about Witches.

Me: What do you do to not be scared?

Emily: I just forget about it.

Me: And you remember those aren’t real things, right?

Me: What about the time you were scared to go into the Petting Zoo and ride the horse?

Emily: I just took Katelyn’s hand and then it wasn’t scary.

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

Materials Used-

Be Brave : The Kit by Kim B Designs


And now come over to the forums to join us in the challenge!!


Krista About the Author: Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her High School Sweetheart living in SF Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips n dip, taking pictures and documenting her family’s story.

“Real Life” can be “Real Tough” – Scrap Therapy

"Real Life" can be "Real Tough"

As “Memory Keepers” we strive to document our lives, from the everyday “little” things to the big events or occasions, vacations or day trips and milestones or achievements. Our pages and projects tell our story, document our life, and they will be around for generations to come! Our loved ones, ourselves, family, friends all smiling and joyful, jubilant and merry!

Now all of this is absolutely great to see, amazing to look back on, and it is simply wonderful to reminisce about those magical and joyous times in our lives when looking through our printed books, or handmade projects! However, what about those times of worry, times of stress, those hiccups along life’s path? Those cloudy days, the sick days, times when you or a loved one has felt heavy hearted? We all have these moments, and there is no harm in sharing or documenting them! Don’t be afraid to lay testimony to those moments in your life too, because “Real Life” can be “Real Tough”!

The tough times, sadness, down days and nail biting moments are just as important to remember, and sometimes scrapping them out can make dealing with those sad, gloomy and bleak times a little easier! I like to call it “Scrap Therapy!”

Here is an example of documenting the sad and difficult times of family life. Erin (Miimsgirl) documents here in this layout the passing of a family pet and shows the sadness and grieving from her sons eyes. A part of  life we all experience for the first time in many different ways, and something that is monumental for a child and can be the very beginning of watching your children grow into compassionate  and caring young people.

Goodbye Tiger

Real Life can be "Real Tough"

Credits:  Monsters in my Head by Sugarplum Paperie & Studio Basic 


“Scrap Therapy” can also take you out of your usual comfort zone, I first tried an “Art Journal” style page when I was going through a particularly tough time back in 2013, I was struggling with my chronic illness and the comments of “But you don’t look sick” plus lots of  “well meant” advice or “bright ideas” had me ready to just scream! My page was dark and messy with a mix of brushed, painted  and bold stamped alphas, lots of paint and some serious heartfelt journaling! It took a whole weight off my shoulders just by  “scrapping it out”.

“Real Tough” doesn’t necessarily mean something heavy or depressing!  I’d like to share with you my most recent “Art Journal” style page. In this page I’m expressing what’s going on right now in my weight loss journey, it is starting to get a bit rocky, I’ve hit a bump in the road and need to power on through it! I’m reminding myself to “keep my chin up” I’m documenting my struggle yet being positive about it too,  reminding myself that this is a journey and I need to keep going!

Keep Going

Real Life can be "Real Tough"

Credits: Heart Art : Value Bundle #10 & Let’s Go Outside : Collection by Sugarplum Paperie


Another visit to the gallery had me admiring this arty and creative layout by Pamie! Journaling is a fantastic way to document your feelings and emotions, your thoughts and worries.

Here Pamie documents a time in her families life when things seemed so uncertain, yet there were some blessings in disguise too! Getting those thoughts out of her mind and into a visual diary of sorts, had her noticing and realizing that although it was a rough ride, life had a way of working things out in the end!

Trust The Process

Real Life can be "Real Tough"


I’m going to leave you with this page I made documenting my everyday life living with chronic pain and having to self inject every 2 weeks. I scrap my families every day moments, vacations and achievements in “Pocket Style” pages, so why leave out the “Real Tough” side of our life in this style of memory keeping? It is telling a story of part of me, the fact I have overcome my fear of needles to a certain extent, that I have been braver in the last year than I ever though I could be.

I’m hoping that one day I can look back on this time in my life  and see how far I have come since the treatment began, that I can remember how tough it was and hopefully how easier it has become? Who knows what the future holds, but at least I have documented  the memories and events of my life right now!

Be Brave

Real Life can be "Real Tough"

Credits: Be Brave : The Kit & Be Brave : Journal Cards by KimB – Everyday Life Templates Set 4 by Sabrina’s Creations


So yes, “Real Life” can be “Real Tough” but I hope you can see that documenting those tough times is easier than you think, and that these moments are just as important to document  as all the wonderful happy, bright and cheery pages we see in the galleries and have printed in our memory keeping books.

Please join me in the Forum where I am hosting a challenge this month, and hoping to help you get those “Real Tough” times documented too.




About the Author: Vicky is a member of the Creative Team here at The Digital Press. She is a stay at home Mum who lives in the UK about 10 or so miles from Central London, with her husband and their “karate mad” 8 year old son. She is an avid reader, memory keeper and coffee lover! With an obsession for Yankee candles!










Be Real with your Mess

Real Life is messy in all aspects, especially if you have children. I’m sure you have taken pictures of the messes your children or pet or even YOU have made. What have you done with them? For me, I usually decide to scrap a ‘better’ photo or one that makes life look ‘better’. Not anymore, though. This year I am being brave and more real with my scrapbooking. I am documenting life and all the messes that go along with it.

Be Real with your Mess


Mommy Just Wants a Shower- I’m sure most Moms can relate to just wanting a shower without the house burning down.


Be Real with your Mess


This is Our Everyday- Two photos from that week that perfectly define our evenings. laughter, noise and utter silliness.


Be Real with your Mess


Real Life is Messy- My toddler is nicknamed the Tornado Toddler for good reason.


Be Real with your Mess


Lastly, this two pager documents all my favorite messes- literally and in terms of just a busy, messy life.


Be Real with your Mess


This quote sums up how I am approaching the mess of every day life. The actual messes, the long hours, the frustrations and the struggles with raising children.


Be Real with your Mess


So do you think you are up for the challenge of Being Real with your Mess? Head over to my challenge to scrap a page that perfectly captures your messy life.


Sabrina About the Author: Sabrina is a wife and mom to two kiddos- Captain and Sunshine- living in sunny California. When she has free time she loves to do some type of  project whether it is scrapbooking, a string art board, a washi tape project or other DIY project that is usually inspired by Pinterest. Her favorites are creating colorful  layouts or pocket pages.  Another lofty goal she has for the year is reading 100 books.

Be Real with Yourself

Be Real With Yourself

Have you noticed that sometimes our hobbies take on a life of their own and produce far more stress than they release?

When I was young I always kept the ‘old fashioned’ scrapbook.  You know, the kind my Grandma had.  A simple album with newspaper articles and photographs, old movie stubs and various memorabilia. All taped or glued in every which way.  I would write and draw in them and just have a good time with the memories. I had stacks of them as a girl. They were a mess – and I loved them!

But somewhere in growing up I lost that freedom.  In fact, for the majority of my life I have had a tendency to be a perfectionist.  It really showed itself in my memory keeping.  I would fret and worry and spend hours (OK, WEEKS!) on a layout and even then I was not sure it was done. The funny thing was, I could start twenty pages in a day, but finishing them . . . oh man!  I literally had a box labeled ‘in process’ and it was always full.

When I switched to digital scrapping I simply transferred my ‘in-process box’ to an ‘in-process folder’ on my computer which slowly took over my entire hard drive.  It took a complete breakdown – including a massive computer crash – for me to question my methods and my sanity.

Finally I just had to ask myself a few searching questions.

Why am I doing this?

What is it that I want to accomplish with this?

What is it that I really like about memory keeping?

I realized that I really like photography.  I enjoy taking photos and looking through them again.  I get almost giddy when I see a photo that I just LOVE.  I also like the little stories that go along with those photos.  And I LOVE sitting with my kiddos, going back through the photos and telling them the stories that match. I can tell that they love it too.

I came to see that my drive for the perfect layout, the perfect technique, the perfect album was keeping me from having more of those moments I actually enjoy and creating more stress than I needed.

I decided it was time to simplify. I needed to get real!

Instead of spending hours (or weeks and months) on one page trying to make it perfect, I decided to focus on the things I liked – the photographs and simple stories. I made my goal to get the pages finished, imperfections and all, so I could share them with my family and the world.

In order to do that I used a combination of minimalist layouts and pocket scrapping techniques to zero in on the heart of my memories.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still strive to improve my techniques.  I love shadowing and I am always tweaking and learning new ways of improving my pages.  There are some pages I still go all out on and spend loads more time working through. But the key is I no longer stress about it.  I see my albums as documenting my learning and crafting technique as well as documenting our lives.  Yes, the pages I made last year are not nearly as nice as the ones I make today, but that is to be expected.  By accepting where I am right now and setting realistic goals I am able to enjoy the process and share the finished product with others.

And there are perks!

By simplifying I have been able to  either finish or make pages for most of the years I have lost.  Like this one from a family trip to the beach in 2009.

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and here are the separate pages

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Be real with yourself Image 3
(credits: Kim B Designs Simple Pleasures Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, creashens Eggshell Alpha)

Additionally, by going more minimalist I have been able to stretch my stash so much farther.  This is a series of pages from last month.

This double page spread was the layout that started everything off.

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and here are the separate pages

Be Real With Yourself Image 05

Be Real With Yourself Image 06
(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, Sugar Plum Paperie Its Elementary My Dear Alphas, Karla Dudley Giddy Cut Files)

As I finished up this layout I realized there were more stories hidden in these photos.

When we brought my daughter’s bike home, my youngest son decided he wanted to learn to ride too. Here is a page that looks at his story.

Be Real With Yourself Image 07

(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection)

The addition of two bikes changed the dynamics of our nightly family walk. I really loved the photos I was able to capture of all three of my children enjoying the exercise and so I made one final page highlighting that.

Be Real With Your Self Image 07

(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, Sugar Plum Paperie Its Elementary My Dear Alphas, Karla Dudley Giddy Cut Files)

This kit by Anita Designs was perfect for this memory and I was able to make pages for all the different aspects I wanted to remember (and all in less time than I would have spent on just one page back in the day).

It seems that these days our world really stresses perfection.  Having the perfect body, being the perfect mom, keeping the perfect house.  But I have found that when I take a step back and take the time to be real with myself the stress just melts away.

So now my goal is not to make the perfect layout, but to enjoy the process and share the memories.

How are you keeping it real? Join me in the Forums for a fun challenge about Being Real with yourself!

Erin 1 About 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.

Be REAL, Be Brave, Be Honest


This month we are focusing on the word: Real

Thinking about this word, I was drawn to how powerful it can be.  To me, it means honesty, bravery, truth – really diving in to topics and seeing what comes out of you.  Personally, I myself need to be a bit more real and brave with myself and step out from behind the lens and be in my own stories I am sharing, not just sharing those of my children and family.  What about you?

Searching for inspiration on Pinterest, I came across several quotes that inspired:


Sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

As you can see, the word Real can be used in many different ways.  What really jumped out at me is to really open your eyes and be brave and focused in your storytelling, photography, etc.  As you think of this word, please think about what it could mean to you – how it can stretch your own thoughts and feelings both personally and creatively.

Each month, we like to encourage you to step out of the box at times with our challenges.  Below are the list of upcoming challenges for the month that focus on Real. For more information about our challenge system please read this post in our forums.


This gorgeous challenge schedule was created by creative team member Alina, using the brand new store collab Go Play that you can purchase for only $4 for the first 4 days of the month! We look forward to seeing you in the forums and here on the blog! Have a great May!


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 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.

Flourish Design Challenge

Flourish Design Challenge

1. To make dramatic, sweeping gestures, like a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
2. To decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.

I just love looking at rooms that are designed with some type of flourish somewhere. The movements that graceful lines give to a room are just beautiful to me. I love clean and simple in my home decorations and I find I design my layouts the same way. The following photographs show ways you can look at a room or piece of furniture and get inspiration for a design in a layout.

Flourish Design Challenge

Here is a clean and simple room then they added the flourish into the room by way of the headboard and then added the wall decal above to match. So beautiful! The Mr. & Mrs. are taking the flourish into the letters by giving them gracefully swirls to start off the letters.

Flourish Design Challenge

In the living room here what inspired me to pick this room for a flourish design is that amazing wallpaper! All those beautiful curves! What works for me is they made the wall that frames in the fireplace painted just white, that way you get the beauty of the wallpaper without it being too overwhelming. At least for me. I have a girlfriend who would do a whole room in this wallpaper and be in her happy place! Take the wallpaper and use that as inspiration to find beautiful papers that has the same type of design.  The mirror is also a item that you could take a flourish design item and use that as inspiration for a layout. I could easily see that as a frame with the photograph of a loved one inside of it.

Now for my layout that I created using flourish design as my inspiration, as you see I took the elements from the photograph with the Mr. & Mrs. I used the flourish lines above my photograph and then use a wordart that has graceful lines.

Flourish Design Challenge

I would love for you to join me in a Flourish Design Challenge! Look for me HERE!


About the Author: I started paper scrapbooking in 2001, then in 2009ish I had an online friend who dared me to give digital a try. Wow! life changing in my busy day of being a stay at home mom to six children. In my free time I also love to visit antique malls for treasures, reading, meeting friends for tea and then my woman’s bible study group is a highlight of my week.