Flourish: Before & After

Flourish: Before & After


When I see the word Flourish- I think of growth, thriving and prospering. In order to grow- one must have begun somewhere and thus a before and then an after. In scrapbooking, we tend to document a moment in time or specific event. However, some of my favorite layouts are comparisons with before & after shots. I’ve rounded up few ideas to help you capture before & after photos/layouts in all aspects of your life.

  1. Projects! I don’t know about you, but I’m a project gal! I always have a few in the works at all times. I’ve made it a habit to take before, during & after pictures of all the painting projects I’ve done in and around our house as well as crafts with the kids, building our home, baking cupcakes and organizing my office. Also think about home remodels, car and school projects. These are perfect stories to tell through scrapbooking!

Flourish: Before & After

Flourish: Before & After

  1. Actual Real Growth! We have an English Bulldog who was the stinkin’ cutest puppy you’ve ever seen! I have SO many photos of her as a lil pup & they are super fun to compare to her beastliness now. Of course this works very well with kiddos too! I like to compare school pictures (seriously they never took Fall AND Spring School pics when I was a kid!), as well as baby vs today. Another fun idea is a picture on every birthday or comparing kindergarten to high school graduation! These ideas aren’t limited to kids/pets- what about your landscape when you first moved into your house vs. now? I’m totally guilty of taking pictures of all my pretty flowers coming up for the 1st time this Spring! Also- your Hometown then vs. now would be fun (Mine has a stop light AND a bank now!)

Flourish: Before & After


Flourish: Before & After

  1. Last but not least: CHANGE! This is my favorite Before & After type of layouts- Haircuts/styles, Weight loss (if you’re one of THOSE people who actually make progress- email me your plan!), Orthodontics/Braces (sorry, always about the teeth with me!), and my favorite- people’s hands (weird I know)- hands tell such a story (old vs. new). Another idea I want to scrapbook is my husband & I when we just started dating vs. now old & married! 😉

Flourish: Before & After

Flourish: Before & After

There is so much you can do with before & after photos! Please hop over to the Challenge Forum & show me your layouts! I’m excited to see your ideas! Please join me in a fun challenge over in the FORUM! Happy Scrapping!


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. 

Flourish: In Color

Flourish:  In Color

Flourish…in Color.  There is no escaping color’s influence in our lives – from what we wear to the rooms in our home and cars we drive – it is all related to color.  Everyone has some opinion on color, too bright, too yellow, too dark or not red enough, etc.   There was even a debate that took over social media a couple months ago about whether a certain dress was blue/black or white/gold.  Color affects your mood, what you eat, how you sleep, what you buy….it’s ubiquitous in our daily life.

There is more than enough information on basic color theory to fill a whole year’s worth of blog posts, but I will give you some basics today.  We have all seen the color wheel.  Well, this wheel is based on the primary colors of red, yellow and blue is traditional in the field of art.  It was first developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.  Since then artists and scientists have debated, changed, studied, opined on the validity of one format over another, but the essentially we can agree that any logical sequence of pure hues on the wheel has merit.

There are three categories of colors.  Primary colors are the traditional red, yellow and blue and all other colors are derived from these three hues.  Secondary colors are green, orange and purple and are formed by a mixing the primary colors.  The third category is the tertiary colors.  These colors are formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color…officially they are called, blue-green, yellow-green  or yellow-orange, but we call them aqua, lime and peach!!

When we design our layouts, color plays a huge part in the choices we make….from the selection of a kit, to the elements we place on our layout and even filters on our photos to give color a pop or maybe warm it up.   The decisions we make during the design process with respect to color are based on theories of color harmony.  I will use the same layout to illustrate two of these color harmony theories:  complementary and analogous.

The Color Wheel (using papers from Colorful Christmas, a TDP collaboration kit found here).

Flourish:  In Color

A complementary color scheme uses colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel.  The high contrast creates a vibrant look, but is tricky to use and works best when you want something to stand out.  Here is an example of a layout using a complementary color scheme.

Flourish:  In Color

An analogous color scheme uses uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  These color schemes are often found in nature so they are pleasing to the eye.  Here is the same layout as above using an analogous color scheme.

Flourish:  In Color

Or you can always go rogue and try the add any and all colors you want!!!  Makes a completely different statement!!!

Flourish:  In Color

Credits: These layouts were created using Amanda Yi and Digital Scrapbook Ingredients collab, Time for a Change,  A Colorful Christmas by the TDP Designers and Dawn by Design and Anita Designs’ collab, Lovey Dovey.


JennVAbout the Author:  JennV is a lover of history and art (luckily she lives 5 miles outside of Washington, DC) and an accountant by training.  She currently stays home with her two boys and is pursuing a career in photography, when she is not busy volunteering for every school and county initiative!!








Flourish | Declutter Your Life

Have nothing in your house


I grew up poor. There were times that we weren’t sure what we’d eat the next day. We went without a lot of things. I think, because of that, I tend to hoard hold onto everything because I’m never sure when I might need it. Our cupboards are way too full. My art/craft supply room cannot hold anything more in it. My closet is a disaster, and I may just have a bit of a “book problem.” So I finally decided that I was going to do something about it. I was going to “purge” in 2015. I was going to de-clutter and tidy up.

I bought the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I started to read it as soon as it arrived and I could tear the box open. It is amazing. About 50 pages in, I put the book down and started to purge things out of my closet. I was so inspired! I got rid of two and a half garbage bags full of clothes, fifty pair of socks, another garbage bag full of shoes, and an overflowing laundry basket of things to take to the consignment shop because a lot of them still had tags on them. By the time I got rid of all of those things, regular life kicked back in and I had twentty-five things on my t0-do list that needed my immediate attention. I set the book aside and planned to get back to reading/purging as soon as possible. And then I lost the book. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I seriously couldn’t find it. It was lost in a pile of clutter. Wedged between stacks of mail and hastily-printed articles for my grad-school thesis. It was ridiculous. I laughed until I almost cried. I was lucky because I did find the book again, and I’m still inspired, but it was sort of an ironic wake-up call. I’m reading more and planning a weekend where I can spend the entire time focused on purging. I’m even going to rent a truck. As long as I don’t misplace the book again, I’m golden.

In my quest to simplify life, I’ve found some helpful tips along the way.

  • If you don’t really love something… if you wouldn’t buy it again at that very moment you are holding it in your hand… if it doesn’t speak to your soul… get rid of it.
  • Live with less.
  • Appreciate what you have.
  • No is an option.
  • Unsubscribe from magazines you don’t read, from snail mail that bogs you down, and from email that clutters your inbox (a great resource for this is unroll.me. It is a service that helps reduce your email traffic.)
  • Use the library. If you have a “book problem” the library is a wonderful resource that not only lessens the amount of books in your home on a permanent basis, but it also saves you a ton of money in the long run.
  • Clutter in your physical surroundings will clutter your mind & spirit. — Kaneisha.com
  • A freebie is great if you are really going to use it.

Here are some others:


collect moments not things






The good news is that, as scrabookers, we already collect moments. And hopefully your electronic digital stash is not as out-of-control as mine. I’ve decided that I’m going to de-clutter my EHD(s) and get things under control in my digital world as I am cleaning up my physical world. I’m going to be a little more selective about downloading digital freebies, and I’m going to really put some thought into it before I buy yet another kit with a viewmaster reel in it. (I don’t know how many kits I’ve bought because I have to have the viewmaster reels. LOL.) I’m going to delete kits I have on my EHD from 2004 because I know I will.never.use.them. I’m going to unzip and file my digi kits/elements by designer and store and not let them languish in the “download” or “unzipped” folders. I’m going to focus on the kits I have and also be more discerning about what I buy.  I’m going to simplify.I’m going to de-clutter and stick to purging for 2015. It really will make life easier.


My goal is to have a workspace that always looks like this


uncluttered workspace


Join me in the challenge forum to blow off the dust and shop your stash.









About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a M.Ed. in Instructional Design.



Flourish With Flowers

flourish-final Not only are flowers a beautiful addition to any page, they are a versatile element that can be used in a multitude of ways. A quick and easy way to use flowers over and over again on your page is to resize and color them. I use the shortcut “control + T” for the transform tool and hold down the shift key while pulling a corner to enlarge or decrease the size. (The shift key ensures a uniform re-sizing.) I select the move tool (shortcut key V), hold down the ALT key and with your mouse, move a new copy of the flower onto your page. You can skip that step and just select the flower again from your folder but I find selecting and copying the flower layer so much faster and easier. I most often recolor with a hue/sat adjustment or if changing a single color, I sometimes use a replacement color adjustment layer. celebratingtoday-800 Flowers can be reconstructed, extracting parts of it to build up multiple layers. I use the original flower in it’s entirety for the base layer. I might even add a white stroke around it to give it a flat sticker look. There are many ways to select and extract but I like using the quick select tool (make sure the + box is ticked in the options bar but change to the – box if you need to erase some of your selection, moving the mouse over the area to be added/subtracted). Select a portion of the flower (you’ll see marching ants around your selection), then right click mouse and select “layer via copy”. Now you can recolor, resize, whatever you want to do with this layer, moving it overtop the original flower to build up a layer or anywhere else on your page. vibrantcolors-copy Regardless of how you use and manipulate your flower elements, adding drop shadow styles will give depth and dimension. On a single flower I will add a darker, semi-hard shadow, which looks realistic. On a thicker, bulkier flower or rolled flower, I will add a slightly lighter toned, softer shadow. I like to put the shadow on its own layer. Apply a drop shadow style. In the layer palette, hover over FX, right click your mouse and select “create layer”. This will put the shadow onto its own layer so you can manipulate it, separate from the element layer. I always choose Control + T (transform tool) and then choose warp so I can pull the shadow or puppet warp which is a bit trickier to use but Google it, watch a few videos, and you might hooked on using that also. I hope that these ideas spark your creativity and you try some of these ideas out on your next page. somuchfun-copy Head over to our challenge forum and check out my Flourish With Flowers challenge along with the other creative challenges for this month. I look forward to seeing what you create! Happy scrapping!

DSC_3594-EditRae Clevett is part of the Creative Team at The Digital Press. She lives on the west coast of BC with her hubby and Labradoodle, Taz. Her favorite way to start the day is to grab a coffee and sit down to scrap a page or two with Taz lying beside her in his dog bed or under the table.

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.

Flourish: In Your Art & In Your Life


I’m so excited this month to be able to share our new monthly theme with you: Flourish.

As I thought about this word and what it means to me… my designer side thought of all the fun extras: swirls and curls and accents! Even the simplest layout looks better with a few flourishes added to it. On a more personal note, I thought of the past year and how I was able to both take risks and allow myself to take a leap and flourish in my professional life.

While I was browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I found several fantastic quotes that really struck me:

Pinterest (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Here’s what caught my attention: a common theme of having to push through fear and pain to get to a place where we can flourish and grow. This rings true in both art and in life. We hope that as you go through this month with us, you will find yourself inspired by the theme and allow yourself to push through the dirt to get to where you want to be — both in life and creatively.

As you know, each month we do our best to bring you articles and challenges that really stretch your creative mind. We do know, though, that some of you have expressed that you’ve had difficulty keeping on top of our monthly challenge schedule and/or knowing what to expect. To help you keep track, we have created this handy graphic with dates! It details exactly when you can expect our challenges, along with the theme for each. For more information about our challenge system please read this post in our forums.

Challenges in April at The Digital Press

This gorgeous challenge schedule was created by creative team member Alina, using the brand new store collab Gingham Style 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! Happy April!


 About the Author: Leah is the designer behind Mommyish and owner of The Digital Press. She lives in the beautiful lower Hudson Valley of NY with her husband, two girls, and in-laws! She has a love for all things geeky and quirky. In addition to being a graphic designer, she is an avid pianist.