SHOP for digital scrapbooking supplies & photobook templates
New in store at Designer Digitals, a new set of authentic aged and vintage looking worn photo edges.
These distressed photo edges come as layered psd and TIFF templates and also as simple "drag and drop" png overlays, and are an easy way to create a realistic worn edge.
This set has a golden cardboard edge, but there are plenty of other options in store.
They are great for getting a realistic look for old scanned photos:
But work great for recent, bordered or unbordered, photos too:
Also new in store, a layered digital scrapbooking template:
1. I am in the middle of packing for Daughter-two and I to go away for a week to a remote school camp. I am struggling to find the motivation as I admit that part of me still thinks hopes something will come up that will prevent it happening. Given the way bits have been falling off the inter-island ferries (which will take us to the camp) it's not impossible ...
2. On the first day Autumn, climate change brought to me ... freezing cold weather and a wild Southerly. It was bizarre. Normally early March is still quite summery even though it's officially autumn, but this year there was a sudden bite in the air. Then, later in the week, we got a wild storm which sent the outdoor furniture, BBQ gas bottle etc flying. And the deafening cicadas went completely silent. A few more have hatched in the sun that returned yesterday though.
3. Daughter-Two loves wandering up to her friend's house looking for cicadas along the way, and naming and examining those on our front fence.
4. On the second day of Autumn, it was sunny - though still a little chilly - and we decided to go out to Kaitoke to make the most of the Daughter no longer having a cast on her arm. Thinking we were probably fooling ourselves, we packed wetsuits and a boogie board.
Daughter-two had a great time.
But the water was FREEZING
5. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming to the store at Designer Digitals this weekend:
I really enjoyed seeing the layouts by Designer Digitals member Pam of her son's beautiful wedding in Fall or (Autumn as us Brit-speakers say!) as they appeared in the gallery at DD.
Her new daughter-in-law wanted a fall theme for the wedding, with brown and rusty orange as the main colours.
Pam's wanted to showcase the photos in a way that would capture all the details and she chose the Sharpshooter photoshop template album for the wedding photobook.
She chose the templates to give the wedding album a cohesive look, finding she was able to add as many as 8 photos a page without it feeling cluttered.
Textured papers from Designer Digitals add dimension and interest to the page and the autumn colours match the fall theme of the wedding.
About the Creator
Pam says she is "a true believer in memory keeping", afraid that if she doesn't record these precious moments they will be lost in the years to come. She says she loved doing the wedding photobook for her son and daughter-in-law despite running slightly late with it…she's hoping to have it done for their 2nd wedding Anniversary in September this year!
"I had been a paper scrapper for over 30 years", she says. "I found digital scrapping in 2007 and have never looked back. My main reason for changing over to digital was space, I live in a very small house and putting my scrapping supplies away every night was a mojo killer. But since I have made the change I have found so many other reasons to love digital... you can reuse items many times over, you can recolor items to match or coordinate with your photos and the best thing is that if you need something at midnight you can shop online in your jammies! Unlike paper scrapping when you make a page…you would have to remake the page to share with a parent or grandparent, with digital scrapping you can simply print another page to share."
Pam plans to use Shutterfly to print the wedding photobook, which is the photobook printing service she's always gone with. (Adding that she's always happy with the results, but the path to completing the book at Shutterfly can be cumbersome at best, and often frustrating) She say the most important thing she would tell other digital scrapbookers planning to print albums at Shutterfly is to remember when uploading your images is to "uncheck" the Vivid pics option….on every.single.image!
But, like me, Pam loves the 10" x 10' size (which she calls the "Goldilocks size" .. just right!) and is glad they have added it as an option at Shutterfly.
The Lyon digital scrapbooking kit is new in store at Designer Digitals - elegant yet a little messy and packed with unique elements and rub-ons.
It co-ordinates with the pack of additional papers, plus a collection of cards and tags (as pngs and as pdf printables) perfect for project life pages.
1. Daughter-One and I went for a Sunday morning walk last weekend, and stumbled across a mug tree.
Not a native New Zealand species I think... probably brought in from China...
2. We were heading out to meet up some people the other week and as usual I was struggling to get The Husband out of the house on time. As we finally left I bemoaned the fact that we were once again going to be late, and why did I bother making a point of telling everyone ahead of time exactly when we had to leave the house if, when the time rolled around, everyone was still just busy doing their thing waiting for me to jump and down and hustle them along?
To be honest, I am sick of jumping up and down even though I could probably do with the exercise.
And The Husband said:
"I didn't realise it was a hard deadline, I thought it was just an aspirational deadline".
Which was a lightbulb moment, I can tell you. All this time I thought "we have to leave by 4.30" meant ... "we have to leave by 4.30". When actually it seems in his translation I was saying "well, at around 4.30 it would be nice if we started thinking about leaving, give or take half an hour or so, if we feel like it..."
3. Yesterday Daughter-Two had her cast removed to her great relief. Her arm was revealed: scaly and flaky and vaguely reptilian. Today it is no longer flaking but it is swollen and bruised. Apparently that is not uncommon but she was not too happy ... until I pointed out it gave her a free pass from PE for at least another week.
And here's a sneak peek of part of a new collection coming to the store this weekend:
I normally use Persnickety Prints for my photobook printing, because of the great quality - but mainly because they offer the 10" x 10" size that I prefer for most of my albums.
But my monthly round-up album I print at 8" x 8" (or 8.5" x 8.5") and I was tempted to try out Artefact Uprising, having heard good things about them and admiring their branding and the clean design of their books.
Their 8.5" x 8.5" softcover photobook looked affordable AND they offer international postage at a reasonable price. In fact, so reasonable was it that I expected an email to say it was a mistake and I needed to pay them more - but instead there was a knock on the door a matter of days later and I had a Fedex parcel in my hands.
In fact, the whole process was quick, easy and streamlined. I loved how you upload photos (or digital scrapbook layouts) from your computer as you go, without having to first upload them to a separate "album" and go back and forth if you want to add more.
It is a bit too easy to accidentally hit the "auto-fill" button, which sits right next to the photo gallery with your layouts waiting to be added into the book. I was happily filling my book and thinking how easy the process was, when I accidentally did just that.
The 8.5" x 8.5" Artefact Uprising softcover photobook comes with a minimum of 40 pages. I was using it for my "2013 in review" album and didn't have that many layouts, but was happy to fill the extra pages with some favourite photos.
One thing that sets Artefact Uprising apart is their use of recycled paper.
This gives the album a gorgeous look and feel like an expensive eco-lifestyle magazine and you can easily see how they have captured the mood of the moment and are building on that to become a very popular printing option.
You will notice more "noise" in the layouts and photos as a result, however, and it's not the crisp effect you would get from glossy photo paper. But the overall feel of the book is a delight.
If the idea of quality recycled paper appeals then it is a good option for digital scrapbooking, especially if you are looking for 8" x 8" (or 8.5" x 8.5") photobook printing options. They also offer 11" x 8.25" and cute little 5" x 5" books. The softcovers have a minimum of 40 pages, but the 8x8 and 8.5 x 11 can go up to a whopping max of 200 pages. The hardcovers are available in different size options, with minimums of 50, 100 or 150 pages.
For my "year in review" album I used my "Lots of Shots No.05" template album from Designer Digitals.