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Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Lexi Daly

When I heard that we would be doing a spotlight on Kitschy Digitals by Danielle Thompson, I was so excited. I fell in love her cheery images and bright colors and couldn’t wait to play with them–they definitely spoke to the “kitsch-lover” in me! I don’t really scrap much (read: ever), but I have dabbled in digital scrapping a bit, making a few gifts for friends that I could easily print more than one copy of. For that reason, and because I’m familiar with things I can do in Photoshop, I chose to get a few digi kits. Whenever I want to focus on creating with something new, I like to get organized. So right off the bat, I printed the preview sheets (above) and contact sheets (below) included with each kit.

While this might take up a lot of ink, I found that it was nice to have a quick reference of the various images that are included, and it saved me time while creating. The preview page is presented collage style and helps to see relative sizes and the overall look of a collection. The contact page has individual thumbnails of the images included. The kits downloaded into organized folders, split up into image types, like embellishments and papers, inside of each main kit folder. You can look at the thumbnails on the computer, but for me, it was a bit more cumbersome.

Since my specialty lies in stamping and card making, the next thing I did was to print several of the papers and images I wanted to use for cards. The great thing about having the digi kits is that it’s easy to change the sizes of what you’re printing and to be able to print as needed. Much like stamps, I can use a favorite image as many times as I want. And I’ll never run out of those adorable papers, like the yummy yellow polka dot and cute green word bubbles! And I can print on paper, card stock, water color paper, etc. The possibilities are endless! Aren’t the images and patterns so cute? I just love the dolls–Skyler, Matilda, and Olivia–each with their own color coordinated kit. My daughter had to have copies of those to play with right away. She’s requested that I make something with the blue Kawaii Cute Soft Serve soon, too. And how about that lollipop tag? There are two bonus pages of them in the Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini-Kit. So much sweet stuff!

Clean, simple, and super quick are what I do best, and these bright and colorful images and papers are perfect for that, so I got busy. I mostly stuck to Kitschy supplies, but it was easy to add a few favorite sentiments from A Muse, too…


Of course, I couldn’t review a digi kit without a little digi scrapping! It’s been a while and these pages are also super simple (not so quick since I don’t do it much!), but the .png and .jpg files were great to work with. Like I did for the cards above, I re-sized the papers and images for the digi pages with ease. I even remembered how to change the color of an image, like I did on the Thrift Store Chic Picture Frames, and cut shapes out of the papers, like the scenery for the lemonade stand.


I even printed one layout and added the “hybrid” touch of butterflies punched from one of the printed paper scraps left over from the cards. Twinkle stickers on their bodies add the perfect bling!


So here’s the run-down…

Pros:

  • Cute, cute, cute!
  • Great prices
  • High quality digital files
  • Can alter size and color
  • Unlimited printing on any paper type

Cons:

  • Best used with knowledge of Photoshop or similar program
  • Need a good printer
  • Uses a lot of ink if printing
  • Lots of cutting for paper projects

Overall, I had a blast with the Kitschy Digitals products. Both for card making and for the digi scrapping. And getting the digi kits gives me flexibility to do both. While it’s best to have a knowledge of Photoshop and a good printer to work with the digi kits, it’s important to note that Kitschy Digitals has alternatives that work for those who don’t have either. Also, there’s so much inspiration, including a few tutorials, on the Kitschy Digitals blog–I hope to be able to pull off some of those fabulous projects very soon! So, if you have an inner “kitsch-lover” like me, I say run out and get some of these cuties and have some kitschy fun!! But don’t forget to leave a comment here first and let us know what you think for your chance at free kitschy fun…

Giveaway Time!!! Danielle has generously donated prizes for 2 winners. One winner will get digital kits and one will win print kits/embroidery patterns. All you have to do is leave your comments letting us know what you love about Kitschy Digitals on any of the Kitschy Digitals posts. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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23 Responses to Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

  1. Sherry June 10, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    These are wonderful I too love the dolls. I am just starting to use digi kits and would love to add to my collection.

  2. StampinCathy June 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    What fun and cheery images these are. I’m moving Kitschy Digitals up on my wishlist.

  3. amy.blose June 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    I really love the frames because you can use them in so many different projects!

  4. rushton family archives June 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    I love Kitschy Digitals. The elements are so versatile!

  5. Tamikko June 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    So cute and versatile. My kids would just want to eat up the ice cream cones.

  6. Bonafyde June 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I love the fun and whimsical images of the past paired with cheerful, colorful and modern color palettes!

  7. strtwze June 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    I love the colors of the Kitschy Digitals! They are so fresh and lively!

  8. GabrielaD June 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    very cute!!! they are very fun and would be perfect to create fun cards with.

  9. KanataNewf June 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Love these kits.

  10. Jen June 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I really like what you’ve done with the kits. Your printouts look really great. What kind of printer and paper do you use?

  11. Anonymous June 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I love the humor, bright colors, and surprising subjects! MollyK at rom-obo@hotmail.com

  12. Selena June 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    I love the bright colors! And the images are great for my nieces and nephews pictures!

  13. lexi June 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    jen asked about my printer and paper. for the cards, i used index stock from office depot (xerox maybe??) and an epson stylus photo rx680. i absolutely love my printer! for the one digi page i printed, i used glossy photo paper.

  14. horsegal June 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    I love the doll images

  15. Jennifer (gojenlaw) June 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    I have not tried digi scrappin yet, but after seeing that cool kit I may need to give it a try

  16. at822 June 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    What a fun kit

  17. agravette June 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    i love the vintage look of the dolls and how the little fruits are so adorable! thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Jan Castle June 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Have never used these kits, but they certainly do look 3-D ish…that’s what I like most about them. Thanks for sharing.
    Jan Castle

  19. Rebekah Williams June 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Colors, colors, colors! They are why I love Kitschy so much. Juicy, summer, happy, play day colors. We all need a little more cheery-ness in our lives. Thank you, Kitschy!

  20. Christine June 11, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    I’m loving that they have such cutesy images and there is the option to print out. I’m a paper scrapper, but I’m slowly moving my way into some hybrid stuff and some of these things look so cute!

  21. Jennine June 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    It all just seems so easy but is it really???

  22. Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    What cute images. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  23. Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    What cute images! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Erin Vandervelde
    EVander257@aol.com