Reported by Rachel Johnson
It seems like everything is moving to the digital world these days, and crafting and scrapbooking are no exceptions. As a graphic designer who works nearly exclusively on the computer, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Kitschy Digitals’ DigiKits – digital and printable craft and scrapbook kits.
I chose to try out the kits in both a digital project and a printed project. First, I used items from all three kits to create a digital scrapbook page for my puppy’s first birthday:
I used the cherry background paper and the cute fruits from the Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini Kit, two frames from the Thrift-Store Chic Picture Frames Deux kit, and banners from the Woodland DieCuts Kit. I put the page together in Photoshop CS2 (you must have access to some type of image editing software in order to use the digital kits). The Kitschy Digitals diecut files (like the cute fruits and woodland elements) all have transparent backgrounds which make it very simple to place each graphical element into place and to layer the elements. The only drawback of the digital kits – and this goes for all digital scrapbooking elements, not just Kitschy Digitals – is that you do need to have some level of computer design experience to use them. If you are completely new to computers or image editing, digital scrapbooking may turn out to be more frustrating than rewarding. Of course, it is also a fun way to learn a new computer skill!
I also used some of the Kitschy Digitals Kawaii Cute Fruits in printed form on a few summer-themed altered boxes I created. I printed a bunch of the fruits on one page by creating a new document (8 x 10 inches, 300 dpi) in Photoshop and placing the digital items in rows on the page. You can also print the files one at a time if you prefer. I printed the cute fruits on a light weight, white card stock on an HP inkjet printer. It is not a fancy printer, but I think that the prints still turned out quite nice and crisp. Of course, if you are printing the digital elements at home, the better your printing set-up the better the results will be. Also, when you print out the elements you do then have the added step of cutting out each graphic by hand.
You can view some fabulous examples of both digital and printed scrapbook pages and many other projects made by the Kitschy Digitals Creative Team on the Kitschy Digitals blog.
I had a lot of fun using the Kitschy Digitals products. The digital files are extremely versatile and the designs are absolutely adorable. I give the digital kits a 9 out of 10 for quality and ease of use. I would enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who is interested in digital scrapbooking and has some graphic design experience.
- Instant gratification – you can download the kits and start using them immediately after purchase.
- Versatility – you can use the designs both digitally and in printed form
- Inexpensive – The full kits with multiple elements are only $4 – 8, plus no shipping fees!
- A computer, printer, and software are required to use the elements.
- Some graphic design or image editing experience is probably necessary.
- Print quality of the images is dependent on your personal printing set-up.
The Kitschy Digitals DigiKits are all available from Two Peas in a Bucket, ranging in price from $.99 to $8. If you love the Kitschy Digital designs, but do not feel comfortable working digitally, you can purchase some of the elements in pre-printed sheets from the Kitschy Digitals online store.
How many of you are making the move to digital scrapbooking? Did you find it frustrating at first, or was it easy to make the switch? Have you tried Kitschy Digitals products? What did you think?