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Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals – DigiKits

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 specifically reviewed the following DigiKits:

All of the kits were quickly downloaded via their links sent by email from Kitschy Digitals’ designer, Danielle Thompson. The download times were extremely fast over cable internet – about a minute or two per kit. Each kit comes with all of the graphic files in PNG or JPEG format, plus a tear sheet showing all of items included, a Terms of Use document, and general Kitschy Digitals info. PNG files are especially good for use on the web, but each graphic is also set to 300 dpi resolution – perfect for printing. (Keep in mind that almost any digital scrapbooking elements you purchase are intended for personal use only – which means you cannot use them for commercial purposes, like your Etsy store banner, for example. Always read the Terms of Use before using digital products.)

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.

Pros:

  • 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!

Cons:

  • 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?

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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21 Responses to Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals – DigiKits

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    Jingle June 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    The gnomes. That’s what I really love. I really really really love gnomes! LOL!

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    StampinCathy June 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    I just love them all, but the fruits are so cute.

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    Bogner's June 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    What I love about these kits: Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini Kit, as well as the instant gratification listed in Pros! I love that when you know what embellishment you want but don’t have, you can download it “right now, right now” and then us it then and there. Much better than having to run to your LSS {hr away} search endlessly for the embellishment, and then IF you can find it, purchase, take home, use…

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    Kimberly S. June 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    These kits are so great! I would love to win one!

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    Anonymous June 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    All of your products are so great!! I especially love the embroidery patterns. My grandmother taught me to embroider and I do to this day.

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    KanataNewf June 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Instant gratification! It’s the best thing about digi!

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    Lois aka katesmum June 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    oh my goodness… these are so cute… I love the fruits – what a great bunch of digi art!

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    Terri June 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    I absolutely adore the fawn and cupcake as soon as I saw them but I think what really pulled at my heartstrings the most was the magnificent vintage photo frames. They bwere just gorgeous!! I envy your creativity!

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    Michelle (mla1111) June 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I love the images… especially the olivia dolls & the fruits…

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    Michelle in NJ June 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    My gosh….these are really cute. I’m not into the digital thing so I’d much prefer the printed set if I am a winner.
    meeshella2 at aol dot com

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    MamaSheg June 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    What fun designs! I’m a fan of digi and printables. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at embroidery too. Would love to win some of this cuteness. xoxo

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    Jen June 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    I love Danielle’s design sense. The cut out sheets are a great idea, I for one couldn’t get top notch printing results at home. Maybe she could consider some of her designs printed on transparencies as well- the feathers and frames for example.

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    chinamomxtwo June 10, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    How cute! what a great give-a-way…I love the fruit pieces the best!
    SWEET!!

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    Helen June 10, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    I like the bright bold colors! The fruit is adorable!

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    Melissa Haren June 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I love that they are priced right AND cute!

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    Heidi June 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    The fruits are adorable! And the thrift store frames are to die for, too. I’ve been shying away from digital for a while but these could definitely sway me.

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    anemptynest June 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    I absolutely adore the fawn and cupcake as soon as I saw them but I think what really pulled at my heartstrings the most was the magnificent vintage photo frames. They bwere just gorgeous!! I envy your creativity!

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    anemptynest June 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    I absolutely adore the fawn and cupcake as soon as I saw them but I think what really pulled at my heartstrings the most was the magnificent vintage photo frames. They bwere just gorgeous!! I envy your creativity!

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    anemptynest June 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I absolutely adore the fawn and cupcake as soon as I saw them but I think what really pulled at my heartstrings the most was the magnificent vintage photo frames. They bwere just gorgeous!! I envy your creativity!

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    anemptynest June 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    I absolutely adore the fawn and cupcake as soon as I saw them but I think what really pulled at my heartstrings the most was the magnificent vintage photo frames. They bwere just gorgeous!! I envy your creativity!

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    rob fr. collage frame March 16, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    The dogs picture is really cute. I like how you add the frames to it. Great work!