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