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Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Martha Bonneau

When I first started scrapbooking 3 1/2 years ago, I quickly ran across Danielle Thompson’s work and was immediately in love with her bright, funky, kitschy style. Needless to say I was thrilled when I found out she was coming out with a line of digital products, but at the same time was thinking, “ack! I am a paper scrapper!” What makes these products so cool is that she totally keeps the paper scrapper in mind when designing her images and files so they are super easy for the hybrid or paper scrapper to use since most file comes in png and jpg format.

I have had the pleasure of working with Kitschy Digitals products before, so I was beyond thrilled to work with them again. All of the projects I have created in the past with the products have been traditional paper layouts… even if you don’t have Photoshop you can simply drop the images into a Word file and print them out that way. Photoshop of course gives you more flexibility with sizes, colors etc., but is not necessary to use these elements. I have even dropped them into iPhoto and altered the colors and printed them from there.
On my first project I used the Kitschy Digitals Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini Kit. I printed out the fun cherry-themed background on 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock (the digital papers come in 8.5″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″ sizes), layered on some of the bubble words paper, printed and cut out a bunch of the super cute fruit die cuts and 1 of the labels. To give a little dimension to the digital elements I used foam pop dots. In the Kawaii Cute Fruits mini kit you also receive phrase strips, tags, and bonus lollipop tag printables, there are so many elements here this kit is anything but mini!

I then created a wall hanging using woodgrain paper from the Olivia kit and elements from the new Prize Ribbons and Rosettes kit. I love that by adding the ribbon and trim the digital elements blend in and look very realistic. As a paper scrapper that was always my fear of digital was that it was flat and lacked dimension, but by printing and cutting out the elements and mixing them with other elements they come to life.


I recently purchased Photoshop Elements (PSE) for my Mac, and have had a few weeks to get comfortable using it. When I sat down to try my first hybrid layout with the Kitschy Digitals products I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to create. Granted, some basic knowledge of Photoshop is needed, especially layers, but I am in no way a computer genius and I was able to create a layout in just a few minutes.

I used elements from the Monotone Feathers kit, the Olivia kit, Thrift Store Chic Vintage Buttons, and some of the new Prize Ribbons and Rosettes. Once I created most of the layout in PSE, I printed it out on 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock and embellished it with lace, a button, some layered flowers, alphabets and a little patterned paper…ta-da! My first truly hybrid layout! I must say I really like using the digital elements this way, as it lets me quickly design most of my layout, and then I can still add dimension with the vintage elements I like to use once it is printed out.

Now that I was getting more comfortable using the elements of the kits in PSE, I was ready to try using the Kitschy Digitals Thrift Store Chic Picture Frames Duex. Danielle has a great turtorial on the Kitschy Digitals Blog on how to add a photo to these frames. In just a few easy steps, I was able to “frame” any picture I wanted.

For my next project I used the Thrift Store Chic guilded frames. I framed 4 individual picures in PSE, created a storyboard with them and printed it out on 8.5″ x 11″ photo paper. I then framed it in an actual gilded frame and added some ric-rac and buttons to add more interest.

I love that Kitschy Digitals offers so many different products… the digital kits, embroidery patterns, cut out sheets and stuffie patterns. I also love that there are so many different ways you can use the images, it really makes them a great value as there are so many possibilities! In the stuffies kit there are the most wonderful woodland themed images. Not only do these make cute stuffies, but by printing out the mushroom on Claudine Hellmuth stickyback canvas, I was then able to applique it to a pillow and embellish it with some vintage buttons for a home decor item.

Pros:

  • Paper scrapper friendly products
  • Economical…the files can be used and altered in so many different ways – the possibilities are endless
  • Fun, whimsical designs and Danielle is always adding new product
  • Informative and inspiring Kitschy Digitals Blog that is filled with tons of ideas and tips. Danielle has a large design team so there is always something new from designers with a variety of styles.
Cons:
  • Some computer knowledge is necessary and the cost of paper and ink needs to be factored in if you are printing elements/layouts at home

If you can’t tell already, I am in love with Kitschy Digitals! I give them a 10 out of 10 for design and ease of use and encourage anyone who thinks that they are strictly a paper scrapper to give them a try and let us know what 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!

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11 Responses to Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

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    chinamomxtwo June 10, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    I love what you did with these Martha! especially the puggie 🙂

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    StampinCathy June 10, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Your projects are just fabulous and so inspiring. I really like the variety and just love Kitchy creative style. Thanks for a chance.

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    Erika M. June 10, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    I’m finding all of your reviews to be quite informative. I love the projects that you’ve done!

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    The 80's Me - Miss CutiePie June 10, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    I can’t tell you enough about how much I adore kitschy digitals 🙂
    I love all the bright colors, the frames, feathers.. I love how versatile the kits are and how you can continue to use them over and over 🙂

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    java diva June 10, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    The happy fruit is the cutest thing ever!!

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    Bree June 10, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    wow love this post.. love the gnomes and fawns.. but really really love the frames…

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    rlo June 10, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    i absolutely adore the kawaii cupcake and fruit post and the wonderful embroidery projects done with them!

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    Jenn June 10, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    I’ve never used any digital kits, but the Kitschy images are so stinking cute it makes me want to try!

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    Aranka June 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Oh Martha, what a cute pillow!!! I just love kitchy digitals, and how you can use it in oh so many ways!!

    xx Aranka

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    KanataNewf June 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    The projects this week with the digis have been just amazing!

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    MrsPeel June 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Funnily enough, I started on digital scrapbooking, with no skills at all…well, I had knowdlege of Photshop Elements but had no idea what a PNG was, no how to work within PSE to do scrapbooking, but I found Scrapblog.com.
    For those who are completely new to digital scrapping but have a computer, the Scrapblog program is free, and so are thousands of the elemnts and backgrounds, there are also beautiful people within the community, who are always willing to help and answer all questions… it was like that that I learned how to use PNGs and so started buying the digital kits…and also learned about paper scrapbooking, through the many women who do both….
    I will for sure try the Kitschy digital kits, love what you ve done on printing and using the printed elements for the boxes, never occurred to me to do that!
    take the opportunity to thank you for all the reviews, I have been learning so much with you guys, thank you!!!!!