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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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The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit!

Reported by Jo-Anne te Raa

I know I am not alone when I say that sometimes I really feel like all my creativity and inspiration has decided to leave at once! Sometimes we can give it a push by buying new supplies, taking a new set of photos of an event in our lives. But sometimes we need a little more of a kick! That’s where the new book The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit: Prompts And Ideas To Jump Start Your Layouts
from Claudine Helmuth comes handy.

Packaged in a cute, sturdy box, the kit contains two card decks stacked with 180 words and colours. There is also a book of projects illustrating combinations, showing you how creative you can get.

Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognised artist, author and illustrator. This is her 4th book and a twist on the other 3, challenges and inspiration rather than technique. Including the work of several artists including Rhonna Farrer, Ashley Calder and Donna Downey and even a group of Fashionistas from SCRAP IN STYLE TV, its a breath of fresh air when creativity seems to have left the room!!

OK so lets have a go….
Shuffle the two decks of cards and deal a word and a colour card. Each card has two prompt words on each side. Use the word that is facing up when you deal the cards. I decided to draw two word cards and two colour cards.
So I draw BLUE and GREEN and words RAIN and TIME.

I needed to create a project that had something loosely to do with RAIN and TIME. Don’t limit yourself to a traditional scrapbooking layout, you can interpret the elements how ever your imagination allows.
I was “pulled” by the word RAIN. It reminded me of a bible text I have always loved and a conversation with a friend I had earlier in the week. I didn’t want to make a layout but a hanger so that the text was visible everyday.
I love the shapes of the new 8×8 Making Memories papers but no green or blue šŸ™ so I decided to trace the shape onto the GREEN check paper of the same collection. A BLUE fabric flower, from Pink Paislee, a GREEN cupcake paper and a picture of me taken over 35 years ago dressed in BLUE!!
Using Jenni Bowlin letters I added my text. I know the words don’t specifically mention TIME and RAIN, but it’s the text that those words prompt in my head. And this is the total aim of this book. From 2 words and 2 colors I was able to create this hanger. It’s a real creative kick when inspiration is no where to be found.


I am really pleased with what I created, but most of all I enjoyed the process of stimulating my art in a new and fresh way. This is definitely a great addition to any bookcase. You don’t have to be limited to scrapbooking, it’s actually a great general kick for the creative process.
Pros:
  • The “kit” is a great handy size, ideal for putting in your scrap tote.
  • Novel and simple idea with perfect results.
  • Easy to use and understand
  • Perfect to use in a crop, alone or with a big group of people.
  • Great to play with other scrappers online!
  • Good quality product, competitively priced ($19.99)
  • Artistically presented, using the skills of not just the author but a range of styles including digital and altered items.
Cons:
  • The only con I would say is I wish there had been a “catch” or an elastic on the box to keep it closed. The box tends to fall open allowing the cards to fall out.
Overall I cannot recommend this book enough. Buy it for yourself or as a gift, you will definitely get value for money and will not be disappointed!

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Have you used this fab creativity prompt? What other things do you use when your crafty mojo has gone the ways of the wind? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

The reporters and editors of Craft Critique are taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday! We’ll be back with a new article on Monday, December 1st. Happy crafting!

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