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Vendor Spotlight: Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Sarah Moore

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

I am so NOT a digital person. It takes me ages to figure out how to resize stuff and print it. It just isn’t my thing. So I knew digital scrapbooking wasn’t going to be the first thing I would tackle with these kits. But that is what’s so neat-o about Kitschy Digitals. They aren’t just digi-scrap kits… you can use the kits to create totes, iron ons, softies, cupcake toppers, tags, cards, paper dolls… the list is endless!

Danielle Thompson’s Kitschy Digital designs are so EASY to work with! I actually created all of these projects in one day. First on my list was to play with the Woodland Book-Lover’s Printable Kit. Perfect for gift giving. In fact, if you are among my family/friends you should probably stop reading because you might be looking at your Christmas gifts.


I made myself some quick bookplates. I personalized them in Photoshop Elements. Danielle has all sorts of great tutorials to help you with this kind of stuff on her blog.

I didn’t have full sheets of adhesive paper, but look… these Avery labels worked even better! All I had to do was crop the edges, 4 cuts instead of six!


As you can see Danielle has put all the crop marks in for you… just cut on the lines. I didn’t have to resize these .jpgs. I just printed them as-is.


How’s this for an adorable gift… 4 bookmarks in a cello bag with a little topper! These would be terrific for teachers. Matching bag toppers are also included in this kit for the reading logs and bookplates.

Having a bake-sale? the DigiKit – Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini Kit is all you need to tag and display your items in the most adorable way possible.


I especially love the sheets of tags included in this kit, perfect for cards, fortune cookies or cupcake toppers!

Look… the cake is actually ASKING me to eat it! Tee-hee!

The DigiKit – Woodland Book-Lover’s *Add-On* Printable *Stuffie* Kit is a must have. In about 2 hours I was able to make a deer “stuffie”, a baby onesie for a new little friend, and….


… matching book-loving tote bags for my son and I!

Working with iron ons is a whole new world of craft to me… and probably a topic for a whole other review series. As you can see the iron on images are not super crisp, but that was no fault of the images themselves. They printed out wonderfully, and I was really happy with how they turned out on the cotton knit onesie. The canvas bags don’t look bad, just rustic! 🙂 Plus I was able to add my own sayings into the designs.

What’s not to love? As you can see these kits are not just for digital braniacs. Even if you are a tech-moron you can print the images onto nice cardstock and use them immediately. I am so in love with all her images. She really has such a unique style… totally my thing.

Pros:

  • Adorable and unique images that you can manipulate
  • Designed with non digi-types in mind
  • Versatile for multiple genre of crafting

Cons:

  • You will need a printer… a decent one too, or your images just won’t look great (I used an Epson Artisan 800, and it worked beautifully).
  • Printing great-looking images means printing on high quality paper with full ink.
  • Designs are for personal use only. You can not sell items you make with these kits.

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!

Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

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…

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!