Wendy Smedley's picture

Free Digi printables

These are pretty cool images that can be used in digital scrapbooking and many other ways. My favorite application is to print, cut, and add glossy accents (a liquid adhesive) and wait for the magic.

Instant floral printable @ The Graphics Fairy
Tape @ Pugly Pixel
Old Maps @ devaintart by Mellowmint
Old airmail envelopes @Fuzzimo
Tickets @mabymej
Positive printables round-up @Kindovermatter

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Personalizing your stuff

Hello Ella readers! I'm Shaui, the designer of Fei-fei's Stuff and it's an honor to be guest blogging here.

Personalized Stuff is Cool!
What I like about Digital Scrapping is that you can use this hobby to make almost all of your things personalized. Mugs, bags, albums, wall decors, greeting cards and so many more! I like to make my belongings distinctive and unique from others. I remember when I was in highschool, my binder was covered with my own artwork. I felt so cool :) and geeky!

So, what other ways can we personalized our own things? Here are some suggestions...

Notebook Covers
The standard covers are fine but its always nice to revamp. Now that school is about to start, why not print your favorite digital papers and cover your notebooks, binders or folders? My daughter, Fei, loves everything girly so I covered her notebooks with different shades of pink paper.

papers used: Intertwined, Guilty Pleasures

CD labels

It is always nice to see CDs labeled uniformly. Who doesn't? My CDs look so sleek!

papers used: Fresh Cut, Montage, Like Home

Gift Wrappers
The best gifts are when it was made with love and something that you have worked hard on. It gives this extra sweetness when you give it to your loved ones.

Computer Wallpaper
I have a full time job and I like that once in a while when I take a break, I see photos of my kids. It brings a smile on my face when I see them. I also love that you can make your layouts as screensavers, homepage screen on your phones, background image on your blog or twitter page.

Beth put a little nice quote at the bottom. It is always nice to read something that will motivate us in life.

Me, on the other hand, made a clean and simple one so it doesn't look too heavy when my icons appear on the left side.

There are still so many ways on how we can personalize our stuff. In this computer age, the possibilities are endless! What other things you like custom-made using your layouts and scrap kits? Share it with us!

Make your own computer wallpaper. Download this free layered template and design it yourself. Or if you like, you can use the ready made ones. Just pop in your fave pic and voila! Instant beauty! This comes in 4 sizes: 1024x770px, 1280x802px, 1680x1050px and 1920x1203px. Date stamps are also included from August 2011 - December 2011.

Download here

In celebration of the Digital Scrapping Month here at Ella, I will be giving away a $15 gift certificate to one lucky reader to my shop at Oscraps. All you have to do is leave a message here and tell us what you like about Digital Scrapping. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the winner on August 20. This giveaway will end on August 19 11:59 PST. Good luck and Enjoy Digi Scrapping!

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Telling Stories Using Cathy Zielske's Digital Templates

How's your summer going so far? Busy? Me too.

I find it ironic that, the busier life gets, the more stories there are to tell… but the less time I have to spend telling them. I try not to stress about it though. I take photos and keep notes (emails sent to friends, blog entries, Facebook updates, tweets on Twitter) with the hope that I'll have time to pull together a few pages once the dust settles. But there never seems to be enough time.

Just this past weekend, though, I rediscovered the joy of speed-scrapping with digital templates. It's a bit like starting a paper layout with a sketch, only it's even easier because the template designer has already pre-cut all the paper and photos to the proper sizes. All I have to do is choose my photos and type out my journalling. Yes, it's really that easy.

I decided to start with a few templates by the ever-so-talented Cathy Zielske, which are available at Designer Digitals, and I simplified the process of choosing digital papers and embellishments by using supplies from several coordinating kits from one of my favourite designers, none other than fabulous Ms. Crystal Wilkerson herself (author of Ella's upcoming August eBook!).

Supplies: CZdesign template no. 84 + Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 Distressed Solids

My first layout is as simple as it gets. Template + photos + words. Once you know how to use clipping masks in Photoshop, then it's a piece of cake. (If you don't know how, I recommend that you watch Cathy's tutorial on vimeo.) The only bit I customized: I changed the colour of the text and the stitched border to match my photos. Easy peasy. Hint: use the eye dropper tool to get a good match.

Supplies: CZdesign template no. 86 + Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 Stripes XS, Distressed Solids, Woodgrain and Colorful Banners

My second layout was a little more complicated. I wanted to play up the birthday theme by adding a pennant banner, but that covered the spot where the title was supposed to be, so I added the title directly on top of the photo. Also, in order to include the non-square horizontal photo of my boys playing chess (in the upper left corner), I merged two squares in the template into one layer and used it to clip my photo. I ran out of photos, so I used a bit of patterned paper in one of the squares and added a text layer (11) to finish it off.

Supplies: CZdesign story guide no. 5a + Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 Woodgrain and Distressed Solids

The third and final layout I did was inspired by Cathy's recent obsession with camera-phone photos. I used photos taken on my iPhone and edited them using the Camera+ app (square crop, special effects and borders). Then all I had to do was plunk the photos straight into this template. I changed the title by deleting the artwork layers from the template and adding my own title as text layers. I used pre-formatted text block to make up my own set of questions and answers, and I typed until I filled the designated space.

There you have it: three layouts in one afternoon. That's more scrapbooking than I've done in the past three months! Super speedy scrapping, all made possible by digital templates. Go me!


Now for the fun part! Cathy is giving away to one lucky blog reader a prize package of any five products from her shop at Designer Digitals. That's right, folks. You get to choose any five of CZ's templates, album sets or word art sets. Just leave a comment on this post, telling me how much (or little) experience you have with digital templates—or anything else you want to tell me about digital scrapbooking for that matter. We'll chose a winner on Friday!

Now go on, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Click here to see a list of all the digi deals, articles, and more happening this month!


And the winning comment is...

Hi Ella friends!!

My name is Lisa J. and I help host the Facebook page and blog for MyMemories Suite digital scrapbooking software! I am *SUPER* excited to have been invited to introduce our software to you AND share a GREAT giveaway with you during Ella's *Digital Scrapbooking Month*! If you have been even thinking of diving into the digital pool - this is the post for you!

I know many of you are traditional paper scrappers, but I want you to know that digital scrapbooking software can give you great flexibility and offer you some fabulous new ways to share your hard work and beautiful pages with more friends and family than ever before! If you've thought about adding a digital program to your scrapping toolbox but were afraid to take the plunge, because you thought it would be too hard to learn, to expensive to do or to steep a learning curve to master - then I have GREAT news for you!

With MyMemories Suite digital scrapbooking software, you get a great software program that is EASY to use and FUN to learn! If you can:

  • upload a photo from your camera
  • scan an old photo to your computer
  • and send an email

- you WILL be able to do this! You can take your old (and new) photos from "shoebox to showcase" in no time flat! Because MyMemories Suite is available in a downloadable version you can get started right away! And at MMS, we have a super busy (and FUN) Facebook page and great MyMemories.com blog and forum if you ever get stuck along the way! There is literally almost always someone there that is happy to help - or point you to one of the many video and PDF tutorials that we have online to help you along the way!

And to get ONE LUCKY WINNER started, we are giving away a free copy of MyMemories Suite V2!The software is downloadable and your purchase (or prize) will stay active in your account at MMS in case you ever need to download to a new computer (or redownload in case of computer problems). Your software comes with over 1300 included digital papers and 1500 digital embellishments and a wonderful collection of Designer Templates that you can use to tell YOUR family's story YOUR way! Digital Scrapping has never been easier! Use "drag and drop" technology to easily add photos and elements to your pages, or use the FAST FILL feature to add all your photos at once! You can also shop in the MyMemories.com Design Shop to add tons of great Designer Template pages or new digital kits and papers to your software as you need them. You can also use ANY other digital content you already own in your MMS software for unlimited creativity in your projects!

So, just post a comment and tell me WHY you want to "GO DIGITAL" and one lucky winner will be selected to win! For additional chances to win, visit our MMS Facebook page, and LIKE us, Tweet about this post, (here's a shortened link to copy and paste to your Twitter page:  http://bit.ly/npAInw) and leave an additional comment for each!

If you are NOT selected as a winner this time, but still want to give MyMemories Suite a try - here's a great deal for you! Use the code below in the PROMO code box at check out to save $10.00 on the already low price of the software AND get a $10.00 coupon to pick up some extra digital goodies in the MyMemories.com Design Shop

You can also check out a fun little collection of FREEBIES in the MyMemories.com Design Shop - they are a nice addition to your digital collection!


So, check it out! If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to zip me an email at LisaJ@mymemories.com!
... and don't forget to make a memory today!

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Wendy Smedley's picture

Digi Friday

We're wrapping up our first fun week of Digital Scrapbooking Month! Thanks to everyone who has joined us. We've got LOTS more fun things planned, including four more awesome eZine articles, two new eBook releases, and more!

We hope you had a chance to read Aly Dosdall's fun introduction to digital scrapbooking (OR if you're an advanced digi girl, isn't this a great link to share with your digital newbie friends?)

Next week, look forward to a new article from Celeste Smith that's all about digital scrapbooking freebies. A definite must read!

And now for the winners of this week's giveaway:
Swiss and BlessedintheUS won the Ella Fun Digital Frames
C.ting won the Kit from Pretty Little Studio
Congrats winners!

See you Monday.
Digital Scrapbooking Month

MaryJo Johnston's picture

How to use digital products on cards + Freebie and Giveaway

Hello Ella Fans!
Welcome to digital scrapbooking month! Angie and Wendy have so many creative and inspiring things lined up for you, and you won’t want to miss a minute!

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share with you one of my favorite companies, Pretty Little StudioLocated in sunny, South Carolina, Pretty Little Studio is known for their lovely vintage scrapbook products, including flashcards, whimsical patterned papers, journaling cards, bunting flags, number tags and calendars in traditional paper form and many in digital format. Melissa, the owner of Pretty Little Studio, has such an eye for detail and color combinations. She recently released the Clowning Around Collection with bright, cheerful colors and adorable graphics, perfect for those birthday cards and parties we’re always planning!

The collection is available in digital and paper format. You can see the entire collection by clicking HERE.

I’m also very excited to share with you a few examples that I’ve created with this new line.

Pretty Little Studio’s digital papers can be printed and used for your favorite hybrid projects,or you can create adorable birthday layouts digitally. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to love this new line as much as I have. It’s just so happy!

As a special treat, Melissa from Pretty Little Studio is giving away a free Summer Bunting Garland!  The Summer Bunting Garland is ready to hang on your digital layouts, cards and projects! You can download a free version of the Garland HERE.

And, we’re not done!  
Today Only!  All Digital Products at Pretty Little Studio are 30% Off!  Hurry!  This sale is only for today!

AND one lucky person will win this digital set.
Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Giveaway closes in 48 hours August 5 10:00 am MST.

***Giveaway winner is c.ting***
For more about Ella's Digital Scrapbooking month go here, or click on the banner.

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Welcome to Digital Scrapbooking Month!

Yes, we've declared the month of August Digital Scrapbooking Month! And trust me, there will be something for everyone here on the site all month long (including freebies and giveways), so check back often!

Now let's talk digi for a moment.

Sometimes I wonder why I don't create more digital scrapbooking pages. I've got the skills, man. I design banners and blinkies for this website when our chief designer (my husband, Travis) is otherwise occupied. I write and edit instructions for how to use Photoshop Elements. I know how to use actions, layers, brushes, drop shadows, the works! I'm familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. And I have my own personal design and software coach living right in my house. So what's the problem?

Here's a digital scrapbooking page I made this weekend—my first digi attempt in a long time! Supplies: Adobe Photoshop + faux polaroid frames (Retro Digital Frames by Ella Publishing Co.
) + patterned papers (Crystal Wilkerson's November paper collection) + tree brush (free Woodland Brush set from Brush King) + Cooper Black and Consolas fonts + 12 x 12 page by Angie Lucas

Why I Love Digi

  • I do find it appealing that you can start a digi page, walk away from it for as long as you want to, and then come back to it, and everything will be exactly as you left it. (Pets, children, tidy husbands, and gusts of wind can never disturb a page in progress.)
  • As a minimalist who does not like to own, store, collect, dust, and maintain too many "things," the idea of all of my scrapbooking products living on my computer (and not taking up space in my home) is appealing.
  • With a soon-to-be toddler living in my home, I like the idea of there never being dangerous tools lying about for her to get her hands on.
  • I love the idea of the only "mess" to clean up is closing down all my software programs, sorting my digital files into folders, and shutting down the machines.
  • You can instantly create your own perfectly coordinated "letter stickers" at any time with just a font, the color picker tool, and the fx button.
  • Undo, undo, undo! I LOVE the "undo" command (CTRL+Z). No change you make to a digital paper, product, or page is ever permanent, as long as that undo command is there.
  • Although the early days of digi (circa 2004) did not really appeal to me, I've since discovered many designers, products, styles, and websites that DO appeal to my sense of style. (Much of what I saw when digital scrapbooking was new seemed to be more about what you COULD do with your computer programs rather than what you SHOULD do. I never saw enough emphasis on story, and I didn't have an appreciation for photos that were altered to the point that the subjects were almost unreconizable as humans. :)

Why I Rarely Create Purely Digital Pages

  • I'm a tactile person, and I love sorting through my piles of colorful papers and accents, feeling the textures, admiring the finishes. 
  • I enjoy the shopping part of scrapbooking, although I don't do it super often. There's something about physically browsing through a store, absorbing ideas and color schemes, that feeds me creatively.
  • I enjoy the puzzle-like process of physically fitting different pieces together, matting photos, using glue, arranging and rearranging elements. (But I do NOT enjoy using glue! Too messy.)
  • I already spend so much time on my computer (as a writer, blogger, and the owner of a website) that my eyes and mind just need a break. I NEED that change of scenery, even if it just means swiveling my chair from my computer screen to my drafting table, where I usually scrapbook. And this is definitely the reason that rules them all and outweighs so many of the benefits of digi, at least right now.


I'm sure this month of digi fun will inspire me to try out more of the digital tools that sit dormant on my computer so much of the time, and I DO love a creative challenge! I think, for me, hybrid scrapbooking is my cup of tea at the moment. But since we're all ever-evolving creative individuals, who knows what the future will bring for me?

How about you? Do you digi? If so, why? If not, why not?

Answer this question in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win a free copy of Retro Digital Frames (which includes the cute Polaroid frame you see on my layout example, plus instructions for how to use them)! I'll choose one winner for every 30 comments!

Giveaway winners are
Swiss and Blessedintheus

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