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Breaking the Digi Barrier

Psssst, it’s me. Barb. Sssssh... don’t tell Lain or Angie, but I have no idea why they asked me to host a challenge during this week’s Digi Days celebration. I mean, I’m the last person I’d go to for advice on digital scrapbooking. Seriously. My digital skills are limited, to say the least. I know how to edit (crop and color-correct) my photos in Photoshop Elements, but that’s about it.

But anyone who knows me knows I am not the type to go turning down a good challenge. After all, I was the kid who chose to play oboe because the music teacher told the class it was the hardest instrument to master. Without giving it too much thought, I said yes to Lain and Angie.

Fast forward a week, and here I am, writing this blog post about a topic on which I cannot claim to be an expert. Bear with me, okay? ;) I challenged the Ella Friends to create a scrapbook layout using one of Ella's awesome new digital frames, plus at least one other digital element. The page could either be 100% digital or a hybrid of digital and paper. As my inbox started to fill with these wonderful creations, I was in awe of all that was possible in the digital and hybrid scrapping world.

First up is Noel Culbertson’s page, which is 100 percent digital (you go, girl!). Check out the kraft paper and the beautiful white space. I love that it looks so very real, even though it’s a digital page. I’m going to beg Noel for some pointers on how to achieve this look.

Supplies: paper and elements (Sociology by Paislee Press) + photo frames (Ella Publishing Co.) + font (Helvetica) + digital layout by Noel Culbertson

The next layout that appeared in my inbox was this one by Moon Ko. She tells me she’s a digital newbie, but I wouldn’t have guessed by looking at her page. I love the simple elegance of the design, just like her paper and glue pages.

Supplies: paper and elements (Photogenic by Paislee Press and Audacious Designs) + photo frames (Ella Publishing Co.) + fonts (Lapland Light, Peajay and Impact) + digital layout by Moon Ko

Our fearless leader, Lain, created this page for my challenge. She’s a girl after my own heart, with her use of bright colours and her mixing of digital and “real” scrapbooking supplies. The background paper, embellishments and photo were printed out from a digital file, and then she trimmed it down, adhered it to the yellow patterned paper, stamped the zig zag stitching around the edge and added the trim and bling. A great way to cross over between digi and your paper supplies!

Supplies: patterned paper (October Afternoon) + ribbon (Rusty Pickle) + bling (Heidi Swapp) + zig-zag stamp (Kelly Panacci for SandyLion) + "Family" stamp (Katie Pertiet for Autumn Leaves) + ink (VersaMark) + digital patterned papers and elephant stamp (Jodie McNally for Ella Publishing Co. -- coming soon!) + digital frame (Ella Publishing Co.) + 8½ x 11 hybrid page by Lain Ehmann

Next, the ever-talented Monica McNeill sent me this eye-catching hybrid page. She showcased photos from two different eras and made the connection between them. I love how the vintage Polaroid frames help tell the story on this layout. By the way -- digital is a great way to incorporate precious heritage photos into your pages. You don't have to worry about cutting up the only copy of an old picture... you can scan it in and crop away!

Supplies: paper and embellishments (Studio Calico, Cotillion kit) + digital frame (Ella Publishing Co.) + font (Traveling Typewriter) + 8 x 8 hybrid page by Monica McNeill 

Finally, I’ll leave you the hybrid page I created with the very cool masking tape frame that’s part of the awesome prize package we're giving away on Friday. I added a bit of dimension to my digital elements by printing the framed photo twice and hand-cutting the tape from the second print-out and sticking it on top of the tape on the framed photo, just so it looks like it’s popping off the page a bit. I printed the circular star tag the exact size of one of my circle punches so I could punch it out quickly, stick it on top of another punched cardstock circle and ink the edges to give it that finished look.

Supplies: patterned paper (BasicGrey, Scenic Route) + letter stickers, staples, brads (Making Memories) + spiral notebook punch (Stampin’ Up!) + digital frame (Ella Publishing Co.) + digital embellishment (Sande Krieger for 2Peas in a Bucket) + 8½ x 11 hybrid page by Barb Wong

So there you have it! One challenge taken up by five scrapbookers, resulting in five very different pages. I hope you’ll find a bit of inspiration here and take us up on the Digi Days challenge posted on Monday. I love learning from and being inspired by you.

NOTE: Ella thinks Barb did quite a satisfactory job... in fact, we think she's Digi-delightful! :) Thanks, Barb!


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