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[inter] National Scrapbook Day – Blog Hop Freebie!

You know, I’ve decided something. Any hobby that celebrates its own craftiness is freakin’ awesome.

This weekend is [inter] National Scrapbook Day, and as part of the hoopla at Design House Digital, we’ve got an awesome collaboration kit from the Design House Digital designers, called Retrospect:

Did you know that you can grab it for free? FREE! And, to make it even easier, you don’t have to download eleventy billion little pieces, or mess with any of the file-sharing websites and their ridiculously slow timers. It’s right in the shop at DHD, and all you have to do is follow along on the blog hop to grab the coupon code, and then download at your convenience. Pretty darn awesome, huh? So, if you wandered in to my blog first, you need to stop (collaborate and listen!) right now and head back to the beginning.

I’d like to share a little bit today about layouts, and what to do AFTER they are finished. Just like with so many other aspects of digital scrapbooking, the possibilities are many, so we’ll touch on a few, and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Don’t print it. No one says you HAVE to print your layouts. (I have a friend who has never printed a single one, because she likes the way they look in her monitor!) Display them in a digital frame, post them to your blog, or carry them around on your iPad or cell phone. What a great way to show off some pictures of your loved ones, right? Cons: You definitely want to back them up, because if you lose your device (or it crashes) you are out of luck, since most of these will be displaying low-res versions.

Print it yourself. This one is pretty obvious, I know, but there is a benefit to printing at home, namely instant gratification. Unless you have a wide-format printer, though, your sizes are limited, and if you do have a wide-format printer, ink cartridges and paper aren’t super easy to find. (At least not for me!) There’s also probably a bit of waste involved, because usually your layouts need to be trimmed.

Have it printed, by page. Obviously, a nice feature of our digital age, and the fact that our layouts are already on the computer. You can upload, have it printed, and shipped right to your door – perfect for those hectic times when we get a bit behind. Or those lazy times, when you’re vegging in your pajamas all day. You do need to allow time for shipping, and not all companies do common scrapbook sizes like 8×8 and 12×12.

Have it printed, by the book. You can upload all of your pages and have them printed in a single, bound book. How cool is that? Again, delivery to home is a nice benefit. There are a few cons, though: Formatting them can be a beast, since you really do need to allow extra room along the spine. Also, you can’t have your books too full, or the stitching doesn’t hold. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

So, out of all these options, I’ve got to throw the one I like the most at you. Are you ready?

Have it developed. The one biggest con to the above three printing options is that they are printed, and not developed. That means fading, scratching, and water damage are all real possibilities. Plus, the visual difference between a layout where the ink is sitting on top and one where the image is actually developed into the paper are astoundingly different. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

The one on the left was done using a photographic print process (aka developed) by Persnickety Prints, and the one on the right was printed by me. (Excuse the winter layout… I’m out of ink and have to buy it online. A serious con.)

It’s hard to really demonstrate it on screen, but the difference is crazy. Here’s a closer look:

Don’t tell my husband, but it looks like the super-expensive wide-format photo printer I [used to] use just isn’t cutting it. The detail of the background paper is lost in the home print, but shows up nicely in the developed version. The whole thing is just richer and more vibrant, and my shadows look amazingly realistic!

I’m going to do a more extensive blog post soon showing you the differences (and discussing the speed, because HOLY COW! they were fast!), but trust me, the appearance alone was enough to change my mind… the rest of it is just icing on the persnickety cake!

Bottom line, though? We work so hard at preserving our photos, so let’s make sure we’ve preserved them all the way. Computers fail, external hard drives fail, our favorite sites (and their online galleries) have bugs or even go offline. Don’t take a chance with your memories.

And now, on to some fun stuff! I’m having a little contest here, and the winner will get a $50 gift certificate to my Design House Digital shop!

Comment here, and link a product from my shop that you like.

That’s it! Want more chances? Post a link to that same product on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter, let me know once you’ve done it (one comment for each), and you will be entered into a drawing.  You can enter daily, and every comment posted between now and 11:59 PM (MST) on Tuesday, May 8 will be eligible.

Don’t forget to grab your letter, because you’ll need that to get the amazing Retrospect kit free! Your letter is:

If you’re doing our Layout Challenge, my challenge is to rotate your title sideways.

Now, head over to Tiffany Bodily’s blog, where you can see what she’s thinking today: Tiffany’s Thoughts.

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Mad March Memories Blog Hop

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today… If you made it here from Erica’s as part of the Mad March Memories Blog Hop, you’re in the right spot.

If you stumbled directly onto my blog you are in for a treat, but you’ll want to stop now and jump right over to check out what Liz Jutila has to say on the Design House Digital blog. She’ll let you know exactly what you need to do to be entered into a drawing for a Wacom Bamboo tablet, plus how to get this amazing collab kit:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? That’s 42 papers, and 44 elements, and you can get it FREE. (Seriously… go read what Liz has to say!)

I’m super excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite things to do in digital scrapbooking: How to mix patterns in your digital layouts.

As a predominantly “paper” style scrapper, I love to recreate the look of layers and layers of patterned paper. It’s something that can be very intimidating to some people, so I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve learned. I’ll tell you which rules to break, which ones you can bend, and which ones you need to follow, and hopefully we’ll have some fun along the way.

Rule #1: Don’t mix more than 3 patterns. BREAK IT.

I’m not saying you have to use more than three, but don’t let any number be your standard: I used 17 different patterned papers here. SEVENTEEN. But, by keeping them in very small doses, and in similarly sized strips, they don’t compete with each other or overwhelm the photo.

Rule #2: Choose one base color, and make sure it is in all of your patterns. BEND IT.

I’m not going to lie, this one can be a good rule to follow, and an easy one. Each of the five patterned papers has pink in it, so they all go together. Working out of the same kit ensures that they will coordinate, and it takes the guesswork out of it. But, if you’re ready to take it to the next level…

Why not try mixing patterns and colors that don’t match? With this layout, I used multiple patterned papers with no colors in common. The eclectic mix gives it a fun and fresh vibe, but it’s kept grounded by a central design and neutral background.

Rule #3: Some patterns are solids. FOLLOW IT.

The background paper here is actually patterned. Yep… not a single solid paper was used on this layout. It’s neutral, not because of the color (although grey is obviously a neutral) but because of the very slight tonal pattern that reads as a solid.

Rule #4: Only use one multicolored pattern at a time. BREAK IT.

Yeah, I’m all up in this rule’s face. Using multiple patterned papers, with lots of different colors in them is just plain fun. How to make sure it jives? Work out of one kit. All of the patterned papers (except the neutral ledger) are from the same kit, so the colors are spot on. It can be tricky to mix strong multicolored patterns, and there’s no shame in taking the easy way!

Rule #5: Mix together a large prints, a small print, and a solid print. FOLLOW IT.

This is pretty much a way to always guarantee your patterns will work together, because they will always have enough variety to make it interesting. Wanna know something tricky, though? I’m also following #3 here, and my “solid” paper is actually the pink polka dot strip. That’s right.

Rule #6: Pair linear patterns with floral patterns. BEND IT.

While I love a good floral print, this is not a cut-and-dried rule. Here, I’ve put three very graphic prints together: the plaid, the polka dot, and the gingham from the bow. I’ve balanced out the strong lines with the scalloped paper edge and rounded label, so it still works!

Rule #7: Use shades and tints, instead of matching exactly. FOLLOW IT.

If you’re hesitant in any way about mixing patterns, this is the way to start out. It doesn’t matter how many different patterns I use because they are all in the same color family, and it allows me to play with another pattern… the stitched circle background!

Rule #8: Give your eyes a break. FOLLOW IT.

I think this is by far the most important rule there is… follow this, and you can’t really go wrong. Let’s do a quick check of our rules again, and see how this layout fares:

  1. 13 patterns total… definitely bent that rule.
  2. Nope, no base color in every pattern.
  3. Yep, the grey stripe is my neutral.
  4. 3 multicolored patterns!
  5. Large + small + solid: Yes.
  6. Linear and floral… check.
  7. Shades and tints of every color on there!

But, even with all that going on, I’ve left plenty of white space so it’s not visually jarring. It works.

One last thing I’d like to share about mixing patterns… it’s so freeing! As digital scrapbookers, we sometimes get caught up in kit scrapping. Designers are so great at giving us everything we need in one tidy folder, that we might not even venture out of it. If you can learn to look at all of your supplies, and mix and match no matter the designer, or store, or even style, you will truly be maximizing your supplies! And isn’t that one of the best things about digital, anyway?

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my blog today! Feel free to browse around, and if you’ve been following me you might want to update your links… I’ve moved, you see. 🙂 Before you venture on to the next blog on the list, I’ve got two more things to share with you.

First, I’ve got my own contest for you: Comment here, and I’ll put your name in a drawing for a guest spot on my Creative Team. You’ll get all of the kits I release in March, April, May, and June for free! FA-REE! Share this blog post (through Facebook, your blog, or Twitter) and “Like” my page on Facebook for even more chances… just leave an additional comment for each one here with a link, please. Contest ends Wednesday, Mar 14 at 11:59 PM MST.

Secondly, you can win a spot in Tiffany Tillman’s upcoming class, It’s Elemental. Check out all the details on the Renee Pearson blog.

Now, scurry along to Jen Allyson’s blog and see what she’s got to share with you. Don’t forget to take your secret letter… it’s

Like the supplies I used on my layouts? Click on the images for credits.

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