LOAD Challenge 4: How To Use Digital Products on Traditional Layouts

By | 10/05/2020

I’m still managing to keep up with the load layouts!!  I waited to post this so I could add the process video for the layout that I have to share with you today.

I attended a virtual Scrap Smarter experience a few weeks ago and there were 11 presentations from women who are leaders in the scrapbooking and cardmaking industry.   I knew Vicki Boutin and Catherine Pooler before the event, but I found 9 new experts to learn from that weekend.

One of the was Traci Reed from Traci Reed Designs.  She creates digital products to use for crafting.  She did a presentation on how to manipulate the digital images to do all kinds of things with them.  I will be watching many more of her videos and practicing all of these techniques.Using digital products on traditional scrapbook layouts

I know that I have shared with you how much I love using digital images to stamp and color for card making and other projects like gift bags, tags and bookmarks.  Now I’ve discovered a whole new world of printing digital products for background papers, die cuts, stickers, tags, labels, ephemera…you name it!

There are several things I love about delving into digital products:

  • The are so easy to store. They take up NO ROOM in my craft room!  I don’t have to buy something to organize them!
  • Instant gratification!  I find something online for a project I want to make that day, purchase it, download it, and use it.
  • I can manipulate the images.  I have been playing with changing the size, creating scenes, and using some parts of an image and not others so the image is exactly what I need for a project.  I had no idea how much more I can do with them until the Traci Reed presentation.  The possibilities are amazing.
  • Digital products are so much less expensive than stamps and dies and you get so much for your money.  Especially considering how you can change them to work for you.
  • The selection is amazing!

My LOAD Challenge prompt for the day was to create a layout about a family heirloom.  Something that was passed down to me.  The technique prompt was to use something of varying sizes.

Using digital products on traditional scrapbook layouts

I LOVED the papers in this collection.  This is the Indoorsy collection by Traci Reed Designs.  It was so perfect for a family heirloom layout with the distressed look and the jewel tones.  There were two folders full of just paper choices to print.  I used the striped paper as a 6 x6″ piece, but I elongated the piece behind it and that was my favorite paper of all!!  I printed a small portion of goodies in the collection and supplemented with old stuff from my stash.

Using digital products on traditional scrapbook layouts

I created a background on a 12 x 12″ piece of Vicki Boutin Foundations paper.  I did the Kissing Technique using distress oxides in Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Rusty Hinge, and Chipped Sapphire.  It was quick and easy to create and just perfect as a backdrop for this layout!

Using digital products on traditional scrapbook layouts

I did two ephemera clumps.  I added a lace doily from my stash.  I printed everything using my ink jet printer and Neenah cardstock.  Then I used my Brother Scan-n-Cut to cut it all out.  There was a gorgeous doily digital but it didn’t work out well on the Scan-n-Cut.  I’m still learning with that machine.  Next time I will just fussy cut the doily!!  I loved the heart with the stitched detail and the flag with the toothpick.  I did add my own toothpick which I darkened with the rusty hinge in.  There were several labels to choose from in the kit as well.I added the ticket and the buttons from my stash.  In this photo, you can see the lace border detail between the two digital papers.

I popped the tops of the die cuts up on foam just like I would with any die cuts to give the page more interest and dimension.

Using digital products on traditional scrapbook layouts

I played with 3 floral die cuts from the collection for the bottom ephemera cluster.  I added a thicker title and some fibers that I love.  There are more buttons here from my stash.  I’ve been collecting buttons forever and I am so happy to add them to this page.  There were button digital images in the collection as well!

I added a few sentiment strips and some journaling on one of the label elements from the collection to complete my page!

I loved being able to add some new items that didn’t break my crafty budget or add to the clutter of my space while mixing in some old stuff from my stash.

Doing things like this is really helping my fall in love with my stash again.  I’m loving it!!

I created a Process Video for this layout:



Supply List:

These are not affiliate links.  I’m just sharing what I love with you!!

Traci Reed Blog and Shop: https://www.tracireed.com/

or you can find her stuff here:  https://www.sweetshoppedesigns.com/sweetshoppe/cart.php?mode=order_message&orderids=1879091%2C1879092

Eventually, I will share some how to videos that show you how to actually use the digital images so you can print them and do all the things you might want to do.  I’m practicing my skills now and I will share the how to in a few weeks!!

I am so happy that you stopped by.  Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of the digital images on the traditional page!

Be well!

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