Newsprint Overlay CU Deal of the Day & Freebie!

Newsprint Overlays Set 1 are the CU DOTD (Deal of the Day!) at theStudio. Today only save 60% on this item. These are GREAT to blend into papers or elements to add additional interest. Mask away parts you don’t want. So many creative possibilities!

Need some help or a refresher on some of the best ways to use products like this?  Here is one of my tutorials on “4 ways to use Overlays and Textures.”

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New Vintage Patriotic Stamps!

July 4th is upon us!  I was browsing through some vintage newspapers, dating back to 1898, and was inspired to create some vintage patriotic stamps from the images I saw.  These stamps come with a commercial-use license, but are perfect for the personal use scrapper too!

Here is a tutorial you might find helpful when working with Stamps:  4 ways to Use Overlays and Textures Creatively Using Blend Modes

Although the tutorial was written with paper overlays and textures in mind, the process and techniques apply to stamps as well.

Vintage Patriotic Stamps can be found at SnickerdoodleDesigns and theStudio.

Save 30% on Sets 1 and 2 through July 17th, or save 40% on both sets, as presented in the Duet!



Wishing you the best 4th ever!

Tutorial: Blending a Photo into a Background

I love the look of photographs that have been blended into a background paper.   Today let’s take a look at a few examples of this technique and then review how easy it is to do.

This layout was created by Norma, a member of my Creative Team, using Firm Foundation. I really like how Norma blended this lovely photo of her and her Dad into the background, then included the color photo in her cluster.


Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s blog! Learn just how easy this technique is to do!  Here is the layout I created using the techniques presented in the tutorial.


Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the tutorial on theStudio’s blogpost to find the link to download this Firm Foundation free Stacker to practice with!


Daisy Chain! New and a Freebie

I love sunshine…. fields of flowers…. a slight breeze in the air!  That love, as well as the following quote, served as inspiration for Daisy Chain:

“I will go pick daisies and have a happy heart!” – Kimber Annie Engstrom

Daisy Chain is a mini-kit, providing you with just enough papers and elements to scrap your favorite summer photos, but not so many that you sit and browse the kit for hours trying to decide which element to use.  I’ve chosen what works well and what goes together quickly, to make it easy for you to scrap and still have time to play outside!

On sale now, for just $1.99. Sale expires June 30th!

Available at  SnickerdoodleDesigns   and    theStudio


Download this adorable cluster to make your scraping go even faster!

Just click on the image below!


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Do you like Chipboard? New Styles & a Freebie!

I really love the look that Chipboard  embellishments can give a layout.  They can add interest, depth, and dimension!

I was browsing Pinterest and found this adorable product by Scrapping Art (on Etsy) :


I decided to try to replicate these digitally using my Chipboard Overlay Styles.

First I needed a butterfly shape.  I used one of the butterfly shapes in Photoshop by choosing the Custom Shape Tool in the Tool Bar on the left, then clicking on the down-pointing arrow in the Shape Option in the Top Menu Bar > Load Shapes > Animals. I chose “Append” to add the animal shapes to the shapes I already have loaded.


Next I opened one of my Music Scores and clipped it to the shape.


I right-clicked on the Music-Score layer and chose Merge Down, to merge the music sheet with the shape. Then I clicked on Chipboard Overlay Style #6 to create this Chipboard Effect:


I went back to the Custom Shape Tool in Photoshop and dragged out a flower shape, then clipped a By Design Paper to it (altering the color of the paper to create this pretty pink).  I added Vintage Button 3 from Set 3, and this is the result:


Below is the flower without the chipboard effect.  It’s a very subtle effect, but I think it makes a big difference!


If you don’t want your butterfly, or other embellishments  to be patterned, but prefer the clean look of chipboard, the Chipboard Styles will give you this effect.



Use either the Chipboard and the Chipboard Overlays Styles to add dimension to your layouts the next time an embellishment needs just a little extra something! (These styles work beautifully on thick text too!)

You will find Chipboard Overlays, Chipboard Styles, and Vintage Buttons Set 3 at:

SnickerdoodleDesigns     theStudio     CUDigitals

If you would like to download the patterned butterfly created using this tutorial,  you may do so by clicking on the image below!


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