Fly Away Home & Freebie


I have been a traditional scrapper for many years, and started exploring digital scrapping in 2008.  Like many of us new to the digital scrapbook world, I downloaded a lot of freebies to see if I would even like digital scrapbooking before investing in the purchase of kits.  The first freebie I downloaded was a cute ladybug Brag Book by a brand new designer,  Just So Scrappy.  I loved it so much, I soon purchased the coordinating kit.

Katie and I became “digi-friends” and began sharing tutorials and techniques with each other.  I started designing word art for Katie’s kits, and through that process Katie recognized the passion I had for design.  It was at her suggestion and with her support, that I started designing my own products in January 2010.  When I decided to accept the Round Robin Challenge, I knew I had to start it off with Katie as my collaboration partner, with “ladybugs” as our theme.  The result is “Fly Away Home,” a kit full of vibrant colors, whimsical elements, and Katie’s famous layered flowers.  Katie has also given me permission to show you her very first kit, Ladybug, Ladybug. (Scroll the VERY BOTTOM of this post to check it out and see how far Katie has come!)   Thanks, Katie, for being an encourager and such a great sport!

Fly Away Home is a kit full of bright colors and whimsical elements!  It is the perfect time of year to start thinking of sunshine, fresh air, flowers, and ladybugs!

Fly Away Home will be exclusive to theStudio until March 17th.



Stop by theStudio’s blog to  pick pp this cute Add-On Freebie!

While you are these, why not subscribe to theStudio Blog Posts?  I write a Photoshop tutorial every Saturday, focused on tools and techniques that are helpful to us as digital scrapbook artists!


Katie’s original Ladybug, Lady bug kit is pictured below!

Ladybug Scrapbook Max preview72


Stretching your Digi-Stash with Masks, Part 2

Over the past 3 weeks we’ve been exploring Photoshop Masks and how they can help us in digital scrapbooking.

This tutorial will provide an overview of general techniques. For specifics, such as how to apply a mask, please review our previous tutorials:

Masking with the Gradient Tool     PDF     You Tube

Stretching your Digi-Stash using Layer Masks     PDF     You Tube

Using Layer Masks in Photoshop     PDF     You Tube

Today let’s look at 4 different ways to Stretch your Digi-Stash using Photoshop Masking Techniques and/or Photo Clipping Masks.

Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s Blog, and be sure to download the free that is posted THERE.


NEW Garden Mask Overlays and a Freebie

Photo masks are just plain FUN to use! Do you use them much?  Usually we clip photos to Masks, but be sure to check out my tutorial Stretching Your Digi-Stash with Masks, Part 2 for perhaps some new-to-you ways to use masks! (There’s a freebie in that tutorial too!)

Masks – Garden are available at SnickerdoodleDesigns     theStudio     CUDigitals


Have you ever used a mask to create a border?  Read how Norma created this awesome layout using Mask #4 picture in the preview above!


Tutorial: Masking with the Gradient Tool

Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve been exploring Layers Masks.  As a refresher, or in case you missed those tutorials, you will find them here:

Using layer Masks in Photoshop

Stretching your Digi-Stash Using Layer Masks

Today, let’s take a look at adding the Gradient Tool to Layer Masks and see how that can be helpful.

Read the rest of this tutorial HERE.

Download a PDF HERE.

Watch it on You Tube HERE.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Tutorial Post to pick up this Freebie!



Tutorial: Stretching your Digi-Stash using Layer Masks

Last week we defined and demonstrated how to create and use a Photoshop Layer Mask. (Using Layer Masks in Photoshop).  Today let’s look at one way in which we can use layer masks to stretch our digi-stash.

As a reminder from last week’s tutorial:

When would you use a mask? You would use a mask on a layer when you want to hide portions of that layer and to reveal the layer below.

With this in mind and our  masking skills at hand, stretching our digi-stash becomes an exercise in creative thinking and experimentation.

Read the rest of today’s tutorial HERE.

Download a PDF of the tutorial HERE.

Watch the You Tube version HERE.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the tutorial (link above) to pick up this Freebie Overlay!