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We’re Having a Party

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog Trains & Hops, Scrapbooking | 0 comments


In case you haven’t heard, we’re having a party to celebrate theStudio’s 5-Year Anniversary under the ownership of Toiny Westberry. Tons of fun going on in the forum with all kinds of special challenges and, most important, a Next Layout Artist Contest. As a special way to thank YOU, our loyal FANS and CUSTOMERS, the designers are having a Facebook Hop! There are 20+ stops on this hop, all with goodies for you and it starts on theStudio’s Facebook Page.

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New CU Products – Week of April 14th

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’ve been busy and I have some awesome new CU Products for you this week. It all started with a memory from my childhood of getting hold of my mother’s pinking shears, trimming the edges of her newly purchased kleenex, gathering it up along the fold and twisting a pipe cleaner around it to hold it together. I loved the beautiful carnations that it made … she, however, wasn’t too pleased that she had to go back to the store and buy more tissues. It’s been a LONG time and now I prefer playing with cardstock, but replicating that look was not easy. However, I think I did it one better and then went kind of crazy making them.

The result is 4 packs of carnations and, of course, I just had to bundle them. The individual packs are priced at $4.00 with bundle costing $9.00 and the packs are on sale until April 26th for 30% off. Just click on one of the previews below to go to that products page or just visit one of my CU stores — either at theStudio or at CU Digitals.


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New CU Products – Week of April 7th

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’m back and I have three new CU products to show off this week. I finally made a second pack of add-on start files that’s already sized and ready to go for using with my Paper Flower Action. However, all you need to do is trim the canvas to be able to use them as regular templates. I also have another set of metal buttons … perfect for the centers of those flowers you’re going to be making. Finally, I’m ALWAYS in need of new and fresh frames, so I made so and, of course, I’m sharing them with you.

These products are on sale for 30% off through April 23rd in both of my CU stores. Just click one of the previews below to go to that product’s page.


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New Collection – Cafe in Paris

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Just a quick post to show off my new collection – Cafe in Paris. This is part of theStudio’s Coordinated Collection series which is released 4 times a year. The great thing is, it’s like a build it yourself MEGA collab. Designers release up to 6 products that all have the same palette and theme. BUT, the best thing is all these products are on sale for $1.00 each until April 15th.

Below are my 6 pieces for the collection. Just click on the product preview to go to that product’s page.


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New CU Products – Week of March 31st

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I have a bunch of new CU products for you this week. I finally got motivated to start making my paper flowers again, I have 2 new flower packs for you. I also have a new obsession, torn paper. I think I’ve bought just about every template and overlay out there, so I started making some of my own and I’v release e2 packs of those also.

These products are available in both my CU stores and are currently on sale for 30% off thru April 16th. Just click on the product preview to go to that products page.


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New CU Products – Week of March 24th

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

O.K. I admit it … I’m WAY behind, but rather than backtrack, I’m starting fresh with CU products for the week of March 24th. I have 2 new ones. The first one is something that a lot of people have been asking for … more start files for my Paper Flower Action. If you haven’t been hit by the “Action” bug, they’re basically templates, but they sit on a 3600 x 3600 x 300 dpi canvas, which is what’s needed for running my action. I have NO problem if you want to just use them like a regular template … you’ll just have to trim them to size.

Check out the preview below and just click on it to go to the product page AND be sure to join us in theStudio’s forum where folks are sharing tips, tutorial links, and their latest flowers.


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From Regular Old Pattern to Seamless

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 4 comments

Have you ever had a paper that you wanted to use, but you needed something that had a seamless pattern? O.K., I guess you know where I’m heading … back to that ol’ Paper Flower Action. This time, it’s for a reason. One of my recommendations with regard to the paper you use is to use one with a seamless pattern.

What exactly does that mean? It means that one edge of the paper, meets up seamlessly with the other edge of the paper. With my action, this only needs to be the left/right sides, but a real seamless pattern will also have it’s top and bottoms sides match up. My example below is from my Chasing the Sun collection … this is a seamless pattern.


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New Collab Kit – Urban Decay

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I can’t wait to show off this new kit that I made in collaboration with The Urban Fairy. Called Urban Decay, it’s chocked full of all kinds of vintage, Steampunk goodness. It’s a huge collection that’s currently on sale for 30% off, excluding the bundle which is a whopping 72% off.

Check out the previews below and click on one to go to that product’s page OR simply click ***HERE*** to see everything. This is available exclusively at theStudio.


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Using the Paper Flower Action with Others Templates

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 4 comments

It’s been a while, but I have a really good excuse. On a whim, I created an action that seems to have taken both the designer’s and day-to-day scrapper’s world by storm. It’s called simply Paper Flower Action and it creates rosette style flowers using your own papers. There are actually two versions of this: one is for Photoshop Creative Suite (CS2-CC) and the other for Photoshop Elements (6-12).


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Fabulous Flowers and Terrific Templates

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 4 comments

My name is Kate and Jill has graciously asked me to share with you my technique for using her CU templates to make fabulous flowers.  Jill asked me to be sure to let you know about the freebie cluster at the end of this tutorial.  I’m a newbie to the world of digital scrapbooking. I don’t have any formal training in design or art. So if I can make lovely elements anyone can do the same thing. What makes it possible are the commercial templates that Jill designs. They are so easy to work with that great results are a given.  I’m hooked on making flowers!  For this tutorial I’m using Jill’s Templates-Flowers 1 available in her CU Store  at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  I’m using Photoshop CS6, template flower 3 and papers from Jill’s King’s Bounty collection, available in her PU Store at theStudio.

Second blurb…end of the post you’ll find a free download, with thanks to Jill; a lovely cluster that includes our flower and elements from King’s Bounty.  Okay, on to the fun stuff!

1. Click on the “eye” and hide all but the bottom most template layer,

Layer 1

then duplicate that bottom layer.

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