I digital scrapped for years, in fact it was my first real form of scrapping. I always held on to a love of creating manually so no surprise I eventually migrated to paper. But I still hold a love of all things digi and find no reason that we can not enjoy both worlds. While I don’t do much hybrid now, I have in the past, I will never leave the use of digital templates. Digital templates are a great way to really get your creative juices flowing. We all have slumps, be it digi or paper, and using templates makes it so easy to pull ourselves out of one. They also help you if you are like me, the slowest scrapper ever, honestly I can win some type of award for that. And if your a new scrapper and just feel overwhelmed well a template will help you fell less like your drowning.
I was a part of Scrap Orchards team, for goodness I don’t know how many years. I went from being on a few designers creative teams, to being on the stores creative team (honeybee) and then went on to more administrative duties. This all worked out as I migrated to paper because I didn’t feel the pressure of having to stay digi and I also had access to fabulous digital designs like that of my friend Cheryl, of Fiddle Dee Dee Designs. Now I’m going to let you in on a secret..shhh keep this on the down-low, every Tuesday there is a digital template that is free on their blog. Yup and it gets better, there is even an off the page project freebie at the end of the month. How awesome is that! And that is where I picked up Cheryls lovely template.
Pretty isn’t it? Feel free to grab it the image is linked to the blog post. As I said digital templates are a fabulous way to kick start your creative juices. You don’t have to stick to the exact way you see it here. You can take the basics and add to it, remove from it, or twist it a bit. What I chose to do was twist it a bit.
I love the way this one came together. Twisting the template is what worked for me here and I just love how easy it was to put all together. Much of this is from a studio Calico kit, my last one I believe along with some bits I had laying around. The alpha is one I love its from a previous kit and I need to be on the look out to restock them.
I love the look of flowers, vines and leaves on LOs I’m not always that awesome putting them together. I got the gold leaves from the kit and the flowers were from a pack that I picked up at Michaels and I spotted the same pack on clearance and picked up another. Hey I figure you can’t have too many flowers in your stash. As you see I did print out my journaling because I absolutely hate my hand writing. I have a large format printer that recently decide not to load paper. So frustrating I’ll you tube answers and take it apart at a latter date. For this LO since the paper that the journaling was on was cut down it was easy to feed through my regular printer and have my journaling. Using the template makes it print in the perfect spot so I can place my elements around it.
I didn’t necessarily follow the same dimensions in the template, I used a strip from one of the bottom of my papers and some washi for the lower layers. The stars were made with my new cuttlebug, which I held out on buying for so long since I have a Cameo. But finally caving in I don’t know why I held out for so long. I used dies from Studio Calico which worked out perfectly. Before I had a die cut machine it was easy to use these shapes with my cameo. Because all of Scrap Orchards templates come with ping files it is supper easy to import and cut there are no needed steps to make the PSD files png files in order to import.
My plan is to do a step by step on my process of using digital templates. It really is an easy process and not something you should be scared by. So stay tuned for that.