Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summertime! (And a special freebie)

Hi everyone!

Yes, summertime is finally here and so I've made a kit to celebrate it!  You can grab the papers, elements and the add on flair pack for 30% off today only at Design House Digital.
Perfect for all those fun summer memories!

 Plus I have a sale weekend coming up!  June 22nd and June 23rd my entire store will be 25% off so it's a great time to grab any items you have on your shopping list.

I will also have a special offer available.  You can grab these Summertime Journal cards FOR FREE during my sale weekend!  But don't forget because they will go back to full price once the weekend is over.
Additionally, one item in my shop will be available for only $1.  So take a look and see what will help inspire you to create a digital layout or any digi craft project.

And now a few layouts featuring Summertime:

LO by Heather Steed

I'm also excited to be releasing two template packs.  Sometimes when I'm stuck or just want to get a layout going fast, I reach for a template.  They are such a great starting or finishing point.  I love that you can follow the template exactly and make a knock-out layout fast but that you can also add onto it to make it your own.  You can flip and rotate them, add extra embellishments, add an extra photo or remove one, add or remove the journaling, and on and on I could go!  It's a great way to scrapbook when you just need a little inspiration.  In both of these template packs you will find layers to add your papers and elements to.  They also include layer shadow styles which you can use or turn off to create your own.  I give a few suggestions on what types of elements you may want to add but really it's all up to you.  For example, I you will see a layer called "Anchoring Element" and that simply means put something here that will hold it all together.  That could be a button, brad, staple, flower, ribbon, etc.  Anything that "anchors" the other layers into place and helps create some focus on your layout.  Well, enough about that, here they are:
 The Circle It Templates feature layouts that focus on using circles to draw your eye to the photos and create movement around the page. 

The Line It Up Templates use linear layouts with a little something extra to add some interest to your pages.  I hope you will find both fun to use and they are also 30% off today only!
And in case you missed it, I have a new and exclusive freebie on my Facebook page for my fans.

Hope you have some digi-fun!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Facebook Freebie for Fans!

It's been on the to-do list for quite some time but I'm happy to say that it is finally here!  I have a Facebook freebie for Little Birdie Fans.  "Like" Little Birdie Digital Designs on Facebook and get a set of three digital scrapbooking templates that are exclusive to Facebook Fans.  These templates are a little sampler of some new releases I have coming up in the next few weeks and you can have them now, for FREE!  Click HERE

Saturday, June 1, 2013

DIY Alphabet Book (or Flashcards) for baby (or Toddler)

I had a lot of fun making my latest project and now you can too!  Every Tuesday at Design House Digital we are releasing fun, easy, printable projects!  Translation - fun, easy, quick project for you to make that doesn't require a lot of fancy software or tools.  How great is that?  Look for my new kit coming this Tuesday, June 4th!

I really enjoy flipping through picture books with my kiddos and teaching them objects.  It's fun to see my toddler point out things to my baby and say what they are too!  So I decided to make a little alphabet book that would be filled with things from our home, our life.  And you can do the same too!

This do-it-yourself kit contains all that you need - a PDF printable with alphabet letters, a PDF printable with a front and back cover, instructions, ideas, and extra letters in JPEG format so you can customize your book or flashcards further.  In short, you take picture of the objects in your home for each letter and then assemble them into a little book.  It also works great if you want to make some flashcards instead. 

This is also a great project to do with older siblings.  I had a fun time working with my toddler to find objects around our house (and people and pets too!) to photograph for the book.  The kit includes a listing of items for each letter to help you along.  Once I had my pictures, I opted to do a little photo editing and include the name of the object directly on the photo but you don't have to be that fancy at all.  No naming is required but you can always just use a sharpie or other permanent ink pen to write out the words as well if you wish.  For this project I decided to use a spray adhesive to mount the pictures onto the back of the alphabet cards.  It just seemed like a great way to ensure the corners were stuck down and it was pretty darn fast too.

I'm really excited about how the book turned out!  It's so cute to see my toddler in lots of the pages too and baby loves his older brother!  I opted to bind my book using some extra wire I had from a different project using my Cinch, but you can simply punch a hole (or several) and use binder rings to keep it together.  Either way will be easy for baby to turn pages and look at letters and objects.

And best yet, this cute project won't take up too much time!  It took me about an hour working with a toddler to take the pictures, editing aside it took only a few minutes to download them from the camera and send them to be printed.  I spent 20 minutes printing the PDFs and cutting them to size.  Another 20 minutes to paste them back to back and another 10 to use my binding machine.  All in all, this is a cute project to get done in under two hours.