Wednesday, 29 October 2008

What Are DigiKits?

Digital kits are sets of files to craft with on your computer. The designers create a collection of papers, frames, embellishments etc. that you can download. You could then just print them straight out or you could combine them on the screen in a suitable program before printing out. Alternatively, you can create scrapbooks by adding your own digital photos and journaling and publish/save them digitally. There is no right or wrong way of using them, just the best way for the user.

This recent project needed a card in a hurry. All the elements are from a DigiKit. I combined the red and blue papers in a drawing program, added the text and printed it onto pearl gloss paper. The 'happy birthday' label and round embellishments, part of the same DigiKit were also printed onto pearl gloss paper, then cut out and added to the card. The red ribbon and white card stock were the only non digital elements of this card.

You can find stunning DigiKits on sites such as Sweet Shoppe Designs. You purchase them online and then you download them. Two Peas In A Bucket publish a freely downloadable DigiKit every month. The software I used for this card was 'Draw' part of the freely downloadable 'Open Office' suite. To use the full functionality of DigiKits you would need a progam such as 'PhotoShop Elements'.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Well Here Goes!

Being a habitual procrastinator of course I have been thinking about becoming a blogger for a long time! Faced with a blank page I now realise I wasn't thinking anything useful as my mind is little better than blank. Why today, why not carry on procrastinating? I guess I needed something new, hopefully creative and colourful, to combat the onset of our dark cold winter.

So I guess I had better start with one of my most recent projects to add a bit of colour. I love cardmaking and stamping in particular. I am also just getting into DigiKits and enjoyed using this free kit from Two Peas In A Bucket. All I added were a few buttons, hearts, flowers, text tag and a ribbon as embellishments all the rest was from the digikit.