Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs January Roundup!

If you are already subscribed to my newsletter, then you have seen these fun products that I’ve been putting up in my online store at Pixels and Company.  If not, then please subscribe so you don’t miss out on new release sales and special promotions!!  Since I tend to neglect my blog, I thought I’d play a little bit of catchup and make sure you had a chance to see everything I have been releasing!  Click on the images to be taken straight to my store at Pixels and Company!








Rose in Bloom Tutorial

I love that I can make my own pretty paper flowers with nothing but paper and glue!  No need to run to the craft store when I can whip these babies up in no time at all.  Using the Silhouette Cameo and my Rose in Bloom cut file to cut the paper make the process that much faster!  (But, don’t worry!  You can still use your scissors or craft knife with the pdf, png or psd file, and your flower will turn out just as awesome!)



(Click the image to enlarge!)

Rose in Bloom Tutorial:

 1. Cut out all of the pieces.

2. Using your fingers or a pencil, round the petals as shown.

3. Starting with the largest flower shape, apply glue to the single petal to the left of the slit.  My favorite adhesive is Beacon 3-in-1.  I love that it dries fast and grabs well, but you can reposition if you move quickly!

4. Stack the neighboring petal (from the other side of the slit) over the petal with the glue and align the edges, holding until it dries.

 5. Repeat with the second largest flower shape to create a 4-petal flower.  Apply adhesive, stack neighboring petal, and hold.

6. Repeat with the smallest flower shape to create a 3-petal flower.

7. Use your pencil or fingers to roll the petals again as shown.

8. Use some scissors to cut small slits in the largest flower shape.


9. Start to stack the petals, applying adhesive to the area around the centers of each petal shape.

10.  You should see your Rose in Bloom take shape! You’ll have to push down on the center pieces quite firmly and hold them while the adhesive dries.


11.  You’ll be able to hold onto a small “stem” created by the centermost petal shapes.  If you would like, you can insert wire into the center, then use floral tape or washi tape to wrap the bottom!  I just left it as is, then bend the stem to adhere it to my project.

 12.  Your pretty rose is complete!


But, why not add a little glitter?  Like that little pink box?  It’s my Sachet Box!

This awesome rose will make a beautiful statement on your next papercraft project.  Make a full size Rose in Bloom, or make a cluster of different sizes!

Like this?  Check out my other flower template, Paper Flower Pieces!


How To Create an Adorable Christmas Themed Candy Dispenser



You can find the Candy Dispenser Template Set and Cutting Files in my shop at The Digital Press.  Choose the file type you want!

Don’t you love that adorable digital kit?  It’s called 25 Days by Laura Passage.  I just love it!!

This template is pretty little (about 4″ tall), and oh, so cute!  You can hold it in the palm of your hand (although you certainly can resize it and cut it from 12×12 paper!).  It would be so perfect as a teacher’s gift to sit on her desk, or as a gift for classmates.

If you love this project, go ahead and Pin it!

The DSD Digiscrap Parade!

The Digiscrap Parade is LIVE, people!  If you follow along on Facebook, then you’ve probably been looking forward to this day all month long!

What is the Digiscrap Parade?  Only the BEST designers in the Digiscrap industry sharing a color palette and creating coordinating products which combine into the biggest and highest quality collaboration kit you’ve ever seen!  Whew!

Start on the official Digiscrap Parade Blog and begin your epic adventure through the interwebs.  If you get lost, refer back to that blog post.  Some designers are posting on their blogs and some are posting on their Facebook pages.  SOME are posting on both, so that non-Facebook users can grab their goodies, too!  Many designers are encouraging you to sign up for their newsletters (me! me!) for additional promotions!  For example, MY newsletter subscribers can pick up my brand new Hanging Favor Template Set and Cutting Files for only $1.00!

Here’s my portion, which includes 3 patterned papers, 5 solid papers, 3 elements and a printable project.  If you don’t have Facebook and want to grab my portion, just click here on these linked up words and your download will begin!  Otherwise, click on the image below and you’ll go straight to my Facebook Page where you can continue along on the parade!



And, this is the new Hanging Favor Template Set and Cutting Files:





Want to grab it for only $1? Subscribe to my Newsletter today!

Have an awesome weekend, and have fun along the parade route!

Pixels and Company DSD Blog Hop!

pco_piccadilly_previewThis weekend is going to be crazy amounts of fun!  It’s Digital Scrapooking Day weekend (although we kinda celebrate an extra LONG weekend), and there will be new products, HUGE sales, giveaways, contests and more!  I’m very excited to be part of the incredible Pixels and Company Designer Blog Hop, where you will have a chance to meet each one of us and pick up a little piece of a discount code which will allow you to grab our DSD Collaboration, Piccadilly, for FREE!!  The code is at the BOTTOM of this post, which is very long, but SO worth reading.

I contributed a printable pillow box project and some digital papers!  Pretty cool!

Last night, I wrote up a super-awesome blog post about how to improve the photos of your papercraft projects.  It’s destined to be re-pinned by the thousands.  Click on over to that blog post and check it out.  I’ll wait.

One more tip for ya:  Your hybrid papercraft project is only as good as the paper you print it on.  I recommend a matte photo paper.  My favorites are Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte – Single Sided and Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-Sided.  The single-sided is about 1/2 the price, which appeals to my frugal sensibilities, however I love that I can print on both sides of the double-sided (well, duh!).  It makes my projects look extra special!

And now, it’s time to get down to the DSD nitty gritty!!

#1 – Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter!!  I’ll be sending out a special code on Saturday that is JUST for newsletter subscribers which will allow you to get my brand new template release for just $1.  You don’t want to miss out, so sign up today!

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#2 – On November 1st, head on over to my Facebook Page to pick up my piece of the Digiscrap Parade collaboration!  It’s a little printable version of my new template, plus papers and elements to go along with it!  You’ll want to keep going along the parade route as you pick up all of the pieces to the gorgeous collaboration!


#3 – It’s time to Create Your Own Grab Bag! Choose any five full-sized template sets for only $10!  Full template sets include PDF, PSD, PNG, JPG, SVG and DXF (for Silhouette users) versions of my templates.  After you check out, I’ll be emailing you a special code to grab any five full sized sets!


#4 – Keep an eye out for the November Company Stash, which is a build your own kit line at Pixels and Company.  On November 1, you’ll want to grab my two pieces, a paper pack and a Soap Box Printable, and several of the other fantastic designer’s pieces!

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 #5 – Enjoy 35% off of everything (except the grab bag) in my store and throughout Pixels and Company!  PLUS, when you spend even more, you get an even greater discount!


#6 – Pin your favorite products on Pinterest for a chance to win!!  Pin BIG or go home!


#7 – Speaking of BIG, you could win the BIG PAYOFF!  One winner each day will get her order refunded!  How cool would that be!!


#8 – Are you ready for that letter to complete the code to grab Piccadilly for free?  Well, here ya go!


Hop along to the next blog to pick up your next letter!  Remember, they need to be in order to be redeemed at checkout.  Start at the beginning and work your way to the end!

Simply Tiffany Studios
Deena Rutter
Laura Passage
Scotty Girl Design
Jennifer Valencia Photography
Sabrina’s Creations
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs <—– You are here!
Crystal Livesay
Robyn Meierotto
Dawn by Design
Celeste Knight
Karla Dudley
Wild Blueberry Ink
Mye De Leon
Audacious Designs
Anita Designs
Ya Yeah Designs
Gennifer Bursett

Thanks for playing with me this DSD, and happy shopping!

Tutorial: Improve the photos of your papercraft projects today!!


I’m a papercraft template designer, so I’m constantly putting together little paper masterpieces and sharing my work online.  I have to tell you, though, getting the photos of my projects to properly represent the delicious hybrid work of art in my hand is very difficult, to say the least.  My project is always so much more vibrant than the photos I take.  It’s sort of disappointing!

Lucky for you, I’ve been at this for over 5 years, and I think I’ve finally got it figured out.

When taking photos of your papercraft, you have to think about:

  • Lighting
  • Background
  • Post-processing

Lighting:  Natural light is always better.  Try to position your project in front of big window, but make sure the sunlight isn’t beaming down on your project or creating shadows.  I’ve found that the best times for taking photos are mid to late morning and mid to late afternoon.

0 My Photo Spot

Background:  I have seen some gorgeous project photos taken outside on the grass or against a wood-grain kitchen table, however I’ve found that the least distracting background is a solid color.  Bonus points if you have a light box (which I’ve heard are easy to make), however I like the look of my projects against a black background.  I like the way the colors pop, and it’s much easier for me to process my photos in Photoshop when I have a black background to correct the colors against.

This is what I use for my background.  It’s just a black secretary desk, located at the front of my house next to an open window in a well-lit space.  In the past, I’ve used a piece of black fabric, but this works well for me these days because I do so much with post-processing.  (And, if you think this is messy, you should see my REAL desk!)

Post Processing:  If you are great at photography, you might not even need to edit your photos in a photo editing program like Photoshop.  However, I always edit my photos.  And, here’s another confession:  These days, my DSLR takes a back seat to my iPhone 4 camera.  Seriously. I take all of my photos with the camera on my iPhone!  How many photos do I take?  Oh, about eleventybillion.  Or, maybe 45.  Give or take.  I like to get my project from all different angles so my customers (and gallery trollers) can get a good idea of the shape and dimensions of the template I am using.

Go ahead and take eleventybillion photos of your project.  If you are using your iPhone camera, tap the screen to focus, and tap on light and dark parts of your project to see how the camera adjusts the white balance.  The new HDR function in iOS7 is pretty cool, since it does all kinds of color correcting and image stabilizing.  However, I usually have it turned off, since I like to take photos super fast, one right after the other as if my project were a super model.

Original Image

Import your photos onto your computer, then scroll through to choose your top 3 favorites.  Look for FOCUS above all else.  We can color/lighting correct in Photoshop.  Side note:  I use the free program called Picasa to import and view my photos, which is a Google app, but others use iPhoto, Lightroom, ACDSee, Bridge, etc.  Find a program that will help you take your photos OFF your camera and allow you to edit them on your screen.

Open your program and open your photos in the program.  These days, I’m using the full version of Photoshop (CS5), but I used to use Elements.

This is my original image, completely untouched.  I did use the cool new “square” setting on my phone, so that’s why it’s already nice and square.  Notice the crud in the background, the highlights and shadows of my background, etc.  Not pretty. And, my project is NOT popping in any way.  Sad little photo.

Background is brushed

The first thing I do to correct my photo is Brush the Background.  Hit “D” on your keyboard to take your colors back to default (with black as your main color), or use the color picker to choose the main color of your background.  Did you use a yellow sheet?  Pick a bit of yellow.  See why I use black, now?  Black is easy to work with!

Choose a soft, round brush and make it nice and big.  Now, start brushing around the edges to get rid of the distractions.  You can choose to brush on a new layer on your layers palette, but I throw caution to the wind and just brush on the original picture.  Thankful for the Undo function!  Notice that I brushed those knobs out and everything.

Now let’s color correct.  That white paper SHOULD be white, right?  (The answer is yes.)

  • In Photoshop Elements:  Go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Remove Color Cast.  Use the eye dropper to click on either black or white.  (Another reason why I like black.)  Click around your photo to see what looks best, then commit.  Ah, corrected color!
  • In Photoshop (CS):  Go to Image>Auto Tone.  Done.

This is my photo after it has been color corrected:

Color Corrected

Now, let’s make those colors pop!  I like to use a an action that increases the contrast and the color saturation.  Check out this great Color Pop Action by Jennifer Valencia!

Contrast and Color is popped

And, finally, crop that photo nice and close.  Square is the preferred shape, so go ahead and crop it 12in x 12in at 300 dpi, then use your Save For Web feature to shrink it for web display (600px x 600px @ 72 dpi).

I added a little watermark to my finished project, because it’s always nice to see who created that little piece of art!  You can find this Sassy Princess Purse Template in my shop at Pixels and Company.  The digital paper and elements are from Up In the Air by Wishing Well Creations and Sugarplum Paperie.



If this tutorial helped you think about how to improve the photos of your papercraft projects, I’d love it if you would pin this post for me!

Top Heavy Bag is back, baby!

This fun template set has been revised and now includes cutting files for your digital die cut machine!  Purchase the full Template Set, which includes PSD, PSF, PNG, DXF, SVG and JPG formats, or stick with the Cutting Files only, and receive PNG, DXF, SVG and JPG files.


I have a Silhouette Cameo, and I use the DXF files with my machine.  I do own the designer edition of the software (although, honestly, I’ve never really explored the functions), so I know that I could import the SVG files, however, I actually use the DXF files.

You do NOT need to own the designer edition of the Silhouette Studio software to use my files!  Simply go into Studio and File>Open, then navigate to the DXF file that I have included and click OPEN.  It will open up in your software!  I immediately Group everything, then shrink it down or move it into position.  Even though the lines are not red, they will still cut!

Here is a screenshot of the setup of one of my more recent print and cut projects to inspire you!  I’ll share how I get my digital paper and elements onto my screen in a later post.

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My finished projects:


I used my cutting files and the Where We Live Collection by Wishing Well Creations and Scotty Girl Designs.


I used my cutting files and the Happy Day kit by Wishing Well Creations.

Head on over to my new shop at Pixels and Company and purchase the Top Heavy Bag Template Set and Cutting Files for the New Release discount price of just $2.80 or $1.40!