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{i}NSD Mega Post! All the things are contained within!

1 May 2014 8,697 views 27 Comments

Happy International Scrapbooking Day everyone!!  If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, then you already know why we shorten this lovely day to the initials {i}NSD.  If not, then you’ll want to subscribe so you don’t miss out on juicy tid-bits of information that I fling out there every so often.

Anyway, here’s what we have going on in this post.  Bullet points so you don’t miss anything:

  • The P&Co. Designer Blog hop  – this is where I give you a tip and a letter so you can grab our MEGA collaboration kit, Bermuda Triangle. (scroll, scroll, scroll . . . you’ll find it!)
  • My own Creative Team’s blog hop –  You don’t want to miss out on these gorgeous and inspiring projects created by some super talented hybrid and digital artists!  PLUS, an easy contest to earn $10 to my store!
  • The Digiscrap Parade freebie!  I’ve got it on my FB page and here on this page for non-FBers.  You’re welcome! Keep chugging along on the parade route, hitting 54 stops(!!) to pick up coordinating freebies from some of the best designers in the industry.
  • More stuff and informative fluff.  Everyone needs more stuff and fluff, right?

Here we go!!

The tip:  

I’m a hybrid designer (who also dabbles in kit design, but that’s neither here nor there).  I create papercraft templates and cut files like little boxes and bags and pretty little doo-dads to stuff gifts into and impress the recipient.  Know what’s not impressive?  Muddy, desaturated colors and blurry, pixilated elements.  But, really, it’s not the digital designer’s fault!  It’s probably the paper you are printing on.

Let me show you what I mean.  I used paper and elements from my Sunshiney Spring Stash packs and printed them on regular white cardstock (which I bought from Walmart in the big pack) and on Epson Premium Presentation Paper.  Check out the difference:


Do you see it?  The colors run together and you can see where the little dots from the inkjet printer hit the paper.  Looks blurry and pixilated.  (Totally click to enlarge so you can see what I mean.)  And in this last picture, you can clearly see the difference, especially in the way the paper cuts on the Silhouette.  My machine doesn’t like cardstock NEARLY as much as it likes matte photo paper!


 The moral of the story is:  If you plan on printing out digital papers, elements, journaling cards for pocket scrapping, etc., go with matte photo paper over cardstock.  You’ll be much happier with the results!

Now, the letter for the P&Co. blog hop!



Keep chugging along on the blog train to collect the rest of the letters (and keep scrolling down to see my project!):

Amber Shaw
Deena Rutter
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs < – YOU ARE HERE!
Scotty Girl Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
Karla Dudley
Amber Morrison
Anita Designs
Sabrina’s Creations
Celeste Knight
Happy Box
Laura Passage
Simply Tiffany Studios
Gennifer Bursett


I used my Sunshiney Spring paper pack and my Standing Pillow Box to create this adorable gift set for my Creative Team Blog Hop!


Keep hopping to see what the rest of my Creative Team has come up with to inspire you this iNSD!

Leave a comment on each one of our blog posts, and one random commenter will win a $10 gift certificate to my store at Pixels and Company!  The winner will be announced on my FB page and informed via email on Tuesday.

Kelleigh Ratzlaff  <—– You are here!

Want your Digiscrap Parade Freebie?  You can grab it here! (Click on the kit preview to begin your download.)


Finally, the extra fluff and stuff. Or, maybe I should call it THE AWESOME PART!

My entire store at Pixels and Company is 35% off OR MORE this weekend! Spend more, save more! It goes like this:


BONUS:  When you spend $10 or more in the shop, you get the first half of our Free With Purchase Collaboration Kit, automatically!


Maybe you want to grab one of my many AWESOME templates (like the one shown above), or perhaps this new paper pack, which is part of the May 2014 Company Stash!


In any case, have a great time this {i}NSD as you participate in all of these great hops, take advantage of sweet sales, join in on forum contests, chats and more, and get some creative time, just for yourself!

Have fun!  And, remember to leave me a comment here on this post (and on my CT members’ posts) for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to my store at Pixels and Company!

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