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Product Spotlight with Shannon Tidwell: Digikits for the Non-digi Scrapper


Hi Peas! This is Garden Girl Shannon Tidwell here today. I'm excited to share a few tips for getting the most out of Digi Kits...even if you aren't a Digi Scrapper! And goodness knows, I am not a digi scrapper. I've given it a try because I am so impressed with those girls...but it just doesn't flow the same for me as it does with paper and glue. But, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy Digi Kits for other things.
How many birthday invitations, announcements, or holiday cards do you send a year? I always want mine to have a handmade look...without having to actually hand make each one.  So I turn to theDigi Kits at TwoPeas and I always find something that will work perfectly with what I have in mind. And if I don't have anything in mind the ideas start flowing as soon as I start thumbing through all the kits.
Christmas Cards:

For years I have been using Digi Kits to create my own Christmas cards. I know that there are lots of cute pre-made ones that you can just upload your photo to...but I like to have something that is just mine. Plus, I can do it for less money!
Here is my Christmas card from 2011:
Christmas Card 2011
(photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography)

Digi Kits Used:
Camera Ready Collection- Page kit by Michelle Underwood
Take Note Alphabet-by Michelle Underwood
You can see that it's a relatively simple design. I wanted the photo to be the main focus. To help separate the flag banners from the photo I added just a touch of drop shadow.  (Click here for a tutorial on adding drop shadows).

Graduation Announcement: 

I recently took some senior pictures for a friend's daughter. We ended up with so many good ones that we had to share more than one, or two, or three. So I told her we could make our own announcement desgin instead of uploading her photo to a pre-made one. By the way, I love this trend of sending whatever announcement you want instead of the boring ones from the school!  Wish that had been the case.... um....20 years ago.
Savannah side1-online

We used one large photo on the front and added the graduation details onto it. You can see that I used flags, labels, and tape strips for the base for the text. I played around with opacity and drop shadows to make it look like one cluster. Some things have a drop shadow, and some don't, that way a few blend into the background and the others pop off a bit. 
Savannah side 2

We used the backside to house some of our favorite photos from the shoot. It was hard narrowing it down, but at least she got to include several. Then I added a fun little banner to the bottom because she's really excited about being a Razorback!
Digi Kits Used:
Camera Ready Collection- Page kit- by Michelle Underwood
A Spot in My Heart- by Shelley Castillo
Pea Soup February: Modish Bits- by Tickled Pink Studio
Pea Soup February: Modish Tape- by Tickled Pink Studio
Romance Me Page kit-by Michelle Underwood
Getting them Printed:

You have a lot of options on getting these printed. You can make your card any size you like, 4x6, 5x7...or 4x10, 4x8...depending on what your photo printer offers. If you aren't sure, talk to them! I create my cards in Photoshop and then Save As a Jpeg when it's finished. Then you can upload it just like a regular photo. For the graduation announcement since we wanted both sides printed we opted with an online printer that offered 5x7 flat front and back. They had a template for me to use to make sure that my image was the right size. 
A few tips: 
1. Leave a little room around the edge to allow for cut-off. 
2. If I'm printing locally I usually have them print one first and then if it's okay order the full amount.
3. Ask them to turn off the auto color correct!!
4. Have someone double check spelling before you have it printed!
I encourage you to take a stroll through the Digi Shopping will be amazed at all there is!
Have a great day!
Today at Two Peas:
* There's a new Adventures of Glitter Girl episode up!  This week's lesson?  Supersize Scrapping!
* We've got in LOTS of new & exciting products in the store!  See what's new in the last 7 days.
* Have you picked up your Pieces of Me Exclusive Studio Calico Kit yet?  The Pieces of Me mini album workshop begins on June 1st - just around the corner!


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