SierraScrapper Digi Adventures

an experiment in all that is digital~

Helpful Digi Tips~Part 1 September 4, 2008

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking,Helpful Tips — sierrascrapper @ 6:37 pm
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As I am learning new things about digital scrapbooking, I think it’s only fair to share with my friends.  As a newbie, there are things that are brand new to me, but aren’t new to the digi pros.  Either way, I know many of my friends have questions just like I do about digitat scrapbooking.  So…in case you don’t want to search all over the WWW , I will try to share some of the most useful tips I have learned so far.

Many digital designers request that we give them credit for the products we use to make our layouts.  I know a lot of us only scrap for ourselves and don’t share with online groups, so…that may not be important to you.  However, there are many of us who participate in online groups and submit LOs to magazines and websites.  When you are putting a digital LO together, sometimes you can grab elements and papers from all different kinds of designers.  That makes it hard to remember who you got your stuff from.  Trust me, when I go back to give credit to a designer, I can’t remember where I found the item.  And…sometimes you look through your collection so much you can’t remember what folders you were digging into.  It’s not fun to go back and search through all those folders.  To help get through this, I found a GREAT tip from  The tutorial there shows you how to keep track of the designers and elements that you use in a particular layout.  The cool thing is this “sticky note” stays with the PSD file, but doesn’t show up in any other formats that are saved for sharing online.  Every time you open that PSD file, that little note will still be there and you can continue to edit it as needed.

In your toolbox on the sidebar in Photoshop there is a Notepad Icon.  When you click on it, you will be allowed to open a notepad window in your current document.  Stretch out the size of the box to your needs.  Now, you can add info about the products you are using to make your digital layouts.  It is up to you to choose how much or how little information you want to include in this notepad.  To minimize the notepad, click on the tiny box in the upper right hand corner of your notepad editing screen.  A little notepad will be visible on top of your project.  Feel free to move the notepad icon out to the edge of your screen so it doesn’t interfere with your workspace.

I hope this simple little tip will help you with your digi adventures.  I plan on inserting other helpful digi tips in the near future for your pleasure.  Happy Scrapping!


1st Digi Brag Book September 3, 2008

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking,Hybrid Projects — sierrascrapper @ 7:51 pm

Some of my online friends have seen this, but I thought I’d share this on my blog too.  I plan on printing these out, attaching them to cardstock covered chipboard and making it into a book with holes at the top and rings with ribbons to bind it.  I actually haven’t decided if I want to put the holes in the top or sides,  if I mount the prints to chipboard, I can create some extra space to make holes.  HMMMM 

I downloaded this WONDERFUL freebie as a Friday Freebie special from  It isn’t available for free any longer, but you can purchase it from their boutique. 

Here are the credits for all the items I used to make this fun little brag book.

Dare 2BU Brag Book Freebie: Cinzia Loosemoore
Fonts: CK
Cardboard Tag: Crafty Art Freebie by HandMaid Designs
Raffia Bow: Sable Brulee by Sev
Blue Tag: Stardust Kit by http://ourchivesscr aps.blogspot. com/
Brown Ribbon: Male Family by Coralee Evans
Doodle Arrow: by Dory’s Digital Creations


Latest Downloads

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking,Templates — sierrascrapper @ 8:36 am
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I have mentioned that lately I’ve been downloading a LOT of templates.  I really like playing with digi scrapping and templates.  It gives me more creative freedom to not stress on my photos.  Also, it makes it easy to crop my photos to fit into those fun little squares etc.  Since I’m still learning some tips about using Photoshop, having these pre-made squares and shapes takes the stress out of learning how to make my own.  I’ve played around a lot with vector graphics programs and photo-editing programs, but nothing like Photoshop.  So…I have to learn how this program does the same thing that I did on the other programs I was using.  Thank goodness for the internet and google and Photoshop Tutorials!

Ok, so I’m finally getting a little more away from downloading a plethora of digi freebies.  However, I try to visit my FAVE freebie sites about once a day or every two days to see if there are new templates that I just HAVE TO HAVE!  LOL  Here are links to the websites where my latest template downloads have come from, and don’t forget to snoop around these blogs and stores where there are other FAB FREEBIES to be found:

   Tracey Blakenship Template Freebie