Creative Ways of Using Your Paper Stash

August 20th, 2014

Hi everyone, Samantha here with my first blog post for Jen Allyson Digital Designs. I am so excited to share a few of the techniques I used on one of my most recent pages featuring Jen’s beautiful Truly Madly Papers and Flourishes.


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Getting The Most Out of Your Digital Scrapbooking Kits

August 4th, 2014

Hi everyone!  It’s Katherine (or Kat) here and today I wanted to talk to you about getting the most out of your digital scrapbooking kits. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you browse digital stores and galleries and think, “Oh, there’s a cute kit,” or “Wow, I must have that!” only to realize that maybe there’s things in the kit that, well, just don’t work for you. You then wonder if the dollars you’ll investment in the kit are worth it if you’re only going to buy it for just a few items. You’ve been there, haven’t you? Come on, fess up. How many times have you purchased a kit because there’s one or two things that you totally love, but that’s all? Well, I’m here to tell you a little secret: Psst (you listening?), you can change digital elements, if you want to. *gasp!*

I have a great deal of respect for digital designers. I’ve been lucky to meet quite a few in person and have even had the opportunity to watch them work – amazing. I’ve seen Jen (yes, Jen Allyson!) work magic with a laptop touch pad and keyboard shortcuts. Now, that said, I’ve been known to change design elements or papers a bit when what I have doesn’t quite fit with what I need. We’ve all done that, right? Recolored an element, blended papers, added filters, or run actions. What I’m going to show you today is actually breaking down an element, or deconstructing it, and creating something new. Now, before I go too much further, there’s something really important that you need to remember: If you change any piece of a digital scrapbook kit, it is scrapbooking etiquette to indicate in your layout or project credits that you modified something from the original kit. For example, you could include the words modified, or some elements recolored in your credits when posting in online galleries, blogs, or on social media platforms.

One of the newer releases from Jen Allyson Digital is these watercolor days of the week and numbers:

Watercolor Days

By themselves, these are great; a bunch of hand-drawn (or painted) days and numbers. My immediate thought was, “Oooh, these would be perfect for Project Life pages!” … but I’m not doing Project Life this year. Okay, so I could still use them on all kinds of things. Then I had one of those ah-ha moments and thought, “Hey Kat, how about you change things around a bit?” — and so I did. Although there isn’t a full alphabet represented in the letters, there was just enough to create the perfect title on a layout I was working on. I needed “Then” and “Now”. Here’s how my page turned out. I’ve included a close-up of the word “Now”, so you can see the detail:



Credits: Watercolor Creations (modified) and Cork Elements – Jen Allyson Digital Designs;
Travel Adventures and Back to Basics – Digital Scrapbook Ingredients; My Tribe – Gennifer Bursett


So, the big question is – how the heck did I do that?!  It’s actually easier than you might think.

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Digital Scrapbooking Shop Launch

June 19th, 2014



After 2 years away from the digital scrapbooking scene, I’ve decided to JUMP back in! With my littlest now being 19 months old, I have a little bit more time to work on digital scrapbooking kits and designs. I’ve been missing the community and feedback of the digital world, as well as all my designer friends. So I’m back and opening up my new shop at Pixels & Co. 

There’s going to be a HUGE launch on Wednesday June 24th with some great new products and I’m bringing back some of the classic best sellers as well. I’ll be posting more about that as it happens, but for now, I wanted to introduce my brand new JenAllyson Digital Creative Team! I couldn’t have put together such a stellar team without a lot of help from my good friend Katherine Hansen who is also leading the team for me. Without further ado, let me introduce the team:

Natacha Elia


Natacha Elia is a happy scrapper in the South of France. She’s got hooked into digital scrapping in 20009 when we was simply looking for some embellishment to add to a greeting photo card. Natacha started to participate in several forums and enjoyed learning new techniques; she creates just for fun and finds the forums a great way to  discover many talented designers and scrappers. Natacha is especially fond of the clean and simple style, and is a member of a French scrapbooking forum that specializes in this style.

Natacha’s forum name, Solysombra, represents her love of light and shadows (her forum name is Spanish). She scraps to catch a beautiful moment, a precious place, or a lovely expression; she likes to see symbols on her pages, and often refers to a quote, a poem, or a song. Natacha cherishes scrapbooking because it gives her the opportunity to express her feelings, and create pretty things.”

As you will see in Natacha’s pages, she’s a lucky Mum of two healthy children, a huge boy of eight and a small girl of three. She shares her life with a loving, patient man, who likes gardening. One of the family’s hobbies is geo-caching; they enjoy walks and treasure hunting.

From Natacha, “I’m honored to be creating for Jen, and I’m thrilled to join her creative team. I will share with joy my pages inspired by Jen Allyson Digital Designs, and hope it will inspire you to explore and discover more of her creations.”


Catherine Olsen


You can find Catherine Wagner in most digital scrapbooking forums as crazycat1126.  Catherine lives in California with her husband; they’ve been married for seven years – no kiddos yet. Catherine works full-time as an administrative assistant for a small commercial property owner/manager.  She’s lucky to have a lot of downtime at her job, so she can sneak in some scrapping there – and it’s completely okay with the boss!  (How awesome is that?!)  Catherine discovered digital scrapbooking last summer and finds it hard to believe it’s been almost a year now. She’s addicted – and loving it!


Carolyn Amson


Carolyn Amson started digital scrapbooking nearly nine years ago to be able to tell stories about her to her daughters. For Carolyn, the “me” was hidden for many years, but is no more. Scrapping is her voice. Sometimes it is the voice of joy, other times of frustration and sadness. Typically, Carolyn’s pages start with photos as she is a passionate photographer.

Carolyn’s life revolves around her daughters, her partner, her rescue greyhounds, and photographing beach sunrises and sunsets. In Carolyn’s words, “Life is good!”


Samantha Bellerose


Samantha Bellerose is originally from Melbourne on the East coast of Australia, but she is currently residing in Perth, 3,000 km away on the West coast.  It was a big move and everything happened in about a month (in November 2013), from making the decision to arriving there! It wasn’t a move under the happiest of circumstances, in that the family moved so Samantha’s husband and children could spend more time with their Pepe, who has Myeloma. Fortunately, they were there to support him through intense chemo and have many more years to spend with him as he is in remission.

When Samantha was younger, she wanted to be a dancer in musicals and pursued this dream and had some success before meeting her husband, which was when her priorities changed. The two decided they wanted to get working visas and live in London and travel and see Europe, after which they thought it would be cool to live in Canada,  spend a winter in Whistler, and then travel through North America before returning to Australia. When they did arrive home – three years later – Samantha realized she could no longer kick her leg so high it would hit my nose. So, Samantha did what others do in their later 20’s – went to University to get a degree. Four years later, Samantha was a primary school teacher and, after taking maternity leave to have two beautiful children, has been teaching ever since.

Samantha found digital scrapbooking mid-2013 while scrolling through Pinterest. A link took Samantha to Pixels and Company, she subscribed to the newsletter and downloaded the free kit, opening up a very old, unused version of Photoshop (CS2, Samantha thinks). From there, Samantha taught herself how to do digital scrapbooking. On that day, Samantha fell in love and became totally addicted to the world of digital scrapping and, as a bonus, fairly blind to other jobs such as housework and cleaning. Her poor husband is getting used to an empty bed late at night and Samantha is totally see the benefits of an unkempt house now, especially when she is archiving so many memories for her children to look back on in the future.


Katherine Hansen


Katherine Hansen, or Kat as she is known on most digital scrapbooking message boards, has been crafting, in one form or another, since a very young age.  Around the age of seven of eight, her mother and grandmother taught her to knit. She also learned embroidery, tapestry, and even tatting (Katherine wishes she could remember tatting again for the oh-so-beautiful lace it would make). As a teenager, Katherine discovered a love for drawing, even setting up her own business, From a Photograph, drawing pets of family and friends. Her favorite mediums were pencil and charcoal. Strangely, though, she never could get the hang of painting …

Katherine started her foray into scrapbooking with traditional albums, mostly as a way for her and her husband to share with their soon-to-be-adopted son a snapshot of the daily life they’d hope he would enjoy with them. She wanted him to remember the transition from an orphanage to having a home and a family, so even the littlest things were huge milestones for him. There were no baby photos, no first steps, no first words (he was adopted at eight years old), but there were many new things, nonetheless. Katherine came across digital quite by accident, shopping at a store for traditional supplies. They had a tab on the page called “Digital”. A self-confessed computer geek, this was all she needed: a computer and software and voila! Digital scrapbooking. She’s never looked back.

Katherine loves recording a good story, be it a happy memory or even a not-so-happy one; she believes in keeping memories of the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly as these all shape who she is as a person. I mean, who else would immortalize getting head-to-toe hives in a scrapbook layout? Katherine would – and did.

Katherine’s scrapbook style morphs from modern and graphic, to highly clustered, to minimalist, to … well, just about anything. Her son and dog tend to be the most scrapped subjects; vacations overseas also feature pretty highly (Katherine is from Australia). Katherine also dabbles in [digital] Artist Trading Cards and art journaling.


Be sure to mark your calendar for a great launch on June 24th! And to keep up on all the goings on, follow me on social media:

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