What is WINZIP and how do I get it?
WinZip is the software that allows you to "unpack" all of the files
that are included with my kits. When you download the kits - they
are all "zipped up" in a ZIP file...so you use the WinZip software
to unzip them...and then you will see all of the individual paper
and element files :) You can download the evaluation version of
WinZip here for free:
http://www.winzip.com - I'm not sure how long you can keep it for
free - but I know you can at least get a free trial!
How do I download your kits?
It's pretty simple, once you get the hang of it. With any of my
downloadsthere will be a link that you must follow. This will take
you directly to the download itself. This is where you choose the
location in which you want the file savedand then click save. After
the download is completeyou'll need to find the folder on your
computer and extract (with Winzip) the files. Voila - you are
Where should I save the kits on my PC?
In a nutshellwherever you want - LOL! Seriously - we all have a
different system when it comes to saving and organizing our files. I
*personally* have a "Digi Scrapping" folder set up on my computer. I
then have the names of all of the designers and/or websites that I
purchase kits from. Under those folders are individual folders for
each kit. Always remember that it is MUCH easier to re-name files as
you download as opposed to going back and doing it later. Also, this
will help you to track which designer created what when it comes
time to give credit :
I'm new to digi scrappinghow do I get started? How do I create a
Getting started...one of the best places to learn everything you
ever wanted to know about digi scrapping is www.scrapbook-bytes.com
- they have it all. There is an awesome gallery and forums section!
Here is the "beginners" forum that might help out alot! There are
also tutorials and even a digi scrapping school with very reasonable
rates for classes!
There are also forums for each type of software (tutorials, too) and
sooooo much more! If you do not have software yet - but are looking
into buying a program - this is a great place to research!
EVERYONE at the site is sooo nice and helpful and there are tons of
new members added daily - so you will never feel like you are the
only one...and honestly - we are all learning together...I know I
learn something new every day!
www.twopeasinabucket.com recently added a digital section to their
awesome site!! There are some wonderfully talented scrappers who
'hang out' there and they are always willing to help out!
I also use the search engine, "GOOGLE" quite often while searching
for specific tutorials and techniques.
How do I resize elements and papers while maintaining the correct
This changes depending upon the software that you use. Howevermost
programs have a resize or transform optionno matter how you do
itgenerally speakingholding down the SHIFT key while changing the
sizewill allow the paper/element/phototo maintain its proportions.
How do I use the Shabby Overlays?
All of the Shabby Overlays are in a .png file format. This format
allows for a transparent background. Soyou simply open the .png file
in your software program and drag it or place it over your paper or
layoutyou will need to make sure it is on the TOP layer in your
layoutand voila! Easy as that :
Should I use drop shadows?
This is a matter of personal preference. FOR MEwhen creating digital
layouts that mimic paper layoutsI always use drop shadows. This
lends itself to a more realistic look in my opinion. Remember
thoughthe smaller the better. The goal is to make it look
realisticso larger or "deeper" drop shadows can tend to look very
digital. Just take a look at how a piece of paper looks on top of
another piece of paperand remember that look is what you are going
for. Obviously - elements might be a little different as their
weight and thickness will affect the weight and distance of the
shadow. Alsoalways keep in mind the direction of the element and the
lighting source and make sure all of the shadows make sense with one
another. Andthere are always times when drop shadows are not called
for at all. One example would be when creating an "ad-style" layout.
Most of the timethese are meant to have a sleek and flat look to
them! Just don't be afraid to try new settingsyou can always UNDO!
What is dpi/ppi?
DPI = dots per inch
PPI = pixels per inch
Instead of me trying to explain it all in my very 'untechie' way -
LOLI thought I would share a link with you that answers all the
All Shabby Princess papers and elements are saved at 300dpi for
excellent print quality!