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5.22.2009

Glitz Digital & Paper Collections + a Give Away!


{Reported by Emilie Ahern}


Three years ago I took the leap into digital scrapbooking as training for my job. Before then I had had an almost snobbish (and popular) feeling about paper scrapbooking being highly superior. And while I still love the hands on options of paper scrapping, I do about 20% of my pages digitally and have come to appreciate some of the amazing possibilities that only digital scrapbooking can offer.

The objection that many have to digital scrapping is that it doesn't look "real" and that they cannot find products that are comparable to the paper lines they love. Someone recently commented to me that she might start digital scrapping if Basic Grey would make digital lines. I agree that they should...whole-heartedly! And while Basic Grey has not crossed over yet, a few companies have.

The first company I came across during my research was Glitz Design. I happened to be looking for a certain roller stamp that they make and saw their digital lines in the scrapbook.com superstore. They have a number of different collections available that they also carry in paper form. This means that if you are a digital scrapper you can just buy the digital CD's, but the real benefits come in if you are a traditional of hybrid scrapper. Because they offer the lines in both paper and digital you can custom print journaling spots and other embellishments that you know are going to perfectly match your paper layout. Genius!

The CD's come collection by collection, but I prefer to go with the super value pack which at $24.99 is an amazing value. Here is what the Season 3 - 7 Digital Scrapbook Collection CD-ROM set holds...

- 4 paper lines (Angst, Gigi, Basic and Glam) with over 42 papers
- 35 Doodles
- 32 Overlays
- 44 Embellishments
- 30 Frames
- 13 Grunge Elements
- 44 Journaling Cards and Spots
- 5 Text Paths
- 30 Word Art Titles
- 3 paper lines (Hallow, Kringle, and Hot Mama) with over 37 papers
- 4 Brush Sets: Doodles and Accents, Frames and Flourishes, Grunge, and Overlays
- 30 Holiday Embellishments
- 14 Holiday Word Art Titles
+ Bonus Digital Scrapbooking Templates

AMAZING. If you have digi scrapped at all, you know what a bargain this is. So here are some projects I made to show the versatility of these amazing CD's. Click on any of the images to make them larger.

PROJECT 1: 100% Digital layout


Products All products from BASIC digital collection by Glitz Designs, Font: Pea Andrea

Using the very cool BASIC line I created this digital layout. The benefits are obvious. If you have crossed over into digital scrapbooking, but love you some Glitz products they are all right here for you.

Now unto the super fun part. The following hybrid project shows how fun and useful these CD's can be for even 100% traditional scrappers. I'm gonna walk you through this step by step.

Project 2: Hybrid layout


Products Cardstock: WorldWin, Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs (Glam), Bling: Glitz Designs, Rub-Ons: Glitz Designs, Chipboard Circle: Scenic Route, Corner Punch: EK Success, Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Journaling Circle: Glitz Digital Collection(Glam), Font: Arial


1. Planning my layout. I love this aspect of these CDs because even if you are planning on making your page mostly paper, you get a few trial runs digitally first. I came up with this basic layout, all sketched in digital.


2. I planned on making this mostly paper, but wanted to create the journaling tag digitally. Using Photoshop I started with just the blank tag from the CD which looked like this.


Then I used the magic of Photoshop to hand color a few of the swirls to add interest and match my mainly pink background paper. I then added my journaling and was able to type it around my photos.

3. Then I printed the photos on photo paper and the journaling tag on white cardstock. I then assembled my page using real products from Glitz and added my finished journaling block. It fit perfectly and, of course, the color matched perfectly.

Project 3: Digital Template

This Collection also comes with 3 digital templates and full, step-by-step instructions on how to use digital template. They are a snap. I made this layout in probably 15 minutes flat since it was all laid out for me. Here is the template as it comes...



And here is my finished layout:


Products Template: Glitz Designs Template No. 22, Lined Cardstock: Paislee Press,
Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs (Kringle), Font: Garamond


Glitz Digital Collections
Cost: $25.00 for CD-Roms including 6-7 Collections.
Buy them at: scrapbook.com, HSN.com, amazon.com

What I like:
- Great value for the cost.
- Digital CD's don't take up any space on your hard drive.
- Perfect for digital as well as hybrid scrapbookers.

What I didn't like:
- I'm not a scrapbooker who is into grunged and distressed papers. These CD's came with grunge and distress overlays, yet a lot of the papers were still pre-grunged. I would have liked it if all of the papers were free from any distressing and then those who wanted that look could apply one of the included grunge overlays.

What do YOU think? Do you like the idea of paper manufacturers offering their same releases in digital? Could you see yourself using these to create hybrid layouts if you are currently a paper only scrapper?
*For more information on digi scrapping see our article Digital Scrapbooking - The Basics.

Leave a comment here by Noon EST tomorrow (Saturday) to have a chance to win Season 3 of the Glitz Digital collection used to make these projects.
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44 comments:

Theresa said...

I have not jumped into digital scrapping yet (in fact, haven't even dipped my toe into it), and I guess it's because I haven't had the time to try to figure it out. But I would like to give it a go, and this might be a great place to start! Love your sample layouts you did - just gorgeous!

Heather Crawford said...

I want to be able to see a picture of everything included on the CD?

Sam said...

I really need to check out this CD. I love that traditional is going digi, too. The best of both worlds. Love-Love-Love your LO's!

Amanda Profumo said...

I have never tried digital scrapping. I really enjoy the hands on of beautiful paper and fun embellishments. However, I am always up for trying something new, cool and crafty! Do you need a printer that prints 12x12?

GEL-Oh said...

If it would be a profit making area for the company they should offer digital. I only use digital for journaling on tags & such.

williamanddina said...

That's a ton of stuff in one big package! Your layouts look great. I would defintely try digital scrapbooking with this collection. I think it's a good idea for manufacturers to offer both options. Thanks for a chance to win!Dina

Joy Pearcy said...

I want to try digital scrapping, but haven't even attempted it yet. I love the distressed and grungy paper!!

julie.schellin said...

I have just recently begun playing with Photoshop Elements, and would love to see current paper companies releasing their stuff digitally. Of course, if I have a paper I really like, I scan it so I have a digital file! :)

Jess said...

I have done a few pages digitally, and it is pretty fun!! I would LOVE to see paper companies releasing digital versions!!! That would be so awesome!! I love the idea of having it on a cd too!

marisa said...

I am open to putting down the scissors and glue and trying digital for the first time! Those layouts are gorgeous and I would love to try it out! Thanks for the chance!

Lynette said...

I am one of the "old school" paper only scrappers. I have tried digital, but never liked it because the tools I used didn't look that great. Maybe an upgrade will be better.

Jan said...

I haven't done a lot of digital, but what I have done I love - just not sure I could ever give up the paper and dimension of the real thing!

PattiM said...

I do both, digi and traditional. When I get bored or loose my mojo with one, then I do the other. Plus, vacation pictures are great for digi because you can get more pages in an album compared to traditional. And if your like me, putting layers of pp, embellies, etc and end up with a 3-d LO then digi is perfect for lots of pictures.

Hugs,

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!

Stephanie said...

I haven't done any digi scrapping at all, but would like to know how just "because." I think it would be cool to mass produce small scrapbooks digitally for gifts at Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. I like the idea of products like this where you can incorporate digital elements with paper scrapping. I also love the idea of having product lines we love available to us digitally. Maybe I will give this a try!

katie scott said...

I am not digital yet but I am interested.

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

Oh I definitely think its great for them to be offered in both paper and digi! There are a lot of digi ones I would LOVE to see in paper... likewise there are lots of papers that I'm sure digi scrappers would LOVE to see in digi format.

I am not a digi scrapper... but I have purchase and received lots of free kits that I have use for some hybrid cards and layouts!

Janice Adams said...

I havent made the jump yet to digital scrapbooking. With my hectic life, I am thinking that this is the way to go. Maybe I would actually get caught up on things. Thanks for the super review.

charmi said...

i havent still turned 100% digi..but many a times i do hybrid layouts..& i think i might always stay a hybrid scrapbooker..though i would really like cosmo cricket or sassafrass lass papers as digi papers as they are really a lot of fun & at present there are not many digi papers that really 'catch you eye' as the paper ones !! So i would definietly like to see some digi papers by paper manufacturers

Kim said...

I am really looking forward to getting into this. It's on my must do list for summer. I think this will be a big plus in scrapbooking. I agree tho, they should allow us to add overlays for grunge or patterns to basic colors bgs.

Kim

Karen said...

I've just started using digital this year and about half of my layouts since Christmas have been hybrid, maybe 10% all digital. I really prefer the hybrid, but I love using templates for photo collages as well as the journaling tags, etc. Would love to win this CD. On what program did you plan your hybrid page? Thanks.

Jill said...

I have been interested in digital as a way to 'catch up'. Am a relative rookie and love the paper process, but would like to combine w/ digital for speed pages. Did a recent free webinar introduction and it seems like an interesting process and easy for digital rookies. Thanks for this helpful review.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Ooh, enter me! :) I'm developing a love of digi scrapping, but I still need templates to give me a jump start. :)

Deborah Mahnken said...

Cute, cute, cute! I hadn't seen this company before and now I'm interested. Heading over to scrapbook.com right now....

Veronica said...

OMGosh! I first got into digital a year ago and although I have a ways to go to be anywhere NEAR what you create, I love the fact that Glitz has digi products! Noel Joy sent me a RAK a while back with some products and I absolutely LOVED them! I would SO LOVE to be a winner of this!!

Steffanie S. said...

I have yet to purchase any digital scrapbooking products---I guess because there are so many to choose from and I don't really know what I'm looking for. This would be a great opportunity to experiment and see what I like. Who knows---I may go crazy once I start dabbling a little!!!

AndiD said...

Very cool projects! I just started dabbling in digi scrapping, so this is neat to see, thanks!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I didn't know that Glitz had digital stuff. I recently purchased PSE7 and I am watching some webinars on digital scrapbooking. Thanks for this great chance to win some digital stuff!

Anonymous said...

Great Layouts!
I soooo want to get into scrapping, but just can't find the time. I am totallyinterested in digital scrapping, since I find that the hardest part is getting the pics off of my computer in the first place!
Hybrid I think is the way I want to go for the most part!
This kind of set just might get my butt in gear!
Diane Cooper
diane7@rogers.com

April V said...

I love digi scrapping.. would love to get this collection.. thanks for sharing!!

carpediem said...

I've never tried digi scrapping but would be very interested in learning more about it!

Erika M. said...

I have not tried digital scrapping yet because I don't feel like I've mastered paper scrapping as of yet.

marla said...

OH so tempting I have been wanting to try digital scrapbooking but my problem is not having a printer to print it. I guess if I could upload to Costco and they would print 12 X 12 I would be fine with it. I like the hands on.

Kim M said...

That would be awesome, I have yet to make my first digi design

Jodee said...

I'm mostly all paper. I want to use more digital stuff, but I'm just not very good with that stuff. So for me, it's almost easier to just use paper. But, if I could learn, I think I would use digital stuff for hybrid pages.

AngMomof3 said...

Such great info! I didn't know Glitz was digital... I'd love to experiment with this product line!

Kate Long said...

I am totally a hybrid scrapper for many of the same reasons you listed in your review. I just can't give up the look and feel of the PAPER. These look like a great mix...and an even better value. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kimberly said...

I am so challenged by digital. I did win the digital software to create scrapbook pages from here. However, I am so intimidated or simply "dumb" at creating layouts. I just have a problem with the whole process. I think maybe I am too impatient for digital scrapbooking. I just need a hands on class I think to really learn. There is so much to learn about digital. I do love the idea of digital and actual papers coordinating together to create a hybrid layout. That is just the coolest ever.

Cassi said...

i would definitely be tempted to try it out if i won, but so far i really enjoy the cathartic process of using my hands.

Catherine said...

I have been interested in the Glitz digi products for awhile now. Would love to try them. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

Catherine

Ginger's Camo Page said...

I have never done a digi layout - I just don't know how. I LOVE everyone's digi layouts - guess I am just a little nervous to take the leap. . .don't know where to start really. If I am lucky enough to win - - well then I believe I would be hooked!!

Lisa L. said...

I love what you did with the set! Lisa L.

Mary said...

I haven't tried digi scrappin, feel like I have my hands full with just my paper, embellishments and stamps for hand crafting!

Anna said...

wow - cool i did not know they did digi scrap papers.... I'm not totally into digi as I really love texture...... (thus I choose paper) anyhow I DO love this paper pack (really cool patterns). I had some the hard copies (ie "paper" ) and was sad when it was all gone..... did not know I could purchase it digitally and I LOVE your mini tutorial - thanks so much for the info and review :) - anna

Jen said...

I'm just starting with digital scrapbooking but do 90% paper scrapbooking, it's nice to know that companies are starting to offer their paper lines digitally as well.