BasicGrey Digital Products Review
My journey through scrapbooking started with paper, dipped into digital, then turned into a hybrid style, leaning more toward paper and embellishments. I just couldn't give up the 3D embellishments and paper. During my digital period though I learned a lot about what makes a good digital product and how to combine them with traditional scrapbooking products.
When I heard that BasicGrey was going to be releasing some of their papers as digital, I was very excited about the news. But how would their products stack up? Well, I want to tell you that the results I got from their digital files were nothing short of stunning!
The first thing that I did was peruse the online store. There was a lot to choose from but all of it was their older lines. I knew this going in, but of course I was still hoping to see some of the newest lines :)
I settled on Phoebe and Scarlet's Letter. I purchased the starter kit for both ($8/ea) and then a few extras from each line. The starter kis were full of the basics: Paper, monograms, glazed brads, buttons, borders and cutouts — but I was glad that I also picked up the extra brushes and rubons.
All in all, my checkout went very smoothly, but I did have a few problems downloading. I'm not sure if it was my wireless connection or their server, but I had to download a couple of the files twice. I did notice that the files sizes for some of the starter kit folders were rather large and might have been better if split into smaller sections. After downloading the project I quickly started my Photoshop CS3 program and took a look at everything that I had to work with.
Project 1: Hybrid
My first project was a completely hybrid project. I planned my base page and then printed it out along with flower and journaling cutouts. As it emerged out of the printer I couldn't believe what I saw: Aside from the weight and feel of the photo paper, it could have been the real deal! The graphics were sharp and perfectly on color.
I cut out all of the flowers and circle embellishments and put my page together with regular adhesive and foam dots. In the pictures below, you can see the dimension that I created with the
flower cutouts and foam dots. I chose to mix some real flowers in as well as a chipboard title and ribbon to create a more hybrid look.
The brown flower and flourish behind the paper flowers was an overlay that I purchased separately. This could easily be printed on a transparency and used on layouts or mini books.
Project 2: Digital Only
My next project was purely digital. I really enjoy the ease of creating digital pages. I love that you can easy get "rid" of any mistakes and never ever ruin your paper. I also love that one sheet will last you a lifetime no matter how many layouts you use it on. I have often chosen digital papers and elements to use when creating coffee table books for family and friends.
For this layout I used Scarlett's Letter. I love the grungy feel of this line and really took advantage of all the rubons and grunge elements that came in the starter kit. This is the kind of digital layout that I like best. I love using the advantage of computer graphics completely, combining and layering brushes, papers, and text. This is where digital shines. Their are no barriers besides the scope of your imagination.
If you are already into creating digital or hybrid layouts, I would encourage you to immediately pick up some BasicGrey digital products. They are fantastic and offer so many fun extras to use in conjunction with their papers or even with your other digital products.
If you are new to digital, I would say why not start with the best? BG does the hard work for you! All you have to do is have some fun, print some papers out and/or layer the embellishments, text and papers in Photoshop and see what digital can do for you. You will be thrilled to discover that in digital there is no such thing as running out of your favorite paper!
Your Turn: Enter to Win Some BasicGrey Digital Products!
Want to give it a try yourself? After donating $25 worth of digital products to PaperCrafter's Corner (ie: Christine), BG is also generously donating $25 worth of their digital products to one PCC reader!
To enter to win, simply comment below letting us know if you've ever experimented with digital paper crafting products before. Also let us know whether you envision using your winnings for a purely digital project or for a "hybrid" project.
Giveaway closes on Monday, June 21, 2010 at midnight eastern. Good luck!
Thank you, Christine, for performing this thorough & exclusive review of the BasicGrey digital products for us! Christine is a baseball mom & paper crafting professional based in Birmingham, AL. She is on the design teams for Bo Bunny, Petaloo, and Nikki Sivils, is an active PCC reader, and is involved in the paper crafting community in countless other ways 🙂 You can visit Christine on her regularly updated blog, It's My Life.