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How to Change a Square Frame to a Rectangle without Losing Perspective

Sometimes when you’re working with a kit you have a beautiful square frame, but you really need it to be a rectangle for the photo you intend to use in your layout.  You can simply stretch the frame in one direction to get a rectangular frame, but the result is less than perfect.

As you can see, the top and bottom portions of the frame are wider as the result of stretching.  There is a relatively simple way to work around this problem.  It’s a few more steps, but the end result is worth it.

Start by dragging you square frame onto your work area.  Mark the center point of the frame with a guide.

Using the rectangular marquee tool drag out a rectangle over the center of the frame.  Make it larger than you actually need, but don’t get any of the top and bottom parts of the frame in the selection.

Copy and paste the selection and then move it out of the way for the time being.

Drag a guideline to one edge of the original frame.  Use the marquee tool and the center guide line, cut the frame in half and paste the cut piece back onto the page.

Using the guide line on the edge of the frame, drag the cut half of the frame into position.  Drag the center section that you copied earlier into position between the top and bottom pieces.  Adjust the top and bottom up and down until your frame is the desired size.  Make sure that the center section is the top layer.

Depending on the pattern on the frame, you may see a clear line of demarcation where the center section overlaps the top and bottom.  If you have enough overlap you can fix this by using a soft brush to erase just a small portion of the overlap.

You know have a perfectly proportioned rectangular frame.

This technique can be used on frames with larger patterns, it just takes a bit more time and effort to match up the pattern.  It can also be used in reverse to change a rectangular frame into a perfectly proportioned square frame.

Memories of a Lifetime

On Sale for only $4 – September 1 – September 30

Membories of a Lifetime

Memories of a Lifetime available exclusively at Digitals

Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July at Digitals and we have gifts for you!

Participating designers invite you to join them in a facebook/blog hop now through July 31, where they will be giving away exclusive scrapbooking product and discount coupons to their stores.

Here’s a coupon code just for my blog readers.  It is good for 10% off all of the product in my store that is already discounted 30%–that’s a full 40% off–now through July 31  .Note:   A minimum purchase of $10 is required for the extra 10%

Coupon Code:  aced368858

Now, hop on over to my FB page to grab a nice set of cluster frames and tags that coordinate with my Memory Lane collection.  Memory Lane is on sale for 30% off now through July 31.

So get hopping and collect your holiday gifts while they last.

Participating designers Facebook Pages:

Amanda Thorderson
Angie Young
Cindy Ritter
Diana Burton
Elka Romero
Glenda Ketcham
Maddy Fernandez
Nini’s Notions
Pati Araujo
Paula Yagisawa
Sarah Meyer
Vicky Day

Be sure and check their blogs, too, for more store coupons.

Beach House Kit and Album

We all love those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  What could be better than spending some of those sunny days at the beach?  Preserve those precious memories of time spent lazing in the sun with this luscious collection of papers and elements that are reminiscent of a well worn, yet well loved Beach House on the shores of a body of sky blue water.

Also available is the Beach House Album.  Ten quick pages to help you scrap a full album in minutes.  Simply drag and drop your photos onto the quick pages and you’re done.  The set includes 5 quick pages with single photo openings and 5 pages with multiple photo openings for versatility.  Buy the full kit to add further embellishments to the original pages or make more pages for a bigger album.

Now You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!

Good Times is now available in my store as a full kit
with two add-ons.
Purchase them separately or buy the bundle and save!
Digitals April
A Kit Event

April CAKE from db Designs

Create your own kit
during the April CAKE sale at Digitals.

Your favorite Digitals designers have created many individual
parts using this luscious color scheme to allow you to
mix and match the pieces you want.

Each part of the kit will be on SALE for only $1.50
April 21 through April 24


Tastefully Yours from db Designs by Diana Burton

New from db Designs by Diana Burton

-Tastefully Yours-

The new Designer Inspiration kit featured in the Digitals Newsletter.

Designers Inspiration Kit



















Tastefully Yours is on sale through March 11 for 25% off.  It’s not too late to take advantage of my store sale–everything else in my store is 20% off through Sunday.

Don’t miss the coordinating solid card stock pack and .psd template available as a free download in the Digitals Newsletter.

20% off Sale Now through March 11

db Designs by Diana BurtonLet’s wish a warm, hearty welcome to the coming spring with a sale!

Enjoy 20% off everything in my Digitalsstore now through March 11.

  • full kits
  • elements
  • background papers
  • albums
  • Quick Pages
  • Photoshop Brushes
  • and More

Shop today, while the bargains last.

The Yellow & Gray Project Exclusively @ Digitals

A Study in Yellow and Gray from db Designs by Diana Burton

Create Your Own Kit


Have you ever wanted to create your own kit by picking and choosing
only the papers and elements you wanted from a variety of different designers?
At Digitals we’d like to give you that chance!

A Study in Yellow and Gray is now available in the Digitals Store.
For a limited time, each and every product is specially priced at only

Join us at Digitals from Feb 4 – Feb 11 and
Create Your Own Kit
with coordinating products from your favorite Digitals Designers

A Study in Yellow & Gray
from db Designs by Diana Burton
(as seen above)

Solid, Textured Paper Pack
Patterned Papers 1
Patterned Papers 2
Element Pack 1
Element Pack 2

Industrial Strength Collection

Papers from the Industrial Strength collection


Elements from the Industrial Strength collection


Industrial Strength is a collection of masculine papers and elements that will lend itself equally well to layouts of women, children, or heritage layouts.  The cool blue/gray color scheme is sure to please.  Be sure and check out my gallery to see some of the wonderful possibilities you have with this kit.

Note:  Some ribbons in the preview are shown smaller than actual size.

The collection includes:

  • 5 solid textured papers
  • 5 patterned papers
  • 10 gears – 5 different gear designs, provided in two styles–clean and grungy
  • 3 chrome screw heads (large, medium, and small}
  • 3 chrome washers (large, medium, and small)
  • 1 block & tackle element
  • 1 square paper/cardboard frame
  • 1 square paper/cardboard frame, embellished
  • 1 round concrete frame
  • 1 round concrete frame, embellished
  • 1 triple paper/cardboard frame
  • 1 triple concrete frame
  • 1 small square glass frame held with 2 wire cables (extra long cables for greater positioning options)
  • 1 large squareglass frame held with 4 wire cables (extra long cables for greater positioning options)
  • 4 different folded ribbons
  • 1 bow
  • 2 rectangular tags
  • 1 round hanaging tag
  • 1 ledger book for journaling
  • 1 straight wire cable
  • 1 wire cable with looped end
  • 2 metal clips
  • 3 floral like paper gears
  • 1 round floral like metallic element
  • 2 leaves
  • 2 different metal clips
  • 2 metal arrows (clean & grungy)
  • 1 torn cardboard piece
  • 1 set of metallic wings
  • 1 round date marker – included as separate pieces in .png format for you to layer, and also in a layered .psd file for those who can utilize that format.

All of my products are designed at 300ppi for great print quality.

I is for Inspiration

Whether you are in a scapping funk, or  just looking for new, innovative ideas to inspire your own scrapbook  LO’s, the Digitals Gallery is a great place to gain inspiration.  Between the talented designers and the talented users you will find inspiration by the mile. The following layouts are my inspirations for the day.

Get Inspired in the Digitals Gallery

  1. Autumn is here by Aria – Love the fall colors and the layering done here
  2. Fryksås by Tanteva – Great clustering and I love the 6 piece photo
  3. Dear Cub Scouts by kaledain – Great journaling and I love the way the photo is blended into the letter
  4. Mountain Village by TerryF – More great clustering and wonderul fall colors and elements

Are you in need of inspiration?
Get all you need and more in the Digitals Gallery!