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Designers frequently create amazing clusters either as freebies, or as a make-my-life easy add on product.  Lately I’ve found that most of these clusters are pre-shadowed and I can just do a happy dance & slap them on my page.  Sometimes, though, they are not preshadowed.  Sometimes I am okay with that.  Shadowing can be very individual, and very dependent on your background.  However, shadowing a cluster can be difficult.  Especially one with ribbons, frames and a background splash or stamp all-included.

Today I created an unshadowed cluster  from some of  my favorite new releases: Tis The Season Clusters from Just So Scrappy, {I Am} Thankful: Messy Stamps from Two Moose Designs and On The Go – Frames from Laitha’s Designs.  I love getting something totally new by mixing up my stash!

My cluster looks pretty good:

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But my cluster needs a little bit of a shadow.  First, I want to add a little pop-off-the-page magic to the ribbon element.  I change my Layer Style settings until it looks good to me.

My settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 41%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 22 px
Spread: 0%
Size: 16 px

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Obviously this works for my ribbon, but not my whole frame cluster.  There is an easy fix for this!  Move your mouse to you Layer Palette and select your cluster layer (here Layer 1).  Right click on the teeny-tiny drop down arrow next to the fx on your layer.  Then scroll down to Create Layer and click:

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Your drop shadow is now on it’s very own layer.  We can change things up now!  Be sure you are on the Layer 1′s Drop Shadow layer before moving back to your active canvas.

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While on Layer 1′s Drop Shadow layer, select your erase & set it the way you like. I like mine fairly large, and with a soft edge to prevent harsh edges on my shadows.  Erase most of Layer 1′s Drop Shadow, keeping only the bits shadowing the ribbons.

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Already your cluster looks much better, but the frame needs a little pizzaz too, especially around the inner borders.  You don’t want it flat & blending in with your photo.  Again add a drop shadow in your Layer Effects palette.  This time I went softer, and I stayed closer to the frame:

My settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 63%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 0 px
Spread: 0%
Size: 24 px

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This worked great for my frame but not for my already-shadowed ribbon or stamped background.  Again move your mouse to your Layer Palette and select your cluster layer (here Layer 1).  Right click on the teeny-tine drop down arrow next to the fx on your layer.  Then scroll down to Create Layer and click.  You will now have two Layer 1′s Drop Shadow layers:

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Again erase the shadow parts you will not need.  Be sure you are on the correct Layer 1′s Drop Shadow layer in your Layer Palette before erasing.  I erased all shadow away from under my stamp, and under my already-shadowed ribbons.

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Now I love my cluster! It’s ready for my page.  I still have both shadow layers turned on so I can increase, or decrease, the opacity of my shadow layers dependent on my background paper.

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You can download both the original cluster, and the final shadowed cluster by clicking the final image. Or click HERE!

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On The Go by Laitha’s Designs is a wonderful new kit with the most amazing colors. The combination of blue, gold, green and yellow makes this kit really shine. I find it a wonderful kit for all kind of occasions, and also very suitable for all your new year pages. On The Go by Laitha’s Designs is really perfect for all your scrap projects and it is a kit that will last for a long long time. The unique elements and the colors will always stay new and fresh, no matter if you scrap recent photo’s, or old onces. On The Go is a real must have kit, a kit you will always be able to use!

On the Go van Laitha’s Designs is een prachtige nieuwe kit met echt geweldige kleuren. De combinatie van blauw, goud, groen en geel maakt deze kit echt bijzonder. Ik vind het echt een kit voor allerlei gelegenheden, maar ook prima geschikt voor nieuwjaars foto’s. On The Go van Laitha’s Designs is helemaal perfect voor al je scrap projecten en het is een kit die blijft! De unieke elementen en de prachtige kleuren blijven altijd nieuw of je nu recente foto’s scrapt of oude! On The Go is een kit die je moet hebben, een kit die je altijd kunt blijven gebruiken!

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The page kit coordinates with ‘On The Go’ collection, which exists of lots of beautiful add ons, like frames, painted papers, overlays, masks and so on. You can buy all of these add ons separately , but you can also buy the On The Go – Add Ons Bundle, which is currently on sale for over 50% off!

De pagekit coördineert met de ‘On The Go’ collecite, welke bestaat uit een heleboel prachtige extra’s, zoals lijsten, geschilderde achtergrondpapers, overlays, maskers en nog veel meer. Je kunt al deze extra’s apart kopen, maar je kunt ook de On The Go – Add Ons bundel aanschaffen. Deze is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van meer dan 50%!

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As usual I created a quickpage for you. I enjoyed doing it and I really hope you like it!! Have fun!!!

Zoals gewoonlijk heb ik een quickpage voor jullie gemaakt. Ik vond het leuk om te doen en ik hoop dat jullie het ook leuk vinden. Veel plezier ermee!!

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Days Gone By by Laitha’s Designs is a wonderful new vintage looking kit with soft and warm colored elements. I really love the soft blue and pink color combination which give this kit a lovely soft touch.  Days Gone By is filled with beautiful flowers and ribbons, an old gramophone, book and lots more. The beautiful textured background papers are just perfect to create your page on. Days Gone By is a perfect kit for memories long gone by, but you can also use it for all kinds of other photo’s, like babies, children, family and more!

Days Gone By van Laitha’s Designs is een prachtige, nieuwe, oud lijkende kit met zachte en warme elementen. Ik vind vooral de combinatie van zacht blauw en rose erg mooi, het geeft de kit een speciaal gevoel. Days Gone By is gevuld met prachtige bloemen en linten, een oude grammofoon, een boek en nog veel meer. De bijzondere achtergrond papers zijn perfect om je pagina op te maken. Days Gone By is een perfecte kit voor oude herinneringen, maar je kunt het ook gebruiken voor baby foto’s, foto’s van kinderen, familie en nog veel en veel meer!

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Besides the kit there are some gorgeous addons. You can buy these addons separately, but they are also bundled in the Days Gone By _ Add Ons Bundle.

Naast de kit is zijn er ook nog een aantal prachtige coördinerende producten. Je kunt deze allemaal los kopen, maar ze zijn ook gebundeld in de Days Gone By _ Add Ons Bundle.

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Finally here is the quicpage I made for you. I really loved doing it, this is a special kit to create pages with!! Please enjoy!

En dan is hier de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Ik vond het erg leuk om te doen, dit is een bijzondere kit om mee te werken. Veel plezier ermee!

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Coordinated Collection: Summer

by Toiny Westberry 31 May 2013
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Every couple of months the entire Studio Design Team bands together and creates one, big, huge, stunning collection.  This month I think they’ve outdone themselves.  I’m in complete, total drool with the entire Coordinated Collection: Summer. Each piece is on sale for only $1.00 each until June 14.  This is so you can build your […]

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Serenade by Laitha’s Designs

by tammy 30 May 2013
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Laitha’s Designs has not one but 5 fabulous new kits in the store this week as well as all the extras to go along with each kit!!!  They are all full of beautiful flowers, leaves, ribbons, and all the other fab stuff that you need when scrapping your layouts.  I’m thinking I’m going to need […]

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NSD Sales: 50% Off Storewide

by Toiny Westberry 4 May 2013

50% Off Storewide! It is National Scrapbooking Day (NSD)! That means shopping & sales.   Yes!  We’ve got both stores on sale for 50% Off, as always some exceptions apply. Commercial Use store Personal Use store Many of our Designers are offering build-your-own Grab Bags.  These are awesome for picking up products from your favorite Designer, […]

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Laitha’s Designs Mini Kits Collection

by tammy 11 April 2013
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Laitha’s Designs has been busy creating many new kits some of which are mini’s that are full of different color explosions and you can get them all in this Mini Kits Collection.   Don’t you just love all the different color combinations, what fun it would be to mix some of them together, the combination of […]

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Spring Break by Laitha’s Designs and a quickpage for you!

by renee 29 March 2013
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Now don’t we all long for Spring? I know I do and that is why I’m so thrilled with this beautiful new kit Spring Break by Laitha’s Designs. It is filled with fabulous spring colors, lovely spring flowers and lots of warm spring colored backgrounds. With this kit you bring Spring right onto your computer […]

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Belle De Nuit – Collection and Photobook by Laith’s Designs and Valentina’s Creations + a free quickpage!

by renee 9 November 2012
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There is a new collection in store designed by Laitha’s Designs. “Belle De Nuit” is a beautiful kit in black, grey and white shades. There are lots of unique, high quality elements and plenty of beautiful background papers. “Belle De Nuit” is a collection you can use for simply all kind of photo’s, but the […]

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New designer, beautiful kit and a freebie!

by renee 12 October 2012
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I am so thrilled to tell you about Laitha’s Designs. She is a fabulous designer and she opens a store right here at The Studio!! She starts here with her amazing bundle Romantic Fall. This bundle is filled with gorgeous, unique, timeless and loving fall elements and beautiful warm coloured papers. It is just perfect […]

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