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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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Our little ones are all waiting for Santa, peeking under the tree and out the window, as we are busy preparing for this wondrous event.  Each year we take lots of photos so we can remember those happy moments later in the year.  With this kit, Happy Holidays by Vero The French Touch, you’ll be able to scrap those pictures in style showing just how much you love Christmas and those memories.

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And take a look at some of the other awesome kits in the store to fit your Christmas needs….and you can find many more in the store too.  Just click HERE to go to the Christmas kits in the store or any preview to find that kit.

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Here’s a little freebie from Happy Holidays, enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!!!

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With one half of Two Moose Designs just having a beautiful baby boy this June and the other half due to have a girl in Sept, it’s easy to see that these two fabulous designers have family on the brain! That why they thought it would be fun to make a collection all about Family Love. Especially the relations between Mother and Son, Mother and Daughter, Father and Son, and Father and daughter. Only have a son or a daughter? No worries! There are four kits! You can buy them separately or as a whole collection Either way you are getting a great deal to scrap all your family memories!

Nu de ene helft van het duo Two Moose Designs in juni een zoontje heeft gekregen en de andere helft in september een dochter hoopt te krijgen, kun je je voorstellen dat de hoofden van deze twee fantastische designers helemaal vol zijn van Family Love. Vooral de relaties tussen Moeder en Zoon, Moeder en Dochter, Vader en Zoon en Vader en Dochter staan centraal. Heb je alleen een zoon, of alleen een dochter, geen probleem. Er zijn vier kits, die je apart kun kopen, maar uiteraard ook als één grote collectie! Wat je ook wilt, je krijgt hoe dan ook een prima aanbieding om al je familie foto’s en herinneringen te scrappen!

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Besides these four lovely kits Two Moose Designs also created two beautiful extras: the Family Love Stacked Papers and the Family Love Clusters. All to make your pages extra special!

Naast deze vier lieve kits heeft Two Moose Designs ook nog twee prachtige extra’s gemaakt: de Family Love Stacked Papers en de Family Love Clusters. Helemaal bedoeld om je layouts nog specialer te maken!

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Of course you can buy this all together in one buy. Just purchase the Family Love Mega Collection and save 40%!

Natuurlijk kun je dit alles ook in één keer kopen. Kies voor de Family Love Mega Collection en bespaar 40%!

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Here is the quickpage I made for you. I hope you like it! Please enjoy!!

Hier is de quickpage die ik voor jullie heb gemaakt. Ik hoop dat jullie hem leuk vinden. Veel plezier ermee!!

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{I Am} Organized by Two Moose Designs and Templation Wonderful World by Scrappy Cocoa

by tammy 17 January 2013
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It’s January. A month of New beginnings and resolutions! Speaking of new beginnings, Two Moose Designs is launching a new product line called the I Am collection. Every month they will bring you a new theme, plus added basics. At the end of the year, you will have a whole beautiful collection of themed kits […]

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Digital Day Out Details

by Nibbles Skribbles 6 November 2012

  Digital Day Out is theStudio’s first every LIVE digi-gathering! It is this Saturday, Nov 10 from 10-4 p.m. CST Doors will be open a few minutes before 10 and no scheduled activities start until 10:30 giving those of you with laptops time to get there, set up and maybe grab some coffee! We have […]

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DSD Grab Bag Sale and a free quickpage for you!

by renee 2 November 2012

It’s almost DSD and part of the fun of DSD is shopping for awesome deals and surprises! That is why some talented Studio designers created beautiful grab bags for you, which I love to show of here! Het is bijna DSD en een deel van de pret van DSD zijn de geweldige aanbiedingen en verrassingen. […]

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Digital Day Out!!

by Nibbles Skribbles 17 October 2012
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We are about 3 weeks away from this amazing event! We are working very hard behind the scenes to bring you the BEST day of Digi-Scrap fun we possibly can! We have HUNDREDS of dollars in prizes to give out, amazing swag bags for all attendees and tons of digital goodies for everyone to play […]

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