Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Post

Hello Simple Aussie Girls! I'm Melissa Shanhun, from DigitalScrapbookingHQ - Australia's premier digital scrapbooking education site, and I'm here to share a little about my simple scrapbooking, along with an awesome GIVEAWAY.

My Story

I fell in love with digital scrapbooking back in 2007 and after a couple of years I was feeling overwhelmed with all the moments, events and memories I wanted to scrapbook. I had the technical know how and you can bet I'd collected lots of digital scrapbooking kits, and even†a stash of templates. But I hadn't found my groove.†Along came December Daily†... and I wanted to participate, but had to find a way to make my layouts unique, but cohesive enough for the final album to look good. So I made myself a base page template:


And each day I tweaked this design to create the space for photos and journalling I needed. I was so excited! I gathered a couple of kits and got scrapping. Here's how it all turned out.
Last year, I turned these pages in to a full album with 31 templates and a Shutterfly ready cover. I'm thrilled to be giving away one copy to a Simple Aussie Girls reader. This is not your ordinary template pack... it's got everything you need to create your own album:
  • Enough pages to fill a book
  • Lots of pages that use multiple photos
  • Photo focus pages for those stunning photos you want to showcase
  • A place to share your thoughts and stories on each page
  • Tasteful title placement options
  • Ideas on placing embellishments for that finishing touch
  • A quick way to create a cover to print perfectly with Shutterfly
  • All the help you need to get started

The winner will receive:

  • 31 pre-shadowed fully layered templates
  • An inspiration gallery including over 80 completed pages (more being added!)
  • A introductory video tutorial for new digital scrapbookers
  • A video tutorial explaining some advanced methods of making the templates work for you!
Here's a little peek at how else I've used these pages lately...


The Simple Aussie Girls team have had a play with the templates too.




Enter to Win
I'd love to hear your questions in the comments of this post, what do you want to know about digital scrapbooking? Simply leave leave any comment or question to be entered in the drawing. For an extra share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment to let me know you did so! Entries will be open for 7 days after this post goes live. Entries close 16th March. Not a winner? Check out the special offer for SAG readers here.        

About Melissa

2010 Melissa I'm Melissa Shanhun owner of Digital Scrapbooking HQ where I answer your digital scrapbooking questions with video tutorials, one-on-one classes and free online workshops.  In 2011 I launched Digital Scrapbooking HQ, where I'm creating a unique system where you can get your Photoshop questions answered and you can use your computer to do what you want it to! My work has been featured at The Daily Digi, Scrapbookgraphics, and the Daily Scrapper and was published in the 2012 Log your Memory Weekly Challenge Book. I'm currently on the team for Wendyzine Scraps and Ella Publishing.

My Big News!

I'm so excited to share with you that I've been invited to teach at True Scrap 3! I'm the only Aussie instructor and I'd love to see some fellow Simple Aussie Girls there!
Here's a little sneak peak of my class...

What is True Scrap?
  • Inspiration and Education from 15 A-list instructors
  • Five virtual project make-and-takes
  • All from YOUR computer!
  • All for one low price Check out the details here


  1. Thanks for your generosity Melissa, I am sure there will be a very happy reader who has the chance to play with all these goodies!
    Good luck at True Scrap!

  2. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Can't wait to check out all those links posted here. Especially for that class about finishing what you start - that might be just the thing I need!

  3. Wow what a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. Shadows baffle me; making them look realistic, where and how to use them, etc. So my question would be how to get realistic shadows?

  4. Thanks very much.Congratulations on the True Scrap journey!I agree Suze shadows. WHen and how do you use them and how much?
    Kazfree at xtra dot co dot nz

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic giveaway. It would sure help me as I have been to intimidated to put together a photo book album.

  6. Hi Melissa, thanks for the opportunity to win this great give away. I guess I would like to know how to make the journaling 'stand out' on a page.

  7. Thanks Melissa, for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway. I have trouble with shadowing too, and would love to see a class on that. Have fun with Lain at True Scrap!

  8. What a great giveaway! I love your blog, the posts are always so helpful.

  9. Thanks for the great opportunity to win your templates!

  10. Thanks for the chance to win, Melissa! I have a question about the templates: can you tweak them or are they available to use as is? I'm not too familiar with how they work but they sound great, and I like the examples you show!

  11. I am scared about digital layouts, I would love to give them a go but lack the skills and confidence. I think I need a helping hand, something that is simple. Annette

  12. This is a great giveaway! I would like to know how to organize all of my pse "how-to's" in one place. I often want to do a particular thing with a page and then have to try to remember where I saw how to do a particular technique, such as journaling techniques for example. I end up wasting a lot of time searching for my tips! Thanks for the chance to win! I love templates!

  13. Awesome giveaway! And your True Scrap class sounds great, too. I'm still a newbie to digi scrapping, so my process is slow as I'm learning how to use photoshop and finding what works for me. I'd like to hear how you organize your photos/images and digi supplies such as kits/templates, and actions. I'm finding that I'm spending more time searching for an item and getting sidetracked than scrapping!

  14. Thanks Melissa for offering this give-away! I'd like to know about shadows, organizing photos, blending layers and masks. I could go on and on.

  15. thanks I have trobble rembering
    short cuts do you have any tips

  16. Hi Ladies - I've loved reading all the questions so far.

    You may find some of the answers here:

    I just did a really popular organising workshop you can check it out here:


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