Are You Shadow Savvy? Take the Quiz

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April 19, 2022 | Digital Scrapper News | Volume 20, Issue 16

Hi there!

A couple of weeks ago, I bought my first water pick.

I eagerly ripped open the box, set it up on my bathroom vanity, plugged it in, and set to making my teeth squeaky clean.

Within 5.2 seconds, not only were my clothes soaked, but my bathroom had splatters of water EVERYWHERE…. the walls, the floor, and the ceiling!

After I had a good laugh at myself about it, I said to myself, “Self, perhaps you should read the instructions.”

Scrapbooking is similar to water picking.
If you don’t stop and pay attention to your settings,
you’re likely to end up with a big mess!

This week in Fundamentals, we’ve released a new video focusing on one such disaster: adding drop shadows to flat objects.

I Know How This Happens!

You get excited to finish your scrapbook page, so you quickly make sure all your layers are shadowed, and then you move on. But the problem is, not all layers SHOULD be shadowed.



Take the Quiz
How shadow savvy are you?? There are eight common scrapbooking parts shown above. Which of them should NOT have a shadow applied? Your choices are:

  • paint
  • word strip
  • journaling
  • stitches
  • overlay
  • tape
  • paper alpha
  • tag

I know, a couple of those are kinda tricky! But some of them should never…ever…ever-ever have a shadow applied. Which are they?

You’ll find the answer below in the section advertising Jenifer’s newest Design Problems video. While you’re scrolling, make sure to check out the other totally amazing news.

Love and creative success,

Jen White

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NEW Video Tutorial
Essential Solutions for Page Design Problems
Design Problem: Adding a Drop Shadow to Flat Elements

Learn the very basics about drop shadows and why flat objects shouldn’t have them.

Watch the video: Adding a Drop Shadow to Flat Elements by Jenifer Juris

Did you miss Jenifer’s first two Design Problems videos? Get them here:



Answer to the Quiz!

  • Paint should never be shadowed. It’s flat. You cannot even slip a fork under it. Leave it unshadowed.
  • The overlay is similar to paint, but it usually has varying degrees of opacity. Again, this type of element should never be shadowed.
  • Journaling should never be shadowed. Never. As in, never ever.
  • Is it possible you also picked the stitches and tape? These two elements are actually 3D in nature. You can grab them with a fork and they do stick up off the page…be it ever so slightly. Very small drop shadows should be applied to tape and stitches.


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Page & Photo: Kellie Linn
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Page & Photo: Christine Bishop


Page & Photos: Barbara Houston
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Page & Photos: Donna Wickerham
Tutorial: DS Premier 2021, Volume 8: Mood Board Inspiration Page


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