Hello there dear readers! On this episode of This Scrapper’s Got Talent, we find out the results of last weeks challenge and the layout I created for this week’s challenge! Why is it every time I write these posts I read it in an game show host’s voice?
Anyway, guess what everyone, I was eliminated from the challenge last week! Surprised? I know I was! Now, it’s not that I have an inflated ego, I don’t, but I truly thought I could at least make it through to the third round! I really was surprised at how many competitors they ended up eliminating but that’s okay! I said when I began this challenge that, if I was eliminated, I would still continue to play along. So, since I was eliminated, I concentrated more on the story aspect of this challenge then making sure that someone else would like my layout. Here’s the rules for this weeks layout:
1. At least three paragraphs. Each paragraph must have at least four sentences.
2. At least three unique clusters, each with five or more elements. The elements can be repeated.
3. No pictures (No pictures?! Yep, no pictures.)
Kit: A New Day by Inspiredbydominic Designs
Extras: Grid Paper by Polka Dot Pixels,
Random Post-it and tack, Various blood spatters.
I’m not going to type out the entire text block but I will share with you that my dirty little secret: I love the tv show “The Vampire Diaries”. Yes I know it’s a show marketed at high-school and collage students, but like the post-it note says, “Please, Don’t judge”! I actually really enjoyed playing around with the blood spatters, mixing colors, blend modes and layer effects to get just the look I wanted! It also helped that I had a couple blood/ink spatter brushes loaded!
Well, that’s it for today’s post, if you’d like to check out the other submissions for This Scrapper’s Got Talent, check out the gallery (unfortunately you have to register for the forum before you can see the gallery). I will see you all on Monday when I’m going to share my exciting news! As always…
Kit: A New Day by Inspiredbydominic Designs
Extras: Grid Paper by Polka Dot Pixels, Random Post-it and tack, Various blood spatters.
Hey everyone! It’s Friday! So what things am I going to share with you today? Well, first off, let me say, I’m late writing this post today because I was busy playing with my littlest bug! The kids are visiting with family for most of the next few days but my little guy is too small to play in the ocean so he’s back home for awhile today. My point is that I usually don’t have a great deal of free time but when I do, I enjoy scrapbooking (I’m pretty sure that’s not a surprise to any of you by this point). With so little time and such a passion for scrapbooking, what does one use to capture and record all those wonderful memories?
I bet you know where I’m going with this! Yes, Project Life and all the other pocket page style scrapbook products out there! As you know, I also love to work both digitally and physically with paper, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when I tell you that I have almost all of the “official” Project Life kits digitally and five (yes, FIVE) paper Project Life core kits! Why? Well, partly because I love the designs and I have a scrapbook hoarder personality! Mostly though it’s because I love the idea that if I’m pressed for time, I can drop my photos, a few cards and a little writing onto a page and it looks wonderful! Sometimes just doing that looks better then when I keep playing around with a page for days!
I really love that this way of scrapbooking has taken off. With any great idea you run into true copy cats but I think that many designers (both paper and digital) have really expanded on this concept and given us so many options! I’ve also got some SN@P products in my paper stash, I have other designers’ P365/Journal Card products in my digital files, and I’m excited to use it all! So today’s post is all about how much I love these products! Did you get through all that text? Okay, lets look at some fun pictures!
Here is a picture of my current “official” Project Life stash:
And there’s a picture of some of my SN@P products, these are for my oldest son’s Disney album that I hope to work on with him this summer:
Lastly, here are some of my favorite digital products I like to use with my Project Life albums, I’m not including all of the “official” Project Life kits (which you can find at AC Digitals) because I really want to share some of the OTHER great products I use to supplement my “official” stash:
I’m pretty sure you knew I’d include M&M Designs’ Project Life Journal Card line! Since I’m on her Creative Team, I’m lucky enough to get to work with these great templates, this one was just released today! Take a look at the layout on the top right, that’s the one I made using this template and Inspiredbydominic’s “A New Day” kit and Corky V1 styles:
Another product that I love, and a designer who’s team I’m not on, is Scrapping with Liz’s “Time Table Templates”. They are set up to record “Day in the Life” layouts but are flexible enough to be used for weekly layouts too:
I also love how some designers are creating 4″x6″ templates. It’s nice to have a template for one of my pictures pockets especially if I want to add multiple pictures to that spot. Scrapping with Liz also has some 4″x6″ templates but the ones I just saw from ChrissyW Digital (who’s team I’m also on) really gets me excited!
So, in honor of today’s Friday Fave, I’m going to enjoy my day, and most likely the weekend, working on my Project Life pages! I’ll make sure to share them with you all next week! Enjoy your weekend dear readers and as always…
Hey everyone, today is “New Release Thursday” and guess what? There aren’t any new releases to share with you today! Can you believe that? What I do have are a few sale reminders!
Over at Gotta Pixel, M&M Designs and ChrissyW Digital are having a sale this week, click on the pictures to be taken to their products:
Also, over at Stuff to Scrap, Scraps by Missy’s store is 45% off through the end of the day! Her Build-a-Kit pieces are also on sale so those are actually 60% off right now with both sales combined! You don’t want to pass that up!
Lastly, don’t forget about Inspiredbydominic’s new Commercial Use store at CU Digitals! She’s having a Grand Opening sale there through July 7th, everything is 35% off!
Okay! I think that’s it for today’s sales! One other thing that I’d like to remind you about is the post here where I told you about the fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity Canada, there is still a few days to help the team meet their fundraising goal by July 6th! You can also check out there page here:
I’m also letting you know that I have a few fun things in the works for all my lovely readers, I hope to be able to make that announcement Monday! I’m excited! Until then, don’t forget that tomorrow is “Friday Faves” and Saturday I’ll be sharing my layout for This Scrapper’s Got Talent! Unfortunately, I was eliminated after last weeks round but I’m continuing to play along to stretch my creative muscles! Now go shop some sales today and everyone have a great 4th of July! As always…
Welcome to “Template Tuesday”, today I’m mixing it up a bit! I was on Facebook and one of the lovely ladies in one of my digital scrapbooking groups share the perfect link for today’s post. Have you ever wanted to add text to a page but there are embellishments in the way of your text box? I’ve had this happen on my pages and it had required me to take the time to make sure my text was formatted correctly. Not anymore! This tutorial will show you how to create a custom shaped text box in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements 10 or newer (sorry to those of you who use version 9 or below, I used to use version 6 so I know how frustrating this can be).
Journaling is such a important part of scrapbooking. Recording our thoughts and memories is part of what will make our layouts meaningful to those who look at them years from now. But, I often get caught up in the creative process of designing a layout and forget to leave adequate space for my journaling. And then, when I try to find space for it, I want it to fit around the other elements on the page. But, doing that with the Type tools alone can be a really frustrating process. Luckily, I have the option of creating text in a Shape… read more
I hope the tutorial was helpful for you! I know I’m going to enjoy spending time over there expanding my skills! Tomorrow is Project Life Wednesday so make sure you stop by and see me work with some paper! Shocking right?! As always…
Welcome back to “This Scrapper’s Got Talent Saturday”! This week’s challenge was to use everything in the provided mini-kit, and only the mini-kit, to create a layout that included plenty of white space. To me, that’s a double challenge! Well you know what? Challenge accepted! Here’s what the mini kit looks like (it includes 4 papers and 8 elements):
Now, I don’t fish, my kids don’t fish, no one that I know fishes. What does one do in this situation? Use pictures of geese, ducks and a body of water obviously! Hey, they both have water themes, if you read last weeks post, you know I tend to wander close to the lines of rules. It should be no surprise then that I didn’t even attempt to incorporate fishing pictures! Without further ado, here is my layout:
“Duck Pond” Template: Sample Pack 30 by ChrissyW Digital Kit: Gone Fishing TSGT Mini by Crescent Moon Designs
I think I created a successful layout this week! There are eliminations this week so I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous. The other wonderful ladies I’m competing against created fantastic layouts too! All of the “This Scrapper’s Got Talent” layouts can be found at Stuff To Scrap’s Gallery page so go take a look! Hope you enjoyed today’s post and as always…
Welcome to “Template Tuesday” and the post that almost didn’t happen! You see, Photoshop Elements 11 and I had a little disagreement last night, it decided that the halftone filter wasn’t going to work properly anymore… after working just fine since the install. Why you ask? I have no idea… This put a kink into my plans for “Template Tuesday”. I’d planned to show you how to halftone pictures to use in superhero themed layouts like the one from yesterday’s post. I started out with this template (for Jessica Sprague’s 7 Days in June Challenges. Unfortunately, the links for this challenge are only good for one day so head over there and pick up today’s freebie and join the challenge!):
I rotated the template (this seems to be a new trend for me…), added my papers, pictures and elements to come up with this layout:
“My Hero”Template: iToons by Liv.e Designs
Kit: Super Kid by Inspiredbydominic Designs (Releases 6/27/13)
You can’t see it very well, but I used a halftone overlay on the pictures. I don’t think these photos show the effect as nicely as the ones in yesterday’s layout. Thanks Photoshop Elements, thanks. In yesterday’s layout, I used the halftone filter (Filter-> Sketch-> Halftone pattern). This layout I copied all of my photos into a grayscale page (Mode-> Grayscale) to use the halftone pattern (does anyone know why I can’t apply the pattern anymore to a color photo?!). This morning, I really was grumpy because I DID NOT like how these photos turned out. Guess where I went… if you said Google you win! Google was only so helpful. I found many techniques for halftoning in Photoshop but information on Photoshop Elements was pretty limited. What I did find was this great gem on Draconianrain’s Blog, of how to halftone a drawing, that helped me notice I had another filter option! The Halftone color! (Filter-> Pixelate-> Color Halftone) It gave me a better overlay to work with but I will have to play around with the settings some more! Do you want to see how I did it with a picture? Here you go, just click a picture to make it bigger if you can’t see all the details:
Step 1: Duplicate layer. I always, always try to remember to do this as it’s a lot easier to scrap edits and start over!
Step 2: Filter-> Pixelate-> Color Halftone
Step 3: Change your settings. I used the settings pictured. The smaller the number, the smaller the “dots”.
Step 4: Opacity and blending mode options. I ended up duplicating my background again and setting the blend mode to Soft light to up the contrast:
The top layer that has the Color Halftone filter is set to Overlay blend mode:
And you know what? While looking at this picture I realized why I was having issues with my half tone pattern. Do you see the two black boxes on the bottom left? They are the foreground and background color. They shouldn’t both be black if I want to see a pattern! Sigh, at least I figured out what I was doing wrong, and I found another way to create a halftone look! So, if you want to do it the easy way… follow above steps until you get to choosing Color Halftone filter. Use Filter-> Sketch-> Halftone Pattern
Take a look at those little boxes on the bottom left… One’s now black (the colors the dots will be) and the other one is white (what the background color will be). I then set the top (Halftone Pattern layer) to Overlay blend mode. I duplicated the background layer again and set it to Screen blend and 50% opacity.
Is anyone still with me? Well that’s three ways to create a halftone effect on your pictures (or on anything really!)… I hope your eyes didn’t glaze over too much! If you have any questions, leave me a comment or as I said, if there’s anything you are interested in “seeing how it’s done” I’ll do my best to lay out a how-to on a “Template Tuesday” for you! As always…
Welcome to Miscellaneous Monday! Now, re-read that in your best announcers voice… makes a great introduction right? I’m sharing one of the funnest scrapbook kits I’ve seen recently! It was made by one of the fabulous designers I create for and the only people who have seen this kit so far is our team. You, lovely reader, get to see what’s in it before anyone else! Also, I get to share a new template release by another one of my designers! Have you noticed all the exclamation marks? I’m really excited to share today’s layout with you! Okay, before I burst, let’s get to it!
Can you guess the theme? I have two little boys who love superheros so this kit is bound to get pulled out often! Want to see the page I made this awesome kit? Really… Are you sure? Okay, here it is:
Template: Project Life Journal Card V6 by M&M Designs
Kit: Super Kid by Inspiredbydominic Designs
Anyone else excited to use this kit now? Remember, you saw it in action here first! Go by Inspiredbydominic’s Facebook page and leave her some love on her sneak peek picture!
I also want to remind you that M&M Designs is holding a “Summer Guest CT Call” So if you’re interested in working with some great templates (both pocket page and traditional) head over to her blog or Facebook post for details on how to submit an application!
Guess who got their Dear Lizzy Project Life mini kit this weekend! That’s right folks, I did! I love all the soft, pastel colors but I have no idea what to use it for… I put cards into the mini album though. Look for pictures on Project Life Wednesday! Here’s a look at the promotional picture from Becky Higgins’ blog:
Lastly, don’t forget tomorrow is Template Tuesday! If anyone has any question or requests (on anything paper or digital scrapbook related, not just about templates) that I might be able to help with, leave me a comment and I will work them into my Tuesday posts!
I think that about wraps up Miscellaneous Monday for this week! As always…
It’s nice to see everyone here today! I’m glad your back for “Friday Faves”, today I’m sharing some of my favorite designers! Now, I’ve tried to make sure it’s not a secret that I’m on Creative Teams for some wonderful designers. Obviously I love their products, but today I’m purposely NOT including them in my Friday Faves list! What I am trying to include are designers of different styles and products that might interest you. I don’t get any kind of compensation from any of the designers I’m listing today and these opinions are completely mine! So, if you’re ready, let jump on in!
I have so many favorite designers so it was difficult to narrow it down to just a few designers! In no particular order, here are some of my favorite designers:
I love their kits so much, the quality is spot on which is incredibly important to me. When I scrap, I normally use more “realistic” elements. I started scrapping in paper so my tastes typically run along those lines. The other thing that I really enjoy about Bella Gypsy is their wide variety of kit themes! Need a summer kit? They have one:
Need a kit to scrap the men in your life? They’ve got that too!
Love the “You Only Live Once” idea? They have a kit for that!
Can you believe these kits? I love how they create elements for “traditional” scrap pages as well as journal cards for those of us who scrap in the pocket page style! Awesome!
Now, Sahlin Studio creates wonderful digital kits, the quality is great and the variety is amazing but, can I tell you how much I love their “Project Mouse” line of products?! My family loves visiting Disney World and “Project Mouse” is all about Disney and every aspect of your trip! Take a look at some of the “Project Mouse” kits:
Can you believe the variety? That’s only three of the many bundles they have! If you have any Disney pictures at all, THESE are the kits you want to use! I just can’t tell you how much I love these products!
Scrapping with Liz:
Scrapping with Liz makes some of my favorite templates! Her templates have clean lines, and appealing layouts. There are pocket page/week in review style as well as more “traditional” style templates. When I look at one of her templates I smile because I know that regardless of the kit I choose to use, my layout will end up looking fantastic! Here are a few of the different styles of templates she creates:
Do you see a pattern to my choices yet? Great quality and flexible kits/templates! Scrapping with Liz embodies those traits! You will probably see me use her templates many, many times with my layouts!
I think you can tell by now why I would love this designer (hint: quality and variety!) but guess what this designer also creates? Commercial Use (CU) products! That’s the type of things you buy to use in making your own kits! Take a look at her Personal Use (PU) kits first:
Now, take a look at a few Commercial Use (CU) products Mommyish has in her store:
If you are interested in designing at all, you really need to check out Mommyish’s store! You really will be amazed, I promise!
I cheated a little bit here. My last designer is actually a set of wonderful designers! These are the designers behind Becky Higgins’ Project Life: Lori Whitlock, American Craft, Keri Bradford, Lili Niclass, Tiffani Smith, Liz Tamanaha, Heather Bailey, Nisa Fiin, Elise Joy Blaha Cripe, and Kimberly Church. I’m not going to share every single Project Life here but I did want to share three of may favorites, two of which I actually picked up at Michael’s the other day! The pictures are linked to the digital kits on AC Digitals but you can also find the paper versions on Amazon (Honey, Kraft, Midnight).
I hope that you enjoyed this long comprehensive list of designers who’s products I love to work with! If there’s a designer who you’ve never heard of, why don’t you go check out their website or store! I shared just a small amount of what each of these designers have to offer! And as always…
It’s nice to see everyone again! Today is “New Release Thursday” and I have a few fun things to share with you today! I’ve got new releases from ChrissyW Digital and Scraps by Missy with layouts to show you and a small bit about a new release from M&M Designs! I also have a little something at the end to share so stick around!
First up are two releases from ChrissyW Digital, “Sample Pack 11” and “To The Left“. Both sets come in 12″x12″ and 8.5″x11” sizes and are on sale for 30% off through Sunday! This is a preview of “Sample Pack 11” and a layout I made with it:
“Disney Or Bust”
Template: Sample Pack 11 by ChrissyW Digital
Kit: “Are We There Yet” by Scraps by Missy (Releases 6/21)
I haven’t made a layout with this set yet but if you check out her Facebook page or the product description, you will see plenty of wonderful inspiration there! I’m sure I will be using one of these in the near future though, I really like the one with all the circles!
Wait? Does that kit look familiar? Why yes, I used it on the layout above! Scroll back and check it out, I’ll wait… isn’t that an awesome kit? It worked perfectly to scrap my picture of the entrance to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It was such a rainy day when we arrived, and it didn’t stop raining for three days! Try telling two little kids that they have to wait even longer to see Mickey Mouse, we almost had a mutiny on our hands!
The last release, “Paper Crazy V3” comes from M&M Designs. As usual, you get four templates in this set and it’s only $4! I don’t have a layout for this one either (since I’m on her Project Life team) but there are plenty of inspirational pictures up on her Facebook Page! Take a look:
That’s it for my digital new releases for today but if anyone’s still around, I wanted to share this “new release” picture with you:
I know this isn’t the best picture (inside, phone picture, etc) but I wanted to share some of the new Project Life Products I came home with yesterday! Want the run down of everything in the picture? What I picked up:
Project Life (check their website for where to order/stores)
Kraft Core Honey Core Kraft Album (blue/green) Honey Album (multicolored chevron) Big Variety Pack Photo Protectors Grid 3×4 cards Grid 4×6 cards
Everything was picked up from my local Michael’s Craft Store (and of course coupons were used, they haven’t excluded Project Life… yet). These products aren’t even on their website yet! I have to admit, when I called them in the morning, the person I spoke with had no idea what Project Life was or if they had it in stock. So when I entered the store, I didn’t expect to find any products out yet… Lo and behold, I found this about five aisles down in the Scrapbooking section:
As you can see, they only have four core kits here right now (Honey, Midnight, Cinnamon, and Kraft) but I’m excited to be able to get my page protectors locally now! Anyway, I wanted to share my excitement with you! Keep watch here because I think some of the products I picked up will make an appearance here next Wednesday for “Project Life Wednesday”! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and as always…
Welcome to Template Tuesday! I’m going to showing you the “how-to” of working with a “Quick-Page” today. If you don’t know, a “Quick-Page” or “QP” is a layout that is almost completely done and all you need to do is add your pictures, title and journaling. It’s a great way to get pictures in a layout if you’re short on time or worried that your skills aren’t that good, and let me tell you, they are probably better then you give yourself credit for!
Typically it is a .PNG file with one layer, the graphics are “flattened”, and the pictures go behind and peek though the photo spots. Some come with “photo spot” shapes to clip your pictures to, especially if there are many pictures close together. The one I’m sharing today is by ChrissyW Digital, from her “Spring At Last” kit. Here is what the quick page looks like “straight out of the box”:
The first thing that I added was my picture. Since this quick page only has one photo spot, a clipping shape isn’t needed. I re-sized and moved around my picture on the layer under this one until I was happy with the placement. At this point I had this:
Next I decided to create my title with the “Spring At Last – button alpha“. I pulled the button letters that I needed, lined them up and re-sized them so they fit on the lines made by the paper strips. Then I took the button stitch and added the middle stitch to every-single-button… It was a little over the top to add all the stitches since the page looked fine without them but I wanted to add a little more because I had started with an almost complete page.
The one thing to remember: be aware of the direction of the shadows already on the page! If the elements you add have a shadow in another direction, the page won’t look right. Most people won’t pick up on what’s wrong at first but they will know something’s not right. The goal most of the time with digital pages is to “fool” the eye into thinking the digital page is “real”. Shadows are key to this! On this page, most of the elements are not bulky so it’s a little difficult to tell the shadow direction by the paper. As you can see looking at the bow over the picture, the “light” is coming from around the upper left corner. I tend to look at the bulkiest element first to find my shadow direction.
The last step when using quick pages is to add your journaling and date. Sometimes a page doesn’t need journaling to tell the story, this picture was a bit generic so I added a little information about out “Meet and Greet” with the Disney Fairies. And that’s it! You’re done with your page! Take a look at the finished page:
“meet and greet” – Quick Page
Spring At Last QP1 by ChrissyW Digital
Spring At Last Alpha by ChrissyW Digital
Hopefully you try out some quick pages, they really are a great, quick way to get photos scrapped without being overwhelmed by papers, elements and alphas! The focus is on the pictures and the story! If you use this or another quick page, feel free to share it! I love seeing the wonderful pages you all can come up with! As always…