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Friday Faves – July 5, 2013

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:

Albums, pocket pages and Project Life Core Kits
How I store my Project Life Kits

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:

SN@P! album and products

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:

Project Life V7 by M&M Designs

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:

Time Table Templates by Scrapping with Liz

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!

Something to Brag About – 4″x6″ Template by ChrissyW Digital

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…

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Project Life Wednesday – July 3, 2013

Welcome to “Project Life Wednesday”, today I’m sharing part two of my new Project Life Dear Lizzy Mini Album! If you missed part one you can see it here. Onward! Today I worked on a page that incorporates using one photo over many spots. I saw this post and new I had to do something similar in my mini album. I love this idea so much I’m going to be using it in my large album for our Disney trip! Do you want to see my pages?

First Double Spread
New page – Right side

This week I decided to keep my focus on the picture so I didn’t add any embellishments… yet, I really have a hard time not using Thickers and extra elements! I decided to only round the outer corners of the large picture to keep it looking like one large photo instead of two 4″x6″ photos. Here are some highlights:

I had a good time working on this, there’s no pressure to keep up to date as the album focuses on one object, not a chronological documentation! I can’t tell you how fun it is to really have no rules! One last thing, tomorrow is “New Release Thursday” so come back and check what’s new tomorrow, but if you need your digital fix right now, check out this post from Monday that’s full of sales, freebies and more! As always…

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Template Tuesday – July 2, 2013

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

Shaped Text from DigitalScrapper.com

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…

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TSGT Saturday – June 29, 2013

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):

Gone Fishing Mini by Crescent Moon Designs

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…

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Friday Faves – June 28, 2013

It’s time for “Friday Faves” and today’s favorites are… two pictures I took the other day! I just had to share our superhero/princes play time, these pictures might give you an idea as to why I was so over the moon to get to play with the “Super Kid” kit by Inspiredbydominic Designs! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check the posts here, here and see the preview here if you’re interested! On with the fun pictures!

First up we have a fun Prince/Knight/Superhero! Oh what this kids come up with!

Our Prince/Knight/Superhero!

Second, we have Superhero Jr!

Superhero Jr

There you have it folks! A quick peek into the fun we’ve been having this week (and yes my kids sometimes wear pajamas during the day… it’s less laundry! I’m saving the planet one less load at a time!) Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow, I get to share my “This Scrapper’s Got Talent” layout with you and boy, this week was indeed a challenge! As always…

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Project Life Wednesday – June 26, 2013

It’s Project Life Wednesday and I’m excited to show you the PAPER (yes, paper) mini album I’m working on. I received my Dear Lizzy Mini Kit from HSN last Saturday and absolutely loved it! There was one problem though, the patterns are so girly that I knew I’d never be able to use them with pictures of my boys… that means this kits mine kids! After realizing I would get to use this mini for anything I wanted, I had no idea what I wanted to put in it! I was already pondering what to use the kit for since I wanted to post about it and inspiration struck! I decided to create an album with pictures showing off Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Every time we were in the Magic Kingdom, I’d inevitably take at least three or four pictures of the castle. I’m not sure what it’s draw is (maybe it’s the architecture, the details, or just that it’s in the center of everything) but the Imagineers knew what they were doing when they designed that icon!

I’m not going to do a full walk through of my steps but I wanted to share some of the pictures. As my album is a work in progress, some pages won’t be complete when I share them but as I work on things, I want to share them. You’ll get a look at the process I use, the products I’m using (which I do not get any compensation for using), and the pictures I think capture my favorite parts of Cinderella’s Castle. In an effort to keep from overloading you with too many pictures, I’ve created numbered collages. First is a collage of my photo printing/cutting and applying the title on the page:

Here’s a look at my title page and page one:

Here are some close ups with products listed:

Remember, I’ll be posting about this and other Project Life related projects Wednesdays so don’t forget to stop by if you found this interesting! I love when you share YOUR projects with us too so feel free to leave us a link to your Project Life (or Project Life style) projects in the comments! As always…

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Template Tuesday – June 25, 2013

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!

Duplicate layer

Step 2: Filter-> Pixelate-> Color Halftone

Filter-> Pixelate-> Color Halftone

Step 3: Change your settings. I used the settings pictured. The smaller the number, the smaller the “dots”.

Change settings
Color Halftone close up

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:

Soft Light blend mode for middle layer

The top layer that has the Color Halftone filter is set to Overlay blend mode:

Halftone layer set to Overlay

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

Filter-> Sketch-> Halftone Pattern settings (Size 3, Contrast 30)

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.

Middle layer Screen blend, 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…

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Miscellaneous Monday – June 24, 2013

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!

First, there is a new template releasing from M&M Designs at her Gotta Pixel Store. Today’s release is another pocket page style template “Project Life Journal Card V6“. As always, you can check out her gallery at Gotta Pixel or on Facebook for inspiration!

Project Life Journal Card V6 by M&M Designs

The kit I used with this template is from Inspiredbydominic Designs and releases this Thursday June 27th over at Scrapbook Bytes. Here’s the sneak peek:

Super Kid by Inspiredbydominic

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:

“Space Ranger”
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:

Dear Lizzy Mini through HSN

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…

BeeTreeSig-webPS. I’m linked up at Plucky’s Second Thought for her #7 Blog Hop!

New Release Thursday – June 20, 2013

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:

Sample Pack 11 by ChrissyW Digital

“Disney Or Bust”
Template: Sample Pack 11 by ChrissyW Digital
Kit: “Are We There Yet” by Scraps by Missy (Releases 6/21)

To The Left by ChrissyW Digital

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!

Next up is “Are We There Yet” from Scraps by Missy. This kit actually releases tomorrow at Stuff To Scrap but here’s a look at it:

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Are We There Yet by Scraps by Missy

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:

Paper Crazy V3 by M&M Designs

M&M Designs also has “Project Life Journal Card V5” and “Paper Crazy V2” on sale for 50% off! That’s $2 a pack or $0.50 for each template, it’s a steal and it won’t last much longer!

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:

My Project Life additions

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

Thickers (from American Crafts)
Eric
Sparkling
Delight
Rainboots

K&Co Alpha (K&Company)
Handmade Doodle

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:

Project Life at my Michael’s Store

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…

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Project Life Wednesday – June 19, 2013

Welcome to the new Project Life Wednesday! I’ve got some fun pictures to share with you today! I finally started Project Life this year after periodically considering the system since the beginning of 2012… no rash decisions here! When I first looked into the system, they only had physical paper products but now they have expanded into digital products as well. I’ve been scrapbooking on and off for years and have amassed a bit of a collection of paper and embellishments, I have a problem with paper. I love wandering though any store that sells paper. Crafts store? I’m there! Office supply store? Don’t come with me if you aren’t prepared to spend an hour there! A book store? I won’t be back until dinner time! So it might surprise you that I started my Project Life journey with digital kits!

The first kit I ever purchased was Amber Edition (which I believe is retiring soon!) from ACDigitals. After that I couldn’t stop! I now have almost all the digital core and mini editions! Then Becky Higgins had her HSN sale for the new paper Blush and Jade Editions. I now have both of those paper editions (plus I’m waiting on my first Mini Kit through HSN’s auto-ship!) so what’s a digital scrapper to do with paper products? Scrap with them of course! I decided to go through my old, physical photos and get them scrapped! What I love about Project Life is that it’s so flexible. Of course all of my old photos were NOT in a 4″x6″ format, that would be waaaay to easy! So I was glad I ordered the coordinating cardstocks for Blush and Jade in 3″x 4″ and 4″x6″. It made it so simple to crop and add my odd sized photos. Anyway, I’m done boring you with all my words, on to the pictures!

Here is my album, I used the Blush kit for this one since I loved all the pinks (and I have two boys so I really doubt I’d use many pink cards for their pictures). The page looked great without all of the “extras” but my reasoning for buying MORE paper products  was that I needed to use up my paper scrapbooking stash! Makes sense right?!

“My Life in Review” Title Page
Title Page close up

Please don’t ask me all of what I used, some of this stuff I’ve had for eight years (did I mention I have a problem with paper?!) So I know most of the alphas are from American Crafts and the washi tape I picked up at Michael’s but other then that, I have no idea!

Next is a page I really love, I ended up choosing to go with a blue scheme. The pictures are from when one of my cousin’s was born. He’s a boy so I thought blue was quite appropriate as well as matching some of the tones in the photos! I do know the camera sticker is a SN@P product! I do have a small obsession with alphas and Thickers!

“Family” page
Alphas on the picture

The last page I’m going to share in this post is one toward the end (when my pictures were standard 4″x”6″ size). This page doesn’t have much embellishments, I really wanted the photos to stand out! See what I mean about flexibility? Pages look great with a lot of embellishments, or with almost none!

“Euro Trip”

I did round all my corners because I like uniformity, and I enjoy making my life difficult!

Photo close up

I plan on sharing more from this album, and some of my digital pages, over the next few weeks. If you can’t wait that long, you can take a look at my Photobucket album! Along with this post here, I’ll be over on my Facebook Page sharing a little bit about myself. I was going to do this the other day in relation to being nominated for the Sunshine Award (you can see that post here) but I think it relates better to this post… and I might have totally forgotten about it the other day too! So head on over! As always…

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