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How to Keep Up with Digital Scrapbooking

Can you believe it’s time for February already? I can tell 2012 is going to fly by!

I really want to try to stay caught up with my digital scrapbooking this year. Last year, I focused on “project 365″, taking at least one photo every day. That was wonderful, but it made keeping up with scrapbooking MUCH harder. Instead of one big scrapbook, I had to break it up into four – one for each season. So far, I have only completed the winter and fall books, so I’m basically 6 months behind schedule.

THIS year, I’m going to try something new: Project Scrap!

Free layout templates, encouragement and inspiration each month for the whole year. Two photos per week and two layouts (one double page spread) per month sounds totally doable (although, knowing me, there will be lots of extra pages added in)! Here are my layouts for the month of January (click here for credits):

~Tips and Techniques~

How to create custom shapes in Photoshop:

The original template for January had some adorable snowflakes on it, but we didn’t see any snow this month – just lots of rain! After deleting the cute little snowflakes from my template, I made some raindrops like this:

1. Create a new layer.

2. Select the custom shape tool (looks like a “blob” LOL), then at the top of the screen, there will be an option called “shape:”

3. Next to the “Shape:” option, click on the tiny arrow to reveal the different shape tools.

4. If there are only a few shape options, find the other tiny arrow at the top right corner of the shape pull-down menu and click that. In that menu, click “All”. This will give you all of the custom shapes – so many fun shapes to choose from :)!

5. I chose the raindrop shape.

6. Remembering to put each shape on a new layer, I drew some raindrops on my page by clicking and dragging the mouse to create various sizes . TIP: hold down the shift key while drawing if you want to keep the shape looking good – otherwise it might turn out stretched or squashed looking. By-the-way, you CAN draw all of the shapes on one layer, but you won’t be able to re-size and move the shapes individually that way.

7. Finally, I added some color and texture to my raindrops by layering digital papers over them in the same way you would for a template! TIP: If you’re not familiar with how to use digital templates and create clipping masks, check out this super helpful tutorial from the Shabby Shoppe: Creating Clipping Masks in Photoshop.

Faithbooking Your Christmas

Faithbooking is a term that has come to describe scrapbooking that incorporates aspects of your faith (beliefs, spirituality, life events, Bible verses, etc). Here are some Christmas themed faithbooking ideas I have gathered up for you  from this year and past years:

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: What does Christmas Mean to You?

Here’s a page I made in 2007 describing my thoughts on the season.

Journaling Prompt: How do your kids describe the true meaning of Christmas?

Some of my most magical moments so far this Christmas season have been hearing my son, Gabe describe what the true meaning of Christmas is. Since his very first Christmas, his dad and I have been trying to instill in him a deep understanding and gratitude for the greatest gift of Christmas – God’s gift of his son Jesus to the world. Now that Gabe has had a few years to let this all sink in, he has been saying some very thoughtful and meaningful things that I want to make sure I capture in my scrapbooks for future years.

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: Document Traditions and Family Heirlooms

Here’s a page from a Christmas faithbook I sent out to family members in 2008.

A Bible Passage about the Christmas Story:

Matthew 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: What Charities Do You Support at Christmas?

I wanted to document our family tradition of donating shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Here’s great quote about Christmas:

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” — George Matthew Adams

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: Christmas Decorations and Activities

Take a look around the house to find symbols of your faith at Christmastime.


Some More Christmas Events and Activities to Document: Church services and Christmas pageants, special books and movies, hymns and other Christmas songs, nativity displays, inspiring poems or articles, quotes from friends and family, descriptions of special family traditions…

There are so many possibilities for faithbooking the season! I hope you will share some of your ideas with me too :).

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial

One way to add a personal touch to gifts is by designing your own gift wrap. Handmade gift wrap doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect, in fact, imperfections add to the charm and homemade feel! Today I’m going to show you how I made some wrapping paper using stamps. For this project, I used a roll of white wrapping paper purchased at a craft store. If you decide to use colored paper, remember that paint and ink colors look different on colored paper than on white.

Supplies for Stamped Gift Wrap:

Plain wrapping paper
Paint, ink, glitter glue or anything else to decorate with
Stamps, stamping block (for clear stamps)
Foam brush and something to put paint in if using paint
masking tape and scissors

How to Make Stamped Gift Wrap

  • Cut a large piece of plain gift wrap and spread out over a flat workspace, tape in place using a bit of masking tape in the corners.
  • Decide on a pattern for your gift wrap. I used clear stamps (by Prima) to design mine so I was able to line things up to make a continuous pattern. I left space on one side of my pattern so that I could stamp additional designs into the pattern with another color (see image 1 below).
  • Use a foam brush to paint the stamps with green acrylic paint, then stamp the design in rows, adding fresh paint each time (see image 2). Stagger the beginnings of the rows, for a more pleasing pattern.
  • After finishing all the green stamping, wash the foam brush and stamps, then begin with the red parts of the pattern. Since I used a small stamp for the red, I just used an ink pad instead of paint. I used a smaller stamp block too, for more control (see image 3).
  • After finishing the red stamping, wash the stamp and stamp block, then add some final touches to your design with glitter glue. I put stripes of gold glitter glue in between each row of my stamped pattern (image 4).
  • Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before you use your new hand stamped gift wrap!

Have you ever made homemade gift wrap? I’d love to hear about it – please share your ideas in the comments section :)!

Here’s another idea: if you have access to a wide-format printer, try printing digital scrapbook paper onto large sheets of sketch paper, as seen at the bottom of this post I wrote in 2007: Homemade Christmas. The same idea could be used for smaller gifts by printing on regular sized printer paper too!

Free Printable Photo Box and Tutorial

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated an older Christmas tutorial from 2008 with a new freebie link (originally only available in the DST Insider)!

Click here to see the Printable Christmas Photo Box tutorial.

*Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

Handmade Christmas Craft Ideas!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Amidst all of the busyness and hustle bustle I love to slow down and make pretty things with my hands. Making crafts during the holidays gives me a chance to get together with friends and family, listen to cheerful music and create gifts from the heart!

Christmas Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Freebies!

I plan to share lots of Christmas craft ideas and tutorials this month. I will keep an updated list here at the top of this page with links to the Christmas crafting articles as I add them. Some are new, some are from previous years. Check back often for more tutorials, ideas and freebies, or Click Here to be added to my email list :). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Craft Ideas List

Faithbooking Your Christmas (Dec 2010)

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial (Dec 2010)

Christmas Gift Bag Craft (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Gift Boxes (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Heart Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Templates and Quick Pages (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Photo Box Craft and Tutorial (Dec 2008)

3 Ideas for Photo Calender Gifts You Can Make Yourself (Dec 2007)

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages and Tin Album Project (Dec 2007)

How to Photograph Christmas Lights and Tree Lights Page Idea (Dec 2007)

Today’s Inspiration: Pink, Shabby Chic and Roses

My family is on their way to visit so I should be getting the house ready, not procrastinating at the computer right now, but when I saw today’s challenge at shimelle.com I just had to join in :).

I am a huge fan of Shabby Chic style decor, so the guest bedroom in our house is just as pink and pretty as you can imagine :). I realized this morning that now is a great time to take some photos in there, because soon that room will be transformed into the new baby’s nursery (OK, so it will still be very Shabby Chic, but it will not look the same as it has for the past 5 years).

These photos make me want to pull out my lovely pink scrapping supplies and finish some more of my wedding pages :). I am totally inspired by all flowers – especially roses and of course, by any shade of PINK!
Shabby Chic Decorations
Shabby Chic Bedding
Shabby Chic Details
Quilt with Rose Embroidery
Quilt with Pink Roses
Pink Rosey Books

P.S. Here’s a fun fact for you: The search engine term “Shabby Chic” is one of the top ten searches that lead people to this site, and it’s the only one in the top ten that is not scrapbooking related. As of right now, it has lead to over 7,524 visits!

Real Love Mini Kit {and freebie}

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend :)!! I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to Valentine’s Day  – what could be sweeter than a whole day dedicated to LOVE? It is with this in mind that I have put together my new mini kit: Real Love – It is on sale for just $2 right now!

Real Love Mini Kit by Jess Gordon

My inspiration for this kit is a passage from the Bible:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a (NIV)

You will find these words incorporated into the design of some of the papers in the kit, and of course, most of the elements are meant to communicate a major message of LOVE :)! Although you can’t miss the bold pinks and lavender colors here, you will also find plenty of neutrals too – for those non-girly pages ;).

And of course I have a little freebie for you to coordinate with this kit! Enjoy :)!!
*Click Here to Download the Real Love Freebie*
Real Love Freebie By Jess Gordon

I LOVE these beautiful pages made by some of my talented digi scrapping friends!

Melinda Staley

Melinda Staley

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Jennifer

Jennifer

Sharon Dale (aka skye_zak)

Sharon Dale (aka skye_zak)

Rebecca Labbe, Kiden Studios

Rebecca Labbe, Kiden Studios

RuthMelody

RuthMelody

Anne Berit

Anne Berit

Wendy Cole

Wendy Cole

A Time for Giving

My mom sent me a link to this video, and I just had to share it here too – it really moved and motivated me! I hope it will do the same for you.

Interested in helping to provide clean water to developing countries? You can make a donation right here (I did!): https://www.water.cc/give/. You can even make the donation in some else’s name and send them a beautiful e-card to tell them about it :).

I enjoy giving to various charities throughout the year, but there is something about Christmas that makes me want to give even more than usual. Partly because I feel so blessed myself, and I want my blessings to overflow into the lives of others. But mostly it is because I feel compelled to give when I think about the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to us, his son Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love love LOVE Christmas and all of the many joys of the season, but I can honestly say I get the most joy from giving to others, especially those who need the most!

Here are some scrapbook pages about Christmas giving… you didn’t think I would have a post with nothing scrappy in it, did you ;)?

The first one is by Oriana, I was so impressed and inspired by her idea!

Card by Oriana

*Click here for credits and to leave her some love in the gallery :)*

These next two are by me – Gabe and two of his cousins each packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child again this year. This tradition gets more fun each year as the kids get older and have a deeper understanding of the meaning and significance of giving to other kids. If you want to see Gabe with his box from last year click here :).

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 1

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 2

What is your favorite charity to give to at Christmas time? Have you scrapped about your giving traditions? I’d love to hear about them :)! {HUGS} Jess

Another Christmas Craft Tutorial :)!

Hybrid Gift Card HolderOK, show of hands: who out there has a “difficult to shop for” friend or family member? As much as we love to give handmade or personalized gifts, there are times when the best gift is really a gift card (especially if you also sometimes forget to pick up a gift until the last minute like I do – LOL)! That’s why I looooved the idea of these crafty little gift card holders!  They dress up the gift card and add a touch of handmade to a usually boring looking gift. PLUS, you can add a little handle to hang them on the Christmas tree with – TOO CUTE!! I made this one using the Krafty Christmas Gift Couture Printables by Melinda Staley, she has lots of great printables in her store, including some cards and gift tags. This project is in The Daily Scrapper Christmas Edition as well - click HERE to see the tutorial and full credit information!

Win an Issue of Bella Scraps Magazine!

As always, I am amaaaazed at all of the ideas, beauty, and pure inspiration I found in the latest issue of Bella Scraps Magazine!!! The issue contains 76 gorgeous pages filled with ideas and how-tos. There are plenty of hybrid gift/wrapping ideas to get your creative juices flowing, including several from yours truly ;). And you will also have access to the free download – a beautiful kit by Vicki Stegall. To find out more about this issue and for your chance to win it for FREE, check out this post at DST :).1bsm_1108_600

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