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More pages and news from CRD

Guess what?! My things are still available at CRD until tomorrow!!! Here’s part of the most recent message Christina sent out:

Hi everyone, we wanted to let you know that Christina Renee Designs and the Block Party Designers agreed to continue our sale and all the blog freebies through Tuesday, November 4th, CST. Our servers went down during this event for a while and we want to make up for that.

Christina Renee

So if you wanted to pick something up but didn’t have a chance to this weekend, you still have time :)!

The fall foliage is really beautiful in my neighborhood right now! We drove to the local research park the other day to take a walk, and I got lots of great photos. Luckily, there was another family there taking photos, so we offered to take a family photo of them in exchange for them taking one of us :).  I love how the beautiful colors are reflected in the water behind us. I actually took lots of photos with even better fall colors, but they don’t have all of us in them – I will have to scrap those later.

Here’s a page I made with our fall family photo, using the Cozy Sweater kit and my freebie Autumn Word Art:

Photoshop Tips (in PSCS3 – other versions of PS may differ)

  • To get the angled look above, I cropped the photo before placing it on the page. I duplicated the photo layer, used the move tool to rotate it, flattened the image and cropped it into a rectangle. Then, I added the cropped photo to the page, and rotated it until the horizon line was level again, stretching the edges of the photo off the sides of the layout.
  • Even though it is at an angle, it was still easy to matte the photo above: in the layers palette, I right-clicked on the thumbnail of the photo layer and chose “select pixels”, then, from the pull-down menu: select>modify>expand>50 pixels, and in the same menu: select>inverse. THEN: I switched to the yellow paper layer I had placed below the photo and clicked “delete”!
  • I created the subtle, stitched leaf pattern on the orange paper by arranging the felt leaves on the background and changing their blend mode to “lighten”.
  • To make the red felt “AUTUMN” in the title, I used the type tool to write the word (with the Impact font). Then, in the layers palette, I right clicked the layer and chose “Rasterize Type”. Lastly, I layered a couple of the felt hat elements from the kit over the word, and used ctrl+alt+g on them to create a clipping mask. I also selected the layers and merged them (ctrl+e), then duplicated the felt layer and changed the blend mode to multiply (lowering the opacity a bit) to darken it a bit.
  • Don’t forget that when playing with blend modes, you can duplicate the layers to incorporate even more blend modes – I used this technique on all three parts of the title :)!

Oh, and here are some other great sightings of the Cozy Sweater kit at CRD:

Ruth

Ruth

Rachel

Rachel

Cozy Sweater Inspiration

*Please note: due to all of the excited digi scrappers flooding the CRD store and blog to get their sale items and freebies, things seem to be running slower than usual. If you are experiencing problems with the site, please check back in a little while – I’m sure things will be smoothed out soon!*

As promised, here’s a layout about Gabe and his famous sweater :)! This sweater and crisp fall days were the inspiration for my new kit: Cozy Sweater, available this weekend only at the CRD block party.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • To recolor some of the letters, I used the magic wand tool (with a tolerance of about 30) to select the letter portion, then I used Select>Similar to make sure the whole letter was included. Then I copied the selection to a new layer and used image>adjustments>hue/saturation to choose the new color.
  • To make the border of squares along the photo edge, I created a new 1.5×1.5 photoshop document and used the rounded rectangle tool to make a shape cutter. I used this new tool to cut all of the papers into perfectly sized, matching squares before adding them to my layout.
  • I lowered the opacity of the yellow square to about 88% so that the bright color wouldn’t detract attention from the elements on the rest of the page.

Here is some inspiration from my Cozy Sweater “One-Kit-CT” – I LOVE these!

Lime

Lime

Wendy

Wendy

Rhoda

Rhoda

Sandra

Sandra

Melinda

Melinda

Wendy 2

Wendy 2

Sory

Sory

Jess (Me!)

Jess (Me!)

Lots to Share!

I know I have been away from Scrapbook Ideas a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy creating :)! I have lots to share with you over the next few days, so I hope I will have time to post as often as I’d like. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

New Collection and Sale at Vera Lim Design

Firstly, I wanted to tell you about an awesome new collection by Vera Lim, called A Walk Down Memory Lane. It is huge: 5 paper packs and 5 element packs, and they are ALL on sale until the end of today!!

I have been a big fan of Vera’s gorgeous designs ever since I met her through Prima Hybrid. She has a unique style all her own, which features lots of bold colors and patterns (plus some soft and sweet kits thrown in every now and then), fun and inventive elements, and fantastic grunge that somehow still looks more pretty than messy :).  I love her ability to mix realistic, 3D looking elements in with doodles and other more traditional digi style embellishments.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Vera gave me opportunity to play with the beautiful kits in her newest collection!! Yippee!!! I love them soooo much and I could seriously scrap for days and days with them :). My favorite thing about all of these kits is that they are filled with really cool elements – I especially love all of the whimsical trees and birds. Here’s a page I made using pieces from all five of the kits:

ETA: This is actually a picture of my sister with Gabe, which I LOVE! He doesn’t get to see her much, because she lives so far away. But that could change in the not too distant future….

Digital Techniques:

Here’s my technique for the word art layered over the cloud element:

  1. I duplicated the word art layer. I changed the color of the new layer to a light yellow (originally black), which I had picked up from her shirt.
  2. I positioned the cloud element behind the word art layer and selected the pixels of the cloud layer.
  3. I switched to the yellow word art layer and deleted the selected pixels. This makes the word art inside the cloud appear dark in color, while the rest is yellow.
  4. Using a green color picked up from the grass, I recolored the original (black) word art, then I changed the blend mode of this layer to “color burn”. Lastly, I duplicated this layer and reduced the opacity to 65%.

Here’s my technique for the glitter overlay, which looks great as-is, but I felt like tweaking it anyway :):

  1. I placed Vera’s glitter overlay over the inner scrapbook paper, and I changed the blend mode to “linear dodge”.
  2. Then I duplicated the glitter layer and changed the blend mode of the top layer to “screen”, and lowered the opacity to 34%.
  3. The only other thing I did was to erase little bits of each of the glitter layers to create some variation and to remove the glitter from the area over the photo.

Faithbooking Article at The Daily Scrapper

I also wanted to let you know that I have a new article about faithbooking in the current issue of The Daily Scrapper :)! I am really enjoying working with this publication – every issue is bursting with ideas and inspiration for digital and hybrid scrappers, and the best part is that it is totally FREE! Speaking of free, be sure to check out the freebie section which has new goodies with each release :).

Shabby Miss Jenn Featured at DST

Finally, as most digi scrappers know by now, the featured designer this month at DigiShopTalk.com is one of my favorites: Shabby Miss Jenn!!! Even though I had already left her creative team by the time she was featured, she was sweet enough to let me scrap one more page for her using this fantastic kit, Harvest Road! The kit is available to DST members for the month of October. Here’s the layout I made with these yummy fall goodies:

Tip: I wanted to cover the letters of the word “patch” with a piece of plaid scrapbook paper from the kit, but the letters in the kit have built-in shadows, which I didn’t want to cover up. I used the quick selection tool (PSCS3) to select just the letters, but not the shadows, then I created a new layer and filled the selection with black. I used this new shape to clip the plaid paper, so the shadow is still visible behind it.

OK, that’s it for today, but please check back soon for some SUPER exciting news I can’t tell you about yet ;)!

Featured Scrapper: April Rieff (Sorashell)

Today I’m happy to introduce another inspiring scrapper, April Rieff! If you’re a digi scrapper, you might know her by her screen name, “sorashell”. Now, I have been a fan of April’s work for quite awhile, but it wasn’t until I interviewed her for this feature recently that I discovered the meaning behind her screen name. Click here to find out the real story (I think most ladies who have been pregnant can relate). And all this time I had been calling her “sora shell” in my head LOL! Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? I emailed April several interview questions, and in response she has shared a wealth of her scrapbooking secrets and experiences – I think you’ll enjoy reading this! Here’s the scoop from April:

I’m 39 years old and a SAHM/WAHM to Sophie (6) and Aiden (4) and wife to Chris. Today is actually our 9th anniversary [August 21st]! I live in Southern California, about 5 minutes from Disneyland and am “mom” to Rocky the dog, two cats (Rocky and Shawty) and a Ball python named Valentina. As you can probably tell, I love kids and animals… When I was a newer mom I was passionate about Attachment Parenting (and still am) but the kids are getting a bit big for breastfeeding and carrying in a sling, so most of my online time is now spent pursuing my digital hobbies. :)

I also love photography and am the proud owner of a 5D and some great lenses, and I’m surprised my kids actually know what I look like without the camera in front of my face. Besides photography, I also love traveling and being outside and reading when I get the chance. I make my traveling and camera $ by making quick pages for Jen Wilson Designs and selling templates and elements I make on her site.

I started playing around with digital in March 2004 and got started by noticing all of the amazing “signatures” on the mommy message boards I was seeing. I was using Arc Soft Photoworks at the time and it took me about a six months to figure out how to use Photoshop. My first layout was posted December 2004 at Scrapbook Bytes. I remember trying to use EVERYTHING in the kit I was working with (Chain Gang Vintage Christmas kit) and being so frustrated that it all wouldn’t fit! Still to this day I have a real problem with “clean and simple”…

I started off as a paper scrapper back in 1998 with using Creative Memories, but didn’t get too many pages done. I felt really guilty that I didn’t have a baby book for Sophie like all of my friends did for their kids. :p When I finally went digital it was awesome because there was no mess and I could just pick at a layout all day if I needed to, in between housework and mommy’ing. At first I printed things out 10×10 and paper scrapped them into my 12×12 albums, but pretty soon I gave up on that and just started doing 8×8 Shutterfly books. I absolutely LOVE these books and usually have one in my purse that I can whip out and show off if the occasion arises. :p

I use Photoshop CS3 for both my digital scrapbooking and my photography, and I’m in love with this program. There’s so much you can do in it and it’s a blast trying to figure out how to do things. I never get tired of tutorials and especially love the “warp” tool for shadows.

My main subject is my family and I’m always inspired there, but when I need scrapbooking technique inspiration there are a few galleries that I’ve always gone to. The main one is Krash’s…that girl has unknowingly taught me so much, just by me trying to copy her. :p For brush work I have always loved Emmem’s on Scrapbook-Bytes and I’d love to shadow like Tyting. The gallery that humbles me the most, though, is Nevache’s. Gerarda just has a way with putting the whole page together that makes perfect sense to me. Her stories are amazing, her photography is stunning and her composition and innovation really just blow me away. Other than galleries, products really have a way of inspiring me. Jen Wilson’s stuff always makes me want to scrap and I was so happy when I made her team so many years ago. Templates inspire me too, because they’re like decorating without having to worry about a pleasing composition.

Some of my favorite layouts, and the ones I’m proudest of are “perspective” layouts or scenes from an imaginary room. I love blending digital and reality so I end up taking pictures and mixing them with digital elements to create a kind of tableau. My kids have gotten really used to being asked to pose a certain way and my 6 year old has gotten quite adept and handling the 5D with a heavy lens and flash mounted so she can take pics of my hands in certain poses. Thank God for neck straps! With these kinds of layouts, it’s really all about two things- shadowing and Edit>Transform in Photoshop. Remember, Transform is your friend!

I have two favorite scrapbooking techniques and it’s hard to find a layout of mine without one or the other…or both! Extraction and Blending. I’ve been called the Extraction Queen for many years because I just can’t seem to not do it. Extractions (especially complicated ones) really just make the page so much more interesting to me. Here’s a good example of one I’m proud of ~ Monkey See/Monkey Do …and here’s an example of how I like to shadow and extract and blend, lol ~

 

Wow, thanks April -I have enjoyed learning so many new things about you :)!

My favorite pages of April’s are the ones that have that 3D, realistic look  – well, maybe some are sur-realistic lol! Here are a few of my favs (click images for credits):

The more I look at these, the more amazing they are! Here’s some more information about this talented lady:

Creative Teams (Present and Past)
Jen Wilson Designs
Carrie Stephens
Jen Caputo
Nancy Comelab
Michelle Pearson
Shabby Miss Jenn (Summer Girl)
Amanda Heimann
Anne Dejong
Birgit Kerr
Weeds & Wildflowers

Awards
SBB Star Award and DST 2007 Scrappers Choice Award

Publications
April has been published in Digital Artist Magazine (DAM), as well as in a few e-zines and newsletters.

April doesn’t have a website or blog, but she does have lots of great items for sale at Jen Wilson Designs: Click here to check them out :)!

Want to Learn How to Start Digital Scrapbooking?

The number one question I hear from Scrapbook Ideas readers is “How can I start Digital Scrapbooking?” Until now, I have never really had a great answer to this question. My own digital scrapbooking learning experience was the painfully slow trial-by-error method :). That’s why I’m so excited to tell everyone about a wonderful new program called Step By Step Digital Scrapbook.

If only I had access to a program like this when I was learning how to digi scrap – I would have saved myself sooooo much time and frustration (seriously, you have no idea LOL)! I hope you will let Karen, of Step by Step Digital Scrapbook, walk you through the learning process with her easy to follow video tutorials. Everything you need to get started is included, even the digital scrapbooking supplies!

Here are some samples of digital pages Karen will show you how to make:

Want to get started? Click Here to learn more!

Have fun, and please come back to show me what you’ve created :)!

As You Wish Designs

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I had a wonderful long weekend celebrating the Fourth of July with my husband and son. Now I’m all rested up and ready to get the week off to a great start :)! The first order of business is to tell you about a new digital designer: Janet, of As You Wish Designs!! Janet has been a familiar face around DigiShop Talk for quite some time, so it was fun to see her join the world of designers recently when she set up shop at Shabby Pickle Designs. And I was totally thrilled when she sent me a gift certificate to her new store (thanks girl)!!!! It took me forever to decide what to pick up, her store is filled with such beautiful things! I love her bright, bold colors and patterns, so I just had to make some extra bold pages! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Felted Wool Flowers – As You Wish Designs; Fonts: Cry Kitty and Generic Font.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • To make the pocket look “full” I used the burn tool around the outer edges to darken them a bit and the dodge tool in the center to make a highlight (I also duplicated the pocket layer and set the blend mode to color dodge (43% opacity), but that was just to make it look funky ;).
  • I used the overlay blend mode on the word “Joy” to make it look like it was part of the pocket.
  • There are tons of other blend modes in use for all of the text and most of the other elements of the page as well – no particular method, I just played around until I liked the look :)! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Free page template (altered slightly) by Michelle Filo. Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Outwrite, 39 Smooth.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • This page came together SO quickly, because I used this great template by Michelle Filo (I have seen TONS of pages using this one, but I figure the world of digital scrapbooking can hold at least one more LOL).
  • To add a little extra interest to the title, I alternated between smaller and larger font sizes for the word “sandbox”.
  • As usual, I played around with blend modes for all of the text. Don’t forget that to try changing the font colors as you experiment with the blend modes will create even more effects :).

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I’ve really enjoyed working with these As You Wish Designs! And I haven’t even had a chance to try the great alphas I picked up from her store (I especially like the Ephemera Bets). If you like what you have seen so far you should definitely take a look at the rest of Janet’s store, she has a great sale going on – everything is 30% to 50% off :)!!!

Scrappin’ Beach Photos

Just a quick post to share a page I made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s latest kit, Beach Shack. Every time SMJ puts out a beach themed kit, I just HAVE to pull out the photos from my honeymoon and re-scrap them LOL!

Romance in Aruba

Photoshop Tips and Tricks:

  • I layered the aqua wooden background over the brown wooden background, and used the eraser tool with a soft-edged brush to erase just around some of the outer edges. First I erased at 100% opacity, then I lowered the opacity to about 25% and erased again over the edge to soften the transition even more. Because the wood grain is the same on both backgrounds, this method helps the two backgrounds to blend together, giving the wood a faded time-worn look.
  • I duplicated the title “Romance” several times, changed the blend mode to “color” and the opacity to 38%, and used it to add a little more color and detail throughout the background of the page.
  • Since the subjects of the photo are so tiny, I placed photo corners around them, to help them stand out a bit more :).

So, anyway, this is my new favorite kit for beach photos!!! Isn’t it AWESOME???

Beach Shack kit, by SMJ

Now if you get some beach photos this summer, you will know where to go :)!

 

 

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

Are you ready for some more hybrid scrapbooking ideas? A little while ago I shared some simple ideas to get things rolling, to see Part 1 *Click Here*. Today we are going to kick it up a notch and try some techniques to add a little extra dimension! I apologize in advance for the bad photos, they totally don’t do justice to the gorgeous colors and details of Gina’s designs as seen in the Loving You Quick Album pages.

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #4: Pop Up Parts of Your Page

This technique is super easy to do and really makes a difference!

Tip For Printing Digital Quick Page For Hybrid Scrapbooking Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches (so it will fit into my son’s album). Then I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page toward the top. THEN, this is key, using the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the journaling strips, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I cropped out the base page. I also cut out each journaling strip from the duplicated portion of my page. Using foam adhesive (for a 3D effect), I adhered the Journaling strips above their corresponding locations on the page.

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #5: Pop Up Elements on Your Page

After adding a piece of ribbon to the bottom of my page, I also added extra height to the chipboard “g” sticker, using the same foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a few crystal swirls and hearts (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #6: Pop Up – With a Twist

This last idea is a variation of number 4 above, and is a great way to instantly multiply elements on your page.

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches. Then, like before, I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page at the top. Then, using the lasso tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the two flowers at the top of the page, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: When the page was dry, I cropped it to size. I also carefully cut out the flower elements from the duplicated portion of my page. Here’s the trick: before re-attaching the flowers, I rotated them a bit. Then I used regular (not 3D) adhesive to attach just the centers of the flowers to the page. Lastly, I used my fingers to curl the edges of the flowers upward and inward to help them pop even more :). See how quickly you can multiply two flowers into four? For even more variation, you might want to try resizing the elements slightly before printing, too. 

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

That’s all for today! I have more ideas to share, so be on the look out for another post soon :)

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas For Digital Quick Pages.

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3

Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

I am still plugging away at my faithbook and my memory verse cards! Here’s the most recent faithbook page inspired by the Beth Moore Stepping Up Bible study. I have now made pages for 5 of the Psalms of Ascent, so I’m 1/3 of the way finished :).

Psalm 123 Faithbook Page

Credits: Happy Trails, by Shabby Princess

And here are three more memory verse cards, using the brag book and collab kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Dani Mogstad. I love using quick pages along with the matching kit, because most of the work is done for me, but I can still add my personal touches.

6-7 Memory Verse Card

8 Memory Verse Card

9 Memory Verse Card

Photoshop Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

Sometimes I like to place text on top of patterned paper or images, but that can make the text difficult to read. Here are a couple of ways I have found to make it work. Hope you find them helpful :).

First Method:

For the second of the three cards above, I wanted to place my text over a post card image from the Vintage Garden Fairies kit, by SMJ and Dani.  The problem was that the flowers on the postcard were too bold, they competed with the text and made it unreadable, so here’s what I did:

  1. I used the polygonal lasso tool to trace around the image on the postcard (excluding the outer edges and shadowing). I cut the selection to a new layer (right click> layer via cut).
  2. On a new layer (between the two postcard layers), using the same selection, I filled the selection with a light, neutral color I picked up (using the eyedropper tool) from the outer edge of the postcard.
  3. There were now three layers in addition to the background; the outer edge/shadow of the postcard, a layer of neutral color, and the image portion of the postcard. In the layers palette, I lowered the opacity of the image (the example below shows the opacity at 66%, but in the end, I set mine at about 44%).
  4. Lastly, I added the text using the type tool, then changed the blend mode to “Linear Light”, which made it stand out a bit more. Tip: Try out several blend modes on your text layer – different ones will work best depending on the text color, paper color and texture, etc. 

placing text over pattern

Second Method:

Here’s the method I used to place patterned paper behind the text on the last card above.

  1. I created a new layer behind the quick page, and filled it with a light color I picked up from the flowers on the page.
  2. I placed a piece of floral patterned paper behind the quickpage, above the color layer, and in the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the paper to “Soft Light” and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 77%.
  3. I added my text using the type tool. 
  4. I added even more pattern behind the text on the right by duplicating the text layer, increasing the text size dramatically and lowering the opacity of the layer to 29%. Tip: I also “rasterized” the layer so that I could delete the portion overlapping the text on the right side of the card. This step might be called by a different name in other versions of Photoshop, but that’s what it is called in Photoshop CS3. Just know that once you rasterize the layer, you can no longer edit the text with the type tool.

placing text over pattern

That’s it for today, have a wonderful weekend!!!

WW Discovering You – Redo!

While I’m on a roll getting caught up with blog posts today, I thought I’d show you a Weeds and Wildflowers page I hadn’t had a chance to blog about. Heidi Williams revamped her kit Discovering You: she made some improvements here and there, added some things and refreshed the look by adding some pink (who can argue with that? LOL!). I got a lot of use out of the first version, and I know I will get even MORE out of this one :). Here’s a page I made using Discovering You: Revised:

So Beautiful

*Click Here For Credits*

Photo Texturizing Technique (Photoshop)

WW Discovering You Paper

Using a coordinating paper from the kit (shown at left), I had fun playing with a technique for adding some texture to my photo on this page. First I changed the paper to black and white (shown below, left), and increased the brightness and contract a bit. Depending on the pattern and texture of the paper you use, you may need to vary your adjustments a bit, but basically you are trying to create an interesting black and white texture that will work nicely with your photo. Some papers and/or photos will work better than others, so you will just have to experiment a bit :). Next I Photo Texture from WW Paperplaced the black and white texture in a new layer over the photo. Then, all I did was to go into the layers palette, and change the blend mode to soft light, and the opacity to about 23%. Try other blend modes and opacities too – there are lots of different possible effects! TIP: Another technique I used for this photo was to lightly “burn” the edges with the burn tool (from the tool palette), set to a very low opacity and using a large, soft brush.  It just helps draw your eye into the center of the photo a bit :). If you try this technique out, let me know – I’d love to see what kinds of results you can get :)!
 

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