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Christmas Faithbooking Verses {Free}!

Christmas is coming very soon! I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am :). I am so happy people have enjoyed the Christmas verse word art I shared! I made three more Christmas Bible verses for your scrapbooking, faithbooking, cardmaking, and crafts, and put them together with the original one in this little freebie set. For each verse there is a .jpg version with the background, and a .png version with no background. All are 12×12 inches, but you can resize them to suit your needs. Have fun with these! If you use them, please let me know – I LOVE hearing how they’re being used :). Merry Christmas!!!

*Click here to download the free Christmas Faithbooking Verses*

Free Thanksgiving Printables and Tutorials!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? I had a blast making decorations with my kids yesterday, and I even made some free fall printables to share! They’re not really “scrapbooking” things, so I posted them over at JessGordonDesign.com, head on over and check ‘em out if you like :)!

Free Printable Autumn Leaves for Fall Crafts

{via JessGordonDesign.com}

*New* Template Freebie and McIntosh Apples Digital Paper Pack

I couldn’t resist doing some digital designing, so I made a few paper packs and opened a new Etsy shop :)!

New Digital Scrapbook Papers in my Etsy Shop: McIntosh Apples

There’s something about fall that makes me love apples even more than usual! My favorite type of apple has been the McIntosh for as long as I can remember, which is why I was inspired to create a digital paper pack named after them. These digital papers are perfect for photo books, digital scrapbooking, and can also be printed for all your paper crafts and scrapbooking as well!

McIntosh Apples Digital Paper Pack
Cute apple designs hand drawn by me :)

*Click Here if you’d like to view these digital papers in my Etsy Shop*

Here’s a fun layout I made using this digital paper pack. Last fall we went to a nearby apple orchard, then made a yummy treat with our fresh apples! Click here if you want to see the Apple Bundle recipe I posted on my blog last year – oh, that rhymes hehe :).

McIntosh Apples Double Page Scrapbook Layout:

McIntosh Apples Digital Scapbook Layout Page 1:

McIntosh Apples Digital Scapbook Layout Page 2:

This is such a simple layout idea, which makes it very versatile. If you like it, please feel free to download it – I turned it into a freebie template :)! Let me know what you think of the new digital papers and these freebies too – Enjoy!

McIntosh Apples Freebie Templates:

*Click here to be taken to the McIntosh Apples Freebie Templates download page*

Free Printable Candy Box Crafts

Here are some last-minute crafts you can make this weekend – just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

I whipped up the printable candy boxes this afternoon with some papers I had designed recently. They are by no means perfect, you can kinda see the fold lines etc, but they are still fun to make. I also included one without the message box plus a .png template and a plain .jpg template so you can create your own if you like too! Oh, and I stuck 3 pink papers in there too :)!! If you are new to printable crafts, just ask your questions in the comments section and I will try to answer them asap :)!

CLICK HERE to see the folder with all three downloads inside :).

Now, THESE are the printables designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff the PRO printable designer, so you can rest assured that they will not be flawed like mine :). PLUS she has some pointers in there to help you along the way. If you love her work and hybrid projects in general, you will want to go see her in action along with all of the other talented ladies at The Hybrid Chick.

And last, but not least is the free candy bar wrapper by Brooke from Oregon, which I offered here a few years ago, but might be new to some of you!

~So Flirty Kit~ Digital Scrapbooking Freebie!

Here’s another digital kit!  I made this one in 2008 for sale, but now it’s a freebie Valentine’s gift from me to YOU :). Hope you like!

*Click Here to Download this Freebie Digital Scrapbooking Kit!*

Questions and Answers About Printing Your Digital Scrapbook

I have had some great questions in email and comments about printing Shutterfly photo books, so I thought I’d share the questions and answers here for you to see too :)!

Question From Chelsey:

I looked through Shutterfly and I cant find the same backgrounds that you have?  Is there somewhere special I need to get these?

My Answer:

Sometimes I use the backgrounds by Shutterfly, but sometimes I create my own and upload them into Shutterfly using their “print your digital scrapbook” feature. Are you familiar with digital scrapbooking? In digital scrapbooking, you use digital “papers” and page elements to create scrapbook pages. Shutterfly has an option for uploading these already made pages and printing them in their books. It is a bit more time consuming, but I love being able to create a personalized book :).

Follow-up Questions From Chelsey:

I am not familiar with digital scrap booking. Do you have to pay extra for those pages? Where do you find them or do you have to create these yourself?

My Follow-up Answers:

Programs like Photoshop Elements can be used to create digital scrapbook pages using your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies, which can be purchased or even downloaded for free (I have several free kits available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com). You can also find pre-made digital scrapbook pages, often called quick pages, to use – then all you need to do is add your pictures!

Question From Maryam:

I have decided to start digi scrapbooking and was just wondering what digital scrapbooking program you use…

My Answer:

I use Photoshop for my digital scrapbooking. I was fortunate to win a copy of the full version, but before that I used Photoshop elements which is much less expensive and all you really need for photo editing and digital scrapbooking.

Question From Taylor:

I love how you have different backgrounds on your books. I’m not the biggest fan of Shutterfly’s backgrounds, and I was wondering how you applied those backgrounds?

My Answer:

I know what you mean about the Shutterfly backgrounds, although they do have a few cute ones :). I am a digital scrapbooker, so I use digital scrapbook papers in a lot of my photo books. I make the digital scrapbook pages in Photoshop before I upload them to Shutterfly, then I use the “print your digital scrapbook” feature in Shutterfly to create my book using my own custom-designed pages.

Here’s an idea that just came to me: If you want to use a digital scrapbooking paper, but you don’t have Photoshop, you could try uploading whole digital scrapbooking papers you want to use when you upload your photos to Shutterfly. Then, choose a very simple photo book design, like “Versatile Classics”. Then, when you add your photos to the pages, choose layouts with one or two extra photo spots than you need, and place the digital scrapbook paper in those spots. It won’t cover the whole background, but at least you could add a little extra character to your page that way :). I tried it just now, and attached a screen shot of what I came up with below. The background is by Shutterfly, but the pink papers are from the free “Real Love” digital scrapbook papers available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com.

Tip: you can double click on the image once you insert it into the Shutterfly page, then you will be able to adjust the position and zoom.

Question From Vicki:

Which layout on Shutterfly are you using to convert your square pages to landscape with a border for journalling?  I’m assuming you use custom path with a 1 photo layout but I’m having a hard time figuring out which one! I also “scrap” in square, but would sometimes like to take advantage of the landscape album codes and I also don’t journal alot on my pages but could see where one day my kids would want to know more of the details.

My Answers:

I usually design my own digital pages in Photoshop, then use the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature at Shutterfly to print my book. Here is a link to the page at Shutterfly where you can choose from the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” options: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/print-your-digital-scrapbook. They have several choices for the size and shape of your book. Once you choose a size, you will be taken to a page where you can download free Photoshop templates in the exact size and shape of the book pages and cover, the templates even have built in guides showing you where the edge of the page might be cut off in the printing process, so you can keep all important details (like text) within the safe zone. For my digital pages I plan to print, I usually use one of the templates as I design the page so that I know that there will be a perfect fit and nothing will get cut off in printing. The great thing about using the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature instead of the one photo pages is that you have complete control over the covers and binding of the book too, plus you know exactly how big to make your pages because of the templates.

I have also used square pages in a landscape book to make use of coupon code like you mentioned, but I just designed a landscape page, with black as my background, then resized my square pages by hand in Photoshop, and added them in along with text. Here’s and example of a book like that I made a few years ago: http://scrapbookideas.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/shutterfly-classic-photo-book/


Digital Quick Pages and Templates for Christmas Photos!

If you’re anything like me, you took many, MANY great photos during the holidays and you have yet to scrapbook most of them. Here we are at the end of January, and I still haven’t finished going through all my Christmas photos yet! Granted, this Christmas was extra special. Actually, I’m pretty sure, far as I can remember, it was my best Christmas EVER :)! So I did take tons of pics. Anyway, I meant to share these before Christmas, but I got caught up in the excitement of fun holiday happenings and getting ready for lots of family coming into town. I’m sure there are at least a FEW of you out there who might be needing some quick pages to help finish up scrapbooking your Christmas pics, and if not you can save these up for next year :). They all coordinate with the Christmas Heart kit and other freebies that came with it. Enjoy!

*Click Here to Download these Free Christmas Quick Pages and Templates*

Notice about the Christmas Heart Freebie Kit!

Hello Friends!

It has been brought to my attention that there were some problems with the Christmas Heart freebie downloads. The downloads were being hosted by a site called 4Shared, which I had been using for the past couple of years without any problems, but apparently those worry-free days are no longer. Besides taking a very long time to download, there were also some other problems: one of the download files went missing, and at least two new files were added by someone other than me. I am so sorry for any problems this may have caused any of you.

A few things to note:

  • Please DO NOT open any files with file names beginning with something other than JG_, they are not from me and I don’t know what they contain!
  • The kit has a folder of  8 patterned papers, but there should also be a folder with 4 solid papers plus one decorative scalloped paper. If you didn’t get the second folder of papers, you can find it here: JG_Christmas_Heart_Solids.zip
  • The downloads are now being hosted by a different site, called MediaFire, hopefully things will go more smoothly with this new site. I hope to move my other freebies over there soon too :).

Special thanks to Donna for alerting me to these issues :)!!!

Stay tuned for more Christmasy ideas coming soon!!

Christmas Gift Bag Craft

I was able to squeeze some crafting fun into our busy weekend, so I have a cute project to share with you :).

These little Christmas ornament gift bags were so simple to make and don’t require many supplies.

I used plain white gift bags, craft paint, some leftover scraps of craft foam to make stamps, and some awesome decorative Duck tape!

The paint bottles became the stamping tools when I used them to trace circles of craft foam to adhere to the base for a stamp.

My four year old son enjoyed helping me stamp polka dots onto the bags. When they were dry, I trimmed the tops of the bags with the decorative tape and used a sharpie to doodle ornament shapes around the dots.  I even made some gift wrap using this method too. Super easy and we love the result!

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!

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