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Layered Shape Templates: Real Flowers

Here’s my latest set of templates, Real Flowers! I tried something new this time and based these templates on actual photos. I used a pen and tablet to digitally draw the different layers of petals, so these are are not as smooth around the edges as my previous templates, but I like the natural look to them.

Real Flowers

Here are larger versions of the example pages:

Credits: The lovely Follow Your Bliss kit, by Gina and Heidi plus Real Flower number 2.

Credits: Heidi’s Seeing Stars Paper Pack ( with doodles), plus Real Flower number 3.

 

Publised in Bella Scraps Magazine

Credits: This awesome freebie by Heidi, plus Real Flower number 1.

Some Ideas:

  • To make the flower pop, add a drop shadow to each layer of petals, if you want the flower to blend in with the background, leave off the shadows.
  • Don’t forget to turn/shift your papers as you place them over the petal templates. Various lighting, textures and patterns can change the look dramatically!
  • Try resizing/rotating individual layers of petals or using just one petal layer with the center.
  • Maybe mix and match petal layers from a few different flowers?

Have fun with these, and please link me up to anything you make using them :).

P.S. This was the free gift I sent those of you who answered my question on National Scrapbook Day :)! If you didn’t get yours, please check your junk mail, and if you still don’t find it let me know, OK?

National Scrapbook Day Recap

Well, I hope your day has been as lovely as mine has, there’s nothing like a whole day to celebrate SCRAPBOOKING :)! I know I was only able to see a tiny portion of the events going on in the scrapbooking world – but I almost prefer it that way, it can be a bit overwhelming to see SO many sales, and SO many freebies, challenges, chats, prizes etc! Phew!

Speaking of which, I’m sorry if I have overwhelmed you by posting so many times today (especially you, email subscribers)! I don’t usually do that, but I haven’t had a chance to blog in so long, and my husband was soooooo sweet to watch Gabe for me today while I helped host the Prima Hybrid Crop, surfed a few other events, shared tons of my most recent projects, and of course, got some scrapbooking done!!! (Thanks Babe)!!!

Anyway, in case you missed some (or all) of my NSD postings in all the excitement, here’s a little recap for you. If you are reading this on Saturday night or Sunday, you might still be able to catch some of these :)!

Prima Hybrid Flower Girl Blog Party: Click here to grab my free template and blog hop to find lots more too!

Shabby Miss Jenn: Big sale with tons of super adorable kits for $1 each!!!

Weeds and Wildflowers: Click to learn more about the huge sale and my NEW quick Album :)! Also, I shared a mini review of Heidi’s revised kit.

Prima Hybrid NSD Crop Party: Click to read about my Layout Challenge ALSO Click to read about my Prima Flower Challenge, they end Sunday night :).

And here are a few other things I came across today that should be noted:

1) A fun and funky FREE kit by Emily Powers can be found here.

2) ScrapArtist is selling a super-sized collab kit for only $3.33 (for their 3rd Birthday :)!

3) If you are STILL looking for more, I’m sure you can find all you need at the DigiShop Talk {I}NSD Forum!

Wow, I blogged eight times today! That has to be my all-time record :)! Hmmm, how shall I celebrate? Leave me a comment on any of today’s (May 3rd’s) blog posts telling me your favorite thing about National Scrapbook Day, and perhaps I will choose one or two people to send a little gift too ;)!

 

 

TODAY ONLY SALE: My New Loving You Quick Album

Just wanted to let you know that I have a new quick album for sale at Weeds and Wildflowers, using the Loving You kit, by Gina Marie Huff! And there’s a fantastic sale at Weeds and Wildflowers today, with everything from 20% to 75% off!

Loving You Quick Album

Here are some layouts using a few of the pages from the Loving You Quick Album (of course I couldn’t resist printing some and turning them into hybrid pages :)!!!

Also check out my other goodies on sale today: Being Me Quick Album, Layered Shape Templates, In Bloom Brag Book, and Layered Shape Templates: Autumn Set!

NSD Prima Hybrid Blog Party

Happy {Inter}National Scrapbook Day! Some of the Prima Hybrid Flower Girls and site moderators have put together an awesome blog party to celebrate :). I’m offering a FREE 12×12 digital template, below.  Make sure you check out the long list of other blogs at the end of this post, offering lots of other great templates too!  Also, be on the lookout today for lots more information about NSD happenings you DON’T want to miss ;)!!! Have fun!

Jess Gordon\'s NSD Template

*CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS 12X12 TEMPLATE*

Update: I made a hybrid page using this template!

Hybrid page using free NSD template

I resized the template down to 8×8 to make a digital page out of it last night and printed it. Then, this morning I threw together this quick and easy 12×12 hybrid page :)! I used Rue 88 digital coordinates for the digital part, and Rue 88 cardstock and chipboard for the physical part (plus some Prima flowers, of course)!

Don’t miss the freebies at these other participating blogs – check back if you don’t see the freebies yet – they’re from lots of different time zones, so they could be snoozing right now :)!

{Inter}National Scrapbook Day Prima Hybrid Blog Party:

Di Hickman http://dihickman.blogspot.com/
Andrea Gourley http://www.andreagourley.blogspot.com/
Kristin http://wyowoman.blogspot.com/
Cindy Gilchrist http://AnAlteredState.blogspot.com
Amy Martin http://alb52.typepad.com/
Angel Hartline http://angeltown.typepad.com/
Indah Permata Sari http://inskidahv.wordpress.com/
Patty Komara http://plkomara.blogspot.com/
Melinda Staley http://myscrapcorner.blogspot.com/
Monika Martinson http://monma.blogspot.com/
Cathy Pascual http://paper-cat.blogspot.com/
Margie http://margiescreativity.blogspot.com/
Heather http://designrecollections.co.uk/blog

 Enjoy!

It’s Blog Party Time Again!

Have you met the newest Prima Hybrid Flower Girls?? We are so excited to welcome four talented new ladies to the team:

Teresa Victor - Gallery
Laura Kannady
(LauraKaye) – Gallery
Patricia Komara
(Patty K) – Gallery
Monika Martinson (Monika) – Gallery

To celebrate the new Flower Girls, we’re having a blog party this weekend with lots of free templates to share!! So after you grab my freebie below, make sure you stop by all of the other participating blogs as well (listed below)!!

Here’s my template, based on this hybrid page from a little while ago: 

Template Preview

*Click Here to Download this 12×12 Template*

This is the digital page I made with my template :).

Snuggle

*Click Here for Credits*

Don’t forget to stop at these blogs for more blog party freebies!


Cindy ~ www.AnAlteredState.blogspot.com
Melinda ~ http://myscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Andrea ~ www.andreagourley.blogspot.com
Cathy ~ http://paper-cat.blogspot.com
Teresa ~ http://www.teresavictor.com/perspectives
Danielle ~ www.danielleflanders.blogspot.com
Di ~ http://dihickman.blogspot.com
Amy ~ http://alb52.typepad.com
Indah ~ http://inskidahv.wordpress.com
Julie Ann ~ http://jshahin.blogspot.com
Monika ~ http://monma.blogspot.com/
Jamie ~ http://twogirlsdesigned.blogspot.com
Kristin ~ http://wyowoman.blogspot.com
Angeltown ~ http://angeltown.typepad.com/
Patty D ~ http://scrapbookdimensions.com/blog/?p=265#more-265
Patty K ~ http://plkomara.blogspot.com/

I believe there will be even more free templates in the Prima Hybrid Forum later today! WOW, what a list!!! Have fun  gathering all those goodies :)!!!

Weeds and Wildflowers News

I have LOTS of news from Weeds and Wildflowers to share :)! First of all, Heidi Williams has a new release called Everyday Bliss available at Prima Hybrid including:

Everyday Bliss Paper Pack
Everyday Bliss Paper Pack

Everyday Bliss–Journaling Bits
Everyday Bliss--Journaling Bits

Everyday Bliss Element Pack
Everyday Bliss Element Pack

And since there is a template challenge going on at Weeds and Wildflowers, I joined in and made this page with Everyday Bliss and Angie’s free template:

Old Mill

*Click here for credits*

Oh, and have you checked out the new Weeds and Wildflowers Forum? Fun fun!

Gina Marie Huff has a new release too! This kit, A Breath of Fresh Air, was available to Scrapbook Dimensions Magazines readers, and now it is for sale at Prima Hybrid :)!

A Breath Of Fresh Air – Paper Pack
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A Breath Of Fresh Air – Elements
Breath of Fresh Air Elements

I have had this kit for a while now, and I used it to make a birthday gift for my sister (back in January) AND I even used it to make the wrapping paper! Here are some pics of the wrapped gifts (the flowers and lace are all by Prima):

Hybrid Gift Wrap

Hybrid Gift Wrap Detail

Hybrid Wrapped Gifts

I really love making my own unique wrapping paper! If you want to know how I make hybrid gift wrap, check the very end of this post: Homemade Christmas.

And if you’re wondering what the gift was, look for it in the next Fresh Cuts Newsletter – the project and tutorial will be featured in there :).

Have a nice week!!

New Year Sale at Weeds and Wildflowers

Just wanted to let you know that there is a sale going on at the Weeds and Wildflowers Design Shoppe. They will be getting rid of some of the older items at the store to make room for new things coming in 2008!! So if you’ve had your eye on one of the older kits, make sure you snatch it up before it’s gone :)! Oh, and my Quick Album and Layered Shape Templates are on sale right now too for 20% off!! Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

UPDATE:

I also noticed that there is a chance to win a $10 W&W gift card at Gina’s blog.

AND, remember the 12 days of Christmas Quick pages? If you missed any or all of them, you can now buy the whole set!! And the best part is that 100% of the proceeds is being donated to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital!

A Wildflower Holiday SALE!!!

Ready for some great news from Weeds and Wildflowers? They have just released a huge new kit called A Wildflower Holiday Collection! I just LOVE this collection! It is a collaboration between all three W&W designers, Heidi, Gina and Pat, so everything coordinates to make one big cheery collection. And do you want to know the best part?Everything in the W&W shoppe is 30% off this weekend!

Here are some previews, you can click on the images to see them in the shoppe.

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower holiday

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower Christmas

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower Holiday

And if you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to pick up some of my templates or the Being Me quick album, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for, because they are all 30% off this weekend too :)!

Being Me Quick Album:

 Being Me Album

Layered Shape Templates:

Layered Shapes Bargain Pack

And the Autumn Set 

(below is a slide show of ideas for using the Autumn Set templates):

Very Exciting News (Great Prizes Coming Soon)!

Scrapbook Ideas is about to reach a new milestone – post number 100!!!!

To celebrate, I will be having a special event starting next week – you won’t want to miss it, because there will be lots of awesome PRIZES, and I’m going to keep things simple, so anyone who participates could be a winner!!!!!!!!

Here is the list of prize contributors that are lined up (more to come): Shabby Princess, Weeds and Wildflowers, Shabby Miss Jenn, Jeannie Papai, ChereKaye, Holley VanDenBerg, plus I will be donating some non-digital prizes as well! If you have something you’d like to contribute (especially non-digital), please let me know asap, via the contact form on my about page!  

Other News:

The Autumn Set is now available at Weeds and Wildflowers Design! Here’s a slide show of ideas for using these templates:

I also spotted this super cute page by Sarah, which uses the pumpkin template - I LOVE the way she put this page together, and the poem is just perfect!!! *click here to see the page credits and leave her some love*

Harvest Time

Tips and Techniques for Shape Templates

In case you haven’t seen this tutorial I posted over at the The Meadow, I decided to share it here at Scrapbook Ideas too! PLUS I wanted to show you some new goodies I just finished for Weeds and Wildflowers :).

I love to make and use shape templates for my pages because they’re a great way to add lots of photos and papers to a layout while also creating a fun paper-pieced look. I’m focusing on shape templates in this post, but the ideas can be applied to page templates as well.

Here’s where I sneak in a shameless plug for my new shape template pack coming to Weeds and Wildflowers Design! All four of these Autumn inspired shape templates are included in the pack. Is the animated preview too much? I just want you to get an idea of what you can do with these (p.s. I was pretty excited that I learned how to make an animated image – look for a future tutorial on that too). 

Leaf Background

Leafy Heart Preview

Mosaic Leaf

Pumpkin Preview

Tutorial for using shape Templates

The shape template I will be using for the following tutorial can be found here, in the Weeds and Wildflowers Shoppe. The papers are from Heidi’s Seeing Stars collection, and can be found here and here. Oh, and I should point out that my tips are based in Photoshop CS, since that is the program I’m familiar with.

Shape Template Basics

When you open the shape template in Photoshop, it will be on a transparent background, and if you look in the layers pallet, you’ll see that the shape is divided into several layers.

Star_ss_2

It’s really simple to add papers to the template! First, drag the paper you want to add onto your template, and position it directly above the layer you want to add it to.

Ss_step1

Next use ctrl+g to create a clipping mask – the paper instantly takes the shape of the layer below! You can now move the paper around, even re-size and rotate it, until things look just right.

Ss_step2

Repeat these steps for each layer of the template…see, I told you it was easy :)!

Getting Creative with Shape Templates

You can also modify shape templates by changing things here and there to create your own configurations. Try this: Merge several of the layers together to create new layers. First link the layers you want to merge together by clicking inside the boxes to the left of the thumbnails in the layers palette (an icon that looks like links in a chain will appear next to the linked layers).

Ss_step3

Next use ctrl+e to merge the linked layers into one new layer. Repeat theses steps until all your new layers are complete.

Ss_step4

Now just add papers as usual. For the example below, I decided to just leave the outer border black instead of covering it with paper. 

Ss_step5

Another idea would be to use the eyedropper tool to choose a color from the page, then use the paintbucket tool to fill a section of the template with the matching color. Experiment with different looks – try moving, rotating, resizing, cropping or ‘hiding’ layers too. There are lots of possibilities!

Template_tips

What do you think? If you have any questions, tips or thoughts, please leave a comment (link above), or even link us up to a page you’ve made using shape templates :)! Thanks for stopping by!

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