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Some Weeds and Wildflowers News

The Meadow Challenge

Here’s my page for the latest challenge at The Meadow - isn’t Gabe going to be so CUTE when his new glasses come in? He got fitted for them on Thursday and they said they’ll be ready in less than two weeks :).

Anyway, you’ve gotta go check out this challenge by Angie – everyone who enters will get a gorgeous FREE bragbook she made with Weeds and Wildflowers products, plus one person will also win a prize from the Weeds and Wildflowers Designers :)!

Also, I just HAVE to show you Heidi’s latest kit Swirling Fall Leaves, a collab with Saxon Holt of Sophia Sarducci – it is just packed with fall goodies, I can’t wait to create some pages with it!!   

There are TONS of awesome elements in this kit too! Click on the preview above to see the whole thing and click here to read more and see some beautiful pages using this kit!

Technique: Add a Mini Book to a Digi Page

Want to see my first page as part of Jeannie Papai’s Creative Team?

Cutest Pumpkin 

Credits Everything is from the Boo 4 You kit (plus Extra Solids) by Jeannie Papai – available only at her newest store, Elemental Scraps! Font: MA Fishy

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • I recolored some of the glitter letters, and I used sharpen (filter>sharpen>unsharp mask) afterward to get the sparkle back.
  • You can make word stickers like I did by adding an extra thick white “stroke” to the outside of your letters.
  • Here’s how I added a bit of extra texture to the black paper: I opened the teal and orange paper, and used the magic wand tool (with select>similar) to select the orange design. I used crtl+c to copy it. I dropped the black paper onto a new document, and used ctrl+v to paste the orange design over the black paper. In the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the orange design to “soft light”.

Technique: (Digital) Mini Book

Digi FrameHere’s a fun way to add a bunch of extra photos to your page. I’ve noticed that lots of digi kits come with sweet little frames like this one from Jeannie’s new kit. They are so cute, and I love using them! But sometimes I like to find new, unexpected ways to use digital elements :). Try this:

  1. Add several frames to your page, and decide if you want your mini book to be vertical or horizontal. Now “stack” the frames in a pile on top of one another. Use the options under edit>transform (in Photoshop CS) to fan the “pages” out, and flip the orientation of some of them so that the ribbons aren’t all facing the same way. The key is to keep one corner of each page in place on the stack, so that it looks like it is still attached to the other pages. Then add a fastener to hold all the pages together, like a brad, clip, whatever you like :)!  Now add your photos, by dragging each one,  one at a time, to the layer below the frame you want it to be in. Position it the way you like, then switch to the frame layer, and select the (empty) inside of the frame with the magic wand tool (I also do select>modify>expand for a few pixels) – go back to your photo layer, select>inverse and delete to remove the parts of the photo that extend beyond the frame.  Repeat for each frame. Lastly, add and extra embellishments, and you’re done :)!

OK – for those of you who are looking for the RAK I mentioned- Jeannie is still working on it, so it will make an appearance in a future post :).  BUT, the good news is that she is having a HUGE 50% off sale on everything at her new Elemental Scraps Store!!! NOTE: the sale price doesn’t show up on your items until they are in the cart. Happy shopping :)!

Technique: Digital Curled Edges How-to (AND Freebie!)

Ever since I did this post about curled edges in paper scrapbooking there have been many many scrappers who have come to my site accidentally, because they did an online search for digital curled edges. Well, if that was you, now you’re in luck! I have a tutorial and freebies for all you digi scrappers too :)! First, here is another page I made using my new digital curled edges (you can see the first one here):

Overalls

Credits Hand Stamped Alpha: Michelle Coleman; Curled Edges: Jess Gordon (freebie below); Font: Jane Austen; Everything else is from the Cherrywood Farm kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn!

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • I created a “visual triangle” using the the subject of my photo plus the screws and buttons on the photo’s edge. This idea is thanks to ksharonkdesigns!
  • I love using Michelle’s stamped alpha (“SEPT07″) as a brush set, so I can easily change the size, color and opacity to suit my needs! If you don’t know how to make a stamp (.png file) into a brush, check this post I wrote about making your own digital brushes (you will only need to do the last part). 
  • The Virtual Photographer “Fall Colors” filter as well as some grungy brushwork on my photo edges really help the photo stand out.

Technique: Curled Edges for Digital Scrapbooking 

This is a look I love to create on my paper scrapbook pages, so it was only natural that I’d want to incorporate it into my digi pages as well. It didn’t take any fancy digital designing knowledge to make these edges, and now I can use them again and again. Here I’ll show you what I did, plus how to make them look great on your page!

How to Make Your Own Digital Curled Edge:

  1. First I made curled edges with real paper following the steps seen here.
  2. I then scanned them, making sure my scanner was set to make a high resolution (300 dpi) image.
  3. Then I extracted just the curled part of the image and saved it as a .png file on a transparent background. My scanner bed is only 11 inches long, but I wanted my edges to be 12 inches , so I simply re-sized the edges. Because I wasn’t stretching them too much, they still look fine.
  4. I adjusted the levels, contrast and color a little and that was it!

How to Add the Curled Edge to a Digital Scrapbook Page:

  1. Open a 12×12, 300 dpi blank document. Place two digital papers on your page, one on top of the other.
  2. Drag the curled edge onto a new layer above the top paper. Position as desired, making sure that the curled edge touches or slightly overlaps each edge of the page.
  3. Still on the curled edge layer, using the magic wand tool, select the area above the curled edge, that you would like to erase. I also use select>modify>expand by a few pixels to make sure I get all the paper. Tip: if your selection encompasses the whole page, your edge is most likely not touching both sides of the page.
  4. Switch back to the (top) paper layer. Delete the selection.
  5. Next, add a realistic drop shadow to just the curled edge layer first, making sure that the lighting direction comes from behind the section that is curled over the paper  (check here and here for drop shadow tips).
  6. Merge the curled edge, its shadow and the top paper layer together.
  7. Add another drop shadow to the whole thing, this time adjust the light source so that the shadow is thrown to the other side of the curled edge.    

I hope these directions are clear – if you have any questions please ask, I’d be happy to help :). The comments button is at the end of this post.

*Update: For those visual learners out there, you can now find a video tutorial provided by Scraps of Mind. She uses Photoshop Elements and has slightly different techniques, but gets the same great results. Check it out here!*

OK, here’s your freebie :)! Enjoy!!

Curled Edges Preview

*Click Here to Download the Curled Edges Freebie*

Autumn Scrapbooking: Make Your Own Pumpkin Shapes

Happy first day of fall! I have just turned in my scrapbook pages for the design team I’m on at the local scrapbook store, but I took a few photos of the finished pages so I could share them with you as well! You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos – I can never get them to look like the originals! That’s probably why I show you more of my digital pages than paper ones :). Anyway, here they are!

Fall 2 Page

Fall Page 1

Fall Page 2

Credits: Everything is from the Shades of Autumn Collection by Reminisce, except the cardstock and ribbons.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t be afraid to cut a photo into two pieces to span a two page layout – as long as you don’t cut apart focal parts of the image, it will add interest to your layout and help tie the two pages together.
  • Just as in stamping, groups of small, repeated elements look best if some disappear off the boundary of the page. Just layer them on with some extending beyond the edge of the page, then trim off the excess.
  • Let your photos inspire the decorative elements of your design: on one page I included a doodled scalloped edge that resembles the bumps on a pumpkin. The circles repeated throughout the design also mimic the shape of pumpkins, the theme of this layout.

Technique: Make your own pumpkin “Die Cuts”

Even if you don’t have access to a die cutting machine, you can make your own cute little pumpkin shapes by following these simple steps:

  1. Punch or cut out a circle shape in about the size you want your pumpkin to be.
  2. Use a brown or black marker to make curved lines on the circle that resemble the lines on a pumpkin.
  3. Cut small indents at the points where each line intersects the edge of the circle.
  4. Attach a stem shape cut from brown paper to the pumpkin  where the tops of the lines meet.

Pumpkin Cutout Steps

How cute!! I just LOVE autumn, it is my absolute favorite season – so of course I love to scrap autumn pics :)! Have you created any fall pages recently? If so, leave a comment with a link, or email your page to me at scrapbookideas @ gmail DOT com (remove the spaces). Who knows, there might be a little something in it for you ;)!

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