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A Month of Digital Scrapbook Pages!

Happy Monday my friends :). I have some new scrapbook pages to share with you today. These are 12×12 pages side-by-side to make two-page layouts.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging very often lately, here’s one of the reasons – I’ve been getting caught up on scrapbooking!

I have found that if I spend a lot of time blogging, I tend to get way behind on my scrapbooking.

I’d rather have one big post once in a while, where I share what I’ve been up to.

Life with these two little cuties is so precious  I just want to make sure I capture it!

So, I challenged myself to take at least one photo each day in January (I ended up taking many more) and put them into digital scrapbook pages.

Here are close-ups of two of the pages – I tried to keep the focus on the photos, rather than spend a lot of time on embellishments.

I designed these with Photoshop and ArtRage software using Shutterfly’s blank template for their 12×12 digital scrapbook. Then I uploaded the finished pages to my Shutterfly account so they will be ready for me when it’s time to print my next photo book. Plus I know have a free digital back-up of these pages for safe keeping :)!

Starburst Paper Tutorial, Plus Another Chance to Win!

Firstly, I wanted to let you all know that there is a contest going on at Sunshine Studio Scraps with a chance to win my Christmas Heart kit :)! Click Here to Check it Out :)!

I have been so focused on hybrid crafts that I haven’t talked much about digi scrapping lately. I finished up another page for my scrapblog book today, so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial :)!!

Scrapblog Christmas Book Page

Credits: Christmas Heart kit and Christmas Heart quick page, by Jess Gordon, available here. Fonts: Cry Kitty and Problem Secretary.

Create a Starburst Look with Solid Papers

Papers with a starburst pattern on them are so fun, and they’re great for emphasizing part of your page, as I have done in the layout above. To get this look using a simple solid paper I followed these steps:

  1. Open the solid paper in photoshop.
  2. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, draw out some selections for the “rays” for your starburst. Draw the first ray, making a closed shape (it will have marching ants around it when you are finished). Holding down the shift key, draw the rest of the rays. You only need to draw the lighter colored rays. You can be a perfectionist and make sure all the rays meet perfectly in the center, or you can just make rough shapes like I did :).
  3. After step 2, you should have all of your light colored rays selected (outlined with marching ants). Right click inside one of the selections, and choose “layer via copy”
  4. Change the blend mode of the new layer you just created to “screen”, and adjust the opacity to your liking (I used 63% for this example).

That’s it – have fun :)!!!

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 :)!

 

 

Cool Technique!

I love it when you include a link to your site or blog when you leave comments for me! Checking out your sites has led to some really fun and interesting discoveries. For example, the other day I visited Valerie’s blog and saw her tutorials about how to make a neat stamped effect using photos and Photoshop. You can see them here and here. Anyway, I tried it out, and used the resulting bridge “stamp” as an excuse to create a really fun fantasy-style page. I have been seeing more and more of these imaginative fairytale type pages and have been wanting to make one of my own. Can’t wait until my niece sees this :)!

Credits: Paper by Vera Lim, butterfly and blue glitter by Gina of WW, fairy wings and gold glitter by Dani Mogstad.

In case you’re interested, here are the original photos I used for this page. Isn’t Photoshop wonderful??

 

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 :)!
 

Shabby Miss Jenn Challenge

Even though I’m not playing for a prize (since I’m on her creative team), I still wanted to make a page for Shabby Miss Jenn’s Challenge – I LOVE the freebie she made for it!!!

Click here for the challenge details (but hurry, it ends soon)!

Here’s the challenge freebie (you can still grab it, even if you don’t participate):

Shabby Miss Jenn Freebie

And here’s the page I made for the challenge:

Love of Flowers

Credits: Challenge Freebie, Weeds & Daisies, Spring Junk Pile, Fallin’ Blooms, Autumn TidBits – All by Shabby Miss Jenn; Letters from the Patio by Dianne Rigdon. Font: Jane Austen.

Journaling:

because they reveal God’s
glory and remind me of
how awesome a creator he
is, because they appeal to
the hopeless romantic in
me, because they remind
me of so many happy
times in my life – and
sad ones too – not soon to
be forgotten, because of the
gardens my mother has
always lovingly cared for
and taught me about, and
the wonderful memories
of visiting the botanical
gardens with my mom,
grandma and family -
because of countless little
reasons, I have such a deep
love of flowers
 

Photoshop Tip: I love to use photoshop blend modes, and I’m always experimenting with the different effects I can get with them. On this page, I enlarged a flower photo, and placed it over the shabby brown background from the freebie above. Then, in the layers palette, I changed the photo’s blend mode to “Color Burn”. When I added my text, I used an off-white color and placed the text UNDER the photo layer. I really liked the pretty color variation the blended photo gave the text and background!

Vertical Type Tips (plus a faithbook page)

After memorizing last week’s Bible verse, I decided that as wonderful as it was, it just wasn’t the same without the two preceding verses. So this week’s memory verse card has Ephesians 2:8-9, so I can put it on the page opposite last week’s card :). Here’s this week’s card using, of course, a quick page from the brag book by SMJ and Dani:

8-9

And in case you missed it, here’s last week’s memory verse card, which will go on the next page in the mini book I’m in the process of making:

Ephesians 2 verse 10

Last week the scrapbooks at Hobby Lobby were 50% off, so I bought this 5×7 Paper Studio album for about $2.50, I think it will be just the thing to hold these pages!

5×7 Album from Crafts Etc.

Photoshop Techniques: Vertical Type Tool 

OK, so let’s talk about the vertical type tool in Photoshop. This is pretty basic info, so advanced users can run along now LOL! But I know that there are many beginner Photoshop users reading, so this one is for you :)! As I have mentioned before, I am totally self taught in Photoshop, so it took me a while to figure out certain things. The vertical type tool is one of the things I didn’t notice right away, believe it or not!

Vertical Type Tool

Most of the tools in the Photoshop toolbar have tiny arrows to the bottom-left of the tool icon, this means that there are additional tools hidden behind that tool. If you right-click on the tool icon, a fly-out window will appear showing the rest of the tools. So, as you can see in the image to the right, the Vertical Type Tool is hidden behind the default Horizontal Type Tool. Using this tool is different than typing a line of text and rotating it 90 degrees to achieve a vertical line of text, because with this tool, the letters stay vertical instead of being turned on their sides. I used the Vertical Type Tool to type the word “Grace” on today’s memory verse quick page. I like to keep three tips in mind when using the Vertical Type Tool:

  • Choose a solid, wide, possibly decorative font  - think about whether each letter can hold it’s own on the page.
  • In most cases, use all capital letters, since this will ensure that each letter is the same height.
  • Keep in mind that the tools in the character palette still work with the Vertical type Tool (so you can add more space between the letters with the “Set the leading” tool, for example).  

To illustrate these points, here is an example of what the word “Grace” would have looked like if typed with the same font I used for the rest of the card (Book Antiqua), with only the first letter capitalized. Next to that is the word typed in all caps with a font called Extra Ornamental.

Vertical Type Examples

Looks better the second way, right? At least I think so :).

OK, I’m off to do some scrapping! I want to make a page for Shabby Miss Jenn’s challenge, so I can use the AWESOME freebie she’s offering :)!!!

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