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I Love Fall!

Just wanted to share a few fall pages with you and a couple of quick tips :). I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but it has really just begun to feel like autumn where I am. I just love this time of year, the fall foliage, pumpkins, apples, it’s a time to admire God’s beautiful creation, which leads nicely into Thanksgiving celebrations! Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am if you have made some fall pages, please share your links in the comments section :).

I made this page using the FREE Harvest Spice kit by Shabby Princess!!

Super Sweet Fall

Tips and Tricks:

  • Using a font like “Acorn Initials” allows you to add some extra color to your title. In your layers palette in Photoshop, just right click on the text layer and choose “rasterize” (or simplify). Then you can use the magic wand tool to select areas of the title to fill with color with the paint bucket tool.
  • Try using elements in new ways; I used a ribbon “tie” one of my words together. 
  • I used my “Leafy Heart” shape template to help showcase some of SP’s gorgeous papers. Then I added a bold photo border by using the eye dropper tool to grab a coordinating color from one of the flowers to fill a couple of the template layers with.  

I used an awesome Weeds and Wildflowers collab kit to make the page below :)

Sweet Little Pumpkins

Technique: Here’s an easy way to get your B&W photo to perfectly match your page: once you convert your photo to B&W, go into your Photoshop layers palette and right click the thumbnail of the photo layer, then choose “select layer transparency”. Next, create a new layer, and fill the selected area with a color that matches your page (in this case, I picked up some of the brown from the background paper). Going back into the layers palette, change the new layer’s blend mode to either “hue” or “color”. 

The following page uses the super fun Smell My Feet kit, by Shabby Princess!

Lovable Lion

Photo “pop” technique: Recently, I accidentally discovered this simple technique that really brings some life to my photos. I have used it on almost every photo since then! Here’s what I do: I use image>adjustments>levels to open the levels window. I move the middle input slider (tiny triangle at the center) all the way over to the left until it overlaps the left input slider (the image looks really white at this point), I click “OK”. Next I use image>adjustments/brightness/contrast to open the brightness/contrast window. I move the contrast slider way over to the right, then adjust the brightness accordingly (usually a little to the left). For the example below, I set the brightness to -20 and the contrast to +87. I have no idea why this trick works, but I love the result :)!

Photo Technique

For this last page, I used my “Mosaic Leaf” shape template to frame my photo, and to show off several papers from Jeannie Papai’s Blissful Fall kit at the same time!

Little Man

Tips and Tricks:

  • This is how I added the monogram “A” to my page; I used the type tool to type a very large letter “A” in a dark brown color I picked up from one of the papers, using the eyedropper tool. I then opened my Photoshop layers palette, and used the drop down menu from the top left corner to select the blend mode called “Soft Light”. Voila!
  • To distinguish the photo layer from the rest of the layers in the “Mosaic Leaf” template, I merged the photo border and photo layers together, then added a drop shadow to the newly created layer. I also rotated the layer and sandwiched another leaf element between it and the lower portion of the leaf template.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. If you have a fall page (or two or three!) to share, please leave a comment and link us up!! 

Shape Template Tutorial and Freebie

Just popping in to let you know about a shape template freebie and mini tutorial I wrote for The Meadow - Click here to check it out!! Here’s a page I made using the template:

Hay Bale Maze

*Click here for credits*

 Here’s a preview of the pumpkin template, click here to see the post with the download!

Pumpkin Template Preveiw

OH! And I almost forgot to show you this awesome page by Yvette (AlohaMamma)! I love how she has used my star template – SO creative :)! Also, check out the rest of her gallery too, she is one talented scrapper! (Click here to see credits and/or leave her some love!):

Dream, by AlohaMamma

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 :)!

News Items

Hi there! Just a quick post to share some news with you :).

The Meadow 

Firstly, I wanted to let you know about another awesome new blog by Weeds and Wildflowers Design! Well, the blog is actually by the W&W Creative Team  :)! It’s called The Meadow, and one of my pages was featured by Chere in the very first post (thanks again hon)! There will be posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday about all kinds of cool topics; tips, techniques, challenges, interviews and more! And of course, there will be lots of W&W freebies :)!

Jeannie Papai

I’m so happy to announce that Jeannie Papai has invited me onto her Creative Team :)! Her designs are SO fun and happy, she has a lot of really cute stuff! I’ve already made one page with her newest kit, but I can’t show you until October 1st, it’s a SECRET :). But I CAN tell you that there just might be a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) happening on here on Monday, so keep your eyes open :)!

Mini Product Review: SMJ – Cherrywood Farm Kit

If you’re looking for a YUMMY fall kit, you have to see this one by Shabby Miss Jenn!! I LOVE it! It is filled with gorgeous papers and unique elements – I’m SO glad my hubby was nice enough to give me this one – thanks sweetie!!!!

Here’s a page I made with it today:

Touches of Autumn

Credits Cherrywood Farm, by Shabby Miss Jenn Designs; Font: Jane Austen

I have another page planned with this kit, that shows off a couple on new FREEBIES I have in store for you :). Hehehe, so much fun stuff going on, can you tell I’m having good time with all this? And I have even more good news in the works, but I will save that for another post…I’m off to do some more scrappin’ :)!

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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