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Floral Springtime Scrapbook Pages

I may be keeping up with my 2012 scrapbooking with Project Scrap, but I am still pretty far behind on my 2011 pages, so I will be working on those little by little throughout this year, too. I DID get my winter 2011 book finished and printed, so next up are some SPRING scrapbook pages! I have to say, it is so nice so be looking at bright floral pictures and scrapbook papers – it makes me excited about the days to come :)! Anyway, here are the first two pages in my Spring 2011 book:

I used all Shabby Princess products for theses pages, check here for credits :)!

~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!*

Freebie Scrapbooking Kit for Christmas!

It’s time to spread some Christmas cheer! I thought I’d share this Christmasy digital scrapbooking kit I made a couple of years ago when I used to sell my designs. Hope you enjoy it! ~xo Jess

*Click Here to Reach the Download Page*

Fall Fun Digital Scrapbooking Kit {FREE!}

Hello Scrappy Friends :). I just LOVE autumn, don’t you? To me it means lots of happy family times spent outdoors enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season, which is just around the corner – believe it or not! I have been blogging about the fun fall memories my family has been making (plus our recent trip to Hawaii with the two little kids) at our family blog: Lovely Lovely Things please stop by and say hi :)!

Anyway, I was making a sort-of digital scrapbook page for my blog when I realized that I had several fall-ish digital scrapbook kits from when I used to sell them which are just hanging around on my computer – so I decided to put some things together for a freebie :)!

This freebie is a hodgepodge mix of some new things, some things from old kits, and some old things which I played around with to make new again :). I hope you like it! ~xo Jess

*Click Here for the Fall Fun Downloads*

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!!!

Inspiration from Inspire Company

Inspire Company

Sometimes it’s a good idea to look outside the immediate circle of your scrapbooking world to find some great inspiration! I have been a fan of Inspire Company for years, and have read Amy’s blog almost since the very beginning. I’ve always loved how creative she is, and that she manages to share so many of her creative ideas with others. I don’t know how she has found the time to make so many delightful pieces of art, and still run her charming online shop, plus sell even more of her beautiful creations at The Cottage, which I was lucky enough to visit last time I was in Virginia (photo at left), AND have time to blog about everything and design the prettiest little magazine to spark all kinds of creativity in others too! On top of all of this, she and her husband have also recently become foster parents – what a wonderfully generous soul :)! OK, now that you know how much I {heart} Inspire Company – let’s get on to the actual inspiration, shall we? A while back, I showed you my new inspiration journal, but I didn’t tell you what motivated me to make it – Amy’s new *FREE* online magazine: Inspired Ideas. She has released three issues so far, and each one contains a new project for your creativity journal. There are other projects in the magazine too – in fact, the whole thing is just a wealth of bright ideas! Here are some of the Inspired Ideas projects I’ve made so far:

From Volume 1, No. 1: Make a Cake

Ribbon Cake Card

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: May Day! May Day!

Mar Day Vase

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: Flower Girls

Flower Girls

Flower Girls Details

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea Bed

(Credits: Lots of scraps from all over my scraproom LOL! Just ask if you’re dying to know where I got something, OK?)

See what I mean? Inspiration galore! Amy provides detailed instructions for all of these projects in the magazine, which I followed pretty closely, except that I printed the May Day vase decorations and the Princess and the Pea bed on ink jet transparencies to make my life a tad bit easier :). Anyway, I hope you’ll check Inspire Company out, if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed!!

P.S. Amy, if you’re reading this – I’m ready for the next edition of Inspired Ideas now ;)!!

Bright Blooms Free Paper Pack

It is very rare for me to attempt to design digital papers. In fact the only two times I ever have were for the same reason: Carolyn’s annual blog party :)! She must not have hated the one I made last year (even though I kinda do), because she asked me to make another one this year. So why not head on over to her blog, check out the party and grab this free paper pack? Have fun :)!

Bright Blooms Paper Pack

Shabby Princess Loveliness (and a freebie)!

Shabby Princess had a big new release for the third anniversary of her store recently, and I have LOVED playing with all of her beautiful new products! I can’t believe the Shabby Shoppe has been open for three years already!!!! I still remember loading my shopping cart to the brim when the store first opened (hehe). I’m still thrilled with each new release, and this one was no exception :)!

Full credits for all the projects below can be seen here.

Here are a few digital layouts using the new kits:
Waterfall
Using Damask & Dots (lovely, isn’t it?)

Love This Boy
Using Whisper with a template by Kissed Studio, plus two new Fontologie fonts.

Botanical Gardens
Using Bounce (SO CUTE) plus, you guessed it, another new Fontologie font :)!

But my favorite kit in the new release is TWIRL!!!!! I recently made a faithbook page with this kit (seen here). I also made a super fun hybrid card, but you will have to wait for another post to see that one (coming soon). In the meantime, here are a few more hybrid cards I made recently using some of my other Shabby Princess favorites!

New Home Card
I used the Olivia Kit, and embellished it with some Prima flowers :)!

Thanks Card

This one uses Olivia, Flea Market Chic and a non-digital paper from her Bo Bunny Line. Oh, and Prima flowers, of course :)! The cute oval frame is from Oriental Trading Company – love their scrappin’ stuff!

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a free template for the card above :).

JG Card Template Preview

*Click Here To Download The Free Card Template*

 

 

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