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Anniversary Memory Book

Today my husband and I celebrate our five-year wedding anniversary!! Each year that goes by is more wonderful than the last and we have made so many memories, which will be cherished always. He is my best friend and he knows how to fill my heart with pure bliss! I’m working on a special memory album to celebrate romantic highlights from our first five years of marriage, but it isn’t ready yet. I am taking my time because I want it to be perfect :)!

Last year I made a Shutterfly photo book as an anniversary gift for Chris, and that one wasn’t done in time for the actual day either – and I also never had a chance to post photos of the finished book here. So, in honor this special day, here is a gallery of photos from my all time favorite Shutterfly photo book: “Autumn in New England”!

If you click on the thumbnail photos below, you will be able to see a larger image and a description of the photo – PLUS Shutterfly photo book tips for those interested :)!

Credits: I believe all of the digital designs used in this book were created by Shabby Princess, Shabby Miss Jenn and Lanne; except for the last layout, which uses this collab kit (which is on sale now and actually about to be retired). I created this photo book almost a year ago, so I may have forgotten something – if you see one I missed, please let me know!

Lots to Share!

I know I have been away from Scrapbook Ideas a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy creating :)! I have lots to share with you over the next few days, so I hope I will have time to post as often as I’d like. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

New Collection and Sale at Vera Lim Design

Firstly, I wanted to tell you about an awesome new collection by Vera Lim, called A Walk Down Memory Lane. It is huge: 5 paper packs and 5 element packs, and they are ALL on sale until the end of today!!

I have been a big fan of Vera’s gorgeous designs ever since I met her through Prima Hybrid. She has a unique style all her own, which features lots of bold colors and patterns (plus some soft and sweet kits thrown in every now and then), fun and inventive elements, and fantastic grunge that somehow still looks more pretty than messy :).  I love her ability to mix realistic, 3D looking elements in with doodles and other more traditional digi style embellishments.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Vera gave me opportunity to play with the beautiful kits in her newest collection!! Yippee!!! I love them soooo much and I could seriously scrap for days and days with them :). My favorite thing about all of these kits is that they are filled with really cool elements – I especially love all of the whimsical trees and birds. Here’s a page I made using pieces from all five of the kits:

ETA: This is actually a picture of my sister with Gabe, which I LOVE! He doesn’t get to see her much, because she lives so far away. But that could change in the not too distant future….

Digital Techniques:

Here’s my technique for the word art layered over the cloud element:

  1. I duplicated the word art layer. I changed the color of the new layer to a light yellow (originally black), which I had picked up from her shirt.
  2. I positioned the cloud element behind the word art layer and selected the pixels of the cloud layer.
  3. I switched to the yellow word art layer and deleted the selected pixels. This makes the word art inside the cloud appear dark in color, while the rest is yellow.
  4. Using a green color picked up from the grass, I recolored the original (black) word art, then I changed the blend mode of this layer to “color burn”. Lastly, I duplicated this layer and reduced the opacity to 65%.

Here’s my technique for the glitter overlay, which looks great as-is, but I felt like tweaking it anyway :):

  1. I placed Vera’s glitter overlay over the inner scrapbook paper, and I changed the blend mode to “linear dodge”.
  2. Then I duplicated the glitter layer and changed the blend mode of the top layer to “screen”, and lowered the opacity to 34%.
  3. The only other thing I did was to erase little bits of each of the glitter layers to create some variation and to remove the glitter from the area over the photo.

Faithbooking Article at The Daily Scrapper

I also wanted to let you know that I have a new article about faithbooking in the current issue of The Daily Scrapper :)! I am really enjoying working with this publication – every issue is bursting with ideas and inspiration for digital and hybrid scrappers, and the best part is that it is totally FREE! Speaking of free, be sure to check out the freebie section which has new goodies with each release :).

Shabby Miss Jenn Featured at DST

Finally, as most digi scrappers know by now, the featured designer this month at DigiShopTalk.com is one of my favorites: Shabby Miss Jenn!!! Even though I had already left her creative team by the time she was featured, she was sweet enough to let me scrap one more page for her using this fantastic kit, Harvest Road! The kit is available to DST members for the month of October. Here’s the layout I made with these yummy fall goodies:

Tip: I wanted to cover the letters of the word “patch” with a piece of plaid scrapbook paper from the kit, but the letters in the kit have built-in shadows, which I didn’t want to cover up. I used the quick selection tool (PSCS3) to select just the letters, but not the shadows, then I created a new layer and filled the selection with black. I used this new shape to clip the plaid paper, so the shadow is still visible behind it.

OK, that’s it for today, but please check back soon for some SUPER exciting news I can’t tell you about yet ;)!

The Latest from Shabby Miss Jenn!

Check out what’s new at Shabby Miss Jenn Designs – you’re going to LOVE these new kits :)! Here are a few pages I made with her newest goodies:

Credits: Art Class, by Shabby Miss Jenn. I have soooo many photos I can use this awesome new kit for! I also used a worn photo overlay by Something Blue Studios. Fonts: Eraser and High Strung.

Credits: Spiced Apple Collab, by Shabby Miss Jenn and Paint the Moon (Annie Manning). Photo overlay by Something Blue Studios. Font: 1942 report and Vintage Press (by Fontologie).

Oooooo, I love this great collab kit, and it was so cool to work with some things by Annie too. A few people requested a shadowing tutorial when they saw this page in the SMJ gallery, so I will do my best to put one together and post it here soon.

Oh, and I thought I’d just mention this in case you haven’t already noticed the changes in my creative teams list – I have recently stepped down from being on Shabby Princess and Shabby Miss Jenn’s Creative Teams. Of course you all know how much I completely ADORE these two ladies and their work, and I will forever be a MAJOR fan – but I have some new projects I’m working on, which I’d like to devote more time to. It was such a huge blessing and a real honor to be involved with these awesome teams, and I know we will still be in touch :)!

That’s all for right now, I will be back soon with more updates!

SMJ Scraplift Challenge

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I had so much fun lifting this awesome page by Juliet, called Rest, for the challenge going on at the SMJ team blog. I hope you join in the challenge too – SMJ has a freebie for everyone who participates, and there will be TWO winners who will each receive $50 gift cards to Shabby Miss Jenn designs :)!!! Look here for more details.

This is the first of many scrapbook pages about our recent vacation! I posted more photos and journaling about this evening in Cape Cod right here if you want to go check them out :).

Summer Birthdays Galore!

I’m home from my vacation, and I have lots of catching up to do!! We had a wonderful time in New England, if you want to see some photos from my trip, you can check them out here (I will be adding more soon). During our vacation, we had Gabe’s second birthday party and we also had a big cook-out to celebrate all of the summer birthdays in the family (mine included). What a great trip!!!

Meanwhile, in the digital scrapbooking world, there have also been plenty of birthday celebrations and new releases too, check it out:

Shabby Miss Jenn had a birthday bash with tons of new releases!

I made this card with her huge Birthday Wishes kit – it’s just what I needed!

This fun page about the crazy contest between my husband and his friends was made with SMJ’s new Going Green kit (p.s. I know about the typo, lol) 

And Lanne has some new photo tools in the shoppe – I have been playing around with her awesome photo textures. NOTE: I am still really new to using these, so I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but I’m having fun at least LOL!

And the page above was made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s Pickled Petunias available at the super cool Aussie shop www.pickleberrypop.com!

Shabby Princess also had some new releases while I was away!

This page is made with her new Sandbox collection, great for boy pages!!!

And my favorite collection from this new release is Gabby, which I used for the page above – there are so many great pieces in there, so go check it out to see the rest :)!

And Shabby Princess also did a collab with Gina Miller, called Fresh-n-Fruity, which is available at Gina Miller Designs. I used it to make the page above :).

Last but not least, Weeds and Wildflowers is kicking off a big birthday bash starting TODAY! There’s a big sale going on (including all of my Quick Albums)! Here’s the message from their site:

Phew! Sorry for the long post, but I think I’m all caught up now :)!!! Happy shopping ;).

Faithbooking Update (and Tutorial)

If you have been following my faithbooking journey, you know that I have been making faithbook pages for each of the “Psalms of Ascent” (15 chapters from the book of Psalms in the Bible), because I was so inspired by a Beth Moore Bible study about them, called Stepping Up. That Bible study also inspired me to start memorizing Bible verses again, something I had sadly not been doing for several years. Anyway, I finished another Psalms faithbook page, using the lovely Bella kit, by Shabby Princess:

Also, in the meantime, I am working through another Bible study with some ladies from church. As part of that study, I have been memorizing Proverbs 31:10-31(so far I am up to about verse 25). The lady leading the Bible study has been nice enough to make index cards with the verses printed on them, to help us know which verses to memorize each week. So I thought it would be fun to make a little folder to hold all of these index cards in. I used this pretty kit by Shabby Miss Jenn, Summer Posies:

Tutorial: Index Card Folder

I used digital papers to make this project, but it would work just as well with regular scrapbook paper too. It is a great project for using up some left over pieces of paper you just can’t bear to toss out :)!

Supplies

Various pieces of coordinating patterned paper, approximately enough to cover a 6″x8″ area (or at least a 4″x6″ card front).

Two pieces 6″x8″ cardstock in colors to coordinate with your patterned paper, plus a little extra to mat circles with if desired.

Adhesive, scissors and/or punches. Optional: Decorative edged scissors, ribbon.

  1. Gather a few strips of coordinating patterned paper, or print out some digital ones, like I did (TIP: if you are printing digital paper, print out just what you need so you won’t waste paper or ink). Crop the papers into squares and circles by hand or using punches (I love the ones from Creative Memories).
  2. Fold the two large pieces of cardstock in half to create two 4″x6″ cards. Trim one of the cards to be slightly smaller than the other (I used scalloped edge scissors). Adhere the smaller card to the larger card.
  3. Decorate the outside of the folder with the squares of patterned paper. Mat some of the circles with cardstock and place them on top.
  4. If desired, add a ribbon by opening the folder and adhering the ribbon across the entire center, leaving ample ribbon on either side to tie the folder closed with.

I enjoy seeing this sweet little folder each morning when it’s time for my morning Bible study. Simple things like these always make me smile :)!

Speaking of making me smile, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Lynn, of the Beautiful Delights blog and Karen, of Scraps of Mind for giving me The Brilliante Weblog Award. You are so sweet :)! XOXO

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

More New Stuff and some Freebies :)!

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!!! I am so excited to spend time with my family today enjoying the festivities :). But before I head out, I just wanted to pop in to let you know about ALL KINDS of fun new stuff from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers!

Shabby Miss Jenn has a bunch of new stuff in the store including three more AWESOME kits :)!!! And it is all on sale (don’t you love all the sales going on right now?) for a limited time. Here are a few things I made with her new kits:

Island Girl

Credits: Little Kahunas kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn.

Exploring Nature

Credits: Nature Guide Kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn

She also has another great new kit, Summer Posies, but I am going to blog about the project I made with that kit in another post (you can see it now if you click here). And of course she also has some albums and blog packs to go with these new kits. SMJ also has some great new freebies (see below)! How does she do it all???

And there’s a FANTASTIC new collaboration by Heidi and Gina available at Weeds and Wildflowers Design! It’s called Doodly Patterns – Flowers, isn’t it sooo cool? I have so many ideas for this one :)!!!

Doodly Patterns - Flowers, by Weeds and Wildflowers

Here’s a card I made using this kit (plus some goodies from primahybrid.com)!

Hello CardHello Card, Open

Phew, didn’t I tell you I had a lot to show you? Now for the freebies!!

From Shabby Miss Jenn: A July desktop and a mint tin album!

From Shabby Princess: An adorable July desktop!

From Weeds and Wildflowers: A fun template (and challenge)!

And from Christina Renee: This SUPER cute Fourth of July Freebie :)!

Fourth of July Freebie at Authentic Artistry

Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)!

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 :)!

 

 

Happy Father’s Day! (Plus a Mini Book Tutorial)

I have been making so many fun things to help celebrate Dad’s Day :). I’m pretty sure there are veeeeery few Dads who visit here, but I do know of at least two (hi Dad and Chris!), so for those of you who ARE reading – I hope you are having a splendid Father’s Day!! Here are some tokens of appreciation for all the dads in my life :).

Here’s a page for my Dad, using the Dads Rule kit , by Shabby Miss Jenn.

Credits: Dads Rule, by Shabby Miss Jenn. Fonts: Weathered and Howie’s Stamps, by Fontologie, and 1942 Report.

And this is the card I made for him, using lots of goodies from primahybrid.com.

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I made this page in honor of my Father in Law, who I have known since high school, and who passed away shortly after Chris and I were married in 2003. His memory is still very much alive with us today!

Credits: Carousel kit, by Shabby Princess.

Hybrid Mini Book Tutorial

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ Instead of making a card for Chris this year, I created this hybrid mini album, using the Dads Rule quick album by Shabby Miss Jenn. I really love how she put all of these pages together, and I didn’t want to change a thing! I just added lots of photos of Gabe with his daddy, resized the pages down to 3″x3″ and printed them out on two sheets of matte photo paper. I also printed some elements from the Dads Rule kit for decorating the front of the album :). To make the pages, I just used 5 sheets of textured, self adhesive cardstock from a neutral Mat Stack (by DCWV). I cut them into 3.25″x6.5″ strips, folded them in half and stuck the adhesive sides together to make a little book. After I decorated the outside of the book, I used some of the leftover pieces of cardstock to make a little binding for the book. Then I used double sided tape to adhere the printed pages inside the mini book. Lastly, I sanded the edges of the covers, binding and all of the pages. Oh, and I also made the little card that comes with the Dads Rule quick album (not pictured).

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

 That’s all for now! Don’t forget to let the dads in your life know how much you appreciate them today :).

 

Looking for more SMJ?

There is a new collab kit, called Frame This, by Shabby Miss Jenn and Gina Miller available at Gina’s site. Here’s a page I made with it:

Ahhh, I just melt every time I see this photo. Looking into those eyes makes my heart all aflutter and I get that weak in the knees feeling :). Our house has two floors, so when I’m upstairs and Chris is downstairs we have to yell back in forth in order to hear each other. But sometimes we just meet in the middle, and I lean over the banister so we can talk. Those are the times I really feel like Juliet, not just because I’m leaning down to look at my love, but because those are usually the times he has just come home from the grocery store, or has offered to feed Gabe or make me dinner – he is so good at making me feel loved (and spoiled)! What a guy :).

Shabby Miss Jenn has another awesome kit out too – Dads Rule! It’s AWESOME!! I have at least one project to show you using this kit (more in the works), but you will have to wait a bit, because I don’t want certain people to see what I made yet ;). In the meantime, you have to check out the kit preview, isn’t it wonderful?

Dads Rule, by Shabby Miss Jenn

Tip of the day: Sometimes you just have to “go with the flow”. On the page above, the papers are pretty much right where they were when I dragged them onto the layout! I thought, hmm that actually looks good like that. And after playing around a bit and trying different things, I realized my favorite placement was the accidental way from the very beginning :).

 

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