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Fairies, Flowers and a Faithbook Page

Sorry, couldn’t resist the alliterative title ;).

Shabby Miss Jenn teamed up with Dani Mogstad to create this beautiful collaboration kit. I know I will get a lot of use out of this one - isn’t it wonderful??? If you hurry, you can grab the kit for 20% off AND get a free 4×6 brag book with your purchase. This is an awesome deal – I plan to make this brag book too – it is one the best I’ve seen!

Vintage Garden Fairies

Vintage Garden Fairies Brag Book

This kit was PERFECT for this sweet photo of my friend and her daughter:

Spring Beauties

And here’s another faithbooking page! I made this a week or two ago, and it is in response to a new Bible study I’m doing called Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer (a really great study, by the way). I’m pretty much finished with the Beth Moore study that I made my first faithbooking page from, and I still plan to make a book of pages from that study too. I was just inspired by what I was learning in my current study, so I put this page together :). The study asked me to list the attributes of God described in Habakkuk 1:12-13, then write a prayer expressing my faith that God is in control of my life. I have found that making these faithbook pages has helped me to think even more carefully about my Bible studies, which is always a good thing :).

Attributes of God

I used Shabby Poppies, by Shabby Miss Jenn to create this page :).

New SMJ Release and a Blending Technique

I’m SUPER excited to announce that Shabby Miss Jenn has invited me to be on her creative team FULL TIME!! Wow, I thought I was lucky to be just a guest team member!!! WOOHOO!

She has just released all kinds of adorable springtime products in her shoppe – here’s what I made with the HUGE new kit (Click Here for Full Credits):

Almost Spring

Technique: Blended Photo Background 

Here’s how I made the flowery background on this page (using Photoshop CS):

Step 1: I opened a blank 12×12 300 dpi document in Photoshop, then copied and pasted a the 12×12 “Sunshine” paper onto the background.

Step 2: Next I opened the photo for the background, did my basic edits to the color, levels etc., and resized to fit the width of the page.

Step 3: Finally, I copied and pasted the photo to the top of the page (over the Sunshine paper), then I changed the blend mode to “Pin Light” and lowered the opacity a little (to about 89%).

That’s it!! If you experiment with different combinations of photos, papers, blend modes and opacities you can come up with limitless unique looking backgrounds!! Have fun :)

I {Heart} Shabby Miss Jenn!

Guess what?? I am a guest on SMJ’s guest creative team again this month AND next month!! I’m so happy to be working with her beautifully shabby designs again :). She just had a BIG release at the shabby barn (isn’t that such an adorable name for her store??) so I have been making lots of fun pages!

Here is the page I made with her new Cheerful kit (click for more credits):

Let’s Slide!

IDEAS/TIPS/TRICKS:

  • Try blending modes on alphas and fonts, not just photos!
  • Add a double row of stitching along the outside edges of your page for a finished look that is more boyish (it reminds me of the stitching on blue jeans).

Here’s one with the new Shabbyful kit (click for more credits):

I Love Shabby Chic!

IDEAS/TIPS/TRICKS:

  • Try super-sizing portions of your text and blending them into your background paper.
  • Why not take some photos of your favorite things around the house and make a scrapbook page with them? It will be fun to look back on years from now.

And this is my page with the Playful kit (click for more credits):

Playful

IDEAS/TIPS/TRICKS:

  • Line up small elements to make borders – use merge and duplicate commands to help speed up the process.
  • Think outside the box to come up with additional uses for elements. I tucked journaling brackets under my page borders to add a little extra color and texture to the page :).

I also used one of SMJ’s new blog packs to decorate my Lovely, Lovely Things blog. I love how fast and easy it was to make my blog beautiful with that blog pack!! There are a lot more goodies in the SMJ store too, so go ahead and check it out :)!

Challenge at SMJ Team Blog

So, do you like the snow that has been falling here at Scrapbook Ideas? It’s a cool little extra that wordpress added (only until January 2nd) for those of us who don’t have REAL snow where we live :)! I think it’s very pretty and it doesn’t have all the negatives associated with real snow, like the freezing cold, the wet socks, runny nose and aching back from digging your car out… LOL!  

Did you hear about the challenge at the Shabby Miss Jenn Team Blog? All you have to do is scraplift the page by MandaKay, using at least two SMJ items, and you could be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to SMJ Designs!!! Plus there will be three winners who get to pick free kits!! Yippee!! Here is my scraplift (click here for credits):

Silly Faces

So fun :)! Oh, and did you see SMJ’s latest????? I think I’m going to have to go get a pony now, so I can use this adorable kit! Ok, maybe just some pony pictures ;)!!!

Homemade Christmas!

Wow, I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! This has been a wonderfully busy month for me. Each time I finished a new project I had another one to start right away, but it has been soooo fun and the result is tons of handmade gifts that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by my family members throughout 2008! I am way behind with my updates here, so I hope you don’t mind if I share lots of info in one big post – stick with me to see pics of all my projects at the end (unless you are related to me – then no peeking)!

Firstly, some news. Well, if you’re one of my regular readers you already know I have had some really awesome blessings this month - I added the Shabby Princess creative team and Shabby Miss Jenn guest creative team, which have kept me happily scrapping away and I did a few guest posts at the SMJ team blog. Well, the cool scrap-related happenings didn’t stop there! Here are some more super fantastic things that have happened this month:

  • I was a winner in the contest at pcLayers!!!!! I won first place in the advanced category - the prize is Photoshop CS3 PLUS a $50 gift certificate to pcLayers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!! P.S. Anyone want to teach me how to use PSCS3?
  • I had my first publication!! My Tin Album was in the December issue of the online publication, Digital Artist Magazine!! I was soooooo excited about that!!!
  • I have also been getting involved in a wonderful new magazine called Bella Scraps, I think it is going to be great and I can’t wait to see the first issue :)!
  • AND there is another BIG, SUPER EXCITING piece of news that I not allowed to share at this point. But let me tell you, it has revolutionized my scrap life!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!!! But you will just have to wait until 2008 for that one :).

OK, sorry about all of that blah blah blah :)!!! Now for all the projects I promised to share :)!

Shabby Princess CD Case Calendar

CD Case Calander

This CD case calendar is a perfect example of why I LOVE digital scrapbooking! Shabby Princess sells these beautiful pre-made calendars that are made to fit into regular CD cases (you can open the case and flip it backward to make this cute frame). It makes such a great gift – and it is quick and easy to put together. The pages are already made, you just add your favorite photos behind the template, place the dates (included with the kit) on top, print, and trim! I love that the dates come separately from the calendar pages too, so that I can reuse them in the future. I made three sets of these for gifts, and I’m totally thrilled with how they turned out! I’m going to have to make one for myself too :).

Shabby Princess Two-Page Wall Calendar

Shabby Princess 2 Page Calendar

This was actually my first time making a big two-page photo calendar like this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I was honestly a little intimidated by the task! But The Shabby Shoppe was to my rescue again with this wonderful pre-made one designed by Nicole (she is so talented, and designs so many of SP’s pre-made things)! The dates and month titles are included in the kit, so you can place them just the way you like them too. It was perfect that the pages are 8.5×11, because my printer can print borderless images in that size. So I just printed them on double-sided matte photo paper and had them spiral bound at my local Staples. Can you believe it only costs $3.20 to have this calendar spiral bound? And they include a clear cover, and your choice of backing too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!

4×6 Calendars – created by me!

I bet by now you have started wondering if I got out of actually designing anything for all of these gifts! Well, not quite :). I loved the idea shared by Tricia Kennedy on the YOUR Ideas page so much that I adapted it to make several more gift calendars (THANKS Tricia)! I designed 12 4×6 calendar pages, using SP’s Painted Summer kit plus the dates from the CD Case Calendar kit. Then I just printed them borderless again (on 4×6 glossy photo paper). I made 5 sets of these and included a clear plastic desk frame and magnetic frame with the gift, so they could choose how to display them. I made one for myself too with my favorite pages from the different sets, and hung all the pages in a line above my desk so I can see all the photos for the whole year :)! Fun fun!

4×6 Calendars

Homemade Gift Wrap

I was so happy when I saw this idea for making wrapping paper on Kayla’s blog (BTW, if you don’t already know about The Legacy Lady, you need to check her out – she is FULL of great ideas)!! I never would have thought of using 12×18 paper from a sketch pad to print on. I bought a mead sketch pad at Wal-mart for a little over $5 and I was pleased to see that it has bright white paper which is acid and lignin free (not that that even matters for wrapping paper anyway)! So I used some Christmas-y supplies from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers to design these papers and gift tags – easy peezy :)!!

Weeds and Wildflowers Gift Wrap

*Click here for credits*

SMJ Wrapping Paper

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So now you can see why I haven’t been posting much lately – LOL! But I hope to be back soon – I have lots more to share :). Hope you’re enjoying the season!!

SMJ Christmas Goodies!!!

Soooo… did you notice my new CT blinkie on my sidebar? I’m a guest creative team member for Shabby Miss Jenn for the month of December :)!!!! I know what you’re thinking – Shabby Princess CT and Shabby Miss Jenn CT both at the same time – I’m in Shabby scrapbooking HEAVEN :)!!! I told Chris the other night that I feel like Christmas already happened because of all the goodies I’ve been playing with lately :).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that SMJ released a new MEGA kit today that is filled with awesome flea market-style decorations for your Christmas pages :)! AND for one day only, you get a free gift with your purchase :)!!

Here’s a preview of the new kit:

Here’s the page I made with this kit (I LOVE the stars!):

Christmas Lights

Oh, and I used another one of the new fonts by fontologie on the page, Howie’s Stamps!

If anyone is interested to know how I got the photo of the lights on my Christmas tree to look like that, let me know. I’ve been meaning to look for that tutorial I used last year, but I just need some extra motivation :).

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*

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