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My First Digi Kit for Sale (plus a new freebie)!

The block party at Christina Renee Designs is still going strong, and this week’s release includes an awesomely HUGE collection of kits called The Color Theory. Each participating designer chose one color to create a monochromatic kit from :)! Of course my favorite color is PINK, but I couldn’t claim that color for myself because the pink kit is a wonderful collaboration from ALL the designers, and all of the proceeds from that kit will go to the Susan G Komen foundation in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. I was so honored to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause :)!

Here’s a preview of the pink charity kit (click here to purchase).

In addition to making a few items for the pink collaboration kit, I also created my very first digital scrapbooking kit for sale! At first I didn’t have the courage to join in and try to make a whole kit, but in the last minute I decide to just go for it :)! By that time the only two colors left open where burgundy or olive green. I decided on green, since I love the pink/green color combo, and I was already making some pink things for the charity kit.  So, without further ado, here’s my kit, Color Theory: Olive!

(click here to purchase – it’s on sale today!)

The olive color reminds me of vintage/retro things (remember those olive green household appliances and furnishings of yesteryear?), so I made some retro style papers and embellishments for this kit. I also put in a few treasures from this summer’s antiquing trips; including an old worn page from a 1920′s hymnal I found in a local antiques store. The hymn “This is my Father’s World” was the inspiration for several of the other items in the kit, you’ll see what I mean if you read the lyrics:

This is my Father’s world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Isn’t that last stanza encouraging? I love old hymns like that one :)!

Here’s a layout I made using the Color Theory: Olive kit, plus a few of my things from Color Theory: Pink. It was such fun to create a digital page completely using my own designs :). I will be back soon with pages made by my “one-kit-CT” :)!

I also made a quick page with some of the items from Color Theory: Olive. If you like it, feel free to grab it – it’s a free gift from me to you :)!

*Click Here to Download*

Hope you’re having a nice day, and don’t forget to include a link to your blog when you comment, so I can come visit you too :)!

New Release at CRD (and Freebie)

It has been pretty busy around here lately! We had a wonderful anniversary – thanks for all your well-wishes :)!! I don’t have much time for blogging right now, but I did want to pop in to tell you that I have a new template set at Christina Renee Designs, which is 30% off today – what a steal :)!!

(click to purchase)

I also thought it would be fun to put together a word art set from the Bible verses I used in my Autumn in New England memory book. They are perfect for fall scrapbook pages – I hope you enjoy them!

*click here to download*

Have a fabulous day ~xo Jess

CRD Block Party, Sale and Freebie!

Have you been over to Christina Renee’s site lately? For the month of October, she is throwing a fabulous block party with products from over 20 designers – I’m just blown away with everything these talented ladies have in the store!! Each week there will be a new release so there is even more to come. I am so happy to be joining in on the fun this week too – for this new release I have created six 12″x12″ digital quick pages, using tons of Christina Renee’s classic designs.  I also made a set of hybrid cards, inspired by some cards I’ve made with CRD designs in the past. Christina has a totally unique style, which I find really inspiring and it has been a blast teaming up with her to bring you these new products!

Here are the quick pages (Click image to purchase. P.S. they’re on sale for 30% off today):

Here’s a close up of one of the quick pages. I love the time-worn feel of CRD’s designs – they create an instant sense of history and romance to a layout. I wish this preview could show the true detail of the pages, but I just can’t get the low resolution preview images to look as pretty as the full size pages do -  you’ll have to take my word for it, they look much better in real life :)!

Here is the hybrid card set, (Click image to purchase. Also 30% off today):

This is a close-up look of some of the cards I made using the set. I love how fast these come together! They all have a vintage artistic feel to them. They are not too frilly or pretty, so you could give them to a guy too – it’s tough to find creative things to give guys, isn’t it?

This is the card I made for my brother’s birthday this summer, which was what inspired me to make this set. Tip: I used double sided photo paper to print the card on, then I printed a patterned paper on the opposite side, so the inside of the card would look good too. Then I made a hybrid design as the birthday message, and adhered that inside the card. Fun stuff!

Oh, and I just remembered the other super cool thing I wanted to tell you about the Block party at CRD!! If you are in the mood for a digi shopping spree, this is the time to do it – there are two huge collaboration kits up for grabs over there: one is free with a $10 purchase, and if you spend $20 you get BOTH kits for free :)!

Here are the kit previews:

OK, I think that about wraps it up for block party news :). Are you ready for the freebie?

I have had a digital pen and tablet since spring, but I really haven’t had the time or patience to learn how to use them yet. This little owl sketch is one of my first feeble attempts at digital drawing – don’t laugh at me :)! Hopefully I will get much, much better with more practice LOL! There is also a stamp and a pumpkin in there created from some of my photos from previous Octobers.

*Click Here to Download the Freebie*

I hope you have a fall layout or project you can use these with – enjoy!

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 ;)!

Free Shutterfly Collage Poster

I tried a new Shutterfly project recently: the collage poster – this is only one of many, many possible layouts they have to choose from! I had Chris pick some of his favorite recent photos of Gabe so I could make this poster for his office as a birthday gift for him. I think he’s going to love it :).

Collage Poster Tip: I edited the center photo in Photoshop to add text before I uploaded it to the Shutterfly website. This way, I was able to get it looking exactly the way I wanted :).

Free 11×14 Collage Poster from Shutterfly!

If you aren’t already a member of Shutterfly, now is a great time to join – you will get one of these posters for free PLUS 50 free prints – that’s an awesome deal!! When I first joined Shutterfly a few years ago I was excited just to receive a handful of free prints ;). If you’re interested, I put a link for the free poster offer in the sidebar (to the right). Enjoy!

Camping Out Quick Album (and a FREEBIE)

Now that summer is winding down and fall is on the way, it’s time to get your summer camping photos into a scrapbook :)! Even if you aren’t really into camping (I’m not) you still might have a lot of great outdoor photos that will be perfect for this new quick album I designed for the Weeds & Wildflowers shoppe!

(Click Here to Purchase the Camping Out Quick Album)

 

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Camping Out Quick Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers Design

I tried something new this time: two-page layouts! It was fun, and I’m happy with how they turned out. I also tried really hard to make this album as pink-free and flower-free as possible, so it will work with non-girly photos. Buuuuuut I couldn’t resist adding one set of pretty pages (if you are making a guy album you can just leave those out, OK?), AND I included two options for the cover page one with flowers and one without! Here’s a little more info about this album, as seen on the Weeds & Wildflowers site:

Here’s the perfect album for your photos of the great outdoors; camping trips, hiking, you name it! Created by Jess Gordon using mostly elements from Weeds and Wildflowers Collaboration kit: The Great Outdoors, this quick album will help you turn those photos into a keepsake scrapbook in no time.

There are 12 print-quality pages (including two cover page options, one with flowers, one without), which are pre-made for you using highly detailed papers and beautiful one-of-a-kind digital elements. This album is designed with two-page layouts in mind – there are a total of 5 two-page spreads, which will compliment each other perfectly when placed side-by side in an album.

To create your album, just place your photo(s) behind the cutouts in the .png files, and any text or additional embellishments on top, flatten – and you’re ready to print them out! This album can be printed at 8″x8″ size, or it can easily be resized for smaller albums too. A bonus campfire-themed page is included as well (not shown in the preview).

I also put together this super fun campfire quick page to go along with the album – ever since I made it, I’ve been in the mood for s’mores, LOL! Have you ever had those things? Yummy! Anyway, please grab this if you like it, it’s a freebie :). Enjoy!

Campfire Quick Page Freebie

*Click Here to Download the Campfire Quick Page Freebie*

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Another Fun Challenge!

*Click Here For Page Credits*

This page makes me so happy! Not just because of the bright colors and fun photo of my sister and me, but because it is the very first page I have scrapped about her miraculous life transformation - and I am soooooo proud of her and all that she has accomplished, now that she has Jesus in her life :)!!! Of course, there is a long personal story behind this page, but let’s just say that she once was lost, and now she’s found and we have a LOT to celebrate :). I was so excited to see her during my vacation, and we had the most fun together that we’ve had in the past 10+ years!

Oh yeah, the challenge -  that’s what I meant to come here and tell you about lol! I made this page for the super fun challenge going on as part of the Weeds and Wildflowers Birthday Party Bash. Everyone who enters will get a freebie and have a chance to win the new W&W Collab kit (which I used for this page), plus the challenge winner will win a $10 gift card to the shoppe! *Click here for more details* Hope you join in!

P.S. I posted some more photos from my vacation here :).

SMJ Scraplift Challenge

*Click Here for Credits*

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 :).

Featured Scrapper: Michelle Filo (Mushy)!

Michelle Filo

I am so excited to bring you today’s featured scrapper because I’m such a big fan of her HYBRID work: Please give a warm welcome to Michelle Filo :)!!! When I first stumbled upon Michelle’s blog, I noticed her awesome digital pages, especially a Shutterfly album she made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s yummy Flea Market Baskets kit. But over time, Michelle has been heading more and more in the direction of hybrid and paper scrapbooking (just like ME!), and I have sooo enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful projects she has been making. I find myself studying every detail of her work so that I can try to learn as much as possible from this super talented gal!!! The awesome thing about Michelle is that she not only creates GORGEOUS hybrid projects, but she makes it easy for others to follow in her footsteps. She shares lots of tips and tricks on her blog, and you can even purchase her hybrid album templates at her Little Dreamer Designs Shop (she just released an adorable butterfly album template recently).

And you know what else? She is a real sweetheart too :)! Michelle agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her scrapping.  

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m a Brazilian girl who migrated to Australia in 2000. I have had my two boys and although it is hard to be far from my family, we think it is a blessing to call Australia home.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

A friend gave me some stationary on my birthday in Dec’04. I didn’t quite like the pink for my stationary and decided to go to the store to get another color. It was a Scrapbooking store. I went inside and was mesmerized by all the papers, buttons, ribbons and other bits and pieces. It was love at first sight. I mentioned it to a friend at work and she took me on the voyage. I spent the next six months madly creating gifts to give to my family on my trip to Brazil. I confess I got all “scrapped out” (wow, was that really possible?). I left my supplies aside until 2008, when my recently acquired love of digital scrapbooking and hybrid projects got me to venture into the world of glue and real buttons again.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

I am boring, I am inspired by the products and the photos. I either come up with a project because of some yummy themed papers I saw, a car shaped album for a road trip ;) etc. Or I search for the perfect supplies for my favorite photos. Design of pages and element placement are things I play a lot with. I just place things in the page and move them around until I am pleased with the result. I change my mind a lot :) I also love templates, nothing better to get me out of the scrapper’s block.

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful?

I love Creating Keepsakes, DSM and DAM. I also love to browse the design team galleries of my favorite stores for inspiration. There are so many talented scrappers out there.

What are some tips you can share about how to make great hybrid projects?

I would say you can save money with embellishments, you can save money with cheap chipboard (or no chipboard at all) you can save money with many things but just please don’t try to save money in paper and printing, it is not worth it. Some people print on cheap paper and then wonder they the glue thy used smudged the ink, and then blame it on the quality of the glue. I recommend you spend a few extra bucks with really good paper (premium photographic paper) and it will save heaps when your project is finished without mishaps :) ALWAYS print drafts on crappy paper before printing on your good paper. It is essential to print drafts when dealing with shaped albums to see if they are the right size.

You take such beautiful photos, what type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

Oh, that is too kind of you! Unfortunately I am no good as a photographer, but maybe I do a decent job editing my photos in Lightroom :) I bought my first DSLR in January. It is a Canon EOS 400D, known as Rebel xti in the US. I am in love with the possibilities, but also now I am aware you can still take crappy photos with a great camera LOL Only not so secret tip I love and would like to share is when taking pictures, try different angles and go down to your subjects eye level or below, especially when taking photos of children.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I love to use the distort>wave filter to make things imperfect on my digital pages. I think it adds a lot of realism and I love it! I had a tutorial about this published at DSM *Click Here to See Tutorial*

Thanks so much Michelle!! I have listed some more fun facts about Michelle at the end of this post. But first, wanna see some of those gorgeous hybrid projects I was telling you about? I have picked a few of my favorites to share below – be sure to click the images to see even more photos and information about each one on Michelle’s blog!

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Freestyle Album by Michelle Filo

Hybrid Car Album by Michelle Filo

And this last one is for a challenge Michelle has going on at the LDD blog, complete with instuctions and a free template – how fun!!

Hybrid Challenge Album with Free Template by Michelle Filo

As promised, here are a few more details about Michelle: 

Current Creative Teams: Little Dreamer Designs and Fancy Pants Designs.

After going back to work full time and accepting a position at Fancy Pants, Michelle felt she needed to slow down a bit. Her previous CTs include: ScrapArtist, The Digichick, Oscraps (challenge team), Sue Cummings, Dunia, Mitia Assef, Dani Mogstad, Traci Reed, Amanda Heimann, Lisa Whitney, Designs by Lili and she was also a guest for Shabby Miss Jenn a couple of times.

She has been published at Scrapbooking Memories (Australian Mag), Digital Scrapbooking magazine (DSM) and Digital Artist Magazine (DAM). She has also won a few challenges and awards, including the DST best hybrid project of 2008 (nominated), but has never participated in any major competitions for lack of time. Whew – I can see why she needed to slow down a bit :)!!!

Last but not least, be sure to check these links out!

Michelle’s Gallery   Her Blog   Her Shop at Little Dreamer Designs

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 :)!!!

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