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Challenges at the Meadow!

Just a quick post to let you know that there are TWO fun challenges going on right now at The Meadow (Weeds and Wildflowers Creative Team Blog)! The first one (posted on Monday) is a scraplift challenge  – you get to look through ikscrap’s gallery and choose a layout to “lift” ideas and inspiration from! Here’s the page I did, which is a scraplift of ikscraps’ “Twins“:

*Click here for Credits*

The second one (posted today) is a photography challenge, to share your favorite fall photos – I can’t wait to join in on that one and see everyone’s photos – I LOVE fall photos :).

I hope you get involved in these and future challenges at The Meadow, they will get your creative juices flowing and who knows, you might win a little something from W&W  too :)!

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’ :)!

Scrappin’ Jobs Interview: Angela Daniels

Angela DanielsI’ve always loved Better Homes and Gardens, so of course I love their Scrapbooking Magazine, Scrapbooks Etc. I was browsing the website one day and came across the online show, Scrapbook Lifestyle. This is where I first saw Angela in action, along with a whole cast of other talented scrapbookers. Since then I have discovered that Angela has plenty of other scrap-related jobs and experience as well – just check out her Scrapbook Resume! I’m so happy Angela is willing to share her experiences with us - I enjoyed learning about her life in the scrapping industry, and I know you will too :). Be sure to check out her gallery and the other cool places to find her online, which are listed at the end of this interview! 

What is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking?

I am the executive editor for the Better Homes and Garden’s Scrapbooks Etc. sponsored show, Scrapbook Lifestyle. I am also a designer and host on the show so I get to split my time in front of and behind the camera. I also create and edit the content for the show’s official blog. In addition to that, I teach classes at my local scrapbook store, do freelance design work for C & T publishing, write color theory articles for http://www.simplycardstock.com. I am also on the design team for Avery Personal Creations. AND I also try to submit layouts and projects to magazines whenever I have free time. As if that wasn’t enough, my friends have talked me into being their personal connection by having me sell Stampin’ Up! and my new most exciting find, Uppercase Living wall words- finally something for scrap space decorating!

How did your scrappin’ job come about?

My main job working with Scrapbook LifeStyle came about 2 years ago when I saw a posting for an open-call audition. I was new to the whole scrapbooking as a profession idea but I thought my pre-mom years working as a corporate trainer might have trained me well for being on camera.

What made you think this job was for you?

I loved my job training adults in the corporate world AND I have always loved being creative and working with paper and colors. As soon as I discovered that I might be able to do BOTH at the same time AND still keep my primary focus on being a stay-at-home mom, I was determined to give it a try.

Where are most of your work hours spent (at home / away, etc)?

Luckily, I am able to do the majority of everything I do right here from home. I can even do most of it late at night so it impacts my family as little as possible.

What kind of hours do you work: Weekdays 9 to 5? Weekends? Anytime?

It really depends on the week. I add an entry to the Scrapbook LifeStyle blog every week day but often, I can do this quickly, right after my kids go to bed. When we’re preparing for a new season of the show, I cut down on my fun internet surfing (and TV watching) and focus on finding guests and working with them to create interesting stories for our show.

What is your favorite thing about this job?

I have really enjoyed meeting other people who share my enthusiasm for such a fun hobby.

What is your least favorite thing about this job?

I can’t think of a thing. I enjoy each job I have. Well, except having to mail freelance projects off in the mail. My post office is a nightmare!

Do you have any advice for people looking to get into this area of work?

The most important thing when it comes to trying to get any job in scrapbooking is to be NICE and friendly. Networking is a large part of what we all do and I have met people one year and find myself working with them one or two years later. The other tip I have is to do your homework- if you want to write or have projects published, really get to know the magazine you are interested in submitting to. Each one has it’s own personality and you really will have to have work that stands out to each individual set of editors.

Let’s talk income. On average, your job provides:
      a) Lot’s of fun, minimal income.
      b) Enough to support your scrappin’ habit.
      c) Some extra spending money for the family.
      d) A substantial second income for your family.
      e) Your family’s primary income.

c) Some extra spending money for the family. Eventually, I might have more time to make more money but I’m much happier being available for all of my kid’s after school activities and spending weekends with my family.

What inspires you most creatively?

I am most inspired by the beautiful products each scrapbook company comes out with every buying season. Like most scrappers, I can spend 10 minutes extolling the virtues of a single piece of paper when I find one that strikes my fancy.

What is your scrappin’ style?

I like to say clean, eclectic. I admire scrappers who have a solid body of work that has a cohesive look but I can’t seem to pull it off. Some days, I am in a messy, sewing mood, other days I want to make everything very plain and graphic looking. The only thing that seems to remain constant for me is that I like to use brighter colors.

What is/are your favorite scrapbooking product(s)?

I usually say my bone folder. Really. It’s not exactly beautiful but I can’t seem to do a project without it. I’m also a big fan of any new organizational gadget.

What are your favorite pictures to scrap?

I love to scrap my best, in focus photos of my kids. I take a LOT of photos but I don’t feel like I have to scrap very many of them. I’m happy to get a sampling of who they are at each age.

What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?

I am not very good at scrapping multi photo pages just for the sake of getting more photos on a page. To me, I can sum up a birthday in about one or two photos and feel I’ve captured the event pretty well.

Why did you start scrappin’?

I started scrapping when I was about 7 years-old because I have a tiny bit of a pack-rat personality, I think. I wanted some place to memorialize my Charlie’s Angel and Star Wars cards if I recall correctly.

What keeps you scrappin’?

Each time my kids really like a page I’ve done of them, I get a fresh wave of motivation. Currently, my son likes to carry around a page I did of his big secret. That makes me happy.

Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?

Honestly, I think there are going to be some great garage sales in the future. I’m not sure everyone in the future generations will appreciate all the work we scrappers are doing right now but then there will be resurgence again. All of this goes in cycles. I just hope I’m spry enough to be out at all the garage sales scooping these treasures up!

Do you scrap in:
     a) 100% paper?
     b) 100% digital?
     c) Mostly paper, some digital?
     d) Mostly digital, some paper?
     e) Pretty equal paper and digital?

c) Mostly paper, some digital

What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?

The tip I find myself repeating often is, “You don’t have to scrap chronologically.” So many of my friends use to do this and I could see that they weren’t really enjoying their scrapping time. They were making it seem like a chore. I’ve convinced them to take a break sometimes and scrap a favorite current photo, just for fun- even if they still feel like they HAVE to keep going in order to feel “done.” Being “caught up” is not something I personally ever worry about. I scrap for fun.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Just that – I hope everyone reading this is enjoying scrapping. If it starts to feel like a chore, you should step back, take a fun class, scrap something silly, scrap something about yourself- anything to get back to the heart of this hobby- the fun part.

Thanks Ang! I totally agree about the whole chronological scrapping thing!! I have SO much more fun when I scrap what inspires me at the moment :)!

Check these links for more places to find Angela Daniels online:

Angela’s Blog     Angela’s Resume     Angela’s Gallery     Scrapbook Lifestyle Show

Scrapbook Lifestyle Blog     Color Theory Articles at Simply Cardstock

UpperCase Living (demonstrator’s id: 968001 registration token: Daniels)

Featured Scrapper: Catherine (chud23)!

Catherine

Today I’d like to introduce you to a truly gifted scrapper named Catherine, who you may know by the screen name Chud23! If you frequent online digital scrapbooking galleries, you have most likely seen her beautiful artistry – and if you’re like me, you’ve probably added more than one of her pages to your “favorites” :)! Since I have been so inspired by Catherine’s creativity, and have learned so much just by looking at her pages, I thought she would be a perfect candidate for my new “Featured Scrapper” series! Catherine kindly consented to answer a few questions, so let’s get to know a little bit more about this talented and interesting scrapper! First of all, I asked her to tell us a little about herself and her family…

I am French, and live currently in Finland! I have moved quite often during my life and I think I have lived in 10 different countries on three continents! I have a wonderful husband and 3 wonderful children aged 12 to 19.

What creative teams are you on or have you been on? Have you won any major scrapbooking awards or contests?

My CTs: I am lucky to be in the most wonderful CTs and I feel so privileged to be working for amazing designers and be part of such wonderful groups of talented, kind and wonderful women! Christina Renee, Weeds and Wildflowers, Two Sisters Designs, Paint-the-Moon, Emily Merritt, Kim Smet, Michelle Pearson (photo actions) and in September I get to be an Angel with Nancy Comelab! In December, I also get the fabulous opportunity to be a goddess at SA for a month!

Major scrapbooking awards or contests : I won a  DST scrappers choice  award and one of my page was also featured at Disc Talk Radio! And I have a big surprise for October but can’t say anything yet! This is so exciting!

How long have you been scrapbooking? How did you start?

My first hobby was photography. In 2005, I was looking for a new way of presenting my photos and found on internet, 2 Peas. I just loved the site and got inspired to start scrapping my photos! But then at the time , I was lacking space and time so I started to look at some  digital scrapbooking pages, bought photoshop, started to scrap one or 2 pages in January of this year but really started to produce LOs in March, April!

Are you 100% digital or do you use paper as well?

Started with papers but now I am 100% digital! Just love the freedom and creativity that go with digi scrapbooking!

Your screen name is chud23. How did you come up with this name, and do you have any other online aliases?

No no other screen name! chud comes from my maiden name and 23 is our family lucky number, my 3 kids and myself have all been born on the 23rd of a month!

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What motivates you?

Mainly from my photos, I also love to look at magazines and galleries! Playing the praise game is a good way to discover fabulous pages! I would love to leave printed books full of my LOs to my children and future grandchildren, what wonderful memories for them!

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

I love the French books by Scrap Attitude (www.creapassions.com), they are mainly for paper scrappers but are full of inspiration! DAM is my favourite digi magazine and my favourites websites are DST, SA, CRD and MSA!

The photos you use on your scrapbook pages are always so creative and beautiful – are there any tips you can share with fellow scrappers about how to capture great photos?

Thanks for the compliment, I have always loved to take photos of my children and surroundings! I still haven’t learned to shoot manually, so I am not the best one to share tips!!!!

What type of camera and photo editing software do you use?

I have a Panasonic, I would love to upgrade for a Canon ES but have to wait a bit! I use Photoshop CS2.

Please share your all-time favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique that you’ve learned!

I learned everyday from different scrappers, so everyday I learn little tricks or techniques! I have still so much to learn! CRD team forum is just fabulous because everybody is sharing design and scrapping tips: that is where I have learned about Layer masks, can’t  believe I was scrapping without them before! I also love to use all the layers effects  (multiply soft light, overlay…) and play with them all the time! At WW forum, there is also a great thread where scrappers share what they have learned and I just love it!

Thanks for sharing Catherine, and thanks for letting us know about so many great designers and sites to go see!!

I have chosen a few of my favorite layouts by Catherine to share with you below, click on any of the images to see it in the gallery, or just click here to be taken to Catherine’s main gallery! Enjoy!!

Believe

Fun Summer Memories

Love at First Sight

Paris in 1938

Edited on October 3rd, 2007 to add: Now we know what the big surprise for October was! Catherine is the Treat of the Month at Sweet Shoppe Designs! Go check it out!

A Happy Place for Inspiration

“It is time for me to only focus on that which is good, create uplifting designs, and do my best to live life to the fullest!”

That’s one of the first thoughts I read on Gina’s new blog, Barefoot in the Grass, and I would like to think it is a goal all scrappers should aspire to!! I can really identify with Gina’s words, because they go hand in hand with one of my favorite verses from the Bible:

…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

If you are looking for inspiration, awesome freebies, challenges (that make you think) and lots of warm fuzzies, you have to go check it out!! It is worth adding to your daily reading list too :)

P.S. Gina featured one of my digital pages today – how sweet!  I have also decided to start featuring other scrapbookers here at Scrapbook Ideas, because there are SOOOO many talented scrappers out there that I learn from and am inspired by, and I just have to share them with you. The first gal on my list is A*M*A*Z*I*N*G, so be prepared to be wowed :)!

Selective Color and Photo Tinting Techniques

I’m on a roll lately with digital scrapbooking! It’s just too easy to make lots of pages with all of the gorgeous designs the Weeds and Wildflowers ladies have been producing :). The following page is a scraplift of a layout called Be Me by another Weeds and Wildflowers creative team member, Dawn (createwings). Check out her gallery, it is just FULL of inspiration!

Dream

For Credits, Click *HERE* (includes Weeds and Wildflowers freebie link)

Photoshop Tips & Tricks

  • I sometimes find it helpful to use keyboard shortcuts to arrange layers on my page. Typing ctrl+[ sends the active layer back one layer and ctrl+] brings the layer forward one. So if you drag and drop an element onto your page and it disappears behind a paper, just type ctrl+] several times until it appears again :)! 
  • I used the shape tool to cut the red paper into a flower shape that mimics the flower shaped buttons.
  • The ric-rac I used is extra thick, so I doubled up on the stitches and recolored them to match my page. I also recolored the circled doodle. Recoloring solid colored items, like doodles,  is as simple as using the paint bucket tool. This makes them great elements for adding an extra punch of color to the page.
  • I used the edit>transform>flip horizontal command on the main photo, because I wanted the image to pop out of the frame on the left, like in the inspiration page. 

The original photos I wanted to use are some of my favorites and I love their colors. They are pretty, but the bright colors didn’t match the theme or colors of the page, so I used two simple photo editing techniques to get a unique, dreamy look that I think compliments the page perfectly :)! 

NOTE: I used Photoshop CS for this technique, earlier or later versions of PS might have slightly different steps.

Technique: Selective Color Using a Layer Mask

Step 1

If you add small areas of color back into a black and white image, you are using a selective coloring technique. When I first started experimenting with this technique, my method was to simply create a new layer, remove the color, and erase the areas that I wanted to color to show through. That works, but it doesn’t give you much control, and makes it it difficult to correct mistakes. Using a layer mask is a simple, and gives you much more control over the effect. Step 1 This is the image I started with, I had already done my basic editing and cropping.

Step 2Step 2 Next, I duplicated the layer and ran a Virtual Photographer filter called “Hard Steel” on the duplicated layer. You don’t have to use a Virtual Photographer filter, you could just remove the color (desaturate) from the duplicated layer and make your own adjustments until you find a look you like. I love the virtual photographer filters because they are fast and easy (not to mention free!). If you run a filter and it looks too harsh, you can always use edit>fade (shift+ctrl+f) to tone it down a bit.

Step 3

Step 3 With the duplicated layer still active, I clicked the “add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the layers palette, that looks like a square with a circle in the middle.

Step 4

Step 4 When the mask is turned on, there will be a white square next to the layer’s thumbnail in the layer palette. Using a small, soft edged brush, I painted with black over the areas of the image that I wanted to bring color back to. You can see in the layer mask thumbnail the areas that have been painted over. For the purposes of this tutorial, I used a brush set at 100% opacity so that you can see the effect clearly. For the actual images on my page, I used a brush set somewhere between 70-80 % opacity, so that the color would be somewhat muted. If you make a mistake or change your mind about something in a layer mask, you can always go back by painting back over it with white. This makes the layer mask very versatile and easy to use.

Technique: Tinting Photos to Match Your Page

Now that I had the selective color look I wanted, I just had  to adjust the color of the images so that they would coordinate with my page elements.

Step 5

Step 5 I added a new layer and using the paint bucket tool, I filled the layer with a red color I had picked up from one of the elements on my page. Then, in the pull-down menu at the top of the layers palette, I changed the blending mode to “hue”. I love how this simple technique made my photos look, and I hope you’ll enjoy using it as well :)!

There are at least two other techniques I want to show you from this page, but I will have to do it some other time. I’d love to show you how to make your image jump out of the frame, plus an easy way to put your text on journaling strips. So, check back soon for more photoshop fun :)! 

Technique: Blending a Photo and Paper Together

I am a regular reader of The Hub, the blog for ScrapArtist.com, because it is just filled with inspiration! This week, the Mojo Monday challenge was to use one photo four different ways on your page. Here’s my take:

Those Eyes

For Credits, *Click Here* 

Photoshop Tips & Tricks

  • When arranging lots of small elements around on my page using the move tool, I like to select the “auto select layer” option and deselect “show bounding box”. This helps me quickly move things around and clearly see what they will look like. If I need to, I can always use ctrl+t (free transform) to bring back the bounding box.
  • For drop shadows, I like to use dark brown, rather than the standard black, it just looks more natural to me.
  • It’s easy to duplicate the same drop shadow for multiple objects. For the star buttons, I made a drop shadow for one (layer>layer style>drop shadow – then adjust as needed),  then, in the layers palette, I clicked and dragged the layer style icon beneath the thumbnail for that layer (which looks like a circle with an f in it) to the line just below the thumbnail of the next star button. When I released the mouse button, the drop shadow was duplicated for that button as well.  I just did the same thing for each button, so all the shadows would match.

Technique: Blending a Photo and Paper Together

The large photo on my page is blended with the background paper for a softer, dreamy look. Here’s what I did:

  1. I started with a white background, not transparent.
  2. I layered the patterned paper and my phot0 on top.
  3. In the layers palette, I reduced the opacity of the photo to 60%.
  4. Using the eraser tool, with a round brush (size=500, hardiness=0), I erased the outer edges of the photo, being very careful not to erase too closely.
  5. Then, with the eraser set to about 50% opacity, I erased some more, this time a little closer.
  6. Switching to the paper layer, I used the eraser (same settings) to lighten some of the areas below his face. This reveals the white background enough that you can see the details of his face well, but you can also still see a little bit of the patterned paper.

There are many ways to blend photos, but this is one of the ones I use the most. Now, I know you have some papers and photos that will blend well together, so go try this technique for a completely new look!

Summer Bright Combo KitBy-the-way, the buttons I used on this page are all from an amazing, HUGE set created by Heidi Williams of Weeds & Wildflowers Design. They are sold separately or as part of a combo kit that includes papers and alphas too. AND the combo kit is ON SALE right now at weedsandwildflowersdesign.com for $8 (it would cost $11 to buy all three separately). Check it out here.

Happy Independence Day!

To all my American readers, happy Fourth of July!!! My all time favorite store to buy scrapbook supplies from, Hobby Lobby, has compiled a very inspiring message in honor of Independence Day. It has all kinds of great patriotic quotes from our nation’s founding fathers. You can see the .pdf file for yourself *HERE*. After I read it this morning I decided to make the page below. Enjoy your holiday!

July4th

Credits Digital scrapbook kit: July One, by Mo Jackson; FREE cardboard letters: Amanda Roberts; cardboard star (plus accessories): Gina Marie Huff of Weeds & Wildflowers Design, available at ScrapArtist; FREE stamped alphas: Michelle Coleman; fonts: Birmingham and Garamond.

New Column: Scrap it Real

Remember my interview with Tasra? Well, I just wanted to let you know that she has a new column called Scrap it Real at 5 Minutes for Mom. If you are a new scrapbooker and are wondering how/where to get started, I think you’ll appreciate the tips she has to offer about organization, supplies and more! She is also having some fun Keeping it Real on her blog, with a chance to win some goodies by showing her photos of your REAL woman scrap space. Check it out!

Technique: Altering Digital Elements

As much as I enjoyed making this page, I can’t take much credit for it! I created this page for a Weeds & Wildflowers CT challenge: to scraplift one of Dixi’s pages. It was difficult to choose just one to lift, because they are all SO inspiring :). But I ended up basing this page on this layout from Dixi’s gallery. And I can’t take credit for the great photos either, they belong to one of my online friends – I couldn’t resist making a page of her and her little cutie! 
Cutie

I mostly used the Cosmos kit by Patricia (from W&W) for this page. For full credits, click here.

Tips & Tricks:

  • I converted the main photo to B&W, so I was able to use colorful papers and elements without trying to match the photo.
  • Even though I just used small strips of paper, they still have impact, because I chose ones with bold colors and patterns.
  • I turned one of the elements from the kit into a “photo” by placing it over a solid background and framing it.
  • In order to make room for a title, I made one of the frames look like a Polaroid by adding a rectangle shape to the bottom that matched the color of the frame. Then I used the clone stamp tool in photoshop to help it blend with the rest of the frame. 

Technique: Altering digital elements:

rose buds

I really love these little ribbon rose buds in the Cosmos kit! I couldn’t use just one, so I decided to make a little border out of them. But I thought it would look best if some had leaves that were pointing down, and some had leaves that were straight. Since all of the rose buds in the kit come with the leaves pointing down, I altered the leaves on the red rosebud. It was SOOO simple: with the red rosebud layer active, I just drew a selection around one of the leaves (using the lasso tool in photoshop), then I right-clicked inside the selection and chose “layer via cut”. This took the leaf I selected and placed it on its own layer. Then all I had to do was rotate the new layer into the position I wanted it in, by using the move tool! Then I made the rosebud layer active again and did the same thing with the other leaf.  When I was done, I merged the three layers together to create the altered element. If need instructions on how to link and/or merge layers, let me know – I’d be happy to help :).

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