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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

Want to Learn How to Start Digital Scrapbooking?

The number one question I hear from Scrapbook Ideas readers is “How can I start Digital Scrapbooking?” Until now, I have never really had a great answer to this question. My own digital scrapbooking learning experience was the painfully slow trial-by-error method :). That’s why I’m so excited to tell everyone about a wonderful new program called Step By Step Digital Scrapbook.

If only I had access to a program like this when I was learning how to digi scrap – I would have saved myself sooooo much time and frustration (seriously, you have no idea LOL)! I hope you will let Karen, of Step by Step Digital Scrapbook, walk you through the learning process with her easy to follow video tutorials. Everything you need to get started is included, even the digital scrapbooking supplies!

Here are some samples of digital pages Karen will show you how to make:

Want to get started? Click Here to learn more!

Have fun, and please come back to show me what you’ve created :)!

More Doodly Patterns from Weeds and Wildflowers

Gina and Heidi have whipped up some more Doodly Patterns, this time it is a set of super fun frames (plus another coordinating paper pack)!
Here are a few ways they can be used:

Credits: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design. Fonts: Century Gothic, Arial Black and Kayleigh.

TIP: If you have a photo you love, but the resolution is too small for printing (like a cell phone photo), you can still make a layout to share online like I have here. The photo in this layout is only 72 dpi, so I wouldn’t print it, but I really wanted to make a page with it – so why not? The added bonus is that the 300 dpi digital papers get super sized when placed on a 72 dpi page, so there are more options (size-wise) for how to use the page elements. I left one striped paper full resolution, which made the stripes look really wide :).

Digital Supplies: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design.
Physical Supplies: Flowers and Button by Prima, Stamp by Close to My Heart (using Versamark ink), thread and brown cardstock (unknown).

Hybrid Card Tutorial

This was another quick and easy card to make, and here’s how I did it :).

  1. I created a new 4″x4″ 300 dpi document in Photoshop, and filled the background with a digital paper. Then I layered two of the doodly pattern frames one on top of the other over the digital paper. I resized the frames to fit well within the boundaries of the document, tilted them slightly and added some drop shadows. When I was happy with the look I printed the design out onto matte photo paper.
  2. I cropped a piece of brown cardstock to make a 4″x4″ card. Using Versamark ink, I randomly stamped a flower image over the whole front of the card (Versamark ink creates a watermark effect).
  3. When the printed image was dry, I cut around the outside of the design, then adhered it to the front of the card.
  4. I then layered three flowers on top, making a slight accordion fold in the middle flower to ruffle the petals and make it fit inside the bottom flower.
  5. I threaded the button and tied it off with a messy knot, then adhered the it on top of the flowers.
  6. Lastly, I used a pen to doodle the border around the outside of the card. 

TIP: OK, who knows if this is the “right” way to do it, but I thought I’d share… I love to use my trusty old hot glue gun when making cards and other scrappy projects with layered flowers. It’s faster, easier, cheaper and I can manipulate the flowers and they actually stay put! Plus, I love to press down the top layer (button, jewel, etc) and hold it for a few seconds so that the whole shebang gets melded together really nicely :). I seriously wonder if I am the only scrapper alive who uses a hot glue gun, but it works for me LOL!

Tips for Storing Lumpy Scrapbook Pages

Here’s a great question about lumpy pages from a Scrapbook Ideas reader (she was asking about hybrid pages, but this applies to traditional scrapbook pages as well):

I’m curious about what you do with the layouts after you have transformed them. Do they go in a shadowbox or a frame without glass or are they slim enough to fit in an album? – Stephanie

Here is a little list of tips and tricks I have picked up along the way (lots of them from other Prima Hybrid flower girls). I’m sure there are more great ideas out there, so please add yours in the comments section if you have them :)!!

Tips for Storing Lumpy Scrapbook Pages

  • Firstly, if you are storing your pages in albums, it is best to store your albums vertically, rather than stacked in a pile. This will take some of the weight off of your pages and they will be less likely to get indents and/or crushed embellishments. Also, try not to store them too tightly packed together for the same reasons.
  • You can store lumpy pages in top-loading plastic page protectors, but you may need to trim a bit off the edges if they are really thick. Make sure the album and page protectors are nice and thick, so they will stand the test of time.
  • You might also want to try storing only on page in each page protector (instead of two back-to-back). This is also works well if you have journalling on the back of your page, as I often do.
  • You won’t be able to fit as many pages into your album if they are lumpy, so be prepared to either buy a larger capacity album or use multiple albums. 
  • The album might start to fan out a bit too much if the binding is too narrow. When using post-bound albums, you can remedy this problem by adding extra spacers between the pages. Post-bound albums usually come with some cardboard strips in between the pages, so you can add more of these. I have also heard that strips of craft foam work well as spacers too.
  • If you use a binder instead of a post-bound album, the pages will have more room to breathe, plus it is easier to take the pages out and change the order of your pages this way.
  • Super lumpy pages might look best on display instead of putting them in an album. They can be framed, or clipped to a wire strung between two pegs on a wall, or placed on a plate stand, etc. But make sure to use extra strong glue, or the embellishments might fall off (yes this has happened to me)! Also, this isn’t the best idea for family heirloom photos, as there will be more damage over time from light, dust, etc.

Here’s one of my lumpy scrapbook pages :). I made this with the beautiful Harmony Collection, by Doris Castle, and it was on display in Prima’s booth at CHA Winter ’08 :).

OK, have I missed anything? I’d love to hear your solutions too, so please share :)!!!

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3 (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here’s the last installment of my three part series on ways to make hybrid scrapbook pages out of digital quick pages. If you missed them, you can find links to the other two parts at the end of this post. 

OK, lets get started :)! We have already talked about adding dimension to our pages by “popping” up certain parts of the page for a 3D effect. Now we are going to take that idea a little bit further and incorporate some layering to add even more depth and detail. Again, I apologize for my low quality photos. Trust me, the beautiful color and details of Gina’s designs as seen in the Loving You Quick Album pages look much better in real life!!

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #7: Pop Up and Layer Page Elements

You remember how we made duplicate prints of parts of our page last time, and “popped” them up with foam adhesive? Well, this time we will do the same thing, but add some embellishments sandwiched between the layers.

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches (so it will fit into my son’s album), and printed it out on matte photo paper. THEN, this is key, using the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the framed image on the left side of the page, copied the selection, and placed it onto a new 8.5″x11″ size blank document, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I cropped out the base page. I also cut out the framed photo from the duplicated portion of my page. Using foam adhesive (for a 3D effect), I adhered the framed photo above the corresponding framed photo on the page. Then I added some adhesive to the back of a flower and slipped it between the page and the “popped” frame. Now we have three layers instead of two! I added the crystal hearts and the chipboard letters and I was done (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #8: Use Digi Techniques on 3D Embellishments

When I’m digital scrapbooking, I often place text or other page elements on the very edge of my layout, so that they are partially cut off. For the page above, I used the same technique on the chipboard “e” sticker, cutting away part of the letter that extended off the page. I think borrowing techniques from one scrapping method to the other helps blur the lines in hybrid scrapbooking (plus it’s fun and sometimes unexpected)!

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #9: Create Some Digi Trompe-l’oeil

Trommpe-l’oeil, which means to “trick the eye”, is an art term for what happens when 2D art looks like it is actually “real”. On the above page the digital white lace ribbon almost looks real when layered below the two real ribbons!

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches, and printed it out on matte photo paper. Then, like before, I selected just the framed image, copied the selection, and placed it onto a new 8.5″x11″ size blank document. Along with that, I added duplicates of the circles from the bottom edge of the page. I printed these out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: When the page was dry, I cropped it out and cut out the framed photo and circles from the page of duplicate copies. I layered some Prima ribbons above the digital ribbon at the top of the page. Then, using foam adhesive, I adhered the framed photo above the corresponding framed photo on the page, making sure to leave space for the ribbons. Then I added some adhesive to the back of a flower and slipped it between the page and the “popped” frame (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com). Finally, I added foam adhesive to the backs of all of the circles and layered them along the bottom of the page.

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #10…11…12… You Tell Me – GIVEAWAY :)!

OK, so I hope you have enjoyed this little series :). I know you have some great hybrid ideas to share as well, and I’d love to hear them. Have you used a digital quick page in a hybrid layout? Have you seen someone use one that way? Have you thought of trying this, but haven’t yet? I want to hear about it, so please share any tips, tricks or whatever you like about this technique by leaving a comment on this post.

One random person will be chosen to receive a free copy of The Loving You Quick Album – YAY :)! 

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

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 :)!!!

More on My Faithbooking Journey

I know I haven’t had a faithbooking post in quite some time, so here is an update on that front :). I have still been memorizing a lot of Bible verses and I am slowly but surely getting through all of my pages inspired by the “Psalms of Ascent” Bible study (by Beth Moore). Here’s my latest faithbook page:  

Credits: Damask and Dots kit by Shabby Princess.

I have also memorized several more Bible verses and made index card sized pages for the Bible verse mini book I’m making. Still keeping with the theme of “my faith as a journey”, I decided to memorize the verses for The Romans Road. Get it ;)? Well the real reason for memorizing these is that I wanted to know them by heart in case I have a chance to share my faith with others! Here they are:

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Creating Beauty kit, by Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Creating Beauty kit, by Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers

Tip: When making these memory verse cards, I found it helpful to design them to correspond with words or themes in the Bible verses. That way, the card itself provides a visual representation of the memory verse, which helps you remember it! For example: Romans 3:23 is a dark message, so I used a lot of blue tones; I used red for Romans 5:8 to remind me of Christ’s blood poured out for us; in another one I used a heart shape to remind me that it is with our heart that we believe; and I used Gina’s fun paper dolls to represent “Everyone” for Romans 10:13.  

Well, that’s it for me tonight – I’m off to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with my honey :).

Oh, and I wanted to say a big THANKS to all of you who have emailed or commented to tell me about your own faithbooking pages and projects, I LOVE hearing about them! Keep up the good work :)!! 

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

New Goodies and a Sale at the Shabby Shoppe!

I LOVE all the new stuff Shabby Princess has out right now!!! There are two new square albums and one CD album on sale, plus six sets of her new round labels (more on those below).

Also, if you aren’t one of the 15,000+ members of DigiShop Talk (DST), you may not know that she is the featured designer there this month, check out her interview (and more) right here! She created a special kit just for DST Gold Members, which is so pretty and summery, I LOVE it :)!

Here’s the page I made with the kit, Summer Cottage:

Sister Love

I was soooo thrilled to see that it was printed in this month’s DigiShop Talk Insider! I think that was my first time ever being published in there :). Isn’t this a nice photo of my sister and me? I really love this kit, and I was so inspired by the round labels in the kit that I went a little circle crazy cropping all the pretty papers into round shapes too LOL! Well even if I did go overboard on the circles a tiny bit, I like anyway!

Photoshop Tip: To quickly add lots of patterned paper circles to my page, I created a new layer, then I used a hard-edged circle brush to draw some lines across the page (in the brush palette I had changed the settings so that the brush size would be varied and the circles would not be overlapping). Then I changed the brush color and repeated the same steps again a few more times, each time on a new layer. When I was happy with the placement of all my circles, I used each of the circle layers as a clipping mask for my patterned papers :)!

Shabby Princess was also inspired by her round labels from the Summer Cottage kit. In fact, she made six more themed sets of them, which are all on sale at the Shabby Shoppe for only $.99 for a limited time. I love them all, and I love that each set coordinates with a different one of her kits.

On Sale for $.99 at The Shabby Shoppe!

I can totally see myself using these for cards and other hybrid projects too – so fun! If you love these as much as I do, you’ll want to go grab them at The Shabby Shoppe while they’re still on sale :)!

ScraPerfect Product Review (Plus a Tutorial)

Being a hybrid scrapbooker, I have tried printing on LOTS of different surfaces. Sometimes with great success, sometimes… not so much – LOL! But I love to try new techniques and my printer is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking tools. So when the inventor of ScraPerfect, Amy Roszac, sent me her “Perfect Printing Pouch” I couldn’t wait to start experimenting with it! Here’s what she sent me (not actual size):
ScraPerfect Printing Pouch

Description

The pouch is roughly 2.5″x2.5″ inches, and has a soft piece of felt on top to hold it with. It’s filled with a fine white powder. Some instructions for how to use the pouch are printed right on the back of the package (above), also more detailed instructions and tips are included in the FAQ section of Amy’s site. There is even a step-by-step tutorial with photos for how to print on vellum. To use this product, all you need to do is rub a light coating of the powder onto your printing surface, then blow/shake off the excess powder before printing. The pouch is meant for virtually any difficult to print on surface and virtually any type of ink (not just for printers, but stamping, markers etc).

Before and After ScraPerfect Comparison

Printing on a silk flower before and after ScraPerfectOf course I tried it on a few different Prima flowers right away. For a couple of my experiments I tried stamping on flowers, and although you can see a slight improvement if you look closely, it was not noticeable in the photos I took (I don’t have a very fancy camera). But there was a HUGE difference when I tried printing on silk flowers! Now, before I continue, I need to put in a disclaimer here: printing on big bulky silk flowers is probably not the safest thing to try with your printer!  I had visions of the flower getting stuck in there or coming out all mangled and torn. But my printer is getting pretty old and worn out these days, so I put it through its fair share of abuse anyway :). Luckily nothing broke, but please only try this at your own risk and don’t blame me or ScraPerfect if something tragic happens – LOL! OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about printing on silk flowers!! As you can see in the photo above, I have printed some word art (by Weeds and Wildflowers) on one of my big silk Prima flowers. First I tried printing on one of the flowers without treating it (top flower in above photo), then I treated the next flower with ScraPerfect before printing (bottom flower in above photo). What a difference! I included darker colored flower in the photo because it shows the rippled surface of the flowers better. They are by no means flat, so with each pass of the printer head the edges of the flowers were brushed with a little extra ink. On the untreated flower the ink instantly started to bleed and smear, whereas on the treated flower the extra ink that brushed over the edges and bumps stayed put :)!

Here’s a card I made using the printed silk flower:

Queen for a Day Card

*Click Here For Credits*

Tutorial for Printing on Silk Flowers

Please Note: Printing on materials not specifically designed for your printer may damage your printer and/or the material you are printing on. Scrapbook Ideas is not responsible for damage caused by risky printing techniques!

  1. Choose a digital image or text you wish to print on your silk flower. Re-size the image if necessary so it will fit on the flower. Print a test image of the design on a regular piece of printer paper.
  2. Using temporary double sided tape, adhere the silk flower to the test image, lining it up over the image so that the design will line up just the way you want it to when reprinted. TIP: Use plenty of adhesive, to ensure that the flower stays in place as much as possible.
  3. Tap the ScraPerfect printing pouch a few times to saturate the felt with powder. Brush the ScraPerfect pouch over the entire flower. Blow/shake off any excess powder.
  4. Place the test page (with attached flower) back into the printer tray facing the same direction it was during the test print. Reprint the image!
  5. Allow the printed flower to dry before removing it from the test page.

Note: If you use a bulky flower, like I did, you are likely to have some extra ink spots on the edges and raised areas of the flower. Personally, I thought the extra ink spots added to the design :).

OK, there you have it! Thanks again, Amy, for sending me this great product!! There are more examples of how to use ScraPerfect on Amy’s site: ScraPerfect.com (the pouches are also available for purchase there).

Have you ever tried printing on any unusual surfaces? I’d love to hear all about it :)!

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 :)!

 

 

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