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How to Keep Up with Digital Scrapbooking

Can you believe it’s time for February already? I can tell 2012 is going to fly by!

I really want to try to stay caught up with my digital scrapbooking this year. Last year, I focused on “project 365″, taking at least one photo every day. That was wonderful, but it made keeping up with scrapbooking MUCH harder. Instead of one big scrapbook, I had to break it up into four – one for each season. So far, I have only completed the winter and fall books, so I’m basically 6 months behind schedule.

THIS year, I’m going to try something new: Project Scrap!

Free layout templates, encouragement and inspiration each month for the whole year. Two photos per week and two layouts (one double page spread) per month sounds totally doable (although, knowing me, there will be lots of extra pages added in)! Here are my layouts for the month of January (click here for credits):

~Tips and Techniques~

How to create custom shapes in Photoshop:

The original template for January had some adorable snowflakes on it, but we didn’t see any snow this month – just lots of rain! After deleting the cute little snowflakes from my template, I made some raindrops like this:

1. Create a new layer.

2. Select the custom shape tool (looks like a “blob” LOL), then at the top of the screen, there will be an option called “shape:”

3. Next to the “Shape:” option, click on the tiny arrow to reveal the different shape tools.

4. If there are only a few shape options, find the other tiny arrow at the top right corner of the shape pull-down menu and click that. In that menu, click “All”. This will give you all of the custom shapes – so many fun shapes to choose from :)!

5. I chose the raindrop shape.

6. Remembering to put each shape on a new layer, I drew some raindrops on my page by clicking and dragging the mouse to create various sizes . TIP: hold down the shift key while drawing if you want to keep the shape looking good – otherwise it might turn out stretched or squashed looking. By-the-way, you CAN draw all of the shapes on one layer, but you won’t be able to re-size and move the shapes individually that way.

7. Finally, I added some color and texture to my raindrops by layering digital papers over them in the same way you would for a template! TIP: If you’re not familiar with how to use digital templates and create clipping masks, check out this super helpful tutorial from the Shabby Shoppe: Creating Clipping Masks in Photoshop.

Anniversary Memory Book

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

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

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

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

A Bible Verse for Scrapbookers (and Faithbook Page)

I love finding scrap-related Bible verses :). OK, I admit that the verse below is not specifically related to scrapbooking, but it sure does renew my commitment to this craft, and especially faithbooking! I liked this one so much, so I made a hybrid memory verse tag to display it on, using supplies from Prima.

*click here for credits*

Also, here is my most recent faithbook page! Don’t forget, you can now see all of my faithbooking projects in one place by clicking on the “Faithbooking” tab above (or you can click here). I explain a little more about faithbooking and the inspiration behind these pages in previous faithbooking posts :).

Credits: Everything is from the Carousel Collection by the lovely Shabby Princess. Fonts: Century Gothic and Jane Austen.

Tip: I duplicated the heart and bracket layers a few times, until they were dark enough to show up on the green background. I used the same technique with the text layers as well as trying various blend modes to help them stand out.

So, do you know any good Bible verses for scrapbookers? I’d love to hear them!

A Happy Faithbook Page

Here’s my latest faithbook page based on Psalm 128 (another Psalm of Ascent in the Beth Moore Bible study, Stepping Up). I love looking back on these prayers I wrote back in February, this was such a great reminder for me today – and what an uplifting message!

Credits: Everything is from the Sandbox kit, by Shabby Princess, except the flower stamps, which are a freebie by me :). Fonts: OCR A Extended and Marcelle Script.

Also, I just wanted to point out that I have added an entire page just for my faithbooking projects, so if you ever need some faithbooking ideas you can see everything in one place :).

Click Here For More Faithbooking Ideas

Back to Faithbooking

Credits: Gabby, by Shabby Princess. Fonts: Jane Austen and Baselbook

Here’s the first faithbook page I’ve made since we got back from vacation. This is another page inspired by that Beth Moore Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent, which I completed this past winter (click here to see my original post about these pages), I’m enjoying going back over things I wrote several months ago. Love this one, it’s my favorite of the Psalms from that study!

Speaking of Beth Moore, I am headed to a new Bible study tonight to start her book on Daniel. I’m so excited, I can’t get enough of these great Bible studies. I’m wondering if this is going to be a difficult study, because last time I did a study of Daniel (not a Beth Moore one), I was a little lost – hehe! Hopefully I will be able to grasp it a little better this time. Have any of you ever done this one?

Summer Birthdays Galore!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithbooking God’s Goodness to me :)

Just wanted to quickly post this faithbook page – I love this one because it is such a great reminder that God is so GOOD! If you want to get caught up on my previous faithbooking posts, you can see them all right here.

Psalm 126

Credits: I used the Summer Cottage kit from Shabby Princess which is ONLY available at DigiShop Talk, since she was the featured designer there for July. If you want this kit, I believe today is the last day to get it by becoming a DST Gold Member, because there is a new featured designer for each month.

OK, I have a LOT to do today – I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow morning :)!!!!

Faithbooking Update (and Tutorial)

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

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

Tutorial: Index Card Folder

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

Supplies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

More 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 :)!

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