October 31, 2014

Week 43: Pumpkin Roll, Climbing Trees and More!

Daily Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Grateful for this Day by Bella Gypsy

It's beginning to look a lot like fall....and so are my pages! Aren't the colors gorgeous? I'm just loving all the fall kits I'm seeing around digi-land.

We enjoyed some fall things this week like our local Pumpkin festival, climbing trees and lots of playing outside (it's gorgeous here). Take a closer look below and don't forget to grab the free journal card template. Oh and don't forget about the BIG SALE going on at Scrap Orchard.

Journaling: I’m going to start backwards this week with photos. Saturday was Pumpkin Fest. We picked 5 pumpkins for 5 kids and rolled 5 pumpkins down a big hill. #fun We enjoyed all the town festivities and of course we had to get some “fair” food. You can see in the picture below Lydia’s love of popcorn. She couldn’t wait to dig in. Friday night we let all the kids sleep in the same room and they all ready books to each other. Be still my heart.

Every morning when I cook breakfast I have at least 1 or 2, maybe 3 or 4, sometimes 5 kids who want to help me. This morning I let Emmie and Kyla be my helpers. They wanted to make the pancakes all by themselves They did a pretty good job.

Journaling: See that photo at the top left? Notice the kitty cat in the background? She wandered into our yard and has become Mitten ‘the kitten’ Albers. You can see how excited Lydia is about her. The left photo is just a glimpse into our afternoon. School, blocks and more school work. In the photo above, Kyla was very determined to climb that tree. She did it! And when I grabbed my camera Matthew thought I was taking a photo of him! 

Here's your free journal card template!

Before I leave you I want to make sure you don't miss out on the amazing sales and FWP going on over at Scrap Orchard right now.

Everything is 35% OFF (even these 4 new products).

And if you spend $10 you can get this kit for free:

If you spend $15 you get this too!

You don't want to miss it!


October 30, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking Day - BIG, New Products & FWP!

Digital Scrapbooking Day is almost here! I'm so excited. Scrap Orchard is celebrating with a Store-wide sale and Free with Purchase offer, and games in the Game On Forum all day Saturday November 1st.

Here is a look at the Free with Purchase deal. It will be perfect for scrapping your holiday baking!

Spend $10 and get this kit for FREE!

Spend $15 and get this ADD-ON Too!

The 35% Off sale and the FWP offers are available from October 30 - November 3, 2014.

Liz has four new products for you, so let me get to those.

Simple Journal Templates and minimal paper style pages with just a hint of embellishment. They are dainty and beautiful!

Front Page Templates are designed for album covers, but they also work as background builders or as pages just as they are - date tabs and journaling spots already included.

Mini-Dozen Template is a cute 2-pager with lots of little spots for photos or journaling.  
Finally, CU Frame Templates is a set of 10 geometric frames with lined pattern overlays. Great for the kit designer, but I can see scrappers using these too!

Tracy will be hosting a challenge on Saturday over in the The Buzz. Win a cute template just for participating!!

Plus there are a lot of other fun challenges going on at Scrap Orchard with a chance to win $200!

And make sure you come to the 10pm Chat. I'll be there playing Yahtzee! Hope to chat with some of you all.

I can't forget the winner of Monday's Giveaway! The winner of my 4 new products is......Tammy S. Congrats Tammy, you'll be getting an e-mail shortly.

Have a great Digital Scrapbooking Day! I hope you shop and scrap a lot!

October 29, 2014

Washi Tape Tutorial: Make Your Own Washi Clipping Mask

 Using Across the Miles by Tracie Stroud and Amber Shaw with my Washi Tape clipping mask.

I love Washi Tape, in real life and in digi (especially in digi). Whenever I download a kit and it has Washi tape included I know it will be going on my page. Sometimes, though, it's not in the kit. No worries though. I easily make my own Washi Tape clipping mask where I can clip any paper from the kit onto it. What's nice about that is that I can make any size or shape that I want to! Some of my templates even have Washi clipping masks already included.

Just in case you don't have Washi Tape in the kit you are working with, or there's none on the template, I thought I would show you how you can quickly make your own Washi clipping mask. Yay!

Let's begin. By the way, I'm using Photoshop CS3. I think this would be the same in Photoshop Elements.

1. Open a new canvas (I'm using a white background so you can see the shape better) and click on the Polygonal Lasso Tool.
2. Make your desired Washi Shape tape with the tool. Go big, go small, go skinny, go fat, go long, go short, etc... See all the options! You can hold down shift to get a straight edge.

3. Use the paint bucket tool to fill your shape (any color will do).
4. Paint shape.

5. Set your layer styles by click on the layer in your layer palette.  You can see my settings above.

6. Set opacity of layer. I usually go around 80% to make it a little transparent.

7. Ta-dah! You are ready to use your clipping mask. You can drag it to the page you are working on or you could make it right on your page, just make sure you paint it on a new layer. I love clipping patterened paper to my Washi masks. I usually tweak my shadow styles after I see how the Washi mask looks with the paper clipped to it.

And yes, that tape above is a little different than the shape I made for the tutorial. It was actually already included in Artsy Journal Templates 4. See all those wonderful Washi Tape clipping masks in this set?

Now you can go make your own!


October 27, 2014

DSD Sneak Peek & Giveaway!

In case you haven't heard DSD (digital scrapbook day) is almost here! I have 4 new products releasing, awesome sales, free with purchases and some fun challenges coming your way! The fun starts on Thursday. Make sure you enter the giveaway below and check back on Thursday to check out all the fun. I'll announce the winner on Thursday's blog post.

In the meantime prepare yourself for an awesome weekend!


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