January 31, 2012

Professional Photo Book

Some of you may have seen that I teamed up with Tracie Stroud to bring you this photo album. Tracie designed the papers and I laid out the pages. We had the professional photographer in mind when we made the album. The pages are really great for showcasing photos. There are 20 - 12x12 png pages with 2 bonus faded masks that you can use to make a blended photo on two of the pages.

It does come with a professional use license. You can read more about that in the description. It is 20% off until 2/2/12. So you can get this whole book for $20!

I thought I would take a special blog post to show you what I did with them. Now, I will admit, I'm not a professional photographer. AT ALL! But I like to take pictures and recently I've been practicing my photos skills and these are photos I took of my brother and sister-in-law and their precious family.

So here is part of my book. The pages are exactly as you will find them in the set (minus the photos) but you could easily add your own journaling or dates.

These next four pages are meant to be matching double page spreads.

January 30, 2012

Sneaky Peek & Giveaway!

It's that time again. Guess that means it's Monday. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had a nice little relaxing weekend with my family. It rarely happens that we have nothing to do. I loved it!

Last week's winner of the giveaway was Gayle and she one my new Simple and Sweet Album Templates II. You can still get them, my Simple Album Templates and; Professional Photo Book for 20% off until 2/2.

Anyway, on to this week's sneak peek. I have to admit that I am in LOVE with this set of digital scrapbook templates. Probably because I'm a list girl *wink wink*. So if you think you'll love this set too just leave me a comment here telling me whether or not you can live without lists! I know I can't. I have lists for everything! I'll announce the winner on 2/1/12 at 11pm EST here in the comments and on my's on my list of things to do for Wednesday!

Scrap Orchard has some fun stuff coming up.
Bear with me - There's A LOT!
All ads are linked to take you where you need to go.
Make it Snappy-Where you are challenged to make a layout in 1 hour!

We love these!

You will NOT want to miss this. There are going to be awesome challenges, prizes, freebies and more!

Chats are always fun.

Here I am plugging digiscrapaplooza again! I'm telling you, if there is any way possible that you can come. Come! I want to meet you and I'll even have a little something special for you if you use my coupon code!

January 27, 2012

Simple & Sweet Albums II

I can't wait to show you Liz's new templates.  This is her second set of  "simple and sweet" albums.  The team loved the first set ... but we're pretty much in agreement that we love this set even more.  I don't even know how that's possible.  They speak for themselves, so I'll just get to them. Oh and remember that everything you see here is 20% off through 2/2/12.

First, Simple and Sweet Album Templates II

Aren't they great?! I love the fuller page designs, but there's a bit of white space in there too. They've got a mix of single to multi photo options, large and small photo spots, and several pages work together to make easy 2-page designs. So versatile!

The coordinating Simple Album Templates II  has clean and simple clipping masks, no shadows.  Great for photographers or scrappers looking for modern page layouts.

And here is a Photographer's Photo Book collaboration with Tracie Stroud, built from the Simple pages.  All you have to do with these is add your photos and you are good to go. Perfect for making a super quick album for your clients or for a friend. You can even add your own title and journaling to make it more personal.

And now, I'm so pleased to show you inspiration from the team.
You'll have so much fun with these!  Have a great weekend.

January 25, 2012

Wall Art Know How

Last week I did a little blog post about how I made a digital scrapbook page and turned it into a faux canvas print.


I promised a little tutorial on how to make that framed wall art. So that's what I'm going to show you today.

Normally I would have made the wall art in photoshop with digital scrapbook paper but since my printer was running out of ink, I decided to buy some traditional scrapbook paper. Call me cheap and lazy. I didn't really want to switch out my ink cartridge but in reality it probably would have been easier to just make the wall art digitally and print it scissors or gluing. Sometimes I don't make sense.

Okay back to the tutorial.
So I bought my paper and I already had my frames. I'd been collecting them over the past couple months because I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do. So every time I saw a frame I liked, I would purchase it. Okay, maybe not EVERY time I saw a frame I liked because, I'll admit, I love frames. I would have had a million frames sitting around my house. Two of the frames came from IKEA, the round one and the rectangle scallopy one. The little rectangle one came from my favorite store, wal-mart. No, wal-mart isn't my favorite store. I was just joking, but I did get it from walmart. The mirrored frame came from TJMax or some store like that. The horseshoe came from that farm supply store, oh man, I forgot the name of it....wait just a minute, let me google it. Tractor Supply, that's it! I got it at a steal of deal after Christmas. It was like $4!

Now that you know where I got all my frames from, don't know if you really cared, the next step was deciding what I wanted to put in each frame. I knew I wanted the letter K for Kyla and I knew I wanted some cowgirl type stuff. I searched through my digi-stash and found some elements that I thought would look cool cut out on the traditional scrapbook paper that I bought. The boot shape and horse shape are from Chelle's Cowgirl Up Kit that I bought to make the canvas. I opened a new document in photoshop to the size that I knew I would want printed to fit into my frame and placed my boot on the page. I stretched the boot to the size I need.  I color overlayed (Layer Styles>Color Overlay) it with a black color. Then I right clicked on the boot layer and converted it to a smart object. After that I clicked on the boot layer again and rasterized the layer. So I had a black image. So what I did was I took my little magic wand tool and I placed the marching ants on the inside of my boot. Then I went to select>modify>contract. I contracted the ants about 10 pixels. Then I simply deleted the inside of my boot and all I had left was this wonderful little outline. I printed it, traced it onto my digital scrapbook paper, cut it out and voila I had my pretty little boot cut out on scrapbook paper.

Here's the K I printed out. I traced it and cut it out of my scrapbook paper. I cut out the bottom paper to fit into my frame and then I glued the K to that bottom paper.

And here ya go!

Here are a few extra tips.

1. When you are choosing your elements make sure you don't choose anything that will be too hard to cut out. I had a hard time cutting out the horse that you see on the far left of my wall. The legs were pretty skinny and my paper cutting skillz aren't all that great.

2. When you are choosing your papers make sure you pick contrasting colors for your cut out element and the background paper. You want to make sure the element that you choose is going to stand out. Also be aware of patterns. I chose one bold pattern and one more simple pattern for each frame so that the element would stand out more.

3. You could totally just do this all with digi-stuff if you wanted to print everything out on your home computer. Simple just use Ctrl+J to clip different paper to different elements. Put your paper behind your element, add a little shadow to your element and you are good to go. In reality, this probably would have been the easiest thing for me to do since I'm not much into cutting and gluing. Oh well, it's done and I like it and so does my daughter, that's all that matters.

4. I'm no expert at any of this so I'm sure there are easier and betters ways to do this. It's just how I did it.

And here's a little picture hanging tip.  I arrange all my frames on the floor in front of where I'm going to hang my pictures. I arrange, rearrange, visualize it on the wall, ask my husband's advice, ignore my husband's advice, arrange, rearrange again and finally figure out what I want to do. Then I start hanging the pics up. Always starting from the middle. I don't measure or level or anything. I just eyeball it. Sure, there's lots of holes behind the pics but nobody will see those once everything is hung up.

Now, go make some picture art.

January 24, 2012

Big Sneak Peek! Giveaway!

Okay, the sneak peek isn't any bigger than it normally is BUT the contents of what the sneak peek is trying to show you is HUGE. Does that make sense? There are two big ol' template releases this week that you won't want to miss! Seriously, this is one of my most favorite sets ever. It's been in the works for several weeks now.

So, as usual,  if you want a chance to win it then just leave a comment here letting me know how much you want these. If you win you'll be able to choose the set you want! You could win $20 worth of templates. I'll announce the winner as usual: in the comments on this blog post and on my facebook page at 11pm EST on Wednesday night 1/25. But wait! There's more.

I got to team up with one of my favorite designers over at Scrap Orchard, Tracie Stroud. She designed the papers. I laid out the pages and we came up with a fabulous, ready made, photo book! I can't wait to show you the whole set! Here's a little sneaky peek to get you excited.

I would like to also say a special thank you to all my wonderful facebook fans. We reached over 2100 fans this weekend. I seriously can't believe it! I've updated the exclusive tab with a brand new freebie for all of my "likers"! So if you didn't grab it yet go on over there and check it out.

Here's the part where I would normally update you on what is going on over at Scrap Orchard but I can't! They've upgraded their site and I'm still having problems with it so I have no idea what is going on. I know some people can get in and others can't. I do know that they are working on fixing it right now! So sit tight if you can't get in. I'm right there with ya!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Monday, I mean Tuesday.

January 20, 2012

Miscellaneous Sample Pack

Liz has a new sample pack of elements, frames and masks.  It contains unique items that are similar to some of her sets already in the Market.  If you are new to her designs, or have only used her page templates, this sample will give you a taste of her other products - like the Faded Masks, Doodled Frames and Fancy shapes sets.  (Her faded masks are among my most favorite scrapping tools!)

This is a broad collection that can be used by digital scrapbooking designers for creating kits, but can also be used by the scrapper for memory keeping.   20% off through 1/26.  Images are linked for you.

If you like any of these samples and are looking for more, here are just some of the original product sets in the Market.  The samples were created separately from any of the original sets, so you won't have any duplicate files.

Here's a beautiful layout Kimberley made with one of the masks.
Thanks for stopping by!

January 18, 2012

A Canvas Print from a Digital Scrapbook Page

I had been wanting to make my daughter a "cowgirl" decorated wall for her room. She loves horses and anything related to them. So I began searching for ideas on-line, namely, pinterest. I saw some cute cowgirl plaques and then some that you could buy with custom names. I really liked that idea but none of them were in my budget. Then it popped into my head! Why not make a custom digital scrapbook page and have it printed on canvas. Genius! Sometimes I amaze myself. Okay, okay, I'm sure that it has been done before and I'm not a genius. Oh well, sometimes I like to think that I am.

Anyway, so I began researching places that I could get a canvas print before I started to make something. There's a bunch of places and most of them are pretty pricey. I decided to go cheap....real cheap....wal-mart cheap. They have a 12x12 faux canvas print for $19.96. I decided that for 20 bucks that I could at least try it. So I searched my digi-stash for anything cowgirl and anything that might look good on a canvas (stamps, paints, splatters, etc...). I also did a little digi-shopping and bought Cowgirl Up by Chelle's Creations and Lace Stamp Alpha from Faith True. So I made this canvas with a mix of Cowgirl Up, Lace Stamp Alpha and some other things I had in my digi-stash.

I had to test out my page several times when I uploaded it to the wal-mart print site. It was nice because they gave you a preview of how it would look when printed (what parts would be on the sides of the canvas). I ended up making my image 14in x14in and making sure I left about 1.5 inches on each side for the wrap part of the canvas. You can see (on the finished product) that the edge comes right up to the doodled border.

Anyway, so here is the .jpg image of my digital page.

And here is a pic of the finished product.

I was actually really pleased with it. The colors weren't as bright but still okay and it printed just as it was shown on their website. Plus I got it in 1 hour and I was able to go pick it up at my local wal-mart. I mean, it is cheap and it is faux BUT for $20 and 1 hour I feel like I got my money's worth and my daughter LOVES it. I probably wouldn't choose it for a professional print but for this little project it was perfect.

This is what the back looks like.
It's basically a card board box.

And here's what it looks like finished on her wall.
I'm going to be doing a post on how I made my paper art work you see in the frames. Look for that soon.

Hope this inspires you to use your digital scrapbook supplies to make some art for your wall.

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