Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrapping Event Photos: Birthdays!

Around our house, it's birthday season.  My kids all have their birthdays within just a few weeks of each other right at the start of the year.  I don't know how you all feel, but sometimes, scrapping all those birthday photos can either feel overwhelming or monotonous.  It can seem like there's no variety when it comes scrapping them or making layouts feel fun.

 I would also guess that we want our loved ones to look back on their birthday pages and enjoy looking at them, so how do we balance our need to get them done every year without it seeming like the same 'ol, same 'ol?   Here are some ideas I hope will help get your creative mojo going as you make birthday layouts:

1 - Don't Feel Pressured to *Always* Use Traditional Birthday Themed Supplies.

On the above page, there was a lot of green, and since he had a Ninjago theme going on for his special day, I went with that.  I used brushes to create a black, chalky border that mimicked the black borders on his lego boxes.   A simple journaling card with the date of his birthday, lettering, and papers to match the photos fit the bill here.  I thought these supplies were much more suited to this page than candles, birthday cakes, confetti, etc.

2 - Have Fun With The Title of the Page.

I could've easily just put "Happy Birthday, Izzy!" as title here, but frankly, I've done that a time or two, so I chose a more interesting title.  Last year, my daughter was really excited that her age was going to be a double digit number, and she felt so grown up, so I made that the focus of this page.  It was a fun story to write and I hope it will be a fun memory for my girl.

3 - Take a Few Photos of Birthday Items Along With Photos of People. 

It's true -  I could've just used to top photo of myself with my birthday cake, but isn't a birthday celebration also about the "stuff" we use to celebrate it, too?  I included a photo of the presents, too, because my kids usually help my husband wrap the gifts, and I like seeing their handiwork. 

Below are some pictures of one child's Ninjago cupcakes, and the others are from my youngest child's Ninja party, which we put on a few days ago.  It was fun, but man, it was also a lot of work.  I snapped photos of the treats, goody boxes, and decorations, because I want to document all that effort and how cute everything looked!  In my opinion, it's more fun to scrap a variety of fun pictures that include both people and objects for celebrations.  I actually can't wait to scrap these photos now!

If you are interested in picking up Celeste's kits that were used to create the layouts in this post, here are the links to them:

Kraft Kandy Papers
Pretty Kraft Papers
Sweet Sundae Full Kit
Sunshine Patterned Papers
Jubilee Elements
Noted Alphas
Pistachio Kit
Menagerie Elements

I hope you find these ideas helpful.  Thanks for reading and here's to great birthday pages in 2014!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dollar Days | Hello Love

Have you noticed the trend in chalkboard and chalk art? Celeste created the following pack in that style, so you can use them on chalk cards or change the color and use them as a stamp.

To make them look even more realistic, change your blend modes or move the sliders of the "blend if" bar in your layer styles pop-up window.  Here's a quick tutorial image to help you find the right place.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dollar Days | Oh So Simple Calendar Cards 2014

Celeste snuck another dollar day release into the store today. Check out these fun calendar cards- they make creating a calendar simple and easy, and you can print them with your favorite printer.

These are 5x7 when finished, so add your photo, send to print and pick them up (or get them delivered)! That fun hoar frost photo isn't included, you get to add your own beautiful photos!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gallery Standouts

It's time for another round of gallery stalking.

Below are a few layouts I found using Celeste's products. Here's one by ceeflower using Chalk Calendar Journalers

I love this one by RachelAlles using Pretty Kraft

Who wouldn't love to have a ninja party like the one featured in this layout by Lorell using Daily Journalers .
She also used a variety of kits by Celeste including Pistachio  Noted and Sunshine .

I find the gallery so inspiring and these layouts are no exception.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dollar Days | Kraft Candy

After the sweet and simple of Pretty Kraft , now you can have a party on your pages with Kraft Candy.

The bright colors and bold patterns will make your pages pop and party! Don't forget that you can pick them up for only a buck, but don't wait too long, they will be regular price on Feb 1.

Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter, something fun is coming! Keep in touch on Facebook too. You never know what you might win...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Make a sticker from an extracted image!

I love Celeste's contribution to the free with purchase collaboration this month, called Curiosity. Her whimsical designs are really fun to work with. For this tutorial, I show you how to extract an image from a paper, and turn it into a sticker to use as a companion element to the kit.

To start, open your paper and zoom in close on the image you want to extract.

Be sure to save your sticker as a new image, as either a png or a psd/tiff file. Now you can use your sticker to coordinate with the paper. (I love stickers!)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dollar Days | Pretty Kraft

There was such a great response to the Brown Paper Packages line of papers, that Celeste went back to her studio and came up with these beautiful kraft papers. Pretty Kraft will quickly become a favorite as you use these timeless patterns.

Check out this layout that Natacha made for the CEO Challenge at P&Co:

by Emilie

by Natacha

Monday, January 6, 2014

True Scrap | Pocket Pages & limited time offer

Have you heard of True Scrap? This year the newest addition to the True Scrap family is coming to your living room!

True Scrap Pocket Pages is THE event for Project Life/pocket scrapbookers! Whether you're new to the concept, or you've been a PL'er from way back, they have six incredible classes to inspire and educate you. And the best part? It's online – LIVE! Yup, on January 25, you'll log in to a state-of-the-art web room where teachers like Marcy Penner, Layle Koncar, and Lilith Eeckels will treat attendees to hour-long classes on these topics:
•Hybrid Hints for Paper People from Traci Reed
•Pocket Scrapping 101: Back to Basics from Layle Koncar
•Do You Hear What I Hear? Including Your Family’s Perspectives in Your Pocket Spreads from Marcy Penner
KISS: Keep It Simple, Scrappy! Simplifying the Pocket Page Process from Monica McNeil
•Playing Big: Adding 12×12 photos and layouts to your Pocket Pages Albums from Lilith Eeckels
•Outside the Lines: Creative Approaches to Adding Journaling to Your Pocket Pages from Stephanie Bryan
    And best of all- you can attend in your PJs! 
You'll have plenty of time to interact with the instructors live, asking them all your burning pocket scrapbooking questions. And with sponsors including Simon Says Stamp, Gossamer Blue, Project Life, Studio Calico, and Simple Stories, it's going to be an incredibly colorful, creative, and community-filled day. I love that you can watch something again or catch up on the sessions you missed, because everything is recorded! 
True Scrap Pocket Pages is produced by scrapbook superhero Lain Ehmann, founder of the True Scrap events. To date, she's produced dozens of online virtual events, helping thousands of women find simplicity, inspiration, and fun in their scrapbooking.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save $99 on your True Scrap Pocket Pages registration by using coupon code 99OFF at checkout here: http://www.truescrap.com/pocket. You'll get all six classes, plus replays, plus discounts for only $50! AND if you register before January 10, you'll receive a special bonus – an exclusive video class from former Project Life creative team member Jennifer Woodbury on “Project Life, Step-by-Step,” a $17.95 value, FREE!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by True Scrap. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and not True Scrap.  

Dollar Days | Daily

Today you can pick up Daily, a set of 8 journaling cards and over 40 png sheets of dates. The backgrounds include Kraft, Chalkboard, Blue Linen, and a beautiful Wood Grain. To get the effect of the woodgrain showing through the date, make sure to adjust your blend mode or play with the sliders in the "Blend If" section of the layer properties.  

Perfect for pocket scrapbooking, and all your digiscrap layouts. Check out how Liz used the cards and dates:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dollar Days | Chalk Journalers

5 days into Dollar Days and already over 20 new products to choose from! Today you can pick up a new set of journaling cards: Chalk Journalers

These will make a fantastic statement on your pocket pages or traditional layouts. Maybe even pop them onto a 4x6 canvas, add a photo to the other half of the page and print. Quick pocket calendar!

If you create with sweet caroline products, I'd love to see your creations! Share with me at sweetcarolinestudioct@gmail.com or on Facebook for a chance to win CG or guest spot on the Creative Team.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to Clip a Paper- Digi Die-Cutting

A quick tutorial to start out your year: 
How to clip a paper to a shape or Digi Die-Cutting
(In Photoshop CS6)

First open up your document- this can be a blank canvas or a template. Here I've used a blank canvas:

You can see my 12x12 canvas and my Layer Stack. Now we'll add our next shape.

Now I decided I don't want to have a white background, I'd like a patterned paper. So making sure that the Background Layer is highlighted, I'm going to add a patterned paper. 
see the background layer^^ It's blue- that's what I want.

You can either drag it on (hold the shift key to center the paper) or use the File:Place command:
Click it then navigate to the paper you want and click Place.

Now your page should look like this:
Hit Enter to accept the paper if you have that big X on your page. Now we want to add a paper over that big red square. Select the square in your layer stack.

See^^ now the red square is selected.

Drag your paper or use the place command again. Now your page and layer stack look like this:

Hit enter if you have that big X. Now we want to "cut" the paper down to size. 

Right click on your paper in the layer stack. This menu should pop up:
Click on Create Clipping mask. (shortcut is ctrl/command G)

Now your page looks like this:

See that little downward arrow? That means you have "clipped" your paper to the shape beneath it. You can clip to text, other shapes, and all those layers on templates!

Dollar Days: Kraft Journalers

It's here again, our Semi-Annual $1 Sale. 100 new releases, $1.00 each!

First up today from sweet caroline is Kraft Calendar Journalers

Sized at 3x4 they are perfect for your pocket pages and as you can see from the CT pages, they work on non-pocket pages too!

By Bea

by Lorrell