Friday, March 28, 2014

Creative Team Call

Announcing the search for new creative team members!

 If you love sweet caroline studio designs, please send your favorite layout using sweet caroline products, a link to your gallery, a list of your other teams and a short bio. Send all that to  Deadline for all applications is April 11, 2014.

Honeysuckle | New Release

This weekend you can snag the newest release, Honeysuckle for 35% off. Let's take a look at the CT's newest favorite kit.

If you snag the full kit this week during the featured designer sale, you will get the journal cards FREE! (do not add them to your cart, they will be included in your downloads automatically)

You can pick up the full kit or if separates are your thing, you can pick them up too. 

The CT is busy creating beautiful layouts with this fabulous kit, here are just a few:

by KarenC

by Liz

by Bea

Featured Designer Sale

This week you are in luck! You can pick up any sweet caroline studio product for 25% off. Celeste is also "in the studio" over on the P&Co blog, check it out and enter to win a Gift Certificate to her store.  You can also join us in the forum for an inspiration challenge, and the chance to have your ideas turned into a kit by Celeste. If your idea is selected, you will receive the kit for free!

This week, keep an eye on the sweet caroline Facebook page, you never know when a flash deal will show up or a sweet giveaway!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Painty Custom Paper Technique

Some layouts just cry out for a messy, art journal type of look.  When I get the itch to create a page in this style, I want my background paper to look smeary, distressed, and a little painty.  When I can't find one background paper with exactly the right look, I will often take three separate papers and "fuse" them into one.  It gives the impression that the papers have been painted one right over the other, or that someone has dropped water onto the papers and the edges have smeared together.  

Here's what I did to create my background (single click on any of the thumbnails below to enlarge them):

First, I took three papers from the Meadow Papers kit --- two solids and one hexagon patterned sheet.  I opened a new document in PSE and layered the hexagon print first, then the aqua solid, and the green.  I shifted the papers either up or down until they were in the position I wanted, and I could see all three.  I rotated the solids until I saw the distressed/painted part of them that I wanted to be visible.  I then merged all layers to create a new patterned paper, and saved the file. 

Here's the fun part:  in the tool bar, select on the smudge tool (which looks like a gloved hand with one finger pointing down).  Or, if you see the blur tool (which looks like a tear drop), right click on it and choose the smudge tool.  Down in the options bar, choose the brush you will use to "smudge" with.  I used #27 from the Assorted Brushes (see below), and stared blurring the boundary between each of the papers.   Resize the brush if needed, then simply click down on the mouse and smudge away until you have the look you want.  
You can try using different brushes to achieve the look you're after.   I went back in and chose a round, soft brush from the Basic Brushes set to smooth out some of the edges that looked too hard. 

Here's what my custom paper looked like when it was finished:

 While I love the look of this paper, I thought it need a bit more grunge, so I added one of the Watercolor Overlays and one of the painty elements from the Watercolor Splatters Kit.  

Here's another peek at the finished layout.  These lovely Weathered Frames, lettering from the Pistachio kit, a border from In Bloom Elements, as well as journaling lines and heart embellishments from the Honey Cake Elements kit rounded out the look I created here.

Remember that the next cool patterned paper you use could be one you create out of your existing stash.  I hope you will give it a try!

Honey Cake | Featured Favorite

Honey Cake is homey and sweet and the perfect addition to your stash and for 3 days only, you can get the full kit at half off.

This kit includes 12 patterned papers, 6 solids, 35 elements and 2 alphas. The vintage feel of this kit is great for all your spring photos, so pick it up before Thursday 11:59 pm to save a bundle.

Here is a bit of inspiration from the Pixels & Company gallery:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Featured Favorites | Noted

Featured Favorites are a chance for you to snag a favorite kit from the past at 50% off!

This week you can pick up Noted a versatile and timeless kit for all your scrappy needs.

We have some beautiful layouts for our inspiration from our creative team and the P&Co team.
by Emilie

by Janell

by Ronnie

by Tiffany

by Diane

Remember Featured Faves are only on sale Tuesday - Thursday so take advantage of this great deal before it's gone!