Hi Everyone! It's officially summer here in the U. S., and many of us are enjoying the warm weather and time with kids now that they are out of school. No matter what season it is where you are, I hope you are taking time to make memories and document them. The gallery at Pixels & Co. have such beautiful pages and projects, many of which feature Celeste's beautiful kits! Here are some inspiring and fun pages that I hope will get your creativity going this June:
Using the Wildwood kit:
by Janell Nugent
Using the Honeysuckle kit:
by Vicki Hibbens
Using Sweet Briar and Meadow Papers:
Using the Jubilee Kit:
Using the Hello Love Kit:
Using the Happy Camper kit:
by me (Lorell)
I hope you enjoyed browsing through these projects and see you next time!
Hi everyone! How are you doing? Zakirah here with a little tutorial on how to add a white border to your photo in Photoshop.
I'm going to share two techniques, and in the end, I'll compare the differences of the results.
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TECHNIQUE 1: USING LAYER STYLE
The first technique involves the layer style. Let's start with our photo.
1. When you've placed your photo on your layout, double click the photo layer to open up the "Layer Style" options.
2. Click on "Stroke", and then set your settings like so:
3. Click on "Drop Shadow" to add your drop shadow. Feel free to use your own setting here.
4. Let's save this layer style now so we could use it again later! Click on "New Style...", name the style and click OK.
That's it! Let's look at the result:
Now let's check out the second technique.
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TECHNIQUE TWO: CREATING A MAT
The second technique involves the Shape tool. Let's get on with it!
1. Create a new layer under the photo layer, then click on the "Shape" tool. Then choose the "Rectangle Tool". Next, create a white rectangle around your photo. Now you've created a mat under your photo.
2. Add a drop shadow to the shape layer, and you're done!
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OK, now let's compare the results of both techniques side by side:
As you can see, the result of Technique #1 makes the photo looks smaller, while the Technique #2 makes it look bigger. Here's why.
In Technique #1, we use Layer Style > Stroke and created the stroke inside of the photo. Why? Because if we create the stroke outside of the photo, the borders of the stroke will be curved, like so:
It doesn't look pretty, does it? This is why we created the stroke inside of the photo, which means the stroke is 'drawn' on the photo, covering the far sides of the photo. Whereas in Technique #2, we created the border (using a rectangle shape) around the photo, which preserves the original photo.
So which technique is better? To me, both work for different photos. When you don't mind the edges of your photo being cut off, you can use Technique #1, but if you want to preserve everything on the photo, then Technique #2 is best for you. All in all, it's up to personal preferences.
Well, I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Thank you for reading and happy scrapbooking!
What are your family plans? Is camping or the great outdoors on the agenda? You'll love the newest kit from sweet caroline in you enjoy any time outdoors. Bold patterns with a muted vintage vibe. I'm a fan of the camper and the station wagon (it reminds me of my first car). The 2 tone images are also included as brush (abr) files.
As always, you can pick up the elements separately, but save when you pick up the full kit.
The Creative Team has created some beautiful layouts for your inspiration.
Now for the freebie:
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Hi! Meagan here, to
tell you about a beautiful hybrid project using quilling. Quilling is a centuries old process of
rolling and shaping strips of paper and arranging them to create a 3 dimensional
design that is amazing to see. The end
result looks complicated, but is something that you can learn easily and with
only a few simply tools. I first learned
about quilling at our local library’s Summer Reading Kick-off a couple years
ago. The kids and I had so much fun
rolling the little strips of paper into shapes that I ran out and got a pack of
quilling paper and the slotted tool from my local craft store. We borrowed the book 50 Nifty Quilled
Cards by Alli Bartkowski, grabbed some craft glue, and card stock for the
back and got started making cards that everyone loved. The book was easy enough for even my kids to
For today’s post, I went a little further and made a pair of frames using this
technique for my daughter’s teachers as an end of year thank you gift, but I
loved them so much, I almost kept them. I used Sweet Caroline Studio's Wildwood Full Kit as my base and for the inspiration for all the quilled flowers.
To get started, I bought some inexpensive unfinished wood
frames at Hobby Lobby (they were about $3 with coupon). I measured the space that I would need to
cover. In my case, they were 9x12 - bigger
than 8.5x11. I figured out what background papers I wanted to use. I wanted a pattern that was mostly undecorated
with a small embellishment in a corner. When
I first saw Wildwood, I fell in love with that blue woodgrain. I knew that I would use that one for one
frame and chose the regular brown wood with flowers in the corner for the
In my scrapbooking program (I use Storybook Creator), I
measured out the frame and center area.
Then, I added the paper to the work surface. With the blue paper, I realized immediately that
I would need to work with it to make it look like I wanted. I wanted the flowers to fit on either side of
the bottom of the frame and not be cut off by the center of the frame. I do not have step by step pictures of the
paper process, but for the blue paper, I cut apart each board and added them to
the frame how I wanted. Then, I cut
apart the flowers from the paper and again added them separately to the
bottom. I kept adding until I liked the
look of it.
You can see in this screen shot, I have all the flowers cut separately
each in their own layer and the background of all of the layers of blue board,
I flattened all together once I had them nice.
I cut out the center that would be cut out in real life to save on ink
when I printed.
With the brown frame, it actually fit better in the space
that I had, so I only had to duplicate the paper 4 times. One regular, one mirrored up, one mirrored right
and one mirrored right and up. If you
need to, you blend the lines so they are not so obvious that it is a mirrored
paper, but I think it is fine this way.
Next, I printed these out onto regular white printer paper
and cut them out. After that, you will
want to paint the wood frames a color to match the paper. I ended up just mixing the paint that I have
around the house to get a color match, but to make it easier, you could buy new
paint that actually matches. :D
While you wait for your paint to dry, you can distress/roughen
up the edges of your printed paper so that it blends better onto the
frame. This also works well with the
Wildwood style. This is done by running
the scissors flat edge across the paper edge. It does not have to be perfect. Little tears and unevenness actually adds to
Once dry, paint on a light coat of Mod Podge on the wood
frame and lay on your paper. Add more
Mod Podge on top to seal it. In the case
of my blue frame, the wood was not all the way dry and so there is a slight
blue tint to my top coat – which again – just added to it. (I love projects
where mistakes make it unique and not ruin it)
The whole time, I was also working on my quilling. To me, quilling is a relaxing quiet activity. This is not a thing that you rush
through. The best part is that once you
know the process, you can do it while watching TV or listening to music –
whatever. To make the frames, I added to
my quilling stash – I got more quilling papers in colors to match the flowers,
I also picked up the circle template to help keep my shapes uniform. I also used regular white craft glue,
toothpicks (to apply glue to the surfaces), pins (to hold your shapes while they
dry), a cork board and my tweezers. I
laid out wax paper over my cork board and slipped a copy of the flowers between
the cork and wax paper and started to work.
To start with, you slip one end of a quilling paper strip
between the slots at the end of your slotted tool. Then, begin rolling the paper strip around
the tip by rotating the tool in either direction. When you get the entire paper rolled, you can
either push from behind or underneath the coil instead of pulling it off to
remove it and either glue the end down to keep it as a tight coil or let it
loose (in a circle form to keep it a particular size). In the case above, I was making the center of
a daisy, so I wanted a multi-colored tight coil. When I got to the size I wanted of one color,
I tore it off and glued on the new color to the torn edge (the torn ends make
it blend better).
For the center of the white flowers, I used brown, pale
yellow, a small amount of white and light blue and then green to match the
center of Celeste’s beautiful flowers.
You could make it as simple or colorful as you want! I glued the end down to keep it a tight coil
and started to work on the petals. I
tried a few different techniques to get the flowers just like the Wildwood flowers. For the daisies, it was easiest to make a
teardrop shape. And glue to the tight coil.
How do you do the heart flower? Easy peasy! It is a loose coil that I used a pin to push in the center and glue into the shape.
My favorite thing about quilling is that you can try out a
bunch of things and see what you like best.
I tried out even more with the yellow flowers.
Another technique uses fringing. That is where you take a wider strip of paper and cut a fringe on it with scissors. They sell a fringer which I am thinking of getting because I love the look and it would be even cuts and faster. I really had fun with it. After you have cut a billion little cuts down the length of a paper, you put the non-fringed side in your slotted town and roll it the same any other shape.
I made yellow wild flowers with a tight coil at its center and I made fringed centers for some of the pink heart shaped flowers and fringed centers for the big flower. You
can add regular quilled paper by gluing to the bottom edge. For the heart flowers, they have a white and
yellow tight coil in the center with strips of green poking up and the a brown
fringe for the dark pink heart flower and yellow to the light pink heart
The possibilities are endless. I made a long yellow fringe in the center
followed by a small green tight coil, followed by a maroon fringed piece that
had hot pink glued to the center – rolled it all together to get a
multi-colored center to my big flower.
My big flower is really just 5 loose coils that are smashed
together. I used pins to push them into the
shape I wanted, alternating where the center was and then glued another strip to the outside to make a uniform
Once you have made all your flowers separately, it is time
to glue them down. Again, I played with
a variety of styles. Sometimes, I just
added glue to one side of a green strip and glued it down, sometimes, I added
petals that are teardrop shapes. Other
times, I used the paper to make layers. Here,
I placed the green “foliage” down and added leaves and small rolled “buds” in
the bottom layer. I also rolled the ends
of some strips to make a loose swirl.
Then I added the big flowers, gluing down as I went.
And that is it. I did
spray the frames with a coat of Shellac to seal the whole thing and I made a
center “thank you” insert that can be replaced with a picture later using both Wildwood and Wildflower elements
and here is the a close-up of the finished frames
The best part, my daughter's teachers LOVED them and I spent less than $10 for both of them (since I had most of it)
So, next time you need a special gift for someone or maybe just to try for fun, I urge you to add some quilling to your hybrid arsenal!