Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Scary Stuff | a Digiscrap Parade hop

Welcome everyone hopping along the digiscrap parade!  Check out my other blog hop here!

The whole shop is 35% off! But if you spend more you can save more.

 Pixels and Company has kicked off their celebration with a blog hop, games, challenges and prizes.

And now what you came for, The Scary Stuff:

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p.s. check out your download for a sweet coupon!

previous stopParade HomeNext Stop

You should have arrived from Peppermint Creative

You will be heading off to Girl Boy Girl Designs

And if you get lost you can hop over to the Digiscrap Parade Blog for the complete list.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy DSD | a Pixels & Company Bloghop

Do you use templates? I use them all the time! Here are my top 10 tips for using templates.

  1. File>Save As  | don't lose your original template rename the file for your new project
  2. Name the Background layer | I rename the background layer with the designer's name and the name of the template, this helps me remember when I am writing out my credits
  3. Create a Workflow | always work from the top down or the bottom up, this way you don't miss anything
  4. Use the shapes as guides | if it is a star, you don't have to replace it with a star, it can be any element that fits your theme. 
  5. Hide or delete layers you don't want | this is your page, you don't have to keep anything you don't like.
  6. Rotate or flip | this is a great way to stretch your stash and create coordinating pages.
  7. Replace photo spots with journal cards or patterned paper
  8. Shrink or Enlarge everything on the page | create white space or a big focal point.
  9. Straighten or skew everything on the page | rotate and go crazy or line everything up 
  10. Pair a template with a full page photo for an easy 2-page spread.
Thanks for stopping by! All the designers have out-done themselves in this fantastic new collab.

Collect all the letters in order and use the phrase as a coupon code to get North of Ordinary for free!
Your letter here is D. Here's what you are going to get at the end of the hop.

You should have arrived here from KimB's Designs, now you'll be off to Jen Allyson's blog Here is a complete list in case you get lost!

Pixels & Company
Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn by Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight <--You are here!
Jen Allyson
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A "Boo"-tiful Gift

I just LOVE Fall – Don’t you?

I love everything about it.  The change in weather, the food, the festivities – everything! One activity that we do every fall is a Halloween “Boo”.  Have you ever done one?  It where you make up an inexpensive little gift and leave it secretly for a friend or neighbor.  The Mom’s Club that I have been part of for 11 years does one each year.  It is always a fun surprise to find one on your door step. When you open it, there is a little “Boo” poem usually and sign for your door letting others know that you have been Boo’ed already, plus the list of friends participating so that you know who hasn't received one yet.  The gifties are usually candies mixed with some inexpensive treats.

This year, I thought that it would be fun to make a door hanger – so, let’s keep it between you and me  since I haven't delivered mine yet!  ;)

I love Celeste’s kit – Spirited.  It is full of such great elements and papers for this project.  The first thing that I did was to make a back template for the door hanger itself.  I created 2 rectangles.  1 that is 4 x 10 and one that is slightly smaller 3.75 x 9.75 so that the edges of the bigger one just show a little.  I filled the larger rectangle with the bright orange stripe and the smaller rectangle with the spider paper.  *Note – most of this will not show as the gifts and hole for door knob will cover it.  You can print these on cardstock with or without the circles cut out.  

Next, I made myself a template for the front box.  I wanted the box to be the same size as the front rectangle and 1” wide, so I created two 3.75” squares for front and back, and 2 sides that are 1” x 3.75”.  Then, I made the tabs that will glue together using trapezoids that are 1” tall by the width of the piece that they are attached to.  
Just fill the backgrounds with whatever paper you like and add elements to your liking.  The back of your square will not show and most of the tabs, so you can leave them a generic color.  I colored mine with the white paper from the paper pack, but did darken it just a shade so that I could see it enough to cut out later.

Once you are happy with your project, you can save it and print.  I like to print an extra copy of the pieces that I will duplicate and “bump up” to give dimension.  In this case, I copied, the Happy Halloween Tag, the whole front piece and the "BOO".  
Gather all of your supplies.  I have my project printed on cardstock, my cutter, scissors, adhesive (both tape and glue and bump dots), ribbon, buttons and glitter (that I ended up not using)
 Next, cut everything out.  I try to use the straight edge cutter for as much as possible and then hand cut with scissors.  You will also want to cut out the circles for the door knob.  I used my medium Creative Memories circle with green blade that creates a 2 1/8" circle.
Note of caution - I cut the rectangles out separately and hence, when I lined them up the edges showing on either side do not match.  I guess for those that that bother, may want to measure ;)  Either way, use the double sided tape and attached the two rectangles together.
You will want to score the edges of your box so that it folds evenly.
 And add foam or bump dots to your extra pieces to give dimension.  For the Scrabble Tiles, I cut them separately to make them look more more Tiles, you could also use real Tiles or leave them in one strip.
 Attach all your pieces!
 Glue buttons and ribbon to add interest
 Add adhesive to all the tabs, but the front one (that I kept black) and put together box.
 Make sure to use lots of adhesive and press down well to make sure the weight of the treats does not make it come undone.
 Fill with candies, small toys, glow sticks, lollipops, etc and sneak to a friends out to surprise them!

I hope you enjoyed this little treat!
Have a great Fall Season and a Happy Halloween.

*CT Member Meagan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Featured Favorites are back!

It's Tuesday, so Featured Favorites are back at P&Co. Check out these beauties, because they're  50% off right now... Don't wait, though; it's only through Thursday!

This sale means you can snag both of these basics for a grand total of $3.00 Remeber, these prices only last until Thursday.