PHOTOSHOP FOR REAL (or UNREAL)

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There probably isn’t a group of people around that loves Photoshop as much as we digi scrappers do. Programs such as Photoshop are the main tools of our trade and they help us edit photos, create layouts, and add beauty to our everyday lives.

Like any powerful tool, it can be overused, or misused. Unfortunately, this sends unrealistic messages out to the viewer that people (especially women) must be photoshopped to be beautiful.

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Even Demi Moore is not “perfect” enough for a magazine ad. via CBS Business Network

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An already very thin Faith Hill seems to require a great deal of Photoshopping to be a cover girl. Look at her arm! via Scott Kelby

Of course we have come to expect glamour from magazines, movies, and television, so not all the blame falls on those who create the images.

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via Gear Fuse. Do we want to see ads with an un-retouched Madonna? Or do we prefer her with her Photoshop “day cream” on?

Then there are those who just cross the line into complete absurdity. There are certainly extremes and mistakes made with Photoshop.

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Would you believe that some kids (and their parents) even want their school photos retouched? This Newsweek article Say Cheese! Now Say Airbrush! (via Nancy Nally) will give you some real food for thought.

So how much is too much? Where do we draw the line? What does this teach our children? Are you discussing what’s real in the media with your children? Have you thought about what messages you are sending with your own photo editing?

All interesting topics to think about!

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SCRAPPING YOUR FAMILY TREE

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Custom printed family tree from My Tree and Me online shop.

Have you ever scrapped your family tree? This is something that has been on my “to do” list for years, but I (Katie) seem to keep putting it off. It isn’t something that I can just whip up in an hour, it takes some research and input from others. In my case, it will probably only be a matter of a few emails to my parents. They have been great about researching and documenting the names of several generations back. My in-laws have also done some of the same, but not nearly to the same extent. I know I will run into roadblocks there. I guess that is one of the reasons I keep putting this project off. I’m sure many of our readers have similar issues. Truthfully, there are very few people who can accurately list multiple generations in their own family tree.

You will never get your family tree done if you don’t start it in the first place. I decided to go ahead and create a layout that I can continually add to as I find out more information. I’m keeping the layered file in a folder on my desktop so I can add to it as I find more details.

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Layout by Katie Fei Fei’s stuff the gift, Katie Pertiet Family genealogy brush

The best place to start is with yourself. Whether you are doing a family tree for you, or for one of your children, start with the current generation and work backwards. After all, you know you!

Next, can you list your parent’s full names, dates of birth (and death if applicable). Do you know where they were born, the dates of the marriage(s)? Can you list all of their children’s full names? There might not be a space for that on a scrapbooked family tree, but it is good to know if you want to pursue any other genealogy-related activities.Repeat those same steps for each generation. It will probably increase in difficulty the farther back you go.

Not every family tree has nice and neat branches. Second marriages, step-families, and other situations might change the look of your tree. It’s up to you how you want to handle that. The main purpose of a family tree is to track your direct lineage, so you will want to focus on including those who produced you. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to add your own notes and explain the many branches that make up your own tree.

As always, we’ve done lots of searching on the internet and in digi-land to help you make this project easier. We have tons of resources to share with you!

SOME GREAT RESOURCES FOR PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR OWN FAMILY TREE:

  • Call or email family members to find out what information they have. Some of the work might have already been done for you.
  • Search your own scrapbooks, family Bibles, and documents.
  • Family Search
  • National Archives (U.S.)
  • Ancestry.com (free trial period, but this site is a paid membership site – our link is NOT an affiliate link)
  • World Vital Records (free trial period, but this site is a paid membership site – our link is NOT an affiliate link)

Martha Stewart has a free downloadable template on her site for this creative family tree fan chart.

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I love the modern take on the family tree concept from this cool shop!

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I’ve heard so many great things about the tv show “Who Do You Think You Are?” so I finally started watching it online. Wow! What a cool show! Totally inspires you to find out more about your own background.

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I’m feeling so inspired to scrap my family tree. I hope you are too!

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It’s Friday and It’s Funtastic!

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We have a few FUNtastic things going on around here!  First, we have revealed almost all of the contents of THE DIGI FILES, for August, be sure to check out the previews!

We are looking for:  Did you put together one of Kim’s travel journals?  We would love to see what you created, check out our “Looking For” page for more details!

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I had a lot of fun chatting it up with Debbie Hodge (from Get It Scrapped) and Nicole Seitler (from The Digi Chick) on the Paperclipping Digi Show!!  We had some Skype issues on my computer though and I was recording via the Skype app on my iPhone.  I was dropped a few times during recording, so many parts of the show were new-to-me as I listened back…lol!!  We tackle the topic of hidden journaling in digital scrapbooking with some fun ideas and solutions!  We also talk about ideas for changing up templates and looking for a new camera.  You can subscribe to the show’s RSS feed, listen in iTunes, or listen below (but we would love it if you would subscribe to the feed or in iTunes 🙂 )

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There’s lots of great stuff going on around digiland and the web:

After 5 has a great tutorial on using brushes:
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Danielle has a big sale going on and some new products:
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Karla Dudley has this free gift on her blog:
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I literally cried when I got an email from Amanda a few weeks ago with this news!  It’s hard on me to see my friends quit designing (especially when I love their products), but the good news for everyone is a sale is involved:
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Iara has a good deal here:
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Peppermint of One Little Bird has a great (and funny) tutorial on easily getting a random scattered element look:   image

SuzyQ is having a CT call details are on her blog:
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Catscrap has a blog hop going on:
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Yin has a sale going on her already inexpensive templates:
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Gina at Digital Design Essentials has a NEW Idea Notebook out over $20 of product for just $3!!
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Penny Springman has this gift on the Sweet Shoppe Blog:
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Three Paper Peonies and Designs by Anita have this gorgeous new kit out today and 20% off through the weekend:
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Love this kit by Misty Mareda!  Great colors and patterns! I can see myself using it on a layout for my teenage daughter, but also my son with the grays and greens!
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Adoramapix has all square photo books on sale for 25% off through the end of this month!!  Read my photobook reviews if you want my opinion on their books!

Here’s some information on making Photoshop run faster (who wouldn’t want that?!?)

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I hope your Friday is filled with a lot of Funtasticness!!!

P.S. Congrats to Tracie who was selected as our random winner from Amy Wolff’s post yesterday!  THANKS to everyone who took time to comment!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH AMY WOLFF

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We are fortunate to have Amy Wolff as a team member here at The Daily Digi and I am also super excited to welcome her back again to THE DIGI FILES as a contributor!  Amy has, what I like to call, a classy-artsy-shabby style.  Her designs are loved throughout the digital community as much as Amy is!  Here’s a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES:

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Here are some awesome layouts for inspiration:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Fontologie Textura and Pea Bandit; Amy Martin template.
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Fonts: Dekka Dense JL, Designer Notes
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Layout by Rachael, additional supplies: Template (modified) by Traci Reed
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, Fonts: CK Academia, Cooper

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Name: Amy Wolff
City: Sioux Falls, SD
Family: Husband Cameron, daughter Kyra, and two sons Kirby and Kyler

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I’m going to share with you my favorite tip I learned from The Daily Digi and how you can apply it to other things.  Check out this tutorial Fonts Don’t Float.  I’ve been using this same technique to add polka dots or other designs to ribbons!!  Grab a plain colored ribbon, take a round brush and make sure you set the spacing out to the desired length. Make a new layer above the ribbon. Then hold down the shift key while dragging a line of polka dots across the ribbon.  When you have your desired polka dots, use the tutorial to blend the dots so you can see some of the ribbon texture.  Keep playing until you reach a realistic look.  I’ve found this to be so much more effective than playing with the normal blend modes.

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I’ve always played with the computer when I was a traditional scrapbooker.  I guess that means I was always somewhat hybrid.  I printed out titles, journaling, even images I grabbed from the internet to make my son’s alphabet book.  I found true digital scrapbooking in 2005 and never looked back.  It’s a natural progression from scrapping to designing and I’m blessed to have had great mentors along the way.  I’m always learning new things and expanding my horizons to be inspired.

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Lately I’m inspired by home decorating blogs!  There are some great color palettes and textures out there.  I also just latch onto a feeling I want to convey and go from there.  If I’m playing with relaxing colors, I try to pick relaxing shapes and textures.  If I’m in a happy mood, I pick brighter colors, etc

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I’m using a HP quad core processing with 7 GB of ram.  Whenever I buy a computer I try to get the most RAM I can afford.  It makes a huge difference in how fast photoshop runs.

I use PSCS3 but I’m thinking of upgrading to 5

I have a Nikon D40 DSLR and a pocket camera that I love, a canon powershot SX120IS

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amy

Hannah Banannah Paper Pack

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Amy’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Layout by Dunia, supplies: Calico Cottage Kit by Amy Wolf
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Go have a look in Amy’s Store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Inspired: Late Summer by Amy Wolff

The following layouts were created with “Late Summer” by Amy Wolff and included in THE DIGI FILES during August:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Fontologie Textura and Pea Bandit; Amy Martin template.
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Fonts: Dekka Dense JL, Designer Notes
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Layout by Rachael, additional supplies: Template (modified) by Traci Reed
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, Fonts: CK Academia, Cooper

THIS IS DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING

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What is digital scrapbooking? That is a question I (Katie) get asked a lot when I mention that I’m a digi scrapper. That was the topic of the very first Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. It is something we try to answer every day here on The Daily Digi. It’s difficult to place an exact definition on something that is different for everyone. Digital scrapbooking also keeps evolving. That’s what makes it fun and interesting!

Basically speaking, digital scrapbooking is doing something with your photos and/or memories on a computer. Of course there are even exceptions to that definition as well.

How do you define something that has so many variations? It helps me if I think about in terms of other art forms. Take sculptures as an example – What is sculpting? In the most basic terms, a sculpture is a 3 dimensional work of art, but there is an vast array of techniques and artist interpretations that are all included as sculpting. Did the artist use clay, marble, cake, ice, or rock? Is it freestanding, or part of a wall? Big or little? Do those things matter for it to be qualified as a “sculpture”? Not really. Is a sculpture any less valid because it is made of found metal items rather than marble? It is still a sculpture.

Does it matter if our pages follow a certain formula? Must our layouts look a certain way to be qualified as a digital scrapbook page? (or even a scrapbook page in general?) One of my favorite things about being a part of The Daily Digi, is seeing how many different ways there are to scrap using digital tools. That is one of my favorite things about using The Digi Files each month as well – I have been able to try out different designers and styles to explore my own digital scrapbooking skills with a minimal investment. (The files are a huge collection of designer contributions for only $5 a month!)

I love that we can each have our own style when it comes to digi scrapping. We are also free to change that style as often as we want. There is no “right” or “wrong” – it is all good and creative. Sometimes, we as digital scrapbookers feel like we are sort of outcasts from the traditional scrapbooking world. There are those who don’t view what we do as “real” scrapbooking. We know just how wrong that categorization is. However, do we judge each other within the community as well? Are we prone to dismiss some forms of digital scrapbooking as not “real”? (This is a topic that was explored in episode 6 of the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast titled “Creatively Unstable”)

Rather than focusing on trying to define exactly WHAT digital scrapbooking is, I thought it would be fun to show you 20 different layouts from our flickr gallery and SHOW you all the things digital scrapbooking can be. I love every one of them!

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20 different layouts with different styles, themes, materials, sizes, and subjects. I’m sure you will agree that no two pages are alike – they are as unique as the artists who create them. They are all digital scrapbooking, and they are all amazing!

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ONE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK TEMPLATE – MANY DIFFERENT LAYOUTS

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Templates are such a big timesaver for me (Katie) and I rarely scrap without one these days. I also love to reuse templates and I’m often surprised at how many layouts can come from just one template. I thought it would be fun to use one of NeeNee’s templates from this month’s Digi Files and challenge our team to show us how many different ways they could use the template. I was amazed at what they came up with!

Here’s the template I picked:

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Template by NeeNee from The Digi Files #20

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Here’s what our team did with this ONE template:

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Credits: Happy USA by Shabby Miss Jenn NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template

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I rotated the whole template about 45 degrees counterclockwise, and lined it up so that the paper strips/ribbon placeholders would run edge to edge. I then rotated each of the photo placeholders individually to better suit the orientation of my photos.
After I’d placed the photos and selected my background papers, I started filling in the element placeholders with various elements from the kit I used. After I’d filled in all of the placeholders, I then went back and deleted all of the circles and the scalloped matt. I deleted a few of the paper strips, and moved or rotated a few other elements until I was satisfied with the results.

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Credits: NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template Love Me by Dilo My Wish 4U by Digiscrappers Brasil Designers NSD2009Freebie by Flergs Enjoy the Moments Snippettes by Sahlin Studio, Greenbeans font

Another one from Jenn

I rotated the entire template 90 degrees clockwise. Reduced the size of the three photo placeholders and duplicated two of them, rotating each individually. I erased part of the scalloped matt, leaving only the left edge as a base for my title.  I deleted/resized and rearranged many of the elements.

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Credits: NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template Flergs Daydreamer kit

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For this LO is resized the template to make it smaller and deleted the photo spots. I used a scalloped frame instead of clipping the paper to the scallop shape. I extended the scatter across the page. I deleted some extra bits and pieces to put the title in and embellished the letters with gems.

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Credits: NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template (altered) three paper peonies – organic kit two shutter sisters – organic textures 1 fonts avenir book and american typewriter

Layout by new team member Tara –
tip: I’m a minimalist most days but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a fantastic template like this one from NeeNee and alter it to suit your style and personality. When I plan on altering a template I will choose my supplies and photos and have it all open in elements. I decide if I am going to rotate the template like I did in this LO. Next I hide all the layers and I begin. from the ground up and I work through each layer and rebuild it. I tend to work through the photos first and then back fill the elements and layers and play until I achieve the over look I want.

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Credits: NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template Emotions by FeiFei’s Stuff also included in TDF#20 this month

Layout by Steph. I tend to be a more simple scrapper and like fewer elements on my layout.  I turned off all of the element layers (clicked on the eye on each layer), but used the rest of the framework pretty much as is.  I love using lots of paper layers and larger photos as well and NeeNee’s templates are perfect for this!

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Paper Cropz Vol. 9 – Digi Files 20 – Neenee Designs Raining Sunshine kit – Wild Dandelions Font – Rockwell

Layout by new team member Trina –

I shrunk everything in the template by selecting all the layers and transforming them at the same time.  I then duplicated all the layers and rotated the duplicated layers and put them in the top right corner.  I chose to delete part of it in the top corner and leave only one photo there with the cluster.  I placed the other layers in the bottom left corner and worked from there, deleting some elements and adding others as I went.  I also added a stroke to the outside of the title alpha to make it stand out a bit more against the photos.

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Credits: Look At Me and Stuck Up Frames by Misty Cato, Nee Sissy Lynn font Paper Cropz Vol. 9 – Digi Files 20

A 3rd one from Jenn who says “I may have gone a little overboard with this post, as this is the third one I did, but I was testing myself to see if my layouts from this template could all look completely different and not like they came from the same temp. Anywho… 🙂

I flipped the entire template vertically,  then hid all of the layers, with the exception of the three photo placeholders. To make the photo areas look different, I used premade taped frame elements. I enlarged each of the photo placeholders slightly, and rotated the one on the right a few degrees. I then unhid the two rectangle paper matts behind the photo on the left, reducing their size until they barely peeked out from the vertical edges of the left photo’s frame.  I also blended the larger photo into the background paper.

This template was perfect for this series of pictures, as I wasn’t originally sure what I wanted to do with them, but as soon as I’d placed the photos within the template, the rest of the page came pretty easily. That’s the beauty of templates!

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MORE TIPS AND IDEAS FOR USING AND REUSING TEMPLATES:

So twist, rotate, turn off layers, duplicate layers, or do whatever you want to a template to make it work over and over again! If you scrap a layout with this template from this month’s Digi Files, we’d love to see it! We hope you will upload it to our Flickr group so we can all be inspired!

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P.S. Congratulations to Jenn L who was our random winner from the comments in yesterday’s post! She said “See, that’s what I love about TDD, you introduce me to designers I might not have seen otherwise. Loved looking through her store and I’ve added Everyday Bliss to my wish list.” Thanks Jenn! Watch your inbox later today for your gift 🙂

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH RACHEL JEFFERIES OF CAPTIVATED VISIONS

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I am excited to welcome Rachel of Captivated Visions to THE DIGI FILES this month! I love her contribution especially the sentiments and the cute little camera! I think the colors add a unique twist as well! Our team really had fun creating with it as well! Here is a closer look at her contribution:

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Here’s what our team created with this kit:

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template No. 37 by Ali Edwards. Font is CK Easy Goin
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is Fontologie Printing Primer. Shadows by Jenn Barrette
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Hybrid Fan Out Mini Album by Sunghee (directions for this album will be included in the Playbook to be released in just over a week).
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Layout by Tara, additional supplies: Font – Sissy Lynn (funky fonts) by NeeNee designs

You can see even more awesome layouts on our Team Inspiration Page.

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Hi Readers! My name is Rachel Jefferies and I live in Birmingham, UK. I’m married to Simon, we’ve been together for nearly ten years and we will soon be celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary.

I work at home full time, when I’m not busy working I enjoy digital scrapbooking and hanging out in forums and doing challenges etc. Hubby and I also love to watch movies and we are huge CSI Fans and watch that most nights! I also love my camera and of course my music collection which is very varied, what I listen too depends on my mood at the time, I have lots of favourites!

For ten years I worked in the Banking Industry but desperately craved a career change, a few years ago I made the big decision to leave my day job and ventured out on a journey of well, i guess you could call it self discovery! And here I am, and I couldn’t be happier as a Digital Scrapbook Designer!

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Here are some tips for Photoshop which I do often that I thought you might find of interest!

First one is how to texture white elements or papers:

If you try putting a greyscale overlay ontop of white and changing the blend mode to the common overlay setting or soft light setting you will find it extremely hard to texture your paper or element.

It’s best to start with a colour that is ‘off white’, this works well for creating your own papers, or elements such as sticker borders or tags and word strips. First Fill your canvas or shape with colour #fefefe, this looks greyish in colour but once we add our texture and blend modes it will appear to be a textured white finished product.

Using a greyscale overlay, place this on a layer above your element or paper and clip it to the element if needed. Change the blend mode on the overlay layer to linear burn. You will notice no difference in the texture of your paper or element layer at this point, what we need to do now is reduce the opacity of the overlay layer. The amount by which to reduce the opacity too will depend on the type of texture your overlay has, and how much texture you want to add to your white paper or element. Normally an opacity of around 20 – 35% works well. Your Paper or element will now be textured and fairly white in colour. To brighten this up a little you may want to adjust the brightness of the overlay layer a little. To do this choose Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrast from your menu, and increase the brightness a little until you get the desired effect. You can also continue to work on your paper or element by adding a further texture overlay above the original one, and change the blending modes, don’t be afraid to play around with all of the blending modes and the opacity options, there are no rules, sometimes a paper I make may contain ten or more overlays all blended togther!

Saving your Dropshadow settings as a Photoshop Style Set:

This is a great time saver for me, if you have a common or regular drop shadow that you use a lot, for e.g on flat papers, or strings or ribbons wouldn’t it be great to save them and not have to create them from scratch each time? I have done this and use a regular group of shadow settings when creating my product previews and also use them on my layouts.

Firstly I always save my shadow styles, or any other custom styles for that matter on my computer and not in the main Photoshop styles folder, having lots of styles and brushes saved in the main programme folder can slow down the initial start up of Photoshop and that drives me bonkers!

Once you have a shadowed element or paper and are ready to save your style settings double click on the fx symbol on the right hand side of the layer that the style is applied too or right click on the layer and choose blending options. Click New Style and ensure both check boxes are ticked, give your style a name and click ok. Continue this process for any other styles you want to save in the same set. You might want a set of varied shadow styles, or maybe you just want to create a set for deep shadows, and another for flatter shadows etc.

Once you have all of your desired shadow styles saved you need to save them as a set. To do this in your Styles window on the right hand side, just underneath where you can minimise or close the Styles Window there is a tiny little arrow pointing downwards, click on this and a menu will appear. We are going to work in the Preset Manager. This will preview all of the styles you currently have loaded into Photoshop. We need to select which styles we want to save in our set.

To do this find the first style that you saved and click on it, to select all of the others you can either hold down shift and then click on the very last style, this will select everything in the row/s between your first and second left click, or after clicking on the first style, hold down control and click on each of the others individually. Once you have them all selected choose Save Set from the right hand side. Now you simply need to choose a location on your folder where you want to save your styles set too. I have set up a Presets folder on my C drive and save them all in there so I know where they are. Give your set a file name, such as deep shadows or scrapbooking shadows and hit Save. Ensure you leave the file extension as the default .asl

You now have a set of custom styles saved! To Open them use the same tiny little arrow in the Styles Window in Photoshop to bring up the pop up menu again and this time choose Load styles. You can now browse for the location where you saved the set on your computer and choose open, and they will all load into Photoshop at once! I hope this saves you some time, have fun with your styles!

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I started dabbling in design work a few years ago, it started from an obsession about signature tags! I was browsing a forum one day and a lot of the members had these cool graphical signatures against their posts. I asked them how they were made and which programme or software was needed for me to have a try. I soon purchased Paint Shop Pro and started to create graphical signatures of my own. Soon after I found another similar hobbyist forum which introduced me to digital scrapbooking kits. It wasn’t long before I was tempted to try and create a kit of my own and I started to create freebies for my blog, that then developed into selling kits on my blog and then shortly afterwards I became addicted to Photoshop and moved into my first store!!

So I was actually a designer before I was a ‘scrapper’ and when I get the time inbetween work projects I love to take part in challenges and create layouts. I’ve never dabbled in paper scrapping but I am getting very tempted to try a Hybrid project or two! We are currently in the process of decorating our home and we are going to create a studio for me so I have a bigger workspace, nothing will stop me then!

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Oooh so many things! I’m a real visual girl, so seeing things that I love gets my brain ticking for a kit idea! Fabrics, patterns, colour, magazines, stationery, the list is endless! I have a notebook with me where I jot down ideas for kits as soon as I have them so these special little thoughts are never lost! Simon jokes with me that I should keep a notebook in the bedroom I’m often babbling about kit ideas before I go to sleep ha!

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PC:
The majority of my design work was completed on my Toshiba laptop but I’ve recently moved onto a Desktop PC which is faster! The only thing I hate about it is that I don’t have a widescreen monitor so that will soon change! This PC was built by Simon and includes an Intel Quad Core processor, 8GB of RAM (Hawt!!) We have three Terrabyte Hard Drives, plenty of space to back up my files for a little while longer! The Pc runs Windows 7 64-BIT

Programmes:
I design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3, I’m currently using a Bamboo Tablet but when i move into my new studio I have a brand spanking new Intuos 4 Tablet which I’m itching to use! I occassionally use Artrage but I haven’t played in their for a while, it’s so fun to make glitter and use paint!

Tablet:
I’ve been using a little Bamboo tablet for some time now and could never switch back to a mouse, I use it all the time and the feel of the pen is so natural! I’ll soon be using a Medium size Intuos 4 which Simon bought me for my birthday, as soon as we get the studio ready with bigger work space i’m ready to dive in!

Camera:
DSLR, Canon EOS 350D with 18-55mm Lens, this baby I love but haven’t been able to devote enough time to learn all of the manual settings, I will be using it more this year for sure!

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Well I totally love my new Happy Snapper Kit! I’ve been designing a lot with doodles lately and it’s so very hard to pick my favourite kit ever from my store but I will go with a recent doodly release, In His Teens, I love to make grungy kits now and then and I just adore how this one came out!

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Your best selling product – I’ve just retired it lol, as although it was a good seller it didn’t represent my current style at all so I’ve had a big clean up in my store, this collection was part of a grab bag during June and was a huge seller.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Rachel

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Rachel’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Rachel’s Store here and here and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

As a thank you to our readers, Rachel has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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Rachel has one last surprise for all of us…a free gift that coordinates with her contribution to THE DIGI FILES!

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Inspired: Happy Snapper – Captivated Visions

The following layouts were created using “Happy Snapper” by Captivated Visions, included in THE DIGI FILES this month:

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Layout by Keer (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Kate (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Mycau (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Stefanie (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Tanja (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Dodie (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Dodie (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Jacqueline (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Jenny D (Captivated Visions CT)

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Project by Brigitte (Captivated Visions CT)

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Layout by Dana (Captivated Visions CT)
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Layout by Rachael
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Layout by SharonS (a faithful reader 😉 )
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template No. 37 by Ali Edwards. Font is CK Easy Goin
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is Fontologie Printing Primer. Shadows by Jenn Barrette
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Digs My Hart font
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Hybrid Fan Out Mini Album by Sunghee (directions for this album will be included in the Playbook to be released in just over a week).
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Layout by Tara, additional supplies: Font – Sissy Lynn (funky fonts) by NeeNee designs