Splendid Fiins: No Clean Up

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I love Splendid Fiins graphically doodled style! The way she is able to mix simple, clean patterns along with her doodles and create a cohesive look, is pure talent and I always love the outcome!  I’m very excited to have Splendid Fiins joining us for the first time in The Digi Files!  Let’s take a closer look at “Through the Viewfinder” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Splendid Fiins’ contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Scholarly (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Arsenale White.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Fonts: Soymilk.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Thankful For You Alpha by Kristin Aagard; Font: DJB Digi Tara.
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Layout by SharonS. Papers and elements: Through the Viewfinder, Splendid Fiins, Template: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: The Funktastic, Brush: R. Young.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m Nisa Fiin- I live in St. Paul with my husband and two adorable wee boys. I am a photographer + artist + designer + mama. I love books and juice and I brush my teeth with my eyes closed. (I think that covers all the most important info…)

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I so love this project… I take an insane number of photos of my boys- so I’m not lacking for images documenting their growth – but when you strip their likeness down to just profile, silhouetted and stark like this- you really see how they’ve changed (I do these every six months) And there’s something timeless about them…silhouettes. But I like to add a bit of bright+fun color (with the backgrounds) to keep it funky and current, too.
To make them- I have each boy sit on my husbands lap/knees- so they’re eye to eye and facing 90 degrees from my camera. I shoot them in our upstairs landing- lights off- with a window behind. I meter to blow out the background a bit- and leave the subject in shadow. Then I play with the photo in Photoshop a bit (the tutorial explains it all) to up the contrast and get rid of all detail but the outline of each little boy head…

We have a whole little gallery of these printed at 5×7 and framed in our entry. It’s amazing to see the changes… I feel like almost every time I go to shoot the next one I think “well, they won’t look that much different from the last one…” and they do! They totally do…

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I dabbled in scrapbooking in the late 1990s but really picked it up in full effect in 2004. I was all paper in the beginning. And honestly, that’s where my heart still is. I played around a bit with digital elements- and did a bit of hybrid work in the years that followed. Then in 2009, I had my first son, and realized I wasn’t going to make it up to the third floor scrap studio for a while- so I dove into digital. It’s worked well- this going digi while boys are little (my second son was born in 2011) – I can open my computer armoire and scrap while they nap- and just close it up when they wake- no clean up!

It wasn’t long after really diving into digital that I started designing things, making things for myself at first- then in 2010 I started my shop at JessicaSprague.com… which has been amazing and such a blast. I love making things that other people will use. It’s so cool to see people playing with the products I design- whether it’s like “YES! That’s exactly how I envisioned them being used!” or “GAH! I hadn’t thought of using them like that! Awesome!” It’s just so cool…

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Maintaining sanity, I guess. Seriously- if I don’t make art I go crazy. I’ve always got several artsy/crafty/scrappy/makings going on at once. Some (mainly my family) might say I often have too many at once…it’s a delicate balance I guess.

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Computer: I’m still rocking my old mac circa 2006, with Snow Leopard on it- but come January my new tricked out 27 inch iMac should be in my grubby little mitts. 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 16GB memory 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 512MB Swoon.

Program: I use mainly Photoshop CS5 and occasionally Illustrator CS5

Camera: I have a Nikon D300 (my big one) and a CanonPowershot G12 (my small one/video camera)

Anything Else: I have a Wacom tablet (LOVE!)

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I tend to get a little…uptight/control freak/perfectionist sometimes- especially in respect to my photography. This past year I started playing with “shooting from the hip”- literally- down low, not looking through the viewfinder. It’s a total gamble, and results in a lot of flubs- but the shots that do work- are AMAZING. And so different from my regular work…they have a totally different feel and composition. And shooting this way changes my mindset from “Boo! This isn’t exactly what I had in my head that I wanted to capture!” to – “Holy cats! I just happened to capture this bit of awesome!” (sidenote- this is how I shoot for my faux ttvs- because it’s also the level/bit of a gamble of actual ttv photography)

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I love these templates because they are so fun + versatile. They can be used as is to create a super simple- but still slightly wonky+whimsical album- easy peasy. Add in some of the sketchy stamps/brushes that are included- and you can totally fun it up. (Or go crazy and add in patterned paper and other elements and just use the templates as a base.)

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There are actually three sets of the Eclectic Journaling cards- but set one has sold the most. It’s just a bright + wacky mix of journaling cards- again- super versatile. Great for traditional layouts or Project Life…who doesn’t love a good journaling card? All three sets came about as I worked on my own Project Life album and thought about what I’d like to include…

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Here are some of my favorite products by Splendid Fiins:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Splendid Fiins’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Splendid Fiins’ store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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The following layouts were created using “Through the Viewfinder” by Splendid Fiins and included in The Digi Files during March, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Papers and elements: Through the Viewfinder, Splendid Fiins, Template: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: The Funktastic, Brush: R. Young

 

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Scholarly (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Arsenale White.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Fonts: Soymilk.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Thankful For You Alpha by Kristin Aagard; Font: DJB Digi Tara.

 

Writing on a Photo with the Online Photo Editor PicMonkey

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It’s always interesting to me to look at our Google Analytics and other site analytics and figure out what people are looking for when they come to our site. From piecing things together, it seems a lot of people are interested in learning about how to write on their photos or add text to a photo, without using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Katie did a post a while ago on online photo editors that included a few options.  Today, I’m going to show you how to write on your photos (and even add word art to them) quick and easily using PicMonkey.

PicMonkey is free for basic (and even not-so-basic) editing including text, sharpening, adjusting colors, adding effects, collages, and adding word art. They recently launched a paid version as well that has additional features.  The paid version is $4.99 a month or $2.75 a month when you sign up for a year. Not bad at all, if you want some of those additional features and effects.

For those of you that would like to know how to get text or writing on your photos without the expense of a photo editing program, here we go…

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To get started, just head to PicMonkey.com and click on the handy “Edit a photo” button in the top left:

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A window will open where you can navigate to the folder your photo is stored in on your computer. Click on the photo to select it and then click OPEN.  Here’s what my window looked like once I had opened my photo (one of my all-time favorites of my kids):

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I want to add some type, so I click on the letter P on the left:

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This pulls up all of the font choices, they are grouped by style (which is a fun thing). Any of the fonts (or other items, for that matter) with a crown next to them are only included in an Upgraded account:

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I’m going to use the Serif font Special Elite for the first part of my writing on the photo. I’ll click on the font name and then click on the Add Text button:

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Now, here is what my screen looked like:

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Next, click where it says, “Type your text here” to get a cursor and then start typing. The only setting I changed bellow was to center justify the text:

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Next, I’m going to hit enter for a new line and then I selected the Marcelle Script font and changed the color to a nice yellow:

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Now, I’m going to highlight the word sunshine and drag the size slider to make it larger:

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I want all of the words to be a bit larger to fill that space. So, I will highlight all of the words and use the slider to make them all bigger (but it will keep the word Sunshine a larger size than the rest of the text):

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I moved the text slightly and then, once I was happy, I clicked save. Here’s the window I got next (it made me laugh):

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Here’s a look at my finished photo:

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Now, what if you have some really cool word art from a digital scrapbooking kit that you want to add to the photo? Just click on Overlays in the menu on the left:

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Then click on the “Your Own” button and then find the file you want to use, click on it, then click OPEN (I’m using word art by CD Muckosky):

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When I imported the word art, PicMonkey sized it down a bit. I was able to size it back up with the corner handles without a problem. I also clicked and dragged the image to the upper left corner:

I saved this using the same steps as above. Here’s what the finish product looked like:

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I loved that photo before, but now it SAYS something too…literally!

I had a lot of fun playing in PicMonkey, have you used it for any quick effects? I would love to hear what you’ve done in the comments!

How to Combine Templates

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Supplies: Enjoy Life by The Cluster Queen

A while back, Steph did a great post about combining two templates into one to stretch your digi supplies and make a page that works for your photos and journaling.

We thought it would be a good idea to share how to do that, step-by-step. Don’t worry – it’s very easy!

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I’m going to work with templates from the following template packs:

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Step 1: Open both templates in Photoshop. I keep them “floating” rather than “docked” so that I can easily drag layers between the two template files.

Step 2: In one of the templates, select all the layers by going to the layer palette and selecting the first layer and then holding down the SHIFT-key and selecting the last layer.

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Step 3: With the Move tool active, drag the selected template layers onto the other template to combine them.

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Step 4: Play with the groupings until you’re happy with how to they work together. Add or delete layers, flip sections and resize as desired.

If you’re using pre-shadowed templates, don’t forget to adjust the shadows on all the layers to match each other, since the two templates might have different shadow settings.

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And that’s all there is to it! Now I have a two photo template with a busier design and lots of room for journaling!

PS. Congratulations to this week’s reader, CFile, who has won $10 to Heather Joyce’s store. Thanks for commenting!

Heather Joyce: At the Apple Store

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I got to hang out with Heather (and Mr. Joyce) at CHA and Disneyland in January! Heather is as sweet and helpful in real life as she has been all of the years I’ve known her online. Mr. and Mrs. Joyce are ADORABLE together and we had a lot of fun!  Heather has been a great addition to our team here at The Daily Digi.  Heather has a wide variety of styles of fonts from typewriter to doodles, she has it all.  I am so thrilled to welcome her back to The Digi Files this month.  Let’s take a closer look at “The Sassy Class v.1” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!  Here are some layouts created using Heather Joyce’s contribution:

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: The Sassy Class v.1 by Heather Joyce; Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins, Slip Ins 5 by Traci Reed; Fonts: Funktastic by Heather Joyce.
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Layout by Heather. Supplies: The Sassy Class v.1 by Heather Joyce; XOXO by Amy Jaz Designs and Traci Reed, Flight Plan no. 19 by One Little Bird; Fonts: The Rude Girls by Heather Joyce.
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Layout by Kimberly Kalil. Supplies: The Sassy Class v.1 by Heather Joyce; Fonts: The Lemmon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: The Sassy Class v.1 by Heather Joyce; Anna Aspnes Sports Word Art
Flergs SportsFan; Aprilisa Born to PlayChelle’s Creations – Staple; Roadside Designs – Story Maps 2; Font: Funktastic by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by SharonS. Font:  Heather Joyce, Sassy Class Fonts: The Lemmon,  Papers and elements: A True Diva, a Collab. in memory of Eva Kipler, Template: Trixie Scraps

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Hiya. My name is Heather Joyce (used to be Hess). The hubs and I live in Austin, Texas with our precious pups, Paco the Chihuahua and Fiona the Westie.

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During Digital Scrapbooking Day (Weekend) last year, there was an All About Me challenge at The-Lilypad. I decided it was time to update and threw this page together. It was a lot of fun to take advantage of the speech bubbles with this background paper.

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I started digital. I had some customers (at the Apple store) that wanted to customize the photo books they were trying to make in iPhoto. I suggested using Keynote to make their books. Then when I took a Digital Image Illustration class, I searched for some images and found some digital sites. Made some images in Photoshop, but nothing scrapbook like. Then one day I took the dive and started scrapbooking. Been hooked ever since.

Designing came a bit later. I started with a font program on my iPad but then wanted more and switched to creating on the computer.

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Handwriting. When I was younger I would sit in front of the TV with a journal and write alphabets. I have what some people call Serial Killer’s handwriting, meaning it’s always different. I have a pretty standard one but on a moments notice it can change.

I also have a love affair with Typewriters. They are amazing. When living in New York City, I had my handful of thrift shops where I would stop by to check on availability and hopefully add some to the collection. I haven’t searched much here, but I have people around the country that keep an eye open for me. I love how different they can type based on the year, model, or ribbon. It’s such a blast and I enjoy preserving this classic bit of history.

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Computer: I have a 15 inch MacBook Pro (2.66 i7 with 8 gigs of ram) and an 11 inch MacBook Air (1.6 Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 gigs of ram)
Program: I use Photoshop CS6, iPhoto, and Keynote ‘09 and Spotify. Gotta have those tunes pumping!

Camera: I have a Nikon d700. For lenses I have a Nikon16-35mm f4, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 60mm 4/2.8 macro, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, and a Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4/5. But mostly I use my iPhone with snapseed, picfx, and instagram.

Anything Else: I also have an iPad Mini (16 GB), a bunch of Hard Drives, and a handful of typewriters.
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Take pictures! There are no rules around p365, p52, or photo-a-days. They are there to help be inspiration to help capture your every day life. Don’t feel like you have to start on the first of the year, or a month, or a special day. Start taking photos now! I kick myself everyday for not doing an official 365 last year. But! I will say I captured photos I may not have without having the mentality form the year before. Also, back up your photos!

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This font was created on a Royal FP Typewriter circa 1961. By the time came around to address invitations for my wedding, I knew I would do them on a typewriter. I found this beast at my favorite thrift store 2 avenues away from my apartment in New York. I say beast because it weights about 28 pounds, and this was not the only typewriter I purchased on this trip. After addressing the envelopes, it became my favorite typewriter and is the one that sits on my typewriter table in the living room.

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This font was created with a mint green 1950s Hermes Rocket typewriter. It was the first of my collection and one of my first typewriter fonts. I found this beauty in Brooklyn (at the Brooklyn Flea Market) and it came complete with typewriter table. I then carried it home on the subway (taking two trains and 6 blocks).

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Here are some of my favorite products by Heather Joyce:

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

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Take 30% off your entire order at Heather Joyce’s store with coupon code: TAKE30off (valid through April 30, 201).

Go have a look in Heather Joyce’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Happy Easter to Our Peeps – Printables

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If you are a Digi Show listener, you know that I refer to our listeners and readers as our PEEPS. It came about because just calling ya’ll ‘listeners and readers’ sounds so generic and anonymous but I thought ‘friends’ sounded a little preschool. So, peeps kind of stuck.

When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make a printable version for all of our peeps to print out and use:

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Today, I’m happy to share a printable with all of our peeps, so you can make some little gifties to share with your peeps! They are 4×6 printables. I bought some 6×13 cellophane bags with a gusset and some smaller 4×5 bags. I cut the 6×13 bags down so they were just big enough to fold the top edge over and put the printable on. You could also use a standard sandwich zipper bag. I printed my toppers at Persnickety on the pearl cardstock (I did some on matte cardstock as well, but the photos here show the pearl).

You just need to print, fold in half, and staple to a bag of peeps. Smile So easy and fun!

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As you can see above, the printables come in two versions: one that says OUR peeps and one that says MY peeps.

You can download the 4×6 jpeg printables here.

Scrapbooking High Resolution Layouts On a Tablet

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I will happily admit that nerdiness is in my genes. A couple of weeks ago, while out to breakfast with my dad, he was showing me a new app he was using on his iPad to remote into his computer back at home (an doing some programming). I was blown away that it had all of the functionality of using a mouse and keyboard while remoting into your own computer. I was thinking about how great it would be to go on a trip and only haul my iPad to accomplish work things that needed to be done on the road. Then, suddenly my mind started swirling with all of the OTHER things I could do like scrapbook in Photoshop, tag photos in Lightroom, and so much more!

TeamViewer allows you to access your desktop (even if it is asleep or locked) from your tablet or smartphone (I don’t want to try and scrap on my iPhone though). With it, you have access to everything that is on your computer: programs, files, external harddrives, etc.

TeamViewer is Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android compatible. It was really easy to set up, I just downloaded and installed the software from their site, and it walked me through everything. I downloaded the app and entered the code TeamViewer on my desktop gave me along with my login information that I had previously set up.

When I came home from visiting my parents, I downloaded TeamViewer to my laptop as well as my iPad. I scrapped one whole layout via TeamViewer (see my video below of me scrapping my very first layout on my iPad using TeamViewer), here it is:

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Supplies used: Template from Star on Top by Amy Martin (collab with One Little Bird), kit is Little Miss Sunshine by Erica Zane, fonts are Lobster Pro and Fontologie Printing Primer

 

Some Tips For Scrapping On Your Tablet Using TeamViewer

  • I had a folder of layouts with photos already placed in them that I had put together for the Album Builder post that still needed scrapping. This turned out to be very handy for scrapping using TeamViewer.  (Anna is no longer selling her scripts in a store, but has said she will sell them if you contact her.  Also see Katie’s post on Power Scrapping).
  • At first, I tried to scrap with all of my usual programs running, I found it much better to close everything except PhotoShop (having Photoshop open on my computer before remoting in via TeamViewer worked best).
  • If I was going to scrap more than one layout, I might have Lightroom open as well, so I can look for supplies. I got lucky on the layout in the video, I honestly had NO idea what I was going to use and the first kit I went to worked perfectly, as if it was planned.
  • At first (in the video below) I had my iPad connected to an external keyboard via bluetooth. It actually caused greater problems with TeamViewer. Once I disconnected it (at the end of the video), I was able to easily use keyboard shortcuts via the TeamViewer interface.  So I don’t recommend using an external keyboard.
  • I remembered the tip of using File> Place to open a product and have it placed directly on the layout at the very end of the video. That would have saved TONS of time if I would have used it the whole way through.
  • I wasn’t able to enter values in any of the boxes that allow it, I had to use the sliders. I’m not sure if it was because of the external keyboard or not, but I kind of think it wasn’t.

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This is what the screen looked like on my iPad. Notice the keyboard button on the bottom right and the TeamViewer tab on the right side in the middle.

Here are the gestures you can use for various tasks (it shows this everytime you start the app):

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To drag the plaid paper onto the template, I just tapped and dragged it over:

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When I tap the keyboard button the above is what comes up. Each icon has a different menu it will bring up. The keyboard button gives us this:

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To clip the paper layer to the shape layer below it, I can now tap on ctrl+alt and then tap G and voila! It’s clipped!  (If you were using Photoshop Elements, you would only need to tap the ctrl button).  Here’s what it looks like when ctrl and alt are selected:

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You can see in the image above there is another keyboard button at the top of the menu. If you tap on that keyboard, this is the keyboard you will see:

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Now, you can arrow to move stuff around, which is super helpful when scrapping on a tablet. I didn’t figure this out until I was almost done creating the layout in the video below.

To create the video below, I recorded my computer screen as I was scrapping on the iPad (if you are in email or a reader, you will need to come to the site to view the video). I don’t know of a way to record the screen on the iPad (outside of screenshots). But I think this does a great job as well. There is no audio because…well…it’s just not necessary. The layout took me just over an hour to create from start to finish. I sped the video up just a little, so it’s about 40 minutes long.

The video is me creating my first layout on the iPad using TeamViewer, so I do make some mistakes as I go. Hopefully, they will help you do a better job. It’s also my first time creating a layout from start to finish in CS6 and as I go through Character settings in the Character menu toward the end of the video, I was super excited with what I saw!! I can’t wait to start using it more!

I am really excited to think I can sit and tag photos while waiting for my kids to finish school or lessons.  I also have the very perfect vision of sitting on vacation, by the pool, and scrapbooking on my iPad using TeamViewer to access my laptop back home. The other day, I was getting my hair done and got an email from Wendy about some files on the server that needed to be moved for my team. So, I hopped on TeamViewer and was able to move the files (mostly successfully) on my laptop that was back home. Now that I am getting used to the gestures and remembering to move the mouse to select and then tapping, instead of just tapping before moving the mouse; I’m really enjoying using the apps.

It is slightly slower than using the computer directly, but the portability is a really great tradeoff!

What do you think you might use TeamViewer for? Are you going to give it a try?

It’s Friday, It’s Friday… Hooray for Friday

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credits: Forever Joy Be included in this month’s digi files. Heather Hess The Sketchy Seriff font.

Fridays are full of digi goodness, and today is no exception! Here’s what’s new this week…

A new episode of The Digi Show is always a treat. This week, Chelle joined the panel to talk about Heritage Scrapbooking.

A digital scrapbooking date card set by Erica Zane at SSD, Let’s Chalk About It {Bundle} is a fabulous way to accent your Project Life pages or just for fun!

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Check out the fabulous kit that Jenn Labre has out this week! Grab Click for 20% off through Sunday!

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Add on to your Memories & Moments collection with the new Spring Bundle — receive the jump-starts free when you buy the bundle before 3-13-13.

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Danielle Young has a lucky new freebie on her Facebook fan page. Like her page to download these fun Photo Spots!

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Bugging Out by Kristin Aagard is 20% off this week at Scrap Orchard. When you purchase the kit, you’ll get the coordinating sticker pack for free through March 13th!

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Dúnia has this brand new kit this week.

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Have any Valentine’s date night photos left? Grab this mini and blog freebie from Dawn by Design to scrap them.

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Quirky Twerp has a Facebook Freebie that coordinates with her latest collection called Favorite Flavor. And use coupon code “favorite” to get $2.00 off an order of $5.00 or more. (Good through March 14).

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Scrapping with Liz has a couple of new template sets in her store and she has a sweet deal. If you buy Recyclables 19 you’ll get Recyclables 20 for FREE!

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Val (ValC Designs) has been dressing up an exciting ARTbook shelf for you, and I believe you should check this out! especially as Oscraps will host an exciting birthday party REALLY soon… just sayin’

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WM [squared] has a new set of negative space templates.

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Captivated Visions has created an ‘Extras’ Bundle made to match with her ‘Yes You Can’ Kit contribution that was exclusive to the Digi Files last month! It includes Word Art, Artified Templates and a beautiful Paper Pac, pick this up from her shop now!

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Handmade items — especially vintage in nature–add trendy appeal with a classic feel. Get the best of both worlds with Chelle’s CU Crochet Trims Bundle. 20% this week only.

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Sugary Fancy added two New PU Stamps Packs & two New CU Packs this week! They are 20% off during the Fresh Fruit Sale!! Enjoy!

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New from Kimeric Kreations, exclusively at the Digichick!

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New templates this week in the Fuss Free: Hello Doily Series ~ Fuss Free: Hello Doily 3 and 4. These sets are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off ~ buy the first set and get the second free ~ $3.60 for 8 templates. This offer is valid through March 13, 2013.

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Checked out the new set of Staggered templates from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. On sale for 30% off for a limited time!

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This second collab between Forever Joy and Stolen Moments captures the beautiful spirit of the cowgirl: strong and sweet, untamed and devoted. Get it for 30% off now!

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6 Project 365/Life themed digital products with artsy flair discounted by 20% until Wednesday March 13, 2013

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SarahJ Designs has EIGHT new items, also available in two convenient (and money-saving) bundles! Pick up these versatile papers and coordinating elements only at The Digichick and 30% off through Sunday!

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Studio Wendy’s latest episode of Learn It TV talks about aligning alphas for easier title making.

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Oscraps is throwing a birthday party and you’re invited.  We are celebrating all things 7!  Come join us for sales, daily freebies, challenges, games and other fun activities March 9 – 17.

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That’s it for today! Have a great weekend.

 

PS. Congratulations to Rhadonda who won $10 to EH Studio. Thanks for commenting!

EH Studio: Middle Child Syndrome

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I am thrilled to be welcoming back EHStudio to The Digi Files, this time as a template designer.  I love the Elisa’s templates have lots of linear paper strips! I love using paper strips in my own scrapping, but like a clean and organized look. Elisa does a really great job creating templates that fill the bill!  Let’s take a closer look at “It’s Out Of My Hands” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using EHStudios’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Tara. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; More or Less by Paislee Press; Fonts: District Thin.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; Daydreamin’ by Jumpstart Designs; Font: The Funktastic by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Kimberly Kalil. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; This Moment is Your Life (collab) by Sweet Shoppe Designs; Font: Another Typewriter.

Layout by Sharon S. Template: EH Studios, Papers and elements: My Life of Celebration, TDD Collaboration, Font: Traveling Typewriter

Layout by Faby33. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Everybody’s Happy” by EHStudios

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

Name
Hi! I’m thrilled to be back here again at TDD!! My name is Elisa Hubbard, or simply Lisa around these parts in small town, Indiana. I’m a 26, (nearly 27), year old photographer & designer working for myself since 2009. Though still not married & with children, I have a huge extended family & thousands of pictures that I love scrapping about. Plus since the last time I was here I’ve gotten a puppy, Charlie, who is now 2 years & has been featured in tons of my layouts too. I’m still one of those people that hate talking about themselves, (or maybe it’s middle child syndrome!), but scrapping is helping me to find my voice each and every day & to embrace all my imperfections.

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Since last time I included a favorite layout with this feature, (and I have a hard time picking favorites anyway), I thought this time I’d show a project. Here is my version of getting my layouts off my computer & into my hands so I can really let my family be a part of my memory keeping. I scrap A LOT and I scrap in such a random way, & I knew from the beginning that I’d have a hard time doing things with my layouts, in a physical format, unless I came up with a plan. I guess my tip to you is to not be scared of imperfections but to embrace the way you think. Get your memories down & have a way to share them with those you love.

Another scrap project I stared December of 2011 was Project Life & I’m hoping to continue that this year.

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I first started scrapping when I was 13 for a school project on photography that I began after my twin cousins were born, 1999. It was paper, & it wasn’t pretty. But I LOVED it since I’ve always loved hearing stories about the past & looking through albums & reminiscing. When I went to college in 2004 I brought some paper products along with me but never had the time to do any scraping, so during my college years I put it all aside & forgot about it. Then in 2009, on iNSD in May, I came across a site about Digital Scrapbooking & was intrigued & instantly hooked! Shortly after that, around Black Friday that year, I started designing and have been with Mscraps for coming up on 3 years! Even now though I still consider myself a scrapper first, but I’m truly hooked on this whole industry! Coming up on 4 years of Digi when iNSD rolls around!

inspired
Honestly. EVERYTHING. My main source would be my twin cousins, Hanna & Savanna, who are like little sisters to me. They’ve inspired me my whole life with my art & photography. Otherwise scrap galleries, nature, quotes, blogs, Charlie…anything & everything is some sort of inspiration in my work.

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Computer: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC running Windows 7 in 64 Bit and with 6GB RAM + as always, not enough hard-drive space!

Program: Lightroom 4 & Adobe CS5 Creative Suite for Photoshop and Illustrator mostly

Camera: Canons. Mostly I just use my new 5D Mark III & love it, but I still have my 20D & 40D that get pulled out from time to time for work. Also I have a point & shoot G11. Maybe soon I’ll add a good camera phone to the mix.

Anything Else: The same Wacom Intuos 3 Graphics Tablet that I’ve had for years.

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Don’t get stuck thinking a designers’ products are only good for the “style” they design in. When I’m scrapping I sometimes like to challenge myself and mix clean & simple things with more artistic and grungy products. Sometimes it helps to use a template in the style you are less comfortable with & spice it up with products in the style you love & see what the collaboration of the two provides. This is also the way to get more from your stash & more from your templates. This is DIGI! We can play & always undo!

favorite
I already said I have a hard time picking favorites, but this kit is one that just came together so smoothly. I’d been inspired by the mix of wood & delicate pieces in my own scrapping & wanted to incorporate that in my designs with “Here With You.” I went around the farm with my camera to photograph all the buildings and barns & I really tried to pause and enjoy the day. It was peaceful and inspiring & I think that soft beauty showed through when I sat down to create the kit.

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I don’t know if this was the most popular, but it was one of them & it’s still one of my favorites. Obviously my work as a photographer was the main inspiration on this one + my dad collects old vintage cameras for me at auctions & that played a part in this kit as well. I try to make all my kits be applicable to EVERYDAY photos, & I think this one really embodies that it can be used to scrap everything. Every little detail is important.

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Here are some of my favorite products by EH Studios:

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

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Coupon
I already said I’m thrilled to be back here, so I’d like to celebrate that with a 50% off coupon to anything in my store! And it’s good all the way through April 15th, (a holiday in my world with 2 accountant parents!)!!

Code: EHS_TDDfeature50
Expires: April 15th

Thank you so much for checking out my designs & for letting me be a part of this great community!

Go have a look in EH Studios’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!