Inspired by Crossbone Cuts

The following layouts were created using “I Heart Christmas” by Crossbone Cuts Designs and included in
The Digi Files during November, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: I Heart Christmas by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Template by Nettio Designs; Fonts: jailbIrD JenNA, Century Gothic.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Christmas by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Fonts: Bariol and Emily’s Candy.

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by Tuesday. Supplies: I Heart Christmas by Crossbone Cuts Designs;
Barely Fall Here (template) by Amy Martin; Fonts: The Velvet Vixen by
Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: I Heart Christmas by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Fonts: 09 KutUps, DJB Fan Girl.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Christmas by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Scenic Circles (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

Using Adobe Shape to Add Your Handwriting to Your Digital Scrapbook Pages

Using Adobe Shape to Add Your Handwriting to Your Digital Scrapbook Pages

Adobe released a suite of mobile apps and a few of them look like they might be very interesting to digital scrapbookers. The Adobe Shapes CC app in particular has great potential for memory keepers.

The Shapes app is designed to let you create custom vector shapes out of almost any high-contrast design. It immediately made me think about creating custom word art for my scrapbook pages so I gave it a try and it was super easy to do! I’ll share how I did it below, but first a few caveats:

  • The Adobe Shapes CC app is only available in the iTunes app store.
  • All of the Adobe CC apps, Shapes included, only work if you are a current free or paid member of the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC). (I have the Photography package, which is $9.99 US/month, for both Photoshop and Lightroom.)

Text to Image

To start, I pulled out a piece of white printer paper and a fine Sharpie marker in black. Then I hesitated because I hardly ever write or draw! Pre-computers (yes, kids, I’m that old), I had hand-writing so beautiful that even my school book reports were pieces of art. However, after many years of regular computer use, my hand-writing has regressed.

I do love the look of hand-written text on a page though, and I have to hope that my kids will appreciate seeing Mom’s handwriting one day, so I gave it a try and sketched out a little phrase a few times:

Then I opened the Adobe Shapes CC app and took a picture of my hand-written phrase. (Tip: Write it a little larger than you’re used to writing so that the app picks up all the details that you want to include.)

The app has sliders to let you adjust the amount of detail captured. I couldn’t get a screenshot of it, but if you watch the short Adobe promo video, you’ll get a good idea of how it works.

Once the app saves the file, it become available in your My Library across all of your internet-connected devices. I opened Adobe Photoshop CC and the word art was available in my the Libraries panel:

When I opened it on a blank white canvas, it looked like this:

It can easily be resized and recolored (using a color overlay) and then added to a scrapbook layout. Here I’ve added it to a 4×6 photo to add to my pocket album:

Northwind

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WELCOME back to Ziska! I’m so happy to have Ziska back in The Files again! I love all of Ziska’s fun doodly, painted, mixed media elements that she includes in her kids. She definitely has a shabby side that comes out in her designs. I love the little star banner included in this month’s contribution by Ziska! It’s perfect for those starry night camping layouts, new babies, and the winter them in the collection. Let’s take a closer look at “Northwind” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



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 Design by Ziska’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Emily’s Candy.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Courier New.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Topography No. 22 (template) by Valorie Wibbens; Font: The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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

Name

My name is Franziska Altmann, in the digital world known as Design by Ziska.
I’m a landscape architect living in Leipzig Germany.
My non digital live is ruled by my two daughters, oftentimes my digital time too, since they are my favorite subject to scrap.
I’m an arts and crafts girl everything DIY to get my hands messy is fine with me. I love my acrylics to draw and some ink to doodle. Pastells are fine too, sometimes just the colored pencils from my girls. Every one of us always has a little sketchbook on her, now I have one for me and two pink for the girls, so they don’t take over mine.
I’m a pinterest addict, and you could guess my current project from my pins, because the inspiration pops up there first. May it be crocheting, paper crafting, jewellery, or gardening.

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I decided to post a printable of mine, I made it for easter, but honestly because I’m in love with these little ball it sticked for the whole year. I like the look of the little flowerballs, they remind me of hydrangea. They are still in the herb corner of my solarium to add a touch of color to the greens. I might replace them now for something more in season coloring.



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CREDITS: Bunny Meadow Grab Bag by Ziska



started

I started digital scrapbooking during the pregnancy with my forst daughter, since I wanted to preserve this memory in a photobook. Paper suplies where not available here in Germany at this time, so digital was my best option. I was starting as a scrapper, but since I did my own elements for almost every page I was designing for myself verry quickly. Working with different programs comes easy to my since this was a part of my architect workflow routine.

inspired

Everything, a picture, a ocasion, music, a element etc. I see something and my creative juices get flowing. I have two daughters, and everything cute pinkish gets me running, I was never a pink girl, but right now the persons with whom I live have a big influence and my kits tend to have soft girly colors.

tools

Computer: I have a 17″ laptop, with a second monitor, I think 24″. I run windows 8 because it came with the laptop and I thought I would give it a chance. After some tweaking I got used to it.

Program: I’m a adobe girl. I use illustrator, photoshop, indesign, and bridge on a regular basis.

Camera: Both of my cameras need some serious updating. I have a Sony DSLR, and a Casio point and shoot.

Anything Else: I still use my wacom bamboo tablet from way back. I got a intuous in between, but I lost it, so I opend up my old one, cleaned it and voila it still works like a charm.

tipstricks

I start a page with the placement of the photos I want to scrap. Next I choose the papers, and then I’m clustering my elements. I have some preset shadowstyles the same ankle for different dimensions, small for flat things, and bigger for more dimensional items. And I created my own shortcut to the warp tool, to create more realistic shadows. I right klick on the shadow of my element in the layer box to create a new layer with only the shadow on it, and then warp the shadow. This is what I do in my clusterframes too, to add more dimension.

favorite

That’s hard, my heart is in every product I create, and while I’m working on it it is my favorite, but since I love the garden theme I think this would be very high on my list. But if you ask me in some minutes my opinion might change.


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I made this lilac kit with my grandmother in mind, ephemera like she used to collect in her books. Little pressed flowers. And some stitching goods, because she was the one who taught me everything from crochetting, to knitting, and embroidery.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Design by Ziska:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Design by Ziska’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Design by Ziska’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Ziska

The following layouts were created using “Northwind” by Design by Ziska and included in
The Digi Files during November, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Big Photo Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Fonts: Veteran Typewriter, Love is a Many Complicated Thing.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Emily’s Candy.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Courier New.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Topography No. 22 (template) by Valorie Wibbens; Font: The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

Easy Calendars

Every year, my family looks forward to receiving custom calendars for Christmas. There are lots of options when it comes to calendars and can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. Here are a few ways to tackle calendars for 2015.

Easy Peasy

Most printers offer their own calendar designs within their own software. This method can be the quickest way to get your calendars done.

The Benefits:

  • Quick to create, just upload your photos and drag and drop
  • Auto generated calendar grids, sometimes custom dates can be saved from year to year
  • No formatting surprises

The Disadvantages:

  • Limited design choices
  • Cannot use your favorite digi supplies

My Favorites:

Lightroom Presets

Did you know you can use Lightroom to assemble your calendars? If you already use Lightroom to sort and correct your photos, you can quickly drag and drop photos into calendar templates. Save as JPG to send out to print, or print at home right from Lightroom.You can customize further by bringing your pages into Photoshop.

The Benefits:

  • Quick to create, just drag and drop
  • Print at home, or upload to your favorite printer
  • Easy to create custom sizes

The Disadvantages:

  • No drop shadows
  • Must import calendar grids
  • Adding elements and drop shadows or customizing dates must be done in Photoshop

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Quick Pages

Quick pages are a great balance between quick and custom. The designer has done most of the design work for you, so you can drag your photos in, add your custom text and you’re done! Plus, you get to enjoy some of your favorite designers’ creations.

The Benefits:

  • Quick to create
  • Choose from toppers or calendars with pre-designed grids
  • Fun designs from your favorite designers

The Disadvantages:

  • Limited size choices
  • Harder to customize
  • Designers don’t usually add bleed, so you may have some surprises when printing.

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Templates

Templates have always been a great time saver. They can really help when it comes to calendars as well. Although they won’t be done quite as fast as some of the other methods, they can provide a great balance between speed and customization.

The Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Completely customizable
  • Use with any kit or kits

The Disadvantages:

  • More time consuming
  • Designers don’t usually add bleed, so you may have some surprises when printing.

My Favorites:



Convert Layouts

One of my favorite ways to create calendars it to take a 12×12 layout and pair it up with a 12×12 calendar grid template. This way, you can make use of your layouts that you’ve already created to save time and share your favorite pages!

The Benefits:

  • Reuse layouts
  • Grids are customizable and can be made to match
  • Share your favorite layouts
  • Easy to print and bind at home, at a printer, or even at a local copy shop.

The Disadvantages:

  • Layouts may not match the month’s traditions
  • Probably need to be “caught up” on scrapping if you want current photos
  • May need to adjust for bleed to accommodate binding wires.

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Printables

My final pick is a printable calendar that you do NOT need to add any photos to. Just download and print. These are really beautiful and I cannot wait to have them printed up for my office!

In the end, I will be doing 3 different calendar projects this
year! The printable calendar above will be for me. I’ll use the Lightroom collage for my
sister, to celebrate our recent sisters trip. And finally, I’ll print up some quick page
calendars for family gifts. What is your favorite calendar product and
what are you doing for calendars this year?

Tell Me More

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Welcome back to Meagan’s Creations!! I love Meagan’s retro style with the colors, elements, and artwork she includes. I really enjoyed visiting with Meagan during her recording and learning about how she got her start in design, what inspires her, some great tips, and her motivation on her weight loss journey. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Tell Me More” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



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 Meagan’s Creations’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Fonts: Teacher’s Pet by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Bubbles (template) by Amy Martin; Fonts: The Dorothy by Heather Joyce, Sacramento.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Template 10 by Iffy’s Templates; Fonts: Arial Black, Sanelma, GF Halda.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids by Traci Reed; Paper Clips Photo Blocks 2 by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Digi JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.

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

Name

My name is Meagan Tuck and I currently live in Oklahoma with my husband of 9 years and our three (active!) children. I earned my Bachelor’s in Math Education with a minor in Art Education in 2006 and I love both subjects! When I’m not designing, you might find me tutoring math online. I also enjoy being a stay-at-home mom, taking my 2 sons who are not yet school age to parks and local museums. I love playing board games and discussing books with my husband and friends.

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I finally got motivated through my dig-scrap friend to get in shape and make a change in my life! Before and after pictures are big motivations for me to keep going! So I was very proud when I got down 25 pounds and this layout always bring me joy and is now motivating me as I have my after-pregnancy body to whip back into shape!



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started

I started paper scrapbooking in 2007 with my wedding album. Yikes! What a big project to start scrapbooking with! But my husband was in school and I was paying his way with my work and I didn’t want to spend a lot on paper supplies. When my daughter came along in 2008, I started scrapping her photos but was getting a little frustrated with the idea that I needed a whole craft room for my supplies! My friend told me about digital scrapbooking after I told her I loved her blog header. I started looking around for freebies and I was hooked! I got onto some creative teams in 2009 and that fall was making word art freebies on my blog. In February 2010, I opened up my first store. I learned about quality that year and began making kits. I felt my art background gave me a great foundation for making digital art but I’ve learned and grown so much in the last 5 years since I started digitally designing. I had taken a course where I used Illustrator back in 2002 but wow, things have changed a lot since then!

inspired

Many times it’s my children’s own life events. When my kids had a pirate-themed birthday party last year, I knew I needed to make my own pirate kit that would work well with their pirate character. Other times, I think of a theme and a style that haven’t been paired together yet. Like I don’t think I’ve seen another vintage-style doctor’s kit like my Doctor’s Orders yet so it’s fun to be original and try to bring something brand new to the digital community.

tools

Computer: I use a Dell with Windows 7. I have 1 TB of RAM and a 24″monitor.

Program: I use Photoshop Creative Suite 3 and Illustrator Creative Suite 3. For my video tutorials, I use Screen Cap Studio. I edit my videos in Microsoft Movie Maker.

Camera: I have a Canon Powershot SX150. It’s not a DSLR but I LOVE using photo actions to really make them shine!

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet which is collecting dust! I need to take a class to see how better to use it!

tipstricks

Well, I have several video tutorials on my
YouTube Channel. My favorite tool in Photoshop is the clone stamp tool. You use the clone stamp tool to copy a section from one area of your photo or element and paste it on a section that you may need to fix or cover up. For example, I had a family photo where an unsightly rock and metal stand were RIGHT behind our heads. So I used the clone stamp to replace them with more grass- the surrounding area.
Step 1: Find the clone stamp tool from the tool bar (looks like a big rubber stamp).
Step 2: Move your mouse to the area you WANT to COPY. Hold down the ALT key as you click on that area.
Step 3: Now go to the area you want to cover up, and click your mouse.

Repeat as often as it takes to cover your spot. You may need to use the ALT key to pick up different areas so it doesn’t look weird if the same spot is repeated over and over.

You can check out my video to see it in action!

favorite

I had a bunch of fun with “Life is Wonderfall”. I wanted a cute, non-traditional fall kit with a modern and chic feel to it. I looked to paper scrapbooking layouts I found on Pinterest to inspire me for the theme and then I had a palette inspirations folder and this palette just popped out at me as bright and fun. The trees are my favorite part of the kit and also creations I made from scratch. I loved using that fuschia feel this kit is mainly unique because of that color!


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I think people love Anywhere But Here because it’s a great travel kit and people travel all year long. The primary colors make it go with everything and the fun vintage ephemera give it a classic look that works for today’s photos as well as older photos.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Meagan’s Creations:


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


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Use coupon code megsc_DF2off5 to save $2 off $5 purchase. (Not valid during store-wide sales. Expires December 31, 2014. Valid at Gotta Pixel and The Digichick.)



Go have a look in Meagan’s Creations’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Meagan’s Creations

The following layouts were created using “Tell Me More” by Meagan’s Creations and included in
The Digi Files during November, 2014:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: The Sharon.


Layout by Stephanie. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations.

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Fonts: Teacher’s Pet by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations.

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by Suzy. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Bubbles (template) by Amy Martin; Fonts: The Dorothy by Heather Joyce, Sacramento.

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Layout
by Rachael. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; Template 10 by Iffy’s Templates; Fonts: Arial Black, Sanelma, GF Halda.

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Layout
by Heddy. Supplies: Tell Me More by Meagan’s Creations; 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids by Traci Reed; Paper Clips Photo Blocks 2 by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Digi JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.

Custom Birthday Cupcake Toppers

My little man turned one back in March. It’s bittersweet to see your baby hit that big milestone. I love seeing him grow up and I can’t wait to see who he becomes, but his days as a snuggly little baby are over. Sad.

We were still living in Indonesia at the time and we had some friends coming to visit near his birthday. I wanted to find him a cute birthday shirt for them to bring, but I didn’t want the typical powder blue “birthday boy” shirt you see so much. I searched Etsy and a few other places and finally found this awesome shirt on Amazon. It was perfect! We call Zachary “Z-Man,” so a superhero inspired shirt was ideal! (Note, at the time of writing, this shirt is currently unavailable, but they do have it in ages 2-5. I might have to order more!)

Doesn’t Z-Man look so cute in it?

Although I don’t usually have much of a theme for birthdays, I decided to keep with the superhero thing for Z’s cupcakes. I looked in my digi stash for a superhero image, but couldn’t find one I liked. So I searched around a little online and found this.

Since my main man’s name starts with a Z and not an S, I had a little work to do.

First, I used my polygon lasso tool to trace around the outside shape. I then filled the selection with the yellow.

Next, I duplicated the yellow layer, enlarged it, and colored it red. I then looked for a font that would work and typed a Z. I cut off the edges where it would hit the border.

Next I added a black outer stroke to the red layer. And finally, a stroke to the Z layer.

Once these were done, I needed to find a t-shirt. Again, I looked through my digi stash and after trying to alter a few things that looked too girly, I decided to just outline my own. I added a darker blue border for some definition.

I then added my superhero emblem to the shirt.

I merged the layers together, reduced the size to what I wanted, and then duplicated the t-shirt a number of times so I could print them.

At this point, I could have printed them out and cut them, but pressed for time, I got out the directions to my long-neglected Silhouette machine and managed to get them cut out for me. I really should use that thing more!

Then I added toothpicks to the back and I was done!

I think he liked them!