Letting the Papers Shine

CREDITS: Washington Square by Amy Wolff

This month’s digi files included a mega paper pack by Joyful Heart Designs. I was so impressed with what the team did using almost exclusively papers to create stunning pages that I went in search of more inspiration for making papers shine.

Papers clipped to circles made a cute custom embellishment to add that last finishing touch to the page. And I’m always a sucker for a paper border as a way to use one of my favorite pattern papers. Trina used that same technique, but with a solid instead.

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The masterful blending here transformed the chevron paper into a painted masterpiece. And the addition of the rotated blocks of paper was so creative!

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Luly used one of Yin’s photocentric templates. When using a lot of photos on a page, you don’t really need many embellishments. An interesting paper with a fun title is more than enough.

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Another one of my favorite techniques is using strips of my favorite patterned papers behind the photo. It’s a fun way to use a bunch of your favorites without any one overwhelming the page.

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I fell in love with this page instantly. The sweet colors against the kraft really pop. I love how the papers were clipped to the photo boxes on this template. Several papers on each blog, perfectly shadowed, let this scrapper include lots of pretty papers on the page.

I’m always on the lookout for a great photo-less page. This one makes use of a richly textured paper and some blended elements for a stunning effect. With the right paper, this would make an easy scraplift!

Here’s another example of clipping papers to photo spots to add color and interest. This page only used a couple of embellishments, with the focus being on the photos and journaling.

Do you have any paper-centric layouts in your gallery? I’d love to see them!



Cards, Kits, Actions, Templates and More!

It’s Pickle Barrel time! Get all 6 of these gorgeous product from Jennifer Labre plus FREE word art for just $6 through Monday!

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These fun, new card sets from Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs are full of options for all types of pages! Each phrase comes in 3 styles – white card with black text, black card with gold foil text and just the text with no card for maximum versatility.

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Bohemian is …. now at Oscraps. 4 new products by Maya de Groot; papers, elements, flower girls and journal cards.

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Crushing Bundle is the perfect kit to scrap that favorite man or woman in your life!

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Stand Out Templates Volumes 5 and 6 are here! Fun layered templates in PSD, TIFF, PAGE and PNGs that make a large photo the center of attention so your memories stand out! Buy separately for 30% off or get 40% off when purchased together! Sales good through Sunday, May 24th!

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Studio Wendy is back with more cluster actions for creating awesome photo collages. Select, size and position your photos as it runs. Includes templates, video tutorial and PDF cheat sheet.

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Kim Jensen is having a CT call, her first in over 2 years.

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There’s a NEW Memory Pockets Monthly collection out at The Lilypad, and Amber LaBau has some great add-ons perfect for Father’s Day as well as basic everyday pocket cards. All 20% off thru Sunday!

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Whatever adventure you’ve taken, from far-off places to the neighborhood around you, Fuss Free: You Are Here 3 & 4 is the ideal template set to help you document where you were. Each template features a geotag element so you can point out exactly where your pictures were taken. Explore, adventure, then scrap about it! Purchase Set 3 and receive Set 4 FREE! Offer valid through May 29, 2015.

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New kit at Studio Blagovesta this week – Stay Connected – on early bird sale!

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New products by Vinnie Pearce Design, take an extra 15% off by using code: DDmay22. (expires May 24th 2015)

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That’s it for today!

She Is Our Super Hero

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Fun and happy is how I would describe Little Butterfly Wings. Valéria is an incredibly talented designer. Her shop is filled with creative and unique designs, all with a touch of flair. I am excited to share her She’s Our Superhero kit with you all this month. It is packed full of fun elements! Let’s take a peek.



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 Little Butterfly Wings’ contribution:

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Layout by Jill. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Fonts: CK Scratchy Box, DJB I LOVE MY BFF4EVER

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings; Fonts: Courier New, EM Photogram and Marker Felt Thin.

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

Name

My name is Valéria Piemonte. I am a brazilian girl living in a small town in the countryside of Sao Paulo State. I have been married for almost 12 years with the love of my life. We have to marvelous sons, Giovanni who is going to be 10 soon and Guilherme who just turned 8 in January. We also have 2 adorable doggies, Fiona -the border collie and Marceline – a puppy we adopted last September. I am a work at home mum trying to manage my time between designing, kids and house chores. When I am not working I also enjoy reading, watching movies and hanging out with my family.

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What I love most about this layout is its colors and the fact that it depicts the start of a long and hard journey I started one and a half year ago and thank goodness have finished just recently – a diet to lose 25 kilos. It was a very difficult time with lots of privations but thankfully I had help from my beloved family and friends who gave me all the strength I needed through this journey.



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I first started as a digital scrapper in 2009 when I was trying to find something to decorate my son´s first birthday album. I scrapped for about 2 years before I started designing. At that time I thought to myself, why not try designing my own kits? I know how to play with Photoshop and Illustrator because in fact these were the tools I worked with everyday when I was an Art Director in my husband’s advertising agency. I feel so glad that I wasn’t afraid of trying because now I really enjoy what I do for living. Designing digital scrapbooking products is one of my passions in life.

inspired

Pretty much everything! I love paying attention the colors I see everyday. From a walk through the park or a swim in my parent’s house, everything that catches my eyes is a source of inspiration lately. I am always seeking for new inspiration around me. But what really inspire me to create everyday is my family. They are the ones who make me wake up in the morning and want to work as a designer.

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Computer: 21,5″ iMac – OS X 10.9.1, 4GB RAM and 500GB HD plus an EHD of 500GB.

Program: Photoshop, illustrator CS6

Camera: Nikon D40

Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet.

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One of the things I love most when I am designing is mixing up fonts to create word arts. That is my favourite part of designing. So today I will give you a few tips about how to mix up fonts to create word arts/ journal cards or even titles to your layouts.
First tip is to try not to use more than 2 or 3 different fonts at a time. The best way to combine fonts is to choose your favourites and play with them. If you choose a tall and skinny font, try to use a nice and bold script one, thick ones go well with serif and thin modern fonts, cursive and straight, all caps, and lower case. Remember the rule of opposites attract.

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I love this set of 3×4 calendars because they are so versatile and can be used in layouts, project life pages, mini albuns. Plus, as I said it earlier I love mix and matching fonts so that’s mostly why this is among one of my favourites products!


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The colors of this kit are nature inspired. I guess what it makes it so popular is the fact that it can be used for everyday projects, art journaling pages or even more clean layouts. It includes elements and papers which can be used with all styles of scrapping.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Little Butterfly Wings:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Little Butterfly Wings’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Inspired by Little Butterfly Wings

The following layouts were created using “She Is Our Super Hero” by Little Butterfly Wings and included in The Digi Files during May, 2015:

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Layout by Jill. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Fonts: CK Scratchy Box, DJB I LOVE MY BFF4EVER

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: She Is Our SuperHero by Little Butterfly Wings; Fonts: Courier New, EM Photogram and Marker Felt Thin.

Two Useful Photoshop Selection Tips

Two Useful Photoshop Selection Tips

There are some quick tricks in Photoshop that can make mundane tasks faster and hard things a lot easier. With that in mind, here are two quick Photoshop layer selection tips that I use all the time.

Isolate a single layer in one step!

If you want to work on just one layer of a scrapbook page — which you might do if you’re typing journaling or adjusting a shadow — just hold down the ALT key while clicking the little eye icon next to the layer in the layer palette.

Two Useful Photoshop Selection Tips - Isolate a single layer using the eye icon

In this case, I selected only the doily layer. All of the other layers are invisible and only the doily is revealed.

To reveal all of the layers again, just hold down ALT and select the eye again. Easy!

There’s a quick way to select a bottom layer!

Using the Move tool, just right-click on a spot that is above what you want to select. So, if I want to select the paint, I can just right click on the button which I know if on top of the paint, and then select the paint layer from the menu that appears.

If I want to make adjustments to one of these layers, I can check the “Isolate Layers” option and the layer palette will only show the layer(s) I selected.

Two Useful Photoshop Selection Tips - Select any layer under the mouse by right-clicking

I use this trick all the time when I’m working with big clusters. If I’m using a template, I also use it to select the template element guides and delete them after I’ve placed my own flowers, buttons, and ribbons on the page and I don’t need the guides anymore.

I hope that these quick tips are helpful to some of you!

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How to Move Your Photo Library (and keep your sanity)

We all spend a lot of time taking, downloading, uploading, tagging, purging, rating and organizing photos.

But, what happens when it is time to move your photos to a new computer or software system?

Whether you have bought a new computer, added a new external hard drive, need to recover from a disaster, hard drive crash or just want a fresh start, how can you be sure that the work you have already put into your photos library can be preserved?

Step 1: Review where your photos are now.

As much as you’d like to think all your photo are in one place, they usually aren’t!

I created this handy checklist for you to use to note down where your photos are.

When you discover photos that weren’t part of my main folder system, be sure to consolidate them one place so it’s easier for you to move your photo library.

Make a note of how many files there are in the library (32,364) and/or the size of the folders on paper, so that you can check on that after the big move.

Step 2: Write metadata to file.

Metadata is all of the dates, captions, tags, star ratings, camera settings and location data that you need to make sense of your photos. For photo (JPEG) files the metadata can be written within the files themselves. When you move to a new computer or system we want to keep all of this intact.

To avoid having to re-do your work, simply write your metadata to the photo files.

Most photo management software can write your metadata directly to the files, so you won’t need to migrate the catalog or database that your software uses.

This is simple in Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and ACDSee. Here’s a quick video to show you how to do it in PSE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ_ux24gDfA

iPhoto is a bit different, as it manages the files for you and you never directly access the file. So if you are moving from Mac to PC you may need to follow a tutorial like this. However, migrating from one Mac to another will keep the metadata intact.

If you have used Windows Live Photo Gallery or Picasa, it will generally write the metadata as you add it (with the exception of Faces in Picasa).

If you use Windows Explorer File Properties or the Finder to add metadata to your photos, that is also written instantly to your files.

Step 3: Backup your computer.

If possible, be sure all your back ups are up to date before you move your photo library. Even with the best of intentions we can miss something!

If you need more convincing to backup, here’s Heddy’s take.

Step 4: Copy your photo library.

Copying your photos rather than moving them will mean that you keep your original library and can easily double check that the photos have transferred properly. Both Windows and Mac OS will copy files when you drag them to a different drive.

Step 5: Import your photos.

Before you import your photos, be sure you’ve unplugged or disconnected any external drives, SD cards or cameras, so that are are sure to be importing the correct copy of your photos.

If you are using photo management software, you can now go ahead an import your photos.

Step 6: Verify your library.

Remember that note from step 1? Now’s the time to check that you have 32,364 photos in your new photo library.

Step 7: Set up your backup.

Be sure that your new photo library is being backed up, if you are using an online system, be sure that the location of your new library is one of the selected folders to be backed up.

Step 8: Delete the original photo library.

Once you have been using your photos for a week or two and you are sure nothing has been missed, it’s time to delete the old copy.

If you don’t remove the library, you’ll risk confusing where the current photos are stored. Especially if you have been using one EHD for a while, you’ll find yourself automatically searching on that old drive for your new photos.

Save yourself the confusion and either delete the original photo library or put it aside for safekeeping. Remember, it’s not truly a backup any more, as your latest photos are not there.

Now you can relax, your photo library is safe and secure and ready to enjoy!

PS If you help making your photo library less of a chore and more
fun, why not have me guide you through the process with Get Organized: Photos right here at the Daily Digi.

Trifecta 14 Uber Lush

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I’m so happy that Brook Magee is with us at The Daily Digi this month. I remember when Brook first joined the designer team at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I was blown away by her amazing template. She has such an eye for design and color! I know you’ll just love the templates she created for all of our members!



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 Brook Magee’s contribution:

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Layout by Melanie H. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Bryce by Just Jaimee.

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Layout by Jenn V. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Little Boy by Sugary Fancy; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB Journal Your Life Print.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Font: The Hedgie Hog By Pink Reptile Designs and Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Sunrise by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Font: Smiley Monster.

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

Name

I’m a 34 year old homemaker, work-at-home designer and homeschooling mama of 2 kids, Ben (8) and Grace (6) and wife of 13 years to the handsome & talented Aaron. Our family also includes a chatty blue parakeet & whoodle puppy. We live in the sunny state of Florida.

My hobbies include scrapbooking (shocker!), making art, cooking/baking, shopping at Target, and drinking coffee. I also like to make people laugh, take walks, paint pottery, shop for fabric with my mom, and sing loudly to music in the car with the windows down.

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Several of my templates started with one of my old paper layouts. This is one of them. I created this simple layout in 2009 and re-created it in 2014 for my template pack Trifecta 06 – Oops I Grid it Again. I love the joy I feel when I start with something I made from paper because it’s such a wonderful experience to bring those old layouts back to life in a new way. Digi allows me to scrap without limits, which is a whole new experience from when I scrapped with paper products.

I can use as many papers, and as many embellishments as I desire. Sometimes that freedom makes starting new layouts very overwhelming. I like how my paper layouts inspire me to start from a firm, thought-out, restrained, painstaking process and then I get to cut loose on it digi-style.


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started

Aside from the embellished photo books I made as a child & teen, I officially started the hobby of scrapbooking with a trip to a local store that carried Basic Grey which led to an addiction and eventually a design team spot on a popular online paper scrapping kit club. As digital scrapbooking began to increase in popularity, I tinkered with it a bit using mostly freebies. Having worked in Graphic Design before having my kids, I knew Photoshop well and was thrilled to be using it again. It opened up my eyes to the possibilities of digi! I was hooked.

I took a brief hiatus from scrapbooking and when I came back I was 100% digi. I discovered the Sweet Shoppe and loved their designs. Over the years I became a SugarBabe and started realizing my potential to be a designer. Thankfully, Robin and the other designers at SSD believed in me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime!

inspired

I am inspired by so much! I am in love with color, and lots of it. The outdoors inspires me… fresh air & sunshine. I also absorb vintage & modern children’s illustrations, artists like Mary Blair and Gyo Fujikawa, fabric and quilting patterns.

I’m not sure I could design without listening to music… I like a variety of stuff, but I lean towards music I can sing to. My favorites lately are worship music by Hillsong United, Gungor, and Bellarive mixed with stuff like Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Sia, Lorde, and Justin Timberlake.

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Computer: Gosh, I have to be honest I didn’t really know this… I had to Google how to even find this out. LOL. We have a PC that’s running Windows 7, it has about 16.0 GB of RAM and a processor that’s 3.60 GHz. 64-bit operating system. I have dual monitors (one is 24″, the other is 19″) and a black keyboard that is quite clickety and clackety.


Program: I have Adobe CC because my husband is a designer also and keeps us current, but despite that I am still using my old version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 & Illustrator CS6. I should start using the CC programs, but I don’t do well with change!


Camera: We have a Canon Rebel Xti, but I hardly use it. I prefer my small and incredibly powerful mirrorless Sony RX100 camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Since upgrading my smartphone to a Samsung Galaxy S5, I am also using my cellphone as a camera more often.


Anything Else: I use an Epson Perfection V500 PHOTO flatbed scanner for scanning my doodles and items I want to extract. We have a wacom tablet, but I can’t get used to it so I just use my mouse. For doodling I use Sharpie Pens and Prismacolor colored pencils on white printer paper.


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Here’s one tip I feel like I constantly have to remember: PUSH THROUGH. When I get scrappers block it’s tempting to delete the layout, start over or stop scrapping all together. But, I now believe the very best thing to do is just push through and quickly finish the doggone layout. Call it done. Good enough. And move on! There’s nothing that irks me more than seeing all the half-finished .PSDs of layouts I gave up on in my folders. My new ‘thing’ is to work hard to finish every layout I start. Just get it scrapped! That way, the memory is recorded and I can print the page. Once it’s finished the irritation over shadows or embellishing, or whatever was bothering me is forgotten. All too often, I get caught up in perfectionism and allow myself to be overly critical of the process. It’s really all about the memories in the photos!

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My favorite product is A Little Gypsy, a solo kit I made at the request of my CT member, Alina. I am a bit of a free spirit myself, so this inspiration and carefree color palette was a blast to create with. I went a little crazy with the doodles and flowers. I really love how it turned out, especially when I see layouts people make with it!


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This set of templates is one of my best-sellers. It stems from my love of family and seeing everyone’s pretty faces and special names all lined up together. There’s just something about a Family Tree that appeals to me, and I think every good scrapbooker should have one in their albums. This set is special to me because of my big, detailed 12×12 inch tree illustration which gives it a special handmade quality.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Brook Magee:


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


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Save 30% off Brook Magee Designs with coupon code BROOK-TDD-30
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Go have a look in Brook Magee’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 Brook Magee

The following layouts were created using “Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush” by Brook Magee and included in The Digi Files during May, 2015:

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Layout by Melanie H. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Bryce by Just Jaimee.

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Layout by Jenn V. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Little Boy by Sugary Fancy; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB Journal Your Life Print.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Font: The Hedgie Hog By Pink Reptile Designs and Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Sunrise by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trifecta 14 – Uber Lush by Brook Magee; Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Font: Smiley Monster.

Words of Affirmation {May 17}

Sometimes people just need to hear they are amazing. Why not tell someone today?

We’re back with another FREE printable card to send to that amazing someone in your life. Click the image. Once you are in Dropbox, right click and choose download. Resize if necessary, print, write, and send! It only takes a few minutes to brighten someone’s day!

And if you missed our previous freebies, you can grab them now!

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Artzy Process

It’s so easy to be intimidated by products that are new to us or differ from our usual style. But sometimes all it takes it getting a few behind-the-process tips to help us realize that we can try something new and end up with something we love. Here are a few process tips using Anna Aspnes’ templates from this month’s Digi Files.

Linda’s Layout

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by Linda. Supplies: Artsy Templates Multi Pack 5; ArtPlay Palette Posy;
MultiMedia Spring No. 2; Artsy Transfers Capture; JazzedUp LoopDaLoop
No. 5; Spring WordArt No. 2; AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 4; AnnaBlendz Artsy
No. 3; UrbanThreadz No. 5; and ArtPlay Palette Fall No. 2 by Anna
Aspnes.
Linda’s Process

For this layout, I dragged over all the layers of Artsy
Template5_5 on to a new document. I clipped my photos to the photo masks
and then began working on the background. The blended photo is below
the textures and some stains but above the transfers, splatters, stains
and paint of the template. I deleted a few layers after adding 7 layers
of artsy transfer_4 for texture just above solid paper_2. I used artsy
brushes 3_7 and 4_3 to blend the larger photo into the background. I
recolored some of the stains to coordinate with my photos. I added the
multimedia spring flower and used a hue saturation layer to adjust the
color. I also adjusted the color on an overlay from AP Posy on the
right. I added the jazzed up loop and replaced the star with a button I
recolored. Finally I added the word art for a title, gave it a stroke
and a drop shadow.

Wendy’s Notes

When I read through Linda’s process, I realized that most of what she did was just a matter of layering items in a particular order to get the effect she wanted. Anna already did most of the work with the template. She really only used 2 brushes to help blend the photo until she was happy with it. I also noticed how she used quite a few of Anna’s products along side these templates. When trying out a new style, it can help to choose several items from the same designer so it ties it all together without having to make additional creative decisions.


Monique’s Layout


Layout
by Monique. Artsy Template Multipak 5, ArtPlay Palette Family, Family WordMix No. 1, ArtPlay
Chevron Sun Fun, ArtsyCameras No. 3, ScriptTease Learn No. 1, Time
WordART No. 3, and Remember WordArt 1 by Anna Aspnes.


Monique’s Process

I opened template No. 3 from the Template
MultiPack 5 and added the ArtsyPaper no. 1 from the Artplay Palette
Family. I clipped the Chevron Sun Fun paper to the big paint layer. I
dragged my photos onto the layout and clipped them to the photo masks in
the template.

I duplicated the
photo on the left and placed it in the left corner of my page. I added a
layer mask on it and brushed away the parts I didn’t want to show with a
black brush. I applied the Linear light blending mode with an opacity
of 45%.

I duplicated the photo once more and applied the blending mode vivid light, opacity 100%.

On
the template are several paint, stains, and splatters layers. I
recolored them all in different colors. I chose/selected the colors from
the background paper.

I added an artsy camera, some wordart
& wordmix and the scripttease text on my layout. I placed a button
on the photo frames and then my layout was finished.

Wendy’s Notes

Monique wasn’t afraid to play with Photoshop’s blending modes and element colors. Linear burn and linear light are two of my favorite blending modes. But Monique took it a step further and duplicated her photo and applied a second blending mode to it. By combining linear light and vivid light, she got the look she wanted. Don’t be afraid to play. You may not know or understand what the layer modes are doing, and that’s okay. Just try one. If you don’t like it, try another. Or adjust the opacity of the layer. Combine two or more together and just play until you get something you love. Then, write it down so you can try it again the next time!

The second thing she did was sample the background paper to help her recolor the paint, stains and splatters. I often recolor things based on my photo or papers. There are many different ways to recolor things, including clipping a color layer above it and changing the blending mode, adding a color overlay layer effect or locking down the transparency of the layer and filling it with the foreground color. All 3 can have slightly different results, so play!

Wendy’s Layout


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by Wendy. Artsy Template Multipack 5 by Anna Aspnes; Studio Mix 89: Let the Rain Wash Away collab by The Studio Girls; Imperfect (word art) by Studio Unica; Antiquated News (papers) by Dawn Inskip.

Wendy’s Process

I started wtih template #2. I knew I wanted to use Studio Dawn’s news papers clipped to some of the blended layers so I brought those in first. Then I added my background paper. I wanted to use an artsy paper so that some of the work was already done for me. Artsy blended papers are a great way to get a magnificent look without much time spent since the designer did the blending for me.

Next, I removed the photo layers and replaced it with the word art that I wanted to be the focal point of the page. For my title, I dragged in the word art, clipped a paper to it, then duplicated the gesso word art and placed it over the paper, changing the blend mode to linear burn. I played with the opacity on those 3 layers.

Next I recolored the paint bits by sampling the background like Monique suggested. On some of them, I changed the blending modes, playing with different ones until I was happy. I also locked down the layer transparency and painted over part of the word art with yellow, green and red.

Finally, I dressed it up with some flower petals and then pulled that same pink color into some of the paint.

Wendy’s Notes

I hope you’re inspired to grab one of Anna’s templates this week and just play!