EDITOR'S NOTE: We're rerunning Meagan's feature post to include a special sale and freebie! Be sure to read to the end to grab your goodies!
A big welcome to Meagan's Creations! This month, Meagan has us traveling to the Wild Wild West, and a wild ride it is! Thank you Meagan for this fun western-themed kit!
I'm Meagan Tuck and I currently live in Houston with my husband of 11 years and 3 kids. In addition to design, I love board games, reading, hiking and tutoring math.
As I was working on this layout, I was a little bothered by the gingham paper. I had simply placed it square in my layout and clipped it to the layers. I was much happier when I placed the paper in my layout and rotated it so the top was parallel with the top of the layer. If I were paper scrapping, I’d surely cut a gingham square with the stripes.
Layout by Sharon. Supplies: Wild Wild West by Meagan's Creations. Template by Trixie Scraps; Font: The Sharon.
My son posted photos of his trip west on Instagram, but on the page the colors of the photos were all over the place and distracting. I converted the images to black & white and then in PSE went to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue/Saturation and selected the Colorize box in the lower right corner. Then I played with the hue and saturation just a little to find the sepia tone I wanted (hue 25, saturation 25). Then I noticed that the colors in the main photo had a lot of yellow and there was no yellow on my page. So I used the rule of three's and added yellow paper to the stack of background papers and a yellow flower to the cactus.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Wild Wild West by Meagan's Creations. Fonts: Playbill and Typewriter.
I started using Google's PhotoScan app to scan the random pictures I find around my house that I would love to have digitally. After seeing it on The Daily Digi in March I downloaded it right away and have enjoyed using it since. This photo was given to me by a friend after the conference we attended, and without access to the digital file I scanned it using app and adjusted the colour a bit in RadLab. Total time saver, as my scanner/printer combo is finicky and usually takes a few tries to get it to scan properly.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Wild Wild West by Meagan's Creations. April 2017 freebie (template) by Scrapping with Liz.
I wanted to use the image of the hat, but wanted it to look more like a sketch. So I used the Filter Gallery and the Stamp Filter. I increased the light/dark balance until I was happy with it. Then I played with the smoothness to adjust the detail.
Layout by Name 4. Supplies: Wild Wild West by Meagan's Creations
In 2001, I took a commercial design class and that's when I first used Adobe Illustrator. I didn't use it much again for the next several years until 2008. I was paper scrapbooking my daughter's photos but I found the whole process time-consuming and expensive! A friend of me told me about digital scrapbooking and how you can find freebies online so I started learning all about the digital scrapbooking industry in 2008. My husband had Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for his school classes so I started using that. By 2009, I got on some creative teams which I feel is a great first step for designers as it helps you see how other designers organize and run their business. By 2010 I was in a store, selling word art mainly. I took designer classes and viewed a lot of tutorials to learn how to design kits and templates. It's definitely good to scrap along with designing so you can see how different elements work and what scrappers want.
I love scrapping Christmas photos and I've got a lot of them to scrap! Clustering is one of my favorite things to do and so I've got a lot of leaf and snowflake clusters on this page. Almost all of my collections include a coordinating glitter pack and so it's fun to add some glitter accents to the page.
I love themed collections so my life experiences, fun events with family and just the things my kids do inspire my themes. I love looking at Pinterest and particularly party decorations for inspiration of paper crafts to inspire my digital creations.
Computer: I use a Dell with Windows 10, 12 GB RAM, and 21" monitor
SOFTWARE: Photoshop Creative Cloud, Illustrator CS3
CAMERA: I have a Canon rebel though lately I've been using my phone's camera a lot! And my phone is an Iphone 6s
I love adding an inked edge to my paper elements. Under layer properties, I choose "Inner Shadow". With the angle at -90, Distance 0, Choke 0 and Size at least 50, we choose blend mode of "Color Burn", "Linear Burn" for white elements, and vary the opacity to our liking. Changing up these settings can help it look darker or lighter and give it that inked edge look I loved when paper scrapbooking!
I love Dr. Seuss books. They are some of my earliest memories of childhood, reading the books and watching the cartoons from his books. This kit was so fun to make, I loved making everything look doodly and the colors are also vibrant and playful.
I love Superheroes and I think customers love the bright colors and bold elements. My kids love superheroes and I know it's a popular birthday party theme. I chose the colors by looking through Pinterest for the colors used to decorate for Superhero birthdays. I've even got a coordinating girls' kit with purples and pinks for the ladies! Not just for kids, this kit works great for Comic Con photos and the superhero inside all of us and that's what I think makes it unique and versatile.