Archive for the ‘Digital Scrapbooking’ Category

A little gift for Mother’s Day…

May 12, 2008

Okay…so I’m a day late, but I had good intentions (that counts for something, right?)! It’s been over a month since I’ve updated the blog and thought it was about time to get started again. I’ve been busy with the wonderful DID class over at Jessica Sprague…and baseball games, lacrosse games, 3 May birthdays (and Mother’s Day), fundraising functions, bridal showers, and so on! It’s all fun stuff and I love every bit of it, but it just takes time. And what better way to get back into the swing of things then with a little freebie gift for you.

Jessica had provided templates and a gorgeous mini-kit to use in the quote challenge for the DID class and this is what I created using the papers and embellishments from her kit. I only added the photos (thanks to Mother Nature for providing the flowers and critters) and found the quotes to use. If you’d like, you can download the 12×12 LO’s (just click on the 4shared link under the LO’s) and then use your paper cutter to divided each page into 4 6×6 squares. The title page (not shown) has 4 seperate covers, in case you’d like to give these as a gift to any Gardener/Nature lovers you may know. I made this for my Mom for Mother’s Day using my awesome new Bind-it-all machine…since she is the ultimate nature lover/gardener!

Enjoy! (and Liv, I know I owe you a posting for my “tag”)!!!

Picture hosted by Pixentral

Picture hosted by Pixentral







Picture hosted by Pixentral

Picture hosted by Pixentral


Aruba, palm trees & a cool PS effect…

April 4, 2008

We just got back from our annual Spring Break trip to Aruba (this was our 6th year) and once again we had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful…we relaxed, read books, met up with some friends from Canada, and soaked up the sun (wearing our 50 SPF sunscreen, of course)!

This was the first year that I’ve had a digital camera to take on the trip, and I had a blast taking lots of photos. Took pictures of the kids, of the gorgeous sunsets, of the cool iguanas, and of the palm trees swaying in the breeze. When we got home,  and put them on the computer, Taylor got a really neat effect on the palm tree photos by trying different filters on Photoshop.  We thought we’d share the finished product with you, and give you the instructions…they are listed under our examples. 



This effect works best on photos that aren’t too “busy” and have a distinct object in them.  I’m sure there are other ways to achieve this look, but this is how we did it: 

1) Ctrl – L (levels)

2) Make the dark areas of the photo darker and light areas  lighter by moving the slide

3) Ctrl Alt B (convert to black and white)

4) Filter > Adjustments > Threshold (ok)

5) Choose 1 color for the background area and 1 color for the main object of the photo.  Use the paint bucket(K)  to fill the black area with one of the colors and the white area  with another color.

…And that’s it!  Hopefully you’ll have fun playing with your photos…and let us know how they turned out!

I’m feeling blue….

March 8, 2008

…Blue Grotto, that is! That’s the name of our new mini-kit freebie. It’s actually a “reject” from the LDD Apprentice Program. I’m thrilled to say that my dear friend Liv was accepted, and if you look at her amazing Adventure kit you will see why! I can honestly say that I understand why we didn’t make it in, after viewing the 40 first round winners.   I like our papers, but the elements aren’t very inspired or creative.  It was a good learning experience and I hope that we can continue to grow and evolve in our designing.  If you would like to download our papers (and somewhat boring elements)  just click on the 4shared link below the preview!

I’m also feeling “blue” because I took the Color Sense Game (sponsored by Porter Paints) and it seems as if I am a “water bead”.  It’s a seven question on-line quiz that you take to determine your color preferences.  They had a link to this quiz on the Memory-Makers website.  It only takes a minute or two to play and it’s really fun…let me know what color you come out to be! 

Another reason to feel “blue” is if you stop to think about the enormity of world hunger.  The good news is there is an educational & interactive website that helps fight hunger by donating rice to millions of needy people.  The website is called and it is the brainchild of a computer programmer named John Breen (gotta love those computer geeks)!   It is an on-line vocabulary quiz, and for each word that you get correct, 20 grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program.   All you do is just click on the answer that you think best describes the word…it’s as easy as that!  To date over 20 billion grains of rice have been donated (that’s enough to feed almost a million people for a day).  So check the website out…gain some word knowledge…and help others in the process!    


Where do you get your inspiration?

February 26, 2008

I find inspiration for layouts from the strangest places. I love looking at color combinations, patterns and texture! It doesn’t matter if it’s from a shower curtain or a fancy napkin or cute stationary or a pretty dress…or in this case a cover from a paperback book! I saw a new book (in the “Clique” series) at the local bookstore and just knew that I had to do a LO using the design & colors from the book jacket. 

Not only did I do a LO based on the cover, but Taylor and I designed a digi-paper and created a plopper from it.   The blue plopper is called Tiffany’s (love that store),  and in case you don’t like blue we made a pink one called Victoria’s.   To download the files just click on the 4shared link under the Victoria’s plopper (it’s not a secret). 

Thanks to Heather for her posting in the Jessica Sprague forum about creating quick pages!  Also thanks to for the great brush and to Veronica Spriggs for the heart embellishment.  Hope you enjoy using the ploppers! 

So…where does your inspiration come from???



Some freebies and some tips…

January 22, 2008

Just in case you were wondering…only 3 weeks until Valentine’s Day (so start dropping those hints now to your sweetie)!   To me, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts…it’s also a time to tell our friends and family how much they mean to us.  There is a quote that I love that goes “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget” and another quote that really defines a good friend… “It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter”.   I hope that I’m that kind of friend!

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and my friends) Taylor & I have created a new mini-kit for you!  It’s called “Hugs and Kisses” and we hope you like it.  There will be more to follow, but this first set includes 4 papers, 5 buttons & 1 clip.  Coming soon are more papers, some ribbon & wire word art.  Thanks to Stephanie at for the heart brushes!  Just click on the 4shared link below to start your downloading fun!

 Now for the Photoshop tips…did you know that to zoom in you can use Ctrl+ and to zoom out you can use the Ctrl-(minus) keys?!!  If you zoom out too much, you can press Ctrl zero(0)  to fit the image back into the screen.  Also, a cool trick to try when you are using the Type Tool and you want to  reposition your text… simply move your cursor away from your words and the cursor will switch to the Move Tool.  After you’ve placed the words in their new position just click back in the text to continue writing.  Give it a try…it’s really pretty neat! 


Shortcuts, brushes & procrastination…

December 30, 2007

I had some “down” time today (actually I was procrastinating…I wasn’t quite ready to start taking down the Christmas decorations yet) and I was organizing some of my Photoshop & Digital Scrapbooking information. I came across some notes about Photoshop shortcuts to use with the brush tool and I thought I’d share them with you.

I think most users of Photoshop know to type “B” to bring up the brush tool, and also about using the bracket keys to decrease or increase the size of the brush: the left bracket key “[” decreases the brush size and the right bracket key “]” increases it.  However, there were a couple of neat shortcuts that I had forgot about and I’ve listed them below.

Another cool feature when using the brush tool  (when the brush is on it’s own layer) is to hold the “Ctrl” key and it will activate the “move” tool.  You can then move the brush around the layout…try it out & play with it a little, it’s fun!  Hope you find these tips helpful and who knows…maybe I’ll come across some more shortcuts while I’m procrastinating, hmm I mean organizing.


Here is a reason to use your scrap tools again…

December 21, 2007

Since I started “digi-scrapping” this past June, I haven’t used any of my old scrap supplies at all. I am totally in love with digi and have crossed over to the “dark side” forever (thanks to the divine Miss Jessica Sprague). However, I dug out my corner rounder, some ribbon, a few eyelets, an under-used paper trimmer, and my new favorite tool the Crop-A-dile (which is now available at Costco, btw) and made some Christmas tags.


I actually saw something similar at my local card store with a price tag of $4.50 and I said to myself “I think I can make these!”  So, my daughter Taylor & I created some cute tags using Photoshop Elements and we have posted a freebie on 4shared as our Christmas gift to you!  There are 6 tags (each one is 5″ x 2 1/2″) and are done on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ LO…all you need to do is print them out, laminate the page (gotta love your laminator!), and trim using your paper cutter.  You can leave either a small white border or clear laminated border around them if you want.  Then just punch a hole,  use an eyelet (if you have any), and thread some ribbon through the hole…and voila! you’re done. 

Hope you enjoy the tags!


Whimsical Winter Freebie…

December 12, 2007

The “ta-da” elves have been busy at work creating some new additions to the Whimsical Winter kit!  Hope you enjoy them and use them to design some “cool” winter/holiday LO’s on those frigid winter days (unless of course you live where the temps are not quite so low & the snow doesn’t fall…in that case, you can work on them on those warm, sunny days)!!!

 Included in this part of the kit is 1 pink paper (with the word SNOW written in glittery letters), 3 postage type stamps, 3 word tags & 5 gel dots.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

This is blooming cool…

December 5, 2007

…as my JS friend Veevs would say! I just discovered this really neat feature on Photoshop Elements 5, and thought I’d share it with you all. Now maybe it’s not new to you and I’ve had my head underneath a rock somewhere (which is possible), but I thought it was way cool!    I knew about the “cookie cutter” tool, but what was new to me was the “crop shapes”.

What you do is:

 (1) open the cookie cutter tool, which looks like a star (or press “Q”)  

 (2) in the options bar, click on the first down arrow to open “custom shape picker”

 (3) then click on the right arrow (in the circle) and it will bring up a menu

 (4) choose “crop shapes” & then just click & drag over your photo.

There are 40 different custom crop shapes, including a lot of grungy type shapes.  I just sampled 4 different kinds as an example.  I just kept playing with them and would say “cool”, or “wow”, or “no way”!!!  Please let me know if you can’t follow my instructions, or if you have any questions…and have fun experimenting!


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

November 29, 2007

It’s hard to believe that just one short week ago it was Thanksgiving! Our house has gone from “fall” to “holiday” in a matter of days. We put up & decorated our trees and set up the “Snow Village” and train set! We have 7 trees of various shapes & sizes (all artificial because of some allergy issues). Can you tell we LOVE Christmas!!!  Everyone helps out and it’s so much fun…but not so much fun, or help, when it’s time to take it all down.

Just a quick LO of some of the trees. (Thanks to Katie Pertiet for the papers & elements).

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I found a great centerpiece idea in the “Southern Living Christmas at Home” magazine that looked really pretty…and easy to do (one of my main requirements)!  You take a large glass jar, some beautiful cut branches and add a product called “Snow Real” to make the artificial winter wonderland.  I was able to find the Snow Real at Linens-n-Things , but the magazine suggested a website called  Probably any craft store would also carry it.  I haven’t made mine yet, but here is the photo from the magazine.