Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

One Hand in my Pocket… and the other one’s holding a Journal Card!

(with apologies to Alanis Morrisette)

After my last tutorial on pocket scrapping, I thought about what my next topic should be, but I didn’t think about it too hard, since my mind was pretty busy scheming and dreaming on other things, being on ‘vacation’ and all. So it wasn’t until yesterday that this notion popped into my brain. What a segué! Have you ever REALLY wanted to use a template that includes a journal card, but the kit you’re also dying to use doesn’t have them? I have lots of kits I truly love, and quite a few templates with spaces for journal cards, but the two don’t always work together. BUT! I can make my own journal cards… and so can you!

I’ve made this little clipping mask for you to make it super-simple. Click *here” for the download. It’s got nice rounded corners and you can resize it to whatever will work best for your layout.

I selected a few papers and elements from the GingerBread LadiesAll Things Hallowe’en (it has a couple of journal cards, but I wanted to make my own.) Then I started layering on my choices.

I’m not going to show you all the options for borders; I’ve discussed them all in other tutorials, and they’re pretty basic.

The WSNH (Work Smart, Not Hard) shortcut for turning on and off the Grid: CTRL/CMD>’

So now I have 3 papers clipped to my card shape.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different Blending Modes and Filters. It’s your card and you can do whatever you like.

I added in a moon using a brush from Brusheezy. If you’re interested, the set of 20 is found *here*.

The witch is seriously spooky! Because journal cards are only 2-dimensional, shadows aren’t necessary, but feel free to add them if you want. Just take care not to make them too obvious.

Bevels are great tools for adding dimension. I used a small one on the spiderweb just to make it a bit more visible.

My finished card looks pretty neat, don’t you think? Now to save it so I can use it again later.

I saved my card into the folder where the kit lives so it would be easy to find again. I gave it a simple name and saved it as a .png file so the rounded corners would stay rounded when I want to use the card.

Saving it as a .png using the Smallest/Slowest Compression preserves detail the most, but it also results in a larger file. It’s not necessary to Interlace your image.

What do you think? Will you make your own journal cards? It’s a lot of fun…

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Making Templates Work For You!

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You’ve probably heard a million times that templates really speed up your scrapping, but if you’re new to digiscrapping you might wonder when that kicks in. October’s first Challenge Template from Kimberly of Leaving a Legacy Designs is a perfect way for me to show you how. Why? Because it has several repeating paper blocks!

Once again, I’m going to tell you how I do things but of course you’re going to follow your own practices and do things in your own way. When I’m getting ready to create a (non-CT) layout, I select my photos first.  I create a new folder for the layout so everything I plan to use is in one spot. (Later I delete the copied files and just keep the finished layout. Otherwise I’d need a million EHDs to store everything!) Then I search my (enormous) stash for a template that will work with them and copy it into the folder. Once I’ve decided, I choose the kit I want to use. For this layout I used Ooh La La Scraps’ October Buffet kit Creepy. I count up the number of different papers, represented by different coloured blocks or circles, the preview shows, and then add one or two more to that number just in case my selections don’t work the way I want them to. Then I go to my kit and start selecting papers, flowers, leaves, stitches, staples, and whatever else I want to include. They’re all copied into my working folder… this is the longest part of the process. Then I’m ready to go! I open the folder contents into PSE and get going.

As I mentioned before I start at the bottom. Feel free to do whatever works for you.

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In the screenshot above you’ll see there are 3 papers and 3 paper mats in the layers panel. Below, you’ll see I’ve started clipping papers to the various shapes in the template.

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This is where the time saving comes in. The process is the same for whatever is repeated on the template. Remember I said I use keyboard shortcuts? This is where they really come in handy. Rather than right-clicking on my paper layer then selecting Create Clipping Mask I use CTRL/CMD+G to clip the paper to the shape. The next step is to duplicate my paper layer. Rather than right-clicking on the paper and selecting Duplicate Layer.. or selecting it from the drop-down menu from the task bar, I use CTRL/CMD+J and get the same result.

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The screenshot below shows you the duplicated paper just above the previous paper shape. Drag and drop the new paper onto the layer just above the next template shape of the same colour, in this case, a dark yellow gold. The keyboard shortcut for that is CTRL/CMD+] (Can you guess how to move the layer back down? 😉 )

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Keep doing this series of steps > Copy, Move Up, Clip > until all the template shapes of the same colour have the same paper clipped to them. Then continue to clip papers to shapes in this manner until all the shapes have papers clipped to them. The screenshot below shows what your workspace looks like once the duplicated paper has been created but before it’s been moved into place and clipped. See how it covers up a lot of the template?

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Here’s where there’s another speedy tip that comes in handy. As I mentioned, you can follow the exact same process for those flower shapes, stitching lines, ribbons and so on. The template’s symbols are more for size and placement of objects rather than carved-in-stone directions, so you can cover those shapes with just about anything. Drag and drop your element into place on the template and size it to your liking. Here I’m using a white flower. The speedy secret?

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Copy the layer style > right-click on the shape layer and select Copy Layer Style > from the template’s symbol layer then paste it > right-click on your element layer and select Paste Layer Style > to your element. Do this the first time you add an element to the layout and then you won’t have to do it again later for each individual item.

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This template has a number of identical flower shapes so I copied the white flower – WITH the shadow layer style included – and moved them into place on the template, moving them up the layers panel so they’re in the right order in the cluster or stack. I also adjust the angles on some of them so they look more naturally arranged (shown in the second screenshot below).

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Once the elements I want are in place on the template, I delete the template’s symbol. (Remember to work on a copy so you don’t end up throwing out the whole template!)

Speedy tip – you can delete multiple layers at one time by selecting them all in the layers panel > CTRL/CMD+click on the layers until they’re all selected > then right-click on any one of them to select Delete Layers from the drop-down menu.

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When positioning small items like buttons on templates, it sometimes helps to put them underneath the symbol’s layer in the template so you can have a better idea of size. I like my buttons small so this tip is one I use a lot.

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When you’ve added all your chosen papers and elements to the template, you’re done! All of your layers are shadowed (as long as you’re using a pre-shadowed template like this one, of course) and it’s probably taken you under an hour. My final version of this layout is in the gallery. I hope you’re able to follow along with this speedy tut and come to love templates as much as I do!

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Free Fonts for your Digital Scrapbook Layout

Good morning scrappers! I don’t know about you, but I love me some fonts. I am always looking around for some great and fun fonts to add to my stash. So, with that I am bringing you some of the latest that I found. There isn’t any kind of theme to go along with these fonts. They are just some fun, pretty and interesting fonts. They would work great for your titles or just for some journaling. Below the image you can find the links for these fonts.

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Here are your links!

Free Fonts for Your | Docktrin Font

Digital Scrapbook Layouts | Adventurers & Overlanders

Broken Kiss

Lost in the Supermarket

Springtime Blues

Snacker Comic

The Hundred King

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Happy 7th Birthday Gingerscraps!!

Just dropping in here to remind everyone of the celebration going on for the Gingerscraps 7th birthday. Check out some of the goodies you can get:

Have you found the Gingerbread man in the store? I still have some work to do before tomorrow night. Have a great week!!

 

Challenge Spotlight September 9th

This is an extra special Mini Kit Challenge this month! Paula from Keystone Scraps made a special mini kit about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Not only will your layout count towards your 10 challenge layouts, Paula will donate $1.00 for every layout posted in the thread. If you didn’t throw a bucket of ice water on your head, then scrap a great layout using the mini anyway and post it in the thread. You will be scrapping for a cause! You can also buy the mini (instead of just downloading for free) and all sales will go to ALS research.

Remember, if you didn’t do the ice bucket challenge, no worries! The blues in the kit work well for lots of pages! Here are a few submissions posted. Some are about the ice bucket challenge and some are off topic. Remember any layout you make with this kit and post in the thread, Paula will donate $1!!!

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Even if you don’t complete all 10 challenges (which you totally should! did you see the collab you get this month???) Complete a layout for this challenge and post it to the thread to scrap for a cause!

Challenge Spotlight ~ January 14th

Happy Tuesday! I hope your weekend was great! Have you been scrapping along to our challenges? You have two weeks left to complete 10!

Remember we have a new Challenge System rolled out for 2014. This one is pretty easy and simple! Complete 10 challenges in a month and record them in our challenge tracker and you will receive an awesome collab our designers have cooked up! Check out January’s Collab!

This week’s challenge spotlight is the Brush Challenge! It’s another great challenge where you get a freebie! This month’s Brush Challenge is hosted by Jen of Little Rad Trio and she created a great set of brushes to use!

There are several brushes included with this set that you can choose to incorporate it into a page for the challenge! Here’s a few awesome layouts made for this challenge:

 

Remember to record your challenges in our tracking thread. You have time to complete 10 of our awesome challenges in order to get the collab!

Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Good morning, gorgeous ladies! I’m here to talk about a fun and easy monthly challenge…with a freebie! One of my favorite challenges, today I’m spotlighting the desktop challenge hosted by Chere of Chere Kaye Designs! Here’s the awesome desktop template Chere has made for us this month:

Love it! Thanks for the fun template, Chere! This is a fun and easy way to spruce up your computer desktop every month AND earn points towards our fabulous rewards for completed challenges. 🙂 Take a look at some of the desktops the ladies in the forum have already completed:

By tiggernjen

By saskias

By lainey

These are all so rad! Make sure you swing by the gallery and leave these ladies some love on these very cool desktops. 🙂

I don’t know where October went, but we’re already wrapping up the month–what?! I can’t believe we’re in the holiday home stretch already. If you haven’t started your post in the October 2013 Tracking Thread, well…you should get on that. 😉 Seriously, don’t miss out on snagging a reward come next month just in time to start scrapping all your holiday pics!

That’s it for this week, y’all. I’ll see everyone back here next week! 🙂

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

Good morning, all! Hope everyone had a great weekend; mine was not long enough, as usual! We’re already mid-July (eek!) and it’s time for another challenge spotlight. This week, I am writing about a rad challenge with a freebie: the mini kit challenge hosted by Wendy of Wendy Tunison Designs! Wendy brought her unique style to this month’s mini; check it out:

LOVE. IT. Wendy’s minis are never truly mini, so there’s lots of fun vintage elements here to work with. Not surprising, this challenge has been popular this month with bunches of layouts pouring in! Take a look at a few of my favorites for inspiration…

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By ScrappyPenguin

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Absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I am loving this mini and adoring these layouts. All three of these pages have the same “junky vintage” feel, but are vastly unique. That is the sign of some talented scrappers working with a well-designed kit.  🙂

Remember, the month is now officially half over! Make sure you’re tracking your completed challenges in the July 2013 Challenge Tracking Thread. You’ll want to get all your challenge credits so you can snag yourself an awesome reward once July is over. 🙂

That’s it for this week! Stop by again next week! 🙂

Challenge Spotlight – Signature Challenge

Good morning, all! Hope your week is off to a great start; can you believe it’s now June?! It’s crazy to think that we’re already in the middle of the year, summer starting up…Christmas will be here before you know it! 😉

This week I am spotlighting a super quick, super easy challenge: the signature challenge hosted by Rebecca of Twin Mom Scraps! Usually we just have a theme to follow, but Rebecca has created a way cool template for us to work with this month instead! Sometimes I lack creativity with my forum siggy, so I love this! Take a look:

Awesome; thanks for the fun siggy temp, Rebecca! 🙂 I think the signature challenge is the first one most people do because it’s quick and fun. (Personally, I haven’t changed my sig since January…maybe this is the month to fix that!) Here’s some of the siggys the forum gals have come up with; they’re so bright and summery!

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By momeee

By gethane

These are so awesome! Since the siggy area is somewhat small, this template is a great way to get your creative juices flowing here but still stay within the space–pretty great, right? 🙂

This is a new month, so you should run over to the June Challenge Points tracking thread and snag yourself a new spot to keep track of all your completed challenges! You know we have some sweet rewards for you at the end of the month, so don’t slack (like I usually do)! 😉

Y’all have a wonderful rest of your week–don’t forget to stop by the bake sale while all those full-size products are still just $1! See you next Tuesday. 🙂

Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge #2

Hello ladies and welcome to the last challenge spotlight for the month of May–WHAT?! Yes, I can’t believe June is going to be here next week. Where in the heck did the first half of this year go? Even crazier, I just realized this month also marks ten years since my high school graduation. Time really flies! Before the last week of May flies off, make sure you join us for a last few challenges to earn yourself a shiny new reward! This week I am spotlighting the second template challenge hosted by Wendy Tunison! I love Wendy’s templates and I’m always psyched when I see her hosting a template challenge; take a look at what she has for us this month:

Banners? Scatters? Oh yes, I like this template. 😉 Check out what the ladies in the forum have already submitted using this temp:

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By sladd79054

By jtnolley

Lovely pages, ladies! 🙂 Like I mentioned earlier, this is the last week of May, so if you want a rad reward come next month, make sure you’ve got your tally going in the May Challenge Points Tracking thread! If you have a question about this or any of our challenges, swing by the cookie jar and ask away. 🙂

That’s it for me for this month…see y’all in June! 🙂