Friday, February 7, 2014

New Freebies! California, Indiana & Illinois Elements

These little cuties are inspired by something I saw somewhere in digiland one time and have been wanting to make for my stash of California scrap goodies. As a toast to my digi-scrap girlfriends, I created them for Indiana and Illinois as well, the home states of my first digi-scrap friends.

Included in each download is the element in 3x4 (vertical) and 4x3 (horizontal) orientation. It's the perfect size for pocket scrapbooking or will make a fun element on another page. (And did someone say vacation photos?!?) Enjoy!

(Click the image or click here to download.)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Video Tutorial from Chelle's Creations about Using Templates in Photoshop Elements

Learning to use templates is a digi-scrapping MUST. It's a big time-saver, and if you know how to use templates, you also have a good start on knowing how to use layers, another Photoshop must. :) Chelle also has lots more tutorials on her YouTube channel.

I thought I'd share this here because it's one of the things people ask me about a lot. You can also download the template she uses for demonstrating her template. The link to the free template is in the "About" the video section on the YouTube video page: Digital Scrapbook Tutorial - How to use a Template in PSE

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Disney-inspired Camera Strap Cover

In the category of "things I've been meaning to post for a looong time" is this Mickey Mouse camera strap cover. I had made a minky cover before, but I had been in a rush and sewed it in such a way that it couldn't be removed for washing. For round 2, I chose one of my favorite colors, red, and added some buttons in a classic Mickey Mouse shape, inspired by a pin I saw for sale at Disneyland.

This picture is, ummm, terrible, mostly because since the strap was attached to my DSLR camera at the time, so I snapped it with my dumbphone.

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year Notebook & Calendar Freebie!

*** Sorry about the oops on the freebie link! This has been fixed! ***

For 2013, I'm keeping a notebook of gratitude, writing down 3 things each day for which I'm thankful. I'm writing more about what's on my list and why I'm doing this on my personal blog. Here, I'm sharing the journal I made for this adventure.

I knew that it would be easier for me to keep up with my commitment if I had a specific place to track my list. So because I love pretty things, I made this ring journal. The calendar pages are made with Captivating 2012: December by Captivated Visions and the Calendar font (available free at FontSpace.) Most pages are 3x5 cards, and the covers are made from chipboard, the covered with some graphics I printed from free downloads available at
  •  Complete Joy Collection (scroll down a bit and look for the words "How to Make Joy-in-a-Box: Download the Completel JOY Collection (all completely free)")
  • Joy Dare Collection (scroll down just past the list of "10 Wondrous Links for Your Advent Weekend" and in the blue box, look for the words "Print the whole year's collection of Joy Dares right here.)

Since I was creating calendar pages for myself, I packed them up as a free download for you. These are sized for my project, so each calendar is about 2.5" x 2.75". In months where only the last 1-2 days wrapped onto a line, I combined  mine, but I also created a version that is not combined. For example, here are the two grids for June 2013:

Here are is the freebie for you! (Click the image to visit for the free download.) *** LINK UPDATED 1/19/13. ***

If clicking on the image doesn't work, please visit this link:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Artsy Birthday Wrap

My nephew turned 4 recently. Knowing he would be more interested in what was IN the Box than ON it, I re-used some plain brown packaging paper to wrap his gift. Thinking I would write a little something cute on it with some Sharpies, I grabbed the pens and sat down.

Some time later....

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Take What You Need

Inspired by this photo, posted on the Momastery Facebook Page:

Take What You Need
(Click on the image below for a larger size that can be printed 8 1/2 x 11.)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes | Pinterest Inspired

It's probably no secret that I am a fan of fonts, so naturally, when I saw this loveliness on Pinterest, I saved it away for future reference - uh, future craftiness!

Source: via Rebecca on Pinterest

I love  making things as gifts, and so I got to work adapting this idea for a friend of mine who had a birthday yesterday. Here's how hers turned out (with details on how I put this together below!):

The frame you are seeing in the image above is a digitally-added frame. I picked up a super-cute frame in this red color, because it would match her decor. 

On to fonts (of COURSE!) I used three fonts in this project, all of which are available as free downloads. The large numbers are JF Ringmaster, the script font for the names is Pacifico (a recent addition to my collection!) and the line "what a difference..." is Santa's Sleigh.

At first, I was going to simply copy the black-and-white look from the original Pin, adding red as the accent color to match the frame. But then I had a better idea: using more colors to add interest. So I turned to one of my favorite online tools - kuler from adobe. I searched for color palettes including red and when I found Japanese Garden, I knew it was perfect for this project. With kuler, you can search for, create, alter and download color swatches for Photoshop/Photoshop Elements. I use it all the time when creating projects like this. If you create a free account, you can save swatches as well. (The link to Japanese Garden goes to my copy of the swatch, not the original, which, sadly, I can no longer find to give credit.)

In kuler, you can view the color makeup of any swatch, so if you don't have Photoshop, you can still use these swatches in other programs. In this view, you can see my original swatch and all the colors. Here is also where you can play with the various colors and adjust them if you want to make changes to the swatch. 

To put together the finished look you see here, I altered the tan/yellowish color in the middle of the swatch, mostly by lightening it a bit. I wanted my background to be fairly light, but still have contrast to the white letters.

In the large letters, this font is normally not filled, so your background color will show through. I filled in the main part of each letter with the white from the swatch, and then the small swirls and dots with the aqua color. I LOVED the end result, and my friend loved it, too, and that's the best part! Success!