Friday, December 3, 2010

Font Friday: Pharmacy MMX

I love this font... I first spotted it in use in some Stampin' Up! products, and loved it! When I found it, I grabbed it right away, and ended up using it for a "ReboScraps" logo, which you can see in my current blog header. :)

To me, this font feels a bit classic and retro, but it's also fun and whimsical. You can find Pharmacy MMX here.

I also recently spotted an interesting variation of this font. You'll need a program that can use font as a photo or image to make this kind of change. I started with this, the word Christmas:

Then I transformed it into an image instead of text (if you are using Photoshop Elements like me, right click the layer and choose "Simplify.") Then I "smooshed it" - a very technical term - making the letters shorter. The result is another look for this font!

One other thing to notice in this font is that a few of the letters are different. The first "Christmas" is written in all caps, and you can see the "R," "M" and "A" are different in this word than in the one below. The other letters that differ in upper and lower are "E" and "N."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Font Friday: Pupcat

I have a couple different alphas based on this font, and I've been trying to find it for-e-ver. Then, surprise, just surfing one day - there it was. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thankful Cards | Hybrid

Saying "thank you" never goes out of style, and with the Thanksgiving holiday here on Thursday, there is lots of thankfulness in the air.

Earlier this month, I participated in the ScrapMatters blog train with a printable card, and this week, I finished this one:

For credits and more projects, please visit my Hybrid Gallery

Friday, November 19, 2010

Font Friday: Sparkly

I've had this font in my stash for quite a while, and haven't used it... until now. With Christmas coming, it seemed to have just the right amount of fun and... well... Sparkle!

I did a quick project for my church using this font, making a layered heading. I simplified some of the sparkles to enlarge and embellish the title as well as the rest of a small flyer.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Font Friday: Birthday Edition & Free Word Art

In honor of my birthday on Sunday, I had to share this font!

This is just one of the AWESOME fonts available for free at!
They have tons and tons and tons of great handwriting fonts and larger "scrapbook" fonts.

Just for fun, I made a few birthday-themed word art pieces using Rebekah's Birthday and Pea Jack and Jane! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

DSD Blog Train | Freebie

*** Thanks for stopping by! The freebie in this post has now expired. ***

A special welcome to anyone stopping by my blog as part of the ScrapMatters blog train! If you are following the blog train, you should have arrived from Mye De Leon's blog. If you get derailed, no worries! You can find a list of all the stops at the ScrapMatters blog!

Don't forget to check out the terrific sale at the ScrapMatters Store!

Here's a better look at  Many Thanks, the collab kit you receive free with a $20 purchase:

And here's what you've been waiting for...! Your freebie, a pair of printable cards:

** This freebie link has expired. **

Your next stop on the train is Carly's blog! (Carly's post might be a little late; if it is, please check back later for her stop, and go on to Sarah's blog!) Enjoy your trip!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Font Friday: Sketchy

I guess it was about 6 months ago that I started seeing sketched fonts pop up in scrapbook kits... and I went a little NUTS. Here's a few I can no longer live without!

This was one of the first sketched fonts I went nuts over, when I noticed it used on several elements 
in the ScrapMatters Queen of Scrap kit. I was beyond excited, when I found it!
The obsession continues... this one was featured on The Daily Digi and started popping up 
ALL OVER the scrapbook galleries. I told my friend Sarah, "we're going to be able to date 
our layouts as having been created in 2010 because they use this font!" 
(Make sure you read the font info that comes in this download 
so you know how to properly finish your words!)
This is the latest in my sketched font collection. I have a bunch I haven't even used yet, 
but I just KNOW I'll find a good use for it... eventually!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scrappers Give Thanks!

Scrappers Give Thanks

Have you heard about Scrappers Give Thanks? This is a project for artists, crafters and scrappers who want to design for fun and brighten someone's day. This year, the project assignment is to create brag-book size pages which will be assembled into books that will be donated to children's hospitals here in the U.S. Anyone can participate, and digital or paper submissions are accepted up until November 24!

Go check out the website! And don't miss the page where you find out about the terrific prizes they have! Everyone who participates is eligible to win!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the project and create a few cards as early examples. Here they are!

For full credits, please visit: 2010

For full credits, please visit: 2010

Digital Scrapbook Day is coming!!!

Digital Scrapbook Day (DSD) last November is probably the point where I can say I became truly hooked on digi scrapping! Not to mention that it's one weekend of the year to stock up on supplies, because almost everyone is having a big, BIG sale!!

It's a great idea to do some pre-shopping and make your wish lists so you can shop quickly when the sale starts! Ready to do some pre-shopping? Here's some info on a couple of sales!

ScrapMatters is having a sale, with a bonus free kit with $20 purchase:

Here's a better look at the free kit, Many Thanks. Starting Saturday morning (8:00 am Pacific) there will be a HUGE blog train with freebie add-on's to this kit! (Really! HUGE - 49 stops planned so far!!!!)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Font Friday: Halloween Edition

What would Halloween be without some spooky fonts?
Inspired by Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, this one came into my collection
as a direct result of my Disney obsession and great appreciation for the 
annual holiday makeover of The Haunted Mansion attraction.
Just a great all-purpose creepy font.
Need I say more?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Family Reunion Album: DV fam

The Family Reunion album page count keeps ticking up!

Blocked Templates #1 by Andilynn Designs
Family Matters: The Family Tree Collection by Graham Like the Cracker and WM [squared]
(Family Matters: The Kit, Family Matters: The Extras, Family Matters Bonus Alpha Pack)
FONTS: 3HourTour, FG Sara Elizabeth

Friday, October 22, 2010

Font Friday: Back to School

I have a thing for fonts, and today, when I was yet again scrolling through the fonts at one of my favorite sites,, I thought... maybe I should post a few now and then. So here we go, the first edition of "Font Friday." (With absolutely no guarantees how often I will get around to this!!)

In August and September, tons of designers were posting back to school kits, and I kept seeing cute fonts I liked. I tracked a few down to show you! The font names are linked to the download page for the font.
This is the kind of font that started it all! I kept seeing it in word art. I also saw papers with blank lines, ready for journaling to be added (using a \ keeps the lines between words!)
A neat print version with the lines... there is supposed to be a way to include blank
spaces on this one as well, but I haven't figured it out yet.
English Essay
This font reminds me of my own handwriting, in that I tend to write with
more vertical lines rather than slanted lines as in School Script.
I have no idea what this means, but I think it might have something to do with being a "really cute font."
(Two for one! Both in the same download.)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recoloring in PSE7

I've got a quick "how to" today, on how to recolor an element that is black. Some products, like some alphas and elements are sold as "easy to recolor." Sometimes I've used the paintbrush and repainted them, but then the outer edges seem to lose their crispness. These instructions are for an object that begins as pure black. 

I'm going to start with this signature file, and change it to match this paper swatch. (Signature is from Created All Around by Krisi's Kreations and the paper swatch is from This Woman's Work by Trixie Scraps and Wimpychompers Designs. I'm having a little love affair with this particular paper!)

Select your target layer and from the menu:
Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation
In the dialog box, CHECK the box marked "Colorize" and it resets the sliders.

I start by sliding the "Lightness" slider to the right. In the middle, this slider shows your object as black, and as you slide to the right your object lightens, all the way to white at the far right. In between, you'll see it change your object to shades of a color. Once the lightness/darkness is about where you want it, play with the "Hue" slider until it gets close to the color you want. Then tinker with the "Saturation" slider, which will make your color more intense to the right and less intense (more gray) to the left. I usually end up tinkering with each slider a couple of times until I get my color right where I want it.

Here's my finished signatures:


Easy-peasy! Give it a try!

Little Hello Card | Hybrid

This card was made using a kit I've been wanting for a really, really long time!!! I was so excited to finally have a chance to play with it. :)

From Hybrid Projects

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quick Print Cards: for Baby | Hybrid

My greeting card stash is completely missing baby cards, so I designed these as "quick print" cards I can quickly make up if I need one!

From Hybrid Projects

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Susannah 10 months | September 2010

Isn't she a cutie? :-)

From The Auntie Album

Girls Gone Wild by Dysfunctional Designs and Pixel Gypsy
Pocket Full of Templates 5 by Britt-ish Designs
Font: Clementine Sketch and FG Sara Elizabeth

Beautiful You Gift Box | Hybrid

For credits and more projects, please visit my Hybrid Project gallery.

Candy Box Template by Krisi's Kreations
Beauty Within by Scrapmuss Designs and Anna BV Designs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two takes on "Chef Aaron" | September 25, 2010

These pages show off all kinds of creativity. For Aaron's 3rd birthday, I sewed a kid-size chef apron and matching hat. His mom made sure to take some great photos and email them to me so I could make this scrapbook page (using Harvest Happiness by Jady Day Studio):

Click here for credits and more projects: The Auntie Album

Of course, being Aaron's mom, Sarah had to make her own page, too... and she picked the same page kit. Two scrapbookers, two pages, SAME page kit... and two completely cute and different pages! Here's Sarah's page:

For credits and more projects, please visit: The Auntie Album

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Family Reunion Album: River Rafting

Most. Fun. Ever.

Daddy, Fish and Me by Scrapmuss Designs and TomaSoloma
Date Blots by Stolen Moments
FONT: Clementine Sketch

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Fall Y'all Treat Box | Hybrid

How fun is this? :) I'm actually using this box as a birthday gift box - tomorrow! (Shhh!! Don't tell the birthday girl!)

From Hybrid Projects

Cute Sentiment Cards | Hybrid

This template was too much fun! Of course it helps that I have a bunch of circle punches, so I could add some layers!

From Hybrid Projects

From Hybrid Projects

CREDITS: The Three R's: Homeschool Edition by Threeology
Template by Dalis and Krisi's Kreations

Get a free kit from ScrapMatters + ALL ScrapMatters collabs on sale

It's no secret that I {heart} ScrapMatters and hang out there all the time. My first purchases were for some of their collab kits, and I keep using them over and over, they are terrific! They have a special going on this week, where you can get a free kit by becoming a newsletter subscriber and following them on Twitter. You'll get half of the kit from each place, but you must sign up and follow by Friday, October 8. Check their forum for more details, and links to sign up!

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