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

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