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!
I made this a couple years ago as a gift for someone. I designed it as a 5x7, then printed it out and framed it. She LOVES it and it is still on display at her home. Yay! I love making goodies like this to give away!
This is another card I made to be easily printed at home. This one is a birthday card for someone I work with who does the IT work. (You know this guy, he's the one you call with the words "Help me, please!")
This card is one of the reasons I try to add interesting things to my scrap stash. This computer doodle is from a kit called "Techno Girl" by Pixel Gypsy (kit now retired). Originally it had a heart in the middle of the screen, but I photoshopped a swatch of grey paper from the kit on to the screen and added the words to make a simple custom birthday card.
CREDITS: Techno Girl by Pixel Gypsy (retired)
FONT: Miserably Lose from Kevin and Amanda
Sometimes I just need a card QUICK, so I design something that can be easily printed at home and comes out of the printer ready to send. Many hybrid cards I design with the intention of embellishing them by cutting extra pieces, adding buttons or ribbon, etc. But I don't always have time for that. The best part about these cards is that I can save the design and use it again and again.
I've made a couple of these recently, and will share them this week. This one is a simple Thank You note. To make this design, I used the font Pass the Chex from Kevin and Amanda, and also a free arrow shape built into Photoshop. Add some color, print, and it's done. Easy!
At risk of making everyone jealous (or maybe just everyone's mom?) I thought I'd post the Gift Certificate I put together for my mom. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm getting a pedicure, too! And thanks to digi-scrapping, I whipped out a cute homemade gift certificate to make gift-giving easy and cute. Ta-daaaa!!!!
I scrapped! And I love the bright, sunny yellow in this card, and the super-trendy yellow/gray combination. This is made with a kit called "Bee Happy" by Danielle Engebretson designs. I actually saw a paper card made with this general layout on Pinterest, and made a digi design based on it.
A few weeks ago, I took some photos of my tiny new nephew. Among the good ones, the smaller percentage of the "All" than the ones I recycled, was this series of four shots that I know I want to scrap (the ones on the right):
itsa what? In the category of fonts that are awesome, but have crazy names, is itsadzoke. I was looking back through my Font Friday posts, and I couldn't believe I hadn't posted about this one. I have seen this font in use before, an I'm pretty sure it's one that Stampin' Up as used before. Being a font finder, I tracked this one down at dafont.com!
Woo-hoo! Did someone say freebies?!??!? So the grand plan to "start blogging again" includes an idea to have at least giveaway a month, on a Friday. Because it's more fun if the blog post is alliterative, right? ("Freebie Monday" doesn't quite sound the same, although... it might make Mondays better!)
I spent some quality time with my blog today. My very, very neglected blog! I found I have lots of scrap pages to post! For a long time, I've been wanting to create and share some freebies on the blog as well, and I have started to get organized to do that. I actually have a bunch of little things I've created, and I just need to get them ready to upload on the blog for sharing!
My goal is to start posting again at least once a week on Fridays and always have something fun to share, either picking up my "Font Fridays" theme, or posting a "Friday Freebie." First freebie coming this Friday! In between, I'll be trying to post projects as I create them, and probably doing some catch up posting on projects I've created over the last several months.
This is just one reason why I love digi scrapping. My co-worker had a baby a couple weeks ago, and emailed this photo around the office announcing the baby's birth. Photo + digi supplies + picture frame = one customized, personalized baby gift. What's not to love?
Yay! I scrapped! I actually spent real dollars for a year-long scrap class called "Project: Love, Me 2012" for a couple reasons. One of which was to get some inspiration for scrapping, and the other was so that I would actually scrap something. This is my first page for the class.
Origin: “Rebecca” is Hebrew, meaning “to bind.” Rebekah of the Bible was “a maiden of beauty, modesty and kindness.” “Jean” is Hebrew and means“God is gracious.”
Rebecca is not a family name, but Jean was a nickname of my mom’s.
Like most kids, I often imagined myself with different names, but no longer: I love my name. I like that it’s from the Bible, and that it is a strong name with rich history. I enjoy my nickname, “Rebo,” but... don’t call me Becky!