April 2021 Blog Train Freebie Kit

Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit

Here is my contribution to the April 2021 Spring Pixel Scrapper blog train.  This kit comes with twelve papers.  Six of them are 12″ x 12″ and the other six are 8.5″ x 11″ and are ready for printing.  Both can be used in digital projects as seen in both figures 1 and 2 below.  This kit also comes with 14 elements with soft blues, greens, yellows, and grays.  The papers are all in jpg format.  The elements are in png format with a sheet of printable graphics that is in jpg.  All items in kit are high quality 300 dpi.  To access this kit click here.

The theme for the kit was beachy, spring, garden, rainy days, and lemons.  Below is the color palette.  To see other kits from fellow Pixel Scrapper blog train collaborators click here.

 

April 2021 Blog train color palette

This is the color palette.

 

figure 1. Splish Splash digital layout using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

 

 

 

I used multiple elements from the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit in these two digital illustrations.  I simply used Adobe Photoshop  on my laptop to edit my layouts.  Making digital scrapbook pages is a great way to store family pictures without taking up too much physical space.  However, if you prefer hanging your images on your walls or or putting them in an album you can keep your beautiful photos and keepsakes by having them printed out.

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Simple Canvas Prints

figure 2. A Beautiful Spring Day

 

 

In this next layout I combined multiple shapes of circles and rectangles along with graphics from the kit to finish off the “Beautiful Spring Day” at the Beach.

 

 

 



 

Journal envelope and ephemera made using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

I made this spring journal piece by printing out one of the 8.5″ x 11″ papers twice; One scrapbook paper on cardstock and the elements sheet on vellum.  You can use an inkjet or laser printer on the vellum.

 

 

iced lemon ade made using glossy accents and vellum over cardstock.

 

I layered multiple elements of the same kind together, gluing the vellum overtop the cardstock images.  I added glossy accents to some to give them more of a 3-D ice cube effect.

 

 

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Spring Journal Ephemera: Using Digital Freebies and Other Multimedia Supplies

Spring Ephemera made from Multimedia Digital Crafts Freebie kits and other mixed media

I love to make journals and all sorts of scrapbooking elements to fill my books and folios.  Today I decided to construct some out of various mediums including digital printables, die cut shapes, washi tape, and more.

 

 

 

Fresh Air Papers Kit

I began by printing out the Multimedia Crafts Digital FREEBIE kit called, “Fresh Air”.  Using one of the Multimedia Craft Digital Etsy kits called, “2” x 3” Card and Envelope Template” I printed the card image over top of one of the digital freebie papers.

Printed out papers from “Fresh Air” digital Freebie kit and Multimedia crafts digital etsy kit called, “2” x 3″ Card and Envelope Template

 

 

 

 

This is the back of the unassembled envelope where two butterfly pieces were die cut out of the paper

 

Before assembling the envelope, I took two butterfly dies from the Tim Holtz stamp and die set, “French Flight”, placed them on the back of the envelope and die cut out those shapes, keeping the pieces to use later in this project.

 

acetate stitched to back of envelope template

I then cut a piece of acetate to fit the size of the back of the envelope and stitched the two together.

 

assembled envelopes garnished with distress ink and die cut shapes

Once sewn, I distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink, “Vintage Photo,” and assembled the envelope according to the provided instructions that came with the card and envelope template.  You can also watch the YouTube process video of assembling that template if needed.

 

 

Completed 2″ x 3″ card and envelope

To dress up both the card and envelope, I added some torn sudoku paper and some die cut elements from the Tim Holtz Ephemera Pack Field Notes.  I also added a flower to the envelope to complete the look.

 

  The next elements I made were 2 ½ inch circles I punched out from the purple and white striped paper.  I lightly glued them to some muslin and stitched around the edges. (Go easy on me because I’m still working on my sewing skills).

 

  I then created some envelopes from the pink and blue checkered paper.  I folded them into the shape of the envelope, partially glued them together using washi tape, and sealed the envelope by stitching around the edges.  I garnished them with the leftover butterfly die cut pieces from the first envelope and added some rub on transfer text to each.

 

  For the last piece of ephemera, I made a tag.  I took some of the scraps from the previous projects and created a collage.  I stitched on and around the tag.  I finalized it with an eyelet and some white mini rose trim.

 

Fresh Air 3″ Circles Kit

I hope that this project was helpful and that you enjoy using some of the freebies from this blog.  You can also check out the latest FREEBIE kit called, “Fresh Air 3 inch Circles”. To access it click here.

 

Thanks for visiting and as always:

Happy Crafting!

 

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Spring Digital Freebies

Fresh Air Papers Kit

Enjoy this latest FREEBIE digital papers kit called, “Fresh Air”.  Explore your creativity by making all sorts of things like cards, tags, scrapbooks, junk journals and other mixed media projects.  This bright colored kit comes with 6 papers, all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  The are all high quality 300 dpi and have been saved in jpeg format.  To access the kit click here.

Check out other digital media on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop

You can find even more freebies on the Pixel Scrapper website where I am a commons level 3 digital designer.

 

As always, happy crafting!!

 

 

More Digital Freebies_March 2021

Welcome to a new month to create and have fun with various digital media.  Here is this month’s first freebie kit called, “Reading Essentials”.  This is a printable ephemera kit with a scholastic theme.  Add it to a spring card, journal, scrapbook and more.   To Access this kit click here.

Reading Essentials Ephemera Kit

This kit would also look great with papers and embellishments from the free Multimedia Crafts digital facebook kit called, “Spring into Learning“.  To access that kit, simply visit the facebook page, then Photo Albums, and choose this kit among other freebies to have.  Click like, share, leave a comment and show your beautiful work.

Spring into Learning kit

Get some fun favorite supplies like art glitter gluedouble sided score tape, mini magnets, and other things to help assemble your free printables.  Embellish these with beautiful lace, jewelry, cabochons and other enhancing charms.  Have fun with your art.

Thanks for stopping by.  As always, happy crafting!

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What Do You Love: Favorite Theme or Style

Do you love so many things in scrapbooking that you are often times overwhelmed with what to make, how to make it, what to use, and so forth?  I have a hard time narrowing down how to create something as simple as a card, tag, layout, frame, and the list goes on.  There are so many beautiful images, embellishments, and ideas floating around everywhere, and I love them all.  One way to reduce the clutter of thoughts in your mind when you are drafting a project is to think about what you or the recipient love or will love the most about your soon to be creation.

If it is a card, what are the components that you must have?  Do they have to coordinate in a certain manner?  Do you have to use die cut shapes all the time?  Do you want text and word art on it?  Does it have to be shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, or any other preferred style?  All of these are questions that should be answered before you begin your craft.  These mysteries can be somewhat eliminated by using a plan or questionaire.   Download the free “What I Love Scrapbook and Ephemera Checklist“.  This is a list of suggestions to help solve your creative block.

If you know the theme you are using, find images, text, and shapes that compliment your design.  Go on Pinterest and Google to find some images similar to what you would like to make.  See what those creations are composed of.  Take notes and incorporate those ideas into your next project.

I hope this small tip was helpful.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

 

 

Photoshop Pen Tool_Cutting out images From Photos

Adobe Photoshop is awesome in how it provides many editing tools that let you place subjects into various backgrounds.  It is so much fun when you can create your own setting with added elements to change the look of an original photo.  In this particular instance I used the “Pen” tool to remove a person from an image and transfer it into another, adding additional blending techniques to the final layout.

I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

 

Next I opened up the original file of the subject I wanted to crop out.  I then selected the “pen” tool, located to the left on the toolbar.   Using the anchor points and handle, I clicked and dragged around the image, creating a path around the person.  Click here to learn more about editing paths in Adobe Photoshop.

Once the path was completed I clicked on the paths panel.  At the bottom I selected the “load paths as a selection” tool.

 

I clicked on the “Select” menu, located at the top, and using the dropdown options I chose “Inverse”. This task highlighted the image with dots, or “marching ants”.

 

I deleted the highlighted, background portion of the photo, leaving only the selected subject remaining.

You will find that the subject remaining still has “marching ants” around it.  You can simply use the keyboard shortcuts “control+ D” on a pc or “command +D” on a mac and it will get rid of the dots.  You have now got yourself an image to save and use for later projects.

 

Create your own layout by adding the image into a different background.  Find backgrounds and elements from various places such as Pixel Scrapper  and etsy  Have fun by adding different colors, embellishments, patterns, shapes, and blending them together with a plethora of options.  When using Adobe Photoshop there are so many possibilities to edit and master your digital masterpieces.  Explore your options and utilize the tools provided in that software.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting!

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Valentine Printable Freebie: Signs of Romance

 

 

Signs of Romance Freebie digital printable

Enjoy the latest freebie printable called, “Signs of Romance.  This journal ephemera page is great for shabby chic, Love journals, scrapbooks, cards, tags, and other mixed media.  It comes with tags, arrows, tabs, journaling cards, and more.  The kit is high quality 300 dpi and is saved in both jpg and png formats and is printable on to 8.5″ x 11” paper.

To access the kit click here.

This digital download would also work marvelous alongside the newest Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy Valentine set, “Love Papers and Ephemera Kit“.  That digital ensemble contains papers, bingo card, pockets, journaling cards, words and sentiments, and more.  It touches on some of the types of love found in the Bible: Agape, Philia, Storge, Eros, and Pragma.

Get started before cupid does.  Show your loved one just how much you care by creating something special for them.  The possibilities are endless.  I hope these kits can help you on your romantic creative journey.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

Love Papers and Ephemera Kit

 

 

DIY Steampunk Scrapbook Paper

Have you ever wanted to make your own scrapbook paper?  You can using Adobe Photoshop.  Basically all you need are background colors, brushes, styles, and edit the layers using various blending modes.

 

 

Photoshop Styles
Photoshop Brushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photoshop comes preinstalled with various brushes and styles to use, however you can get more from sites such as Pixel Scrapper.com, Scrapgirls.com, Etsy, and more.  It is so much fun to make your own diy digital scrapbook papers and more because you can add embellishments, frames, and more to finalize many of your projects.

 

Watch the tutorial below to see how this process works.

Thanks for visiting.  Happy Crafting!

Sweet Winter_January 2021 Blog Train

Sweet Winter_January 2021 Blog Train

Happy New Year my fellow crafters!  I hope 2021 will be an improvement from last year.  I have a freebie to sweeten up this winter and to help you get started on a new crafting journey.

Here is my part of the Pixel Scrapper January 2021 blog train.  The theme is winter, snow, sweets, new year, and celebration.  The color palette is below:

Color Palette

 

This kit includes 12 different designs of 12″ x 12″ digital papers as well as 14 elements to complement your scrapbook and other mixed media projects.  To access this freebie click here.  To check out other downloads from the Pixel Scrapper blog train click here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting!!

 

 

 

 

 

Need a Bigger Greeting Card Envelope?

Have you ever been in the process of making cards for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and so forth from a prepacked card and envelope set and when you complete layering your card you realize it will not fit into your envelope?  That has happened to me multiple times.  It can get somewhat frustrating because you know that your oversized card is going to need an envelope to house it.

One way to fix that is to either make thin cards with very few layers, or if you are like me, and want lots of embellishments and things, you can find envelope templates to print out that are bigger than the size of the envelope that came with your kit.

Here is a freebie envelope template that is great for easel cards and more.  I was originally going to make a pop-up card using an A2 size card (4″ x 5.5″) but when I added chipboard pieces, along with ribbon and other embellishments it would not fit into the envelope.  I developed this one to house the plump card and it fit.

 

This kit comes with original scanned images of the envelope prototype that has my handwriting on it.  I also cleaned up the image and turned it into a transparent file so that you can print the highlighted shape of the envelope onto pattern paper.  Try this one out and see how it works with your beautiful creations. To access this freebie click here to download.

Watch the assembly video of this envelope kit:

You can find other templates on etsy and other scrapbooking websites.  I hope this little tip was helpful.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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