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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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 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.
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:
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.
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!
To keep the flow of the Christmas crafting spirit going, here is another freebie to add along with your projects. This is the holiday paper pack called, “Fa La La”. There are six different designs all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. All graphics are 300 dpi and are in jpg format. Click here to download.
I hope that everyone has had a great Thanksgiving holiday and are staying safe through these horrible COVID19 times. Sometimes it is hard to find entertaining things to do with the family and loved ones. However, one thing that is fun for sure is making Christmas crafts.
Preserve memories with your loved ones by making them cards, scrapbook albums, junk journals, cute bookmarks, and a host of other easy peasy mixed media gifts.
With Turkey day over with this is the perfect time to begin prepping for the wintery holiday season. This month I will try to have a surplus of freebies and good deals on Christmas resources. Starting with today, enjoy this free printable called, “Christmas Journal Ephemera Kit”.
This kit is composed of six themed journaling cards, and six 3″ circles all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The graphics are in jpg format and are all high quality 300 dpi.
Also check out deals going on over at the Multimedia crafts hybrid and digital shops. Browse items such as digital papers, clipart, digital photo frames and more. On the hybrid site you can find die cut chipboard, papers, tags, cards, mixed media art and so forth.
Try to have a great holiday season and thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!