Back To School Organizing

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With the coronavirus epidemic still looming, many students are having to choose between physical learning, virtual learning, or both, and staying safe through it all is the most important thing. Pupils of all age groups need to have the necessary mechanisms that follow many legislative guidelines. From having to wear masks and keeping a 6 foot social distance to acquiring the proper software to harness their education, finding out how to schedule a lifestyle changing routine during this outbreak can prove a bit challenging.

Being organized to prepare for your work is very pertinent and will help with step by step checklists including what you have on hand versus what you need. Make an agenda, planner, or something to keep track of the contents in them and find out the latest time you must have them.

Once that is established, you must find a means of acquiring the item(s). With the right tools you can successfully engage in yours or your child’s learning venture without spending too much money, and by “thinking outside the box”.

Sometimes you have to get creative. If you or your loved one(s) are enrolled in a hybrid learning environment, it would be helpful to have personal protection equipment (ppe) as part of your educational requisite. That would most likely include face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and maybe more gear. These along with your books, bags, clothing, and other supplies can be bought or made from various places, especially online.

The internet is a way to make purchases and reduce social contact with people. You can also get excellent do-it-yourself (diy) ideas on there for making your own ppe, clothing, and more.

Youtube and pinterest have great tips on how to make your own face masks. There are also videos on creating your own hand sanitizer. For convenience, you can even buy items in bulk that will last for a while during your school tenure. The web poses as a handy tool during this world wide epidemic, making shopping and crafting so much easier. Finding your means of necessities do not have to be painstaking.

You can have fun with it. Place some cute art work on your stuff. Jazz up your face masks with fashionable svg, png, and other text and images that can be printed and applied to fabric and various other materials. These such files can be found online on places such as etsy and Pixelscrapper.com

Try altering your notebooks, folders, book bags and more with cute graphics and fonts. Like to use planners or travel journals? If the steampunk theme is attractive to you, try adding a writing board to bring with you on your travels. These cardboard embellishments provide a hard surface for you to write on. Simply slide one behind your papers and start writing. No need to worry anymore about your journal book not being sturdy enough to write in.

You could also get fancy with your ink pens and other office supplies. Add some functionable bling to go along with your key chain, bookmarks, and other accessories. And don’t let your sense of fashion fall short. There is no shortage of trending styles available online. Sew your own with popular fabrics or find some great deals from your favorite vendors.

Either way, organize your school list with your happiest possessions. I hope this article was helpful.

Happy Crafting!

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Vintage Ephemera Rounds FREEBIES

Enjoy this latest freebie printable, “Vintage Ephemera Rounds”. This download can make great additions to your scrapbooks, cards, tags, junk journals, and other mixed media projects. These circles are 3 inches and are printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

Be sure to check out the terms of use licensing for this and other kits.

Click here to download.

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Creating an Embossed Mini Paper Notebook

I love to make journal pages and embellishments from digital media. I decided to create a really simple mini paper notebook. This little book of writing ephemera would look great in a mixed media album. To make it, all that was needed were a computer or laptop, some software that could open the digital files, and a printer to print the beautiful pages. Check out below how this easy project was produced.

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Mini paper notebook fully embellished (Front, back, and center)

Enjoy this latest freebie paper kit called “Grunge Run”.  Click here to download. I used it to make a really simple mini notebook with it.

Supplies needed:

  • Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie “Grunge Run” paper kit.
  • Embossing folders
  • Die cutting machine (Sizzix sideKick, Bigshot, Vagabond, etc…)
  • White Card stock
  • Dies
  • Notebook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Art glitter Glue
  • Staples and staple gun
  • Distress oxide inks -Inks (Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks by Ranger): 

I first began by printing out the six pages of the Multimedia Crafts Digital, “Grunge Run” paper kit, double sided, leaving me with three papers.  I trimmed off the white margins.

(This step can be eliminated if you print with the “bleed on” feature of your printer.)  I distressed the edges of each paper, on both the front and back sides.  The paper size after the margins were cut measured approximately 8″ x 10.75″.

I also printed out the “2 x 3 Card and envelope templates” from the Multimedia Crafts Digital etsy shop onto one of the grunge papers. I assembled it according to the provided instructions that came with the file.

Step by Step Process

On the long side (10.75″ side) of any of the grunge papers, score a line at 1/2″, 7″, and at 7.25″. This creates a base, a bottom flap and a top flap. Next cut a piece of contrasting paper at 6″ x 7.75″.

Place a ruler on the flap. Find the center of the flap and take a pen to mark a spot that measures 1″ to the left and right of it. On my paper, the marks were placed at 3″ and at 5″.

Take scissors or paper trimmer and cut from those points to the corner of each side of flap.

Place the 6″ piece of contrasting paper over top the base, underneath the flap. Press the flap down. Using a pen, mark on both sides of the top flap onto the 6″ paper, where a line will be drawn for a flap tuck area. Be sure to make the tuck area at least 1″ deep, therefore marking 1″ upward from the flap on to the 6″ paper. Then using the ruler for a straight edge, draw a line connecting the dots.

Next, take a ruler and a box cutter to trim out the line.

Distress the edges of the papers on both sides, including the flap closure. I typically use Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Next, remove about 10 sheets of college ruled notebook paper from its package. Cut them to about 7.5″ x 5.75″

Align the notebook paper inside the base. Mark on your paper where you want to punch your holes to connect the paper to the base. Using a hole punch or a Crop-A-Dile tool, punch your holes and add your eyelets.

Once the notebook paper has been attached, add the 6″ contrasting cover to the bottom of the base flap. Fold in the bottom flap. Add some glue. Align the cover underneath the flap. Carefully lay down the glued flap onto to cover and seal.

I wanted to give the mini notebook some stability so I cut a piece of chipboard at 5″ x 7 and glued it behind the notebook paper onto the base. This made the folio more sturdy.

Close the bottom cover upward and tuck in the top flap into the slit.

I wanted to make the flap more functionable. I therefore took the premade envelope and glued it to the flap, being careful not to obstruct the bottom end of the flap where it tucks inside the slit.

For the really fun part of the assembly, I ran some scrap papers through my embossing machine using various embossing folders to give the paper texture. I then die cut out some shapes and added them to the mini notebook. This completed the project.

I added the die cut shapes and used the ,”Parcel Delay Label” and “Matchbook notebook toppers from Bohemian Crafting Patreon site to the folio creating decorative paper embellishments, along with a pocket on the back. I also included a few tags to garnish the finished project. This mini notebook will make a great piece of ephemera for a junk journal or scrapbook.

I hope that this topic was inspiring and will make you want to create your own. Thanks for checking this out.

Happy Crafting!

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Creating and Using Digitally Collaged Family Photos in junk Journals

I have seen many black and white images of vintage people in ephemera packs for sell to use in scrapbooking and other mixed media projects.  They are beautiful embellishments that make any tag, album cover, and various other crafts stand out. 

I love the look they give, but I don’t know the individuals in those papers and cut outs.  I wanted to give my art the same effect in my journals and things, but from using images of my own family members.

I was able to achieve this task by scanning and editing some of my sons’ pictures from long ago to current day and by creating a digital agglomeration.  I uploaded pictures from my photo albums into Photoshop, used the camera raw filter blending tool on them and added the photos to an 8.5” x 11” collaged sheet of memories.  To see the Photoshop tutorial on how to add, edit, and print the photo collage sheet check out the YouTube video on it.

Process Video Tutorial on how to add, edit, and print a family photo collage

I then printed out the collage sheet, fussy cut some of the images out, and added them to some tags for a journal I was making featuring my boys in it.

I cut up some black 110lb cardstock, and added some torn paper remnants, doilies, die cut shapes including the Tim Holtz “Steampunk Parts” and “Trinket Frames”,

glued on the fussy cut out images of my sons at various ages, added some wooden gears, purchased from the Facebook group, “The Trinket Parlour“, added some eyelets, and some jute string and the tags were complete. I inserted them into the journal.

The theme and title of the album are, “My Little Stars”.  I based it on the Fourth of July, with my sons being the “stars”.  The completed Journal has some of the tags made from the collage sheet, along with the images I created in another Photoshop tutorial, “Photoshop Round Clipping Masked Photos”, among others.

This was a very fun project.  Feel free to check out my other tutorials.  As always, thanks for checking in.

Happy Crafting.

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Digital Fourth of July Memories

I love family, fun, and free time to get together and create beautiful memories with loved ones, especially around holidays. I’m always taking pictures to have for tomorrow. There is nothing more satisfying than to see those snapshots amid gorgeous little graphics that exemplify the occasion. With the Fourth of July coming up, I imagine I may be able to assemble among my besties and collect a sum of photographic memories to edit and preserve.

I typically edit my pictures on my MacBook Pro. It has a lot of disk space needed for memory intensive applications I use to design my layouts.

I also use digital kits such as the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie called, “Fireworks” and other digital graphics on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop

In addition to the device used for creating these virtual projects, Adobe Photoshop is my go to program used in these developments. There are, however, multiple Adobe products, such as Illustrator, InDesign, and more that can be employed to get equal, quality, digital results. You can pick and choose which application best fits your needs or even get the entire Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to access your favorite editing software.

No matter which program you elect to operate, you can still have fun creating memories to share for the coming years. Capture those precious moments. Take those pictures. Make those scrapbook pages and layouts of your loved ones. Sentimental instances are very important. You will be so happy you have these when you look back on those times.

I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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If you make a purchase from some of the links above, I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item(s). Thanks in advance.

Digital Scrapbook Pages: Creating in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides an array of fun tools and features that allows users to explore their vast ideas. From making scrapbook pages, and embedding photos, to creating textured styles, fonts, and editing motion pictures, Photoshop is an essential application I use in lot of my projects.

Photoshop was used when I made the picture above. I inserted a photo of my Grandfather, and added some digital graphics I both made and acquired from various digital sites.

The dark blue background page with vintage script was created using a combination of styles, colors, digital stamps, and various type fonts. I employed the warped text command tool on the upper menu to give the text a rippled effect. This page is available on Pixel Scrapper, where I am a level 3 Commons graphics designer.

The wooden background image was made using a page from the Multimedia Crafts Digital etsy kit “Weathered Wood.”

I added additional png images from Pixel Scrapper and Manu Design Studio on etsy to give the picture a vintage flare.

In addition to Photography and editing photos, I make my own scrapbook paper. Photoshop offers various colors, styles, layers, shapes, effects, and blending options to give your pages any look you are trying to pursue. That application is how I made the Multimedia Craft Digital freebies on this site, as well as on my etsy shop Multimedia Crafts Digital , on Pixel Scrapper, and on my Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook book page where you can find even more freebies.

What I really love about Photoshop is the ability to create motion pictures. As if editing and creating still photos wasn’t enough, you can even make films and movies from this application. This is what I use to make my YouTube videos. Although Adobe Premiere Pro is the primary cinematic editing software used, Adobe Photoshop can still handle what you need on a budget.

You can accomplish almost any type of digital craft with Adobe Photoshop. No matter how much you mess up, you can undo your changes. You can save your files to virtually anywhere, and work from multiple devices. If you love digital designing and you have never used Photoshop, you should certainly give it a try. It is so much fun, delivering great quality in your work.

I hope this article helps. Happy Crafting!

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Should you purchase anything from some of the links above, I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your purchase(s). Thanks.

Photoshop-Camera Raw: Turning Colored Photographs into black and white

I have always been attracted to vintage style photographs and ephemera. I, therefore decided to play around with the Camera Raw feature in Photoshop to edit a picture so it would have a nostalgic appeal to it.

I took a semi current day color photo of my sister from 1974 and made some blending adjustments on it. I used Adobe Photoshop CC version 21.1.3 on a MacBook Pro.

In order to access this blending option you must have your file opened. Then choose “Filter”>”Camera Raw Filter”. Beside “Color Profile” choose “Browse”. When you do that the Profile Browser dialogue box opens giving you various color modes to choose from. Make sure that the “Color” option is highlighted. You will get to choose from modes of Basic, Artistic, Modern, and Vintage. I chose vintage and clicked on the image that satisfied me. Then click “ok”. You now have your edited photograph.

I created a layout using some of the digital papers from the latest kit on etsy called, “Earth Tone Papers and ephemera Kit.” I coupled it with some elements from ManuDesignStudio on etsy.

I pasted the vintage photo onto a sepia colored book, twice. I made the top layer photo invisible by clicking on the “Layer visibility icon” to the left of it. Then I clicked on the lower photo layer, next to the book layer, and I used the blending mode “Luminosity” (found in the layers panel drop down menu). This caused the photo to have identical color shades as the book.

I clicked the top layer photo again and made it visible. I then erased all of the image except for the coat. This made the photo only capture a small portion of color.

I added embellishments and such to give the final picture some character. It was a very fun project. I hope this mini tutorial helped. Happy crafting!

For more photoshop inspiration and help check out some of these youtube links:

Junk Journal Pages Series 1 Part 3: Using Digital Printables

I have been working on a junk journal for a few weeks now and decided to add some of my digital printables to a couple of the pages.  I used the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie called, “Ads Envelope Template”, and the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie called, “Aged Stamps”.  

I made two pockets on the right side of the page and created some tuck spots on the left.  There is plenty of journaling space in there.

Supplies List

-Paper Trimmer

-Scissors

-Crop a Dile or hole punch

-Eyelets

-Paint brush

-Distress Oxide inks – Tim Holtz, Ranger(Peeled Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Black Soot)

-Distress Ink – Tim Holtz, Ranger – Walnut Stain

-Pigment Ink – Ranger – Opaque ink – Black Tie

-Dylusions White linen paint pen

-Recollections Detail embossing powders- (snow, sapphire, citron)

-Firefly – Alcohol marker # 120 black

-Glossy Accents

-Art glitter glue

-Elmer’s Craft Bond – Extra Strength – glue stick

-Cheesecloth/ lace/ or fabric

Optional- embellishments (jewelry, die cut shapes, pearls, keys, etc…)

Digital files:

Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie – Ads Envelope Template

Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie – Aged Stamps

I first began by brushing some white acrylic gesso on each page.  I let it dry using my heat embossing tool.  Next, I added old book pages that I had distressed using both Tim Holtz distress ink, “Walnut Stain”, and Ranger pigment, opaque ink, “Black tie”.

I then ran some homemade modpodge over the base and added the book pages, sprinkling them with Recollections embossing powders: (snow, sapphire, citron). 

Next I sealed the colors on both pages in using Liquitex Professional Gloss Super Heavy Gel.  This technique also helps stop fine particles from the embossing powder from wiping off the pages. 

I then took a Dylusions White linen paint pen to highlight key areas on the envelopes on the right page. 

On the left page I punched a hole in the top using my Crop a dile tool and added an eyelet.  I wanted to secure the hole so that the ribbon wound through it would remain strong as it held the tag that I placed there as a tuck spot.

Next, I took some scrap cardstock pieces and drew flowers.  I cut them out, dipped them in a distress oxide ink water mix (Vintage Photo), and stack them together with lace and cheesecloth to form a 3-d floral piece.  It was added to the tag as a collaged tuck spot. 

I found various pieces of ephemera, including journaling cards, and two reversible fabric tags that I made using Prima Marketing paper from the “Amelia Rose” collection.

I glued on the blue fabric and sewed the two brown buttons on. I added a butterfly die cut to the opposite side to garnish it.

I fussy cut out a vintage notebook from the Graphic45 “Typography” collection and added it to the center of the two envelopes on the right page. 

I used text from the ephemera sheet on the Facebook Freebie, “Aged Stamps” along with other cut out embellishments for the rest of the project. 

Finally, I drew a black flourish using Firefly alcohol marker #120.  It is the same marker used to trace around fussy cut ephemera used throughout the two pages.

It was a very fun project.  I hope you enjoyed this.  Happy crafting!

Here is the youtube process video on this project.

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If you purchase any products using the links above I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of the item(s). Thanks again.

 

Online Craft Shopping

Sign up for Mercari and get $10 off your first purchase. Here’s my invitation link : https://merc.li/jdgG4CAyb

Looking to find accessories and supplies to accommodate your digital collections? Mercari is a great site to visit. I was introduced to this platform about three weeks ago when I bought something from a Facebook group. The seller provided me with a link that gave me $10 off my purchase. I was looking for some Tim Holtz dies.

Not only did they have them, but there was also a plethora of other craft supplies, including Graphic45 papers, stamps, embellishments, and more. They had Martha Stewart punches, lace bundles, Cricut supplies, and handmade stuff, among many other things to choose from.

I have already made five purchases. If you are a craft addict like me, you will love Mercari.

They have more than just crafts. From make up and clothing, to vintage findings and electronics, Mercari is the virtual spot to visit.

You can even sell your things on there. Have a surplus of jewelry, or want to rid your house of a bunch of clutter, Mercari is the place for that, too.

Simply check out what they have to offer. You will be glad you did.

You can access their website or even download the app. I guarantee you will be enthused to open up your wallet to either purchase something or make your own money. Either way, it’s a win win situation. 😁💰

Digital Photo Frame: Freebie

I hope everyone has been doing well and is still sharpening their skills with digital crafting. I’ve been playing around with some clip art and decided to design a simple photo frame layout. This freebie comes with a psd and a png transparent file.

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You can clip a photo and mask it to the psd file or simply add a picture to the bottom layer of the png file. I will have a YouTube process video on some different ways of inserting the photos into these files. Thanks and enjoy this photo frame! To download this file click here. Please read the Terms of Use and Frequently Asked Questions. For more free digital downloads, visit the Multimedia Crafts Digital “Freebies” page.

process video on how to insert pictures into the freebie photo frame templates using two different blending options

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