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!
I love digital scrapping and have decided to join a blog train for the first time in my life. I am a commons level 3 designer on PixelScrapper, a site where you can find an abundance of beautiful clipart, paper, overlays, frames and so much more. It has an awesome community of fun crafters with all levels of expertise. That platform is where I learned about quality controls and more on the standards of digital graphics.
I have made several contributions such as layouts and digital images since 2019 when I first joined, but I never participated in their blog trains. I decided to muster up the courage to try it. This was so much fun. I wanted to share some of this joy.
Enjoy this FREEBIE kit. The theme for the it was fall, mustaches, Thanksgiving, etc… This kit comes with twelve (12) 12″x 12″ digital scrapbook paper with twelve (12) 8.5″ x 11″ printable papers of the same designs. Also included with the set are twenty six (26) png fall clipart.
To access this kit click here. To visit the Pixelscrapper site and see other collaborators of this blog click here.
Feel free to showcase your beautiful layouts using these and other elements on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook group as well as on PixelScrapper.
Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting!
If you click on some of the links above and make a purchase, I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item(s). Thanks.
I like to try different blending effects that give images various optical illusions. In this instance I made a rose appear broken.
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 added the images to manipulate. I made multiple copies of the leaves and rose.
I then highlighted all the leaves layers and one rose layer and merged them together into one unit, leaving a single rose separate.
I then duplicated the flower leaf unit. I clicked on the copied layer and enlarged it by using the keyboard shortcut, “Command + T” or CRTL + T on a PC . I placed my pointer on the handles until it changed to arrows. I then clicked and dragged the image to a slightly larger size.
I clicked on the pen tool and began making points in a crooked form vertically down the enlarged image. I went around the left and back to the top of the image at the starting point.
Once the points were connected, In the Layers Panel, I made sure that the “Paths” window was open and clicked on it. While in the Paths box I clicked on the “Load Selection” icon (dotted circle).
I clicked back to the “Layers” panel and clicked “delete”. Hint: If when you hit delete the the pixels surrounding the highlighted area are removed, then undo your last move. Go to the “Selection” menu and click “Select” then “Inverse”. This will keep the area inside the marching ants (dotted lines) highlighted instead of all the pixels outside of them. This action will delete the selection. With the same loaded selection highlighted, I clicked on the original layer beneath the copy layer and hit delete. The broken flower effect is now visible. I took it a step further and deleted half the top, enlarged image to really give the flower a noticeable “cracked” look.
I started adding background layers to complete the layout.
I took the single rose and added it over top the rose/leaf unit and enlarged it to the size of the bigger cracked half. I used the same path selection and deleted a portion of it. Once the crack was open, I deleted the left half of the rose, giving the unit a deeper 3-D effect.
I began adding shadows to each layer of the rose. I embellished the final image with some flowers, leaves, and a touch of various color blends. There are so many things you can do with all the Photoshop options available.
I hope this article was helpful. Happy crafting!
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I’ve decided to conclude this month’s (September 20th-26th, 2020) shades of hues with the color gray. This color can offer various connotations of its context, often giving the viewer misinterpreted meanings of the art. This is largely based off the colors, images, techniques used, juxtaposition of elements, and so forth within the work.
I simply chose gray because I liked the neutral color. Although many people feel that gray represents dull, cold, and emotionlessness, while others see it as formal and sophisticated, I just viewed it as another pretty color on the spectrum. It has as many possibilities as blue, brown, and green in my eyes. I like to capture the moment from various perspectives, with no rhyme or reason.
I always marvel over “critics” when they try to decipher the meaning of what an artist felt when the art was being created. It is true that many famous artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso used certain styles and techniques which forever branded them their own unique way of art. These, among other great artists were fortunate to have access to fine academies and were exposed to the vast methodologies of art, in which they included in their various masterpieces. This and the fact that some of the famous artists were well known, was helpful for critics to dissect and conclude what the artist was feeling when they developed their craft. But are the pundits correct in their assessment of the artists?
Should the same approach by experts be used on art from individuals with opposite backgrounds? Are creators that have never studied at professional institutions still considered artists? Who can determine that answer? Who says which piece of work is art and another isn’t?
Perhaps it is up to all individual minds to see what they want to see. After all, isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? I think that art is simply a fun release. If my eyes see something I like, I go for it. There is not always an underlying meaning behind why I use certain colors, techniques, elements and such in my work. I do it, “Just Cause…”
I hope this article was interesting and helpful. Thanks for reading it. Happy crafting!
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Want to get an early start on your holiday projects? Try using the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital freebie printable called, “Christmas Candy Wrappers”. You can decorate your sweets with these Christmas themed papers to create easy gifts, cocoa stations, greeting cards and more.
Simply click here to download. Watch how to assemble them on YouTube.
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I’m back this week (September 13-19, 2020) with shades of blue. I used various elements, papers, quotes, and blending modes on this one. I was inspired to use a photo of my grandmother. I always felt like she was a queen.
Like the color blue, my grandma symbolized trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith. She knew how to calm situations. I really do miss her. Her memory lives on with all the great moments that made me smile. If blue is the color all the positive things mentioned, then I feel I have made a great choice in choosing that color for my project. I love how it intertwines with the ninth month of year.
I find it fascinating how September is revered to be the number of wisdom and magic, similar to the color blue. I felt it was appropriate to use this month and blue hues to demonstrate fun examples of their significance. My grandmother’s photo was a great instance. The scrapbook layout was really easy to construct. It doesn’t take much to get started.
Simply make sure you have a computer or laptop that can handle memory intensive software, such as Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter. I am not a computer expert, but when I spoke with one, I was advised to have at least 12GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) an intel i5 processor with 64-bit support, 2 GHz or faster, and a graphics card such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or better. A decent printer would also help to capture your beautiful images. Laser printers are excellent choices for their crisp pictures, although they are typically more pricey. However, inkjet provides great images as well and are a good choice at a more affordable range.
Use your favorite editing software to get started. Find beautiful images, papers, styles, brushes, patterns, and more to design a marvelous piece of digital art. They are very plentiful online, including Freebies found here on Multimedia Crafts Digital, Etsy , and Pixel Scrapper. You don’t have to limit your ideas to just virtual creations. You can print out papers, embellishments and more to create a hybrid work of art. Simply acquire beautiful images from sources like Graphic45 , Prima Marketing, and Tim Holtz from Amazon.com. You can die cut, stamp, fussy cut, paint, layer, and do all manner of mixed media altering to many types of materials.
Just have fun with it. Explore your inner creativity. I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for viewing and happy crafting!
Disclaimer: If you purchase anything from some of the links above, I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item(s). Thanks in advance.
So for week two of the September Hues (9/6 – 9/12, 2020) I am designing with shades of Brown.
Similar to week one, I began by 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.”
On the background layer (layer 0) I changed the color to a brownish tan tone. I added a new layer (layer 1) and used a number brush I acquired from Sahin Designs on Pixel Scrapper, across the page.
Next, I added a picture as my focal point and began to build around it. I added some elements and papers from the Pixel Scrapper collaboration bundle called, “The Good Life Bundle“. I used the Kit from that bundle called, “Autumn Bramble” by Jessica Dunn. I made sure to use the color pallette to alter the tones to shades of brown.
I then added a layer of paint and used some water styles across it, to give it a raised 3-d look.
I finished the layout with the sentiment, “Water Falls”. This was a very easy and fun project. All you need is your photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, or PaintShop Pro and a great imagination. Gather your papers, elements, and vision and you are off to designing a beautiful layout.
I hope this message was helpful. Thanks for reading it and Happy crafting!!
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For the month of September, I have decided to challenge myself each week to scrapping with certain hues. This week (September 1-5, 2020) I am using shades of green.
I began by 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.”
When you are creating a scrapbook layout how do you choose your design? Do you use premade templates or do you add elements and shapes to form your final photo blueprint?
I like to do both. First, I decide on a theme, such as the fall one in the layout above. Next I choose the page setup. I like to use a combination of shapes. Typically my photos are on square mats with decorative square pages behind them. I also like to use circles and various other elements that have different shapes. I find my focal point and start to build.
I acquire different digital papers from various places such as the ones used from the multimedia crafts digital etsy shop, “Weathered Wood paper kit“, and the FREEBIE paper pack, “Cinnamon and Spice” found here on the Multimedia Crafts Digital site.
Next, I add elements I found from sources such as pixel scrapper to accent the layout. I like to use leaves, bows, wooden shapes, and metal pieces, like the chain connecting the photo to the black button. I also typically add flowers, sparkle from sequin, paint spatter, and all sorts of fun embellishments.
Finally, I finish the project off with a title and sometimes a catchy phrase. I try to make sure that it represents what the scrapbook layout is all about.
I hope that this mini layout tip was helpful. Happy crafting!
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