What Do You Love: Favorite Theme or Style

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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:

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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!

November Blog Train 2020

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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!

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Photoshop: 3-D Broken Image Effect

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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.

Merged layers of leaves and rose with a single rose alone

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.

Enlarged flower/ leaf unit copy

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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September Hues 4: Shades of Gray

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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.

Color palette

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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Christmas Candy Wrapper Freebies

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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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