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!
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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!
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 formatsContinue reading “Valentine Printable Freebie: Signs of Romance”
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 canContinue reading “DIY Steampunk Scrapbook Paper”
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, newContinue reading “Sweet Winter_January 2021 Blog Train”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie “Grunge Run” paper kit.
Die cutting machine (Sizzix sideKick, Bigshot, Vagabond, etc…)
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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