April 2021 Blog Train Freebie Kit

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Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit

Here is my contribution to the April 2021 Spring Pixel Scrapper blog train.  This kit comes with twelve papers.  Six of them are 12″ x 12″ and the other six are 8.5″ x 11″ and are ready for printing.  Both can be used in digital projects as seen in both figures 1 and 2 below.  This kit also comes with 14 elements with soft blues, greens, yellows, and grays.  The papers are all in jpg format.  The elements are in png format with a sheet of printable graphics that is in jpg.  All items in kit are high quality 300 dpi.  To access this kit click here.

The theme for the kit was beachy, spring, garden, rainy days, and lemons.  Below is the color palette.  To see other kits from fellow Pixel Scrapper blog train collaborators click here.

 

April 2021 Blog train color palette

This is the color palette.

 

figure 1. Splish Splash digital layout using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

 

 

 

I used multiple elements from the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit in these two digital illustrations.  I simply used Adobe Photoshop  on my laptop to edit my layouts.  Making digital scrapbook pages is a great way to store family pictures without taking up too much physical space.  However, if you prefer hanging your images on your walls or or putting them in an album you can keep your beautiful photos and keepsakes by having them printed out.


 

 


figure 2. A Beautiful Spring Day

 

 

In this next layout I combined multiple shapes of circles and rectangles along with graphics from the kit to finish off the “Beautiful Spring Day” at the Beach.

 

 

 



 

Journal envelope and ephemera made using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

I made this spring journal piece by printing out one of the 8.5″ x 11″ papers twice; One scrapbook paper on cardstock and the elements sheet on vellum.  You can use an inkjet or laser printer on the vellum.

 

 

iced lemon ade made using glossy accents and vellum over cardstock.

 

I layered multiple elements of the same kind together, gluing the vellum overtop the cardstock images.  I added glossy accents to some to give them more of a 3-D ice cube effect.

 

 

Disclaimer:  Should you make a purchase from clicking on some of the links above I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item(s).  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Prep Time

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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.

To access this kit click here.

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!

September Hues: Shades of Green

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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.

Color pallette

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.”

I chose the d5f1e0 hue for the background. Next I opened, copied, and pasted one of the free graphics from Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebies, “Leaf Overlay” kit. (Click here to download kit)I then changed the hue of the pasted overlay to 3f652d.

I then added my focal point, a picture of some coffee and a banana. I added it along with some other elements to the canvas.

I got some of the elements from Pixel Scrapper and others from the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie, “Drink Up” clip art kit.

I continued to play around with the different color overlay blending options until I reached a satisfying look. This was a very fun project.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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

Digital Scrapbook Pages: Creating in Adobe Photoshop

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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!

Disclaimer:

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

Creating Your Own Patterns in Photoshop CC: Using an Open PNG File

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Adobe Photoshop Applications come with multiple preset patterns that are fun to use but only cater to a select number of themes.  They are great to have when designing scrapbook pages, layouts, templates, and many other projects.  It may seem as though the pre-installed patterns only give you few options to build with.  However, the Adobe Photoshop software allows you to increase your patterns inventory by designing your own. There are multiple ways of doing this, but in this post, I will show you one of the ways that I create mine.

The Process

The first thing I do is open the application. I’m using a Windows PC. The software version I’m using is Photoshop CC 2019. I click “File”>”New”. The “New Document” box opens.

There you can choose which type of document you want to create. I choose “Print” on the Document menu bar at the top. Under “Preset Details” I leave the default “untitled-1” name. I also keep the default settings of 8.5” width x 11””height”.  I changed the resolution from 72 pixels/Inch to 300 pixels. I also make sure that the color mode is set to “RGB Color” and the background is “white”. Then I click “Create”.

Open a new document

When the document opens, the background layer is automatically white, and it is locked.   I’m then going to add a new layer in the “Layers” Panel to the right. You can do this by either clicking on the “new layer” icon at the bottom right of the Layers Panel, or by clicking “Layer”>”New”>”Layer” on the menu bar at the top, or by using your keyboard shortcuts “Shift+Ctrl+N” on a PC or “Shift+Command+N” on a MAC.  I will label this background because the original white background layer will get deleted at the end of the design.

Once the new layer has been created, we will begin to design the pattern.  There are a few ways of accessing your patterns library.  A very common method is by going to the menu bar and clicking “Edit”> “Presets”> “Preset Manager”.  The Preset Manager panel opens.  Using the drop-down options, you can choose the “Type” of preset you want.  In this case we want “Patterns”.  The files in the “Patterns” library appear.   You can see what is already loaded.  You can also access your Patterns another way.

It is helpful to have the “Tool Presets” window open.  Some may find this method of finding your tools as a good option.  To add icon to the panel then follow these steps.  If it is already available, or you don’t want it open, then skip to the section “Designing The Pattern”.

Opening the Tool Presets Icon

Step 1

On the menu bar go to “Window”> “Tool Presets”.  Ensure that “Tool Presets” is checked. 

Step2

Once it is, you will be able to easily access it using the Tool Presets icon, as shown below.

Step3

Simply click on the options menu (three stacked lines) to view the preset manager.

Step4

Once in the Preset Manager Panel, choose the “Patterns” option from the “Preset Type” drop down list.

Here you will see your installed patterns.  There are just a few available.  We can now design our own.

Designing The Pattern

Open a PNG file.  For this illustration, I will use the blue present from the freebie graphics kit (Presents Mini Kit), from this site for the pattern design. 

Click “File”>” Open”> choose the file to use.  With your file open, use the keyboard short cut keys to copy [(Ctrl + C) on a PC or (Command +C) on a Mac] and paste it [(Ctrl +V) PC or (Command +V) Mac] into the “untitled-1” file. 

With the graphics layer selected, make another copy of it using the keyboard short cut Ctrl + J or Command + J on a Mac.  Click and drag the copied image above the original one.

Make about seven more copies. Click and drag them on various parts of the page. 

Now click on Layer 0 or the bottom white layer and delete it. Then highlight all the remaining layers.  To highlight all the layers, simply click on the bottom layer, scroll to the top layer, and hold the “Shift” key and left click at the same time.

We will now finish up the pattern.  With all the layers selected go to “Edit”> “Define Pattern”.

Give your pattern a name when the Pattern Name dialogue box opens.  I will name mine presents. Then click “ok”.

Now you can test your pattern.  Open a new document. In the layers panel click on the white background layer.  On the Menu bar go to “Layer”> “New Fill Layer”>” Pattern.

The “New Layer” dialogue box opens.  Click “ok”.  You will then see the “Pattern Fill” dialogue box.  You can scale the percentage of your pattern up or down using the drop-down menu beside “Scale” (arrow).  At 100 percent it looks identical to the size of the pattern you just created.  By scaling it larger (moving the handle to the right) it makes the images bigger, and less filled on the screen.  By dragging your handle to the left, the images are scaled smaller, and fill the page more, as shown in the photo below. I typically make mine smaller for my digital scrapbook papers. In this illustration I scaled mine down to 23 percent. When you are satisfied with the size you want click “ok”.

You can view your pattern by following the same steps from above by accessing the Preset Manager.  Your pattern will be the very last one in the file.

This technique can be used from various files, brushes, shapes, and more. I will cover those in other tutorials. I hope you found this post helpful. And as always, happy crafting!

Freebies

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Get more freebies weekly! Please enjoy this latest six piece 8.5″ x 11″ paper kit. The papers have a “nostalgic era” feel to them. Bring the past back to life. Use this paper pack with journals, scrapbooks, collages, tags, mats, and multiple types of mixed media projects. Click to download.

Creating a Distressed, Framed Style

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Styles are great and convenient assets used to reproduce a particular look on various elements. Today I am going to demonstrate how I created a simple distressed, overlay style in Adobe Photoshop. I’m using a Windows PC. The software version I’m using is Photoshop CC 2019.

With a document open and a layer selected go to your menu bar and click “Layer”>”Layer Style”>”Bevel and Emboss”.

The layer style dialogue box will open. There you will input the dimensions as follow:

To the left of the Layer Style dialogue box check the box beside “Bevel & Emboss”. Over to the right under “Structure” choose “Outer Bevel” in the Style drop down list. For Technique choose “Smooth” in that drop down list. Leave the “Depth” at 100% with the “Direction” circle highlighted “down”. Make the size 6px, and Soften 5px. These measurements can be made by either manually typing in the number into the box or by clicking and dragging the handle across to the correct position.

Under “Shading” make sure that the Angle is set to 120 degrees, the “Use Global Light” box is left unchecked, and that the “Altitude” is 30 degrees. Beside “Highlight Mode” choose “overlay” in the drop down list. Set the opacity to 40%. For Shadow Mode choose “Linear Burn” in the drop down list with an opacity set to 65%.

Add dimensions into Layer Style Dialogue Box

Next , to the left of the Layer Style Dialogue box check the box beside “Contour” and double click “Contour” to choose the correct elements. Under “Elements”, to the right of “Contour” click on the arrow and Choose the “Linear” option in the drop down list. Make sure that the box beside Anti-Aliased is left unchecked and that the range is set to 100%.

Then check the box beside “Inner Shadow”. Double Click “Inner Shadow” to view the elements within that asset. Under “Structure” Make the Blend Mode” set to “Linear burn” in the drop down list, with an Opacity set to 10%. Make sure that the Angle is set to 90 degrees and the box beside the “Use Global Light” is left unchecked. Set the Distance to Zero pixels (0px) and the choke is Zero Percent 90%). Make the size 18px. These adjustments can be made by either manually typing the number into the boxes or by clicking and dragging the handles across to the suited amount.

For the Quality, leave the Contour set at “Linear” which was already selected earlier. Make sure that the Noise is set to zero percent (0%).

Next check the box beside “Inner Glow” to the left of the Layer Style dialogue box; Then double click “Inner Glow”. Under “Structure” Make sure that the Blend Mode is set to “linear Burn” in the drop down list with an Opacity set to 35% and Noise set to 15%.

Make sure that the circle beside the “Color Picker” box is highlighted then click the box. This open up the Color Picker (Inner Glow Color) dialogue box. Choose a medium to light color brown. I used #947754. You can drag the circle in the color picker box to the shade of your liking or manually type in the digits in the # box.

Once the color has been chosen, choose the transparency you like. I used the “Foreground to Transparent” gradient selection. You can acquire this option by clicking on the dropdown arrow beside the gradient box and choose from the list.

Under “Elements” set the “Technique” to softer, and make sure that the circle beside “Edge” is highlighted for the Source. Set the Choke to zero percent (0%) and the size to 84px.

Under Quality, make sure the contour is still set to Linear with the box beside “Anti-Aliased” left unchecked. Set the Range to 50% and and the Jitter to zero percent (0%).

You are now ready to save and name your style. To the right of the Layer Style dialogue box, click “New Style…”. The New Style box opens. You can give it a name. I named mine “Frame Shadow Overlay”. Then Click “Okay”. Your Style is now ready.

You should be able to find it at the very bottom of the Styles Window. Typically, the very last style you add will show at the very end of the list of styles.

This style can provide numerous looks for the enthused digital crafter.