September Hues 3: Shades of Blue

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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.

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!

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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.

Junk Journal Pages Series 1 Part 3: Using Digital Printables

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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.

Disclaimer:

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

 

Digital Scrapbook Layouts

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Do you enjoy making digital layouts to house your photos and elements from special memories?   I do. I get the same satisfaction of developing something unique and personal to have for future viewing with digital scrapbooking as I do with hybrid creations.  Also, with digital scrapbooking, you can print out your designs without the mess to clean up. The only clutter you may encounter are the multiple photos and graphics you want to add to your page.

That can all depend on how you are going to set up your layout.  Are you going to use a template, or will you start with a brand-new document to make your scrapbook layout?

If you create your layout with a template, it is easy to simply change the colors to match a theme you are using.  Add a few photos, a title and some graphics and your layout is ready in minutes. 

To make one from scratch, simply set your background, add some shapes, photos, sentiments, and graphics and you are on your way to a beautiful piece of work.

Digital Scrapbook Background Paper Image

You can add graphics from various sites.  Some offer freebies. I accessed some of the images in the photos from Pixel Scrapper where I am a Level 3 Commons Designer.  There are ways of to get free images, quality control advice, ideas and more from that site. 

You can also go on Etsy to find many beautiful images, papers, templates and more for your digital scrapbook layouts. You can use what you already have.

Simply access your tools from your software, including brushes, shapes, patterns, styles, and more, and you can develop a wonderful scrap-booking masterpiece! 

I hope this post helps!  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.