From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging

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recycled plastic bags into journal pockets

Don’t you just get so excited when you buy something and get a bonus gift…the packaging?  I recently got a new pair of sandals and I was stoked with the plastics and tissue papers that came with it.  I immediately thought of making some journal pockets, doing some decoupage, and simply getting creative with all the boxed content.

I love to recycle things and add them to my crafts.   That is exactly what I did.

I first gathered some scrapbook papers, embellishments, glue, scissors, paper trimmer, and my sewing machine.

 

 

 

Book of Plays Journal Pages Kit

The scrapbook papers I used in this project were from multiple digital sources.  The first one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop called, “Book of Plays Journal Pages kit.” The other ones were from two different FREEBIE kits from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook page called, “At the Opera“, and “Eerie Tales“, and the last one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital blog here called, “Journal Notebook Pages“.

Watch the entire process from the video below.

This project turned out to be very fun.  The pocket turned into a mini policy envelope with a wrap-around-ribbon closure.  I added some tags, stamped papers, vintage library cards, vintage ledger paper and more.  I accented the envelope on the inside with a fussy cut out tuck spot.

 

I made sure that all the edges of each paper included with the envelope were distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink.   I finally added a file folder made with the various scrapbook papers mentioned from the digital kits above.  I did some stamping using various Tim Holtz stamps.  I also included two altered playing cards I purchased from, “The Sweets by Thelisha“.

Using the recycled plastic to make the four pockets inside the policy envelope turned out just as I originally envisioned it.  So when you buy new things, learn to think outside or even inside “the box” if you need to.  You never know what treasure you can turn your trash into.

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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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!

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September Hues -Week 2: Shades of Brown

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So for week two of the September Hues (9/6 – 9/12, 2020) I am designing with shades of Brown.

Brown Color pallette

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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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!

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Vintage Ephemera Rounds FREEBIES

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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.

Be sure to check out the terms of use licensing for this and other kits.

Click here to download.

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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.

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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 File Storage

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If you love scrapbooking and junk journaling, then you have probably acquired quite a bit of beautiful papers and elements.  Some may be physical purchases from brand names such as Graphic45 , BoBunny Tim Holtz The Paperstash, Stamperia, and many others. You may have also purchased digital downloads from etsy,or other websites.  Many digital files are even free! They can come from websites or even Facebook and include papers, envelopes, tags, bookmarks, graphics, and other pretty ephemera.

Some Free files are for personal use, while others are for commercial use. The illustration to the left is a freebie file found on Facebook. It is for commercial use. This would be a great kit to add to your digital collections! To access it click on the Facebook link and follow the prompts.

We often talk about how we store our purchased and freebie physical papers and ephemera using drawers, rolling carts, boxes, racks and more. 

So, what do you do with all your digital collections?  Do you organize them by brand name?  Or, do you save them in folders based on themes, such as “Shabby chic”, “Rustic”, “Industrial”, “Whimsical”, and more?  It certainly does not take long to start out with just a handful of options and end up with a hard drive filled with various files, making it very hard to find what you need when you need it most.  I’ve come across files that I had forgotten I owned. 

I tend to keep some of my files based on purchased versus free and commercial use license versus personal use.  Since I am a digital designer who sells various graphics, I need to know which files I am legally able to use to create and disburse my own.  

Also, do you store your files on your laptop or computer, or do you keep them on a cloud drive or portable drive?  These are very important things to consider.  The more graphics and data you use, the more space is taken up, and slows down your device.  I personally keep my files on the cloud.  I do that since I can access them anywhere if I have wifi.  I will eventually get a portable drive, such as the Samsung Portable SDD T5.  These storage gadgets are great for holding data, especially huge photo and video files.  This would help to save my computer disk space, making my laptop run more efficiently.

No matter how you keep your crafts and access them, just have fun with it.  Long as you know where to find what you need, that is all that matters. 

Happy crafting!!

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Digital Scrap-booking: Quality Tips – Checking Gamut in Adobe Photoshop

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It is very important to identify when images are out of gamut before completing digital scrapbook projects. Why? The answer is simple. But first you must understand what a gamut is.

 A gamut is the color range or scope of colors that monitor systems display and printer structures print. If an image is out of gamut, it may not print in the colors shown on your system’s screen.  In Adobe Photoshop, there are various color modes to create your project in, but for digital scrapbooking prints, the two most used modes are RGB and CMYK.   RGB color mode is the more practical choice, since you can check to see if images are in or out of gamut.

Checking for Gamut Issues

The way to check for gamut issues is to do the following:

 On the menu bar click “View” > “Gamut Warning” or use your keyboard shortcuts [Shift + Ctrl (Command on a Mac) + Y].  If the image has grayed out areas, then it is out of gamut.  If the color values did not change, then they are within the color scope and your image should print fine. 

Correcting Out of Gamut Images

Out of gamut images can be fixed by converting it from RGB color mode to CMYK, then back to RGB.  On the menu bar, click “Image” > “Mode”> “CMYK color mode”. 

When you do this, a dialogue box opens with a message that states, “You are about to convert to CMYK using the “U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2” profile.  This may not be what you intended.  To use a different profile choose edit > Convert to Profile.”  

Click “ok” and your image will convert, ridding all the graphic of gray areas that were not in gamut. Then revert to RGB color, using the same methods of conversion applied from the “Image” menu (“Image” > “Mode”> RGB color mode).

Fixed image in gamut and RGB color mode

Be aware that some details of the image may be lost during conversion.  CMYK colors are typically the brighter, more neon colors.  If your image is out of gamut and is converted to within the RGB color range, the final edit may not appear as bright.  This should fix your gamut issues.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Happy crafting!