Hey all! I meant to come by yesterday and share some amazing new releases for this week, but life happens. My daughter is getting married in October, so we spent the day yesterday dress shopping. She found a beautiful one on our last stop. After I got home, I was just exhausted and didn’t accomplish anything else! So here I am today and the sales are still active if you are looking for some beautiful new goodies!!
This is not a new kit, but Christmas in July is happening at The Lilypad and I am hosting one of the challenges! I am not a fan of thinking about Christmas this time of year, so my challenge is to scrap a non-Christmas page using a Christmas kit. You can find it HERE if you want to play along! There’s a $3 coupon up for grabs! I used Rachel Jefferies Fa La La La La Bundle for my prom page!
That’s it from me today! I’ll be back to share more in a day or so!! Thanks for stopping by and until next time…peace, out!
Happy Saturday, everyone!! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!! It’s been a bit busy around the week or so, and I’m looking forward to some quiet relaxing time with my book this weekend. Probably a little scrapping as well!
Stopping by here today to share a couple of gorgeous new release with you!
I thought I would take some time here and there to share some tutorials and techniques that I’ve learned and shared over time.
I’ve shared this post in a couple of forums and blogs, but I thought it would be fun to share it here. You can find the original post HERE.
Have you ever wanted to use more than one of those gorgeous background papers you have in a kit but don’t want the harsh line of stacking them? Do you have two or more papers that you think would work beautifully together? Blending papers for a background is something I do fairly often and there are actually several ways you can go about it.
One way is to use the gradient tool, which is what this tutorial is all about. It’s a fairly quick and simple way to achieve and beautiful new look.
Start by layering the the two papers you want to blend:
With the top paper layer selected, click the layer mask icon:
Making sure the mask is selected, choose the gradient tool. Drag your gradient line from the top edge of the image to the bottom, or bottom to top, or side to side, or even diagonally, depending on the way you want the gradient to go. You can play around with different directions to see which effect you like best. You can also start in the anywhere on the paper to move the gradient closer to one edge or corner.
For this one, I first went from bottom to top and then moved to the center of the paper and pulled up again. And just like that, your papers are beautifully blended!
You can also play around with different gradients to get different blending effects.
If you wish, you can add more paper layers and blend them as well.
Typically, I will then take it a step further in PS and adjust the blending options (click the fx button at the bottom and choose blending options), especially on a woodgrain to bring out the texture a bit more. Adjusting the underlying layer just adds a little more blending. You can hold the alt key while sliding to separate the pieces of the triangle for different blending effects.
And here is my final page using this technique:
Super fun look to achieve and really easy peasy!! Hope this is helpful! I’ll be back to share some more tips and tricks next week 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that you all are having a safe and happy start to July! Different times we are living in for sure! For those of you in the US, I hope you were able to enjoy some 4th of July activities!
I wanted to swing by and share some of the gorgeous new releases while they are still on sale for the weekend!
So many beautiful designs and still on sale today! I’ve also gotten back to playing in my planner, so I’ll be back to share that soon!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by!!
Hi all! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! We had a long one due to some flooding on Friday. Then we woke up to snow on Saturday. I seriously think Mother Nature is off her meds! But I am sure not complaining about this winter. It has been amazing!
While I have a few minutes, I thought I’d stop by and share my new release pages for this week.
Happy Friday! Hope you have a fantastic weekend on tap, wherever you are in the world! Personally, I’m hoping for a quiet, simple weekend at home. I haven’t had one of those for a few weeks!
Stopping by today to share a couple of fabulous new releases for this week!
First up, a new month coming means a new Storyteller from Just Jaimee!! I think every new one becomes my new favorite!
Next is Rack ‘Em Up Collection by River~Rose. I’m loving this one because I have quite a few photos from our days of shooting pool at the Elk’s Club that I haven’t scrapped yet. Plus, I just adore the color combination! Those are my colors!
I didn’t have time to scrap with much else this week, but I hope to have more next time! Make sure you catch these goodies on sale this weekend!! Until next time, peace, out…
Well the last month has sure flown by! If you know me, you know that this time of year is always the busiest for me. The end of the school year and all that goes along with it makes me about crazy. We are a couple of weeks from school being out and I’m feeling it for sure! I’m hoping to do some catching up around here this weekend while we have an extra day off, but for now I’m thought I’d pop in and share this weekend’s new releases.
New from Just Jaimee is Mom Life – Storyteller May 2019 Add-on
New from Allison Pennington and Lynn Grieveson
And new from River~Rose
Aren’t they all fantastic!! I’ll be back with more later this weekend!! I hope that you all have fun plans and make wonderful memories this weekend!! Peace, out…
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a traditional dinner on Thursday with all the kids and one of the grandkids. The other two were at their other parents’ house and we missed them.
Are you a Black Friday shopper? I’m not so much. I don’t like the crowds and the parking and all that jazz, but I have been trying to scoop up deals online as I find them. I don’t have any particularly spectacular ones to share, except in the digi-scrapping community! Yes, there are Black Friday sales there, and they are not to be missed. Along with some upcoming Cyber Monday sales! Here are just a few of the things you can pick up this weekend:
At The Lilypad:
At The Digital Press:
And at Sweet Shoppe:
And with all this scrapping, I’m behind on getting my DYD pages prepared and my PL, but I hope to be back on those tomorrow while I work on another little project that’s due in December 🙂 I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and find some time to relax in the madness! Until next time, peace, out…
Yes, I realize it’s still November and lots of people get kind of upset when we start talking Christmas before Thanksgiving has even happened, but trust me, there is a reason behind my madness.
I absolutely love doing a document your December project every year. It helps to get me through the long dark cold days and has rejuvenated my love of Christmas. I will admit to being a total scrooge in the past and severely lacking in Christmas spirit.
I thought that I would take a little bit of time to explain my approach to documenting my December, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and how I manage to finish every year.
This is my 7th year doing this project, and if you’d like to see my completed pages from previous years, you can check out the December Daily portion of my blog. I will start by saying that I do my project completely digitally. I so admire hybrid and physical projects, and there are so many inspirational albums and books on Pinterest and in other places, but I know that if I tried to do something similar, I would never finish. At this point, I don’t really have the time to commit to doing the printing and cutting and all that goes in to a beautiful physical album. I can whip out digital pages pretty quickly.
There are tons of other options and some of the cutest hybrid examples I have seen are little 4×4 flip books. Also, many do full 12×12 pages. I do my project in 6×8 size simply because it seems to be the easiest for me to manage. After all, the ultimate goal is to finish the project, right?
I start by finding the perfect set of templates. This year I chose December Memories 2018 by Desgined by Soco.
I create a folder and name it DYD. I have sections for Kits, Foundation Pages, and pages that I intend to share on the web. By doing this, I only have one location I need to go to to find what I need.
Then I start, usually about the middle of November, creating foundation pages. I start adding papers, cards, and elements, and then the numbers for each of the days. These are by no means set in stone. If my photos end up working better on another layout, I simply switch out the numbers. Here are a few of the foundation pages I’ve done so far:
For these pages, I have used pieces by Rachel Jefferies, Sahin Designs, Sahlin Studio, Etc. by Danyale, and Pink Reptile Designs.
I’m almost half way through December and, as long as I stay on track doing a couple of pages a day, I should be ready to go when December starts! Then it’s just time to take the photos and add the journaling! While some like to keep a Christmas theme to their projects, I tend to just document whatever is going on in our lives on that day. Sometimes it is Christmas and sometimes it’s not, but it’s all about the joy of this time of year.
One of our wonderful creative team members at TLP, Farrah, has created a list of prompts that may come in handy if I’m ever stuck for what to photograph.
I will screenshot this image and save it to my phone for easy reference, and I might even make it my phone background for December so that I can remember.
My biggest tip if you are wanting to document your December is to be prepared. Get started early, create foundation pages, and be ready to go when December starts. We all know how busy it can get!
Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see your December projects!! Until next time… peace, out…