Friday, October 10, 2014

The DigiScrap Geek Podcast: Episode 6. Extraction Action

I confess that I am not always the best photographer. I am better than I used to be but still need more    experience. When it comes time to edit the photos, I sometimes need a little help. I use actions and plug ins in PhotoShop Elements to improve my photos and cover my mistakes. Episode 6 of the Digiscrap Geek podcast provides a comparison of actions, styles and plug ins. Come have a listen. It will help you figure out what might work best for you.

I began my exploration of photo editing with actions. I didn't have a lot of money, so finding free actions was the way to go. My favorite are a set from the Pioneer Woman. After installing them in Photoshop Elements, I could edit my photos with ease. Later, I discovered Totally Rad Labs. It's a plug in that loads itself into photoshop. I love it because very little technical knowledge is needed to run it. It allows me to customize a photo with ease, then apply the recipe to additional photos if I desire to. I love Totally Rad Labs so much that I became a Radvocate. At this point in time, I don't use a lot of styles. Many digital scrapbookers use them as time saving short cuts or to alter items in a digital kit. I am still exploring how I can use styles as a hybrid scrapbooker.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Free Public Domain Images

Free is always good. If you are looking for the perfet little extra something for your scrapbook layout, free public domain images might just be the right thing. Public domain images run the gamut from scientific type prints to vintage valentines.

No Dog No by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Rub-Ons: American Crafts; Stickers: Freckled Fawn, American Crafts; Tape, Letters, Chipboard, Enamel: Freckled Fawn; Printable: James Kimberlin via Flickr

No Dog No features a photo of our kitten meeting our overzealous dog. The encounter was brief and the photo isn't the best. However, how could I resist documenting this moment! The vintage valentine was the perfect addition to the layout. It features a cat and mentions a brief greeting. To ensure that the page didn't have a Valentine's Day feel, I used products with bright pops of color not associated with the holiday.

Printing the free public domain images is easy. My printer has an option for 4x6 prints. I chose not to fit the Valentine image to the frame.This prevents part of the image from being cut off. After cutting off the excess paper, I had the die cut image you see here. Another viable option would be to use the Silhouette Portrait print to cut feature. You might also consider printing multiple images by using photo collage options from your home printer.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome October!

It's October! Time to get out the Halloween and Fall decorations. Time to look forward to cooler weather and the promise of crisp nights with our windows open. Time for autumn themed layouts. Which makes this month's JBS Mercantile kits the perfect choice! I was super excited to get my kit this month. A selection of supplies from two of the Fall themed paper lines from my wish list were in the kits: Fancy Pants' True Friend and October Afternoon's Apple Cider. This kit has me excited to hunt down some Autumn photos.

made with a selection of supplies from the main and artisan kits.

I found these photos of my son when he was younger. He is making an improvised scarecrow. We didn't have a ton of money when my son was small. I still wanted to decorate the house with a fall theme. I had to get creative. I pinned some of his old clothes together then went outside to gather pine needles. The pine needles were bundled to make the hands and feet. Then I let my son stuff the body with old newspapers. To create the head, we stuffed a paper grocery sack which my son then decorated. We had an awesome time. I am sure the memory of the homemade scarecrow will stand out much more than if I had just bought some decorations at the store.

I still have plenty of older Autumn themed photos to work with. I am hoping to use up the entire kit this month. Stay tuned to find out. Meanwhile, if you would like to see more kit inspiration, check out the JBS Mercantile Designer Team Gallery.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Story Play

I have to confess. I haven't been signing up for a lot of classes lately. Both my time and money have to be budgeted right now.  You might have heard me mention in the past month about how our highschool homeschool endeavors are occupying much of my time. There is,however, one class I always make time for...Masterful Scrapbook Design.

This month, Masterful Scrapbook Design is focusing on Story Play. While I know that I choose embellishments, paper and motif with the story in mind, I am still often left feeling that I could do a bit more. After reading through the e-zine, I decided to start off simple. I decided to make my title pop and to focus a bit of the visual story telling side.

Old School Telephone by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Elle's Studio; Letters, Journal Card: October Afternoon; Digital Paper and Embellishments: Down This Road Designs, Echo Park; Template: Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

My efforts to make the title interesting are in many ways considerably a weaker effort than the ideas given in the e-zine. Despite this, I still like my title. I chose to print a schoolhouse die cut from a digital kit. So the title reads Old School Telephone with the word school represented by the image. All of the papers were chosen with care. The base is a ledger print which reminds me of an old address book. The grey paper has wavelengths which remind me of sound traveling. The telephones and number prints are obvious choices for a phone layout.

I still have a ways to go in expanding my own story play. The month might be over, but there is still time to play along. On October 1st, the Scrapbook Coach accompaniment will be launched. I plan to work through each of the story based layouts with the process videos. I am also very excited about the new look book. It will be available in November. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Get It Scrapped: A Curated Natural History Style

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a zoologist. Circumstances changed, however, I still love the look at feel of vintage scientific illustrations. While I have never really considered using them to decorate my home, I do like using them to decorate scrapbook layouts.

Explore by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Webster’s Pages, 7 Gypsies; Letters: American Crafts; Buttons: My Mind’s Eye, Jillibean Soup; Twine: True Hemp; German Foil: JBS Mercantile; Other; Doily

It's easy to add the look of botanical prints or other vintage scientific images. You can find free printables on the internet. Some scrapbook supply companies sell scientifically inspired images or you can find images in digital scrapbooking supply stores. I used themed patterned papers to compliment the photos of my son at the tide pools. Scientific images often don't have a lot of color.This allows you to add embellishments or paper with pops of color to your design. I also find that scientific images pair well with maps. For this layout, I used a blue map to contrast with the cream of the scientific prints.

Have you made a layout with a curated natural history look? Share it with us in the Get It Scrapped Gallery.

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