Feature Friday | Sabrina’s Creations

Hey there! I am super excited to bring you a new Feature Friday… this time, featuring Sabrina’s Creations!

I asked Sabrina to talk to me about her designs, and here is what she had to say about her work… “I try to give my designs a clean look because I like to keep my scrapbook pages simple. What I really like to have in every kit is a lot of wordart pieces, splatters, or coffee stains. I also love to make templates, which makes it easy to make a scrapbook page. I even love it when people use my templates and give it a personal touch. My favorite item to design are wordarts.”

Here is a look at some of my own favorite products designed by Sabrina…

 

I asked Sabrina to answer a few questions so we could get to know her better…

Where do you live?
I live in a small city in Belgium, 30 minutes from Ghent.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I’m a SAHM of 4 kids so I know what to do… I wish I had more free time but the household can’t wait. I try to do everything that has to be done in the morning so I have some free time for myself in the afternoon before the kids come home from school. Mostly, I’m designing in my free time. I have to make work of our yearly photobooks. I also love the see series and taking photos. Also, I’m very active in the schoolcomité and we do a lot of activities during the school year. In the weekends, we are also working in our house, still doing renovations but it goes slower than a year ago.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I broke my both wrists when I fell with my bike below a bridge when I was 12 years old, it was not funny at all.
—When I had my driver license for about a week, I accidentally hit a tree in a turn… whoops
—I met my husband through the internet in a chatroom. After 3 months of saying just hi and bye to each other, we got to talk to each other and after almost 16 years, I’m still happy that we have been talking to each other. 🙂
—I love pickle potato chips; when I have them at home, I can’t stay off on them, so not bringing them a lot from the store.
—Love to take a long warm bath with some music, that’s the time when I really have no children around me. 🙂

Which of your products is your favorite?
Although my favorite type of item to design are wordarts… I’m in love with the kit So Good Together. I was immediately in love with the colors, and I love the pattern papers and the word pieces…

 

Here is a sampling of layouts using products designed by Sabrina’s Creations…

 

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Sabrina’s Creations a little better today! She is a wonderful designer (and person). If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at her shop here at The Digital Press, I can’t wait for you to check it out! And even better news…  there will be a 30% OFF SALE IN HER SHOP all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 7/14)!


Krista

 

About the Author  Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her high school sweetheart and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips ‘n’ dip, taking pictures, and documenting her family’s story.

Tutorial Tuesday | Using Clipping Masks

In Photoshop, I often create clipping masks in order to “change the shape” of the papers and photos I am using on my page, and/or to blend my photos or papers into the rest of the page. Today, I’m going to share a few ways that I utilize them and how I achieve different looks with clipping masks.

 

CREATE A MASK FROM A SHAPE OR ELEMENT

One way to use a clipping mask is to clip a photo or a digital paper to an existing shape or element, such as I’ve done in my Vroom Vroom page, shown here…

 

See the photo, above? It takes the shape of a mask that I created using flower elements (if you look on the right-hand edge of the photo mask in the layout above, you can see a few spots along the edge of the mask that look like flower petals… similar to the flower you see on the left-hand side of my layout. That’s because I created the mask using those shapes!).

To do this, first I selected a few flower elements and then merged those layers to create one shape. Then I applied a color overlay to it (while this step isn’t totally necessary, it’s really helpful because the colored flattened layer makes it much easier to see what your masking shape looks like without any dimension to it).

At this point you can re-size, warp, or re-position your newly-created mask shape as much as desired. Warping or puppet-warping are my preferred tools for manipulating a mask shape.

Once you have a shape you like… it’s time to clip your photo or your digital paper to that shape. While your newly-created mask layer is selected, open whichever item you want to use (photo/paper/etc.) and drag or place it onto your page. It will create a layer just above your mask layer. Now you are ready to clip them together. There are a few ways to achieve this and it all boils down to a personal preference. To create your clipping mask you can select Layer > Create Clipping Mask in the menu… or you may right-click on the paper layer and select “create clipping mask” from the pop-up menu that appears… or a third option is to press CTRL-ALT-G (for Photoshop) or CTRL-G (for Photoshop Elements, a.k.a. PSE). My personal preference is to hold the ALT key as I hover over the line between the paper and mask layer (you will see the cursor change to a downward pointing arrow) and then click. Choose your favorite method.

Now your item is clipped to your mask shape, and your item takes the shape of that mask. Refer again to my photo in the layout image above. Meanwhile, if you look in the layers palette at the right side of your Photoshop/PSE workspace… you’ll see that the top photo or paper layer will be indented just above your mask layer when you look at it in the list. Until you merge these layers, you will be able to independently manipulate these layers.

In my layout, above, I actually used a second clipping mask, as well — see the pink painty splatter just behind the photo layer? I clipped a pink paper to a mask from Hello Sweet Pea: Masks by KimB Designs, positioning this below the first mask and resizing to allow edges to peek out from under the other mask. Here’s a look at the mask I used before I covered it with that pink paper you see in my layout…

 

…and that actually brings me to my second method for using clipping masks on my digital pages…

 

CLIP MULTIPLE PHOTOS OR PAPERS TO A MASK

Another way to use a clipping mask is to clip more than one photo or paper to a mask, as I’ve done in my Ruffle Your Feathers page, shown here…

This mask was a little more labor intensive, as I ended up stuffing my mask with 3 photos, some paint, and an overlay.

To do this, I used a mask from Cracked {Quick Masks} by Anita Designs, shown here…

You can clip as many products as you wish to your mask. To clarify, the bottom layer will be your mask, and then each layer above it will be “clipped” (CTRL-ALT-G in Photoshop; CTRL-G in PSE) to the one below, so that all layers clip together above the mask layer.

Because the mask I chose to use was not solid (there were some transparent areas, as you can see in the examples on the preview, above), some of the underlying background paper was visible in the masking. When I erased back some edges from the photos, they blended more easily because of the transparency of the mask, allowing the underlying background to unify the 3 images (there had been rocks that I erased out of one photo). In addition to adding some paint and an overlay into my mask… I stamped over the clipped layers with some paint and another overlay.

The mask opacity may be increased or decreased. A simple way is to erase away the desired areas you wish to be more transparent or if you want the mask to be more solid, select a brush and fill in areas of the mask. Be sure to have selected the mask layer in the palette first.

If you haven’t used a clipping mask before, give it a try! It opens up a myriad of possibilities in your page design (and the process can also be quite addicting). Have fun with it!

 


Rae

 

About the Author  Rae is part of the design team at The Digital Press and has been a scrapbooker and photographer for many years. She lives on the west coast (USA), with her hubby and labradoodle. She’s addicted to chocolate, TV shows, books and Photoshop.

Hybrid How-To | 4th of July Party Favors

Summer is in full force, heat and all. So many fun things happen during the summer… vacations, pool parties, barbecues, and more — including the 4th of July! A lot of people celebrate the 4th with food, family, friends, games, and lots of fireworks. I love the 4th, and the meaning behind the celebration, so I decided to do make some 4th of July party favors. It’s easy, and I’m going to teach you how in today’s Hybrid How-To post!

For this project I used the …And the Pursuit of Happiness | Kit & the coordinating digital stamp set set (which is also mobile-ready!) — both designed by Laura Passage. I also used the Gingham Style collab collection by The Digital Press Design Team (from back in April 2015).

I am a Silhouette girl… and I use the SSDE (Silhouette Studio Designer Edition) for almost everything. I find that even some of the more difficult things are easier to do in this software over Photoshop Elements (PSE). I still use PSE for my all of my scrapbooking, however.

First, I opened this pillow box file I already had in my stash of hybrid files. I re-sized it until two of them fit onto an 8.5″ x 11″ page. *NOTE* there is no need to turn on registration the marks here, but do make sure the cut lines are on.

Then, I used SSDE to cut out my project on clear cardstock. I loooove clear cardstock! It can be purchased online. It is a little thicker than the acetate sheets that I used in my floating ornament tutorial. I put my cardstock onto the cutting mat, loaded it, and cut. The cut settings are “chipboard, blade on 7 and double cut.” Then, to assemble it… I just used one strip of double side tape on the edge.

Next, I filled my new pillowbox container! I used fireball candies to fill this one. I think the finished product will be cute in a little basket on the treat table at a party. I also filled another pillowbox container with little firecracker pops.

The next step was to embellish the pillow box. I drew out long strips and used various digital papers from the kits to fill them in. I also opened up a few element files (using the star shapes, and stamps from the mobile-ready font & stamp set) and put them on the same page.  Again, no need to turn on the registration marks in SSDE, because after printing I will cut them out with my scissors.

Here’s a look at some of the pieces after I printed them out, as I was cutting them out…

Next, I combined the paper strips with the other elements — attaching them with double sided tape. I also embellished with ribbon. How cute are they?

This next one is the one I filled with the firecracker snaps (you throw them on the ground to pop)…

Now, to make the sparkler holder. These will be presented as a “Thank You” gift for coming to our 4th of July festivities…

For this part of my project, I used Silhouette Studio. To design the holder, I used elements from all three products.

 

You can print and use scissors (or an exacto knife) to cut around the opening… OR… if you have a Silhouette, you can turn on your registration marks and do a print and cut. As you can see, the design is past the registration marks — and that is okay because I will cut that part with my scissors. You can see here that I have cut marks around only part of the middle part of the design. I did this by tracing the “circle” part of the design and cutting part of it away. This is to ensure that it would only cut a small opening for the sparklers to fit through.

You can see here in this next image where it cut (I put the sparklers through the opening so that you can see what I mean)…

The part that goes past the registration marks will not cut. That is okay for this project. I simply took my scissors and cut out the rest.

I backed the sparkler holder to make it a little more sturdy. To do this, I started out by drawing out a 8.5″ x 11″ shape then filled it with paper from the …And the Pursuit of Happiness kit. To get the shape of the template, I mirrored the image and turned on my cut lines before printing. After printing, I cut it out with my machine. You do not have to use the registration marks for this part of the project. If you don’t want to go through all the steps above, you can simply print the paper and cut a strip with your paper cutter or scissors. It just won’t cover the back of the banner on the sides… but I think that would be just fine, and a lot quicker!

 

After cutting, adhere with double sided tape…

What a fun party favor! You could always add more details, as well… like the year, your name, etc.

This project was really fun. There are so many more things you can make for your party. I’m thinking of things like cupcake toppers, garland, and food tags… just to name a few. Let your creativity run wild!

I hope that you enjoy giving these fun projects a try, and I also hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!


TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 12 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 24 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Feature Friday | Sherry Ferguson

Today we are featuring the lovely Sherry Ferguson as a part of our Feature Friday series, and I’m excited that we will all get to know more about her and her awesome designs.

Sherry’s designs are very versatile, and fantastic to use when scrapping your photos and memories. Her designs are fun, funky, and colorful, and always include fun embellishments. I love her patterned papers (whether available separately, or within a larger kit/collection), as they are fresh and full of color! I love to work with her designs, as they almost always contain a lot of flowers, buttons, and word strips — completely perfect for my style of scrapping.

Here are a few of my favorite Sherry Ferguson designs…

 

We asked Sherry to answer a few questions so we could get to know her better… so let’s see what we might not already have known about her!

Where do you live?
I live in North Texas, USA

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When not designing… I’m usually cooking or baking for my daughter, who has severe food allergies.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you? 
— I have a degree in accounting
— I love country music
— I love burritos and eat them everyday
— I love swimming & water parks
— I never watch TV; only an occasional movie

Which of your products is your favorite?
I guess that depends on the time of year. County Fair is one of my all-time favorites, and perfect for this time of year. 🙂

I really love to use Sherry’s designs! They always make me want to create more and more pages. Here are just a few pages that I have done with her designs…

 

I hope you enjoyed our little tour through Sherry’s designs, and that you are interested to see more of her work. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at her shop here at The Digital Press, I definitely recommend that you check it out! There will be a 30% OFF SALE IN HER SHOP all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/7)!

 


Miranda

About the Author  Miranda is mom of two teenage boys, aged 13 and 15 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves to read Danielle Steel novels, long walks at the beach and she loves Italy; and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

July 2016 at The Digital Press | Thrive

 

It’s July… and here at The Digital Press, we’re excited for a month of summertime fun!

We love everything about summer. We love the way things seem to slow down — even if just a teeny, tiny bit — to allow us to take some time to relax. We love the long, lazy days (even if just on the weekends!). We even love the hot, sticky weather… #BecausePopsicles. In the summertime, the truth is that you’re just a tiny bit more likely to throw responsibility out the window and do something fun for yourself. It’s truly a time to THRIVE — which, very fittingly, is our new Word of the Month for July 2016 here at TDP!

 

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Looking for ways to THRIVE this month? Come join us at TDP! We’re jumping into the second month of our revamped Challenge System, and there are so many fun new things in store for you throughout the month of July.

We have 9 new challenges waiting for you in THE CROSSWORD SECTION — a.k.a. our forum’s challenge section — a fun play on words that we love because (a) #WeAreNerdyThatWay, (b) our challenges have always been loosely connected to our Word of the Month at TDP (get it? “crossword” haha)… and (c) it fits nicely into TDP’s news/press theme.

Here’s a peek at the challenges you’ll find throughout July 2016…

 

 

Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collection, Firecracker, which launched today in the shop. The design team really knocked it out of the park with this collection (I think it is my new all-time favorite TDP collaboration — and yes, I know, I said that last month, too!), and with 40+ papers, 90+ elements, 19+ journal cards, layered templates, cutting files, and more… it’s a must-have for scrapping your summer memories and creating some fun hybrid projects, party decorations, and more!

 

 

We look forward to spending July with you at The Digital Press!


Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Tutorial Tuesday | Using Word Art Creatively


Hello everyone! I’m back with one of my favourite topics — using word art. As the name suggests, “word art” is an artistic representation of a phrase… or simply a set of words. But… they can be much, much more. When I started thinking about this, I went back and looked at some of my pages to get some ideas to share here today about how to use these digital scrapbooking items creatively to enhance your layouts.

A big, bold piece of word art is what attracts me most when I am shopping for kits to work with… and I often use them front-and-center on my pages. If you think about it, they can be really versatile; you can use them as a title, you can use them as a primary design element, or you can even replace or support your journaling to explain the story you’re telling on your layout.

Today, the layout I’ll be showing as an example uses the fabulous kit Eternal by MEG Designs (and a template from her coordinating Eternal Templates set)…

“CUT ALONG” TECHNIQUE

The first technique I’ll share is one that I saw used in the galleries in my early days of scrapping… and I then reverse-engineered my own method to do it. It uses the word art as a design element, and adds so much interest to the layout.

As you can see in the screenshot below, I have selected a piece of word art and placed it on top of my photo… and now I want to cut out the photo along the lines of the word art. Before I begin, though, I should mention that I am using a rounded brush tool to draw curved lines so that the word art is continuous…

 

Using the magnetic lasso, I trace along the lines of the word art (and then, over the rest of the photo to make a closed loop). Marching ants appear as soon as I complete this step, highlighting the area I have selected (see above).

Now I select the photo layer in the layers panel… and cut away the selection shown by the marching ants…

Hide or delete this cut-out portion, and using a soft round brush — erase any other unwanted parts of the photo to get clean edges. I also added a small shadow to the piece of word art, to add dimension.

Voila! The layout has quite a dramatic detail on it now!

 

“CREATE A BACKGROUND” TECHNIQUE

In this technique, I use a few pieces of word art — as well as a few other elements — to create a background that is unique, and yet adds to the sentiment found in the layout.

I have used a mask to crop the big photo to make some space for this. Then I have scattered the word arts and some other stamps on the background paper to give a graffiti effect (see upper-right corner of the layout)…

 

You can re-size, re-color, or reduce the opacity of the repeated word art bits as desired, in order to get a much more realistic and interesting look.

 

“WORD ART AS STICKER” TECHNIQUE

In this instance, I am using the same word art piece I used in my first example, above… but this time, I add a white stroke and a shadow to turn it into a sticker…

 

See the settings in the screenshot, above, for an example of what you might do. You can, of course, play with your own settings to achieve your own desired results.

To give it an even more realistic look, you can even try using the wave shadowing technique that was found in a previous tutorial post here at The Digital Press (found here).

 

So that’s it… just a few examples of some pretty crafty stuff that you can do with your word art pieces!

I’m sure you have your own ideas and tricks, too, so please share them in the comments, below… and if you’ve liked any of the techniques shared here, I’d love to see the results when you try them out!

Until next time, then… happy scrapping!


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About the Author  Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping – almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!!!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.

Feature Friday | KimB Designs

 

I’m so excited to bring you today’s Feature Friday post, in which you’ll get to learn a little more about KimB Designs!

Kim has a beautiful design aesthetic that is extremely versatile. Her designs are packed full of goodies that make it so easy to pull together a cohesive and eye-catching project. Her kits tend to include amazing word art, unique patterned papers, and an interesting mix of elements. I love how her kits mix graphic design and traditional elements… and there are always flowers … oh yes, lots of flowers, which make my heart sing because I truly believe every scrapbook page is better with flowers! The thing that I love best about her designs, however, is how great she is at pulling together a themed kit that can be used around that theme or for a general non-themed everyday page!

Here are just a few of my favorite products created by Kim …

 

And now, let’s get to know Kim a little better! We asked her to answer a few questions so we could learn more about her…

Where do you live?
In beautiful and sunny South Africa. I was born and bred in the small, friendly, coastal City of Port Elizabeth. Yup, a I’m “beach girl” through and through – LOL.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I love to read, and have to have a new book ready before I finish the one I am busy with. Love to spend time with my family — be it fishing, playing golf (yes I do! — LOL), or just having a good meal or lazing around enjoying each other’s company. I try (and that’s a big try!) to bake… but to be honest, I’m probably the world’s worst, and have more flops than successes. And right now, with my son and his long-term girlfriend getting engaged — I’m helping plan their wedding for next March. So excited!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
— I love to to TALK and laugh at just about anything… but I think everyone knows this trivia anyway — LOL.
— I’m turning 50 this year *gasp* and not quite sure how that happened so fast …hell, my brain still says I’m 25.
— I lost 38 kg (83.6 lbs) in just over 4 months (needed to replace everything in my wardrobe except socks! LOL), and have kept that off for over 10 years now.
— I play golf and love to go fishing. Nothing like a good competitive game against the boys …and yes, I have rubbed a win in their faces a few times.
— I have a “bar trick” of keeping my legs straight out in front of me, knees and ankles together and turning my feet inwards so they go flat against each other (toes and heels) …it gets people every time — LOL!

Which of your products is your favorite?
This is always a hard one for me to answer, as my favorites change all the time… but I think the one I love to use again and again, due to our family’s lifestyle is the Anchor My Heart: Collection

 

Kim’s products are so wonderful and versatile, allowing you to use them for all kinds of projects. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite projects found at The Digital Press using her amazing designs…

 

 

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know KimB Designs a little better today! She is a wonderful designer (and person)! If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at her shop here at The Digital Press, I can’t wait for you to check it out! And even better news…  there will be a 30% OFF SALE IN HER SHOP all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/30)!

 


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband of 14 years and their 11 year old boy/girl twins. Their 20 year old daughter is finishing up her final year at West Virginia University! Amy has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s, but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together! Amy is a huge reader and a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Cut-Out Journal Cards

 

I love using journal cards on my digital scrapbooking layouts. I don’t pocket scrap very often, but I do love to tuck a journal card in behind my photo or behind clusters of elements. A few days ago, I was working on a layout when I thought, “I would love to be able to add a card with my name on this layout…” and there it was — my idea for this Tutorial Tuesday blog post! Today I’ll be teaching you how to create a cut-out card for an extra fun twist.

I created a card template for the purposes of this tutorial, and you can download yours HERE. The zip file contains PSD, TIFF & PNG versions of the template. I will be using the layered PSD file in the examples shown below.

We will also need a few fonts. I am going to use bold fonts for this tutorial, and I found a few freebie fonts which I thought you’d also like: Axis Extrabold, Bohemia Slab Serif, CastIron Condensed & Intro. Follow the links and you will be able to download the fonts (I think that you have to enter your email address with one of those; if you don’t want to do that… just skip it and use a bold font that you already have in your collection, instead).

And now that we have everything we need… let’s start!

First, open the card template.

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Go to the type tool. I chose the horizontal but you can always chose the vertical option, if you prefer.

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Type something. I am going to type my name. I chose the Intro font, size 60. As you can see… my name doesn’t fit on the card.

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I don’t want to re-size it, so I decided to rotate the text (if your text does fit, you can skip the following steps for rotating the text). Select the move tool. I have auto select on, layer and also show transform controls.

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Now, click on the text. When you click on the text… you can see the transform boxes around the text. Hold the shift-button and hover next to one of the transform boxes. You will see a bowed arrow (I cannot get a screenshot of this, so sorry). Continue holding down the shift-button and rotate the text. My text is now vertical… but I feel it’s a bit too big so I am going to change the font size from 60 to 56. After doing that, it looks perfect now!

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I want my text to be centered. That’s easy to do. While you have the move tool selected, click CTRL-A. This will select the text (make sure you have your text layer selected). Click “align vertical centers” and your text is perfectly in the center.

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Next, click CTRL-D to de-select the layer.

Now select the Magic Wand Tool. In the following screenshot (at the top) you can see my settings…

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Select your text layer and while holding the shift-key, select all of the letters.

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Select the card layer and hit the delete button. The CTRL-D to de-select. Now make your text layer invisible. Just click on the eye that’s in your text layer.

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You can now see on the card layer (layer 1 in the template) that the text you typed is cut out… but this is still a little boring. So let’s add a paper to the card and make it a little bit more fun. I have used a paper from The Digital Press’s June shop collaboration collection, Family Man. I am addicted to stripes, so I chose a cute stripey paper.

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Select the paper (CTRL-A), copy the paper (CTRL-C) and go back to your card template and paste (CTRL-P) the paper above your card layer.

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The paper now sits above the card layer. If you click CTRL-ALT-G (I love my shortcuts!)… you are creating a clipping mask with this shortcut. You can also right-click on the paper layer and choose “Create Clipping Mask.” Either method works.

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I’ve added a white background so you can see what happens when you play around with shadows on the card layer (layer 1).

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It will make the cut-out text from your card stand out more. Also adding another background (as you will have on your layout) enhances the effect. I played around with the paper size that’s on top of the card and added a cute background and this is what you’ll see….

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I thought I was done with my card (and this tutorial), but then I realized… I still have to save the card! When you’re happy with your card, first save it as a layered PSD. I always do that so I can customize the card again whenever I like. Don’t forget to use the “save as” option… otherwise you will over-write your original template file. So you want to “save as” and change the file name. After you’ve saved your card as a PSD… go again to the “file” menu, click “save as” once again, and save your card as either a JPG or a PNG (JPG if it’s a solid card, and PNG if it has any transparency). Give your card any name you’d like.

And here’s a look at the final result…

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One last tip/trick… you can change the effect of the cut-out by adding a stroke instead of a shadow, in order to achieve a totally different look to the card (for myself, I actually like the stroke effect better on this card).

To do this, I opened my saved PSD (layered) file of my card. Then I clicked on the arrow next to the “fx” on layer 1…

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Next, I double-clicked on “effects” and the effect panel will opened. I chose stroke, and used the following settings (to change the color of the stroke, I first had to click on the box next to color)…

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This is what I ended up with after saving this new version of my card…

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This effect makes the text pop even more, so I like this version better than the shadowed version, for my own purposes. For yourself, now you have two options to use with your custom-made cut-out journal cards!

I hope this tutorial was useful, and that you are excited to create your own cards from time to time! If you do… definitely link me up in the comments, below, to layouts in the gallery that use your new cards. 🙂


bianckaAbout the Author  Biancka is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She is a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), a wife to Edwin, and mom to Jasper. She lives in the east of The Netherlands (about 30 minutes from the German border). She is addicted to scrapping, but also enjoys baking, reading books (mostly thrillers), watching her favorite TV shows, and photography.

Hybrid How-To | Straw Rockets

Are you ready for something fun and easy? I found this simple project on Pinterest, and knew it would be the perfect way for my littles to spend a summer afternoon.

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital image of your choice (I used the rocket from County Fair, seen below)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Curling ribbon (optional)
  • Straw

Directions:

  1. Print out the image you want and cut it out. Before printing, make sure the image is the size you want. It shouldn’t be too small; I actually ended up making the rocket from the kit a little bit bigger.

  1. Next, cut a rectangle of out of plain paper (I just used some scratch paper). It needs to be a little longer than your image.
  1. Roll the rectangle paper around a pencil and glue the edge together to form a tube. Pinch one end of the tube and glue together so that the end is sealed. At this point, I decided to glue some curling ribbon to the bottom of my rocket. Next, glue the tube to the back of the image.

 

And that’s it!

Now you can slide the tube over the top of the straw… and blow to make it fly. 🙂


Kate

 

About the Author  Kate is on the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She lives on the Utah/Colorado border with her husband, 5 kids, 10 chickens, and a dog named Gracie. She’s a city-born girl who found she’s really a country girl at heart. She can be found outside, barefoot, and probably in her garden.

Feature Friday | France M. Designs

 

Happy Feature Friday! Today you get the opportunity to get to know France Meunier, also known as France M. Designs! I’ve had the chance to get to know France over the past few months, and not only is she an amazing, kind, and generous person… she is an incredibly talented designer. Her products are whimsical, unique, and charming… with a perfect mix of traditional paper-style designs and graphic elements. Her kits include amazing word art (because who doesn’t just LOVE word art?!), realistic flowers, traditional flat elements (perfect for those paper-style or pocket-style layouts), and versatile stamps that are perfectly-crafted.

This is just a small sampling of the inspiring product offerings you’ll find in her store here at The Digital Press…

 

We asked France some questions about her life outside of the crafting world so we can get to know her even better! Here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
I live near Lyon, in France. With my future husband and our 2 girls.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
First and foremost, I’m a mother… so I spend most of my time with them. The grandparents are near us, so we are often with them on the weekends. I bake, a lot… macaroons, meringues, rainbow cakes, and a lot of other cakes are my passion (I intend to create my own business to sell them). I love watching TV shows and movies, listening to music, and reading a good book. And of course, I love taking pictures and scrapping… but I don’t seem to have much time to scrap!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
— Often, I do not wear the same socks!
— When I was young, I didn’t like my name. France is the name of my country too… but now, I love it!
— I met my man at work. We worked in a sports shop, and you know what? I don’t like sports!! haha!
— I love red nails
— I’m still a little girl… I love watching cartoons with my girls… Especially Disney or Pixar cartoons.

Which of your products is your favorite?
I should say, “the one I am working on!” But — I really like Awakening

 

Now that you know more about Franny, check out her products in action (and see how versatile her products are)! You don’t have to scrap in a particular ‘style’ to love her products. They are perfect for paper-style layouts, graphic layouts, and pocket-style pages alike…

 

Now that I have you drooling over all of this loveliness, your next step is to go over and take advantage of the 30% OFF SALE IN HER STORE throughout this week. I mean, you just cannot lose here… beautiful, unique products to inspire your creativity — and at a great discount, this week only (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/23). Happy Scrapping!


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step-mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies. She’s a radiation therapist by day, and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit superhero status, but refuses to wear a cape). She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, Friends reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling. Oh, and wine… she really likes wine. She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

 

Tutorial Tuesday | Create a Color Palette From a Photo

 

Every now and then, I come across a photo that I want to scrap… but find that it is hard to work with because it has lots of colors in it. Or maybe it does not have many colors in it; or maybe even colors I don’t really want to focus on (I am not much of an orange and brown person!). In these tricky instances, I don’t always know what to do with it! There is nothing that kills my scrapping mojo faster. To solve this problem, I have found a way to create customizable color palettes from my photos — which helps me determine the color palette I should use — which, in turn, helps me find a kit to use!

I know there are a few programs/websites around that can do this (if you google “color palette generator” you will find lots of options), but the one I find easiest to use is Adobe Color. Thus, it’s the one I will focus on for the purposes of this tutorial. If you want to try using it too, here is my process…

Adobe Color’s homepage looks like this (see the image that follows), and you’ll begin by using the little camera icon that you’ll find in the upper-right-hand corner…

You will either (1) click on that camera icon, and then load your photo, or (2) drag your photo from your computer onto that icon.

Next, the program will give you a color palette using the colors from your photo, like this…

Now, if you aren’t 100% happy with the first palette it generates… you can choose from the options on the left — “Color Mood” — and play around until you like one of those options better. Alternatively, you can even customize any of the palettes yourself by moving the little targets around on your photo, until you get something you like, as I’ve done here…

Once you have a palette you are happy with, all you have to do is choose a digital kit that uses those colors… and off you go! I chose to use the Capture | Kit by Little Lamm & Co., found here at The Digital Press, for my page (as well as a template from MEG Designs’ H2O Templates set). Here’s a look at my finished page…

I find this process to be infinitely helpful when I am feeling “stuck” while scrapping. For instance, I wouldn’t have thought to bring out the pink in the photo, but once the palette generater showed me that it was there… I really liked the idea of using that color as an accent!

I hope this simply tip will help you next time you are stuck, or at least it might be something new and fun for you to try!


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently-sunny but breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 2 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Feature Friday | Laura Banasiak

 

Once again, it’s Feature Friday… and this week, we are featuring the designs of the lovely Laura Banasiak!

Laura’s kits are full of colorful and funky elements, loads of doodles, and various hand-crafted artsy elements. In addition to digital kits, she also creates awesome fonts, alphas and word art setc… all of which have a very special style that is all her own, and you can recognize her products without even seeing her name on the packaging. I love working with her products, because Laura creates all kind of goodies for cool boys and sweet girls, alike!

I picked some of my favorite products to share with you from Laura’s store (which was not easy, as I love all of  her work!)…

 

And now, let’s get to know Laura a little better! We asked her to answer a few questions so we could learn more about her…

Where do you live?
About an hour from Chicago, Illinois.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
As of right now, I am keeping pretty busy nursing a newborn (come check out her baby announcement in The Digital Press forum! cute baby pics! yay!), changing diapers, and passing him from one excited sibling to the next. 😉

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
— I have about 15 tattoos
— My boyfriend is a police officer
— My stepmom and I share the same first name
— I was once a librarian
— I’m a cat lady… but am allergic to cats

Which of your products is your favorite?
This always changes. I love all of my Scouting-themed products, but there’s also a special place for my Walking Dead inspired kit, Apocalypse

 

Laura Banasiak’s products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite projects using Laura’s designs…

 

If you haven’t already browsed through Laura’s shop here at The Digital Press… definitely check it out HERE! You will definitely want to take a peek this week, because her entire shop will be 30% OFF through the end of next Thursday (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/16)!

 


 

Miranda

About the Author  Miranda is mom of two teenage boys, aged 13 and 15 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves to read Danielle Steel novels, long walks at the beach and she loves Italy; and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

Tutorial Tuesday | Save for Web

 

I often say that Photoshop is like our brain: we only use 10% of it. Well, “save for web” is probably one of those features that we don’t put to as good of a use as we should! It’s a simple tip… yet it can change the way you share your pages online!

As is often the case with Photoshop, there are several ways to get to the same end result… so I will simply share my own process (I use PS CS6), but keep in mind it’s definitely not the only process.

First, I always save 3 versions of the same file:

  1. My original layered file. I used to save it in .PSD format, but I’ve recently switched to .TIF format as they are non-proprietary (hence readable by software other than PS), smaller in file size, and can be previewed in my windows folders.
  2. The high definition .JPG file. This is the file that I use for printing (at 300dpi).
  3. The web version. This is a low-resolution .JPG file (72dpi), but it’s still nice and crisp.

When my layout is finished, I save the .TIF file first. Then I flatten it and save the high-resolution .JPG file. Then, I start my “save for web” process.

 

Here are my “save for web” steps

First, I go to  Image>Image size  or  Alt+Ctl+I  and change the resolution to 72 dpi (from the printing resolution of 300 dpi) for screen use, and I re-size the file. The file size/image size settings that I need are different from one gallery to another. The Digital Press gallery allows layouts from 600px to 900px in size (900px preferred), so when I re-size my layout I switch to 900px (because I scrap square layouts, I re-size my file to 900px x 900px). If your page isn’t square, just keep the proportions of your original but make sure the longest side is set to 900px.

Next, to ensure that my layout looks fantastic when displayed online, my file often needs to be sharpened. Now is the time! Again, there are various ways to do it. I simply use Filter>Sharpen>Accentuation (you could also use Smart Sharpen or a Highpass filter). Here are my settings when I sharpen — but pick whatever suits your own taste and your page, using the preview window to help you…

Here’s a small comparison of the before and after of my layout; it’s a subtle difference, but it gives my page a really nice oomph (you can really tell the difference if you look at the string frame… look how nice and sharp it is on the right side)!

 

Next, I will save this web version using… wait for it… “save for web” (in the File menu)! Ha! The shortcut in my version of Photoshop is Ctrl+Alt+Caps+S. Then I use the following settings…


I make sure to set a file size limit using the “optimize for image size” option. Here’s where the menu is located, in the top right corner (click the little 3-lines/arrow icon at top right, and you’ll get the following drop-down menu)…

A pop-up window allows me to pick the maximum file size I wish to allow, which I choose according to the online gallery’s requirements/guidelines. In The Digital Press’s case, the max size allowed is 400kb — so I could increase the 350 you see in the following image to 400…

The quality level of the layout will automatically adjust to fit within this size limit you just set. Use the preview window to make sure it still looks good, then click “save”.

This tip is super simple, but it will help your layouts take up less space online (including helping you adhere to different gallery limits/requirements), while still looking nice, beautiful and sharp! You can even create an action to record the steps you end up using to do this… and make it even quicker/easier! I hope this info will help you out; don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

 

In case you’re wondering the layout I used for the examples in this tutorial, above, was made using several items from the new June 2016 Special Edition that launched this past weekend!


ChloéAbout the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night,” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown.

Hybrid How-To | Cushion Covers

 

I know most of the world is coming into summer now, but where I live we have the most beautiful autumns and I wanted to make some decor to celebrate that.

I make a lot of my cushion covers; they are so easy to do. Today, I will show you how!

First, I design the cushion cover in Photoshop. My printer prints up to A3, so that’s the size of the page I start with. For this project, I used Grateful Papers by Little Lamm & Co. and Wondrous Stamp Sheet by Karla Noél.

After creating the design, I cut fabric to A3 size. Make sure your fabric is ironed completely flat and stuck to the paper with double sided tape. The top edge should be stuck right to the edge of the paper. Print your design onto the fabric.

*NOTE* The ink will not be colorfast, so if it gets wet… it WILL run. You can use transfer paper if you want your design more colorfast, but I change mine around often, so its not a big deal for me. If mine gets wet, I just make a new one!

You will also need to cut a back for your cushion cover. I purchased a small cushion from IKEA that already had a pattern on it and wanted to make sure the pattern didn’t show through on the front, so I cut an extra piece of calico. Cut them slightly larger than your design to allow room for seams.

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To make my cover look a bit more quilted I decided to sew where the different papers meet. Do this on the front so you can see where you need to sew.
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When you are happy with your design, put the ‘right’ sides of your fabric together and sew around the edges, making sure you leave a large enough gap to put the cushion in.

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Turn your cover inside out, paying attention to the corners, stuff your cushion inside and hand stitch up the gap.

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Voila!

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Amanda

About the Author  Amanda found digital scrapbooking in 2006 as a paper scrapper who was frustrated with the limitations of paper scrapping products. She now loves to combine paper and digital products and techniques for her pages and projects. She is the wife of a Naval Officer and has two teenage children. She lives in Australia, and has also lived in the U.S and Malaysia and loves that she has had the opportunity to travel the world with her family.

Feature Friday | Little Lamm & Co.

 

Today, I am excited to kick off a brand new blog series here at TDP! Each Friday, we will be featuring one of our awesomely-talented designers… helping you get to know each of them a little bit better… and also giving you a chance to enjoy a 1-week-only sale in each of their shops!

This week, we’ll be featuring the designs of Amie of Little Lamm & Co.  Amie creates digital products that have a distinct pocket-scrapping style and feel. She creates custom designs that you can print yourself at home, if you’re interested in “going hybrid” and ending up with physical cards and other products. You’ll find lots of flat stickers and brushes/stamps in her kits, mixed with digital versions of the types of dimensional items you tend to find used on traditional paper scrapbook layouts. Additionally, she creates some great photo templates for not useful to pocket scrappers, but for the everyday “traditional” scrapbooker, as well.

It was tough to narrow down, but here are just a few of my favorite products by Amie…

 

Meanwhile, let’s get to know Amie a little better! We asked her to answer a few questions so we could learn more about her…

Where do you live?
Fargo, ND and Vergas, MN

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
Trying to keep up with a 4 year old, reading, cooking, and cleaning up after my 2 cats and hubby.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
— no bag of dill pickle potato chips is safe around me
— I once won a log throwing competition
— I have psoriatic arthrits and in 2008, I was bedridden and couldn’t even go to the bathroom by myself most days
— Justin Timberlake once complimented me on my singing and I had no idea who he was
— I went to Woodstock ’99. The one with the riots. I did not participate. LOL

Which of your products is your favorite?
It’s a hard choice, but I love Blink

 

 

I love creating with Amie’s designs! Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite layouts that I’ve made with her lovely goodies…

 

 

If you haven’t already browsed the gorgeousness in Amie’s shop here at The Digital Press… definitely check it out HERE! It’s a great time to go take a look, because her entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this entire week (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/9)! Also — don’t forget to check out her lovely new releases this week, which coordinate perfectly with the June Special Edition.

 


Amie

 

About the Author  Amie is a craft-loving dental hygienist who lives in Washington state. She loves her husband, her two kids (ages 8 & 5), and her English Bulldog… as well as coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book, and lip gloss — not necessarily in that order.

June 2016 at The Digital Press | Adventure

 

It’s June… and here at The Digital Press, we’re getting ready to jump into summertime with both feet!

This is such a fun time of year. School is ending for the summer, people are planning their activities and creating their Summer Bucket Lists, and the possibilities seem endless. It’s truly a time of ADVENTURE — which, very fittingly, is our new Word of the Month for June 2016 here at TDP!

 

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Looking for ADVENTURE this month? Come join us at TDP! We’ve just revamped our Challenge System, and there are a lot of fun new things in store for you throughout the month of June.

We have 9 new challenges waiting for you in the forum’s challenge section, which is newly-branded as THE CROSSWORD SECTION — a fun play on words that we love because (a) #WeAreNerdyThatWay, (b) our challenges have always been loosely connected to our Word of the Month at TDP (get it? “crossword” haha)… and (c) it fits nicely into TDP’s news/press theme.

Here’s a peek at the challenges you’ll find throughout June 2016…

 

 

Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collection, Family Man, which launched today in the shop. The design team really knocked it out of the park with this collection (I think it might be my all-time favorite TDP collaboration!), and with 45+ papers, 110+ elements, 20+ journal cards, layered templates, cutting files, and more… it’s a must-have!

 

 

We look forward to spending June with you at The Digital Press!


Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Tutorial Tuesday | Shadowing Transparent Items

 

Have you ever noticed that the preset shadows don’t work so well with vellum and other transparent elements? I struggled with it for a long time, and although I can’t profess I have mastered it all… I do have a trick or two to share with you today.

For this tutorial, I am working on a layout using River~Rose’s fabulous new collection Pursuit of Happiness

In the following image, my layout is almost complete… and as you can see there are a couple of transparent acrylic elements on the page — the heart and the ampersand. With preset shadows in Photoshop, my layout looks like this…

Now the biggest quibble I have is that dark shadow showing through the transparent acrylic element. See how “grey” it looks? Logically, any transparent/translucent object that lets light through shouldn’t throw such a defining shadow. And that’s what we need to modify.

Step 1

First, you will separate out the shadow from the element (i.e. put it in its own layer). I do this using Photoshop CS2 (old free version of Photoshop!), and then open up my layout again in Photoshop Elements (PSE), which is what I’m showing my steps in for the screenshots in this tutorial. Once you have your shadow on a separate layer, you will press CTRL and select the element thumbnail in the layers panel. This will make the “marching ants” appear around the element, like this…

Step 2

Now, with that selection still on, you will click on the shadow to “cut away” the selection. Now you have two layers of shadow: one that shows immediately beneath the element, and the peripheral shadow that sticks out around it. We want this peripheral shadow to be pronounced — while at the same time downplaying the central part (see layer 2 in the screen shot).

Step 3

We can do this next part more than way…
a) Hide the shadow that appears under the ampersand entirely (as shown in the screen shot below)
a) Decrease its opacity (see top right of the layers panel and play with the slider till you like the effect)
c) If your transparent element is on a solid paper or background, it helps to recolor this part of the shadow in darker hue of the same color.

Play around till you are happy with the result you achieve.
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And voila! …here’s my final layout. Compare this layout with the copy at the beginning of this tutorial, and see if you can see the subtle yet noticeable difference this makes…
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I hope you found today’s tips to be useful! If you have your own tricks about shadowing transparent items, please do share them. I would love to try out something new.

Until next time, then… happy scrapping!


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About the author  Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping – almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!!!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.

The Anticipation of Summer!

 

I say it every year — but man, time sure flies by! There is no way June is just a few days away! Is it even possible? My kids have an official “countdown until school is out” going… so I had to get myself in gear and get our Summer Bucket List ready!

I love the easy schedules of summer break — the “we can do nothing if we want to” attitude! I love the slower pace of life, and enjoying our lovely weather & beautiful surroundings here in Eastern Washington.

Even though my children are out of school during summer break each year, I still have to work part-time. Therefore, when creating our Summer Bucket List, we try to add a bunch of easy tasks that can be done on my work days or on my days off, as well as some fun weekend activities! I’m pretty excited about our list this year — I think everything is totally attainable (my kids can get a little crazy sometimes!). 😉

 

For my layout, I used a few fun summer kits:

Summer Bucket List by Laura Passage & Amanda Yi: HERE

Hello Summer by Scotty Girl: HERE

Summer Set by Rachel Hodge: HERE

 

Are you excited for summertime?

Join me in our forum to join the challenge that is related to this idea, above… and create/share your own summer bucket list with us!

 


 AmieAbout the Author  Amie is a craft-loving dental hygienist who lives in Washington state. She loves her husband, her two kids (ages 8 & 5), and her English Bulldog… as well as coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book, and lip gloss — not necessarily in that order.