Tuesday Tuesday | Masking With Gradient Tool

The next time you use a mask for your paper or image, try using the gradient tool to blend it into your background layer. Trust me, it’s fun and easy to do. Let me show you how!

I have used Photoshop CC for my tutorial. I also used a mask from Pocket Masks by SandyPie Creations, shown here…

In my first sample, below, I started with a solid paper background, then a patterned paper on top of that. Next came the mask, on top of the papers.

I used the gradient tool to blend some of the top background paper layer into the photo mask (see the bottom right corner of the mask)… and then I used the gradient tool to blend the two background papers together (patterned paper on top layer, with a solid paper on layer below).

 

How do you do this?

  1. I opened my image into Photoshop, on the layer above the mask… and then I clipped the image to the mask (you can do this more than one way — CTRL-ALT-G is the most common, but I prefer to press the ALT key, and then hover cursor between the two layers in the palette and click; you will see the cursor turn into a downward pointer to indicate that the layers are clipped together).
  2. Next, I duplicated and dragged the patterned paper layer into the mask (press ALT key and drag the paper layer upward into the mask), placing it between the clipped mask and image layers, clipping that also to the mask.
  3. Highlighting the image layer, I selected the “add layer mask” icon (below the right-sided layers palette), and then clicked inside the white box.
  4. To access the gradient tool, use the shortcut key “G”, in the options menu above, click onto the drop-down arrow to open the gradient editor, and select the 2nd box from the left …which is the foreground to transparent gradient.
  5. Next, select the linear gradient (five boxes showing different gradient, linear is the first on the left). By dragging from the bottom right of the image towards the middle, I erased part of the image to allow the clipped patterned paper to show through.

What I like about using the gradient tool — rather than brushing away parts of a layer (which is also fun, and simply achieves a different look) — is that it creates a gradient, or a gradual blending of one layer into another. The gradient of the blending is determined by the type of gradient chosen, and also by the placement and length of the gradient that you draw.

To allow some of the solid paper to show through the bottom right side of the page, I highlighted the patterned paper layer (just above the solid paper layer) and clicked on the “add layer mask” icon, I pressed “G” to select the gradient tool, and dragged from the bottom right corner up towards the upper left. I repeated this a few times until I had achieved the gradient I wanted.

I created a second sample page, as well… this time, using Brushies No.1 by creashens, shown here…

I selected a few brushes and merged them together (to create my own mask shape), and then enlarged it before clipped my image to it. I chose a patterned pattern and solid paper that closely matched the grey road in my image…

After highlighting the patterned paper layer, I selected the “add layer mask” icon and pressed the “G” key to select the gradient tool. By dragging from right to left, more of the underlying gray solid paper was visible with the patterned paper more faded on the right side.

The gradient tool is one of my favorite photoshop tools, and I bet it’ll become one of yours too, after you give this tutorial a try and begin playing around with different gradient options!


RaeAbout the Author  Rae is part of the creative team here at The Digital Press, and has been a scrapbooker and photographer for many years. She lives on the west coast with her hubby and labradoodle, Taz. She’s addicted to chocolate, TV shows, and books!

Hybrid How-To | Decorated Envelopes

Hello and happy Saturday, Arielle here with quick little tutorial on making your own hybrid envelopes! Usually all of my mojo goes into creating cards, and obsessing over every detail… but I realized that I am missing an important part of the process – the envelope! Today I will show you how to make gorgeous, printable envelopes that take hardly any time at all, and will definitely make your snail mail “POP”.

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Bright Spark Elements and Bright Spark Papers by KimB Designs, shown below)
  • Paper
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Scoring tool or a ruler
  • Adhesive (I used and ATG gun)
  • Envelope templates. (I found PDFs at SplitCoastStampers here [for 41/4” square cards] and here [for cards 41/4 x 51/2“])

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Design:

  1. Open the pdf template in your photo editing program.
  2. Add some paper and elements. (I took parts of the hybrid card I made and added them here to make a matching envelope!)
  3. Print! (I left the lines showing so you could see, but before I print, I usually decrease the opacity of the template to 35% – just enough to be able to see to cut it.)

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To Assemble:

  1. Cut along the outer lines of the envelope.
  2. Using a straight edge, or a paper scoring tool, fold in the sides.
  3. Apply your adhesive to the flaps and adhere.

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And that’s it — easy as pie!

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Here’s a couple others I made… this one is to match a card I made last week…

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with the One Kit Two Way | Girl Power shop collab and Dashies Vol. 1 by Laura Banasiak.

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And here’s a little “artsy” one…

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using Creashen’s Flora Life No. 1 and Brushies No. 2.

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And here are the finished envelopes…

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Now it’s your turn, make a decorated envelope and come share your creation with us in the forum! During August 2016, you can even receive points in TDP’s challenge system if you complete this project and enter it into the August 2016 Hybrid Challenge. 🙂


Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6.5 & 8. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her reading like it’s going out of style, going to the gym, or in the car-pick-up line! 

Feature Friday | Rachel Hodge

 

I’m so excited to tell you all about Rachel Hodge for this week’s Feature Friday!

She is one of my favorite designers — her hand-drawn digital designs just make my heart sing! They are perfect both to accent your pages, or to use as a focal point! From handwritten words and phrases to coordinated elements, there is something in her shop for everyone. Each of her products is typically themed in some way, but I’ve found that they are so versatile that I can use them in so many different ways. From traditional scrapbook pages… to pocket-style pages… to hybrid projects… her designs will really make your projects POP! They can be used in so many different ways including card making, invitations, school projects and so much more. 🙂

Here are just a few of her jaw-dropping designs to give you an idea of how talented she is…

We asked Rachel a few questions to help you get to know her a little bit better, and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
I live in Melbourne, Australia

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I am usually running around after 5 children (and yes, that includes the darling husband) and picking up their junk — WHICH IS EVERYWHERE!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I loved Polly Pockets when growing up.
—I have a slight obsession with planning holidays to tropical islands even though the budget says ‘that ain’t happening.’
—I like to eat chocolate for breakfast (not great, I know, but I have 4 kids so I’m allowed).
—I’m a HUGE fan of TV/Movie thrillers like Criminal Minds, The Bone Collector, and Taken.
—I love a cup of tea when the kids are napping.

Which of your products is your favorite?
My newest release (today) is my current favorite — it’s called One and Only. It is a different take on the normal wedding theme, and I’m so happy with it!

And here are some layouts and projects using her designs that I think you’ll love…

 

After seeing all of Rachel’s amazing work, I’m guessing that you might be ready to shop! And with a 30% OFF sale all week long in Rachel’s shop here at The Digital Press (the sale will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thurs 8/11), you can take advantage of a great discount and grab some beautiful new scrapbooking items! Enjoy shopping!


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, VA with her husband of almost 15 years and their 11 year old boy/girl twins. Their 20 year old daughter will soon start 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 (mostly literary fiction) and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Tutorial Tuesday | Make it Clean & Simple

There are many styles of design/composition in scrapbooking. We can find layouts with many photos aligned, and some with no photos at all; some with many embellishments, and some that are instead very simple. After digiscrapping for 5 years, I discovered the world of clean & simple design… and I fell in love with it.

Why?

  • I feel I can better highlight my photo, by using only one (or at most two)
  • My page can stay focused on the main emotion or message that I want to share or remember
  • It takes me less time to make a clean & simple page! 🙂

Today, I would like to share with you, step-by-step, how I create my clean & simple layouts.

 

Step 1

First, I choose a solid paper (yes, for me a solid background paper is more appropriate to maintain the clean feel on the page). Then I put a photo onto this paper. You can frame the photo or not… your choice. For the example I will show you here today, I clipped my photo to a brush…

Step 2

Next, I add a title. I usually like to put a title on all of my pages; it helps me to focus on what I would like to see on the layout. For this one, the purpose is to remember the good times my kids shared with their cousins, and how much they enjoyed it…

Step 3

Next, I add some embellishments. One or two, but usually not more… for me, the page must be light, and using colored elements helps to add a pop… 🙂

Step 4

I am not good with journaling (I tend to prefer to let my photos saying everything)… but journaling is part of scrapbooking and memory-keeping, and most of the time mine is so minimal it actually acts mainly as decoration. Here, I put on a title… telling nothing! LOL

 

Here is the final result of this clean & simple page I have been creating today…

 

You can do anything with a clean & simple page. The most important thing to work with, if you want to make your page clean, is some white space!

 


DSC_3131About the Author  Bao is a creative team member at The Digital Press. She has been a digiscrapper for about ten years now, and her style tends to be clean & simple. Most of the time she scraps her family’s photos. She also loves, however, to scrap other subjects such flowers, nature, environment, and foods. She says hello to all of you from her big island of Madagascar, and feels blessed to live there.

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August 2016 at The Digital Press | Unite

 

It’s August… and here at The Digital Press, we’ve kicked things into full-gear as we jump right into our bi-annual Pennysaver event!

We’re also really excited about our newest Word of the Month for August 2016 here at TDP… UNITE. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games begin on Friday (in Brazil), and we thought this word really embodied the spirit of what the games represent, and was therefore a great choice for August. We also think it’s a beautiful, timely choice of words… given the social and political unrest that we have been experiencing here in the United States in recent months (which isn’t limited to our country, but can be found worldwide in many forms). Sometimes it’s wise to focus on the things that bring people together, rather than on the things that divide them.

 

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Looking for ways to incorporate this feeling of unity into your scrapping and crafting this month? Come join us at TDP! We’re jumping into another month of our increasingly-popular Challenge System for August, and there are so many fun new things in store for you throughout the month of August — including a challenge that specifically calls upon our new word of the month — UNITE. 🙂

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 August 2016…

 

 

Get more information about our monthly challenge system HERE.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out our newest TDP collaborative collections — and yes, there are TWO this month(!) — One Kit Two Ways, which launched today in the shop. The design team had so much fun with this collection, which uses the same color palette for two very different kits (one for boys, one for girls)… and we think you’ll see/feel how much fun they had designing it when you work with this amazing coordinated collection of scrappy goodness!

 

 

The best news of all? Because it’s a Pennysaver month here at TDP, you can buy all of the pieces separately (just $1.00 each!)… or you can even get the entire collection — which is actually made up of TWO full collections — for just $6.00 in August only (that’s less than the regular price of any of our site’s shop collabs… and there are TWO collabs in it!).

Speaking of Pennysaver… don’t forget that it officially launches tomorrow (Tues 8/2) with a batch of fantastic new products that are all JUST $1.00/ea THROUGHOUT AUGUST! We’ll be releasing new items into the shop every Tuesday and Friday all month long, so grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or Mountain Dew… whatever you prefer!) and come browse the August 2016 Pennysaver category in the shop!

 

 

We look forward to spending August 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.

Feature Friday | Sahin Designs

 

Today’s Feature Friday is all about Elif Sahin of Sahin Designs. Her design style is minimalist, clean, and simple… while being rooted in the style of the paper-scrapbooking world. Because of this, her products translate amazingly-well into hybrid projects, while also being gorgeous when used digitally. Her collections give a little of everything — brushes, flowers, journaling cards, papers, and alphas in stunning color schemes. All of her products give you the versatility to use them for a traditional scrapbook page, or a pocket page, or even a hybrid page.

This is just a small sampling of the beautiful and elegant designs that can be found in Sahin Design’s store at The Digital Press…

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We asked Elif some questions to get to know her a little better…

Where do you live?
I live in Ankara, Turkey.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I am not designing I love to take care of my plants and play with my little nephew.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—My age is 24, it’s a bit young for the digital scrapbook industry.
—I have a degree in International Relations.
—I love web design and I get my hands on it whenever I can.
—I love knitting and anything handmade.
—I love creating moodboards prior to starting on a new design project.

Which of your products is your favorite?
With each new product it changes. So, at the moment my favorite product is the Grad Collection

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Now that we have learned about Elif and seen her beautiful, versatile products… let’s see them in action. Here is a sampling of layouts and projects that were created using her designs…

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After seeing all of these inspiring collections, you should be ready to scrap! And with a 30% OFF sale in Elif’s shop here at The Digital Press (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 8/4) you can take advantage of a great discount and grab some beautiful new scrapbooking collections.

 



About the Author
  Sabrina is married to a hard-working man and has two rambunctious kids, nicknamed Captain and Sunshine. She loves to chase after the kids, clean up their messes, and say “stop that!” 100 times a day. When Sabrina gets a break she loves to scrap, read, or watch an occasional show.

Tutorial Tuesday | Importing Photos into Lightroom

How many times have you opened your new Lightroom (LR) software and shut it because you found it too daunting? How many times have you tried to drag images over to LR, like we so easily do in Photoshop (PS), only to realize nothing happens? If you are anything like me, your answer is more than a few times! 🙂

We’ve all heard it time and again — Lightroom is a powerful program. It’s a game changer. And… it truly is. But how do we harness its power if we can’t even complete the initial step of getting started? Well, this post is here to do just that — to help you get your pictures into LR.

The first thing you need to do to get started is open the program. Once you have it open, click on the “Library” button at the top (see image, below). Then, press the “Import” button.

[Please note that my screen (shown above) might look a little different than yours… as I already have pictures in my LR.]

Next, from the left side panel, you will now need to select the photos that you want to import into LR. Photos can be on your hard drive… or on an external hard drive… or on a memory card. Wherever your photo is, you need to browse on this left side panel and select that source (as shown below)…

Using the image above as an example… suppose I were to select “Year 5 — April” as the source. LR will now show me all pictures contained in that folder. This is where you can select the specific photos you want to import. You can choose to select one photo… or a few photos… or even all photos in the folder.

Another thing to note — that top panel (see next image). I shoot in Raw, so I choose the “copy as DNG” option… which is the suggested option for Raw files. For JPEG images, I always choose the “Add” option.

Now we come to the right side panel (again, see next image). Here, there are two steps that I usually complete. First is to select the “Don’t Import suspected duplicates” box. You don’t want to import the same photo twice, right? 🙂

The other step I complete using the right side panel is very important — the destination step. This is where you tell LR where (and how) to save your images. I save my images chronologically… so my files are saved by year and by month. You can organize your files however you like, creating a filing system that works for you.

Now you come to the very last step. You can just press “Import” (as shown below) and tada ….. your photos should start uploading in LR. At that point, once the photos are imported, you are all set and can start playing with the program more! 🙂

Hopefully this “first step” tutorial is helpful in getting you out of the starting blocks, and on your way to using Lightroom. If you have any questions, definitely feel free to reach out to me using the comments on this post, and ask away!


PallaviAbout the Author  Pallavi resides in Mexico City with her husband and her ever-growing little son, Rajveer. She has previously lived in Calcutta, Pune, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. She reflects all these places in her pages as she captures her everyday stories. She is an alumnus of Northwestern University. Currently, she is learning photography and working towards getting to a healthy weight. Her days are full and she loves it that way!

Feature Friday | Laura Passage

This week, we’re excited to feature the designs of Laura Passage (known to many of us as Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage, or just WWC). Laura is not only a designer at The Digital Press, but is also our fearless leader! As a designer who also works in the paper scrapbooking industry, designing for companies like Echo Park Paper Company and Carta Bella Paper Company, Laura creates digital products that also have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel. You’ll find lots of flat stickers and icons in her kits, mixed with the types of dimensional items you tend to find used on traditional paper scrapbook layouts — stuff like wood veneer, string, staples, paper flowers, etc. Her kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here is a look at just a few of my favorite products designed by Laura…

I interviewed Laura so that we could all learn a bit more about her, and here’s what she had to say…

Where are you from?
I live in the Pacific Northwest (about 45 min south of Portland, Oregon in Salem — the state capitol).

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time? I sort of “unexpectedly inherited” full ownership of The Digital Press this past winter, and for the past few months my design time has been really limited while I have focused most of my time on expanding and updating the site (and there are lots of really fun new things on the way to The Digital Press this year!). When I’m not doing that and/or trying to find time to design fun digital or paper goodies… I like to (in no particular order) go sit on the sidelines and cheer on my kids during their sporting events; cook and bake; read good books; binge-watch my favorite series on Netflix or Hulu with my husband; and sleep (although I really don’t do that very much! haha).

What are 5 tidbits of trivia that we might not know about you?
—Before I had kids, I worked as a college soccer coach for about a decade.
—My favorite place in the world is the mountains of Colorado. I lived there when I was a kid, and nowadays as an adult even just the act of driving through that area calms me and centers me and makes me happy.
—I’m kind of obsessed with rainbow colors. The clothes in my closet are even hanging in rainbow order, because it just seems happier that way.
—My computers are all PC-based (and that isn’t going to change, because I keep buying PCs every time I need to upgrade — which I actually just did a month or two ago)… but I am totally an Apple snob when it comes to phones and devices. So yeah, basically, I am a walking contradiction and I know it makes no sense haha!
—I have had a love affair with paper goods my entire life. When I was 10 or 12, I would save up my allowance and spend it on pretty patterned paper stationary and matching envelopes… and then that stationary would seem too nice to actually use, so I would just hoard it. This info completely and totally explains my craft space in my home office, which is overflowing with patterned paper and other gorgeous crafty stuff. I mean, washi tape, people. Right?! I have a giant collection of it just because it’s so pretty.

Which of your products is your favorite?
Oh man, I cannot choose just one. I’ve done it before, and then I always feel like I am cheating on my other favorite kits, hahaha! I have multiple favorites, depending on the time of year / theme / etc. Right now because it’s summertime here in Oregon, though, I will say that there is something I adore about last year’s Project Twenty Fifteen | July Collection… I love the happy colors, and the combination of travel-themed items and outdoorsy things and girly florals…


And here are some gorgeous layouts and projects featuring some of Laura’s designs from her shop…

If you love fun color and papery goodness, you need to be sure to check out Laura’s products in the shop! My personal favorite item of hers is her Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle. These templates are my go-to templates for all my pocket scrapbooking layouts. With real stitching in both black and white, and tons of layout varieties, they are the templates I turn to when I have lots of photos to include on a page. They are a pocket scrapper’s dream come true!

Be sure to head over to Laura’s shop at The Digital Press this week for an amazing 30% OFF SALE on all of her products. (sale runs through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/28). You can pick up some of those amazing templates… or anything else that suits your fancy!


About the Author  Katie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and their four sweet but crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under the never-ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family, and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

Tutorial Tuesday | Expanding Your Digital Toolkit

We’ve all had that moment when our creative mojo just escapes us. You’ve been there before, right? You’ve got the time to create… a brand new kit that you really want to work with… and nothing. So what do you do?

Most of us browse galleries for inspiration, of course. Then you find “it” — a layout that has you saying, “wow, I really love that!” Maybe it’s the pictures, the composition/proportions on the page, the kit selection. Oh, hang on a minute… that’s your layout! Wow, that’s a little embarrassing. Actually, it’s not. Most of us are the resident memory-keeper for our family. We should be proud of – and love – the layouts we create. So how about using your own layouts as the inspiration for something new? Yes, I’m talking about expanding your digital toolkit and scraplifting yourself!

I look at scraplifting as one of the sincerest forms of flattery in the digital world. When you scraplift a page, you’re saying to the creator that their page inspired you to create; it struck a chord with you. It’s okay to give yourself a pat on the back for a layout well done… and if you find a formula that you like, why not repeat it? Scraplifting could be duplicating a layout design, or using it as inspiration to build from. I love doing the latter and wanted to show you my process for “lifting” the page shown here…

 

[credits: Sweet Dreams — a collaboration by Sabrina’s Creations and Designed by Soco]

 

Where to begin? Open your original file in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and save a copy to work from. This is so important! You don’t want to make changes to your original file and then accidentally save them and over-write your original! Take it from someone who has “been there, done that” — it’s not pretty. On your duplicate file, start removing any paper or photos layers that you might have clipped to shapes. You want to strip the layout down to the basic design elements, like this:

 

 

Now, I like to use my existing layouts as inspiration and not necessarily duplicate an existing design (although that’s a great option, too). With that in mind, now that I have the base design laid out in front of me, it’s time to play around by moving elements (or groups of elements) around to create something new.

I like the vertical paper strip on the left with the scalloped edge peeking out and the stitched top edge. This would really lend itself to being on the bottom of a page. Ah, rotate the layout counter-clockwise (all layers), and then lower that portion of the design just a little…

 

 

With that central cluster of elements on the bottom edge, I’m now starting to think a vertical design — right down the center of the layout — might be the way to go. Here’s what the design looks like after I’ve moved and re-sized some of the papers. You’ll see that the overall design of the original page is still there; it’s just been modified enough to make it a little different…

 

 

Some of the original element clusters on the sides are now looking… well, “off” for want of a better word. This doesn’t mean they should automatically be deleted, however; they can still be re-purposed in the new design layout. Sometimes simply rotating and moving the elements can breathe new light into them. The cluster on the right-hand side of the page, for example, is one I really like. However, the vertical placement just doesn’t work now. Making it horizontal again (as it was in the original layout) will work.  Rotated and moved around a bit, here’s how my page’s composition is shaping up…

 

 

You’ll see that I’ve also hidden a few layers, like the element cluster that was originally in the upper left-hand corner of the new design. It was just too much. Also, at this point I haven’t even thought about a kit design, new papers, or new elements. I’ve simply been setting up the foundation on which to build from — and that’s not always easy to do, as I want to jump right in!

Using this scraplifted version of my original layout, I can now start adding all of the new pieces to complete my layout. If I move things around again, that’s fine — it’s my page, my memory. I can do whatever I like with it. I’m a firm believer that there’s no right or wrong way to scraplift a page. Bottom line: have fun with it!

Here’s how my now newly-designed page came out:

 

[credits: Away by Creashens]

 

…and just for fun, I did a second variation of the original page, just to show you that you can expand your toolkit and scraplift one page several times with each layout being unique to the memory you wish to record:

 


[credits: Leelo and Kiwi by Wildheart Designs]

 

So, if you like what you create… go ahead and give yourself permission to create it again, with a twist! A few things to remember:

  • Create a copy of your original Photoshop file and work from that.  Don’t work on your original file.
  • If you rotate the design, watch for your shadow angles as they will rotate, too.
  • If your original layout was based on a template, which you would normally credit a designer for, think about whether you will still give credit when you share your new layout. My own personal rule of thumb: If the new layout still closely resembles the original template, give credit with something like, “Template (modified) by …”

Scraplifting from your own gallery can be a great way to get your mojo going — or even just a fun exercise to do when you’re in a creative rush. It’s an easy way to expand your digital toolkit since you have all the inspiration right there at your fingertips: it’s you! If you would like to give this a try, I’d love to see what you can do with your own layout, so link me up with a before and after!


KatAbout the Author  Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A Director of Human Resources by day, she loves the opportunity to spend a few hours each day being creative. Vacation memories feature pretty heavily in Kat’s scrapbooking pages, as do her son and “daughter” (of the four-legged furry kind). Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.

 

Hybrid How-To | Custom Composition Books

Hello and happy Saturday! Summer is quickly coming to an end. Can you believe it? My kids go back to school in 2 weeks and we’ve been busy getting their supplies. I noticed both kids have composition notebooks on their lists — woohoo! Why have a plain notebook, when you can have a fantabulous notebook? I thought it might be fun to create some personalized covers, and am here today to show you how to use your favorite digital kit to do so!

For my own composition book cover, I included a happy memory from my kids’ previous school year, as well as a little inspirational quote. I even left a blank space to write in the subject. I’m also putting a blank sheet of adhesive on the back, too, so the kids can add their own personal touch! Anything to keep them motivated, right?

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Project Twenty Fifteen | August by Laura Passage, shown below)
  • Full sheet adhesive labels (I used Avery #15265)
  • Paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, and a ruler
  • Composition notebook(s) of any size

 

Directions:

  1. Measure the cover of your notebook.
  2. Create a document in Photoshop that is the exact size of your book’s cover — plus an extra 1/4″ on the top and bottom (this will ensure the design you are about to create will cover the front of the notebook).
  3. Print your design onto the full-sheet adhesive label sheet.
  4. Using the paper trimmer, trim the excess from the left side of your design, the side closest to the binding tape of the book. Don’t peel the backing off yet! First, you will center it and mark where you’ll need to cut the other 3 sides. Trim those before adhering.
  5. Start to peel the backing from the left side, only a half inch or so, and adhere it starting on the left. Then slowly continue to peel back an inch or so at a time, as you adhere it. Doing it this way not only ensures you get it centered, but also eliminates pesky air bubbles!
  6. Using the scissors, trim around the corners.
  7.  Optional — If you want it to be just a little more permanent, add clear contact paper on top of your cover.

And that’s it — easy peasy!

Now it’s your turn, make one of these super simple comp books and come share your creation with us in the forum! During July 2016, you can even receive points in TDP’s challenge system if you complete this project and enter it into the July 2016 Hybrid Challenge. 🙂

 


Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her buying school supplies, gearing up for VBS and reading like it’s going out of style (while sipping sweet tea!)…

 

Feature Friday | River~Rose Designs

 

Today we are excited to feature the lovely Bobbie of River~Rose Designs as a part of our Feature Friday series. Personally, I love her designs and I am thrilled to get to know her better while also showcasing my favorites from her store at The Digital Press with you.

Bobbie creates digital products that are very versatile and easy to work with when you’re scrapping your memories. She always includes a lot of great elements in her kits, like flowers, flair buttons, butterflies, hearts, and cute little elements like owls… and I love the extra element packs that she creates, which give you even more variation to work with. Bobbie’s kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here are a few of my favorite designs by River~Rose Designs…

 

Don’t you just love how bright and colorful all of those kits are? 🙂

I asked Bobbie a few questions, in order to get to know the person behind all of those wonderful designs even better…

Where do you live?
Right in the middle of the Unites States, in Missouri.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I love to crochet!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—We love playing pool, we have a pool table in our living room and entertain often for our friends who love to play, as well.
—I don’t have a favorite color; I like them all!
—At the age of 40, almost all my children are grown. They are ages 16, 18, 22, and almost 24.
—I am self-taught in Photoshop. I just sat down one day with the program and started playing and never stopped.
—I was named after my father. His name is Robert Louis and they called him Bobby Lou when he was young. So, I’m named Bobbie Lou.

Which of your products is your favorite?
Beautiful Life

You may have noticed that I am a huge fan of Bobbie’s designs, and so here is a sampling of some of the layouts I have created with her kits…

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Bobbie better. Check out her store HERE and don’t forget to have a look at the beautiful new products that she released today. Also, there will be a 30% OFF SALE in Bobbie’s shop all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/21)!

Wishing you a great day!


biancka

About 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.

Tutorial Tuesday | Capture the Everyday

I’ve been following a few photography challenges this year, and even if I don’t do them every week (or at all, let’s be honest!), they are slowly influencing me and helping me see my daily world with new, creative eyes. A few days ago I was doing our laundry and decided to capture this everyday, mundane task as artistically as possible, and in as many different ways as I could think of. And it was so, SO fun!
Capture the Everyday

Of course, some of my images didn’t turn out… but that’s OK because experimenting was part of the fun. I decided to implement various photography techniques — like macro, changing angles and perspectives, long exposures, purposeful blurs, compositional “rules” like leading lines, centered compositions, repetition/pattern, texture, rule of thirds, etc.

Capture the Everyday

This was truly an eye-opening experience and I never thought photographing something as mundane as the laundry would be so fun and could bring so much variety in the images.

Capture the Everyday

To add some cohesiveness to the photos I took, I edited them all with The Basics Lightroom Presets (#1) by Dunia Designs.

If you, too, want to see — and document — your everyday life with new eyes, why not try something similar?

  • Grab your camera and focus (pun intended!) on some daily aspect of your life — a task (like my laundry), an object, a place, etc. You don’t need much time to do this; 5-10 minutes is plenty to do this sort of creative exercise
  • Try to look at your everyday event like an explorer would when discovering a new civilization. Forget everything you know about this thing and try to see it with fresh eyes, as if it were the first time you laid your eyes on it
  • Then… simply grab your camera and start playing! Change your angles, take a wide shot to capture the whole environment (or the opposite — come closer and do a close-up shot), play with light and shadows, experiment with the composition rules and have fun. Maybe you won’t produce a masterpiece but you will definitely start seeing your world with new eyes!

I hope you’ll have fun experimenting and being creative, and I’d LOVE to see the result if you try your hand (and eye) at it! You can leave links to photos in the comments, below… or if your photos actually result in the creation of a scrapbook layout, you can post it in TDP’s gallery and then link me up here!

 


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. She recently became quite obsessed with her BuJo (bullet journal) and can’t wait to discover how much it’ll help her improve her (so far non-existent!) organisational skills!

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.