Flourish: Fall in Love with Your Life

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I haven’t always been the most positive person. I will admit that I have gotten that “%*&# my life” attitude at times, and sometimes it is over something small and stupid (like a bunch of cans falling out of the cupboard onto my toes). At those times, I try to dig a little deeper than what is going on at the surface. Sure there are times when things may feel like they are all falling apart at once, but when you take a breath, step back and look at life as a whole, you can get yourself out of the negative moment.

About fifteen years ago, I had a group of ladies who were traveling buddies on a trip to Europe. A lot of things that were planned ended up falling through, but we had each other to keep balanced. We started a gratitude practice. It was simple. One person who was feeling a moment of doubt, homesick, or crankiness would shout “gratitude!” and we’d stop what we were doing and say something we were thankful for. It was wonderful. I still think about those ladies and that experience. I don’t practice gratitude as often as I probably should, but there are definitely moments when it slips over me and I find the sweet spot.

One of the ways I am able to find gratitude and appreciation for life is through scrapbooking and art journaling. Getting the chance to be creative and share those pages with a worldwide community of fabulous creatives is something I would have never imagined way back when. And getting to be on a team of creatives? Beyond amazing.

For me, pocket scrapping is one way I’ve found moments of appreciation in everyday life. I used to think that I didn’t have enough excitement in life to document. But looking back over two and a half years of daily notes, I realize how special our life is. I’m sure our lives would seem beyond boring to some, un-traditional to others, and some might even question why I’d bother documenting all of the little odd moments that I do document. But I love it. I love that I can look back and remember when we went to a certain yearly plant sale to get things for the garden, or how many times my grandma came over to see her great-great grandson. I love it. I am never “caught up” and probably never will be, but it doesn’t matter. I’m enjoying the process.

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And you don’t have to pocket scrap. Any of the little moments you capture and put onto a page is worthwhile. Heck, you can fall in love with your life just going back through and looking at your photos. Find those moments that take your breath away. They are yours. They don’t have to mean anything to anyone else. Find enough of those moments, and you will be in love/stay in love with your life. Let the moments wash over you. Feel them. Breathe them in. Run your fingers through your hair with them. Add them up and savor them.

Here are some quotes I found that inspire me and remind me to fall in love with my life. Because you do only live once. You better be in love with it.

 

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It's About the Story

 

 

Now it is your turn. Document the small things that leave a rich mark. Head over to the challenge forum to participate in loving your life.

 

Kimberlee

 

 

 

 

About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a M.Ed. in Instructional Design.

Flourish | Your Recoloring Skills

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Once upon a time I used to recolor by using the Colorize option.  The results were not always optimal.  One day while playing with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer I learned that I could pinpoint specific hues and change them!  This changed my recoloring-life.  Seriously.  It was a moment where the heavens opened and angels started singing!   If you aren’t afraid of watching a very silly/giggly tutorial hit play.  If you want a step-by-step text/image tutorial just keep on scrolling!

If video tutorials aren’t you thing here is a step-by-step of how I created the above effects!  The kit used for this tutorial is called Lemonade Stand by Mommyish. It is 50% off Tuesday-Thursday! *inserts shameless plug*

Lemonade Stand by Mommyish

Open the element or paper you would like to change.  For this I have selected a little word art piece that I want to remove the coral in exchange for a gender neutral orange.

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Above this layer you add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.  If you do not have this on your tool palette you can get to it by going to Window > Adjustments then click  the Hue/Saturation icon. hue-sat

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After I have added the adjustment layer I create a new layer above both the element/paper and adjustment layer.  I take my paintbrush and just scribble over the element with the color I want to achieve.  For this tutorial I want to change the coral to orange.

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After I have my color sampled I then play around with my adjustment layer.  This is where the magic happens!  You will need to determine the main colors of your element and then adjust accordingly.  Coral uses a red hue so from the drop down I choose red as the color I would like to adjust.  If I was going to change the teal color I would choose cyan.  If I was going to change the yellow I would choose yellow.

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There are three sliders you can move.  The first is the most important: Hue.  By sliding this we can change the coral to orange.. or any other color!  Saturation effects how much OOMPH the color has while lightness can either deepen or lighten it up.  By using all three you could create completely different effects.  Play around and have fun!

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When you have accomplished the look you want you can delete the sample color layer and merge the adjustment layer with your element.  I save the file as something new and call it done!  You can also pull your edited hue/saturation layer into other element documents with the same color you want to change to gain the same color effect on multiple items (as you can see in the first image of the post)

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As you can see to the left here are a few samples of the elements in the kit and then a quick recolor to remove the “pink coral” with a more gender neutral orange that also matches the kit!  Many times we may like a kit but one color might be off-putting to our personal tastes.  It is easier than you think to recolor one specific hue in a palette!  While this may be a bit more of an advanced tutorial – once you get the hang of it you will find yourself going back to this technique over and over again!

Recoloring like a boss

 

In the past I might have used recoloring skills to pull pranks on long-distance family members.  (or maybe I just wanted to see if I could pull off pink hair)  My hair pulls from a yellow hue.  All I did was add the hue/saturation layer and adjust the yellow slider while erasing some extra color areas to maintain realism. (the lamp shade behind my shoulder, for example) You can use your eraser brush on the hue/saturation layer!

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I hope you enjoyed this somewhat silly tutorial.  Don’t be afraid to play around.  You never know what fun effects you might accomplish just by experimenting!

 

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 About the Author: Leah is the designer behind Mommyish and owner of The Digital Press. She lives in the beautiful lower Hudson Valley of NY with her husband, two girls, and in-laws! She has a love for all things geeky and quirky. In addition to being a graphic designer, she is an avid pianist.

Flourish Design Challenge

Flourish Design Challenge

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1. To make dramatic, sweeping gestures, like a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
2. To decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.

I just love looking at rooms that are designed with some type of flourish somewhere. The movements that graceful lines give to a room are just beautiful to me. I love clean and simple in my home decorations and I find I design my layouts the same way. The following photographs show ways you can look at a room or piece of furniture and get inspiration for a design in a layout.

Flourish Design Challenge

Here is a clean and simple room then they added the flourish into the room by way of the headboard and then added the wall decal above to match. So beautiful! The Mr. & Mrs. are taking the flourish into the letters by giving them gracefully swirls to start off the letters.

Flourish Design Challenge

In the living room here what inspired me to pick this room for a flourish design is that amazing wallpaper! All those beautiful curves! What works for me is they made the wall that frames in the fireplace painted just white, that way you get the beauty of the wallpaper without it being too overwhelming. At least for me. I have a girlfriend who would do a whole room in this wallpaper and be in her happy place! Take the wallpaper and use that as inspiration to find beautiful papers that has the same type of design.  The mirror is also a item that you could take a flourish design item and use that as inspiration for a layout. I could easily see that as a frame with the photograph of a loved one inside of it.

Now for my layout that I created using flourish design as my inspiration, as you see I took the elements from the photograph with the Mr. & Mrs. I used the flourish lines above my photograph and then use a wordart that has graceful lines.

Flourish Design Challenge

I would love for you to join me in a Flourish Design Challenge! Look for me HERE!

Barbara

About the Author: I started paper scrapbooking in 2001, then in 2009ish I had an online friend who dared me to give digital a try. Wow! life changing in my busy day of being a stay at home mom to six children. In my free time I also love to visit antique malls for treasures, reading, meeting friends for tea and then my woman’s bible study group is a highlight of my week.

Hybrid For The Home

Hybrid For The Home

This month the design team here at The Digital Press created a lovely collaborative mega kit called Gingham Style, and included is a set of printable banners. Being a member of the hybrid team, they immediately caught my attention. I know some of you out there who purchased Gingham Style might be wondering what you could do with them, so today I’m sharing a little home decor project I used the banners for!

Gingham Style Printable Banners

 

These are a great “introduction to hybrid crafting” project. All you need is a regular pair of scissors or a straight edge and X-Acto blade. If you can cut a straight line you can do this! I happen to have an electronic die cutting machine, so I used my Silhouette Cameo to do the cutting. I set up my Print & Cut file in the software that I use with my cutting machine. Because I wanted it to be double sided, I duplicated each banner, rotated 180 degrees, and aligned the straight edges to form a diamond shape. Don’t forget to add your cut lines! Mine are shown as the black line around the edge of each diamond.

 

Hybrid For The Home

 

Once everything is cut out I scored down the middle and folded to create a 2 sided banner, which I then strung on a piece of seam binding. Ribbon, embroidery floss, baker’s twine, or yarn would all make excellent choices as a stringing material. I closed by banners around my seam binding by placing a glue dot near the bottom point of the triangle. Once I had each banner strung, I distributed them evenly and then stapled at the top with my mini stapler.

Once my banner was completed I used it to decorate an empty wall above my bed. By adding a family photo and a decorative letter (F for our last name) I picked up on clearance at the craft store, I’ve quickly and affordably livened up this living space. These banners are a fun & temporary way to bring color to an otherwise boring space in your home.

 

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Digital Scrapbooking kits are a great resource for creating your own custom decor for any season or holiday! Have you created anything for your home? If so, I’d love to see it. Leave a comment with a link to your project.

 

About the Author: Amber Funk enjoys a vast assortment of interests such as scrapbooking, photography, getting crafty with her Silhouette Cameo, reading, and playing video games. She is a Wife and Mother of 2 living in Northern California and blogs her crafty adventures at http://perfectly-fabulous.com/
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Flourishing through the difficult times (every flower must grow through dirt)

Flourishing through difficult times

How many times have you gone through a difficult situation and thought, will this ever pass? And then when you least realize it, the situation is behind you and you’re stronger because of it. This past year was hard for our family, we lost my step-mom, my best friend (who’s more than a sister to me) lost her dad, and some other stuff that had us begging for the year to end. And while this one hasn’t been exactly a bed of roses, we have chosen to rise through it and flourish though (and despite) the difficult times.

Flourish through difficult times

There was one thing that helped me not lose it completely, and that was scrapping. While I’m not big on journaling at all, I found that losing myself in PS was a life saver. And while not all my pages were art-journaly ones, I did come up with some of my very favorite pages ever during that period. Here’s a page by Amy who’s going through a difficult time right now, and I hope that when she looks back on it she can savor the memory and be grateful that she had it.

Flourish through the difficult times

 

Your challenge (which you can find in the forums here) will be to tell us how you made flowers push through the dirt in a particularly difficult time in your life. Can’t wait to see your pages!

Cynthia

About the Author: Cynthia is a CT Member here at The Digital Press. She lives in sunny (way too sunny!) Mazatlan, Mexico with her hubby and their 8-going-on-40 yo daughter, plus the 2 most spoiled Westies who ever lived. She loves reading, cooking, photography and of course, scrapping!

 

Flourish Your Journaling Skills

Flourish Your Journaling Skills

Journaling on your scrapbook pages can be a great way to both communicate basic information as well as give the reader a more in depth picture of what took place during an event or photo. We often find it fairly easy to include the five W’s on our pages (who, what, where, when and why) because they are the easiest things to pull to the surface as they are the most basic information about something. I’d like to share five ways to go beyond the five W’s to capture your stories on your scrapbook pages. Using these five suggestions can allow you to tell meaningful stories and show your personality on the scrapbook page.

  1. Just Write – My first suggestion is to just write. Don’t worry about grammar, sentence structure, spelling or any of the rules that we think of when writing. Just get your thoughts and words down on the page. You can always go back and edit later, if you feel the need. Don’t over think things or get caught up in telling yourself you can’t journal or worrying if it will be good … just write! The more that you journal, the better you’ll get. Practice really does make perfect. And remember – there is no right or wrong way to add journaling to your scrapbooking. There are no rules so just let go and write!
  2. Write Like You Speak – Imagine yourself telling someone about a scrapbook page you’re working on … what are the things you’d want to share? Writing as you speak is the best way to ensure your unique voice is captured in your scrapbook pages. It can be easier to let go of the idea of formal writing and just write whatever it is that you’d say when describing what’s on your page. It will ultimately be more authentic and more YOU!
  3. Focus on the Unique – Instead of just answering the basics (the five Ws) on your pages, try to find something unique about your photo or event and focus your journaling on that. Think about the various stories or facets of experience that someone might appreciate knowing and focus your attention there! You will make more impact by focusing in areas of detail within the story – it will help your audience feel something more about the story you’re trying to tell.
  4. Journal Outside of the Box – It’s not always necessary to journal in the traditional way. Journaling outside of the box can help you journal in less complicated formats. Examples of these techniques would be using pie charts, Q&A and bullet point lists to tell your story in a new and unique way. You can also record conversations as well as use poems/quotes/songs to communicate a story. Don’t get hung up on traditional writing as the only way to communicate something – use other techniques and methods to tell your stories in new and different ways.
  5. Appeal to the Senses – One of the best ways to connect your audience to the experience you’re describing in your jounaling is to use the most descriptive words possible. Descriptive language can help clearly describe any number of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings that were experienced. Journaling that connects to the sensory experience can add an entirely new dimension of interaction for the audience.

Here are a couple of layouts that I wanted to share that demonstrate my using these suggestions to create meaningful journaling on my pages!

Flourish Your Journaling Skills

Flourish Your Journaling Skills

I hope that these tips and suggestions will help you to flourish your journaling skills!

Please head over to check out the Challenge Forum where I’ll be hosting a journaling challenge! I hope to see you there!


Amy

About the Author: Amy lives in Reston, VA with her husband of 13 years and their 9 year old boy/girl twins. Their 18 year old daughter is in the midst of  her second 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!