Flourish | Declutter Your Life

Have nothing in your house

 

I grew up poor. There were times that we weren’t sure what we’d eat the next day. We went without a lot of things. I think, because of that, I tend to hoard hold onto everything because I’m never sure when I might need it. Our cupboards are way too full. My art/craft supply room cannot hold anything more in it. My closet is a disaster, and I may just have a bit of a “book problem.” So I finally decided that I was going to do something about it. I was going to “purge” in 2015. I was going to de-clutter and tidy up.

I bought the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I started to read it as soon as it arrived and I could tear the box open. It is amazing. About 50 pages in, I put the book down and started to purge things out of my closet. I was so inspired! I got rid of two and a half garbage bags full of clothes, fifty pair of socks, another garbage bag full of shoes, and an overflowing laundry basket of things to take to the consignment shop because a lot of them still had tags on them. By the time I got rid of all of those things, regular life kicked back in and I had twentty-five things on my t0-do list that needed my immediate attention. I set the book aside and planned to get back to reading/purging as soon as possible. And then I lost the book. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I seriously couldn’t find it. It was lost in a pile of clutter. Wedged between stacks of mail and hastily-printed articles for my grad-school thesis. It was ridiculous. I laughed until I almost cried. I was lucky because I did find the book again, and I’m still inspired, but it was sort of an ironic wake-up call. I’m reading more and planning a weekend where I can spend the entire time focused on purging. I’m even going to rent a truck. As long as I don’t misplace the book again, I’m golden.

In my quest to simplify life, I’ve found some helpful tips along the way.

  • If you don’t really love something… if you wouldn’t buy it again at that very moment you are holding it in your hand… if it doesn’t speak to your soul… get rid of it.
  • Live with less.
  • Appreciate what you have.
  • No is an option.
  • Unsubscribe from magazines you don’t read, from snail mail that bogs you down, and from email that clutters your inbox (a great resource for this is unroll.me. It is a service that helps reduce your email traffic.)
  • Use the library. If you have a “book problem” the library is a wonderful resource that not only lessens the amount of books in your home on a permanent basis, but it also saves you a ton of money in the long run.
  • Clutter in your physical surroundings will clutter your mind & spirit. — Kaneisha.com
  • A freebie is great if you are really going to use it.

Here are some others:

 

collect moments not things

 

 

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The good news is that, as scrabookers, we already collect moments. And hopefully your electronic digital stash is not as out-of-control as mine. I’ve decided that I’m going to de-clutter my EHD(s) and get things under control in my digital world as I am cleaning up my physical world. I’m going to be a little more selective about downloading digital freebies, and I’m going to really put some thought into it before I buy yet another kit with a viewmaster reel in it. (I don’t know how many kits I’ve bought because I have to have the viewmaster reels. LOL.) I’m going to delete kits I have on my EHD from 2004 because I know I will.never.use.them. I’m going to unzip and file my digi kits/elements by designer and store and not let them languish in the “download” or “unzipped” folders. I’m going to focus on the kits I have and also be more discerning about what I buy.  I’m going to simplify.I’m going to de-clutter and stick to purging for 2015. It really will make life easier.

 

My goal is to have a workspace that always looks like this

 

uncluttered workspace

 

Join me in the challenge forum to blow off the dust and shop your stash.

 

Kimberlee

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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.

 

 

Create Hybrid Journal Cards with Digital Kits

Create Your Own Journal Cards with Digital Kits

 

Sometimes I fall in love with a digital kit and all the fabulous patterned papers and embellishments only to find out the kit doesn’t have any pre-made journal cards for Pocket Scrappers like me. But since becoming friendly with the shape tool and clipping masks in Photoshop, I make my own cards in just a few minutes and can customize to my needs.

Create Your Own Journal Cards with Digital Kits

 

I used Mari Koegelenberg and Scotty Girl Design’s new collection called Party Animals to make this hybrid page about my daughter’s 5th birthday party this past week. It was the perfect collection and perfect timing.

Create Your Own Journal Cards with Digital Kits

I made a video showing my process in creating these hybrid cards. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear them.

 

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About the Author: Brenda Smith is a mother of two littles and wife located in Southern California. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her working full-time, trying to finish up her college degree with online classes, or sleeping because there are never enough hours in the day. Hybrid scrapping satisfies her addiction to technology and her addiction to paper and glue.

 

Flourish With Flowers

flourish-final Not only are flowers a beautiful addition to any page, they are a versatile element that can be used in a multitude of ways. A quick and easy way to use flowers over and over again on your page is to resize and color them. I use the shortcut “control + T” for the transform tool and hold down the shift key while pulling a corner to enlarge or decrease the size. (The shift key ensures a uniform re-sizing.) I select the move tool (shortcut key V), hold down the ALT key and with your mouse, move a new copy of the flower onto your page. You can skip that step and just select the flower again from your folder but I find selecting and copying the flower layer so much faster and easier. I most often recolor with a hue/sat adjustment or if changing a single color, I sometimes use a replacement color adjustment layer. celebratingtoday-800 Flowers can be reconstructed, extracting parts of it to build up multiple layers. I use the original flower in it’s entirety for the base layer. I might even add a white stroke around it to give it a flat sticker look. There are many ways to select and extract but I like using the quick select tool (make sure the + box is ticked in the options bar but change to the – box if you need to erase some of your selection, moving the mouse over the area to be added/subtracted). Select a portion of the flower (you’ll see marching ants around your selection), then right click mouse and select “layer via copy”. Now you can recolor, resize, whatever you want to do with this layer, moving it overtop the original flower to build up a layer or anywhere else on your page. vibrantcolors-copy Regardless of how you use and manipulate your flower elements, adding drop shadow styles will give depth and dimension. On a single flower I will add a darker, semi-hard shadow, which looks realistic. On a thicker, bulkier flower or rolled flower, I will add a slightly lighter toned, softer shadow. I like to put the shadow on its own layer. Apply a drop shadow style. In the layer palette, hover over FX, right click your mouse and select “create layer”. This will put the shadow onto its own layer so you can manipulate it, separate from the element layer. I always choose Control + T (transform tool) and then choose warp so I can pull the shadow or puppet warp which is a bit trickier to use but Google it, watch a few videos, and you might hooked on using that also. I hope that these ideas spark your creativity and you try some of these ideas out on your next page. somuchfun-copy Head over to our challenge forum and check out my Flourish With Flowers challenge along with the other creative challenges for this month. I look forward to seeing what you create! Happy scrapping!

DSC_3594-EditRae Clevett is part of the Creative Team at The Digital Press. She lives on the west coast of BC with her hubby and Labradoodle, Taz. Her favorite way to start the day is to grab a coffee and sit down to scrap a page or two with Taz lying beside her in his dog bed or under the table.

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.

 

fill your heart

 

 

gutted

 

 

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!

 

Leah/Mommyish

 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.

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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.