Font Friday: Austie Bost On a Whim

Hey everyone, hope your summer is treating you well. I am have been crazy busy with moving into our new house, my oldest daughter graduating, my youngest daughter starting 8th grade and gearing up for a little bit of traveling. It has been no stop almost. Lots of painting still to do but we are coming along nicely.

Here is what we did to my daughter’s room. We still have some furniture to paint before it is all said and done but she loves how it turned out and that is all that matters. I will post more as our house comes along.

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The blue that you see in the room is not actually blue but teal or ‘peacock tail’, well that is going into her bathroom. We are also going to be writing on the wall ‘Let the Beauty within shine through’ right by her mirror so that she is reminded every day how beautiful she is!

With that being said, we have found a font that we love and plan on using to write it out.. Thank you so much to Austin Owens over at http://www.austiebost.net/ for your amazing font ‘Austie Bost On a Whim’!! Love it… you can get your copy here:  http://www.austiebost.net/2014/06/austie-bost-on-whim.html

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Download here:  https://app.box.com/s/vxd6brgpi2xcxbipn2lo

So please check out here fun fonts and hope you enjoy the freebie!

 

 

Funday Tutorial

It is always fun to find a new way to change up your designs, and give your layouts that special ‘pop’. When scrapbooking pages of your kids it would be nice to make it look like a crayon drawing with crayon lettering. Once you download this tutorial you will be able to give your pages that look.

I found this tutorial at Digidesignresort. I put a direct link to this tutorial inside the instructions. Just click on the image below to download the tutorial.

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 Have a great week, and Happy Scrapping!

Funday Freebie

Once again it was a bad week between health and computers. I decided to finally ditch my old desktop. It must be at least 7 years old and in computer life….that is old. I have been busy transferring files from my desktop to my hubby’s laptop that he let me have since he is no longer using it.

So for today I have a freebie I made for you using Meg Scott’s kit Love Bridge which you can find HERE. Just click on the picture for your freebie.

 

Love Bridge Frame Cluster

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Thank you for joining me today.

Happy Scrapping!

Styles Tutorial

 Please forgive me for missing last “Funday”. Between having a bad health week and both my PC and MAC giving me problems, I did not get much done. Maybe my computers had the same virus as me! Anyways, it is good to be back.

I received this tutorial from Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s newsletter, and I want to share it with you. This will come in handy if you like to use styles. There is a free template to go with this tutorial that you can get by clicking on “SnickerdoodleDesigns” below and then scrolling to the end of the page, and there is a nice tip at the end of this tutorial also.

Creating your own Style Strip for Photoshop Layer Styles

by SnickerdoodleDesigns on 5 July 2014 in Designer Tools & Tips, Elements (PSE),Photoshop CS+, Tutorials

1. Here is a template that I created for my Style Strips.  There are 6 squares, and each square is on it’s own layer.  You can make your own template with as many or as few squares as you like, or you may download my template for your use at the bottom of this post.

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 2. Load or install the Photoshop Style that you wish to create a Strip for.

3. Go back to the template and replace the name of each layer (in my preview named “Product Name”) with the name of the Style you wish to create the Style Strip for.Untitled2

4. With the first layer in the template selected, click on the first Style that is in the Style set you are using. In the image below, you will see that I am creating a Style Strip for my Leather Styles-Set 1, so I have changed the names of my layers to reflect that information.   I have also applied the first Style in this Style Set to the first square.

 

5.  To complete the Strip, I would just need to click on the next layer (SD_LeatherSet1-2) to make it active, then click on the Leather-Set1-2 Style in the Styles Panel to apply it to the 2nd rectangle (that is on the 2nd layer); then click on Layer 3, and so on.Untitled3

 

6.  Once the Strip has been completed, save as a PSD or TIFF, and file it in your choice of places.  I like to keep my Style Strips together with everything else that goes with that product (.asl file, tutorials, and such).

Untitled4Note:  If you are creating a Strip that has more than 6 Styles in it: Create a new document (size dependent upon how much space you need); drag the original template onto the new document; duplicate the number of layers (squares) that you need; create your Style Strip; crop the transparent pixels on your new document; and save as noted above.

TIP:  Using Style Strips is helpful when you don’t want to load or install Styles. Just open the PSD (or TIFF, depending upon how the Strip is saved), right click on layer of the Style you want to use and choose the “Copy Layer Style” option.  Right click on the layer you wish to apply the Style to and choose “Apply Layer Style.”  Using Style Strips is especially helpful for those who have Photoshop Elements versions that do not allow “loading” of Styles.

 

Blog Trains

The best and least expensive way to build your stash for scrapbooking is to hop on board a Blog Train. This is also a great way to find digital scrapbooking blogs, FB pages, and stores. Here are a few suggestions of what you should do while downloading kits from the list of designers in a Blog Train:

  1. Make a folder on your computer with the name of the Blog Train
  2. Download each kit into that folder.
  3. Bookmark the designer’s page where you download the kit.
  4. Leave a comment thanking them for taking the time to be a part of the train, and for sharing their talent.

While most Blog Train kits are for Personal Use Only, there are a few designers that provide Commercial Use kits as well. So Blog Trains are also good for building a CU stash for those who design their own kits. Always be mindful of the Terms of Use for each designer.

There are several different types of Blog Trains. Some trains have a common theme and color palette. Some trains have a common theme, and let the designers pick their own color palette, and some have a common color palette, and let the designers pick their own theme. Most trains run for one month, however, they all have their own start dates.

Another thing to remember about Blog Trains is that the designers live all over the world, so if someone’s site isn’t up and running by the date and time specified you will need to check back. I usually wait two or three days into the train to visit all the sites so that I don’t have to check back later.

Here are some current Blog Trains to visit for the month of June.

 Pixel Scrapper

Digi Blog Train List

DST Blog Train

Scrappin Your Heart Out Blog Train

 Scrap n Pieces Blog Train

O’Scrap Blog Train

Wilma 4 Ever Blog Train

 MyMemories Blog Train

My Favorite “blank” Is Blog Train

These are just a few of the Blog Trains out there. If you do a search for “blog trains” you will find many, many more. If you want to participate as a designer in a train, just sign up. Most blog trains are open and like to have new designers join them.

 Thank you for joining me for Funday. Hop on Board a Train.

Enchanted Colors Kit

I hope this “Funday” finds you being creative and productive. Before I get to the kit I am featuring today, I have a few search tips for you. You can find a lot of pages referring to digital scrapbooking sites by doing a search for “digital scrapbooking”. You can either do the search in Facebook or with a search engine such as Google. I have done searches using both. Try changing your search words to get different types of pages. Here are a few suggestions: commercial use digital scrapbooking, digi scrapping, digital scrap freebies, or digital scrap blogs. Then change the word “blog” with; Pinterest, twitter, site, web page, etc. The key thing to remember is that not all sites have the same “tag” words so one site that shows up in one search may not show up in another. That is why I change the wording of my searches. So search away and don’t forget to bookmark the pages you like.

I made a cluster using Meg Scott’s kit “Enchanted Colors” as your freebie today.

Click on Cluster to download.

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The Enchanted Colors Kit is packed with pretty things such as fairies, and a Victorian couple, along with many other elements and beautiful papers.

Each paper design will be sent to you as a separate JPEG file for maximum versatility and crisp, beautiful printing. These designs make great backgrounds for scrapbooking, cards, invitations, announcements, labels, newsletters, and other craft projects.

15 digital papers – textured, glittered and embossed

• Dimensions: 12″ x 12″ (3600 x 3600 pixels)

• Resolution: 300 ppi

• File format: JPG

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• Resolution: 300 ppi

• File format: PNG

Here is some inspiration.

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Click on preview below to be taken to Meg’s Store.

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Here is a bonus for those who read all the way to the bottom of this post. Visit Meg Scott Studio’s Facebook page to grab her “150 Likes” FREEBIE “Only in my Dreams”.

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See you next “Funday”. Happy Scrapping!

‘Funday’ Colors, Tutorials, Freebies, and a Train Ride

Below are some sites that will help with designing with colors, and link you to tutorials, brushes, and freebies. I have not taken any type of design, or art classes so when I decided to start designing my own kits I searched the Internet for help. I also asked other designers for help, and searched tutorials. There is such an abundance of information out there for digital scrapbooking and just about any hobby you might enjoy. Anyway, here are some sites that have helped me, and I hope you walk away with some information that will help you as well.

 www.color-wheel-artist.com/hue.html – The page that this link directs you to explains the difference between a Hue, Tint, Shade, and Tone. There are tabs on the left of the page with more information about colors. There are also a couple of freebies on the site.

 www.albumstoremember.com/my-memories-tutorials – A lot of tutorials are done using programs like PhotoShop, Gimp, Smilebox, etc. Barb at Albums to Remember Designs has some tutorials using MyMemories Suite V5. So if the only digital program you have is MMS, this is a great site for you.

 www.brushking.eu – BrushKing is a great site if you are into brushes, and how to use them. They have some free stuff, and some for sale. They also have PSD Files, and Tutorials. Be sure to check the TOU for each brush you download.

 www.thedigiexpress.com – The Digi Express Blog Train is traveling along with lots of goodies in store. So head on over to the site and start collecting the kits. Our theme for June is “Here Comes the Sun!” Here is a preview.

 Happy ‘Funday’! See you next week.

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Helpful Sites for the Digital Scrapbooker

Welcome to another Funday!
I would like to share some fun and interesting sites that I have either come across on my own or found via another person. There are so many interesting sites out there on the Internet. I hope the ones I am sharing today will help you with your work and the organization of your files.
Spacefem’s Digital Scrapbook Paper Pack Generator will give you paper designs in the color you choose.  You enter the hex number of the color you want and the site will provide you with a number of paper designs using the color. If you don’t know the hex number of the color they have a link that will take you to colors and their hex numbers. There is a lot more information on this site so take a few minutes to explore the whole site.
OpenClipArt is a good site for those beginning to design their own kits, as the clip art is free.  You may also upload your own clip art to this site but remember whatever you upload, you are allowing others to use it for free.
WordMarkIt is helpful in that it will show you how a word will look in a font from your computer. Before I came across this site I had typed out every font on my computer into a word document and saved it. When I need to pick a font I bring up the word document and scroll through until I find the font I want. This is a pretty quick way of doing it but it did take me a while to type it up, and if I add any new fonts to my computer they won’t be on the list unless I remember to add them. So this site is a good ‘quick look’ at fonts.
Low Budget Scrapping is a great site if you are on a tight budget. I am on a fixed income so I need to shop wisely when choosing what products I buy. This site has low prices, and the products are top quality. There are several designers on this site so you will have to check their TOUs to find out how the products may be used.
I would like to close by sharing some file organization with you. There are many ways in which you can organize your files and you will have to find the one way that suits you the best.
Here is how I organize my files when I am on the Internet. I use Firefox as my browser and I have a Bookmark Toolbar at the top of my page. You probably have one as well in your browser. This is where I bookmark sites I visit everyday or need to get to quickly without searching for them. I use ICONS only as my display so I can fit as many as possible on the toolbar.
Did you know that you could put a FOLDER on the toolbar and bookmark several sites within that folder? I have a folder that I titled “DigiCuTut”. This folder contains Digital Scrapbook Sites I frequent the most, and Tutorials I am interested in. Within this folder is another folder titled “CU” where I list all the Commercial Use Sites. It just makes it so much easier for me when I want to go to one of my fave sites because I don’t have to scroll through my long list of  digi sites I have bookmarked!
Note: Once I use a tutorial that I have bookmarked; I type it out in word and save it in my Instructions Folder. Then I can delete the tutorial bookmark, which helps to keep that folder less cluttered.
Happy Scrapping, See you next Funday!

The Digi Express is leaving the station.. all aboard

Oh, what a fun time of year.. for some it is crazy hot, for others it is cooling down, but the sun is here for all. We have a beautiful train for you all this month. Please come join us along for the ride.

Here is my portion

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Download here:  http://bit.ly/1nNMkV4

Please head over to our first stop:  Dreamn4ever Designs - http://www.dreamn4everdesigns.blogspot.com

In case you get lost, I am the last stop, head over to http://thedigiexpress.com/

Head over to my Facebook page to pick up this goody!!

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Funday Tutorials

Today I would like to share some digital scrapbooking tips with you.

I really appreciate when other scrap-bookers share different tips and tricks that they have learned. The more little ‘gems of information’ you collect, the quicker and easier digital scrapbooking becomes.

A friend taught me a neat little trick with shadows in PS, and I am going to share it with you. I am also going to share something that makes duplicating an effect so easy, you’ll probably ask, why didn’t I know that? At least that is what I said but you might already know this trick. And I will also share a tutorial I learned while doing a challenge; How to make text look offset on a photo or object.

I use PhotoShopCS and MyMemories when designing. Today’s tutorials were done in PhotoShopCS.

I have a file in my scrapbook kits folder titled “Instructions” where I put all my files like the three I am sharing with you today. It makes it easier to find my tutorials and such. If you don’t have one place for all of yours, you might want to make a folder like I did.

  1. Remove a shadow from the inside of a frame while preserving it on the outside.
  2. Make a text look off-set on a photo or element.
  3. Duplicate an effect in PhotoShop

Just click on the links above to get the tutorials.

Don’t forget to join a challenge or blog train. They are excellent ways to learn new things and get ideas from other scrappers.

 

Thanks for joining me today. See you next Funday!