Sunday, January 29, 2012

Simple Scrapper Layout

This month's Simple Scrapper sketches were so inspiring that I went ahead and made two layouts with them. Here is the second. It requires two 4x6 pictures, which, let's admit, we've all got plenty on hand to work with.

After I took these pictures, I hand wrote: "written Oct 19, 2011" after the journaling. I've shown details and the two-page spread below.

Left page:
The orange papers were scraps.
The purple gingham is scrap vintage (circa 1997, I think).
The stickers were 2 sets of thickers by American Crafts and EK Sucess
Sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership

Right page:
The purple gingham is the same as above
Crate paper $2 brad
October Afternoon camera

**The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rainbow Rays Card

I'm a total sucker for rainbows, so when the Runway inspired challenge was rainbow-ish (picture below), I began "oohing" and "ahhing" at all the creations made by the designers and the entrants, and then I made one myself.

I drew it out on a paper first and then cut out the pieces as templates.

Colored paper
Black glitter paper
Amuse washi tape
My own design for the circle

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Double-page horizontal grid

The left page of this double page spread is inspired from one of Simple Scrapper's February templates. This template was so easy to use and consistently let to gorgeous layouts. Just wait 'til you see everyone else's take on it!

Don't be afraid to mix patterns, especially when using a grid. (It adds dimension.) Take a look at what papers you have and place a few patterns and non-patterns around visually until you find a look that you like together. Then just run with it!

This double-page scrapbook layout is of a wedding we went to on October 22nd. The bride decorated with white and navy, so I thought these neutrals suited the event. The gray paper makes me happy since it reminds me of the background to my blog. When I saw it in the store, I bought 4 pages. :)

Gray paper is TheGoods/Tulle by American Crafts
Glitter papers (both blue & black) by Recollections
Glitter Damask paper is Brun Antique News Shimmer by Making Memories
Navy, floral, silver, lettered, and blue paper are from my stash and unknown.
White Letters are dimensional stickers/Sticko by EK Success
+ letters from my Silhouette (nd"=Lobster 1.3)
Frame is designed using a free template from Silhuette
White paint (on flags and "22nd") is by ColorBox
Sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership

**The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy 30th!

The ColorQ Challenge this week was a group of beautiful winter-palatte jewel tones. Any fair-skinned brunette should know them well. And this card will be going to a fair-skinned brunette as she hits the big 3-0.

I've had the paper for a while and have been hoarding it because it's so beautiful. The pictures don't do the foil burgundy circles justice. They flicker between berry and burgundy in the light.

Circle paper "Amplified/Jukebox" by American crafts
Amuse burgundy paper and washi tapes
Inspired by {this card} by Seriously...Brains
Sentiment is of my own design

Monday, January 16, 2012

Simple Scrapper Design Team

I'm so excited; I've been bursting for what feels like ages to announce this. I'm a part of the Simple Scrapper Team! {Click here to see the very wonderful Simple Scrapper Team}

Simple Scrapper is a one-stop-shop for quick tips and ideas to make sure scrapbooking remains fun and simple. I could shout the message over and over again! Jennifer Wilson is the brains behind Simple Scrapper, and she has handpicked a phenomenal group of women for the design team! I am honored to be counted as one!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cupcake cards

Some adorable cupcake stickers served as inspiration for a few birthday cards. The first card was made to go along with the colors for the ColorQ challenge. I put the cupcake in a layered window.

White paper by Paper Trey Ink
Gray patterned papper The Goods/Tulle by American Crafts
Twine is Lime Twist by My Mind's Eye
Cupcakes by Jolee

Color Challenge Colors:

White paper by Paper Trey Ink
Hambly Little Circles Overlay
Cupcakes by Jolee

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Before/After Photo Editing

I was asked to show the before & after pictures to my Out in French Press Vintage post.

My camera is a point and click that doesn't focus correctly, so I sharpened the image in Photoshop. You should be able to do this in any layer-based photo editor. Photographers might cringe at this, but since these pictures are going to be 4x6's or 5x7's in my scrapbook, I wasn't too worried about professional quality. "Good enough" will do. This is not the time to let perfectionism take over. This is the time to accept "lovely."

The real magic to my picture is the Urban Cross action from Maggie Holmes' Color Mix Action Set. It really did most of the work. You can buy it for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Totally worth it.

Here's what I did in Photoshop. (Feel free to skip #1.)

1. If needed, sharpen the person in the picture.
a. Duplicate original picture in a new layer.
b. Smart Sharpen the new layer.
c. Select/Highlight the person in the picture. (Use the quick selection tool!)
d. Create a layer mask [see image].
e. Highlight the original and the masked layer together and duplicate them
f. Convert the dups to a smart object, and then rasterize the layer.
2. Highlight the new layer (or original if you skipped #1).
3. Run the Urban Cross Action.
4. Set the Opacity of the new layer to 44%.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Out in French Press Vintage

One of my goals over the past year has been to take better photos. A very big part of this is editing. I use Photoshop. Photoshop Elements works perfectly too. In the pictures below, Tom took the ones of me. I took the others.

For the color photos, I used Maggie Holmes' Cool Mix Action Set which works phenomenally with bricks. The originals were lovely, but a bit drab. To make up for my point-and-shoot camera skills, I sharpened the images of us using the "Sharp Smarten" tool. I left the background blurry. Once that was done, I ran the Urban Cool action. It required 3 or 4 steps per picture.

For the picture of both of us, a basic gradient tool--set to gray and white instead of black and white--gave the picture an airy feel. Once coloring was done, I added a nod to Cole Porter and a vertical line. I played around with size and placement until it felt right.

Of note, I began taking these pictures because I wanted to show off the new green top from my friend who has a lovely vintage shop, French Press Vintage [blog here; etsy shop here]. She keeps track of her customers and loves having pictures of them "out in vintage." {Go look--you'll see.} Her shop is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I'm totally hooked! The prices are very affordable, and the goodies are delightful!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scrapbooking with 'Hello Sunshine' Paper

These are some images from a very special weekend at home in 2005. It was happy and fun, and I wanted the page to reflect that. So I made it colorful and glittery, using the Zippy/Hello Sunshine bird paper by American Crafts. The page is flat because it's going in a very thick album.

Bird/Yellow Paper by American Crafts
Glitter paper by Recollections
Lucky by Cosmo Cricket
String by Hand-Dyed Hobbies