Monday, July 23, 2012


I have been playing around in Photoshop today instead of cleaning my house like I should be doing.  I made a template (for digi-scrappers) or you can look at it as a sketch for you paper scrappers.  Or make it into a little of both!  I left it open to where you can put your title and journaling where you want plus other embellies that you may want to add.  Look at the post below this one with the Surprise! layout if you need a sample.  I guess I go about it a little backwards...I make the layout first and then make a template from it. lol  If you want the layered version, just click on the template's a direct download so you don't have to mess with pop-ups or wait for the download link to appear.  

For those of you who've never used a layered template or haven't used any of Jessica Sprague's templates (I learned how to make them from her)....every layer that has a + sign in the layer name is a layer where you are going to clip your paper to.  Except for the background don't have to clip anything to that layer. Just click on the background layer and move your paper over.  As long as it's 12 x 12 at 300 dpi, you are good to go!  For the other layers though you will need to clip your papers in. 

Clipping instructions...

1. Target your layer in the layers palette where you want you paper to appear.

2. Open your paper up and select the move tool.

3. Move your paper to the template.  The process for this is different between versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  If you need help with this part, leave a comment and I'll try to help you figure out what to do with your particular version.  If you have another program outside of Photoshop products, I don't have a clue. ;)

4. Make sure that your paper really did come in on the layer above the one you want to clip to...if it didn't, then move it down real quick.

5. Hover your mouse between the two layers and hold your Alt (Option for Mac) key. The cursor should change to a snowman looking thing (or if you like the boring description...two interlocking circles). If you have CS6, it won't look like this but I can't remember what it's supposed to...but it will change it's shape so you know you have it. Click down and the layer above (the paper layer) will get this down arrow icon in front of it showing that it was clipped to the layer below it. 
Alternate CS (Photoshop):  Move your paper to the layer above the clipping mask. Make sure your paper layer is targeted still and right-mouse click.  Click Create Clipping Mask.
Alternate PSE (Elements): Do the same for Photoshop but instead of right-mouse clicking, hit Ctrl (Cmd) G and it will clip it down for you. :)

What this does is to allow you to shape your paper or photos without having to delete any of it.  If you will grab on to your paper with the move tool, you will see that you can move it around to whatever position you if you like one side of the paper better than the other, you can move it to the "good" side. You can also transform (resize) your paper and photos to fit the clipping mask better.  It opens up a whole lot of options for you!! 

Have fun with it and I'd love to see what you do with it if you want to share!! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Little of This and That

Yesterday, my hands were just itching to do something. A few months ago, Colton's teacher requested that we all send pictures of the kids when they were babies for a lesson they were doing. She returned them when they were done with them and I just tossed it somewhere.  I found it the other day and since I don't have too many traditional photo albums, I decided this would be the perfect way to fix that itch.  So I made a paper scrapbook page!  I haven't made too many of them since I went digital but every now and then I need to "feel" my paper.

The paper is from Sassafrass Lass (Hog Heaven), the letters from American Crafts, stickers from Creating Keepsakes (you know the ones that send out in their mailers??), button and All Boy sticker from Making Memories, orange letter stickers from My Little Shoebox, and date sticker from American Crafts.  I think the card stock is Die Cuts with a View but I'm not completely sure. Oh and the journaling spot is from Glitz Designs (at least I'm pretty sure it is!).  I haven't bought traditional supplies in a long time since I have soooo much to play with so I can't always remember where everything comes from anymore.  

And of course, I've been doing a few digi layouts.  I've been catching up on some of my Jessica Sprague classes.  Right now, I'm trying to finish working my way through Digi in Deeper.  Here are some of my favorites from there so far...

I've got a lot more photos I'm wanting to scrap too!  I recently got Lightroom for my birthday so I've been going through my photos getting them organized.  It's fun finding pictures that I've completely forgotten about!  I also cleaned my craft room the other day and found a stack of printed photos that I'm going to be playing with too so I plan on being really busy scrapping for awhile.

Unfortunately, laundry is calling my name now.  If anyone can ever figure out how to get Photoshop to do my laundry for me, I'll be eternally grateful!!  :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to this spot on the blog hop!  You should have just came from Kelly's blog.  If you haven't and you want to jump on, go right ahead!  We have all kinds of freebies for you this weekend.  I'll post the complete train list at the bottom of this post in case you've missed anything or are just joining in.  :)

For my part of the blog hop, I made a mini-kit with 5 textured papers (4 are patterned), a circle tag, a banner, a journaling card, a ribbon, and a bow.  You can pick it up by clicking the kit preview below.

Hope you like it!

Just click the Next button for the next stop on the blog hop or if you need to go back, just click on the Previous button.

Here's a list of the blog participants in case you need it...

Renee Muir
Pam Meeks
Tonya Love
Michele Pouliet
Charly Lyons
Elaine Anjos
Yvonne Michelle
Kelly Sill
Me :)
Monique Helfrich
Rachel McPeek
Pamla Klenczar
Jeanie Dickinson
Michelle Single
Lucy O'Malley
Vicki Robinson
Shayla Trimble
Emily Albrecht
Anna Janise

Ok...that's it!  Have fun!!!

**I'd love to see your projects!  If you make something, feel free to put a link to it in the comments so I can go see.**

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Here I am Again!

Just to catch up a little bit...I'm taking a break from being in a shop.  Just when things were looking up, it got crazy busy around here and something had to give.  I'm still designing some but not selling right now. :)  I'll be back though.  I've also been keeping busy on Jessica Sprague's site.  We just finished her 5th birthday celebration with sales and free classes.  It looks like the free class is still available to take.  You can find it here.  You will learn some cool new tricks and get a preview of what her other classes are like.  And you can find all the help you need in the forums if you get stuck or don't understand anything and as usual, you can still be assigned a mentor. :)

Now on to other things...have I mentioned how much I love my Silhouette????  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but just in case...I <3 MY SILHOUETTE!!!  I haven't really been playing with it much since it's been so busy and I wore my blade and mat out making those teacher albums.  But I had an idea for my bedroom and when I'm in a crafty mood, I want to do it then and not wait for Amazon to ship something.  So I decided to try cutting vinyl anyway with a crappy blade and IT WORKED!  I can't get it to cut card stock right now but vinyl was easy peasy!  See?  It even cut that detailed chandelier (House of 3 available in the Silhouette store) with NO problem at all.

I didn't have any Silhouette vinyl in brown but still had some Cricut brand and it worked just fine.  My mother-in-law bought me these frames for Christmas and I had a different idea for them but my bedroom wall has been waiting a long time.  I like how it turned out too.

On the 6th, some of my designer friends and I are participating in a blog hop.  So be sure to check back here to grab you some free digi supplies!

Hopefully, I'll be done with mine in time!  :)

And another plug (please note I don't get paid for any of this...if I like it, then I'll share it)...ACDSee is having a sale on their software.  It's only for one more day though so if you are interested, you need to hurry over there.  It's a great organizational tool for digi supplies.  I finally bought it when I saw it on sale and I'm really excited to get everything tagged so I can find my supplies again.  I used to use Organizer but haven't since I upgraded to CS5.  You can still use Organizer with it but it's just not as easy.  Sooo...if I'm not on here for awhile, know I'll be tagging away!  :)