Tuesday, 30 September 2008

New Years party invite

I was asked to make th invites for a 60th birthday party that will take place on New Years Eve. I put it off for too long and then I had my "logistics" issues so it all boiled down to some serious cramming for two days before I could deliver them. There was a lot of cutting and folding for a while there but it worked out well in the end and I think they turned out matching the expectations perfectly.

I used red, black, and gold as my primary colours and then threw in a burst of other colours in there too. What else for a night that will go off with a bang?

Outside: Folder in red Canson cardstock with a flap in gold and black.
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Inside:
The text is printed in red on gold sparkly paper and then the fireworks are printed on semigloss photo paper for a slight shimmering effekt to match the top.
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(Credits: I used Fireworks brushes by Jesse Edwards at DesignerDigitals.com)

Monday, 29 September 2008

Me want!



Isn't it delicious? It's from Jill-e designs. It's the first camera bag I have seen that doesn't look like a camera bag. I wouldn't mind this bag one little bit. Not at all. But the price tag? Ouch! I need to win the lottery first!

I challenge you!

This week I am hosting the weekly challenge at the jessicasprague.com forum. If you are a scrapbooker and you're up for something different, or if you are a card maker and you're willing to try digital, then swing on by and try it out. It will be lots of fun!

Sunday, 28 September 2008

And we're back with greeting cards

I have been having huge problems connecting to internet lately. A friend suggested ditching IE entirely and go to Firefox. Unfortunately I am still having issues but I hope I can upload a couple of pics of some cards I've made recently.

This was a quick one that I did as a thank you to my sister for helping me out of a situation. Not exactly perfectly executed, but as my dear husband would say, it's more charming when it looks home made. LMAO!

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These four were made just because. I thought it would be good to have some cards ready should the need for one occur one day.

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The big project of the New Years Eve birthday party invites I had looming is finished. I spent seven hours today printing, hand cutting, folding, and assembling. They will be delivered tomorrow. They turned out pretty terrific I think. I will be back with photos of that tomorrow.

Monday, 22 September 2008

A sign of life

It's about time we get a little colourful in here don't you think? I've had a busy couple of weeks with work, class, and well, life really. I know you all know what that is like.

The Type+Writer class at Jessica Sprague's finished on Sunday. Due to logistics issues I have not completed the class just yet but here are four of the six class layouts.

I.tally
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(Credits: Template by Jessica Sprague (class exclusive)
Tattered Paper 1 Template: from
Torn n Tattered Paper Templates by Anna Aspnes
Vintage Frame: from
Vintage Photo Frames-Curled-n-Flat by Katie Pertiet
Stitched Journaling Strips: from
Stitched Journal Strips by Katie Pertiet
Mod Circles: from
WoodShop MOD Circle Elements No. 1 by Anna Aspnes
Barcelona Circles: from
Barcelona Kit by Lynn Grieveson
Postmark Brush: from
Postmark Locations Brushes-n-Stamps by Katie Pertiet
Papers from Type+Writer kit (class exclusive) by Jessica Sprague
Fonts: Santana, Georgia, Century Gothic, Pea Anderson)

Half the Lies
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(Credits: Template by Jessica Sprague (class exclusive)
Papers from Type+Writer kit (class exclusive) by Jessica Sprague and tnc_radientessence_paper7 by Trish Jones, KingMePaper-3 by Katie Pertiet,
Fonts: Justus, Charms BV dingbat, Century Gothic)

Snapshot
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(Credits: Template by Jessica Sprague (class exclusive)
Papers from Type+Writer kit (class exclusive) by Jessica Sprague and tnc_radientessence_paper7 by Trish Jones
Fonts: VT Portable Remington, You are Loved)

I love how we talk
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(Credits: Template by Jessica Sprague (class exclusive)
Papers from Type+Writer kit (class exclusive) by Jessica Sprague and tnc_radientessence_paper7 by Trish Jones


Fonts: Parma Petit, Fertigo Pro, Jane Austen, Ornament Scrolls dingbat, Century Gothic)



In this class we did a lot of writing. Every day there was a 15 minute free write exercise and every other day a writing assignment for the layouts we did on the non writing days. Most of the writing prompts were introspective and soul searching which gave for some quite personal layouts. If anyone is interested in reading what I actually wrote just give me a yelling.



I have been working on some paper projects lately and tomorrow I am starting a big job for a New Years Eve birthday party. Invites have to go out before the end of the month.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

I'm sorry!

Hey everyone, this is a note to say first of all Thank You for your wonderful comments to my last post. I am honoured and thankful.

Then, I am sorry for not visiting y'all and commenting. Also, I think I will be absent for a tiny bit. Class weeks are very hectic for me as I spend my nights trying to stay updated with class. That leaves little time for anything else. So sorry about all those things.

I will be back though! :D

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Published!

Yeah! You bet!

When I came home from work today this package was waiting for me in the letter box.
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I opened it with nervous fingers and a magazine came out. With it was a note from Digital Scrapbooking Magazine thanking me for being part of their mag. Woohoo!
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And then, inside, I found my Dangerously Delish layout in the T3 section. I was jumping around in the kitchen, making my husband question my sanity, when I saw it.
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It has my name and everything (unfortunately the pic is too small to see, sheesh).
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The did not include the informative text I had sent in about how to use blending modes on the flourishes to create depth but at this point I really don't mind at all.

Very cool and I am very proud of myself. For daring to submit, and for doing something good enough worth being in a top notch magazine.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Italy album sneak peak

So for the last week I have been working on the Italy trip album. It is coming along nicely ... Oh who am I kidding? I have so many photos to choose from and so far I have made 10 pages (or 5 spreads) and I have covered 2 days. And 1,5 days of those two were spent in the car (hence not too many photo ops). I fear this will be a long time coming and also a very expensive book in the end. But at least it is a lot of fun.

I am doing a lot of multi photo pages but I have fallen in love with one extremely simple, and not so much scrapbooking-y to be honest, layout. So instead of sharing all the pages before the book is ready I will just do a few sneak peaks now and then. Here is that simple one.

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I hope to get a lot of work done over the weekend as the coolest class in town is starting Monday at Jessica Sprague; Type Writer . Registration is still open at this moment. Check it out if you haven't already!

Monday, 1 September 2008

Birthday cards and matching presents

A few weeks ago a friend of mine celebrated her 35th birthday and I made a card and matched the wrapping of the presents to the card.

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Photoshop tip - Improve exposure to part of a photo with a gradient layer mask

Whew that was a long title! But that is exactly what this tip is about. We will improve the exposure to a certain part of a photo by using a layer mask.

As you all know I was recently in Italy and had the chance to take lots and lots of photos of beautiful places. Of course not all of them came out looking like spreads from a magazine. But no worries, right, since our beloved Photoshop can help me improve my shots by a long way. Don't we just love it?

So, here is my original photo of the duomo in Florence. Beautiful building. Huge. Difficult to shoot at noon in the scorching sun.
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See how the building itself is pretty decent looking? I metered off the building when I took the photo but in doing so the sky was blown out and pale. This makes the overall impression of the photo pretty blah. Let's see what we can do to improve this.
(Please note that I use the Swedish version of Photoshop so all you English speaking people, please don't be confused.)

1. Open your photo in Photoshop
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2. The first thing we have to do is to add an adjustment layer. An adjustment layer will give us the chance to edit without touching the original layer and that is good because if we change our minds we can just delete the adjustment layer and everything will be back to normal or we can do further edits to that individual layer. Click on the little circle icon for adjustment layers in the layers palette and choose levels.
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3. Pull the black slider as far to the right as needed to darken your blown out portion just enough to make it look good again. One thing to remember is to not go too crazy here but to make it match the colour and exposure of the rest of the photo.
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4. As you can see by the image above by doing so we have automatically darkened the everything else as well. Of course we don’t want this so to remedy that we will use the gradient tool on the layer we just created. In the layers palette click on the layer mask icon to make sure the layer mask is activated. You can see that it is by the frame around the icon.
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5. Now press G to access the gradient tool. If you have the paint bucket activated in the tool bar you might have to change it to the gradient tool.
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6. Click on the small arrow next to the preview of the gradient type in the options bar. Choose black, white from the fly out menu. Then choose linear gradient which is the button furthest to the left out of the five buttons to the right of the preview.
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7. You will now get a cross hair marker. Click and drag a line from where you want the gradient to start to where you want it to end to make a selection of where the layer mask should be doing its magic. In my case this is from the top of the building to the top of the photo as it is the sky part of the photo that I want the layer mask to be active.
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8. When you let go you will see that Hey Presto! the rest of the photo will be back to the original exposure. In the layers palette you will also see that the mask is black at and then fades to white. The black part hides the levels adjustment we did in the first step and the white shows it.
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9. Depending on your individual photo you might have to do some cleaning up where the mask meets the original layer to make it look really good. You can use the dodge/burn tool for this.

Here is my edited photo. Better, no?
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Have a go at this, it is so easy but effective. I would love to see your results so if you do try it out then link me up!

Have a great day everyone!