Monday, 27 October 2008

Pink on pink party decor

Using one colour in different shades can create a lavish decor for any celebration. For this party I used pink on pink.

A light pink shiny fabric covers a white table cloth and the hot pink fabric is placed as a runner. Hot pink satin ribbons are hung from the chandelier.
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Pink flower tea light holders and floating pink rose candles are nestled in the runner that is adorned with white and pink sticker sequins. Note: please make sure the fabric is not covering the candles in any way!

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A simple low centre piece with roses in a vase wrapped with a strand of beads makes it easy for the guests to see eachother. A sequined flower napkin ring holds the simply rolled napkins that are placed on the plates. A pink ribbon is tied around the stems of the glasses.

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Once the day turns into night and the candles are lit the pink fabric gives a warm touch to the light.
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It's FREEBIE time! Woohoo!

Ok, so this place has been too quiet too long. It's time for some freebies again. Remember I promised a wordart brush freebie a while ago? Well, I still haven't heard back from the font creator and so I don't want to go out on a limb just yet. What's the ettiquette on this anyway? If they neglect to reply, do you just go ahead full steam or do you refrain from dishing out the goodies? I don't know but I figure better to be safe than sorry. *shrug*

Buuuut, the other week I made a couple of layouts and instead of just posting them here I thought why not post them and make a template to share? So today you will get not only one but two templates! Yay!

Remember the layout I posted in this post? The template looks like this:
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If you like it, you can download the template by clicking this link!

I also made this layout when I was going through a rough patch of craving sweets (that's what I do, when I want to eat bad stuff, I scrap about them)

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(Credits:
Papers: Red, Brown, Striped & Medallion paper from Type Writer kit by Jessica Sprague Elemets: Flourished circle from Webchallenge freebie by Kelly Mize, Photo overlay by Heidi Larsen, Stitch from Groovy boy kit by Mindy Terasawa, Staple from I live for mini kit by Vinnie Pearce Fonts: 28 days later, CK Ali's writing, Garamond Photos: Linda Roos)


The template looks like this
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And you can download the file here.

(Note: I do want to mention that I left the layer with the dirty circles frame that you can see in my layout in the Photoshop template file if you feel like using it instead of the line.)

As always, please leave me a message at 4Shared or here if you download. Please remember to follow my TOU and I would love to see what you do with my stuff so do link me up!

Cheers everyone!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Italia book finished

I finally finished the book! For a while there I thought this day would never happen, lol, but it did. Yay!

If you are interested in seeing the finished product just follow this link to Shutterfly.com.

If anyone knows of some secret coupon code to Shutterfly, then please, do direct me to where it can be found because damn, this book will be expensive!

I am thinking that maybe I should do a photo cover instead ... but I dig the leather cover. I think it looks classy and sleak. And you know that is what I aspire for. Thoughts and opinions are very welcome.

Friday, 17 October 2008

A break from the norm

OK, so this nothing whatsoever to do with creativity on my part but I am pretty proud of what I did today. I got a ... TATTOO, YAHOO! It burned. Yeah, it did. Especially right on the spine. But I got through it without moving and it turned out so great. I am so pleased. I have a tattoo before but it was 10 years since I got it so I had kind of forgotten what it was like.

This is right when he started
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Outlining is done
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Almost finished and an hour in
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Ok then, as you were ... :D

Thursday, 16 October 2008

A layout + a blog tip

Can you believe it? I actually had time to scrap something else than the Italy pics. LOL, it might have something to do with not being able to surf the net for hours on end.

I did this LO for the challenge at creative inspiration blog that Tara and Kayleigh runs. BTW, check the blog out, it's awesome!
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(Credits: Pattern: PDQPattern2 by Nancie Rowe Janitz Paper: Festa orange from Festa Minikit by Jessica Sprague Elements: WebChallenge18May Plume 3 by Anna Aspnes, Green Sequin from Cupcake Princess by Andrea Victoria (recoloured), staples from I live for Minikit by Vinnie Pearce Font: Palms International Photos: by me Linda Roos)

Monday, 13 October 2008

On Internet, Italy, and freebies

I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but I am still struggling with major Internet issues. It sucks big time. I have spent the last four days sans Internet. And what does that mean? Well, it's not all bad because I now have 50 pages finished of the Italy book. There is an end in sight! Although now I am starting to think that I should have done it differently, lol. Ain't no starting over though!

I had a freebie all ready for you but am waiting to hear back from a font creator before I can put it up. Don't want to do something illegal, right? So be patient my babies, hopefully it will come soon.

Now I'm just hoping this will actually post before the session times out. :o I will see you all soon again I hope.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Italy album sneak peek number two

I am still plugging away on my Italy album. I had to take a couple of weeks' break and now I'm up to 28 pages (or 14 spreads). I just finished day four of the trip. Whew! I think I'll get to somewhere around 60 - 70 pages when I'm finished (so if someone happens to own Shutterfly, give me a heads up, ok).

I am doing mostly multi photo pages but am trying to liven it up a little with some full bleed photos. So here is the second sneak peek, also a full bleed. The photo was taken in Siena. I made the word art, which by the way actually looks like word art with grunge and everything when it is much bigger than this.
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Thanks for the comments y'all have made for me in the last couple of days. Lots of love!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Time for a new header

Thought it was time to change it up just a tiny bit. You know I'm a simple girl so nothing too fancy but still, the old one was getting boring. We will see how long this one lasts.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

A guide on how to print a digi card

I've had a couple of questions on how to print a digi card in relations to the challenge I am hosting this week at JessicaSprague.com. So I have put together a little guide that I am hoping will be helpful. OK, here we go!

First, open a document in Photoshop the size of your card front and back. As I live in the metric part of the world I have chosen to size my card 15 cm x 10 cm. That means that my document needs to be 15 cm x 20 cm (imagine that you unfold your card and measure the full height, that is the height you need for your document).
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Now you do your design stuff on the bottom half of the document. I use guides to keep track of the center of the card.
*Note, to make it easy on yourself once the card is printed, if the card is smaller than the sheet of paper you are printing on, do yourself the favour to outline the card by using a stroke.
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When you are finished with the front and back of your card make a new document with the exact same size for the inside of your card. Design to your heart's content. Now you should have to documents like this:
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Now it's time to print. Start with the front page document. Choose File - Print. A print window opens up. Make sure the Center Image box is ticked. This is key for a successfully printed card.
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Put your paper in the printer and go. I have an Epson R1400 printer and the paper comes out printed like this. Depending on what printer you use it might come out in a different direction.
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Now for the most important part of the whole tutorial. To print the inside you need to run the same paper through the printer again. Go to your inside document and choose File - Print. Make sure the Center Image box is ticked.
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To get the inside printed correctly I need to turn the paper around with the "front" turned backwards. Now, that works for me since my printer prints the front facing side. if you have a HP printer this will not be true. I recommend a trial print if you have a printer that does not print the front facing side.

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I want the "back" to be on top like this
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The finished product should look something like this:
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I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to ask me!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

A fall freebie

It's been a while since we had a freebie here, hasn't it? This time, instead of a template, I thought I'd share the tag that I did for the hybrid card in my last post.

If you forgot, this is what it looks like

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And you can download the PNG file here.
Please leave me some love at 4shared or here if you download and I would love to see if you use it so don't hesitate to link me up.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

A hybrid creation and its paper sister

For the forum challenge I posted about here I made a hybrid card. I made the "paper part" of the card in one PS file and then the tag in another and printed them seperately. I added ribbon and pearls and then the tag.
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(Credits: Fairy Dreamer 8 paper by Katie Pertiet, Grunge brush by Katie Pertiet, Home Away From Home stripe and brown paper by Jessica Sprague)

But then when it was finished I thought it would be cool to use the same design for an all paper card. So yeah, I made another one. :)
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I have to say, the texture and depth is so much better with the all paper card. But then the flip side of that is the versatility and endless possibilities of digi.

Card and present

We had a birthday party to go to this past weekend. I had a lot of things to tend to so I kept the wrapping and card simple but tried to match the colours and pattern to keep it consistent. I also made the cupcake to match the cook book (on desserts only) that was inside the package. Simple but cute.

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