Wednesday, 4 June 2014

project life | last two weeks of may + digi how to | tracking supplies

I really like these two weeks' pages. Mostly because I had two quite good weeks. I had more moments of feeling good than what has been usual for me in the past year. I also like that I managed to get some really colourful photos. Thanking the weather for that, LOL!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Heritage, Becky Higgins Project Life Music, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Heritage, Becky Higgins Project Life Music, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Becky Higgins Project Life  Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life  Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life  Heritage, Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, A Lifetime Collection by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

I had a question on how I keep track of what supplies I use. I learned this trick early on in my scrapbooking, and have stuck to it. I know that there are actions and plug ins that can help do the work for you, but I haven't looked into it mostly because this works for me. I don't claim to have the best and most effective way of keeping track, but yes, it works well for me.

I don't use an organising tool; I just keep my supplies in a folder for each kit. When I use something from one kit I copy the name of the kit and paste it into the file of the page. This is how I do it.

1. In Explorer, right click on the kit folder. Choose Change Name. Copy the name (Ctrl+C).
2. Go to Photoshop where the page you are working on is open, choose File and File Info (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+I).
3. Paste the file name in the description area. Click OK.

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Once the file has been saved, you can see what you  have written in the File Info by, in Explorer, right clicking on the file, choosing Properties, and then going to the third tab called Information. It is possible to click and copy the text so that you can paste it anywhere you want to.

So that's it. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Thursday, 29 May 2014

digi how to | drop shadow

When I posted last week on how to create the white photo frame, I got a few follow up questions. I will adress them in the coming posts, and I thought I'd start with drop shadow basics today.

Please note: what I write here is accurate for the full version of Photoshop. I haven't worked with PS Elements for seven years, so I dare not say how it works there. There are plenty of tutorials to be found just a Google search away, though, so I hope that is ok.

So doing a basic drop shadow is very easy, but the effect is very powerful. If you have ever looked at a digital page that does not have any drop shadows applied, it will look very flat and off. Even if you don't want to spend lots of time playing and messing with your shadows, just adding a basic shadow will do lots to your page.

So, here we are with the layered Photoshop file of a Project Life page:
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You can see on the photo frames and paper layers that there is a shadow applied. On the bottom right you see the layer's palette and you can see on the highlighted top layer that there is a small eye with the words "Drop Shadow" under it.

Here's how to add a drop shadow:
1. Double click on the layer you want to add the shadow to (not on the text, that will only highlight the text).

2. A new little window opens up with the layer styles. Tick the very bottom box on the left where it says Drop Shadow.

3. Choose your variables.
For basic paper shadows, these are my choices:
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Blend mode: Linear burn (colour is a very dark brown)
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 8
Spread: 0
Size: 18
Noise: 0%
Tick the box "Layer knocks out Drop Shadow"

4. Click ok. That is it!

So that is what I have found works well for me for paper shadows. Sometimes I have to lower the opacity, or change the colour. This is especially true if the paper under my shadow is very dark.

For other items, such as 3D elements the settings need to be different. A big fabric flower will have a much larger shadow than a vellum paper. But, and here's a life changer, I don't fiddle with that. Why? Other people have done it before me! And they have created short cut solutions for it.

I have purchased drop shadow actions from two designers:
One Little Bird - she also has a really good tutorial (much better than my hack job) on it here.
Gennifer Bursett

I use these action sets all the time. All the time. On all my elements. Sometimes I mess with them after application, sometimes I don't. To be honest, I spend more time on shadows on my "regular" scrap pages than on my Project Life pages.

I also really like the effect that the wave distortion, as is explained in this tutorial on the Lilypad, has on drop shadows. I use that one often, though not on my PL pages.

As always, just give me a shout if you need further explanation or suggestions!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

digi how to | simple white photo frame

I have had a few questions lately on how I create the white frames in my Project Life layouts, and I thought I would try to explain how easy it is to make these simple white frames. Really, don't ever buy a simple white frame! You can do it yourself in two minutes or less!

OK, so here is a Project Life layout just to remind us what the white frames look like.
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Here's a screenshot of the layout zoomed in on my workspace in Photoshop. You can see the actual layout on the left and the layers palette on the right.
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In the layers palette, you can see that I have created one layer that is the white frame. The white frame is created by drawing a rectangle with the rectangle tool, making sure that my chosen colour is white.

On top of the white frame layer there is another layer that is the mat for the photo itself. The mat is created in the same way as the frame, but slightly smaller than the frame rectangle.

On top of that is the actual photo that I have dragged into my file. The photo is "clipped" to the photo mat. You clip by hovering the mouse between the two layers so that you see a white square with a black arrow beside it and then holding down the Alt key while left clicking. Doing it this way instead of cutting the photo to size means I can play with cropping, size, and placement of the photo in a non destructive way. The size of the mat stays the same.
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Here I have hidden the photo mat and photo to show what the white frame looks like.
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And here I have hidden the frame to show what it would look like to just have the photo mat and the photo.
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As you can see the drop shadow is applied to the frame layer since that is the one that is on the bottom of the three layers.

I have been digi scrapping since 2007, so these things are like second nature to me. If you have other questions I would be more than happy to answer them as best I can. Just give me a shout here or on Facebook.

However, if you want to become proficient in digi scrapping I highly reccomend taking a class or two. I have been a very happy customer of Jessica Sprague's most excellent classes. She has state of the art videos, she explains everything very well (and she is funny too), and the kits that come with the classes are lovely. Her classes will give you a good foundation to build on.

Be well everyone, and just give me a shout if you need further clarification!

Friday, 28 January 2011

Make a book with me!

I am so excited to bring you this Hybrid Friday Project! This project is all about favourites; places, moments, people, quotes, restaurants, pictures, wines - pretty much anything you want really.

We've had a tiny little book for years where we write down really good wines we've tried, when we drank it, what it was called, what it tasted like, and what we ate with it. I really like this kind of collecting and recently I designed a new book  to keep the tradition going.

In this project you will get my design (both printable PDF files and psd layered templates) and you will learn how to hand bind the book with a beautiful exposed coptic stitch binding.

Little book
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Little Book of Favourites is available at JessicaSprague.com today.

Friday, 3 December 2010

New in store - 12 Days of Christmas Hybrid Project Friday

Happy Friday! Bet you never thought I'd have something new up in my shop at JessicaSprague.com on a Friday? Well, times they are a-changing folks. This week is the first week of, I hope, several where I bring you a project for Hybrid Project Friday. Yay!

The project is a handmade accordion fold book devoted to the 12 Days of Christmas.

12 Days of Christmas
12 Days
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

The project includes printable PDFs for the covers and inside pages of the book for those who prefer to stay out of Photoshop, fully layered psd templates for Photoshop fiends, and a complete printable PDF tutorial with images to guide you through the bookmaking from start to finish.

The book consists of 12 pages, one for each day of Christmas, with room for one photo on each page. When finished you will have a simple, but sophisticated mini album to remember your Christmas.

Here's my book




Here's what Meg did
Meg used the Frostbite Paper Pack for her book.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I will spend it making Christmas cards and sweets. :)

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!