Archive for the ‘Scrapbooking’ Category

Paper Flowers with Punches

February 20, 2009

We have a Winter Storm Watch today… so I thought I would go and find a few blogs that have tutorials for making Paper Flowers with Stampin’ Up! Punches!  Here’s they are:

Also… you have to check out some of these creative punch art book samples:

Enjoy!

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Spring/ Summer Occasions Mini Spoiler #2

February 19, 2009

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I think the theme for the Spring/Summer Occasions mini is versatility – you can use so many of the items in the Mini Catalog for so many different things… and in today’s economy we need it! Why with a few stamp sets and the Big Shot Dies you can really make an assortment of gifts… for wedding showers, for baby showers, for birthday parties… and these stamp sets work so wonderfully with scrapbooking… the beautiful frame in the stamp set above could be used to frame a cute phrase that describes the picture or even a short journal entry… or use it to top the matchbox die with a simple monogram inside! And the butterfly – so summery… imagine using our embossing powders to emboss a butterfly or two on the new designer papers… wow!

Don’t forget our Rub-Ons… and our new Corduroy Buttons… in Baja Breeze and Basic Gray…

The Color Scheme for this mini:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Gray
  • So Saffron

Of course… you can always go with your own color schemes as well… that’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! Color Versatility!

One more spoiler:  There’s an awesome father’s day stamp set!  Hooray to dads!

As soon as March 1 rolls around you bet I will be preordering some of the items I have shown here… stop by the Studio so that we can have fun playing with them!

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Spring/Summer Occasions 09 Mini Catalog Spoilers!

February 19, 2009

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Oh boy I cannot wait to show you all the wonderful things inside this new mini catalog – I want everything… but I had to narrow it down to three picks… so here they are:  {enjoy!}

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And just think…. this is just the tip of the iceburg… there’s ribbons, easter stamp sets, train stamp sets, designer series paper and new button colors!  Can’t share everything with you… but again these are my favorites!

You can place an order from this mini catalog April 1, 2009 – June 30, 2009!

Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2009!

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Using Stampin’ Up!’s Scallop Edge Punch

February 16, 2009

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{ Click on picture for Card Recipe! }

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Scallops make me think of spring!  and oh what fun it is to use Stampin’ Up!’s Scallop Edge Punch { page 184 112091 $15.95 }… but how do you get the scallops to line up so that you have perfect scallops everytime?  Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you have a lot of fun with this punch:

Scallop Edge Punch Tutorial Basics:
After watching this video… my scallops are always coming out wonderfully!  Click Here for Video!

Scalloped Squares and Rectangles:
Also if you are wanting to make scallop squares and scallop rectangles… it’s really easy… simply add 1/2″ to each side of your desired size rectangle or square and cut the rectangle/square out… then using the scalloped edge punch… punch out the scallops… for corners… I turn my scallop edge punch upside down where I can see the actual silver punch and try to match up the last scallop punched on my cardstock to the scallop punch edge… it works every time!  Now you can make scalloped squares and rectangles that are any size! With one punch!  Here’s a great website that gives you a tutorial on how to make scallop squares/rectangles with the scallop edge punch:  Click Here for Tutorial!

New! Here’s the Eyelet Border Tutorial!  Using this tutorial you can make a square or rectangle with your new Eyelet Border Punch!

Umbrella Tops/ Egg Shells:
One more idea… did you know you could make an egg shell/ or umbrella top { depending on which way you turn it } with the scallop edge punch and the 1 3/4 ” Circle Punch?  Simply punch the scallop edge and then using the circle punch, punch a half circle… the scallop edge will become the straight edge!

Ric Rac Tutorial:
You can also make Ric Rac as well… Click Here for Tutorial!

Texturize Your Scallops:
When you finish punching out your scallops, run it through the Big Shot! using our new Texturz Embossing Plates… now that is really cool!

Where can I get this tool?
As you can see this punch is really versatile and fun to use… So how can you get a hold of this nifty tool?  Simply go to my Stampin’ Up! Website and click Shop!  The Scallop Edge Punch is located on page 184 of the Big Idea Book and Catalog!

Happy Stampin’,

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Creating Paint Shop Pro Brushes

February 15, 2009

One of my most favorite things to do is to apply a “brush” to a picture.  The earlier post shows a picture of my daughter with her name between a beautiful flower scroll.  The beautiful flower scroll was a “brush”.  I can make the brush bigger, smaller, rotate it (notice how the beautiful flower scroll below her name is upside down!), darken it, lighten it, apply a special color… oh the possibilities are endless…

So I thought I would share with you how to create a brush in paint shop pro… it’s so easy … if you know how to copy/paste an image into paint shop pro, select the image… you are 80% there!

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  1. Start Paint Shop Pro. Open the image that you want to make a brush with.
  2. Choose the selection tool from the toolbar.  The selection tool will look like a dotted rectangle.
  3. Select the image using the selection tool.  You can use a magic wand/freehand selection (looks like a lasso) if it is easier…
  4. Now here’s the magic… select the brush tool while your image is selected.
  5. In the Controls box, choose Brush Tip. Click on the box containing an image of a paintbrush inside a dotted rectangle.
  6. Provide the copyright information as well as a title for your brush tip.  Remember that brushes are shown to you in alphabetical order in the brush selection pane… so give it a good name that will help you group your common brushes together – ie: Flower Large
  7. In the Custom Brush dialog box, click OK. A new brush tip will be added to the existing tips.
  8. Now here’s the really fun part- open a new image and paint the brush tip!
Here’s some Brush Tip Creation Hints…

  • Change the color of the brush tip using the Foreground Color box on the right side of the screen.  You can use Stampin’ Up!s colors… see the Color Chart Page… or ask me to print you out one!
  • Change the fill of the brush tip by clicking on the Tool Controls tab in the Controls box. Select a texture from the Paper Texture pull-down menu.
  • Remember: Obtain permission before using any licensed or copyrighted clip art, even to create a brush tip.
  • Remember: Do not use images from another Web page without permission from the owner of the site.
  • Before you make your brush… try desaturating and inverting the colors/ reducing contract, etc… this will create a “stamped” image look where the outline is stamped…

Oh just think what you can dream up!  And with Stampin’ Up!’s colors as well…  I use my signature below as a stamp that stamps all my images before I load them up to my blog!

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Digitally Embellishing Photographs

February 13, 2009

Oh I just love my Paint Shop Pro tool!  I have the newest version and what fun it is to embellish photographs!  Below I simply used a rectangle tool to frame my daughter’s face and then I added her name and the year the picture was taken… and then added a few swirls using a Paint Shot Pro brush I picked up along the way… If you haven’t tried to embellish your photos… you really should… it will make your scrapbook pages unique… I am planning on using the cheep talk stamp set to layout my page for this picture…  I was thinking old olive and pixie pink birds! to match the colors in this hat…

There’s a really silly story behind this photo… she wears this hat everywhere… it is the most brightest (hot pink) silliest hat… but oh how it frames her face perfectly!  And it makes her green eyes pop!  I want to put in a journal entry with this…

So the question is which graphics file format do you use to save the Digitally Embellished Photograph?  Well… the answer is it depends….   If you are going to print the photograph – then use PNG format… if you are going to only edit once and then view the photograph – use JPEG…. Here’s why….

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JPEG Format

JPEG (pronounced JAY-peg) is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.

JPEG compression is used in a number of image file formats. JPEG/Exif is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices; along with JPEG/JFIF, it is the most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web. These format variations are often not distinguished, and are simply called JPEG.

The JPEG compression algorithm is at its best on photographs and paintings of realistic scenes with smooth variations of tone and color. For web usage, where the bandwidth used by an image is important, JPEG is very popular. JPEG/Exif is also the most common format saved by digital cameras.

On the other hand, JPEG is not as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels cause noticeable artifacts. Such images are better saved in a lossless graphics format such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, or a raw image format. JPEG is also not well suited to files that will undergo multiple edits, as some image quality will usually be lost each time the image is decompressed and recompressed (generation loss). To avoid this, an image that is being modified or may be modified in the future can be saved in a lossless format such as PNG, and a copy exported as JPEG for distribution.

Here’s a better description of PNG and a comparison of it to the other types of graphic files ( you need to scroll a bit to find the word comparison!)

For me I love using PNG because I do not have the issues of quality loss when I continually edit the photo… but then my printer does not print the photo as nice as the JPEG.  So I basically use PNG until I am satisfied with the editing and then I export my graphic to JPEG to use on my scrapbook page.

I am a hybrid scrapbooker (digitally embellish photos and use fonts to enhance scrapbook page) but use traditional framing/embellishments on scrapbook page!  So JPEG is what I really need for my printer to print.

What do you think?  This page is going to be a fun one!

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Photography – Capture the moment using odd angles!

February 10, 2009

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No matter how much you embellish a scrapbook page, the photograph is the main part… and should tell a very interesting story… In this photograph, my daughter wanted to capture her shoes!  She loves her converses!  And these shoes have been everywhere!  So instead of simply taking a photo of the shoes … she chose to take a photo of her shoes from her perspective!  She’s 4’10” so she is tiny but this picture makes her look tall!  And oh those shoes…

If you look a little closer… there is another neat thing about this particular photograph – the sand… see how the shadows enhance the stones and add texture?  This photograph was taken at sunrise and as you can see the colors are richer and the lighting is slightly different… which causes your eyes to linger a bit more…

So today think about the events coming up that you take photos for and think about taking a few photographs where the angle is slightly different… it’s a neat way to make the event/story more interesting…

Here’s a few articles that can give you neat ideas for your photographs:

Happy Snapping!

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In-Color Color Combinations

February 4, 2009

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{ Click above for ’09/’10 In-Color Combining Chart! }

Oh I just absolutely love the new In-Colors… but have you ever wondered which standard Stampin’ Up! color matches with our new In-Colors?

My favorite In-Color combination is:

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If you click on either picture above, you can get an In-Color Combining Chart to help you see which of the non-In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! match the new In-Colors!

Sweet!

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Scrapbooking is a lot like quilting!

January 27, 2009

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Scrapbooking and color usage goes hand in hand. Just like a quilt, you need to ensure that the colors involved in your page layout coordinate and do not clash with your photo or with each other.

A very important tool when scrapbooking is a color wheel.  Using Stampin’ Up!’s color wheel certainly helps me when I am trying to determine what my color scheme should be and with Stampin’ Up!’s 52 colors, you are sure to find a color scheme that compliments your color.  With so many choices though, you can go wrong very quickly… so figure out what your main color will be and then look for other colors using the color wheel to compliment your main color.

Here’s a few ideas that will help you with your page color schemes:

  1. Avoid Color Overload – only use 2-4 colors in your scrapbook layout.  This will keep your photograph as the focus of the page instead of your colors.  Remember the colors are going to bring out the photo.
  2. Use colors that invoke the right mood – for example blues are soothing colors while reds are exciting colors… keep that in mind when using color to enhance your page.
  3. Black – dominance, sickness, death, danger, fear
    White – purity, newness, cleanness
    Blue – contemplation, sadness, peacefulness, masculinity
    Red – passionate, angry, cautious, hot
    Orange – happy, warm, appetite
    Green – envy, stinginess, tranquillity, youthfulness
    Purple – royalty, power, mystical, holy
    Pink – youth, femininity, healthy
    Yellow – joyful, freshness

  4. Avoid black and white backgrounds – black seems to make the photographs darker and white seems to wash out the photographs.  Save the black and white as framing colors instead of background color.
  5. Avoid huge patterned backgrounds – these take away from your photo – use the patterned backgrounds for embellishing your page instead of the main background.
  6. Look through magazines to get ideas on colors that work together… pay attention to the emotions you are feeling as you page through the pages … pay attention also to the pages that draw you towards the photograph… companies pay large sums of money to advertising agencies who specialize in color combining… take advantage of that and get inspired a bit…
  7. Use your computer to create headings for your page that match a color in your color scheme… refer to the Computer Fonts Overview at this site to get the color RGB/CMYK values for Stampin’ Up! colors.
  8. There are four types of color schemes you can choose to use:
    – Monochromatic schemes use varying shades of one color, such as a layout mixing dark and light blues.
    – Analogous schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as purple and blue.
    – Complementary schemes use colors that are directly opposite one another on the wheel, such as blue and orange.
    – Triadic schemes combine three colors that create a triangle on the wheel, such as red, yellow, and blue.
  9. If you’re having trouble getting started with your project, however, there are two easy ways to break though this creative block:
    – Choose a dominant color from your photos as the starting point for your color scheme. For example, you may wish to build your son’s birthday layout around the vibrant red shirt he’s wearing in the photos.”
    – Choose colors that help support the theme of your photo, such as pastels for a springtime layout or cool blues and greens for pictures of your most recent beach vacation.

Utilize the color wheel to help you get started… if you have a photo that does not match the cardstock you have, consider making the photo black and white.  This will give you maximum flexibility in colors to use in your layout…

Want to learn more… check these booksbook-club out:

The Scrapbooker’s Color Palette: Using Color to Create Fabulous Scrapbook Pages (Hardcover)

The Scrapbooker’s Essential Guide to Color

Happy Scrappin’,

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Computer Fonts Overview

January 17, 2009


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Ever wonder if you can use your computer to create really cute tags and cards?  Well… you can and I like to mix the rubber stamping and the digital scrapbooking.  You can simply print onto your cardstock the phrase that you desire.  You can set the font color to match the Stampin’ Up! papers.

Of course… monkey-face-sm the fonts you get when you purchase your computer are not as creative and fun as they should be.  So I put together a little tutorial on where to go to get these creative fonts for free and how to install them as well as how to change the colors.  The RGB/CMYK Stampin’ Up! chart was done by Stefani Williams (I want to thank her a lot for this one…)!

Well… I decided to put together a Tip and Technique page that helps you with this (you can always find this page on the menu on your right underneath a section called Stampaloooza Unplugged):

Happy Scrappin’…

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