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Welcome to the Scrapbooking Board!

Welcome to the Scrapbooking Board. On this thread you will find tons of information on both digital and paper scrapbooking. We hope you find this useful, please let us know by PM if any of the links do not work or if you think we should add something. Your hosts are located in the bottom right corner of the front page. Thank you!

Here is a list of current threads/information (rather than having a million sticky threads)

Birthday List - add yours!

Cricut Cartridge Cuts Swap - need a particular cut? Check here to see if someone can help you.

Scrapbook Train thread - information about the current Scrapbook Train

Scrapbooking Tips (aka trash to treasure) - post our ways to turn "trash" into scrapbooking items, cut costs, save etc.

Current Monthly Check in Thread -January 2012 Check in Thread

Recipe exchange threads (ongoing list)
Crockpot recipes

Current challenges
We host 2 challenges each month, hoping to inspire you to get scrapping! At the deadline, a poll is posted and we all vote for a winner - this winner gets to pick the next challenge.

Technique Challenge - Texture - deadline Mar. 1, 2010
Scraplift Challenge - deadline Mar. 9, 2010

Previous challenges
Want to remember previous challenges and see what pages everyone did? Check out this post - http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=7603496&postcount=13

Virtual Crops
Several times a year we host 'Virtual Crops'. Like a regular crop, we gather and do challenges and talk and in general have fun - virtually. Check the Previous Challenges list to see the list of previous virtual crop challenges.

Theme of the Week
We started this awhile ago and it sort of stopped, but I (Trina) hope to continue it. Once a week a new theme will be posted for people to post their pages using that theme (they do not have to be new pages like they do for the challenges). Then if you're stuck for an idea with a certain theme, you can check out the pages in the thread to see if any inspire you.

Theme of the Week tracking list.

Digital Scrapbookers start here! Paper scrapbookers, scroll down to the second post.

New to digital scrapbooking? Don’t be overwhelmed! Digital scrapbooking can seem confusing at first, but it is very simple.

First, do you have a program? If not, either purchase a one or download a free one (Picasa or GIMP). If you want quick and easy there are some great Scrapping programs such as Scrapbooking Factory, but if you want to be able to really get into editing and scrapping an editor like Photoshop or Microsoft Digital Image Pro may be better. You will want to be sure that your program works with .png files if you want to download freebies from the internet. These are the ones that I know do at this point: Photoshop, Microsoft D.I.P., GIMP, CK Scrapbook program (Deluxe, new version only), Scrapbooking Factory (new version only), Printshop, and Macromedia Fireworks.

Second, does your program have pre-loaded graphics and art for you? If not, go to one of the freebie links below and start downloading a few small kits that you like. Just pick a couple to get you started. There are thousands of freebies out there and you don’t want to get overwhelmed this early on.

Third, pick one or more photos that you would like to scrap your first page with. You may not get it perfect at first but play around with the program you have chosen. If you are having trouble, just ask us!

Great website with reviews of top 10: http://scrapbooking-software-review.toptenreviews.com
-HP Creative Scrapbook Assistant - easy and fast. ~ $30
-Picasa - quick photo enhancements...fixing red eye, cropping, etc. Free download from Google
-Adobe Photoshop - in depth photo enhancements & scrapbooking. You can erase things out of a picture, add blur, etc. You can make pages with this program too, but it is more in depth and takes more time. Priced high.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements - works similar to Photoshop, but much cheaper. About $80.
-Microsoft Digital Image Pro/Picture It – photo enhancements & scrapbooking. - DIP has been discontinued
-Scrapbooking Factory Deluxe – easy and fast scrapbooking ~ $20
-Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer – good beginning scrapbook program ~ $10
-GIMP - FREE program http://www.gimp.org/windows/

The Daily Digi
3 Scrapateers
DigiScrap Addicts
Gotta Pixel
Digital Scrapbook Place Tutorials
Hummie's World

Digital Layout Class by Stephanie - see post 3, below

Kits, elements, etc.
All of your backgrounds, accents, edges, frames, and wordart can be downloaded from the internet. You can buy sets or just watch for the freebies. They come in a zipped folder which you unzip and file. An external hard drive is highly recommended because you will collect LOTS of files.

There are several websites that you can get freebies from...Some of them you need to sign up for their newsletter and they send you freebies monthly or weekly in the mail. Most of the sites have fun games and challenges. Visit the forums to see what's available and check out their galleries for ideas on pages. Most of them you need to register, but that's free. Here are some - this list has been simplified as there are so many places you can get freebies. If you find a great link, share it with the board!

RakScraps - They have a monthly Megakit that starts the middle of the month.
Digital Freebies They have a weekly Friday freebie...sign up for the newsletter.
Divine Digital
Scrapbook Elements
3 Scrapateers They have a megakit that you download and get a password to open at a scheduled chat once a month. They give other freebies at the chat as well.
Gotta Pixel They have a daily freebie that adds into a large megakit each month.
Free Digital Scrapbooking.com
Digital Scrapbooking Freebies.com
Digital Scrapbook Place Access to past and current freebies.
Shabby Princess
O Scraps
Two Peas in a Bucket
Peppermint Creative
Digi Free
Scrap Orchard
Elegant Wordart by Bethany
Scraptitude - Great site to help with color combinations
Hand Picked Freebies - Daily listing of the best freebies on the 'net.

Links for photoshop downloads: brushes, etc
Those and more listed at: http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tools/brushes.html
Another site for free brushes http://brushes.500ml.org/list2.php
Torn paper: http://chain.deviantart.com/art/Paperbrushes-569724

There are lots of places to print your page as single sheets:

Nice albums to put them in:

You can also print your scrapbook in book format, there are a few sites that do this:

Fonts - google "free fonts" and get as many fun ones as you can. They are so handy when you are scrapping and can add to the look of your pages. There are several sites that have tons of them.

Fonts can really gobble lots of memory, you can use a free program like the font thing (google it, there's lots of places to download it) to help keep them all organized and it will even show you a preview of each font.... nice and handy IMO It allows you to store font files on external drives or discs and still use them or you can store them on your computer in the main windows font file or special file you have for dowloads etc...

Font downloads:
http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts.html#Free Fonts

Website Etiquette:
Many sites have challenges that you can enter to learn and earn more freebies. It is almost always required that you credit any of your backgrounds, fonts, elements, etc to the person who made them. Thus, you should consider saving the graphics in such a way that you will be able to tell who the artist was if you ever want to post your LOs in online galleries. One way is to make sure the name is in the file name. Another way is to file them in folders by artist. We do not require this on this forum, but it is a good habit to develop and we most of us appreciate knowing where graphics came from.

The way to think of it is like a filing cabinet - everyone's filing system is different, just make sure yours works for you! I've changed my system many times since starting, it evolves with my scrapbooking style. A good place to start is to sort by designer, store, type of kit or element and go from there.

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Whether you are new to paper scrapbooking or have been at it for a long time, you're sure to find some great tips and ideas here.:)
Newbie List of Things To Get:
journaling pens
patterned paper (pp)
stickers (alpha or other?)
adhesive (tape runner, photo splits, glue stick etc)
paper cutter
an album
ruler or t-square
eyelets and setting kit
circle cutter
die cuts
ink pads
acrylic paint

Scrapbooking 101
Learn 2 Scrapbook

Favorite on-line stores

Free stuff & free fonts!

Quotes, Poems & Phrases

Sketch and Ad Inspiration @ Kindred Creations
Creating Keepsakes Sketches
Scrapbook.com Create a Page
Stickers n' Fun Sketches

Simple Scrapbooks Schemes
Rachel's album full of sketches

Links for ABC albums:

Techniques and templates:
Here are template links:

Library card holder
Envie template

These ideas were compiled by Ginger Morgan, Kristi Martin, and other scrapbookers on the web. Use them to help you get over your scrappers block anytime!

Use the name of a TV Show for a title
Use the name of a song for a title
Use the name of a book for a title
Use the word “Love” in the title
Use a computer-generated title
Use stickers for a title
Use a hand written title
Cut out the letters for a title
Use die-cut letters for a title
Use the title only to explain your pictures—no journaling
Use a pre-made title
Dangle something from a letter in the title using a wire, raffia, string, or something
Use Plaid paper for the title or for the background of the title
Mix template letters for the title
Weave a fiber behind title
Cut a title from a cursive font
Sew a title
put your title down the side of the page
Put title letters on individual tags
Dot the "I"s in your title with an embellishment
Use buttons for the “O”s or the center of your “O”s in your title.

Use all pastel colored paper
Use a Black Background—can be black printed paper
Use crumpled paper on a layout
Use all scraps except for the background paper
Use bright colors for a layout
Use metallic paper somewhere in the layout
Use suede paper
Use “wood” paper or regular paper that looks like wood
Use 3 different patterned paper in the same layout
Use red, white, and blue on the layout
Use only cardstock on a layout
Use only patterned paper on a layout
Use vellum on a layout
Use at least 3 shades of the SAME color on a layout
Convert an 8 ½ x 11-inch page to a 12x12 layout!
Use embossed paper
Use diamond dust paper
Use mulberry paper
Emboss your own background paper (wet or dry)
Use any other “specialty paper” and tell us about it!

Take a layout you have done that you love, and recreate it with different colors and a different theme. (In other words, CASE a layout of your own!)
Scrap a Holiday in “non-traditional” colors—(Pastel Christmas, Pastel New Years)
Scrap any celebration
Scrap a family tradition
Scrap an event that includes some sort of food (Picnic, Thanksgiving, restaurant)
Scrap a sports event or a game
Do a layout that includes toys in some way
Do an Animal layout (zoo, pets, could be Halloween, ???)
Do a SPRING layout
Do a SUMMER layout
Do a FALL layout
Do a WINTER layout
Do a Heritage layout
C.A.S.E. a layout-- (other than your own) (copy and steal everything J)—use the same colors and techniques.
Do a WATER layout (beach, pool, pond, bathtub, rainstorm—squirt-gun--anything water—could also be a snow layout!)
Use a quote on a layout
Use a prayer on a layout
Use a Bible verse on a layout
Do a mosaic layout
Do a “Totally Me” layout using your pictures of you doing your “stuff.”
(Share this online for an extra point!)
Scrap a Patriotic Page
Scrap a current event (within the past year)
Do a vacation layout
Use “Something from the Kitchen” in a layout (?)
Scrap an accomplishment—yours or family member
Do an “ITS BROKEN” layout—(Toy, leg, car ???)
Use a poem on a layout (extra point if you write the poem!)
Do a Holiday layout
Do a paper-tearing layout
Do a “Like father like son” or “Like Mother Like Daughter” layout (like grandpa-like granddaughter?) mother-son, father-daughter,
(doesn’t have to have that title, just that content)
Do a “STEP INTO THE PAST” layout--
Do a HOUSE AND HOME layout
Do a CAREER layout (if you are a SAHM or Grandma—that is a career!)
Do a SCHOOL layout
Do a CHURCH activity layout
Do a BEFORE and AFTER layout (diet, pregnancy, dirty to clean)
Do a Color-Blocking layout
Do a “Nautical” layout
Do a SAND layout—(either in color, texture, content—use your own judgment)
Make a “page that moves” Pop-up or pull
Do a peek-a-boo page
Make a layout without pictures—must have journaling
Put memorabilia on a page (like coins, baby bracelet, tassel from graduation)
Make a quilt page
Make a pocket page
Do a panoramic layout (with those page protectors that make it a 4-page layout)
Do a garden layout
Do a paper folding on a layout
Decorate the four corners of layout
Use a photo for template letters
use at least three photos on a page
Do calligraphy

Make a scene with stickers
Use stickers for the border
Use MAMBI stickers on a layout
Use Paper Moon Stickers on a layout
Use Debbie Mumm Stickers or punchouts on a page
Use stickers in another way and tell us about it.

Use buttons on a layout
Use something from nature
Make and use a shaker box
Sew or cross-stitch on a layout
Use photo corners
Use glitter or a glitter pen on a layout
Use raffia on a layout
Use Twine on a layout
Use wire on a layout
Use watercolor pencils on a layout
Use colored pens on a layout
Use SQUARES on a layout
Use Circles on a layout
Use beads on a layout
Use a paper doll
Tear a paper piecing and use it on a layout
Make and use a paperpiecing
Use an embellished die cut
Use punch art on a layout
Use Daisies on a layout (die cuts or ???)
Use pressed flowers or leaves on a layout
Use Ladybug theme
Use Dragonflies on a layout
Use a NSBR (non-scrapbook related) embellishment
Use “stars” on a layout (stamped, punched, stickers—on the paper??)
Make MOSIAC FRAMES for the pictures
Use ready-made frame
Use some “BUMPER CROPS” on a layout
Use TAG art on a layout
Use ribbon on a page
Use eyelets
Do “quilling” on a page
Do paper weaving
Use Magic mesh
Do paper PIERCING on a page (with a needle or tool)
Use pop dots
Use fabric on a page
Use BRADS on a layout
Pen-stitch on a layout
Use Holly leaves and berries as an embellishment
Use a “sound” button (some play music, or record your own)
Use an embellishment not listed—and tell us what the embellishment is so we can use it too!
Cut graphics from a patterned paper to use as embellishment.
Use Fibers
Use Charms
Use lace

Make and use a journaling “square.”
Use a ready-made Journaling square
Journal in your own handwriting
Use computer-generated journaling
Use a journaling genie or a coluzzle (shape) to make a Journaling square
Journal on a photo mat
Journal using a list
Journal two points of view for each picture
Journal under a "lift up" photo
Use one word adjectives to describe the person in a picture
Write a letter to the person in the layout
Pick key words in your journaling to highlight with borders or larger font

Use Coluzzles to make a layout
Use a Xyron
Use something from a sizzix
Dry emboss on a layout
Wet emboss on a layout
Use rubber stamps on a page
Use a “page planner’ or other placement template
Use a template of any kind
Use a doodle cutter or Blade runner
Use chalk on a layout
Use a Magic Matter
Use a corner punch
Use a decorative punch
Use decorative scissors
Use straight scissors
Use paper cutter
Use a paper crimper
Use a “NEW TO YOU” tool
Use a tool not listed

Use black and white pictures on a layout
Use Color tinted pictures on a layout
Use a 5x7 or larger picture on a layout
Silhouette a picture
Crop a picture into a circle
Use a panoramic picture on a layout
Frame a picture with the same picture-(cut out part of it)

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50 Ways to Use Stamps
1. Use alphabet stamps to make your title on a strip of cardstock
2. Cut out the individual letters and pop dot them for an even jazzier title
3. Stamp directly on your photos
4. Get a personalized stamp with your return address for all your correspondence
5. Get a personalized stamp with “handmade by ____” to mark all your creations
6. Stamp a small image over and over again to make your own patterned paper
7. Try the above with Versamark ink for an even subtler background pattern
8. Stamp with acrylic paint
9. Use a phrase stamp on the inside of a card to make it even more professional-looking
10. Stamp lines in Versamark as a guide for straight handwritten journaling
11. Use an inkpad, without a stamp, directly on your paper to jazz up the edges
12. Stamp a flower and add a brad or eyelet for the center
13. Use small alphabet stamps to make captions for photos
14. Stamp a word on a tag to highlight the theme of your page
15. Stamp an image multiple times, color in and cut out the pieces to overlap and form your own paper piecing
16. Stamp an image and cut out, then pop dot or use on your page just like a sticker
17. Emboss your stamping for extra shine or the 3D effect
18. Use one set of stamps throughout an entire mini album to tie it all together
19. Use stamps to decorate the cover of a cloth album so that it coordinates with the theme of the pages inside
20. Practice stamping on scrap paper and use the result as a pretty bookmark
21. Use wheel stamps for handmade gift wrap
22. Use a wheel stamp to make patterned paper
23. Use a wheel stamp for a quick and easy border
24. Stamp on paperclay and punch a hole in the top to make your own charms
25. Stamp on a magnetic sheet and cut out for cute handmade magnets to give as a gift
26. Stamp an image in black ink and color it in
27. Stamp an image in clear ink and emboss in clear, then rub colored ink over the paper so that you get a reverse image
28. Stamp an image in black and use a sponge dipped in ink/pressed on the inkpad to color in the image – looks even better if you "don’t" stay inside the lines
29. Stamp in Versamark and dab chalk over the top for a softer image
30. You can also try stamping with chalk
31. Stamp a whole scene and mat it just like a photo
32. Overlap stamped images for a collage look
33. Use an alphabet stamp to make monogram patterned paper
34. Use word stamps to make interesting patterned paper
35. Try stamping your title with mismatched or different sizes of alphabet stamps for a funky/ransom note look
36. Customize your home décor by stamping on your walls
37. Stamp on fabric – aprons, dishtowels, tote bags, swatches for scrapbook pages, etc
38. Stamp the sides of a post-it note cube for a cute gift
39. Use stamps on your holiday cards – makes it easier to mass produce the same design over and over
40. Print business cards or address labels from your computer and stamp an image in the corner to jazz them up
41. Stamp off on scrap paper once before stamping so that the image is softer and you can read text through it
42. When making background paper, stamp two or three times before re-inking – you get even more ‘shades’ out of just one color this way
43. Use Staz-On ink to stamp on vellum or metal
44. Stamp on polyshrink and bake it to make your own plastic charms
45. Stamp on bottle caps for an even jazzier embellishment
46. Use a stamped image as the outline for creating a wire shape
47. Use a word stamp to stamp on ribbon or twill
48. Leave space in printed journaling to stamp a few words so that they stand out
49. Use stamps to fill in the smaller squares in a colorblocking page
50. Get non-toxic ink and stamp on yourself – makes a cool temporary tattoo! (kids love this one too).

Altered Art
Altering Items:

**Altered Frame 1
**Cutting Board 1
**Cutting Board 2
**Door hanger
**Altered notebook
**Wooden Letters
**CD 1
**CD 2
**Paint Can
**Wooden box
**Paper Bag Album

25 Ways to Use Ribbon:
1. Tie through buttons
2. Make a border using a variety of or single color & patterns
3. Run along a pattern paper edge
4. Wrap around a photo
5. Use alphabet stickers on it
6. Hang a photo from a ribbon hanger
7. Stamp words on it
8. Use with pre-made products to give it your “personal touch”
9. Tie through eyelets or punched holes along an edge
10. Attach to metal embellishments like paper clips, spirals, photo anchors, jump rings or safety pins
11. Make a tie or bow and glue anywhere
12. Hang tags from it
13. Use for photo corners
14. Wrap around or tie to slide mounts or large monogram letters
15. Use to tie something closed like a mini-album, tag book, journal or card
16. Make loops or tabs for opening or pulling out hidden journaling
17. Attach a label holder with it
18. Wrap around a pre-made photo frame
19. Apply rub-on letters on it
20. Tuck photos under a ribbon border
21. Frame a picture or accent with ribbon
22. Tie around journaling blocks
23. Hang charms from it
24. Tie around strips of cardstock or paper
25. Use up your ribbon “scraps” to make a loop or tab border

Ways to Attach Ribbon:
* Glue Dots Clear Lines
* Glue
* Xyron
* Brads
* Eyelets
* Staples
* Sewing
* Safety Pins

Here is a tutorial on HANDCUTTING TITLES...

Here is how I do it...
In Microsoft Word...Insert Word Art - select your font and your size - if it isn't big enough that's okay we can fix that later. Click OK.

Right click on the Word Art and select properties. On the Size tab, click on the Lock Aspect Ratio check box, then adjust the width to how wide you want it on your LO.

On the bottom left of the Word screen, you will see the draw button, click on it and then select Rotate or Flip then Horizontal. This will get your text backwards on the page for cutting purposes. (If for some reason this option is grayed out you will have to use PowerPoint to do this - the steps are the same!)

Now print your text on regular old paper - before I print I put an X on the top of the paper that is feeding through so I know which way to put it back in the printer. Then adhere your cardstock or pp - with temporary adhesive to the page with the side you don't want showing face up - in other words the non-textured side of Bazzill or the white side of the PP. Feed it through the printer again - remember your X is at the top of the feeder and will go through the machine last! Print it again. Peel the printed part off and rub off the temporary adhesive.

Now you are ready to cut, with a glass mat or a piece of glass (I use one from an old photo frame) and you'll need a craft knife. You will need to snap off the blade every so often - a sharp blade is really important.

This is how I do it - some people cut out the whole letter with the craft knife I don't. I cut out the centers of the letters with the craft knife - i.e. o's, a's, d's, etc. Then I use my Cutterbees and handcut the outsides of the letters. Always cut out the centers first as it is harder to cut them out if you do them last! When cutting with the craft knife you want to turn the paper as you go and feed it through the knife kind of like you do when you are sewing. Hope that makes sense. I do the same with my Cutterbees when cutting turn the paper not my hand or the scissors.

Then I adhere my letters with my Xyron or with a glue stick depending on size.

I hope that made sense - if not I can take some photos next time I do it. We should probably add this to the free stuff post!

DIY Tips
Creating Keepsakes Tips

List of items to bring to a crop:
Page Kits - include pictures, paper, embellishments, sketch, and journaling
Extra Photos (in case you get through all your kits)
Fine Point Scissors
Deco Scissors
Paper Trimmer
Black Journaling Pen
Idea Book(s)/Sketch Book
Bottled Water
Letter Stickers
Photo Corners (various colors)
Extra Cardstock
Money to spend!
Date Stamp Kit & Ink
Tags (all kinds)
Coupons (for all stores)
Xyron X
Wish List of items to buy
Page protectors or a box to put finished pages for protection till you get them in an album

Tips for preparing for a crop:
Create kits for each layout. Include a basic sketch, pattern papers and embellishments. 2 Gallon Plastic baggies are a cheap alternative to pricier plastic folders. I usually plan one layout an hour and then divide number of hours by two and throw in that many extra kits. For a 5 hour crop I'd bring 8 kits. (FYI - I've been doing this casually for all my pics. Just taking out photos and creating kits with just paper and photos. Spend one evening doing this. It takes a lot of the time out of planning when you have time to scrap and now I'm finding int he time it used to take to do one LO I'm doing 2 or 3!)

If you are going to use the computer to journal, you can either figure out where to print the information ahead of time or print onto transparency so that you can adjust placement more easily.

Hidden journaling can be another option. Bring some tags and some hinges if you do not like your handwriting.

Keep list of items to bring in a file on your computer. Print it out as needed for each crop.

When in doubt, LIFT - makes the creative juices get going and allows you to get more done.

Organization – Scrapbook Kits
Organizing for a Crop
123's of Organizing for a Crop
Getting Organized for a Crop

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Digital Layout Class

I tried to give lots of screenshots to help clarify what I am doing. Many of you use a different program so it may not be the same for you, but hopefully it will help. I bolded the basic directions and then tried to fill in some details with extra directions.

Can't wait to see your pages.

I use Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10

-Start by opening a new page. In my program, I go to “File”, “New” and choose the appropriate size. This layout is a 12x12.

-Open the backgrounds you would like to use and insert them onto your page. There are two options in my program. The first is to go to “Insert” and import it that way. I prefer the second method which is to actually “open” the files so that they appear in my files section on the right and then just drag them in.

-Insert your picture. Use the same method for inserting papers above.

-Choose your marquee tool.

-Be sure you have your picture selected in your layers stack. Select a small section of your photo. Copy and Paste the selection. The portion will show up in your layers stack as a new element. Do not move the selection of photo or photo itself.

-Repeat this selection on different areas throughout your photo. You may need to be sure your full picture is selected each time. After each new copy/paste, the selection will show up in your stack.

-Go back to your Object tool.

-Select your original picture and delete it. This will leave you with just the small selections you made. Your picture is now broken up. As you can see, some of my piece overlap. This is okay. If you are unhappy with your broken picture at this point you can “undo” your delete and choose some new pieces.

-Next, we are going to add an outline to your pieces. In my program, I have chosen to “highlight” the edges. Different programs will have different options, so hopefully you can figure this out in your program.

-Choose the width and color of your outline. I have chosen a white outline, 25 pixels.

-I now have one selection outlined.

-Repeat this process with each selection until all of them are outlined.

-Now you want to be sure you have the selection layers in the correct order. This order is of your choosing, but you may want to be sure key elements are on top. For example, I wanted Andrea’s eyes and nose to be above the picture of her mouth. You can move the layers around my dragging them up and down within your stack.

-Group your completed selections together. Do this by selecting all of them and right clicking to group them.

-Move your grouped photo to wherever you would like it on the page and size it appropriately.

-Open and insert the elements you want. Use the same method you used for papers and picture.

-Move the elements to where you want them and resize as appropriate. Use your layer stack to move elements behind the photo or where you feel is appropriate.

-Open an insert an alpha for your title. (You may also just use your text tool.)

-Move and resize your title. In this case, I also wanted to offset it and turned the ! a little.

-For journaling, selected the text tool.

-Type in your journaling. Move and orient it as needed. Also select your font, size and color.

-Here is my finished page.

-You probably want to add shadowing to your page to make it look more finished.

Here are a couple other examples of this technique.

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Color blocking is one of my favorite methods of scrapbooking. It’s pretty easy to do and makes really nice pages. Basically, you pick papers in coordinating colors and arrange those papers and your pictures on your page – most commonly this is done using rectangles and squares of different sizes. But I’ve seen pages using circles too. Keeping your edges straight makes it simple though. The beauty of color blocking is that you can do it with both paper and digital scrapbooking. For paper scrapbookers, there are templates you can use to make it easier. I’m sure the digi world has similar templates.

For this class, I’m using three coordinated papers (one for the background, two for mats/title), three photos, and embellishments (for my page, I had flowers that were part of patterned paper – I planned on using three, but only ended up using two).

1. You’ll want to have your pictures, a ruler, the paper, your adhesive, embellishments, and an idea of what to journal. It’s easiest to pick your paper colors based on the colors in your photos.

For my photos, Natalie’s wearing very bright colors in her dress and more subtle colors in her tights. My background paper matches the “loud” dress colors, then I picked a brighter pink and a subtle purple to use as my coordinating colors.

2. The next thing you’ll want to do is trim your pictures so that they’ll fit nicely on the page, yet have some consistency. For my photos, I kept the height the same (trimmed to 5½”) and then varied the width – on the larger photo, it’s 3½” wide, and on the two smaller photos, I trimmed to 3” wide.

3. I don’t have a photo of the next step, but cut a strip of one of your papers for the title. The strip I used is 11” wide and 1½” tall. Think about how you will do your title - you want the strip tall enough if you’re using big letter stickers or a certain size on your Cricut. If you’re handwriting your title, it’s not as big of an issue.

4. You can choose to mat your photos with one of your coordinating papers. I usually mat, but decided not to for this layout. Instead, I matted my embellishing flowers (and for color blocking, it’s a good idea to create a mat for your embellishments if they are not in the same shape family as the rest of your elements). I inked the sides of the flowers with a bright pink ink. (The flash kind of drowns these out though) These mats are 3"x3" so that they are the same width as the two smaller pictures. It's best to keep things similar in size so the page flows nicely.

5. Forgot to take a photo here too … but lay out what you have so far so that you know what kind of space you have for journaling. Then decide what you want to journal – the journaling looks nice matted on one of your papers (and I printed mine on the purple lighter paper). Go ahead and journal. Wink My journaling block measures 3½” to coincide with the width of the largest picture, and is 3" tall so it's the same height as the embellishment mats.

6. Start playing with how you want to lay everything out on the page. Here’s mine before I stuck anything down (the title letters aren’t glued down at all). In retrospect, maybe I should have taken a picture of this when it was something I wasn’t happy with since the next picture almost looks the same. Lol Oh, well, I know for next class!

7. Okay, now glue everything down if you’re satisfied with colors, sizes, etc.

8. Look at it – is there anywhere else you’d add color? I thought about adding some veritical strips of bright pink because it felt a little boring. Then I remembered that I have bright pink ribbon - perfect!

All done!!! See, that was simple, but it looks nice. I love sticking with the geometric approach with the squares and rectangles, and coordinating papers. I normally don’t use embellishments as large as those flowers, but it worked out well.

Now you try. Smile

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This is the finished product:

The list of supplies you'll need is:

  • An 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock
  • About 1 foot of ribbon of your choice
  • Scrap pieces of paper in coordinating colors
  • 1 piece of notebook paper or something similar
  • image stamp
  • greeting stamp
  • ink pad
  • embroidery floss
  • 2 buttons
  • scissors
  • adhesive

First, I started with an 8.5x11 sheet of white cardstock. I cut it down the center of 8.5" side (instead of the usual 11" side) to make it a little different. If you are using a 12x12 piece of cardstock to begin with, you will just need to cut out a 4 1/4" x 11" piece from it.

Fold in half

Then, you need to choose a stamp of your choice. For this card I used my acrylic owl stamp. You can also use any Cricut cut of course, but I chose a stamp, so everyone can participate too.

Stamp it onto cardstock. I like to ink my stamp by laying it down on the table, then just tapping the ink pad on top of it.

Cut image out

I stamped another one onto patterened paper...for another card

I took my solid green cardstock and marked edges in pencil, and cut it just a little smaller than the card, so it would have a visible white border.

Then, I took a small piece of patterned scrap paper in a coordinating color and inked the edges of it and the green cardstock piece.

Next, I stamped my greeting (thanks) onto the piece of receipt paper (took this from my catering receipt book. You can use any type of lined paper you can find around the house)

Cut the greeting out.

Now assemble the card. First, glue the green cardstock onto the card. Then, tie the ribbon around the top third of the small piece of patterned paper. Glue it down on top of the green cardstock, making sure to keep it just a little off center. (I chose to lower it from the center a bit). Next, thread your embroidery floss through the buttons. Glue the stamped image, greeting and buttons down. (Sorry, I forgot to take pics of this process along the way.) :confused: If you are having trouble, refer to the finished product picture at top.

Voila! This card is fun and easy and can be used in all different types of ways.
Can't wait to see your takes on this!

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I know this is really basic and most of you may already have your own methods. (there are TONS) But I thought I'd share a little video of how to tie a ribbon bow so that the tails are always down. I'm posting it tonight, because 1) Scott had to hold my camera and he was here tonight 2) since I posted the card class I figured it would be nice to have these instructions to go along with it.

Ignore my goofy voice. I get so nervous when I'm being recorded. :rolleyes:

Finished product:

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Welcome to this week's class!

First, I'd like to share a couple comments from my family that I got while I was working on the projects for this tutorial all spread out on the dining room table:
DH (at 5am when I couldn't sleep): "What are you doing??"....and after I explained, "That's pretty cool!"
Robby (my 2-almost-3yo): "Wow Mommy, you have a lot of beautiful stuff... in my way..." (At least he was kind enough to pause before the "in my way" part :rolleyes: )

Both I take as huge compliments... LOL Biggrin

OK, here we go....

The Spotlighting technique is a fun one to use... and great for those, often intimidating, detailed image stamps. As the name suggests, the Spotlighting technique is a way to highlight a portion of your image... as if in a spotlight.

As I mentioned in the materials list post, there are three ways to get the spotlighting effect.
They are:

1. Spotlighting w/ stamps
2. Spotlighting w/ punches
3. Reverse Spotlighting (also uses punches)

1. Spotlighting w/ Stamps

Materials needed:

*a detailed image stamp (one that you could color in)
*a solid shape stamp (circle, square, etc... smaller than your detailed image)
*white cardstock for your main image, and any other colors you may want to mat it on, etc.
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*a pale color dye-ink pad
*you will also need colored pencils or markers, (or anything you would use to color in an image.)

[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image(s) in black ink onto your white cardstock. [/SIZE]
(I just stamped them in a corner of my cs and will trim it later.)

(I worked on two cards at the same time.)

[SIZE=4]Step 2. Stamp your solid shape in a pale color over an area of your image you would like to highlight.[/SIZE]

TIP: If you do not have a pale enough color, you can always "stamp off" some of the ink on scratch paper before stamping on your project. Ink your stamp and stamp it once, then stamp it again without re-inking it, and again until you get the shade you want. Practice on the scratch paper to see how many times you need to stamp off. You can see below where I did this (1 & 2). I liked the shade of the second square, so then I re-inked and stamped once on the scratch paper (3) and then a second time onto my project (4).

[SIZE=4]Step 3. Use your markers, colored pencils, etc. to color in ONLY the portion of the image within the solid shape stamp.[/SIZE]

There wasn't a lot to color on the eagle itself, so I decided to add some color to the background words.

And here's our soldier:

(And yes, I realize that I accidentally colored the stars yellow on the flag when they should indeed be white! OOPS!)

[SIZE=4]Step 4. Finish your project as desired.[/SIZE]

And here it is on a card:

And our soldier... (this was hubby's favorite Smile )

Another example of Spotlighting using stamps, this time using watercolor pencils instead of markers:

Oops, need to find the pic that one...

Meanwhile, I will go ahead and post and save the next 2 posts for Spotlighting w/ Punches and Reverse Spotlighting.

Hope you're enjoying the class so far! Smile

The original thread here: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=495146

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2. Spotlighting w/ Punches

Materials needed:

*a detailed image stamp (one that you could color in)
*white, black, and other colors of cardstock
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*colored pencils or markers, (or anything you would use to color in an image.)
*paper punches: circles or squares, or other shapes will work also. If you have 2 nested sizes, that would be perfect for the optional step I will show you.

[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image in black ink onto your colored cardstock. [/SIZE]

This time I will make a border for a scrapbook page, so I have stamped them along the edge of my page.

Step 2. Stamp the same image onto your white cardstock.

Step 3. Color in your image on your white cardstock using markers, colored pencils, etc...

(This is just straight coloring here... no blending, etc... The detail in the stamp does all the work!)

Step 4. Punch out a shape where you want to highlight your colored-in image. (Note: If you are using two nested sizes, use the smaller one for this step.)

TIP: If you do your punching upside-down, you can see exactly what part of the image you are punching out.

(Note: Read the rest before gluing anything down, so you can decide which option you like best.)

Step 5. (option 1) Take your punched out piece(s) and line them up to match the image(s) on your colored cardstock.

If you like it as is, you could call it a day right here and be done....

OR you could.... (Step 5 - Option 2)

Punch the larger of your two nested sizes out of black cardstock.

TIP: The upside-down punching method is also helpful for getting the most out of your cardstock since you can see where you punched last and move it over just enough to make your next punch.

Place your colored image circles on your larger black punched circles. Now line them up as we did before...

Ta Da! Now decide which option you like best and glue it all down.
I usually prefer the 2nd option, but there are some images it doesn't work as well with. Just play with it and see what looks best.

TIP: If you like the 2nd option, but don't have nested sizes of punches, you could always adhere your punch to black cs and trim around it to get the black outline.

Playing with different shapes and colors...
tag punch...

hearts and stars

Now, on to part 3!

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BTW, sorry again for the watermarks. I will be putting this on my blog also and I need to be careful. I think I mentioned it before that some people were copying tutorials and putting them on their blogs, claiming them as their own.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled class....

3. Reverse Spotlighting (w/ Punches)

This is probably my favorite of the three, but it's hard to choose! I love them all!

Materials needed:

*detailed image stamp(s)... (one that's easy to cut around is best this time!)
*white, black, and other colors of cardstock
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*paper punches: circles or squares, or other shapes will work also.

[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image randomly onto your white cardstock. [/SIZE]

I will do a card and a scrapbook page border here.

For my card I started with a white piece of cs, 5" x 3.75"

For the border, I didn't measure, but you can make it as tall as your page and probably 2-3 inches wide.

Step 2. Here's the fun part... take your punches and make swiss cheese! Smile(Careful not to go overboard)

TIP: Don't punch away parts of the image that would be hard to cut around, such as the butterfly's antennae.

Step 3. Stamp your image onto a few colors of cardstock. (Or one color is fine, depending on the look you want)

(I stamped more than I needed...)

Step 4. Cut them out. Notice I didn't worry about cutting around the antennae!

Step 5. Now you will line up and adhere your cut-out image(s) behind the images on the swiss cheese you made.

Repeat for each image that overlaps into a hole.

Back view...

Step 6. Now you will add your next layer. Here I used a 5.25" x 4" piece of black cs.

Step 7. Trim off any of the images that are hanging off the black cs.

(This is easier to do from the back... especially on a corner.)

For the scrapbook page, you could choose to leave them hanging off of the border if you like.

But I trimmed mine... (forgot about those silly antennae!)

Step 8. Finish your project!

For my card, I used a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of orange cs folded in half to create a 5.5" x 4.25" standard size card base... Added some ribbon and a stamped quote... all done!

Another card example:
(Not sure how I feel about this one... maybe a few too many holes... lol... but i spent too much time cutting out those bees to not include it! LOL)

and the inside...

A mini 3x3 card:

There you have it... Three fun ways to do the Spotlighting Technique!

Have fun and I can't wait to see your projects!!

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Zig 2-way Glue demo

Here ya go:

She did a great job explaining it. It's works perfectly! Smile You can find it at any hobby store or ebay.

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freezer paper t-shirt tutorial

okay ladies...this is the first time I did this...so bear with me. The video I used as a reference can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRyXlSTtHPA (This girl is like 13 and made an awesome tutorial video). Then there was some trial and error involved (like with cutting the letters).

1. supplies: freezer paper (has a matte side and a shiny side. the shiny side is waxy coated), fabric paint, sponge brushes. I also have a little plastic palette, but that is not necessary. Before I got these (for other crafts) I used to use paper plates for holding the paint.

2. cut the freezer paper to fit your mat. Stick it to the mat shiny side up. Because you will put shiny side down on the t-shirt to iron it on as a stencil, if you are cutting words or anything you don't want to be mirrored, you need to cut using the "flip feature" I found on several tutorials online that they instruct you to put shiny side up b/c the shiny side doesn't stick well to the cricut mats. I found that if your mat is pretty sticky, it will stick shiny side down. So if you have a baby bug and don't have the "flip" feature but need to cut words, you could put shiny side down and have your words come out the right way (if that makes sense).

3. cut out your shapes/words. save the "negative" and "positive" images, since you will need to use some of each for stencils or to mask certain areas during painting...this includes keeping the "insides" of letters such as B, e, O, etc. Tip: It is best to cut things in the middle of the paper, so you have some extra paper around the edges to protect the shirt from the paint.

4. Iron on the stencil (shiny side down). You don't have to hold the iron on it for too long...and if you need to reposition, you can peel it off and re-iron it.

I started out with the part of the bee I wanted to be black and the words, which were going to be red.

5. Before applying paint, put a piece of freezer paper between the shirt to protect the other side from paint bleeding through. apply paint with sponge brush. my paint instructions stated you may need 2 coats. Since it was a white shirt and dark colors, I did apply 2 coats. Then let dry while freezer paper stencil is still on the shirt.

(the paint said to let dry 4 hours...after about 2 hours it was dry enough to peel off the stencil and apply a different color.)

6. peel off stencil

7. place down other pieces to complete second color on the bee. depending on what image you select to paint on, you will have to do some planning ahead about which pieces you want to use (either the negative/outer pieces to be a stencil or the positive/inner pieces to mask). Originally I was going to make the wings yellow, but after the black was done, I changed my mind...so I had to do some finagling and painting without a piece of stencil between the black wings and yellow stripes. IN this step I had intended to place the whole bee stencil down and the lines to mask the black strips and fill in everything else yellow. BEcause I decided last minute to do the wings black, it was not as simple as it could have been. Anyway, like I said, depending on your shape and what colors you want, just think about which pieces would be best and what order it would be best to use them to apply the different colors. Next time I do this I will plan that better and not change my mind about colors midway through Lol

8. apply second color (in this case would have been all yellow, but I did add black to the wings also due to my change of mind ;-))

9. let dry for a little while, then peel off stencil and VOILA!

mine looks lumpy in some places, but it is not...it is just shiny b/c it was still drying. I wanted to take a final pic rather than letting it dry more before peeling the stencils off.

Final tips

***one thing they don't mention about using "flip" feature for printing out words is that you then have to spell the words backwards. This is one of the trial and error things I figured out. The first time I cut it out, I got "enim eeb" So, if the paper is shiny side up, and you want to "flip" the words so they will be correct when the paper is ironed on...spell backwards Lol

***Another issue I ran into is the way the cricut cuts the letters sometimes they don't line up... the letters aren't in a straight line like you would line them up in a title. I used "center point" to center the "bee mine" on my piece of freezer paper. I don't know if that is what got it to print out straight across...or if it was the font I chose. The other fonts didn't work out, but that was before i tried the "Center point" trick. I will let you know if I can get it to work with another font or if Don Juan just luckily lined up. :shrug:

FYI, I used Tulip brand "soft" fabric paint. I didn't know it when bought this type of paint, but when browsing threads about these t's on cricut's site, a few people mentioned that the soft kind works well since it doesn't dry stiff on the shirt.

hope this helps...I will add stuff if I forgot anything or if I learn anymore tricks when I make another

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Theme suggestions:
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