Monthly Archives: August 2007

Stationary Gift

I made a little gift for our daughter’s two teachers that were leaving. I wanted to make something quick and inexpensive. So I made a compostition notebook that was altered. I used a crayon stamp set. The other part of their gift was a stationary set. It included a pen and 10 cards/envelopes. Here is how to make it all…

the pen – I buy the pens (with the lid type) 4 in a package at Target for $2.
open the end of the pen and cut a scrap piece of paper 3 3/4″ x 3/4″.
roll it around the ink well and put it in the clear part of the pen and screw the end back on.

the stationary – 3 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock
10 invitation envelopes at Office Depot or Target for about $6 in a big box
punch two holes at the center top
run ribbon through the holes and bring it through the other hole
trim the ribbon ends
stamp an image on the bottom center and on the envelopes

the folder – one 12 x 12 piece of paper – fold it in half (6″ x 6″) and then open it up and fold the bottom up 4″
with the bottom folded up, fold it over (so you have a 8″ x 6″ folder)
punch a hole through all the layers so a ribbon can run through
run a ribbon through the back hole around the folder to the front
put 5 envelopes with 5 pieces of stationary on each side in the “pockets”
close the folder and tie the ribbon
add the pen in one pocket

it is “A Piece of Cake” to make! that is it – you are done. very cute, easy, and inexpensive!

click to see it bigger ­čśÇ

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My Apologies

My apologies….I haven’t been on here to blog about any scrap because this last weekend my computer that I loved to use completely died on me. ALL my files (picutres, digital photo editing programs, digital scrapbooking downloads and program) are locked up on the computer. We do have a friend that is going to try and help us get the data off the computer. My hubby did buy me a new computer…the one he had been talking about getting for some time now. So, I have been learning a new computer and am in the middle of creating a different webpage for our personal blog. I will keep my scrap blog here 4u2c. Hopefully, I will be back doing more digital editing and scrapbooking soon.

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Using Photo Explosion to Draw Borders

Recently, I have been making a lot of Storyboards where I also wanted to draw a border and add text or brushes to complete the page. My instructions for using the brushes are in a separate post. Here is how I made the borders:

go to adjust across the top
go to paint
choose brush
choose shape on the top left
choose square
decrease the size of the square and make it as small as you can
click on the box next to shape
choose connected lines
while holding the shift key down, drag your mouse where you want the lines
now, click on the eraser at the top left
hold the shift key and click where you do not want the line (this is where you will add text)
this is where you will add a few words about the storyboard
you are done…save it and share your storyboard
I like making the Storyboards using the templates from Once Upon a Storyboard because they make your layout look perfect and professional and I also like just making some in Memory Mixer on a white background and adding other stuff (like one word in big letter about the person in the picture, and some journaling). Either way I think is fun and looks great! Have fun! It is “A Piece of Cake!”

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More Storyboards

37303608b2.jpgHere are more of what you can do with Storyboards. This is using a template from the Once Upon a Storyboard site listed under my favorite digital scrapbooking sites to the right. It is one of the “Snow White Storyboards”. It is my favorites.

To create these, I used Memory Mixer to make them and add text to the first one, Photo Explosion to create the borders, text, and clipart to the other two. The font is called Waltograph.

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Digital Freebies!

This weekend I found this blog, Happy Scrap Girl. There are freebies for digital scrapbooking on there and a lot of them! I was looking at the template sites, but there are many more.

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My New Blog Header Template in Memory Mixer

I wanted to offer how to make a blog header template using Memory Mixer. This is for Memory Mixer users who do not have Photoshop, but want to create a blog header template and want to use a stock photo in the blog header template. The same basic thing could be done in Photoshop, but this is for Memory Mixer users. I originally started with Memory Mixer when I found it in my scrapbook store and liked it and wanted to learn more things I could do digitally and got Photo Shop Elements when I was ready to learn more.

Pick a picture out on http://www.istockphoto.com/ and download it. You do have to purchase credits – which start at about $12 for 10 credits. ┬áThen create a blank page in Memory Mixer in “portrait” and added the downloaded photo. You have the option to mat the photo and chose the color for the mat. You can size the matted photo and add text below the picture. If you want to add extra things in the picture, you can do that with any extra graphic stock you have. I added pumpkins to a picture of two kids in the bathtub to one of mine and it turned out great.

If you do not want to use a stock photo, you do not have to. There are some cute retro vector images, though. I even contacted the artist and asked them to create a vector image to fit my family and they did it for me and then I purchased it on the site.

This is just an idea for Memory Mixer users that can be personalized for your own blog.

Good luck!┬áIt is “A Piece of Cake!”

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Using Brushes in Photo Explosion

Here are my instructions for using brushes that you download from Two Peas, The Shabby Shoppe, etc and don’t know how to get them on your page layout.

open up your photo explosion program
go to browse
click on the page layout you want to add the brushes onto
find the brushes you want to use and click on them
go to selection across the top
click on shape
make sure the top left window says create new
choose the shape you want (rectangle, square, circle or oval)
click on that shape
go to tool options under shape choice
click on draw from center
look across yout toolbar on the top
click on scissors
click and drag from the center of the object you want
you will do that until it fits around the part you want it to
right click your mouse and choose copy
click on the page layout on the bottom of the screen you want to add it to
right click on that page and choose paste
go to adjust across the top
choose rotate and resize
resize the object you are adding until it is the size you want
move it on the page layout where you want it
You are all done and you should have your object cut, copied, and pasted exactly where you want it on your page layout. If for some reason, you mess up or when you start to click and drag across the object, it is not in the correct place, you can go look across your toolbar at the top where you found the scissors and click on one of the arrows pointing to the left. That is your undo button and it will let you click anddrag across the obeject again. You can do this as many times as it takes until you get the object cut just right. This is how you do this in Photo Explosion. Easy once you figure it out. It is “A Piece of Cake” once you figure it out. Good luck!

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