Monthly Archives: September 2007

Making a Book

This is a cute idea for making a book for a gift….you can watch the video and it shows you how and what you will need to make it.

video for making a book

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Digital Kit Information

One of my favorite digital sites is Shabby Princess. The kits there are very cute and there are some free ones on her blog you can download. She puts out a different one monthly I think in her store, The Shaby Shoppe. I like the look of them and the colors go together with many of the kits…so you can mix & match the elements. Two Peas in a Bucket also offers free kits you can download. I have found Two Peas offers brushes with some of their kits. Shabby Princess doesn’t create brushes. Shabby Princess is perfect for Memory Mixer since she doesn’t create brushes. Those are my two favorite places to look for kits…I usually just look at those two sites, so I can keep everything simple. Sometimes, if I cannot find what I am looking for, I go to some other digital sites. I do have the Memory Mixer package which I now use in PSE. Many of the embellishments there are easy to use in PSE. Also, Memory Mixer’s package has buttons, ribbon, and brads in many colors so by having it, there is no need to have to create your own in PSE…which saves time. However, if you want to create your own, you can. Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac will let you design your pages using kits. Memory Mixer will also let you use the kits, but not the brushes. Memory Mixer is great for beginning digital scrapbookers and is very user friendly. Photoshop Elements is a little more advanced, but once you are ready to to start learning how to do new techniques, it is a really fun package to have!

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Digital Scrapbooking Class

I found out today that our local scrapbook store is giving a class for using Adobe Photoshop Elements for digital layouts. The class is $20…I didn’t think that was too bad. I recently bought PSE 4.0 for Mac and I have been learning it as well as the new macbook, so I think will take the class. This was the only store out of 3 in our area giving the classes. I have wondered how long it would take the scrapbook stores to catch on to digital scrapbooking. I had been imagining the scrapbook stores having a small room where girls would bring in their laptops in their pink bags with their leopard print mouse (yes, I have one) and do digital layouts and print out your pages right there. Ahhhhh….it is going to be that way soon!

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Book on Digital Scrapbooking

This is one of the best resources I have found for Adobe Photoshop Elements. I will say that I have a Macbook Pro and have not been able to find a book specifically for PSE 4.0 for Mac. I can say that there have been some tutorials online for PSE 4.0 for Mac and that is good. I have found Two Peas in a Bucket has some tutorials for Mac and Shabby Princess has some even though they are demonstrated in Windows.

This book is great….I recently saw a Podcast with the author and thought I would watch for it. I found it today at the scrapbook store when I went to investigate the Digital Scrapbooking classes and the printing area. It is called Digital Designs for Scrapbooking by Renee Pearson. Let me just say it is great! She has made the book with step-by-step instructions for everything. Shabby Princess has a good tutorial for your first layout using PSE that would be good to watch first. Then, this book would be good to start after watching that tutorial. It is everything — I even saw she tells you how to create your own brads. That is something I like about Digital Scrapbooking…you don’t have to buy over and over…with digital, you use over and over. She shows you about using brushes, making custom backgrounds and embellishments and the book included a CD. It was $20…but I think it was worth it. She gives instructions and then shows pictures of what your computer screen should show you when you follow her instructions. I think I am going to really use this book!

Maybe this will help anyone needing a good resource for digital scrapbooking!

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Baked-Ribbon Hairbows Recipe

I recently baked some rbbon for my daughter’s hairbows and added it to bigger bow and attached both to stretchy lace since she does not have enough hair to hold a hairclip. To bake the ribbon, all you need is a thin dowel rod, thin grosgrain ribbon, and string or something to tie the ends of the dowel rod with.

tie the ribbon to one end of the dowel rod.
twist the ribbon until the ribbon is twisted around the entire dowel rod.
tie the other end.
run the ribbon under the water faucet and saturate the whole rod.
place in the oven at about 350 for 35 minutes.
then take out and pull of dowel rod.
cut into small pieces.
make into hairbows.
5-6 pieces of baked ribbon looks good on a hair bow or clip.

have fun!

click to see it bigger 😀

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Bag Idea

This is a cute bag idea. It is using a paper sack of any color and adding cardstock and other embellishments. Just go to this link to get the directions and see the pictures of the one created.

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Friend’s Tri-Fold Card

Here is a great link for a Tri-fold card. My friend, Miss Magnificient made it and I have been bugging her to add a post in her blog about it. I think I am going to copy her idea for some birthday invitations in October. If not, at least learn to make the card and have to send to friends. Here is the link….they are so cute!

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