Monthly Archives: November 2007

Digital Curled Edges & Torn Paper

Once you start digital scrapbooking and you have the layering of papers mastered, it is fun to start learning new techniques like tearing paper, folded corners, and curled edges. You can make your own torn paper by using a brush, eraser, and going over the edges of two papers in a jagged motion. I guess you could also make a curled page out of real paper and then take a picture of it and then scan it. At Scrapgirls, I found two inexpensive templates: torn paper and curled edges. You buy them and then use them and you don’t have to do all the work. The curled edges come in white. These two templates would make things “A Piece of Cake!” 

Torn edges:
place the torn edge under your paper
go to layers and  group with previous
the paper will look torn

Curled edges:
place the edge on top of the paper
group with previousthe paper will have a curled/worn look to it

Note: I found more templates personal and commercial use on the Scrapgirls site that I could use in the future. 

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Paper Bows

Here is a cute recipe for making a paper bow. I have not tried this due to lack of time lately, but thought I would add the link here

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Creating a Character Autograph Brush with Graphics

Our family is a bunch of Disney freaks…Disneyworld, Disneyland, Hilton Head Island Disney Resort, The Disney Store…we love it. One of the magical things is meeting the characters and getting the autographs to have to bring home and add to scrapbook pages. We come home and I make a 12×12 “family Disney scrapbook” and an 8×8 book for each child. Here is my recipe for creating a character signature brush with graphics:

go to file>new
size it 300×300px @ 72 dpi with a white background

make a new layer
put the autograph signature in the new layer one of these ways:
– scanned autograph
– type the signature with a selected font
– use the pen tool
– I like to put the character’s autograph/signature with a phrase or word in a simple font under it ( I will be using a picture of Cinderella and a font that looks like a princess font because I don’t have a Cinderella autograph scanned)

now it is time to turn the autograph into a brush
go to layers palette
turn off “eye” for background layer
command and click on signature layer and any added layers (additional text or graphics)
to do this, hold command and click on the first layer and hold command while clicking on the other layers wanted

now it is time to define the brush
go to edit>define>give it a name>ok

ready to add the autographs to a picture
open picture
type “b” and it will open your brushes
you may need to click on load brush if it is not in brushes
click on the character brush and add it to your picture

adding a graphic to your picture:
go to a disney graphic site (that is the one I like to use) and find a graphic and save it as a picture
open the graphic wanted in pse and size it and move it next to the autograph brush

it is finished and now an autographed picture with a graphic that matches! If an autograph is not available, I think finding a font that is close will work out just as well. There are some at 1oo1fonts and dafont that I like to use for my journaling. I like to try to match a font to the character style. My favorite is “Waltograph” at 1001fonts!

click here to see it bigger 😀

cinderella with autograph and graphic brush

Hobby Lobby sells 5×7 paperback scrapbooks for $5 and when they run a sale, they are $2.50 and they would make great autograph books. I buy several when they run a sale on them and give them as gifts. A Mickey Mouse sticker could be added to the window on the front of the book and voilaa, kids have a Disney Autograph book. The book would allow for easy scanning when returning from a Disney trip. It is about 24 pages and lays very flat. It even has a ribbon to keep it tied when not in use and they come in several colors including black, red, and others. This is just another idea to make the post trip picture scrapbooking easier. Have fun!

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Creating a Signature Brush

Here is my recipe for creating a signature brush:

go to file>new
size it 300x300px @ 72 dpi with a white background

make a new layer
put the signature in the new layer one of these ways:
– scanned signature
– type the signature with a selected font
– use the pen tool
copyright the signature (optional):
– alt and type 0169
– laptop is function and number lock
– mac is option G

now it is time to turn the signature into a brush
go to layers palette
turn off “eye” for background layer
command and click on signature layer and any added layers (additional text or graphics)

now it is time to define the brush
go to edit>define>give it a name>ok

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Free Monthly Desktops

This is really cute…a FREE monthly desktop that can be personalized! Now, my desktop has a calendar and pictures of my kids and husband on it and it looks scrapbooked! Maybe, a certain theme could even be made in photoshop elements and the only thing to do is each month add a calendar for that month.

November Desktop

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Leopard Print Digital Kits

Oooohhhhh…look what I found! Animal prints in a digital scrapbooking kit and Animal Print Frames and best of all….it was FREE. Yes, I said FREE. So many times, I think I find digital kits online (especially on my favorite sites that I usually go to) that are really cute, but I think I wish there was something girly…PINK and Leopard print. We have a Zoo trip with friends from church coming up this weekend and I was wondering if someone made a kit with animal prints or would I need to plan to do a paper scrapbook page for the pictures. I was even prepared to pay for one, but free is good! It would also make a cute page for girls in their pink boas, tutus, and leopard print outfits! I can tell I am going to use this kit over and over which is the great thing about digital scrapbooking….you can use elements over and over. I hope you can use this, too and like animal prints as much as I do!

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Create a ScrapBlog

Here is something I like…scrapblog. I found it when it was being created and checked back when it was finished. You can either create a scrapblog and have it online or you can create it and add it to Facebook where only your friends can see it. They are very simple to create and are very cute. You pick your pictures to use, your backgrounds, stickers, and frames, and then add music. Facebook will let you have one on your profile page at a time. I have made two online and several that I made that only my Facebook friends could see for privacy. Scrapblog even gives the idea of printing the pages as 4″x6″ pictures and then adding them to a 5″x7″ book. The books I have found at Hobby Lobby on sale for $2.50 by Paper Studio and $5 not on sale. The holiday themes are really cute…and would be a great little gift! Have fun!

Here is the link for making a scrapblog gift book.

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