Ditigal Layout: Love This Story

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this Friday. All this technology leaves us no time to enjoy the mundane. Who would ever think we’d get to the point where mundane is actually a positive word?

I’m trying to keep digital scrapbooking in my life. Looking back, it was therapeutic. It was something I did because I loved playing with photos and embellishments and Photoshop. Putting pieces of different things together to create something visually pleasing gave me joy, or like my 12-year-old would say, increase my dopamine.

Here’s a layout I put together from our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this past December.

Credits: Template by CZ Design; background paper by Anita Designs.

Halloween and What I’m Working On

Happy Halloween!

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The kids don’t trick-or-treat anymore. My oldest just started a part-time job so she’s working today. It’s going to be busy so I hope she handles it well. My youngest is trying to finish all her homework so she could help hand out candy. This year, the family decided to all dress up as pirates. My oldest can’t dress up so it’s just going to be the three of us. However, we took photos a week ago and I’ve started to create a concept piece using a couple of digital scrapbooking kits. Here’s the initial layout, still in the rough stages, trying to figure out background, props, etc.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout: Day at the Beach

I couldn’t resist making another layout.  This one is very plane but I love it.

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Paper and element from Bermuda Triangle by the gals at Pixels & Co.  Word art by Digital Design Essentials.

Digital Scrapbook Layout: Seaside, Oregon 2014

Finally getting to putting our 2014 vacation book pages together for printing.  It will be in Project Life format with a few scrapbook pages like the one below.

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Kit and template: Bermuda Triangle by the gals at Pixels & Co.

Project Life December 2014: The Nutcracker

Both girls danced in The Nutcracker, a musical presented by their dance school, last week.  They were amazing as always!

Oldest daughter was a flower girl (black and white photo).  She’s center in the glasses.  Youngest daughter as an angel (2nd photo).

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KY1220140032_500These are the Project Life layouts.

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How to Make Sticker Sheets Using the Silhouette + Photos

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When I was younger I collected sticker sheets.  I still have those stickers stored somewhere in the house.  I decided to make my own stickers using the Silhouette Portrait (mentioned here, here, and here.) and they turned out pretty good.  Here’s a tutorial on how I accomplished these stickers.

What you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Silhouette Portrait or Cameo machine and software.
  • Photoshop (or editing software of your choice that can save in PNG.)
  • Elements from a digital scrapbooking kit or your own.
  • Sticker papers.  I use Avery 8.5×11 full sheet labels.
  • Scissors or a paper cutter.

1. In Photoshop, create a 4×6 document (or any size of your choice) and layer elements on top.  Merge the layers and save the document as a PNG file.  I used the kit, Piccadilly, by the designers at Pixel’s and Co.  It was a free kit during Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) fall 2013.

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2. Open the PNG file you’ve created in Silhouette.

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3. I like to make sure my PNG file is aligned correctly with the registration marks so I turn that on before moving forward.  I also do this in case I forget and accidentally print before putting on the marks (the marks tell the machine where to cut).  You want to select Type 1 (CAMEO, Portrait) otherwise when the cutting starts, it won’t align correctly or cut at all.

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4. This is what the registration marks look like.  Ignore the red lines around the elements.  I had already traced the elements and went back to screen shot this image to show the registration marks.

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5. Trace the elements.  There are other ways to trace but I’ve found this way to be the cleanest + it gets what I want done, like creating a trace off the element so that it looks like a sticker.  The pink text will tell you the tools I use to trace or draw.

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6.  Once all the elements are traced make a copy and drag the copy just below it.

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8. Now PRINT directly from Silhouette to your printer.  Once you have your sheet printed put it on your Silhouette cutting mat and insert it into your machine.

9. Select the cut icon on your Silhouette software screen and make sure “No Cut” and “Copy Paper” are selected.  Click “Send to Silhouette.”  See below for a larger view of what to select.

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10. You know it’s printing when status says, “Cutting,” plus, your machine will start to cut.

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It doesn’t take very long before your stickers are made.  Cut them out and you’ve got your very own homemade stickers!  Here are some photos of the silhouette at work + finished product.

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Grungy Nature Stamps and Brushes

If you haven’t downloaded these stamps and brushes, do it soon.  I will be removing them from Facebook and uploading something new.

ppd_naturestamps_preview_600To download, go here.