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.

The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.

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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Mother’s Day Wonderfulness

If you celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great one.  I always enjoy going over my mom’s house to see my parents and siblings and to catch up on life.  A lot of times, the siblings and I like to talk and debate about politics and entertainment, and at times things can get a little heated, but we’re siblings so we always forgive each other, and accept each other for what we believe.  What I find funny is that each of us still call our parents, “my mom,” or “my dad,” even when we are together as if we each had our own parents.

Mother’s Day at home with my husband and kids was really sweet.  My youngest made a special gift for me at school and was so good about keeping it a secret that even when I tried to pry it out of her, she wouldn’t admit it.  Husband got me a very special gift: a Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset.  I had wanted one for a very long time, just a simple one, but he went the extra mile and got a bluetooth!

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This headpset is really amazing.  The sound quality is clean and crisp and the bass is really nice.  I’ve been listening to Danny Rayel with the headset and the music sounds even more beautiful.  Here’s a few of my favorites from Danny:

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Blossoming Heart

Travel With Me

I tend to listen to epic and trailer music when I’m painting in Photoshop or when I’m writing.  Goals is to have a writing blog but I’m still waiting for courage to put my writing up.  It will happen soon, I hope.  Anyway, for about two weeks now I’ve been working on a concept environment painting I’m calling, “Turtle Land”.  I’m hoping to share more of my progress on my Fairytale and Fantasy Art blog, but here’s an image of where I’m at currently.

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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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