Tuesday, May 4, 2010

iNSD Recovery

Whew! Though there was a lot going on during (inter) National Scrapbooking Day, I spent most of my time at Nitwit Collections buying, downloading, and unzipping all the wonderful products I bought! Since Mary Fran only has one sale per year, iNSD is the best time to stock up on her products (if you can wait for the sale)! In perusing her store prior to the sale, I swear she must have brought some kits out of retirement because I swear I had never seen them before! As I started adding up what everything I had selected would cost, I was forced to throw a few things back, hoping that I can get them on the next go-round!

Here’s what I selected (products are linked):

A Perfect Pair

Family Ties

Live 'n Learn

Spring Breeze

Spring Whimsy

For each kit, I also purchased the matching solid papers. These should keep me going for awhile!


I also purchased a kit of Mary Fran’s at Scrapbook Graphics where she is currently a guest designer:

Toy Store


For those of you who are into hybrid or even thinking of it, you should check out the Nitwit Blog. On it, various card or other projects created with Nitwit products are highlighted. Mary Fran has created some beautiful cards like this one, using her new A Perfect Pair kit:

Be sure to check out her Nitwit Collections Gallery where you can find really cute things like this shaped card created by Andrea G:

Andrea even offers a tutorial on how to make this card. I’m definitely going to give it a try!


So, what goodies did you find during iNSD? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summertime Scrapping

Well, our summer here in Manitoba has certainly been lacklustre to say the least! We had about a week of hot temperatures (25 to 30 degrees Celsius) and since then, daily predicted highs have gotten lower and lower and it has been rainy and overcast. It was so cold last night, that I slept with an extra comforter! However, this is one plus – I have been doing a LOT of scrapping!

In search of new photos to scrap, I found a bunch of photos from our trip to Alberta in 2003. These included a trip to the Calgary zoo where I got shot after shot of exotic animals not common to our own zoo. I went in search of a zoo kit to use with these photos. I had seen several kits being advertised lately, including this one from Nitwit Collections:


HullabaZoo Collection


I love Mary Fran’s stuff and think this collection is great but it just didn’t seem to suit my zoo pictures . . . it was just TOO cute!

Then I found this one by Phuong Studios . . .


Day at the Zoo


This preview really doesn’t do the kit justice. You need to see the further previews and even the Creative Team layouts to truly appreciate the scope and beauty of this kit.


Day at the Zoo - Papers


Dat at the Zoo - Frames and stuff


This kit has THREE alphas, 19 papers and 85 elements! Unbelievable for the price of only $5.50!

Here are the first three layouts I have scrapped with it – I have about nine layouts left to scrap for just the zoo part of our trip!


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Hip Hippo-ray!
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P is for Primate
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I am having so much fun with this kit! If that wasn’t enough, I saw that Phuong had advertised her new kit that was coming out and giving it away to three people. I posted in the forum thread and last night, Phuong notified me that I had won! I will also use this kit for my Alberta Trip 2003 album because it will work nicely with our dinosaur photos from Brooks and Drumheller!




Again, the preview does not do justice to this kit! Be sure to click on the preview above to go and view the CT layouts but here is a preview of the papers to whet your appetite!


Prehistoric - Papers


This kit is similar to the zoo one in that it contains 18 papers as well as plants and various dinosaurs as well as other elements. I am really looking forward to using it!


Well, I guess that’s it for now . . . got to get back to scrapping my trip album!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shadow Work

In my last post, I mentioned that I had been participating in the Scrapbooking Boot Camp over at Ginger Scraps. This last week, we had a lesson on shadows. One of the first things you should learn when beginning to scrap digitally is that your layout NEEDS drop shadows to look realistic! It is not hard to learn to apply simple drop shadows so that the papers and elements on your layout look as they should.

You can even purchase pre-made layer styles or actions for shadowing different items on your layouts and I would encourage you to do so. My favorites are by Traci Murphy. You can purchase styles individually or you can buy whole collections. Be sure that you purchase the styles that will work with your particular program because she offers them for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro.

Another way that you can dimension to your layouts is to do even more work with your shadows after applying them! In Photoshop CS4, I can separate my applied shadows from the actual layers they have been applied to and then use the Warp Tool to manipulate the shadows further. By doing this, I can create shadow effects to make elements and photos look like they are lifting off of the page!

Here are two layouts where I have manipulated the shadows in such a way:


One Hail of a Storm Click image for larger view and full credits


Sunsational Click image for larger view and full credits


For those of you who are using Photoshop Elements, there are two really good shadow tutorials by Megan Turnridge that you can use.


PSE Drop Shadows

Custom Shadows in PSE


Try these tutorials and see what shadow effects you can create in your own layouts!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Scrapping Boot Camp

I have been participating in the Scrapping Boot Camp hosted by Ginger Scraps. Each Sunday, a new tutorial is posted for us and then we have until the following Saturday to complete our assignment for that week. So far, we have been exposed to tutorials on post processing our photos, clustering, and creating a white space layout. These last two tutorials were my favorites!

Clustering is one of my favorite things to do and the tutorial really helped with regard to placement of my clusters, making the whole layout design much better than it would have been before the tutorial! I find it is so much fun searching through my stash in ACDSee, looking for the right elements to work with for my layout! Here is my layout for clustering:


Pond Patrol
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We had to create two layouts for white space layouts, one of our own design and one which we scraplifted from someone else. I actually created the one of my own design first and then scraplifted the other one!


Simple Beauty
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Perky Pelican
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I had a lot of fun doing these ones and look forward to the week on shadowing because shadowing is so important to digital layouts.


I hope you enjoy these!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

National Scrapbook Day

So, did you make the rounds of all the stores and forums this weekend? I did well with what I was able to find and purchase but the one regret I had was that I missed the Scrap Girls sale which ended on Thursday at midnight! :( Scrap Girls always has Mischief Week which is their NSD celebration but it always occurs BEFORE NSD! Oh well, I guess I will just have to hang onto my Scrap Girls Kaboodle list until their next sale!

Anyway, these are the items that I snagged (for your convenience, items are linked in case you want some of these items):

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Also, Danielle of Something Blue Studios put out a call for people to test a photo action. I was able to test it and not only did I get the action for free but Danielle also gave me a $10 gift certificate to her store! Talk about generous!




Can’t wait to get back to scrapping and use some of these goodies! How about you?