Archive for March, 2009
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 | Tuesdays Tutorials | No Comments
Tutorials! One of the designers sent to me this awesome site about scrapbooking. It was Gail Cook who sent it. This is an about site and is really cool with lots of links to other things scrapbooking as well.
Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Today’s Musings is from Belanna at Odds
Scrapping Order from Chaos
I’d be willing to bet I’m not the only one that occasionally feels guilty because I’m scrapping when there are a million and one things around the house that need doing…and when my long-suffering other half commented on Saturday morning that he wished I was as diligent about organizing stuff in the real world as I was about doing it on my hard drive…the guilt went into overdrive. But truth to tell, I enjoy organizing my digital stash and it’s certainly more fun than sorting and tidying drawers and closets.
And then a light flashed on somewhere six inches above my head and I realised that I’d missed a huge opportunity…instead of avoiding the dreaded spring clean and sort – I should be using my scrapping skills to make it more enjoyable. So I spent a few minutes instructing my bewildered other half, then equipped with the camera he marched boldly into the nearest closet.
Meanwhile I set to with gusto creating frames and hanging tags – and as the day wore on, hubby supplied me with a seemingly endless stream of photos, while I built up a neat pile of printed goodies next to me just waiting to be trimmed and put to good use. By Sunday afternoon, to hubby’s amazement and amusement, everything in our closets was neatly sorted, wrapped, stacked, boxed, or hung as appropriate – and each sported it’s very own (and very pretty!) identifying label. No more hunting for stray shoes or rifling through garment covers.
“See?” I said rather smugly, “Scrapping IS a useful hobby, isn’t it?” He nodded and beamed approvingly, and while I carried on congratulating myself on my brilliant idea, I didn’t notice him disappearing into the garage with camera. An hour or so later, he reappeared and dropped the camera down beside me like a puppy with a ball waiting to play fetch. “My turn,” he grinned. And sure enough the camera was full of pictures of drawers full of tools and boxes of bits and bolts and….other stuff I couldn’t name to save my life.
“And what exactly would you like me to do with these?” I asked, dreading the answer. “Scrap ‘em,” he said, “Y’know, so I can find stuff easy. But…ah, try to make them a little less…” and I could tell he was struggling to find just the right word…. “a little less….pretty.” He smiled.
Sigh! Oh well…denim and rivets at the ready then…at least he’s beginning to appreciate the ‘useful’ aspect of my passion!
Sunday, March 29th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
What new at DigiScrapStation? Well have a look!
(Designer names are linked to their categories in the store. If you wish to see all the new products in the store, click the new products link on the left column.)
From Gail Cook
Sue Wood uploaded this gorgeous kit<
Look at Karen Stimson of WoolSweaterStreet has new in her products
Aisne has this new lovely
And Belanna at Odds has been busy too!
Saturday, March 28th, 2009 | Saturday Sales | No Comments
Look at what is on sale! And check at the bottom for the our secret store blog coupon
By Lily Kay
By Scrappy Cats
Secret Store Blog Coupon!
Use the coupon code: blog3282009
This coupon code is worth $3 off any product in the store and is good until the end of this coming Saturday, April 4.
Scrappy Cats Blog Coupon
Use the coupon code: scblog3282009
This coupon worth $2 off any Scrappy Cats products and is good until the end of this coming Saturday, April 4.
Friday, March 27th, 2009 | Friday Freebies | No Comments
Don’t forget our Friday Express in the store today. There are tons of goodies set at the low sale price of $2. Everything is at least half off to bring its price down this low so there are some great deals there. But, it is only one day and then its gone!
Today’s Friday Freebie comes from me Scrappy Cats. It is two stickpins ready for your layouts.
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 | Thursdays Templates | No Comments
Today’s Template come from Mina
Here is the preview of the template:
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | Wednesdays Word | No Comments
The word for today is RAIN!
You can use this poem in your layout about rain or you can find one of your own. We used to sing this song when it rained while watching it out the window. It would make a great layout to get a photo of a child looking out the window at the weather and have this poem on the layout.
It’s raining, it’s pouring;
The old man is snoring.
Bumped his head
And he went to bed
And he couldn’t get up in the morning. Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.
I guess I am hung up on rain at the moment as we are in a drought stricken area. We had a little rain a week ago but it was not enough by a long shot to make it safe around here.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 | Tuesdays Tutorials | No Comments
Today’s tutorial is for users of Photoshop Elements and is about making realistic shadows. While many of us have come to the realization that putting shadows on our layouts makes them look much better, it becomes tricky at times. I especially wish to mention that if you are going to upload your layout to the gallery here or at another online gallery, you need to be careful about how you go about getting your layout ready for uploading in regards to the shadows. Please flatten your image first before reducing the size of the layout. That way the shadows stay in proportion to your layout. Otherwise, your photos and elements on the layout will look like they are floating six inches off the paper. Of course, you need to be careful to do this to a copy of your layout, not your original as you will need to full size layout for printing.
The tutorial is from Cottage Arts and can be found at:
Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | Monday Musings | No Comments
Today’s Monday Muse comes from Mina of Mina’s Scraps
Lately I quite like the cleaner, crisper style of page layout that is like those of magazine layouts - perfect for print matter like portfolios and stylish photo books. I’ve been starting to experiment with (horror of horrors) NO background paper - just the plain white you begin with once you’ve fired up your graphics program.
I have also taken to using more of the basic fonts already on my machine and copyright free. In particular ‘Arial’ is a most basic, clean font with no serifs (those tail things on the end of strokes which you can see in the ‘Times New Roman’ font).
The only hiccup I find with this kind of thing is to be very mindful of ‘white space’. How to balance the page nicely is a trick I have yet to master. Some people can plonk things on a page and it will look brilliant. Alas - I am not one of those. Maybe with practice…(here’s hoping!)
I think these kinds of layouts are very elegant, the white helping stark contrast with colour values but that is just my opinion.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 | Sunday News | No Comments
So, did you enjoy the Friday$2 Express? We really had some great sale items that day. If you missed it, be sure to mark your calendars for the next one. Every Friday, the designers select regular products to put on sale for $2.
Let’s take a look at some of the new products we have in our store this week.
We have a new designer, Belanna at Odds and she has uploaded several products.
Linda’s Dreams has uploaded something pretty
Scrappy Cats has three new actions
Throwing Some Scraps Around has these new products
Look at what PsiPsiDesign has uploaded this week
From Gail Cook we have these gorgeous products
Aisne’s Creations has this great product
Shades of Gina has some Easter products for your layouts
Karen Stimson of Wool Sweater Street has these Gold Styles