Category Archives: Digital Designs

I’m done!

Yay www.jessicasprague.com I’ve finished Up and Running on Thursday and now starting Monday…I’m ready to start Now we’re Rockin! As you can see…I’m totally having fun with this. Now I just need to figure out the best place for getting my layouts printed!

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Have a beautiful day!
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Week Three…or day three?

I hope I’m totally not boring you!Next class…I promise…just one digi post a week. :) I’m seriously cramming to get ready for it and having a blast while I do. I think by now, you’re getting a good idea of my favorite place to be. 😉

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I actually created these digi layouts yesterday. I’m just about done the course now and yay! Ready to start the next! I’ll show you my lesson four designs in a few days. Right now…I have a million things I have to get caught up on. This digital scrappin is a little addictive!

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Still running…more digi pages

Well, I’m on to week two. Actually I’ve just finished it. I’m trying to cram most of a four week course into one as my next course…Now we’re rockin’ starts on Monday! Yikes! Actually…I’m sure I’ll be fine with it. One thing to note…the Up and Running course is on a self-paced format and works wonderful at any speed. This next course is instructor taught and if you want to sign up…you need to pay attention to the web-site. It sells out within 24 hours so sign up for updates!!! Oh…btw…all the digi stuff you see here comes with the class. It’s a great way to get started! Here’s my “week two” layouts. :)

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I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a stamped project…notice I didn’t say card? 😉 And a Ways to Use it Challenge for you.

Take care!

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Up and Running

I am up and running! With digital layouts that is. After reading a review on Jessica Sprague’s on-line classes by a fellow reporter on Craft Critique…I just had to sign up for a class. Actually…I ended up signing up for two! I wasn’t sure exactly where to start as I’ve been slowly learning to digi-scrap over the past year and a half in my free time. It DOES take a while when you’re learning on your own for the most part but I’ve put together some fun layouts that I’m pretty proud of. I thought perhaps this first class may be a little basic but halfway through…I’m thrilled with what I’ve learned. While I’m used to designing layouts on my own instead of using templates…the hints, free downloads and tricks I’ve learned have really made it worth my while.How come I didn’t know about this MONTHS ago?! If you’re wanting to learn digital scrapbooking or just want to learn more about Photoshop…Jessica Sprague’s on-line classes are a fabulous place to start….and keep learning!

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One of the most basic things I learned was to use the arrow keys to nudge your image or element one pixel in any direction. Wow, wow, wow! This makes my life so much easier. How on earth did I not know this before?!!

These pages are from my first week lesson from Up and Running with Photoshop. I’ll be sharing more as I go along. Hope they inspire someone else to give this a whirl! If you’re looking for stamping…I’ll be back in the morning with a fun stamped card design.

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Simply Saturday…digital dabblings

In keeping with Saturday…I like to keep today simple. It’s been quite a while since I had time for some digital dabblings…long past time I think! Actually I just checked….hmmm…March???!!! What happened to the last five months?! That being the case, it’s long past due. So much so that I had to really think to remember what to do to get those drop shadows back in the design. This is a super easy digital design to get back into the groove. No special tricks here…just a few drop shadows, a little text and a super-cool free digital kit from Shabby Princess, just released this month. You should check it out and have some fun! The best thing about digital…….

I don’t have to clean it up! 😉

Splash

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digital elements from Shabby princess

I’m off to the beach today to enjoy the weather while it lasts…

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Have a fabulous day!
Julia

It’s Thursday…a challenge and a digital tip

It’s Thursday and time for another Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com This week I have a challenge for you that you can all play. How do I know? The challenge is to use that piece of equipment you are using right now! The computer. Find ways to use it! 😉 Lately I’ve been seeing hybrid this and hybrid that popping up all over the place. Now you can jump in with both feet or just print out a sentiment..whatever your comfort level. Design a card digitally and then print it out and add embellishments if you wish. Print out a template to use for your project. Another cool idea is to make your own printed paper by typing out definitions etc and repeating them across the page. Whatever you decide…I hope you’ll decide to play along and have some fun! Check it out at WT156

Time to Reflect

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The design I created the other day that inspired this challenge uses some digital patterned paper that I printed out. The new Prima Hybrid web-site had a lovely free downloadable kit and I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’ve used digital paper and elements before for digital scrapbooking but have never tried out printing the digital paper for a hybrid design. After opening my paper in Photoshop Elements, I simply printed off my paper.

Quick Tip: Want 6×6 paper for card designing? When you go to print your paper…simply scale your printing size to 50% and then print. I love how you get the perfect scaled size of paper you need! If you need a visual…check out the pic below. You can click on it if you need to enlarge it. :)

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After printing off my digital paper…it was easy to make it into a card design. Yes that is stamping you see on top of the paper. I couldn’t resist stamping on it! :) You can still use your favorite jks-time-to-reflect-close-u.jpgtechniques and mix it up. That’s why its called hybrid…a mixture. :) I used my Lined Paper Backgrounder stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms to add some interest and a journaling style block. On top of that stamp, I added in my sentiment, clock and some embellishments from the Time to Stamp set from The Rummage Bin line. Also on top of the clock…I stamped my French Script Backgrounder in Tattered Rose Distress ink to add to my vintage look.

My layout for this design is very loosely based on last weeks sketch by Di Hickman. I added some freestyle stitching up the sides instead of the scallops. A little out of my box again for this design. I’m having fun trying new things out!

Have a super day and I hope you’ll find some time to check out the challenge and maybe try something new as well!

Supply list:

Cardstock: Natural Smooth – Prism papers

patterned Paper: One Season (Digital) – Prima Hybrid

Stamps: Time to Stamp (The Rummage Bin line), Lined Paper Backgrounder – Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Burnt Umber Palette ink – Stewart Superior, Tattered Rose & Brushed Corduroy Distress inks – Ranger

Other: felt flowers and vintage lace(from paper kit) – Prima Marketing, ribbon – Creative Impressions, button – Autumn Leaves, brad – Karen Foster, rhinestone sticker – MAMBI, sewing machine

Summer Wonder….A Digital Design…

Wow! Where do the days go?! I created this design in August and STILL haven’t shared it here on my blog. So…if you need a little sunshine today…this is a digital layout I created of my littlest guy. :) I used the Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Guide to Digital Scrapbooking as a great resource for trying out new things on this design. As a newbie digital scrapbooker…I found this invaluable! This design is originally created for a book review on it for Craft Critique. I wish I had more time…I’d love to do more of these fun designs. To create this design and to try out some of the new techniques I learned in this book, I learned to add digital brushes to create my own designer paper, apply drop shadows, mask off my own digital chipboard and cover it with digital paper. Sorry I can’ remember all the products I used with this design, but most of the digital elements are by Shabby Princess By the way…if you are interested in trying out free digital elements…Shabby Princess has an incredibly gorgeous new Harvest Spice collection…free for downloading for personal use on their web-site! Stay tuned as I know it is going to be popping up here in a design as soon as I get some time to play! :)

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Journaling … like boys across the ages, summer brings the joy of warm sunny days, the feel of sand between your toes, the fascination of waves on the shore and the wonder that the world is yours to explore….