Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I like to fiddle around in PSE late at night, after dinner.  I am never sure what I am going to do when I sit down at the laptop, but it is always intriguing and enjoyable.  Tonight I took this photo:
Ran a sketch filter on it, did some erasing and pasted a blue sky from the internet into the background.  No reason, just fun.

The original is prettier, but this effect is quite interesting.

New Kit by Leaving a Legacy Designs; Campfire

Leaving a Legacy Designs just put the cutest kit in the store over at Stuff to Scrap.  It is all about camping.

click on image to go to the store.

I am not much of a camper, but when we lived in Iceland if we wanted to see the countryside, we had to camp, so I used some of those photos.

Lots of fun things in this kit, some really cute elements for kid scrapping!

One of the elements Kimberley designed is a border of cute wilderness signs.  Which prompted this page about our Alaska trip.
There is just no end to the uses you can find for a good digi kit!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cropping Magic

A video lesson on cropping from Digital Scrapper set me on the path for this layout.  Photo was taken on our family trip to Mallorca in 1991 or so.

I started with this fairly indifferent scaanned photo, one that you would tend to toss, since it was a bit blurry in places.

Not very inspiring, right?

Well with some judicious use of the crop tool, I created something much more interesting:

Instead of stopping with one layout, I took another lesson from the same video and turned this photo:

again, a less than perfect photo, but a memory I want to keep.

Into this:

I just love playing in Photoshop Elements.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Eiffel Tower

When I was filing this template, it just screamed "Paris" to me, so I went looking for my Paris photos from our trips there.  Unfortunately most have been lost, but I managed these three.  Actually, two are the same one.

DigiDeborahDesigns, L'amitie' Scrap Takeout
template: CASE_File_41 by Angie Young

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Another Journal Card Transformation

I was sorting through some of the freebies I downloaded on NSD and this journal card by bellagypsy caught my eye.

I opened the file in PSE, got rid of the white background, put it onto a 12x12 page and flipped it.  I randomly found this element by lpritchett from her beawesome kit and put it onto the page.

Using the colors in this element, I locked the transparent pixels on the journal card arrows and did some painting.  The round solid part of the card became the place for the photo.  I opened another layout I had done previously about the same trip and borrowed a couple of the elements to bring the two layouts together.  The title was done with Poplar STd font, with the background paper of the other layout clipped to it.  The photo is an old one and our clothing colors were not so good, so I ran a CoffeeshopBlog B&W action on it.  


STS's $2 Tuesday and a freebie from me

For Stuff to Scrap's $2 Tuesday, Kimberley is offering parts of her Slow and Steady!  If you do not already have this cute kit, now is the time to grab it.  And to further entice you, I made another free cluster frame for you to enjoy.
click on the preview to go to her store.

Click on image below to download
Cluster is approximately 9x8 and inside shadows included

And here is what you can do with it, with just a few more mouse clicks and the SAS kit!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Journaling Cards

Journaling cards are the current darling of the designers.....I have a lot of them in kits, but do not really use them.  When I got a NSD freebie from AmyTeetsDesigns I loved the cards so much (so artsy and cheeful, that I created a collage base of them for a layout.

I started with this:
and created this:
I did add a few bits and bobs from other kits to finish it off.  Don't you love the quote I found online?

Speed Scrap Wednesday

Mark your digi calendars!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Greek Isles

Just before we came back from Europe, our family went on a cruise of the Greek Isles.  The scenery: spectacular.  The food: dismal.  I distinctly recognized the leftovers from the buffet being recycled into new dishes day after day.  We would tour the various islands, but eat on the ship.  Passing by all the lovely trattorias...........but the food on the ship was paid for.  Ah well.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mallorca Cliffs

most of the layout is from The Tower Window Collab from Hummie's World.   The blue plaid paper peeking out was actually created from one of the photos, a very fascinating, simple technique I got from one of the free tutorials from Digital Scrapper.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Florida Kitty

Kitsa is loving her new home with Jenni down in Sebastian, Florida.  Lanai with pool, hot tub, sunspots to explore, and frogs to chase.

Layout credits:  Mother is a Verb by Krystal Hartley, May Digital Scrapper Premium Kit

$2 Tuesday

$2 Tuesday at Stuff to Scrap
Kimberley has her kit, Mom Knows Best on sale for $2 today.
Image is linked to store.

The Word Art she made for this kit is also in the sale.

I made a little freebie for you to use with it, especially for Mother's Day.  
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I made two more freebies with this kit.  One is here in this blog entry.  The other is here

My layouts with this kit:

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Blog Train at STS

There is a freebie to grab from Kimberly at Leaving a Legacy Designs.  You can hop on the blog train there and grab even more freebies today.

Go here to get started

Friday, May 03, 2013

National Scrapbooking Day Sale at Leaving a Legacy Design

I hope you grabbed your freebies from LLD's latest kit, Let's Party! If not, the kit parts are 50% off in the store!

She is having a big sale for NSD in her shop at Stuff to Scrap.  Go take a look!
image is linked to LLD's store

Hummie's World Celebrates iNSD

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