Friday, February 17, 2017

DIY Simple Digital Embellishments

Would you look at this layout and think that everything on the page (excluding the fonts and pictures) came from the kit I'm going to show you below?

Well, it's true!  Using only The Watercolor Summer kit by Kim Jensen and some tools in Photoshop Elements, I made the Easter layout at the top of this post.  

My latest video shows you how you can take a small kit, and make some embellishments to go with it.  There are times when a kit doesn't have what we need, and we can improvise enough to make a great scrapbook page. 

I'm not saying by any means that this is how pro digital designers make their products...they use different programs and have spent a lot of time honing their skill.  All I'm saying here is that this is a great way to spruce up a page in a pinch, or create a custom embellishment or two when you want it. 

FYI, the only supplies I used other than Kim's beautiful kit were some fonts --- Phosphate Solid, KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub Regular, and my own handwriting are the ones you see on the layout. 

 I'm curious...have you ever made your own digital embellishments?  Why or why not?  I'd love to hear from you!

Alrighty, guys!  Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Reminder About Why I Scrapbook

The handsome guy in the picture above is my dad...when he was in service during the 1940s.  He passed away about a week and a half ago, and I cannot tell you how much I miss him.

During this time, when I'm still getting used to the fact that he is no longer with us, I have been so thankful that I have pictures of him...those that I took and those that belonged to him that we took the time to scan in.   Also, I'm glad I took time to scrapbook some of those photos, and that there are others that I still have the chance to scrapbook.

I have realized that while I love the pretty papers and embellishments and have fun using them, they are not the main reason I do this.  The most important reason, and why it is so dear to my heart, is so I can preserve those memories and remember what the good things and good people in my life.

Being able to look back at the pages I've made with photos of my dad have really brought me peace and helped the sting of our separation to be less painful.  Certain memories have made me laugh, while others have made me so grateful for the good man he was.  I'm so glad I had such a wonderful dad and what a sweet grandad he was to my kids.

You can hear more about this in this week's video:

The layouts I included are posted here in case you wanted a better look at them.

This one features my dad with one of his elementary school classes:

I love this page because it shows my parents on their wedding day and then on their sixtieth anniversary:

This page shows one of my favorite things to do ever, which is taking a hike with my dad and my kids:

 This was such a fun Christmas, because it was our first in the new house we just moved into, and my parents surprised us by stopping by to spend some time with us:

I loved looking back on this day because we went to the courthouse to make the adoption final, and become a family in the eyes of the law.   I loved having Mom and Dad there:

Thanks for taking time to visit today, and remember --- scrap those memories!  And, if someone you love a lot has been on your mind, and you haven't talked to them in awhile --- don't wait!  Call, visit, Facetime them, or take them to lunch.   You won't regret it!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Beginner Handlettering on a Layout

If you've looked around the web lately, it seems like there has been an explosion of hand lettered items...fonts, invitations that have been hand lettered, instructional books on how to do it, and more.

And, if you have been on Pinterest in the last 6 months, bullet journaling, and hand lettering in those journals is all over it.  I have been dying to try lettering since then, and decided to just plow ahead and give it a shot.

Obviously, I am just starting out as a beginner, and I in no way stating that I have this skill down or that I'm an expert in any way, shape or form.  I am willing to learn, and decided to take you along as I made my first scrapbook page with a handwritten element on it (the word "snow" on the layout above). 

Even though my hand is shaky, and I know it will take a lot more practice, I'm really enjoying this process.  And I know that as I go along, I'll get better hopefully can share what I learn.

Here's the video I created showing how I made my hand lettering.  Please note that I used my Apple Pencil, iPad Pro, and the Procreate app to use do this word art.  I then imported it as a .psd file from Procreate and sent it to myself in an email.

Digital Kit used:  Arctic Exploration Kit by Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals:

 Here's a list of awesome hand lettering blogs you should check out:

Hello Brio
Random Olive
The Postman's Knock  (focuses a bit more on calligraphy, but there are some brush lettering resources as well)
Dawn Nicole Blog

I hope you guys find this helpful...and if you feel so inclined, would you let me know if you are a hand letterer?  Have you ever tried it?  Let me know!

Talk to you all later,