Monday, October 30, 2006

This last month I have scrapped so little! I tried to remedy that this weekend and the following two layouts are the result.

(Click here for credits)

(This layout's all mine, except for the sketch I based it on.)

I've got some cute photos of the girls dressed up in their costumes that I'm planning on scrapping next. Plus so many fun photos from playing in the leaves a few weeks ago and tons of catching up to do with older photos for baby books!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I'm so excited!

Today I'm the featured reader over at the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking Idea Blog!

It's the layout about Cayley and her vocabulary that I posted a while back. :)

I've been busy working on kits and hopefully I will have some previews or at least some sneak peeks to share soon!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Curled Ribbon Tutorial

I just finished writing up this tutorial to post elsewhere, so I thought I'd put it here since I'm pretty proud of it. :)

The instructions and screenshots that follow are for Photoshop CS2. I’m not sure what features are available in other software.

For this example I’m using a 3/8 inch ribbon, but the steps should be similar for any ribbon.

Bring your ribbon into a blank 12x12 300dpi canvas. Using the Transform >> Rotate or Free Transform tool (shortcut Ctrl+T) rotate it for at the angle you’d like the front of the curl to appear. I chose -40 degrees for this example.

Using your rectangular marquee tool (shortcut V) select a small segment of the angled ribbon the width you would like the curl to be. Make sure the sides of your ribbon snip are vertical. Right click within the selection and choose “Create layer via copy.”

Now rotate your long ribbon layer to the opposite angle. I had rotated to -40 degrees, so I’ll want to rotate +40 degrees to get it back to horizontal and another +40 degrees to have the back of the curl, so rotate +80 degrees. Also move the ribbon so it matches up with your ribbon snip as shown.
Now, using the rectangular marquee again, select a piece of the long ribbon the same width as your snip and create a new layer with the selection as before. You can now hide the long ribbon layer, and you’ll end up with this.
To curl the snips use the warp transform function. Start with the back piece and adjust it as follows.

Now adjust the top snip in the same manner, as shown below.

Duplicate the front and back snip and use the move tool to shift the second curl to meet up with the first curl. You may need to use the warp transform function again for minor adjustments, but get the major adjustments done in the first step for the best result.

Create one new transparent layer above each snip in your first curl. Using a soft white brush, paint highlights. To create highlights, set the blending option of the layer over the front snip to Screen, right click and select Create Clipping Mask. Using a soft black brush, paint shadows. To create shadows, set the blending option of the layer over the back snip to Color Burn, right click and select Create Clipping Mask. You’ll want to change the opacity of these layers to 10% to 30%.

Simply delete the second curl and recreate it with the shadows and highlights already in place. Duplicate curls until the ribbon is as long as you desire. Just delete the shadow clipping mask off the lowermost back curl. The curled ribbon can be used as is or grouped and tied!

If you'd like this curled ribbon and bow, I've uploaded them for your enjoyment here. Just leave me a little comment if you download and credit me as per my TOU included in the zip file.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Finally did a layout! Eleven days since my last "real" layout--I think that's a record since I started scrapping! Here it is:

The great word art is by Michelle Swadling, as are the little ties on the buttons. The papers from Lynne Simmons' Fall Gotta Pixel daily download kit from this past week.

Monday, October 09, 2006

So the question you love candy corn or hate it? Either way I hope lots of people take part ing this month's round of Gotta Pixel BINGO over here! Everyone who participates gets the first kit pictured below and the winner gets the second one too!

I decided the other day that I wanted to do a candy corn kit, and one of the other designers at GP helped me out with lots of fun elements!

If you participate and make a layout please let me know--I'd love to see your layouts!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Ack! Gotta Pixel is down for upgrades and I find my self checking to see if it's back up over and over again.

I've got so many pictures I want to scrap lately! Miss Maddie just turned 8 months and can pull herself to standing and has her second tooth!

And yesterday we took over 100 photos in the backyard--it was so fun! Now I have lots to scrap using all these fun autumn kits!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I have been busy creating kits!

Here's a little preview of freebie kit that will pop up over at Gotta Pixel soon:

It was my first time collaborating with just one other designer and it was so much fun!

I'll be sure and post the link when it's up.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Second post of the day!

Gotta Pixel is having their first open Creative Team call! Click here for details.

I did remember a layout I wanted to share--I made it last week. It uses the kit "Plum into the End of Summer" by the Gotta Pixel moderators, and even though it's not a color combo I would have normally chosen I really liked the way this layout turned out! It's of Cayley at 9 months old. I never made a baby book for her so I'm trying to make up for it now. :) So glad I made so many notes on a calendar when she was a baby!

Crop tonight! I posted about it earlier here, so if you can make it tonight be sure and download the Kindergarten Bliss kits now!

I've been trying to learn more Photoshop tricks in anticipation of the kits I need to make, so I didn't do any new layouts this weekend. I need to do one today though!