Today I would like to share with you a tutorial on using templates, this is a simple tutorial primarily for beginner scrapbookers. I have used a quick and simple template to create these two pages.… More
St. Patrick’s Day Fonts
March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St. Patrick’s Day often involves people wearing green (to show Irish pride), eating certain foods (Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, or Irish Stew), and parades. In some cities, such as Chicago, the river is dyed green to celebrate this day. Around the world, some famous landmarks are lit up green in honor of the holiday too.
Rainbow: Things We Said font (http://www.dafont.com/things-we-said.font)
Lucky: Bready font (http://www.dafont.com/bready.font)
Irish Eyes: Water Street font (http://www.dafont.com/water-street-detour.font)
Luck of the Irish: KG Luck of the Irish font (http://www.fontspace.com/kimberly-geswein/kg-luck-of-the-irish)
Clover: Lucky Charms font (http://www.dafont.com/luckycharms.font)
Ireland: De Flandre font (http://www.dafont.com/de-flandre.font)
Shamrock: St Charles font (http://www.dafont.com/st-charles.font)
Going through a selection of magazines, I saw a magazine solely devoted to organization tips. I will be honest – the cover photo was breathtaking. A closet fully organized, functional, pretty, and neat. Opening the magazine, it fell open to a kitchen pantry with labeled containers, boxes and cans grouped by size and content, and fruits and vegetables in clean pull-out drawer bins. Another page showed varieties of way to store spices – containers labeled with dates, organized alphabetically, and tins sticking magnetically to doors.
At that point, I knew two things: one, organization is purely subjective, and two, no matter how much I try, organizing my spices alphabetically will never – ever – make functional sense to me.
So, how does this organization thing work when it comes to your digital scrapbooking supplies? The most important thing to remember is that there isn’t one solution. That’s right – it’s whatever works best for you. Sometimes you have to do a bit of trial and error to find what works best, but keep trying. Some people find that they remember who has created a kit they want to use, while others remember an element they’d like to use, but cannot recall who created it. In other times, maybe something more general, such as a brown paper, is wanted, and it doesn’t matter who created it.
First things first:
- Get all your digital supplies together.
You may be surprised to see just how much you have. I have all my digital scrapbooking files in a folder on my computer called “digiscrap.” I know when I unzip a kit, that this folder is where it will eventually end up residing.
- Look over the files.
Do you have a number of natural groupings – such as paper packs, flowers, stitches, alphabets, or kits by the same designer? If there’s a natural grouping, make a note of it. For instance, you may want to keep all your holiday kits in one folder, or possibly in separate folders based upon the holiday (Hanukkah, Christmas, Australia Day).
- Make a note of what categories/folders to create.
Looking at my kits, as I have a number of Wisteria Moments’s kits, I could create a “Wisteria Moments” folder, put all her kits in there, and be done. However, as I cannot always recall what her kits contain, that may not be the most effective for the long haul. I’d be more likely to create a single folder containing all her kits and then have sub-folders for papers, word art, flowers, and general elements.
- Determine what type of organization works for you.
Determine how you’d look for something and how you tend to scrap. For instance, if you’re looking for a blue flower, would you look under flower, blue, element, or a designer’s name? If you were looking for cupcake paper, would you look under paper, food, celebration, birthday, or a designer’s name? Do you tend to use one designer’s kits when scrapping? Do you prefer mixing and matching with any designer’s items on your layouts? This really is subjective, so pick whatever seems easiest for you.
- Determine individual folders.
Don’t worry about being perfect the first go-round. You may put all your Valentine’s Day/Love themed kits into one folder and then realize that you need subfolders for hearts, cards, and word art. Or you may decide that the love-themed cards can go into a general card folder. The lovely thing is that whatever you choose, it’s not set in stone, it’s flexible!
- You can always change your mind about your organization.
Let me restate from above: Whatever you choose it’s not set in stone. Consider digital scraping organization akin to moving furniture around – sometimes moving the couch from under the windows to the other wall functionally works better. Some people create store specific folders and have designers’ kits as subfolders, but what happens when the designer leaves that store? Setting up designer-specific folders might work, but what about collaborations? In a generic flowers folder, do you want subfolders for different colours of flowers or types? There is no “right” answer – it’s completely up to you and what works best.
- Remember that it is OKAY to split up kits.
Looking at Hope by Wisteria Moments, the designer created individual folders for brushes, clusters, elements, overlays, papers, and words. Looking at the elements folder, it contains buttons, flowers, frames, leaves, and words. In my organization system, I’d put all the words (both word art and individual words) together and separate the flowers from the “elements” folder because, if I’m looking for a daisy, I’d be more likely to look in a general flowers folder opposed to looking in this specific kit’s folder.
- It’s also okay to rename some of the files.
For me this was like writing in books – not something to do at all! There’s a designer I love, but I find her naming system a bit lacking. Calling a paper “Paper1.jpg” doesn’t help me know anything about it – who designed it, what it contains (other than a paper) or which kit it is from. Often I change the name from “Paper1.jpg” to something like “Designername_kitname_paper_description.jpg.” At a glance I know which kit this is from and something about the paper. It’s a little thing, but I’ve found it helpful if I’m trying to have a layout be all from one designer, since often there’s a similar style across kits.
- Additional notes:
If you CT or design, you probably want to keep those items in separate folders. I have a folder on my computer labeled “CT_work_old” and inside that I have individual folders with retired designers’ names. Inside those folders are their kits, kept together. Once I played about with designing, and I have a few Commercial Use (CU) items, which are in their own folder (“CU_items”).
So, looking at my own organization, I started by looking at a calendar and tying that to the kits. February is Valentine’s Day and school beings in September. Birthday and Travel don’t necessarily occur in January, but it worked out more easily to have those at the top of the list. Here’s a sample of my main folders:
Some people find that tying to the calendar doesn’t work for them because they don’t scrap chronologically, but if you’re scrapping a photo with fall colours, it might be helpful to know that all your autumnal kits are located in one place.
Then I started a number of additional folders, but started those with 13_ because they were not tied to a calendar event. This is not my full set, but again just a sampling:
In the “13_misc-elements” folder I have subfolders for arrows, brads, buttons, stitches, and tape. In general, this folder contains things that don’t fit in the other folders – such as stickers, borders, butterflies, string, and stars.
This leads to some great questions:
What about a folder for the designer’s previews? Some people create a folder that contains every kit preview. This gives them, at a quick glance, a visual idea of which kits contain items/colours they are looking for. It really depends upon your preference whether you keep them or not. Typically I keep previews of alphabets because some designers create files for individual letters while others create one large file. Typically alphabet previews will include any extras – such as punctuation, capitals, and symbols.
What happens if, when going through your stash, you find a kit that doesn’t fit with your current scrapping style or has little you like in it? Go ahead and delete what you don’t want. No one is going to call the Scrapping Police on you – honest.
What about tagging or keywords? Glad you asked. In many cases, these make searching, such as “brown paper” much easier. However, there are so many ways to do this with programs that it goes beyond the scope of this article. If you wish to add keywords, please do so!
What about additional organization? I picked up a tip from Katie the Scrapbook Lady years ago that I’d like to share with you. It’s about templates and can be applied to quick pages too. I organize my templates by the number of photos they contain. So, I created individual sub-folders for the numbers up to nine, and then one folder for ten and greater. When I’m looking for a template, I determine how many photos I want to use and then search in the appropriate subfolder. Most of my quick pages feature one large photo placeholder, but in some cases there are multiple photos, such as in 4×6 brag books. This tip has saved me a lot of time over the years.
What if you have a lot of kits that need to be organized? I must confess that in the “digital scrapbooking folder” I have a number of kit folders that haven’t been organized yet. As I’ve about ten years (yes, a decade) of digital scrapbook kits, and decided upon this organization system two years ago, I’ve a lot of files to still go through! However, every kit I download will eventually make it into this folder so that all of my kits are in one location.
Hopefully this article has sparked some ideas for you regarding organizing your scrapbooking files.
How to create a digital scrapbook layout using the Cut‐Out Technique
Step 1: Open a new document in Photoshop and drag in two background papers. Decide what shape you would like to use. You can create your own border using the shape tool too.
NOTE: To create my heart border I opened a new document, selected the heart shape tool and duplicated the heart layer to make 12 hearts. I then rearranged the hearts to different sizes and angles to create my border. Once you are happy with your shapes merge them all together and then drag them into your layout document.
Step 2: To make heart border cut out you will need to use CTRL+click heart border layer for Windows and CMD+ click heart border layer for Mac users. You should see the marching ants around your shapes as shown in the image below. Be sure to select the paper LAYER you wish to make the cut out into once selected, hit the delete key.
Step 3: Now either delete or turn off the shape layer (click the little eye icon to turn the layer off). Your background paper one will now show through. Add a shadow to background paper two, using the tiny fx button at the bottom of the layers panel. Generally, a light grey color would be used for shadows but in this layout, as the background is a black paper then the shadow also needs to be a dark grey color.
Using the same methods above use a single heart shape to create a cut out for your photo to sit behind. Place your photo in between the 2 background papers like I have in the image below.
Once you have completed your cut out and your photo is visible you may find you have to resize or move your photo around accordingly.
Download the PDF here.
As most of you are probably aware Pixels & Art has celebrated its 2nd birthday this month and I wanted to share with some questions I have had about how Pixels started.
How did you come up with the name Pixels & Art Design?
The name Pixels & Art Design was born by a combination of thoughts, any kind of designing is an art form and designing digital products is derived from pixels and so Pixels & Art Design was born.
Why did you decide to open up a shop?
I had been designing since 2010 and I have been on a design team of 4 stores during that time all of which closed down during a 4 year period. It seemed each store I joined would close its doors within my first year and I wanted to part of something that I could feel more secure.
What is the best part of being a store owner?
Definitely, has to be meeting and getting to know lots of new people across the world.
What’s been the highlight of owning the shop?
The highlight of owning a store is when our lovely customers message us with kind words and show us their layouts they have created with Pixel products, we just love that.
What’s been a time you’ve had to struggle with the shop?
The worst time was when our host was attacked by DDOS which brought havoc to the store’s log ins and then having to start from scratch again.
What’s your idea of how the shop differs from other shops out there?
We truly care about all our members, store customers, forum and gallery members. We pride ourselves in trying to help all of our members on their digital scrapbooking journey. And we are a unique little friendly family.
When did the shop officially open?
We opened our store doors officially on the 12th February 2015
Do you have a lot of people helping you run the shop or is it mainly you?
We have a small team who regularly help out with various tasks like the newsletter, blog posts and some technical back office.
If you could restart, would you have opened the store what advice would you give to someone wanting to apply to your store?
Yes, I would but I think I would have done a lot more research before starting. I think anyone wanting to join our team just needs to be happy to be an active member of the team.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own store?
That definitely has to be doing lots of research in all aspects from setting up a store to finding a reliable host company and also most importantly is to recruiting dedicated Designers and Creative.
How to use your digital papers and elements to create these pretty gift baskets.
Favour Or Gift Basket Tutorial
Today I have a really simple hybrid project for you by Chrissy of Wisteria Moments, created with the Let’s Celebrate collab kit. These baskets can be made in minutes and are ideal for all those last minute little gift projects that you need in a hurry.
These adorable Favour Baskets will make lovely small gifts for all the family and friends they can be used as table favours at dinner parties or any other celebration events.
The only tools you will need is some scissors, double sided tape or glue and of course your printer.
Print two sheets onto an A4 card. I recommend that you use a minimum of 150gsm for best results. For a sturdier basket, you can use a heavier weight of card/paper if your printer will accept it.
Cut out the design along the solid black lines only.
Now fold all along the dotted lines.
Use double-sided tape or glue to attach the two sides together first, this will make sure the box is aligned correctly.
Fold in the bottom flaps and secure with double-sided tape or glue.
Attach the two strips together to form a sturdy handle.
Then attach the handles to each side of the basket and fill with your favourite sweets.
The pack to create these baskets is in my store and will be free for a limited period only. I have included the PSD template in the pack so you will also be able to attach your own papers and elements and design your own baskets.
In honour of the second anniversary of Pixels & Art Designs, today birthday and celebration fonts are showcased.
As a birthday is a special occasion, sometimes a special occasion font is desired for titles on layouts. So, here are some of our favourite free fonts.
DJB It’s My Birthday http://www.fontspace.com/darcy-baldwin-fonts/djb-its-my-birthday
Valentine’s Day Fonts
It’s February and that means there’s an excuse to use lots of pinks, red, flowers, and hearts on your scrapbook pages. How about adding a font that makes your Valentine’s Day page even more Valentine Day themed?
There are a LOT of Valentine’s Day themed fonts available on the internet – ranging from heart dingbats to wonderful cursives.
In order to narrow down the field a bit, here’s a listing of some of our favorites:
MTF I Heart Sketches http://www.fontspace.com/miss-tiina/mtf-i-heart-sketches
GG’s Love Me http://www.fontspace.com/two-peas/2peas-ggs-love-me