Friday, 17 April 2015

Scrap Girls in the News + Free Inspired Background

This seasons edition of Somerset Memories has a fabulous article written by Debbie Cleek the owner of Scrap Girls and our fearless leader called "Digital Scrapbooking: Trending Now More than Ever".

Plus there are tons of inspiration and fabulous layouts included. These books are like treasures to me. Somerset Memories is probably my favorite industry publication. It's on the newsstands now or you can order your copy by visiting their website: Somerset Memories.

There are layouts by several of the design team too, plus tons of gorgeous layouts from people all over the world. honor of this,  I have created a FREE background inspired by the cover that was comprised of a layout by Heather Jacob. Use this for your personal scrapbooks, art journaling pages or for your photobooks.

Just click the image above to be taken to MediaFire, where you can download this background paper.
Or you can click HERE.

I'd LOVE to see any layouts or creative things you created with the background. If you do and post to any online gallery, please post a link in the comments so I can go and leave you some love on it.

Adore you all to bits...have a great weekend!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Quick Layouts for your Easter Photos

Hello scrapbooking friends. This week I made a set of (5) pre-made layouts for your Easter photos. These were made from the Easter Collection "Easter Sunday". The reason I created these is that there are lots of people who are super busy and just need something fast and easy for their scrap & photo books. My sister Jessica reminds me of this all the time. Lucky for her, all she has to do is give me the photos...LOL

The last book she got at Christmas, she told me she never made it entirely into the house. She flopped down on the floor in the entry and squealed like a 6 yr old, cried & laughed looking through the scrapbook. Now that visual alone is well worth all the time & effort put into making all the pages. I love my baby sister ;) OK enough about moi... here's the Album Pages...
JIFFY Easy Page Album: Easter Sunday

These some in handy PSD layered files for Photoshop users, and drag & drop PNG files for those of you who user other types of imaging programs. All you do is clip your own photo to the masks, change the text and you are finished! Also you can move things around to create your own versions of these layouts.

Here are some samples of my finished layouts....

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I'm headed back to my design work. I'm trying to put together a birthday collection for adults, well, we'll see how that goes! Until next time...
X's & O's

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Breaking Down the Layout 8 - Animated Layout Video Tutorial

Hi everyone! As I promised last week, here are the new Breaking Down the Layout video tutorials on the simple animated layout I did for the Gypsy Rose Collection.

There are 2. One for PS Extended Versions and one For PSE. You can watch below, or click the links to watch them larger on my YouTube Channel.

Note: I found out you can't post animated GIFs of your own on Facebook. However you can on Instragram, Twitter, your Blog or Website & some galleries like the one at Scrap Girls.

I hope you enjoy! Post any questions you have and I will do my best to answer them.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Cast Shadow Frames 2: Adding Interest to your Layouts

Hello fabulous people! I'm in such a good mood today, it's beautiful outside and the magnolia tree outside my back window is about to bloom for the first time this year! It's still a little too cool to keep the windows open, but the sun is shining in and that is always a good thing here in The Netherlands.

This week I have set 2 of Cast Shadow Frames. This set will allow you to add a bit of visual interest to your scrapbooking layouts and photobooks.

What's the difference? Well, take a look at the image above  Cast shadows can add depth to your layout. Add a little extra light effect from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects for even more drama.
SS Embellishment Templates: Cast Shadow Frames 2


Basically I needed some new shapes to add to the original set of Cast Shadow Frames. I was missing one basic rectangle and I needed it for a photo for a layout. Then I thought it would be fun to have some of the geometric shapes that are so popular right now, like triangles, hexagons and of course a diamond shape like the one you see above.

The great thing about them is that they are fun and you can use them with any type of layout, from traditional to art journaling pages.

Here are some other samples:
Hexagon Layout by Brandy Murry
Coffee layout by Brandy Murry

 Next week watch for a new Breaking Down the Layout video tutorial on animation in layouts. This is for PS & PSE users so stay tuned! If you would like to see the other videos in this series, you can check out my YouTube Channel.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! Next week I will also have some Easter JIFFY layouts for all the pictures you took.

He has risen!

Friday, 27 March 2015

A Vintage Collection - Gypsy Rose

Gypsy Rose is a vintage digital scrapbooking & photobook collection of fun bright colors and patterns reminiscent of the 40's & 50's. It's color palette is Cherry Red, Teal & a Yellow Green.

This collection was inspired by my hairdresser Carlos. I know that sounds strange, but he was nominated for the Coiffure Awards and was showing me some fabulous photos of modern versions of hairstyles from the 40's & 50's. Well I already have been wanted to do a cherry red & teal collection, so that just put it in the the right theme. I hope you have fun with my interpretation!
Gypsy Rose Collection Biggie
  • (16) Bright backgrounds in a mix of textures, floral & other coordinating patterns.
  • (3) 8.5X11 pages of coordinating embellishments with items such as stitching, vintage frames, a paint by number floral stamp, a thread spool, and old watch charm, strings, tapes, stamps and more!
  • (3) Worn & Torn Alpha Sets (These sets includes: All letters, numbers and some punctuation.)
  • (2) 8.5X11 pages of coordinating Word Art Stamps, Tags and definitions.
  Value Pack
Value Pack: Gypsy Rose
  • Gypsy Rose Collection Biggie
  • Gypsy Rose Paper Mini - Designer Mix
  • ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: Printer Drawer
Gypsy Rose Paper Mini – Designer Mix
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Printer Drawer
The papers are a pre-mix of the patterns set up so that it gives you a headstart on your layouts. The digital Printer Drawer Template, complete with wood background, Photoshop shading styles and a video tutorial to get you started. You can get these separately as well if the Value Pack doesn't appeal to you. Just click on the image to be taken to the store at Scrap Girls for more information.

 Layout Ideas 

If you like how this layout flips through different images, stay tuned for a video tutorial on how I achieved it! If you aren't already subscribed to this blog you can sign up HERE to make sure you don't miss it.

So that is what is new this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Video Tutorial & New Blender Templates

Hi all, I'm back this week with some new Background Blender Layout Templates and the newest addition to the Breaking Down the Layout Video Tutorial Series "Breaking Down the Layout #7".

First we'll take a peek at the new templates. These are part of the Background Blender family of products and I wanted to add some 2 page spreads to the group. So this set of (5) Double page spreads is new this week.
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Background Blenders
These come in PSD Photoshop files as well as PNG files so users of other imaging programs can still use them. They are all 24x12. You can use them as double pages or break them up to form single 12x12 layouts.

Layout Samples  
 Click on any image to be taken to the Scrap Girls Store
The text layers in the templates are editable in the PSD layered files. If you would like to use the script font I used in the templates, it's called "English" and you can find it free on the web.

Note: I set the font kerning (the spacing between the letters) to -75 for the title, so you might want to set that back to 0 if you use another font.
This template was kinda set up to mix a black and white Photo with a color Photo. That is why in the template you see a blender across the middle of the right side.

Here's a closer look at that:

Here's another sample of how you might use it:

These templates are on sale this weekend so grab them at their special price!

Breaking Down the Layout #7
 This is a breakdown of how I did the sketch collage of Lilly for the Dynamic Brush Set: Ultimate Artist 2.
You can see it below or click on the Video Tutorial image to be taken to my YouTube Channel.
You can subscribe to my channel so you don't miss any new additions.

Digital materials used in this tutorial:
Well that is all for today. I finally have the windows open and a cool breeze is blowing through the house. Come on spring!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Primavera a Soft Spring Digital Collection

The Primavera digital scrapbook and photobook kit is reminiscent if a spring morning, when the earth's colors are still cast in the blue tint of the early sunrise. Well that was the inspiration for the color palette.
Primavera Collection
The title came from my friend Dominges who is from Cabo Verde where they speak Portuguese. She taught me that "Primavera" means Spring. I thought is was a pretty word.

Included in the Collection:
Click any image to go to the store

Also Available:
Value Pack: Primavera
Digital Layout Templates: Primavera
Primavera Frame Clusters
There is also the Value Pack with all the add-ons included for a special price. This weekend you can get the Value Pack for a little less than the normal price of just the collection. Or you can just get the add-ons, they are also sold separately.

These are my favorite pieces in the collection. I really especially love the full paper length tapes. They come in handy when you need to separate parts of the page and they do it in a subtle way.

Layout Ideas: 

This set also filled a color niche needed in my collection of products that was eliminated with the year end retirement of several kits.

I hope you enjoy it and are hoping for spring like me! The little crocus are starting to peek out of the ground here in The Netherlands ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!