May 28, 2007

Finished Projects!

Filed under: Card Making,Getting Creative,Off The Page — DanniL @ 10:54 am

After the birth of my niece in December, it took me quite a while to complete her gift, but complete it I did, and this is how it turned out.Jessie Photo Frame

Jessie Box I am really pleased with it, and it was quite a learning curve for me too, with the rounded edges etc.  I also  made this matching photo frame and both were very well received.

When my girlfriend gave birth to her first baby on Saturday night, I immediately went into action, creating this box Nicholas Box 2and card Nicholas Cardin a very short space of time (I had two boxes painted – one in girl colours, the other in boy colours – just wating to be covered!!).  I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and so was my girlfriend and her husband.

It’s made me get the creative bug back, something that I haven’t had in some time!  I’m looking forward to completing another couple of “off the page” projects soon (I have a bookmark to make for our She-essence Creative RAK as well as a matching photo frame for this box) and completing some long overdue LO’s.

Where is your scrapping at present?  Have you created any OTP projects lately? And what inspires you?  We’d love to hear about it :)

May 25, 2007

Supplies you’ll need to digi scrap

Filed under: Getting Creative — Kasie @ 7:51 am

Today we’ll discuss everything you’ll need to start digi scrapping. The good thing is that you probably don’t need much more than what you already have.

Things you’ll need to get started:

a computer with internet access
a digital camera
digital scrapbooking program aka- a graphics software program, and digital Art
You might need a scanner if you have print pictures that you’d like to include in your digital layouts.

First we’ll go over what kind of computer setup you’ll need. You’ll want to make sure you have the right computer for the job. As long as you have at least 80gb of hard drive space and at least 512mb of RAM you should be alright. I do recommend 1gb of RAM for the best computer speed. You can find your computer specs on your manufacturer’s website.

Second, you’ll need a good digital camera. Most digital cameras today take high quality pictures, just make sure your camera is able to take pictures of at least 200ppi. You should always set your camera settings to take the highest quality pictures it can. You won’t be able to take as many digital pictures, but you’ll know they are very clear and crisp for printing.

Third, you’ll need a digital scrapbooking program. There are many options available when it comes to digi scrapping. Depending on the way you want to display your masterpiece depends on which program you should use.

If you want to display your pictures in frames, create slideshows or email them, your best bet is Photoshop Elements. If you want to create Storybooks (your layouts published into hardbound books), you can simply use Heritage Studio.

When it comes to purchasing the art for your digital scrapbooks, you can get them at various online stores that specialize in digital scrapbooking art. If you are using Photoshop, this is ideal. You download the art just like you would an ebook, and then open it up in Elements and put your layout together with your pieces by working with layers.

If you are designing Storybooks with Heritage Studio, all the art you’ll ever need is included with your monthly subscription.

These are all the things you’ll need to get started digi scrappin’ information on where you can get the supplies mentioned, check out our digi scrapping resources.

Until next time,


May 12, 2007

Photo Blocks

Filed under: Faithbooking,Getting Creative — FYDawn @ 2:25 am

I recently made photo blocks as gifts and thought I would share with you.  Not only do they make a fun gift for your loved ones, but also share your faith and creativity.

I started out with a blank block kit from DH and I took the photos, I cropped in Photo Impact and printed out on regular cardstock. I used a square punch or just trimmed the photos to 1 1/2″ sq. I adhered the photos to the blocks with decoupage. I also used the following papers by Crossed Paths: Faith Collection: Stained Glass, Faith verses, Peace verses, Glory verses, Thankful Heart verses, and Family verses.  My oldest daughter, Katlynn, painted the bases. I inked and stamped them to give them a distressed look. The metal plate is by Making Memories. I put 2 decoupage layers over the photos and papers and sanded the edges. I really enjoyed creating these keepsakes for my family. I think they enjoyed receiving them as well.