Tutorial: Text Path

Hi All,

I always provide text path box for fast and easy journaling in my templates but there are times when you might need to edit the text path to fit your layout design and here is a tutorial on how to create your own text path. I used one of my Party Time’s template for example.

First choose the shape for your text path. It could be a square, rectangle, circle, etc. Here I chose the rectangle tool. Then make sure to select the “paths” and the “Add to paths”.

Draw out the area you want to journal in. Next I want to avoid the scatters or in other cases perhaps elements, other photos, etc. so that they don’t overlap my journal.

I can do that by selecting the “subtract from path area” and draw out the path to cover the area that I want to remove from the active text path. If you see from the image above, I selected the three areas with the scatters. It’s ok for the path to overlap. You can also use other shape’s path (circle, etc.) if needed.

Create a new layer and then choose the text tool and click anywhere in the active path area and just start typing.

Hope the tutorial helps and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Don’t Celebrate Christmas but still want to join in the fun, read on………..

Hi All,

Christmas is one of the most awaited and important holiday of the year. December is definitely the month of Christmas with so many Christmas themed kits and products releases. However, there are still some people that don’t celebrate Christmas, including me. I honestly get so envious sometimes watching all the awesome Christmas layouts and celebration. I had wished so many times that I could also participate by making Christmas layouts but I honestly don’t have any Christmas photos AT ALL. So how to solve this problem?

Luckily, I did find a couple of solutions thanks to my awesome CTs. So I thought to share this tips and tricks with all those who don’t celebrate Christmas but still wish to join in the fun.

1. Take photos of Christmas decorations in malls, stores, and other public places.
Normally nearing Christmas time, the malls, stores, etc. will start to decorate with Christmas decorations. Those photos would be perfect for a Christmas layout.

If you live near Disneyland or other amusement park, you can be sure to be able to capture some awesome Christmas decorations.

Credit: We Wish You A Merry Christmas Kit and Add-on by Chelle’s Creations

Credit: Season’s Greetings by Indigo Designs

Special Christmas displays or exhibition is also a great more general Christmas theme photos you can use to scrap Christmas kits.

Credit: Snowflake Kisses by Touched By A Butterfly

Credit: Snowflake Kisses by Touched By A Butterfly

2. Christmas photos RAK
You could also ask if your friends who celebrate Christmas might be willing to let you scrap their photos.

The photos in this page is a courtesy of Jen.

Candy Cane Cuties by Kristin Aagard Designs
Candy Cane Cuties Sticker Pack by Kristin Aagard Designs

Hopefully, those two tips will at least help you be able to enjoy the fun of Christmas a bit.

The sample layouts are all created with my new release: Christmas Jingle available at Mscraps and Gingerscraps. It’s currently on 25% new release sale. Grab this coupon: mscjingle5off for an additional 5% off at Mscraps. Coupon expires Dec 10th.

Tips on Using Artistic Side Template

Hi All,

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on using Artistic Side Template.

1. Clip papers to the smears to create a mixed media background

Here is an example of the clipping page:

This is the background view.

These are the papers that I used.

Kit credit:

2. Replace the smears with ready made smears or a combination of both.

For this layout I combined the clipping papers and replacing elements technique.

This is the view of the background with smears. I used a total of 6 smears.

These are the smears that I used.

This is the view of the background with clipped papers.

These are the papers I used:

This is the complete background.

Kit Credit:

3. If you’re not the messy, mixed media type, you could always delete all the smears layers and scrap with a clean, traditional background.

Kit Credit:

Blending Fun

I have recently attended a blending class by Jana Morton and boy am I addicted to blending. I’ve always loved blended pages and have tried to make a couple of pages but my pages are just kind of a randomized hit-and-miss attempt. I don’t exactly know what I’m doing but I just played around with the different blending mode. I wanted to learn more about blending so when Jana’s class opened, I immediately signed up for it.

I am very happy that I joined the class. I have learned a lot of blending technique and even photo editing technique from it. Jana’s great and she answered questions and emails very quickly. The videos are easy to follow and I love that you could download them.

One of the things I love doing is blending papers. When working with papers one of the biggest problem/challenge that I have is between using patterned and solid papers. Sometimes it’s either that the patterned papers are too busy or the solid papers will look too plain (if use alone). After attending Jana’s class, I applied the technique she taught to blending paper to achieve the look that I want. Here are some examples. The background papers are all the results of the blending of more than 3 papers together.

Credit: Hivernal by Sugary Fancy, Twist and Shout Template by Angelclaud ArtRoom

Credit: Santa’s Little Helper by Kristin Aagard

Credit: Mitten Weather by Ju Kneipp and Everyday Life: Bundle by Ju Kneipp.

Credit: Yesterday, Today and Forever by Juliana Kneipp and Sugarplum Paperie

Credit: Touch of Pink (Mini) by Pink Poppy Press and Touch of Pink (Clean Pats & Solids) by Pink Poppy Press

Grab Bags Mix n Match Tips and Tutorials

Hi All,

I am releasing a special Mix n Match grab bags for iDSD and here is a tutorial about how you might use the different packs to make 1 unique layout.

Before we start, in case you have different arrange documents setting, please choose first “consolidate all” setting.

First open all the different parts that you want to mix n match. For example here I chose stacked paper temp1 and photo cluster temp2.

Click on the acart_stpaperv1temp1 tab and activate the paper layer that you would put the photo cluster on top of.

Select the “move tool (v)”, normally the 1st tool from the top and check the auto select-group and show transform control box.

Go to the photo cluster temp2 tab and click on the most bottom layer, then scroll up to the top layer and shift+right click on it to select all the layers.

Move your mouse to around the middle of the photo cluster (where I drew the star) and the right click and hold it and then drag the whole cluster to the acart_stpaperv1temp1 tab above.

You should be taken to the paper page. Position your mouse cursor to where you want the photo cluster and then release it. The whole photo cluster will be added into the stacked paper template. With all the photo cluster layers still selected, you can move it around until you it’s at the position that you want. Now you can start scrapping with the unique template!

Don’t forget you can also rotate it, resize it, or add another photo cluster/stacked border/title cluster, etc. There are so many possibilities.

Here is a template with stacked paper temp1, photo cluster temp2, title cluster temp1, and stacked border temp2.

Here are some mix n matching from my creative team.

This is honestly one of my favorite layout. It’s such a busy page but yet it doesn’t look “too busy” but everything flows in nicely. I love how Kelly uses the arrows to point to the highlights of the page (photos and journal). Parts used: stacked paper temp3, 3 x photo cluster temp 1, which are rotated in different directions.

I love how Ella created a more “white space” layout by making the photo clusters smaller and putting everything on the side. They also made a great triangle with the blended photo in the middle. Parts used: 2 x photo cluster temp2 and title cluster temp2.

Here is another gorgeous “white space” layout by Ella. Here she only used the stacked border temp 1 and she rotated it to be placed at the top.

Lori showed that you can create a more simple layout with the cluster. Here she rotated the stacked paper and the photo cluster. She also added some journaling and title below the photo cluster. Parts used: stacked paper temp 1 and photo cluster temp1.

For this page Maria used stacked paper temp3 and photo cluster temp2.

Polygon – Hexagon Ideas

Hi All,

I wanted to talk a bit about using Polygon, in this case, hexagon in layouts. To be honest, I’ve never used them in layouts before because for me, they felt a bit odd and out of place unlike circles, squares, and rectangles. I don’t really use other shapes including triangle, diamond, etc. However, I decided to give it a try to make a template with it after it was requested by Sharon. It turned out that they are quite fun and not so “odd” after all. One of my CTs commented that they are great for showcasing patterned papers. Here are some ideas on some creative use of hexagon.

1. For photos

This is definitely the most general/easy usage. I think it definitely draws people attention to the photos due to the more different shape.

2. As fasteners (buttons, brads, etc.)

If you clip papers to the shape and make it smaller, they also work great as fasteners.

3. As block to showcase patterned papers or different elements

Similarly to square blocks used to showcase patterned papers or to put different elements on, the hexagon could also be used for such purpose.

In this layout by Amanda Yi, she placed different parts of the page. In one hexagon she placed the adjective to emphasize the yummy page, in another hexagon she placed the garlic elements with frame which is the main subject of her page, and in another, cooking related element.

4. Enhance specific theme/feel for tool/construction, etc. page

I really don’t know how to categorize this but I got this idea through Lori’s page here where she used the hexagon for metal-screw like feel for her Under Construction page. I think the shape of hexagon reminds me of screws and if you’re scrapping similar/tools/constructions type of theme, it would work great in the page.

I hope those give you all some ideas on what to do with hexagon and if you don’t normally scrap with them, you might experiment and have a little bit of fun with them. If you have more ideas and suggestions on creative use of hexagon, I would love to hear more of your ideas.

Happy scrapping!

Tutorial: How to make layouts with templates

If you are new to digital scrapbooking, using a digital scrapbooking template is a great way to start. I remembered when I started, staring at a blank 12 in x 12 in page could feel daunting. How can I fill up all that space? I really almost gave up as I though that it was taking way too much time to create a scrapbook layout. That is until I learned about templates. It’s so much easier to scrap with templates and I don’t feel so intimidated anymore. It gives me something to start and I can change things here and there as I made the layout into my own unique page.

My templates are available in without shadow .png format, shadowed and without shadow .psd format, and shadowed and without shadow .tiff format. The .png format is generally for people who use Storybook creator software where they need to rebuild the template by adding the .png files one by one. I only have Photoshop CS5 so that is the program that I will be showing you all on how to make a layout with my template.

Shadowed vs no shadow

Shadowing is a whole new topic that we could discuss in scrapbooking. I’m not going to go into detail here. If you are beginner it would be easier to use the shadowed version so you don’t have worry about shadowing.

For this tutorial I am going to use the .psd shadowed file.

This is what it looks like when I clicked open the page. We will be working a lot with the layer window (bottom right). If it doesn’t show up in your photoshop you can find it through Windows –> Layers.

If you look at the layers window, you will see that I have named each layer according to its function (paper, flower, photo, etc.). Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.

First click on the bottom paper layer, then choose the paper that you want to put in the place of that and just drag it to your template. It will be automatically added above the paper layer. There are several ways you can do this. If you have mini bridge, I personally like to use the mini bridge. For this tutorial I will only be using the mini bridge method for now.

You can find the mini bridge through Windows –> Extensions –> Mini Bridge

On the mini bridge window click on the rectangle on top and choose the directory of the kit you want to use. Here I use River~Rose’s Creative Soul.

Now choose the background paper that you want for the background and just click on it in the mini bridge view and drag and drop to the template. Notice that in the layer window the paper you chose is now on top of the template paper layer.

Next choose Layer –> Create clipping mask or (Ctrl + Alt + G) to clip the kit paper to the template paper. Notice that the kit paper will become indented.

Repeat the clipping process for all the papers and photos layer. Notice how I have several “clips” for the papers and photos.

Now let’s work on the embellishments (flowers, leaves, ric rac, ribbon, etc.). Basically you choose the embellishment you would like to use from the kit, put it on the place of the template embellishment, copy the layer style of the template elements and paste it on the kit elements.

As you see in the image example, I chose a ribbon and drag it to the position of the template ribbon. Then click on the triangle besides the (fx) on the template ribbon layer to show the drop shadow. Right click on the drop shadow and choose “copy layer style”. Then right click on the kit ribbon and choose “paste layer style”. Now your kit ribbon is shadowed and you can delete the template ribbon by right clicking it again and choose “delete layer”.

Repeat the process for all the template embellishments. If the embellishment is not available in the kit that you use, you can always substitute. For example, the kit that I chose did not have a ric rac so I use another ribbon in the place of it. Also, you can resize or rotate the kit elements to fit the page best.

Next for the title, select the “T” on the right and click on the “Title Here” on the template and type in your title. You can change the font type, size and color according to what works best with the kit and your design. It’s the same with the journaling, just delete the words in the template and type in with your own journaling.

Final page:

This is the basic use of a template. Once you get the hang of it you can of course make a lot of changes to it. You can add more elements, delete elements, rotate the template or resize it.

Hope the tutorial help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll help you out the best that I can.