July 28, 2015

Make a Hybrid Layout Using a Digital Stamp!

Hi everyone, Geraldine here! Today I'm sharing how I created this hybrid page; half my work was done in Photoshop, and the other half with paper and glue! Everything you see here was from the digital kit- even that painted star stamp!

using Pink Lemonade by ForeverJoy

Step 1 / I created my page in Photoshop.

2/ Next, I took it all apart, meaning, I copied and pasted all elements on a new document to print out.

3/ I added star brush on my photo, and on the Journal Card and on the yellow paper.  I merged star brush layout with each element to have the same visual in Photoshop and on my printed final paper.

I pasted my photo on another document because I wanted print it on photo paper and not on classic white paper. My photo was printed with stars.

I did not use shadows under elements that I want print for a better printing and to make easier the cut-out.  I added several other elements from the kit to complete my hybrid layout. I don't know if I will need these elements. But I prefer to print them, just in case. 

4/ I printed my photo on photo paper and my A4 document on card stock. 

Pretty easy, right? Finally, here are the supplies I gathered to create my hybrid page :

White scrapbooking paper, black and pink spray inks, double face scotch, leaves pattern (dies to use with my cutting machine : cuttlebug), white wire, 

5/ Before to glue all elements, I added some touch of black and pink inks on my background.  I cut all elements and I gather them on my scrapbooking white paper (format 12 x 12)

I added leaves pattern under pink lemon and a white wire. I used 3D foam to glue pink lemon.

6/ I completed my layout with a yellow lemon

And that's it! My layout is done!

July 26, 2015

On the Drawing Board | What's NEW in the Joyful Planner!

With July winding up I can't help but have back to school on my mind.  I know there's delightful August still to enjoy- but with there being so much to do to get ready for the school year and the boys schedules, I have to keep an eye to planning, to-do's and schedules.  This part of herding my "life kittens" is what led me to start the Joyful Planner series. 

We all do it. Schedule, list, work to organize - but do we all like doing it? I don't know if I'll ever really like being told what to do, especially when it's stuff like pay the mortgage, clean the pool, go to the dentist. But I decided that if at the end of each month, I am going to sit down and chart a course for the upcoming month- I'd like to make it a little more happy. And for me- that means tapping into my creative side.  Give me a glue stick and some pretty print and cuts- and somehow marking down all the to-do's doesn't seem so bad! heck! Sometimes I try and find things to write down so I can use up my sweet bits and pieces.  Another example of my Scrappy Jedi Mind control tricks....

Right now I am working on some of the August Joyful Planner designs- and I have a few notes marked off from your letters about what you'd like to see more of- and what you'd like to have included. I love that!  One thing that a few of you asked for is to include the sticker sheet in .png format so you can drag what you'd like into the Cameo Silhouette easier and print only what you need.  So- poof! This month there will be more .png files to help you customize and cut and save ink too!

Another "wish" that's filled my inbox is requests for designs that can be used beyond the month as well- so you can stretch your stash. While each monthly design will still have the "vibe" of the month and season as well as a few pieces of month specific designs- you'll find most of your collection will be very stash friendly! I also have a few more "mini-kits" on the drawing board that are more theme and holiday specific- keep an eye for them in the next few weeks!

One other feature that's been added as I've been using the designs myself for a few weeks, is the addition of a PDF text box so you can print directly onto the forms in your Adobe PDF reader file! And yep, I do mean the FREE version of the reader!  So you can copy lists, menus, and any other text you have saved directly onto the PDF files! Here's a peek at an upcoming design (hitting the shoppe on July 31) in Adobe with the text box option:

Keep those letters and wishlists coming- as well as photos of how you use your Joyful Planner designs! I love them all- and will be sharing a few "real life" planners with you later in the week!

July 23, 2015

Now In the Shoppe | OFFLINE

FWP JOURNAL CARDS + 35% off all Christmas Products! 
"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you may miss it.""
-Ferris Bueller
Not to be a bummer, but Summer is half over folks.  Now, normally I try and be a "half-full" kind of gal- but with back to school chores and assignments piling up, calender's filling up and my eye on the fact that summer is one flip of the calendar page away form coming to an end-  I feel a strong survival type need to slow down the days we have left and unplug a little before this family cranks back up to the fast forward speed the school year puts us in.
This lazy hazy vibe washed over my drawing board in the OFFLINE collection.Think: soft dusty pinks, sunset golds and ombre sky blues- a quiet kicked back design to help capture those all-too-precious moments of downtime. 

This weekend- you can enjoy the Journal cards FREE with your purchase of the page kit-  Cool, right?

And- there's some more fun happening in the shoppe too! For all of you who don't mind a little fast forward- it's a perfect time to stock up on your holiday stash because the entire ForeverJoy Christmas Shoppe is 35% off during the TLP Christmas in July sale! 

July 20, 2015

How to scrapbook when you don't want to | Jedi mind tricks

It's summer vacation. The days are longer and our "to-do" list is happily shorter than the school year. And you would think I would have so much more time to scrap at this time of year- but I'm going to let you in on a secret: I have actually scrapped less during the summer than during the "crazy busy" times of the year. And here's the ugly part: Lately, I just haven't been able to get the scrap-happy motor running.

It's a weird sort of feeling that goes something like this:  I will go through Pinterest or a few of my favorite scrapbooking galleries, get crazy inspired and say to my self- yes! I want to scrap lift that- or use that technique or those color combos.. but them when I try and get my self actually scrapping- I'm like, " Meh. Maybe Ill just do (insert some other activity here) instead."  Meh? MEH?? This is not my usual scrappy enthusiasm. And considering I am 3 weeks into July and haven't even wanted to get started on my June project life pages- and there are 4 kit club packs I have yet to even open- my malaise is now being compounded with guilt and that does not make for a happy scrapper.

So what's a girl to do?

I took a hard look at what was going on in my creative life and came to the following scrappy Jedi mind tricks: 

Tune out. It's not a good idea for me to look at galleries immediately before I scrap. For me, comparison is the thief of creativity.  Pinning and "liking" layouts in galleries is a terrific thing- it get me seeing things in a new way- and is definitely inspirational- I just cant do it right before I scrap. Unless I am following a specific technique that I'm unfamiliar with- like using gelatos or die cutting a specific way. But that's not creative as much as technical.

Focus on the stories you want to tell as opposed to the ones you should tell. When I tried to get motivated this weekend, I had yet to do the previous month's Project Life spread. It was a scrapping "to-do".  But considering I was in such a funk- the last thing I wanted to do was something I had to do. I'm a scrapping bad-girl-rebel I guess! Instead, I looked through my photos for the this month found one photo that I really wanted to tell a story about.  I decided I was just going to do that. Tell a story about this one photo. That made me happy- and started my engines. 

Settle for a less than best layout.  I often fall into the trap of wanting to make the very best page possible. I can easily get lost in looking for the perfect papers and very best elements and choosing a perfect font... and there are so many choices... and then s I go through all my stash I start feeling guilty about all my stash...and  then I'm bummed and just don't feel the love anymore. That's not fun. So, I really try and limit my choices. I will pull out one of my current monthly kits, or just speed choose a few papers and ellies and commit to using them.  When i say "speed choose" I mean I will look at the photos, consider the story and choose paper colors or designs that work with that- and here's the trick- stick with my first choice. No second guessing. This should not take more than 10 minutes. I will tell myself- yes- there may be a better way to pull this layout together- but I don't need to make my pages the best. I just need to be happy making them- and the quality will come from that. 

I knew I wanted to make a last day of school page- but where to start? I have so many school themed supplies it was hard to choose. Instead- I used this one sheet of paper from my Studio Calico kit. One side says "The Beginning" - and the other says "The End".  So I put first day of school pictures on one side, and am going to put last day of school photos on the other. It's a really simple layout- just 2 photos and only one piece of "themed" ellie. Were there more awesome ways to use these photos? Sure. But I can always reprint them and tell the story again- maybe go into deeper or with a different perspective.  
Who says you can only use a photo once? And by keeping this page simple- it got me back in the saddle of scrapping again- so I'd say its a pretty amazing page! 

Organize supplies by color. I've said it before, but it's a tip that I've really dedicated myself to this year- and I love the outcome. I organize my papers and journal cards by color.  It makes it so much easier to pull things together- because no matter what, you will always want your colors to coordinate. If you start with organizing supplies by color- you automatically narrow your choices. 

While papers and journal cards are organized by color, I don't use that for my elements.  I use little boxes and lids to organize my ellies by type.  I found I will most often look for a certain type of ellie: a  label, or heart or star- and having them all in one place makes it easier to find.  

Start scrapbooking by not scrapbooking. Ok- this is really going to let you see what a stubborn chick I can be. But sometimes, when I can't get up the drive to scrap- I go into my supplies and tidy them up. Organize, weed out things I don't like, dust off a few things. And there's one rule: no matter what- I am not allowed to scrap. I don't know why- but after organizing my stuff- and rediscovering my stash- I really want to scrap. And being forbidden to (how funny is that!) just makes me scrap more... most times, I'll be a bad girl and just do it!

Make a few mini kits with your stash.  While I'm going through my stash and tidying things up- sometimes Ill find some products that go together with a theme that I didn't know I had. I'll find a few ice cream themed items, or moon themed items, or good morning themed items- and it surprised me I have so many of one theme.  So, Ill collect them all together and place them in a 12x12 sleeve so I have a mini kit ready to go.  If I have stamps that go along with this theme, I will stamp a piece of paper with them and slip that paper in with the mini kit. Then, I wont forget to consider the stamp when making my layout.

Scrapbook without doing a single layout.  Sometimes, when I just cant get the drive up to scrap, taking a few baby steps towards an actual layout helps kick-start things, For instance, organizing my supplies, going through and editing my photo stream, tagging photos I'd like to work with, and going through galleries and pins.  Yes- I said before that that can be counter productive- but that's only when I do it as I sit down to scrap.  When I know I have no intention of scrapping on a certain day- it's a good thing for me to watch some process videos or comb through pin boards and galleries. 

Remember- this is supposed to be fun.  I think the most important thing to remember is that everyone goes through a creative funk. And if after trying a few of these tips, I still get get myself to put ideas to paper- even though I kinda-sorta want to, the I let it be.  Sometimes, you need to disconnect to reconnect. And then, when you do come back, you'll be recharged. And that energy is what makes for the very best pages! 

July 15, 2015

Focus on the Photos

Hello everyone! This is Jenn, and I'm here to share an idea that took me a LONG time to figure out. Grab a drink and start perusing your layout images.

Scrapping for me used to be a lot about the layering, the clusters, and all the oodles of elements. It took me a long time, to realize that while I do like my layouts with all of those things included, I actually like my layouts with less on them! I like to make smaller clusters, and chose a few lovely elements, and then I "Focus on the Photos!" I try to make them pop and add enough of the elements and paper to dress them up.

Here is my double layout:

 I was creating a layout using the Love You More Collection and it started out with the bright greens, reds, and yellows. My photos were fighting with the paper. I didn't want that. So, I was playing with the background paper, and my layout colors switched completely. This greyish brown background is perfect. 

Since I was moving papers, and adding different papers, I happened to add this striped blue paper. This is exactly how it plopped onto my Photoshop workspace within my layout! Right in the center above my background papers.  I left it exactly in the middle of my double pages. It's adding to the fun, yet not fighting with the photos - too much in my opinion. 

Next, I wanted to have a small cluster on the one corner - in the top left. So I added some flowers.... and deleted some flowers... added and deleted, again. :) I originally left it with two flowers there, but then switched it to just the one and a string. Simple, but your eye is drawn to look there.

With my flowers in place, my large photos and papers set... I knew I wanted to add a journaling spot and a title. Since the photos were bigger, I felt my title needed to be with larger letters. I ended up shrinking them a bit, and placing them on the bottom. The solid white with black outline alphabet from Love You More was a perfect contract to the greens and browns. Plus, I made the solid small strip green to add to the contrast as well. 

Here is the right side of my layout - close up. 

Next, I wanted to move over to the right, and create a fun spot to journal. I added a text box to the template, and clipped the striped paper. I then added a filled box over top of the paper - a solid pale blue, the same color as the stripes. I feathered out the edges and changed the opacity a little so the journaling could be read a little bit easier on the striped paper. 

I then added the vellum tab, and a flower. The flower was originally placed with the larger blue flower, but I dragged it over and it looked nice alone. 

July 10, 2015

New in the Shoppe | a few Basics!

Every closet should have a few solid basics- a few pieces that are timeless and go with everything. The same thinking applies to your scrapping stash as well!  This week I have designed a neutral paper pack with a range of papers from bright white to deep black that will provide a perfect back drop to any layout your imagination can design! 

I also designed a pack of Summer themed Vellum Word Art that will add a unique and delicate touch to all your summer layouts- no matter what designs you choose to use. Unshadowed, they can be used as a transparency- but once you add a shadow style- you will be delighted how you can say so much in such a soft way!

Think of them as the perfect Little Black Dress for your Digi Stash! You can find these designs and other goodies from the Basic Collection HERE.