List It & Check It

In keeping with the Travel theme this month, when I travel I always prepare for my trips with a list. I like to make lists and then check items off as I go. It doesn’t matter if it is packing for a vacation, cleaning the house, or going grocery shopping. I always feel better if I have a list to organize things, as it eliminates my worry about forgetting something.

 

Making a list can be rather boring with a blank piece of paper and a pen, but being a “Scrapbooker”, it can be much more creative and fun.  The various Digital Scrapbook Designers have a lot of elements and papers to assist you in the creative adventure. Let’s take a quick look how creative lists can benefit your traveling, and/or everyday life, and how you can also use them too, for your scrapping pages.

 

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June 2017 Color Challenge

This month is a color challenge. I wanted to choose a palette that was bright, cheerful and summery. It’s been cold and rainy here for a long time. We are ready for some sunshine. So I went to Design Seeds where there are lots of palettes to choose from. If you’re stuck for a color scheme it’s a great place to start. You can search by color or collection such as seasons, nature, or lifestyle. The creator of Design Seeds, Jessica Colaluca, says this, “Seeds are created to inspire … you are welcome to apply the color combinations to your designs, art, decor, crafts, weddings, & projects.” I found this palette under “summer”.

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Creative Travel Photography Tips

Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to a brand new month on the Scrapaneers Blog!  It is the beginning of June (how on earth did that happen?) and the start of summer travel season, so the Peers thought it would be a great time to share some travel tips.  We have a month packed full of travel-inspired tips and tutorials to get you thinking about how to creatively memorialize your travel adventures.  I am starting things off with some travel photography tips – so come on in and join me . . .

 

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Pick of the Month: Beddy’s

Today I am here to share yet another game changing find of mine: Beddy’s Zipper Bedding. Huh?! What in the word is zipper bedding, you ask? Zipper bedding by Beddy’s goes on your bed like a fitted sheet. It consists of two pieces that are attached by sturdy zippers with strong pull tabs on two sides so it can unzip from either side of the bed. It has a sheet and a minky blanket sewn into the comforter set for complete coverage. The top panel completely detaches to satisfy all sleeping preferences and to make washing it a breeze. In addition, they offer a large array of patterns for almost any style preference as well.

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Filtering with PicTapGo

Hi scrappers. We’re talking about filters this month. Truth be told, I don’t use a lot of “artsy” filters on my photos or pages but I do love to improve my photos with filters. My scrapbooking style trends a bit more traditional. For editing my photos, my absolute favorite plug-in for PS/PSE is Totally Rad’s RadLab. It is a little pricey and even when you can catch it on a good sale, it might be a bit more than your scrap budget wants to shell out (but I think it is totally worth budgeting for). Enhancing photos with Totally Rad’s PicTapGo app (iPhone only) allows you to apply photo filters with ease without needing an expensive photoshop plug-in.

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Photo Filters and Funny Pages

Photo filters and funny pages may seem like a strange title but bear with me.  I was excited when I found out our topic for May is comics.  When I was growing up the funny pages was my favorite section of the newspaper.  I especially loved the Sunday funny pages because there were lots more comic strips and they were in color!  Then a few weeks ago my daughter-in-law shared some photos and my grandson had on a t-shirt that said, “Dad is My Hero”.  It made me smile because I think every child’s Dad should be their hero, I know mine was.  Plus, my grandson is really into all the Avengers superheroes.  With all that in mind, I came up with an idea for a design using a combination of photo filters, a puffy photo sticker, and other techniques to create a comic-themed layout in Photoshop Elements.

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Fun with the Distort Filters

There are so many tools in Photoshop that are often unexplored.  Whether it’s because we don’t know how to use them, we don’t know they exist, or maybe we’ve never been interested in what Photoshop has to offer beyond what we think we need!  Well today I want to show you how to have fun with a few of the different distort filters!  There are several filters that can give you some interesting and unique effects with your images, in as little as a few clicks!  I am going to give you a brief introduction to some that are very user friendly and offer some fun effects.  Some you may not feel you have a use for, but you never know!  Hopefully this can get your creativity flowing so you can find new ways to use or edit your images.  Let’s get started!

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Unlocking the Stories Behind Your Heritage Photos in Census Records

back of photo: Nathan, Paul, Grandpa George, and baby Max.

 

What to do when you have a family heirloom photo that has nothing else written on the back but the names of the people? First of all, it is a good thing to actually find names on the back of old family photos. It’s just that when I only have one photo like this, I really would love to know some sort of back story and in this case, all four generations are now silent. In order to give this special photo some of that interesting background, I have to do some hunting.

 

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May 2017 Challenge

I decided on this month’s challenge and then was a bit challenged to complete it. Since we had discussed journaling in April’s Champions content I thought I would make journaling the challenge for May. Sounds simple right? Well, journaling feelings rather than descriptions was harder than I thought it would be. In her video Crystal Livesay mentions that journaling our feelings can be cathartic. So I gave it a try. I purposely chose a font that was a bit ornate and harder to read and a color that blended into the background to make my journaling a little bit hidden. Now that I wrote about how I feel about my grandchildren growing up maybe I won’t feel so sad when I look at this photo next time. 

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Comic Photos in a Jiffy

 

Playing with filters in Photo Shop and Photo Shop Elements can provide a lot of fun effects. Today we are playing with the Poster Filter and the Halftone Pattern Dot Filter, both located in the Filter Gallery. Using both of these in a grid like template, you can create your own comic page!

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