How to Create Custom Washi Tape

Washi Tape is so popular right now. Most digital kits now include one or two washi tapes. I love to create multiple custom washi tapes with patterned papers. It’s easy to clip a paper to washi tape, but you lose the beautiful texture that makes it look realistic. I am here to show you how to create a custom washi tape without losing the realistic textures.


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Monochromatic Color Schemes

This month, while we discuss color, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite color schemes – monochromatic.  What exactly is this?  Simply put it is using the same color in varying shades or hues, possibly adding in shades of white, black, or gray as accents.

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How to Accent Photos on a Scrapbook Page

I love creating pages with a simple grid design (think Project Life aka pocket pages). Even with a grid design, I want particular photos to “pop” and draw the viewer’s eye to a particular spot on my page. I want to talk to you today about one of the simple ways I accent photos on my scrapbook pages: by enlarging, framing and adding dimension to a photo. I created the following page last night. It’s one of a series of daily vacation pages I am including in my Project Life book. I want to keep these vacation pages super simple: just photos, words and some pretty paper and journal cards.


Scrappers Accent Photo Example 3 Barbara Unzen

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Scrapaneer Challenge April 2015

Brand New: Scrapaneers Challenges | April 2015

Hello, fellow Scrapaneers! This is the first of what will hopefully be a long line of monthly Scrapaneers Challenges.


Each month, one of the Peers will host a challenge in the forum. The specifics of the challenges will change but they will always include aspects of the month’s Champions’ techniques and each participant will earn a prize that relates to the monthly Champions kit. But you do NOT have to be a Champion’s members to participate.

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Creating Patterned Paper Shadows

I am loving all of the patterned paper inspiration here at Scrapaneers this month!  I am definitely one who tends to use solid backgrounds and under-use the gorgeous pattern goodness in digital kits.  But all this pattern paper talk is inspiring me incorporate more of it into my digital creations.  Are you ready for a new shadowing technique that uses pattern paper?  Then come on in and let’s talk patterned shadows . . .

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Make Your Own Journal Cards

Over the past several years, pocket-sized journal cards have practically become a staple when it comes to scrapbooking. With the explosion of Project Life and other such “pocket” style layouts, many designers of paper and digital/printable kits are including 3×4 in and 4×6 in journal and filler cards in their collections. Even scrappers who aren’t making pocket pages find ways to include these little cards on their layouts, too, and with beautiful results. I recently purchased a digital kit of papers and elements, but not the  journal cards. It wasn’t until later that I realized I really wanted some. Was I discouraged, dissuaded, denied? No. I could design my own, with the help of the papers and elements, and so can you! Follow along with me to learn how to make your own pocket journal cards…hybrid style.

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How to Blur Faces in Photoshop

This month as I was creating a Process Video for April’s Champions, I glossed over a part in my video where I blurred the faces of some friends in a photo to protect their identity. My reason was this: in order to show you how to do it on that photo, I’d have to reveal their identity and I didn’t want to do that. So, I thought I would show you how to do that using one of my own photos.

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