Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking Using Templates Tutorial

Okie dokie, So I know there's a few people out there that would like to learn how to Digiscrap, so I made this tutorial, I hope that it's as clear as anything for everyone :)  Also I used Photoshop CS3 for this, older Photoshops should be the same, other programs may have something slightly different!

So here it goes, 7hump3r's First Tutorial!

Step 1.Open up the Template, Here I've used the template I created for my Cute Little You quickpage, you can use any template you have, just remember to give credits! Now, Each Template should be made of Layers, If it doesn't then you might have to go back into open and see if there's a file with it that doesn't have a picture, Quite often Designer's will include a preview of the template along with the template itself, Also commonly, it would probably have the same name as the preview..

2.  To open the papers you wish to use Click File > Open... Find the digital Scrapbooking kit you would like to use, For this tutorial I only needed 3 papers, but depending on your template you may need more or less.. Find these inside the kit, To open multiple files hold CTRL and click each one, Then open them.. For this tutorial I chose my All Sass Kit..

3. Now, Select the bottom layer, It's quite often called "Background" make sure it has been selected (Should be highlighted grey) and then click which paper you would like to use for the background, Click and drag this paper from one frame to the other. If done properly, it should look like  this..

3 Continued.  Now, most of the time you will need to continue to drag the paper layer around on the template until the whole background is covered.. Once done, select the next layer  like below

Continue with Step three untill all your layers are covered with the papers you chose, For each layer they may have different shapes, To clip the papers to those shapes either go CTRL + G or right click on that PAPER and select Create Clipping Mask, Continue those instructions till each shape/paper layer is covered. Once done you should have something that looks likes this..

4. Next select the PHOTO MAT/MASK LAYER, Go to File > Open and then select which picture/s you would like to add.. Select the picture and then the same as with step 3 you just clip the picture to the Photo Mat, It should look something like this..

4. Next, if your picture doesn't all fit, or you'd like to show a different part of  the picture go to Edit > Free Transform and then Adjust using the little boxes, To keep the picture evenly proportioned hold SHIFT as you move each box in or out. If done correctly your layout should now look something like this...

5. Here I deleted two of the strips that were in my Template, Once deleted I then went File > Open and selected the elements folder from my All Sass kit and then selected a Ribbon and a Ricrac to replace the two paper strips I deleted.. Drag and drop onto your Layout and then reposition where you would like, Same with the picture you can use Free Transform to resize, move or turn the elements.

It's good practice to Take or Add from a Template, If you don't feel confident enough to delete anything from the template use them as guides for your elements and THEN delete them, else add papers to them and same with step 3 Clip them.

6. Shadowing is VERY important to give the layout a realistic look, to do this select the SHAPES/PAPER layer (NOT the Actual Paper you've clipped!) and go to the bottom of the layers box, There should be a cursive "Fx" there, Click on it and choose "drop Shadow" Do this too all the layers..

NOTE: Have a play with different distances, sizes and opacity! The further the distance of the shadow the deeper the shadow looks, the larger the size of the shadow the more spread and "feathered" it will look, The less Opacity you have the blended the shadow often looks..

7. Now to make the frame look less flat, You DON'T have to do this, It's all about personal preference.. Again go to the "fx" but this time click on "Bevel and Emboss" For this I set the Size to 32px and then the Highlights to 50% and Shadow to 30%, Again, you don't have to do this, but if you do have a play and change the sizing, or Highlight/shadow opacity, again it's all about playing!

8. Next it's time to create a Title, Most Template come with a Text layer for you to change, If they do you can either create a title using the Text tool or  Using the Alpha that the Kit may have come with, Or one that you have bought seperately. Here I've Beveled and shadowed my Text and then added the alpha from my kit as seen underneath..

9. Make sure you have a play, not all Alpha's have to be certain spacing away from each other, try different things, Layer letters on certain layers, squish them up together or space them out and add elements in between, Only you imagination is the limit!

10. Add elements to your page, here I just added some staples and a few Brads, You can add as much or as little as you like, remember to shadow them and have a play. You can also add journaling by using the Text tool again and typing up what ever you'd like!

11. SAVE your layout! If your uploading to galleries save, then resize to anything below 1200 x 1200 and save again.. If you plan on printing keep it at it's original size (You may need to send it somewhere else unless you have a 12 x 12 printer!)

Here's My finished Layout!

Jasmine at the Pig & Whistle Restruant ordering from their menu, Unfortunately she didn't have her Proof of Age card on her and therefore could not get the Red Wine that she kept pointing at and saying "Yes please!"

Template- Cute Little You Template by 7hump3r Design's (NOT YET RELEASED!)
Kit Used- All Sass by 7hump3r Design's
Alpha- Included in All Sass Kit


Monday, December 21, 2009


To Celebrate my store opening at ESS I'm giving EVERYONE 40% off my kits until the 28th of December 09
This offer is valid only from the 21st December 09 til 28th December 09! ONE WEEK ONLY!
Now this is 21st December my time, so that's NOW!

So come visit my STORE and check out what I have up :)

In conjunction with my store opening I have a Quickpage to give away! It matches my Cute Little You kit as seen Here

Download it HERE

HAPPY SCRAPPING!! And hope you all will come and join me for my grand opening!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pretty Pixels closing down sale

Hey readers,

Well, Sadly one of my fav designers is closing down her store due to time management, It's sad to see designers go, but at least she will still come scrap with us!

So coinciding with her closing down Pretty Pixels is having a sale of her entire store, Bundles, Kits, everything is $1.99! So please go visit HERE!

Tanyia, we're gonna miss your designs!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh look... A Freebie!

And to think it's not even Friday yet...

Anyhow, Over at ESS the Challenges for December have started! The lovely colour swatch that was provided made me think Christmas... And so here it is without further delay

December Colour Challenge

Enjoy everyone and feel free to send me links to your work! I'd love to see some layouts using this or any of my Mini kits or Quickpages!

Friday, November 27, 2009

More Layout's and a Friday Freebie!

Hey all, Pretty Pixels will be releasing her new kit Sno Way sometime today/tomorrow!

Check it out!

Pretty ain't it?!?

Anyhow, here is a Layout I made using this kit..

As always I quite enjoyed working with the kit :)

Anyhow, now for my Friday freebie! Sorry that I've been gettnig behind, everything occasionally just piles up
and I was busy making things that you shall be seeing later *hint hint*

Anyhow today's Friday Freebie is a Quickpage created using my Irrevocably in Love add-on

which can still be downloaded Here!

Anyhow here is your friday freebie without further delay!

Download this freebie Right Here!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Two more to share!

Well, Went to see Twilight and then the Midnight Premier of New Moon last night... Well this morning.. Or whatever it was..

Well asides from having the pleasure of being one of the lucky members of Perth getting to see Twilight and then New Moon Midnight Premier, well, I also did a couple of layouts using Tanyia (Pretty Pixels) Kits again... Couldnt help myself, for me they are amazingly easy for me to use, Whenever I use one of her kits the LO just all comes together..

Anyhow Figured I would share with you all..

Created using-
Kit- So Yesterday by Pretty Pixels  bought at Enchanted Studio Scraps
Template used- Conceptions Right Round by Pretty Pixels bought here at Enchanted Studio Scraps
Alpha is part of the So Yesterday bundle as linked above!

Created using-
Templates- Conceptions right Round by Pretty pixels, bought here!
Kit- Apple Pie Nov CAC by Pretty Pixels bundle including Alpha used can be bought Riiiiight here!

Anyhow thats all to share for now! I'm off to work on some kits of my own :)

Keep looking out for my freebie which should be making a special Appearance to my blog sooooon!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

13th Nov to 15th Nov $2 Fairy Finds!!

Hey everyone,

From 13th Nov til 15th Nov this year only, Pretty Pixels Cheeky Monkey bundle and Nov CAC Apple Pie Bundle for $2 on Enchanted Studio Scraps

Buy them from Pretty Pixel's store Here!

I know times are hard, but if you can spare $2 I really recommend Apple Pie collab or Cheeky monkey, Their both beautiful kits, and I'm really enjoying working with them!

Check out these Sweet Layouts!

Well, I've been busy :) Despite the fact that I am reminding myself that I should really go to bed and TRY to sleep, and that I really need to buy warmer socks and a pair of fingerless gloves, I managed  to make 4 Layouts! It's only 4am....

Anyhow, as I mentioned before, Pretty Pixels has some fantastic kits! I first fell in love with Copacetic, Which thanks to her Opening competition, I won, and was estatic! I adore all of her kits, and you have no idea how thankfull I am to get to work with her. This woman really is a beatiful person and as mentioned above, Her kits are FAN-TAS-TIC!

Anyhow, I figured I would should you some of her amazing Kits in action.. These are the four that I made in these early hours of the morning..

Which is using the kit Apple Pie by Pretty Pixels
 I also used the So Simple templates, which are bought Here

This one I used my favourite Copacetic which can be bought Here
The Alpha's however came from the Apple Pie Bundle
I also used the So Simple templates again, which are bought Here

This one was made with the bold but Beautiful kit So Yesterday
The templates are only available if you buy This Bundle

This bright and colourful Layout was made possible with the kit Cheeky Monkey
And like So Yesterday, The template's are only available if you buy This Bundle

So, I've done some sharing with you.. Now you should/must/have too go check out Pretty Pixels Store and while you at it come join me at Enchanted Studio Scraps because these ladies are so down to earth lovely. There's competitions to win all sorts, you get RAK'd heaps, The site is very fun and active. There's just so much fun to be had there! So pleeeeeeeeeease come join!

Anyhow, I'm now off to escape under my blankets and get all snug and fall asleep... And plot my next post Mwuahahahahha :)

Catch ya's!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ooo check it out!

Okay people, something exciting to share...

I'm an enabler for Pretty Pixels :) I love her kits, and she's a lovely person..

Anyhow, She's JUST released her new kit called Just Lovely, Along with it's release there's 25% off just for this weekend only if you buy it! check it out below..

Pretty neat huh? Anyhow, you can buy it from Enchanted Studio Scraps - Here!

So go check it out, and remember that you'll only get 25% off of Just Lovely for this weekend! So be quick to buy it! You know you want too :)

That's all for now!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another day... Yet again!

So today is almost over and im so tired that I have to keep scrolling over the time in order to remember what day it is... What was it again... Ahh thats right, Thursday!

Anyhow we've been having some wicked cool thunder n lightning storms, I actually CANT stand them, Last night there was thunder cracks so loud I burst into tears... Sad I know, but thats what happens when your little and your older sister locks you out in a thunderstorm.. Ho hum..

I, despite the fact that I'm a huge coward, actually went and stood outside for a good 10 mins watching the lightning, Little miss decided to follow me out, but quickly ran inside to daddy the moment the thunder cracked overhead again..  I can't blame her, Made my heartrate speed up something cronic, I'm fairly certain i'll die randomly during a thunderstorm if it keeps it up because my heart just nearly jumps outta my chest each time..  I do however wish I had batteries, because the lightning was just amazing, I've never seen such bright flashes of forked lightning light up the entire sky.. and during the day too!

Little Miss had her room cleaned again today, decided that we would take out half her toys and stick them in the backroom, and just change them over reguallarly.. Hopefully it stops the horrific messes she creates, even if it's just a fraction...  Little Man is two months old today.. Two Months! It's hard to believe that 2 months ago I was holding my little man for the first time in my arms...

DARN! I really wish I had batteries for my camera, if only you could see how Little Miss is sleeping on the couch right now.. To cute!


There was a actual reason to this post.. Mainly that I'm giving away another freeeeeeeeeebie... It's an addon to a kit that I've been working on for the last week and bit I believe.. The kits name is Irrevocably In Love, The inspiration of course came from Twilight, which Woot, I'm seeing Next Wednesday with mother dearest just before we see the Midnight screening on New Moon! How excitement! Anyhow back to the kit, It's four papers, Personal Use and by darn it's kinda cute!

You can download HERE!

Happy Downloading.. And feel free to say thank you, It really doesn't hurt!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another day..

Another long day.. Sister came up and stayed the night, which was awesome, She left this arvo though..

Didn't get much done, as was chatting to her and then we played Guitar Hero for a while, Then after that logged onto World of Warcraft to see what my dailies were and ended up staying online to help my brother do  some quests and Run a guild mate through a dungeon..

Once all that was done I decided to check my emails and a few forums and then jumped on CS3 to do some kit making....  Well.. I've made two more papers in total for my 3rd Kit so far... Go me! That brings my grand total for my 3rd kit to 8 papers, 0 elements and 1 Alpha

Exciting stuff huh??

anyhow, I spose I should be off making more stuff... Someone give me some hints on what they would like to see in this upcoming kit.. It's well I spose Lovely Dovey... But not all reds and pinks, its more modern love colours I spose... Blues, pinks, greens and yellows... Feel free to leave your hint in a comment below!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

New day, New post AND Friday Freebie!

Told you to come back soon, that I had a freebie up for you.

And here it is, My part of the November Colour challenge

Download Here
In it are 5 papers and 5 elements, doesn't seem like much but if you go and join Enchanted Studio Scraps- Here and go to the november colour mini kit challenge, You can download (and don't forget to say thanks!) all the mini kits that these lovely ladies ay ESS put up, and create yourself one mega kit! Cool huh?

While your there you should check out the challenges, and maybe even pop a few of your own layouts up there while your at it! ESS is my favourite digital Scrap forum, I guess its because of all the wonderful and caring people it has that gives it that fun and caring  atmosphere!

So go check the place out! Trust me, if your looking for a forum to pop into from time to time this is one to join!

Anyhow im off to finish a few more challenges, and maybe a LO or two if my matchsticks don't break!

Over and out!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's here!

Hello world!

So, finally after much beating around the bush I decided to open a blog dedicated to the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking.. It's a newly discovered hobby of mine.. Or I guess you could say remastered if you like, since I did (and sometimes still do) Traditional Scrapbooking.

Nothing that new in the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking for me, cept maybe that this is my first post in this blog..

I do however have something lovely and.... Free.. coming soon :) Just keep watching and you shall see :)

I'm off to make myself a yummy Vanilla Latte, in the hopes that it will keep me awake!