We're excited to wrap up our fun and exciting Digital Scrapbooking Month with a post by our newest author, Crystal Wilkerson! We asked Crystal (aka "creativitybycrystal") to round up some digital scrapbook pages, templates, freebies, and discounts to share with you, so you can get to know her just a little bit better. Her new eBook, From Paper to Digi: 12 digital designs inspired by pretty paper pages, will be released the first week of September, so stay tuned.
A Collection of Favorite Layouts
First of all, I created a quick collage of 15 of my favorite digital pages, to help you get a sense of my style. There's SO much more where these came from in my upcoming eBook!
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Hi! Crystal Wilkerson here, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself to you, and I'm even more thrilled for the upcoming release of my new eBook, where I've gathered 10 gorgeous paper layouts to share with you, then I created 12 digital pages inspired by those paper pages. (And, as a bonus, with your eBook download, you'll also get a free template and a freebie mini collection of my digital scrapbooking supplies!)
But you don't have to wait until next week to enjoy some fun FREEBIES. I have some for you RIGHT NOW!
Please enjoy this free Back-to-School template (layered PSD file) plus three quick pages (PNG files) you can use right now in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. And the PNG files can be opened in almost any photo-editing program, where you can drop in your own photo and type in a title or journaling! Simply click here to download all four files. Here's what the template and QuickPages look like, with pictures of my own dropped in:
You can drop in the photo of your choice, add a title and text, and change any of the colors or backgrounds to include the patterns of your choice. Opens in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
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Back-to-School QuickPage #1
This digital QuickPage is full of fun stripes, with a bright pink apple accent and ticket tag on the bottom. Drop in your photo, type something into the tag, and you're done! (This features my Color Combo #3, which is available in LOTS of patterns on my website.)
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Back-to-School QuickPage #2
With softer colors and more feminine patterns, this one is perfect for the little girly girl in your life. (This features my Color Combo #1.)
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Back-to-School QuickPage #3
I love the primary colors on this version (red, yellow, and blue) which just says "school" to me, making it great for a boy or a girl. In this case, a boy. (Features my Color Combo #2.)
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I hope you enjoy these digital freebies, and that you'll soon come to love digital as much as I do!
And also, just for you, I've created a 30% off coupon you can use at my website, crystalwilkerson.com, through the end of September! (Tip: you can use this coupon even when my new kits are 50% off!)
It was so fun having the chance to guest blog with you today. And before I go, I want to leave you with just one more thing: a FREE drawing! Please leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick one winner who'll get a $30 Gift Card to my shop, plus three more lucky readers will get a personal 30% off coupon that they can use for the rest of the year!
So please, comment away! We'll draw our winners on Tuesday, September 6th.
August is Digital Scrapbooking Month at Ella Publishing. Read more great articles about digital scrapbooking and check out the related eBooks on sale through the end of the month!
I've had this photo of my younger boy in mind to use as an 8x12 photo on a layout, but I decided recently to use it on a digital page instead of paper. I think of digital scrapbooking in the same way I do paper scrapping:
1. I apply products in layers;
2. I have to stretch my techniques to achieve visually what I want using the supplies I have; and
3. I often get a great idea for a lower layer long after I've applied product above it.
Number 3 above is a good place where digital is clearly superior to paper: the undo button! Plus, I can click on different layers to add stuff or delete layers without having the pry already adhered paper off without damaging the page. Not that it happens that often. ;) winking
I created this paper like I would a paper page: I browsed my supplies, found some papers and elements I thought would work, and started creating a layered template for me to work with.
(Note: browsing supplies to me is where actual paper is superior to digi. Clicking on folder after folder trying to find the paper I want frustrates me so much it makes my teeth ache.)
I clustered elements, journaling spots, labels, and brushes in ways I would with paper. The journaling sport from List It! Childhood Digi Plus. It was bigger than I wanted, so I shrunk it on the page--again, a clear advantage of digi.
One cool thing: I couldn't find a piece of orange paper the exact shade I wanted, but I found two close ones, so I layered them on top of on another and reduced the opacity of the top layer so you could see both. Something you just can't do with regular paper! Fun.
One final disadvantage: it took me hours to make this page, mainly because of searching through and choosing supplies. I suspect creating a paper page would have taken less time, but certainly with less flexibilty in the creation process.
And one final confession: though I use digi elements often in my photos, I do not create many digital pages. This one is my third ever. Will I do it again? Oh, yes! I plan on making a digital photo book of my own design (not the premade ones) for my father-in-law next. I look forward to the entire process (well, except for searching through supplies!).
Patterned Paper: Queen of Quirk/Paislee Press You Are Here (oscraps.com), One Little Bird Vagabond (oscraps.com)
Brushes: Katie Pertiet Graphically Scrolled (designerdigitals.com), Cathy Zielske Dotted and Dashed Circles (designerdigitals.com)
Border overlay: Creashens/Paislee Press Nostalgia (oscraps.com)
Label: One Little Bird Vagabond (oscraps.com)
Journaling spot: Ella Publishing List It! Childhood Digi Plus
Scattered flowers: One Little Bird Vagabond (oscraps.com)
Font: Cocktail Shaker, My Own Topher
Giveaway is for a copy of List It! Childhood Digi Plus- leave a comment sharing your favorite digi designer
Giveaway closes in 48 hours, Sept 1 @ 11:00 am MST
Winner of May's Flaums giveaway is Funnybunny
Note from the Editor: We're thrilled to share with you this awesome, FREE, professional how-to video, where Renee Pearson shares tricks for using digital brushes (the digital equivalent of stamping) in Photoshop Elements 9.
Thanks for viewing my video! I hope you learned a little something new about working with Photoshop Elements 9. If you don't have this program, download a free trial here and try this yourself! (Note: Sunny Side Brush Set by Anna Aspnes. For free brush sets to try on for size, check out this brush article by Celeste Smith.)
I’d also like to give away a registration in my self-paced workshop for beginners to one commenter! Just leave your comment by Wednesday, August 31, and we'll pick one lucky winner.
Back to Basics: An Introduction to Photoshop Elements for Crafters
Here's the class description:
Six years ago, when Renee wrote the first Digital Designs for Scrapbooking, computers were not yet an essential tool for mainstream scrapbooking. As the popularity of digital scrapbooking has grown, so has the need for easy-to-follow instructions. That's why she developed this workshop.
Renee will lead you through the fun, fast and easy lessons designed specifically for the beginning digital scrapbooker or crafter. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements and the digital kits and templates provided, you'll be whipping out digital scrapbook pages in no time.
About Renee Pearson
Renee Pearson is a digital designer, illustrator and educator and the owner of reneepearson.com. An established authority in the digital crafting world, she’s the author of two digital design books and former Associate Editor of “Digital Scrapbooking” magazine.
Boot Camp registration marches on! Wendy and I got together at my house yesterday (which is always a riot) and were finally able to get our registration video filmed! Do you like our hats? (p.s. my house is not ALL this beige, but we had to scoot the sofa into the best available light. :)
(Remember, the price goes up to $33 on September 1. Save $3 by registering now! OR sign up for our newsletter, and you'll receive an additional $2 coupon in your email inbox on Monday.)
And while I have your attention, I must express my THANKS for helping me raise more than $500 for the Mackenzie Christensen Memorial Fund! I know it will be much appreciated by the family.
Hope to see you in boot camp! (Pink camo optional.)
Hybrid Scrapbooking is something I have been doing since before it was even a “thing”! By using my computer for fonts I used to print out titles and cut out my own custom letters before the age of die cut machines and the plentiful options in alphabet stickers.
These days, I find myself using the computer for less titles and journaling, and more for amazing photo overlays and digital designs that enhance my crafting. Today I’m going to show you how even if you don’t have photoshop – you can totally have some fun and get some quick projects going that are hybrid.
First, just open up Microsoft Word and go to insert > picture. You can insert any image – whether it’s a photo or a digital element such as a .png file! SO COOL! They all get treated the same.
For this project I’m using one of Rhonna Farrer’s spring digital images. She has some beautiful images and digi art on her site. Here’s the link. Back to this project - once your image is in, you want to change the orientation to “tight” as I have here below:
The default is ‘in line with text’ which will not let you do anything you want and will restrict your editing. By changing to “tight” This will let you move, size, and adjust the image freely. No rules! Wahoo!
Now just size, adjust, and play with your image until you’re satisfied. There are a lot of options in the “format” edit bar including cropping, some color adjustments, sizing, and more. If you want to add in more images or layer – go right ahead! Need to adjust where a layer is? Just right-click on the image and you can move what order it is in (top, bottom, etc).
For today, I’m just going to print mine right out onto a tan cardstock and turn it into a card.
Once I add some letter stickers (by Echo Park) and some ink around the edges I’m all set. I could add more elements if desired, but I love how quick and simple this card is. With so many possibilities – hybrid scrapbooking gives you the best of both paper and digital – I hope you can see why I love it so much.
How fun was that? I hope you had fun – if you’d like to see more of my projects and what I’m up to you can visit me at www.mayflaum.com and www.facebook.com/
I am teaming up with Nic Howard to teach a Double page layout class at Big Pciture Classes: Double Take.