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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Tips & Techniques for Paper Scrappers

Inspiration: I have the first two books by Jessica Sprague as well, and knew I would be impressed with this one as well! Not only does the book act as a tutorial for tips & techniques, it is also an idea book. For each idea, there are screenshots within the book as well as a layout to correspond with the tricks. I thought it would make a great class for our National Scrapbooking Day crop this year and decided to follow the same format, showing the computer tricks within the class and my layouts within my reveal. I used this book, Computer Tricks 3 by Jessica Sprague for ideas and inspiration for all of the layouts below. There are online freebies that go along with the book, and enough ideas to keep you busy for months to come!

Photo Editing 

First, I wanted to start out with something easy, so I chose to learn a couple of new editing techniques. Here, I warmed the colors within my photo to remove the bluish tint it originally had. This way, the warm colors of theSpicy Pumpkin line by Jillibean Soup were a better match to my photo. You can read more about this technique within my class article. 
Next, I have been dying to learn how to make photo grids before printing my photos. Previously, I had been sending everything to a camera shop to be printed in traditional sizes (4x6 or 5x7). Therefore, I had to crop down my photos if I wanted them smaller, and found that it would take me a long time to plan how to resize/trim the photos. I felt like I was stuck in a rut with most of my layouts looking the same. I figured if I learned this trick, it would be a great way to print photos to fit within some of the cool sketches I’ve been seeing lately! Since my photos had a lot of browns/greens in them, I chose to use the Cream of Mushroom and Black Bean lines by Jillibean Soup. You can read more about this technique within my class article.
Creating your Own Punched Shapes
I have at least 20 punches, but each time I’m looking for a certain size heart/circle/star, it seems like I never have the right size. Here I scraplifted a layout from the book, by Susan Weinroth, using the same varied hearts and the same color scheme. I matched the colors within my layout to the same ones in the book by using the Brown Transferware and Tangerine Dream lines by Jenni Bowlin Studio.  This technique was super easy, and I plan to use it again with butterflies, circles, and arrows in the near future. You can read more about this technique within my class article.
Using Text to Create a Stacked Title
Often times, I am missing chipboard letters that I need to complete a title. This technique was the perfect way to add a title/journaling and still keep my layout affordable without buying new alphabet sets. I stacked the title by using words/phrases that described what I was portraying with my photo grid (also a technique from the book, shown above). Because this layout goes along with my other layout above, I chose to use the same lines by Jillibean Soup.  You can read more about this technique within my class article.
Creating your Own Bracketed Paper
Once I felt confident using the skills I learned within PhotoShop Elements (PSE), I wanted to attempt making my own bracketed paper. Since die-cut paper is all the rage right now, I thought this would be an inexpensive way to create my own, and would allow me to choose any paper I had on hand. Here I used an old line from a couple of years ago to add some color to the kraft papers from Jillibean Soup. Once I created the bracketed paper within PSE, I saved the file so that I can continue to reuse it with other papers in the future. This is also a great technique for hybrid scrappers since it is possible to create the paper, input digi patterned paper, and print the bracketed paper. You can read more about this technique within my class article. 
Traditional Scrapping
After I finished all of my layouts, I threw together a Mother’s Day card for Colin’s mom, who is one of my friends from college. It’s her first Mother’s Day so I thought it would be nice to send her a card! I got the idea for the "M is for Mother" journal block from Jess's Mother's Day card revealed during the crop.  No computer tricks required, although I considered printing one of my custom journal blocks from the class.
All of the products below were used within my layouts/card:












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Reader Comments ...
scraptag . Next to Disneyland
5/7/09 1:28 am
These are great! I can't wait to get my magazine in the mail so I can try these techniques too!

5/6/09 7:08 pm
Awesome job!

bluejeans7 . Kansas
5/6/09 8:40 am
You did an amazing job Kathy!

suslvgeo . Colorado
5/5/09 7:42 pm
Flippin awesome reveal and class! Gotta get that book now!

5/5/09 4:16 pm
Fabulous layouts and techniques Kathy! I love all of the layouts, but that baby one at the bottom just makes me smile!