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Friday, January 23, 2009

Finnish Star 13 comments  

Make a fun quick paper craft with only ONE sheet of paper!

Make this quick and easy Finnish Star paper craft for the holidays

How to make a Finnish Star

Materials: One sheet 12x12 doublesided cardstock, Trimmer, Pencil, Scissors, Adhesive (Note: Dry adhesives ie; photosquares or tape runners; will not work for this project. After much trial and error I found my Zig liquid glue pen provided the best adhesion.)


Mark your paper off on one side in 3/4 inch increments, then cut into 12 strips. 


We will be making two sides for our star. You will need six strips for each part.

Gather your first six strips together. Take two, lay one on top of the other and adhere them together in a cross. Make sure you have centered the strips so they are evenly spaced on all sides.


Take your next two strips and adhere them on top of each side of the center strip.


Take your last two strips and weave them through the three center strips and adhere. Your project will now look like this.

Next, starting in one corner take the two nearest strips and turn them away from you. You will make them meet at an angle to make a loop. Adhere.


Turn your project and do the next corner. When all four corners are done, your project will look like this. Set this half aside.


Follow the same steps for your other six strips.

Now you have the two halves of your star. Lay each half with the woven strips down. Turn one half over and place on top of the other at an angle so that each of the remaining straight strips goes over each of the loops.


Insert the straight strips inside the loops

For each loop, adhere to straight strip making sure that the point of the loop meets the top of the strip. (We will be trimming these after.) Adhere.


Follow this step for all loops


Now, trim each of the straight pieces along the point edge of the loops.

Follow this step for all loops.


Punch hole in the top for hanger and you're done!


Posted by -Tracy-


Thursday, January 22, 2009

All About Anniversaries 7 comments  

This week we're celebrating the anniversaries in our lives. Be it your marriage, a friendship, or even a special event, take some time to record them for yourself! You'll be glad you did.



Ronny scrapped about her first wedding anniversay.




Janel scrapped the anniversary of when she first met  her husband.




Tracy scrapped about her 11th wedding aniversary happening this month.



Diana scrapped her recent 7th year wedding aniversary.



Angie scrapped the aniversary of her enlistment in the Navy. I love the emotion her layout projects, and wanted to take a minute to thank her for her service to our country. We're all so proud of you!



Sara is also celebrating an anniversary this month and scrapped one of her wedding photos.




Cassie did a two page layout about her 1st anniversary party.



Sarah scrapped the anniversary of the first time she became a mom.



Kristi is celebrating the 3 year anniversary of our Digi Shoppe here.  Happy Anniversary ACOT!!



Laura is celebrating a future anniversary and the dream trip they have planned to mark the occasion.

Posted by -Tracy-


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hybrid Christmas Mini Album 8 comments  

Prerequisite Digi Templates 101

Class: Hybrid Christmas Mini Album

Inspiration: Hybrid projects that combine digital pages with dimensional supplies.

Class Objective: To make an album using Digital and Traditional Scrapbooking techniques.

Prerequisite: Digi Templates 101


Cosmo Cricket Abby's Blackboard Album
Creative Imaginations Be Merry CS Stickers
Fancy Pants Designs Daily Grind Buttons
Petaloo Holiday Mix Daisy Small Box Blend
Bo Bunny All Stuck Up Apple Green Flowers
Creative Imaginations Pearl Gems
Mark Richards Clear Round Rhinestone Strips
Rootbeer Float White Foam Thickers
Digital Scrapbooking Program of your choice
Digi Doable Class Template
Digi Kit(s) of your choice
Mod Podge & applicator
Hole Punch
Pop Dots(optional)
Xacto or craft knife
Embroidery Floss(optional)
Paper to print your layouts (a medium weight photo paper)

Welcome to the Hybrid Christmas Mini Album Class! Today we’re going to be combining our digital work with traditional paper scrapping to make a cute, fun mini album you can keep for yourself or give away as a gift. Let’s get started!

You should have already downloaded the Digi Doable Class Template and unzipped it, so now let’s go to Photoshop/Elements and create our base pages. Please be sure you have also familiarized yourself with the basics of using a template by reading Digi Templates 101.

Open up your Template Shape & Border file and you will see you have two layers. One is for the base page. This is already sized and shaped to fit the Abby Albums by Cosmo Cricket. The second layer is the border and is completely optional. If you choose not to use it, you can either make that layer invisible or discard it entirely.


Next let’s open up the paper we’d like to use for our cover. I’ve chosen papers from Designs by Shelle’s Funky Christmas kit. Tile your windows by clicking the second icon in the top right of the workspace screen. Then drag and drop your paper onto the template.



Go ahead and close that paper now so only our template is open. As you can see, the paper will need to be resized a bit. Click on the layer with your paper and then click on a corner of the bounding box and drag towards the center to make that smaller. Once you’re happy with it, click the green check mark to accept. If you need to move your paper (which I do) click on the thumbnail in the layer palette to move it into position. Your paper should be in the layer directly above the template shape.




Making sure that your paper layer is the active layer, press CTL+G or go to LAYERS> GROUP WITH PREVIOUS to clip your paper to the template shape. Repeat these steps for your border layer if you’re going to be using it.



You are now ready to add your photos and any digital embellishments you wish. The amount of your page that will be digital is completely up to you. Just be sure to leave room on your pages for the traditional supplies we will be adding later. For this project, I chose to use only my photos and the journaling as the digital base for my pages. Save each of your pages as a separate file in PSD format.

Be sure to flip the template vertically for your top pages before you start designing them. (Pages 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 should all be flipped)



Once you have completed the digital layout for each of the pages in your album, the next step is to get them ready for printing.

Create a New Blank File using the following settings:



Now open up the cover pages (both front & rear). You will have three files open in your project bin. The new blank file, your front cover, and your rear cover.

Click on your front cover in the Project Bin so it is the active project. We will now flatten our image. You have two choices here. You can right click on any layer(except text) in the palette bin and choose MERGE VISIBLE or you can go to LAYER>MERGE VISIBLE.




Do the same thing for your back cover.

Tile your windows again and drag and drop both the front and back cover to your new blank file.

You can now close the front and cover files. Your new blank file should look like this. Move the layers around to fit them inside the page if necessary. Do not resize.


This is now ready to send to the printer. I have printed mine at home, which is one of the nice things about working with an album this size. I don’t need a wide format printer to do so. You can also send your pages to a photo processor if you so desire, just use an 8x10 size for your New Blank File instead of letter size. I used a Premium glossy  photo paper for my pages.

Follow these steps for each set of pages in your album.

As an aside here, I did print test pages first. I sent them to my printer in draft mode. It gave me a feel for what the pages were going to look like finished, and I was able to see if things needed to be moved from where the album holes are. I also used them as a ‘planning page’ for how I wanted to lay out my traditional elements. This is totally optional.



You want to make sure the ink is fully dry before going on to the next steps. Follow your printer’s instructions on drying time. I let mine sit for 24 hours.

Once your pages are dry, you can carefully cut them out.

We’re ready to start adhering our pages to the album. Get your album and remove the rings. Stack your pages in order in one pile, your album pages in another. You will need Mod Podge, an applicator, a brayer, and a clean working surface and hands here.



Side note: I am told that if you have a Xyron Cheeta that it will adhere your pages as good as or better than the Mod Podge. I do own one, but I didn’t have enough adhesive to complete the album, hence the Mod Podge. If you have one and want to use that to adhere your pages, you can do so.

Starting with the cover, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the album and place your page over it, centering as best you can.


Once the page is adhered, I used my brayer to smooth out the pages making sure to really go over the edges. This will keep you from getting air bubbles and help to get a good adhesion. As you can see, my brayer is filthy, so I’ve laid a piece of wax paper over the page to protect it. I think this is a good idea in any event since any Mod Podge that squeezes out on the edges will not get on your brayer and transferred then to the next page you adhere.


Continue applying your layouts to every other page. Each album page should, at this point only have one digital layout adhered to it. Stop here.

Let the pages fully dry.

Once they are dry, you will now with a hole punch, punch the holes for each of the adhered pages. You should also at this time, carefully trim any excess around the page edges with your knife. (I totally forgot this step and so I don’t have nice edges on my album.)

You are now ready to begin the process again for the facing pages. Again, let these fully dry before punching the holes, trimming and embellishing.

Here’s my album with all the pages adhered.



Next, gather your album pages and all your traditional supplies, you are ready to embellish!



Once your pages are all embellished, you can put the album rings back on and add ribbons to them if you desire.

Here’s my completed album.



Posted by -Tracy-


Friday, September 26, 2008

Depth of Field 12 comments

Making pictures go from blah to WOW!

Whether you have the perfect picture with a noisy background, or you're just looking to do something artistic, creating your own Depth of Field is a great tool. This week the Creative Team shows you how easy it is to make those pictures go from blah to WO...

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Digi Templates 101 Crop Class 3 comments

Learn how EASY it is to use those digital templates!!

Before we begin, I'm going to go over some basic principles with you.


First let’s familiarize ourselves with our workspace.



Toolbar-The first icon at the top is the MOVE tool, (please make sure that is selected). ...
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Recoloring Digi Elements 2 comments

Learn how easy it is to make those elements match!

So you have this gorgeous element but you need it in a different color. What can you do? Well in this tutorial I’m going to show you three easy ways to recolor those elements to match any layout. ***You will need a basic working knowledge of PSE for this tut...

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Beautiful Blends For Digi Scrapping 7 comments

One of the most versatile tools in the Digi Scrapping toolbox is blending. With this one technique you can achieve so many different looks. This week the Creative Team has showcased the many ways you can use blending to achieve the perfect look...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Blending Photos using Photoshop Elements 8 comments

Create your own photo backgrounds with blending!

Blending photos to make backgrounds is not as hard as it would seem. This tutorial will take you step by step to creating your own personalized backgrounds. **You will need a basic working knowledge of PSE in order to complete this tutorial.**

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