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Video Tutorial - Make a Printable Place Card, Part 1
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Video Tutorial - Make a Printable Place Card, Part 1
Here's a surprise for you... Ro has created a two-part digital scrapbooking video tutorial series about how to use digital scrapbooking supplies to make a beautiful, printable place card - perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
In this episode, Ro teaches you how she made the lovely flower by using Custom Shapes combined with brushwork.
Place Card by Ro
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Fall 6301, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff, Brush Set: Artistic, Brush Set: Painted and Dynamic Brush Set: Sprayed Paint 6301 are also available.
If you liked Ro's video tutorial today, then check out the awesome library of how-to video tutorials that she has made available in her signature series, Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed! Ro starts with the basics and works right through to the fine points of digital scrapbooking. You'll learn about blending modes, opacity, marching ants, how to use templates, brushes, creating your own backgrounds, tweaking embellishments, keyboard shortcuts, and much, much more!
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Layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Joyce Schardt
using November's Scrap Girls Club
Framed Perpetual Calendar Project
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows 7
If you're looking for a fun gift for friends or family for the upcoming holidays, you can't go wrong with using your digital scrapbooking products to create a fun, personalized, printable calendar project! There are many options for printing and binding your calendars. I'd like to show you the fun way I used ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual to create gifts for some special friends and families for the coming year.
First, I opened the PSD file that comes in the download for ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual. (If your software doesn't support PSD files, then use the individual PNG files that are also included in your download.) When you open the PSD file, you will see several folders. They contain the individual Month, Years, and Numbered Dates layers. Simply open each folder using the drop-down menu. Select the layer you need for the calendar you're creating by clicking on the Eye icon to the left of the layer.
I like the 8.5x11-inch format for at-home printing, but for this project I'd like to print the calendar at 8x10 inches for easy standard framing. The ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual were designed with slightly wider margins so that they can easily be converted to an 8x10-inch size if preferred. Here's how you can easily convert it if you would like to use the calendar in 8x10-inch format instead of 8.5x11-inch.
First, click on Image> Canvas Size. In the window that opens, make sure you have your canvas anchored in the center and then change the dimensions in the Width and Height fields.
This will not resize the components of your calendar template; it will just alter how much of the template is visible on your printable canvas. You can see in the images below that by changing the canvas size, all I've done is make less of the dark gray background visible.
With my correct month, year, and numbered dates made visible, and my canvas resized to 8x10 inches, I'm ready to customize my printable calendar using my other favorite Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking supplies. The easiest ways to utilize layout and calendar templates, in my opinion, are to create clipping masks and apply styles. Remember, to create a clipping mask, simply drag a paper of your choice onto your canvas, and make sure that in the Layers Palette, the paper layer is directly above the template layer you're working on. Then click Ctrl+Alt+G for Photoshop (Ctrl+G for Photoshop Elements) and your paper will be clipped to the layer of the template you're working on.
When you've finished designing your printable calendar, simply print it and frame it. But how do you actually use your printed and framed calendar? You don't want it just as a reference for the date, right? You want to be able to write on your calendar and plan your month in the generously sized calendar squares, don't you? And you want to use that fun "Noteworthy" column to jot down shopping lists or important reminders, right? Just grab a fine-tip wet erase or dry erase marker and write on the glass of the frame above the printed calendar! At the end of each month, simply wipe the glass clean and insert the new month's printed calendar into the frame!
Using the ScrapSimple Calendar Template: 8.5x11 Perpetual is fun and versatile. Let your creativity extend to the way you use it, not just the way you design it.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual, Christmas Carols Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201 and Merry Little Collection Mini are also available.
Article written by Ang Campbell
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Commercial license versions of High Holy Days Paper Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini, Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Editable Borders are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Jo Corne
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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 11th - 9:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, November 12th - 7:00PM MST
Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT in the chat room for our Monthly Recipe Swap Chat. Please check the message board the Thursday before the chat for this month's theme and the swap details!
Monday, November 14th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!
Hybrid Card Swap Chat
Monday, November 14th - 7:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for the Hybrid Card Swap Chat. Come talk about the cards you received and learn more about using your digital supplies to create your own beautiful Hybrid Cards!
New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, November 15th - 1:00PM MST
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, November 15th - 6:00PM MST
Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like, create a layout based on the topic!
November Message Board Game: Thankfulness Game!
It's time to give thanks for all the large and small blessings in our life! Each day during November, with the exception of Sundays, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of an item for which we are thankful in the official game thread. To participate in the game, you will search the Scrap Girls Boutique and Gallery for layouts including that item, and then post a link to either the product or gallery page in the game thread.
Each member who links to a Boutique product layout will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates. Each member who links to a gallery layout (and leaves love on the layout) will be entered in a drawing for one of five $5 Gift Certificates!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
November Monthly Layout Contest: This November, let's be a tourist in your own town! Show us around and tell us what makes the area you live in so special! Why do you live there? You can scrap about your town, city, county, or state. Share those layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on November 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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