Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jessica Sprague's Daily December Template

One of the templates I used in my Christmas Recipe Book (featured above and below) was Jessica Sprague's Daily December Template. If you have been looking for this template kit then you need look no further. The wonderful thing about layered templates is that you can clip your own papers and photos to every layer. Place your paper above the layer you want to group with and hold down the Alt key while you hover between the two layers. When you see two little circles, click the mouse button. The template layer will now be filled with your photo or paper. See how differently my page turned out using Jessica's template. I changed the orientation for a start. Go to Image, Rotate Canvas, choose 90 degrees clockwise to get my orientation. Did you also know that you can save individual template layers as a new file? This means that you can use elements in a template on another page without having to open the template again. For example, select Jessica's little tree stickers layer, right click and choose, duplicate layer. A new menu will appear. Under destination, click on the down facing arrow beside the box with the document name and select "new". Type a new name for the file and click okay. The tree stickers will now open in a new file the same size as the template. To reduce the size of this file, go to image, trim and click okay when the next dialogue box opens. Now the tree stickers will fill the frame. Save as a .png file so it will remain on a transparent background and use less file space.

All the credits for this book are available to view in the Shutterfly Featured Book post so I won't repeat them here. However, there is one more little trick I want to tell you about. See the "O Christmas Tree" sentence? That comes from a lovely overlay by Katie Pertiet, called "Worth Repeating Holiday Brushes-n-Stamps". When you open that overlay you have the same sentence repeated over and over in different fonts. If you only want to use one line, use your rectangular marquee tool to select it and copy and paste to your scrapbook page. Select the colour you want with the eyedropper, highlight the sentence layer and press Alt+Shift+Backspace to fill with the foreground colour.
So why did I do this instead of just typing the sentence myself? This particular font, called Olicana Smooth, is 45.00 English pounds. Yes, you heard me right! It's one of my all time favourites and Katie uses it a lot. Isn't it true that the more expensive something is, the more we covet it? The other fonts I've used here are, Carlotta and Santa's Sleigh and Susie's Hand.
Happy Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wedding Invitation.

My son is getting married in February and they asked me to design the wedding invitation. I am going to create the wedding album for them also as a gift so we decided to theme the whole thing. I took Fiona for a stroll through the DD store to choose a kit and she fell in love with Anna Aspnes "Fancy Love" kit. Hmmm! I wonder why? This is their finished invitation with the words of Shania Twain's "From this moment" which is the song Fiona's going to walk down the isle to. I know this is not a traditional invite but it's exactly what they wanted. So here it is.
Credits: Anna Aspnes - Fancy Love Kit Font: Jane Austin.

Friday, December 5, 2008


I thought you might like to see some of my jotters since I've attacked them with the "Zutter Bind It All". It works really well and I'm very happy with it. If you want to create a little inset heading like the "Shopping" jotter, this is how you go about it.

Create a new layer and click and drag out a rectangle with the rectangular marquee tool. Don't deselect. Use your eyedropper to pick up a colour from the background page to use as your foreground colour. Use the paint bucket tool to fill this selection with that colour. Don't deselect. Now go to Edit, Stroke, choose 5 pixels, inside for the location and choose a contrasting colour for the stroke. Click okay. Now you can deselect and type in your heading with the type tool, using the same stroke colour. Easypeasy!
Credits: Home Away From Home freebie kit from Jessica Sprague. Hullaballoo kit from Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs (used to be a freebie but I'm afraid I can't find it anymore, sorry).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Scrapper's Guide Creative Team

I am very happy to announce that I have joined the Scrapper's Guide Creative Team. Each month I will be creating a double page spread from the Digital Scrapper Premier kit as part of a quick page album. The December kit has been designed by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and it's called "Silver Bells". I can highly recommend signing up for Scrapper's Guide Premier because, not only do you receive a beautiful kit each month with a fourteen page quick album but Linda Sattgast also provides several video tutorials. It's very good value. I have been a Scrapper's Guide fan and premier member for several years.
I had so much fun creating this double page spread for the December quick page albums. These two pages are a celebration of a wedding we had in October. My daughter, Katie was a bridesmaid.

My journaling reads:

"Cheryl and I met at pre-natal class when we were six months pregnant with our daughters, Corinne and Katie. They were born just six days apart. The girls were close friends as they grew up together, attending the same kindergarten and schools. Their friendship has never wavered. Corinne was the first to tie the knot and asked Katie to be her bridesmaid. The speech Katie gave at the reception, brought the house down as she recalled the escapades they got up to over the years. Wade is a very lucky man to have claimed this beautiful girl for his bride."

Credits: Papers and embellishments from the Silver Bells kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.
Old Script, Garamond Premier Pro and DB Fleuries.