Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thomas the Tank Engine - Creating a fun layout.

Back in August I wrote a post on a card I made using a Thomas the Tank Engine background. One of my readers asked me if I would write a detailed tutorial on this layout and I was only too happy to oblige. But, I've gone one step further. I've written two tutorials, one on this layout and one on how to make a card from it. To see the card, click here. To download the Thomas the Tank Engine background, click here.

This month at Scrapper's Guide, the Premier members have been treated to a wonderful tutorial by Linda Sattgast on how to extract hair. If you become a Premier member before the end of March you can download this tutorial and learn how to magically select hair from a background. Have a great weekend.
Credits: The fairy and tag are from Katie Pertiet's "Fairy Dreamer Kit". The fonts are: Two peas - Well Behaved and Susie's Hand.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How to create a Shabby Chic background.

One of my favourite scrapbooking techniques is blending photos and papers with textures to create an interesting and unique background. I took this photo in my sister-in-law's garden at Christmas when all her roses were blooming. Paul Grand is a master at blending photos, so you should check out his blog and have a look at some of his creations.

Paul provides free textures for you to download at Flickr. You'll need to click on "more sets" to find them all. To create this look I used a gradient mask to blend my roses photograph with Katie Pertiet’s pink background paper and then blended two of his textures, cracked paint on stone and cracked door paint with my gradient layer. Here are the instructions for my technique and my roses photo if you would like to use that. You will need to download the textures directly from Flickr but if you’re not a member you may have to sign up first. Just click on the links that I have provided above, right click and choose, "Save As". Choose a location on your hard drive and click okay.

I would love to see what you create. If you would like to show me your work, email me with a link to your page. Don't forget, a little love goes a long way. If you like my tutorials, leave me a smile or two.

Credits: All Designer Digital products - Hipster Plumes No 11, Gumdrop Baby Kit, Amelie Kit, Photo Wraps No 4, Stacked frame from HDTDT No 17. Font: Scriptina

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March Templates at Scrapper's Guide.

I have had such a busy month with wedding preparations I have not had time to post. But now that it's all over I can get back to my usual routine! This month's kit by Eva Kipler is very sunny and bright. I know that it's cruel for those of you in the Northern hemisphere to have to read about swimming and Christmas in the same sentence but for us down under, it's a tradition. Our Christmases are hot, hot, hot! If you haven't already explored the possibilities of becoming a Scrapper's Guide Premier Member, then do drop by and have a look. The value has to be seen to be believed! Here is my double page spread for this month with the added benefit of being able to place all the elements on your page individually. They are layered templates. See February's post to get the low down and watch the videos on how to use them. They are much more flexible than the flattened quick pages. I have some new and exciting techniques to tell you about soon but in the mean time I hope you enjoy these pages. Just click on the images to get a closer look.
Fonts: CK Becky, Adobe Garamond and CK Journaling Condensed.