Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dear Diary Overlay Video Tutorial

In this video I take you step by step through the process of creating an overlay that you can use repeatedly for each new week of the year. Sometimes we forget to take photos regularly but with this type of pictorial diary the process is less daunting. It's a bit like a Project 365 but less work. Hop along to Scrapper's Guide before the month is finished to pick up this and 3 other video tutorials along with Micheline's beautiful kit and the 20 page Quick Album.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

How To Make A Calendar On Shutterfly

Check out the Digital Scrapper Blog HERE to watch my free video on how to create a Digital Scrapbooking Calendar on Shutterfly.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

4 Seasons Shutterfly Quick Album

We're a month ahead of ourselves! It's time to reflect on the year that's passed and get all those photos organised into an album. So we came up with the 4 Seasons theme for our December Album of the month! This time it's my turn to provide the photos. Jen White, Digital Scrapper Album Designer "extraordinaire" has put together a fabulous book from a stunning kit by Micheline Martin.
Lucky Premier members have already downloaded this kit, album and 4 videos which I'll tell you about over the next few weeks. In the meantime if you want to join in the fun, all you have to do is click on the blinkie at the top of this blog and sign up for our monthly subscription service.
That way you get all the goodies immediately. Quick page albums are Shutterfly-ready and require minimum work to put them together. You can choose from flattened png quick pages or layered templates for more flexibility. Check out the album HERE ON SHUTTERFLY.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Comes Early

Last year Linda and I visited Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon. It is without a doubt the most stunning historic home I have ever seen.
Every year volunteers decorate the rooms with a Christmas theme. There are Poinsettias everywhere, even lining the exquisite staircase!
I've used several video techniques featured in this and past premier months to create this page. Don't forget to check them out at Scrapper's Guide.

Kits: Christmas Past - Scrap Kitchen, Seaside Vacation - Digital Scrapper Designs
Postcard - Graphics Fairy
Video Tutorial Techniques: Digital Watercolor Painting - Jan Walker
Beautiful Blending - Susie Roberts
Tattered Edge Overlays - Susie Roberts
Vintage Photo Frames - Linda Sattgast
Photos: Susie Roberts and Linda Sattgast
Fonts: Mutlu, CK Frankfurt and Times New Roman.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Designer Page Video Tutorial - A Hole In One

Alignment and centering is one of the trickiest techniques in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

In this lesson I show you how to use the alignment functions in both these programs to accurately center and align objects with each other.

At the same time you learn how to create this cute story-board template.

The kit I've used is from our current Premier month - "At Home" by Paislee Press.

To find this video and kit - click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to find out more about how to sign up for Premier.
You can purchase the videos and kits separately in the store BUT as a Premier member you receive a 70% discount.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Folded Photo Frame Video Tutorial

Here's a frame with a difference! I just love this stunning kit called, Thankfully by Krystal Hartley. It's the second of two kits featured in our October Premier issue.

In this video you'll learn how to make a folded photo frame exactly like this one.
Join Premier now to download this and three other videos as well as our Shutterfly-ready quick album templates.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pocket Your Thoughts Video Tutorial - How to make a negative sleeve pocket.

This month we were extremely lucky to feature two designers for our Premier members. Paislee Press is well known for her classy, minimalist style. This stunning kit called, At Home is so versatile that you can use it for any theme. In this video, I teach you how to make this beautiful negative sleeve pocket which you can use to show off journaling strips or any other little accents that take your fancy. Sign up for Premier to get all the goodies at 70% off the store price.
Just click on the blinkie at the top of this blog and follow the prompts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Babies Everywhere!

September is our baby month! Personally, I am surrounded by babies at the moment. We are going to be grandparents for the first time in November and many of our daughter's friends have just had babies too. This beautiful kit by One Little Bird is our featured kit for September, available for current Premier Members, along with a gorgeous album to celebrate baby's first year. Premier members have two weeks to download it at 70% off before it goes into the store at the normal price.  Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to join and download all the September goodies.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Simple Circles Video Tutorial

Here's a really useful design template. Are you one of those people who have trouble getting those pesky stroke outlines to line up when you place photos in a circle? In this lesson I show you a quick and easy way to end up with equal spaces all the way around. It's just a matter of thinking outside the square! These adorable school photos were taken by my colleague, Andrea Graves of Scrapper's Guide. This is her son, Sam. There are only a few days left until the end of the month to download this and three other video tutorials before they disappear into the store at the normal price. So save 70% and join Premier now by clicking on the blinkie at the top of this blog.

Kit: Colab with Digital Scrapper Designs, Jen Allyson and Holly Designs. Fonts: Print Bold, Learning Curve Pro and Collegiate Heavy Outline.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tattered Edge Overlays Video Tutorial

 Ever wondered how designers create those gorgeous shabby edges to make papers and photos look old?
In this video you'll learn the technique from start to finish. I even show you how to apply the technique to a frame.

August is our "Back To School" month at Scrapper's Guide so we have two beautiful kits - one whimsical and one shabby to cater for all tastes.
They are collaboration kits with Jen Allyson and Holly Designs. Tattered Edge Overlays make a great addition to any shabby style kit.
Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to join Premier and download both kits, an 18 page "Back To School" Shutterfly friendly template album AND 4 video tutorials. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beautiful Blending Video Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to achieve a seamless blended photograph?
In this video I demonstrate how to blend photos with background papers to make beautiful digital paper and how to cover up the sharp edges using masks. My album, Scrapper's Guide Team Retreat, is full of blended pictures. It's one of my favorite scrapbooking techniques. I also used it to create most of the papers in the Seaside Vacation kit. So if you'd like to learn more about blending then join Scrapper's Guide Premier before the end of July!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weathered Wood Video Tutorial

This month is all about summer. Even though it's winter where I live,  you wouldn't know it. Carl and I went to the beach yesterday and kids were swimming and frolicking about in shorts and T Shirts. It's just so warm.

In this lesson you'll learn how to create the look of distressed painted timber. It makes great digital paper. So join Premier now to download this and a heap of other goodies. The kit I've used in the video is by Eva Kipler who designed our whimsical July kit called Beach Bound.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Seaside Vacation Album At Scrapper's Guide

July Premier is out! This is a "Behind the Scenes" peek at our Scrapper's Guide Team Retreat vacation last December. Scroll down to the bottom of this blog to see the whole book as a page turner at Shutterfly. We have created a template album to download if you would like to create one just like it. Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to join Premier and download two kits, an 18 page layered template album and/or flattened png quick page album plus 4 video tutorials. To complete your own version of this album you'll need to watch the one called, "Beautiful Blending". That way you'll be able to place your own landscapes on the background pages.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Center Of Attention Video Tutorial

I really love simple and elegant pages. In this video you'll learn how to create this layout using a magical extraction method without having to do all the work. You'll also learn a few tricks about creating stroke outlines around photos that aren't uniform in size and get some great tips on making word-art.
Premier members get this video as part of their subscription but after the end of June it will only be available in our store at the normal price.

Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to find out how to join Premier.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wedding Digital Scrapbook Kit

Digital Scrapbooking Kits specifically designed for weddings can be hard to come by. At Scrapper's Guide we've created an elegant kit and full, 20 page template album that's Shutterfly-ready to make scrapping your family wedding super easy.

Premier members automatically received this kit as part of their discounted monthly downloads. But if you aren't a Premier member then you need to go and check it out before it goes into the store at the normal price. Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to pop over to Scrapper's Guide and see what's on offer for June. We have four wonderful videos, and a 20 page layered template album as well as a flattened quick page album to save you most of the work. Our motto is "Get It Scrapped". We make it so easy to get that wedding album on to your coffee table in the shortest possible time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Calling All Angels

Every now and then you come across an Angel (or two)! Angels are people who share their resources and techniques with the rest of us just for the love of it.

I took a detour from my usual scrapbooking duties to search for vintage images that I could freely use in my design work and came across an angel site called, The Graphics Fairy. Karen, who owns it, along with a beautiful antique store, uploads new vintage graphics on her blog every day. They are scanned at a high enough resolution to be used for all types of art, craft and scrapbooking projects both personal and commercial. Two of her fans also own an antique store and they made these adorable little lavender sachets from graphics downloaded from her site. Clara and Marcela from Nice and Easy Antiques, were kind enough to share with me their techniques for printing the pattern onto the fabric. So I spent several hours yesterday shopping for supplies and making my lavender sachets.

You'll need to open the images in Photoshop first and extract the design. Open the Levels dialogue box and move both the end sliders towards the center to make the white whiter and intensify the black. Use the magic wand to select the white area, then go to Select > Inverse so only the black is selected. Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the black outline to its own layer. Create a new file the same size as your transfer paper and drag the extracted design on to it. If you like the blue, change the foreground color to Hex: #21217A and with the design layer selected, press Alt, Shift, Backspace (Mac: Option, Shift, Delete) to fill the pixels with blue. Repeat with as many designs as will fit on your paper, keeping in mind that you may want to transform the size up or down depending on the size you want your finished graphic to be. The other thing to remember is that any wording must be reversed. Use the Transform tool and flip the layer horizontally.

I used Epson Transfer paper to print my graphics and I cut them out as close to the edges as possible.
Then I simply followed the instructions that came with the paper to iron them on to some white cotton muslin. I made four which I just sent off my my sister-in-law for her birthday and have several more ready to go. They make such a beautiful gift and a wonderful lavender fragrance is wafting through my house. Thank you, Karen, Marcela and Clara for sharing! You truly are angels!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photo Journaling Video Tutorial

There are so many things to consider when taking photos of an occasion. Most of the time we're so worried about getting our camera settings and focus right, we forget about composition. Invariably we come home without that elusive shot. The title, "Photo Journaling" is scrapbook-speak for photo journalism. In this lesson I give you a valuable formula on how to always come home with the perfect shot so that you can tell your story in pictures without the need for a detailed written description. Let's face it. Some of us are just not writers.

There are only a few more days, as a Premier Member, to download this and 3 other video lessons before they disappear into the store at the normal price. Premier Members receive a 70% discount. Click on the Scrapper's Guide blinkie at the top of this blog to join up NOW to take advantage of the huge savings on the current Premier downloads. If you're wanting to take your scrapbooking skills to the next level, then Premier Membership is a "must have".

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blueberry Muffins

I know the recipe says Blueberry Muffins. But you'll probably detect other berries here as well. Yes, you can also use mixed berries instead.
In New South Wales, where I live, fresh berries are very expensive. Our climate is just too warm. So I usually buy Creative Gourmet frozen berries and they work very well in this recipe and are about one quarter of the price.
This is another of my fail-safe, totally delicious and very moreish recipes that I'm sharing with you in the month of April. Click on the recipe card to see a larger image.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ginger Sponge Cake

Now this is a really delicious sponge cake. For those who are mystified by Golden Syrup, it's like Treacle but not quite as dark or as thick. Here's the Wikipedia explanation if you want more information. Mixed spice is another ingredient that might stump you but you'll find that it's just a mixture of common spices. This cake is rich and moist and although it's yummy when it's freshly made and still a little warm, it does become even more moist the next day.
Don't even go there if you're on a diet. But this is a party!

By the way, this is another recipe page from the Sentimental Sweets Template Album which you can purchase at Scrapper's Guide.
Just click on this page to get a larger view to copy and paste to your computer.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cute Cutouts Video Tutorial

It's Party Time at Scrapper's Guide. This month's Mother's Day Recipe Album, called Sentimental Sweets, is full of cute shapes. There are lots of teapots, coffee pots and cookie jars. In this video I teach you how to create your own cutouts using Mary's doodles as a guide. Shapes make great journaling mats. So click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to join Digital Scrapper Premier so you can download this and three other videos. The videos will be available in the store but it's much cheaper if you purchase a membership. We're having a recipe exchange and a huge competition where you can win a free Shutterfly Album of your favorite recipes. You only have two weeks as the competition closes at 9am on May 1st. Read all about it HERE!
Kit: Sugar and Spice Kit by Digital Scrapper Designs.
Fonts: Brandy Wine and Cochin.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Since this month is all about favorite family recipes I made one of my favorites yesterday called, Chocolate Coconut Slice.

If you click on the scrapbook page it will be big enough for you to read the recipe and copy and paste it to your computer.

Mary Newman and I had a lot of laughs about the differences in how recipe instructions vary between the USA and Australia. She's American and I'm Australian and we're both on the Digital Scrapper Design Team at Scrapper's Guide. Mary drew all the beautiful doodles in this month's kit.

When she started reading my recipes in the album the questions really started coming. What's Icing Sugar, Desiccated Coconut, Caster Sugar etc? We realized that some people would have absolutely no idea what these ingredients are.

So here are a few translations:
Icing Sugar = Powdered Sugar
Icing = Frosting
Method = Instructions
Desiccated coconut = Finely shredded coconut.
Caster Sugar = White sugar but the grains are much finer.
Self-Raising Flour = All purpose flour with 3 teaspoons of Baking Powder added.
This is a recipe my mother used to make for us when we were children and I still make it regularly today. It contains no eggs, and is very quick an easy to make if you have unexpected visitors. We make a lot of these slice style biscuits in Australia and I'll share more with you in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mother's Day Recipe Book Album

This is a huge month for me. At Scrapper's Guide we created a collaborative kit by the Scrapper's Guide Design Team and a beautiful Mother's Day Recipe Book Album. Although Mother's Day isn't till May, this will give you a whole month to create the album with your favorite family recipes. There will still be time to have it printed by Shutterfly to give your mother or grandmother on the special day.
There has never been a better time to join Premier at Scrapper's Guide. Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to grab this mega kit and a 16 page album including front and back cover. You have the choice of flattened png quick pages or our usual layered quick pages to give you more flexibility with design.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February Layered Quick Pages At Scrapper's Guide

This month's kit is by Amanda Rockwell and is full of love. Very appropriate for Valentines Day.
It's still summer here so my pages are beachy and full of the beautiful bright colors we see in the kid's beach towels these days. I've made 3  text paths that you can use on any page. That's the beauty of layered quick pages because everything is separate.

To download Amanda's kit and the full album the Creative Team have made for you, just click on the blinkie at the top of this blog and sign up for Premier. It's that easy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Victorian Journaling Frames Video Tutorial

In this lesson I teach you how to create these beautiful, old world journaling stamps. There are hundreds of free fonts with decorative corners and borders that you can use to create a unique frame. You'll also learn how to extract engravings from papers and elements to use on your frames. To join Scrapper's Guide Premier, click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to download this and 3 other video tutorials before the end of January to take advantage of the 70% saving.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January Layered Quick Pages At Scrapper's Guide.

Christmas is over and we've hit the ground running, ready for 2010. And it's going to be a big year with lots of exciting new kits and video tutorials for our Scrapper's Guide Premier Members. Stephanie Ogren is our January Designer and she has come up with a really pretty, old world kit that looks great with black and white or vintage photos. Our Creative Team members have all been inspired along these lines so the Quick Album we've created is great for scrapping those old photos that have been sitting in shoe boxes. To find out more about Scrapper's Guide and how to become a Premier Member, just click on the blinkie on the top right hand side of this blog.
Fonts: Castellar, Desdemona, Edwardian Script ITC, Book Antiqua, Lainie Day SH.