Sunday, May 31, 2009
LO- Layout- this is the actual scrapped page
QP- Quick Page- this is literally a page entirely scrapped and ready for you to just insert your pictures in the spaces provided. A great way to get a beautifully scrapped book with relatively little effort! Lots of designers offer freebie QP's for their kit releases in stores.
S4H or S4O- Scrap for Hire or Scrap for Others- Usually found in the TOU and lets you know whether or not you can use those graphics to scrap for hire or scrap for other people, basically denoting a level of commercial use of some kind ie: Someone pays you to make a scrapbook for them.
Tagger Size- A small kit with smaller graphics, usually good for scrapping brag book pages, making signatures and blinkies, etc.
PSP- Photo Shop Pro
PSE- Photo Shop Elements
PPI- Pixels per Inch- most good kits have a 300 PPI which means they are very finely detailed and won't pixellate (get all square-y and grainy) on your LO's!
DS- Drop Shadow- the cool dark like on products that makes them look 3D
DSA- Digi Scrap Addicts
DST- Digi Shop Talk
CT- Creative Team- a team of folks a designer hires to make their kits look good- they get the kits from the designer and scrap them as creatively as possible to show folks what can be done with each kit and provide inspiration.
Element- those cool little pieces they use in the kit- buttons, ribbons, word art, etc.
WA- Word Art- Quotes or words that have been made to look decorative and creative.
Papers- These are just backgrounds basically :)
Alpha- it's not really a font, but they are individual elements actually that you can use to spell things out, spice up WA, etc.
RAK- Random Act of Kindness- lots of designers like to do these, they're sometimes contests where they'll give you a kit for free, others like to do it if you sport their fan blinkie in your signature lines!
Digi Scrappers- This is folks who Digitally Scrap- distingushes us from the Paper Scrappers
Hybrid- When someone takes a Digi Kit, prints pieces of it, and makes it into something cool like a card, gift box, or gift tag
Saturday, May 30, 2009
EEEE!!!! I've been chosen to be on Amy Sumrall's Creative Team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is so bloody fantastic I'm just gonna fall out of my chair! I'm a huge fan of hers, and honestly she's one of the most talented designers I've seen... and she picked me out of the mountains of applications she got! This is a HUGE honor and I'm so thrilled that she thought my work was good enough to be on her CT.... I'm wearing this blinkie with pride!
Same thing over at Scrappity Doo Dah! I'm now a site CT for them which means I get to work with a different designer every few weeks! This is an amazing honor, and after sending in my apps to people, I never assumed I'd get this many people wanting me on their team!
The Fangirl has arrived people, the Fangirl has arrived!
What I loved about it: The sequin scatter and those adorable vellum hearts (as is obvious by how many of them I used in my LO!) There are also some great ribbon and embroidery floss looking pieces as well. There is cutie patootie bead hanger and some flowers that would have been fun to use too, but I didn't want to clutter the LO.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Most folks get their start on digital scrapbooking at free sites like Scrapbook Flair and Scrapblog, and those are great sites! Unfortunately (I found, and I could be wrong) that you have to work simply with the graphics they provide to you, rather than getting to download all this fantastic stuff from designers online!
The first step to getting started is to find a Scrapbooking Software that works for you. Most of the really professional scrappers use Photoshop Pro or Photoshop Elements, unfortunately those programs run about 200- 300 dollars, which is outside of most people's budgets. If you don't plan on designing your own elements in the future for profit (like some folks are lucky enough to do) a scrapbooking program that will let you open .png files from outside the program is generally enough. I personally am currently using Art Explosion Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 4.0 for my simple layouts. This program ran me about 40 dollars total. You can find it at any Best Buy or similar store.
After that, get yourself familiar with how you access files outside the program (depending on what program it is that you buy), how to move and resize elements, any photo editing capabilities, etc.
Once you choose your first background, add your elements, add your own style, and get everything arranged and layered the way that you want it- then you export your image! Most software programs will automatically save the layout (or the LO which is the shorthand) in it's own file format, but you can choose with most programs (like mine) to export as a .jpg file, or even an Adobe Acrobat file. You can then save it to your computer, and share it online, or have it printed out at Shutterfly or similar.
For the more advanced techniques you see, I am using a free online program called GIMP http://www.gimp.org/. It's incredibly handy, and also very hard to get used to using at first. It took me 2 weeks of banging my head into the desk and googling tutorials, asking all kinds of questions, giving up 3 different times, and practice to finally get the lightbulb to come on. There are still functions of the program I haven't used and am still learning. Once I figured out extractions (cutting pieces out of a photo to reuse, or superimposing other pieces into the picture- see my layout from yesterday, both processes were used on Kat's picture holding the world, that used to be a ball), text along a path (which is that cool word art you see in spirals, stars, or cute little wonky paths) and layering I was on my way!
Go online to find goodies to use, there are tons of great freebies out there! There are also tons of incredibly talented artists as well that sell their kits for incredibly reasonable prices! My current fave designers are:
Amy Sumrall http://lilbitsandberries.blogspot.com/,
Madame Wing http://madamewing.blogspot.com/,
Faith True http://faithtrue.wordpress.com/,
Ellie Lash http://ellielash.com/blog/,
Tracie Stroud http://traciescrapsofmylife.blogspot.com/,
and KariQ http://kariqdesigns.blogspot.com/.
Stores that I'd spend money at if I had it are:
Studio Girls http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/home.php,
Plain Digital Wrapper http://www.plaindigitalwrapper.com/shoppe/home.php,
Pretty Scrappy http://prettyscrappy.com/xcart/home.php,
The DigiChick http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/,
Sunshine Studio http://sunshinestudioscraps.com/shop/home.php, and
Scrappity Doo Dah http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/store/home.php.
After that just find a community site to hang with that you enjoy! I currently spend an obscene amount of time at Digi Scrap Addicts, I'm also an Aloha Girl at Scrapable (come show us your lei-outs!), Digi Shop Talk is also good, and of course most scrap stores have their own forums to play at as well!
If some of my scrappy sistahs decide to go my way and need some info on GIMP I'll start posting some tutorials with screenshots to help out.
***Just as a note***
Both today and tomorrow I will be unavailable as my SIL is getting married! yay! But sadly that means FFOTD is going to have to go on hiatus until Saturday! Take care my fellow fangirls, and I'll see you in a few days!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Designer: Amy Sumrall
What I loved: Amy Sumrall is absolutely one of my favorite designers, and this kit doesn't disappoint me whatsoever! The super cool crayon-like backgrounds go so well with all the whimsically drawn pieces! There are also crayon photoshop brushes to play with as well! This kit is colorful, well drawn, and honestly one of the strongest entries I've seen so far in Round 4 of SYTYCD. Faith True's kit (from yesterday) is the other strong contender I've seen so far, but the entries are still rolling in! Amy's kit will still in the end be a real contender, it's that good. Go download it!
What else could a scrappy fangirl want? A frame made with the rainbow goodies would have been good, but you can make one yourself if you're creative enough with the elements! Maybe a few more different colored crayons to scatter about as well! If you're smart you'll go grab this kit before the contest ends!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
What else could a Scrappy Fangirl want? I can't even imagine what else she could've added, this is a BIG kit and chock FULL of goodies! If you're smart you'll snag it :)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
What I loved: The colors! So so fun to work with!
which is when Sassy is officially live as a designer there! Go get it, you know you want to *evil grin* Here is a preview for ya, and 3 layouts that I did :)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kit: Happy Day
Designer: Jaelop Designs
Snag it here: http://jaelop.blogspot.com/
What I loved: The whole kit just has this great bright happy feel to it! The designer named it well :) The scatters are all adorable, 2 flower scatters and one spiral scatter... I had to use them all in my LO because I liked them so much! The WA is adorable, and there is 3 variations, all great. The Flowers and other elements pop right off the page, almost like you could pick them up, love it!
What I would've liked to see also: I like to always offer Constructive Criticism but honestly, I can't find one thing I would change about this kit! It's wonderful and original. :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Snag it here: http://digiscrapaddicts.com/products/showphoto.php?photo=1033
What I loved: The wordart (great song pick), the paper hearts scatter, the bubbles scatter, and the beige on red contrast.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Pink Baby of Mine WA: http://www.4shared.com/file/105787796/1cead0cd/babyofminewagirl.html
Designer: MrsJaybob Designs
Snag it here: http://www.mrsjaybob.blogspot.com/
What I love about it: It's got a great vintage feel, plus there are quite a few great pink glitter elements as well. This is a girly girly kit, which I always like since I'm usually scrapping pics of my daughter! The paper heart elements are gorgeous and will definitely get used in other layouts for me!
What I would've liked to see also: Some coordinating solids to go with the patterned papers. I had to pull a generic crumpled black paper out of my library to frame the picture to make it pop a bit more. The patterned papers are great, but I felt I needed some contrast in my layout. Otherwise a quite nice little freebie kit! Pick it up for yourself!