Friday, July 18, 2014

postheadericon The End of Decade with DSP (Digital Scrapbook Place)

I just loved this photo of Gabby looking at the waves on the beach near Sebastian.

I have not done much scrapping since the Digital Scrapbook Place defaulted to a different owner who then sold it to another scrapbooking company who then closed the site down.  There was a very close group of members, many in a forum called The Grannies. Many met weekly with various designers in the chat room.  They tried to stay together and loosely formed a couple of groups on Facebook, but it isn't the same.  No more making a nice fresh hot cup of coffee and sitting down to see what was going on in my favorite forums.  Now I go to Facebook, but, other than the local memories group, there isn't much.  I have lost the day-to-day goings on with my friends.  Several ladies I considered very close friends seem to have disappeared altogether.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

postheadericon Digi-Scrapping again-First Communion

 My younger granddaughter's First Communion on May 3 gave me plenty of opportunity to scrap photos of her and the family.

 Her mother started with photos of the preparation leading up to the big ceremony.  The first was choosing The Dress.  Her other grandmother and her mother went shopping with her and, in spite of nearly 20 other dresses, this was the one she chose over and over again.

On the Big Day, Mother's friend, Lorri, created the perfect hair-do for the veil they had chosen. 

 Even Abby's American Girl Doll got a First Communion dress.  Big Sister, Gabby, fixed the doll's hair to match Abby's.

Abbys big sister, Gabby, and their cousin Alyvia were Alter Servers for the First Communion Mass.
After the Mass, Abby and her class posed for the cameras of parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends.  They were so patient!

 Abby's cake was lovely.  The design was a surprise to Abby.

 The party for friends and family was at her Grandmother Suchy's house.  No one can agree on the number of guests, but there were a lot.  Abby was a lovely co-hostess.

Here are photos of a few of the guests, some coming from the Irish Hills and Toledo for the big day.

The next Sunday was Mother's Day and the two events seemed to run right into each other.

At last, we were home from Florida with the family and chances to take photos of events.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

postheadericon A New Project - reclaiming old skills

On Facebook there is a group of artists who are creating art journals from weekly planners.  It took me a few weeks to actually get a handle on what they were doing but here it is in a nutshell.

Project Details

Moleskine Weekly Planner
ALL of your art pens, pencils, brushes, markers
Plenty of papers to alter
sprinkles and sparkle
stamps and stamp-pads

My take on it is to just put the really important happenings on the planner page for each week.  So far I am lettering in the given spaces.  All 7 days are on the left side.  Some artists are painting, coloring, adding pattern, all kinds of takes on what to do with that side of the pages for the week.

The right side is lined for journaling about the week.  I am doing that, so far.

THEN a piece of art paper is adhered to the right side along the right edge with some pretty Washi tape.  I had to go buy some and hit a sale at Michaels so the edges of the pages are getting really pretty!  Some of the artists are creating the art piece each week first THEN adhering it to the book and some are creating right in the book.  There is a temptation to put all 52 of the papers in the book with Washi tape just to see how pretty it is.  I am not that confident that I will create what I like right from the start.

Here are the challenges.  I will add to them each week.  I will also add my attempts to regain an artistic bent I used to have many, many years ago.

Overview of project

January 1, 2014 - Week One - Photograph, sketch, paint or incorporate your front door.

January 5, 2014 - Week Two - Selfie

January 12, 2014 - Week Three - Add an envelope from your mailbox.

January 18, 2014 - Week Four - Write a secret message then paint over all but one key word.

January 25, 2014 - Week Five - Add a doodle border.

February 1, 2014 - Week Six - Open your Pinterest board and be inspired.

February 8, 2014 - Week Seven - Draw one shape - repeat - add color.

February 15, 2014 - Week Eight - Add a flap to your flap.

February 22, 2014 - Week Nine - Collage something you recycled.

March 1, 2014 - Week Ten - Make a list of the things that make you YOU.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

postheadericon My Holiday Album

I think I about finished my Holiday Album.  Here are the last ones.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

postheadericon Falling behind

This is the 12th day of December and I only have 6 pages done.  I have been so busy DOING I haven't had chance to scrap.  I did finish this one yesterday.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Not only did I take a break from blogging over the last few months, I did very little scrapping altogether.  The girls are growing up and I don't see as much of my granddaughters as I used to.  They are so very busy with figure skating, school, and home and Lakehouse living.  I still try to take photos of every event so the photos are there, just not as many to scrap as before.

In looking about the online scrapbooking community, I saw a class at Simple Scrapper with daily prompts to create some kind of record of this Holiday season.  The daily prompts and camaraderie in the Facebook group created for this activity are keeping me going and here are the first results.

Now if I can just remember to take photos as we decorate around the house.
Monday, December 2, 2013

postheadericon Long Vacation.

It hasn't QUITE been a year since my last blog entry but it has been busy.  So busy, in fact, that scrapbooking has taken a back seat...way back. 

My Book of Me is ALMOST finished.  I was stuck on a page and never moved on.  In the near future I may post the rest of the pages.  I may just skip the page that is bothering me and finish the book and have it printed.  My apologies, Linda Sattgast.

My scrapbooking "Home", The Digital Scrapbook Place, underwent a change of ownership, causing turmoil among the regulars, especially the Granny forum, which has flourished for many years and several meet-ups.  We formed a Facebook group so we never loose track of each other.  Another change and DSP is now affiliated with MyMemories.  It is all confusing and, like a few others, I have sort of dropped out to let things settle and see where I want to be. 

My other favorite store, Digital Scrapbooking Artisan Guild, went .out of business, too, and the designers merged with Pickleberry Pop.  There I can still find the gorgeous kits I used to get in the DSAG monthly club.

Meanwhile, I set about sorting my 2 terabytes of digital scrapbooking elements gathered for over 15 years.  The first ones came from an FTP site.  That was before any of the digital stores were created.  It has been a difficult time with sorting taking hours each day and I am not half finished, I fear.  I returned to an original method of sorting according to month and theme.  This was how I organized my classroom materials when I was teaching and it works for me.

By theme:
JANUARY-winter, snow, new year, travel (we travel to Florida every Jan-May)
FEBRUARY-Valentines, love, red, pink
MARCH-St Patrick's, green
APRIL-spring, Easter
MAY-garden, flowers, Mother
JUNE-Dad, graduation, wedding
JULY-Fourth, patriotic
AUGUST-pool, summer
OCTOBER-fall, Halloween
NOVEMBER-hunting, Thanksgiving

Then I added these categories that didn't fit months:
Especially designed for me or by me

Many kits and elements didn't fit into these categories so I am putting those in categories by their purpose:
Background papers
Clip art
Digital Stamps
Edges and boarders
Groupies and Frames
Instant Albums
Journaling Blocks
Kits (these are arranged by designer)
Ploppers and Instant pages
Quick Pages
Word Art

Eventually my "By Company" file will be empty but I have a long way to go.  One great advantage is that I will have a lot more space on that hard drive because of all the duplicates I am finding.  Since I rename everything to "designer_type of item_name of item"  Duplicates are obvious.
Thursday, March 15, 2012

postheadericon About Me - March

postheadericon About Me-February

The theme this month was to be about who *I* am.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

postheadericon About me.

This is the first page of my new album about me.  I am taking the course "Your Story Brilliant" from Digital Scrapper.  It is a year-long class guiding us through scrapping one chapter or one page (as you want) of your own life each month.  This does not follow the usual chronological arrangement of topics.  It started with January..."who do you love?" The above is my first page because the love of grandparent for grandchildren is so very strong.  Here are the others from this first month.
I cannot wait for February!!!
Saturday, December 3, 2011

postheadericon Scrapping your Heritage

Last Wednesday Ancestorville (on Facebook) had two of their almost daily chats on genealogy.  These were on Scrapbooking Your Heritage.  There was a lot of interest ranging from "What is 'scrapbooking'?" to "I am a scrapper but never thought to scrap my old photos and stories" to "I have been scrapping my heritage for years."

The way we approached this first series of chats did not make a difference between paper-scrapping (traditional) to digital scrapping (graphic).  The ideas of where to start are the same.

01.  Choose a cherished photo and scan it.  For paper scrapping, print the scan to use.  For digital scrapping, import that scanned photo into your favorite graphics program.  Then put the original photo (or photos) back into the photo safe storage system.
This was not "fixed" because I wanted to use it exactly as scanned.
02.  Tell the story.  If you are more comfortable handwriting, take a page in your journal or a loose piece of paper and write out all that you know about that photo and who is in it.  If you are more computer oriented, open a new page in your word program and write there.

I imagine myself talking to my granddaughters about the photo.  That way I assume they know nothing about it. 

You could take the journalism approach of telling who, what, when, where, and why. Get wordy!  Don't worry about grammar or spelling.

Word and some other programs include spell and grammar checkers.  If your program doesn't have that don't worry.  I absolutely adore things I find in my grandmother's Indiana Farm vernacular and archaic spellings.  I would never want them to have been put through a spell or grammar checker.
(I usually open my genealogy program to that person and refer to it often, but in a narrative it is of more interest to non-genealogy-minded people)

03.  Place the photo(s) on a decorative background.  If you want to combine backgrounds that is fine, but to start, keep it simple.  If you are starting paper, go to a craft store and choose a few papers that make you think of the photos you have.  Browns and tan patterns for sepia photos is usual but don't be bound.  In digital programs you simply import the background color or pattern you want.   Embellishments from stickers and stamps to ribbons and sewing go on last

04.  If you are new to digital scrapping check the program you are using.  Most include a small selection of backgrounds to use.  Do a search for "digital scrapbooking" and hundreds of sites will pop up.  Most have some fre digital materials available.  The Digital Scrapbook Place has a Freebie GalleryShabby Princess has been accumulating a large free collection per month for several years, all available all the time.  That should be more than enough to get you started.

05.  Getting a digital program.  Yes, you CAN use Word but it is very limited to photo and words.  I googled "digital graphics software" and was given about 70,100,000 results.  Most will cost something so choose what you are comfortable spending.  That is balanced by the cost of papers and embellishments from a scrapbooking store.  You can use and reuse digital elements forever, changing the colors and looks to fit your mood.  Scrapbooking stores often have classes to get you started. Or try them both and see what you like best.

06.  Add the "journaling".  Digital or traditional, you will probably want to copy the story you want to tell onto something decorative.  If it is a long story, consider a 2-page layout with the photo(s) on one page the the story on the facing page.

07.  Decorate!  Scrapbook stores are full of everything you can imagine.  Sometimes there are sets with embellishments designed to match the backgrounds.  If you have something in mind you can go on a search.  If you choose to paper-scrap at the store you can go and look and get JUST what you want to use.  Digital "kits" also have embellishments designed to go with the backgrounds.  Mixing elements from different kits is another talent some people have and use, combining things from 8-10 or more digital kits.
Thursday, July 28, 2011

postheadericon Coloring Digital Stamps

Kelly Kids stamp by Bona Kelly
 At the end I will show what I finally did with this stamp.
Coloring a digital stamp:

1.        1.  Open the stamp in your program.  Move the stamp onto a new digital page.  I used the US Paper size of 8.5” x 11” so I might be able to frame the finished stamp.  My program of choice is Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 4 (64 bit) but you should be able to convert these directions for other versions of PSCS. 
2.        2.  Draw out the “handles” (control down) to fill the page with the stamp.  You can reduce the size later.  This makes the image large enough for detailed coloring.
3.        3.  Use the “magic wand” and click on the white of the stamp.  Delete (cont. D) and you have just the black lines left. 
4.        4.  I put a layer under the stamp that I switch from black to white to be fix any missed areas or mistakes.  I delete this layer later.
5.        5.  Now, place a lot of blank layers under the stamp layer.  You can add or remove layers as you go. I use a new layer for each color.
6.        6.  Choose one of the layers BELOW the stamp and start coloring with a small brush and a light color. 

  • ·         Label the layers as you go so you will be able to tweak them later.  It is easier to keep track when you move layers around, too.
  • ·         I use a brush with a feathered edge to start with the low-lights in the girl's hair. You can erase mistakes with the digital eraser, paint over them,  or step back in the history to an earlier point.  So forgiving!!!
  • ·         Use small short strokes so little is lost if you have to step back in the history. 
  • ·         Also, label the layer in the layers palate.  With my sample, the layer under the stamp is “hair lowlights” and the layer under that is “hair”. 
  • ·         Keep a finger of your free hand on the right and left square brackets so you can size your brush tip up or down while working. 
  • ·         I highly recommend a pen tablet if one is available.  However, I have colored many stamps with just the mouse.
  • ·         Save often!!!
  • ·         I am using very light colors so I changed the background (bottom) layer to black so I can see more that I am doing and leave fewer skips.  I change back to white to see how it looks from time-to-time.
  • ·         Since I am working on a stamp to compliment a photo, I keep the photo handy on the desktop.  When I choose colors, then, I can take right from the photo using the eyedropper tool.
  • ·         Add textures to some layers (in the styles pallet under the layers pallet).
  • ·         If you make a mistake click on the error to go to the right layer then erase it, paint over it,  or step back in your history to a time before the mistake.
  • ·         Switch from a hard edge brush for basic color to a feathered brush for the highlights and shadows.
These are just a few of my steps and tips.  Every artist is different and I would love to know other tips you may have.

Stamp by Bonna Kelly for Kellys Kids stamps.  Scrapbook elements from the kit Autumn Trail by Teresa Loman at The Digital Scrapbook Place.

This is a lift of a clever Clip Caddy by another of Bonna's artists.  Scrapbook Elements Kit Melonfest by Teresa Loman of the Digital Scrapbook Place.



Forty Years of Scrapping

Long before it was popular, I was trying to decorate arrangements of photos and sentimental items. Here I want to share some of my personal history and more important, some ideas I have gleaned from more than 40 years of scrapping.


A granny with a camera and a computer