Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Slowly moving to a New Blog Home ...

 It's time ...


Hello. I wanted to let you know I am in the process of moving to a New Blog Home. I just started posting over here:


and from now on that is where all new content will go. 

I wanted a place where I can pull together all that I do, all that interests me, and will be a tad bit easier to organize! 

I'm planning lots more content, in many different areas ... photography, digital scrapbooking and my Project Life layouts, blogging tips, style, DIY and crafts, menu planning, digital freebies ... and of course my Pretty in Posies shop & news will be accessible from this new site as well.

Everything will be organized and catalogued on pages so you can read only what interests you!

So please consider following me over at my new home, I'm not ready to say good-bye to you! ... and I promise I will try to get the dust over there, to settle asap. 




Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Scrapbooking Kickoff ... joining Challenges | update 2

If you've been reading my blog for the past few weeks, you know I'm doing the Month of Challenges over at The Lilypad.

Here's the original Blog Post.

Super excited to report that I am all caught up once again! Today is Day 20 ... yes, that means I have completed 20 pages this month. (actually I've done a few more because I've also finished up the monthly January challenges as well... 7 challenges that run each & every month. but more on that another day.)

Here's Day 13 Shadow Technique


Valorie Wibbens & Lauren Reid | Twinkle PP


Valorie Wibbens & Karla Dudley | The Good Stuff


Valorie Wibbens | Sprinkles V 17, Project Care


Just Jaimee | Dec StoryTeller 13


Laurie Ann HGD | Baked With Love, Happy Camper (Alpha)


One Little Bird | Memory Collector


Pink Reptile Designs | Our Life


Rachel Young | Daycation


Designs by Lili | Template Pack 2
 Day 14 | List: 14 Things in 2014

Amy Martin | Topography Freebie 1 Template


The Lilypad Designers | Blessed & Lucky Collab (all the papers are from this kit)


Kaye Winiecki | H is for Happy


Laurie Ann HGD | Fortitude Basics, Stardust Basics, Capturing Fall, Baked With Love


CD Muckosky | Markerific Alpha


Valorie Wibbens | Project Care


Little Butterfly Wings | Twenty Four Seven, Destination Adventure


Pink Reptile Designs | Cleaning Bug, Dinner Date, Stamp It


Just Jaimee | FB Painted Border


After 5 Designers | Optimistic Collab

 Day 15 | Paper to Digi




 Here's the card by Adrienne over at Studio Calico that I used as my inspiration for my digi LO.

Valorie Wibbens | Sprinkles V14

Allison Pennington | Capturing Fall

Amy Wolff | Our Life, That\'s Life

Amy Martin | That\'s Life, Blanc Stitches

Paislee Press | Outdoorsy JCs, Capturing Fall

Pink Reptile Designs | Capturing Fall, True to Yourself, I Kissed a Frog, Boho Bliss (staple), Cleaning BUg, Lucky in Love, Falala Elements, Simple Things

Rachel Young | Where Love Is Solids, Ultimate Vacation, Take a Walk

Just Jaimee | Dec \'13 Storyteller

Jaque Larsen | Hoppy Birthday

Valorie Wibbens & Lauren Reid |Twinkle Papers, Project Care

 Day 16 | Inspiration #2 (I took the color scheme as my inspiration for my page below)

The Lilypad Designers | Blessed & Lucky Collab, Together Collab


Pink Reptile Designs | Destination Adventure, Boho Bliss, Falala


Pink Reptile Designs & River Rose | Scraparazzi


Little Butterfly Wings | Destination Adventure, Twenty Four Seven


Amy Wolff | Destination Adventure, Messy Edges 1


Valorie Wibbens & Lauren Reid | Twinkle Papers


Sara Gleason | Our Life Template

Day 17 | Recent Photo

Amy Martin | Capturing Fall Collab Template


Valorie Wibbens | Capturing Fall, Sprinkles V17


CD Muckosky | Makerific


Just Jaimee | FB Painted Border

Day 18 | Year in Review


 Valorie Wibbens | My Gallery, Sprinkles V 14 & 17, Project Care
CD Muckosky | Markerific


The Lilypad Designers | Blessed & Lucky Collab
 Day 19 | Flowers


Paislee Press | Press Plate No 30


The Lilypad Designers | Blessed & Lucky Collab


Pink Reptile Designs | I Believe in Miracles

Day 20 | Pimp my Page (quickpage)

MOC Pimp My Page Template


Rachel Young | Take  a Walk


Allison Pennington | Deestination Adventure


Amy Martin | DSD Messy Edges

A lot of these pages were fun, because I don't usually do such busy & bright chaotic pages. Can't wait to see what new challenges lie ahead! TFL. 


Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Scrapbooking Kickoff ... joining Challenges | update 1

So last week, I mentioned the Month of Challenges over at The Lilypad.

Here's the Blog Post. And here's a little excerpt from that post (with the links & some details):

I think the mother of all challenges right now is The Lilypad's Month Of Challenges. Each day in January, there is a new challenge posted. If you complete the challenges (all challenges are due Feb 2, so you do not have to have them completed the day they are posted) you earn $20 credit to the TLP store. Plus you'll have 31 pages done once Feb rolls around! Pretty cool. GO HERE to see the challenge information.

I'm happy to report I'm caught up ... through Day 12. That's almost half-way! 

Day 7 | Word Art as Title


'Tis The Season

Gina Miller | Snippies V1: Winter Wishes
Valorie Wibbens | Project Care, Capturing Fall
Little Butterfly Wings | Black & White JC Add on
Paislee Press | Capturing Fall
Laurie Ann HGD | Stardust Basics
Allison Pennington | Destination Adventure
Kaye Winiecki | H is for Happy
Jacque Larsen | Very Merry

Day 8 | Watercolor Technique

Simple Life

Pink Reptile Designs & Lynn Marie | BohoBliss Collab
Pink Reptile Designs | Lucky in Love, I Believe in Miracles, Capturing Fall, Simple Things, True to Yourself
Rachel Young | Love You Good, Capturing Fall, Love and Grace
*Watercolor Brush Set 2 by Fudge Graphics

Day 9 | Do-Over  (re-do an old layout)


Sweet Girl


Pink Reptile Designs & Lynn Marie | Boho Bliss Collab
Pink Reptile Designs | I Believe in Miracles, Lucky in Love
Amy Wolff | Destination Adventure
Allison Pennington | Capturing Fall, Our Life

Day 10 | Word of the Year ( One Little Word, #OLW )


One Little Word 2014 | Present


Just Jaimee | Dec StoryTeller, iNSD Doodleborder
One Little Bird | Going Places, Memory Collector
Valorie Wibbens | Sunkissed

Day 11 | Simple Template


MOC Day 11 | Simple Template
 Valorie Wibbens | Sprinkles V17 & V14, Legacy 
Valorie Wibbens & Karla Dudley | The Good Stuff Collab 
Valorie Wibbens &  Jenn Barrett | SunKissed Collab 
One Little Bird | Rise & Shine 
Racheal Young | Where Love is Solids, Love You Good Solids 
Pink Reptile Design & RIver Rose | Scraparazzi Collab 
Pink Reptile Designs | I Believe in Miracles 
Valorie Wibbens | Topography MOC Freebie Template

Day 12 | Combine 2 Templates


The Fedora

Pink Reptile Designs & River Rose | Scraparazzi Collab
Amy Martin | MOC 2014 Challenge Freebie
I'm thrilled that I have 12 layouts done already for the year! Are you participating? If so, leave me a comment ... I'd love to go see your pages too! 
 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Pretties are on SALE!

Just popping in quickly to let you all know that I've just marked down a bunch of heart, red & pink felt accessories (hair, brooches, and some felt envelopes) about 20% for Valentine's Day shopping. Here's a link to my Valentine's Day section in my Etsy. I'll probably be adding a few more items today & over the weekend.

A bunch of these together in a little pink or white aluminum bucket (think Target $1 spot!) or a pretty little gift box or basket would make a very pretty Valentine's Day gift for the little someone special in your life. They make cute party favors or gift toppers too. 


Let me know if you have any questions or requests! Have a great weekend! -Jenn xoxo

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Dividing" a Photo into 4 Pockets Digitally ... a Photoshop Tutorial


Hello. A reader left a comment asking how I digitally "divided" my focal photo into 4 different pockets on my Project Life page. Maybe some of you new to working with project life templates and/or digital scrapbooking are wondering how to do this as well.



 product credits:
little details: 
Creashens | Hello Flairs, Fling Elements (floral bouquet), Krafternoon Delight Elements (bow)
The Ardent Sparrow | Brand New Boy and Girl Kits (buttons)


It's super easy!

I am using Photoshop CC, but it's basically the same method in Photoshop Elements.

So you start with a template. The template I am using is Digital Project Life Template U. (link above)



Here I have the template opened in Photoshop and I've added the photo I want "divided" into 4 pockets. I've sized it and placed it exactly where I want it. In the Layers Palette, the photo is placed above the pockets that it will be "divided" into.


Now, since I know I want this photo to appear in four pockets, I simply duplicate the file 3x (so I have four copies total). Command J (on a Mac) or Control J (on a PC) is the easiest way to duplicate the layers. You can also go up to EDIT and choose Duplicate (3x).

NOTE: It is important that the photo copies all stay exactly where they are on the page. Do not move or shift them. You'll see why in a minute.
So, above, you can see my Layers ... and there are four copies of my photo. It doesn't look like anything has happened because the photos are all sitting on top of each other.



Now (see below) ... without moving the photos at all on the page ... you are going to drag (IN THE LAYERS PALETTE) each photo copy above each pocket that the photo needs to appear in. So each photo layer sits on top of each pocket layer. 


Here (below), you can see my 4 photo copies all nicely placed above the four pockets they will ultimately show in.

Now, move your cursor onto the space (IN THE LAYERS PALETTE) between the photo and the pocket. Click while holding down the ALT(on a MAC)/OPTION(on a PC) key. Your cursor will change into a bent arrow with a rectangle. The photo is now "clipped" to the pocket layer.


Once the photo is "clipped" to the pocket you will see your photo layer indented in your Layers Palette with a bent arrow.


Do this "ALT/OPTION click" to each of the other Photo copies. See my little black arrows below. I have 4 photos "clipped" to the pockets below them.

NOTE: Make sure the photo lies on top of the pocket it should appear in!

And that's it! The photo is digitally "divided" into 4 pockets. Now go finish your awesome PL page!



SOME TIPS and HELPFUL HINTS:


If you need to move the image around ... say a face ended up in the space between the pockets (like the example above) ...

in your Layers Palette, click all four photos at once. To do this, you click one photo and then Command click (on a MAC) or Control click (on a PC) to select the other three photos.
Make sure your move tool is selected, and then you can just drag the image around on the page until it looks good. Having all 4 photo layers selected, means that all four of them move together as if they were ONE photo. This gives you that "divided" look.

You can also re-size the photos by click/dragging any of the corners. If in Photoshop, make sure to hold down SHIFT to constrain the photo dimensions. I believe Photoshop Elements does this automatically.


It's a good idea to Lock your four photo layers together. This makes sure they all move together and that one does not accidently get shifted around. See below ... just click the Link Layers Icon at the bottom of your Layers Palette (while you have all your photo layers selected).


Once locked, each layer will have a little Chain Link Icon next to it. If you do not want them locked, simply click the Link Layers Button again to remove this feature.

That's it. I hope you give this a try. It's such a fun way to make one really great photo pop on your PL pages! Feel free to leave a comment linking me up to any page you create using this technique! I'd love to see your work! :)

xoxo- jenn

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Scrapbooking Kickoff ... joining Challenges

I'm trying to get my digital scrapbooking into full gear, early this year. I've been cruising around the various hangouts ... looking for fun challenges to participate in.

I think the mother of all challenges right now is The Lilypad's Month Of Challenges. Each day in January, there is a new challenge posted. If you complete the challenges (all challenges are due Feb 2, so you do not have to have them completed the day they are posted) you earn $20 credit to the TLP store. Plus you'll have 31 pages done once Feb rolls around! Pretty cool. GO HERE to see the challenge information.

Last year I tried and only made it to like Day 5. Embarassing.

Today is Day 7 and I already have my page started, so I'm off to a great start.

Here's my pages so far ...

Day 1 | Blind Scrap (following a specific set of instructions)
Family Matters
One Little Bird | Going Places, Page Kraft
Rachel Young | Funky Junky Family Tree, Daycation 


Day 2 | Art Journaling

Hello 2014
Pink Reptile Designs | True To Yourself, Destination Adventure, Simple Things, That's Life, I Believe in Miracles
Little Butterfly Wings | Destination Adventure
Rachel Young | Take a Walk
Amy Wolff | Our Life 

Day 3 | Technique (brush across layers) 
The Great Outdoors
Amy Martin | Templates: They Once Were V4
Paislee Press | Outdoorsy Papers & Elements

Day 4 | Double Page Spread (I posted this PL spread yesterday)
Project Life Weeks 48 & 49
Valorie Wibbens | Project Care JC, Good Stuff, Sunkissed
Paislee Press | Outdoorsy Elements, Labeled Frames & Clipping Masks, Be Merry, Is It Friday Yet?, Capturing Fall
One Little Bird | Memory Collector Elements, Papers, & JCs, Trail Blazer Elements & JCs, Rise & Shine, Capturing Fall
Michelle Godin | Capturing Fall
Pink Reptile Designs | Simple Things, Capturing Fall
Lilypad Designers | Together Collab
Becky Higgins Digital Project Life | Templates A & D

Day 5 | Book Cover Inspiration
Hiking Mohonk
Amy Martin | Shaped Up V2 Triangles (altered)
Amy Martin | Need More Stitching 5
Paislee Press | Outdoorsy Elements & Papers
Paislee Press & Amy Martin | A Midwinter's Flight (brad) 

... and the Book Cover I was inspired by



Day 6 | Freestyle Clusters
Dad & Emma
Laurie Ann HGD | Just Because, Fortitude Basics, Stardust Basics
Amy Martin | They Once Were V4, Need More Stitches 5
One Little Bird | Memory Collector Papers

Think I can make it to Day 31? We'll see. Wish me Luck!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Memory Keeping Monday ... Hello January 2014

Happy New Year. It's exciting to be starting a fresh new year.

But, Wow. This morning was tough.

Just dropped the kids off at the bus stop. It has been two full weeks since they last attended school. They were scheduled to go back to school on Thursday, Jan 3rd ... but the winter storm closed school for an additional 2 days. So after such a long break, this morning was really tough ... waking up in the dark, trying to get back into our routine.

The girl said, weary-eyed, over her bowl of cereal, "I hope they don't expect too much today".

And that's pretty much how I feel. But I do have a full day ahead of me, lots going on, appointment, errands, orders to complete; and a meeting tonight at 7pm. It will be a long Monday for sure.

I did some Memory Keeping over the last few days ... here's what I have to share. My PL is almost done for 2013.


Week 47
Becky Higgins Digital Project Life | Midnight  


Valorie Wibbens | Project Care JC, Good Stuff, Sunkissed
Paislee Press | Outdoorsy Elements, Labeled Frames & Clipping Masks, Be Merry, Is It Friday Yet?, Capturing Fall
One Little Bird | Memory Collector Elements, Papers, & JCs, Trail Blazer Elements & JCs, Rise & Shine, Capturing Fall
Michelle Godin | Capturing Fall
Pink Reptile Designs | Simple Things, Capturing Fall
Lilypad Designers | Together Collab
Becky Higgins Digital Project Life | Templates A & D 


A closer look at Week 48.

 A closer look at Week 49.

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