Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 20

Make a basic Tag
(by Digital Scrapbooking in South Africa)
Simple Scrapbook Tag (1)
(by Lori J Davis)
Simple Scrapbook Tag (2)
(by Lori J Davis)

Tutorial Notes by PCArt
Enjoy yourselves making various tags from these tutorials, make the basic tags and then see how you can jazz them up and decorate them and stylise them in your own way - there is nothing to stop you creating them in different shapes and textures - so let your imagination run wild.
I only did the Basic Tag Tutorial and then had fun decorating them - On the tags I selected all/contracted by 20 and applied texture/simple canvas at size 150 and depth 2. Using new layers for all - Added preset shapes, leaves and flowers, brushes and flower tubes and colorized the flowers, and added buttons and beads, and stitches. Added slight texture to leaves and slight drop shadow to leaves and flowers. Added cross stitches to flowers. I will try the other tutorials when I have more time.

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Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 19

Tutorial - Make a Metal Rim Tag with Vellum
(from Witty Living)

Tutorial Notes by PCArt
I always work in 300dpi instead of 200dpi as stated in the tutorial but you can do as you like. (Made at 600 x 600 pixels as stated in the tutorial) Preview shown at 20% which is the approximate size they would be seen at when printed on a 12 inch x 12 inch layout.
If you are interested in learning to make your own kits then please feel welcome to come along and learn with me at Digital Scrapping Class. We share tutorials and results together.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 17

Tutorial - Bookplate
(by - By Zee Helmick 2005 Scrapbook-Bytes)

Here are a couple of samples - Freebies - if you click on the images you will get the images to download then just right click the larger images to save in .png format.

Ndebele Scrap Freebie

I have a Nyoga (which means snake)it is a Ndebele bridal train, that I bought in South Africa. It is made up entirely of glass beads in the traditional Ndebele pattern style. I made some digital beads in paint shop pro and copied the top hanger, first panel and bottom fringe. I am really pleased with the way it turned out and it may be the first digitally created piece of Ndebele bead work (not sure about that. Anyway, I then made a little scrap kit to go with it. I have also heard of and seen the BMW advert using Ndebele art work on it created by I believe, Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu. I created a little bicycle and bus sticker with that idea in mind. Here is a preview of a scrap layout using some of the pieces I made and showing my copy of Ndebele "beadwork". I will be posting the scrapping the elements and papers for you to download later

Included but not shown on this preview are the bus and bike stickers
Download here

Papers Part One and Two

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 16 Beads and Buttons and Folded Ribbons

Making Beads and Buttons and Folded Ribbons
Easy Beads
Button Tut
Folded Ribbon

Well I had a little free time to play so I went over a few things I have learned. I looked out the back window this morning and saw the plum tree is smothered in tiny buds almost ready to blossom so made a beaded flower, then I revisited a button tutorial and a folded ribbon tutorial, so here is the result of my play-time.
I am going on holiday in about two weeks time to visit my daughters in South Africa
(and to celebrate my birthday - I wonder what the big deal about the Big5 is?

Thanks to the wonderfully talented and generous teachers who share their talent and tutorials, I am continually learning!
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

I had some time to scrap

This is the result of my playtime today,
Tutorials used for this page were from the following Lesson Links
Lesson 4
Element - Creating a Metal Charm (by Bruticia)
Lesson 5
Brads using Balls and Bubbles
Lesson 7
Easy Swiss Dot Background Paper in PSP
Tea Stained edges
Lesson 9
Element - Chipboard Letters (by Kathryn Balint)
Lesson 10
Rick Rack (Pracken's Paint Scrapbook Series)

(Font used - Freefrm721 Blk BT)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Gift for me!

Thank you Miss Daisy I love this so much!!
xoxox pat/PCArt

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 5

Tutorial - Brads using Balls and Bubbles
(by Lori J. Davis)

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Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 7

I just thought I had better say, When we create scraps we need a theme. We need to decide what our "kit" is going to look like, what it is about, or for. What Colours, what elements, frames, or such things to we want to incorporate into the whole. That is why I had you practice making a Colour Palette.

If you have created your colour palette for this first kit and you are happy with your colour choice then remember to refer back to it whenever you are making your elements or papers to keep within your theme.
If you are not happy with it - why not try again and when you are happy - you will feel more confident to continue with the rest of your "kit"

Talking about Papers!!! That is what I want you to play with this time - Paper is very important - it forms the background to your layout. You don't want it too busy that it takes over.

If you have never made papers for scrapping before then, Practicing on a 12 inch by 12 inch 300 dpi image in Paint Shop Pro can be very tiring and frustrating if it is going slow you might want to just quit! Don't! - Rather practice on a smaller image say - 600 pixels by 600 pixels so you can get the feel of how your paper might look - try a few practices of patterns colour fills and textures and also play with your effects - get to know what can be done and then as you build your confidence you can make proper papers.

Practice Making Papers

Here I have tried the Easy Swiss Dot and Tea Stained Edges Tutorials.
I did not have a suitable brush for the Tea Stained Edges Tutorial so went about this tutorial a different way.

My Method for the Tea Stained Edges Paper

New Raster Layer one - flood fill with my lightest colour from my Robin Palette

New Raster Layer two - Selection/Freehand Selection/Replace/Feather 71/AntiAlias Unchecked -draw selection quite wide in all around the edge - Selections/Invert - Flood Fill with #442f24 Tolerance 20 / Normal / Opacity 16 - Selections/Select None

New Raster Layer three - Selection/Freehand Selection/Replace/Feather 71/AntiAlias Unchecked -draw selection about half the last width all around the edge - Selections/Invert - Flood Fill with #442f24 Tolerance 20 / Normal / Opacity 20 - Selections/Select None

New Raster Layer four - Selection/Freehand Selection/Replace/Feather 71/AntiAlias Unchecked -draw selection close to the edge all around - Selections/Invert - Flood Fill with #442f24 Tolerance 20 / Normal / Opacity 30 - Selections/Select None - Change Layer Opacity to Darken

Then Close Bottom Colour Layer

Merge Visible Edge layers 2,3,and 4 / Adjust / Add Noise /Gaussian /Monachrome /50%

Open Bottom Colour Layer Colour and Apply Effects / Texture if you wish.

I applied a snakeskin texture at size 150

SAVE AS yournamepaper.jpg

You can change your background Colour apply texture and again SAVE AS anothernamepaper.jpg

I also saved my merged coffee edge layer on its own as a .png to use as an overlay too.

oops I keep saying coffee instead of tea....(I am a coffee junkie)

For those of you who want to dive right in :)
Here are a few links to try making papers.
See if you can make them using your colour palette as a guide

Tutorial: Creating Simple Torn Edges in Paint Shop Pro (Method I)
Easy Swiss Dot Background Paper in PSP
Tea Stained edges This really is a fun and easy tutorial to do!

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 8

Tutorial - Buttons
From this video tutorial

More Button Tutorials To Try

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Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 13

Tutorial - Creating a Basic Scrapbook Page Using PSP 8
(I am sure you can adapt this to your program)
(Created by Bannerwoman - Jan 2005)

from my 360 blog

Alright already! Gosh I have had enough of this windy grey wet weather for the time being! So I decided that this would be a SUNNY POST ! This is a preview of a 12" x 8" basic scrap page layout. The tutorial was based on a picture of sunflowers, so I decided to create my own little sun flowers first!
The tutorial for this basic page layout can be found HERE

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Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 12

Tutorial - Creating Your First Computer Layout
(Paul Mutton 2001-2006)

Note that if you want to print your layout, then you will want to try and achieve at least 300dpi (dots per inch). This means your layout will have to be at least 3600x3600 pixels in size to print out a 12 inch square layout. You may need a lot of memory for images of this size, so be warned!

This is only the second scrap page I ever made it was fun and easy to do

I made it by following this tutorial

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Made for Wallace by Request

Custom Made for Wallace finished - click on image to see full size image in .png format

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 3


Make a Buckle Element (by Angela M. Cable)

Tutorial Notes by PCArt

This is another tutorial idea from the link above, to help us on our way and some information from me that I hope will be of use to you - basically I am trying to tell you what I know and soon you will be telling me what you know - that is how we learn together and help each other! I could not really follow the tutorial - I missed something and it just would not work for me!

This is what I did........
*..........I made my Buckle on a 2 inch x 2 inch and 300 dpi. canvas, (which is actually 600 pixels x 600 pixels) I drew my rounded rectangles with a line width of 70 - then merged visible - then selected with my magic wand and then created a new layer - it was easier this way. I closed the visibility of the original buckle pattern and filled my selection on the new layer with a colour from my Robin Palette - then applied a bevel and a texture and then added my drop shadow and also applied a soft pool shadow from Gregs..........* Now all I need to do is open my original and repeat with another fill or texture.

Please note Elements need to be large enough for your 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 layout
You might only be creating miniature scraps for tagging - but do remember that you cannot make a tiny image larger. Personally I would rather make it large enough and downsize it later if I want to.
Handy Tip I find that when I am looking at my work in progress (which is being created at 300 dpi)
and "view it at between 17 and 20 percent" - that is about the size it would be printed in real life.
If you are thinking of Printing your creations - please make sure that your size and dpi are correct!
usually 300 dpi or ppi that is 300 dots or pixels per inch and at the real life sizes you want it to be
- for example if you want it to really be 2 inches x 2 inches then that is the size you need to make it!

Another way of testing/seeing your image real print size
(This works in Paint Shop ProX1 - I am not sure about earlier versions)
Open the image you are working on - Go to File/Print Layout - and you will see your image in the left hand column and an open page on your screen in front of you - drag your image from the side on to the paper - now you can SEE the size of you image as it will be for printing on that page which is a normal A4 page.
You will quickly be able to tell if you are making it too small or too big :)

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Imagine by Ralph Marston

Visit his link for more inspirational writing.
I particularly loved reading this one.


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Gingham Papers Scrap Freebie

Here is January Freebie 5 Download it Here Hopefully you will enjoy it!

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint - Pablo Picasso

January Scrap Freebie

Here is the link to the first Freebie of my January Kit. The Freebies are for anyone who wants them - you do not have to be a member of my club to enjoy my Freebies. Please note the terms of use included in the file. Freebies are not to be used for commercial use.

By her who in this month is born,
No gems save garnets should be worn;
They will insure her constancy,
True friendship and fidelity.