Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pallet Turned Photo Frame: Tell All Video

Welcome to all my friends and followers.  I am super excited to show you what I have been working on these past couple of weeks.  Ok, it didn't take that long!  It has been hard to keep my lips sealed on my creation.  I am proud to say I have been working with Walnut Hollow.  They have been established for over 40 years... that is a long time.  I am very proud that Walnut Hollow has allowed me to show what I can do with one of their crafty Rustic Scallop signboards.

I have used the Walnut Hollow Rustic Scallop Signboard and transformed it into a photo gift.  I have detailed photos and steps over on the Walnut Hollow blog.  Check out my step by step Tell All Video on how I made my photo gift.  In a little over two minutes you can get all you need to know to Turn A Pallet Into A Photo Frame.  With the Holidays approaching fast, this is the perfect time 

My ribbon swag on the corner of the Rustic Scallop Signboard was made with ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used the Travel Print Cotton Blend Ribbon, Bakers Twine Gold Metallic and Hemp Cord.  I attached the bow to a long piece of raffia and then attached the swag to the Rustic Scallop Signboard.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Getting Started: My Journey With Project Life (post 2)

Click here to read my 1st post in the Project Life Series "Getting Started: My Journey With Project Life"

Hello to all my friends and followers.  Welcome to the second post in my series.  If you are just joining me, please click above and it will take you to my 1st post.  Today I will be discussing the components of the actual app itself.  I will break down the buttons and get in depth on adding pictures, lighting adjustment and changing background colors.

*Tip:  Don't go crazy buying up all the extremely cute collections.  Sure you will think "oh, it's only $0.99!".  Believe me, you can rack up a $20 bill from iTunes before you know it!  
We will start with the opening screen basics.  I will break down the Template Selection/Starting a New Layout (teal button) in today's post.  I will break down the other buttons as we get further into the series.

This is what you will see when you 1st open the app.  No, my arrows and labels will not be on your app.  LOL!  I will start with the teal button.  This is where you will be able to start a new layout.  In this button you have the ability to select what template layout you would like.  *note: even if you drop pictures in one layout, you don't have to delete it to change to another layout.  Just go back to the templates and choose a new template.  The pictures will obviously shift but you can move them within the template. 

Your template choices are at the bottom.  Notice the yellow highlight around the template at the bottom.  The highlight is enlarge above the small thumbnails of templates.  All templates in grey are the templates that come with the app OR the templates you have purchased within the app.  You will notice templates that are not in "grey"are for purchase.  To purchase, you just need to tap on the template "package" you like and ta-da, instantly you will have more template choices (for a fee!).  Once again, refer to the above "tip"....don't go hog wild buying templates!!!

This is a magnification of the above portion of the previous photo.  
Here you are able to select the background color of your paper.  I suggest you choose a colored background.  I haven't printed out a white background layout yet, but I have heard that several people were not happy with the way their layouts looked.  With that said, I have also heard from several that once they brightened their pictures (I will explain that below) they were very pleased with a white background.  By clicking the button with the lines (upper left), This will take you to the collections of journal and filler cards.  You can match your backgrounds to the cards you used by selecting the collection you used in your layout. Once you click the collection it will automatically bring you back to the template screen.  Then you click on the color you wish to use as your background and voila you have a colored background that matches your journal and filler cards in your layout.  

The button to the far right of your background selection colors (square with rounded corners) is your picture "corner selector".  You press this button and it switches back and forth from rounded edge pictures and journaling cards to square edge.  This button option is your own personal preference.  Your entire layout will be either round or square corners, you cannot have a mix of both on one layout.   I like the look of both.  The album I used for this series has rounded corners.  

Once you have picked your template (just touching the layout will select it) for your layout, the fun begins.  At this point you need to start adding pictures.  You will want to add pictures depending on their orientation (horizontal or vertical).  In the layout above you have the ability to add both.  You also have the ability to add journaling and filler cards to any of these slots too!  Make sure you pick pictures that are bright and clear.  If you end up having a picture that is too dark, no worries there is an adjustment setting built right into each slot of the template (see picture below).  The adjustment setting is the button in the upper left of the below left picture.  When you click on it, you get the screen (right picture below) that says "brightness" at the bottom with a toggle.  You can then adjust your picture using the different settings offered in this lighting adjustment setting.  You will want your picture to be bright but not "foggy".  

 Once you have added picture, you can fill in the empty spaces with journaling cards or filler cards.  You will press the button next to the add picture button in each individual template space (see picture below). It is the button in the far right hand upper corner.  This will take you to all the card collections you own within the app.  Once you click on a collection, then you will be able to choose a journal card or a filler card.  *I will break down journaling in my next series post. 

After adding your picture, adjusting lighting, adding journaling cards and filler cards, changing your background to match your journaling cards, you should come up with something fabulous.  I like to match my filler cards with similar colors that are found in my pictures.  I like everything to flow in a layout.  One thing that I personally do not do is match my entire album.  A lot of people like to do this but I personally find it boring.  I like my pages bright and to stand out.  After all, vacation is the highlight of my year!

Thank you so much for popping in today.  If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask.  

Do you take more cell phone pictures or more pictures on a digital camera?  I would love to hear how you capture your special moments.
Join me next week for the in's and out's of using Dropbox AND we will dive further into journaling. 

Happy App Scrapping!

***All of the above is from personal experience and is solely my opinion.  I have not been paid or taking any monies in exchange for my opinion.  The above links are NOT affiliate links. 

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Getting Started: My Journey With Project Life

Hello everyone!  I hope you all have been crafty.  I have recently resigned from all of my design teams and pursued a project that has been hanging on me for years.  Photos!!!  My photos are out of control and in dire need of getting organized.  Since my son was born I have had little time to scrap because I have always been promoting this company or that company.  I am now ready to promote myself!  I am ready to show you all how creative you can get with different digital apps and I will be throwing in some paper pages too.

I will start by featuring our summer break and the Project Life App.   Just to let you know, I was over the moon excited when I found the Project Life App.  I was glad to see that it had already been out for a year to work out the *bugs*.  On my iPhone ISO it was $0.99.  You cannot go wrong for that amount.  I will tell you that once I got started, I found myself easily spending $20+ on the different collections of cards for journaling and fillers.  I myself do not use a whole lot of filler cards.  But I do like to have different colors and options when I decide to throw one on the page.

For my 1st album I was very "green".  I had yet to discover the "other" apps (I will discuss those in future posts).  For this 1st album I used the Project Life App for the entire album.  I feel like the app is very self explanitory.  Although there are fantastic tutorials out there.  You might try Lindsay Ross's Blog.  She has a great beginners tutorial for the app.  Plus she has excellent ideas for layouts.

I was literally able to complete several "pages" for my Florida album in just one sitting.  I sat by the pool and watched my son...ok I took breaks and swam with him-A LOT!  But honestly, I was doing on average of 2-3 pages a day catching up (I had already been in Florida for more than 3 weeks when I discovered the app).  I already had my journaling done in the Day One app.  I have used Day one for 3 years to journal our everyday happenings.  This app allows you to journal and save by date.  I don't get too fancy as you probably can in this app.  I just use its basics and then I have my journaling for the day.  I can easily go back and copy and paste it into the PL app.

This is literally my 1st digital page.  I combined a couple of different collections and added my text.  I was able to resize the font and make it fill the journaling card.  I went in and used the picture tool to brighten my darker pictures.

*Tip: always adjust the lighting on your darker pictures.  You will be pleased with the outcome and in general have a more eye catching page when you go to print.  

I know a lot of my followers are paper crafters.  I am wondering is Project Life a subject you want to see more of on my blog?  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to help you all with the trials and errors of digital scrapping.

Click here for the next post in this series.

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***All of the above is from personal experience and is solely my opinion.  I have not been paid or taking any monies in exchange for my opinion.  The above links are NOT affiliate links.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hey Pumpkin

Hello friends and fans.  Today is my last day posting for Really Reasonable Ribbon for awhile.  It has been so much fun being a part of this fabulous team.  I just wanted to say Thank You to Bonnie for all the fabulous ribbon and especially for the friendship.  I will be back in the new year and will look forward to posting for RRR again.

Today I have a simple CAS card.  I have used one of my favorite fall ribbons called Plaid Ribbon Orange with Black Stitching.

I tied my bow using the Bow It All 2.0.  You can find this amazing bow maker on the RRR site.  Bonnie has a ton of fabulous bow tutorials on the RRR YouTube channel.  The majority of them show how to use the Bow It All 2.0.  Take a peek the tutorials are super easy to follow along with. 

Thanks so much for stopping in and peeking at my CAS "Hey Pumpkin" card.  Hope you have a great week.

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