Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My personal fave? The CK Journaling family. They're perfect for...ummm... Well, they're perfect for journaling!
ACDSee Pro Photo Manager for Mac is an integrated image viewing, managing and editing solution for professional and prosumer photographers. You can find out more and sign up to be a beta tester at the ACDSee site.
Monday, March 09, 2009
For example... Killer Move #10 is what they call the "Cloak of Invisibility" which removes everything from your screen except your file. That definitely comes in handy when you quickly want to see only your stunning creation without the distraction of palettes (now called panels in CS4).
There are 9 more just as useful tips offered by author Tom Giannattasio.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Designers Heidi Swapp, Rhonna Farrer and Janet Hopkins have opened a new online store called "House of 3." These super talented ladies are stocking their site with lots of gorgeous kits and embellishments (both traditional and digital). You'll want to check them out.
And, if you're planning on participating in our most recent challenge... (You are planning to enter, right?) Then you'll be interested to know that "House of 3" has also opened a storefront in the Scrapblog Marketplace.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
From the beginning of design, visual triangles have been one of the easiest ways to achieve a balanced layout. A visual triangle is the placement of related visual elements (whether photos, embellishments or colors) at three separate points to form a triangle. This placement helps the eye travel around the page and unifies individual elements to create a cohesive design. So on your next layout, we want to see you put this tried and true design principle to good use. You can literally draw a temporary triangle shape on your layout to achieve perfect placement as Rebecca did, or you can simply go freeform. But get that visual triangle in your next layout and let us know how you were inspired!
Upload your layout(s) on or before March 10 to the Simply Inspired gallery at Designer Digitals or create a fun Scrapblog to share with us. You could be the lucky winner who will get his or her layout published on the website and receive a $10 gift certificate from Designer Digitals!
We can’t wait to see your simply inspired layouts!
Monday, March 02, 2009
One of the best sources of inspiration is desktop wallpaper. I change my wallpaper so frequently that shopping for new ones has become a welcome web diversion.
Smashing Magazine is offering new wallpapers this year that are not only beautifully designed, but also have calendars included. My favorite is the one above by Cara Bonsdorf. Maybe because it's called "Scrappy Love?" You can see the complete March selection of 45 wallpapers here.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Oh! I used the FFF Tusj font for my name above.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Free blog headers are all over the web. What I love about the ones I found at Smashing Magazine is the quality. They're exceptionally well designed. And many of them include the PSD (Photoshop) files, so you can customize them for your own use.
Please share with us your favorite free blog header sites!
Monday, February 23, 2009
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hand-drawn elements and doodles are a unique way to put a signature thumbprint on your artwork. They not only convey great personality but also lend a sense of originality to any page. This week we want to encourage you to let your inner artist emerge and create a layout using hand-drawn elements. Experiment with a pen tablet, or draw your element or text on paper and scan it into your computer.
Upload your layout(s) on or before February 24 to the Simply Inspired gallery at Designer Digitals. One lucky winner will get his or her layout published on the web site and receive a $10 gift certificate from Designer Digitals.
We can't wait to see your simply inspired layouts!
Monday, February 16, 2009
A gorgeous visual history of American scrapbooks and their evolution over two hundred years.Helfand has also created a dedicated site with a blog as well as peeks inside the book. Not to be missed is the section on Scrapbook stories:
Scrapbooks, and the stories they tell, rarely follow any kind of prescribed pattern. There’s no map, and as you muddle through, the hints themselves are often murky, at best. Identifying the principals is the easy part — but who were these people, really, and how can we tell?renee
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
The new Simply Inspired Challenge starts now! This time we'll be pulling inspiration from Anna Aspnes' Triple Take article on art inspiration. It's always fascinating to see how three people can take the same inspiration piece and create such different and unique layouts.
We want to see how the featured art piece inspires you! At first glance, what jumps out at you? The strong vertical lines? The use of heavy paint strokes? The color scheme? Whatever it may be, take that inspiration and turn it into a unique piece of art for your scrapbook album or wall.
Then simply upload your layout(s) on or before February 13 to the Simply Inspired gallery at Designer Digitals or upload to the Digital Scrapbooking group gallery (and title the file "Simply Inspired"). Be sure to include your name, where you live and a complete materials list. One lucky winner will get their layout published on the website AND receive a $10 gift certificate from Designer Digitals!
We can't wait to see your simply inspired layouts!
Friday, February 06, 2009
I got a peek of the new Wacom Bamboo craft bundle at CHA. From their press release:
Wacom has launched Bamboo Craft, a pen tablet inspired by members of the scrapbooking community and dedicated to the burgeoning digital scrapbooking phenomenon. Anchored by a pen tablet featuring 512 levels of pressure sensitivity in the pen tip and eraser for precise and accurate workflow, Bamboo Craft comes with an assortment of creative software applications as well as some exciting tools, tips and tidbits to help build lasting memories the digital way. Fun for both novice and advanced digital scrapbooker alike, Bamboo Craft, at just $129 (SRP), is loaded with extras that significantly increase the overall value and creative experience.You can check it out or order one at the Wacom site.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Spend time around creative people. The most reliably creative people are children. Their imaginations aren't boxed in, and "mind merging" with them can remind you of what it's like to think outside the box.Our final print issue, on newstands now, is also devoted to art and creativity. Be sure to check out the web extensions at digitalscrapbooking.com.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Rather than drawing a comic from scratch, Comicbrush lets you mix stock artwork from their collection of comic backgrounds, characters and props with your own photos. You can add speech balloons, text, your own artwork and more, before publishing your comic to the Web, social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook and MySpace, or a friend's iPhone/Touch.
Give it a try. This looks like so much fun!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
For this Simply Inspired challenge, take inspiration from Pattie Knox’s 101 article on digital brushes. We want to see layouts featuring brushes in new and creative ways! Use them as photo masks, create your own patterned paper, let them frame your journaling…the possibilities are endless. So get your creative thinking caps on and wow us with your unique ways to use brushes. One lucky winner will get their layout published on the website AND receive a $10 gift certificate from Designer Digitals!
Simply upload your layout on or before February 3rd to the Simply Inspired gallery at Designer Digitals or upload to the Digital Scrapbooking group gallery (and title the file “Simply Inspired”). Be sure to include your name, where you live and a complete materials list. We can’t wait to see your simply inspired layouts!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
- Whether you're using a Mac or PC, take a screenshot of your masterpiece. If you're using a PC, there's a print screen button which should place the image in your clipboard.
- If you're on a Mac: Cmd-Shift-3 Take snapshot of the whole screen
Cmd-Shift-4 Take snapshot of the selected area
Cmd-Shift-4-Spacebar Take picture of a window
- Open your image editing program, i.e., Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
- Open a new document window. It will automatically size itself based on the contents of your clipboard.
- Select Edit > Paste to paste the artwork into the document. If you took a shot of the entire screen, just crop down to the actual artwork.
- Save your document.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
You can create your own masterpiece online at www.jacksonpollock.org. When you arrive at the site, there's no introduction or instruction...just a blank canvas. (Seems appropriate.) Move your mouse around to begin painting. To change colors, click. When you're satisfied, drag your mouse away from the browser window and take a screenshot of your painting.
Use it as a background for a layout or do as I did and make it your blog's banner. Fun!