Good morning! I’ve decided to try and make this a regular feature because I’m kind of obsessed with fonts. Some of the best free fonts I’ve found are by Kimberly Geswein. Many of her fonts are free for PU and you can buy a CU licence for $5! She has a catalogue of her fonts that you can download and look through – it’s pretty fun to scroll through!
Some of my favourites are Eyes Wide Open:
And almost all of the Janda fonts: (here are just a few)
What’s your favourite Kimberly Geswein font?? One commenter will win my next new release which uses one of Kimberly’s fonts that I didn’t mention here! See if you can predict which one!
Let me tell you, Meagan’s been working HARD behind the scenes, she’s participating in 2 different blog trains (FUN stuff!!) plus she has 2, yes 2, grab bags for you today. Don’t worry, there’s a full reveal preview in the store for you. Take a look here: (as always, the images are linked for you.)
Again, this grab bag will only be available until May 5 and again, this deal is just way too good to pass up. You get TONS of goodies for only $6. This grab bag’s value is $18!! A whopping 67% savings!
Again, Meagan outdid herself! And the teams (Meagan’s, Lita’s and the ScrapMatters girls) have blown me away! Take a look here:
Sorry – I was going to get a tutorial posted for you this week but with NSD going on I thought it might get lost. Instead I’m going to fill you in on what’s going on for NSD at SNP.
We’re going to have sales, and challenges, and chats, and prizes!
I’ll be hosting a chat tomorrow afternoon:
Here’s a preview of the word art you’ll earn by participating in my chat:
Here’s a list of all of our events:
Hi everybody! How is everything going in your little corner of the world? The weather is absolutely nuts here in Michigan. Went from wearing flip flops and capris to rain and snow. SNOW!! Between the funky weather changes and all the plants trying to bloom, it’s no wonder we’re all under the weather (no pun intended) in this house. Well, when the weather is all nasty, what better way to spend your time than to scrap! Speaking of scrapping, Meagan’s unpacked the Mixed Matters bag and released her part on it’s own! Take a look at the Stand Out Templates Volume 2. And as always, the preview is linked for you.
Using visual triangles is a good way to draw attention to your photos, journaling or title.
1. Decide what you want the focus of your layout to be and then we will draw an imaginary triangle around it. The centre of the triangle will be the focal point of your layout.
2. At each corner of triangle we are going to repeat an element, shape or a colour. So you could use the same flower three times, or three different buttons(shape), or three totally different elements all in the same colour.
Here are some examples:
Cindy used Appealing April (releasing April 26th) to create a visual triangle around her photo. She repeated a circular shape with two flairs and a button.
Henriett used a visual triangle here to draw the eye to her photo. She used 3 yellow coloured elements from Marvelous March to create the triangle.
Kandi used a repeated button here to create two triangles that bring the focus to the photos and the journaling in this layout using Fabulous February.
Tina used her title and several repeated elements to create a more obvious triangle in her layout using Appealing April (coming April 26th). Very effective!
3. For more ideas using visual triangles see this blog post: http://debbiehodge.com/2011/05/visualtriangle-scrapbook-page-ideas/
Have you ever looked at a piece of washi tape on a real scrapbook page? Have you noticed that if the tape is holding down a thin frame or a piece of paper that you can see a line around the edge of the paper or frame? You’ll also notice that most washi tape is slightly transparent. I’m going to show you how to do this on your digital layouts.
Here’s how you can make your digital tape look more real.
The easiest part is to make the tape slightly transparent. Some tape in digital kits is already created this way (ex. tape in Bring Spring by Queen Wild Scraps). The pieces in this tutorial are from Truly, Madly, Deeply by Queen Wild Scraps.
If it’s not all you have to do is select the tape layer and then reduce the opacity. You can choose what you think looks best but you’ll probably want to stick with 80-90% opacity. Lighter tapes will look better with a lower opacity and darker tapes will look better with a higher opacity. The tape in my example is fairly dark so I used an opacity of 92% but it’s completely up to you.
To make it look like you can see the edge of the paper it’s holding down is a little more complicated. Create a blank layer above your tape layer. Choose a very small soft brush. (<10px). Select a greyish colour (282828 always works well). Then carefully draw a line around the edge of the paper that is under the tape. If you hold down the shift key while you draw it will keep your line perfectly straight.
Lower the opacity of the line (<10%). Now it looks like you can see the edge of the paper under the tape!
Here is an example using this technique by Henriett using A Warm Safe Place by Queen Wild Scraps:
You can also see it here in one of the word arts from Bring Spring:
I’d love to see your layouts using this technique! Post a link to your layout below and I’ll choose one to win a $5 coupon to my store.
Oops – I totally forgot to chose a winner from last week’s comments! Kristal – send me an email before next Wednesday and I’ll get you a coupon for Our Frames!
Since I just released my collab with Adriana’s Cafe called We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames, I thought it might be fun to show you some fun and unique ways to use frames. Of course you can use them to frame your photos, like this:
(layout by Kandi using We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames)
You can use them to highlight an important part of your photo like this:
(layout by Kandi using Truly, Madly, Deeply)
You can use frames behind your photos like these layouts:
(layout by Jennifer using We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames)
(layout by Kendra using Bring Spring – coming Friday, April 12 to SNP)
(layout by Henriett using Bring Spring – coming Friday, April 12 to SNP)
You can also use frames to support your clustering, like these layouts:
(layout by Loni using We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames)
(layout by Kandi using We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames)
Do you have any suggestions for other interesting ways to use frames? Leave your ideas in the comments and I’ll choose one reader from the comments to win We Are Memory Keepers: Our Frames.