Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clique Kits Blog Share

Welcome to the Clique Kits blog share.  This is my second month of receiving kits, and I love them!  They are packed with tons of goodies.  With the July Kit, I made two layouts.  One is a traditional 12x12 and the other is my Project Life Spread.

This layout is from the weekend that we had my friend's memorial.  He was murdered.  It is probably one of the most traumatic things that has happened in my life.  I'm still trying to get over the shock of the whole thing.  We had a great weekend to celebrate his life.  Over 500 people came to the memorial.  Our high school friends came from all over the country. My friend Charclee, stayed with us the entire weekend.  We always have so much fun together.  My brother Josh came in from California.  It was a lot of fun despite the sad circumstances.
Moving on...
Here is my Project Life Layout

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm hoping to get a tutorial posted soon so check back in a few days for that. Enjoy the rest of your blog tour.  

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Madge----You came from here
Mariah---You are here
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Project Life Week 20

Here is Week 20.  I apologize for the crappy photos.  I just seem to be inept in my ability to take good photos of the layouts.  I can't help but feel slightly jealous of the people who post their non glared photos each week.  I've tried everything and every type of light and I'm still at a loss.  I promise it looks much better in person.

I hand stitched a pocket with some elements in it.  Thanks to Jody at Clique Kits for the inspiration.  

And here is the Flipogram for this week.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Project Life Week 19

Here is Week 19.  For this week's spread, I used Clique Kits July Kit.  It was loaded with goodies.  I can't wait to use it on more projects.  I also have a Flipogram for you to show my workflow as I made the layout.  I have some other traditional layouts to show you in future posts.  If you're on Facebook, don't forget that I started a group called Scrappy Girls if you want to join us.  We have lots of inspiring ladies in our group.

And here is the Flipogram.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Around here...

Hey All.  I hope you are all doing well.  This last week or two was a little hard around here.  It seems that we have a theme going on for that around here doesn't it?  I've actually delved into my craftiness, which has been a really nice thing to do.  I just wanted to share some pics of the last week or so.  They are in no particular order.

There was an earthquake believe it or not.  The boys felt it and woke up when it happened.  The above photo is a rendition of the one below it.  I think the wind blew our chair over rather than an earthquake but who could resist.


 Bringing the A Game in our $2.88 Walmart hats.
 JoJo fell asleep on the boat while it was moving.  Busy night with the earthquake and all.

 Going fishing, but unfortunately no fish were caught.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Project Life Week 17 and 18

Here is Week 17 and 18.  I only took one photo for Week 17 so I just added it to the Week 18 layout.  I have no idea why the photos look so craptacular. :(  I used a couple of Studio Calico Kits to complete this week's spread.

Also, I've included a Flipogram that shows my process for this Week's Layout.  I'm hoping to do that weekly.  Next week, I'll take more photos and try to have better ones of the final layout.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Project Life Week 16...and a quick video tutorial

Hi everyone!  I realize this is Thursday, and Project Life is supposed to be posted on a Wednesday, but with yesterday's Clique Kits blog share I rescheduled it.  I didn't think you would mind.  Anyhow, as promised here is Week 16.  I apologize for the photos, but it started raining as soon as I was going to take them.  That was some good news for us.  Also, the 4x6 photos were printed from my Canon Selphy. I'll talk more about that later.  The other photos are from Persnickity Prints.

This week, I used my June Studio Calico Kit rather than the Becky Higgins Project Life Kit.  It was a nice change up.  I liked cutting all the cards and adding some regular scrapbooking elements to the layout.

As you remember yesterday, I posted a tutorial for using PNG files.  Well, I found a way to record my screen so I made a short tutorial showing you from my screen how I did it.  So, here that is...

Don't forget, I created a group on Facebook called Scrappy Girls.  You can find our group and join, or message me and I can add you.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Honor Society...Clique Kits Blog Share

I am so excited to join Clique Kits with their Pep Rally.  I haven't received my kits yet, they should arrive soon.  I am anxiously awaiting their arrival.  I can't wait to show you what goodies I got and the creations I make.  I just want to show you that Clique Kits offer such a great variety with their monthly kits.  As a subscriber, I was able to download their digital downloads (designed by Lacey!).  The downloads are formatted as .pngs, some are jpegs, and some are formatted for your Silhouette cutting machine.  I know not everyone has a Silhouette, but that should not stop you from being able to take advantage of the digital downloads.  The .png files can be used in Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, or Microsoft Office.  I'm going to show you that today.  First, let's start with Photoshop.  The same tools should be available in Elements.
Here is the final product.

So, I started in Photoshop by opening my photo, and the .png "love"  The "love" .png looked like this to start.

I dragged and dropped the "love" .png onto my photo.  I resized it (holding down the shift key on the Mac to keep it proportional).

I repositioned the "love" file to the bottom of my photo.  I wanted the color to be white, so I went to my paint bucket tool.

Made sure the color was white....

Then because I didn't want it totally white, I adjusted the opacity to my liking.  Next saved it and it's ready to be printed. 

Here is another one I made using this .png

I did a screen shot of this image so that's why you see the dotted lines (wanted you to see the outline of the shape).  After changing the color of the .png, I added text using the text tool to the bottom of the photo.  

Now, I will show you the pictures with .pngs from the June kit I made in Microsoft Word.  

First, create a document for the photo size you want to print.  I didn't do that for this post because I wanted to show you the background of Word.  The next thing I did was to open the .pngs I wanted to use.  You do that by going to Insert>Image>Picture from File.  After adding the .pngs, I opened the pictures.

So, this is what my document looked like...
 Next, you will need to text wrap your images.  It's the little dog icon.  You can also access it by right clicking on the photo.  I always choose "In Front of Text" that way I can drag the photo  where ever I want to.  You can then reposition the photos.
Next, I wanted to change the opacity and effect of the image.
 This would be incase you wanted to change the color.

This is how I dissolved the edges and changed transparency.
 At the bottom of the photo, I just inserted a text box to add text to the photo.  I then right clicked to bring up the formatting options and changed the opacity...In word it was the transparency.

I really hope this all made sense.  If it didn't please feel free to ask questions in the comment section.  

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