February 2015 Digiscrap Parade and Pennysaver Announcement!

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Hello everybody and welcome to another awesome Digiscrap Parade!!

This quarter, there are 36 stops on the parade route with some pretty amazing freebies being offered up for your scrapping pleasure.

Here’s a look at my part of the February 2015 DigiScrap Parade…

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This mini kit is no longer available for free, however you can purchase it at a very low price in my shop!

Meanwhile, don’t miss out on the exciting Pennysaver event we’re running at The Digital Press throughout the entire month of February 2015! You won’t want to miss this…
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To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the amazing $1.00 products I will be releasing during the month of February, you can sign-up for The Digital Press newsletter HERE!

If you like what you see here, please check out my shop at The Digital Press!

If you’re following the Parade from start to finish, you likely arrived here today from Vero’s site and your next stop will be Akizo’s site. If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main DigiScrap Parade web site and view the master list to get yourself back on track!

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They Call Me Mom

I had so much fun creating this little kit, They Call Me Mom, featuring some of my favorite colors.  I can’t get enough of blue and orange together!!

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As you know, I started out in the digital scrapbooking industry as a papercraft template designer, which then morphed into creating cut files.  NOW, I’m branching out to digital kit design with the help and support of some of the top designers in the industry!  I learn SO much each time I create something new!  I hope you love this kit as much as I do!

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Grab the full kit, or grab just the papers, in my store at The Digital Press!

 

Easter Egg Ornament Template Tutorial

Check out my newest 3-dimensional box, the Easter Egg Ornament Template!  It is a great alternative to a HUGE Easter basket, because you can just put some jelly beans and chocolates, plus maybe a gift card or jewelry in the box and you’re done!  It’s a pretty and special gift without the plastic grass.  PLUS, this Easter Egg can be used for non-Easter themed gifts as well!  Don’t let the name “Easter Egg” put you in a box!

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Assembling this cool box might look complicated, but it’s really not too difficult when you see how it’s done.

First, I printed a digital paper from my Sunshiney Spring collection onto some matte photo paper, then I cut the template out using the SVG file using my Silhouette Cameo.  If you don’t have the Designer Edition of the studio software, you should purchase the DXF file and select Group and cut!

As always (whether you are using a digital cutter or cutting by hand using the pdf or layered psd files), you cut on the solid lines and score on the dashed lines.  Then, fold on the scored lines.  I started by folding on the straight lines as shown.

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Next, I started working on the intricate curves.  This part is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  Easier for those of us who had a machine cut the dashes, but if you’ve done a good job scoring the curves, even traditional peeps can do this with no problems!  When I score something like this by hand, I use my bone folder or my metal embossing tool (with the round tip).  You can also use a fork, turned on the edge!

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You’ll fold all of those little curves until your project looks like this.  Once you get going, it goes pretty quickly!  I promise!

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Now, apply glue to the side flap of the template.  My favorite liquid glue is Beacon 3-In-1.  I like how quickly it grabs, but if I need to move something, I can do it if I catch it soon enough!  It dries well, and I’ve never had a problem with a project falling apart.

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Now, we will assemble the bottom.  This is where all of your intricate folds come together!  Start with the two smaller pieces, and slide them together as shown.  I glued under the flaps to be sure it stayed closed!

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Fold the non-tabbed side over and tuck the little flap in and under to give it a good seal.  I glued this flap down, too!  Then, insert the rounded tab into the slit to close the bottom.

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Now, we’ll repeat these steps with one minor modification for the top of the box.  After sliding the tabs together (you might want to glue, but you might want to keep it unglued so you can tuck that gift card inside), slide a pretty ribbon under the connected tabs as shown.

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You’ll poke both ends of the ribbon through the rectangular hole and pull it through to close that side.  Tuck the tab under for stability, as you did on the bottom.

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Now, poke both ribbon ends through the other hole and pull through to close.  Insert the rounded tab into the slit on the side.  Tie a knot in your ribbon and decorate your box!

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I used my Sunshiney Spring elements and some pretty ribbon!

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I love how this project turned out, and I can’t wait to see little Easter Eggs filling up the gallery at The Digital Press!

If you like this project and think this tutorial is useful, will you consider pinning it on Pinterest?  I’d love to introduce more people to my products and can always use help with this!

Looking for more fun Easter-themed templates?  Check these out!

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 Find them in my store at The Digital Press!

Rose in Bloom Tutorial

I love that I can make my own pretty paper flowers with nothing but paper and glue!  No need to run to the craft store when I can whip these babies up in no time at all.  Using the Silhouette Cameo and my Rose in Bloom cut file to cut the paper make the process that much faster!  (But, don’t worry!  You can still use your scissors or craft knife with the pdf, png or psd file, and your flower will turn out just as awesome!)

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Rose in Bloom Tutorial:

 1. Cut out all of the pieces.

2. Using your fingers or a pencil, round the petals as shown.

3. Starting with the largest flower shape, apply glue to the single petal to the left of the slit.  My favorite adhesive is Beacon 3-in-1.  I love that it dries fast and grabs well, but you can reposition if you move quickly!

4. Stack the neighboring petal (from the other side of the slit) over the petal with the glue and align the edges, holding until it dries.

 5. Repeat with the second largest flower shape to create a 4-petal flower.  Apply adhesive, stack neighboring petal, and hold.

6. Repeat with the smallest flower shape to create a 3-petal flower.

7. Use your pencil or fingers to roll the petals again as shown.

8. Use some scissors to cut small slits in the largest flower shape.

 

9. Start to stack the petals, applying adhesive to the area around the centers of each petal shape.

10.  You should see your Rose in Bloom take shape! You’ll have to push down on the center pieces quite firmly and hold them while the adhesive dries.

 

11.  You’ll be able to hold onto a small “stem” created by the centermost petal shapes.  If you would like, you can insert wire into the center, then use floral tape or washi tape to wrap the bottom!  I just left it as is, then bend the stem to adhere it to my project.

 12.  Your pretty rose is complete!

 

But, why not add a little glitter?  Like that little pink box?  It’s my Sachet Box!

This awesome rose will make a beautiful statement on your next papercraft project.  Make a full size Rose in Bloom, or make a cluster of different sizes!

Like this?  Check out my other flower template, Paper Flower Pieces!

 

Tutorial: Improve the photos of your papercraft projects today!!

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I’m a papercraft template designer, so I’m constantly putting together little paper masterpieces and sharing my work online.  I have to tell you, though, getting the photos of my projects to properly represent the delicious hybrid work of art in my hand is very difficult, to say the least.  My project is always so much more vibrant than the photos I take.  It’s sort of disappointing!

Lucky for you, I’ve been at this for over 5 years, and I think I’ve finally got it figured out.

When taking photos of your papercraft, you have to think about:

  • Lighting
  • Background
  • Post-processing

Lighting:  Natural light is always better.  Try to position your project in front of big window, but make sure the sunlight isn’t beaming down on your project or creating shadows.  I’ve found that the best times for taking photos are mid to late morning and mid to late afternoon.

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Background:  I have seen some gorgeous project photos taken outside on the grass or against a wood-grain kitchen table, however I’ve found that the least distracting background is a solid color.  Bonus points if you have a light box (which I’ve heard are easy to make), however I like the look of my projects against a black background.  I like the way the colors pop, and it’s much easier for me to process my photos in Photoshop when I have a black background to correct the colors against.

This is what I use for my background.  It’s just a black secretary desk, located at the front of my house next to an open window in a well-lit space.  In the past, I’ve used a piece of black fabric, but this works well for me these days because I do so much with post-processing.  (And, if you think this is messy, you should see my REAL desk!)

Post Processing:  If you are great at photography, you might not even need to edit your photos in a photo editing program like Photoshop.  However, I always edit my photos.  And, here’s another confession:  These days, my DSLR takes a back seat to my iPhone 4 camera.  Seriously. I take all of my photos with the camera on my iPhone!  How many photos do I take?  Oh, about eleventybillion.  Or, maybe 45.  Give or take.  I like to get my project from all different angles so my customers (and gallery trollers) can get a good idea of the shape and dimensions of the template I am using.

Go ahead and take eleventybillion photos of your project.  If you are using your iPhone camera, tap the screen to focus, and tap on light and dark parts of your project to see how the camera adjusts the white balance.  The new HDR function in iOS7 is pretty cool, since it does all kinds of color correcting and image stabilizing.  However, I usually have it turned off, since I like to take photos super fast, one right after the other as if my project were a super model.

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Import your photos onto your computer, then scroll through to choose your top 3 favorites.  Look for FOCUS above all else.  We can color/lighting correct in Photoshop.  Side note:  I use the free program called Picasa to import and view my photos, which is a Google app, but others use iPhoto, Lightroom, ACDSee, Bridge, etc.  Find a program that will help you take your photos OFF your camera and allow you to edit them on your screen.

Open your program and open your photos in the program.  These days, I’m using the full version of Photoshop (CS5), but I used to use Elements.

This is my original image, completely untouched.  I did use the cool new “square” setting on my phone, so that’s why it’s already nice and square.  Notice the crud in the background, the highlights and shadows of my background, etc.  Not pretty. And, my project is NOT popping in any way.  Sad little photo.

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The first thing I do to correct my photo is Brush the Background.  Hit “D” on your keyboard to take your colors back to default (with black as your main color), or use the color picker to choose the main color of your background.  Did you use a yellow sheet?  Pick a bit of yellow.  See why I use black, now?  Black is easy to work with!

Choose a soft, round brush and make it nice and big.  Now, start brushing around the edges to get rid of the distractions.  You can choose to brush on a new layer on your layers palette, but I throw caution to the wind and just brush on the original picture.  Thankful for the Undo function!  Notice that I brushed those knobs out and everything.

Now let’s color correct.  That white paper SHOULD be white, right?  (The answer is yes.)

  • In Photoshop Elements:  Go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Remove Color Cast.  Use the eye dropper to click on either black or white.  (Another reason why I like black.)  Click around your photo to see what looks best, then commit.  Ah, corrected color!
  • In Photoshop (CS):  Go to Image>Auto Tone.  Done.

This is my photo after it has been color corrected:

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Now, let’s make those colors pop!  I like to use a an action that increases the contrast and the color saturation.  Check out this great Color Pop Action by Jennifer Valencia!

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And, finally, crop that photo nice and close.  Square is the preferred shape, so go ahead and crop it 12in x 12in at 300 dpi, then use your Save For Web feature to shrink it for web display (600px x 600px @ 72 dpi).

I added a little watermark to my finished project, because it’s always nice to see who created that little piece of art!  You can find this Sassy Princess Purse Template in my shop at Pixels and Company.  The digital paper and elements are from Up In the Air by Wishing Well Creations and Sugarplum Paperie.

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If this tutorial helped you think about how to improve the photos of your papercraft projects, I’d love it if you would pin this post for me!

The Silhouette Box Template Set and Cutting Files!

It’s new release day at The Digichick, and I am on a ROLL!  Second week in a row, and I’ve got something for ya.  Cool, huh?

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The Silhouette Box Template Set and Cutting Files comes in two options!  You can purchase the entire set, which includes the PDF version for those of you who simply want to print the template out onto 8.5×11 paper, the PSD version for Photoshop users, and the the PNG version for the rest of you. In addition, the entire set comes with the files that are included in the Cutting Files ONLY option:  DXF for Silhouette users, SVG for cutters requiring SVG, plus the JPG (if you want to trace it yourself), and AI.

Since I use a Silhouette Cameo these days, I use my Silhouette Studio Software (non-designer edition) and simply go to File>Open and open up the DXF version.  See that?  No designer edition required!!  You can open the DXF!  Now, select the whole template and Group it so that you can resize it and it will retain it’s proportions.

I dragged and dropped some digital paper from Wishing Well Creations from her Picket Fences kit onto my template in Studio, and my template filled with that pattern!  Then, I dragged and dropped some elements on there, traced them and then used the print and cut feature of the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut my template and embellishments.  Assembly was easy!  I folded and lightly scored just by running my finger along the crease as I was folding.  I glued the side flap to the inside, then closed either end.

I love the shape of this awesome template!

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Creative Team Member Michelle P. created this gorgeous, elegant box using the Silhouette Template:

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The Silhouette Box Template Set and Cutting Files, and the Silhouette Box Cutting Files Only are both on sale right now for New Release Weekend.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to add a pretty template to your collection!