Monday, May 19, 2014

Oh, Sweetie... an inspired freebie ♥

I met my sweet little niece last Saturday. I managed to get some photos of her with my kid... and there was one that just made my heart melt. It's not as sharp and clear as the other photos that day, but it oozes the moment.

I went to town with the chance to scrap a baby girl. Since I used such bold patterns, I kept the design simple and almost symmetrical:

such a sweetheart by Carrie Arick | DigiScrap Geek
Credits: Jenn Barette: Ain't Life Sweet; Gina Miller: Sewing Table; One  Little Bird: Stargazer Elements (staple); Fonts: Pea Shally, Mom's Typewriter

I loved the page so much, I turned it into template (and gave my package a nice make over... still have a bit of  tweaking to do, so forgive me): 
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Download photos from Facebook- a mini tutorial

My family is spread out all over the place, so I keep up with their lives on Facebook. My sister is really great at taking photos of my parents, since she upgraded to an iPhone, and I just don't have enough photos of them. On Mother's Day, she shared this photo of them after their Mother's Day brunch.

(I've blurred out the identifiers... and my sisters name is pronounced Ray-kah, not Rick-ee)
My dad paid the bill. He drives my mom nuts with this sorta twisted humor. 

I knew wanted a copy of these photos, but there is no need to wait for an email or other file transfer. All you need to do is click on the image you want, click on options and select 'download'. See this handy screen shot: 

How to download photos shared with you on Facebook for your layouts | Digiscrap Geek |

Facebook assigns some crazy, numeric file name to a photo, so you'll want to rename the file in the dialog box that pops up (which I hope you've set, if not, check you downloads folder for the crazily named file). Hit 'save' and you're done.

Facebook won't give you the highest quality image because it compresses photos, understandably. You are at the mercy of the photographer: camera, settings, upload settings. BUT, worst case scenario is you have 3 or 4 inch photos at dpi you can print.

I did some quick editing (because my sister doesn't). In the end, here's what I did with my sister's photos:

Download photos from Facebook- a mini tutorial | Digiscrap Geek | Good Idea... by Carrie Arick

Just make sure you have permission to download and use the photos. If you aren't sure, ask. 

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

What this whole Get It Scrapped thing I'm always talking about?

In case you've been wondering, Debbie made this really awesome tour video of everything Get It Scrapped offers. I'm sharing with you today because I talk about GIS a lot on this blog (mostly because it changed my ever scrapping life):

Try the free membership, say hello to the peeps, chat about design, tips and trick and push buttons, see if GIS is right for you
Dive right in to a paid membership, get a ton of classes, immerse yourself in scrapbooking, get live feedback from me and tons of other (and probably more) awesome scrappers, paper and digital, that you love.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The fruits of a busy, busy week!

For some reason, I decided that all my deadlines and obligations needed to be met by yesterday. It was a gorgeous week spent at my computer, and I also planned it so when I was done I would have to build an ark. (rain, rain, and more weekend rain)....

There's a new Real Life in Pockets out today. It's perfect for those of us who have kids who are anti-mamarazi. On this page, I'm talking about exactly that. My kid rarely lets me get photos of him, except the obligatory holiday and birthday photos. I'm forever having to sneak photos (no flash, camera on silent). Another blocked design, which I'm loving lately. It's great for layering.

I'm also loving that that Jaimee and other designers are producing the square pocket stuffers. Rectangles are great and all, but after awhile, you crave another shape.

stop mom! by carrie arick | real life in pockets  kit by Just Jaimee and Mommyish- available at The Lilypad

There's also another amazing collab Jaimee did with Amber from Stolen Moments Design called Lightbulb Moments. I used a criss cross design here because I wanted to show off the gorgeous background paper! I didn't use all the things I wanted to on the page, so I plan on scrapping more with the kit over the weekend. I really, really want to use the alpha!!

Everything You Can Imagine is Real by Carrie Arick |  kit by Just Jaimee and Stolen Moments- available at The Lilypad

And here's the kit preview... The alpha is included, but I'm still showing you here because it's awesome!

Allison Pennington is the featured sponsor over on My Scrapbook Art. I was able to work with some of her product (yay!). I just love her bold colors and funky style. If you wanna see my page, hop on over there. While your at it, grab the free kit Allison is offering to MSA's readers:

my scrapbook art May featured sponsor freebie by allison pennington

Yesterday, I made my first post on the Gallery Standouts blog. It's always hard to pick standouts, but it's a huge honor to be a guest for the site. I'm actually thinking that some of the page I loved, but didn't select may end up on the Sunday Standouts over at MSA. I'll have to a post one of these as to what I look for in a GSO because I've developed a formula.

I'm ending with a reminder that I'll be critiquing pages next Friday at Masterful Scrapbook Design's Office Hours. If you haven't signed up, I highly recommend it. It's fun and you learn so much! The critiques so helpful and we are really super nice- it's not negative at all- for those that fear critique. If don't have a membership, grab one HERE.

Go have scrappin' fun! I'm taking the rest of the day through Saturday off. I have a date with my Playstation tonight! 

Until next time... 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GIS: Linocut Look

My latest page for the Get It Scrapped blog is rockin' a linocut look. It's not something I'd ever considered until the assignment, but I found myself loving it. You can see the article, which features all sorts of tips and approaches to the technique, HERE.

Linocut is a handmade, carved stamp that artists use for quick production. You can search Pinterest for a better idea or just read the article. I'm glad I work digitally because I don't have a good track record with Exacto knives!

For my page, I used layer styles to get the look of a linocut. I'm currently having a love affair with layer styles. They may be the one thing that pushes me over to a Photoshop subscription.

Fell in Love by Carrie Arick ( Created For: Get It Scrapped: Linocut Look)
Jenni Bowling Studio: County Fair; Just Jaimee: Storyteller Collection- February 2014 Layer Styles, Ice Cream Paper Pack; One Little Bird: Lemon Drop Elements; HGD by Laurie Ann: Today’s Story; Fonts: Marcelle Script, Things We Said, Pea Stitchasaurus Rex

I used the Jenni Bowlin's primitive feathers available in the County Fair kit because they have that handmade feel. I used Jaimee's stamped layer styles to make the one feathers into a negative and positive stamp.

I found that font through a page by Vicki Bridges at The Daily Digi. It's an awesome, free font called Things We Said. The vellum bits add a some color and texture to the page without overwhelming anything while the pennants add a sturdy foundation that frame the title.

Oh, and that's my bossy little kitten, Katniss. She is definitely the queen of the house.

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Lessons from Mom

I'm lucky enough to have an awesome mom and an awesome mother-in-law. I don't have enough photos of either. It's not from lack of trying. My mother has always had an aversion to the camera. She told me once someone said she looked like a monkey in a photo and she's carried that with her since.

That's the power of words. Thanks to that jerk, I only have a small handful of photos of my mother over the past 37 years. It's a shame because my mom has always been beautiful stylish and photogenic. The only photo I've ever known her to pose is this one with Bobby Vinton and her friend, Kathy... and you can tell she's not comfortable with the camera.

Sara Gleason: Tea Rose; Scrap Orchard: March 2012 Grab Bag; Traci Reed; Document Life Sampler

I didn't inherit camera aversion from her, but I'm always the photographer. My family has plenty of photos of me looking like a dork... or one of those photos you'd see on Ellen.

There are things my mother did give me. She did her damnedest to make sure I knew women contributed valuable things to the world. She taught me how to love myself and to find my worth from within. She fostered the idea that I'm a sword wielding, butt-kicking Princess Charming, able to rescue myself from all sorts of peril.

Hero by Carrie Arick- for Jenni Bowlin Digital
Jenni Bowlin Studio: Baby of Mine; Tangerine Dream; Vintage Pockets & Tags, Vintage Mini Deck Silhouettes; Sara Gleason: Petals, Amy Martin: Need More Stitching v. 1; One Little Bird: Stargazer (staple); Just Jaimee: April 2014 Storyteller- Layer Styles; Fonts: Arick, Nyala 

I had to tell this story, even though I didn't have a photo of my mom recently or from when I was a kid. Here she's with my sister, well before I was born. The photo is the photo. The wrinkles and tear is how it appears in real life. I simply used the edge finder selection tool extract the photo with the tear.

I used Jenni Bowlin's Vintage Pockets & Tags for this page to add some extra interest and layers. I changed the colors of the to match my page. To give the pocket a little oomph and the appearance it is stuffed with stuff, I ran a burn brush along the edges at 35% opacity with the size around 55 and mid-range density. 

Here are the JBS things I used. The Vintage Tags & Pockets are on sale for $1 today only!! 

The thing I love about JBS kits is that they all work so well together. They are probably the easiest product ever to tweak colors, but I find you don't actually have to often. That's the bonus to paper lines: They tend to be similar enough so the scrapper can collection hop.

Feel free to make a mom page and share it in the MSA Gallery because the May Journaling challenge is all about moms!
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