Okay, so yeah, that’s sarcasm. I say it all the time! :)
So when the brain starts swirling in a direction, ya just gotta go with the flow.
Therefore, I present to you Storyboard #6:
This kit includes a variety of styles. Generally 8″ or 10″ wide (or long) so that you can print from home or take it to photo printer.
It also includes a fun photobooth template that has square holes so that you can use it for your Instagram-style photos, if’n ya’d like. As well as two 4×6 templates–created with Project Life in mind–so that you can include more photos for any given day or event. Snapshots 1 + 2 would be great for it too.
As with all my recent photo template kits, you can choose to use the template ‘as is’ or add a straight or rounded corner frame. I love being able to decide what I want with just the ‘flick of a switch’, so to speak.
There’s also a couple other templates in this kit that are a little unique. If you look at the example above, you’ll notice that there are two templates where the photos overlap. It’s just kind of a fun way to add a little personality to your amazing photos. But then there are a few more choices for it than the usual borders. Certain images have a larger border as well as a separate image for that border so that you can add shadows separately to those photos.
They look a little something like this:
So as you can see, it adds a different dimension to the template. So you can use it the regular way, or add that dimension. Just a fun little twist. :)
I also thought it might be nice to show how to use those two particular templates as well as share a fun little tip on using the borders. So here’s the video for you to take a look.
They make gathering photos and placing them all nice and neat so much faster . . . and it’s more flexible!
Gone are the days of measuring the various sizes you need, cropping them, and then printing them (or vice versa) . . . and . . . oh . . . oops, I made a mistake and have to start all over. I had many of those days!
That’s why I can never have enough storyboards (aka photo templates).
And the beauty with my more recent kits is that you can now–with the click of an eyeball (on your Layer, silly)–choose to have a frame with straight corners, rounded corners, or no frame at all. Don’t want it black? No worries. Just use your Paint Bucket tool on the frame layer and ‘fill’ it in with the color you need.
Variety. You know me. :)
Take a look at the brand new Storyboard #5.
[ Layered PSD files to work in PS/PSE ]
This set is a mix of different styles, including a couple contact-style sheets for 4×6 photos. Great for using with Project Life! And if you want more variations on 4×6 photo templates to use with Project Life, check out Snapshots 1 and Snapshots 2.
And in case you were wondering, YES, this kit is on sale too! It’s normally $10–on sale for $7. Today only though!
In addition, all storyboard templates are on sale today for 30% off
When the ever-so lovely Miss Nichol asked if I wanted to participate with herTwo Peas Scrapbook Stamping series, of course I had to say yes! I mean, how often do I get to do something for her?
October’s subject was all about making a scene. Now, when I think of a ‘scene’, my mind doesn’t necessarily go to the usual ‘scene’ kind of scene. What do you think I’d think of? If you guessed words, you’d be right on the nose!
Words are definitely my kind of scene.
(can we see how many times i can throw the word scene in this post? you ain’t seen nothing yet. ok, maybe that one doesn’t count.)
Since I finally have some fresh new photos to play with–my daughter’s homecoming–you’re getting to see them two days in a row. :) And if you’re not a fan of mine on Facebook, you may have missed me talking about the corsage he made out of pennies! It was such an amazing idea! Also, if you can’t tell by some of the photos, they are in drama together.
I used a vertical template from Storyboard #1 and turned it horizontally . . . so, just a note: you don’t have to use them in the orientation that they come. I changed the lower right square to a brown color and typed my journaling. Then I used some brushes to add some flavor and then clipped those brush layers to a copy of the brown square–like I would a photo–so that none of the excess brush image would go outside the square. Obviously I need to color inside the lines.
To create a scene similar to this, stamp the words or images that you’re thinking of using onto a transparency and play with their placement. Once you know where you want everything? Stamp away! Oh, and on my page I heat embossed my stamped images in black.
I have to tell ya, there was a time I did much more stamping. Now it’s just the occasional stamp here or there to help accent my project–I find that die cuts are much more forgiving when placing. So it was fun to break out the ol’ stamps! And I mean, I’ve had some of these babies for years! One of those things I just can’t get rid of. Guess it was a good thing–came in handy and all. Unfortunately, I don’t have Nichol’s stamping perfection skills–nor do I have a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I think I need one of those. :)
With a Snapshots ONE kit, you just knew there had to be a TWO kit, didn’t ya?
Just like #1, this has the three choices of plain, straight corners or rounded corners. There are also a couple of the templates that have a solid bar that can be used to clip in a pattern, change the color to match your photos, add a tittle or journaling . . . just all sorts of fun.
Both Snapshot kits would be amazing to use with your Project Life too!
So with all these frames–especially the photobooth styles, it just keeps making me think of TTVs.
What’s a TTV you ask?
Well, TTV stands for Through The Viewfinder.
Photography has been around for a very long time and many improvements have been made over the years, wouldn’t ya say? But isn’t it funny how we are still drawn to those imperfections of the first cameras? Those cameras with dust in the view finders, frames around the edges, maybe a scratch on the glass. All those nuggets of goodness that we can now–in our modern technology world–add to our fabulous looking photos and get a flavor of ‘way back when.’
All those years of perfecting the camera . . . and we still want it like it was? ;)
We have a choice now. We can have it like we took it or add a little flair.
And this style is even appearing in our camera phones now.
Gotta love technology.
So I was playing with the 3-square photobooth image along with these two TTV images.
I grabbed a few fun photos of Jordan and her homecoming date and clipped them into the Photobooth (3 spc) template. Then I added the brown-edge TTV and then the yellow TTV.
This is how it turned out:
Just love what a TTV can add to your photos!
You can find some really great TTV images HERE.
You can also search for ‘free ttv image’ and pull some up that way too.
And here’s a little video on how to use them in Photoshop (or Elements):
So that’s your challenge for today. Find a TTV, make sure you download it at the largest size possible, and put it on a favorite photo . . . see what you can make!
It’s a party week here in the Bradford house as hubby and I both bring on the celebratory events of another year passing by in our simple little lives. As of tomorrow, my hubby will be counting down his final days of 40-dom. Shh. Don’t tell him I told you that.
I don’t have any issues with getting older–no crying and hiding out in my room as “another dreadful day” passes. But I do think it’ll be weird when we are in our 50s. That’s gettin’ into grandparent territory and I ain’t no grandma. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…just not ready for that yet. :)
So since we’re partyin’ all week here at our house (heck, don’t us chicas’ birthdays generally last a week anyway?), I thought we should party here on the site too! Okay, let’s face it, I’ll just think of any reason to party (I say as I’m boogying out to disco on Pandora). ;)
Therefore, the amazing and fabulous design team are here to share their talent this week! Yahoo!
Here’s something from that darling Shari Carroll.
I tell ya, when I see projects made from the This & That kits, I just get giddy.
Totally love how she stamped and inked the entire project giving it dimension and deliciousness!
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Next on the agenda? A brand new template kit!
I’ve had a few request for templates that are specifically for 4×6 and 5×7–especially with the holidays just around the corner. Additionally, I’ve had requests to make a template that has 2×3 photo sizes that can be used with Project Life, but of course it can be used for anything. And then I just had to throw in a couple of 4×8 templates.
So . . . voila! Here ya go!
Do you ever just have those a-ha moments? Or an accidental a-ha moment? Or would that be a serendipitous moment?
Well, in making this kit I discovered a fun new way to add variety in comparison to what I’ve done previously.
You know me and variety.
You would use this kit, pretty much like you have with all the other storyboard kits–using the aqua–or Photo–layers to clip your photo too. However, now with this kit you have more three choices. You can use it plain, you can add the rounded frame layer, or you can add the straight frame layer. Just click on the “eye” of the corresponding layer in the Layers palette to turn it on or off.
But wait, there’s more! Okay, maybe not more, but more choice. :) You aren’t limited to using the frame in black (although I loooove black). But you could change it to white or a complementary color just by using your Paint Bucket tool on that layer. And again, you don’t have to use a frame. You can simply use the template as a photo collage–no frame.
And one of my favorite choices is the Photobooth template. On these examples I . . . created it just with the normal pics, I used the Seventies action (from The Pioneer Woman), and then I changed the photos to b+w . . . leaving the Seventies action still in play. Love how you can play with these for completely different looks!
The templates work with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
And there you have the first day of the Bradford celebratory week. :)
Jordan started high school this week. She’s already knee-deep in classes and the all-important: social fun.
Zach and Kass are next up on the list. Took them down to the local university to get some paper work done, bus passes, and all that fun stuff. They are a little late in the game on getting all their classes, so that’s something they are still working on. Let’s hope it’s done come Monday when school actually starts. ;)
Little Miss Nichol’s kids started last week. Wowza! And now, with all her free time, she’s able to whip up a page on the very first day of school. :)
First, I thought I’d share a taste of where I was yesterday. Jordan has both girls camp going on this week as well as final dress rehearsals (at night) for her 2 1/2 week run of ‘Camp Rock’ (musical) at the outdoor theater here. Since girls camp is about an hour and a half away, we told her we’d take her up a couple times early in the morning and bring her home in the afternoon so that she could at least do a little bit of camp.
Zach and I went up there yesterday and here’s a little peek at the gorgeousness and total bliss that Zach felt whilst fishing–the first time he’s caught fish in over two years (since his mission).
He did both fly fishing and pole/worm fishing . . . catching fish on both. He was in complete heaven. My heaven was just being out there and listening to nature. I even worked a little. Nothing like having this kind of view out your “window.” Top of the mountains. Lush green hillsides mixed with snow in places. Big blue skies with patches of the hugest white fluffy clouds you ever did see. I mean big and tall. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. Lovely breeze. Slight sprinkle from the dark impending clouds that never really did unload on us—it wouldn’t have dared.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
Now, as promised, here are the videos on how to make the most out of using the Open Windows templates. I know, you’re thinkin’ “vide-ooooos”??? I’m learning about YouTube and my video recorder, so unbeknownst to me at the time, I didn’t know that video clips had to be under 15 minutes to publish to YouTube. So, I had to split this 20 minute video up a little.
[insert corny music here]
While I can’t actually confirm the steps in Photoshop Elements, I believe them to be pretty much the same–it just looks different than Photoshop. I promise, one day I will own Elements and will do videos for Elements. “I know a guy” when it comes to getting Adobe products (actually two guys) and it’s been hard to hook up with either one of them to get a copy ordered. We talk about it, but somehow it never gets done. But one day…it will.
And I just want to add my usual disclaimer in saying that I am not a Photoshop expert by any means. I know a little, enough to get around. So please take the whole “what works for me” in the spirit with which it is shared. :)
Don’t you just love it when the time finally comes and you can open up all the windows in your house? Is there nothing better than a fresh clean breeze?
I think that’s what led me to make an Open Windows template kit. And, ya know, I gotta include a little window dressing with them too.
This kit has a twist to it as compared to my other storyboard templates. First, I’ve included some predefined, you-choose-what-you-want lines that go along the outside edge or within the inside of the templates. Click the eye in the Layers palette on and off to pick the line you want (or don’t want).
And second, as I’ve mentioned before, there is generally more than one way to do something in Photoshop. I hemmed and hawed over the best method to do this kit and decided that–in all things variety–include both styles. This is due to the fact that I want people to use shadows to give the illusion that the photo composite has windows. One way you can do it is with a couple of quick clicks, the other a few more clicks. But one is not flexible and one is.
You’re now thinking, “What the heck is she talkin’ about???”
Here’s what mean. There are two templates for each style–one is Fixed and one is Movable.
A Fixed template is just like it sounds. With this template, what you see is what you get. You will notice that all the holes of the background have been punched out–more like a window–but you can’t move the holes. However, there are still numbered squares for you to clip your photos to. You can also clip a pattern to the window! Add onedrop shadow to the window, maybe a flourish and title, and you’ll get this.
This is a 4×6 photo template and would be great for announcements, Christmas cards, and such!
A Movable template means that you can move the “window” elements around, size them, etc. However, if you want to add the drop shadow, you’ll have to add it to each square. On a 3-square image? Not so bad. On a 16-square image? Kind of cumbersome. You wouldn’t ‘clip’ a background into this one, but rather place it under all the elements. However, once you start adding shadows to the squares over your background, it looks like you’ve “clipped” it anyway, like you see here:
On this example below, I didn’t include a background, but i did move the “window” to a different part of the template. It’s originally in the lower right corner (like above example) and I moved it to the middle left. I also chose the Outside Scribble line for this one (as opposed to the Inside Straight lines like above) and used it with my Fourth of July Friday Freebie.
This is why I thought I’d include both ways. One way is simple for one reason, the other is more flexible because of other reasons. Each have their pros and cons. I like the idea of the Fixed style because you can just go for it. Yet, I’d also like to be able to move it around if I want to.
Can you see my dilemma here?
Why I just had to do both? ;)
I think most people would have just made it the Movable way, but I’m crazy. I like it both ways. Because I think for the more novice user that the Fixed way is simpler.
I am going to make a video on how to get the most out of these Open Windows templates and will share that in my next post (probably Friday).
In the meantime though, you basically use this just the same as my other storyboard templates, so if you’re familiar with using them, you are a-o-k. :)
Hey! I'm Kerri Bradford--wife and mother of three. Been in the business in some fashion since 1999--working with Lisa Bearnson doing QVC, designing kits for Creating Keepsakes' Kit of the Month program, creating Cricut Cartridges, and working for QK/Silhouette.
I love spending time with my family, traveling and photography. Life couldn't be any better when I can do all three at the same time!
I'm so happy doin' 'my thing' creating art for digital craft cutters and digital scrapbooking and getting to know all you fabulous people all over the world!