For the month of March I thought it might be fun to have this amazing design team of mine focus on card creations. Cards are a staple. Whether it’s a birthday, a thank you, a tag for a gift, or a ‘just because’, cards will always be a part of our lives. They can brighten anyone’s day, don’tcha think?
And with spring coming on? I think our Miss Shari must have been inspired by the change of the seasons. Look at these beautiful springy cards she made! Looove!
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.
Each and every year I look at what she’s makin’ and am just so danged inspired by the clean lines with that bit of character. Oddly enough, it’s right up my *ehem* ‘Ali’. (I know, bad pun.)
So when a few of y’all asked if I could make a kit that would work with it?
My wheels started turnin’.
Asked Miss Ali if it would be alright to make some cuttin’ files . . .
. . . and away I went!
I’m excited to bring you the first of a few kits in a new line called “December Additions”, which are designed with Ali’s December Daily in mind . . . but of course can be used for anything . . . like PROJECT LIFE! I love it when a kit is so universal. :)
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These shapes are designed to use on a ‘daily’ basis in your album. And right off the bat, you can see I have a few choices of each type of shape.
Choices people, choices!
I’m all about variety. You should all know that by now, right?
And all three number styles come in numbers 1-31. I’ve just narrowed it down on the example image due to space issues.
Here’s how some of them can work together:
Combine a “dec” with a date or use a great big number on your page. Both are really cool ideas.
Want another handy-dandy little tip?
Did you know you could turn a shape into a tag or charm? Here’s a little video to show you how using Silhouette Studio:
Okay, so I think that sums up this first kit.
Got a couple more fun ideas up my sleeve!
Can’t wait to share them!
ETA: After receiving a few requests, I’ve made a separate kit with all the month shapes made in the same fashion as December Additions: The Dailies. It’s just $2.
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 fun little office tag with its reinforecment.
But wait, there’s more! ;)
(I love saying that.)
There’s also a couple of printable phrases that you can
use with it to help decorate it as well as a little number printable.
Looks a little somethin’ like this:
You can download the tag and three printable images HERE.
I decked out the tag using the key, ticket and branch from the This & That Lucky kit. The shapes are also found in the “Shapes Only” version of the Lucky kit. I’d also planned to stamp yellow polka dots or houndstooth under the leaves, but, uhhhhh, I forgot. So there’s that option for ya.
So, you’re probably looking at that tag and thinking,
“How did she get that ledger on there? I swear it’s from the Love: Every Little Thing kit.”
(uhhhh, yeah…suuuure you’re thinkin’ that. but let’s just go with that story anyway.)
Well, what I did was combine the tag with the ledger (budget) in Silhouette Studio to make my own Print & Cut! I love doing this.
If you’ve never tried it, here’s a video to show you just how you can do that.
By the way, I’m lovin’ making the videos except when my dog starts barking! He’s just like a kid that bugs you only when you’re on the telephone. And because my office window is right at ground level . . . guess who hears him when he’s barking at something.
He was quiet all day.
I waited until the kids left for the evening so I could have it quiet in the house. Don’t want you to hear any bickering *ehem* blissful noises of harmonious children either.
Two minutes in.
Had to wait for hubby to come home to take him for a walk.
If anyone has any sure-fire ways on how to get a dog not to bark, I’d sure love to hear it. :)
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. :)
It’s that time of year. Baseball season is in full swing (no pun intended) as indicated by the baseball games I kept flipping through on Saturday.
I miss watching my husband play. Our first few years of marriage were spent at the ballpark as he played both fast- and slow-pitch softball and even played Roy Hobbs–baseball for men over 30. He would have gone to a Roy Hobbs World Series had I not been pregnant and due right about the same time. It was so fun to watch him pitch a game. He’s got quite an arm and is pretty amazing . . . if I do say so myself. ;)
So in honor of the ol’ ball game, I’m having a Grand Slam day . . . not to be confused with Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast. There’s no bacon and pancakes here. (mmmmm….paaaancaaaakes….)
This Grand Slam is all about the storyboard templates though . . . so here we go!
On First Base We have “The Page”.
Okay, note to self, don’t wait so long between scrapping. Oy! It takes so much to get back in the groove to make something. And with this page? I tried stepping out of my “all cardstock” box that I loooove doing so much. I think that threw me for a loop too. I’m used to things having a cleaner look. ;)
I used two templates for the photo collages here. I looooove photo collages. I love telling a story with many pictures and keeping them the focus (which is why I love cardstock usually ;)).
And not only did I use the templates, believe it or not, I used shapes and images from SIX different kits!
You know, even if you aren’t into making the This & That trays, there are usually around 20 images in those kits that can be used for anything!
Look at the telegram image below here. I printed it onto some 7gypsies patterned paper so that it looks even more authentic, right down to the distressing and watermark!
Now, with this event I had a plethora of photos to use, but didn’t want to spend all my time making pages for them. So I trimmed an 8.5×11″ page protector to 4.5″ wide and used some Heidi Swapp tape to adhere the open edge closed. The tape went perfectly with the spread. With this little insert, I was able to add eight more photos (front+back).
So in the end, this is what the spread looks like.
One other tip I’d like to share here is the beauty that is Photoshop Actions! And they do make PSE versions as well. Basically, an ‘action’ is a recording of keystrokes or steps so that you can get the same result every time via a push of a button so that you don’t have to go through all the steps yourself each time.
I downloaded some free Actions from The Pioneer Woman some time ago and loooove what they can do! (I also use Totally Rad Actions as well.) On these vintage photos I used actions called Soft & Faded, Seventies, and Quick Edge Burn. I highly recommend downloading these actions to see what you can do with them! You can find them HERE. Although, for PSE, getting all the actions isn’t quite as easy, but you can read about how to get them from The Pioneer Woman HERE.
On Second Base We have “The Photo Template”.
Now, if you’re looking at that page on the right and thinkin’ to yourself, I don’t recognize that template . . . well, you’d be right! This is a brand new template that I am giving away as a free download until Wednesday only. It’s kind of like “bat day” at the ball park. ;) After Wednesday it will find its way into a template kit as a little bonus that you will have purchase.
Alas, Wednesday is now over. Sorry if you missed your chance to download this for free, but it will make an appearance in another kit down the road.
And you need to go check out what Nichol Magouirk did with one of the storyboard templates from the Storyboard #2 kit. FAAABuolous!!! Genius!
On Third Base We have “The Video”.
I’m still in the process of getting my real copy of Photoshop Elements (I had a trial version), but the steps behind this are all the same between PS and PSE and Mac vs. PC with one exception. PSE has a bin at the bottom that shows all your open windows (see images below). I can’t guarantee the differences between versions though–although again, I think they’d be basically the same process. I’m using CS5 and the screenshots below are PSE8.
Also, I set up my palettes on the left as opposed to on the right, like the default. I like not having to move across the screen to use the Toolbar and the Palettes. Everything is pretty much on the left and that makes more sense to me.
Okay, I’m not sure why this video stretched after uploading, but it is. I’ll figure it out and repost it, but for now, it will get the job done–just everyone will look a little wider. ;) I’m new to this whole thing, so please forgive my noviceness (yeah, it’s a word).
I have some screen shots that I took before my trial version of PSE ran out so you can see a little better visually about what’s going on.
Open a template and the photos you’ll need. Look at the bottom and you can see all the files I have opened.
With the template showing in your open window, click on the photo down in the bin and drag it up onto the template.
Look at the Layers Palette on the right in the example above and the example below. Notice how I moved the photo so that it sits just above the layer where I want to clip the image to. Hover your mouse between those two layers in the Layers palette, press Alt then click your mouse, and your image is now residing in that square. Resize as needed.
And the homerun hitter up to bat . . . We have “The Giveaway”.
I’m giving away one storyboard template of your choice to FIVE different people!
Just leave a comment about your favorite spring thing to do and I will draw a winner on Wednesday.
So tell all your friends to come get a free storyboard template, watch a little video on how to use them and enter to win a storyboard template of your choice! It all ends Wednesday though, so don’t miss out!
[this contest is now closed]
On another note, if you didn’t notice Wednesday through Friday last week, Blogger was having issues. No posting. No comments. They even lost 30 hours worth of posts and comments. So my Wednesday post disappeared for a bit and I think comments were lost–but they did get the post restored. So frustrating because you can’t even blog about Blogger being down. lol Hopefully all is well now.
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!