Thursday, August 21, 2014

An American in Paris

As I was looking through my dad's photos from his time in the Air Force, I realized he had saved both a photo of himself in Paris and a postcard he sent home from Paris.  Here there are.  I think this is so cool!

Brandy Murry: The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Parisian Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: French Linen Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Venue Collection Biggie.  This page was featured here in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.

All the materials I used in the layout above are half-price as part of the Last Chance Sale at Scrap Girls.  More than 1000 products are being retired, and you can snap them up at 50% off until 8/23.  After that, they're gone forever, so don't delay!  Check out this huge sale here or click on the image below.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Power of a Story

As my dad read a story, two-year-old David was entranced by Dad’s words and facial expressions while three-month-old John gazed at the colorful pictures.

Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Hexies; Elisha Barnett: Daffodil Days Collection Mini; Elisha Barnett: Value Pack: Dandelion Days; Armi Custodio: Secret Garden Collection; Fonts: Love Ya Like A Sister, Gabrielle, Arial

For the background of this layout, I used one of the ScrapSimple papers from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Hexies, replacing each color of hexagon with a different paper. I also added a blue edge to the hexagon layer using the method listed below. It was first printed in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.

To make a narrow outline around any shape or group of shapes on one layer using Photoshop Elements:

  1. Select the layer containing the shapes, in my case, a layer of hexagons (hold down Ctrl and click on icon in front of the layer).
  2. Enlarge the selection by 2 pixels (Select > Modify > Expand > 2 pixels > OK).
  3. Cut this slightly enlarged layer of shapes from the background layer (click on background layer, Ctrl + J).
  4. Select the new, slightly shape layer (hold down Ctrl and click on icon in front of the new slightly enlarged shape layer).
  5. Contract the selection by 15 pixels (Select > Modify > Contract > 15 pixels > OK), and click Delete, cutting out the center of the shape(s). This makes a template for a 15 pixel frame around each shape on your layer.
  6. Clip a paper onto the layer and you're done!  (Add paper above frame layer and click Ctr + G). 


Grandparent Mix-up

Look at the sweet little baby in the lacy dress! I’m sure that youngster in the overalls could do some mischief! When I first saw these childhood photos of my grandparents, I was surprised to learn that my grandpa was wearing the dress and my grandma was in overalls.  They are much more recognizable in their wedding photo.

Brandy Murry: Hello Baby Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Rustic Wedding Collection Biggie; Cindy Rohrbough: Treasured Heirlooms Embellishments Mini: Frames and Journaling; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Rustic Super Biggie; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Burlap and Lace; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burlap and Lace

You can read here about how I created my title in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Garden Wedding

No, Sara and Steven didn't get married here, but Munsinger Gardens did provide a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photos. Aren't they a lovely couple?

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bracket Labels; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gold 8501; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects 2 Biggie; Sarayane: A Small Feeling of Warmth (paper); Font: Arabella; Photos by Zahler Photography.

I submitted this page to the Monday 8/4 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout that used at least one ScrapSimple Embellishment Template.