Popping in today to share a little bit of holiday cheer for your desktop. My own desktop was woefully lacking in holiday cheer this morning and I decided that needed to be remedied.
Have a great weekend!
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12 days of savings begin today at The Lilypad – a chance to stock up on supplies in preparation for the second annual Month of Challenges, which kicks off on January 1.
It’s like opening up an Advent Calendar to a different area of the store each day. Stop by every day and grab a little something (or a lot of something) that you’ve had your eye on.
It’s BYOC time again at the Lily Pad and that means I have three NEW products in my shop! The Troublemaker Collection, inspired by the fresh colors of this month’s BYOC palette, lends itself perfectly to pages which recount memorable stories about a particular troublemaker in your life…even if that troublemaker happens to be you! The Troublemaker Papers are comprised of a wonderful mix of contemporary patterns, while The Trouble Maker Elements offer versatility and plenty of word art to help you get the ball rolling on your storytelling.
The coordinating Trouble Maker Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your Project Life®/pocket page albums. The package contains individual PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional print shops – like Persnickety Prints) and printable PDF and PSD files.
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All of the products in the December BYOC line are on sale throughout the weekend. Cage Liner subscribers have exclusive access to the Troublemaker Bundle at 45% percent off – more details below! Offers end 12/8/2013.
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With the new year fast approaching I thought it would make a lot of sense to make journaling cards - all of my journaling cards - the featured product for December. Whether you’re toying with the idea of pocket scrapping in 2014 or you’re a longtime pocket scrapper, this is a great opportunity to start stocking up! (Note: any new journaling card sets that will be released in December are not a part of this promotion.)
In addition I’ve bundled together all of my journaling cards sets from January-November and listed them in the shop at a deep, deep discount.
This is the mother lode of journaling cards – 22 separate coordinating sets, 168 card designs total covering a variety of themes, seasons and color palettes. This listing will only be available until the end of December, so grab it while you can!
And just a reminder: You still have a couple of days left to submit your pages for the November Featured Product contest. I’ll be back to announce the winner of that $15 shopping spree in the days ahead!
As I was reading over some of the requests for tutorials here on the One Little Bird blog, I found a couple of people requesting tips for using bevels. I don’t make nearly as much use of them as I might, but it turned out to be the perfect effect for a frame I was trying to create on a recent layout. Let me share with you the technique I used.
I was scrapbooking a picture of a laptop I had received in 2007. This was around the time I was becoming addicted to digital scrapbooking and my lovely husband decided that a laptop would make the perfect birthday present. I readily agreed. :) To accent the picture on my layout I wanted to make the frame pop off the page. Since I had already used just about every paper from the Scenes From Real Life kit I was using, I decided to pull a color from the kit and make a solid frame. The bevel would add the spice to the solid frame.
After creating the frame I duplicated the frame layer. I added a shadow to the bottom layer and a bevel to the top layer. In PSE (the program I’m using) you will find Bevels in the Style menu where the shadow styles are. Just pull down the drop menu and choose “Bevels.”
Here are the bevel options that I think work best for frames: inner ridge, scalloped edge, simple inner, and simple sharp inner. These bevels simply round the edges of the frame up in different ways. You can add them the same as you would a shadow by double clicking on the icon or clicking on it and dragging it over the shape on your layout. You will want to play around with different ones to see which effect you like.
Now, in PSE you can double click on the “fx” symbol in the layers palette on to bring up the customizing box. First, pay attention to the “Lighting Angle.” Make sure it is the same angle as you shadows. I found that even though mine said 45, it really wasn’t until I clicked on the box and retyped 45. This is so important so that the shadow on the edge of the bevel goes in the correct direction for your page. Then you can use the slider to change how high of a rounded edge your bevel style will apply.
Now, for the last step I lowered the opacity slider (top of the layers palette) for the beveled layer. This is why I had duplicated the layer earlier. In my opinion the bevel effect can often come on too strong in the PSE styles. For this layer I lowered the opacity to 60%. Here is the finished layout with the frame.