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Monday, May 24, 2010


OMG!!  Time really gets away from me!  I never mean to be so long between posts!  However, my time is well-spent (at least in my own book)!  LOL!  I've been treating myself to weekly digital design technique lessons from Jessica Sprague, and I'm loving each and every one of them!  They are called "PhotoShop Friday" and each lesson is on sale for just $1.00 each week from Wednesday through Friday.  I ask you, how can a body resist such a great deal?  I decided that, even though I am currently financially challenged, I can afford this treat to help further my PSE skills.  Once you register at her website, you can tailor your email preferences so you don't miss a thing happening.  I get a weekly reminder of what is known as "One-Buck Wednesday", and that's where you'll find these self-paced lessons for only a buck.  Once you purchase the week's lesson, the instructions and video is always in your list of "My Classes" on her site so you can return to review it as often as you need.  Each lesson contains a download of supplies, such as templates, background papers, and a pdf of written instructions.  Each lesson also includes a video tutorial to guide you through step by step!  It just doesn't get better than this if you really want to learn more design techniques, as I do!!  I heartily suggest you check out this opportunity for yourselves if you dabble in digital designing at all.  I've taken the first three lessons to date, and I've learned a ton already and can't stop myself from practicing the rest of each week!  Your creativity will certainly take flight!  Let me show you a few examples:

Above is my finished page from the first lesson where I learned to make a stroke frame, enter text on it, and delete a section of the frame around the text portion.  Wow!  I was impressed with myself.  From this lesson, I went on to create the freebie I'm giving you below!  Goodies come from knowledge!!

In the page above, I learned how to make a stamped design, make a copy of it, merge the two layers, manipulate the size, add a paper to it, and customize the text.  I am talking about that big sunburst shaped element.  Not bad huh?  This was lesson #2.

The page above was from Lesson #3, and I learned to use the drawing tools to make the triangular shaped pendants for the banner.  After drawing the triangle using the grid, we learned how to scoop out or delete a curved portion of the top, then how to shortcut a duplicate, and each one is on its own layer so you can clip a different paper to each one!  I went on from this to make another freebie frame which I'll be giving you in an upcoming post.  I'm really proud of it, so I hope you'll stay tuned in here!

Now for your FREEBIE.  I have a pack of 12 outline type frames for you, which I've called Pitter-Patter frames.  These are all png files at 300 dpi, so they can easily be sized larger or smaller as you desire for your layouts.  I've applied styles to 11 of them, and one is in black which is recolorable or allows you to add styles of your own to it.  Hope you can enjoy and use them.  Spring usually brings about a lot of births, so I figured these would be on target perhaps.  Here's the preview:


I've been busy trying to create, so I hope to jump back on here with a bunch of freebies for you all as fast as I can get my previews together and my zip files zipped and uploaded for you!

In the meantime, HAPPY SCRAPPING!!



CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on May. 24, 2010. Thanks again.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [24 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

melliel said...

Thank you - these are so cute!

bj said...

thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Used your frame with out the words and thought you'd like to see your work. Thanks!