Saturday, September 27, 2014

Let's Get Digital with Citrus Twist Kits

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Hi there and happy Saturday! Today I am here to share a free cut file as well as some layout inspiration for you using the September scrapbook kit.

 Here's a look at the cut file I created. My inspiration was film strip, but I wanted to add some openings for photos and embellishments as well. I added the shapes inside to make it even more versatile. You can download that silhouette file HERE.

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I used foam squares to pop up the frame once I cut it out of vanilla cardstock. Then I printed my photos and added them to the insides of the frame.

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I added some embellishments to the insides of theframes that didn't have photos. And since the top corner looked a little bare, I added a silhouette cut in black that says birthday. (you can find this file at Kerri Bradford's website)

Thanks for stopping by today! If you make something with the file, I would love to see it! Post it in our new Facebook group -  CTK Fan Page.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Toni From Designs - New Flair Shop!

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a project that I created with my friend Toni From's new flair. You can find her Etsy shop here! She has all kinds of awesome flair. I got to work with the Trick or Treat set.

My favorite are the bats! Too cute.

I used a cut file from Elle's Studio as well as Bella Blvd goodies.

Toni will be adding new flair to her Etsy store every Monday! You can follow here here:

IG: tonifromdesigns
Twitter: @ToniFrom
Pinterest: Toni From

Thanks for letting me work with your flair Toni!

Sweet Stamp Shop - On Cherry Street Reflections Kit

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a pocket page with Sweet Stamp Shop's Reflections kit. This kit is perfect for getting you in your albums!

I used 6x8 pocket page protectors for these spreads.

I am loving watercolor right now and used it on this page to highlight the main words in my text after stamping in black ink.

For this page I used the large 4*6 card on the right side and some 3*4 cards on the left.

Thanks again to Sweet Stamp Shop for having me as a guest designer over the past few months! It's been fun!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tombow XTreme Adhesive!

Hello and happy Sunday! Tombow was nice enough to send me some of their new XTreme adhesive to try out and here is a project that I created with it. This stuff is strong!

This layout was created with the August Studio Calico kits. I used black and white photos to go along with the bright colors and pops of black and white.

I was able to use the XTreme adhesive under the clear letters as well with no problem!

I also used it under the clear stars.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you can get your hands on some of this adhesive I would really recommend it! It's nice how strong it is.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to Photograph Your Scrapbook Pages - Citrus Twist Kits

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Hi there! Today I am going to share a photography post with you. One of the most common questions I get is, "how do you photograph your scrapbook pages?" I'm going to walk you through my process.

You will want to find an area in your home that has nice indirect light. I prefer to photograph my layouts during the daytime as natural light shows colors best and whites at their whitest. For me, this is in my front foyer. I choose a time of day when the light isn't shining directly in the door and place my layout on a white canvas. I stand over the layout and photograph straight down.

For those of you using a DSLR, my settings for this photo were as follows: f4.5, 1/100, ISO 160. I prefer to use my 17-55 2.8 lens as I can zoom in and out, but a fixed 35 or 50mm lens works as well. The key here is not lowering your aperture too far. If you use a lower f-stop, your layout may be in focus in the middle and blurry around the edges. Also try to use a shutter speed fast enough to compensate for camera shake, unless you are going to use a tripod. If you have good light, an ISO of 160-200 is adequate. Remember, the higher you set your ISO, the more grain you will have so try to keep it in the lower range.

Stand straight above the layout and shoot. I take about 5-6 photos so I know that I will have at least one good shot!

Here is the image straight out of the camera. As you can see, it is a little dark, but the main thing I am going for here is that the image is straight and the details are sharp. We will fix the lighting when we edit.

After opening my layout in Photoshop (I am currently using PSE10), I use the crop tool to crop out the white background. You can also take this opportunity to straighten the layout if needed.

Next I adjust the levels. Push CTRL+L and the levels box will pop up. Move the sliders until the desired level of lightness is achieved. You can also click on the little droppers and click on the corresponding color in your photo to correct the color. For example, if  I wanted to correct the white balance, I would click on the white dropper then click on the whitest part of my page.

I also use RadLab, which is a plug-in that can be used with Photoshop and Lightroom. I then open the layout here and add a few filters to sharpen, increase the saturation and the lighting.

And here is the finished layout. What a difference, right?

jenchapin sept photog post (6) I also like to take a few detail shots. For these I get down right next to the layout and shoot a few pictures with a lower aperture, typically f2.8. I like to do this so you can see the dimension in the embellishments that I've used.

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Stitching always shows up beautifully too.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a little more confidence now in taking great pictures of your layouts. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. Have a great day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Issues + Whisker Graphics

Hi friends! Today it's time for a new issue at Paper Issues! Whisker Graphics is our sponsor this week and you could win a great selection of their product by linking up. This time it's anything goes! Link up your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, altered projects and mini books.

I decided to do a pocket page and used some bags cut down to size so they would fit in the pockets.

I also used pieces from the September Swag Bag available now at Paper Issues.

Be sure to link up at Paper Issues for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elle's Studio | September Kit & Exclusives

Hi everyone! Today it's time for another fabulous monthly kit from Elle's Studio. I had such a fun time working with these tags, stamps and cork!

I started out with the awesome cork circle piece that is one of the extras this month. I embellished with enamel dots, tags from the kit and stamps.
Here's a better look at the extras this month -- cork, an awesome stamp set and a Halloween mini kit!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Grab your kit today only at a discount! Head on over to the shop to see what you can find :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pocket Pages | One Little Bird

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Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my first post on the One Little Bird blog. I'm sharing several 6x8 pocket pages that I created to document the end of our summer. Let's discuss how excited I am to be on Peppermint's pocket team for a minute, though. I was first introduced to her digi shop at The Lilypad via the Daily Digi Podcast. I am a podcast junkie and listen to that along with about 20 more ;) When I saw on instagram she was having a creative team call, I couldn't help myself and applied. How excited I was to be contacted to participate! I will be sharing one project per month on her blog.

I had a lot of fun making these pages! I had fun mixing black and white along with some pops of color for these spreads. I used One for the Album journaling cards for this spread. For the cards, I went ahead and added some of my text before I printed, as well as one of the photos. I have been obsessed with watercolor lately. I used my waterbrush to add a little color to this card, along with some sequins. I wanted to experiment with printing some journaling cards on a large scale. I am really in love with the Around Here journaling cards and printed the "weekend photos" at 6x8. I kept it simple by adding a chipboard arrow under the title. I love the big impact of the large page. Even though I tried to use my computer for journaling as much as possible on these spreads, I still like using my typewriter once in a while. I typed these out on white cardstock, then cut them into strips and added some stitching down the center. Again loving the sequins, even for boy themed pockets! jenchapin OLB Sept (7) 
I think this spread is my fave. September is our anniversary month, so I wanted to recognize that. I used the September calendar card and added a simple chipboard heart along with a little watercolor on our anniversary date. The Era Of kit is fabulous. I used the "forever my always" file to make this 6x8 enlargement, then added stars from Little Talks and printed on white cardstock. I embellished with a few gold chipboard stars. jenchapin OLB Sept (8) jenchapin OLB Sept (9)The heart I love you card is one of my faves - from The Era Of journaling card set. I added a wedding photo in black and white. jenchapin OLB Sept (10)This spread features some Little Talks journaling cards. I also couldn't help but use the Prix Fixe journaling card for my egg photo - I take a lot of food pictures and this set is perfect for that. jenchapin OLB Sept (11) jenchapin OLB Sept (12)Again with the watercolors! I printed out the Currently card from Around Here, then used my typewriter for journaling. I added watercolor to the title along with some of the words. I love this effect, it adds a little interest but doesn't take away from the simplicity of the card. That's it for me today! Hope you gained some inspiration for your own pocket pages. Have a great week!