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A Visit From Home

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Visit From Home

[Digital Kit: KD Rousti by Karla Dudley.]

My mom and dad have flown 7,528 miles to visit me in California.

Both their main flight and in-land connection flight were 3 hour late. Each.

I was sooooo excited to meet them here at last so I can show them around and speak to them.
So when we picked them up at the airport at 1 a.m. last week, I was ecstatic.

My parents are currently staying at our place and I try to do my best in hosting them but it is definitely a challenge.

I am hopeful that when they leave they will return home happy and with the understanding that I did my best to keep them entertained, happy as well as healthy… Or in other words, they will know everything I do – even the stupidest thing – is done with the best intentions.

Therefore I will be less available during the next few weeks and there will probably be less posts up – but stay tuned because I have awesome things coming up on September.


I’d love to get your advise on how to entertain my loved and loving guests without becoming overwhelmed (and insane)… Please leave a comment and help me 🙂


The layout I made was created with Karla Dudley’s newest release: KD Rousti. Check out the kit, it’s AWESOME!!! The photos were taken with my parents’ point and shoot camera at Point Lobos, CA.

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Digital Template – On The Flip Side

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Instant Pretty Page templateOne of my favorite ways to stretch up my digital supply is by flipping the digital elements over.

It’s so easy, I just go to “image”=>”rotate” and flip it either to the left or to the right and sometimes vertically or horizontally, and voilà – I have a whole new product.

I then nudge a few of the images or rotate a few of the text boxes, so the design will make sense on the flip side… and in the end I get a whole new look.

Today Shimelle Laine has released a new digital template: “Instant Pretty Page template” and as soon as I saw it I knew I am going to flip it.

Here are the two layouts I made with it:

Asaf - school is over

[Fonts:Bradley Hand, Pharmacy, Adler; Digital Kits: Instant Pretty Page Template by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket and KD Capture and Record and KD Fly Boy by Karla Dudley.]

Ori - summertime

[Fonts: Adler; Digital Kits: Instant Pretty Page Template by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket and KD For The Boys by Karla Dudley.]


How do you stretch your scrapbooking supply? Please share an advice by leaving a comment on this post.

Welcome Little One Workshop
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Finally, A Breath Of Fresh Air And A New Layout

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Celebrate Every Day

[Fonts: Helvetica, Adler; Digital Kits: Bazinga by Shimelle Laine and Digi Essentials by Karla Dudley.]

I took a personal challenge which took me away from my blog for a while. I had no time. No weekends. Almost no summer – but worse than all of that – absolutely no time, not even a few stolen minutes, to create.

Now I finally got my “freedom” and with it more time and a layout…

After a long pause in creating anything I feel rusty. I am not pleased with my layout but I am always giving myself permission to let go. Creating should be fun and not frustrating, so all the pressure gets tossed out and only the beautiful stories and enjoyment of the hobby get to stay in.

The important thing, in my opinion, is showcasing my nephew’s series of pictures that tells a story I remember fondly. The pictures remind me of that evening, celebrating his birthday on our first visit home after we have moved far away. I remember how he ravished the cake and enjoyed every little piece of it. A joy so pure, only a child knows how to experience it.

I don’t mind if the layout isn’t the prettiest of them all (what an understatement…) – at least I had a chance of playing with Shimelle’s fresh and summary kit, Bazinga.

Having said that, in a week and a half, my parents will cross the ocean and two continents to visit us here for the first time. They will stay with us for three weeks of much anticipated together time. Therefore I am not sure how steady will my posting schedule be, but I have so much planned. So many new tutorials, giveaways and a couple new workshops – so please be patient with me – I am sure you will be rewarded for that.

See you all real soon 🙂

Make A Wish – Journaling Prompt

Thursday, July 1st, 2010


[Fonts: Adler & FFF Tusj; Digital Kits:Bazinga by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

Who said you can only journal about the past or only tell stories that actually happen…?

Try a different approach.

Make a layout which is all about what you WISH would have happened or will happen.

Make it as probable or as far fetched as you wish – as long as you are setting your wish-bone free…

My journaling reads:

Somewhere in a place far far away dreams come true. Somewhere up up in the sky there is a truth only the purest people can observe. Somewhere your look can be deciphered and your wishes are loud and clear. Somewhere. I wish it was here…


To jump start your wishing process, share one wish with me?
What is the first wish that comes to your mind right now? Leave a comment and wish along with me.

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Employ Your Sense of Humor – Journaling Prompt

Monday, June 14th, 2010

My Shoes Addiction

[Font: VT Portable Remington; Digital Kits: KD Sun Kissed (background paper + frame), KD Handwritten Summer (accent brush), KD Stamp Alpha (title), KD Digi Essentials (stitches) – all by Karla Dudley.]

As far as journaling is concerned stop being so serious about it. Not every story has to be a masterpiece worthy of a Pulitzer prize.

Your sense of humor is also a part you would probably like to preserve for posterity.

Humor is especially called for in layouts featuring photos you took to capture a moment in life, rather than an actual story, a piece rather than the whole. When you look at your layouts you can remind yourself of that humorous moment or silly piece of life and read your journaling and have a good laugh.

After all, what more can you ask from a layout than making you feel better at time of distress?

My journaling reads:

The first step to a successful recovery is admitting you have a problem. I admit no such thing! I have absolutely no problem. It is completely reasonable to have a shoe to match every piece of clothing you own. It is totally natural to covet each shoe you see and do not already possess. It is purely logical to assume that painting your toe nails and wearing high heal studded shoes is enough to be considered fully clothed. It is customary to wear red open toe 5 inch heal and a patent leather flower to go grocery shopping, oh and it is totally acceptable to wear flip flops to negotiation meetings. All shoes are created equal. Yes. I do not have any problem!
April 2010

Digi Tip

To create the “stitched” strike-through line over the word ‘addiction’ in my title I used various pieces of the stitches image. All I did was to select a piece of the image with the rectangular selection tool and than with the move tool, to pick up the selected piece and lay it down on the title, next to the original image, slightly down. Than I used the move tool to nudge it sideways and repeated the process with another piece of the image. That gives the illusion of the sewing machine running back and forth. Sort of…


Do you use humor or sarcasm in your layouts? How? Please share with me and leave a comment.

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Give Yourself Permission To Live Out Loud

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Living Out Loud

[Font:Adler; Digital Kits: KD Sun Kissed (patterned paper and accent flowers), KD Digi Essentials (stitches), KD Digi Essentials (alpha brushes) – all by Karla Dudley.]

Today I ask you to please:

Give yourself permission to reach for the rainbow.
Give yourself permission to dream big and aspire to make all your dreams come true.
Give yourself permission to climb mountains and run marathons and lie by the beach with a book.
Give yourself permission to love truly and unconditionally and utterly.
Give yourself permission to be loved, appreciated and even admired.
Give yourself permission to laugh until you are in tears.
Give yourself permission to cry your heart out and go through an entire box of tissues.
Give yourself permission to wear nice clothes, wear make up and do your hair, even if you stay at home.
Give yourself permission to go to work in your flip flops, no make up and feel beautiful.
Give yourself permission to make silly faces.
Give yourself permission to express your thoughts and ideas.

Give yourself permission to live out loud.

Because any other way of living is a waste of time.


What are you going to give yourself permission to do today? I urge you to share and hold yourself accountable to at least one token of loud living.

Unleashing The Creative Child Within You
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Through the years we have grown apart from our inner creative child and along with that – have lost our pristine and utter joy of creation.

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“Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” will explain why you became distant from your core creativity and will reveal the secret to getting it back.
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Your inner creative child wants to come out and play, so don’t disappoint it and get “Unleashing The Creative Child Within You“.

Nip and Tuck Your Digital Brushes

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Celebrate Seven

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: KD Happy Day & KD Digi Essentials 5 (the number 7) – all by Karla Dudley.]

I may be prejudiced but I think my niece has the brightest, most beautiful smile I have ever seen.

I’d send some celebrities over for a red carpet seminar if I could. I really would.


This is the third birthday that I have missed and I am forever grateful that my sister takes the time to take the pictures as well as send them my way. I value these pictures so much, in fact, that I always immediately try to put together layouts with the stories behind the photos. As I only live vicariously through these photos, the stories I can tell aren’t so long and detail oriented. I mostly just try to capture the moment visually – as I imagine it had been.

In this layout I used Karla Dudley’s new kit: KD Happy Day, almost exclusively (minus the digit ‘7’). On the right corner of my layout you may find a word-art image: “Celebrate today, it’s yours”. If you take a moment and look at the kit, you won’t find this image as it shows on my layout. Why? Because I had engaged myself in a minor digital surgery… Nipping the second part of the sentence and tucking it underneath.

Rearranging a digital image is basically the same as snipping a clear stamp off and repositioning its parts to conform to your design and needs (or inking up a different part of the stamp each time). Here is how to do that:

How To

  1. Open your image on Photoshop Elements. (If you are concerned about writing over your original image, use the ‘open as’ option.)
  2. Pick the rectangle selection tool and by clicking and dragging, choose the part you wish to sever. When you are done you will see the marching ants sign around the outline of the image. Make sure you haven’t accidentally picked any other part of the image. If you did – just choose it, while clicking the ALT/OPT key, to deselect.
  3. Make sure the layer of the image is selected – it will be highlighted if so.
  4. Pick the move tool and click and drag the part you have selected to its new place – it’s that easy. (You may also delete it altogether by clicking the DELETE key while it’s selected).
  5. Be careful not to get addicted and makeover your entire stash of digital images.


Have you ever tried to alter your digital stash (or your traditional stash…)? Please, do share. Just leave a message and brag.

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Hybrid Card – Using Digital Alpha Sets

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Hybrid Thanks Card

[Supply: You Are Amazing (woodgrain alpha) by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket, Basics + Cappella (patterned paper + small alpha stickers) by Basic Grey, Rhinestones by Kaiser Scrapbooks, Earthtones cardstock by American Crafts, White gel pen by Uniball, Foam dimensionals.]

Step By Step Instructions

Using Digital Alphas

  1. Open a new document in Photoshop Elements: Width: 8.5″ Height: 11″ DPI: 300.
  2. Use the rectangle shape tool and add a rectangle, sized 4.25″ by 5.5″. By doing that you make sure the size of your alphas will be perfect.
  3. Open up all the different letters you need for your greeting from the kit. Use the move tool to drag and drop them on your new document.
  4. Before positioning the letters you need to resize them. To do that, line them all up in one straight line – regardless of the way you want to put them on your card.
  5. Pick all the layers with the letters (Just click on the layer with your CTR/CMD button pressed down) – make sure they are all highlighted.
  6. Pick the move tool ,then press align and opt for the center alignment.
  7. While your layers are still all highlighted – click on one of the edges of the word and drag the cursor towards the center. This way you are resizing the letters proportionally.
  8. After you get to a size you are please with, position the letters the way you want them on the card. The rectangle shape you drew earlier will help you keep the proportions and size right.
  9. Conceal the layer with the rectangle shape by clicking on the eye icon and print your page on a white, smooth cardstock.
  10. The alphas on Shimelle’s new kit have a faint outline that you can use as cutting guidelines.

Assembling The Card

  1. Cut the patterned background paper to 5.25″ by 4″, adhere to your cardstock base.
  2. Cut the accent piece of patterned paper in a curve (using an ellipse cutter – I used Coluzzle) – make sure the base is 4″ wide.
  3. Ink up the top edge of your curved paper and adhere it to the bottom of the patterned paper you adhered before.
  4. Adhere the individual letters with foam dimensional stickers. Cut the foam adhesive down to size if needed.
  5. Add the letter stickers and the rhinestones.
  6. Give the card to a friend to show that you care and to say thank you…


Who would you like to say thanks to? Have you made a hybrid card before? Share by leaving a comment here 🙂

New Release – You Are Amazing by Shimelle Laine

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

You are amazing

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: You Are Amazing & Trip To Nature Papers – both by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

Shimelle has released another fabulous page template with a matching woodgrain alpha set. I love this new kit, it’s funky, but still very linear and clean.

I made this page for my parents who keep living their lives for us and almost never taking time for themselves.
This photo was taken in one of the rare occasions they actually took the time…

I love them so much 🙂

Make Your Own Planner Workshop
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Creativity Prompt – Flip Your Template

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Mommy's Girl

[Font: Adler; Digital Kit: Count To Four by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

Count To Four Kit Last week I used the Count To Four template and alpha kit as is, just tweaking the colors, adding a background paper and some accent flourishes.

This week I wanted to use the exact same template, which I really like, but to make it look completely different. I also had no more than a few minutes available to make it happen… Busy times.

Well, easy.

All I had to do was to flip the template [“image” => “rotate” => “90 degrees to the right”]. I also moved the text box and title around and ended up with a completely different layout with the same 2 Dollars template… Completed in about 15 minutes.

Does it get any easier than that?

It is really important to get the stories down before they are forgotten, but many times we just do not have the time to reinvent the wheel, come up with a great design and start from scratch. Using a template (or a sketch) is a great way to go about it, but there’s a limit to how many templates we can go out and buy, isn’t it?

So here’s a good way to utilize the template you already have (or the layouts you’ve already designed) – just flip them. Vertically, horizontally, sideways. Tweak them a bit here and there and get a fabulous completely new, well designed layout in a snap.


Do you reuse loved layout designs? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.