Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our Finished Scrapbooking Challenge. Where Is Your Page?

Welcome to our third and final installation for this fun, digital to traditional scrapbooking page.

I am not here to talk you OUT of traditional scrapbooking.  I still traditional scrapbook, too.  Just a lot less these days.  As I go through today's step by step tutorial, I'll also chime in on the many advantages to hybrid and digital scrapbooking to make you a more rounded, efficient and better scrapper.

Here is a very good reason why I scrap more digitally.  

Hello!!!   I mean seriously, all I did was remove my lunch to take this picture.

What a disaster, above!  That's exactly why this area is in the attic.  Hehehe...

Back to our tutorial...

This project has quite a lot going on.  It's a part of our digital to traditional challenge and it isn't our first.  To see more click here. (We've got a really fun, free template for you there, too.) There are several tips through out today's blog.  Great for beginning scrappers AND the kind of cool part, I'm using all mega old and cheap scrap stuff.  I'm not only on a serious budget, but there are ZERO scrapbooking stores in my area.

These items are not at all coordinating together in a pack.  I LOVE purchasing coordinated collections, though.  They save SO much time!  I probably spent more time sifting through my old, immense scrap stash trying to coordinate colours and subject matter than it would have taken me to scrap this digitally.  Hehehe...

Let's just dive right in there with the steps, tips, tricks and our final result.

In our first installation, we offer this free template.  In the second installation, we explain how to use the template and we give many examples and tips on the BEST way to use the template.

free template to get you started

As I mentioned above, I don't have a fun, summer, vacation collection.  So I had to rummage through all of my stash.  Stickers, papers, embellishments, etc.  These are what  I grabbed.  I thought I'd show you a bit of the process in case you too are not blessed with boxes of prepared collections.

I loved the blue in my son's swim trunks and since water and sky are a part of the photo, it seemed fitting to go with blue.  Take a close look at my colours.  Primary, basic colours in relatively, the same hue.  (I didn't end up using all of these papers.)

I also matched up the papers as closely as possible to my embellishments.  When you use colours that are not similar, your page will look miss matched and busy.  A good tip to prevent that is to use less colours.  I went with the blue, yellow, white and green.  I had some fun embellishments with pink and other colours, but when I put them on the paper, it all looked way too busy, distracting from my pretty picture.

I see a lot of people's pages out there with miss matched matting and thought I'd give my two cents about how to do this best.  Above, I show ya what my photo looks like on the yellow and the blue paper.  Do you see the difference?  My photo looks a little...ill on the yellow paper and the mountains look even less green, but on the blue the photo looks much better.  Keep reading to see how we pulled it all together.

I loved this flowery paper, but it was missing that splash of yellow I wanted to make it all more cohesive.  I guess, I kind of forced these things together to fit.  As you can see by the next image, the flowery paper doesn't play a large roll in the overall page.  I thought it'd be cool and fun to add some of the yellow colour the paper missed by colouring it myself.  I only needed to do it around the edges so it wouldn't be a big time suck.

As I was colouring, I was shaking pretty bad which got me to thinking of another good thing about digital scrapbooking and that it's less physically demanding.  If you're shaky, you won't ruin your entire project or send those tiny gems flying into the air and all over your work space and the floor.

In the above image, I'm showing you two things.  The detail work of the coloured in yellow around the edges as well as my placing technique once I've adhered my adhesive.  I use TWO different kinds of adhesives in almost all of my pages and projects.  Adhesive often loses it's stick and when ya double it up, you have a better chance of things staying put.  I also want to explain how I plop down my layers once I've applied my adhesive.

I'm super, super stingy with my adhesive.  Like I mentioned, scrap stuff is VERY hard to come by.  Hehehe...  For the blocked image, I put a large piece of double sided tape across the middle and used glue around the edges.  To place it on my blue layer,  I lightly press one of the edges until I've eyeballed it into place.  When I got it right where I want it, I press gently on the entire thing.  Voila!

Above, you'll see the outside edges of my yellow layer are flayed upward because I used the opposite adhering method, using double sided tape on the outside of my blue page and glue in the middle.  For this way, you push very gently in the centre where the glue is (glue has give and double sided tape does NOT).  Gently slide or nudge your layer into the desired place and press gently over its entirety.

Above, I show off how I test my stickers.  I don't pull them off until I'm sure I know where to put it.  I also wasn't sure if this sun was going to be too big.  (I did find it a bit big, though.  Hehehe...)  I cut around and test.  I'm not taking any chances! 

Digital scrapbooking allows you to resize, alter, duplicate and even recolour your embellishments allowing for a PERFECT page.

I love a page with dimension.  When the embellishments are lifted off the page, it gives it more pop and it's fun.  Digitally, this is done with shadows.  Small darker shadows are used for less dimension (like one layer of paper or a paper clip) and when ya really want lift, you add a larger, light shadow (for a balloon or butterfly).  There are even "effects" you can install in your software where it's done for you!

Use foam double sided tape for this effect, traditionally. I'd also recommend having a separate pair of scissors for cutting adhesive.  They will get all gunked up.

What often makes a page look awesome is its layers.  Layers add lift, polish, cohesion, contrast...When in doubt, add another layer!

I had these fun, what I call wordies.  (I've got some in our shop for only ,99 cents. Print out as many as you like on sticker paper, the size ya need and use them over and over...)  I layered them on the scraps of my yellow paper to add more contrast and dimension as well as make my miss matched stuff match better.

In one of my embellishment sheets, were these circles.  I cut them in half to make them go further and spread the coordinating colour around my page.

You can note those awful little nubs where the element is attached to the page.  You certainly don't have that in digital or when you use your cutting machine.  To get rid of them, use your fussy cutting scissors, a nail file or rub gently with your finger nail until it isn't so visible.

Many of my elements had those tiny gems so I added a few more of my own to bring it all together.  I so did not want to add pink, but those glasses were just perfect.  That's why I added a touch more of the pink circles.  I tried several things to cover up the stars, but was not crazy about the result.

So there is our finished digital to traditional challenge.  I sure hope you'll join in, too!

Head over to our scrapbooking group on Facebook and show us what you've done.  You may gladly show us any of your family friendly pages and paper projects.  Feel free to ask questions there as well.

Thanks for hanging out with The Cherry.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free Printable Colour Your Own Book Marker From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to Hybrid Saturday with The Cherry On Top.

I've got a nifty, free printable book marker for you.  It will coordinate magnificently with our colouring page we gave a while ago.  Did ya miss it?!  No worries!  We've got the link.  Grab your skinnies and destress with a fun, challenging colouring project.

 free book marker
free book marker for you to colour

 free colouring page
our free colouring page

If book markers are your thing, check out these others we've designed.

 free bookmarker
free book marker with Aimee Harrison Designs

 free kitty  bookmarker
a really cute kitty book marker

 minecraft bookmarker freebie
a Minecraft inspired book marker

From the shop...
 Christmas Bookmarkers
Christmas themed book markers, borders or tags...

 Princess Bookmarkers
pretty princess book markers will make great party favours

We've got tons of free printables on our blog.  Scroll back and enjoy all of the freebies and inspiration.  I highly advise you sign up for our newsletter at the top, right of the blog so you don't miss out on all of the awesome free stuff.

Happy crafting!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Free Scrapbooking Goodies Every Friday With The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

We've got one heck of a doozy ready for you, today.  Check out The Cherry for scrapbooking inspiration, information, tips, tutorials, amazing deals and freebies from us and other designers.  Don't forget we blog traditionally on Tuesdays and Saturday we show off hybrid creations. I've also been working on videos! 

Today, we've got new and previous templates, a lot of pretty pages to inspire you, a look at the freebies for our newsletter subscribers, a link to some free commercial use goodies from Made By Keuntje, new templates from Aimee Harrison and Dagi's Temptations as well as links to a few previous freebies.

The Cherry On Top has new templates available in the Kreative Design Studio on Etsy.  Add them to your templates stash while they are on promotion and scrap beautifully.

 Falling templates

Here are a few examples using the new templates from me and my awesome scrappy team.

A page from Magalie.
 Falling Templates
 Akizo's newest release and Falling Templates from The Cherry

Hilary's page
 Falling templates
 Falling templates from The Cherry and Fall Flock from Clever Monkey Graphics

More loveliness from Hilary.
 Falling templates
 Falling templates and Children's Museum from Clever Monkey Graphics

My gal Theresa's page.
 Falling templates
 Falling Templates and Autumn Apples from Kim Cameron Designs

Here's a page from Jodi.
 Falling Templates
 Falling templates and Cool Autumn freebie from Throwing Some Scraps Around

Another lovely page from Theresa.
 Falling Templates
 Falling templates and Autumn's In The Air from Paty Greif

We released these last week.  Check out more pages in our store or on last week's blog.

 Hip 2b Square Templates

A beautiful page from Dana.
Hip 2 B Square Templates

Rae always scraps up something special!

 Hip 2 B Square Templates
Hip 2 B ² templates and a kit from River Rose

Here's are most recent collection, Troll Bolla
 The Trolla Bolla Collection from The Cherry On Top  papers and ellies 

Theresa keeps scrapping up more pages with this really fun, bright kit.  So should you!

 The Trolla Bolla Collection

There is a soft side, a bright side and a bold side making it a very versatile collection.

 The Trolla Bolla Collection

The Basics are must have's for your stash.

 The Basics Templates

Cristiana has worked her magic!
 The Basics Templates
The Basic Templates and vintage School by Kastagnette

September's Sapphire is a new collection from Aimee Harrison Designs.  I teamed it up with her new templates, Patterns A Plenty and Word Up.

These next two pages are mine.  My oldest with his oma.  He's getting so big!  Aimee has a few freebies on her blog.  Sind one under her Studiously collection and there's another entry with free planner goodies, too.

 Patterns A Plenty

And my oldest over 10 years ago.  Hehehe...He's looking a bit sleepy, but he looks just precious.

 Word Up Templates

Here's a look.  There are a lot more packs available in the collection.

 September's Sapphire

Dagi has new templates releasing this week.  I really, really like these.  They are super versatile and make scrapping fast.

Scr-App-Tastic Templates

Here is what I've done with the templates.  I've designed a new, fun profile picture for on Facebook as well as a new wall photo.  I couldn't wait to scrap up this fun picture.  That's me and my wish came true!!  Another glass...hehehe...

 Scr-App-Tastic Templates
 Scr-App-Tastic Templates and Let's Flamingle from Paty Greif

Let's Flamingle from Paty Greif Digital Designer 

Here's another one of Dagi's new templates and another collection from Aimee Harrison.  That's my lovely in-laws on top of the Calmont mountain on the Mosel River in Germany, where we vacation.

 Scr-App-Tastic Templates

I've been asked to do videos for years and I'm finally figuring it all out thanks to my son.  Hehehe...I'll try to make videos weekly.  We'll see how it goes.

Check out this one on how to get layers on your word or title art in PSE.  I'm so thrilled I figured out how to layer.  It may not be the only way, but it's the way that worked for me and it totally lifts my titles and adds punch, contrast and even texture to what could be dull wording.

 Video for designing layered titles

Here's a look at the last two freebies from our newsletter.  It certainly is worth the space in your mailbox.  You'll stay caught up on our newest freebies and releases in the shop in a very abbreviated manner.  We'll link up the current and past blogs so you can keep up with all of this scrapbooking goodness.  Join the other savvy scrappy sisters and sign up for our newsletter right here, at the top of the blog, to the right or on our Facebook Page.

This is one of recent, free templates offered on the blog as well as a look at tomorrow's freebie for Hybrid Saturday.

 free template
I've designed some more Wordies.  I received several sheets similar to this in a collection I scrapped and blogged with Posh from Simple Stories and I love them.  I've got several blogs with my pages along with step by steps for traditional scrapbooking.  (I've linked up all three for you.)  I've got some in the shop, too.  These are in jpg format and the ones in the shop are in png format so you can customise the background AND the colour of your wording or font.  Yay! How cool is that?!  Print the size, colour and as many as you need.  There is also another pack of them in the shop to check out. Keep them with your traditional and or digital stash for future use. You'll love how much you use them.

 Everyday Wordies
             winter wordies

Here's how you can use word bits traditionally.

 free word bits

The background will be white when you print.  Make sure the size is how you want it.  If unadjusted it will print out on a 5x5 size.  I've left a lot of space for easy cutting.

Thank you so much for joining us at The Cherry.