Friday, July 30, 2010

Make Your Own Invites and Announcements Using Your Digital Templates

By Amy Kingsford

Storyboard Template by Coffee Shop Actions

Making your own digital invitations, announcements and greeting cards can be simple, inexpensive and speedy…especially when you use helpful tools such as digital templates, that most of us digital scrapbookers already have on hand!

My favorite multi-purpose templates on the market right now are Biograffiti’s Gridlocked No. 1 and Gridlocked No. 2 template sets—perfect for everything from mini albums, wall art, invitations  and more!  Each set contains 15 layered templates and best of all you can use these in your scrap for hire projects too!

Now lets take a look at how simple it really is to convert any digital template into your very own invite, in  just a few simple steps.


1. Choose a template that is suited to the project you’re working on and open it in Photoshop, I have chosen “Template #11, from Biograffiti’s Gridlocked No. 1.


2. Next click on the “Image Tab” at the top left of the screen and select “Resize.”  Remove the checkmark from the “Constrain Proportions” box and then make sure your resolution is suited for the project you are creating.  (Note: If its something that will be printed out your resolution should be set at 300, if its being published to the web, set it to 72).  Then finally enter the finished measurements for your project and click “OK.”

3. Now your template should be resized to suit the project you are working with.  Newer versions of Photoshop are content aware and can change the size of a file without distorting the overall image, however if you are working with an older version of Photoshop then you may want to do some tweaking to make sure you are happy with the final proportions of your project.

invitefinishedPapers and Elements from Emily Powers Moonlight Revelrie and Expectantly Yours Kits

4. Next clip the papers of your choice to the template, and add your elements and finishing touches.  In these particular templates from Biograffiti she includes a number key to aid you in your design.  you’ll want to delete that key before saving and printing.

5. Now you’re all  ready to print, address and send your invites  in the mail!

For more great templates and quick hybrid projects Visit Biograffiti's Shop at Oscraps!

Monday, July 26, 2010

What I've been up to...

So I'm sure you all read my previous post about embarking on the new adventure of being a stay at home mom!  Who knew being a SAHM was so much more demanding then being a full time mommy with a part-time job?  At least that's what it seems like sometime.  But I've certainly had fun adjusting to the waters!

This July has been a busy one!  With all of the hiking and camping and swimming and playing...I've barely had time to breathe...let alone get my scrappy on!  However I have had a few opportunities to be creative this month and now that I have a moment to myself I'd like to share what I've been up to.

Here's a look at this month's Crazy Daisy Kit and all of the fun I had with it!

Lamb Days 2010

 K is for Kissable


Star Light, Star Bright

Music Major

And here's a few pictures of the July Mini too!

This month I also had the wonderful opportunity to visit my husband's family and take some photos of my beautiful sister-in law and her fiance for their engagement photos! And while I was originally very nervous about my first photo shoot that did not involve my favorite two year old...I think we all had a lot of fun and I was quite pleased with the way the photos turned out too.  Here are just a few of my favorites...aren't they an adorable couple?!

Well there you have it...this month has been far from a productive scrappy month for me...but as you can see I'm still alive and kickin'! 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cookies, Pajamas and Smiles: This is My Life

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth!

We celebrated most of our festivities earlier in the week as Jake works over this I celebrated the Fourth a little differently this year...but I definitely had just as much fun!

 Instead of hot dogs and fireworks, my Fourth of July was more represented by glitter and glue.  I celebrated by taking my much anticipated July Kit from Crazy Daisy out of the box and having some fun!  If you haven't ordered your July Kit, you should hop on over and grab one.  This kit is the perfect compliment to all of your holiday pictures!  And don't forget to stop by the Crazy Daisy blog over the next month to see how all of the Daisies used their kits and for great tips and tutorials from the Crazy Daisy Team, including some ideas from me on using paint in your layouts!
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