Archive for October, 2007

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Cottage Arts

October 31, 2007

CottageArts.net has a softer less hurried feel from other scrapping sites. The only gallery is for the design team to showcase creative examples from the Simply Digital CD’s. The other unusual feature is that there is not a forum on this site. But that doesn’t detract from what they have to offer.

Their product line, Simply Digital, currently offers themed CDs and a huge variety of downloadables of custom designed layout templates, background papers, and embellishments to help you create stunning digital scrapbooking layouts, or to print for use in traditional scrapbooks. Samples of their products are available for download.

They provide a great overview of the possibilities that digital scrapping provides and some very nice tutorials as well. There is also a free newsletter with tips and freebies that is well worth your while to sign up for.

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“Scraps of Pink” freebie!

October 29, 2007

As a thank you to all of you that are helping us towards our goal of being able to donate at least a $1,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation I have created a quick page freebie using items from this wonderful mega kit, which is being host by custom photobook publisher Viovio.

The quick page is located in the preview gallery for the kit. Simply copy and paste the url listed under the preview of the quick page. Enjoy!

“Scraps of Pink” Quick Page

(Picture and text not included in the quick page)

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Atomic Cupcake

October 26, 2007

A year or so ago I started noticing a line in a lot of designers “Terms of Use” (TOU) documents that said “special thanks to Atomic Cupcake”. My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate and discovered a great resource for digiscrappers.

The offerings on this site are set up buffet style. All you can download for 30 days for one low price. The Cupcake Club is where you find the page kits – when I downloaded there were over 60 kits and more are added on a regular basis. It’s a great deal for only $12.95. The Atomic Club is filled with actions for Photoshop and Elements along with a few drag and drop templates. You can choose just this section for $16.95 or if you would like both you really get a bargain for only $21.95. Free samples of the items in each of the clubs are available.

Another nice feature is the Atomic Colorator. According to the site “Unlike most other color wheel pages, ours is set up for printing the schemes, so your projects will look as good when you print as they do on the screen.” It really is a handy tool for creating coordinating color schemes.

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Graficalicus

October 25, 2007

Graficalicus is not exactly a scrapping site, but there are a lot useful things for scrappers to be found there. Graffi has actions written for both Photoshop and Elements, as well as tutorials for a variety of image manipulation software.

My favorite action is his Add-o-matic. It gives you drag and drop simplicity when it comes to installing, custom shapes, layer styles, brushes, gradients, patterns, actions etc. Sure I could walk through all the steps manually, but I prefer the faster easier route!

 

There are free samples of his work, and a few “just for fun” freebies there as well. Just be sure you are downloading items specific for your software. And from time to time he makes beta test actions available for a limited time on his blog.

Customer service is always excellent and if you encounter any problems, Graffi is quick to help you come to a solution. He has also been known to see someone wishing for something in a forum and pop in a little later to provide a link to something he has come up with to make the wish a reality!

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What can you get for $10?

October 24, 2007

I can remember back in the 80’s when I used to fill my little car every friday afternoon for $10. These days that would barely be a drop in the bucket at the pump. But you know, drops add up!

When you purchase a Scraps of Pink digital scrapbooking kit for $10, you are not only getting a HUGE kit, but you are also benefiting the Susan G. Komen beast cancer foundation. So far, the kit has raised over $500 in its first week of availability, but we (yes I was one of the designers) would really like to double that amount. So although $10 may not buy what it used to, it does all add up to help build a better future for all of us.

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Digital Scrapbook Place

October 24, 2007

Digital Scrapbook Place (DSP) is probably the largest scrapping site on the web with over 100,000 registered members, including me. Fortunately, the site is well organized so its size is not overwhelming, and the members are friendly and helpful.

There are a lot of on-going challenges for all skill levels, along with crops, chats and contests to help you find your scrappin’ groove. And their store & freebies gallery has a lot of creative items to offer.

A nice tutorial section for a variety of software programs, is complimented by on-line self-paced courses covering digital scrapbooking and related topics. Instructors are available through optional chat sessions or by email. And of courese if you need help with a particular process, someone is always happy to help.

They also have information and projects for hybrid scrapping (combination of paper & digital) and some fun craft projects as well.

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Gotta Pixel

October 23, 2007

If you are “addicted to the pixel” then Gotta Pixel is a good place to check out. They have an extensive freebie section available for anyone, and there is also a wide variety of monthly challenges to help jumpstart your creative process.

They have tutorials for both Photoshop CS and elements as well as Paint Shop Pro, but you must be a registered user and logged in, in order to see or access that section of the forum which is located below the monthly challenges.

Lots of interesting items in the shop, including quick page brag and alphabet books, curled and folded corner templates and curly ribbons. Commercial use items are also available.