Archive for May, 2008


Create-your-own tumblers

May 13, 2008

Yesterday Designer Heather Manning showed a create-your-own tumbler project she had created on her blog. She used a Starbucks mug, but I don’t have one of those near-by so went searching on the web and found that Aladdin makes several different styles and sizes.

I have a couple of 16 oz and two 8oz tumblers on order now and turned the Aladdin PDF templates into png files so they would be easier to work with in Photoshop, Elements or PSP. If you’d like to snag them you can find them here. They are set up to be printed out on an letter size sheet of paper and then you simply cut them out along the dotted lines and slide them into the tumbler.

I’m sure there are probably other places you can find these types of tumblers. Thanks to Heather for sharing I know have Father’s Day gifts wrapped up! 🙂

5/15/08 ETA – shipping was very quick! My order arrived today and for those inquiring minds that asked – the scrapbook tumblers do have screw on lids. I


Scrap Orchard

May 12, 2008

Scrap Orchard is owned and operated by four friends; Shauna Burke-Smith of Pineapple Plantation Designs, Tammy Cirilli of TammyKat Designs, Kami Leonard of Ziggle Designs, and Kim Sheen of KCS Designs.

In addition to the Gallery that currently has 20+ FREE mini kits, quick pages and templates, there is a blog, forum and marketplace. Registration for the store and forum are separate and you do need to be registered and logged into the store in order to download all of those great looking freebies.


“Take Flight”

May 9, 2008

Songbird Avenue, Inc. is a digital scrapbooking-based online boutique whose proceeds are donated to various charities each month in an effort to give compassionately to those in need.

The charity kit this month is a beautiful mega kit called “Take Flight”. Guest designers helping Songbird Avenue celebrate it’s first year with this kit include: Shabby Princess, Dianne Rigdon, Gina Miller, Robin Carlton, Carrie Stephens, Nancie Rowe-Janitz, Amy Wolff, Jenna Desai, Kate Hadfield, Jacque Larson, Michelle Coleman, Shabby Miss Jenn, Susan Bartolini, Kate Teague, Leora Sanford, Meredith Fenwick, Jan Crowley and Janet Phillips.

100% of this month’s profits will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Digital Scrapbooking Freebies – Where to Find the Good Stuff

May 7, 2008

The title of this site “Digital Scrapbooking Freebies – Where to Find the Good Stuff” is a good summary of what this site is all about. This is a site filled with eclectic lists and links all related to digital scrapbooking. Topics covered include designer freebies, fonts, brushes and digital communities.

Even if you have been a digiscrapper for years, you are bound to find something new and interesting here.


It’s all about the texture…

May 5, 2008

I’ve posted about texture sites before, but I just have to give you a link to this great tutorial on how to use them. Looking through the examples that folks have posted will truly inspire you to give it a try.

As mentioned in the tutorial, textures for this were freebies courtesy of “Ghostbones” at Flickriver where he has 80 awesome free hand made textures and grungy frames posted.

Here are my first attempts at using two of the textures from Ghostbones.


Single page printing now available at Viovio!

May 2, 2008

Raleigh, NC (May 2008)- Viovio, an on-line community and creative photo book publishing service, in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, introduced an unbound book option today, in conjunction with their new 12×12 photo book.

The latest addition to Viovio’s expanding menu of print-on-demand products is the direct result of customer input. “At Viovio we strive to accommodate to our customers’ needs,” commented Connie Fowler, Co-Founder of Viovio, “and customers have indicated they want the option to print loose pages in a 12×12” size for a variety of reasons, including for use in hybrid scrapping.”

The same digital silk quality pages available in the 12×12 bound books are now available loose at the low price of $.75 per page. The double-sided minimum page count is 24. For customers that prefer single-sided printing for their pages the fee is only an additional 15%. With single-sided printing the minimum page count is 12.

To order loose pages simply create a gallery, upload your pages, and click the “order photo book” icon engaging the bookmaker process. Check the box to have the cover image printed inside the book, accept the default cover info and move to the purchase page. “Unbound book” is the last selection from the drop down menu.

About Viovio (
Founded in 2004, Viovio offers a creative and easy-to-use photo publishing service that allows users to upload photos, completed pages or PDF books, create travel blogs, create photo books, and exchange information about their favorite places and memorable adventures. More than just a publishing Web site, Viovio is an on-line community designed for photographers (professional and novice), travel enthusiasts, and those who want to combine the two. Viovio’s goal is always to produce on-demand products of exceptional quality with record speed without ever compromising quality, customer service or price. The company offers 300 MB of free photo storage, a capacity that can be upgraded.


PCEC May Newsletter now available

May 1, 2008

The Photoshop Creative Elements Community Newsletter for May is now available. It includes a great tutorial on creating Fantasy Photo’s and part two of Using Channels in Elements. There are also several freebies including some photo frame clusters created by yours truly. 😉

In order to view the newsletter you do need to be a registered member and logged in, but registration is free and only takes a minute.