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Scrapping & Stampin with Savitri

August 21, 2008

I reviewed Scrapping & Stampin with Savitri last May and just recently she has updated, rearranged and added new tutorials so I thought I would bring this site to your attention again.   The video tutorials are easy to locate and with over 40 tutorials there is a wide variety of topics covered.

If you haven’t stopped by and taken a look recently click on over!

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CoffeeShop Photography

August 11, 2008

CoffeeShop Photography provides free tutorials and actions for Photoshop and Elements.   The actions for Photoshop work in version 7 and above and the actions for Elements have only been tested in PSE 6.0

The tutorials are related to the actions, not how to run them, but how to create the same effects without the action.   Looking at those tutorials makes you appreciate just how useful actions can be!

Here is an example of just one of the many free actions sets Rita has made available on her blog:

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Artistic Scrap Designs

August 7, 2008

Artistic Scrap Designs is a newly opened digiscrap store, that includes a gallery, blog and forum.   The designer, Jen Clark, is a friend of mine from the Photoshop Creative Elements forum.

Unfortunately, Jen’s computer crashed a couple of days ago, which put a halt to the uploading of product to the store, but there is still a nice selection of unique paper packs.    I’m sure there will be more intersting things coming from the Jen’s creative mind very soon.

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Scrap With Templates

August 5, 2008

Scrap With Templates is a shop where you will find products to help you make fabulous digital scrapbook pages. Most of the products are templates, such as layered templates for making scrapbook layouts or clipping masks that you just clip your own photos into. If you are new to layered templates they provide a tutorial that inlcudes screen shots on how to use them.

Right now the site is celebrating its Grand Opening and all products are 50% off!  And if you sign up for their newsletter you will receive a free bragbook template set.  All templates are Scrap-for-hire friendly and commercial use is also permitted.

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Time to start planning your holiday gifts!

July 31, 2008

The holiday season seems a long way off right now, but if you are planning on photo or digital scrapbooking related gifts it is never too early to start working on those projects.  Before you know it the shipping deadlines will be upon us, but with careful planning you can avoid paying the extra shipping costs for rush orders.

Here are some great ideas on how to include photo books in your gift giving plans:

  • Favorite cookie recipes, along with pictures of the baking process and of finished items can be collected in a photo book and passed down for future generations.
  • If you’ve got kids in sports, pageants, dance recitals or holiday programs at school, make them their own book show casing their role in the event.
  • Surprise a loved one with a family history book. You might have to sneak pictures out of their house a few at a time to scan. A big project like this, needs to be started as soon as possible so you aren’t rushed to complete it at the last minute.
  • Create a personalized ABC or 123 book for a youngster in your life. Kids love seeing themselves and loved ones in print!

Finally, remember photo books don’t need to be more than 20 pages or even big to make a great gift! Viovio has a lot of great options, including some really cute mini books!

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Font Conference

July 30, 2008

This is not really scrapping related – but I know there are a lot of scrappers that are font junkies and you are going to get a kick out of this video called Font Conference.

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Reasons to create Photo Books

July 28, 2008

Every photographer and scrapper is looking for a way of doing more with their photos and layouts.  But they may not be sure what that “more” might be.   Here are some ideas on how you can use photo books to extend your creativity:

  1. Tell a story. If, for example, you’ve taken a series of photos – from your summer vacation, from protest rallies or a series about conservation – a printed photo book can put those shots into a collection that captures the emotion or helps to move the viewer in some way.
  2. Capture an event. Concert photographers and wedding photographers don’t just snap a single picture – they take a number of photos that really show the completeness of an event. Photo books display the whole experience, not just a single moment in time.
  3. Preserve memories. An amazing vacation. Your child’s first year of school.  Your family tree.  With a printed photo book, you can keep your memories fresh.
  4. Create unique gifts. A collection of your layouts is a gift that a digiscrapper can give that no one else can.
  5. Share a part of yourself. When you capture moments or things that you are passionate about, gathering them in a printed photo book gives you the opportunity to share the world as you see it.

There are a lot of photo book companies out there, and I’ve tired many of them.  To date my personal favorite is Viovio.  They offer a quality product at a very affordable price, plus great customer service!