Monday, February 28, 2011

Make It Hybrid- 2/28/11

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Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Make It Hybrid Monday! Last time, we learned how to make envelopes and the different uses for envelopes. Today, we are going to look at shaped cards and how easy they are to put together using kits that you already have in your stash. We're also going to make one card in three different ways.

Shaped cards can be made of any shape and size. The first thing to do is select an element that you would like to create into a card. Drag it into your software and adjust for the size that you would like the card to be. In this example, I've selected the cupcake from the recent release of Posh Party by North Meets South Studios to use for this card.


Create the mirror image element in the same size and use this as a mask to clip another color of paper on if you would like. One way to create a mirror image of an element is to duplicate the element and then rotate it by flipping horizontally.


Make sure that the two elements are side by side so that you have a seam to fold. If you want the card to open from the side, make sure that your mirrored element is to the left side of the original element. If you want the card to open from the top, make sure that the top of your mirrored element is touching the top of your original element.

Here, I've chosen to make the back of the card look exactly like the front so the two cupcakes are exactly the mirror image of each other.


I could have also chosen to make the back of the card pink by clipping a piece of pink cardstock to that layer.


Feel free to decorate the front or back of the card as you would like, print and cut out for a cute shaped card. In this card, I added some glitter, ribbon and another layer of the cupcake frosting for further dimension.


You can also connect more elements together in order to make a fold out card. Rather than just use two cupcakes next to each other, I connected a series of three cupcakes together to make a trifold card.


I could have also made a gatefold card that opens by splitting the cupcake in half so that the card opening is in the middle of the front like this:


Lots of different fun ways to play with just one card. Hope that you've enjoyed this installment of Make It Hybrid Monday and have a great week!



All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March Desktop Freebie

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I am LOVING Trixie Scraps new collab with Armina Designs: 'Quality Time'.


So today I have a little freebie for you! I hope you like it and can use this desktop for next month. Be sure to check out the whole kit at Gotta Pixel.

Click the image to download- enjoy! Smiley


All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Special Request Sunday 2/27

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Lori here to announce our Special Request Sunday winner from 2/13. You were asked to let us know what kit you have been drooling over in Trixie's store. I took the number of responses and entered them in a random number generator online, and the lucky number was..........................14!!! Lucky #14 was GenGenie and the kit she has been drooling over was this one



Just gotta love those pilgrims:) You can find this wonderful kit here.

GenGenie, please e-mail Tracy at ctstars@trixiescraps.com with your e-mail so that the coupon can be sent to you.

Thanks for playing along!!




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Super Saturday: Show Offs and a Wrap Up!

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Happy Saturday Trixie Scraps fans! I'm back this week with a shorter Saturday post, as we've been pretty quiet in these parts this week!

First of all, I want to give you shortcuts to the great posts we've had by the Stars! Make sure to play along and put your layouts in Trixie Scraps Gallery!

Sunday Stacey introduced us to Lwentkie and Therapy97, two of Trixie's fans who participate in our challenges! We hope to spotlight you as well!

Monday Erica posted about the Product of the Week! Did you get a chance to snag Renaissance Romance at such a fantastic price? Make a layout! Post it inTrixie Scraps Gallery

Tuesday Candy gave us a fantastic tip and trick for resizing our elements and maintaining the proportion of the element!

Thursday Carrin challenged us to use the technique that Candy shared with us on Tuesday! Don't forget, use Trixie's products and upload to the Trixie Scraps Gallery!


You guys have put some awesome layouts into Trixie's Gallery this week! We even had some newcomers! WELCOME! Lets see what awesome layouts you came up with!




You can find the kits in these show offs at Trixie Scraps Store or they are also available at ScrapMatters, Gotta Pixel, Funky Playground Designs or Scrapbook Bytes.

For participating this week you'll be receiving a gift from Trixie's Store!

Wanna play along? READ HERE on how to become part of the Saturday Show-Offs!


Like I said, today was a shorter post kind of day! Thanks for stopping in! Happy Scrapping!


All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Challenge Thursday

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Hi there, Trixie Scraps fans! It's Carrin here with this week's edition of Challenge Thursday. This week, I'm going to piggyback on a technique that Candy shared with us on Tuesday, resizing while maintaining proportions. It is a very rare occurrence that I use an element straight out of the kit, without resizing in some capacity. Often times, I find myself using the same element multiple times, in different sizes, on the same page. So, my challenge for you this week is to duplicate and resize at least three different elements on your page. Remember the shortcuts Candy shared...and have fun! Please make sure you stop by and show us what you've made so we can oooh-and-aaah over your creation!

Here's my contribution, using Trixie's latest Grab-A-Byte collection, Owl Always Love You, available very soon in all of her stores. I resized the green, purple and burgandy flowers and used all three twice on my page.



And here's one from Beth, using Happiness in a Cup.




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tips, Trends & Techniques Tuesday - Resizing Elements While Maintaining Proportions

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When I first started learning to digiscrap, one of the most frustrating problems I had was in resizing elements and papers and having them maintain the correct proportions. I spent more time than I care to think about trying to adjust each side of the element or paper to the exact right proportion and sometimes things would still wind up looking funny. It wasn't until I was a couple of months into learning Photoshop and who knows how many "interestingly" proportioned elements that I learned how to fix this little faux pas.

Because I hope I am not the only one out there that struggled with this technique, I want to share a couple of tricks.

I am using Photoshop CS5, so my tools may be in a different place than in your program, but most programs have tools available to help you maintain correct proportions.

First, I am going to open up a new palette and place a glitter swirl from Distinct Hush - a collab by Trixie Scraps Designs and Studio Rosey Posey.



You'll notice the black lines around the element and the X across. Those are the guidelines that let me know this element is ready to be re-sized. To make these lines appear I can either use the "Edit - Free Transform" menu option, or the keyboard shortcut Cmd+T (Mac) or Ctrl+T (PC).



Now, I am going to grab the top right corner of the guidelines - you'll know you have it when your pointer changes to a dual-tip arrow - and re-size my element without paying attention to the proportions.

The element now looks squished from the top and not so much like the original. 



What I used to do was try to eyeball getting the element back to the right shape going back and forth trying to adjust the width and height just by looking at it. There's an easier way to fix this!

See the little boxes at the top of my screen? They'll only appear when you are "transforming" an element or paper (Free Transform in the Edit menu or Cmd+T/Ctrl+T). 



Here's a close-up:



The "X" and "Y" numbers are for setting reference points. We're going to ignore these. We want to focus on the second set of boxes, labelled "W" and "H" for Width and Height. The boxes are filled with percentages that indicate the size of the element being transformed. You'll notice that the numbers in the picture don't match, indicating that the element is much wider than it is tall.

To make the element proportional again, we need to make these numbers match. The easiest way to do this is to click on the chain symbol between the two boxes. This locks the the ratios together and keeps your element in perfect proportion as you resize it. 



And here is my element, resized, with accurate proportions. 



If you click the chain symbol before you make any changes you can easily resize your elements and papers without ever losing their proportions to begin with! 

Now that you understand the basics of maintaining proportions let's talk about shortcuts!

The equivalent of clicking the chain symbol to lock your ratios is holding down the "Shift" key while you resize your element. Just be careful to release the mouse before you release the shift key or the ratios will revert to what they would have been without being locked. 

For an advanced method you can use "Alt+Shift" while you drag on any corner to resize from the center. This is a great technique for when you have an element where you want it, but might want to tweak the size a bit. The center stays in place as if it is glued down and the element changes size, shrinking or expanding - without moving across the page. 

It was amazing how much time I saved after learning to use this handy little tool and shortcuts when working on my layouts! 


All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores: Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Monday, February 21, 2011

It Manic Monday Time!!

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It's Manic Monday and that means it's time to introduce another Product of the Week! This week, you can get Renaissance Romance on sale 50%!! But hurry - this special runs Monday-Friday of this week only!! The sale price is available in each of Trixie's stores so you can shop in your favorite store and still get the best price! This is a sale you don't want to miss- you will love this kit!!!



Here are a few layouts from the team:

Mine-

This very pretty one is from Carolyn-

And look at this beautiful one by Bree-


Thanks for stopping by today. Here is a freebie alpha the Jamie made that coordinates with Renaissance Romance.






All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Spotlight!

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Happy Sunday Trixie Scraps fans!

Stacey here to spotlight not one, but two of Trixie's customers! Lori aka lwentkie and Mary Kate aka Therapy97!

Lori lives in a suburb in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, she's a happily married Momma to a sweet little boy and a Siamese tabby cat!

Mary Kate lives in the Pocono area of PA, she's been married to her wonderful husband for almost 10 years and they have 2 beautiful daughters and an Airedale Terrior!

Digital Scrapbooking Tools:

Lori: I use PSE 8 on a PC (with multiple EHD’s), even though I’m a Mac girl at heart! My camera is a Nikon D5000 and is my most valuable material possession! It goes with me everywhere. My hubby just gave me a Wacom Bamboo tablet for my birthday, so I’m learning to use that.

Mary Kate: I currently use Photo Impact X3 to scrap my pages.

What would be your dream vacation?

Lori: I would love to go to Hawaii someday!

Mary Kate: My dream vacation would be to go to Fiji, just because it is far away and not many people here go there.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Lori: About 10 years ago in LA, I met and chatted with a couple of the cast members from Days of Our Lives.

Mary Kate: Yes, a few, but probably most notable is Howie Long. I have met him on a number of occasions because my father and Uncle know him personally.

What is one digi scrapping tool (ie. templates, keyboard shortcuts, etc.) you can't live without?

Lori: Ctrl T for selecting your object to transform in PSE – Lifesaver!!

Mary Kate: Lately, it has been templates. I need their help just for a layout, otherwise it might take me days to complete a page. LOL!

What elements do you always use on your pages?

Lori: I usually always have a paper strip or ribbon.

Mary Kate: I feel the need to always try and add a string or ribbon... it seems to add the one touch needed to soften a page without making it to masculine or feminine.

Mary Kate's favorite kit:


Lori's favorite kit:

Lori's favorite page using Winter on the Mountain


Mary Kate's favorite page using Saffron Blues




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Super Saturday: Show Offs, Inspiration and a Wrap Up!

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Happy Saturday Trixie Scraps fans! We love you guys so much and appreciate that you come to visit us!
This week has been a lot of fun! Trixie's put out some amazing kits for Gotta Grab It and Grab-a-Byte. She also did a collab with Spinky Dinky Scraps called Well Suited! I pulled together the ladies layouts from this fantastic kit to inspire you!



This week on the blog we've had some fun stuff going on! Check it all out!

Sunday Amy is giving you the chance to put in a vote to win your favorite kit! Cheesy Get to it! We all love FREE stuff! Smiley

Monday Sharon gave us a great tutorial {and inspiration} on making an envelope to keep your hybrid card into! She shows some great ways to use this outside of the box!

Tuesday Theresa showed us a fantastic tutorial that Tracy came up with on making your photos a STUNNING black and white!

Thursday Kris has challenged us this week to scrap our favorite vacation photos that transport us right back to that moment! What is your favorite?? Remember to put them in the Trixie Scraps Gallery when you use Trixie Scraps products, and we will put you into the Saturday Show Offs and you'll get a prize!!

Friday Lindsey gave us a great look at all the FANTASTIC releases Trixie has in her stores today! This post is PACKED! Make sure you take a look!


Lastly, we've had some fantastics layouts put into the Trixie Scraps Gallery by you, Trixie's fans! I want to show off all that you've done!





You can find the kits in these show offs at Trixie Scraps Store or they are also available at ScrapMatters, Gotta Pixel, Funky Playground Designs or Scrapbook Bytes.


For participating this week you'll be receiving the Roots and Branches wordart set!


Wanna play along? READ HERE on how to become part of the Saturday Show-Offs!


Thanks for hanging out today! Cannot wait to see what you come up with this week! Don't forget to post your layouts using Trixie Scraps products in the Trixie Scraps Gallery

Bree

All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Friday, February 18, 2011

Feature Friday 2/18/11 - new releases plus a freebie, too!

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Hi everyone! I hope you've been having a good week and that you did something special this week with your loved ones on Valentine's Day (if you celebrate)! My husband and I spent the day together on Wednesday and it was really nice. Aside from that, it's been another busy week here in my office as I designed my half of another new collab and then compiled this month's Gotta Grab It pieces into a new mega collection. Who would think that the shortest month of the year would be such a busy one?? This weekend, we're looking forward to having our nieces and nephew come for an overnight visit - it should be an adventure! Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy browsing my newest releases!


First up this week is the new collab kit I mentioned, this one with Spinkydink Scraps. I really, really loved working with Lindsay and I think this kit turned out fabulously! I've been on a bit of a subdued color palette kit these days and this one is no exception. Well Suited is kind of a play on words - we wanted to make a "meant for each other" type kit inspired by the colors and patterns in menswear and men's suiting. The result is this versatile kit with just the right amount of bling and femininity to make it perfect for scrapping pages about men and women alike. This kit will be exclusive to Gotta Pixel for one week from 2/18-2/24 and is on sale for 20% off this week!






Then, as I mentioned, this month's Gotta Grab It pieces, Roots and Branches, have been turned into a full kit with a whole host of add-ons to round out a big mega collection. Each of these pieces will be on sale for 20% off in all my stores, this weekend only.

The full kit now contains the cardstocks and patterned papers (24 papers total), the element pack containing 64 elements, plus the full alpha:







Plus, for a limited time, when you purchase the Roots and Branches kit, you get these incredible Quickpages FREE with your purchase! There is nothing to add to your cart - the links will be automatically included with your purchase. Thanks to my CT Star Erica for providing one of these pages (the other is one of my own)!




The first add-on for the collection is this great set of Quick Pages - 6 total 12x12 pages, which will help you finish up some layouts in a flash!



Maybe you need a little kick start, but don't want an entire finished quick page. These page starters are the perfect solution. They give you a little creative boost while still allowing you the freedom to make the page truly your own.



Of course, for truly easy pages, you could combine the page starters with one or more of the clusters from the pack below. This pack contains six pre-shadowed clusters - 5 frame clusters and 1 border/strip cluster:



And for the perfect finishing touch, why not title your page with some amazing wordart? Kim has outdone herself with this set - I think they are perfect!



Now, for this collection, I made an extra little something. Since this kit was inspired by the family tree, I've put together a customizable, build-your-own family pedigree for you all. Simply arrange the pre-clustered frames around the header cluster, drop in your family photos and VOILA! Easy peasy family tree pages!



And finally, no collection would be complete without one of Carrin's amazing blogwear sets, right? Especially so, since this collection is family-themed, it makes for perfect blogwear for your everyday blog, don't you think? This beautiful set contains 3 background choices, 3 header choices, 4 sidebar labels, 2 different post dividers, 1 frame, and as always, installation instructions for the Blogger platform.



And last but not least, here is a great freebie cluster Jamie has created for you with the Roots & Branches collection. There will be a freebie in my newsletter that will coordinate with Well Suited, too - so don't miss that! Bree will post some layout inspiration here on the team blog tomorrow for Super Saturday, too! Enough chatter from me... I have to clean house today! Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥ Trixie ♥



All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground