Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last Sale Day plus Retiring Specials, too!

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Hi everyone! I've had a hectic weekend and had some family things I had to be around for, so I'm sorry I've been a bit out of touch. But, I did want to stop in and remind you all that today is the last day of my 30% off sale in all of my stores - act fast to scoop up the goodies on your wishlist while they are still on sale!

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Also, today is the last day to pick up the May Templatetopia collection from North Meets South Studios:




And finally, today is also the last day to pick up the Funky Playground Exclusive Collab Bundle - six full kits from six designers (including me!) for just $12. After today, that bundle will be split up and each of us will be selling our portions individually for $5-6 EACH, so you definitely want to snag this while you can still save over 65% on the bundle!






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

Tips, Trends & Techniques Tuesday - Resize Your Layout for the Web

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Hello Trixie Scraps readers! Candy here with another edition of Tips, Trends, and Techniques Tuesday! 

I love sharing my layouts on the internet, mostly with my family, but also for advertising and enabling when I do pages for creative team work. I’ve been doing this since I started digiscrapping back in 2007, but it was only recently that I learned that I was skipping an important step in getting my layouts ready to go on the web.

Digiscrapping supplies are created by designers at 300 dpi and made to fit a 12” x 12” layout. They will look crisp and vibrant on your 12 x 12 or even your 8 x 8 layout as long as you are working at 300 dpi.

Just a reminder, you can set this up when you open a new project (I am using Photoshop CS5)



or check the settings on an existing project by clicking IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE



Once you are finished with your page you just need to get it ready to share on the internet. You will need to save your layout as a JPEG file that’s small enough to be uploaded into galleries. Most galleries restrict files to no larger than 150 Kb. 

The easiest way to meet this size requirement is to lower the quality of the file from 300 dpi to 72 dpi which is the web standard for images. While you’re adjusting the dpi, go ahead and set the size to 600 x 600 pixels (again, clicking IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE). This size is perfect for most blog formats and makes it easy for designers to use your layout in advertising and samples for their products. 



Now your layout is the perfect size for the web, but the change in size and quality has made it all fuzzy. Let’s fix that!

The first step is duplicating your layout layer. You can either click LAYER > DUPLICATE LAYER or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (Command+J on a Mac) to make a new layer via copy. 

Now, we are going to use a filter to help us sharpen that layout. Click FILTER > OTHER > HIGH PASS. This will open up a settings window that looks like this. 



Set the radius to 0.3. The top layer of your layout will turn to an opaque gray and look like this.



Notice you can barely make out the details of the layout in the grays.

Now, with the top, gray layer still highlighted in your layer stack click on the Blending Modes Drop-down at the top of your layers and choose Linear Light.



This will bring back your layout, but it will be visibly sharper.

Notice the difference in this side-by-side comparison:



The left side has been sharpened, while the right is unsharpened. It is especially noticable in the journaling, although you can also see that the papers are fuzzy as well.

In practice, these steps only take a few minutes, but it’s even easier with an action, which Tracy has so generously provided for free. Once you have your action installed you only need to save your layout as a JPEG file and run the action to get it all ready for the gallery!





Be sure to post your layouts in the Trixie Scraps Gallery so you can be featured in our Super Saturday Show-Offs!



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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Freebie

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It is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is a day where we take time to thank the active members of our military, honor the veterans who have served in the past and celebrate those who have given their lives for our country and our freedom. It seems like a very small token of my appreciation, but I have created an alpha to coordinate with Trixie's very patriotic collaboration kit, Old Glory. Click on the preview to download...and don't forget to thank a soldier today!

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker




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

Sunday, May 29, 2011

June Desktop Freebie

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Hope you enjoy this June desktop freebie made by Scrap Star Jamie with Fishy Friends.

June desktop freebie





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

Sunday Spotlight on Erica

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Hi there, I hope that everyone is having a great day. Today I would like to spotlight one of Trixie Scraps layout artists Erica. I had a chance to meet Erica about a month a go and the thing I like most about her other than her amazing scrapbooking talent, is her spunky personality. She always has a joke ready for everything. Thanks for the great time. I took a little time to ask her some questions and get to know her a little better and thought I would share them with you today as we spotlight Erica.

How long have you been digiscrapping?
I started in April of 2008- WOW 3 years ago! I have come so far since those first couple of layouts.

What is one digi scrap product that you couldn't live without? I love ribbons and strings, they are in most of my layouts.

How long have you been on Trixie Scraps team?
I think a year and a half?? Time is flying by too fast, but it does especially when you are having fun!

What is your Favorite Kit of Trixie's? Croaky Kisses is one of my favorite kits. It is super girly- but I was able to pull out a fun layout of my boys with it, plus using a fabulous template from Trixie Scraps. My favorite color is purple, but I love purple and green together.





What is your favorite layout that you have made with Trixie's products? This is probably one of my favorite layouts- however that was really hard to choose just one!

Using Old Glory by Trixie Scraps and Sarah Bennett






Other than Scrapbooking what other talents do you have?
I have started to dabble a little in photography. I'm not really that good yet, but I am having fun playing and learning. I am a cosmetologist- and work part time out of my home. So I would say that I have a very artistic talent with hair too.

Tell me about your family.
I have been married for almost 11 years. My husband is wonderful, who works so hard for us. I have three boys- ages 8 1/2, 5, and 2. They are the main subjects for my layouts. I live in Colorado, where I have lived my whole life. Different cities, but the same state.

Do you travel? If so tell me your favorite destination.
I have been a few places here and there. I do love to travel- however I am not a big world traveler, more of a state side traveler. Just before I married my husband, my parents took my whole family to Norway- that was amazing! My favorite vacations would have to have been Washington D.C. and Hawaii. I have a huge love for our nation and where it all began, so seeing the history was wonderful. Hawaii, well it really is paradise.

Thanks so much Erica for sharing your talent with us, and allowing us a glimpse into your life .



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

Saturday, May 28, 2011

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

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Happy Saturday Trixie Scraps Fans! I hope you've had an awesome week, and are able to sit around and relax this weekend scrapping! I know I want to! My father in law is in town this weekend to visit, so I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet!

This week Fishy Friends is releasing as an entire kit with many amazing add on's! Lets take a close look at all the inspiration that the Stars have come up with!




It's been another super busy week here on Trixie Scraps blog! She's continuing her spotlight at Gotta Pixel, and for everyday that she has a spotlight kit, she's had Carrin whip up an amazing coordinating freebie to go with that kit! So don't forget to check out all the links below to get caught up, and to snag all your FREEBIES!

Sunday Candy announced our Mother's Day edition of Special Request Sunday! Congrats to Angelclaud on winning "A Mother's Love" by Trixie Scraps!

Monday Sharon gave us a great and easy hybrid tutorial on how to create a pizza box! This is a fantastic small box opp you can use to give small gifts in!

Tuesday Tanya gave us some great tips on journaling and why doing it on your pages is so very important!

Thursday Stacy did a fun challenge for you to scraplift Trixie herself! The Stars had a lot of fun with this challenge and there is lots of inspiration for you to look at!

Friday is NEW RELEASE day! Trixie showed off all her amazing goodies she's releasing this week, there was also a coupong {I hope you were able to use it!} and a FREEBIE Quickpage!

Here are your links for the Designer Spotlight FREEBIES that Carrin and Trixie posted this week!

Monday the kit was Oceanside, and Carrin made an amazing photo cluster for you!
Tuesday's kit was Bedtime Darling and Carrin has some awesome flair to coordinate!
Wednesday's kit was Partini in Paradise. Carrin made an amazing acrylic shape mat for you!
Thursday Trixie featured her kit Everyday with You. Carrin's freebie is an amazing coordinating wordart!
Friday Trixie spotlighted a North Meets South Studios Kit: Posh Party! Carrin created a beautiful coordinating alpha especially for the kit!



This week we had a few layouts submitted to Trixie Scraps Gallery! We would love to see you all submit your layouts using Trixie's products so that we can feature you in her Saturday Show-Offs!



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

The participants for the above Show-Offs will receive Fishy Friends Element Clusters!



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



That's it for me this week! I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Bree




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

Final Day - Daily Download May 28th, 2011

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It's the final day of my Daily Download week - I hope you enjoyed the "mega mini" I made for you! Today's portion is my favorite of them all because I just love the alpha I made for you, since I'm an alpha-holic... but, aren't we all? LOL! Before I get to the Daily Download, I also wanted to let you in on an extra special little savings opportunity... use the coupon code below to save an additional 20% off the already on-sale products in my store. But hurry, the coupon is good for TODAY ONLY!! It's my last little surprise on this fun Daily Download journey - I hope it comes in handy for you!



Today's Featured kit is Just Like Dad. This collection was inspired by one of my very favorite country songs, "I'm Watching You" by Rodney Atkins. With this collection you can scrap the photos of the important boys and dads in your life! The full kit includes 20 total papers, 51 elements, and 1 full alpha in three color variations. This is a great kit to use for some Father's Day cards, too!




And for today, Carrin has made a printable DAD album (check out the sample...how cute!). Click on the preview below to download, but don't forget about the Daily Download link below, too!





Here's a look at what I have waiting for you today... all you need to do is head on over to my shop at Gotta Pixel and you'll find today's portion in my store. Don't wait! Downloads are good for 24 hours only and cannot be distributed to you if you miss it while it's active. Ready, set... GO!! :)



And finally, if you've hung out with me all week, here is a look at the mini kit you've collected along the way. Thanks a bunch for stopping by and supporting my business - it means a lot to me! ♥ ♥ Trixie Scraps ♥ ♥

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

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27th New Releases - plus a Birthday Coupon!!

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Hi, everyone and Happy Friday! Today is an especially happy one for me because ..... it's my birthday!! So, if you would like to celebrate my birthday with me today, use the coupon below to save an additional 35% in my personal shop - today only! Make sure to check out the freebie at the end of this post, too!



This week, my Fishy Friends kit is releasing in all my stores. This kit was previously offered in pieces for the Grab-a-Byte sale this month and has now been bundled (plus, make sure to check out the great coordinating pieces below). This super cute kit is great for all your snorkeling/scuba, vacation, beach and cruise vacation photos - plus, great for photos from your last Magical trip, too!


Find this kit at:

I also have a bunch of Fishy Friends add-on pieces that will be debuting exclusively in my personal shop this week. Each of these great pieces can be found by clicking on the previews below:



I'm also releasing my two template packs from the April Templatetopia grab bag this week; Greatest Hits Vol 5 and Star Struck Vol 6 - each of these template packs can be found in all of my stores:


Greatest Hits, vol 5 available at:



Star Struck, vol 6 available at:


Here is just a few of my Scrap Stars' layouts with Fishy Friends - hope they inspire you!


And finally, here is a great Quickpage freebie made from Fishy Friends! Have a GREAT weekend and a Happy Memorial Day!




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

May 27th Daily Download... on my birthday!

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That's right... it's my birthday today! And, thanks to this month's Daily Download I have some gifts for YOU!!

Today I decided to feature one of my North Meets South Studios products - the fun birthday kit Connie and I released named Posh Party! This is a birthday kit for the posh sophisticate in you! And, I just love the colors, don't you? It includes 22 papers, 53 elements and 1 full alpha.




And for today, Carrin has made an alpha. Click on the preview below to download, but don't forget about the Daily Download link below, too!



Here's a look at what I have waiting for you today... all you need to do is head on over to my shop at Gotta Pixel and you'll find today's portion in my store. Don't wait! Downloads are good for 24 hours only and cannot be distributed to you if you miss it while it's active. Ready, set... GO!! :)

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Challenge Thursday

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Hi everyone! Stacy here with what I hope will be a fun challenge for you! Today, we are going to do a good, old fashioned scraplift! And whom will we be lifting? None other than our fabulous designer, Trixie herself! We know that her designs are beautiful, but did you know that she is a fantastic scrapper as well? I'd like you to browse through her gallery, choose a layout, and and then give us your take on it. Make sure to scrap your own page using Trixie Scraps products, and upload it in the Trixie Scraps gallery. Then come back here and link us up to your layout and the original layout that you lifted! Everyone who posts a layout in the Trixie Scraps gallery will be entered to win a free kit in this month's drawing, so don't miss out!

The Scrap Stars had a lot of fun with this challenge...here's what some of us came up with.

Shauna lifted this:


And scrapped her own page using Spring in the Meadow:


Jamie was inspired by this:


And she also used Spring in the Meadow for her lift:


Bree was inspired by this layout:


And came up with adorable page using Mr. and Mrs. Mouse:


I was inspired by this:


And I created my version with Croaky Kisses:


I hope that you enjoy Trixie's gallery as much as we did. Can't wait to see what you come up with!




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