Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques Tuesday: Creating a White Space Template

Hi Trixie Scraps Fans! Today is Triple T Tuesday and I'm here to show you how to turn any template into a white space template! Are you a fan of lots of white space in your layout? I am! And it seems there are times when you like a template but it seems too crowded for your tastes or you just want to mix it up a little. Well, I'm going to show you an easy way of altering an existing template to add some more white space. Here we go...

1. Open your template in Photoshop as normal. I'm using a past blog freebie by Carrin, found here.

2. Select the papers and clusters of elements directly around the photos in the Layers Panel. In this template file, I am going to choose all the layers including and in between "Shape/Mat" and "Curly Ribbon". A trick here is to hold SHIFT while selecting the "Shape/Mat" layer and then use the Scroll Bar in the Layers Panel and then select the "Curly Ribbon" layer.

3. Hold the CTRL key and then press the T key. This will open up the Free Transform Tool while the layers are selected.

4. Now you are going to scale all the papers and elements in the template down to create the amount of white space you want. Be sure to hold the ALT key while dragging the corner so the layers remain centered while you scale them down. Then press ENTER.

5. I have decided to get rid of the side papers in the template so that there can be even more white space! I just de-selected the eye symbols next to the top 2 layers to make them invisible. Here's my final white space template.

6. Now you are ready to use  your new template! Here's my layout.

I used Distinct Hush.

Here is another other example by CT member Mary Kate.

She used a template from the Summer Lovin' Template Pack and A Grand Day kit to create her layout.

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Must Have Monday - First Feast

Hi, there, Trixie Scraps fans! I trust you all had a great weekend. I'm here today to share with you Trixie's latest feature product, The First Feast! If you're like me, you're just recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday and have a whole bunch of photos to scrap. This kit is just what you need! This week, you can get The First Feast kit for $3.00. You can also grab the coordinating Quick Pages for only $2 each.

But hurry - this special runs Monday-Friday of this week only!! The sale price is available in the Trixie Scraps Shop, as well as at Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes. Shop in your favorite store and still get the best price! Before you shop, don't forget to grab the coordinating freebie!

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December Desktop Freebie

Ready or not December is upon us!
Here is a Free Desktop to help you to keep track of your days a little easier.

Have a great day!

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

Special Request Sunday

Hey, Trixie Fans, Cami here with this week's Special Request Sunday. This week we are celebrating Trixie's Wedding Anniversary of nine years today. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! So for this week we would like for you to pick out a wedding/season color palette and submit it for Trixie to review. You may even choose your own wedding colors or your favorite time of season colors. Just post a link to your choice in the comments section of this post. If she picks your colors, you win the kit she designs with it! To get a good color palette together, just google "Color Palette Generator" and choose your colors from the generator. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Super Saturday! CT Inspiration, Wrap up, and Show Offs!

Hello Trixie Scraps Fans! :D Bree here with this weeks Super Saturday post! It has been BUSY here on Trixie's blog, in her stores, and on the CT forum! This fantastic designer has given our scrappin' skills an awesome run for our money, and we are so excited to show off what she's done!!!

This week Trixie released her newest Christmas Grab Bag, 31 days has December. This bag will NOT disappoint at all! Lets take a look at what the Stars have done with it!

We've had lots of stuff going on here on Trixie's blog, don't worry! We have your round up including tips & tricks, sales, challenges and any FREEBIES that have come by!

Sunday Bethany introduced us to Berniek, a regular who plays with us in the gallery by uploading her layouts! I was so happy to get to know her a little better! You should too!

Monday Sharon did NOT disappoint this week with her Hybrid post about making hybrid advent presents! These are STUNNING! And I think they'd be so much fun for children and adults alike to open daily!

Tuesday Candy showed us a fun online tool to help make our pages even more awesome! It's FREE and really fun! Make sure you check out her post to get more info on Big Labs!

Thursday Lori challenged us this week to scrap our favorite recipe!! If you play along, make sure you upload your layout using Trixie Scraps product to Trixie Scraps Gallery and you'll be part of the Show Offs next week!

Friday Trixie showed you all the amazing new releases to her stores! I think she said that there were 15?! Make sure you check them out, so you don't miss out on any of the fabulous-ness! Also, Trixie made sure to include a stunning quickpage FREEBIE in her post!!! So make sure to pick that up too!!


This week we had 6 fun layouts in the Trixie Scraps Gallery for Saturday Show Offs!! So how do you get involved in the Show Offs? Simply upload your layout using Trixie Scraps products to Trixie Scraps Gallery and I'll put it in next weeks Show Off slideshow! We'll then send you a code via Trixie Scraps Gallery message system for your prize! It's that simple! Make sure you check your messages often, as the prizes do expire! We are a few weeks behind, and I apologize. We are hoping to get caught up before Christmas!

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 a $3 code to Trixie's store!

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

Well, that's it for me this week! I hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing! Don't forget to check out Trixie's sales at her store either! You won't be disappointed!
Happy Scrapping!

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

Feature Friday: HUGE sale, 3 new grab bags, and a slew of new releases!

It's Black Friday and you know what that means, right?? I have a HUGE bunch of great new products and incredible deals for all of you! I've been working double-time this whole last week to stock my store with grab bags and new goodies - I'm sure you'll find something that you've just gotta have. And, for those who have wishlisted items from my store these last months, I've got a great sale AND my "Make Your Own" grab bag offer is back... you just can't go wrong!

So, first up, I wanted to let you know that, of course, everything on my store is on sale! Save at least 40% on everything in my shop. PLUS! If you spend $10 or more between now and the close of business on Cyber Monday, you'll be entered to win a bonus $50 shopping spree in my store. Now that is something you surely don't want to miss! Note, Connie and I have put all of our North Meets South products on sale, too!

That said, let's get on with the new goodies - all of which can be found in each of my shops at:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook-Bytes * Funky Playground

To start off this weekend, I have three Grab Bags now available in all my shops! Yes, I said three! First off and back by popular demand, I am once again offering my Black Friday Make Your Own Grab Bag. For just $4, you can choose any two non-collab kits from my store, plus any ONE template, quickpage or element/paper pack to go with them. When you purchase the grab bag, you receive a voucher for the two kits and one template/quickpage/element pack - this Grab Bag is only available through November 28, so jump on this incredible deal now!

I also have a brand new, holiday-themed Grab Bag for only $5. 31 Days Has December is crammed full of $18 worth of products and includes five full-size products, just in time for the holidays. Included in the bag is a new kit, a matching embossed cardstock pack, a new set of journaling cards, some fabulous templates and a set of date tags. If you want to get a look at each of the packs, be sure to check out the detailed images in my shop!

The last of this weekend's Grab Bags is a North Meets South Studios CU Grab Bag and is available until November 30. This awesome bag includes four brand new commercial use packs from Connie and I, including some new pattern overlays, a set of embossing overlays, a pack of holiday ribbons and a set of mixed holiday elements, too. Designers, put it all together for your next fabulous kit - it's a steal at just $5!

Now, along with these fabulous Grab Bags, I also have a ton of new releases to show you. First up, I have my newest collection, "A Thankful Heart.". This collection consists of the full Kit, plus six coordinating pieces: beautiful embossed cardstock, coordinating element clusters, pretty page starters, a fabulous set of quickpages, my newest set of blogwear, and a great little a 5 x 7 Brag Book, too!

Love templates? Well, I made sure not to disappoint you! Don't miss the November Templatetopia grab bag, along with two other template packs which were previously a part of October's grab bag, but are now available individually: Blend With Me Vol 1 and Love Me Some White Space Vol 5.

And finally, just to round things out, I've added a couple more stand-alone products this week. My Plaid Passion: Fall Dusk paper pack and Alphabits: Fall Dusk were both formerly freebies offered on the blog, that are now available for sale, in case you missed them. And, for those who love signature tags, I've got a great new mixed pack of holiday-worthy tags for you - my Holiday Sampler Siggy Tags.

WHEW!! Dizzy yet? Well, one final note involves a couple freebies, so don't leave just yet! First, I want to make sure you don't miss the Scrapbook-Bytes Facebook hop - the freebie I have for you is shown below and can only be found on my Facebook page. And, a little birdie told me there just might be some extra Black Friday coupons in the download, so I wanted to be sure to pass that along! *smile*

And finally, here is a new freebie for you today made by my fabulous Scrap Star Carrin using the goodies in the 31 Days Has December grab bag! Just click on the preview below to grab the download. ENJOY! Thanks for shopping with me this weekend - I appreciate you!

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Challenge Thursday - Recipe Challenge

Hi Trixie Fans!  It is Thanksgiving here in the United States and a time for us to reflect on all we are thankful for.  I am thankful for the time to spend my family and of course enjoying a wonderful meal with them!  The fall season always gets me in a mood for baking. 

This year I found a great new recipe thanks to a fellow scrapper.  I just had to scrap it, so I can pass it on to my son.  The challenge for you this week is to scrap one of your favorite fall recipes.  Trixie has so many kits for inspiration and I used the Master Chef kit and the apples were from My Summer Garden. 

I can't wait to see these layouts and get some great new recipes to try!!  Don't forget to upload your photos to the Trixie Scraps Gallery!

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tips, Trends, and Techniques Tuesday - Big Huge Labs

Hey Trixie fans, Candy here with a cool FREE tool to help on your scrapbook pages - Big Huge Labs.

I love to do fun things with my photos, but sometimes doing things like collages in photoshop takes too much time - editing, spacing, cropping all keep me away from the fun of actually scrapbooking. I love the look of this sort of stuff, but hated the time it was taking to lay it all out. And then I found Big Huge Labs.

Big Huge Labs is a site that allows you to manipulate your photos creating things like collages, Pop Art Posters, movie posters, and so much more.

Using Big Huge Labs is easy, too. Just create a membership or even log-in using Facebook and you can start uploading your photos right away. You can also link to your Flickr account and take advantage of the awesome Flickr tools that they have in addition to loading your creations directly into your Flickr Stream or even using pictures already in your photostream at Big Huge Labs.

Here are some examples for you:

I created this movie poster about my son. His nickname is Captain Chaos and I thought it would be cute to illustrate this as a movie. I could have done all of this in Photoshop, but it was much faster to use the Big Huge Labs tool than to try and lay everything out myself.


And I used it on this layout, made with Cops and Robbers, a collab by Trixie Scraps Designs and Melissa Bennett.


I also made this collage of some of my recent favorite pictures:


and used it on this layout, made with Distinct Hush:


So, you can see how this free tool can help you add some fun to your scrapbook layouts! We'd love to see what you come up with, so if you scrap any Big Huge Lab creations with Trixie Scraps products we'd love to see them. Be sure to link us up!

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make It Hybrid Monday- Advent Presents

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Make It Hybrid Monday! The countdown to the holiday season is here and today, we'll check out an easy way to help you count down the days until Christmas. Have you seen the newest release from North Meets South Studios? Wrapped with Ribbons is a must have for your December Daily albums and Christmas projects and pages- I absolutely adore this kit! I used it to create small presents containing little treats to count down the days

Here are the supplies you will need:
- Patterned paper
- Cube box template (about.com has a simple one to use here)
- Ribbon
- Circle punch
- Adhesive
- Bone folder (optional)

Step 1: Cut out the number of boxes that you would like to count down to using your cube box template. Score and assemble using your bone folder and adhesive

Step 2: Punch out circles with the numbers that you will count down with

Step 3: Fill boxes with treats and wrap like a present. Adhere the punched number circles on the front. Arrange and display as you would like

Hope that this inspires you to create your own way to count down the remainder of the year. Happy crafting!

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