Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Desktop Freebie

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Scrap Star Mary Kate made this gorgeous freebie desktop for you. Grab it and you can dress up your desktop for SPRING!

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Wednesday Wrap-up - Leap Day!

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Happy Leap Day Trixie Fans!! Only once every four years do we get to celebrate today, so do something special, okay? Make a special dinner, have a game night, or even a craft night with the kids. Make today a memorable day!

We had a great challenge this week - a recipe challenge! Have you heard of these? Use the elements and papers in the recipe to make a great page and post it in the Trixie Scraps Challenge Gallery. You'll be a Trixie Scraps Show-Off and get a sweet gift!

On Friday, two recent exclusive collections were released into all of Trixie's Stores - Best Guy Ever and Showers of Love. These besutiful kits are on sale for 30% off through March 1st. And you can also snag this great cluster frame freebie -

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Saturday with the Stars featured the layouts created with Showers of Love - just in case you were on the fence about snagging this great kit on sale - be sure to check out these beautiful layouts!

Last Sunday was the feature Sunday Spotlight on azrood. She's made some gorgeous layouts with Trixie Scraps kits and shared a little about her process with us.

On Monday Laina showed us how to make super-easy paper rosettes to dress up any hybrid project -

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Have you ever needed to change the shape of a frame or correct a journaling mistake on a flattened layout? Then don't miss out on this week's Tips, Trends, and Techniques Tuesday tip about using the rectangular marquee tool!

That's it for this last week's round-up! Stay tuned though, because March looks like it will be pretty exciting!!

Sneak Peek Time! I know some people that are going to be SO excited for this announcement!!

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All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TTT- Rectangular Marquee Tool

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Hello everyone, happy Tuesday! I put together a tutorial to show you how to use the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop. I will show all my examples in elements, but the tool is also in Photoshop. Once I found out how to use this tool, it has helped with altering frames, scatters and more. In my example I need to make the frame more rectangular, so I will show you how to do it.

Here is my layout and the frame I want to use on my smaller picture in the top right corner-


Next find your rectangular marquee tool-


I want to just take the end and move it over. Make sure that you pick an element that blends easily. Draw your rectangle over the desired element-


Once you have the area you want to cut, hit ctrl X. Then ctrl V to paste it on your layout-


Even up the element so that you can't see where you altered it. Merge your layers together-


Then I put it in my layout the way I wanted it and added the shadow-


Have you ever finished a page and flattened/saved it for the web only to discover a typo in your journaling? If you haven't saved your layered version of the file, you might think you can't fix it... but you'd be wrong! This can tool can be used on a journaling error too, as long as the journaling is on a solid paper. Here is a little twist on the tutorial I just showed above:
1. Use your rectangular marquee tool to draw a box around the misspelled word.
2. With the marquee tool still active, click inside of it and drag it up to a blank area of your solid paper
3. Press Ctrl-J to duplicate that small area of solid paper... now, switch to your move tool and move the duplicated slice of your layout over the misspelled word.
4. Switch to your type tool and re-type the word... keep in mind, you are fixing a 72dpi version of your layout, so your font will likely need to be small-ish. I get it as close as I can, even if it means I have to do something like a 3.5 pt font.
5. Use a guideline positioned along the bottom edge of the rest of the line to line up the corrected word if you need to.
Re-save your layout - VOILA! All fixed!

Hope this helped to show you how to use a neat tool in Photoshop that will help you enhance your layouts and get more use out of your kits.




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Monday, February 27, 2012

Make it Hybrid Monday - Paper Rosettes

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Happy Monday scrappers! Today is Make it Hybrid Monday, and I'm here to show you how to make paper rosettes. They make a great addition to any hybrid project. Today, I used them to make a layered flowe and also to jazz up a bridal shower card.

For this project, you will need:
Patterned paper of choice, printed double-sized on cardstock
Scissors
Heavy glue or a hot glue gun

1. To start, pick your favorite patterned paper to use. To make the flowers, I used the Worn Glittered Damask papers and the complete Showers of Love kit to make the card.





2. Print out your papers into square shapes. Make sure you print the pattern on both sides. I aimed for 3 distinct sizes, although I did not measure them, for flowers aren't usually exact anyway! 

3. Cut out an irregular circle shape from your square. 

4. Start from the outside and cut a spiral shape inwards to the center. Again, try to be irregular, so your blossom will end up natural looking. 

5. Time to roll your flower - Start on the outside edge and coil it around tightly. Hint: For the smaller blossoms, I used a lollipop stick to help me get started. 

6. Continue coiling until you reach the center. 

7. Uncoil your rosette just a tad to apply your glue and adhere. 

8. You now have a completed rosette! 

I decided to show you two ways to use your newly created rosettes! 
Option 1: Make a layered flower

Option 2: My favorite - add to a card! I made a Bridal Shower card for my dear friend Val, who got engaged recently. I'm sure she'll appreciate the homemade card tons more than a store-bought! I created my card in PSE, printed and cut it out. To add a little more dimension, I added my 3 rosettes and glitter! 




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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - azrood

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It's time again for one of my favorite features here on the Trixie Scraps Blog - the Sunday Spotlight! We love getting out in the community and learning a little more about YOU!

This month I thought it would be fun to feature someone from Tracy's new PickleberryPop store - azrood - because I saw some of her gorgeous pages in the gallery. I fell in love with this one because of the unique photo layout:


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31 Days Has December - Trixie Scraps Store * Picklebarrelpop * Scrapbook Bytes * Gotta Pixel

I also really liked 8-mile Ride for that big picture and the creative title work!

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Riding With Boys - Trixie Scraps Store * Picklebarrelpop * Scrapbook Bytes * Gotta Pixel

So, I tracked down azrood for a little interview.

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Let's start with telling us a little about yourself.


First and foremost, I am “mom” to three kiddos. My son will be 7 in April and my girls are 8 and 9. As you can imagine, having three kids keeps me on my toes. My husband and I will celebrate our 11th anniversary this summer, although we’ve known each other since I was 13. We also have a *couple* of fur-babies: 4 dogs (2 labs, a rat terrier and a beagle), 2 cats, a rescue guinea pig, a rabbit and a rat. There are a couple of fish in the mix as well. During the day, I work in research administration then in the evenings I help my husband with his business and at night I get to enjoy my hobbies which include scrapbooking (of course!) and crafting for my Etsy shop.

Wow! You must stay busy! So, how did you get into digi?


I stumbled into digi back around 2006ish when I was a dedicated paper scrapper, and by that I mean I was really good at buying lots and lots of supplies for all those pages I was going to make “eventually.” I spent much more time buying supplies and organizing them than actually scrapbooking, although I did squeeze out a page or two every once in a while. Then I found out about printable scrapbook supplies, where you could purchase papers and clustered elements, print them out and glue them to your pages. As I was looking through the printables, it dawned on me that it would be even better if you could put the photos with the printables BEFORE printing them out and I knew just how to do it – using PowerPoint of course! LOL! I was really proud of myself for coming up with such an ingenious idea! Well, until I realized there was a whole online world dedicated to this concept and that it even had a name – digital scrapbooking.

I can definitely identify with the collecting of paper supplies! But, being so busy, when do you scrap?


Whenever I can! Most of the time I scrap in stages, working on a page a little bit at a time until I get it finished. In five minutes, I can pull the photos and add journaling onto a blank page in Photoshop. Then, the next time I have a couple of minutes, I’ll add the papers and elements I think I’ll want to use. Now I’ve got a working layout that I can come back to and work on rearranging as I have time.

It's amazing what you can get done with a minute here and a minute there, isn't it? So, what do you listen to while you scrap?


At the moment, I’ve got one of two things playing, either my Zune scrolling through my collection or belting out Adele or I’ve got Hulu open and I’m watching episodes of Perfect Couples (my latest tv addiction).

I love Adele! Such a powerful voice! I have to know though, what is the one scrapping tool you couldn't do without?


Right now it is Picasa because I am working on tagging the 15,000 photos I have so that when I want to scrap some of Em’s ballet pictures or that photo I know I have somewhere of Jason making burgers on the grill, I can actually find it. There is nothing more frustrating than having an idea for a layout and not being able to find the photo you’re looking for! It also lets me know what photos I’ve already scrapped so I don’t end up making duplicate layouts – which is always a plus.

Oh yes, both the positive and negative of digital photography - taking and organizing thousands of photos - I think most of us are familiar with that!



So, I noticed in your gallery that you have used several Trixie Scraps kits. Do you have a favorite?


I wish I could narrow it down to just one, but honestly I have so many favorites. I genuinely love her style and “oooh” and “ahhh” each time she releases another one.

I know the feeling! On a more personal not, can you tell us something fun or unique about yourself?


I have a really off sense of humor that is especially apparent if someone hurts themselves because I cannot not laugh. So be forewarned, if we are walking down the street and you trip and fall, I will laugh.

Thanks for the warning! I think I am pretty guilty of that as well. On the Trixie Scraps team we love to read - and we're always looking for great books. Can you share some of your favorites?


Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan was the most recent book I read. It was ok. I’m a total sucker for sappy animal stories, but prefer those that are based on true stories. My all-time-favorite is Marley & Me. I have never read a book that made me laugh and cry so much. I also highly recommend From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle, and if you really want to do yourself in - Pawprints from Katrina (I couldn’t make it past the first chapter).

I love animal stories too, so I will definitely be checking these out!

Okay, last question, if you could have dinner with anyone, famous or not, living or dead, real or fiction, who would it be and why?


My Gramma Hoose who passed away a few years back because lately I’ve really been missing her and would love to have a couple of hours to sit and chat with her. She was a big part of my childhood and such a special and unique person.

She must have been a very special lady. I am so sorry for your loss.



Thank you for sharing with us today on the Trixie Scraps Blog, azrood.




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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday with the Stars: Showers of Love

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Did you all see the amazing kit that Trixie Scraps released this week?  It is called Showers of Love and it is the perfect Bridal Shower or lovey dovey kit.  The patterned papers are dreamy, the embossed and damask papers are irresistible, and the elements are just perfect!  Trixie Scraps has it available in all her stores now so go grab it!



Check out these amazing layouts I found in the Trixie Scraps Gallery!I loved this page by Mary Kate.  The patterned paper matches the picture background beautifully and the black and white pics are a perfect fit.




I just fell in love with this page by Carrin.  I love the solid background with a punch of pattern from the elements and photo mats.  All the different shapes give it amazing texture!


This page is by Miss Trixie Scraps herself!  I love all the mix of different patterns from the papers to the ribbon and I love the touch of glitter in the title elements.


And I couldn't pass up this amazing peekaboo page by Candy.  I love the cut outs and how the pictures are nestled in there.  I love scrapping with circles and Candy does it brilliantly!


Now that you're all inspired, go grab this gorgeous kit and get scrappin!



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

Friday, February 24, 2012

Feature Friday - TWO new collections, on sale 30% off!

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This week I have two collections ready for wide release in all my stores - one perfect for the guys and one perfect for the girls, especially brides-to-be. Both collections are on sale now through March 1st for 30% off!


Best Guy Ever was previously part of the February Grab-a-Byte sale at Scrapbook Bytes. Once that sale was completed, I bundled it all up and added a few new pieces. This collection is perfect for scrapping that special guy in your life, whether they are young or old. This collection includes the kit, cardstock, gradient papers, clusters, and quick pages.





My second collection this week is Showers of Love. The pieces of this collection were part of the Pickle Barrel sale this month at Pickleberrypop. Showers of Love is perfect for scrapping all your photos for bridal showers, bridal dress shopping, and all the other fun-filled days leading up to a wedding. This collection includes the kit, cardstock, damask papers, clusters, wordart bits, and wordart clusters.





And here is a freebie for you! My Scrap Star Stacy made this beautiful frame cluster for us from pieces of my Best Guy Ever collection. Click on the preview to download it - enjoy and have a great weekend!




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

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Challenge Thursday 2/23/12: Recipe Challenge

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Welcome to another round of Challenge Thursday - Recipe Edition!  Jamie B. here with the latest and greatest recipe challenge to tempt your crafting senses!  For those of you that are new to this type of challenge, don't worry it's super easy to follow along.  I'm going to give you a list (recipe) of papers and elements that need to be on your layout; you whip up your version of putting these items together, then come back here and upload your fabulousness in the Trixie Scraps Gallery so we can leave you some love!  Plus, by creating a layout using Trixie Scraps products, and uploading it to Trixie's Gallery,  your layout will be included in our weekly Show Off slide show, and you'll get a prize! It's that simple!

Without further ado, here is your Recipe:
1 background paper (solid or textured/embossed)
4 patterned papers (arranged in shapes, strips or mats however you like)
2 photos
14 Leaf or foilage Elements (any combination of 3 different ones)
12 flowers (use several different, any combo)
3 elements of your choice
2 frames
2 pieces of string
Large title
Date or journal if you like

Here is my layout using Autumn on the Lake
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Thanks again for playing along!  I 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 * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop