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October’s here, and there’s so much good news!

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Hey party people! I haven’t posted in a long time because.. well there’s been a lot going on in Boyerville. I’ve had health issues, and my parents in town, and just. Well. Never you mind, because it’s all over, and now things are great! Check it out.

I’m no longer at The Digichick, but I love those Chic-A-Dees, and their site is awesome, and you should spend lots of money there.

As you know, I am selling my artsy lovely goodness at Scrap Art Studio, where designs are different, and cool, and filled with fabulous artistic expression! This will continue to be the place where I feel freest to really get artsy, get my digital fingers dirty, and make a lovely, splattery, design mess!

But there’s so much more! I have a NEW HOME, mostly for my temps, is… get ready…

HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES? (answer: I love them)

Insane, right? I’m freaking out myself. I’ll be moving my templates over there a few at a time. They will all be 25% off for the first week or so after going up, which puts them in at under $3 a pack, which I think is a good deal. Don’t you?

The O was one of the very first places I ever went when I began scrapping, and I would barely even BUY stuff there at the time, because I figured it was out of my league. And now I have a shop there!

The other big news is… are you ready????

Take a look at these previews, and what do you see?

THAT’S RIGHT! I’m guesting at One Story Down this month!!! I’m working on an incredibly spooky and dark kit right now to go up there next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

So this incredible month is makin’ me feel good.

Plus, I have almost 1000 likes on Facebook. SOOO I’ve decided to give away a full template pack here, ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Remember these? They were the first for-sale temps I made. Now I’m giving them to you for free! And if you bought them.. well. Send me a PM on Facebook and I’ll send you a coupon good for something.

STRIPS PSD downolad

STRIPS TIFF download

STRIPS PAGE download

STRIPS PNGs download

So there you guys go! That’s a pretty good blog post to make up for being such a stranger, yes?

I’ve also been thinking. Would you be interested in having a little bit of an art journaling workshop HERE on my blog? I have some art journaling ideas for the dark season, either the dark season of life, or literally the dark season of the year. And if you are interested, we’ll do them here on my blog!

Okay, have yourselves a merry little Friday, and enjoy!

 

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Painted Moonlight Minikit Freebie

DOWNLOAD DISABLED! This will soon be available, with the former facebook freebie, as a maxi-mini at a special guest spot!

 

Hey everybody! Just for funsies I all of a sudden decided to enter the Digital Scrapbooking Studio Next Designer Contest! Don’t know why, I just found out about it and thought: Why not?

So here’s my offering! Click above to snag it, and don’t be afraid to leave comments.

Also, while you’re grabbing freebies, why not head over to my Facebook Page where, if you’re a fan, you can snag this coordinating Exclusive Fan Freebie! WOW! 

Thanks all!

Displacement Map tutorial

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Note to self: If you decide to make a comment on Facebook about how awesome displacement maps are and how everybody should do them, then maybe you should at least have a link to point to so that people know what you are talking about. Because I then decided to make this tutorial, and I did, and the image that I used ended up not even being, like, all that displacement-y, and so this tutorial did not work as dramatically as I wanted it to. But here you go anyway, and have faith that if you use it, you will be happy with your results. It’s a great thing to learn!

Okay. So we are going to put a fly on a wall. Except the wall is this cool looking wall in a parking lot downtown, and the fly is this cool graffiti fly.

See how if I just set it down on top of the wall, it just kind of looks like it’s floating above it? It doesn’t look like it’s sitting nicely in all the nooks and crannies. A displacement map will make it look more like it belongs there. You can use it anytime you put something flat onto a textured surface.  And this is how you do it!

We’re going to make TWO adjustment layers. One Hue/Saturation and one Brignthess/Contrast. Bring the saturation down so that the image is black and white, and move the contrast UP.

Here’s how it looks after I’ve applied the adjustment layers.

Merge down the adjustment layers, then add 1 px of gaussian blur.

Okay, you can read that! LOL. Save your map as a PSD somewhere you will find it. Then, move your element onto your textured surface.

Go filter/distort/displace

Stick with the default settings. I’ve never changed them.

Then it will have you open your map. This is the black and white image you just made.

Now here’s where it’s not as displacement-y as I wanted it to be. But you should still be able to see a difference.

Here’s a close up.

And then I did some more design magic ™ and made this paper.

For the curious: I changed the blending, erased it with a splatter brush, and added some mud.

And because I love ya, here’s a file containing the wall picture, the fly png, the finished paper, and a PDF with the slides from the tut. WOW.

TUTORIAL FREEBIE DOWNLOAD!!

I hope this all makes sense. If it doesn’t, please feel free to leave questions and I will do my best to answer.

Facebook 300 Likes Freebie!

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Our Facebook page has reached 300 likes! YAY!

That means you get stuff! Yeee haw! A free template!

But first, have you guys been to the Homecoming festivities over at the Digichick? There’s fun and prizes galore! Yesterday we had a parade with lots of really awesome hybrid floats made by CT members and Hybrid Chicks. Look at what Corrin made for us!

And we threw “candy” aka coupons. In case you missed it, here’s mine, and it’s good till the 31st

You can also click here to go on a scavenger hunt for a ‘backpack” full of really great, high dollar coupons!

Okay, here’s your freebie!

PSD and TIFF file download

PAGE download

PNG download

Meanwhile, I’m working on a kit that I think is my favorite thing I’ve ever designed. I’m not kidding. Here’s a wee peek:

EEEK! I love it! It’ll be released next week! If that whets your whistle for Art Journaly goodness, be sure to head over to Scrap Art Studio where my whole store is 25% off! Might I suggest the Possibilities patterned paper pack?

Well alrighty then! Y’all go back to your Sunday! And enjoy your burrito!

Lifescapes Templates, now available in PAGE format! Plus,FREEBIES!

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Okay, where to start, where to start…

First off, I have been asked a time or two to make my templates available in PAGE format, so I looked into it and decided that, for the time being at least, I’m going to make them all available in PSD, TIFF, PNG AND PAGE formats! For one thing, the PNG files are ginormous. SOO big I feel bad even zipping them up for download. Some people just don’t have the room on their drives for a bunch of multi-gig png files that they have to reassemble anyway. It just makes more sense from a customer service standpoint to do it that way. So what I did was I downloaded the 30 day trial version of CM Storybook Creater 4, and I converted my next set (available August 9) to PAGE files. If there is demand enough, it’ll totally make sense for me to buy it, as converting the files myself is a breeze. I also converted the freebie that I offered with my designer focus at Real Life Scrapped to PAGE format!

Click on the image to  head on over to Real Life Scrapped where you can download it in PSD, TIFF, PNG or new PAGE formats!!

Also, tomorrow is new release day at the Digichick! I am releasing my first ever FULL PAGE KIT, a collaboration with Jen of Girl Boy Girl designs. This kit is inspired by the book Hoopla,  which I got at the library. Found it incredibly inspiring. I used to do a lot of cross stitch, but often found the selection of patterns to be… well, not to my taste. Ahem. Nothing against the patterns out there, but I just prefer something a li’l bit more .. well, more me! LOL I found myself will all kinds of design ideas, and I figured, heck, let’s make a kit!

Here’s the preview. You can snag it at my Digichick Shop tomorrow (Thursday, 08/02/12)

 

Oh and PS, my guest spot has been extended another couple of months. Come on Lifescapes fans! Buy my stuff and then maybe I’ll get to stay! 😉

Anyway, in honor of this new release, I’ve decided to update my fan freebie on Facebook with coordinating glitter styles.

 

And while I was messing around making the glitter styles, I made these glitter flairs to see how they looked. I kinda loved them, so I kept ’em and thought you might like them, too! Click on the image to dl!

 

Here are some inspiration layouts for the kit. CTers and fans rawked it, as usual. Oh PS. I haven’t done a CT call yet. I don’t want to do one till I know where exactly my shop will be for keepsies. So for now, what I do if I need some layouts, is I put up a quick shout out on my facebook wall. So if you are in the market for some freebies, keep your eyes glued to my facebook wall! DON’T LOOK AWAY! (jk, jk, LOL) But yeah, that’s where I ask for help.

 

 

By my pal, Clara!

 

by Meg

 

a cool art journaling page by Carolyn

by Chel

 

by Girl Boy Girl team member Kristen

Okay, everybody, thanks for stopping by, and have a great Thursday!!

 

Designer Focus at Real Life Scrapped = coupons and a freebie!

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Hey there, cats and kittens!

Hey there! Hope all’s awesome in your part of the world!
Have you guys registered at Real Life Scrapped yet? Meg’s put together a pretty awesome scrapping community where all are welcome. There are all manner of forums, a totally open gallery, and lots of opportunities to get involved. I like it as an alternative to some of the more established sites where it’s easy to get lost.

Anyway, you can go over there and read an interview with li’l ol’ me. There’s a coupon… well, I guess I shared the coupon code with you here in the newsletter. Whoops! 😉 But you’ll have to head to Real Life Scrapped to snag the tempalte freebie I made. Looks like this:

Anyway, get yourself on over there and snag up some goodies!

Do you have any Bright Ideas? New releases, a coupon and a free alpha!

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Do you have any Bright Ideas? New releases, a coupon and a free alpha!

Hi Everybody! It’s new release Thursday, and I’m just now getting my blog post up. Someday I’ve got to get my schedule worked out so that this post is ready to go in the morning on new release days. Do you guys ever feel that way? I think we all do. There’s so much I want to do, so much I want to accomplish, and so much I want to learn, I just feel like I never quite have a grip on it all. This past week or so I’ve been in full-on pandemonium mode with school stuff (found out we can’t afford the day care to go to the local community college, plus our daughter Genny may need to be homeschooled so that would be another thing to schedule!) so I’ve had to switch everything over to an online school, and then Wally got sick, plus the dog, Scruffy was sick and.. you know I just went into a tailspin. For a few minutes I wondered:

CAN I DO THIS?

But you know what? I can. And you can, too. Check it out:

Sometimes it helps to write things down. It may seem hokey, but it does help. Write it down, tuck it in your pocket, or your wallet, or your purse, and just look at it every now and then.

And that brings us to my new releases today! I originally started making these for  myself, so I can jot down these ideas and things to remind myself. And then I  thought, heck, I’ll make some journal cards with this theme, and sell them.

AND then wouldn’t it be super cool if some of us could talk about our bright ideas, our hopes and dreams? We could talk about what we want, how we want to feel, and what is stopping us from feeling that way or from accomplishing what we want to accomplish. We can brainstorm about our powers, and uplift each other.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I have super powers, and so do you!

My new release, Story Starters – Bright Ideas includes 18 journal cards, some with prompts, and some designed to help you continue your thought, should it end up spilling over into more than one card:

See, you don’t have to stop at one.

They are available as pngs with rounded or square  corners, and also on pdf sheets as printables. Print them out and them cut them apart, like this here:

And for those of you who don’t want to scribble on them with a pen, I included my first ever handmade font, Lifescapes Homegurl, so you can type on them cohesively. 

This new release is available for $4.99, but it’s 20% off right now because it’s a new release. So you can grab it for $3.99. HOWEVER, right now, you can use this code: LS-Blogbuck-1 to TAKE AN ADDITIONAL DOLLAR OFF YOUR ORDER. So that’s 18 journal cards and a font for $2.99 Not too shabby, eh?

Click on the image below to grab it:

 

Also new in the store is a template collab I made with Michelle Batton called All Summer Long:

you can go get it by clicking on the image.

THE COUPON WILL NOT WORK FOR THE COLLAB, but it’s pretty dang reasonably priced already, would’t you say? LOL Here’s a layout I made using it:

( I also used eNKay’s incredibly cool kit Happy Go Lucky, also new today!)

The CT has been completely rocking these templates out of the ballpark. Here’s one Jan made, also with eNKay’s kit: And you know what, I feel like I’ve been neglecting you guys these days, so here’s an alpha. Just cuz I love you. Click on the image to snag it. 

 

And I’m serious about us talking about our hopes and dreams! Hop on over to my facebook page, or leave a comment here. There’s power in collaboration, in conversation, and in intention. Let’s make some magic! Why not?