Friday, March 28, 2008

Highly textured neutrals...

At the moment I'm very attracted to highly textured papers in neutral colors, so I'm working on a paperpack. Perhaps even a kit, if I can come up with some elements that I like (I promised you a "manly" kit, didn't I). If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them, but I can't promise I will use them though.

I've made a layout with my little nephew Edwin, the backgroundpaper is by me, it will probably be in my coming paperpack.




Credits: Backgroundpaper by me, all elements from Springgarden by Natali Design (PickleberryPop), alpha: Chalked alpha by Catrine (Catscrap).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hybridscrapping can be so fun...

Little Dreamer Designs have so much fun challenges and freebies on their blog... Last week they had a hybridproject, making a cute little book, that I had to try. There is a freebie to download, 6 free templates, 4" x 4". You don't have to use the templates for participating in the challenge though.

I used the templates, I'm so lazy, LOL, and I had a lot of fun doing the little book you can see on the photo below, all about our eastercelebration this year. You can find the instructions on how to do it on LDD:s blog. I decorated my book with small buttons and a glassflower on the other side. So hurry and fetch that freebie, and make your own little book...




Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter...

I wish you all a happy easter-holiday.... Outside my window its snowing at the moment and blowing really hard, in fact a snowstorm. I have been complaining all winter on the lack of snow but now I thought spring had arrived, I was so wrong. Hope it will disappear until sunday when we will have our egghunting. Wilhelm, the oldest of my sisters two boys, love to look for eggs outside and it will be difficult if its a lot of snow. You can see how happy he was last year when he finally found the egg the easterhare (is it easterbunny in english?) had so cleverly hidden (me actually).

The other day he and I painted eggs for hours, he's really artistic and he was very frank about it, - I am an artist, he said very earnest, a childartist. I had a hard time not laughing, but I had to agree with him. -Yes, you certainly are, I told him. Nothing wrong with his selfconfidence, thats for sure.

My sister told me today that he had insisted on buying more eggs cause he wanted to paint more. He's also painted a lot of easterpictures, he gave them away to the neighbours when he and and a playmate of his walked around the neighbourhood as eastermen (a male version of easterwitches) Its a swedish tradition for children to dress up like witches for easter and walk around almost like american children at halloween, they get candy or sometimes money when they visit. They usually give away an easterdrawing and wish happy easter. The easterwitches are said to go on a broomstick to "BlÄkulla" with their black cats, in Germany they go to Hexentanzplatz I think, that would be on the mountain Brocken in Harz, I've been there once, not as a witch though, LOL.

Have you downloaded Ksharonk´s quickpage yet? I look forward to friday each week, I love Sharons designs, and her photos are so beautiful... I just had to use her QP right away, I love the green color and the simplicity of her design.

Thank you for all your kind comments about my Vintage Spring Kit. I was surprised that so many of you wanted the shadowed versions of my scalloped mats. Something for me to think about in the future...



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Warped shadows...

I realized, when I read some of the comments of my last post, that I had forgot to tell you that there are no shadows on the elements or the scalloped mats. Most scrappers prefer to make their own shadows and it also tends to become huge downloads...

But I know that not everyone has got Photoshop and are able to create warped shadows so I have made an add-on, it's the same scalloped mats and frames as in the real kit but these have warped shadows.

When I was new to digi-scrapping I used PSE5 and I couldn't figure out how to make realistic shadows. I clicked on the shadowstyle but it looked like the elements were floating above the paper. Finally I learned to go to the menu (or doubleclick on the little flower in the layermenu) layer - layerstyles - scale effects to finetune the shadows.

Misty Cato was my rescue, her tutorials on shadowing are the best. I learned from her to make a shadowlayer below my element and fill it with black color and then use Gaussian blur and wave (distortion filter) to make it look real. You can't warp in PSE but you can make quite good shadows nevertheless.

I'm not an expert on making shadows and I'm not good at making tutorials either so check out Misty's site, shadows are important, they can make a world of difference for your LO...

You can download here

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A spring freebie...

Don't get mad at me, LOL, I know, this is just too "girlie", but I couldn't help myself... Next kit will be really manly, I promise, brown, beige, green, blue and so on, and no scalloped edges. Mostly I prefer strong, bright colors, but I noticed how difficult they can be to scrap with sometimes. So here comes the pastels.

I've made a simple layout with my kit and some photos from a birthday-celebration. I love to bake cakes (eating them too, he he). This one is quite ordinary, but decorating them is otherwise the best part of it, don't you think?




The kit includes 4 papers, 2 scalloped papers, 5 frames, 3 buttons, 1 silverswirl and 3 oldfashioned book-marks.



You can download here

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I need more money, LOL....

Lately I've seen so many kits in my favourite digi-stores that I want to buy, but of course I can't buy all of them, LOL... Have you seen the collaboration kit "Come out and play" by Catrine, Birgit and Kate Hadfield that you can buy at Catscrap ?
Isn't it gorgeous, I had to buy this one....




At Pickleberrypop I couldn't resist this kit by Natali Designs, though its not new but she's got a new spring-kit that I haven't bought yet (but will soon I'm sure).



I made this layout with the kit by Natali Designs and a photo of my youngest sister...




Credits: Photoframe, butterflyoverlay, leafwine and ribbon by
Natali Designs, backgroundpaper by Vintage Charm (Twolittlepixels),
alpha by Catrine (Catscrap)and some leaves by
Scrapidea-Timkova (freebie).



Monday, March 3, 2008

Inspired by Fashion....



I have a freebiekit for you. The inspiration of this kit comes from fashion-ads I've seen lately, colors like purple, pink, yellow and orange and a lot of floral patterns. I'm really not that into fashion normally (not as much as I was as when I was young anyhow) but this photo made me inspired. My kit turned out a bit different but that is why I call it "FashionColors".....






I made a quick layout to show you how you can use the transparent glitterframes, all papers and elements comes from the kit (not the alpha though). You can click on the the preview below to see more details of the elements.

It includes 9 papers, 4 solids and 4 floral patterned and 1 cardboard with painted edges. Not all elements are shown on the preview. Hope you like it...



Elements


Papers