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So Happy to Be Back! September 18, 2009

Filed under: Free SCAL .scut files — homegrownart @ 11:05 AM
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Wow! I have totally been neglecting my blog. It so happens that I have had to take care of my number one priority- my boys! The summer holidays had me pretty occupied with playdates, swim lessons, beach days, just plain ‘feeling like a bum’ days, outings to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Estoril Arts and Craft shows, Barbeques, the list goes on, not to mention the normal day to day activities to run a home. The saying is true: “Time flies when you are having fun!” I sure enjoy having fun, but do not like so much when the time flies.

Enough of that! I have a bunch of new crafting projects that I worked on in between the busy activities. I will be putting these up to share, shortly. For now though, I just wanted to stop in and make a note that I am still alive and doing well.

Next week, I plan to upload some new SCAL.scut files, that you should find useful.

Take care and catch you later.

 

Free Curvy Frame .scut file April 23, 2009

Hi Crafters, here is curvy frame.scut file I created that will make a fabulous frame for your cards, or that you can use on your scrapbook pages. I know that it would be a great idea for me to post a project where I used the file also. Anyhow, that is why there are backlinks. If you use this frame, send me a jpeg of it. Alternatively, you can send a link of the page on your blog, and I will gladly backlink it here on this post. Send Mail

Have fun creating!!

 

Download Free scallop circle .scut file March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patty’s Day.  Yes, its time I shared another .scut file with you.  It is not exactly a clover leaf, but close enough.  🙂  I have sized this image at 1.75″ x 1.75″ to cut a similar size as the SU Scallop circle.  Hope you find it useful and fun.

Please use this link to download: http://www.4shared.com/file/93373188/9e9cea9e/Scallop_Circle_175x175.html

 

Organizing Digital Photos February 27, 2009

Hi Guys,
I have been on the road since February 20th, 2009 travelling around Spain. I decided to use my time on the long roads wisely, and do a task that I have been putting off for a long time-organizing my photos. So that you do not have to face the same dilemma that I have been facing for a while, let me share what I am trying to complete.

Okay, as it stands today, I have about 27,174 digital pictures. On my hard drive, that is equivalent to 30 GB (gigabytes) of space. In one word, that is ALOT!  At this rate of snapping, I need to start cataloging and tagging my pictures better. Also, I need to delete some pictures that are not going to be rated with a 4 or 5 stars.

Over the years, I did not have a naming scheme, hence where my problem began. My advice would be to settle on a naming scheme for your picture files. This week, I have settled on one and I hope it is the best. From now on, when I upload pictures from my camera’s SD card I will use this format of naming: year month date short description, e.g. 2009 February 26 Cordoba Spain Mesquita; or 2009 February 20-22 Sevilla Spain Plaza de España. I try to keep each event under a separate file, and then tag each photo with more detail information like quality, location, person, and event. There are several programs on the market bidding for your business. The investment is worth it since tagging each picture accordingly will enable you to find them more readily tomorrow, or in the next 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

I currently use Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2, which came loaded on my computer, but there are other photo organizers, some that are free downloads (e.g. Picasa), and others ranging in price depending on the features you need. For digital scrapbooking, I like Photoshop Elements which ranges in price from $41 to $140 depending on the version purchased. For professionals, or if you want to brave the learning curve there are programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge (bundled with CS4), $299;$699, respectively). There are also photosharing sites online that will save your pictures for you, for instance Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa Web Albums. However, I would recommend using these as an additional backup of your precious photos.

I have been taking digital pictures since 2001, so I have 8 years of pictures that are not tagged properly, now you can imagine why I have been procrastinating on this overwhelming task. If you are just getting into digital photography, please do not be like me and start organizing your photos from the start. You will be able to locate them and enjoy them so much better.

In the event you want to be able to retrieve your pictures and get to the fun part- scrapbooking, of course  then, tagging and rating them is a must.

If you are reading this far, I hope you have found this information at least a bit useful. Got to go now, DS2 just fell off the bed.

 

Free Swirly Border .scut file February 16, 2009

Hello Crafters,

I discovered several nights ago a way for  you to access my .scut files.  First I had to make a decision on which photo sharing account to open,  I chose www.4shared.com.  After troubleshooting, I think that the settings are correct.  Now, let’s see if you will be able to retrieve the file I have uploaded.

These types of files are for use with the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) program, designed to work with the Cricut machine. 

Available for download is a border I put together.  I am calling it Swirly border 11.804×2.5.scut. 

These are the measurements I saved it in.  I plan to use it for a 12×12 layout (LO), I am working on.  I think it looks quite pretty.  You can fiddle with the size some more, of course, but the smaller size might be a bit too intricate and might tear if care is not taken when removing from the cutting mat. Also, please note, I find that cutting the blackout style is better than cutting it in normal style.  Wait a second, a vivid image of a vinyl wall décor just came to mind.  Hmmmnnn!!  Tapping finger…need to find me some vinyl.

I would love to see what you come up with.  If interested, here is the link: http://www.4shared.com/file/87857013/7ecef211/Swirly_Border_11804x25.html Enjoy!              

Disclaimer:  For personal use only.  Use file at your own risk, I will not be liable for any damages or negative results that come about while using this file.  Please give credit to www.homegrownart.wordpress.com

 

This file is no longer available for downloading.  Please see my other free .scut files.  Thanks.