Homegrownart’s Blog

Blogging about paper crafting and other things I enjoy.

Straight Up Digital Scrapbooking March 14, 2009

 

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

 

Okay, I am being quite brave to profile this digital layout (LO) of my self portrait. I am looking so girly in here.  PINK, PINK, PINK, and swirls and flowers.  I love them all!  

 

This is a 12” x 12” LO that was created using Photoshop Elements 5.0 (PSE).  One of my favorite places to stop by for free digital kits is www.twopeasinabucket.com.  Please note that they have everything to ease your scrapbooking pains, but be careful not to overdose. The free kit I used was JSpragueFlowerGirl.  The fonts I used were downloaded from www.scrapnfonts.com.  The one I used for the journaling is appropriately called CK Journaling, and is one of my favorites.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out which font I used for the title.  Yes, I am a fontaholic too, but there are so many cute fonts available!  What can I say?   

 

So as not to reinvent the wheel, there are many helpful videos available on www.YouTube.com. Here is a PSE tutorial that can get you moving in the right direction.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFJrYYhh4PE.  If you like to read directions, some kind people at The Shabby Shoppe has put together a brilliant tutorial for you also.  Check it out at http://www.theshabbyshoppe.com/tutorials/first_LO_in_PSE.html.  They also have some free digital kits you can download for your personal use at www.shabbyprincess.com.  Yes for FREE-who does not like free?

 

 

Now don’t delay any further, create something fabulous about You today for your children and grandchildren to look at.  They will go, “Ahhhhh!, that is my mom, and she did this just for me.”  Well you get the picture I hope.

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What inspires me… February 10, 2009

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Hi Ya’ll, had to take a little break there and do some house cleaning.  I finally got around to organizing and putting away the stamps that I was using for Christmas cards.  I have some small plastic containers that I use to sort strips and scrap paper into.   So I put away all the bit and pieces that I can still get some use of.  I try to save every penny in that respect, and save some trees at the same time while accomplishing that mission.   My desk is so clean, but I’m sure before the day is over cardstock (CS), pattern paper (PP) and what’s not will be all over the place again. I will be taking stuff out to make some V-day cards.

Okay, on to what gives me inspiration.  Well, I love to make embellishments, so I also have some smaller containers (from Chinese restaurant) which I use to sort the embellies by color.  When I need inspiration, or a color combo, I simply grab stuff that I already made ahead of time, try them out and see what works. This method works for me because sometimes I don’t feel like making a card, or I don’t have time to make embellies and a card, so I have to work in small time blocks.  I also find that I start with one project in mind and finish with a completely different result.  It all depends on the treasures I find in my hand -made embellies containers.

There is always SplitcoastStampers.com too.  I have spent countless hours browsing cards talented people have uploaded to SCS.  Then I also have some blogs that I visit often to see what’s new and fresh in the crafting world.  If all else fails, I resort to online shopping at my favorite stores.  Since I can’t afford to keep up with all their new products, I try to recreate what I see, with stuff that is in my collection.

Please leave a comment and share what inspires you.  I would like to hear.

Blessings!!

 

What An Awesome Blogger I Am February 8, 2009

Filed under: In My World — homegrownart @ 10:27 AM
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LOL!!  I am so proud of myself.  I have learnt quite a bit over the weekend so far.  I might just be capable of pulling this off. 

I was getting Widget happy here.  Just about added every widget in the widget section, not knowing what each was for.  Just wanted my page to have some content. 🙂  Now some have been deleted, and others customized.  Thanks to the generous tutors on www. youtube.com for contributing in this learning experience.  I have been able to rearrange the widgets on the sidebar and  insert an image within my post.  Hurray!  You might start seeing some of my work finally.  Thanks for being patient.  Have a  safe and blessed Sunday.

 

Hello world! February 6, 2009

3D Valentine's Day Card

3D Valentine's Day Card

Wow!  I am venturing into new territory here.  After years of reading other peoples informative and breathtaking blogs, I have decided to delve in.  So far so good.  For now, I will be playing around with the different buttons and see what happens.  My ultimate goal is to showcase my lovely greeting cards that I so enjoy creating.  I also scrapbook, and so I will be posting what I have done in that field too.  I have lots of ideas as to what I want to blog about, so check back and hopefully you are inspired in some way or form, just as I have been by reading other people’s blogs.  Cheers!

After learning my way around on WordPress, I have edited this post by inserting  the You Tube video of  Dawn demonstrating how to make a gatefold card.  As you can see the possibilities are limitless and left only to your imagination.