Friday, September 30, 2011

Hybrid Friday: Halloween Milk Carton Treat Box

Hello there! This week, my hybrid creation was inspired by this post on the hybrid chic. I created my own milk carton box using danimoy designs's Spooktacular kit. I am going to use it for our annual Halloween party :)

First, I used the milk carton template in PSE9, and created a halloween house scene. I started with an orange background paper that mimicked a siding and roofing. I used purple ribbon to make a fence, added a window with ribbon curtains inside, trees and two pumpkins, two trick or treaters and a Happy Halloween sign. Then, I printed it out on white cardstock and cut it out. I also used my paper cutter to score the folding lines for a cleaner look.

I glued the side strip down and it created the rectangular piece of the box. 

Then I simply folded the bottom pieces together to make the bottom of the box. I decided not to glue these down and leave it open, so I could later place some candies inside!

I folded and glued the top part together and ended up with this!! 

It was such a fun and easy hybrid project and it will make such a great treat box for our Halloween party too!! Thanks for looking and see you next week!  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Digicards with Jen: Yellow Frost

Got an early start to my day today, phew! Heading outta town for a couple of nights and I gotta get a packin' (yeah, I always wait until the last minute, bad habit). Before I leave though, I've got another digicard to share with you. This round, I used Dani's kit Read all about it, which you can of course find in Dani's boutique at Scrapbook Bytes. I intentionally left it blank, because well, sometimes you just want a card that you can make all your own (though I think you'll agree that the alpha included in the kit would be a perfect addition to this card!!). Hope you like it!

And here is Read all about it:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hybrid Friday and a Freebie :)

It's almost that time again...Halloween! Our family throws an annual Halloween Party and today I decided to make an hybrid invitation using Spooktacular. I love this kit because it is the perfect mix of spooky and cute, with its elaborate papers and cute drawn elements. You can find the link for it below.

Now, onto the project :) First and foremost I designed the card in PSE and then printed out each layer separately. This will give the card more dimension. Here's what my printout looked like:

Using my trusty scissors, I cut each piece carefully. Then, I used glue dots to attach each layer to the card.

After adding each piece, I finally added a bit more dimension a finishing touch, I glued down 5 white buttons.
It's as simple as that! If you were following along, you'll now have a cute card or invitation.

I also have a freebie for you! Here's the flattened card, so all you have to do is download and print :)

If you use the freebie or make your own card with anything from danimoy designs, be sure to share it with us! We love seeing your creations :) 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Freebie Font Fun!

I have an admission to make.  I love fonts!  I'm actually somewhat of a font hoarder and I can spend more time than I care to admit searching through my collection to grab the perfect choice for my journaling or title.  I especially love when I can build my font library for FREE!  Today, I wanted to share a couple of cool free font sites and some of the fonts I seem to use over and over.

A few font sites:

And I actually found a couple of fonts on the home page of one of these sites (Font Space) that I grabbed just while I was getting links for this post...

Now, here are a few fonts that I just love and tend to use often!  Now please keep in mind that I could go on and on with this list and I feel like I'm slighting my other fonts by not putting them in this list.  However, I'm trying to keep the post short in the interest of time, space and my desire to keep you awake.   I will also limit the list to free fonts although many I use were not free (but definitely inexpensive).  Also, please note that many of the free fonts can be found in several places... this is just one option.

Baby Boston from Kevin & Amanda
Basic Font from dafont - I use this one a lot to make my own PERSONAL USE alphas for my pages.
Birth of a Hero from 1001 Free Fonts (another great title font)
Blackjack from Font Squirrel
Glider Girls from Kevin and Amanda
Journaling Hand from Typedelic
Pea Jacks and Matty from Fonts for Peas
Scriptina from dafont
the Blue Cabin from Kevin and Amanda
Traveling Typewriter from Urban Fonts

OK, that's all!  I hope you found something you can use for your scrapbook pages and other things.  Just don't spend too much time searching, it can eat up your day, LOL!  And don't forget to check out the terms of use for these fonts.  They are all Personal Use Only, and are tons of fun.

Share with us about your favorite fonts.  We'd love to hear about it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shine On You

It's time for a brand new Duo-licious collab!    Check out Shine On You!!

This is our story

Uh oh, am I a day late again?! I know, I know. Apologies. There are a few scrapbooking contests going on out there in digiland that have kept me a bit busy. But, I think you'll be impressed with the 1+1=3 I've come up with today. Lately I've really been into heritage layouts. I got some new-old photos from my mom and I've just loved going through them and putting them into layouts. Something about those B&W/sepia photos that just looks so lovely on a page! So today I put together two kits that make one stunning heritage kit. I hope you'll agree! Plus, I did a layout with the "new" kit to share with you.

The first kit I used for my 1+1=3 was Danimoy's Crush. I've used this one before and it was worth using again. It is so lovely! Here is Crush, which you can find in Dani's shop at Scrapbook Bytes.

Next up, a kit I just acquired and LOVE, read all about it. Is this kit not perfect for heritage layouts? Read all about it can also be found in Dani's shop at SBB.

Now for the fun part. Here is my kit #3 from Crush and Read all about it, plus the layout I made with it. Hope you like it! (Note: for my layout I used a template from CM Decorative Click and Fill)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flashback Friday!

I don't know about you but September reminds me of apples. It brings back memories of going back to school and we also, as a family often go to our local orchards to their annual apple festival. What makes you think of apples in September? 

Love Apples is a great kit by danimoy designs! It's perfect for scrapping this time of year! 
Be sure to check it out :) 


Masks and Paint Splats: 

Here's some CT inspiration: 

I promise I will be back next week with a great hybrid project :) It may even take up two Friday posts! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Justify Text

OK, so this is such a simple tip, yet something I didn't know for a couple of years of scrapping in PSE.  And sometimes, it makes all the difference in the world!  How to justify your text.  You know, make it look like a cool square or rectangle in your text box.  It's a really neat trick.

Basically, you type in your text box, then highlight your text and click CMD+Shift+J (Mac) or Control+Shift+J (PC)... it is MAGIC! hehe

In Photoshop:
Once you highlight your text in the text box, you click on the "Toggle the Character and Paragraphs Palattes Icon" in the Options Bar. Select the Paragraph tab and the last 4 options can Justify the text.

I don't have any fancy screenshots for this today, but trust me when I say it works great and you will love the outcome.  I'll be back next week for a more visually stimulating Tip!

And while I have you... let me just show of this beautiful kit from Dani!  It's called Shabby Nothings and part of it was used for my siggy you see here.  I just love the whole kit and it is ON SALE right now for $3!  This is really a great deal, so head over to Dani's Scrapbook Bytes store and grab it.

Enjoy your weekend and scrap some great stuff.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturdays with Jen: Blessed to call you friend

Are you ready for another digicard? I had fun making this one. I suspect it has something to do with the awesome kit I got to use! Dani's Crush - have you seen it? Oh, it's so lovely. Probably one of my favorite kits. You can find it at Scrapbook Bytes. Would you like to see what I made with it? Ok, you twisted my arm, here ya go (smile). Hope you like it!

I've decided that I prefer the half page fold, instead of the 4-fold, so I'm sticking with that for a while. So I'll show you first page 1 and 4, then page 2-3. I didn't add a title to the front of this one, because of the busy pattern, but I think that is ok. The fonts I used are baskerville and mtf under your skin by kevinandamanda.

Here is Crush by Danimoy Designs

Friday, September 9, 2011

Flashback Friday and Freebie!

Hi danimoy fans! Laina here, with a new blog post called Flashback Friday! Each Flashback Friday, we will feature a flashback danimoy kit with some great inspiration and maybe even something special like a coupon or freebie.

This week, as many kids have been going back to school in the past 2 weeks or so, I thought it would be perfect to look back at danimoy's Study Buddy kit. It's so perfect for scrapping those first school day photos and other school moments. With its subtle primary colors and unique patterned papers,

CT inspiration:

Here's a freebie for you to get started! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturdays (kind of) with Jen: 1+1=3

Eeeek, I'm late! Does it still count as Saturday if it's 3:40am? (seriously, it is). Time got away from me this time and so Saturday with Jen has become late night with Jen, for today anyway. As a result, while I do have a 1+1=3 for you, I've not been able to scrap a page with it just yet. But, it's a lovely combo and I just know I will use it at some point, and I hope you will too!

This week I combined two Dani kits to get a Labor Day kit of red, white, and blue. The first kit I used is Cook With Me. This is a super fun kit, especially if you are working on a digiscrap cookbook. I'm trying to get one done before the holidays, so far some progress, could use a little more and this kit is sure to help! Here's Cook With Me. Find it at SBB.

For the second kit, I used the lovely Crush, also available at SBB.

As always, we take 1 kit + 1 kit and like magic, we have 3 kits to play with! Here's my "new" kit, Labor Day.

Hope you'll join me next week (earlier I hope!!) for a new digicard. Happy Labor Day everyone!