Wednesday, October 31, 2007

16,435 and counting

Believe it or not that's how many digital pictures I've taken since my first child was born almost five years ago and its still not enough! I have no idea how many pictures the rest of you take but would be interested to know. I think that's quite a few but most are not what some might call the "money shot" But I couldn't bear to part with one. My older two do not sit or stand still for long so I have quite a few that are the side and back of the head shots. lol

I forgot to add something to the treats no tricks kit. A little ribbon if you want it you can download it from 4shared here.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

New kit and a freebie!

I've completed my trick or treat kit! Decided to call it Treats No Tricks and its a mini kit with bonus alpha.
Its on sale for $1.49 for one week only! You can find it in the shop here.

You can also pick up a quick page freebie to go with it.

Download here

I have a few other sales in the store my Shabby Autumn reg $4.99 on sale for $2.99! and October Morning on sale for $3.99.

Find these and all my other designs at Digital Scrapn Designs

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 26, 2007

In case you missed the FREEBIE

You can grab it here

It coordinates with my latest kit October Morning. You can grab the kit or just the papers.

Find these and my other kits a Digital Scrapn Designs here

Special thanks to my pal HSG for adding me to her list! Thank You!
Stop by the gallery and post your layouts we love to see what you create!


Today we are working with the pse photocopy filter. Which I happen to use quite a bit. I like to make coloring pages with them for my kids. We create coloring books using pictures taken with friends or family for gifts. They're always a huge hit! Another fun thing to do with coloring pages is to add you and/or your childs photo to other coloring pages. There are tons of free coloring pages online with super heroes, elmo etc. I run the filter on a photo then add it to a premade page. You can add your own text to create your own personalized book (for personal only use I would think). Ok enough rambling...
You can find the filter under filter, sketch, photocopy. You do need to choose both background and foreground colors. I choose black and white because I want to print my photo as a coloring page.

After the filter is selected you have the option to adjust the detail and darkness of the photo.
Here is my before photo of my boys hitting the arcade on our trip.

My after photo and boys latest coloring page

I decided to try it out in color because I don't normally do that. Here is what I got.

Wanna join the challenge? Simply try it out for yourself and if you'd like to share your photo or layout using this filter simply leave us a link in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

New Kit is in the store! and a freebie

The new kit is in the store at Digital Scrapn Designs!! I thought I was never going to finish! You can find out all the details here.

I also have a little freebie that coordinates with the kit

sorry freebie expired

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Challenges in the forum

The forum is growing at Digital Scrapn Designs
Maneater has posted 2 new challenges and the latest is quick element challenge. Check out the link below for more info.

Lori has added a lot of great new items to the store. Check it out here.
I decided to add a few more items to my October morning kit and I'm just wrapping up the trick or treat kit. So stay tuned...

Filter Friday Challenge - Crystallize

Crystallize is the pse filter of the week. You can find it under filter, pixelate, crystallize.

This filter is pretty easy to use. Simply adjust the cell size and click ok.

My photo before

click photo to enlarge

click photo to enlarge

So try if out for yourself. And if you'd like to share your creation with us please feel free to leave a link in the comments section of this post.

I'm back kind of

We'll I'm back from our trip. We were actually only gone for about three days but I just have been able to get back into the swing of things. We had a great time! It was so hard to leave.
I will try to stop back later today with the filter challenge and more!

Monday, October 15, 2007

We're going on a mini vacation!!!!

We are going on a spur of the moment trip to a water park resort in the WI Dells for a little r&r. I'm so excited I can't wait! Been couped up in this house too long. The boys are so excited to swim and they always have a blast when we go. Of course I really don't want to be seen in a bathing suit considering I had a baby this year...but I think most moms feel that way. I don't care I'll just try to suck it in as best I can. lol

Anyway I don't have a laptop so I will be offline until we return and are settled back in.

Have a great week!


Friday, October 12, 2007

Its Filter Friday!!!! Accented Edges

Its that time of the week again! We are trying out accented edges this week for the Filter Friday Challenge. I had fun playing around with this filter. No need to choose background or foreground colors. You can find this filter under filters, brush strokes, accented edges.

From there you can adjust the edge width, brightness and smoothness.

My before photo

After using medium brighness and very smooth about 10-12.

After using dark edges and smoothness about 10-12.

So go ahead and try it for yourself. If you would like to share what you came up with leave a comment with a link to your photo or layout.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hummie's Themed Thursday-Star

My layout for Hummie's Themed Thursday. This week's theme is star.

credits: I used stars by designing on the edge. fonts are freebooter script and perpetua.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Generic vs. Genuine Ink that is

When it comes to shopping I must admit I'm a cheapo. Actually I prefer to call myself frugal but that could be subjective. Anyway, I have been using generic ink for years and love it. Occasionally I would end up with bad one but considering the cost is about a third or less than brand names I could live with that. I tried a few different generic brands and found one I could rely on. Well here's where my problem starts. I ran out of ink a few months ago and still haven't bought any. My one year old printer was discontinued at some point in the last year making it harder to find. Also I really don't print many pictures for myself. I like looking at my pictures on the computer just fine. I print a few here and there to frame and the rest go to friends and family. Well when my last child was born 8 months ago I sent out birth announcements using my generic ink and the quality was amazing. Well about six months later some of those have faded. So this leads me to believe that generic ink is not the way to go. But some of them still look beautiful so could it have been the paper? I have no idea. But i really don't feel like paying $60 for genuine ink refills.
So I have a few questions for you.
Do you use generic or genuine when you print from home?
Do you prefer to go out for prints or order online?
Do you think the paper makes a difference?

Thanks have a great day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I'm still alive

I'm still alive!!!! I spent the weekend trying to get caught up with a few things around my house. I also spent some time working on my flower beds. I have a little over ten so that's going to take a while. I also tried to relax a little. My 8 month old is upset with me right now because I wont let her play with the electrical outlet. What a mean mom huh? And my dog just threw up on my couch. So I'm having one of "those" days. Thinking of my couch reminds me of when we first bought it before we had children. Everyone wanted to know why we choose such a light color if we wanted to have kids. We just laughed and said they'll just have to eat at the table. Well I think everyone's laughing at us now. Its been almost 5yrs since our first child was born and throw in a pup who thinks everything is a chew toy and that couch is about ready for the curb. But that wont be happening anytime soon. Nothing new until the kids are much older. lessoned learned. lol!

I've completed my latest kit October Morning and plan to have that in the store in the next few days or so. One of my girlfriends stopped by yesterday. She wants me to design some birthday invites for her daughter's golden birthday. So I'll post a few pics of that when I'm done. Also working on my trick or treat kit hope to have that completed soon. Just have to find the time this place has been a zoo lately!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

The picture is my oldest son Jacob's latest creation from preschool.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday Filter Challenge-Rough Pastels

This week I'm challenging you to try out your rough pastel filter. You can find it under filters, artistic, rough pastels.

From there you have options to adjust the stroke length, detail, texture, scaling and relief.

My before photo

Hope you are enjoying the challenge. I know I've been having fun trying out filters I wouldn't normally use.

Wanna join the challenge? Jump in wherever and whenever you want. There are no deadlines. Simply try the filter for yourself and then leave us a comment with a link to your photo or layout using the filter of the week.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hummie's Themed Thurday - Joy

My layout for Hummie's Themed Thursday. This week is joy. I choose to use a picture of some blue hyacinths from my garden last spring. They are one of my most favorites flowers. The color and the fragrance are so beautiful. They were also my grandma's favs. She was such a joy to be around and a sweetie. I miss her. I created the effect by playing with the lighting highlights and shadows. Eventually I'd like to add her photo too. I only have a few and they're tucked away in a box somewhere...
I'm going to attempt Moms and munchins today. Its a group at church for moms and kids. The kids get to play while the moms watch a video and fellowship. My two youngest are pretty clingy so not sure how well that's going to fly. Wish me luck!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Catching up... Hummie's Themed Thursday-read

Finally getting caught up here. This is my lo for Hummie's themed Thursday for last week. I used papers from my shabby autumn kit. The green ppr is a recolour. Font is georgia.
Ok on my way to make the one for this week.

Monday, October 1, 2007

A little preview

Just thought I'd give you a teeny tiny preview of a few papers from the kit I'm working on. Just have a few more elements to create and I should be finished! Also have a trick or treat kit in the works. Hopefully I can get that done before Halloween! Thats all I have time for now.
Have a nice day!