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Scrapbooking Tutorials & Tips for Traditional, Digital and Hybrid Scrapbooking
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No more scrapbook alphabet frustrations!

Digital Scrapbooking freebie below!

I reckon alphabets are one of the major frustrations of scrapbooking!

You know how it goes. You’ve completed a gorgeous scrapbook layout and you need just the right letters to make your title. You go to your alphabet stash and either you don’t have any with the right look and feel for your scrapbook layout design or else you’re missing a few vital letters.

Of course if you’re a digital scrapbooker you just feel a little smug as you go to your digital alpha stash and select the style you want and change the color to suit your scrapbook layout.

But here’s the thing for paper scrapbookers.

Why not combine the best of both worlds?

Hybrid scrapbooking lets you combine digital elements with your paper scrapbook layouts. And you can get some stunning effects.

I made this birthday card for a friend’s daughter. The word ONE is a totally digital element which I created, printed out on photo card and cut out for my card.


To make it more interesting I clipped one of the papers from The Garden Party Mega Freebie Kit onto it. With Photoshop Elements you just place the paper layer on top of the template and press Ctrl+G then Ctrl+E. You can learn how to do it with my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 5 here.

If you don’t have a graphic editing program like Photoshop Elements you can type your word into your word processing program and choose a color for your font that matches your layout. Print it onto good quality card and cut it out. It’s not as snazzy as clipping a patterned paper to the word but it can get you the title you need.

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Word Art 101


Back in the day I used to write a weekly newsletter where I would send out free word art designs for you to use in your scrapbook layouts or your cards.

My Word Art tended to be quite eclectic, on many different topics but it was very much in my own style.

Since then I’ve had lots of enquiries about Word Art and whether I’ll be doing any more.

I probably will but until I do here’s some free word art from the archives for you to download.

And when you’re done, maybe you’d like to have a go at making your own.

Scroll down to the end and watch a short video that I made showing you how you can make your own Word Art.


Click on the Word Art to open the full size PNG file and then save it to your computer. That way you’ll get the high resolution version and not just the web sized image.

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Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Sale

Massive discount on the Soup2Nuts Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Course

Who knew learning could be this much fun?

Christmas is in sight. (Shakes head. Where did the year go? Again!)

And trying to find fun and interesting gifts for all your special someones can often be challenging.

So here’s a fun idea for a gift for your Mum, sister or special girlfriend (or for you, for that matter).

My Step by Step Digital Scrapbooking Course is a ‘soup to nuts’ digital scrapbooking course which will take you or your lucky someone from complete beginner to being an advanced digital scrapbooker in 25 easy lessons.

The 2012 Chri8stmas Special has finished

But you can still get a great discount on the Soup2Nuts  tutorials here

  • You get 50 videos (2 per lesson) which will take you by the hand and guide you easily through all the tricks and techniques to creating your own fantastic, unique and super-personal digital scrapbook layouts in Photoshop Elements. And these special creations can then be easily shared with all your family and friends.
  • As well, each lesson comes with a full sized complementary digital scrapbooking kit which includes all the elements that are used in making the demonstration scrapbook layout as well as many more so that you can customize and personalize your own versions. That’s 25 complementary digital scrapbook kits!
  • Plus you get a Techniques Sheet which you can print out and keep handy as you create your own digital scrapbook layouts .

The 2012 Chri8stmas Special has finished

But you can still get a great discount on the Soup2Nuts  tutorials here

And if you want to give this Special Christmas Gift to someone special in your life, you also get this Gift Card which you can print out and give to your Special Someone.

Each of these tutorials sell for $4.50 when purchased individually ($112.50 in total) and if you purchase the whole Soup2Nuts Course the normal price is $99.50 saving $13.

But the Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Soup2Nuts Course can be yours for just $69.50 if you buy before 24 December 2012.

That’s a further $30 reduction.

Bringing your total saving to a massive $43!

I only ever run a special deal on these tutorials at Christmas.

So if you’ve been toying with the idea of joining in all the fun of digital scrapbooking and making wonderful scrapbook layouts that you can share with all your friends and family, there’s never going to be a better time.

Remember on Christmas Day the price will bounce right back to the full price. That’s guaranteed!

So don’t miss out because the price will definitely be going back up again on Christmas Day.

The 2012 Chri8stmas Special has finished

But you can still get a great discount on the Soup2Nuts  tutorials here

Scrapbooking Tip: Printing on Shiny Paper

So I made this card for my niece’s wedding.

To be honest, I made it three times. How come things that look so simple end up being the hardest to do.

Anyway finally I had the card the way I wanted it and it was time to do the inside.

I decided to use the shiny finish paper that I had used on the front of the card as the inside panel and to print my sentiment and greeting on it. What I didn’t realise is that ink jet printer ink doesn’t dry well on shiny paper (unless it’s proper glossy printing paper). So every time I printed out my greeting it ended up smudging all over the place.

I was losing my patience with it when my friend Jackie (The Embossing Queen) suggested that I sprinkle clear embossing powder on my printed greeting and give it a whiz with the heat gun.

Result: Brilliant! As you can see here.

So that’s one printing tip that’s well worth remembering so you don’t end you wasting sheets of your best shiny paper.

And another suggestion is not to use the ‘best’ setting on your printer. I would normally always choose the ‘best’ setting when printing on shiny photo paper but it doesn’t give good results when printing on shiny paper that’s not designed for printing on. Just use your normal setting and you’ll get a much crisper print. And once you do the clear embossing it really stands out.

Hope you find this tip useful. If so, please share it with others using the share button thingy on the side of the screen.

And if you have some handy printing tips of your own please share them here in the comments.

Scrapbook Overlays

Garden Party Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Digital scrapbook overlays are one of the most versatile elements you can use.

They can take a plain paper and dress it up.

They can add a whole new level of dimension to a layout

They can help to unify and ground your scrapbook  layout design by providing an all round border.

They can be blended using the blending mode function in your graphics editing software to create heaps of different looks.

The list goes on. But I think you probably get the idea.

I like scrapbook overlays.

So I was a bit surprised when I discovered that I hadn’t included one in the Free Garden Party Mega Kit (if you’re not a member of  The Garden Party you can see what it’s about here).

… until now.

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Don’t know how to use it?

Well here are some ideas

First drag the overlay onto your layout. (Tip: Hold the control key down whilst you drag. You’ll keep a better grip on it that way.)

  • You can recolor it by using the change color function in your software (Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue.Saturation in Photoshop Elements).
  • You can adjust the opacity to make it a softer border.
  • You can add a shadow to give it some extra dimension.
  • You can play with the blending modes in your software to change the look and feel of it. In the scrapbook layout below I’ve used the Luminosity blending mode to get this soft look.

  • You can do various combinations of the above. You might find that some actions will cancel out others. For example if you add a shadow after you’ve chosen a blending mode your overlay will revert back to Normal. Add your shadow first and then add the blending mode.
  • You can drag it down to the size of your photo and sit it on top to make a soft translucent frame.

And if you’ve never used overlays before I have a couple of video tutorials that will give you step by step help as well as showing you lots of other cool digital scrapbooking techniques. You can check them out here: Intermediate Tutorial 3 and Advanced Tutorial 4

They each come with their own complimentary digital scrapbooking kit which includes at least one overlay.

I hope you enjoy playing with the Garden Party Overlay. And please do upload a copy of any scrapbook layouts or cards that you make with it to the Garden Party Facebook Page.

Let me know what you think. And please share this on Facebook or Twitter or wherever you talk with other scrapbookers.