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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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Christmas Card Ideas

Making ‘Production Line’ Christmas Cards

I have been going nuts over the last few weeks, as the realization of Christmas has fully dawned on me, making the dozens of cards I need for the season.

Normally I start my run in mid-year so I’m not under too much pressure as we get to the pointy end of things. But sadly, not this year.

But I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the good news is it’s not an oncoming train.

I’ve pulled together a good mixture of simple ‘production line’ type cards that are easy to repeat as well as some more individual ones. I like to have a good mix as not everyone values handmade cards in the same way.

“Production line’ type cards don’t need to have a mass produced look about them and they don’t need to bore you witless as you churn out same card after same card.

By ‘productionizing’ a key element of the card you can incorporate it into different designs with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Super simple Christmas Card idea

These Christmas trees came on a sheet of 8. I just cut them out and mounted each on a matt. Then stuck the feature element on the front of my cards.

But by varying the background treatments a little and the shape of the cards they all have a different look. And it took no more time to do this than if I had made them all look alike.

Christmas Cards ideas with a little bit more

In the set of cards below I made a bunch of decoupage elements from a freebie I received with a magazine (thank you DoCrafts). So they’re all based on the same element principle, although the actual pictures are different.

But all these cards look different because I made changes in how I used the decoupage element. And the backgrounds for all of them are pretty simple so it didn’t take too long.

And your digital scrapbooking skills can be a real blessing as you do some Christmas Card production lines.

Print out some Christmas elements and use them on your cards like I’ve done here.

I made the NOEL element using an alpha from a digital scrapbook kit I’ve had for a few years and the Christmas trees are printed and cut from another kit.

The great thing about these elements is that you can color them to suit your Christmas card background or theme. And of course you never run out. Just make as many as you need.

Tip: Make sure you come back to Scraps of Mind on December 1st. I’ll have links to a humungous Christmas Freebie site where you can pick up heaps of digital Christmas kits and element all for free. It will be AWESOME!!

Christmas Cards personal and productionized!

And finally, of course, you can go the ultimate in productionzing your Christmas Cards by making completely digital cards like the one I’ve made here.

The wonderful thing about this approach (apart from being able to print off as many as you like or need whenever you want them) is that they’re so very personal. I used a photo from a previous Christmas of my daughter to make a unique card.


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

Why do you scrapbook?

I was thinking about this question today and I realised that my reasons for scrapbooking have evolved over the last eight years that I’ve been doing it.

This may be a similar story to your own, when you start to think about it.

My first scrapbook album was born when I was frustrated by having the memories of a trip to France scattered across different media (Photo CD, trip diary CD and accumulated memorabilia. It really bugged me that I couldn’t enjoy them all together.

Then I saw a scrapbooking magazine at a friend’s place which totally excited and inspired me so that I rushed home and compiled my first album over the next two weeks. Yes I can be obsessive.

Even though this album is the first one I made, so the style is fairly basic, I still love sitting down with a cup of coffee and reminiscing through its pages. I think that says a lot for the success of it.

I’d never been one for taking lots of photos and organising them in a photo album. And I realised that I had never really ‘saved’ any of the memories of my daughter’s childhood in a tangible way that she could browse through them in the future. My mother had passed on a few years earlier and I was starting to recognise the memory gaps that I had of my own childhood.

This is the layout you make in Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Advanced Tutorial 3

So I started an album about Seona’s life. This is an ongoing project but it’s scary to discover how many memories have faded away

I don’t have many photos of my parents but I’ve started scrapbooking about them so as not to let those memories slip away too.

This was a wonderful world where I could manipulate the older photos that I had to change the size, improve the color and quality and create layouts that did them justice. I could combine digital elements from different kits and resize them or change the color to coordinate with the layout that I had in my mind.

And I could do all that without racing off to the scrapbook shop every time a new idea popped into my head.

By now my scrapbooking was as much about creating a piece of art as it was about preserving a memory.

And I was so excited about that that I wanted to help other scrapbookers have a chance to experience it too. So I created the Step by Step Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials to help others to make the jump and add another dimension to their scrapbooking.

That’s been good. I’ve received heaps of emails from people who love the tutorials and how they’ve made it easy for them to make the jump to digital scrapbooking. That makes me very happy.

So I added to that with The Garden Party Mega kit which is a humongous digital scrapbooking freebie kit. If you haven’t joined The Party I recommend you do. It’s free and there are no strings attached.

And what now?

This is the layout you make with Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 6

Well I’ve just discovered the world of genealogy. I’m starting to explore my family history, which is challenging when there are no family members here for me to ask questions of. But I’ve discovered a whole branch of my family who emigrated to the US (I live in Australia) and I’m amazed at how much information can be gleaned from the official records.

This will obviously find some way of getting translated into scrapbooking. So that it can be shared with the rest of my family here in Australia.

And all of this is because of that first scrapbook album.

How about you? Have the rea

sons that you scrapbook today evolved from when you first started?

If you’ve read to the end of this story why not take a moment to stop and think about it. And maybe share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

Free Scrapbooking Recipe Card– Fruity Chocolate Fudge

Digital scrapbooking freebie

Want to make something extra yummy and deliciously decadent?

Well you can’t go past this super dooper Fruity Chocolate Fudge (recipe credit to my friend Carly).

This fudge is of Willy Wonka-esque yummyness and best of all … it’s easy peasy to make.

You can download the recipe card I’ve made and print it out. It goes with the other pages in the Scraps of Mind Yummy Treats Free Scrapbooking Recipe Book. There are links to some other free scrapbooking recipe cards at the bottom of this post. So if you haven’t got your set then start clicking.

Free Digital Scrapbooking Recipe Card - Chocolate-Fruit-Fudge

Click on the image to open the high resolution file. This will give you a high quality print out.

I created the background by blending two of the Garden Party Scrapbook Freebie papers together using the Color Burn blending mode. It’s well worth playing around with the blending modes when you’re creating scrapbook backgrounds I think. It adds an extra layer of depth to your layout.

And it can make a big impact to the colors too. Believe it or not the original papers I used were pink and green!  If you want to know more about blending papers together you can check out my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Tutorial which shows you what it’s all about and how to do it.

Here’s the recipe itself

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