I always take way too many photos of my babies when I'm trying to capture their smile on camera. Usually I finally get one, plus some other really funny faces. I did this layout back in 2011 to document my daughter's faces.
When I saw the viewfinder layout by Kinsey Wilson on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect for scrapping the photos my son's smile. However, all of the viewfinders I have are too small. I want to see his expressions (especially because the pictures were taken at night)! So I created my own in Illustrator. It isn't perfect, not even close--don't even think about measuring the distance between the squares and it's very simplified. I decided to put the viewfinder clipping mask up for free download for y'all in case you want to scraplift the layout too! FYI: it is not a viewfinder element, but a clipping mask so you will have to clip your own paper(s) to it.
hexagon template 1
Earlier this summer my in-laws took my husband and I on an Alaskan cruise for a graduation present. I know, awesome graduation gift. Anyways, how do you thank someone for a gift like that? I decided to scrap all of our pictures and print them into a book to give them. I wanted to try to use the same kit for the entire book for flow purposes. Also to prove that it could be done. I love how it turned out! It is the first time that I could say that I actually made/drew an entire scrapbook all on my own (except for the font-High Fiber, and one template from Shabby Princess). The cover was my favorite! I love drawing on my tablet in Illustrator! [. . .]
In my opinion, templates are the biggest money waster in all of digital scapbooking. First of all because most of them usually only showcase ONE or two pictures. Seriously? C'mon. (My ghetto students used to pronounce that as "see-mon") Who really only has one picture to scrap? Secondly, because they are so easy to make! Unless a layout is really fancy and includes shapes or other things I can't make myself, I choose to make my own. I learned that the hard way after doing the layout below.
Hers is cute. Mine is so ugly that it is cringe-worthy. I hate it. Plus it took me hours and hours and hours to do. Should have just bought the template. But remember that this is the exception. In the tutorial below I will show you how I made my own template from the layout on the lower left for my page on the lower right.
I take horrible photos and don't know much about photo editing. Which is why I love actions. These are things you download and install into your program that enhance your photos at the touch of a button! Marvelous! There are also actions that create shortcuts.
Every designer and design site will send out a weekly newsletter with previews of their products for sale that week. They will often include freebies too and give freebies just for signing up for the newsletter!
I'm signed up for these newsletters: the Shabby Princess, the Lilypad, Sweet Shoppe Designs, Mscraps, Oscraps, Sugarhill Co, Sahlin Studio, Brittish Designs, Chelle's Creations, Suzy Q Scraps, Jenn Barrette , Micheline Martin Designs
Designers used to offer free mini kits when they released their new kits, but that trend is phasing out. Now designers are offering exclusive freebies to people who like their facebook pages. I don't mind because these freebies are usually better (like full sized kits when they reach so many fans or on NSD or iNSD). "Like" your favorite designers and stores, plus check their exclusive tabs often because they will occasionally add new freebies! They will also post giveaways, drawings, games, and coupons on their facebook walls.
Watch out for scrapbooking holidays! Designers will be very generous!
Hi! I'm Rachel and welcome to Citrus and Mint! Here you will find unique hand drawn illustrations for yourself or someone you love.