Even though I’m a digi scrapbooker, I’m finding myself doing more tactile paper crafts like cards and art journaling. As I work more and more with paint, I’ve been learning to brush my excess onto a scrap piece of paper. That, together with the new (to me) punch from Creative Memories is making me very happy.
Now I’m finding myself wanting to use more paint to have more excess! This punch is becoming one that stays on my desk all the time.
If you’re interested in some Creative Memories products, there’s a super Mystery Bag deal happening right now! Click either of the images to go to my Creative Memories website.
Can you believe it’s half way through 2017? Why does time fly by so fast!?!?! I won’t even tell you how close to the holiday season we are. ha ha ha!
I was window shopping recently and saw this in a store window and was immediately inspired.
I had an idea, in my head, on how I would do this in Artisan. It worked out fine, however I think there’s probably an easier way.
- Insert > Shape > Anchor.
- Use the outliner tool (Insert > Outliner) to make a duplicate shape. Then on the element, right click Text > Format and work with the settings on the right panel. Make sure to mark “Fill shape with text” and type in the text as you want it to show.
- Edit the text to use the Font(s) and approximate size(s). I used Felix Titling and Agency FB as my fonts and it was mostly sized at 30-36pts.
- Fiddle with the Text element Shape > Edit shape to change the points to fit the text where I want it. This took me over an hour to play with until I got it right. I ended up using a Text Path for the final line in the curve of the anchor.
- Add the background image (my own photograph taken in San Francisco Bay).
- Select the shape from Step 1 and Format > Gradient. I used colors from the image to blend in.
- With that same shape selected, Filter > Edge > 3D Edge.
- I added a little glow to give it more dimension and then I flattened the shape and added a heavy shadow.
Here’s the finished product – what do you think?
Here’s my latest How-To video using Artisan 5. Someone recently commented at how few options it seemed for adding text in Artisan. You can imagine the WOW factor after showing her this tip.
Are you learning to use Artisan? What tips are you looking for? Please add your requests to the comments.
It’s another Layout a Day (LOAD) month and I’m not as diligent with creating everyday as I’d normally like, however I am getting some layouts done. It’s currently day 22 of the challenge and I’ve finished 14 layouts. I was doing great until Day 11 when I felt too cruddy to even turn on the computer or look at my phone. Once off the wagon, it’s so very hard to get back on… Here’s a few of my favorites so far:
Stuck Sketches?! template, Wilderness Walk Digi Kit (old CM)
May the 4th… I loved being in Disneyland for Star Wars day this month! Thanks to Simple Pleasures Designs for the freebies on this page.
Template from Let’s Get Sketchy, Digi Kit called 2 Cute 2 Scare from Ellie Lash
It’s almost time for my Summer Scrapping Challenge! Feel free to join us for weekly challenges, support and of course, PRIZES!
I’m so glad to have been invited to be today’s Featured Scrapper for LOAD (Layout a Day) this month. Here’s the prompt for today:
Gone with the Wind, 1939: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!” Inspired by Scarlett’s vow, this is a food prompt! Because she didn’t have much food, you are on a “starvation diet” to tell your food story. Use only three colors, two embellishments, and a one-word title.
A food prompt was such a fun one for me! I had just returned from Las Vegas and knew I had a couple of pictures of my dinner at Giada’s. It was a restaurant that I’ve been yearning to visit as I watch her on The Food Network often. I ate at the bar and had so much fun with the bartender. He said that Giada does show up about once a month and when she does, she really works the room. Gosh, had I wished she was there the same night as I! If you’re a fan, then you might know she has a particular way of speaking the word Marscapone. I’d heard that she will often test the staff by asking them to say it back to her in the proper manner.
Limiting my colors and embellishments isn’t so hard for me, especially digi. To make it even easier, I had just purchased a great kit that worked perfectly for this!
Digi Kit = Forever’s The Wine Cellar / Template = pixels2Pages Thanks2You blueprint
Traditionally, the first Saturday of May has been known as National Scrapbook Day (NSD). In recent years, it’s been joined by interNational Scrapbook Day (iNSD) in March and Digital Scrapbooking Day in November. I know, confusing, right!?! Either way, this means that there’s TONS of deals out there for scrapbookers!
What’s Creative Memories doing this weekend? They’re hosting a Virtual Crop this weekend. You can also check out the CM Product Catalog. While you’re at it, join my Scrapping Challenge group and post your layouts created for a chance to win prizes!
And of course, Forever is jumping into the NSD fun as well. They’re offering three amazing digital art sales that last from now through Monday. Here’s a look (Note: Digital Art is only for use with Artisan Software).
- Save 30% on all the digital art in our collection with code NSD2017
- Enjoy three Deal of the Day kits every single day – and save 50% on each with code DEALOFTHEDAY
- Save 50% on the never-before-seen, totally-exclusive Gift Canvas Bundle with code GIFTCANVAS
- PS – there’s going to be a Wall Art sale happening next week!!!
Feel free to join my Forever VIP Group too!
How are you participating in National Scrapbooking Day this weekend?
As a member of Scrap it Up 365, I love doing the 7 in 7 challenges – one layout a day for seven days. This months theme was “April Fools” and funny layouts. Day 3 asked us to use Puns as inspiration for my layout. Of course, I had to feature my favorite canine-kid!
Stuck!? Sketches April 1, 2017 Challenge / Digi Kit: Forever Woof Bundle
One thing I learned was that I’m not terribly funny. I don’t tell jokes or like to prank others. It made it difficult for me to find inspiration for layouts – but I did love the challenge!
Share your funny layouts by linking up in the comments.
Sometimes its good to know how much storage you’re using but also how many albums/files you have in your account. Have you ever taken a look at your account settings?
Simply go to Forever.com and look in the upper right, after logging in. Click on Account > Account Settings.
Once there, click Storage on the right.
If you’re getting close to your threshold, Storage is 20% off through the end of April.
If you love challenges, I just posted one in my VIP Facebook group – it’s related to this post!
One more thing…
I’m so excited about May’s Layout a Day (LOAD) theme – Legends of Hollywood! I love the movies and am looking forward to see how they inspire our layouts in May.
The silver screen has enchanted audiences since its beginning. Walk down memory lane, or Hollywood Boulevard, as we celebrate some of the greatest films ever created, and use their stories to inspire our own.
Are you ready for this star-studded adventure?
If you register by THIS Saturday, April 22 you can use the coupon code “ACTION15” to save $15.
That’s a savings of 30% But hurry, the early bird discount will not be available after this Saturday.
Join the ScrapHappy membership! ScrapHappy members receive all LOAD challenges as a part of membership and many more fun perks too. Check it out here
Here’s a process video showing how I built the sketch from last weekend’s layout.
The sketch can be found on Creative Memories’ Blog.
What do you want to learn about Artisan? Let’s chat in the comments.