O’Scrap July Blog Train

It’s time for the O’Scrap July Blog Train. Hop on board and enjoy the ride as you collect a mini kit at each stop along the way. When you have completed the ride you will have a nice kit that is color coordinated with the same theme of “No Blue without Yellow”. Please remember to take some time to leave a comment for each designer to let them know that you appreciate their work in providing these freebies. Thank you for joining us.

Train Stops

 

Check out our blog  and our FB Page

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DBTL AIDS/HIV Awareness BT

We are bringing awareness to AIDS and HIV this month. To learn more about AIDS please visit AIDS Information Education Action. Make sure that you visit each stop so you will get a large kit of theme and color coordinated products. Thank you for following our train. A lot of hours are put into the kits each month. So please take some time to let the designers know how much you appreciate their contribution.

Preview of kits

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Participants

Angel Wing Scraps

Dreamn4Ever Designs

Tudo Fofura

KJD designs – You are here

Shuckclod’s Stuff

Dea’s Design

Ann’s Scrapbook Heaven

Caroline B.

JIC Creations

DBTL FB Page(click bonus) 

My Contribution

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CT Call

I am looking for people for my Creative Team. Most CT Members will make layouts for my kits and post them on social media sites. I am also looking for a couple of people to make clusters, frame clusters and borders for my kits. If you are interested please send me an email with information about your digital scrappbooking background, a little bit about yourself, and include links to your work. Click on AD below to be taken to KJDdesigns to view my products.

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Sale at KJDdesigns

I am having an end of July sale at KJDdesigns. Save 25% off every product in my store for the next two weeks. Click on the AD below to be taken to my store.

 

July 19 - 31 Sale

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Life at the Beach – fixed

I don’t know why all the pictures didn’t show on my first post. I hope they show on this post.

While I do enjoy going to the beach, I don’t like going in the ocean because of the salt water and waves. I did have fun making layouts with this kit from Marniejo’s House of Scraps. The kit “Life at the Beach” is available in the following stores.

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’Zines from the Heart

Preview of the kit

BackgroundsEmbellishments

My Layouts

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Berry Applicious BT

Sunny Days is the perfect theme for the Barry Applicious Blog Train. Working with a subdued color palette was a bit of a challenge but I really like how all the kits look.

SunnyDaysBlogTrain

 List of Participants

Rayes Design

Carolyn’s Scrap Creations

S.G.Rowe Designs

Ann’s Scrapbook Heaven

Pamkez

Melissaz Creationz

Tiny Dancer Posers

KJDdesigns – You are here

 Click on preview to download

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DBTL June Blog Train

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For June we are bringing awareness to Scoliosis. For more information about this disease click HERE.  My kit is CU Okay which means you can use portions of my kit, put them in a kit you sell for Personal Use Only. Please read my CU Terms of Use for more details.

Participants

 Dea’s Design

Ostrea Designs

KJD designs – You are here

Ann’s Scrapbook Heaven

Angel Wing Scraps

Shuckclod’s Stuff

Dreamn4Ever Designs

Caroline B.

Tudo Fofura

DBTL FB Page(click bonus)

 DOWNLOAD

DBTL June Preview 2 in-CU

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Sea, Sand & Sun

It is that time of year when people travel to the beach for vacations or just for a Weekend get-away. Take lots of pictures because not only will you want to remember your day at the beach but you will want to scrapbook them as well. Marilyn’s kit “Sea, Sand & Sun” is perfect for your layouts. You will notice that both of my layouts have the same background paper, the funny thing is I did one layout in 2014 and the other one just a few days ago. I didn’t even realize that I picked the same background until I was done and put it in the same folder as the old one. I guess it shows how different two layouts can be using the same backgrounds. This kit has 24 backgrounds, 71 elements, and is available at the following stores.

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’Zines from the Heart

Preview of Kit

Backgrounds Embellishments

Also available at MyMemories is a Photo Album I made using this kit. This is a simple and easy way to make an album by placing your photos into each page that has already been designed for you. Just click on the preview to be taken to the download.

Preview

My Layouts

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On the Farm

Hello Manic Monday! Are you ready for a new week? Well any farmer would be with this cute kit from Marniejo. I always said if I were rich, rich, rich, I would live on a farm with lots of animals. I love animals of all kinds. But alas, I only have one kitty. With the kit “On the Farm” having 30 papers and 96 elements, I get to have fun with lots of animals. What a fun kit to remember trips to the Country Fair or visiting a farm. You can even commemorate ancestors who farmed as I did in one of my layouts below. I know Marilyn would love to see any layouts you make with her kits. You can post them on her FB Fan Page here.

On the Farm is available at the following stores.

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’Zines from the Heart

Kit Preview

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My Layouts

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MyMemories July BT

MyMemories Suite 6 Digital Scrapbooking Software

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Create – Print – Share

 Our award winning MyMemories Suite 6 is a fun and easy way to create scrapbooks, photobooks, custom gifts and more! And now MyMemories Suite 6 is 64-bit for better performance and Commercial Use!Special Offers with My Memories Suite Purchase

Easy to Use-Drag and drop photos and elements to your page(s) or use our Fast Fill feature. Create your own page(s) from scratch or from pre-made designer templates.

Editing Features-Recolor, Resized, Rip, Red-Eye, Filters, Crop, Shapes

Sharing-Print at home or professionally. Create custom blog or facebook graphics. Export as jpg, svg or png.

What’s New in MyMemories Suite 6?

System Requirements

Windows 64-bit 7 or 8
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or higher

MMS 6 Update Details

Use this code to get $10.00 OFF your purchase of the program.

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Welcome to the July Blog Train. I have named my kit “A Bit of Summer” because it has a little of this and a little of that for your summertime photo layouts. There are a lot of stops along the way with awesome kits to download for free. Enjoy the ride.

List of Participants

Kreations by Sparky
Kathryn Estry Designs
Memory Mosaic
Happy Scrap Art
ADB Designs 
Albums to Remember
Over the Fence Designs
Triple J Designs
scrap’n’design by Rv MacSouli
Jen Wright Designs
Scraps 4 Charity
Ostrea Designs
Lins Creations
Louise L
Jean’s Scrap Designs
Touched by A Butterfly
Carolyn’s Scrap Creations
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
Becky’s Creations
KJDdesigns – You are here
Benthai Creations
Carena’s Designs
Syrena’s Scrap Art
Designs by Helly
Autumn Owl Designs
Lori Imel Designs

Click preview of my part for your download.

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MyMemories July Challenge

It isn’t too late to get in on some fun over at the MyMemories Forum. Marniejo’s House of Scraps is hosting a “Tell a Story” challenge. You still have 2 1/2 weeks to play along, and get a free WordArt to be used in the challenge. Marniejo has a large variety of kits to choose from for your layout. Because I wanted to tell the story of my refurbished birdbath, I decided to use her kit Fins, Feathers, and Fur. Marniejo made a layout using Sunshine and Daffodils. So any kit will work with what ever story you are telling. You must go to the MyMemories Forum Challenge to get the WordArt.

Sample of WordArt

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Marniejo’s Layout

My Layout

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Life at the Beach

While I do enjoy going to the beach, I don’t like going in the ocean because of the salt water and waves. I did have fun making layouts with this kit from Marniejo’s House of Scraps. The kit “Life at the Beach” is available in the following stores.

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’Zines from the Heart

Preview of the kit

Backgrounds Embellishments

My Layouts

Life-at-the-Beach_LO1 Life-at-the-Beach_LO2

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Giveaway from Graphics Fairy

I only post about scrapbooking on this blog but I have made an exception to allow you the opportunity to win a $100 VISA card if you choose to enter the contest that Graphics Fairy is offering. Just go to the link below to read about her visit to the eye doctor, and enter the contest. There are two(2) entries per person. One of the entries is to blog about the giveaway so that is what I am doing. Hopefully you or I will win!

Graphics Fairy Giveaway

Good Luck!

Digital Scrapbooking for Beginner Designers

When I decided to try my hand at designing digital kits I did not even know where to begin. I did an Internet search for digital scrapbook designing and found a lot of help. My goal is to share with you any the information I find. The more you learn the easier and quicker it is to make your own layouts and kits.

The best advice I have is…once you decide to create/design your own work, join different Blog Trains on various digital scrapbooking sites. Another good way to “get your feet wet” is to join challenges. I have learned a lot of techniques and shortcuts by joining Blog Trains, and challenges.

I also quality checked kits for a website before designing and this helped me a lot because I knew what errors to look for.

The first thing I created was an alphabet. Some say this is a difficult item to start with but after watching a video I was able to create the alphabet. The process was very time-consuming. Then I found someone else whom had instructions for making an alphabet that were so much easier. So this said, keep checking for instructions, and videos from numerous people. The quicker you can make a design the better.

One thing I have discovered in the digital scrapbooking “world” is that everyone is very helpful, and willing to share their knowledge with others. Since this was very helpful for me, I want to do the same.

Getting to Know the “Lingo”

When I first started viewing sites I did not understand some of the terms. Here are a few that get you started.

Digital Scrapbook Programs – There are several out there. Here are just a few that you can buy; Adobe Photoshop(PS), Adobe Photoshop Elements(PSE), Coral Paintshop Pro, and MyMemories Suite. There are some free programs as well such as Daisytrail.com, Smilebox.com, Scrapbookflair.com, and Zoggin.com. Although they are free, they are usually limited in their functions. I have not used some of these so I cannot tell you how good or poor they are. I use Adobe Photoshop CS, and MyMemories Suite.

DPI – Dots per Inch refers to how many ‘dots per inch’ a printer is capable of printing. The higher the DPI, the more detail and refined the text or image will appear, and more ink when printing. The industry has set its standard at 300px. So when creating and making your elements and papers, use 300px.

PX – Pixels (Sometimes the term 300px is used for the resolution size instead of dpi)

Elements/Ellies/Embellishmets – Individual objects that are found in a kit.  An example of an element would be a flower, button, banner, etc. These objects vary in size but should always be at 300px for the resolution. (Once saved the resolution turns to 299.99px which is okay.)

Papers/Backgrounds – These are papers created for the background of a layout. They are usually 3600 pixels X 3600 pixels (12″ x 12″) and always 300px.

Hybrid – A combination of paper scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking. You can customize and print digital items and then print them out and embellish them with physical scrapbooking items. More than just layouts, this can be items like party decorations, holiday gifts, goodie bags, greeting cards etc.

TOU – Terms of Use. I looked at several different people’s TOU to get an idea of what to put in mine. Whether you sell your kits or give them away, you should always put a TOU in each kit. You should also READ the TOU in the kits you use as they vary from designer to designer.

PU – Personal Use.  You can use the product for your own personal layouts.

S4H – Scrap for Hire. You can use the items to create a flattened layout for other people and they pay you for the service of creating the layout.

S4O – Scrap for Others.  Same as above except you don’t get paid for your work.

Flattened – Means that the page is one unit consisting of one layer. This way the layout cannot be changed.

CU – Commercial Use.  Products labeled as CU or ‘Commercial Use’ can be used for commercial projects. With the items provided in a kit, you can create items or papers and resell them. Once again, be sure to read the TOU in the kit on exactly what can or cannot be done to the elements, and how the items can be sold. If a kit is appropriate for commercial use it can also be used for PU/ S4H or S4O.

CU4CU – Commercial Use for Commercial Use.  Products that allow the customer to create her own commercial use products from the provided elements or papers. When using CU4CU kits make sure to read the Terms of Use.

License Agreement – A license agreement would entitle you to the “use” of the item that is purchased. This agreement doesn’t give you complete rights of the image in question, but only the right to use it, according to the designers terms.

CU License – Some designers allow you to use their creations in a kit that you re-sell without purchasing a CU License as long as you give them credit in the kit and/or place a link on your website to their website. Some designers require you to purchase a CU License from them before using their creations in a kit you sell. Licenses can cost anywhere from $5.00 to $100.00. Again, this information can be found in the kit’s TOU. It is best to always give credit to designers even if they don’t require it. It’s just the courteous thing to do.

Blog Train – a group of designers who make individual small kits centered around a theme and/or color palette. They post these kits for free so when others go to the sites of each designer and download their kit, they end up with one large kit. You can be a designer for the blog train, a person who downloads the parts of the train, or both. Most blog trains require you to ask to join their train before supplying a kit. There isn’t a fee to do this.

CT – Creative Team. Some designers have people make layouts from their kits to post on their website. These people are the Creative Team for that designer.

Layers – Just like working with paper, you are able to shift files above and below each other. In PS/PSE you’ll have a layer tool box that will allow you to quickly change the order of your layers.

Templates – Templates are usually layered files that you can use as a starting place to create a layout. You’ll need photos, digital papers, and digital elements to customize your layout. Most templates will allow you to move things around as much as you like for complete customization. Elements can also come in template form to allow you to customized them for your work.

Quick Pages/Quick Albums/Brag Books – (QP, QA, BB) These are pages that are completely pre-designed and flattened. You only need to add your photos and then share or print.

.PNG – Digital Elements that need to have transparent area are PNG files. This can be stamps, stickers, or any type of element. Quick pages are also in png format where the photo slot needs to be clear so you can place your photo behind it.

.JPG – Digital backgrounds do not need any transparent area so they are saved as jpgs. If you are creating hybrid cards they can also be saved as jpgs.

Canvas – The area of your page in PS/PSE. where you build your layout.

LO – (Layout) A layout is your finish scrapbook page.

Word Art – Words or phrases customized by a designer.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Tutorial Sites

Here are just a few links to tutorials from various sites. There are many out there and all you need to do is google “digital scrapbooking tutorials” to find them. These are the ones I have bookmarked. I have not used all of the tutorials from the sites  below but I have used some of them.  When you check out these sites make sure you also click on their FAQ tab as you will find a lot of information from other people’s questions.

Pixel Scrapper – I have used several of their tutorials and like them because they are short and to the point. Some are written instructions with pictures and others are videos.

Gotta Pixel– I like when there are photos to illustrate the steps in the tutorial. Many sites use photos, and the photos on this site are clear and large.

MyMemories– These are YouTube videos. When I watch a video I will write down the steps. I pause the video if need be or will replay it to make sure I have the steps right. This way I can read the steps as I try the technique.

Scrap Orchard– This site has Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced tutorial categories which makes it nice depending on where you are in your designing.

The Lilypad– While I have not used any of The Lilypad tutorials as yet, they have nice large pictures with the instructions.

Love 2 Know– This site covers a lot of different areas for digital scrapbooking. If you are a beginner this might be a good place to start.

Brush King-This site seems to be for the more advanced designer but you just may find something here that helps.

Scrap Girls– This site has tutorials about what scarpbooking is, which software/programs to use, and much more.

Digital Scrapbooking Studio (AKA theStudio)– These tutorials are in a forum so others can comment or ask questions. You may need to scroll through the different remarks to find the tutorial.

Since designers are willing to help other designers, and share their knowledge  don’t be afraid to ask questions.

 

Checking New Kits Tutorial

Because all kits are not the same (resolution size, extra pixels, etc) I follow a process each time I download a new kit. It seems like a lot of work but when the time comes to use something from the kit, I know the element will not need any adjustments. The tutorial was created in Microsoft Word 2000 and is three pages in length. Click on the link below for the download.

Checking New Kits Tutorial

I hope this helps you.

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If The Shoe Fits

It the first Manic Monday of July, and Marniejo is featuring her kit “If The Shoe Fits”.  I think all little girls dream of fairy tales once they have heard the story of Cinderella, and this kit captures those little girl dreams. If the Shoe Fits is available in the following stores…

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Kit Preview

If the Shoe Fits

My Layouts

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Blissfully Wed

Marniejo’s House of Scraps has a wonderful kit for those summer weddings or Anniversay parties. Blissfully Wed can be found at the following stores:

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’Zines from the Heart

Preview of the kit

 

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My layouts

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4th of July Sale

Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do, so I am celebrating the 4th of July with a store wide sale. You can save 40% of my kits this weekend. I will also be uploading some new kits to my store so come back in a few days to check them out. Thank you for your support.

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans.

MyMemories Store

4th of July Ad

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Manic Monday-Primavera

Primavera Kit by Marniejo’s House of Scraps was a fun kit for me to use. I tried a technique where I made the sheriff look like he is stepping from the past into the future on a bridge background page from the kit. And the other layout is twins in their ballerina outfits. I really wanted to show the versatility of this kit. Primavera is available at the following stores:

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

Ivy Scraps

D’zines from the Heart

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Manic Monday-New Blades

New Blades is a great kit for all your summer activity pictures. With 30 backgrounds and 60 embellishments the possibilities are endless. I made four layouts with this fun kit. New Blades is available in the following stores:

Marniejo’s House of Scraps

MyMemories

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