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 Posted: Tue May 10th, 2011 10:56 pm
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Got questions about digital scrapbooking? This is the place to go to get your questions answered. If you don't find what you are looking for in here... be sure to ask! Someone will surely be able to help, and if not, we'll find out together! LOL

You can find these and more ideas, tips, tutorials, downloads, etc., here http://piiscrapbooking.blogspot.com/

We've all learned how to do things in PhotoImpact, either by trial and error or by going through Beginner's Workshop. Usually for the things we make we use low resolution settings, 72 ppi, 96 ppi, and save them with the smallest compressions without making them look bad. Digital Scrapbooking is a bit different. We do our stuff BIG!! Usually we print our pages or have them printed, not a hard and fast rule, some folks don't want to print their pages. But we do want to do our work at a higher resolution so we can print and have them look good. 200 or 300 ppi is good. When you get to making kits you will want to make everything for it in the same ppi, whether 200 or 300.

Here is a link to help ease your mind if you think 300 ppi is going to bog down your computer. It does mine, that's why I generally do my work at 200 ppi.
What Resolution??

Fill Tools
Using Fill Tools by Anne

Alphabets, Word Art & Anything Text
Alphabet Tiles by Rosalie
Text Tricks by Stephanie that can be used in Scrapping
More Text Tricks by MaryLou that can be used for Scrapping
Caroloyls Text Tricks
Make a Pretty Alphabet by Anne
How to Mix Fonts


How to make textured, layered seamless tiles
Textured, Layered Seamless Tiles by Cindy


Color Panel and Gradient Know How
Make and keep color swatches and gradients by Edna
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How to make a denim fill
Jeans Fill by Birgit
Quick & Easy Denim Material by Pat Hinds
The Look of Denim by Cindy


How to make paper
Making Scrapbook Paper with Layers and Blending
Making Textured Paper


How to make flowers
Making Shear Flowers by Lori
Easy Little Flowers by Polly
Making Flowers by Lori


Vellum and Transparent Objects
Making Vellum by Rosalie
Border Shadowing on Transparent Objects by Maggie


How to make ribbons/bows
Painted ribbons and bows by Anne
Making Grosgrain Ribbon
Making Folded Ribbon by Rosalie
Fancy Lines Ribbons by Rosalie
Making a Wavy Ribbon by Cindy


Making Borders and Edges
Making a Picot Border by Birgit
Make an Image Border or Sticker from a Stamp by Anne
Make Edges Using Stamps by Cindy


How to make strings, wires, and stitchings
Stitched Line with the Stamp Tool by Birgit
Make Stitches for SB Pages by Rosalie
Embroidery with Arial Font by Anne
Strings and Wires by Cindy


Miscellaneous Scrapbooking Embellishments
Making Staples by Lori
Making Masks by Birgit
Guide to Making Cluster Frames


Holiday Embellishments
Easy Fir Tree by MaryLou
Easy Wreath by MaryLou
Easy Snowcapped Lettering by Rosie Hardman
Easy Wreath by Lynn Rainwater
Quick Snow on Trees by Maggie
Quick Painting a Fir Branch to use as Stamp by Acadie

How to use PSP Scripts in PSP by Lori.

How do you make a kit and show previews?

I've been asked the question and I've asked the question. I answered that question recently, today, by saying what I do is hit and miss, I start with the papers/tiles and go from there with embellishments to go with the papers. When I'm doing a challenge I work with those colors and theme and put in there what I think I would like to find in a kit.

Today, after I posted my answer, I read someone else's answer and thought, HOLEY MOLEY! This lady uses PS and PSP. The link is a cool link, also!

"When I design a kit it's usually based on a colour theme. http://www.colorlovers.com is a great place to find inspirational palettes. Once I find a palette that I really want to work with, I'll gaze at it for ages deciding on a title for the kit. The most recent one I chose is all purples, and it took a long time of thinking to decide on a title, I came up with 'Purple Dream'.

Once I have a title then I decide on the elements I'll include, and always make a list. There are some things I've learned that always should be included in a kit, I call them the 5 F's. Frame, fastener, foliage, flower, flourish. After that it all depends on what I've decided on the kit's title. For example for Purple Dream, I'll include stars, moon, probably a cloud type paper. A good rule is to have twice as many elements as papers.

I keep kits fairly general as fewer people seem to want 'themed' kits except for seasons of the year. So for my newest one there'll be lots of flowers, leaves, foliage, (clustering is so popular that I always include quite a few elements to make a cluster...unless I've made one as an element for the kit). My list also includes a lantern, butterfly, scatter, strings of lights.

If I use an action, I almost never put it in a kit 'as is' (flowers and foliage are my exception), I'll add it to something else or use the history palette to take it back to the place where I may only want a certain piece of the action, not the whole thing. And I try to create something unique with it.

I used to always start by making my papers, but now I'll make a few elements and use those for patterned papers so that I have a fully co-ordinated kit.

Another thing that I don't do is make one element and recoulor it 5 times or however many colours I'm using. If I want two ribbons, they'll both be different styles, same with bows etc.

As for previews, if the PSP lesson you learned how to make scrap lay outs was from Winni's group, sorry to say it's outdated now. If you look at the newer scrap kits there's no 'form'. My style is to make a paper preview with the papers placed at about a 10 degree angle to each other, with a small drop shadow. My element preview always uses the paper preview as it's background (though I always present two previews, paper and elements), then I'll place the elements where, what I regard as the 'best' of them can be seen. By 'best' I mean the focus of the element, for example in my last kit I made a cluster frame with tag attached...so that was showing, and the frame was behind another element that I wanted to show."

Examples of Kit Previews


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We've compiled a list of "stuffs" a person might want to put in their kits. By no means does a person need ALL of these in one kit. It's more a Pick and Choose list of common items so ya don't have to think... what else should I put in... and make a brain hurt from thinking. (That would be my brain)

Paper
Solid
Matching patterned
Torn
Vellum
Tiled pattern
With image in one corner or elsewhere
Textured (3D texture)
Fancy bordered

Fasteners
Photo tabs
Photo corners
Push pins
Paper clips
Tacks
Brads
Buttons
Eyelets
Tape
Staples
Pins
Binder clips
Stitching

Misc Elements
"Diecut" shapes
Scatters
Frames
Tags
Ribbons
Strings
Bows
Buttons/Flairs
Alphas
Decorative shapes from fonts
Word Art
Bottle caps
Borders
Chipboard
Glitter fill
Clusters
Frames
Note papers
Envelopes
Doodads/Baubles
Paper dolls
Page tabs
Flowers-leaves
Fancy pins
Clips
Lace
Animals
Birds
Insects



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I also added a few more on my PI Blog. Will be adding more. I have a new one but got to find a way to upload it since it is a bigger one..LOLL



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LOVE this topic!!!



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:) YAYAYAAYAYA It's the PLACE!! errr.. the POST?? hehe... It's the "if ya have a question and dont find the answer here, just ask!" place. LOL If any suggestions... holler! :)



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Neat resource, Cindy. I've used it already :)



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thank you, Anne !! :) Glad you like it and am glad it is of use!



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This is a wonderful place you have here Cindy - well done. I am exhausted just reading, forget making :)



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HAHAHA, Carol!! Reading can do that to a person!!

If you find you have more questions, and you will, we all do, I do for sure... LOL just give it an ask in the forum and we'll answer as best we can to help you out !! :)



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when you're designing a page to print for scrapbooking...do you design the page full size? like 8 1/2 x 11 or whatever size you're going for?



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Velda !! Hello!! :) It is so good to see you!

When designing an 8 1/2 x 11 page and you want to print it out, you can arrange your page so it is centered in that size range but a little smaller so your printer will print it properly on the paper. Or you could do it like I did... I made it 8 1/2 x 11 inches, same size as the paper, and then when I went to print from PI, I told it to fit the space it showed that it would be printing it in. I usually would need to enlarge it just a bit to fit the space, but not much.

Now, to save ink and $$ on ink, I send my pages to WinkFlash when they have a flat book rate sale. If you do that, you can make your page in the 8 1/2 x 11 work area but leave about 15 - 20 pixels around the edges white so your image won't "bleed" and be lost in the printing. Same with 12 x 12.

I keep all my pages in ufo and png and send the png.

I also make sure they are 200 ppi or 300 ppi. I have used exceptions and done a few 100 or 150 ppi pages, because of the photos used were quite small and I wanted to be able to see them on the page.



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thank you cindy!



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Hello How do make the nitwit preview of scrap kit in last preview useing spindle, I look everywhere for tutorial how do this please.



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hi, Casandra!! :)

I was at first at a loss to what you were saying... then I scrolled up.. Nitwit! Spindles!! And the light bulb turned a bit brighter in the noggin. Then it went a little dimmer, I've never tried using spindles! So, I'm not sure how to do it... but I will work on it and see what I can come up with and I will let you know.

Good question!! :)



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Thank you. I guess the lady use script or action something to make spinndle to make paper like the look.



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Casandra, I made a template, I will make a new post with it.



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Cindy, the link to Lori's tut on making staples isn't working.



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aaahhhh... no, it doesn't. I will check into it and see where it has gotten to and how to fix it.



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OK!! Lori is back from vacation and I asked her about the link. The setting got changed somehow and it is now available. YAYAYAYAYAAY :)



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