Monday, June 22, 2009

Gifts, Fun, Cake!!

This layout is of my oldest son's birthday party, and I love, love, love, the paper that I used! I almost didn't want to use it because I liked it so much!! I hope I'm not the only one that does that!! I like the fun feel of the layout. I didn't get too many good pictures of him because it was dark in the bowling alley, and I was too busy bowling too! We had so much fun! I also got to use my new CTMH inkpads, and they are worth the extra money!! They cover well and the colors are beautiful! Happy crafting!

Pattern paper: BoBunny, Cosmo Cricket, Deja View, Teresa Collins
Clips and bookplate: Spare Parts
Ribbon: Michaels
Pen: Uniball, Sanford
Title: Cricut, Doodletype, Cuttin Up, Alphalicious

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My new blog banner! And instructions so you can make one too!

If you are reading this, you may have noticed that I have a new blog banner. It's not the greatest, but I made it myself. I still need to add to my digi papers and elements, so until then, it is kind of minimum. But incase anyone would like to add their own to their blog, I thought I would post instructions on how to do that. After all, it is just a mini scrapbook page!

I have Photoshop Elements and obviously blogspot, so these instructions will be most accurate for these programs. If you have other photo editing software, you may be able to follow along, but I have not used any other program.

First, open Photoshop and choose create on the main menu. Then I opened a new document.

Set the pixel size to 650 x 250. You may need to play with the size here, but I didn't have any problem uploading to blogspot.

Create your banner with digi papers or a cropped photo. I had to stich together three pieces of digi paper to go all the way across. You can find free digi papers and elements on the internet.

Save your banner as a psd file incase you need to make any changes to it later. Then save as a jpeg file so it can be uploaded to blogspot.

Then head on over to blogspot and open up your dashboard. Click on layout, then header. It will give you the option to upload a picture from your computer. If you added your blog name to your banner, click on the option to use your banner instead of the title. Upload you banner to your blog!! It's that easy!

I hope that these instructions are helpful. If you make a new banner for your blog or wesite, please post a comment so I can see what you came up with. Let me know if there was anything I missed, as I was going from memory! Happy crafting!

Friday, June 5, 2009

All About Me Album

This album was from the Teresa Collins class at CKU-Nashville. She had a wonderful story to tell and she wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to document their life for their family too. Even though there aren't any pictures in this album yet, this was hard for me to do. I don't usually scrap about myself, and can count how many layouts are of me on one hand. Some pages were easier to do than others. She had made pages that had journaling prompts, but it was still hard for me to write about myself. I do love the colors of this album and I did do somethings different here. Some elements are hanging off the album page and other stuff like some bling are on top of the page protectors. She encouraged us to try something like that and I like the result. I can't wait to dig through old childhood photos to add to this album. I think that my family will like it someday! Happy crafting!

First page. The bling here is on the page protector.

Fourth page. The white rub-on is from CTMH.

One of the two smaller pages in the album. The fleur-de-li is hanging off the edge of the page protector.

Last page

Monday, June 1, 2009

Highlights of CKU!

Me and friends at CKU crop night!

Me with one of the best instructors at CKU, Tim Holtz! His classes were so much fun!

Elizabeth Kartchner

Margie Romney-Aslett who was SO much fun!! I wish I had taken her album class!

Teresa Collins taught me alot of great tricks to use the Bind it All!

Me and Charlie at commencement! It was so much fun!

These are the albums from all my classes! It's going to take me forever to finish them!

Look at all these goodies that I came home with!! There was even more stuff that I either used, or didn't get in the photo! I still havent' gotten it all put away!