January 24, 2009

My FIRST Digital Layout!

OK... this is my very first complete digital layout that I have liked. I thought since I have been collecting digi stuff, I should at least give it a try. I did love making this, no mess to clean up, but I also love to just get my hands on things to and make that mess regardless of cleanup, if you know what I mean. I thought since I was giving Stephanie a plug on her freebie kit, I should at least try it out and show ya what you can do. Now even though this layout has a lot of her kit in it, I still used some other kits and mixed them. I just wanted a little splash of another color (I am so like that) so I pulled in some elements from another kit called "Spontaneous Delight" by Shally Princess @ http://www.shabbyprincess.com. I do love how this turned out and the only thing I would suggest when making kits from my first time user perspective is add ribbon or fibers! I love love love ribbon and fibers, but that is just me, but I kept wanting to put some ribbons on here and had a hard time looking for some in my downloads. Which brings me to another question? How does one organize their digi scrappin downloads to keep them organized and know where stuff is?? By seperate files for paper, embellishments, ect? If you have any great suggestions there for me, leave me a note, I sure could use some! Also, for my picture I took it into my photo editing and changed the color to match the papers and also added some distress to it, which looks great on this layout. So, be brave and mess with youe photos too and try different things out there. Thanks for looking and remember to stop by Stef's blog and link it to yours! If you like what you see, just click on my title to this post and it will take you directly to her blog! Enjoy and tell her Nina sent you!

January 23, 2009

Do you want to make a unique personal Artist Trading Card?

Well, if you do you might want to read this. This is the picture I started out with. It is a recent picture of me and the base to all the ATC's that follow in this post. If you read further down I will tell you how I did them... Enjoy and if you do some link them back to me I would love to see them!

Here is the picture that I worked from after I did the following. I did this in Printshop 23 Deluxe. First I just brought in my picture that I wanted to work with. Turned it into a black and white image. Then I went into photo tools and adjusted the color. I turned my Gamma all the way to 100 which lightened it quite a bit. Then I also adjusted the brightness so it lightened it a bit more. Then I saved it and then I went into Effects and applied a special effect. I chose the cloud one which made it look like this. Then I printed off several of them just measuring under 3.5/2.5. Then I just took my black millenium pen and outlined the main parts of my face and then I just got creative and did my designs. I colored my designs with my Mark-it markers by bic. I also added some glittery chalks and still need to add a little more embellishments to them before I call them complete. I think I will try some more with a differnt face position or use one of my children's faces. I am going to have fun making some more of these! Below are all the ones I am working on right now......

Ok... although I still need to add some embellishments to these I was soo excited about how much fun I had making these that I had to show them off before they were completely finished. I will post them when they are completely done. These were a lot of fun to make and they are definately one of a kind, lol, all with my face! How fun is that? These would also be a great fun project for any child that has that creative side to them. So, if you come by and see these and want to trade an ATEO I have some of these for trade so just leave a message here or leave me your email I would love to trade.

January 22, 2009

Freebie Digi Scrap Kits By Stef

Well, I thought I would share some great freebie digi kits with you from Steph Scraps blog. She designs these herself and would love to have some traffic come through. So I am giving her a plug here, plus we all get an extra add-on if 10 people place a link to her blog, so go check her out and if you love what you see, and you will, link her! Her link is in my side bar under "Places I Love To Hang" or click on this title. Although I don't digi scrap, I just kind of mess around in it right now, it is all kind of new to me, I do love to downloads her kits and a few others because some day I will sit down and make a digi layout. I might just try this new kit out and do one, if I do, I will post it here and give Steph all the credit. He blog also has some more great links to other digi blogs. So, if you are a digi scrapper make sure you check them out, they are great eye candy!

January 21, 2009

PLEASE bare with me

I am in the process of redoing my blog, have lost all my great links.. tear tear - ugh... will be back later