Digital Creations

Welcome to my Digital Creations page where I will showcase my StoryBook Creator artwork.

3 April 2013

This page was very quick to do as I already had a sketch to go by that was provided by Artful Crafts.  I used the Fall Appreciation Digital kit by Creative Memories for this layout.

Autumn Time

1)  I added the floral page to the background

2)  I then added the shaped background over this and added a heavy shadow for some dimension

3)  I inserted photo mats and resized them to the desired shapes according to the sketch.  I then selected different papers and clicked and dragged them into the photo boxes.

4) I clicked and dragged the tree over the left side of the page.

5)  I added another two photo frames and clicked and dragged the photos of the leaves in it.  I then selected a frame with corners for the photos.

6) I then clicked and dragged two ribbons from the Fall Appreciation Digital kit over the photos and formatted some shadows to create some dimension.

7)  I selected some buttons, flower and leaves and arranged them on the left of the photos.  Shadows were created for these as well to allow them to come forward.

8)  A sentiment  was placed at the bottom right .

9)  I have then used two different text boxes to create Autumn Time – fonts used are: You are Loved and HansHans.

“Let your love be like misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.” – Malagasy Proverb

Pinterest Digital Layout1)  I have used the pink dotted page from the Just Fun Digital Kit for the background.

2)  I then copied and pasted the background paper of Pinterest from a Google search for Pinterest Logos.  The image was enlarged to fit across the page.  I then reduced the opacity using the Format>Opacity function to 40%.  This changed the colour to a pink  background to satisfy my pink urge.

3)  The rose from a previous layout was placed on the lower right hand corner.

4)  After playing around with the size of the font I inserted the Inspiration sentiment on the left of the page and reduced the opacity down to 80%.

5) A freebie border was placed over the join of the background paper and the Pinterest image.

6)  The Pinterest logo was placed at the bottom of the page.

7)  I then inserted the various text using the following fonts including:   AR CHRISTIE, I’m Fashionista, DJB Doodle Beans, Britanic Bold, Albertsthal Typewriter, Bodon MT Poster Compressed, MS Reference Sans Serif, Girls are Weird, Janda Scrapgirl Dots, Ace Futurism.

This would be easy to replicate by personalising your own inspirational texts.

“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.” – Thomas Szasz

8 March 2013

I have used the Just Fun digital kit for this layout on Facebook.

Facebook Friends layout

1)  I have placed one of the papers from the Just Fun Digital Kit on the background.

2)  I have used a freebie flower and rubber stamped it over the background paper for some dimension.

3) I have selected two sentiments from the Just Fun Digital Kit and placed them over the background paper.  These sentiments were then lightened by using the Format>Opacity Function to 30%.

4)  I googled the Facebook logo and copied and pasted the logo onto the page.  I used the Cut & Fill>Custom Cut>Straight Cut to trim the outside of the image and then reduced the opacity to 80% so I could still see some of the wording behind it.

5)  I inserted text boxes for the other text – fonts are from the top:  Joy Like Sunshine Through My Wi (I love the names of the fonts – they are so cool), Scriptina and Bracketeer.  For the bottom text I have changed the colour to a standard colour to match the background papers.

6)  I have placed some embellishments from the Just Fun Digital Kit around the page and also a freebie metal heart brad to finish off the layout.

“A friend is one of the nicest things to have, and one of the best things to be.” – Douglas Pagels

7 March 2013

This layout was very easy to create.

Digital music layout

1)  I inserted the free vintage paper as the background

2)  I then layered the freebie music overlay onto the page

3)  I placed the freebie music sentiment in the middle of the page.

4)  Under the sentiment I placed the freebie music embellishment and reduced the opacity to 50%.

5)  I then selected two photos and using the Cut & Fill>Custom Cut to cut out the roses from the photos.  I then softened the edges using the Cut & Fill>Filters>Soften Edges function.  These were placed on the opposite corners.

6)  I picked out some freebie music symbols and placed them around the page.

7)  Finally I selected a freebie lace corner and placed it at the top right hand of the layout.

“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” – Anonymous

23 February 2013

I have further developed the shabby chic theme and incorporated it into wedding layouts.

Digital Shabby Chic wedding layout1)  I have downloaded free printouts of old music paper from the internet and placed them on the page for the background.  I have reduced the opacity to 30% (Format>Opacity) for a softer background.

2)  From the Memories of a Lifetime CD that I got from the library I have selected some old shoe designs and placed the on the paper.  One has been cut out using the Cut & Fill>Custom>curved lines for some clarity.  These images have been placed randomly on the page and the opacity has been reduced to 50%

3)  I then place an image of the Wedding March on and reduced the opacity to 80%.

4)  I placed a burlap heart (CM freebie) onto the previous image and then placed some metal staples onto it.  Both had a light shadow applied (Format>light shadow).

5)  I inserted two photo frames and clicked and dragged the photos onto them.  I had previously used my MM4 to make the photos sepia.  These were angled onto the page.

6 I then placed a CM freebie white ribbon and bow to look like it was holding all the papers and photos together and then place a metal heart into the centre of the bow.  The ribbon had a light shadow and the metal heart had a heavy shadow applied.

7)  A black lace ribbon (freebie again) was placed on the side of the wedding paper and a light shadow applied.

8)  I then placed a flourish from the Baroque digital kit onto the top of the black lace ribbon.

9)  I then used a flower that had been cut out using the Cut & Fill> Custom Cutting>Curved line and placed it on the top right hand of the layout over the flourish.

10)  I copied and pasted the butterfly from my first layout onto this one and resized it to suit the layout.

11)  To finish I have placed the sentiment at the bottom of the page.

Digital shabby chic wedding layout
Digital shabby chic wedding layout

1)  I have made a paper from the Life is Good Digital kit the background.

2) I have placed a CM  freebie white flourish overlay onto the paper.  I changed the colour using the Cut & Fill>Gradient and used toning colours from the previous paper – greys and taupe and applied this.

3)  I then place the black lace strip down the side of the page.

4)  I placed another freebie shabby chic embellishment on the side of the page and next to the black lace. At the top of this I placed a heart pin.

5)  I placed the bling flourish (CM freebie) over the previous embellishment.

6)  I inserted a circle shape which I reshaped into an oval and kept it selected and then right clicked on the photo and then clicked on ‘place in selected object’ to create the oval photo.  The edge was softened using the Format>Filter>Soften Edge function.

7)  I placed three leaves from the Life is Good Digital kit over all these embellishments.

8)  I placed another CM freebie shabby chic flower at the bottom left and then copied and pasted this to get another one which I resized and placed on the bottom of the layout.

9)  To finish of I have put a burlap heart with a metal embellishment on the bottom right of the page.  And then I have placed the Mr and Mrs embellishment at the top of the page which I applied a light shadow to make it stand out.

I am pleased with how all the colours pulled together in this layout.  Very soft and relaxing to the eye.

“There is only one happiness in life, To Love and Be Loved.” – George Sand

20 February 2013

StoryBook Creator 4.0  need not be just about creating memory albums, but can be used to create pieces of artwork.  Creative Memories have just bought out new panels that your prints can be printed on and I thought I would have a go at creating a piece of shabby chic art that would look great hanging on the wall.

Created using #Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0
Created using #Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0

1)  I have added a paper from the Timeless Holiday digital kit onto the background.  I unlocked the key on the left of the element in order to use the Format>Filter>3D edge.

2)  I have selected several background images from the Memories of a Lifetime cd that I had installed onto the computer and used the Format>Opacity function to decrease the opacity and created the see through effect of the images.  I then placed them to my satisfaction on the page.  This time I have tried to be more free rather than square (I am trying to use the right side of my brain!).  I reduced the opacity to between 50 and 75% to create some dimension and interest.

3) I selected an oval frame and placed it in the centre.  I reduced the opacity to 60%.

4)  I chose a photo of a young girl and used the Cut & Fill>Shape Cutter to cut the photo out into an oval to fit into the frame.  The opacity has been reduced to 75%.

5)  The flower and butterfly have been cut out using the Cut & Fill>Custom function>curved lines.  I then softened the edges using the Format>Filter>Soften Edge to get rid of the harsh edges.  I then played around with the placement until I was happy with the siting of the images.

6)  I have placed a freebie lace corner on the top right hand corner and used the Format>Light Shadow to highlight it more.

7) On top of the lace in the corner I have placed another freebie sentiment.

8  To finish off I have placed a freebie lace border and flower on the bottom of the layout.

“Every person has a purpose and a reason for being on earth.” – Sanaya Roman

18 January 2013

This time I have been making cards using my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  They are easy to do and all you need to do is select 4 x 6 pages when you are selecting your project to complete.  The rest is the same as doing a 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 page.  I have used the Enchanted and Reflections Digital Kits as they both complement the flower photos.

Flower card1)  I have placed a green patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I then selected the Enchanted Digitial Overlay and played around with the position until it was sitting on the top right area of the page.

3)  I then selected the photo of Peace Rose and placed it on the page towards the upper left.  I have used Format Photo>Select Frame and picked one with metal photo corners on it.  I then used Format>Shadows>Light Shadow to create a three dimensional effect.

4)  I then selected a grey paper and used the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut to trim the paper to about quarter of the page and placed it at the bottom.

5)  I selected the floral patterned ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit and place it over the edge of the grey paper.

6)  I then used the button hole stitch from the Sewing Room Stitches to edge the ribbon.  The ribbons and stitches were given light shadows.

7)  To finish I have placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Flower card 10For this card I have used empty photo frames to create the shapes to place photos and papers on.

1)  I have placed the light fawn patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I have inserted an empty photo frame on and enlarged it to be slightly smaller than the background and about an inch from the bottom of the page.  I then clicked and dragged the green patterned paper onto the frame.

3)  I then placed another empty photo frame and placed it on an angle on the page.  I then clicked and dragged another patterned paper onto the frame.  Because this was a photo frame I was able to format the image and place a plain black mat onto this paper.

4)  I then placed another empty photo frame above the previous image and using the Arrange Button and made it the same size as the previous image.  I clicked and dragged the photo of the rose onto it.

5)  I then placed a black patterned paper and using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut to cut a  ribbon out of the black paper and then placed it at the base of the two previous images.

6)  I placed a black and white flower from the Enchanted Digital Kit and using the Arrange Function I then placed a green brad in the centre of the flower.  I then placed them on the corner of the photo and background paper.

7)  To finish I have placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit at the bottom of the photo.

Flower card 91)  I have placed a light patterned paper on the background.

2)  I then placed the diamond patterned paper on the page and used the Cut & Fill>Straight Edge to trim this paper down to about 2/3rds the size of the photo and then placed it at the top of the page.

3)  A green ribbon was placed on the edge fo the diamond patterned paper.

4) I then placed the green patterned paper over the page and using the arrows when the paper was highlighted I resized it to about 3/4 the size of the page and placed it at the top of the page.  To get it at the right place on the page I used the arrow keys on my keyboard to have more control of the placement of the paper.

5)  I then placed an empty photo frame onto the green paper and sized it to have a mat of the green paper behind the photo.  I clicked and dragged the photo of the roses onto it.

6)  I then finished with placing a sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit and three brads at the bottom right of the page.  I have used the Arrange function to make the brads evenly spaced and level.

Flower card 8 - CopyThis image proved a little tricky as when I set up the project I selected portrait alignment and I had to do a lot of playing around so that I could work on a landscape alignment.  There are two alternatives to doing this.  The first is to unlock the key of the background (on the left of the background image in the Elements ribbon).  I then clicked on the bar on the right of the background and selected Properties.  I then changed the rotation by 90 degrees  which then placed the background paper on a landscape alignment.  I then went ahead and completed the page and then flattened all the elements together and then changed the alignment back to zero so place it back to portrait alignment.

The second alternative is to work on the portrait alignment and rotate the photo frames 90 degrees and work that way.

1)  I placed the light beige patterened paper onto the background.

2)  I then placed a photo mat from the Enchanted Digital Kit and placed in at the bottom right of the page.

3)  I placed a black ribbon across the top of the page and above the photo mat.  I then placed a green ribbon down the other side of the photo mat using the Arrange function to go from horizontal to vertical.

4)  I then placed an empty photo frame onto the page and lined it up to the top of the black ribbon and to the left of the page to highlight the beautiful pattern on the photomat.

5)  To finish off I place two green brads on the top right of the black ribbon and to balance it out on the bottom left of the page.  I love the sentiments from the Enchanted Range and placed this one on the bottom of the photo.

Flower card 7Another page done on the landscape alignment.  See above instructions on how I have achieved this.

1)  I place a patterned paper on the background.

2)  I then place a red patterned paper and trimmed it down using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut to reduce the size down.  I then used the Cut & Fill>Corner Cutter to round the corners.

3)  A green and black ribbon have been placed over the red paper on the right side of the page.

4)  I placed an empty photo frame ont to page and then clicked and dragged a photo of a pohutakawa flower (New Zealand Christmas tree).  I then used the Format Photo>Select Mat to create the mat and used the sample brush to sample a colour of dark green from the photo.

5)  I inserted Fancy text using the Enchanted font to write the words Merry Christmas and then resized it to fit the upper left corner of the page.

6)  I then used the Arrange function to place the three green brads evenly onto the red paper above the photo.

Flower card 6 - CopyThis page looks familiar as I just love this photo of the bee on the yellow flower and I also love using the Opaque function to create a vellum like effect on the paper.

1)  I have placed a green patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I then placed the grid paper onto the page and resized it to be slightly smaller than the background.

3)  I then placed a photo frame onto the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the yellow flowers onto it.  It was then resized to make it smaller than the previous paper and about an inch shorter than the bottom of the grid paper.  Finally, I used the Opaque function to reduce the opacity to 50%.

4)  I then placed an empty photo frame onto the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the bee on the flower onto it.  This photo was then moved around until I was happy with the placement.

5)  I placed a green ribbon along the bottom of the vellum photo.

6)  Three brads were placed onto the floral vellum paper.

7)  A Sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit was placed at the bottom of the grid paper.

Flower card 5 - Copy1)  I placed a patterned green paper on the background.

2)  I then placed the floral patterned paper over it and using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut to trimm it down to about 2/3rds the size of the background.

3)  I placed a floral ribbon on the join of the papers and then placed the teal ribbon above it.

4)  I inserted an empty photo frame onto the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the yellow pohutakawa flower onto it.  I moved it down the page to show the lovely flowers of the paper that echo the pohutakawa flower.  The corners were rounded using the Cut & Fill>Corner Cutter function.

5)  I finished off with a sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit.

Flower card 41)  I have placed a green patterned paper on the background.

2)  I then placed a teal textured paper and sized it down to be smaller than the background paper.

3)  I then placed a patterned paper on the page and trimmed it down using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut I have trimmed it down to be about 1/3rd the size of the background and placed it at the bottom.

4)  I placed a whip stitch from the Sewing Room Stitches kit on the edge of the floral paper.

5)  An empty photo frame was inserted and the photo of the rose was clicked and dragged onto it.

6)  I then placed a black ribbon over the photo about and inch up from the base of the rose.

7)  Using the Arrange photo I placed a green brad in the centre of a flower and then placed both on the right side of the photo over the black ribbon.

8)  I have placed a sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit at the base of the photo.

Flower card 3For this page I have used the Reflections Digital Kit to higlight the serenity of the photo of the bindweed.

1)  I have placed a light gray plain paper on the background.

2)  I then used Cut & Fill> Straight Cut to trim  a darker grey patterned paper to about 2 inches and placed it at the bottom of the page.

3)  To create the ribbons I have cut two strips of paper – one white and one grey and placed them on the join of the papers.

3)  I then placed the empty photo frame onto the top of the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the bindweed onto it.  I used Format Photo>Select Frame to select the heavy frame with a recessed photo effect.

4)  I placed a leaf and small flower with a button on the bottom of the page using the Arrange function to place the button on the centre of the flower.

5)  I finished with the sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit.

Flower card 21)  I have placed a green textured paper on the background.

2)  I have then placed an overlay from the Enchanted Overlay Digital Kit and reduced the opacity to 50%.

3)  I then placed the diamond paper onto the page and trimmed it down using Cut & Fill>Straight Edge.

4)  I placed the teal ribbon onto the page on the edge of the papers.

5)  I then trimmed a piece of teal patterned paper using Cut & Fill>Straight Edge to create a small ribbon and placed it over the edge of the teal ribbon.

6)  Using the button hole stitch from the Sewing Room Stitches kit I created and edging to the teal paper strip.  I then used a straight stitch from the Sewing Room Stitches kit on the bottom of the teal strip.  I created shadows to give the effect of heavy stitching.

7)  I then placed an empty photo frame on the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the rose onto the frame.  Using the Format Photo>Select mat I placed the patterned paper on the mat.  I then made the width 7 and increased the relief to 10 to have the photo standing out away from the background.

8)  I finished by placing three square threed brads on the green textured paper to reflect the red in the photo.  Once again I used the Arrange function to ensure they were of equal distance and in a straight line.. I placed the sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit and put a heavy shadow on it to stand out and balance out the photo.

“Another fresh new year is here. Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt and fear, To love and laugh and give!” – William Arthur Ward

8 January 2013

Here are another couple of pages for my Enchanted Garden album.

Green succulent pageFor this page I have inserted empty photo frames to create the shapes and then clicked and dragged the papers on it.

1)  I have placed a teal patterned paper as the background

2)  I have inserted an empty photo frame onto the page and resized it up to be just a little smaller than the background paper.  I then clicked and dragged the patterned paper to the empty frame.

3)  On the home screen I clicked on add a shape and selected a circle shape.  Keeping it highlighted I then selected a red patterned paper and right clicked on it to select add to the selected item.

4)  I then inserted another empty photo frame and then resized it up to make a panel on the left side and then clicked and dragged a green paper onto the frame.

5)  I placed a black ribbon down the left side of the page.

6)  Then I placed another empty photo frame and resized it to make a strip across the page and then clicked and dragged the cream pattterned paper onto it.

7)  I placed the green and red ribbon across all the layers of papers.

8)  I placed another empty photo frame onto the paper and this time I dragged a photo of the green succulent onto it.  I right clicked and selected restore aspect ratio to ensure that the photo was square and correct.

9)  I selected a flower and a brad placed them on the ribbon.  I used the Arrange function to arrange the brad in the centre of the flower.

10) To finish I have placed a sentiment at the top and used the Fancy Font – Enchanted to place the wording at the bottom of the page.

Verbena Page

1)  I have placed a green patterned paper on the background.

2)  I then placed a patterned paper over the green paper and holding down the shift key I made this paper smaller than the background.  I then used Cut&Fill>Corner Cutter to round the corners.

3)  I placed another patterned paper on the page and using the Cut & Fill>Straight>Straight Edge to trim it donw to size.

4)  I then placed the teal ribbon over the edge of the last paper using the Arrange function to make it vertical.  I did the same with the green ribbon.  Both these had shadows added.

5)  I placed an empty photo frame on it and resized it to fit in the last patterned paper.  I clicked and dragged the patterned paper.

6)  I then placed two empty photo frames over this and clicked and dragged two photos of verbena onto them.  I used my arrow keys to place them where I wanted over the previous frame.

7)  Selecting the three photos I then clicked on Format Photo>Photo Mat and used a sample brush to select the dark green from the photo to create the mats.

8)  I have placed six brads at the top and bottom of the photos.  I used the Arrange function to align them up and make the spacing even.

9)  I used a freebie organza ribbon across the paper and place a brad over the bow.

10)  To finish I have placed an Enchanted sentiment on the right side of the photos.

“All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

31 December 2012

1)  I have added the aqua patterned paper on the background.

2)  I have added the green paper and resized it until it is slightly smaller than the background paper.  To resize it evenly I have held down the shift key and then used the arrows to make it smaller.

3)  I then placed empty photo frames onto the page and used trial and error to get the right sizes.  I wanted a different range of sizes and shapes to reflect the different sizes and shapes of flowers in nature.

4)  I then used the Arrange function to ensure that the photo frames were aligned so they are straight.

5) I have then clicked and dragged the photos of the flowers into the boxes.

6)  I have selected three different papers and clicked and dragged them onto the three empty photo frames.  This way I can adjust the placement of the paper in the frame by using the yellow cross in the centre of the selected photo frame.

7)  I then clicked and dragged a green brad.  I resized it to the sized I wanted and then copied and pasted another 3 brads.  This way they are all the same size.  I then arranged them evenly on the plain green paper frame by using the Arrange function.

8)  Using the Enchanted Alpha Font I added the wording on the plain paper frame.

9)  I have selected all the elements on the page and using Format>Shadow have added shadows to create the three-dimensional look.

Roses Queen of the Flowers

1)  I have selected a patterned green paper for my background.

2)  I have selected another patterned paper and placed in over the green paper.  Using the shift key I have resized the paper to be slightly smaller than the background.

3)  I then selected the red paper and using the Cut & Fill>Straight>Shaped Edge I have cut the wide red ribbon out.

4)  I then placed the green ribbon over the centre of the red ribbon.

5)  I then placed 5 empty photo frames onto the paper and arranged them above the green ribbon using the Arrange function.

6)  I clicked and dragged the photos of roses onto the empty frames and using the yellow cross arranged the photos.

7)  I have used the Enchanted Alpha Font to write Roses and resized this to fit above the photos.

8)  I have then inserted a text box and used the font Lucida Bright to create the wording.  To get the green colour I have sampled a green from the page to ensure it coordinated well with the page.

9)  I have clicked and dragged a red brad onto the page, resized it and copied and pasted another two brads.  Using the Arrange function I have arranged them next to the Rose title.

10)  I have finished off my using the Format>Shadow to create the three-dimensional look.

Pohutakawa magic1)  I have inserted a green patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I have placed the red ribbon over the  page about 2 inches from the bottom.

3)  I have then inserted a red paper and cut it down to size and then used Cut & Fill>Corner Cutter to round the edges.

4)  I then placed an empty photo frame over the red paper.  I clicked and dragged the photo of the pohutakawa to fill it.  Then using the Format>Filter>Alpha Gradient I have created the three-dimensional look of the photo.

5)  For the circle I have inserted a circle and keeping it highlighted I have right clicked on the photo and click add to selected element.  Again I have used the Format>Filter>Alpha Gradient to create the three-dimensional look.

5)  I have clicked and dragged the two flowers and brad onto the page.  I have resized these elements and using the Arrange function I have put the together easily.  I then played around with where I wanted it.

6)  I have cut a small strip using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut out of another green patterned paper.  Then using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut>Shaped Edge – Triangle have cut the edge of the ribbon out.

7)  I then clicked and dragged a brad and resized it before placing it on the green ribbon.

8)  To finish off I have placed four green brads on the side of the red paper.

9)  All embellishments have had shadows added.

Busy BeesThis layout is the same as what I have done for my calendar with the addition of the green ribbon on the side of the photo.  Please see instructions below under 27th December.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

27 December 2012

Here are the instructions for these layouts.  If you would like more information please feel free to contact me.

January 2013For this page I have:

1)  Selected a floral paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit as the background.

2) I then cut another small section from another paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut function and placed it on the side of the page.

3)  A green ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit was placed on the edge of the cut paper.

4)  Another red ribbon was placed across the top of the page and then put a flower and brad on the junction of the two ribbons.

5)  I have inserted a photo box and clicked and dragged the photo of this rose on it.  I then selected Photo Format>Select Frame and chose this frame with the circle which really highlights the backlit rose well.

6)  I then put two metal rings over the ribbon and on top of the framed photo.  To produce the effect of the rings holding up the photo I have used the Cut&Fill>Custom Cutting to cut out little pieces to give the effect of the rings piercing the photo frame.

7)  I have placed three brads from the Enchanted Digital Kit and balanced this off with a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

All the embellishments have had light or heavy shadows inserted (Format ribbon) to create a three-dimensional effect.

Enchanted Bee and Flower February 20131) I have placed a green patterned paper as the background.

2)  I then placed a different paper over the green paper and resized it down to show a small border.

3)  I placed a photo box onto the page and then clicked and dragged a photo of yellow flowers onto it.

3)  With the photo highlighted I have used Format Photo>Select mat to place a mat with a green paper.

4) With the whole image highlighted I then used Format>Opacity and reduce the opacity to 40 % to create the vellum effect.  I then played around with size and location of this photo until I was happy with the effect on the page.

5)  I then place another photo box over the photo and clicked and dragged the photo of the flower with the bumblebee onto it.

6)  To finish off I have placed 3 green brads on the top right corner and a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

I have again used the shadow effect to achieve the three-dimensional look.

Enchanted Geranium March 2013

1)  I have placed the floral green paper on the background.

2)  I then placed a photo mat from the Enchanted Embellishment range.

3)  A photo box was inserted and a photo of the geranium was clicked and dragged onto this.

4)  A small mat was inserted by using Format Photo>Select Mat and I have chosen a very thin mat with a dark green sampled from the photo to highlight the photo.

5)  The photo mat and photo were resized until I was happy with the effects.

6)  An aqua ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit was placed on the top of the page.

7)  A red ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit was then placed at the edge of the aqua ribbon.

8)  Three green brads from the Enchanted Digital Kit were placed under the ribbons.

9)  To finish off the layout I have placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Daisy April 20131)  A lovely patterned paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit was placed on the background.

2)  I have then placed a green patterned paper on the page and reduced the size to fit between the flowers of the background paper.

3)  I have trimmed the corners using the Cut & Fill>Corner Cutter using the rounded corner.

4)  I then placed a photo mat from the Enchanted Digital Kit Embellishments over the green paper.

5)   I placed a red ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit and used the Arrange tab to rotate it to a vertical position and then placed it over the photomat against the edge of the pattern.

5)  A green ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit was placed horizontally along the bottom of the two mats.

6)  I inserted a photo box on the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the Michaelmas daisy onto the box.

7)  I then selected a frame from the Format Photo>Select frame and I am pleased at the effect of the three-dimensional look on the photo.  I chose the Custom Setting>Sample colour for the frame to select the colour of the mat to match the red ribbon.

8)  A flower and brad from the Enchanted Digital Kit was applied to the junction of the ribbons.  I have used the Arrange ribbon to make the brad fit perfectly in the middle of the flower.

9)  To finish I have added a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Nasturtium May 20131)  I have placed a green patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I placed a photo box onto the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the nasturtium onto it.

3)  I have used Format Photo to create a simple mat.  Again I have used the sample colour to match the mat with the dark green on the photo.

4)  I have placed a cream patterned paper onto the page and then used the Cut & Fill> Straight Cutter to trim it down to size.

5)  To create the effect of a cut ribbon I have used the Cut & Fill>Straight>Shaped edge with the triangle.  I have altered the size of the triangle to cut a triangle out of the end of the paper.

6)  A flower and brad from the Enchanted Digital Kit has been placed on the end of the ribbon.  Again I have used the Arrange ribbon to ensure the brad fits in the middle of the flower.

7)  I have finished off with a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Bee on Rose June 20131)  I have placed a patterned paper on the background.

2)  I then placed a photomat from the Enchanted Digital Kit Embellishments on the page and resized to fit the top half of the page.

3)  I then placed a green patterned paper on the page and using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut I cut a piece to place over the border between the patterned paper and the photomat.

4)  I then placed a red ribbon from the Enchanted Digital Kit over the top of the green ribbon.

5)  I then placed a photo box onto the page and clicked and dragged the photo of the bee on the rose onto it.

6)  Keeping the photo highlighted I then used Format Photo>Select Mat to place a mat behind the photo.  I then went into the Custom Settings to sample a colour in the photo for the mat.

7)  I placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit above the photo.

8)  Finally I placed two brads on the ribbon to the left of the photos and used the Arrange ribbon to align them to the ribbon below.

Enchanted Succulents July 20131)  I have placed another beautiful patterned paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit onto the background.

2)  I then placed a photo box onto the page and then clicked and dragged the photo onto the box.

3)  I have used the Format Photo>Select Mat to create a mat.  Using the Custom Settings I sampled a colour from the photo to mat the photo.

4)  I then placed another photo box onto the page and clicked and dragged another photo of the succulent and using step 3 placed a mat under the photo.

5)  I played around with resizing the photos to get a layout that pleased me.

6)  I finished of with a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Bindweed Flower August 20131)  I have placed a patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I have placed a photo box onto the page and then clicked and dragged the photo of the bindweed flower onto it.

3)  Using the Format Photo>Select Frame to create the mat with a thin edge and the positive relief to enable the three-dimensional look.

4)  I have used the Custom Settings to sample a colour from the paper to achieve the green mat.

5)  To finish I have placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Rose September 20131)  I have placed a green patterned paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit on the background.

2)  I then placed a photomat from the Enchanted Digital Kit Embellishments on the page.

3)  I then placed the aqua ribbon onto the page.

4)  I placed a patterned paper onto the page and then using the Cut & Fill>Straight Cut cut a strip into a ribbon and then placed in on the edge of the photo mat and the aqua ribbon.

5)  A photo box was inserted and the photo of the rose was clicked and dragged into it.

6)  Using the Format Photo>Select Mat I have placed a small mat on the photo and used the Custom Settings to sample a colour from the photo for the mat.

7)  I placed three red brads from the Enchanted Digital Kit to the bottom left corner and used the Arrange ribbon to ensure they are straight and even.

8)  Finally I have added a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Green Succulent October 20131)  I have placed a patterned red paper onto the background.

2)  I then placed a photomat from the Enchanted Digital Kit Embellishments onto the page and resized it to fit 3/4 of the page.

3)  A photo box was inserted onto the page and the photo of the green succulent was clicked and dragged onto the box.  This was then dragged onto the photomat.

4)  For the edging trim I have placed two green ribbons onto the page.  I then placed a cream patterned paper onto the page and trimmed it to a strip using the Cut & Fill>Straight Edge.  This was then placed in between the two green ribbons to get a scalloped edge.

5)  I have then placed a couple of brads on each end and aligned them up using the Arrange ribbon.

6)  I have finished off with a sentiment from the Reflections Digital Kit.

Enchanted Magnolia November 20131)  I have applied another gorgeous paper from the Enchanted Digital Kit onto the background.

2)  I then placed the aqua ribbon onto the page and used the Arrange ribbon to rotate the ribbon vertically and then placed it on the left hand side of the page.

3)  I then chose another paper and placed it onto the page.  Using the Cut & Fill>  Straight edge I trimmed the paper down to a narrow strip.  I then used the Cut & Fill> Blended Edge to create the graduating effect on this strip.  I then placed it up against the aqua ribbon.

4)  A photo box was inserted onto the page and I have clicked and dragged the photo of the magnolia onto it.  This has then been placed over the ribbon and other blended strip.

5)  I have used Format Photo>Select Frame to pick out a double mat to frame the photo.  I have used the Custom Select and sample brush to pick the red and aqua colours out of the background page for the mats.

6)  I have finished off with a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit.

Enchanted Pohutakawa December 20131)  I have placed a green patterned paper onto the background.

2)  I then placed a red ribbon onto the bottom of the page.

3)  I then placed a red patterned paper onto the paper and reduced the size to nearly half the page.  I then used the Cut & Fill>Corner Cutter to round the corners.

4)  I then placed a green ribbon onto the red patterned paper and used the Cut & Fill>Straight Edge to trim the ribbon to the size of the red paper.

5)  I then placed a photo box onto the page and clicked and dragged a photo of pohutakawas onto the box.

6) For this photo I have highlighted the photo and used Format>Filters>Alpha Gradient to get the three-dimensional look.

7)  I then inserted a round shape and keeping it highlighted I right clicked onto the photo of the pohutakawa and selected Fill the Selected Shape.  I have used the Step 6 to get the same effect on this photo.

8)  Using the Enchanted Alpha set I have placed the Merry Christmas at the bottom of the page.

9)  I have placed a red and a green flower with a green brad in the centre on the ribbon.  I have used the Arrange ribbon to ensure that the embellishments have been centred vertically and horizontally so that they are well aligned.

10)  To finish off I have placed a sentiment from the Enchanted Digital Kit on the top left side.

Where there is Love there is Life – Gandhi

I follow the Creative Memories Go Digital Fan Facebook page where there are a lot of amazing ideas for inspiration and also to get the most out of the StoryBook Creator. The next two photos are inspired by Jodi Eisner from Creative Memories.  I am finding that the StoryBook Creator is great for creating digital art with my photos.

Instructions:

1)  I have used a full-page photo frame as the background.  I clicked and dragged this photo onto the page for a full-page photo.

2) I have gone to the Format Ribbon and then clicked onto the opacity button.  I then reduced the opacity to 75%.

3)  I then placed a beautiful overlay of butterflies from the Serene kit that I got with my StoryBook Creator 4.0 upgrade over the full-page photo.

4) I kept the overlay highlighted and then used the Format>Opacity function to reduce the opacity to 75% as well.

5)  I then clicked and dragged a freebie sentiment onto the layout to complete the layout.

It is a lot easier than it looks and there are not many steps to create a great piece of art.

Shades of Grey

For this layout I have taken the concept further with the overlay.

1) I have inserted a page from the Reflections range in my The Best of Digital Kit and turned it using the Arrange>Rotate function so the leaves go along the bottom of the page onto the background.

2) I have then inserted a blank photo square and enlarged it to fit 3/4 of the page.  I clicked and dragged a photo of Wellington Harbour into the photo box.

3) I then inserted another empty photo box over the previous image and made it about 85% smaller than the previous image.

4) I clicked and dragged an overlay from the Serene digital kit onto the empty photo box.

5) Keeping the overlay highlighted I clicked on the Format Photo ribbon.  Using the select mat I have made a mat and sampled a colour to match the image for the background.

6) I have increased the relief to bring the image forward a little to make the centre image stand out a little.

7)  I have added a ribbon from the Reflections range at the bottom of the photo.  This has been finished off with a zigzag stitch and then a button.

8) The text has been added using the basic text box and the font is Microsoft Sans Serif.

I hope that you have found these instructions useful.  I have tried to keep it as simple as possible.

“Dreams are todays answers to tomorrows questions” Edgar Cayce

Happy Crafting

Patricia

8 December 2012

I have just go a new camera and have been playing around with macro photography.  Here is my first effects.

Busy Bees

1) For this page I have used a full-page photo page and dragged a photo full of flowers onto the page.  I then reduced the opacity of the photo to 40 percent to create a vellum effect.

2) I then placed five empty photo frames on the page and then arranged them in the order shown.

6) I selected five different close up photos of bees on the flowers and then dragged them onto the photo frames.  I used the arrange function to get the boxes aligned straight.

7) I inserted a  text path to place my text onto the page to look like the bee was moving over the page.  The font I have used is “Girls are Weird”.  I love the name of that font.  I used the Edit Points to ensure that I had a good line for the text path.

8) I finished off with a busy bee embellishment from the 2011 Fall Appreciation Kit.

Sox on Guard

1) For this layout I have placed a paper from the Discover Range on the background.

2) I then placed a freebie overlay of paw prints onto the page.  I reduced the opacity to 87 percent and using the Cut and Fill> Gradient to change the colour of the overlay to a more brown colour.

3)I then placed two empty landscape photo frames  and an empty portrait photo frame onto the paper.  I clicked and dragged two photos of the ginger cat onto the landscape photo frames.  I dragged a photo of my cat, Sox onto the portrait photo frame.

4) I placed a simple mat on the two landscape photos and then sampled a colour from Sox to fill in the colour.  I set the relief at 2 to make the photos stand forward.

5) For the photo of my cat I reduced the relief to -2 to give the impression of depth in the photo.

6) I then placed a frame from the Discover Range over the photo.

7) The text box and text was then placed on the page.  Here I have used is “dear Joe 5 CASUAL” for the text.

8) I then placed a heading onto the top of the page using the font “AR CHRISTY”.

Happy digital Scrapping.

‘What would life be if we had no COURAGE to attempt anything’  – Vincent Van Gogh

I have used the Pixel 2 Pages website for my inspiration for these three pages.  This website is a training website for Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0 but you have to pay to get the full training.  I am happy with this free idea.

I have tried to create the effect with snowflakes in a snow globe with this  photo.
I have tried to create the effect with snowflakes in a snow globe with this photo.

I have used a Reminisce Winter Additions Paper as the background in placed a Reminisce Winter Additions Embellishment on the right hand corner.

To make a globe:

1) Place an empty photo frame onto the page and click and drag the photo onto the frame. Make sure the photo has been highlighted.

2) Then click on the Format Ribbon>Effects Section>Filters.

3) Choose the Distort and then Sphereize functions.

4) Check the “Clip Outside” to cut the outside edges to create the globe.

5) Move the Rotation Angle slider to ’round out’ the sphere.

6) Click apply.

For this layout I have placed some snowflakes from the Classic Winter Additions to try and create the effect of a snow globe.

Another example of a globe
Another example of a globe

For this layout I have used the Reminisce Winter Additions Papers for a background as well as putting some snowflakes around the edge.  I have also placed a plain circle background behind the globe.  This time I have tried using a freebie overlay to give a little texture to the globe.

This is another effect you can get using the Grid button to get a grid effect.
This is another effect you can get using the Grid button to get a grid effect.

This layout is using the same basic globe effect except I have added an extra step.

1) Select your photo

2) Go to the Cut & Fill Ribbon and choose Grid.  This creates a mosaic effect with tiles.

3) A box will pop up saying your selection will need to be “flattened”.  This means to combine layers.  Click “OK”.

4) Once the Grid Pattern box appears choose the total number of desired ‘sections’.  Check the ‘spacing’ between these sections that you want for the photo.  It is recommended using an odd number of squares.  This creates  a focus onto the centre square.  Click apply.

5) You will need to flatten the separate elements in order to group them together into one element.  To flatten them there are two options:

A. Select the Arrange Ribbon>Group Section and then the flatten button

B. Right Click the photo and choose Flatten in the box that appears.

Then go onto the same process as I have given before.  I actually forgot to clip the edges but I am quite pleased with the effect that I have got from this.  I have used the Discover Papers and a freebie sentiment.  Font is Segoe Print.

Acknowledgements: Pixel 2 Pages for their really easy to follow instructions.

Digital Scrapbooking is a lot easier than it looks, especially if you use pre-designed pages that you can just click and drag your photos into the empty photo frames.  Here is a couple of examples:

I just used three different views of my daughter at her birthday and just clicked and dragged the photos onto the photo frames.  The colours worked together really well.  It did not take very long as the sentiments and embelllishments were already in place.
I just used three different views of my daughter at her birthday and just clicked and dragged the photos onto the photo frames. The colours worked together really well. It did not take very long as the sentiments and embellishments were already in place.
Another easy layout.  I love this photo of my children and the colours of the sunflowers harmonise well with the Fabulous Power Palette.
Another easy layout. I love this photo of my children and the colours of the sunflowers harmonise well with the Fabulous Power Palette.
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6 thoughts on “Digital Creations

    1. Hi Amanda. Thank you for your comments. I have only been doing digital artwork in the last year and I love trying to be more creative on my computer. I use Creative Memories Software – the StoryBook Creator 4.0. I use it on a PC but it can be used on a windows platform on a Mac. I have found it very easy and versatile to use and I am only just touching the tip of the iceberg as to all the features in the software. There are also great tutorials online as well.
      You have given me some ideas and inspiration as well for layering on top of my photos for cards as well. You are so creative. The possibilities are endless…

  1. Thank you:) as are you! Well…we can inspire each other…I agree the possibilities are endless and only limited by imagination. I really like your flower cards, works of art! You’ve inspired me to create a lovely flower card for mothers day x

    1. Thank you so much Amanda. I enjoy looking at your artwork as well and I am often passing your name on to my friends as a great example of upcycling furniture.
      Have a great week. 🙂 xxx

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