Posts Tagged ‘“Outside” Content’
Hello, there! Melissa T. is here to bring you another tasty morsel in the form of hybrid art using digital scrapbooking supplies and GIMP 2.0. I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed last week’s introduction to GIMP, Moleskine, Milliande, and the freebies I created. I know that it was a lot to absorb, so this week I have another hybrid project for you to enjoy.
For those of you who don’t know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, plus Sunday is Mother’s Day. Those are two great occasions in which sentiment (and even gifts) are appreciated. Today we will be creating a Cookie Box (fill with your own recipe for your favorite cookie) designed in GIMP. I suggest printing out the template on white paper first and cutting it out before printing the finished one on cardstock. That way, you know exactly where to fold and glue your box edges.
1. Open GIMP 2.0 and click on “Open a New File.”
2. Once opened, you will click on the template format for the cookie box wherever you choose to save it on your computer.
3. Pick out the paper from your “Outside Content Folder” on your computer or external hard drive. Click on the File button and select “Open a file” and import it into a new document. From here you will want to shrink the size of the paper and copy and paste it into the background of your template. You do not have to stick with one color or style of paper since it is your project. Using this template, it is rather hard to use the “Fill” option, so you will have to cut and shrink the paper, move it, and rotate it to fill in all of the rectangles.
4. Choose an embellishment or word Art to add to your cookie box and select “Open a new file” to import it into GIMP. You will want to shrink the embellishments, word art, or even pictures that you open before copying and pasting onto the first template.
5. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until you feel that you have completed designing the front and back of your box.
6. Once finished, save the file and print it on heavy cardstock. Cut out the template, fold, glue as directed, and allow to dry before inserting your cookie or gift of choice (this is the perfect size for a Post-It pad for a teacher gift).
For my sample template, I created a design from Divine Digital’s Blog Hop this past week on Women in Creativity in which Sugar Moon participated. You may either use my PDF or create your own using all of the freebies and “Outside Content” you can find. The world is your proverbial creative oyster!
Go make a memory today, and make sure that you have a camera on hand to capture it!
Hi there! Melissa T. is here to bring you another Thursday Tutorial. This week, we will be discussing how to turn background papers into mats, frames, and other shapes. Sometimes, you will find that you have used a picture, but the embellishments are too busy for use in your layout. Sometimes, you will want to add a little something special to your layout, but you do not want to distract from the picture inside it. And sometimes, you will decide that the coordinating background papers are too beautiful not to incorporate into your layout. In all of these instances, changing a background paper into a mat, frame, or shape is just the skill you need in your bag of digital scrapbooking tricks to make your layout really “pop.”
Once again, Lisa J. from MyMemories has created a video and a PDF demonstrating just how to do this in your MyMemories Software. If you currently do not own this #1 rated digital scrabooking suite, then I highly recommend buying it. You may find a coupon for $10 off the Suite on the right hand side of the page. However, if you choose to create a shape from an “Outside Content” digital software pack, then you must import the paper as a picture. Once it has been imported into your software, you may then select the “Photos” tab on the left hand side of the program, then press the “shape” button. The MyMemories Suite V3 offers a wide varied of shapes from which to choose ranging from three sizes of circles to diamonds, hearts, and frames.
I personally use this feature all of the time, but it is not necessary to use it only for background paper. Any picture may be formed into a shape other than a square. To supply a sample for you, I have created a page using Sugar Moon’s “April Showers” Mini Kit. This kit will be made available later this week at her shop at With Love Studio. The coordinating Alphabet may be found on Missy’s Bits Facebook Fan page under the “Exclusive” tab. This is a beautiful example of a free kit that you will use as “Outside Content” with the MyMemories Suite V3.
Enjoy the Freebie, make a memory, and be sure to have a camera on hand!
We also want to mention that today is the last day for 15% off over at Mymemories! Make sure to stop by and get your savings today!
Hi, there all of you scrappers in blog world! This is Melissa T. with another Thursday Tutorial. I hope that all of you have enjoyed organizing your “Outside Content” and learning how to import it into your MyMemories Software. (I apologize to all who do not have the MyMemories Scrapbooking Software since that is what our tutorials will be explaining over the next month or so. It is the top rated Digital Scrapbooking Software Suite, so grab the code on the right and pick up your copy of it today with a $10 discount.) I just started scrapbooking last October, so we are learning many things together. I hope that you are learning as much as I am!
This week, we will be discussing “Text Wrapping.” Sometimes, a picture seems plain or needs a little something extra to explain what is happening. This is when you will choose to “Journal.” Some kits offer journaling embellishments with lines, but you don’t need an embellishment to journal. A scrapbook is yours, so create it however you want to! I like to use the “Text” button to wrap my thoughts, song lyrics, poetry, or just a string of adjectives describing the picture. Sometimes, I even implement the “Text Wrap” to create a frame for the picture. This kills two bird with one stone.
Once again, Lisa J. has outdone herself with a lovely video and PDF for using the “Text Wrap” feature of your MyMemories Software. You will want to save this PDF along with last week’s in your Directions folder under your Outside Content folder on your computer or portable hard drive. This is heavy jargon coming from a rather computer illiterate woman, but I am learning and that is what counts!
Video: Doin’ the Text Wrap by Lisa Jurrens
PDF: Doin’ the Text Wrap by Lisa Jurrens
Now that you have downloaded your PDF and watched the video by Lisa J., you are ready to test your text wrapping skills. I must admit that I have learned this skill the hard way and am still learning new, creative ways to implement the Text feature of the MyMemories Software. Below you will find two ways to wrap your text from pages that I have created from Missy’s Bits “Sweet Serenity” kit.
You can buy the complete kit at MyMemories when you purchase your software and download it directly into the program. If you buy the kit from Divine Digital, then you need to download and organize it as “Outside Content” for use with the MyMemories Software.
Remember to make a memory today (and take lots of pictures)!
Hi, there, scrappers! This is Melissa T. with another Thursday Tutorial that will help you jump head-first directly into the digital scrapbooking world. ”Outside Content” is everywhere, and I must say that it is a lot more prevalent than content that is compatible to the MyMemories Software V3. You can get “Outside Content” anywhere (and to be honest, you don’t have to pay for lots of it!). But, now that you have downloaded your “Outside Content”, you must be able to retrieve it as quickly as possible without searching through your entire hard drive for that one specific heart that matches your paper.
Now, I must say that I have thought and thought about how to simplify this process, and I have decided that there is no easy way to do it. You must streamline your own process and decide exactly how you want to organize your own goodies. So, I will tell you the most efficient way to organize your content (so far). If I think of a better way, then I will
revamp this tutorial.
1. Click on your library icon on your desktop and create a folder dedicated to scrapbooking directly on your desktop,
flash drive, or external hard drive.
2. Divide your “Scrapbooking” folder into useable folders with terms that you will remember. I use the main categories of digital scrapbooking which include Alphabets, Embellishments, Papers, and QuickPages. I also include a folder for Instructions that is filled with Lisa J.’s Tutorial PDF’s from MyMemories.
3. Divide each of your 5 folders into smaller folders. Here is where you will drag and drop your downloaded outside content so make sure that you are happy with the divisions you make or you will regret it later like I do. I suggest saving
each alphabet with a title that is descriptive of the alphabet itself. You might use “Pink Script,” “Blue and White Dots,”
“Brown Glitter,” Etc. The Embellishment, Paper, and QuickPage folders should be divided into the areas which MyMemories divides its kits. These range from “Boys” to “Decorative” and even “Vintage.” Please refer to your MyMemories software for a complete list.
4. Once you have created this well-organized folder for “Outside Content,” you should create a mini-folder under the respective categories under which the content falls with the name of the kit and the designer. For example, my folder for Sugar Moon’s kit “Smitten” would look like this: Scrapbooking>Embellishments>Love>Smitten (Sugar Moon).
Remember, I am very organized and feel that this is the best way to develop your content library. However, if this feels too tedious, then just create 3 subfolders: Alphabets, Kits, and Instructions. This is a learning process and I must say that I have learned the very hard way. I might just go back and revamp my folders after writing this summary of how – to’s.
I sincerely hope that this brings you as much clarity of “Outside Content” as you can possibly get from a 5 minute blog read. However, feel free to organize in anyway that you choose as long as you ORGANIZE.
With that, I will leave you until next week when we will learn a little more about the world of digital scrapbooking. Until then, make a memory and take lots of pictures!