DSD BLOG HOP + DIY Word Art + a Free Halloween Printable

October 29th, 2014
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Welcome to the P&Co. DSD2014 blog hop! You’ve arrived at Jen Allyson’s Blog – The Project Girl – and your letter is “I”
What is this letter for? Well if you visit all 20 blogs on this blog hop and collect all the letters, you’ll have the super secret coupon code to get this amazing digital scrapbooking kit free! (Coupon code only valid through Sunday Nov. 2)
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Here are all the links to the 20 blogs in the blog hop, and this is the official order that they go in (for your coupon code letters), collect a letter from each blog to create your coupon code then go here to get the kit:

P&Co
Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn Farias
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson  <—-YOU ARE HERE!! and my letter is “I”
Mommyish <—- Go Here Next!
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Don’t forget to shop the amazing DSD sales at P&Co too:

  • 35% off sitewide sale Wed Oct 29-Sun Nov 2.
  • $25 order gets 40% off, $40 gets 45%, and $50 get 50%.
And here’s Candice Palmer with some great info about creating frameable art with your digi kits AND a FREE DOWNLOAD!
Hi all, Candice Palmer here. Can I tell you how much I love autumn? It’s pretty much my favorite season. The nip in the air, breaking out my cozy sweaters, the kids going back to school and the anticipation of the holidays are just a few of the reasons this time of the year appeals so much to me.

Today, I’m going to show you how simple using your mad digital scrapbooking skills can cuten up your home for the holidays. I don’t actually think cuten is a word, but let’s go with it. By using simple digital scrapbooking tools, you can create a darling, frugal piece of holiday art for your home & save that extra money for Christmas.

  • All you need to do is find a simple digital paper or even just a solid background that you like.
  • Now pull it up in your favorite editing program (I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Photoshop).
  • Make your file the desired size with a 300 dpi resolution so it’s good & sharp.
  • Last, add the paper, solid colors, fonts, dingbats, and quote that you desire-just as you would create a digital scrapbook page, and voila – you’ve got a project that’s ready to be printed at home or sent off to be photo printed.
  • One more thing – keep it simple. Like Coco Chanel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” If your word art is too busy, it’ll be distracting and lose it’s charm. So carry on, but limit yourself to emphasize your quote and a few simple embellishments – maybe even just your favorite one.
And don’t stop there! I’ve gotten a little crazy with my out-of-the-box digital scrapbooking and added word art decor to several places in my home.

CLICK HERE for  a little Halloween printable to get you in a festive decorating mood. I created my file as an 8×10, but I added it to a white 8.5×11 page in Photoshop for home printing. Hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

 

candice

Getting Creative with Digital Scrapbooking

October 6th, 2014

Aloha! Natacha here, just hanging out and surfing around the Internet. Today, I would like to share with you a new way to compose or design your page using a lens flare filter.  No, we’re not going to use it as an overlay on a photo, the way filters such as this are typically used. Instead, we’re going to use the filter as the base for designing our own page template. Unusual, right?  I really love the light effects from lens filters, and I find them very inspiring, which led me to try to create a page with circles, repeating those original positions.  This is digital folks – have fun with it!

Here’s a page I created using the lens filter as the base for my design:

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Credits: Vanity Fair Persimmon Collection and Truly-Madly Flourishes – both Jen Allyson Digital Designs (with a touch of blue elements since I made this page for a color challenge)

Let me show you, in just a few easy steps, how I made this page. Read the rest of this entry »

Blending and Shadowing for Soft Effects

September 6th, 2014

Aloha! Natacha here, surfing around … This is my first post in the tutorial area for Jen Allyson Digital Designs, and I’m happy to share some little tips for you to enjoy. I love blending papers and adding subtle shadows – and these techniques work really well with the soft color palettes in some of Jen’s kits. Below is a layout that shows examples of these techniques (kit credits are listed under the layout, in case you want to grab anything):

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Credits: all by Jen Allyson Digital Design

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Here is a great way to blend two papers. Start by choosing two papers with a similar color palette and intensity or depth of color. Insert a transparent layer between them and then follow these steps –

  1. Select the first paper layer and click Control+G to associate the transparent layer. You’ll know when this is done correctly when the second layer indents or shifts to the right in the layers palette.
  2. Select the second layer (transparent) and then select the Gradient Tool from your toolbox.
  3. Select white and transparent gradient.
  4. Click at the top of your layer and drag a line straight down to the bottom.

That’s it!  You now have the blended papers, going top to bottom on your layout. The gradient tool serves as a way to (essentially) hide part of one paper and reveal pieces of another. For something a little different, you can also go side to side with the blending, or even diagonally.

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And now, quick and easy shadowing

  1. First, choose one of your favorite stamps (particularly love Jen’s Vanity Fair collections …).
  2. Insert a white paper as the layer immediately above your stamp layer.
  3. Click Control+G to associate white paper and stamp layer. Once again, the associated layer should shift to the right.
  4. Select the stamp layer and apply a shadow effect by clicking on the small “fx” button on the far right of the layer information.
  5. Choose small size for the shadow (only a few pixels) and change the color of your shadow. When you click on the color box, a pop-up window with the color options will appear.
  6. Select a color that will give you some transparency, like a light grey or brown.

Once again, that’s all there is to it. Adding shadows to brushes and stamps can give you a whole new way of using these items in your stash – and make your digital dollar go further.

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Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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