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Round Robin: Sounds of Spring

The final week of the WendyP Designs Round Robin is starting. It is the gorgeous, vibrant Sounds of Spring collection by WendyP Designs & Designs by Brigit. Here’s what they have to say about this new collection:

“I sowed the seeds of love,
It was all in the spring,
In April, May, and June, likwise,
When small birds they do sing.”
– Fleetwood Habergham, The Seeds of Love, 1690

Listen to the beautiful sounds of spring, The silence, the warm breeze what is blowing around your ears, and all the birds singing their song of love. Every where beautiful bright colored flowers are growing, wich brings us all the happy feelings of spring.

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers.

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

I will PM coupons good off the next COLLECTION each week on Wednesdays. The coupons are good for one week only. The final week coupon will be for the featured Round Robin Designers personal use store.

Please post your layout in the forum thread with links to where each LO is posted (our Round Robin gallery, your pinterest, facebook & google+).

Take a closer look at the simply stunning Sounds of Spring collection:

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Save even more on the Sounds of Spring Bundled Collection :

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For a limited time get this Sounds of Spring Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy!

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The times I spent in the kitchen in the summer with my mother and my grandmother making jams, butters and jellies was special indeed. The sweet smells, the heaping bowls of fresh fruit, the beautiful rich and vivid colors are a clear picture in my memory.
Pear Butter was one of my favorites, not for its taste (which was marvelous) but for its color – snowy white in summer! Strawberry Jam was the family favorite , however, so there were heaps of strawberries to be washed and hulled. This collection celebrates the joy of summer and of memories of special times with family.
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Pear Butter and Strawberry Jam  by ADB Designs and it’s palette is being used for the color challenge this month, so be sure to go and check it out and have some fun!!!
Here’s a little freebie to get you started, enjoy!!!
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The Potting Shed Seed-Packet Box

Being as it was a NSD ‘weekender’ I thought I would find a little time to do a bit of crafting.

The Potting Shed by LouCee Creations and Wendy Page Designs was used for my project.

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My sister has the most idyllic allotment where she grows her own vegetables and in between the rows of vegetables, she grows flowers for the vase. On her allotment she also has a greenhouse, a tool shed and a larger shed which has double doors and faces onto a tiny garden next to a stream, in this shed she has a little stove and a settee and her books, in between gardening she makes tea and shares bacon sandwiches with other allotment owners! This is her little piece of heaven.

I decided to make her a Seed-Packet box for her little shed.
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Tools that you will need.

  • printer
  • matt photo paper
  • wooden box ( a tea box would be ideal)
  • pva glue
  • cutting board, scissors
  • stamping ink
  • embellishments

Firstly you need to measure your box dimensions, do the box base and lid separately. Use either inches or centimetres. I use cm and always reduce the length by 1millimetre on each side, top and bottom.

My box base measured at 17cm x 5cm for the front and back of the base and 12cm x 5 cm on sides. So therefore I wrote down my printing measurement as 16.8 x 4.8cm and 11.8 x 4.8cm.

Do the same for the lid measurement.

Now for the top of the lid, if you have a glass top that’s a little more trickier. Measure as you would for a normal wooden top, mine measured at 16cm x 11cm, that’s because it has a bevelled top, I did not reduce the top by 1mm each side because of that.

In your scrapbooking programme ( I use Photoshop) use your new measurements to create little pages for your artwork.
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In Photoshop, work on the two longest sides of your box base and lid first, decide how you want them to look and flatten the image. I use my patterned paper number 1 and Wendy’s paper number 4 for my project.
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Now drag these images on to the other two smaller sizes you have.

The next step is to get these on another paper for printing. I worked in inches this time 8in x11in and at 300ppi like the box sides. I also added Wendy’s labels to the sides of the lid.
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Now the top of the lid.

I used Wendy’s paper no4 for the top and reduced to a size I wanted to work with.

If you do not have a glass top, you can add more digital elements to it now or later.

Here’s how I worked out my lid frame. I made a frame by measuring the width of the lid, sized the frame lengths in Photoshop as 1.4cm x 16 cm, I then place these around the edge of the paper that I have for the lid, I merged them, selected the inside and then cut away the centre of the patterned paper, make sure you are on the paper layer when you do this.

Delete the temporary grey frame and now you are left with your box frame.

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I chose my bunny and foxglove to decorate the side of the box, I duplicated each element and shadowed one foxglove and one bunny and clipped to the frame.

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Flatten your image and drag on to another 8 x 11 paper ready for printing.

I made a little label titled ‘Seeds’ ready to go on the finished box and also used two of Wendy’s journal cards which are perfect for the seed box.

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Print your two 11 x 8 in papers on matt photo paper for the best quality in colour.

Working on the actual box.

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Take off the hinges and metal clasp and keep all those little screws safe in a pot till later.

Ink the edges of your box.

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Cut out all your rectangular pieces and using pva glue, paste your box and then add your paper to the lid and base sides. (use a pin to mark where the holes are on the paper ready for when adding the hinges and clasp back on to the box)

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Cut out your lid frame and paste pva glue on the top of your lid, now add your paper frame.

Ink around the paper just a little to finish off the edges nicely.

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Allow to dry before fastening your hinges and clasp back on.

Now your box is ready for a little more embellishment if you desire.

All you need to do now is cut out your journal cards and add these with your seed packets!

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This is the perfect gift for any gardener.

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Here is a little taster of this pretty collection. Click the freebie preview to download.

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NSD! Win a Shirt! Save Some Money!

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It’s National Scrapbooking Day and that means BIG savings storewide! We’ve got 50% Off Storewide, both personal use and commercial use.  The BIGGEST savings are our brandnew, just-for-NSD CU Grab Bags.  Check out just a few.  At 80% Savings or more you can’t go wrong for commercial use or personal use!

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On NSD, not only is shopping  fun & afforable!  So is winning.  Who doesn’t like to win? I’ve got 12 fabulous prizes, ready to give out today  & tomorrow to people who lend us a helping hand. How can you help?

Simply share this post on social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, etc.) and little Dane will draw random names out of hat.  Every share = one entry.

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Ariadne with her wonderful page RR week 3 WendyP_LDW. I love the design of this page, the beautiful colors, the clustering and the repeating circles. I also love that photo, it makes me smile! So congrats Ariadne on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This wonderful page was made with the amazing Spring into Time Kit by WendyP. Designs and Lara’s Digiworld.

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Last Dance by Regina Falango is a beautiful kit all about Dancing. However, the kit has wonderful blue en golden colors which make it perfect for many other occasions as well. It will also do great for wedding pictures, little girls and many many more. Last Dance by Regina Falango simply is a beautiful kit!

Last Dance van Regina Falango is een prachtige kit met als thema dansen. Echter, de kit heeft hele mooie blauwe en gouden kleuren en is daardoor ook prima voor allerlei andere gebeurtenissen. De kit is prima geschikt voor trouwfoto’s, kleine meisjes en nog veel en veel meer. Last Dance van Regina Falango is gewoonweg een hele mooie kit!

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I really enjoyed creating this quickpage for you. I hope you like it!

Ik vond het erg leuk om deze quickpage voor jullie te maken, veel plezier ermee!

***Download***

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This Boy by Ramona Designs

Do you have a boy?  Are you always looking for another great boy kit, This Boy by Ramona Designs is one that you will just have to have!!!

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I’m thinking it will work great with some of my girl pictures too, sometimes she’s a girly girl but others she’s a total tomboy!!  Here’s a little cluster to get you started, enjoy!!!

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Round Robin: Spring into Time

We apologize for the delay, but the collection for the third week of the WendyP Designs Round Robin is worth the wait. It is a springy, it’s steam-punky and it’s deliciously beautiful! Introducing: Spring into Time by WendyP Designs & Lara’s DigiWorld – here’s what they have to say:

“Steampunk is…a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!”

George Mann Spring into Time is a fun adventure into Steampunk, with all the beautiful, fresh, new blooms of Spring.  It is fantasy come to life, wrapped in a beautiful digital scrapbooking collection by WendyP Designs and Lara’s DigiWorld.

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers. We also need to update this post with the NEW rules :)

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

Question: How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The layout rules are simple:

  • Use only the current week Round Robin Collab
  • Properly credit & link the Round Robin Collab
  • Add hashtag: #studioroundrobin

What are the discounts?

Please note, that with our brandnew awesome store, we have changed the way the discounts work for Round Robins, effective this week.

  • Post the LO in our gallery, receive 50 points in our store.
  • Pin your LO on pinterest, receive 50 points in our store.
  • Share your LO on Facebook,  receive 50 points in our store.
  • Post your LO on Google+,  receive 50 points in our store.

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, you will receive 200 points (equal to $2) to spend in our store!

We will add your points each week on Wednesdays (This will be delayed this week).

Please post your layout in the forum thread with links to where each LO is posted (our Round Robin gallery, your Pinterest, Facebook & Google+).

Now, let’s take a closer look at the simply stunning Spring Into Time collection:


Save the most when you pick up the Spring Into Time Mega Collection

For a limited time get this Spring Into Time Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy!

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Custom Collection: By Design

It’s time for a brandnew Custom Collection. Yay! We are back & ready to pick some new winners.  Do you have any custom collection you would love to have? Free?

What is a Custom Collection? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request.

This week I have a brand new Custom Collections to show off! In February, Steph won her Custom Collection request from SnickerdoodleDesigns and Vero – The French Touch.

I would love to see a modern sewing kit. Currently used tools, equipment, fabrics. Bright colors. Pattern styles, clothing shapes – maybe a template to add fabric / patterns / color to the basic shape of a clothing item – dress, pants, suit, skirt, shirt. For people who sew and would like to scrap about their creations.
Thanks!

from: Steph

Introducing the absolutely stunning: By Design

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Creativity. We, as scrapbookers thrive on it. Many crafts use similar tools, so whether you enjoy sewing, paper crafting, or similar crafts, By Design can help you document your creative passions, whatever they are!

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Save even more on the entire collection!

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Here is a special 10% off coupon for our blog readers! Code: BLOGBYDES (expires May 6, 2015). Coupon is valid on By Design by SnickerdoodleDesigns and Vero – The French Touch : . Steph, check your email to get this magnificent collection FREE!

I very much appreciated the slightly less specific requests. It is easier to get those completed than once with complex, specific elements. Continue to ask me something fun! Ask me something in your favorite color! Or favorite colors! Request flowers, winter or love, and let’s see who I can make happy next. And go ahead & try with something a little more specific. I know there were some great ideas out there that can be fulfilled! Give it another go?

I am finally ready to pick a new Custom Collection Winner!  I’ve got some more new releases for the next weeks, but after that, well… I need your requests! What do you need for your digital scrapbooking stash?  Hit me up in the comments below and I’ll announce a brandnew winner next week. Woooooooooooohooooooooooo!

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Saving TIFF Files to Conserve Hard Drive Space

Welcome back to our regular Saturday blog posts, where we talk about Photoshop tips and tricks!

Several weeks ago we talked about Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Extra File Formats and Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Invisible Layers.  (While our dust is settling, after moving into our awesome new store, I do not have accurate blog links to give you for those tutorials; but have provided you with links to download the tutorials in PDF format if you like.)

One of the things we talked about is that typically TIFF files take up less space on our hard drives than PSD files.  Here’s a short excerpt from “Savings Hard Drive Space by Deleting Extra File Formats:”

Many designers include multiple file formats such as PSD, TIFF, and PNG in their products.  This is typical with templates, for example, offering the consumer the opportunity to choose the file format that works best for them and the software they use. ….. I am often asked if one needs to save all of these formats.  It’s a personal choice; but if you are trying to save hard drive space, deleting file formats you do not use is one way to help achieve that goal.

But what if your product only came in PSD format, there are no extra file formats to delete, but you really need to save some hard drive space?  You can simply resave your PSD files as TIFF files. Here’s how:

1.  Open your PSD file in Photoshop.

2. Go to File > Save As  (The original file name will be in the “File Name: box. Either rename or leave as is.) Click SAVE.

3. The TIFF Options box will open.

  • Choose Image Compression: LZW
  • Layer Compression: ZIP (slower saves, smaller files)

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4. Click OK and you’re done!

I experimented on one of the overlays in my new Impressions Overlays 1.   At the end of my creation process for this particular overlay, the file consisted of 7 layers.   Below is a chart showing the file size differences, based upon the TIFF saving choices that I made.

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If you choose to resave your PSD files as TIFF files, be sure to make smart saving choices. With the wrong boxes ticked, you could be saving files larger than your PSD files… and we don’t want that!

While I don’t have a PSD to offer you to practice saving file formats, I do have an Impressions Overlay Sampler for you to experiment with in your layouts.  My Cool Beans Collection is currently on sale, offering a savings of 40-50%.   In the sample below, I placed one of the Cool Beans Krafts on top of the Sampler, changed the Blend Mode to Overlay, and adjusted the Levels just a bit.  I’ve included the grayscale sample for you to play with, as well as the color sample for you to use.

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You may download a PDF of this tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by! We’ll see you next week!

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