Pretty Snazzy Prongs

 

image of scrapbook prongs

 

 

Prongs are a pretty simple element to create in Photoshop.

What sets good prongs apart from not so good is having quality layer styles and fine-tuning them.

 

To download a nice selection of free prongs that’ll really snazz up your layouts…

Click here

 

 

 

 

 

CU Friendly Digital Tape

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To download my free commercial use digital tape click here  

If you’re wondering about the preview photo, it’s of my new hiking boots taken right after our Bryce Canyon National Park trip. They are the most comfortable hiking boots I’ve ever worn! Plus, they are pretty stylish…for hiking boots.

I created the green patterned paper using Illustrator and Photoshop. I plan to have some of these patterned papers available on this site soon.

So stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

Too Cool Engraved Wooden Elements

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Elements created during Design Class lessons at Hummie’s World)

Some thoughts from this lesson:

  • One size does not fit all when it comes to layer styles! Play around with layer styles and alter the settings to fit the image.
  • Use a good high quality texture image to get a good high quality element. (Keep your camera handy and take your own texture photos. It’s easy!)
  • Create your own vector graphics when you want something unique. This also allows you to set the terms of use.

Also…think about ways to add impact.

For instance, try out Photoshop’s lighting effects filter to create a spotlight layer. It really makes the texture of the wood grain pop!

How to create the spotlight effect using Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter-
click on the graphics layer (in this example, the hummingbird or flower graphic layer),
add a new layer in Overlay mode and fill this layer with 50% gray.
In Overlay mode, 50% gray is neutral and doesn’t alter your graphic layer.
Now create the spotlight, choose Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and set up your lighting.
Position the light to be brightest in the left hand corner.
Play with the spotlight effect by dragging inward on the bottom control handle making it more circular.
Click ok.
Because the spotlight is on it’s own layer, it’s easily modified.
Experiment with other blend modes and reduce the opacity.
I liked Overlay and reduced the opacity to 85%.
Now return to your graphics layer and experiment with blend modes.
I liked soft light and a Fill opacity of 25%.
Reducing the Fill opacity doesn’t alter the qualities of the layer styles.
(For more information on fill opacity vs “regular” opacity see this post.)
image of embossed hummingbird element layers

Enjoy these free elements and I’d love to see/hear about what you do with them!

 

To download these free elements click here

 

 

 

 

 

Old Fashioned Retro Slides

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Slides…do you remember when slides were an alternative to photos. Yep, me too.

When I was in school, many presentations used slide images loaded onto a carousel and projected onto a portable screen or wall. Family vacation shots were often slide presentations that felt like they went on forever..especially to a kid that just wanted to go outside and play. Oh my those were the days.

As a tribute to those days and to Hummie’s class on making slides, here is one basic and one vintage shabby chic slide.

Love to hear your comments about these vintage slides.

 

Download these slides here

 

Had a great time using one of my cactus flower shots to create a grungy slide…

 

 

 

Free Silver Chains

image of digital scrapbook element - chains

 

This week’s lesson was about how to make digital chains in Photoshop.  I made a simple straight one and played with the puppet warp tool to create the second one.

A great lesson! One I’ll come back to again as I continue to improve my custom drop shadow and dodge and burn techniques.

Hope you enjoy them!

Click to Download these chains

Inked Elements Technique

preview image of download for Word Art and Element

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It’s interesting where and how our design inspiration takes shape. For some reason that lovely song “I Hope You Dance” was playing in my head as I began working on Lesson 39  (Inked Edges technique for scrapbook elements). The song inspired me to create these scrapbook Word Art elements I’m sharing with you today.

To make the elements unique, I began in Illustrator using the blob brush to draw the words and dancing hearts. (I could have use Photoshop for this step but I wanted to play in Illustrator.)

I placed the plain vector shapes into Photoshop. Then I colored and inked the edges using one of the techniques from the video tutorial. Of course, I added layer styles to the small element.

For a step-by-step video tutorial on creating inked edges in Photoshop subscribe to Hummie’s World. Her video tutorial describes several ways to get this look.

I found yet another technique for inking edges here. I haven’t tried this approach yet but it does look interesting!

I hope you enjoy these free unique scrapbook elements.

I welcome your feedback and of course, I hope you dance!

 

Download here

 

I Hope You Dance

Artist: Lee Ann Womack

Writer(s): Tia Sillers, Mark D. Sanders

Lyrics:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

Dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

 

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Fun Grungy Corkboard

image of grungy corkboard for scrapbooking

I hope you enjoy my free corkboard textures made using several filters in Photoshop CS 5.5.

12 x 12

300 dpi

jpg format

There are two versions in the download:

  • one grunged out corkboard &
  • one a darker – non grunge corkboard
(Tag in preview not included in download)

My fav is definitely the grunged out version!

It was a fun and educational lesson.

Your comments are welcome!

 

 

click here to download

Jeweled Alpha Plus Add-on

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Click here to download free jeweled alpha

created for scrapbook alpha lesson

during  Designer Class

at Hummie’s World.


Add-on for scrapbook freebie created during Designer Class. Numbers, brackets, and exclamation point available to blog visitors and subscribers.

Click here to download the alpha add-on

(number, brackets & explanation point)

 

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Spring Scrapbook Buttons

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Click to download free glossy overlay buttons

created during Designer Class at  Hummie’s World.

 

These glossy buttons will look wonderful on spring layouts.

Try the pink rose button with my shabby chic Quick Page and Paper bag tags.

Let me know if you what you think!

 

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Stylish Paperclips

 

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Shabby Chic Paperbag Tags

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Tags

image of free scrapbook tags

Click to download

 

Two scrapbook tags–a little shabby, a little chic.

Plus, they go great with my shabby-chic quick page freebie.  Enjoy!

2 png tags

 

Let me know if you like them, leave a comment and get some CommentLuv for your blog!

 

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