Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My first Tutorial!

Ok, I have been asked a few times just recently about how my templates can be used to make traditional paper cards. I do make mine digitally, but you can also easily use the template for paper crafting, if you have a photo editing program. I use Photoshop Elements.

So, after downloading the files from my blog, and unzipping them on your own computer, you can open the PSD file in the photo editing program and the file will open up in a layered format. (Note: To save yourself the awful mistake of ruining this original file, be sure to duplicate it,close the original, and work off the copy.) And don't forget what I mention in the credits! I make the templates a full 12" so they are easier to work with when using full size scrapbooking paper. So you will want to size the template down now to whatever size you want your card to be when it's completed.

If you wanted to use the template for paper crafting, you would just open a new 8.5x11 file and  move each piece of the template over to the new work field. Lay them out and arrange them so that you can get as many pieces on one piece of paper as possible. If you have parts that don't fit on the new page, make another, the same size and move the rest of the pieces over. We're just trying to waste as little paper as possible with this step.

Now, when you have all your pieces laid out, go ahead and print the page(s) on card stock. You can now cut the pieces out and use them as your templates for your own traditional paper cards!!

Well, like I said, this was my first tutorial, so if I was clear as mud and you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or even email me at I'd love to hear how my templates are working for you!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I got an Award?!

Yes! How cool is that? Alright, I'll start from the beginning...
So, the day after I posted my last entry I lost my internet connection. (GRR! Stupid money!) Since I didn't have internet access for a few days I decided it would be a good time to sit and get a couple more cards made for my family and friends. (I'll share those in a minute) Needless to say, our friend who received the last card I shared really liked it. That makes me so happy! I feel like I give a little piece of my heart out with each card. <3 But what's really cool is, when I get my connection back, there is a comment under that post letting me know that my card was spotted by the Paper Craft Planet Blog! It was highlighted with 3 other beautiful cards/gifts. I am SO honored! See it here. Now if only I can figure out how to put the little award on my own blog, lol!!

So, you want to see the other cards I've made this weekend? Alright. I love sharing ;)

I made this one for a dear friend, who I actually met through my Grandma. She is the sweetest person I know!! I just love her. Here is Caryn's card:

 And the inside, which covers the entire inside of a 5x7 card:

The kit I used is "Pinky Swear" by Ellie Lash. I made the template based on a sketch from Karen Giron at  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #101. Here is the layered template if you would like to make your own card. Obviously, I rotated it to make my card ;) (image is linked)

This is one I made for my Poor Grandpa, who is going through a tough time lately. He just spent from Wednesday through Sunday in the hospital again.

And the inside, again it fills the whole inside:

For this one I used Ellie's kit "Happy To Be". I just love the warm colors of this kit. And my template for this one was based on a sketch by Arlana Patten at Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge #86. Again, I played and flipped this one a little, too.Here is my layered template. (image is linked)
And, one last one. This is one for anyone who just needs a little pick me up ;)

And the inside: 

For this card I used a kit by Loreta Labarca Designs called "Fabulous Girl".  And my template is based of  another sketch by Karen Giron at Sweet Sketch Sunday Challenge #96. She makes the most fabulous sketches! I love 'em!
Here is my layered version:

Well, I hope you enjoyed my cards, and I would LOVE to see what you can create from my templates! Leave me a comment and maybe a link to your creations below! I LOVE hearing from you!!!