Monday, October 25, 2010

Memory Make Up Monday

So I am going to have a goal to scrapbook one page every Monday that I should have done a long time ago. This week I did a simple page with a picture from my son's 18 month photo shoot, (which was at more like 20 months I think...) I feel like there will be a second page to this spread with the rest of the pictures (or at least a few more) from the session.

For my background I used Cheerful School Additions Paper #4

For my photo mat I created a rectangle, colored it orange, applied the "torn" alpha gradient, then stretched the rectangle to distort the edge. Then, I made a copy of the rectangle, changed the size to be about 1/2" larger than the orange mat, then mirrored it about the vertical axis, and aligned it vertically and horizontally with the orange mat. I applied a slight 3-d edge to both mats.

I inserted a photo box to fit the mat.

Foe the stripe, I created a long thin rectangle the same orange, applied the "torn" alpha gradient, a 3-d edge, then offset it on the page so it looks like a painted stripe.

On the 18, I used the Best Buds fancy alpha. I used the magic wand to select the edges of the 1 and 8, made a copy of them, then applied a red color to the main 18 shape, then realigned and flattened the outline and the red layer together. I then applied a "carpet" surface to the 18, amplified to about 3.5.

Then I added my son's name in the font Goudy Stout, flattened it, and stretched it to fit in the orange area. Then I added the word "months" and "Christmas 2008" in Gill Sans Ultra Bold, and added to the layout.

Hope you enjoy the layout!

Until next time - Vanessa

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Open House

With November comes the start of the holiday season. And with that, comes the annual Quad Cities area consultant Open House. This year 's event promises to be a great one.

We will be giving away:
Kodak Easy Share Digital Camera,
1 TB External Hard Drive,
Digital Video Camera!!!

There will be a Gift Buffet (FREE stuff for you!!)
Hint: Bring 3 or more new, grown-up friends for MORE FREE GIFTS, more chances to win and $10 off your purchase!!
Ideas, displays, cash & carry, kid's area, great giveaways, you can't miss it!!
VIP entry from 5-6.
Contact me with a $30 pre-order by Nov. 9th and you can come early too! There are other perks for VIPs besides early entry :)

Wow, it is almost November already!?!

When did that happen? School and work (and of course the kids!) are keeping me super busy! I have been making cards left and right using the new Reminisce Power Palette, it is great for fall themed weddings. I love the new flower shapes in the Reminisce line. I have also been giving the Everyday display board all dressed up for wedding gifts. And you know what? They turn out so pretty it seems a shame to wrap then up, so I don't! I put the wedding invitation, some coordinating paper, a picture or two of the couple, a copy of the program and a few paper flowers on the board. Super easy! Then, I make a coordinating card to go with it, and use a couple of the little clothespins to attach it to the clothesline.

In other news, I have made an online wish list form (it is off to the right there), if there is anything you have been eyeing, fill that out, let me know what it is you are interested in, and a few people who you typically exchange gifts with, and I will make sure those people are aware of what it is you would like this holiday season.

Until next time (and hopefully sooner than last time...)- Vanessa

Friday, October 22, 2010

My little loves!

I used the curved custom cutter tool around the kids & chair, made a copy of the shaded area, did the same around just the kids. Then I used the rubber stamp tool with blended color stamp selected of background layer, tinted it blue, aligned with the matching layer, adjusted opacity so the background showed through.
Then I added discover youth overlay5, apply 2 color gradient with blue and orange, rotated the overlay 37 degrees. Repeated rubber stamp with kids in chair layer, inverted color, selected purple color, hit apply, then I changed opacity, aligned with matching layer, added a heavy shadow to upper left. Added heavy shadow to upper left of kids layer. Then I added a blue frame from the Discover Power Palette, made it slightly opaque, align around heads, adjust size, made into a rubber stamp, tinted that brown, change opacity, offset from blue. Then I added a quote to finish it off. photo by Giraffe Photo



Monday, August 2, 2010

Oh, wow, was this past weekend great! I was lucky to get to attend the Creative Memories National Convention is Minneapolis this past weekend. We learned about new products, new partnerships, our NEW company logo, and just had so much fun!

I want to share with you some of the great new things that they showed us this weekend.

First, and probably the one that is going to get the biggest buzz going, is the new partnership between Provo Craft and Creative Memories. Starting August 1st, Creative Memories now carries two exclusive Cricut Cartridges, and man do they have some beautiful content on them!

The first one is the Reminisce Accents Cartridge, and it is designed to match our new Reminisce Power Palette.

The second is the Cheerful Seasons Cartridge, and is designed to match our new Cheerful Power Palette.

These cartridges are both $55, and can only be purchased though a Creative Memories Consultant. (If you click on the names of the Cartridges, it will take you to more information about them!)

I am also excited about our new Page Planner system. If you have ever struggled with getting a layout just right, or can't get past that blank page, this is for you. ($28)

The last thing I want to share is our new Limited Edition Chalking Inks. These are a great finishing touch for your pages, and come in black, white and chocolate colors. ($10 for set of 3)

I will share pictures once I have some of these things in my hands!

Until then! -Vanessa

Thursday, July 22, 2010


In just ONE week I will be at Showcase!

I can already feel it energizing my business, and we haven't even left yet! I need to get some events on the books and GROW my business!


This month Creative Memories is offering a great opportunity to join our team for just $23 dollars! Think about it like this: If you have EVER thought about starting your own direct sales business, and you love Creative Memories, why not try it now? If you plan to spend $77 or more on products in the next three months, it is worth it just for the discount. Even if you don't want to sell, and just want the discount for three months, GO FOR IT! What is it going to hurt? For more info on this opportunity, contact me today! Promotion ends July 31st.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another of E's first year photos.
This one is a blend of two photos, the color image in the balloon is from one, the rest is another, then I made a cut tool/copy of the "1", then used the rubber stamp tool to make a blended stamp of it, and tinted it pink. I finished up with a title sticker from the Primary Birthday Power Palette Addition.
Photo by Giraffe Photography

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A little Digi Scrapping...

I've been busy lately, with two kids and a job, plus going to school, there isn't much time for what I love to do, but with Storybook Creator Plus 3.0, I can squeeze in a little digital scrapbooking every week. Lately I have been having a great time learning about photo editing. In the next few posts, I am going to attach a few of the photos I have been working on in the past few months. I hope you will enjoy them!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My baby turned one!

Here is a picture of my baby E, from her 1 year photo shoot.

I enhanced it with a little photo editing using Storybook Creator Plus 3.0.
I used the Custom cut option on the Cut & Fill Ribbon, cut around the chair and E, made the chair part shaded, made a copy, then cut out the holes in the arms of the chair. Then I used 2 overlays, used the same two color gradient on both, one pink on top, the other the opposite. The last thing I did was make a rubber stamp of the background photo using the blended rubber stamp option, shaded it pink, turned down the opacity and put it on top of the background layer and the overlays.
So from bottom to top, I have background photo, overlay 1, overlay 2, stamp image and cutout image. On the top image, I used the 3-d filter on very lightly, and put a heavy shadow on it. I think it turned out super cute!
Photo by Giraffe Photography in the Village of East Davenport.