[inter]National Scrapbook Day – Blog Hop Freebie & Giveaway!

This weekend is [inter] National Scrapbook Day, which means there are lots of fun things going on in the scrapbooking world. To celebrate this awesome day, the Design House Digital designers have created a super cool collaboration kit called Retrospect.

Here is a little peak at this awesome kit:


This kit is packed with digital goodness. And the best part? You can get it for FREE!! Yep, that’s right, FREE! All you have to do is follow along on the DHD blog hop to grab the coupon code, enter it in at Design House Digital and then download it at your convenience. If you are coming to my blog first…then head on over to the beginning of the blog hop.

I have some awesome giveaway’s for y’all, but first I thought I would share a little bit about inspiration. Where do you get your inspiration for your scrapbook layouts? Do you go to sites on the web? Look through your favorite magazines? Here are a few of my favorite websites that I go to for inspiration:

  1. Designspiration.net » I love this website. The design of the site is clean and doesn’t distract from the content. What I love most is the trending categories—I could spend all day looking through all of the different design projects that have been posted there.
  2. Dribble.com » This portfolio site is packed full of graphic design work from designers all over the world. On this site you can explore by category tags and even by color. I love looking at the magazine spreads and web layouts here, and they make for a great starting point for scrapbook page layouts.
  3. We Love Typography » A website dedicated to typography—can’t get much better than this! This a great resource for examples of beautiful typography and is my go to website when creating word art or a title for a scrapbook page.
  4. Shimelle.com » This blog is full of layout inspiration. Lot’s of tips and tricks, challenges, giveaways and scrapbooking beauty. The focus of the website is on traditional paper scrapbooking, but I love Shimelle’s style and think that it translates well to digital.

Those are just a few of the places that I go to when I am feeling a need for inspiration, or if I just want to look at something pretty. I hope y’all enjoy them as much as I do! now onto the fun stuff…

To make the celebration of iNSD even sweeter, I have a fun contest/giveaway here with THREE prizes!

  •  One lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate to my Design House Digital shop!
  •  One lucky person will win a 3 month guest spot on my creative team!
  •  One lucky person will win this awesome DHD hoodie (size m):


There are FOUR different ways to win these prizes:

  1. Comment on this blog post, with the answer to this question: What do you love MOST about digital scrapbooking?
  2. Like my facebook page
  3. Follow me on twitter
  4. Sign up for my newsletter

After you have done these, come back to this post and let me know in the comments section! (Please put each entry in a separate comment)

Don’t forget to grab your letter, you will need it to get the Retrospect kit free:



If you are participating in DHD’s layout challenge, my challenge is to use an ampersand as a decorative element on your layout. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your next stop on the hop is to Jennifer Hignite’s blog.


 ETA: The INSD giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who participated!!

Mad March Memories – DHD Blog Hop!

DHD BlogHop

Welcome top the eighth stop on the DHD Mad March Memories blog hop! If you started at the beginning of the blog hop then you are arriving here from Celeste Smith’s blog. If you are coming here from somewhere else, be sure to go to the first stop of the blog hop, so that you don’t miss anything!

If you started at the begining, you know that you need to gather a letter from each blog and then, after finding them all, head over to DHD to download this gorgeous collab kit created by the DHD designers:

I have a ‘letter’ to give you, as well the chance to win some awesome giveaways. But first, I have a little tip/tutorial to share with you!


Tutorial: Using Scrapbook Papers to Add Texture to Photographs

One of the things that I love the most about digital scrapbooking, is the number of projects I can use my supplies with. Today I am going to show you how to use your digital papers to add texture to your photos. Adding texture is a nice way to make your photos really stand out, and textured solid scrapbook paper is perfect for this.

Step 1: Open the image that you want to texturize in photoshop, or photoshop elements. I will be showing you how to do this in Photoshop CS5, but the same technique should work in elements as well.

Here is the “before” shot of the photo that I will be texturizing (it is of my lovely niece Cadison)

Cadison - Before

Step 2: Decide on the paper that you want to use. Grungy papers tend to work best. Add the paper into your photoshop document and resize it so that it is the same size as the photo. Because I am using the paper purely for its texture, I don’t worry about warping and stretching it.

Step 3: For this next step there are a few different things that you can do. You can use your paper as the color it is, or you can remove the color. To remove the color you go to image> adjustments> desaturate.

Step 4: This is the fun part. Now that you have your paper placed in your document it is time to start playing with the blending modes. You can find the blending modes in your layers palette. The modes that I use the most are overlay, soft light and color burn. You can also adjust the opacity of the layer. If the texture is looking too strong, just lower the opacity, or try a different blending mode.

Step 5: If you are texturizing a photograph of a person, you may want to remove the texture from their faces. To do this you could either use the eraser and with a large soft round brush erase away the parts of the paper you don’t want, or you could create a layer mask and just paint away the parts you don’t want to show. I usually use a layer mask, that way if I later decide that I don want texture on the entire image, I can just delete the mask.


After just adding 1 paper to my image here is how it is looking:

Step 6: If you are happy with how the texture is looking, then you can stop now…or if you want more texture you can add a few more papers to your document. Just keep adding layers and sdjusting the blending modes and opacity, until you are happy with the result. I wanted some more depth and texture to my image, so I ended up adding a few more paper layers. Which resulted in this:

Step 7: Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to try anything and everything…experiment until you get your photo to look how you want it to. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, sometimes mistakes bring about happy little accidents of awesomeness. Also, don’t use just solid papers…try some of your patterned papers too!

In the end I ended up adding a patterned paper, from my floraux kit, to the image. Here is what my final photograph looks like:
Finished Texturized photo

To get you started playing with textures I have a free download of three of the solid papers I used with my photo. To download the papers, just click on the image.

Click to download texture papers!

This downloadable file is free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this blog post. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. Thanks & enjoy!

If you create anything using the papers, or this technique, post it in the gallery at design house digital so that I can see it! In addition to the free papers, I will be giving away 3 awesome giveaways to 3 awesome people!

Now, onto the giveaways:

  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 gift certificate to persnickety prints
  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 itunes gift code (gotta have some good tunes to scrap to!)
  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 gift certificate to my shop

There are four ways to enter for a chance to win. The more ways you enter, the better your chances are of winning! Your deadline is Wednesday March 14th 11:59 pacific time. All winners will be chosen at random.

  • 1. Comment on this post
  • 2. Subscribe to my newsletter
  • 3. follow me on twitter (@artmidget)
  • 4. follow my blog using the networked blogs widget in the right sidebar (or click here)

Again, the winners will be chosen at random, and the more ways you enter, the better your chances! I will announce the winners on my blog on Thursday March 15th!

**This giveaway is now closed. A list of the winners can be found here**

My letter for you is…



Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is the amazing Gennifer Bursett!!

P.S (if you haven’t already grabbed it, I have a brand new freebie that I posted a few days ago)


Thirty, Flirty & Thriving

Yesterday I had a Birthday. It was a pretty big Birthday. The big three zero. Thirty….but wait, didn’t I just turn 25 last year? The past five years have flown by…and I definitely don’t feel 30!

I didn’t do much for my birthday (I will celebrate with my family over the weekend) but I was able to relax a bit, play a few games(scramble with friends & draw something) on my iPhone and have some frozen yogurt (yum!). Oh, and my niece Peyton, who is finishing up her freshman year of college, wrote a little blog post in honor of my Birthday. It was a great present to receive :)

Last week I was digging through my files—in search of some photos for Peyton (my digital photos are a mess. Must. Organize. Photos.) and I came across some photos of me that I had forgotten I even had! So, because I am a geek (and possibly feeling a little reflective due to my birthday), I made a little photo board with a few of the favorite photos I came across. I thought that it would be fun to share them with everyone!


In celebration of my birthday, I made some cute photoshop brushes for y’all to have for free! I love photoshop brushes—they are so fun to play with! This brush set of 10 brushes will work with both photoshop and photoshop elements. In the download file I have included both the .abr file and individual 300 dpi .png’s of each brush.

[Click on the preview image to start download]

Birthday Photoshop Brushes Free Download

This downloadable file is free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this blog post. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. Thanks, and if you have a blog—add a comment to this post with a link so that I can check it out!

I hope that y’all love these as much as I do, and would love to see what you create with them (you can link me to what you make in the comments)!

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Bookmark Tutorial

Last month I made some really cute magnetic bookmarks, using digital scrapbooking products from JessicaSprague.com. I have had a few requests asking how I made them, so I made a little tutorial with the instructions. Click on the image below to download, and enjoy! :)

Bookmark Tutorial Download

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