New Kits + A Sale This Weekend

I have an awesome new release in my digital scrapbooking shop today over at Design House Digital: Office Space. It is part of a collaboration kit that I created with the wonderful Gennifer Bursett. It was a fun kit to work on, and Gennifer was awesome to work with. We chose lots of fun retro inspired colors and patterns to work with, and I love how the collaboration turned out!

Office Space by Erica Coombs

To go along with this office themed kit, I created these fun filed frames:

Office Space - Filed Frames by Erica Coombs

Here are some awesome layouts, that my amazing creative team created, using my portion of the Office Space collaboration kit:

Catching Up - LO by Andrea Boyer

"Catching Up" by Andrea Boyer

 

Party Invitation by Rosalie Vos Tulp

"Party Invitation" by Rosalie Vos Tulp

 

Breakfast Together by Claudia Harvey

"Breakfast Together" by Claudia Harvey

Here are a few layouts from the fabulous decorators over at DHD:

Family by Shannon Dombkowski

"Family" by Shannon Dombkowski

 

"Simple Life" by Katherine Hansen

"Simple Life" by Katherine Hansen

 

Play by Mandi Buchanan

"Play" by Mandi Buchanan

 

To see more layouts using the Office Space collab, head on over to the 1K4W blog post. Be sure to stop by the DHD shop, this weekend all of my products will be 25% off! Also, my Autumnal: Bits + Pieces kit is free, and I have 3 kits that I am selling for $1: Just The Basics-Tiny Cut Outs Alpha 2, Simple Frames-Pastels Set One, & Merry Little Christmas Digital Paper Set 3.

25% off sale this weekend @ DHD

As part of my featured weekend at Design House Digital Gennifer and I are hosting a chat tonight at 7 PM MST. Stop by and chat with us for a little bit, and get a giveaway!

Now, if you like my new kits and want to win both of them for free…comment on this blog post before Sunday night at 9PM MST. The winner will be announced Sunday night!

 

Tuesday Dollar Deal: Stitched Edges

Tuesday Dollar Deals @ DHD

I have a brand new dollar deal kit for sale this week—a set of stitched edges! I love adding stitching to my layouts, adds a nice finishing touch. Be sure to grab this kit while it is on sale. After Thursday it will go back to its regular price of $3.99.

JTB - Stitched Edges, Neutrals

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…

D

 

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!

Erica—0to30

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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