Friday, November 12, 2010

Resizing digi's

A couple friends have asked me some questions about resizing digis. After downloading a few off the internet they went to print them the digi printed out huge. So tonight I will try to show two ways that I like to do this. I understand things on the computer much better if I can see them. That is what I will try to do and please let me know if you have questions.

The first way is to insert the image into a word document. I'm using Microsoft Works. Open a new document, go to insert pull down to image and then choose from file. Choose the image that you want by locating the file from where it is saved on your computer. Once you add it to the document it still maybe the whole size of the page. Click on the image and at one of the corners drag it in to make it the desired size. You can even add text at that point.

The second way is what I use most often just because it makes for the most efficient use of my paper. I can print a number of things at once either all of the same image or different. I am using Windows 7.

Open up explorer and select an image (single click, not double) and at the top of the window between slide show and email is a print key.

After hitting the print key a new panel opens, mine defaults to an 8.5 X 11 which is not what I want. If you scroll down on the right in this new panel there is an option for wallets. This is what I usually use because you can print 9 images on one piece of paper and I think they are a good size for cards. I've used the 3.5 X 5 and it is still too big for most things.

By selecting just one image prior to clicking print you can print multiple copies of one digi. Select the number of copies at the bottom. To print nine different images on one sheet you need to select each image. To select different ones use the control button while clicking on the image.

Now look closely at the one that I have here. There are nine pictures and if you look very close at the middle wreath it looks like some of the picture on the left is cut off. That is also the case for the top middle camellia. To make sure that doesn't happen un-check the box that says fit picture to frame.

I print with my inkjet printer at the best setting. For work my printer is a laser jet which uses toner and it does not work well for digi's. The paper that I use is Cryogen White.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

First Wednesday of October

October is one of my favorite months. It starts to get cool, hunting season gets in full swing and Halloween. Who could ask for anything more?

So today at Scrappily Ever After is the Wednesday scrap challenge. Each Wednesday is a card made completely out of scraps. I've got such a nice collection of scraps to choose from. The pile seems to keep growing since I continue to buy more paper. Such a vicious circle. Use up older left over supplies so that the guilt of buying new supplies isn't as bad.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making is Today!

I'm being lazy but it's world card making day! So if I get up and make it to my scrap desk I'll be doing great. I did get up early though and cleaned our bedroom. Swapped out some summer to winter clothes, got stuff for Good Will donation and got out hunting clothes. I also unpacked a suitcase and duffel bag. It was used for a labor day trip so I figured it was time. ;-) Quite a busy morning.

I bought 1000 envelopes just now. I got some this week from Office Depot that was $12 or so for 100. The one's that I bought today are from Heinrich. Even with the shipping and the $10 minimum they came out to $3.80 per 100. That way we can stamp and tuck our cards before sending them to Operation Write Home. I've been reading about how much time our three shippers spend getting the cards ready for their trip overseas. It's amazing that they have a minute of time left for themselves. Sandy shipped out 2,970 cards today at a cost of $112.50. Check that! So I guess if she can do that I can get my fanny to my scrap desk and help fill up more boxes.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Friday!

It's been a while but I'm going to get back here. Somehow September just got away from me. A quick card from my Halloween stash of scraps.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Today is our Wednesday scrap challenge. I'm in the Halloween mood lately. Since my kids don't dress up anymore I love that I can make cards for Operation Write Home. Someone asked me if I sent Halloween cards and I never have but I might just do it this year. (If you know me you know that I make cards all year but never mail any including Christmas cards.)

A few years ago I dressed up as Velma from Scoopy Doo. Before I went to work that day I went over to my parents and my mom took some pictures. As I was driving off for work someone down the street from them was putting up those huge blow up displays. One was Scooby so I stopped and asked the woman to take my picture with it. Sounds normal enough right? Everyone stops and asks strangers to take their picture with one of their outdoor decorations.

My mom and I scrapbook together and when she saw the pictures with Scooby Doo she asked who had taken them and where I was. I reminded her that I had stopped at her neighbors. One of the gals that scrapbooks with us at our LSS (Scrapbook Concepts) was talking about her Halloween parties. She is a BIG TIME Halloween fan and has a huge event every year. She invited us to come and told us where she lives. Turns out it is right down the street from, you guessed it, my parents. I asked her if she had a huge Scooby Doo decoration almost as a joke. We couldn't believe it when she said yes. It wasn't weird enough that we had been scrapbooking with her for almost 2 years and didn't realize they lived only houses away but this is the person who took my picture.

So anyway here is my card that is using the left over paper from my Velma costume that was taken at my mom's neighbors house who we didn't know that we have been scrapbooking with for a couple of years now. Thanks Sabrina, nice to meet you. LOL

Friday, August 27, 2010

Photo Challenge Friday

Is that an inspiring photo or what? I guess it is my love of color and school supplies combined. I can roam for hours in an office supply store and love back to school shopping with the kids. Color always is my favorite design element and seems to mean the most to me.

As inspiring as this picture is I just now made my card to go along with it. Now mind you I have seen the picture a while ago it just wasn't the right time to make the card. Once I sat down the first scrap paper I grabbed was this. And poof there it was. This is amazing to me since I am the slowest crafter ever! Of course its a super simple card but I like it.

I knew that I wanted to use this phrase as soon as I saw the picture though. About 5 years ago someone at work would send out a quote or motivational saying every morning. It struck me as such a great message that I printed it out and stuck it in my idea binder. As I've come across it every now and again I have re-read it and enjoy it every time. I may have to use it as my signature line in my email.
We could learn a lot from Crayons:
some are sharp, some are pretty,
some are dull, some have weird
names and all are different colors
but they all have to learn to live
in the same box.

Hop on over to Scrappily Ever After and see what the inspiration team has to delight your eyes with. I especially like what Cheryl has done over at cafexprations. I just love turtles.

Have a great weekend folks and get ready to start next month off with a Birthday Bash at Operation Write Home.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today is my DH birthday

Yes we just have birthday after birthday in August. Today is my dear husbands birthday. I won't post an old of him I'll just say that I love him.

Today I have a Christmas card that I used a super cute digi stamp from Beccy's Place. Beccy has lots of adorable quilted animals to offer, she is a fabulous artist. I used Copics for my coloring and K and Company for the paper.

Stop back tomorrow for another photo challenge from Scrappily Ever After. This one has lots of colors.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday and she is out of town. That means I have to do a blog shout out to tell her Happy Birthday and I love her. Check out these pictures, isn't she cute? My uncle and Grandpa are pretty cute too.

It's the last Wednesday in August which makes it the last 'back to school scrap challenge' at Scrappily Ever After. My pile of scraps is huge. This past weekend I pulled out all the scraps that were under my Pazzles, mostly cardstock. Cut them, sorted by color and filed then in a crate. Hopefully that will keep me from cutting a new piece when I have a half sheet that will work.

I already had a big file of patterned pieces so they just got dumped into the existing batch. I don't think I will sort that one unless it gets way out of hand. I've been enjoying just reaching in and using that as my jumping off point.

So today when I reached in looking for school themes I got this vintage playground scene. It reminded me of school days. I used the original piece for some of my mother in laws childhood pictures. It's a simple card but I like the nostalgic feel. Wound up making a second card with the scraps from the crackled paper too. The little epoxy stickers I think came from Big Lots, they were just the right size.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scrapstreet 10000 plus suscribers

Check this out....

How awesome would it be to win that? It's for Magazine topping the 10,000 subscriber mark. Well 10,001 now since I've signed up. I did also download an alpha set from their "cocktails anyone?" line. It's very stylish and looks shinny to me....I'm easily lead when I see something shinny. Anyway stop on over there. I'm off to read my new magazine. ;-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

A quick hello

Hi all,
Well you see I have been MIA for a while now. So I'm back and have a card for you. This is a tri-shutter card and the first one that I tried. I tried to make a Pazzles pattern but it really so easy to cut that it's not necessary.

I printed this digi image and I cannot for the life of me figure out whose it is. It was when I first started and didn't keep track of those things. So if anyone knows please let me know so I can give proper credit.

This card also fits with the photo inspiration at Scrappily Ever After which is a picture of blocks. I thought that this has a blocky look to it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photo Inspiration Books

It's time for another photo inspiration challenge at Scrappily Ever After. Melanie picked out great picture of a bunch of open books.

I have been waiting to use this type of technique. I bought a couple old books from the second hand store for scrapbooking a few years ago. I think I had to get over the fact that tearing up a book was OK. The rules are to NEVER write in a book or tear it apart and I guess that was ingrained in me. I had planned to make an altered book but somehow I've never done it. I'm not really the altered type I guess.

One of the books that I bought was a small dictionary. I've wanted to tear out a page and attach it to a card or lay out. It would have really been best to scan it and use the original page but keep the scan in case I wanted to make multiples or use it somewhere else. That thought just occurred
to me so maybe next time.

I tore out the page with school on it and used Mod Podge to seal it down. I attached the buttons and ribbon with a bit of glue and there it is. Next time I would use a bit less Mod Podge since the card warped a little but nothing that a little bending wouldn't straighten out. The Mod Podge did tint the card some but not very noticeable once dry.

Thanks for checking in today. I hope you will stop by for some Christmas cards that I did last month and didn't get posted.

Converting SVG files to WPC

I was looking for what seemed like forever to figure out how to convert SVGs to WPC. The WPC is what Pazzle files are which is what I have. There are so many cute files out there I just had to learn how to do this. One of the people who has great files is Carolina Girl.

I'm a member of The Craft Room which is well worth the money if anyone has a Pazzles. I found this post on the forum there and asked Amanda if I could share it. I followed these instructions and wow is it easy to convert now!

Re: SVG to WPC help

Postby amanda » Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:21 pm

"I decided to do some investigating on how to convert SVG's to WPC's. Inkscape is a nice program and free which makes it even better. Unfortunately in it's current version, the DXF file export doesn't work. Hopefully when they release Inkscape 0.48 it will be fixed but until then, I discovered a fix for Inkscape 0.47 to make it work. Here's my method for converting SVG's.

First download and install Inkscape from There is a link in the top right corner of the page for you to download.

Then go to this website and about two thirds of the way down the page is a link that says "Better Better DXF Output". Download this file.

Extract the files and then copy and paste them to Inkscape>share>extensions folder. Your Inkscape folder is likely under your C drive and the folder "Program Files". You will get a warning saying that some of the files are duplicates, tell your computer to overwrite the existing files with the new ones.

If you have Inkscape open, close it and restart it.

Open your SVG file in Inkscape and then select "Save As" and choose "Better Better DXF Output (DXF)".

Open your Inspiration Studio and select Import>DXF. Your DXF will import quite large so make sure to shrink it down and then resave as a WPC.

Once you have Inkscape and the DXF export fix installed, converting SVG to WPC is super easy.

Hopefully in the future I can make a video tutorial on this, but for now i hope this helps!"

So I do hope that maybe useful to others out there.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back to School Scrap Challenge

Today is Wednesday and that means the scraps challenge over at Scrappily Ever After. Of course this is "Back to School" month there so here is another view of a similar card. This is 1,2,3 vs the ABC and the pattern is reversed. The stem is on the left because I got a grease mark on one side and it needed to be covered. *grin

I did line the inside in white cardstock for better writing ability. The stitching is faux done with a paper piercer and a white gel pen. I made a number of these because they were so simple for OWH. Next time I might change the pattern some at the top where the fold is for more stability. It is only attached on one piece of the top stem. I got the pattern from The Craft Room. Once I start getting good enough I might be able to create some patterns on my own. For now I've got tons of good material.

Tune in tomorrow for an explanation of how to convert SVG files to WPC. I could not find this information on the web so that is why I really wanted to share it. It also came from The Craft Room.

Thanks for checking in.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My baby

I added a couple pictures on FB of my son and his friends who left last week for a mission trip to Germany. This was taken with my phone at the Charlotte airport so it's not the best quality. This isn't the greatest photo of me either but since I'm not in a lot of pictures I figured I would share here too. Yes, I'm a typical scrapbook mom, you know, no pictures of me. *grin* Although I have to say since my mom scrapbooks too we try to get more well rounded shots. We figure that our descendants should know what the two women in the family looked like.

Anyway I digress. This is my son Quin. He is 14 and I'm really starting to miss him. I know he is having a great time. I really hope that I get some pictures to scrapbook when he comes home! He refused to take a camera but a couple other young people have them and I made Quin's guardian promise to get me some. Now that is strange, saying Quin's guardian, not to mention he is only 21. He's a wonderful, responsible young man and I'm trusting God to see that they are safe. So on that thought I will say good bye and hope to see ya soon!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Hi everyone. I think I may have started catching up on my sleep now. My grandmother was in the hospital for 5 days and just don't get a lot of sleep there. Anyhow she is doing much better.

I was surfing around this morning and found a great giveaway. Dawn's Craft Place, she is really talented, cards and scrap pages. I'm going to have to surf some more over there. I thought I would put a blurb here so you can check it out yourselves and maybe win some goodies.

I went to our LSS crop last night. I made some cute cards for the OWH 50/50 challenge. I've got to learn how to do some assembly line stuff. It takes me forever when I create something new each time. Especially since I'm the slowest crafter ever. I'll try to post some pictures later. Maybe I can spend some time at my desk and continue creating today too.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Good intentions

Well yesterday at Scrappily Ever After was a frosted window challenge. The card that was featured over there by me was a cool new technique that I learned about. My plan was to also post another card with the same theme here. Well that was my good intention.

What really happened is that I ended up in the Emergency room at the hospital. My grandmother who did so well having her surgery got pneumonia. I thought I would have time to post while doing nothing at the hospital and somehow that didn't happen. Oh well, I'm still at the hospital but finally got the computer out.

So without further ado here is my card.

The basic gist of this technique is to stamp with StazOn to the front of a transparency. I used some that I've had that were bought for something else. Once dry on the back side of that image squirt diamond glaze or another similar product. Add one or more colors of Tattered Angels spray ink, drops of alcohol ink or ink refills for stamp pads. Then take wrapping tissue paper and lay on top of glue and ink. Once dry mount on piece of white cardstock. Another way to add some shine to an OWH card is to use tissue that has flecks of glitter. "Of course do not use any glitter that will come off the card when making an OWH card."

So that is a brief overview of the project. I'm sure that there are tutorials out there with a more detailed description or feel free to email me and I'll tell you how I did these.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy Thursday everyone! I have had so much fun coloring this stamp. Her name is Willow and she came from 7 kids college fund. I'm having problems trying to keep myself from buying all the great stamps out there.

Plus there are so many great digi stamps. I didn't even realize that one of the images that I printed out to color is from another inspiration team member Yolanda. Check out her blog at Imagine. Make. Share. She has an adorable clown and others. She is going to have to get drawing though so I don't run out of things to color. (hint, hint)

Notice also if you will that I figured out how to make a fancy watermark on my picture. I'm learning this stuff gals, it's just taking me a bit. I'm going to try my hand a blog banner soon. I'll let you know how that comes out.

Anyway here is a card that I made using the Willow stamp. My little bling items came from Big Lots and the dollar bin at Michaels. I'm not at home to check the paper manufacturer. My mom actually looked over and said "hey did you make that out of that ugly paper stack I gave you?" Yep, it sure is and now she might want her ugly paper back. I guess that I'll share with her. ;-)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scraps challenge at Scrappily Ever After

I'm very impressed and pleased to say that I now have 6 followers.

As you can see I'm not a regular blogger yet. I'm getting there though. Maybe within the next few days I'll be able to post more often. I'm off work until Monday to help take care of my Grandma who is having surgery.

So here is another card that was super simple but I like it. I had a few sheets of this Anna Griffin and I have a number of scraps left of it. I'm going to have to look for some more because it is still one of my favorite Christmas papers.

Until next time.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Under Construction

I had the blog looking quite cute and then I went to look at other templates. Well you can see what happened. LOL

I would like you to stick with me though as I work out the bugs. I'll have some really neat things coming up. I've teamed up with some fantastic ladies over at Scrappily Ever After and you won't want to miss the challenges over there and some extra follow up items that I hope to post here.

So in the mean time here is another colored Copic image that I played around with.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Getting there

I've now added two links (gadget) on the side. Eventually I might get the hang of this. I'm looking for some sites to customize my page too so that I have those fancy backgrounds.

So it's off to add another gadget for Pazzles Craft Room and another for Klo's site. Be back soon, I hope!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gonna give this one a try

Got to check out if this blog is easier to use than the one at Wordpress. I'm going to add an image and see how that works.

This is a photo of my son Alan at the welding rodeo that was here recently. It's a great picture of him isn't it? Actually this is the best one of the weld. I was scared to look at it too long. Everyone kept telling me not to look at it or I would get my eyes burned.

So now I need to go learn how to take photos of my cards. I'm sure there is something about that at Color Me Creative where I'm taking my Copic class.