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How to make a vellum mat for your digital scrapbook page

Weeks ago, I shared layouts from JB Studio Creative Team using You’re Rad Collection. All the layouts are awesome, but there’s one that got people’s attention on Instagram.

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How cool is this layout!

I love the photos on this page, but something in special caught my attention. How she added a vellum mat to her background, it makes the layout interesting without looking busy. Her photos are full of colors and details and the artsy paper she used as the background would distract our eyes from them, so the vellum mat was the perfect solution for this awesome digital scrapbook page.

So, today I’m sharing a quick tutorial to show you how to create a vellum effect that can solve some design issues and add a special touch to your layouts.

How to make a vellum mat to your digital scrapbook page

P.S.: This tutorial is made using Photoshop CS3, but I believe the steps are the same for Photoshop Elements (PSE) and other versions of Photoshop.

Step 1 | Open the template or create a new 3600 x 3600 pixel file. I’m using the same template Jen used to make her page. When you’re using a template, remember to duplicate your image. You don’t want to mess up the original file, right?

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Step 2 | Choose the patterned paper you want and clip to the proper layers. You will notice the spot for journaling is too hard to read because of the patterned paper. I chose the Hot Cocoa Collection to scrap my new habit of drinking tea.

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Step 3 | I prefer to use a solid paper from the kit because it has texture. I resize it to the size I want. Hold the Shift key while resizing to make all sides even. I chose the lighter solid paper from the kit so it the page is coordinated.

If you prefer, you can create the mat using the rectangle tool. It is important to hold the Shift key to make it a square.

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Step 4 | If you’re using the template, copy the drop shadow from a paper element to make all shadows look uniform, then paste it to the shape layer. If you’re creating a new layout on your own, add the shadow as you like.

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Step 5 | To add the transparent look, change the fill rate until you like the way it looks. As I want to add journaling to my page, I made the fill 80%. If I was not going to add journaling, I would make it lower than 70% to show more of the patterned paper underneath it.

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And it’s done. You can use the same technique and create any vellum elements or details to your layout. Have fun!

 

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Creative Team Layouts | Berry Sweet Collection

Hello, there!

I’m here with another round of creative team layouts. Oh my!… and this kit is so gorgeous! I think there’s something about the colors that attract my eyes.

If you find yourself with a creative block or if you want to see how you can use products you bought, here’s your first stop for some scrapping inspiration.

Today, I’m sharing a collection of layouts made with Berry Sweet Collection that includes Full Kit, Flowers, Artsy Papers, Ombré Papers, Alphas, Wordbits, Word Arts, Special Papers, Masks & Paints and  Stickers.

When the collection is big, I also offer the specialty bundles: Essentials Bundle and Artsy Bundle.

That’s not all. How could it be even better? Yes, gimme templates. The Berry Sweet Collection also includes four packs of incredible templates: Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3 and Pack 4.

 

Of course, I am also sharing my thoughts and takeaways on each layout. I hope you also get inspired to scrap your photos and memories.

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I will open with my own page. I love pages full of flower clusters, so I chose one of the templates that has lots of them. I also love layers of patterned paper, so this template just called to me. What I like the most about this page is that I used only one photo for the three photo spots, I treated its colors to fit the kit and then turned the cropped ones into B&W. A good tip here is flipping the cropped shots to direct the eye to the center of the page.

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Sacha also used one of the templates from the collection. I love how the browns and the blue from the jeans in her photo match the kit. The combination of ombré and artsy papers for the background makes it so interesting. I love how she added a word art to a block of paper and made it look like a filler card. She’s a cutie, isn’t she?

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Francine is now using the Project Life App on her cell phone and I love how she’s able to use my designs on it. Pocket pages with weekly stories are so cool. I like how she added bits and pieces and word arts to the cards spots, creating her own designs.

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Heidi chose to go minimalist with a template from The Little Things 4. How cool this is! What a great picture she has and I love how she framed it a way that we cannot take our eyes off of it. Those big flowers and paint splatter give a great touch, too. Using an embossed paper for the background makes it looks so interesting.

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Heidi scrapped another page and she chose one of my favorite templates from the collection. I love the flower clusters, remember? *grin I like how she made her photos so vibrant, they pop from all that is going on. She also added a word art to a block of paper and made her own filler card. Everything is so beautiful about this page.

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I love to see people changing the templates to fit their needs. Look how fabulous this looks. This cute little baby makes it all even more beautiful. I like the straight visual line she created with the photos and the word art in the middle.

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Kellie brought a smile to my face when she showed me this page. I love how she used parts of the pattern to frame the photos. What about the cut outs she created from the pattern?! She blew me away. Love it!

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This page by Rabecca is also so incredibly beautiful. I love that she used a combination of dark and light patterned papers for the curves and an ombré paper for the background. I also like how the colors in her photos match the colors of the kit.

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Okay, I admit I would never have imagined that this kit would look so masculine before seeing this page by Alane. How cute is this?! He’s so adorable. I love how she only used the blues, greens and creams for this one… I love how she tagged the photos Clown and Sweet and what can I say about the journaling? You know I love seeing stories being told in scrapbook pages.

That’s it. I hope you loved this as much as I did. Berry Sweet was created for the February Buffet Event, so it is being offered at a special price through February 28.

Don’t miss the special Buffet Price and order now.
When the month is over, they will be full priced.

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January Recap and February Goals

I’ll start this post with a big Ooooops!

When I was getting to the end of the series *New Year for a Better Me*, I realized Lisa’s prompts finished on day six. She writes seven posts because the first one is only introductory. Oooops! It means I have a post left and I was wondering what I would share with you to complete the series.

You can read all the 6 days of *New Year for a Better Me* here:

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4
Read Day 5
Read Day 6

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Then, I thought … January ended… it’s good timing to share a recap and see the progress I made towards my yearly goals and also share my next steps.

 

January Events and Goals

In January, I had two important events:

  • Back to School
  • Scrap Survivor Contest Prep at Gingerscraps

The tasks and habits you see below are all related to goals I have this year. The tasks and projects are divided into three categories:

BUSINESS

  1. Follow the schedule of releases and events at Gingerscraps
  2. Do the January lessons of the coaching program
  3. Create collabs required at the store
  4. Contact a designer to collab

BUSINESS EXPANSION

  1. Blog consistently
  2. Post on Instagram daily
  3. Open Etsy Shop

PERSONAL

  1. Drink tea consistently
  2. Stop drinking soda
  3. Drink green smoothies daily
  4. Finish reading Tim Ferris’ Book
  5. Start reading another book from Must-Read collection
  6. Buy a new book from the Must-Read collection
  7. Meditate at least 3 times a week
  8. Do the gypsy rituals to balance my energy

JANUARY RECAP

As you can see above, I had a lot to focus on and I took advantage of the high energy I always have when a new year begins. It is not a surprise that I didn’t have all of them perfectly done, but I think I made good progress.

BUSINESS

(1) I released all products I had in my schedule and most of them were made in advance so I could promote properly. (2) Doing the lessons gave me the clarity I needed. I’m loving it! (3) Collabs created on time. (4) Done. I’m not gonna share who she is and what we’re going to work on before we have it all set-up. Sorry.

BUSINESS EXPANSION

(1) I know this is not the proper way to set a goal because it was not very specific, but sometimes I’m not clear on how I want things done, so I figure it out as I start doing. That’s what happened with the blog. My plan was to be consistent and now I have a clear goal of posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I’m flexible enough to change the days if I cannot do it for any reason, but I’m going for three posts a week. It’s been working well for me. (2) This has been a great new adventure for me. I’m an introvert on social media, you won’t see me posting photos and sharing things very often. I was only used to sharing everything related to my designs on facebook. I was afraid of not having content to share and I’m happy I’m doing it and getting very inspired to do more. I missed a couple of days, but I also posted more than once in some days. (3) I opened my Etsy Shop, this is something I have wanted for so long and it finally happened. I want to create printable art and more productivity and organizational resources.

PERSONAL

The personal category is the longest list and also the hardest to work on because most of them are habits I wanna create. (1) I was recommended to drink 500ml of tea every day. I haven’t reached that, actually I drank tea on some days, but I missed some. However, I’m getting more and more used to it. (2) This is one of the hardest. I’ve been addicted to coke for years. I know how harmful it is, but I struggle to stop, I have a mental block. So, I decided to get back to holistic therapy to work on my emotions and mental blocks about eating and working out. I only drank soft drinks twice in the last 15 days. (3) We (hubby and I) know the benefits of green smoothies and we wanna make it part of our lives. In January, we skipped a lot of days but it doesn’t make us wanna give up. (4) Done. This is such an incredible book. Tim Ferris has a unique view of a lifestyle. (5) I started reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m loving it! (6) I bought the first book a Brazilian influencer wrote. I love her story, what she shares and I wanted to support her, too. (7) Poorly done. I think I only meditated one or twice in the whole month. (8) I skipped some days, but I’m getting used to them.

At the end, I think January was pretty good. And here are tasks and projects I’m focusing in February:

February Events and Goals

In February, I have two important events:

  • Scrap Survivor Contest Opening for Registration at Gingerscraps
  • English Classes start
  • Trip to Rio prep

Following the same pattern, the tasks and habits you see below are all related to goals I have this year. The tasks and projects are divided into three categories:

BUSINESS

  1. Follow the schedule of releases and events at Gingerscraps
  2. Redo the Ideal Client exercises of the coaching program
  3. Do the February lessons of the coaching program
  4. Create a collab with the designer I contacted in January

BUSINESS EXPANSION

  1. Blog three times a week
  2. Post on Instagram daily
  3. Create three art projects to add to the Etsy Shop
  4. Podcast launch prep

PERSONAL

  1. Drink tea consistently
  2. Stop drinking soda
  3. Drink green smoothies daily
  4. Finish reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Meditate at least 3 times a week
  6. Do The Work of Byron Katie at least 3 times a week
  7. Do the gypsy rituals to balance my energy

And here you are. Now I have it all set and ready to focus on what matters the most. I wanna thank you for following the *New Year for a Better Me” series of posts. It was fun and very useful for me posting it and I hope it was somehow useful for you, too.

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New Year for a Better Me – 7 days of Review | Day Six

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4
Read Day 5

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Today, we’re going to set real and specific goals that we will work to achieving in 2017. Lisa shares that every strong fighter always has a culmination of four things: (1.) Determination, (2.) Discipline, (3.) a Timeline, and (4.) a Trainer.

It made me think about my own journey on achieving goals and making progress.

  1. Determination. It’s something I master now. A couple of years ago, I was too afraid to try anything. I had dreams but they were only dreams, I didn’t feel confident enough that I could make them happen. Focusing on myself – working on my emotions in therapy sessions, seminars, books and other sources and getting to know my core values and what really matters to me built the determination I have now.
  2. Discipline. I think this is the perfect timing to work on discipline. Of course, I already improved in this area while working on all the above, but creating the time schedule I mentioned on Day Five may be a great chance to build discipline.
  3. A Timeline. Some months ago, I realized I only saw two possible endings – success or failure – and that was a huge factor that kept me from setting specific goals until today. I was afraid of dreaming big and not being able to achieve my goals which would make me feel like a failure. And if I was dreaming small, I would still feel like a failure because I knew I could have done better. I learned that everything we do is progress. Maybe, I won’t achieve all my goals this year, but everything I’ll have done by December 31st will have brought me closer to achieving them. That’s why it’s easier for me now to set a timeline and break-up big goals into small steps throughout the year.
  4. A Trainer. I felt alone for so long. I’m used to applying lots of things I learn online or on books. It is a good way of improving however, it is a slower way for me because I need to figure things out by myself and apply and analyze and… well, I had no support. Last November, I decided to invest in a coaching program and it’s been the best investment I’ve done for my business so far. My progress has been much faster than before. Besides the coaching program, I invested in Lisa’s YBY and it also paid off. So, my intention is to keep on investing in education from now on. That’s why I decided to go back to a part-time job to make money for that.

Create goals in all 5 pillars

Create a specific goal for each of the five pillars of life: Relational, spiritual, mental, physical, and financial. The more detailed the better! 

P.S.: I wrote only the goals I have a clear idea about. I avoided writing things I want but I’m not clear about because it would make me feel confused. So, I will be adding other goals when they become clearer and relevant.

Relational

  • Take one day off every other week for self-care.*
  • Travel to the beach with my family at least three times this year.

*I’m also making some changes in my daily routine such as getting dressed and wearing make-up before work. I work from home, but working on pajamas has made me feel less feminine.

Spiritual

  • Keep doing the gypsy rituals (weekly)
  • Visit the gypsy temple every other month
  • Learn gypsy cards reading

Mental

  • Read 10 books from my current list of must-read.
  • Read CTI Book
  • Take an Illustration Course
  • Finish 100 Rejection Letters

Physical

  • Therapy Sessions focused on eating disorders
  • Follow the nutritionist’s advice

Financial

  • Pay off credit card
  • Get a part-time job for 6 months

 

And here’s day six of the review. On the last post, I’ll share a recap of January and how I made progress on my goals.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

 

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