The last time I had a cell phone was about 2 and a half years ago.
No. I'm not kidding.
And honestly, I think it was just me being stubborn. And a bit stupid. Well, considering that I sometimes get a message from my sitter a little later than I should and my winter commute can be fairly treacherous, particularly this past winter, I figured that maybe it was time to cave in.
And well, since I like staying atop of of all my forms of communication, I caved and got myself a smart phone. In fact, I got myself a pretty, girly Blackberry Curve 8330.
And I am in love. There is a lot to this little machine and to learn to master it, I have been spending a little time at Crackberry.com
. I learned how to do many things and one of them is to get my Blackberry looking exactly the way I want.
And then as a digi scrapper, I pondered the idea of bringing the two together. How can I apply my scrapbook geekery to my techo-geekery. Surely the two could be harmonic. Of course, the answer to this is a resounding YES!
Here's my wallpaper......you like?
Want to learn how to make your own personal scrapbooked wallpaper for any type of smartphone?
I am going to show you how to do it on Adobe Photoshop Elements. To start, you have to have a little bit working knowledge of this program and know how to place digital elements on a page.
You also need to gather your some digital paper and embellishments. All my digital elements are courtesy of Prima Hybrid
but there are also some great kits right here on Two Peas.
Once you have some digi elements, you can get started. Here we go!!!!!
Open up Adobe Elements.
Go to "File", then "New" and click on "Blank File".
Next you need to name the file.
Then, you need to set the pixel width and height of the picture. My Curve has pixel dimensions of 320 x 240, so for this example, that is the size I am using. However, you will size your file to fit your smart phone screen.
To find your screen size for your Blackberry, gohere
If you don't have a Blackberry, a good reference for other phones is right here
Start assembling your design.
Lay down the digital paper, your photo and the digital embellishments.
Considering that I have a tool bar that defaults on the left side of my screen, I made sure that I didn't place much detail in that particular spot.
Once you are done creating your design, click on "File" and then click on "Save for Web".
This is where we will make your creation's file size as compact as possible without losing its crisp appearance on your phone.
On circle #1, ensure 2 things:
1. The height and the width matches your screen proportions.
2. "Constrain Proportions" is checked off.
Then press "Apply".
Next, go to the "Quality" portion as shown in circle #2. Click on the number and a slider will appear. Move the slider so that the quality of the picture increases. As you do this, your file size will increase in circle #3. Slide the slider so that the file size is about 100KB.
Then press OK (circle #4), name the file and save it on your computer.
Lastly, send the picture to your phone and make it your new wallpaper according to manufacturer instructions.
Voila! Thanks for looking and enjoy making your very own wallpapers for your smart phone!
So....... they say that this is the year that we get antsy. Restless. A completely tough and tumultuous year.
I think I need to shout it from the rooftops! I love that man of mine.
Prima Products Used:
Patterned Paper: The Pulse Collection in Crew, Tagged, and Pulse
Flowers: Whispers in Black Tie Event, Belle Fleur, Sweethearts and Lollipops in Frosty Aqua
Brad Nails: Pulse and Morning Song
Chipboard Letters: Dude Chipboard Monograms and Journalist Chipboard Alphas in Aqua
Ribbon: Velvet Flower in Black
Say It In Crystals Swirls
Other Products Used:
German Paper Trim - Papier Valise
Punches: Notebook Paper and Scalloped – Stampin’ Up
Cardstock: Coordinations Cardstock
Hello to all of you on Father's Day!
I want to stop and thank a couple of folks.
First, my Dad. I have a lot to say about you, but I will keep it short and sweet. Thank you for being you. Sometimes, I think I don't give you enough credit, but I am saying, thanks and I love you.
Second, my husband. I love you, my dear. So does our boy. You are a wonderful father and family man and I thank my lucky stars for the Dad that you are.
I also made another little page. I am trying on the 8.5x11 format to mix it up a bit and I liked what I got.
But that is really it. Short and sweet. Just a little update to what is up. Busy with the everyday and stopping in to say hi!