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Member Since February 2008, 4573 forum posts, 272 public projects

Location: Vancouver, Canada

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Challenge

Use your 2peas Kits

Just make a layout, card or other project using 75% Two Peas digital kits either free or purchased by next Tuesday night - 12/08/2009.

So make those layouts/cards/hybrid projects, upload them into the gallery and don't forget to check the challenge box! You have until Midnight CST on 12/08/2009.


 

12/1/2009 5:02:58 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Challenge

Digital Morph Challenge

Digital Morph Challenge

The challenge was as follows:

One pea will start us of  by picking a Lo from the 2peas gallery. Once she is done she will send the LO on to the first person at the top of each list. After that each person will then email their LO to the next person on the list and so on and so forth until we have completed the list for both groups. When everyone is done Kat and I will post the big reveal. 

Remember the challenge is a blind one so you will only see the LO before yours until we do the big reveal at the end. This also means that you shouldn't post until after we are done the challenge. When the challenge is completed and the LO's revealed please post your LO to the gallery, link it to the challenge and be sure to add in your comments both your supply list and the reasons/ thoughts for your inspirsation.

Once you receive the LO you have about two days to finish up and send it on. If you finish before then by all means send it on.
When you are done your LO make sure you email it to the person after you and a also a copy to Kat if it's for Group A or me if it's Group B.

Without further ado here are the groups:
Group A (Kat`s)

1. Heather- hguenthe
2. Gen- Gennifer
3. Kerry M- KerryMac1
4. Nancy- aerobigirl
5. Corrina- CMeissner
6. PeaMissy- Peamissy
7. Lorell- thecarrottop
8. Deanna- scrappingrandma
9. Jen M- Jen Martakis
10 Debi- Debikins
11 Kat- Aussiekat

Group B (Kerry`s)

1. Jen M- Jen Martakis
2. Corrina- CMeissner
3. Katherine- KatherineB
4. Deanna- scrappingrandma
5. Kat- Aussiekat
6. Gen- Gennifer
7. Karen- Karealli
8. Lori- Lorileigh
9. Heather- hguenthe
10 Carey- 01CollinsMom
11 Kerry- busy.butterfly

Have Fun

11/3/2009 3:41:13 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Tutorial

Creating a Large filled number or Alpha

After posting a recent LO Funilla, a few people asked me how I made the large filled number.  It's a super easy and fun technique to so I thought I would share with everyone.  I used PSE6 and here is the LO

1.       Using the horizontal type tool create a large number or alphabet. 
2.       Create a new layer. Using a small font write your word, sentence or phrase repeatedly until the large number/alpha from step one is covered. If you want quick and simple you could stop here and just clip the second layer to the first.  Depending on what color your first font is, it will look a bit like a solid piece of paper cut into a shape. Drop shadows and such can be added from there. For the LO I created here though I wanted the large 5 to be clear/translucent so that it looked a bit like a an overhead overlay. For that I needed to do a bit more.
3.       The small font layer needed to be simplified. While still on the second layer press ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the large number. There will be marching ants around your selection. Click Select > Inverse > Delete.  
4.       Using the Blending modes select multiply. Note that this is really only effective on light colors on a dark color the number, shape or font will not show up but on light it is translucent. On a dark color you would be better to just decrease the opacity. Add your drop shadow and voila you have a large filled number or alpha. I also lowered the opacity of the second layer just a teensy tiny bit.

3/12/2009 7:59:55 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Tutorial

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Tutorial

Creating a Shear Ribbon in PSE

I have been meaning to do a tutorial for quite sometime and I'm finally getting to it now.

For this weeks' digi challenge we have been asked to create a semi-transparent element with a shadow. I decided to create a shear ribbon. 

  1. New File > New Layer > Select rectangular marquee tool > Create shape of ribbon (My dimensions were H:1/2 in W:12 in)> Select Color > Select Paint Bucket > Fill Selection with color.
  2. Keep the marching ants around your selection > Create a new Layer > Click Edit > Click Stroke Outline > In the pop up box I entered 25 pix for width and cenre for location > Ctrl D to deselect. NOTE: This step muct be on it's own separate layer or the next step will not be as effective.
  3. In the layers palette click on the first layer > Lower the opacity. (around 50% should do it.)>Merge the two layers.
  4. To add texture, create an adjustment layer (click the little half grey half white circlein the layers palette) > pattern > you will need to choose which texture or pattern (I chose gauze the 2nd one down, 2nd one over.) Back in the layers palette click on the blending mode drop down box > Soft Light > Set opacity to your liking. To make sure that you only have texture on the ribbon and not ove a full LO I clip the texture to the layer below.  In the layers palette hover the cursor in between the texture layer and the ribbon layer >  Alt right click. You can merge the two layers if you want.
  5. To make the ribbon more realistic you can add ripples and shading or you can just move on to the next step.  Click Filter> Distort > Liquify > Gently use the brush to pull in or pull out the edges.  If you are too heavy handed the ripples won't look as realistic.  In the tools bar click the dodge/burn tool and add some extra dimension by darkening and highlighting the ripples you've added.
  6. Add a drop shadow.

Happy Creating!

 

 

2/18/2009 12:12:13 PM | Comments (4) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Tutorial

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Blog Post

One Great Day

Yesterday was a pretty happy day for me.  Well here's some background info first. Every week I enter the 2peas digi chat challenge and once in awhile I also enter a LO in use 2peas kit challenge.

Keeping that trend I started trying out the Pub Ad Inspiration Challenges. Now most of the time I just post here in the 2peas communitty. I really love it here and all the peas I've met are friendly and there's always tons of praise all the way around. Sometimes I also will post over in the CK gallery. So yesterday I found out that Erin Lincoln posted my LO The Reluctant Artist as POTD. Her comments were really nice too. Maybe it's lame but I couldn't help but feel a bit pleased.

Then  a little while later I checked up to see if the winners had been posted for the challenges and lo and behold they had.  So as luck would have it I won a $5 2peas credit for the use your 2peas kit challenge. (The LO was Goofy Girl.)

After such a great all around great scrappin day I went ahead and bought some new digi items even though I haven't even recieved my credit yet. But you see now I can pick up another digi item in a few days and it will be entirely guilt free because I can use my credit.  Yeah me!

5/29/2008 11:05:35 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Blog Post

Style Evolution

Have you ever had that moment where in a brief instant you realize that your scrapbook style has evolved (again) I love that moment.

This morning I took a few moments to go through all my LO since I began digital scrapbooking.  It was a really great feeling. My style has grown and changed quite rapidly over the last 3 months and I know it's in part due to the amazing and wonderful work my fellow peas post everyday. It's so nice to be able to see what others are up to, to see an idea and think to yourself how clever I should try that. I guess it has also helped that I get to do several Lo in one week so I get many opportunites to practise and try out new things.

I remember when I was taking graphic design and drawing in college, one of my Art teachers kept hounding us to keep a sketch diary and harping on how important it was to do at least one sketch or document at least one important creative artistic idea a day. This is what I am doing everyday. Sometimes I don't get to fully scrapbook but I keep a book now where I jot down ideas and page sketches and so at least once a day I am flexing my creative muscles. The most interesting thing is that I look at things so differently. While out for my walk today I saw several things that made me think of design ideas.  1. I saw a tree in bloom and the blossoms had a really neat color to them that would make a great color scheme for a page. 2. I noticed a creek that would make for a really cool backdrop for a photo shoot. 3. I said hello to my neighbour and thought I should really get out later and take a pic of him and his wife. They both have so much character and have really enriched my life that I would really like to do a LO of the two of them.  You just never know where you are going to find inspiration.

I realize though that my photography skills have begun to lag a bit behind my scrapbooking skills and I think I should turn some attention to building my photography skills too. It's not that my pictures are bad but I think that it's time to bump them up to the next level. After all the photos are a foundation to my pages and I now have the equipment to really turn out the quality that I've always wanted. I'm thinking that I will set a goal of taking a photo every other day.  I don't need to scrapbook each photo, it's just an exercise to practise and develop those skills.  Of course then I could quite possibly end up with far more pictures to scrap but hey it's all good. 

5/17/2008 3:35:06 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Blog Post

2peas Service Centre

A couple of week's ago I had a dual problem where I had managed to order a kit twice and I also realized I hadn't received my credit from a challenge. Anyway, I went through the ticket system at the 2peas service center. At first I was a bit frustrated at how long it took to receive a response. (It took a week and a half before I heard anything) I worried about wether there was anyone on the other end but once I got a response the problem was very quickly resolved. I was really happy because the ordering the kit twice was basically my own fault but I was able to swap out the one kit for another.  And the $5 credit was easily sorted out. So it's nice to now that even in the digi world when I shop on online and log a problem on line that there is still such a thing as good customer service. I've also noticed that the Garden Girls are very responsive to suggestions regarding the site and shopping. I'm glad I've come to this communitty, it really has taken long for this to feel like home.

5/13/2008 1:33:13 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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First Pea Blog

So I've been meaning to do this for awhile but I guess it just hasn't been up there on the priority list. Of course prepping and recovering from my surgery has taken up not only time but mental space so I'm beginning to breathe a little easier.

10 days ago I had surgery to remove a 2lb fibroid tumour. The surgery went well but I will admit the first couple of days after were kind of tough. My Mom and Dad looked after me in their beautiful home but I was so naseous that I didn't even come to 2 peas much. (Even on NSD)  I arrived home on Monday and back to Mom duty (3/4 time) The kids have been great but I haven't really even scrapbooked as much as I thought . I hope to do some serious scrapbooking today. All 3 kids are away and although I plan to rest a bit, I am more energetic and hope that sitting won't aggravate the surgery area. So with that thought in mind I'm off and scrapping...

5/10/2008 12:25:01 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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