Getting into Shape

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getting into shapeI have recently been trying to figure out this whole shape creation thing. Here’s an example that I hope will inspire you to create your own shapes!

Shape Maker One

Insert, Content Shape, From art kit, select square. Insert, Content Shape, From art kit, select circle (fill with a different color). Hold down the shift key to make it smaller without losing the original perfect circle aspect ratio.

Select the circle, Cut & Fill, Grid with 4 squares, spacing set a 0, OK.

Shape Maker Two

Move the yellow quarters to each corner of the square using the options under Align to get them just right. Select all five pieces and Flatten (Arrange tab) so they become one element.

Select Cut & Fill, select Wand and click on each yellow section (hold the Shift key to select more than one section at a time) and cut. Unfortunately, sometimes a little bit of clean-up is needed after cutting shapes like this. If you still see a faint outline of where the circles were, remove them using the Cut & Fill tab.

Now that the template has been created, it has to be re-created to be saved in your Shapes file.

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Insert, Shape, Custom shape using straight lines. Recreate the shape by clicking around the perimeter. Make sure to select a different fill color so it will be easy to copy. It doesn’t have to be perfect at first. Zoom in to 200% to edit the points more precisely. Before clicking create, select Save in Personal Art Kit. (This does seem like a bit of work but it’s easier than using the Shape Creator in the Content Manager.)

Shape Maker Three

To use, click on the Content tab (right side of screen), go to your content and you should find it in Shapes. For this example, I filled it with a gradient (Cut & Fill tab) and added a 3-D edge (Format, Filter) and a shadow.

If you want to make a photograph this shape, select the photo, Format Photos, Select Mat, make the mat fill transparent and select this shape from the cutout option. The nice thing about shaping your photo this way is that it maintains the qualities of a photo and you can crop, zoom and move it around to get it just right. If you want to mat it, use a two or three-mat option but the largest mat always needs to be transparent. See my post regarding shapes and this post specifically about round photos for additional details.

CM Does it Again! Another Non-Scrapbooking Application.

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You can use Creative Memories to help you rearrange a room! Our den has been the same for over five years and it was time to make a change. Seeing as we, like most people I’m sure, have several pieces of fairly heavy furniture in our den, I wanted to make a plan before I started the grunt work of moving things around.

Naturally, the first thing I did was measure the room. Quite surprisingly, it was within inches of being square. I measured the furniture and made scale models on CM. (I switched the measuring unit to metric and then took the number of inches of the actual furniture, doubled it and used that as my amount of millimeters.) It was so easy to create these pieces and move them around.

I actually came up with this plan some time ago but it wasn’t until two days ago, while home alone, that the change took place. We all like it but it still needs a little bit of tweeking.

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That’s My Drink!

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Katie found some very cute Drink Markers in the dollar section at Target, but of course, I see crafty little things like this as Creative Memories projects! So, quick, before you have guests over: customize, print, cut, label.

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To make your own Drink Markers:

1. Send me an email (ltwibell63@gmail.com) requesting the CM file. Download the file and open it in Storybook. (For some reason, I couldn’t attach it to this post.)

2. Ungroup the Drink Markers and change the patterns and colors as desired. This is what they could look like if you use the Holidazzle Digital Kit.

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3. Print on cardstock.

4. Cut out the small circle in the middle first. I used CM’s 3.75” circle pattern from the Custom Cutting System with the blue blade on the inside circle of the pattern and using the larger black printed circle as a placement guide.DSC_0086

5. Cut out the outside of the drink marker. I used the 5.75” circle pattern with the blue blade on the inside circle of the pattern and using the smaller black printed circle as a placement guide. Alternately, you can simply cut out the markers by hand.DSC_0087

7. Slice the line, label and you’ll be sure that everyone will drink from their own glass!

This is One of my Favorite Things…

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Growing up, there was one thing we could always count on getting more than once  at Christmastime… brown paper treat bags. In our Mennonite circles we called them tootyas which means “little bag.” After the Sunday School program, the men would bring huge boxes of little bags for everyone in attendance. At our grandparents’ houses, after the poems had been recited, carols sung and special gifts presented, the tootyas showed up. Of course we loved the candy but peeling the special oranges (Japanese oranges wrapped in green tissue) in one piece was the most fun.

I had forgotten about tootyas for many years but not too long ago, I decided that I really should revive some of my Mennonite traditions while celebrating Christmas with Mark’s side of the family. I introduced them to crokinole (a table game which was a staple at our home) and assumed that tootyas would be new to them as well. I was wrong. My mother-in-law remembered them from her earlier days in Nebraska.

For several years, I prepared the bags and wrote the names with a marker. However, thanks to Pinterest (I haven’t started it yet myself, but am getting closer), Katie told me that paper bags could be run through the printer. After enough frustration, I decided that really Creative Memories software, white cardstock and double-stick tape would be the way to go. So, this is what sixteen Twibells will be enjoying this Saturday… brown paper treat bags kicked up a notch.

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CM = Creative Memories & Comical Memories

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Copying a page from a comic book would be a fun challenge for a very unique scrapbook page. I don’t recall where this came from, but this is how it all got started:

You’ll have to message me to get the blueprint in a usable form but this is what it looks like.

Once you have this on a page, you can insert photos, change some of the photos to paper, add any embellishment and add some word bubbles. (There is one glitch: even with a phone call to CM, I have not been able to figure out how to make a unique photo shape so once you have completed the page, you will need to flatten and trim the photos that overlap onto a nearby photo. This really bothers me but I have an idea of how to fix it although it would be quite involved. I think I could create my own shape and use it as a transparent mat – maybe I’ll get around to trying that some day.)

To make the word bubble: Insert tab, shape, from art kit, Geometric, select bubble of your choice, fill: white, line color: black, line width: 3 pt. Create. Tweak the size and ratio as desired.

To add text: Insert tab, text, create, font: Lafayette Comic Pro. To format text: Format text, text shape, select shape same as word bubble, double click to select.

To make the text fit in the bubble: select text element, then bubble element, arrange tab, make same size and line up horizontally and vertically.

If you try this, I want to see how it turns out. In fact, I need to try it, too!

Elements getting in the way of your Text? Wrap it!

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When I first started digital scrapbooking, I made square or rectangular text boxes and just made them fit into the space that was available. Somewhere along the way, I discovered text wrapping and now use it frequently. Hopefully, you’ll agree that the example on the left looks better than the one on the right. By using the extra space beside the tag, a larger font could be used. Alternately, more journaling could have been added. You’ll find that wrapping text really increases your options and gives a page a more custom look!

To text wrap: (1) The element(s) you want to wrap around has to be in front of (i.e. higher on the left-side element list) the text box. (2) Select the text and holding the Shift key, select the element(s) you want to wrap around. (3) Under the Format tab, select Text Wrapping. (4) Select your preferences. I typically go with Element Shape. Select an amount for Space around element and then click on OK. (5) Adjust as necessary.

From Feminine to Masculine

For some reason I thought I could copy this page (which uses the Enchanted Digital Power Palette) for David’s squadron’s visit to an airplane hangar. However, as I worked it quickly became obvious that the design needed to be more masculine. Guys and jets don’t mix with polka dots and sparkly brads.

Denim and metal to the rescue. To change the green circle rows, select “Cut and Fill”, “Gradient”, select the two-color gradient with a line across the middle, and finally select two shades of gray with the lighter shade in the middle of the pattern. I also added dimension (format, filters, 3-D edge, 80, 0, 7, apply).

The tag is from the Silver Hardware collection and the font is Bohemian Typewriter.

Mission accomplished.

Free Frame with Curling Corners

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Back in spring, Creative Memories posted a fabulous page created by Jennifer Gibson. I pretty much like everything she designs! The instructions for the unique shadowing were included but it was a real challenge to duplicate. I’ve asked CM to share the frame and shadows on one of their Freebie Fridays but until they do, you can use the one I made.

The page below was already done but I really wanted to use this new frame so I went ahead and changed the feature photo (yet another reason to go digital).

Save the file as a png so that the background will be transparent.

Snip & Paste

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My dear friend, Stephanie, introduced me to Zinio. It’s a free online library-related magazine subscription and I recently had time to check it out. The scrapbooks etc. magazine included an inspiring page that I plan to use for the first page of my next family album. Using the Snipping Tool*, I snipped and pasted the page and the directions into my This ‘n’ That album (misc. inspiration, pages for future albums and misc. projects).

Remember that you can make good use of the space around your project – it’s kind of like making a mess all over your dining room table when you used to have stickers, die cuts, papers, scraps, tools and photos scattered everywhere! I also refer to this concept in another post called Two Pages @ Once.

* The Microsoft Windows Snipping Tool is a handy, dandy feature that captures a screen shot of anything on your screen. It’s basically Print Screen but with immediate cropping options. I have it pinned on the taskbar across the bottom of my screen so it’s always on red alert. To see if your computer has it, click on the Start circle on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen and search “Snipping Tool”.