My Art With Christine-Art’s Hand-Drawn Kits

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I did several more layouts for Christine-Art, so, she posted them on her blog, Christine-Art.com. Click on image to go see her post with my art.

Thank you so very much for looking! Christine, thank you for allowing me to have such fun working with your kits!

Su

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First Ever Post Featuring My Art

When I last posted, regularly, on this blog, I was doing the scrapbooking thing, but, making the transfer over to art journaling. I wanted to create and use things that looked artistic. I made some resources of my own to use, which I have been threatening to post for all, but, have not got to it, yet. I am currently working on gathering all my goodies from all the different host sites and putting them all in one place. I will have a page where these items can be downloaded for free. I will let you know when, so, sign up for e-mail updates in the right side bar.

One of the first ‘artsy’ designers to catch my eye was Christine, of Les Idees de Christine. Chris hand paints her pretties. Her little daughter, the apple of her eye, even gets in on it with her own line of scrapbooking good called, “The World of Justine”. Creating a cool layout is so fun with handmade elements! Well, now Christine has opened a new blog/shop, Christine-Art. She offers tutorials, freebies and previews of her work.

A few months ago, Christine came out with a lovely collection of her art, Christine-Art Dreams of Light-1. It was such a fun kit, I ended up making several layouts with it and posting them in Christine’s FB group. Yesterday, she told me she had posted a page on her blog of my layouts. (She had asked for permission prior)

Here is the kit – (Click to go to Christine’s shop):

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And, here is the link to her post of my work:

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I hope you like and, there are a lot more! My Behance Gallery is coming along nicely. With being a part of Design Cuts and enrolled in Awake, my art is starting to look like something worth looking at! I’m having fun and I need it! LOL

I wanted to share this with you as it is so flattering to have the designer of a kit post your layouts and I’m not even a CT member. Her CT girls are absolutely phenomenal!

Thank you for looking.

Smile, ya’ll!

Su

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My Sincerest Apologies

Hello, folks!  I guess you have noticed by now that I am late with my part of this month’s collaboration kit with Miss Edna’s Place.  I had literally slapped some things together to finish it in time and decided against it.  I can’t do that just to make a deadline.  It isn’t fair to you.  As it is, this isn’t easy for Miss Edna, either, I’m sure.   I’m nearly done and will post it, if not this afternoon, then tomorrow.  I appreciate your understanding so much!  Ya’ll are the best!

I’ve had to re-think my priorities in lieu of the way things have panned out with my grandchildren.  In my last post, I think it was, I mentioned, too, that Digital Whisper is back up and running.  I have always been so inspired there.  The support is awesome and, while I am one who handles two ‘technique’ groups writing tutorials, I always learn something.  Because of my exposure, once again, to the digi-art community, my creativity is making a transformation to a more ‘artsy’ style.  I am trying to work that in to scrapbooking.  It is working wonderfully, too!  You will see!  LOL

In between nursing my g-daughter’s toothache and watching as my g-son impresses me with his game-playing expertise, I have been doing some experimenting with new concepts.  I have even been making more of my own ‘tools’ – brushes, patterns, overlays, blends, etc.  I have become quite a fan of art-journaling because of the hand-worked style and the propensity for a more original design outcome.  So, this will all be for the best – I hope.

In the meantime, though, all of this is wreaking havoc with my usual routine.  I am really a creature of habit, but, once I get my routine better established, I will be fine.  The children are my first priority.  Period!  They have been put on the back burner for so long, I am working hard to make them feel better and to let them know that they are important.  My god and goddess!  The response is awesome!  My granddaughter is doing 90% better at school already!  My grandson is also turning in to quite the young man.  After them, my art and my scrapping is next.  I will always love digi-scrapping, but, I have to flex my artistic muscles with my art, too.  If I don’t take time for myself, all of this will have been in vain.

I promise to keep you all in my loop.  You mean so much to me.  Without your wonderful responses and kind comments, I would never had made it this far.  Besides, it has been you and this community that have given me what I needed to become involved in design and I want to give back.  I have a good handle on the Photoshop program after 5-6 years of learning and practicing daily.  From here, all I can do is spread my wings and soar!  I want you all to come along.

Once I get this installation of parts for the monthly kit to you, I have a really good tutorial for ya’ll.  Not only that, but, I will start sharing my creations of the brushes and other resources I have made.  I think you’ll be pleased.

So, let me get going and I will return later with my ‘parts’.  Again, I really do appreciate everyone’s patience with me as I make this transition.  Well, both transitions, actually.  One, from granny to ‘mom’ again, and, two, to a more artistic style.  Whee!  It’s all good!

Until then,

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Smile!

Hugs,

Su

Freebie and Nonsense

Hey, there!  Has anyone been watching CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week?  If not, all this week, assorted PS gurus are doing workshops for ya at CL.  Each one is only a few hours long, as opposed to CL’s usual time frame of 6-8 hours.  The week long activities are sponsored by Adobe.  There has been segments on actions, content aware and brushes, so far, along with some other beneficial sessions on retouching photos, PS workspaces, etc.  Today’s line up looks promising, too.  This morning there is one on ‘Advanced Actions’ and another on working non-destructively.  They are running two at a time, so, be sure to look up at the very top of CL’s page for the green button that says, “Watch Live 2”.  A drop down menu will appear with the two that are currently running.  Click on the one you like to see and watch away!  They also do re-broadcasts in the evenings if you happen to miss one you like.  You can also purchase the courses so you can watch them whenever you want.  When you purchase, you also get any related course material with it, such as files that allow you to work along with the video/class.  On the PS Week feature page there is a schedule of the courses so you can map out which ones you like.  Do realize that CL is in the PST time zone and adjust your schedule accordingly.

Digital Whisper has re-opened!  My old haunt is back and going full speed ahead!  DW is a Ning group site with all kinds of good things!  There are individual groups, plenty of challenges and, so much support and help.  The art some of these folks create is stunning!  I am so honored to be exposed to their personal styles and tips/advice.  I run the “Learning Center” and the “Photo-Manipulation” groups, myself.  I’m not that much an authority, but, we manage!  LOL  There is a small fee for new members, if you are interested.  (Ning charges now, so, the fee is to offset costs.)  The role of the group is to give aspiring artists feedback and support in ways that are beneficial.  It’s also a place to hone your digi skills.  They are a wonderful bunch!  DW is where I learned a good deal of what I do.  If we don’t know, we find out!

I have yet another goody for you from “A Rose is a Rose”.  You have the whole kit.  I had forgotten a couple of items, so, I want to give you those here.  The other day, I gave you the cherub frame, and today, another frame:

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And, some lips:

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and, last, but, not least, a word art cluster I played around with:

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BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND SAVE AS A .PNG!  While I do host these, they aren’t zipped.  They should open a new page.  M’kay?

That will be it for today.  CL is starting up!  Until next time,

Be Happy!

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Hugs,

Su

Scrapbooking and Digital Resources: Sites with Links

It’s done!  From now on, all my downloads will be direct downloads!  Yay!  I shouldn’t have to host my files on Minus anymore, though, of all the hosting sites, they were awesome!  I learned how to use the FTP and put the files in to my site’s files for direct download.  Thanks to my friend, J. and the folks at Hosting Bonanza!  All files are ‘on site’!  Woo-hoo!  I hope to, eventually, move the bulk of my goodies in to my own site, so, I don’t have to rely on the hosting sites anymore.  Then, I won’t have to put up with the scams (see last post), pop-ups, and constant waiting that come with some of those sites! Yay!

If you are in to digital scrapbooking, there is an entire community of scrappers online.  There are hundreds of shops, forums and articles, with tips and tutorials, that make up one huge community.  Everything I have learned in scrapping, I learned from other scrappers, either by asking, reading posts, or from tutorials.  This is probably the case with many of my fellow scrappers.  You seek out and find a site, possibly with a forum and a good group of folks, with fun challenges and helpful members, and you’re set!  Everyone seems to find their niche quite easily as the members are a friendly bunch.  That’s what I have noticed about scrapbooking.  Everyone is so helpful and friendly!

I will venture a guess and say that over half, at least, the scrappers use Photoshop.  Learning PS is the biggest hurdle!  So, along with learning digi-scrapping, you must learn how to use Photoshop, or some other editing program.  It is in trying to learn PS that I have discovered another huge community of folks – the PS design blogs/sites.  These are the sites where you can read anything at all on the topic of using Photoshop.  You can find a plethora of presets: textures, patterns, brushes, actions, you name it!  If it works in PS, it is offered!  Additionally, there are scads of tutorials that are there to teach old and new techniques and offer inspiration.  Some sites have Premium areas where members have access to certain tutorials and PS goodies for a minimal fee.  Most are under 10 dollars a month, with even better deals for 6 or 12 month memberships.  Several of the larger sites are a part of a network of related sites, all included under one membership and all geared to help you with design!  But, the bulk of these sites are there for your perusal of free goodies.  I sign up for the RSS feed on most of them and have their frequent updates and newsletters sent right to my inbox so I don’t miss a thing.  Over time, I have learned which ones are better than others and have adjusted my e-mail intake accordingly.

I bring all this up as the scrapbooking community, as huge at it is, is not the end all of obtaining resources and learning Photoshop.  While these PS design blogs/sites may not have blinkies to collect and display on our blogs, and they may not have the challenges and communal events so popular in scrapping sites, they offer some serious PS help!  Over the past 4 years, I have learned a great deal from subscribing to these design sites.  I’ve also learned which ones are preferable.  I want to share with you all what I have found.  I promise you won’t be disappointed in any of them!

I want to note that some of these sites have ‘vectors’, either in their name or as a feature.  DO NOT ignore these sites!  Vectors work in PS!  If you don’t know this, you do now.  Look at the file format – .ai (Adobe Illustrator).  Adobe is the key word here.  But, .eps (Encapsulated Post Script) files open in PS, too.  Try to open either one in PS and see for yourself.  There is a box that pops up that will guide you through opening the image.  As PS is a raster program, the .ai and .eps files will be converted into rasters once opened.  To maintain the ‘vector’ status, though, they must be opened in Illustrator or another vector program.

Ready?  Alrighty!  In no particular order:

WebTreats – This site is well-known for their wonderful patterns with liberal terms.  But, they do offer other PS presets, such as brushes, textures, shapes, styles, etc.  I know you’ve seen these around the web!

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PSDFanExtra – This is a large network of sites offering all kinds of presets, for free, as well as their Premium section’s offerings.  They feature a weekly set of textures that I always love!  Here’s a set of mixed textures from a recent offering:

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I tend to fancy this site as the folks there are wonderful help!  On their BlogsFanExtra site, you can ask for and receive a redesign of your blog – free.  Tom will evaluate your current blog/site and make recommendations.  He includes a .PSD file of his recommended suggestions.  He did my previous blog and I took his advice, carrying over to this blog, his ideas and suggestions.  My content is what I want featured, not necessarily other scrappers blogs.  He’s evaluated some popular sites since it’s inception.

PSDTuts –  This site is also a part of a large network with a Premium section.  They’re very well known for thier tutorials and their ‘mini-courses’ in all sort of Photoshop training.  Their Basix series, featured by Martin Perhiniak, is wonderful for a beginner learning PS.

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They also offer many free resources such as the previously mentioned presets.

PSDDude –  This site has some of the coolest offerings, in my opinion.  As they don’t have a Premium section, that I know of, all of their offerings are free.  Just in the past week, I have obtained an action that gives paper a folded look

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and a set of styles that create both Letterpress and embossed effects for your designs.

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 CreativeNerds – Another good site, featuring similar free resources and tutorials.  They often feature goodies from other sites that one might miss if they didn’t.  They have a really good Premium section and, get this, their membership is $15.99 for A YEAR!

Their most recent free offering:

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VectorPatterns – Don’t let the name mislead you!  These folks come out with the most awesome free patterns!  I think I have downloaded all of them!  Their latest offering:

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Each download comes with a scalable vector and a PS .PAT file.  They have some cute designs, perfect for scrapbooking!

Fuzzimo –  I saved the best for last!  This site seems to cater to the needs of us scrappers.  They offer some fantastic freebies, many of which I have used, myself, and have seen others use.

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Obviously, there are a gazillion more web sites, many that are similar to these.  And, there are even more design sites that aren’t strictly PS sites.  Many are specializing in web design, or, in a particular aspect of PS and/or design.  For that, many of their resources work for scrapbooking.  I only mention these few sites as I find they are tops in providing goodies that scrappers might be able to use.  While I absolutely love the scrapbooking community, I only want to suggest that there are other communities of resource providers and folks who are eager and willing to help available.  Hey, the scrapbooking community has some fantastic designers, but, sometimes, free is what we need.  A good deal of these sites have liberal terms, as well!  I hope you have found something among these sites I’ve listed!  That would make me

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Hugs,

Su