Monday, March 22, 2010

Tutorial: How to Save Layouts for the Web in Photoshop: Design House Digital

Tutorial: How to Save Layouts for the Web in Photoshop: Design House Digital

Judy and I were discussing how we save our files for the Web this weekend. I just stumbled across this blog entry on How to Save Layouts for the Web in Photoshop from Design House Digital. It is similar to what I do, but still different. To avoid the "image exceeds the size" error message, she resizes it before selecting "save for web."

She goes to Image > Image Size and changes the height and width from 3600 x 3600 to something below 1000 x 1000 and also changes the resolution from 300ppi to 72ppi. When she changes the ppi to 72, the height and width of the image automatically changes to 864 x 864. Check out the tutorial for more information.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Challenge 11 -- Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

Here is my layout for challenge 11.


* Paislee Press Adorned word art Rejoice
* Papers from Praislee Press Once kit
* Fonts used are Times New Roman and Georgia
* Based on Humnpty Dumpty Template challenge from

Plum Stop! - Polka Dot Plum Forums

Plum Stop! - Polka Dot Plum Forums

This is Challenge # 11. They provided a template they created. The only problem was that everything were all in the bottom corner. So we havw complete freedom on where to place the elements and what to do with them.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Challenge 10 -- Inspiration

Judy and I selected supplies we both had for this layout. I created my "half" and sent the flattened JPG to Judy who then created her portion and sent the completed 8x8 layout to me as another JPG. I added the title.

We used the following supplies:

* Font for journaling: Georgia
* Font used for title: Impact with Fanette's A New Day pp_13 clipped to it along with fill and bevel style
* LivE designs Warm Wuv soft hugs blank round tag
* Glitter from Fanette's Romantic Fantasy kit (element10)
* Paper: Fanette's A New Day pp_11
* Fanette A New Day frame elem31
* Fanette A New Day fastener elem33
* Fanette A New Day dangle elem35
* Fanette A New Day flower elem68
* Fanette A New Day ribbon elem12
* Fanette A New Day ric rak elem19
* Fanette A New Day heart elem21

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Watching you grow

Required components:
Danielle Young "Here's to You" paint splatter and
Digital Artisan Guild September 2009 kit paint splatter
Both papers by Debbie Jorgenson, including #1: PATTERNED PAPER
#2: Gina Cabrera "Snow Day" glitter flourish [GLITTER]
#3: Black and white photo
#4: Digital Artisan Guild March 2010 Origins Clustered Frame 2 [METAL]
#5: cs_Sprung_stitches2_holes [STITCHING]
#6: SWIRLS (Debbie Jorgenson)
#7: Journaling.
Fonts used: Georgia for journaling; Pea Matt & Kari and VTPortableRemington for word art I created.

ADSR 5.9 - The Color Wheel

Debbie has posted the requirements for this challenge before I butted in and mounted my missing LOs.  My part of the color wheel was blue and Debbie is doing orange.  The subject was Creativity.  We could use a photo or not - I chose not to use a photo for this LO.  Here is my entry:

ADSR 5.8 - Someday . . .

There were requirements about the number & type of elements we were to use on this LO, just like #6.  I had lots of pictures I wanted to use so I really hated having to use so many elements - would have preferred more room for journaling.  In any case, here it is.

Judy's Bucket List

Sorry it wasn't readable so I'll just paste the list in here.

1. Visit Alaska to complete all 50 states.
2. Ride our motorcycle to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida to complete
all 48 states by bike.
3. Hold my first Great-Grandchild.
4. Dance at my oldest Grand-daughter’s wedding.
5. See my oldest child settled & safe.
6. Complete my file cabinet purge.
7. Build a bookcase all by myself.
8. Dispose of 1/3 of my clothes.
9. Get new Will made.
10. Complete my college decree.
11. Get my marriage blessed.
12. Ride a zip line.
13. Go to Paris again for at least a week.
14. Take a train through the Rocky Mountains.
15. Obtain my Italian citizenship (dual with. US).
16. Visit Lucito, Italy, to meet cousins still there.
17. Fall asleep at night within sound of ocean or sea.
18. Explore the inside of a semi-truck tractor.
19. Tour the antebellum mansions in Louisiana.
20. Visit Ellis Island.
21. Be more faithful to my blog.
22. Vacation for a month in Ireland.
23. Spend a whole day wandering through the Louvre.
24. Get cushion covers made for Melinda.
25. Get back into my exercise routine!
26. Spend at least a week on the Island of Kauai with my DH.
27. Finish scanning family photos.
28. Have family slides scanned to DVD.
29. Take my poor, deprived DH to Disneyland or World.
30. Ride the motorcycle on the Circle Tour around Lake Superior.
31. Hire a regular cleaning service.
32. Clean out & purge the storage room.
33. Replace carpet with hardwood throughout house (allergies).
34. Purge hobby stuff.
35. Visit Cherrye and Martha in Italy.
36. Have our deck cleaned and re-sealed.
37. Do regular house maintenance so it will be ready for market when we down-
38. Win the HGTV Dream Home so we can sell it & move to Italy.
39. Live in Italy for several months or maybe years.
40. Get our piles of books under control.
41. Read Robert Tanndenbaum’s Butch Karp series again.
42. Travel – any where!
43. Buy my Mac Power Book Pro with maximum RAM to scrap on the GO!!.
44. Meet author John Sandford (John Camp).
45. Have entire house re-wired for the 21st century.
46. Replace my electric stove with gas stove.
47. Knock out dining wall to make a big, reconfigured kitchen with eating space.
48. Be a foster home for ASPCA cats/kittens.
49. Make cremation arrangements.

ADSR 5.7 - The Bucket List

I thought this one was hard - mostly because they said it had to be realistic - which considering the state of the economy, really puts a crimp in anyone's bucket list (unless you are young and have your whole life ahead of you).  At my age, I've done many of the things I would have on my bucket list if I was writing this 30 years ago.  Here is the LO I came up with - and my list. Hope it is readable.  I made the little stick man and the bucket myself.  First time I've tried that!

Challenge 5.6

Here is my entry for the roadblock, Challenge 6.  Only one of us had to do this one - in which the chosen person  was to use an old photo of herself and one taken within the last year.  I was also to include 10 words that describe myself. Thank goodness this "roadblock" gave Debbie a little time while her mom was in the hospital. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Challenge 9 -- OScraps

The first step of the challenge is to look at the color wheel. You and your partner must choose opposing colors on the wheel, so for example, if you pick blue, your partner must use orange. It should be the predominant color in the layout but it does not have to be the only color used. Please use THIS color wheel to make your selections. As long as you are using opposing colors, they do not have to be in the same band.

The second step is incorporate this quote in some way.
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook
You can use any part of this quote as your inspiration. For example, you could make a layout about growing. You could make a layout about breaking the rules, etc. You can use any part of the quotes or words from the quote. The quote itself does NOT have to appear on your page.

The third step is to include the following:
You MUST include paint. This item is mandatory.

Then, pick 7 more from this list:
black and white photo
2 alphas
something metal
patterned paper
funky font

Please note that an item does NOT count for more than one category. So, for example, if you were to use a glitter swirl, it would either count for swirls OR glitter, NOT for both. You MUST have different pieces for each of your seven mandatory items. Also, if you decide not to use a black and white photo, that's fine, you can still use color photo(s) or no photo. You can use anything else that you want on your layout as long as you meet the mandatory requirements.

The actual challenge can be found here:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Challenge 8 -- Someday

Journaling reads: Soaring above the countryside in a hot air balloon as the sun is setting is one item in my bucket list of things to do before departing this earth.

Someday is my title, which is on the ribbon at the bottom of the picture.

Font used was Pea Matt & Kari

Papers and elements all from Kaye Winiecki's "Over the Rainbow" kit.

Background paper tone on tone is starburst (AAB-DD_PP3)
Paper AAB__DD__PP1 was clipped to Fanette Design's "lovely" mask, part of A Summer in the Country kit

Alpha used in title is from the Over the Rainbow kit

Elements: (1) AAB_DD_Birdie; (2) AAB)_DD_Blooms; (3) AAB_DD_Cloud_Doodle; (4) AAB_DD_Sun; (5)kfedricks_tdd)_string_shdw; (6 & 7) LS_DDkit_button--twice; (8) LS_DDkit_FLOWER; (9) LS_DDkit_painteddots; (10) MMullens-TDDkit-clip; (11) MMullens-TDDkit-Frame1; (12) treed-tdd-ribbon 2; (12)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Debbie's bucket list

I used Digital Artisan Guild's Autumn Reprieve kit. Journaling is:

Go horseback riding on a beach * reach my ideal weight and maintain it * get in shape * visit Italy * learn to ballroom dance * visit all 50 states* cruise to Alaska * take a family cruise with children and grandchildren * vacation at Disney World with family * ride RAGBRAI * ride in a hot air balloon * go on a helicopter ride * go snorkeling in a shipwreck * see the Northern Lights * visit Denmark * visit Ireland * participate in Mardi Gras in New Orleans * visit Times Square and New York City * see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in Washington DC * improve my photography skills * spend more time with my family * form a neighborhood association * see the Vatican in Rome * watch my grandchildren grow * declutter my life * surround myself with things I love, and get rid of things I do not use or need * buy a weekend retreat * appreciate what I have * see all the light houses in the U.S. * let my hair go gray naturally * find the perfect hair cut * publish a book of my genealogy * visit wineries in all 50 states * drive a Thunderbird * laugh until I cry * help a stranger * see something majestic that makes me cry * experience a sunset * go stargazing * win a lottery * visit a volcano * visit a castle in England * visit the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington * vacation with all my grandchildren without parents * own a vineyard and make wine from it * win a photography contest * grow old with Roger * kiss on top of the Empire State Building * be a role model * visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

ADSR Challenge 7 - Scrap Orchard Forum

ADSR Challenge 7 - Scrap Orchard Forum

The theme of this challenge is "The Bucket List." Scrap 50 things you would like to do in your lifetime, keeping things realistic, things we could actually do.

Challenge 6 - The Challenge - Scrappity-Doo-Dah

Welcome Racers - The Challenge - Scrappity-Doo-Dah

This was a road block and Judy did it. I have had a family emergency and have spent most of the past week at the hospital with my mother. Sorry for being late posting this.

ADSR 5 Challenge Time! - Elemental Scraps is the 8th Stop

ADSR 5 Challenge Time! - Elemental Scraps

This is a FAST FORWARD Challenge, not that we will be the first to complete it, but the first team to complete this challenge will have the option of SKIPPING next week's challenge if they choose!

The theme for this challenge is "someday." There are very few stipulations about what you need on your layout, but there are a few. It must contain journaling--no limit on how much. Somewhere in your journaling or title we must use "someday." At least 10 elements. Would like the background to be a tone on tone patterned paper. Journaling and title must be two separate items. Would prefer to see a photo, but it's okay if you don't.