May 25th, 2013
Wow, this past week’s GSO thread was overflowing with gorgeous layouts…it was tough to narrow it down to just these to show off here.
Let’s start with this layout chosen by Chris (porkchops mom) who said, “I love this page, by jennschultz. From the beautiful dancer to all the pattern papers, makes me happy to my toes.” That is really a wonderful criteria for chosing a layout for GSO!
Next we have a layout nominated by Victoria who said, “I’m in love with this! Caught my eye in the gallery. Great layout queen.wild!” The ray of layered papers is really cool!
Andrea (andilynn) gave a thumbs up to this layout using the same kit as above, but creating a different look. She said, “This layout by kandiced just made me long for summer! Great clustering and a darling picture.”
KimB found this layout by Jan (Intense Magic) and said, “This one caught my eye today: LOVE the fun colours but that awesome photo had me grinning – the placement of the word art and strips.. so not Imperfect - Just Perfect.”
When I saw the credit list for this next layout I was amazed at LovelyMissKate’s mixing ability! Meagan treated us to this layout and said, “How adorable is this photo? and all the cool stitching!!”
To end today’s list, Olga (zinzilah) chose this beauty by Carolina Scrapper and said, “With its sunny shape and joyful colours love the paper sun element framed and the photo next to it, breathing fun. I love the fun splatter on the neutral paper, and the silk flowers are just so pretty, squeal.”
Aren’t those all beautiful? And there are a bunch more in the GSO thread that are equally as amazing! The layouts are all linked to the gallery for credits and for leaving some well deserved love. If you’re enjoying a long Memorial Day weekend I hope you have a great time.
May 22nd, 2013
Beautiful photos and colors! I love how the photos are framed, the paint splats and scatters behind everything, and the borders on the sides and bottom. Please congratulate alinalove for winning Layout of the Week!
To leave love, click the image above. She used Lilacs in Bloom by Jennifer Labre
May 21st, 2013
Fonts as Titles
By Michelle Bradshaw
There are so many wonderful fonts available and they are a wonderful option for a title if there isn’t an alpha set from your kit. Even if you find a font you like, it just might not look too good as a title.
Here are some tips to manipulate the font and still have it create a wonderful title.
Thin fonts- Example 1- Papyrus; Example 2- Scriptina Notice how thin the font appears
Next we will manipulate the font for a thicker appearance.
Duplicate the text layer [ctrl/cmd +j]- Sometimes that is all that is needed to give the font an extra boost.
If still not to your liking, this next tip is an easy one. Click the zoom tool [keyboard shortcut ‘z’]. In the option bar select Actual Pixels. Switch to the Move tool [keyboard shortcut V] and using the arrow keys, nudge the new layer one pixel to the right.
Let’s look at other styles of font that could be used as a title that might need a bit of manipulation.
If there is a font where the letters are closer together than one wishes for a title such as
From the text option bar, select the character and toggle option and adjust the horizontal scale. The same can be done using the vertical scale if the font feels too short.
And here is the same font, same size and only the scale adjusted.
Experiment and see what works for your pages.
May 20th, 2013
We are changing things up just a bit at ScrapMatters, and we are so excited about this first change – we’re sure you will be, too! Rather than our usual (small) Manic Monday sale each week, we’ll be having a HUGE Monthly Manic Monday sale on the third Monday of every month. There will be more products, more layout inspiration, more savings, more fun.. just MORE! So join us and check out the 50+ products available for just 50% off! The sale runs from 12am-11:59pm ET today (Monday) only, so act quickly before these savings are gone!