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Storytelling quotes to download, and how I made them

Today is the day we all say a final good-bye to our WOYWW friend Shaz Silverwolf. I’m not feeling super creative so nothing very arty today.

I get into the weeds here, and I can’t promise this was the best or most perfect way to accomplish this, but it’s what I did. While I am not 100% happy about the results (that e is wrong!) it’s close enough for now.

The goal: to make quote blocks that looked enough like the Dina Wakely stamp from a set I own that I could use them on the same page.

The stamp looks like this:

Thing to note: It seems slightly stretched in height, the “ink” has a hand lettered quality, or maybe more like an ink-bleed from stamping, and it has scattered grungy dots or ink splatters behind.

The first thing I did was audition a few fonts that I thought were a close (if not exact) match. Surprisingly, Helvetica (yep – bog-standard, everyone has this on their computer Helvetica) was pretty close.

Not even close, you say? Well, by manipulating the shape of the letters, and a few key letters in particular:

I got to the point (by both stretching the letters height-wise and squashing them together width-wise) where you can see the match is not that far off:

The shape of both the b and the e are not quite right but not a million miles off. The program I use is a weird one. In order to add the grungy, handwritten feel to the letters I would need Photoshop or the Gimp or something like that, and I just was not SO bothered by the slight miss-match to do that. I might continue playing with this, but no reason not to share what I have at the moment. By dupicating the block of text that fit, then typing the quotes, each quote matches the spacing and sizing. Adding the grunge was tedious but not hard – I already had a font, one I have used often, that has grungy dots as part of it – SC_InkBlots (used on my Stampotique book) – so all I had to do was repeat the 7, flipping and rotating and resizing it to offer some variation, and hid those variation behind the text. Again, if I had Photoshop, and an ink-spatter brush it would be 100x easier.

The end result is not bad, and useful for any art journalers, whether they have this particular stamp or not.

Because the quotes themselves are useful, I did a PDF with both the ink-spattered version and a plain version. Feel free to download and print it for use in your art journal. Do bear in mind that your printer ink might smear if you use any wet medium over it – mine did a bit cause I was too lazy to get out my gel plate and seal it. I’ll just add the page again so you can see my first version of this process, although the PDF versions are, I think, a closer match – the ones on the page needed to be squished a little bit more.

It’s been a while since I shared a download like this. I hope it is useful and if so, I might do more.

Almost forgot my next 100 days page! Photographed before the journaling. Intentionally.

Off now to explore my program and see if there is a tool in it to rough up that font a bit, and to photograph my junk-journal pages….


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Cute Christmas Tags to Download

OMG, I am out of practice! It seems to have been so long since I did any digital designing. But as I am feeling in a Christmas-y mood at the moment – mostly because some of my knitting friends have been doing Christmas stuff for MONTHS now, I am guessing it’s cause they are NOT American and have neither the Thanksgiving holiday nor the election distraction in the middle! I though I would dust off my skill set and see what I might come up with.

I am trying something slightly different this time.  If you can see, the circles at the bottom have no framing lines.  For those, I figured no lines mean people can use a punch or a die in a few different sizes to cut them out.  That seems more helpful to me.  That PDF is downloadable here.

Now, that made me think – what if people wanted a slightly different tag shape than the one I made? what if they wanted a straight rather than curved top, or straight corners? Both would be easier to cut. So I decided to add another version where there are no lines at all!

If you prefer THAT PDF, you can download it here.

So I think these are pretty cute. If you do use them, as always, I would love to see how you do – if you have a die that works perfectly or if a trimmer, guillotine or scissors is how you did it. I haven’t done the more British Happy Christmas this year, but might do, if requested.

Honestly, those images look a little fuzzy to me – can’t tell if it is my tired, election watching eyes, old age, or my struggles with the unavoidable WordPress changes recently. And the TO/FROM black is THIN but darker than the image shows. Reports back on how it prints for you would be welcome.


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All the Camera Hands cards as .PNGs

I re-named them, because they are more useful than just for Selfie photos, I think. I wasn’t sure how was best to add these, so I’ve done them as a Gallery.  You can click on any of them to open it larger then save the .PNG.  They are 300 dpi so should be quite scalable.  Do let me know.  This is a bit of a new thing for me so not sure I’ve gotten it right. They seem to display with a black centre when you click on them, but are transparent when you open them in a program like PSE.

 

I think they could even make cute card toppers. Sorry for the not-great photo – it’s in fading light and the card shifted as I snapped this one – see how the top edge isn’t level?  Should have done it lying flat, but oh well…. at least it shows the SNAP hanging off the edge.

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and standing up as an easel card

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A bit of luck, the embossing folder having the same motif as the paper!  But the point is, think outside the box.  I’ll bet you can think of lots of cute uses for bringing photos to cards.

Have fun and if you use them do share!


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Sick day printables for Project Life

I’ll tell you what I am sick of…internet issues in rural Hampshire.  Meh. I’ve spent entirely too much time with my ISP trying to work out the problems with my internet, to include crawling around under my desk and swapping out a test router for the one I have.  All well and good, except the cables they supply are ridiculously short so I am left with equipment in unworkable places, in order to make the connections.

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I can’t even properly sit at my desk! As this is meant to be a temporary situation I am not keen to completely reorganize to accommodate so I’ve just tried working around it.  That will help to explain why I have been MIA over the last week.  BT is coming on Monday, and with luck that will actually sort things out.  But hearing about my internet woes isn’t why you are here.  This is:

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My poor patient commenter, who asked for SICK DAY printables, has probably given up on me.  But here they are. Click to Download the PDF.

A couple of things to note:  My printer needs pink and yellow ink.  When I print these, the “blue” more BLUE and not is as I designed it, a bit turquoise.  If you print them and what you get is not turquoise, I’d like to know that. I’ll test it myself when I replace the ink, but I’m always interested in how my stuff prints on other printers. Next, I was aiming for things that could be used for both kids, sick, home from school, as well as adults taking a day off work (sick or not!)  I’m not trying to address, specifically, depression or a more serious or chronic illness, but these can be used for those situations, if you think they fit.  As with the BAD DAY printables, I hope you never need these, but the reality is you probably will

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It’s about time….The Wonder Years (plus printables)

I have been dropping in on The Wonder Years every so often.  It seems to come up a lot, as I am forever recalling bits of episodes and using them to illustrate a point with DS.  I’ve made him watch the odd video on You Tube and he has often said it is a show that he would watch complete if it were available.  That has always been a big IF.  The show, one that I would guess most baby boomers are aware of, has been mired in music licensing issues for years, ones that kept it from being released on DVD. At some point I am sure I had a video of some episodes, probably hidden away in the US storage unit, but I have looked again and again for years for any hint of DVD releases to no avail.

Imagine my surprise to see that as of 7th October Star Vista will release season 1 on DVD (in Region 1 only)  with plans for additional seasons later in the year and next year.  Luckily we have a DVD player that plays all regions so this may end up being the only thing on my Christmas list.  And I have every intention of forcing DS to watch the whole set while he is home for Christmas if I get it.

I did do a Wonder Years quote set a while back (and indeed a couple of the quotes are the same – they are just too good not to repeat) but I decided to update the colours – with a very 60s font (Airport) and a slightly groovy wave in the logo colours from the show’s title screen, it’s just a little bit of commemorative fun from me.  Sharp readers will note a slight alteration – the actual quote for the last one is “look ahead to what would be” but for the purposes of a PL card, to my mind, “what will be” seems more..accurate? resonant? not sure, but I like it better so …

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It is pretty big and bold and bright, but if you like that and can use it, grab it here!


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Greeting circles – Christmas Printables

Not QUITE back to normal around here yet…soon, soon.

But I was reminded by Julia that the next crop is one where most people abandon scrapbooking and make their Christmas cards.  I don’t really do cards  never really have, except for the kids to give out to school friends, so I just carry on with whatever project I happen to be working on.  This month it might end up being finishing off the knitting of the dreaded second sock (and DO NOT tell me I should do the two-at-one on a huge circular needle) and grafting the toes of both. See how far along I am?

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But that isn’t what you came here to see, is it?

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Two sizes – the smaller ones fit comfortable inside a 2″ punch:

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and the larger ones can be cut with a variety of circles – I happened to use the Nesties from the large and small standard circles sets:

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You can see that you can get a larger and a slightly smaller one next to each other:

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Check your own dies and see what works best.

I started out a few weeks back making a much more richly coloured set but it had issues:

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The circles JUST fit in the 2″ punch so you had to be sure careful about placement or cut off the edge of the stripe-y frame, and the red and green had a chalkboard effect – that made the file HUGE (almost 10 mb and even using the Quartz filter to reduce the file size only took it down to about 8 mb.  I may still make a richer version but aim to get the size down. I think they will be cute as card toppers or back-to-back (or with a solid cardstock back with room for writing and the date) as a small hanging ornament, or even as a gift tag.

You can get the 2-page PDF here.


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Resized Halloween-y digistamps

Still not entirely happy with the process or the format, but here is a sheet of the “stamps” from yesterday, in a smaller size.  I can only think to add them as individual .jpgs for them to be fully resizable.

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I did get one comment that, so far as the online translator is able to translate, seems to say that the smaller size is better/more useful.  As I suggested I might, I’ve sized these to fit a 2″ circle punch.  And as that took up so little of a sheet of card, I added a few more that could (perhaps) work as a Halloween item – loosely, costumes, I guess.  The full set is here – same deal as before, click to open the full size image then right-click to save (or drag onto your desktop) and print full size to fit the 2″ punch.  Play around with them in PSE etc. to be able to size them more.

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If you use them I would love to see how!


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Halloween-y Digital stamps – sort of

Even since I found these images again (bought in the 90s from a place that no longer exists) I have wanted to share them as digital stamps.  I spent a very long time trying to discover the ownership but the most recent place I could trace ownership to denies they own them and the original creator has no idea either – but they did confirm to me that sharing them this way would have been ok under the original usage rights so I am going to go out on a limb and do so.  Frankly, I feel I have done my due diligence on this, and if someone owns the rights and objects then this may flush them out so I can have a conversation about them.

The next issue is how to share them.  Wordpress doesn’t allow the sharing of .PNG files (which would be my best choice) and I can’t seem to find the time to sort out the best way to share .JPGs so I am going to just share then as I have them NOW – that is one decent quality .JPG.  If you use a photo editing program you should be able to cut out a single image and print just that, and re-size it if need be.  Otherwise you can print the page and cut out the image.  I think they are arranged on the page so your options for cutting are varied. The biggest image is about 3 x 3 inches – in fact most of them fall in that area.  You should be able to click on the image to see it full size then right-click to download. I’ll test that after I add it to make sure. NOTE: Yes, that is right, it does work. I can also drag the image to my desktop with a Mac, but no idea if that works on a PC.   You can also opt to print the image 2 x on the page (in your printer dialog box – I’ve mentioned this many times before) and print the images in a smaller size, more like 2 x 2ish. And in fact that makes me think that sizing them to fit a 2″ circle punch might be worth doing – comment if you agree …

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If you recall I used the screamer on an ATC recently:

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Still entertaining the in-laws, so don’t expect to see me every day, but I’ll do my best.  Do LMK by commenting if you know how best to share these “stamps” or how you would like to have them shared and I’ll re-post them in a more useful way.  Assuming anyone likes them, and it’s not just ME that finds them totally quirky but oh so fun……


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All those labels – pastel version, slightly baby themed

Busy day so I am just going to quickly add a pastel version of all those labels (and you can see the bright version here) – they have a slightly BABY theme, although I don’t see why they couldn’t be used for kids, or even LOVE themed pages.

The screen grab:

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and this is them printed, although the photo looks a little washed out.  In reality they are quite soft but they ARE colourful.  Again, as always, your printer may print them slightly different.  These are on linen textured paper and I think they look really nice. But then I would…. {wink}

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Grab the 2 page PDF here – and have fun with them!


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Printables – lots and lots of printable bits

UKS is running a Summer Scrapbooking Challenge.  Niki, from Being Scrappy, has done some fab classes – many of them have step by step videos to accompany the samples.  She is totally running the show on this one, so I thought I would make a set of summer-y, multi-use printables accompany the challenges.

There is a LOT on two pages!

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And yes, I printed and cut them all out – call me crazy but I had to make sure they worked!

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Sorry the colour is so bad but it’s late and dark and the light in my office is rubbish

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What do you get?

  • four journaling boxes
  • five  2″ circles and two half circles
  • five 1 ” circles and six half circles
  • four sets of photo corners
  • five large triangular arrows
  • six chevron arrows
  • six banners
  • eight flags
  • ten word strips
  • two colour strips

Phew.  The colours will depend on your printer settings.  I printed these using Matte photo paper, Vivid Colour, and the Graphics setting.  On plain paper, standard settings they are slightly softer, the pink more rose, the blue more dusty, etc.

The two page PDF is tiny, under 1 MB – and you can download it HERE! Some of the bits would surely be useful to Project Life folk as well.

Hope you find them useful!  And you can pop on to UKS to see the challenges here – Niki’s videos are on You Tube but you won’t be able to see the attachments unless you are logged in.

Happy scrapping!