Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Musings

I am midway into my long vacation weekend, and I have spent a lot of time cooking, baking and going off on tangents that send me back to the craft store each day.  Today I went to the day spa. They had a 50% off package for a massage, facial, hair wash and style and make up touch up. I had a gift card that covered most of it, so it was an extra sweet deal.

I haven't spent much time scrapbooking this weekend. It seems like whenever I have several days off that is when I think I am going to conquer the world and my forever long list of things I want or need to do (emphasize more on the want then the need).

I did get my ScrapTiffany challenge finished up Saturday night.  This week was a hybrid challenge. I had the picture in this layout sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks that I had been thinking would be the center of the overall challenge.

Before I even knew what hybrid meant I always used to do my journaling on the computer (I hated my handwriting when I started scrapbooking). I have been playing around with digital off and on since about 2005.  I even considered switching completely to digital scrapbooking. I dabbled a bit, but went back to paper (can't resist the smell and touch of paper).

Over the years I have a accumulated a few digital goodies that I like to keep in my toolbox. There are a few things I think any scrapper can benefit from.  My favorites are:

  • Digital stamps and brushes (word art, frames, and journal spots).  
  • Actions for photo editing. I use Photoshop Elements and y favorite actions right now are from Pioneer Woman. 
  • Fonts I think are usable for journaling or to write digitally directly on my pictures. I
  • Neutral papers to fill in white spots in collages and add a stamp over.
So here is what I did this week:

The brush on the photo is an Ali Edwards digital brush from Designer Digitals. I used the Pioneer Woman Boost action on my photo, and then saturated a bit more.

In Word I created a text box, typed my journaling with the Scrap Round from Lettering Delights, colored the background of the text box with red and blue sampled from the Fancy Pants Rusted Sun papers and turned my font white. 

And the reality is I am a paper scrapper at heart, so I finished off my layout by making some pinwheels.

Go check out ScrapTiffany today and see what the other ladies did with the challenge and check back on Friday too for more hybrid inspiration. There are lots of fun things to try. 

So if you want to dabble with digital this week and you make your own hybrid we would love you to share it at ScrapTiffany.


lisa truesdell said...

love those pinwheels - what a perfect touch!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Great layout - love those pinwheels! Ali Edwards is one of my favorites for digital designs. Her stuff goes so well with hybrid.

Kristina H said...

Those pinwheels are just adorable! Great layout Michelle.

Katie said...

such a cute page! i love the colored journaling strips and the pinwheels.

Rebecca said...

Love this one...the pinwheels and digi stamp on the photo are so perfect!