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Surf, Sand and the 4th

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Blog, Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

Did you have a good 4th of July? Mine, as always, was spent at my son’s house celebrating his birthday, which is on the 4th. We typically spend the evening at their local swim club eating BBQ and watching fireworks. We made it through the BBQ but, soon after, we got hit with one heck of a thunderstorm. I sure wish we could have brought some of that water home with us. OK … why am I telling you all this? It’s a lead-in to my Surf, Sand and the 4th Collection that I’m about to show you.

This collection was part of theStudio’s Coordinated Collection where the designers are given a palette and theme; the designer can then create up to 8 products selling them for only $1  each … thru the 15th of the month. Yes, I’m late but I am giving you somewhat of a second chance. I’ve put my entire collection, excluding the new bundle, on sale for 50% off (the bundle is already 60% off) thru the end of the month. One thing you will miss out on are the mini kits but not completely. I’ve combined the minis into a single Page Kit. Check out my previews —


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Random Striped Paper Action Tricks

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 2 comments

As promised in yesterday’s post, I have some tricks to show you for my Random Striped Paper Action. This first one comes from the lady that makes those awesome journal cards that I give away as Facebook freebies: Dona (aka donakat). She figured out how to make these stripes go diagonally. You do have to make sure there aren’t too many jaggies along the stripe (mainly depends on the colors you use), but most of the time you can hide it with a texture overlay.

To start, don’t run the start here action. Create your paper manually. The size needs to be 17 in x 17 in x 300 dpi. Then go ahead and color your background. If you remember, I also create a blank layer just above the background, so I recommend you do that too. If you forget, no problem. When you run your first stripe action, you will get this message — just click Continue and you’re on your way.

stripes2-warningWhen you’re done creating your stripes, DON’T RUN THE FINISH PAPER action. Select the all the layers above the Background (the stripes layers) and merge them. With the merged layer selected, select Edit > Transform > Rotate (CMD T or CTL T) and rotate the layer by 45 degrees. You should have something that looks like this —


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Random Striped Paper Action

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 2 comments

I just released another paper maker action called Random Striped Paper Action. This was created from a request from Manda (aka Nibbles Skribbles) who was looking for a quick way to make randomly striped papers. It’s currently on sale for 30% off through July 5th. Check it out …


While the stripes created aren’t truly random, they’re about as close as you can without me having to learn how to actually script in Photoshop. Stay with me a bit and I’ll tell you how it works.

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A Look at Plaid Paper Maker Action

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 0 comments

I promised this months ago and I’m finally getting around to posting this. Today we’re going to take a look at my Plaid Paper Maker Action. I’ll show you what it does along with some tips on getting the best results.

My first thoughts in writing this was how a designer, like myself, always needs some extra matching papers in their collections. I often use plaids for this, but there are only so many plaid templates out there (I’ve even created a few). Plus you don’t always know which colors will work together when translated into a plaid. Then there’s the issue of which colors to use for which stripe, how many colors, how much time you have to experiment, etc. If I use a paper from my collection, I definitely know things are going to match. Check this out — below is a paper from my Market Fresh Collection that I’ve run the Horizontal Plaid Maker from Paper action on.


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Memorial Day Sale This Weekend

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Jill is on her way home from Hawaii.  Be sure to ask for pictures of her trip. Be sure to watch for some new CU products with a tropical flair.  Seems like every year when she gets home there are some pretty flowers or something of interest to follow.  Until the new stuff starts to surface you can enjoy some great deals on the not so new stuff.  This weekend is the Memorial Day Sale at the Studio.


Jilbert's Bits Of Bytes Memorial Weekend Sale

If you have military photos to scrap this is the weekend you’ll want to shop and build your stash.  Save 50% on the Remember Me Collection or individual pieces through Monday.  EVERYTHING ELSE is 40% Off or more through Monday too.

There are also some great bargains from He{art] in the retiring section at the Studio.  These items are going away soon but you can save 75% on them now.  It is the perfect reason to shop, don’t you think?

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iNSD 2015 Sales

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Commercial Use, Sales, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 0 comments

Guess what? I found my fingers … actually, Rebecca is swamped with all her Customer Service work at theStudio and I actually have a few minutes to show off my iNSD stuff AND show you how to find it.

First up is the traditional Vintage Grab Bag that I’ve been doing with Lou of LouCee Creations. Like the past, this one includes 6 brand new, full size products with a bonus for $6.00. Here’s just the preview, but if you visit the product’s page you can see what they all look like.


This next iNSD Grab Bag is one I did with Wendy of WendyP Designs. We recently worked on a collab together during which we started talking about like how much I love her ribbons and how much she loved my flowers … so we included 2 packs of flowers and 2 packs of ribbons. To round things out I added a pack of bling and she added some charms. You’ll get 6 brand new, full size products for $6.00. Once again, this is just the preview. You can see the individual previews on the product’s page.


This last special isn’t a Grab Bag … it’s a SUPER bundle. I had a request to do an action to create polka dotted papers. When I had finished it, I gave it to my team to stress check it and comment. I got some WONDERFUL comments and as a result I ended up with 7 actions. You can purchase 6 of the individual actions for 50% off but you can only get the 7th if you buy the bundle. You are definitely going to want to buy the bundle because during iNSD it’s only $6.00. It will return to $12.00 when the sale ends on May 7th. Check out it’s preview and, like the Grab Bags, check out the product page to see what’s in it.


Now I’m going to show you how to find these products. There are actually several ways to find things, but I’m going to keep it simple. For the 2 Grab Bags, you go to COMMERCIAL USE > Grab Bags. You’ll not only find my Grab Bags, but you can also check out some of the ones my fellow designers did.

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Do You Like To Shop By Color?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Challenges, Personal Use, Sales | 0 comments

Today is your lucky day!  The New Studio is up and running albeit a little slow.  One of the coolest features is the shop by color filter option.  This is probably one of my favorite cool new tools.  Head on over to the Studio and give it a try.  Just choose Personal Use or Commercial Use and you’ll see a set of color swatches for each category.


Shop store wide or pick your favorite designer.


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Have You Seen The New Round Robin? Better Hurry

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Challenges, Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

The Studio will go into hibernation mode on Sunday night.  All shopping will cease for at least a few days while all of the kits and collections are migrated over to the brand new store!  No shopping.  What will we all do?  To start, you can hurry on over to the Round Robin forum where WendyP is the featured designer for April.  This week the spotlight product is a collab with Jill called April Showers.  The kit is traditional with rain boots, a watering can and flowers in every shape and size but for you pocket scrappers, there are also page protectors and a fancy raised acrylic alpha.

So the deal is, you purchase the kit or any portion and make a layout.  Then you drop your layout in the gallery and spread it around your social media and go back to the forum and link it up for discounts on the next weeks Round Robin Release.  You get 10% off for each social media link up to an extra 40% discount.  Since the store will be down, I’m not sure what will happen with Wendy’s week 3 but I’m sure it will all work out in the end.  Since you can’t buy next week you might as well join in a challenge or three and get to know some of the amazing ladies who continue to show up week after week.  If you can’t make time for a challenge then maybe browse the gallery and put a smile on someone’s face with a comment.

Here is a look at April Showers and a few of the creative masterpieces some of the participants have been sharing.

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Market Fresh Mania and Last Chance For Retiring Products

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Have you seen the Market Fresh Coordinating Collection at the Studio?  It is amazing!  There are currently 152 individual products by a variety of different designers and more may be coming.  It is always amazing to me to see what happens when a group of designers are given a set of colors and a theme and told to just go make what their heart desires.  Be sure to check it out soon.  The store will be down soon for the transition to the new and improved software.  Hearts are beating in anticipation faster than the bunny will be hopping this weekend. 😉



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New Plaid Action And Easter Sale At The Studio

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Remember Jill’s Paper Flower Action?  It started with an “I wonder what would happen if” idea and quickly went viral.  People were whipping out flowers left and right to match their photos or pages and everyone was raving and showing off their handy work.  Get ready for some fun!  Jill just released her brand new Plaid Maker Action.  I’ve already played with it.  It’s way cool.  It’s way easy.  It’s way flexible and it’s On Sale.  It’s just waiting for you to give it a try.

This action works in PSE and all versions of PSCS and CC.  It comes with full instructions to walk you through the process but let me get you started right now.  It is a breeze to make a plaid from any existing paper or one of your photographs.

Jilbert's Bits Of Bytes Plaid Maker Action

Is that cool, or what?  You can use a photo too.  Take a look at the beautiful plaid Jill made with a photo from Hawaii.

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