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The “Artsy” Style

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Art Journaling, Blog, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 11 comments

I checked in a few days ago to read Jill’s latest post and I noticed Pam’s comment about not getting that “artsy” style. As a hobbiest I can so relate! Well, I got to thinking that if Pam and I shared those feelings maybe there are other people who didn’t get the “artsy” style either. The only art training I’ve had was a  summer course in Art Appreciation at our local museum; it was part of the Art Literacy Program for our school district.  So I thought I’d share some observations about what I’ve noticed since I started scrapping. What is an artsy style and how do you achieve it. How is it different from say a traditional style. Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion and not meant to be in any way definitive on the subject. I’m such a visual person, I like pictures so perhaps comparing two layouts would be helpful.


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Fabulous Flowers and Terrific Templates

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 4 comments

My name is Kate and Jill has graciously asked me to share with you my technique for using her CU templates to make fabulous flowers.  Jill asked me to be sure to let you know about the freebie cluster at the end of this tutorial.  I’m a newbie to the world of digital scrapbooking. I don’t have any formal training in design or art. So if I can make lovely elements anyone can do the same thing. What makes it possible are the commercial templates that Jill designs. They are so easy to work with that great results are a given.  I’m hooked on making flowers!  For this tutorial I’m using Jill’s Templates-Flowers 1 available in her CU Store  at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  I’m using Photoshop CS6, template flower 3 and papers from Jill’s King’s Bounty collection, available in her PU Store at theStudio.

Second blurb…end of the post you’ll find a free download, with thanks to Jill; a lovely cluster that includes our flower and elements from King’s Bounty.  Okay, on to the fun stuff!

1. Click on the “eye” and hide all but the bottom most template layer,

Layer 1

then duplicate that bottom layer.

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