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Wedding Kit Mini Freebie

Posted by gram210 on May 26, 2009

Wedding Digital Kit Freebie.

I finally finished making this Wedding Kit. First I had to make a trip to Fernwood Botanical Garden to visualize an outdoor wedding. I anticipated flowers of every genre and was pleasantly surprised with what blooms in May. The wildflowers panorama was breathtaking and the trees with balls of white flowers captivating. And the cafe served mouth watering sandwiches and strawberry torte. The gift shop had real handmade gifts and not the "made in China" stuff. I definitely recommend visiting the gardens if you’re in Southwest Michigan. I was able to use one of the photos as a background for my kit (not shown here). The weather was perfect and I’m the kind of person that likes to pick up seeds and hope that I am rewarded with a beautiful tree.

This Wedding Kit could be called "I Love You, Lover’s Lane, Happy Anniversary, or Honeymoon." This lovely romantic kit is perfect to express the beauty of a new relationship, an anniversary or just to say "I Love You" to your sweetie. All art saved JPG, PNG, 300 ppi. Complete kit comes with 12 papers, 4 lace garter photo frames, 3 romantic scenes, 1 red rose, word art Wedding Memories, Happy Anniversary, 1 heart, a set of love birds (cockatiels). Comes with instructions on how to turn your art to gray and match the color of your choice. Also comes with 1 alphabet.

For the complete kit and samples, click on the photo above.

For a limited time download a free mini sample: DOWNLOAD

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Search Terms for Scrapbooking Kits

Posted by gram210 on May 22, 2009

I’ve been working on a Wedding Kit / I Love You or Lover’s Lane Kit. Not sure what to call it. The whole Wedding idea is hard to come up with ideas that work together. I would like to call it an “I Love You Kit” and then add the word Wedding into the description. People that search the word Wedding could just as easily use Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day to come up with art that will work for romance. As a graphic designer I have access to millions of art selections and I have gotten pretty good at finding art by using alternate words. So when you’re looking for something, maybe this idea will help.

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Eco Friendly Scrapbooking Freebie

Posted by gram210 on May 16, 2009


Eco Friendly Free Digital Scrapbooking Kit

There were no trees chopped down, no toxic emissions produced and no fossil fuels being depleted.

This theme park inspired digital scrapbooking kit was created after I visited Binder Park Zoo in Michigan and I had so much fun taking photos and making the African Digital Scrapbooking Kit that I convinced my husband to take a trip to Florida to visit Busch Gardens. I recreated the signs to make photo frames or places to add titles, the papers are more subtle on the preview. We also went to Hillsborough River State Park where I got photos of palmetto fronds and the branches. The other places I visited were Caladesi Island that was gorgeous but cold for October, later we went to Homosassa Springs. The Wildlife Park is a definite go see for pelicans, alligators, manatee, bulls, flamingos and much more. Definitely take the boat over from the main office, you’ll see alligators, herons, mossed covered trees and more.

For a limited time just click on the photo above and it will take you to the kit. You will have to log in and then check out as a free shopper and download your kit.

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Baseball Scrapbooking Alphabet Freebie

Posted by gram210 on May 3, 2009


Baseball Digital Scrapbooking Kit and Alphabet Freebie

Sports Digital Scrapbooking Kit Baseball. This kit steps up to the plate with things that remind you of being out on the field with the team or to remember a visit to the Big League. From the bleacher seats, the chain link fence and mesh one might have a field day with this one. Comes with 10 papers and 3 overlays. Four photo frames with matching strips, 2 baseball bats, a glove, baseball, 2 alphabets (one in blue the other black), a black silhouette pitcher, baseball all star design. Art saved 300 ppi.

To purchase the whole kit click on the photo above.

To download the FREEBIE click on this link.

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Baby Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

Posted by gram210 on April 20, 2009


Baby Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

I’ve been updating old scrapbook kits and throwing some out. I recently updated the Baby Digital Scrapbooking Kit and added more colors, more elements and more papers. Below is a sample of a few of the papers and elements that you may download for free. If you would like to see samples of the papers used with newborn babies visit my home page and take a peek at the handsome little newborn baby with the revised colors. For a second peek another handsome little newborn baby using blues and yellows.

To see the whole kit click on the photo above.

To download the FREEBIE click on this link.

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MPG4 How to Match Colors Using the Curve Palette in Photoshop

My latest effort was making a tutorial using Windows Media Encoder and capturing the screen. The free program from Microsoft makes a nifty WMV file. I would like to place the video into the blog at A Little Digital but the best I could do at this time was offer it as a link using Quick Time. I downloaded program after program totalling five trying to find one that would give the best results. The last download was from the UK. It was sweet and did everything and more but left a watermark on the page if you didn’t pay for it. If I decide to make more videos I will probably invest in the software AVSVideoConverter from AVS4you.com because it gave me the best results and the best quality. I got the video linked on The Little Digital Blog and if you’d like to see "How to Match Colors in Photoshop Using the Curve Palette" please click on this hyperlink.

And if someone would like to help me out here and tell me what plugin I should use to put videos in the blog document I would greatly appreciate it. Everything I have seen so far, the videos are being linked to YouTube and if that is the way to go, please let me know.

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Free Spring Tulip Photos

Posted by gram210 on April 11, 2009

Tulip Flower Photos Free for April

These beautiful tulip photos were taken at the 2008 Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan.

They are being offered for FREE at the below link or click on the photo above.

FREE Spring Tulip Photos

Coming Soon Dutch Digital Scrapbooking Kit.

I am working on a Dutch Digital Scrapbooking Kit, below is a sample of one of the papers that I have completed using a 17th Century Dutch Tile design.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Art Nouveau Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Posted by gram210 on April 6, 2009

Art Nouveau Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

The Free download comes with everything that you see above in 300 ppi format. Two papers, 2 butterflies, 2 flowers, and one frame. The font that I used to type Art Nouveau came from ClickArt and is called Terra.

After I finished my Art Nouveau Digital Scrapbooking Kit, I started putting a photo frame over a paper and the frame was multicolored and it just wasn’t going to work so I followed the instructions below and made the photo frame orange. Rather than scrapping the idea, I reinvented the art. Sometimes it just works better to have a solid color to place over a paper. So anytime you come across a frame or element that you like but just doesn’t work here’s another idea on how to solve the problem.

How do I get matching colors using Photoshop?

Working in RGB you need to familiarize yourself with the Curve Palette. You purchase a scrapbooking kit and it comes with a lot of bright retro colors but you’d like the frame to be all one color or you have an element that needs to be a solid color. You could use the Paint Bucket tool. But have you noticed that when you use the Paint Bucket that it adds extra color to the edges? And the more times you use the Paint Bucket the more color you get blended together? If you want the color to be the same all the way through convert your art to RGB black and then…

If you have art that is one color or many colors and is saved with a transparent background and you would like all of the color to be orange. LIKE THIS ORANGE COLOR.

For the below instructions I have selected the color orange shown above 246 Red 142 Green 85 Blue. Open your curve palette. Command M on the Mac, Control M on the PC.

1. Turn your graph slider so that the black is on the top and the white is on the bottom. (Just the opposite of what is shown below). Select the arrows in the middle and the graph will toggle from black top to white bottom.

2. Pull the slider from bottom to top so that your piece of art is all black.

3. Now that your art is black you want to close your curve palette and then reopen it. Toggle the white towards the top like above and below.

Select the Red Channel, place your mouse at the lower left corner of the graph and a box will open like shown above, type in the red value, select the green, type in the green value, select the blue, type in the blue value – and there is your matching color.

Now your art is orange.

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In the FREE download I have already converted the frame to orange.

For a Limited Time Only Download a FREE Sample of the Art Nouveau Digital Scrapbooking Kit.

To get the complete kit click on this link or copy and paste the below code into your browser.

http://alittledigital.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=117

Thank you for reading my blog.

Gram210

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17th Century Dutch Tile Design

Posted by gram210 on April 4, 2009

Recently, I’ve been working on recreating 17th Century Tiles to put into a Digital Scrapbooking Kit. I was surprised to find the library had many books on ceramic tiles. I was specifically looking for art that lends itself to background papers without being too busy.

I was searching for alphabets, motifs and symbols. There are lots of different places to find ideas. Wooden Signs, Cake Decorator Motifs, How To books. Looking through an old black and white book on tiles I found this corner that looked like this.

And with a little manipulation and the right colors I ended up with the pattern below. This rendition is really bright, specifically eye-catching for the web but I plan to have other papers that are lighter.

You may copy the image below but…

You must make a comment about whether this kind of art is something that scrapbookers or designers would like to see more of.

17th Century Dutch Tile Design 72×72 pixels.
Makes an interesting desktop pattern.

I currently have some international kits that seem to be fairly popular and my favorite: African Digital Scrapbooking Kit is a top seller. I would like to offer more international kits but I don’t know which country has the most interest.

So, scrapbookers and other interested individuals, help me out here and let me know what kind of art that you find most appealing.

Thanks for reading.

Gram210
…and by the way Gram means grandmother and 10 is 10 grandchildren.

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Camouflage Alphabet with Dog Tags

Posted by gram210 on March 29, 2009

Camouflage Alphabet with Dog Tags

How to create a dashed stroke to an alphabet using Illustrator and fill the letters with Photoshop.

Dashes don’t come out right using Photoshop. You will need to set this up on a page that will accommodate 2.5 to 3 inch letters like 18×18 inches. Using a font like Stencil you type the alphabet out. Then you convert the font to outline. Save the font in a neutral color like yellow. Save the file alpha fill. Next select your type choose nothing for the fill and add a black stroke to your letters, 2 or 3 points using dashes. Set the dashes at 8 and 2 or 3 gap. Set the endpoints to round. Choose the endpoints in the middle of the three choices. Save the file as alpha stroke.

Open a background in Photoshop, then open your alpha fill in Photoshop. Move your alpha fill over your background. Change the background to layer if you haven’t already and place above the alpha. Select the background and then under layer select create clipping mask. Merge visible. Then open your strokes and place over the top of your letters.

Above is the preview of the camouflage alphabet. The letters are a little larger than 2.5 inches. It comes with a layered PSD dog tag that you can just type your name on or a separated PNG file. Also comes with the camouflage background.

Available FREE for a limited time: Download

After expiration you can get this file at: Camouflage Alphabet

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Cross Stitch Sampler Alphabet

Posted by gram210 on March 23, 2009

If you’re the kind of person that likes to know how things are done below is how I created the Cross Stitch Sampler. If you would like for me to add more How To’s to my blog or if you have a question about how something is done let me know.

HOW TO: To make this cross stitch sampler I used Illustrator. I created a vertical line (1/10") .1 inch with a rounded end and rotated 45 degrees and then -45 degrees to make a cross.

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To make the grid what I did is called a Step and Repeat. In Illustrator you select your object (the X) and then the Enter key and a menu will come up, type in .10 horizontally and then copy. Once you have made the first copy then all you have to do is type Control D on the PC or Command D on the Mac and it will duplicate. You can do step and repeats in Quark, Pagemaker and InDesign also. I repeated the crosses horizontally and then vertically until I had an area bigger than the size of each letter. You will have to scan a pattern to use as a template. Once you have your grid of X’s created then you’ll place it over the pattern and enlarge or reduce the pattern so that it lines up. Select a dominant color and make all the X’s the same color. Then start changing the colors and deleting the X’s until your letter or pattern is done.

Adding texture to the alphabet using Photoshop. The free download includes an effect.jpg that shows the settings used in layers to give the letters an embroidered look. I have also included the style you can use with Photoshop (CS1 and above).

The Cross Stitch Sampler Alphabet is made up of big 3 inch solid colored letters that you can select the color with the eyedropper and change them to suit your project.

I hope you find this Digital Embroidery adds a homespun look to your project and tell everyone you found it at alittledigital.com

For a limited time download a FREE mini sample:

The Cross Stitch Alpha Sampler is a free download for a limited time after the download expires you can get this at:

Cross Stitch Alpha Sampler

Type or copy and paste into your browser:

http://alittledigital.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19&products_id=114

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