Thursday, 13 December 2012

Wesley's Christmas Collection

This year I decided to do "Twin" Christmas Collections. When I asked the kids about heir favorite colors, well you know I got 2 different answers...LOL

A couple of weeks ago you saw Lilly's pink Christmas Collection, this week Wesley's blue inspired Christmas Collection is ready for you to see. I hope you enjoy it. Both collections are really jam packed with all kinds of things. This one has over 270 items. (OK so...yeah I counted the 3 alpha sets, but it's still a lot! LOL)

Be sure to check it out here: Wesley's Christmas Collection Biggie  & if you didn't see his twin kit, you can see it here: Lilly's Christmas Collection. Both are in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Boutique


Included in the Collection:

Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Collection Biggie
Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Alpha & Word Art Samples

Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Details

Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Embellishment Biggie

Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Paper Biggie
Wesley's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Paper Details


This set of 12 digital scrapbooking Photoshop Styles coordinates with Wesley's  Christmas Collection.
The Diagonal Stripes and Glitter are seamless Patterns an can be scaled beautifully.

The Glitter Edge styles are seamless up to 12x12 inches and are made to Style fonts to make the perfect coordinating title to your layouts using Wesley's Christmas Collection.
All the layouts are by me and if you click on them you will be taken to the boutique where you can see a list of all the products used to make them, They are complete with links making it easy for you to find everything.

Christmas with Children Digital Scrapbooking Layout
Christmas Cookie Eater Digital Scrapbooking Layout
Santa Knows Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Sweet Angel Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Joyful Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Card

Season of Happiness Digital Scrapbooking Layout
A Family Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Jeroen & I leave for the US this Saturday and you know I can't wait to squeeze me some kiddos.  I guess you won't hear from me again until after the new Happy Holidays & New Year to everyone & don't forget your cameras!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Free Christmas Card

Don't miss out on today's free Christmas Card made with Lilly's Christmas Collection Biggie at the Digital Scrapbooking Hotspot Scrap Girls! It's only available for a couple of days so grab it while you can! (When the link no longer's gone)
Here's the sample, just slide your family photo behind the card and add your family name. A quick and easy card to print or email for Christmas.

This freebie has expired! Sorry ;(

Lilly's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Collection Biggie


Lilly's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Collection Biggie

Wesley's collection is coming out this week, so stay tuned to see the "twin" collection to Lilly's Christmas.

Have a great day!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas is in the Air

It's that time of year that we all love. Not too long ago I asked the twins what color they liked best because I wanted to do twin Christmas Collections this year. Like I didn't already know the answer. LOL Lilly said I want Pink and Wesley said Blue! So this year there will be 2 Christmas Collections, One Pink inspired and one Blue.

Each collection will be very much alike with a few differences like the twins themselves. This week, Lilly's Collection is in the store, with Wesley's soon to follow. See the new digital scrapbooking collection "Lilly's Christmas" Below. Scroll down further to see the full funny. I hope to ask them the same things each year and see how much they change.

 Beautiful Music: "Yuletide Dance" by Mike Strickland

Here is what is included in the collection:

Lilly's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Collection Biggie
A Christmas digital scrapbooking kit inspired by a sweet little girl who said, "Aunt B, I want Pink!" For the little girl in all of us.

Lilly's Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Embellishments
Lilly's Christmas Embellishment Biggie is 3 pages (63 pcs) of Christmas digital scrapbooking embellishments in Pink, Cream, Green and Taupe. The set includes: Christmas Stockings, candy, a fireplace, snowflakes, rosettes, reindeer and Christmas Trees along with many other items.

Lilly's Christmas Alphas & Word Art (Availble only with the Collection)
This digital scrapbooking alpha and word art is part of Lilly's Christmas Collection Biggie and is only available with the collection. There are 1 and a 1/2 pages of word art with lots of Titles along with 3 coordinating alpha sets.

Lilly's Christmas Paper Biggie
Set in the more vintage colors of Christmas, this paper set includes 16 digital scrapbooking backgrounds in pinks, greens, creams, teals and taupes. You'll find Toiles, Plaids, Candy Cane Stripes, Brocades and Solid Texures are included.

Details of the backgrounds for Lilly's Christmas.

Also Available (Sold Separately)

Lace Pennant Embellishment Mini

The Lace Pennant Embellishment Mini allows you to mix and match elements on 3 crocheted pennants. The alpha shown in the sample is from Lilly's Christmas Collection Biggie.

Click on any of the images to be taken to the store to see them a little closer or to see the list of all the products used to make them. The lists are complete with links, making it easy for you to find the items.


Here is the  the full questionnaire from the twins that I asked them this year. They are 4 years old.

Q: What is your favorite Color? Lilly-PINK, Wesley-blue

Q: What is your favorite Movie? Lilly-Cinderella, Wesley-Cars

Q: What is your favorite thing to wear? Lilly-Sleeping Beauty Costume, Wesley-Iron Man Costume

Q: What is your favorite food? Lilly - Macaroni and Cheese, Wesley - Waffles

Q: What toy do you like best? Lilly - My tea set, Wesley - Swords

Q: If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Disneyworld, Wesley - Disneyworld

Q: If you could buy anything, what would you buy? Lilly - Make up, Wesley - Light Saber

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? (They didn't quite understand occupation so I said, what do you want to do when you go to " work") Lilly said help people and eat cake, Wesley said Rescue people and eat waffles

Hope that gave you a giggle, I did for me.

Don't forget to look for the other "Twin" Christmas Collection coming soon.

I hope you have a lovely until then..... tot zeins en bedankt!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Breaking Down the Layout - Blending Video Tutorial 01

Blending Tutorial by Brandy Murry using Photoshop CS6 

(steps can be used in Photoshop Elements)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recently many of you filled out a survey for Scrap Girls and asked for more tutorials.. I just wanted you to know that we read your requests and I, along with the other Scrap Girls Designers hope to able to give you more in the future. 

I have been asked by a few of you how I achieved the blending in this layout, so I thought I would “break it down for you” and give you some helpful tips to create the same look for yourselves.

Video for the following Tutorial

The first step was extracting this photo of Lilly. There are many ways to extract an image in Photoshop. For me, I usually use the lasso tool.

The lasso tool can be found on the left side of your screen in your “Tools Palette” It looks like a little rope lasso. If you hold down the left button of your mouse the window comes out, allowing you to choose from 3 different types of lassos. I used the basic lasso tool and drag it around the image while being very close up. (you may access your lasso a little different depending on your Photoshop Program)

You want to make sure your “Add to Selection Box” is checked. You can find this after you select the lasso tool. Look to the top of your screen. There are 4 choices, you want to choose the 2nd one (Add to Selection). This allows you to add to your selection as you go around the image. (See video for how to do this).

Once you get the image extracted you, right click while on your layer with the marching ants and choose “layer via copy”. Next delete the original image. Now we want to “Flatten the Image” into one layer. While on your Layers Palette (on the right side of your screen) right click anywhere in this palette and choose> Flatten Image. This will give you a white background (which you want).

Next we need to change the photo from a color image to a sepia toned image. Again...many ways to do this, but here is an easy tip anyone can use. Select any cream colored paper you have in your stash or add a solid cream color in a layer above the photo. I used my Naturally Neutral Paper for a solid cream (#7). Or you can use the tan paper in the Shabby Blanc Collection (if you are following this exactly).

Just change the blending mode of the paper or cream colored layer to “Color” as seen in the image above. Presto! A sepia photo.
Now we need to make this photo glow just a bit. To achieve this change your foreground color black and your background color to White (Default Colors)

We will use the Filter Gallery.…. So Goto the top of your screen and click on Filter>Filter Gallery>Distort>Diffuse Glow. I set mine to Glow Amount 2 & Clear Amount 20.

This is the result of the Diffuse Glow.

Now it is time to blend!

You want to choose a background that is light. I used the Shabby Blanc Newsprint Paper because it was mostly cream with a little bit of words showing though.

Place your sepia photo in a layer above the background paper & change the blending mode to “Darken”. I set the opacity to about 88%. Move your photo around until you get the placement that works best for you. The white disappears so there is no worry of seeing the hard edges.

You will notice that you can see the print coming through the image. I don't mind that so much, but for me, I don't like it directly on her face, so we need to fix that.

You do this by adding a blank layer under the Sepia Photo. Choose a soft edged brush or a grunge brush. For this layout I used the Dynamic Brush Set: BackgroundBlenders, but you can use the basic soft brush that comes with Photoshop. 

On this layer use the brush in WHITE to brush over the face area or any area you want the pattern coming thorough to disappear.

Next you might have noticed a small duplicate of this image on the right hand side of the layout. I duplicated my sepia layer, moved it to the right and change the opacity of this layer to 32%.

The final step was to add my embellishments, journaling and title. See the bottom of this tutorial for all ingredients used in this layout with links to the products in the Scrap Girls Boutique. You can use these to duplicate the steps exactly as I have used them or try some variations of your own.

If you liked this tutorial and would like to know how I achieved a look in another layout, please let me know by commenting below and referencing the layout from my Scrap Girls Boutique , this blog or My Gallery. I read every post.

Good Luck and don't forget to just have fun.....there is always the “un-do” button!

Ingredients used:  

All of these products are on SALE thru 11-26-12 at 29% OFF!

“Forever layout by Brandy Murry includes the following products.

Until next time.....have a great weekend!