Saturday, January 31, 2015

Digital Stitching in iScrapbook

Hi all! I've been playing around with some of the great features of the iScrapbook application for Mac. Because I quilt, I often add stitching to my scrapbook pages....okay, digital stitching! I'd like to share what I have discovered with you today.

Open the iScrapbook Application. (I'm pretty sure this will work in other scrapbooking programs as well...)

From the left column, choose the plus sign next to the word, "Pages," to add a new page to my album (FBposting). Add a background.

On the right side is the organizer. Select the star and "Elements". I chose the heart. Double click or drag and drop on the background. It will visualize as a black solid line. The next step is to change that!

Select the heart. Click on the down arrow and choose "Color". 

Let's make some changes! Select "Stroke" and then click on the dashed line indicated. 
Immediately to the left of the line selection box is the width of the line, change this to 2. 
Change your color to something pleasing....I like red hearts!

Looking good! Stitching pulls layers of fabric together and gives dimension. To create that effect, I tried using the "Shadows" feature. I played around until I had what gave a reasonable effect to the stitching

Close up, I was pretty pleased!

My high school art teacher would have been really upset if I chose to leave the shadow black! I usually change the color to a darker shade of gray, but that is a personal preference. 

Yeah! Faux stitching without lifting a needle! Have fun with this technique! Until next time....

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dazzling Reflections, Mymemories and Cricut Explore

Happy Christmas season! Christmas cards (check), decorations (check), tags (check)---on to the new stuff!

Are you familiar with Dazzling Reflections Kaleidoscope Maker from Poppy Hill designs?

Although this is a PC program, it functions very well under parallels on my Mac. Use the program is quite simple. It requires I choose a photo, choose a kaleidoscope template and position the photo to create a pleasing effect in the template. 

Something a little different to decorate this card for a special guy....

I started with an embellishment from MyMemories' 1920's Collection (left column) and the last template on the right. I then positioned the embellishment in the template according to the great directions with the software and the look I liked best. (To the left is the embellishment, the right is the template.) That is it for design!

I then selected "export", chose a file size and type. To use in Design Space I prefer PNG. 

Enter "Design Space." I logged into my account and selected "New File." 

Select UPLOAD IMAGE. I keep the two straight by associating "upload" with something that is not already in the Design Space. 

Because the file was saved as a graphic (picture), I choose BASIC UPLOAD. 

Now, to find the image on my computer (did I say to write down the file's location?)

Select BROWSE to find the file.

Yeah! Found it! Select the file and click on CONTINUE to bring the graphic into design space.

 Select COMPLEX IMAGE to trace and create a file that can then be cut. Select the GREEN button at the lower right screen to continue. 

Again, the screen changes. Because I saved the kaleidoscope as a PNG file the background is transparent. Not much clean-up at all! Continue to Step 3. 

Yeah! There is my file, in the cue at the far left. When I am ready to cut the file, I will select it and send it to my Explore. 

Supplies used in this project: 
Dazzling Reflections Software
MyMemeries' 1920's Digital media
Cricut Design Space
Cricut Explore
Copic Spica Clear Pen (highlights)
iRock Heat Set brads

Until next time.....