Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tutorial Time! Getting Artsy with the Simplicity Collection

 Hi everyone!
CTM Alanna here showing you how I created this fun artsy page
using Created by Jill's Simplicity 6 for $6 + FWP
(part of her September Pickle Barrel)
Let's get started!
1.    First up you need to create your background.
Create a new 12 x 12 page at 300 dpi.
Choose one of the artsy papers and drag this paper onto your layout.
For this page I chose cbj_simplicity_artsypp08.
2.    Next choose cbj_simplicity_gesso and place this on the page.
Position the Gesso just off centre keeping in mind this is also where your photo will be positioned.
Duplicate the Gesso, the bottom Gesso layer will be left as is and the top Gesso layer will become a Clipping Mask.
Rename the 2nd gesso layer Clipping Mask.
3.    Choose your photo and place it above the Clipping Mask layer. 
CTRL/Alt+G (win) or Command/alt+G (mac) to clip the photo to the mask.
Resize the Clipping Mask so the photo is about a 3rd of its original size.
You want to see the Gesso around your photo and be able to accent the photo with a few elements.
You can make minor adjustments later once everything is in place.
 4.    Now the fun part. Adding your elements.
First add a lace doily between the background paper and the Gesso Layer.
Position the doily on the left hand side of but central to the Gesso and change the Blending Mode of this layer to Pin Light.
Pin Light changes the colours depending on the blending colours giving the layer a special effect, making the doily translucent in parts.
5.    Add a Smatter above the Clipping Mask Layer. I chose cbj_simplicity_smatters1.
The size of the Smatter should be the horizontal length of the Gesso and be position in the centre of the Gesso.
6.    I added cbj_simplicity_scribbles4 above the doily layer 
(you can only see just the bottom part of it on the finished page)
and cbj_simplicity_scribbles8 above the Smatter Layer.
The size of the Scribble should be the same size horizontally as the Smatter and be positioned on a slight upward angle following the movement of the Gesso.
7.    Add cbj_simplicity_frame2 above the Scribble Layer and position this slightly off centre to the Gesso being careful not to cover your photo completely.
Here are my Drop Shadow settings for the frame:
8.    Add cbj_simplicity_butterfly above the Frame Layer and position this on a slight angle with the tip of the wing over the frame.
The butterfly is the focal point of your page, delicately balancing on the frame ready to take flight at the slightest movement.
These are my Drop Shadow settings for the butterfly:
9. Add cbj_simplicity_starbrad below and off to the right of the frame to draw the eye down for a minute to the bottom half of the layout and to balance the layout nicely.
10.    It’s now time to adjust the blending modes and opacity of your photo.
Your photo needs to portray what your layout is about and there are many photo treatments, textures, overlays and blending modes you can use to achieve the desired effect.
In this layout I chose a photo to compliment the focal point of the layout, the butterfly.
A woman staring beyond also poised to take flight from something unknown, the swirling Gesso giving the effect of not being able to quite see so I have used the Luminosity Blending Mode on the Photo Layer which creates a colour depending on the hue and saturation of the background and the luminescence of the photo in this case a grey tone. 
I thought the grey was slightly too dark so I lowered the Opacity of the photo to 78 percent to lighten it slightly.
11.    The final step is the most important. 
Sit back and look at your layout!  Adjust and tweak as desired until
you are happy with the result.
Add more embellishments or keep it simple but profound as it is!
Most of all...have fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's Pickle Barrel Time Again!!

It's Pickle Barrel time again and this month it's all about keeping things simple!
Enjoying the simple things, simplifying the clutter!
But of course it can be used for ANYTHING!
(the colors are perfect for boy pages!!!)

So what do I have for you this month?
The amazing 6 for $6 + FWP
3 wonderful Add On Packs, an Add On Bundle
the Want-It-All Pickle Barrel Weekend Special Coupon!

 the fabulous 6 for $6 + FWP!
Get everything pictured below PLUS the
Simplicity - Wood Bits  FREE
(which are only available when you purchase the 6-Pack+ FWP
or take advantage of the Want-It-All Special Coupon below during Pickle Barrel weekend!)

 (these fun Wood Bits are perfect for adding to clusters!)
You can also mix and match the 6 individual packs for just $1 each as well.

Save 30% OFF individual Add On Packs this weekend...
 Or grab the Add On Bundle for just $5.40

And for those that Want-It-All....
purchase the 6 for $6 + FWP & the Add On Bundle & get 2 FREEBIES
the Wood Bits AND the October 2016 Calendar Kit
for just $10 with Coupon Code: CBJ-SEPWIA
Head over to my store and grab up these amazing deals between now and
11:59pm Monday, September 19th!

And now...a little eye candy from my amazing Creative Team...first using just the 6 for $6 + FWP!
And here's what you can do with the entire Collection!
I hope you enjoy this month's Pickle Barrel!
Going on now through Monday, September 19th! 

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Friday, September 9, 2016

New Artisan Tutorial using Blendits Layered Template 21!

Join my good friend Lori B as she walks you through creating this page in Artisan 5
using my new Blendits Layered Template 21
Available at
my I Couldn't Be Prouder Collection
Available at 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

**NEW** Blendits Layered Template 21 Tutorial for Photoshop by CTM Susan

Watch how CTM Susan shows you how to create a magnificent page using
Blendits Layered Template 21 and Today I Feel Happy Collection
in Photoshop!

New Releases, PBP Grandparent's Day Celebration & 30% OFF Coupon Code!

It's New Release time and I have some wonderful goodies for you!

We're celebrating Grandparent's Day at PBP this weekend!!
In honor of those special people who have touched our lives and hearts in so many ways,
we're having a 30% OFF Coupon Special good through Sunday, September 11th.
 And....for this event...I created a very special kit celebrating unconditional love
that will be EXCLUSIVE to my PBP Store
This wonderful kit with a very vintage flair is filled with beautiful blended papers and lots of fun vintage goodies inside!
It's perfect for scrapping your grandchildren, grandparents, children, heritage pages...the list goes on!
A definite MUST for your digi-stash!

A little inspiration from my amazing Creative Team:
Aren't these GORGEOUS???
Head over to my PBP Store and use Coupon Code: GRAND30 to save
30% OFF this wonderful Kit!
And...for every purchase at PBP during this sale you'll receive these wonderful Quick Pages FREE!
Also new this week at PBP and TDC is
Blendits Layered Template 21!!!
Turn any kit in your digi-stash with this magical template!
If you are new to these...take a look at some tutorials created for 
Photoshop, PSE and Artisan HERE
(WARNING: these templates are highly addictive!)

A little eye candy from the Team using various kits and collections from my store!
All they did was clip papers to the layers and embellish!
It's that easy because the template does all the wonderful blending for you!
Save 30% OFF at both of my stores!
(use the special GRAND30 coupon at PBP and save 30% OFF ALL
(coupon not valid on Template Bundles)

The World Is Your Oyster (a mix 'n match Collection) is now available at PBP!
I've added a new Bundle + FWP and the Fusion Kit to PBP and TDC!
Grab the Bundle + FWP and get the ENTIRE collection for just $9 through Monday, September 12th!
Save 30% OFF the Kit & Extra Packs!
(don't forget to use the PBP Coupon GRAND30 to get your discount at checkout!) 
 Well....I think that's about it for today!!!
I hope you enjoy the new releases this week!
Wishing all the Grandparents a Happy Grandparent's Day!