Tuesday, August 26, 2014

$2 Tuesday Limited-Edition Bundle

It is $2 Tuesday time at GoDigitalScrapbooking!

   


Instead of pulling an older kit, I have added a limited-edition bundle. The kits Red, White & You and Stars & Stripes, previously released at GingerScraps in the July Buffet, have been combined to create the Patriotic Bundle. From Tuesday, August 26 to Thursday, August 28, 2014, you may pick up the bundle for only $2. After that, the bundle goes away and the kits will be split back up into their original kits.


Monday, August 25, 2014

And the July Mixology Winner Is...


Thank you so much to all the gals who submitted layouts in last month's Mix.Play.Win. All the gals who entered won a $4 gift card to my shop. Now, we announce the winner of the vote...a vote opened to all LissyKay fans.

It was a close race and came down to one vote. The winner is:

marys

Mary, will you please email me at lissykaydesigns@gmail.com so we can chat about the September CT guest spot!

There is a new contest up with the August Mixology kits. To see details, please visit this post: "August Mixology Kits Now Available, New Contest."

August Mixology Kits Now Available, New Contest

Happy Mixology! I have two template packs and something I have never released before...a mini kit! For those not familiar with Mixology, GoDigiralScrapbooking designers are given the same color palette and theme. We then make smaller kits than we normally would so that during the sale period you can mix and match for only $1.20 a kit.

This month I have four packs available: 2 template kit, 1 mini kit and a solid paper kit. Yes, you read that correctly. I have a mini kit and paper pack. Figured it was time to expand my horizons.

Here are the kits available, which are on sale for $1.20 until September 5, 2014.

This Moment 1 (Template Pack)

This Moment 1 uses a new technique I just started using last week. To recreate the beveled mat look you see in custom framing, these templates have a layer just for the beveled chipboard. This allows you to recolor or clip to match your layouts. Of course, you may leave it as is and still get clean lines and wonderful focal points. All the boxes are set up to easily clip paper and photos to. This pack is slightly different from my other beveled kit. This one shows how to add embellishments on top of the layout filled with cuts into the top layer. The kit is only $1.20 until September 5th.

This Moment 2 (Template Pack)

This Moment 2 is the second template pack available. This kit plays with grunge backgrounds and incorporates some of my favorite elements. I wanted to give you templates which allow you to make layouts fast. I figured with school just starting, most of us won't have a lot time to scrap, but these will let you knock out your pages in no time. You can also combine these two templates together to make a double page. I was thinking about my daughter's first day of school when I made these. I have one page for the big photo of her on her first day, and the second template allows me to put a series of shots from her first day. This kit is also on sale for $1.20 until September 5th.


This Moment Mini Kit

Yes, your are seeing correctly. No tricks here. This is a mini digital scrapbook kit. I have been playing for sometime and finally worked the nerve up to release This Moment Mini Kit. I have been making paper and elements for some time in the shop collabs, but I figured it was time to put my name on my work. I have really been into the doodled/lined look. Many of you know I have been recovering from spine surgery, which means a lot of time stuck in bed. I really needed something to do to overcome boredom. And I so love playing with styles and textures. Long story short, I have a mini kit to show you what I have been up to the last month. You can pick up this mini kit for only $1.20 until September 5th.

This Moment Solid Papers 

Can't have a mini kit with a great set of solids. With a scuffed canvas look. This Moment Solid papers has all the colors you need for backgrounds, mats and clipping to anything you need. They even look great clipped to the beveled edges of This Moment 1 template kit. I am such a texture person and love the canvas look. This pack is $1.20 until September 5th.


Mix. Play. Win.

It is time for Mix.Play.Win. This is the monthly opportunity to pick up one of my Mixology template packs and earn a $4 gift card and a chance to win a guest spot on my creative team. Here is how it works:


Be sure to post your layouts and add the links in the comment section. You have until Saturday, September 6, 2014 to post your links. Then on Monday, September 8, 2014, all the layouts will be posted for voting. The winner of the vote will be the guest creative team member for the month of October.

Enjoy these new kits. I do hope you have fun scrapping with them!

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa

Tutorial: Resizing Layouts to post on the Web or to Store Galleries

completed by Nancy aka physioscrapper
Creative Team Member - LissyKay Designs

You've made your layout, now the questions are:
'What do I have to do, or how do I resize the page, to post in the store galleries or on the internet?"

This tutorial is primarily for PSE (Photoshop  Elements) and PS (Photoshop - all versions).

Most scrapbooking galleries have a size limit on placement of layout pages.
The general physical size allowed is 600 x 600 pixels with the quality 200 or 250 kb.

At Gingerscraps: *Max size is 600 x 600 pixels and under 250 kb.
At Go Digital Scrapbooking:  your page must be under 300 kb.
There are many galleries that have a maximum of 200 kb.
Please check the galleries that you will be posting at and chose the lowest quality (ie: 200 kb) to save it at or you may have to resize several times when posting.

In the following instructions, I have used one of LissyKay's templates as the 12" x 12" layout example.  The normal course of action is that you would complete your layout; save it as a 12" x 12" layout, and then secondly - resize it for the galleries or web.

Under FILE on the menu bar - go to SAVE for WEB....
 Click "YES" on the pop-up box that appears that says you understand the page is too big.

1) Resize your image.
A 12x12" layout is 3600 px x 3600 px.  Change the box to read 600 x600 pixels as this is what the max size that the galleries will allow.  You will see your image change in size in the preview box once that has been entered.
2.  Make sure bicubic sharpener is chosen.
Click on the arrow beside QUALITY and a drop down menu will appear.
Chose Bicubic Sharpener as we want to sharpen our image as we reduce it's size.
(Bicubic Smoother is used if you were to increase the size of your image.)
Please note:  If you have already sharpened your image before saving, there are instances where using the bicubic sharpener sharpens the image too much; or makes it look too harsh.  In this case just keep the quality at Bicubic (the default).
3.  Metadata:  Usually this can be left at the default of  NONE.
However if you are saving a photo, use the metadata area to list kit supplies and designer, or want to put a copyright on your photo/layout you want to chose the appropriate info from the drop down menu.
Metadata is filled out on your photo/ layout BEFORE saving.  You find the boxes to fill out under
FILE ---> FILE INFO.  Any information you place in the FILE INFO area can be embedded into the 'data' of your layout or picture for future reference.  This is Metadata.

4.  Set quality (usually under 250 or 200 kb).
At the very top right of the page, it says PRESET.
In some versions of PSE you may have to have "CUSTOM" showing.  In this version of PS you just leave it as it appears [Unnamed].
See the little drop down menu icon to the Preset box right.
Click on this, and a  menu appears with a few options.  Choose:  OPTIMIZE to FILE SIZE.

In the box that appears type:  195 kb.  (if the gallery with the lowest quality setting is 200 kb).
If the gallery you use has a maximum of 250 kb... then I would type in 245.
(You could type in 200/ 250, but I've personally found that sometimes the galleries won't accept numbers that are very close to it's maximum.)
Click on "OK".
 AND PRESTO!   Your image is resized perfectly for the gallery.

5.  To finish:  CLICK on SAVE.
(I have a yearly file just for email sized versions to avoid confusion when uploading to galleries.)

Very quick and easy once you've done it the first time!



 




Saturday, August 23, 2014

2 New Kits: Buy 1, Get the 2nd Free

Happy weekend! I hope you are having a great time. I am sure many of you are getting back to school and getting the kiddos settled into the new schedule. I know in my house we are going crazy getting my daughter Keziah ready to start her freshman year. (I may be having a mid-life crisis trying to accept my darling girl is not my baby anymore.)

Ok, no more melancholy meanderings. Onto the goodies!

There are two new template kits available, and I did something a little different this time around. I want to help build your stash and get the best value for your dollar. So if you pick up one of the new kits, you get the second one free. This sale only lasts for one week. After August 28th, the kits will be available separately.

The first kit, Vertical Drop, is my latest set focusing on the big photos. I have several big photo kits, but I realized they are all for horizontal pictures. I was working on a layout with a GORGEOUS kit from ForeverJoy Designs and wanted to showcase my beautiful daughter. Thus, this kit was created because of that layout. Take a look at Vertical Drop:


The second kit available this weekend is Inside Out. One of my creative team members asked me to come up with templates with cuts into the page. I made them but felt there needed to be a little more oomph. For many years my stepdad had a frame shop, so I learned how to make custom frames. It hit me this kit needed a little touch from the frame world. Using beveled chipboard cuts, the openings literally popped off the page.


To make it easy for you, the beveled part is it's own layer. This means you can color fill or clip digital paper to the top layer. Then you have a choice of either leaving the chipboard look or clipping a new color. My creative team tried many different ways of clipping paper and color-filled layers to the beveled edges to make sure they could be matched to the colors of any layout. I am happy to say...it worked proving the versatility of this kit.


Between now and Thursday, August 28, 2014, you can pick up one of the new kits for only $3.20. And when you buy one kit, you will get the other new release free! If you purchase from GingerScraps, add one kit to your cart and the second kit will automatically appear in your cart at no charge. If you purchase from GoDigitalScrapbooking, buy one kit and you will receive the download keys for both kits.

I really hope you enjoy playing with these kits. And if you are too busy with all the back-to-school festivities, snag these kits and set them aside for that day when you have a long break and can just sit with the computer and create stunning layouts.





Creative Team Inspiration


Without further ado, here are the stunning layouts from the gals. First up, Vertical Drop:



And now the works of art using Inside Out:



August Template Challenge

The current template challenge at GingerScraps has a template I created. You can download it for free. The template is one of many challenges you can take on to earn an amazing collaboration kit. Check out the page for the template and information about the challenges.


I stopped in the GingerScraps gallery to see layouts made by some very talented scrappers. I love seeing how others use my templates and really make it their own. There are so many to choose from and I wish I could share them all. Here are a few showing the versatility of the template and examples of the different ways you can use it. Since their layouts are being featured on my site, each of these ladies will receive a free kit from shop. Here are the layouts:


If your layout was featured, please send me an email and let me know which kit you would like from the shop. You will receive a code to pick up the kit of your choice as a gift!


Enjoy all the new goodies. There will be lot more popping up in the shops over the next week.

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa