Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun House Templates... Is that Glitter and Paint? What can I do with it?

submitted by Nancy aka physioscrapper
LissyKay Designs Creative Team Member

This tutorial is written for primarily for PSE and PS.

If you haven't checked out LissyKay's newest templates for the GingerScraps October Buffet Sale, you should!  Now! My first reaction when I saw the Fun House Templates was: "Is that glitter?"  with the answer being "YES!!". Then I opened the templates and saw there were paint layers too!  How neat, but how do you use it or what can you do with it?

Melissa (LissyKay) is amazing and made these templates so versatile! Let's explore all the possibilities!

The glitter, shapes and paint are on 3 totally separate layers, so it gives us MANY options.


1) You can leave the glitter layer and shape layer together and do nothing more with them.
The colors match the Gingerscraps Buffet Collection, so if you have pictures that could use the sparkle and fun of these templates, play away and don't touch these 2 layers. HOWEVER... If you are going to do this I would either lock the 2 layers together so one doesn't get moved accidentally, or merge the 2 layers together. You lock layers together by highlighting BOTH layers and clicking on the little lock. In different versions of PSE and PS the lock is located either at the top or the bottom of the layers panel, but it's there!  This means that if one layer moves the other goes along with it.


To merge the 2 layers into one, highlight both layers and press Control/Command (on a Mac) +E;  or you can click on the drop down menu tab in the layers panel and select merge layers. This will make the glitter and shape layer as one.

2) You can use JUST the shape layer and clip papers to it like normal and hide/delete the glitter layer. You don't have to use the glitter layer at all.
-Hide the glitter layer by clicking on the little eye icon beside the letter to turn it off.
-To clip papers to a layer
In PSE:  Press:  Cntl/Com + G.
In PS:  Press:  Cntl/Com + Alt/Option (on a Mac) + G.
3. You can use your own paper from a collection and apply the glitter to it.
- Keep the glitter layer active.
- Clip your own paper to the shape layer. The glitter is now applied to your paper.
4. Change the color of the glitter by using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment.
For example: Let's say you want the glitter to be purple instead of the red that is showing...
- Click on the Adjustment Layer icon in your layers panel. You want to use this way of getting the Hue/Saturation box as it comes up in its own layer. This allows you to change things later. If you use the Hue/Saturation from under Layers on the top panel it adjusts your layer directly.
- Choose Hue/Saturation. Make sure this layer is ABOVE the glitter layer. 
- Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to your GLITTER layer. (This prevents your changes from affecting the entire layout below it) Cntl/com + G (in PSE)  Contl/com + Alt/Option + G in PS.
- Click on the hue/saturation box to expand the adjustment panel.
- Change the color from MASTER to RED (as this glitter is primarily red and we want to change the red tones). If you have a green glitter and want to change it, you would select Green.
- Move the Hue slider and see the color of your glitter change!

5. Altering the PAINT layers:
Please note on these templates there are also PAINT layers that provide a 'grunge' look to the papers.
Turn the paint on or off to your liking.


6. Recolor the Paint.
You can also recolor the PAINT the same way as we did the glitter, by using the HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer.
We have to add one more step though since the paint is in a black tone, which won't automatically color.
- First add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer above the PAINT layer.
- Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to the Paint layer. (as above)
- Open the Hue/Saturation box by clicking on the icon on the layer.
*** this is the different step coming.
- Click on the Colorize box. 

- Increase the saturation and the lightness sliders (to make it lighter initially)
- Change/move the Hue/Saturation slider to what color you'd like. If you get the right color but not the right tone, then you'll have to play with the Saturation (to make it a deeper or brighter tone); and the Lightness slider (to get darker or lighter.)
So many mix and match and change options!  Have fun trying them with different collections!





Monday, September 29, 2014

Current Sales, Limited Edition Bundles & a FB Freebie

While no new kits were added to the shops this weekend, I did package up kits I had in one shop and put them in the other. Having done that, there are some discounts and limited edition bundles available this week. There is also a $1 kit, a part of my effort to discount earlier releases so new customers can pick them up. So, on to the sales!

This Moment Kits at GingerScraps


This Moment 1 was the first of the packs I made for the GDS August Mixology. I utilized a technique I created where I mimic the look of a mat found in a custom frame. You can clip or recolor the top layer, then utilize the pre-made cork bevels around each opening to perfectly frame your photos and papers. With this technique, shading is optional. I also wanted to show how you can easily place embellishments and words on to the top of the page frame. You are not limited to a strictly pocket-page look. Use these to build original layouts. Several of the gals on my creative team absolutely love this new style and have been sending me lots of requests for new templates. So this look will continue to pop up throughout my collection. This kit is on sale for only $1.50.


This Moment 2 template kit contains two layouts similar in theme but different in photo quantity. I wanted to give you the option of having a cover page with the one-photo template. Of course, you can may use it for a stand alone layout, I simply wanted you to have options!! The second template is a custom made postage style frame with 5 openings. Fill with 5 photos or use only a few, adding paper, embellishments, journal cards or word art in the remaining openings. The pack is on sale for $1.50.

The This Moment Template Bundle combines both the template packs I created for this promotion. While they are completely different styles, you will find a vast array of uses. Don't let the color palette throw you off. They are generic enough to be used with any color scheme and theme. This bundle is a limited edition pack for only $2.00 this week. This makes it a fantastic value as you will spend on 50 cents a template.


Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Yes, this is a proper kit with papers, embellishments and words. I had such a great time making the This Moment Mini Kit. It was actually therapeutic. I even had a chance to build some pieces from scratch (the brads, the charm and frame.) Combined with the outlined look (another favorite of mine), you have a bold kit with all the things you need to make a fast page or two. There are great pieces here for making greeting cards, as well. The kit is on sale for $1.50.


I LOVE paper. When I was paper scrapping, I became a bit of a paper "collector." Textures were so important to me. When I started learning design, I was over the moon knowing I could make paper and add the textures I love most. The This Moment Solid pack is one of my most favorite looks for a solid paper. The canvas texture with hints of white poking through give it a worn look without feeling old. This is a fun pack to add to your basic stash as the colors fit into so many different palettes. The individual pack is on sale for $1.50.


The This Moment Scrap Bundle combines both the mini and solid paper kits for only $2.00. The 50% savings ends up making each kit only $1.00. This is a limited edition bundle. It is here for a short time and once it is gone, the value will be gone.


This Moment Collection contains all four This Moment kits. You will receive both template packs, the mini digital scrapbook kit and the solid paper pack for only $3.50. This is the best value and makes each kit only $0.94.



Catch a Wave at GDS

Catch a Wave -- originally release at GingerScraps for the August Buffet -- can now be picked up at GoDigital. It is also on sale for $2.40 until Thursday, October 2, 2014. This is one of my most favorite kits because of the use of wavy trims to build unique frames. Additional waves contrast the wave frame, really drawing a person's eyes right to the photo. It is all about creating a visual pathway to the most important part of the layout: The Photo Subject!

Dollar Kit

A few times a month I mark down one of my earlier kits to only a $1 so newer customers can pick up kits they have not seen at little expense. One of my loyal gals requested this kit go on sale this week. So Ruth, here is Bits n Pieces just for you! The kit is on sale until Thursday, October 2, 2014.


Prefer to pick it up at GoDigitalScrapbooking? Just click here to go directly to the kit in the GDS shop.


Mixology: Boy's World

Boy's World 1 and Boy's World 2 utilize a map pointer as the focal piece of each kit.





In the Queue

On October 1st, the GingerScraps Buffet shop will open and I will be releasing several Halloween-themed kits. I am a sucker for this holiday and have had fun making my own little monsters (no scary ones) and doing a lot of digital paper piecing. You will find fun templates with parts you can take off and use for other projects. These will be interactive kits. Oh, and yes, there will be a new My Story kit. I am sure you can guess the topic of that one!

New Facebook Freebie

Be sure to stop by the LissyKay Facebook fan page. A new template freebie has been posted and will be available between now and the end of the October. Once iDSD hits, new freebies will be posted. This will be your only chance to grab the new fall template for free.



Want a little inspiration for this new freebie? Here are some stunning samples from a few of my creative team members:


    


Enjoy all the goodies. I will be back October 1st to show off all the new Buffet kits!

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September Mixology and MixPlayWin

Mixology kits are up and ready for you to purchase at GoDigitalScrapbooking. Between now and October 7, 2014, you can pick up each kit for only $1.20. And if you do purchase them, be sure to enter the MixPlayWin contest. All participants will receive a $4 gift card to the LissyKay shop and be eligible to win a guest CT spot in November.



Boy's World Mixology Kits

Here are the kits. Both the Boy's World 1 and Boy's World 2 kits utilize a map pointer as the main feature of the layout. Normally we find these embellishments in kits to use as an accent. With these two template kits, the map pointers are front and center, the main frame of the page.



Creative Team Inspiration

And here are the stunning layouts from my creative team.

                

MixPlayWin

Each month I host the MixPlayWin contest. The rules are simple. You may use either Boy's World 1 or Boy's World 2. Here are the specific details:


On October 8, 2014, I will start sending out the gift cards and the layouts will be posted on this website for public voting. After 1 week of voting, the scrapper with the most votes wins a guest spot on the LissyKay Creative Team for the month of November. Make sure you respond to this post with your 3 links to be eligible for both the $4 gift card and the chance to be a guest CT.

Good luck to you all!

Monday, September 22, 2014

So Many Exciting Events Happening this Week (Plus Freebies)

Summer is officially behind us and autumn is creeping up fast, well at least where I live. If you are south of the equator, then you must be getting ready for spring. I absolutely love fall. There is a certain smell in the air when the leaves change and the crispness of the mornings which are so familiar. (And yes, I get a little poetic.)

We have so many things happening and I fear if you blink, you will miss an unbelievable bargain. So I will work down the list, with an overview first up:

1. GingerScraps 6th Birthday Celebration
2. 40% off Store wide
3. New Releases
4. Your Stories Go Digital Feature, with freebies
5. Winner of MixPlayWin & October guest CT
6. Preview of the next Mixology

GingerScraps 6th Birthday Celebration

We are celebrating GingerScraps 6th birthday. All the sales and events are happening right now and will go through till Thursday, September 25, 2014. All the shops, including the LissyKay shop, are 40% off. 


In addition to the sale, each designer chose up to 3 kits for the $1 Bake Sale. The LissyKay kits available for $1 are: Open Sesame, My Story Vol 4 & Behind the Mask


And the GS Designers are hosting a Facebook Hop, with my part being 2 free templates. Here is a look at the freebies you will find on my Facebook page. Once you pick them up, simply click through to the next stop on the hop.



40% Off Sale

Since I have my GingerScraps shop marked down 40% off, the LissyKay GoDigital shop has been marked down, as well. Between now and end of day Thursday, September 25, 2014, you can go on a shipping spree...or two...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

New Releases

I have two new template kits in the shop. If you buy one new release, you will get the second release free. Simply add one kit to your cart and you will receive the download links for both kits.


The Big Picture kit is a different take on the large photo page. Instead of having a photo border met up with a paper edge, strips of paper fall on top of the photo. The embellishments are designed to scatter along different parts of the photo edge, with even the title hanging over. If you love using objects on top of your photos, you will enjoy these layout designs. If you are new to putting embellishments on your photos, then this kit will help you with placement. To add some depth to the layout, paint masks have been used for the photo spots.


Pretty Little Mask is a template kit highlighting paint masks for photos and using a carefree hand on embellishment placement. Messy stitches help frame the photos with strategically placed sunbursts aiding with focal paths. This was such a fun kit for me to make.


Here are layouts from my creative team and how they beautifully interpreted the templates.

The Big Picture Layouts:

          

Pretty Little Mask Layouts:

         

Your Stories Go Digital

Last week was the start of my two-week feature at Your Stories Go Digital. This is a talented group of scrappers who visit the Your Stories Facebook page for inspiration and to discover the variety of kits out in digi land. The layout artists there have been showcasing some of my kits. In addition, I made a kit just for this event and it is being released one template at a time as a free download. Here is a look at the whole kit you will get once you collect all four templates:

Stop by and pick up the 3 pieces currently available and pick up discount codes. There is a $3 off coupon up right now, with an even bigger one releasing the end of this week.

MixPlayWin August Winner

Thank you to those who participated in the August MixPlayWin. This is a contest that takes us about a month to complete. It is simple: scrap with one of the current Mixology kits, submit a layout before the deadline, receive a gift card for participating, then all the submitted layouts are voted on by you to fill a month-long guest spot on the LissyKay creative team.

The winner of the October guest CT spot is Amy Smart (username familyhistoryscrapper.) She had the most votes for this layout and is invited to be a part of the team starting October 1st.


Congrats Amy!


Mixology Preview

Starting on September 24th, the new Mixology kits will be released at GoDigitalScrapbooking. We will be holding a sneak peek drawing on Monday. Here is your first look at what you can expect. These kits are another set where I take a popular embellishment and make it the central piece of the page (similar to the reel master kit.) Check back on the LissyKay FB page Monday to enter to win.


There was a lot to get through this week, so thanks for reading through everything. I do hope you are able to pick up some items from your wish list or try LissyKay templates for the very first time during these great sales. Be sure to collect all the freebies!

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa