Monday, September 1, 2014

9-5-14 Sneak Peek/Giveaway

It is time for another sneak peek/giveaway. This is a new My Story kit, which will  be released at both shops this coming Friday, September 5, 2014.


To enter, simply leave a comment with an answer to this question:

"What types of activities will you do this fall in which you think you will need templates to scrap those photos?"

Responses need to be left by Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10pm Mountain time.

There will be a 2nd sneak peek posted later this week on the LissyKay Facebook page. Stay tuned for that one!

Good luck!

September Buffet: Keep it Reel Template Kit

 

I have been anxiously awaiting the perfect ideas to hit me for using reel masters on a template. For about 4 months I have sketched and really didn't feel over the moon about my looks until last week. I am so thrilled with this template kit and hope you love it as much as I do. And since it is September Buffet at GingerScraps, you can pick up the new kit Keep it Reel for 50% off. Between now and September 5, 2014, Keep it Reel is only $2.


What makes this a fun digital scrapbook template kit is that you can incorporate a reel onto your page and utilize the spots for a series of photos. At the same time, you have templates in the kit which turn the reels into a simple frame with lots of embellishments. This is truly a great variety of uses for a reel. You either clip paper to the reel in the template kit or take a reel from one of your kits. For the reels with open photo spots, photo masks are placed to make it easy for you to add your photos.

Here are some samples from my creative team:


Enjoy this new kit and share your layouts. I would love to see how you use one of my most favorite kits!

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Discounted Template Bundles at GingerScraps & Labor Day Sale

To celebrate the Labor Day holiday, both shops are 40% off through Tuesday, September 2, 2014.



New Kits at GingerScraps

I have taken some of my past Mixology kits and released them at GingerScraps. And for a short time, you can pick up limited edition bundles which make the kits 50% off.



Gone Fishin' Template Kits

The Gone Fishin' bundle is a pack of templates with large paint masks in the background and custom frames to focus in on photos. I even added a second layer to the frame so you can give it a  matted look which makes it pop off the page.

The individual kits are available and discounted. Gone Fishin' 1 has the one-photo curved frame with the full page paint mask in the background. Gone Fishin' 2 has the three-photo frames with the matted layer and a full page paint mask in the background. Both kits have cluster varieties to make it easy for you to add embellishments.

 

Follow Your Heart Template Kits

The Follow Your Heart bundle is all about changing the way your photos look on the page. Really, the photo becomes both an embellishment and feature of the layout. The bundle brings both kits together, making the kits 50% off the original price.



The individual packs are available and discounted. Follow Your Heart 1 is all about curvy photo splits. These were designed to make it a one-step process to split your photo. The curve splits are one photo mask. Simply clip your photo to the mask for instant spliced photos. Follow Your Heart 2 takes the large horizontal photo and allows you to bleed embellishments, word and paper onto your photo. If you have ever been hesitant to put items on top of your photos, this is the perfect set to loosen you up and let the ellies fly all over the page.

 

That is all that is new in the shops this weekend. Check back soon to see what is new in the September buffet. Hands down, one of the coolest kits I have ever made.

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa

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!