Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge 33

Well, I have had a complete computer meltdown for the last couple of weeks, with my design challenge files safely stored on my computer. I finally have the computer back, but almost too late to participate in the design challenge.

Here’s a preview of my portion of the Design Challenge kit.  The only way to get this kit is to participate in the Design Challenge.

I had the worst time making the previews for this challenge and couldn’t figure out how to logically group the elements. The papers are not shown.

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Here’s the minikit I made for the blog hop.

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Blog Hop Elements

Blog Hop Journal Cards

Blog Hop Papers

I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to contact me with any quality issues or feedback and share any layouts that you may make with them.

If you haven’t tried your hand at designing for this challenge before, cast your fears aside and join the group. It is easier than you think. You can learn more about the challenges at Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge.

 

Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge 32

It’s time for the reveal of the Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge 32. The colors were perfect for The Princess and the Frog. I had quite a bit of fun with this theme and ended up with a main kit for the challenge and three mini-kits for the blog hop.

Here’s a preview of my portion of the Design Challenge kit.  The only way to get this kit is to participate in the Design Challenge.

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Even though only those who participated in the Design Challenge are eligible to receive the kit above, everyone can grab these mini-kits and alphabet. I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to contact me with any quality issues or feedback and share any layouts that you may make with them.

 

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Alphabet

Royal Kitchen

Royal Party

Royal Shadows

Royal Papers

If you haven’t tried your hand at designing for this challenge before, cast your fears aside and join the group. It is easier than you think. You can learn more about the challenges at Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge.

Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge 31

For my second foray into the digital scrapbook design world and my second submission to Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge, I experimented with Adobe Photoshop styles and explored Adobe Illustrator. As I am still very much a Photoshop novice, I definitely don’t have the skill set to try my hand at making my own styles. Rather than embarrass myself, I decided to download free styles and to purchase additional styles specifically designed for scrapbooking. Oh, how addictive and fun styles are! While playing with the styles, I learned two very important lessons. One, if there are directions, read them; if there are videos, watch them! Two, if a style has both a style and an action, make sure that the action in the action panel and the style in the styles panel match.

At this point, my favorite style designers are:

Mommyish (any and all types of styles)

Studio Flergs (metals and glitter)

Sahin Designs (a little bit of everything)

As an introduction to Adobe Illustrator, I watched Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Beginners, a series of 79 very short (approximately 5 minutes each) and very basic tutorials. These videos assume that the viewer has absolutely no experience with Adobe Illustrator, making them a perfect introductory course of me. As a follow-up to these tutorials, I am currently watching Adobe Illustrator for Beginners, which provides just a little bit more indepth detail for each topic. By following the directions from these videos, I was able to make a few simple elements and patterns from scratch: a trash can, a trolley car, balloons, and a star paper pattern.

The color scheme for this challenge is blue, red, green, and gray. After some thought, I decided on Main Street as the theme. Here’s a preview of my portion of the Design Challenge kit.  The only way to get this kit is to participate in the Design Challenge.

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Even though only those who participated in the Design Challenge are eligible to receive the kit above, everyone can grab this mini-kit. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to contact me with any quality issues or feedback and share any layouts that you may make with it.

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Main Street Sweets

Alphabet

If you are a Spanish speaker, Roxana translated several journal cards and word art bits into Spanish.

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Spanish Journal Cards and Word Art

Alphabet- Spanish

If you haven’t tried your hand at designing for this challenge before, cast your fears aside and join the group. It is easier than you think. You can learn more about the challenges at Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge.

Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge 30

This is the post excerpt.

I have a love-hate relationship with Photoshop. When I have “mastered” just one minuscule aspect of the program, I realize I haven’t. There are always nuances that are often times obscure to a non-technical person such as myself. As a result, I am slowly resigning myself to the fact that I may spend days exploring variations of just one Photoshop function. To do that, I need a purpose, an endgame, to make the process more enjoyable, and to ensure that I will do it, rather than sideline it.

Thus, my tentative foray into the world of digital scrapbook designing and my first submission to Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge. I debated and debated participating before inhaling deeply and plunging into it. Once I started playing, it seemed as if I couldn’t stop experimenting.

The color scheme for this challenge is wonderfully soft and pairs nicely with Disney’s Elena of Avalor, a requested mini-theme for this Design Challenge. I briefly researched this princess and those surrounding her, watched the first episode of the show, and found myself impressed with the story-line, characters, music, and cultural references. If you are unfamiliar with Elena, you may want to check out these three short articles for an overview of the newest Disney princess:

10 Things to Know About Disney’s Newest Princess

Elena of Avalor- A Strong, Contemporary Hispanic Princess

Disney Debuts Its First Latina Princess

Here’s the preview of my first attempt at digital designing and my first ever submission to the Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge. I had quite a bit of fun designing pieces of it, finding and manipulating commercial use products, and discovering Adobe Illustrator along the way. The only way to get this kit is to participate in the Design Challenge.

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Even though only those who participated in the Design Challenge are eligible to receive the kit above, everyone can grab this mini-kit. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to contact me with any quality issues or feedback and share any layouts that you may make with it.

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Download Links:

Elements

Papers

Extras

If you are interested in adding a bit of Latina authenticity to your layout, I have made several journal cards and word art bits in Spanish.

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Spanish Version

If you haven’t tried your hand at designing for this challenge before, cast your fears aside and join the group. It is easier than you think: I found tons of tutorials and free commercial use products, which made designing many of the elements and papers amazingly easy. You can learn more about the challenges at Mousescrappers’ Design Challenge.