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Disney Cruise Tag Book Full BlogPost

By: Mary Jo Johnston

Summer is here! Grab those vacation photos and let’s make something AMAZING!

I’ve been making a ton of tags lately (instead of my usual ‘go to’ – cards) and thought it would be so much fun to turn those tags into a mini vacation book from our recent Disney Cruise. Of course, Miss Mint has the perfect kit to coordinate. She’s a rock star like that!

This is such a simple project even for a beginner crafter to create and your kids will love flipping through it so let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vacation or favorite photos
  • Cardstock or chipboard for the base of your tags
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Glue and/or foam dots
  • Your favorite stickers and/or embellishments
  • Ribbon
  • (1) Loose leaf ring or jump ring
  • Printed Peppermint Creative Papers and LIP Cards

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Cut the number of tags you’d like to have in your book out of cardstock. This is a heavier weight paper (somewhere between cardboard and paper) that will give your tags some substance and durability. I used a basic tag shape and my tags are approximately 6” tall by 3.25” wide. Cover the base of your tags with your favorite Peppermint Creative patterned papers and cardstock. Punch a hole at the top of each tag. I like to punch the first one and use it as a guide by laying it on top of the next and punching through both or just use it and mark with a pencil to keep them all even.

Once you’ve got your tags cut and covered the fun begins! It’s time to add your photos and embellish.

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You can embellish a few tags without a photo or keep one plain just for journaling.

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Print and cut out some embellishments from your favourite digital kit or grab some store-bought stickers, letters and 3D embellishments.

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This is my favorite page! The LIP Cards are perfect for printing and add that perfect embellishment to your projects! You can customize the size and add a few foam dots to make them pop off the page.

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I added a little anchor sticker right to the middle of this card and it’s my favorite of the whole album! Assemble all of your tags with a loose leaf ring or a jump ring (found at any office supply store). Add a colorful ribbon to the ring and you have a showcase of your memories!

This could also be a fun craft to let the kids create the themselves. Print and prep the tag bases and let them add the photos and embellish.

Be sure to upload your creations to the Peppermint Creative Gallery. You might just find your project featured on the blog! =)

Happy creating!

xo Mary Jo

How to print digital project life cards

You found some super cute digital pocket cards online but you want these babies in print! Now what? If you’ve got software like Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at your disposal it’s as easy as opening your files, dragging them onto a new document and pressing print.

If you’re thinking about giving pocket style scrapbooking a try and prefer working with your hands instead of a computer screen or are already a die-hard Project Lifer getting seduced by all the stunning digital card kits available, I’m delighted to assure you that printing your cards is really quick and simple.

One of the best things about using digital cards is that you can print out only what you need as you need it. No need to store stacks of cards and clutter up your workspace. When you have to store stacks of cards you need get an organizer to put them in. When you put an organizer on your desk you realize you need a bigger desk. When you get a bigger desk you need a bigger workspace. To get a bigger workspace you must take over one your children’s bedrooms. Now little Bobby has to sleep in the basement.

Don’t make Bobby sleep in the basement. Use digital cards.

Which bring me to this tutorial. My lovely friend Candace Zentner is a super crafty gal. She’s a paper gal at heart but loves doing hybrid crafts. She recently decided to give pocket style scrapbooking a try and was pleased as punch to discover that printing out her cards was a lot easier than she thought it would be. “People need to know how easy this is!” She exclaimed (or rather typed over email) So she graciously put together this fab tutorial.

How to Print Digital Pocket Cards

Supplies:

White Cardstock or Matte Photo Paper
Printer
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
LIP Digital Card Kit

How to:

1. Open up Blank File. In Photoshop Elements go to File>New>Blank File. In Photoshop it’s just File>New. 

2. Set size of your new document to either 12×12” (if you have a wide format printer) or 8.5×11” if you have a standard printer. Be sure your Resolution is set to 300 dpi (pixels/inch). Background can be set to Transparent or White.

Open photoshop doc

3. Open up the digital pocket cards you want to print. Select FILE>OPEN.

TIP: Select multiple cards at once by holding down the CTRL key while clicking on each file you want to open. This will allow you to highlight more than one card.

Open files

4. Drag and drop cards onto your blank document.

TIP: Make sure none of the open files are maximized. You should be viewing all the cards stacked one on top of the other as shown below. If a single card is maximized to take up the entire screen you won’t be able to drag and drop files (cards). To fix this click on the ‘Restore’ button.

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5. If you’re working on a 12×12” document, arrange your cards like a puzzle with no spaces in between to get as many cards on a sheet as possible.

Zooming in (CNTL +) on the cards also helps to line the cards up perfectly. Since the cards are typically all 4” on one side, it’s easy to arrange them in three rows by rotating them if needed.

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You can also use the Align and Distribute Tools located in your toolbar at the top of your screen to help line things up.

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If you’re working on an 8.5×11” document you can fit 6 3×4” cards to a page rotated horizontally.

6. Once all the cards are arranged, send to print.

How to print project life cards

7. Cut the cards using a paper trimmer

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8. The fun begins! Here’s the totally adorable page she made:

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AWESOME. It never gets old to seeing my designs in use and somehow a touch even more exciting to see them in print. I hope this post helped relieve your printing anxiety and gets you excited to give it shot!

Visit Candace’s blog for a look at more of her awesome crafts.

Happy scrapping,

Mm sig

 

What is Washi Tape?

In a nutshell washi tape is a high quality masking tape made of rice paper. But more than that it looks pretty kick ass when used in crafting. The low tack adhesive makes it extremely easy to use (and reuse) plus it comes in countless colours and patterns which makes it a ton of fun to incorporated into your scrapbooking pages and projects.

Realistic washi tape digital scrapbook
image source: wishywashi.com

That’s cool stuff but Washi Tape scares me!

Washi Tape has become the trend du jour in the scrapbooking world for the last little while both in traditional paper and digital scrapbooking. You’ve likely seen it gracing layouts all over Pinterest and your favourite scrap sites and thought “oh cool – but I don’t know how to use it!”.

As with anything in the land of digital scrapbooking, the challenge becomes (and what you really want to know is) how to make it look realistic? Turns out it’s actually pretty easy and with a few quick swipes of your mouse you can give your digital washi tape a more realistic look by adding some highlights and shadows.

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Tutorial for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users.

Have no fear! Help is here. The two tools we’re going to use are DODGE and BURN. Dodge lightens things up. Burns darkens them. And just in case you are wondering the Sponge Tool sucks up your colour saturation but we won’t be using that today. You will find these tools in your tool bar where you have your brush, your pen, selection tool etc.

Dodgeburn digital washi tape how to

Open your layout or photo and your washi tape and position however you like. You can put it straight, on an angle, you can layer pieces – anything goes.

Washi tape is meant to be semi-transparent. If it’s not transparent enough you can lower the opacity. If it’s too transparent you can duplicate the layer and adjust the opacity of the duplicated layer to taste.

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Now that everything’s in place we’re going to add the highlights and shadows. Select the DODGE tool first. Once it’s selected you will find some options pop up at the top of your screen in your tool bar. You can change your brush size and you can change the RANGE. You will have to play with this to suit your taste.

If you are using the Dodge Tool and you select HIGHLIGHTS, the tool will lighten the highlights. If you choose midtones, it will lighten only the midtones. You may choose to use a combo of both. It is somewhat dependant on the color of the tape and the effect you want to create. Think of exposure as ‘opacity’. If the effect is too strong, undo and lower the exposure. Alternatively choose EDIT>FADE and you an lower the intensity of the effect you just created. This only works if done immediately after.

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You are going to use your Dodge Tool to create a highlight directly ABOVE where there tape hits the edge of the picture. You are going to use the BURN tool to create a shadow directly below. Holding down SHIFT while you drag your mouse across the tape will give you a straight line.

Repeat until satisfied with the result.

Digital washi tape realistic

The final step is to add a drop shadow. To do this double click the tape layer and the Layer Styles box will pop up. Select drop shadow and adjust your settings. We are going for subtle and realistic. Do not do this:

Bad drop shadow

Here are the setting I used for this demo. I’d suggest a distance of no more than 2. You can experiment. I also prefer to have the Blend Mode set to Linear Burn. This works great for transparent stuff. I lowered the opacity of the Blend Mode as well. You might lower it less on the blue tape than you would on the white tape.

Drop shadow settings washi tape

And here’s my final look.

Digital washi tape shadows how to

Here’s a direct side by side comparison of the plain tape before and the spiced up tape after. It’s quite a difference. I think I went a little overboard on the shadowing to make sure you could see it. I’d probably be ok with a little less. You can make it as subtle as you like.

Before after drop shadow digital washi

Ready to give it a shot? Check out the cute wash tape packs ready to download at Peppermint Creative:

Digital washi tape

Elemx washitape classed

Elemx washitape littlelearner

Hope this helps you in your Washi Tape adventures! If this tutorial helped you out or if you have any helpful pointers to add don’t be shy!

Happy Scrapping,

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Tutorial warp drop shadow photoshop

I posted this page last week in our new (and totally awesome so you should come join) Facebook Community Group and got some q’s about how I did the shadowing to make it look like the paper was coming off the page so I put together a tutorial to show you how I did it and now you can do it too!

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It’s really easy to do in just 3-4 steps so don’t be scared by all the screenshots – I tried to break it down as much as possible so it would be easy to follow even for the newest Photoshop newbie (I hope).

Note however, this will only work in Photoshop. Sorry Photoshop Elements peeps. Take it up with Adobe.

Let’s get started:

STEP 1: Add a drop shadow to your image/element
Select the item you want to shadow and double click to bring up the Layer Style Menu (pictured below). Select your drop shadow options. I like to make a very large soft shadow so I bump the numbers up quite high. You can play with opacity as well. I leave everything under ‘quality’ untouched.

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STEP 2: Move the shadow to it’s own layer
Instead of leaving the shadow as an ‘effect’ (fx) on your paper layer we are going to place it on it’s own layer so we can manipulate it. Right click on the LITTLE ARROW on the right hand side of the paper/element layer you’ve just shadowed. Select CREATE LAYER from the menu.

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Now the shadow is on it’s own layer beneath the paper.

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STEP 3a: Tweak that sucker
Now it’s time for the tweak. We’re going to warp and bend the shadow and at this point it is all a matter of personal taste. I am not a shadow expert, I just do what looks right to me so you can experiment to see what you like. I like to rotate the shadow first before I start to warp. You may want to skip this step and go right to the warp.

Here’s what I do: Select CNTRL+T to transform. You’ll see a little outline box with handles around the shadow layer. I grab a corner and rotate it slightly to the right because I feel like it gives me a good start with shadows starting to peek out in alignment on the right side.

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STEP 3b: Now we warp
While already in ‘Transform’ right click to bring up your transform options. There are lots of fun little options to play with (distort, skew, perspective) which you can experiment with. I stick to WARP.

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Once selected you get a funky grid over the shadow layer. You can essentially bend the shadow any which way you choose just by clicking and pulling either on the grid or on the little round nobs along the side. You don’t have to stick to corners, it’s all moveable. If you don’t like the result remember that CNTRL+Z (my bestest friend in the whole wide world) is ‘UNDO’.

I like to pull out the corners of the shadow and bend in the middle (as you can see by the grid) when doing this effect on a paper or photo. It takes a bit of tweaking.

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Just move and adjust until you like what you see.

BONUS STEP 4: Double up the drop shadow
After I’ve tweaked to taste sometimes there are certain sides where the shadow is no longer visible or maybe I  just want to give the paper/element a little more pop, I’ll go back and add another regular drop shadow (step 1) to the original paper. Not nearly as big or soft as the original one, just something subtle and I find this usually makes a big difference.

This technique is also great to use when shadowing your elements especially strings! Again, I’m not the best with shadows and I did this really quickly but you can see the difference between the regular drop shadow and how it looks when tweaked. For elements like ribbon and string you want to use a much thinner shadow that has a greater distance. (something like Distance: 9, Size: 4). A frame would have a much small distance because it would be sitting flatter on the page.

Warped digiscrap ribbon shadow

Hope this helps you with your shadow making. Bookmark (or Pin) this post and give it a shot!  If you found this helpful or have any questions, let me know or come join our Facebook Community Group and post your results.

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Decorative Folded Paper Star Tutorial
by: Pixelista 

I wanted to try and capture something magical while not spending a pile of time or money on a project. I stumbled across these stars and thought they would make a pretty accent for any window. These ones will find their home in my son’s room as he’s a space buff. Miss Mint’s Summer Sparklers Digital Scrapbook Kit lent itself perfectly for this simple project.

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What I used to create this project:

  • 2 Squares of printed Scrapbook Paper from the Summer Sparklers kit PER STAR. (I used 6” squares for mine.)
  • Straight Line Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Glue (Wet Glue or Tape Runner)
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Ruler (or measuring device – I used a paper clip)
  • Needle & Thread for hanging

How I put it all together:

I selected 3 funky of papers from the Summer Sparklers Kit. You can choose any of your favourite digital scrapbook papers or make use of any traditional patterned papers you have in your stash. I had 2 copies of each paper printed at the local print shop as 6”x 6” squares. It is critical to have squares so that all the folds line up properly when assembling the stars. You can always print a full sheet and cut to size. If you are making a set of stars you may want to make them in descending size (10”, 8”, 6” squares etc.)

STEP 1: Fold each sheet first in half, then rotate 90 degrees and repeat the fold.

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STEP 2: Rotate the paper 45 degrees and fold the points together (your paper should look like a triangle, with the point up). Repeat again, so you have made a total of 4 creases on your paper square.

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STEP 3: Using your “ruler” measure out and mark off with your pencil a boundary line up to which you will STOP cutting on the 4 flat sides of your paper. NOT ON THE POINTS.
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STEP 4: Snip with the scissors up to this point on each crease. Measure before cutting to ensure your boundary line is the same distance from the edge on all 4 sides.
  
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STEP 5: Fold the paper on each side of the cut towards the corner forming a point. Repeat for the remaining corners. Your star is starting to take shape.
 
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STEP 6: Apply glue to one side of the point and fold the other side over it. Press to stick together. Repeat for the other three points. Set it aside to dry. Repeat the above steps for the second half of your star.
 
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STEP 7: Once the two sides of the star are dry, apply some more glue to the central area of each point from 1 half, press the 2 sides together gently so that they stick, making sure the points are off set at an angle. 
 
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Let it dry, then hang with some thread. I pierced a corner with a sewing needle and thread on mine. Then you’re ready to hang and display!
 
Happy Crafting,
Pixelista

Custom clothespin make

Clothes Pin Display
By: Candace Zentner

I don’t know about you but I LOVE to display my creations for a while after I make them. Sometimes, I walk around the house with my latest project in my hand, just so that I can take a peek and marvel at it every few minutes. I found that I really needed a way to display my “artwork” in my craft room, so I came up with an idea using some very simple supplies and the Modern Mama kit from Peppermint Creative.

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What I used to create my project:

  • Peppermint Creative Modern Mama kit
  • Silhouette Software
  • Plain White Cardstock
  • Clothes Pins
  • Paperclips
  • 3M Command Hooks
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

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Here’s how to create your own clothespin display:

Step 1: Print out strips of pattern paper to cover the top of the clothes pin. I designed and cut strips using Silhouette software and the Silhouette machine, but they could also easily be cut using a simple paper cutter.

Step 2: Choose some elements to embellish your clothes pins. (I also cut these using Silhouette software/machine, but this could also be done by hand)

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Step 3: Using adhesive (I used ATG tape), adhere the pattern strips to the tops of the clothes pins

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Step 4: Glue a paper clip to the back of each clothes pin using a stronger adhesive, like Zip Dry glue.

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Step 5: Decorate some of the clothes pins using elements from the Modern Mama kit, combined with buttons, ribbon, etc.

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Step 6: Place Command hooks by 3M (I use them because they are not permanent and can easily be removed from wall) onto your wall.

NOTE: My hooks are hidden under a shelf but if you would like to hide the white sticker under the hook, just trim some off.

Step 7: Measure the distance between two hooks with twine, then double it. String clothes pins onto twine through the paper clips.

Step 8: Hook end of the twine with the loop over one hook, then tie the other ends of the twine around the hook on the opposite end

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Step 8: Make rosettes using a strip of pattern paper and adhere them to hooks to hide them

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Step 9: Add your projects onto your display line by clipping them in the clothes pins

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This same display line can also be used to display photographs, children’s artwork, or anything else you would like to show off. Another idea is to use some of Miss Mint’s holiday themed kits to change up the clothes pins to match any upcoming holiday! Possibilities are endless!

Happy Crafting,

Candace

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