Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tombow XTreme Adhesive!

Hello and happy Sunday! Tombow was nice enough to send me some of their new XTreme adhesive to try out and here is a project that I created with it. This stuff is strong!

This layout was created with the August Studio Calico kits. I used black and white photos to go along with the bright colors and pops of black and white.

I was able to use the XTreme adhesive under the clear letters as well with no problem!

I also used it under the clear stars.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you can get your hands on some of this adhesive I would really recommend it! It's nice how strong it is.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to Photograph Your Scrapbook Pages - Citrus Twist Kits

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Hi there! Today I am going to share a photography post with you. One of the most common questions I get is, "how do you photograph your scrapbook pages?" I'm going to walk you through my process.

You will want to find an area in your home that has nice indirect light. I prefer to photograph my layouts during the daytime as natural light shows colors best and whites at their whitest. For me, this is in my front foyer. I choose a time of day when the light isn't shining directly in the door and place my layout on a white canvas. I stand over the layout and photograph straight down.

For those of you using a DSLR, my settings for this photo were as follows: f4.5, 1/100, ISO 160. I prefer to use my 17-55 2.8 lens as I can zoom in and out, but a fixed 35 or 50mm lens works as well. The key here is not lowering your aperture too far. If you use a lower f-stop, your layout may be in focus in the middle and blurry around the edges. Also try to use a shutter speed fast enough to compensate for camera shake, unless you are going to use a tripod. If you have good light, an ISO of 160-200 is adequate. Remember, the higher you set your ISO, the more grain you will have so try to keep it in the lower range.

Stand straight above the layout and shoot. I take about 5-6 photos so I know that I will have at least one good shot!

Here is the image straight out of the camera. As you can see, it is a little dark, but the main thing I am going for here is that the image is straight and the details are sharp. We will fix the lighting when we edit.

After opening my layout in Photoshop (I am currently using PSE10), I use the crop tool to crop out the white background. You can also take this opportunity to straighten the layout if needed.

Next I adjust the levels. Push CTRL+L and the levels box will pop up. Move the sliders until the desired level of lightness is achieved. You can also click on the little droppers and click on the corresponding color in your photo to correct the color. For example, if  I wanted to correct the white balance, I would click on the white dropper then click on the whitest part of my page.

I also use RadLab, which is a plug-in that can be used with Photoshop and Lightroom. I then open the layout here and add a few filters to sharpen, increase the saturation and the lighting.

And here is the finished layout. What a difference, right?

jenchapin sept photog post (6) I also like to take a few detail shots. For these I get down right next to the layout and shoot a few pictures with a lower aperture, typically f2.8. I like to do this so you can see the dimension in the embellishments that I've used.

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Stitching always shows up beautifully too.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a little more confidence now in taking great pictures of your layouts. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. Have a great day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Issues + Whisker Graphics

Hi friends! Today it's time for a new issue at Paper Issues! Whisker Graphics is our sponsor this week and you could win a great selection of their product by linking up. This time it's anything goes! Link up your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, altered projects and mini books.

I decided to do a pocket page and used some bags cut down to size so they would fit in the pockets.

I also used pieces from the September Swag Bag available now at Paper Issues.

Be sure to link up at Paper Issues for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elle's Studio | September Kit & Exclusives

Hi everyone! Today it's time for another fabulous monthly kit from Elle's Studio. I had such a fun time working with these tags, stamps and cork!

I started out with the awesome cork circle piece that is one of the extras this month. I embellished with enamel dots, tags from the kit and stamps.
Here's a better look at the extras this month -- cork, an awesome stamp set and a Halloween mini kit!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Grab your kit today only at a discount! Head on over to the shop to see what you can find :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pocket Pages | One Little Bird

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Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my first post on the One Little Bird blog. I'm sharing several 6x8 pocket pages that I created to document the end of our summer. Let's discuss how excited I am to be on Peppermint's pocket team for a minute, though. I was first introduced to her digi shop at The Lilypad via the Daily Digi Podcast. I am a podcast junkie and listen to that along with about 20 more ;) When I saw on instagram she was having a creative team call, I couldn't help myself and applied. How excited I was to be contacted to participate! I will be sharing one project per month on her blog.

I had a lot of fun making these pages! I had fun mixing black and white along with some pops of color for these spreads. I used One for the Album journaling cards for this spread. For the cards, I went ahead and added some of my text before I printed, as well as one of the photos. I have been obsessed with watercolor lately. I used my waterbrush to add a little color to this card, along with some sequins. I wanted to experiment with printing some journaling cards on a large scale. I am really in love with the Around Here journaling cards and printed the "weekend photos" at 6x8. I kept it simple by adding a chipboard arrow under the title. I love the big impact of the large page. Even though I tried to use my computer for journaling as much as possible on these spreads, I still like using my typewriter once in a while. I typed these out on white cardstock, then cut them into strips and added some stitching down the center. Again loving the sequins, even for boy themed pockets! jenchapin OLB Sept (7) 
I think this spread is my fave. September is our anniversary month, so I wanted to recognize that. I used the September calendar card and added a simple chipboard heart along with a little watercolor on our anniversary date. The Era Of kit is fabulous. I used the "forever my always" file to make this 6x8 enlargement, then added stars from Little Talks and printed on white cardstock. I embellished with a few gold chipboard stars. jenchapin OLB Sept (8) jenchapin OLB Sept (9)The heart I love you card is one of my faves - from The Era Of journaling card set. I added a wedding photo in black and white. jenchapin OLB Sept (10)This spread features some Little Talks journaling cards. I also couldn't help but use the Prix Fixe journaling card for my egg photo - I take a lot of food pictures and this set is perfect for that. jenchapin OLB Sept (11) jenchapin OLB Sept (12)Again with the watercolors! I printed out the Currently card from Around Here, then used my typewriter for journaling. I added watercolor to the title along with some of the words. I love this effect, it adds a little interest but doesn't take away from the simplicity of the card. That's it for me today! Hope you gained some inspiration for your own pocket pages. Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Ahoy! Kit - Pocket Page

Hi there! Today I'm sharing another layout created with Sweet Stamp Shop's kit - Ahoy.

This is my third project with this kit and still going strong! I have one more project planned :)

The stamps have been really great. I love that I can use my watercolors with them.

Here I've used them to color in this card after stamping with black ink.

I combined this kit with the August Swag Bag from Paper Issues as well! Tons of nautical themed goodies that go great with it.

 And that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Page Maps + Elle's Studio

This month Elle's Studio is teaming up with Page Maps to bring you a whole new set of layouts and sketch inspiration. Becky provided this sketch for me to work with.

Here is the layout I created. I went with a back to school theme and used the new back to school cork available at Elle's Studio along with the Shine collection.

I can't believe my baby is in kindergarten and I have been a little obsessed with scrapping the pictures :) She is seeming more grown up now that she's five. Time is just flying by!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reflections release with Sweet Stamp Shop

Good morning! Today I have a layout to share with a new kit from Sweet Stamp Shop. This kit is called Reflections and it is full of awesome cards, buttons and a stamp set.

Here is a look at the bonus card in the kit. Love this saying!

I decided to create a layout about my daughter's first day of Kindergarten. I thought the cards were perfect for documenting the right now and the colors worked fabulously with her outfit too!

This card is perfect, love the follow your heart saying.

I used my circle punch with some of the colored cards to make my own embellishments that were popped up on foam dots.

This card came in 4x6 but I trimmed it down to fit on my layout.

Thanks for stopping by! Get your Reflections kit today. They are only $15.95! Such a great deal for all that is packed in there.

Have a good Tuesday :)