Friday, March 26, 2010

My Creative Space - A New Blog Look


I have a new obsession. (I know, like I need another one of those.)But, I felt it was necessary to learn. Digital scrapbooking. I love it. I mean LOVE it. I do not love it more than traditional scrapbooking, I am too, tactile to give that up. But, for things like blog design, holiday cards, business graphics etc. This is brilliant. It took me two days to get to where you see the header and buttons are now. I am sure I will be tweaking them in the coming weeks but for now I am pretty darn happy with what I come up with on my first try.

I managed to find a ridiculous amount of freebies with some googling. Not all of them are Shabby princess either, but all of them are awesome! My favourite elements (In case you can't tell)are the torn bits of paper and the aged pieces. There are some really pretty feminine elements I like too but for now, I can't get enough of the fake masking tape and staples!

I can't direct you to any good tutorials yet because I just downloaded a but load of files and then began to resize and layer them in Photoshop CS2 until I figured out what I liked and what I was doing. It is itimidating, I hemmed and hawed and asked for help on Twitter before even trying to download anything. It was just so overwhelming. But, I plan on doing some fun stuff with the blog soon and I really wanted some cool looking buttons. I haven't made those yet, but maybe this weekend when I have my Easter sewing done (Ack! One more week!)

What I can do is leave you the two links I used for the most plentiful freebie downloads. There is the ever famous Shabby Princess freebies. I say ever famous because as far as I know their freebies are synonymous with getting started in DS. Also, they are great for us beginners as absolutely no cutting and pasting are required for the elements. (I mean each element and alphabet piece is it's own individual file.) The other site I got MAD freebies from was from ComputerScrapbook.com I must have received hundreds of dollars worth of free downloads, (with a lot of patience) just for signing up for their newsletter (which tells you about more freebies!) I did find a couple more sites but they didn't really have what I was looking for, but you might for serious though, just google free digital scrapbooking elements and you're golden.

And now, I must go and join the physical world and do my dishes, fold my laundry, play with my babe. Check out some other Creative Spacers @ Kirty's when you have a moment for the digital world. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

8 comments:

happybirdycake.blogspot.com said...

Looooove the new look! I can't believe all the hard work you have been putting in! Looks great! I am tech- challenged... thought my husband is a computer wiz... hmmm, maybe I should get him workin'!! ;) thanks for the links!

Rosemary said...

Terrific new look; clean , organized, simple to read. Excellent. I will check out those links , thanks for the tips.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

i've often thought about digital scrapbooking but i have enough obsessions myself. at least ds is a clean hobby ... i could do with one of those! lol

Rosina said...

I have some digital scrapbooking papers and graphics that I downloaded quite some time ago but I have no idea how to use them *grin*. Do you need a specific program for them? I would love to be able to learn how as my hands on scrapbooking just never goes right but I love creating on my computer so it might be a better fit :)
Have a great weekend!

The Sewing Dork said...

I love that tutu photo where she is peeking into the neighbour's yard! Those are so much sweeter than "posed" photos, aren't they? Nice blog look... I'm going to have to solicit your help some time.

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

Great new header

HeatherV said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog and love the tutorials. I'm a fairly new digiscrapper myself and went crazy with the downloads at first. I've had to cut back because there were too many! Make sure to check out summertimedesigns.blogspot.com. She has great free kits! And hand pickedfreebies.blogspot.com does a freebie roundup. Thanks for sharing all your great crafts!

Sally said...

Wow - I might have to give that a try once the weather gets colder and I want to snuggle up with the computer on my lap.