Featured Item: Celtic Wonder Paper Pack

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. While I personally don’t have any plans for that evening, I know many do, and I KNOW the kiddo and I will be doing at least one shamrock-themed craft that day. And when we do, I’ll be able to scrap the memory- now that I’ve designed this classic, deep hue, Celtic symbol paper.

When I think about Ireland, I think of misty mornings and heavy fabrics, warm drinks and bagpipes. (It might have something to do with Braveheart.) At any rate, I imagine beautifully dressed women in long gowns of blue velvet and green emeralds, men in their kilts, and beautiful jewelry and symbols. With that in mind, I designed my Celtic Wonder paper set- a five piece set designed especially for those Celtic themed layouts. Check it out:

This pack is now on sale at ShellinaScrap– just in time for St Patty’s Day.

And now, an Irish blessing to bring you a smile:

May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.

(Click the quote to find more Irish blessings!)

Happy Scrapping!

Freebie: Layout & Template

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher told me something that would stick with me forever:

“Always KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid!”

Now, while I don’t support teachers who make a habit of calling their students stupid, I can attest to the fact that simplicity, whether it be in life, in writing, or yes, even in scrapbooking, is an excellent way to make a bold statement.

Often, as scrappers, we find ourselves with a whole slew of pictures from our most recent exploit, but really only one good one. In my case, I’ll have 800 pictures from any given event, and I might keep three of them. (I’m a little shutter-happy.) So when I get home, and I’m sorting through hundreds of pictures, and I pick my one keeper, I then find myself saying something like, “Oh dang it! A one-photo layout?! Lame!”

And to that little voice, I then respond, “NAY! A great layout can be made with just one photo!”

I did it, and you can too, with a little help. Sometimes the best layouts feature one beautiful photo that tells a beautiful story- and the layout just helps it shine more. For example, this layout:


Notice how the whole layout seems to frame the focal point, and serves to draw the eye right to the kiddo? By choosing to keep the page free of elements, putting in just a little bit of well-placed journaling, and triple framing the photo, the beholder automatically is drawn to the photo- the whole point of the layout.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Here’s a freebie for you- the template (shadows and shapes included) for you to add your own papers, photos, journaling, and title work and make a beautiful simple layout. Just go my website, and use the access code FREE01 to download.Feel free to share your layout with us! Put a link to your layout in the comments, and I’ll pick one to feature later this week.

(Just CLICK HERE, and use the access code FREE01 to download.)

And hey- do you like the papers used in the layout shown above? They can be yours! The Iron and Wine paper pack from ShellinaScrap is available now at my shop.


Happy Scrapping!

Also: Don’t forget about the huge CONTEST going on until Friday March 11- you could win a whole bunch of free digital scrapbooking stuff!

Tutorial: Sepia Photo Treatment

Post-processing photos can be downright terrifying- the prospect of the job itself can freak out even the most talented of scrappers. But, fear not- it doesn’t have to be scary. Take the ever-popular sepia photo treatment for example. Surely it must be laborious and terrible, right?

Wrong.

Here’s a simple step-by-step plan to easily transform a color photo to a sepia masterpiece using Photoshop CS.

Step 1: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Levels”. This is the most difficult part of the whole process. When you look at the level map, (it’ll resemble a mountain range), you’ll notice two arrows at each bottom corner. Click and drag these arrows to the very beginning of the up-hill slope on each side. You might not have to do this- some photos already have proper levels. Don’t pull the arrows into the slope- just bring it right to the beginning of the incline.

Step 2: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Photo Filter”. Choose “Sepia” from the drop-down menu. Adjust the density to desired percentage- use as much or as little brown pigment as you like. For mine, I used a ton- 96%.

Step 3: Select the “Burn” tool from the tool panel. Make the brush nice and big, (I used 1014 pixels), change the range dropdown menu to “Highlights”, and lower the Exposure to 9%. Use the tool to darken the edges of the photo, focusing on anything particularly bright or attention-grabbing. The object of this is to further bring the focus to our subject.

Step 4: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Photo Filter”. Select “Warming Filter 85”, and adjust the density to 25% (or desired percentage).

Step 5: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Brightness/Contrast”. Adjust the contrast to the desired level, in this case 15.

And now you’re done! Your color photo is now a sepia photo- rich in hue, aged to perfection.

Have questions about other photo-processing techniques and would like to see more tutorials? Leave your suggestion in the comment area- we hope to see you again soon!

Also: Don’t forget about the huge CONTEST going on until Friday March 11- you could win a whole bunch of free digital scrapbooking stuff!

Hello Spring! How ’bout a CONTEST?!

Okay, so spring hasn’t actually “sprung” here in Minnesota, but it will someday. And when it does, I am SO beyond ready. And when I say “ready”, I mean I’ve already got my flip-flops lined up in the closet, my capris are washed and ready, and I bought new preggo t-shirts to celebrate the warming weather. I. AM. READY.
As if to show my great anticipation for all things “springy”, my shop has begun to resemble some kind of floral garden of color, inspiration, and delight. Come, enjoy with me. Smell the goodness of spring.

Inspired by the bright, light-weight, seemingly perfect hues and fabrics of spring and summer, this pack is vibrant, exciting, and adorable.
Reminiscent of those first couple of bright, sun-shiney days of spring- you know the ones- you wake up and you just KNOW it’s going to be a good day. That’s this paper pack in a nutshell- pure solar happiness.


With warmer weather, inevitably, comes new fashion, and even if I don’t understand it, plaid is one of those new spring fashion additions to seemingly everyone’s wardrobe. Even though I’ve never been able to successfully pull of the look, I commend those who can- and I salute thee with this delicious paper pack.

What’s more “springy” than Easter? Green grass, colored eggs, grown men dressed up in bunny costumes- the whole thing is celebratory and Hallmark has done its best to make it remarkable. Also, more importantly, the resurrection of Jesus Christ- the promise of new life. These light floral colors are the perfect all-purpose papers for the everyday scrapper in you.
Perfect combos of pospicle-flavors surrounded by flowers, swirls, and a general joyful appeal, this kit is sure to be the perfect accompaniment to any springy layout. Try it- I dare you. You’ll smile.
Now that you’ve had a proper dose of sunshine, get to work! I’d love to see your favorite spring-themed scrapbook layouts- submit a link to yours in the comment area, and by Friday March 11 at noon, I’ll pick a winner. Winner gets ALL of the sets featured in this post. For free. Get excited!

Vacations and Other Goodies

It’s here, folks. The grand vacation of 2010 is upon us. Christmas in California.

It doesn’t get much better than this! Here’s a little Q&A to help you through this short time while we’re gone:
Why are you going to CA?
The real question here should be: Why aren’t we ALL going to CA?
Seriously, though: Shellina’s family lives in CA. So there’s one reason. Another reason: it’s butt-cold in Minnesota right now. It’s not in CA. Boom. We’re going on vacation.
How long will you be gone?
Our trip officially begins Sunday morning (the 19th), and we’ll be back sometime on January 4.
What about the store?
ShellinaScrap has been temporarily closed during our vacation. This is for several reasons:
Family is important. One of the many reasons I love working for myself is that I get to put those I love first when needed. It’s needed.
We might not have the most reliable internet service the whole time- so if we get an order when we’re, say, in San Diego without internet, it would be crappy. So we’re on hiatus.
Um, it’s Christmas.
Will you have a total blast and come back refreshed and with a whole new line of digital scrapbooking goodies for us to love and preserve our memories with?
Darn tootin’.
And with that, all the big questions have been answered. We shall see you when we return. (Expect another blog post at least once in the next couple of weeks- you know I can’t stay away). If you really, REALLY miss us, keep up with us in the following ways:
Register to get an email from Etsy when ShellinaScrap reopens (push the big blue “Yes, notify me by email” button.)
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year- from all of us, (well, it’s just me here), at ShellinaScrap! 🙂

On Christmas and its Trappings

In case you hadn’t noticed- Christmas is upon us. If this statement throws you into a frenzy of gift wrap and cookie cutters and little holly berry sprinkles for sugar cookies, you’re not alone.

I’ve been thinking about Christmas for the past twelve weeks, and lately, I’ve been losing sleep over it: Did I send a Christmas card to everyone who needs one? What’s the address of that obscure family member who moved three times this year? How many photo calendars need to be purchased? And the worst one: What’s the name of the newborn baby from that family in our old neighborhood?
Now, before you start calling me Scrooge, let me say this: Christmas is my favorite time of year. Nothing compares to the magic in a child’s eyes as they run out to the Christmas tree that beautiful morning and dive headfirst into a hefty pile of gifts and return with big, sloppy hugs for Mommy and Daddy. It’s amazing. Not to mention, there’s no other time of year that encourages people to do more for another, to see each other, to smile. I think it’s a little bit like heaven in that way. Good will towards men, and all that. When this season begins to grate against what seems to be my very last nerve, I find peace in the simple things- the twinkling lights against a backdrop of snow, for example. And as I sit in my peaceful moment, I scheme up ways to make Christmas a little less stressful- and this year, I found it.
Christmas cards are a “thing” for me. I have to do them. Not only that, but I have to send them to everyone I know, have known, might know, should know, and want to know. I want them to be classy, beautiful, and a little on the fictional side. (I’ve been known to trim 10 pounds or so off of my face in the Christmas photo- misleading, I know.) I have visions of handmaking every single card we send out, followed immediately by premonitions of tears and hair pulling. So how does one achieve all the above goals without the drama?
Custom-made photo cards. It doesn’t get easier than this. And, luckily for us, they’re in style. So not only do we look great in our digitally altered Christmas photo, but our friends ooh and ahh over how “with it” we are. Score!
Custom Christmas cards, if you’re wondering, are on sale in my Etsy shop. (You knew this was coming back to a self-promo!) Check them out here, and sincerely, have yourself a merry little Christmas!
With all the warmth and love we can muster,
ShellinaScrap

Moving Forward, Moving Upward

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. I know what you were thinking: another blogger, biting the dust. And you were right! I totally lost my mojo. I’d still be drifting in obscurity if not for a new, exciting, and potentially wonderful opportunity. But more about that later. Let’s get caught up first.

Last time I blogged, I was employed full time at the bank,going to school to finish my bachelor’s degree, and designing digital scrapbook supplies in my spare time. Much has changed. Mike’s job with the computer company has expanded, I’ve made the transition to being a stay-at-home-mom, and both of us are nearing ever closer to finishing our degrees. In fact, my Business Management degree will be complete in March! How exciting, right? I know!
While I’ve been home, I’ve been investing myself fully into design of digital scrapbooking supplies. Let’s take a look at the items I’ve added since you saw me last:

Retro Country, my very first (and only, as of today) digital scrapbooking kit. It includes eighteen papers, ranging from plain textures to patterned ones. Also included are a complete alphabet set, stitching, swirls, and a couple of flowers. It’s cute, charming, and warm. You can get yours here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48338784/digital-scrapbooking-mini-kit-retro

The Lacy paper pack shown here
includes twenty-four papers. They are decorated with four different patterns of lace, and adorned with five different colors. They’re a busy set, but can work as an accent piece in a pinch. It’s on sale here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63410852/digital-super-paper-pack-lacy

And finally, here’s Aaron’s 18 month layout. This layout was designed by ShellinaScrap, and has been a charming addition to his scrapbook. It’s on sale as a custom scrapbook page here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46899548/pre-made-digital-scrapbook-page
And now onto the big and exciting news: I have been accepted to be a part of the Creative Team with the Scraps of Color E:spire Publication! I’m going to be working as a Digi-Designer, creating digital templates, layouts, kits, and more. If you’d like to keep up with me there, (and get freebees of the stuff I make), please sign up to receive the magazine!
Also, keep checking back here on a regular basis for coordinating embellishments, papers, and more that’ll match your freebies from Scraps of Color!
As always, thank you for being here, and Happy Scrapping! 🙂