"I love “everyday” pictures. Pictures of things that may otherwise seem mundane - because its the small pieces of life that come together as a whole to make something special. These photos were taken on a day my daughter was feeling particularly photogenic. No long story behind them, just sweet photos."
Amanda Sok designer at ScrapGirls shares some awesome "hybrid scrapbooking" and other creative inspiration with us.
"I love making hybrid mini albums, wall art and other crafts. These are some mini canvases I made featuring word art from my Watercolor Whimsy Collection"
Amanda has created a beautiful premade card perfect for the spring for each of us to download as a freebie. The card is made in perfect Shutterflysize so if you want it can be uploaded and printed at Shutterfly. Enjoy and please remember that all freebies are for personal use only!
Welcome Amanda Sok designer at ScrapGirls to the Celebrations Blog! We are so thrilled to have another wonderful designer from the group share about herself and share some of talents and art. Lets get to know her a bit!
"I'm a mom to three kiddos. I began to dabble in graphic design at the age of 18 when I was gifted Photoshop. I taught myself and progressed from here. My background in webdesign and love of scrapbooking eventually led me into digital scrapbooking.
I currently reside at ScrapGirls. We always have chats/classes going on, check the board for schedules and weekly challenges. The board is also a great place to go if you have any questions. We have a huge gallery and a daily newsletter with freebies and tutorials."
Here are some beautiful digi-layouts that Amanada created. Enjoy!
Syndee Nuckles of ScrapGirls.com has created a mini-kit for each of you to download and enjoy. The kit has several adorable pieces to it that you can arrange on a digital scrapbook page however you might want. Enjoy the mini-kit and please remember that all freebies are for personal use only.
This is actually a layout from a few years back. (see included Layout) My Dad and Mom were down for a visit and my Dad took this photo of two of my kids, Kailey and Taylor. My Dad finds a way to make everyday things like a walk to the park so fun and meaningful and it comes shining through in his photos! My kids still talk about the day those photos were taken. Whenever I revisit this photo it brings such a happy feeling and reminds me that it’s the everyday moments that mean the most.
Syndee Nuckles of ScrapGirls.com has created an a fun freebie "Quickpage" for all of us to download. The page is just waiting for photos and journaling to be added! Don't forget that you can have these square formatted layouts printed at Shutterfly!
"Boy that is tough, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one! I would have to say my iMac, I was a PC user for many years even though I started out with a Mac. I just love everything about it, it’s more of a friend than a computer! I just love how easy it is to use and it doesn’t talk back to me unless I want it to."
Share a bit about your photography background.
"I was so fortunate to grow up with a Father who loves to take photographs and he takes such beautiful ones. The only drawback is that I am not the photographer my Dad is. I just try to document my family and our life in photos and thank goodness for photoshop! It’s wonderful for editing photos.
I love to zoom in close and find myself drawn to black and white photos. I think part of my love affair with black and white photos is due to my Dad and the memories of his old black and white dark room kit. It was like magic to see negative film turn into photos!"
What digital software do you use?
"I use Photoshop & Illustrator CS5. I would have to say the tool I use the most would be styles. Photoshop styles make it easy to add effects whether it’s a crumpled paper or wood to just about anything with the click of a button!
A great technique to lighten up a photo that’s too dark is to make a duplicate of the photo in you layers palette cmd+J (Mac) ctrl+J (Win). Making sure your top photo in the layers palette is selected go to your blending modes and select screen. Now use the slider to adjust the screen setting until you are happy with the results."
Welcome Syndee Nuckles of ScrapGirls.com . Sandy is coming to us as one of several designers from Scrap Girls that have agreed to share some inspiration and freebies with us over the next few weeks.
Tell us about yourself.
First and foremost I am a Mom to four fabulous kids and wife to my hubby of 23 years. I grew up with a pretty creative set of parents - my Mom is the most amazing artist in any medium that she puts her mind to, and my Dad is a wonderful photographer. My two sisters and I used to get so mad at him for snapping photos of us with rollers in our hair or even when we were talking or eating. Now those are some of my favorite photos. I was born and raised in rainy Oregon and now live in Northern California which is still rainy at times but nothing like Oregon! I have been so blessed working as a graphic designer and rubber stamp designer and have been a designer for Scrap Girls for almost 5 years, it’s still so hard to believe time flies by as fast as it does! When I am not obsessing over a project I love to paint, read and enjoy a good cup of tea.
Here are some wonderful digi-scrap layouts with some beautiful everyday inspiration! Enjoy!