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Saturday, April 14, 2012

My first paper-digital hybrid LO

Hi there!  Today I'm sharing with you a 2-page 12x12 LO I created using the Creative Memory Storybook Creator 4.0 I recently purchased through a Creative Memory Consultant Diane Campbell Payne.  She is also a very talented crafter who has a blog called Capadia Designs, which some of you may already be aware of.  She took the time to explain to me (I love that about her!) what this digital scrapbook software can do and gave me the link to download the 30-day trial version.  Not long after that, I purchased the full version as it is on sale till the end of this month.  I also downloaded the free trial of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 about a week before I downloaded the Storybook Creator but to me, the Storybook was easier to navigate.  Maybe I'll invest in the PSE software someday, but for now I am really liking the Storybook software.

I would also like to link this project to the Bugbyte's April Blog Hop Challenge, which started today.  I just finished hopping and let me tell you guys, there are a lot of inspiration along the way!  So glad to see lots of scrapbook LOs on this hop. 

 Below are screen shots of the two page LOs I created using the SC software.   I am slowly learning the fun ways of layering the different elements on a layout.  It is so much fun! 

After I was happy with the way my two pages look, I sent them to print on matte/lustre 12 x 12 photo paper through my local Costco.  I made sure to save my pages as a .jpg images before I sent them to

A few hours later, I was so excited to pick up my scrapbook pages!  This is how they looked like.  So very impressed with the quality of print at Costco!

Since I love some kind of texture on my LOs, I knew I wanted to jazz these pages up.  I took the hint from my blogger friend Sabrina over at Sabriolet Designs when she posted here about how she can import .jpg images onto the Silhouette Studio to plan her scrapbook pages.   Genius I say!  So, I imported the .jpg copy of my scrapbook pages to the Silhouette Studio and planned my paper elements to embellish my pages. 

The only cut I really wanted for these two pages were borders on the sides of the pages.  The border is one of a set of four purchased through the Silhouette Store, and is by Samantha Walker.  I ungrouped the four borders in the set and deleted all but this one border I wanted to use. For the purpose of showing you the image on screen, I flood-filled the border images with the color purple.  I used the offset feature for the shadow layer of the borders, then cut the borders and the shadow layers using my Silhouette Cameo. 

After assembling the borders, I added some Card Candis and then adhered them to the pages using foam mounts. 

I then added some green sticker gems to the butterflies and half pearls to the lace . 

can you believe this lace is digital? 

I had so much fun putting these pages together using my new digital scrapbook software.  I have already collected (hoarded, is really the word I was looking for LOL!) tons of FREE digital elements and papers it's slowly becoming overwhelming.  But hey, at least they are not on my craft table for my hubby to complain about ;). 

Until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!  


Pam said...

Love the layout. I am so partial to butterflies. How sweet of you to play along and link it up. TFS

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

Thanks, Pam!

Dayna Sabrina said...

Hey Melody! So you took the plunge! It looks good! I am right there with you girl. I am going with Photoshop Elements 10 though because I already own it. I will agree with you though - it's not at all intuitive. The little I know is from watching Ali Edwards and Cathy Zeilske videos. I just purchased an intro class at Jessica Sprague with a Groupon that I hope to start today. And I am LOVING this wide format printer. I think I love the printer as much as I love my Cameo! Lol.

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

@ Sabrina: Yep, I've just about pulled my hair with PSE - but maybe someday....

JJewel said...

Very nice!! Love the combination.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great lay-out! I really love those butterflies! Nicely done!

girlia said...

Nicely done