Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recent Favorite Layouts!

Hi Everyone!  Summer has started and I haven't shared a whole bunch of layouts recently, so I thought I'd do that today!  

Scrap Orchard released their new monthly collab, June 2011: Sand, Sea and Surf, and it is just prefect for those summer pictures!  I love how my layout turned out and really, really love the paper placement across my double layout!  A true favorite layout - but that happens after I create each layout!  LOL!

June 2011: Sand, Sea & Surf - Scrap Orchard Designers
Font is ScrapRound

I just love it!  I should, lol!  I love the colors, and the pictures are perfect for the kit!  I used the title after thinking about Colin and Shayne trying to reach for the sun!  A great day!  

Here is another fun, bright and happy kit - Jennifer Labre's Captured! I love this layout too!  Looking at my boys smiling, and laughing, really makes me bust out a big ol grin and some giggles!  
Captured by Jennifer Labre Designs
Font is The Modern One by Heather Hess.
Those are my recent favorites!  I love them!  I hope you enjoyed peeking at some of my layouts and some fun kits too!  Come back for a visit - next up is a tutorial!  Which would you rather... a tutorial on Content Aware and how to use it or something else?  Share what you want!  

Have a great week! THanks for visiting! 
Jenn (jk703/The Typative Scrapper)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tutorial: Outline/Stroke a Font!

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are having a great day!  I'm here to share a little tutorial to add a little something to all those fonts you use on your layouts!  I'm sure many of you are fontaholics just like me! 

Many times on a layout, I will use an alpha for a main word in my title, and then use a font the other words that are in the title.  BUT, there are also times when I just use fonts for my whole title.  Outlining the font gives it a little oomph and makes it stand out a little.  It can look like a sticker, or just give the font an different look.

For my example, I am using He's My Brother kit, and the font is called Smiley Monster, a free scrapbooking font by Kevin and Amanda.  An awesome color palette, and lots of fun embellishments!  

Ok... let's get started!  You should have a layout open in PS or PSE. 

Using the Type Tool, choose your font, and type in your title or the words that you will be outlining.

Double check the font, spelling, and placement to make sure it is how you want it to look.  

Next, you will right click on the Type Layer in the Layers Palette.  Choose Rasterize layer or Simplify Layer, depending on your program.  

In the File Menu, click on Edit > Stroke, and the Stroke menu will pop up.  

I usually use anywhere between 2 and 8 pixels.  If you want a larger stroke outline, you can always adjust the distance between letters to allow for more space.  

Another way to change it up is to play with the stroke color, with different colors used to match my layout. In the Stroke menu, the Color box is clickable, and the Select Color Menu will pop up so you can choose any color you want.

Remember, you can play with all the settings here, to see what pops up.  If you don't like what you did, click to undo!  I first tried a brown outline as seen here.  

Next, I tried teal, and last I tried White.  White on white is nice, just add a shadow to really show off the edges as if it was a sticker. 

There you have it... a nice outline to my title with a font!  It looks like a sticker with the edge, and then the added shadow gives it some depth!  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  Thanks for visiting!

This post was originally created by me for Jennifer Fox Designs!  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Jenn (aka jk703 or The Typative Scrapper)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

ScrapMatters iNSD Freebie Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!  

(Edited 5/14/11 - The freebie link has been removed and was valid for one week only - Thank you!)

Hope you are having a fantastic scrappy weekend for International Scrapbooking Day!!!  You are visiting me for the ScrapMatters Blog Hop for freebies using the newest Design Team Collaboration: Timeless. You may have come here from Heidi's Blog: Heidi's blog here:  (scrappurple): http://myfamilyscrappings.blogspot.com/, but if not - I'm still glad you came!  If you fell off the Blog Hop, just hop back on over to the iNSD forum at ScrapMatters, HERE, or to see the whole list of participants at the ScrapMatters Blog!  

Here is a preview of the Timeless kit:

My Freebie - Just click on the preview or right HERE to download the Cluster/Siggy:

One last item.... here is the list of things that are going on!  We would love to see you all join in on the challenges, games and speed scraps!  See you there!

Hope you enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by my blog!  I'd love for you to visit again!

Now - head on over to Cami's blog (Camijo):  http://camijoscraps.blogspot.com/ to pick up a great freebie!!!!  Happy iNSD!!!! 

(jk703/The Typative Scrapper)