Tag: digital scrapbooking

Do you get tired of us talking about digi scrapping when you don’t have any idea where to begin?

Or maybe you’ve started with a digi scrapping program and want to improve your skills?

How about learning how to editing all of those digital photos that are sitting on your computer?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions then JessicaSprague.com is the place for you! Over 60 video-based, online classes in everything from digital scrapbookingphoto editingSilhouette and now videography are offered. And once you buy a class, you can access it forever – love that!


We’re back with another giveaway from Studio J! Every time I use Studio J I discover new-to-me ways of customizing my pages! I played around with the distressing options on this layout to give some boring gray paper a little texture. It’s things like this that make Studio J so great!

Have you fallen behind in your scrapping, or just want to get started? Well, then this giveaway is for you!

Studio J is giving a 5-Pack and a 12×12 faux leather album to one of our readers (must be US or Canada resident)!!

{A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling.}

To enter you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post.

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This giveaway will end Sunday night, March 11, 2012 at midnight MST. We will announce the winner on our Facebook page Monday morning 3/12/12.

Every year I LOVE to scrapbook the 4th of July.  I love the Red, White and Blue!   I LOVE to get pictures of my kids sporting their 4th of July Apparel.  Looking back, it is so great to see how much they have grown and  changed each year.  I think it would be fun to compile a Family 4th of July book with pages throughout the years.  Kirsten showcased some of her amazing digital scrapbook pages some posts back.  She always inspires me!-& it is great to have a friend to share layouts and ideas with.  You must check out Kirsten’s 4th of July digital scrapbook pages.  She as well shares some of her 4th of July traditions like Crafting Chick Jen did yesterday.  It’s time to get planning!  The 4th of July is coming this weekend and I can’t wait.  The kiddos are getting so excited and looking forward to parades, fireworks, and yummy treats! Look how much my little ones changed in just one year!  Holidays keep getting more fun with these sweet ones!  I’m sure the Fireworks and Parade will be a blast this year because they finally have some memories from last year. Throw in a few American flags to add to the photos!  And… the secret is to capture some photos of your kids before all of the festivities begin!  And I do believe in bribery for looking at the camera and being good during our shoot!

I would like to share a Fourth of July quick page with you!  (The page just above.)  Just click on the link below: http://www.4shared.com/photo/JzVonEPE/4th_of_July_quick_page.html

And…if you are looking for a yummy dessert to share with your friends this 4th of July, you must check out Brooke’s Patriotic Flag Cake.  SO delicious and I love her sparkly presentation!


While I consider myself a digital scrapbooker, I haven’t scrapped a page in over 4 years. I learned how to digital scrapbook about 5 years ago and it seems once I figured out Photoshop the excitement was gone. But I still love Photoshop and I love the products. Much like non-scrappers have huge stashes of paper and scissors filling up closets, there’s a pretty good stash of digital products filling up our hard drive. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to use them here. Digital products let you have a well put together project in no time, especially quick pages and layouts just waiting for photos. Here are some Other Ways to Use Digital Scrapbooking Products:

My favorite way to use brag books? Shipping labels. They have the perfect spot for an address–right where the photo should be. They take practically no time, and I like to think that I’m cheering up the receiver’s day as well as the postal workers!

This poor box is the link between cousins in different states. Once opened, it is filled and sent back–with a new mailing label of course. This label is a page out of this brag book.

CD case calenders provide a great layout for playlists to be typed up.

They are designed to fit jewel cases, so there is no need to bother with dimensions.I believe this calender month was April.

And don’t forget the regular embellishments and tags found in kits. We turned this tag into an invitation with the addition of a little die cut hat.

Digital scrapping makes mass producing a ton faster than the traditional way! Do it once and let the printer do the rest. If you think digi-scrapping isn’t your thing, you may want to think again. The best part may be that you can never use your digi supplies up! There’s always a new one waiting in the folder. If you hear all this talk about digital scrapbooking and you are still trying to figure it out, here is a good explanation. The Crafting Chicks use Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements.

I made some simple DIY Library Bags & Tags for Summer Reading for my kids, and wanted to share. I thought it would be great for them to have a place to store their books (so they won’t get mixed up with our books at home) and also a way to carry their books to and from the library. I followed this bag tutorial. I used it on the monogram bags as well. These were much more simple without the letters and pockets.

I used canvas material to line the bags, to make them more sturdy to carry the books. I cut the material 16 inches wide and about 19 inches long. I sewed the bag with about a 1/2 seam. The straps were about 14 inches. These bags will carry most sizes of books.

I also digitally scrapbooked a little tag with my kids’ names to tie around the strap. I used the same plastic name tag holders that Brooke used in her adorable Color Mini Book. I too found these at WalMart. The tag is approx. 2.5 tall and 3.5 wide. For the boys label, I used one of my most favorite kits for boys called Wonderful from the amazing Shabby Princess. I cannot remember where I bought the kit I used for the girl label, but I love how it went with the bag material.

My kids were so excited to have a special library bag with their names on it. They carried them around all day full of books. We cannot wait to go to the library next week!
Also, you can insert their library card just behind the name tag on the other side. This will make it easy to find when you are ready to go check out books.

If you want to print one of the labels, just click on the images below and then right click on the image and select save.

Happy Summer Reading!

**This giveaway is now closed.**
Today I have a DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea for you–a personalized DAD album. It’s a perfect way to show love to the Dad in your life. 🙂

It was fun to create these pages in Photoshop as part of a class I taught at a digital scrapbooking retreat awhile back—see, I told you I LOVE digital scrapbooking! 🙂 I made the letter page templates then added digital papers and embellishments along with photos of my kids and our family. Then I printed them off at Costco, cut each page out, and adhered to that thin cardboard paper that you get for free when you print 12×18 at Costco!! You could always use cardstock or chipboard too. I punched 2 holes on the side and tied cute coordinating ribbon to create the DAD album. It was a wonderful gift for Father’s Day!

Here is what each page looks like (in digital form):

Credits: Digital Scrapbook Memories

I wanted to share the basic letter templates with you! If you have Photoshop or another photo editing program that allows you to work with layers, you can create your own Dad album too, adding your own digital papers and elements and photos and journaling. Simple instructions are included in the download. Even if you are a paper scrapbooker, you can still use these basic templates–just print out the templates and cut your papers! {This makes approx. 5.5 by 11.5 inch album.}

Here is the link to download the template files: DAD Album Template
Please do not distribute or sell. Thank you!!

And because I’m so happy that it’s finally SUMMER, I want to add a little somethin’ extra!! 🙂 Leave a comment on this post and at the end of the week I will choose 5 lucky readers to receive the Quick Page version of this album—the design is all done, you just have to add your photos and journaling! **This giveaway is now closed.**

Have a lovely day!! Love you all! 🙂

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I’m sort of really – a lot in love with these DIY National Donut Day Medallions Ribbons! It all started with the Minute to Win It prize, and has continued through the end of school and on! I don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of them.
National Donut Day is this Friday, and I think these ribbons would make a drop-by surprise of donuts to your friends even cuter. Use with just 1 donut, or go for the whole dozen if you are feeling generous!

I really wanted to share the Super Teacher one with all of you, but as far as I could tell sharing isn’t allowed with the papers I used. So I came up with this cute one using a free kit from Shabby Princess for National Doughnut Day. Does anyone know the real spelling of doughnut/donut? I couldn’t find a definite answer so I went with donut as it fits on the tag easier!

They are so simple to put together. First, you’ll want to download the Happy Go Lucky kit if you haven’t already. And you can download the template here. I added the Super Teacher option to it too, so if the end of the year is here and you need a little something to say thanks, I’ve got you covered. Shut off the donut layer and move the Super Teacher layer into its place. Here is a great tutorial on how to use a layered template if you are unsure. The dimensions are 1.5″x11″ for the 2 wide strips and 1″x11″ for the ribbons.

Let’s litter the earth with cute medallion ribbons! (Not really litter, you know what I mean…right?)

After you have your papers inserted in the template, print it out. Fold the wider strips accordion style and glue the ends together. I used a glue gun for all of my gluing here. The thinner strips will get cut in half and notches taken out to make ribbons.

This is the tricky part–flatten out the accordion ring and glue the circle on. There was quite a large hole in the back so I cut a scrap piece of paper and glued down to cover it up. You could use a large circle punch if you want and have it handy. Then I glued the 4 “ribbons” on the back. Be sure you have these centered under the tag–you don’t want all of your work to end with some sideways ribbon action.

Wouldn’t I be your best friend if I showed up on your doorstep Friday with a donut and this cute ribbon!?!

Sorry I’m a little bit tardy on my post today! My computer was having a small tantrum, I have an eye infection and my spectacles make me dizzy, and on top of that, it is SNOWING at my house today! What a lovely Monday morning. 🙂

Lately I’ve been having fun making some DIY Personalized Photo Jewelry. I love personalized stuff! There are so many great tutorials out there and awesome supplies for the DIY-ers. While this isn’t really a super detailed step-by-step tutorial, I thought I’d share a few cute things I’ve made recently with some simple instructions. 🙂

A glass tile family photo pendant
A bracelet with faces of my loves. 🙂
I love using photos for different projects. I made the bracelets for my mom and mother-in-law (and myself!) for Mother’s Day, with photos of their grandchildren. 🙂 They were a big hit!
Supplies needed:
**  Your favorite brand of “diamond glaze” (I got mine on Etsy called “Sun and Moon Scrabble and Glass Glaze”)
**  E-6000 or other super strong adhesive
** a glass tile of any shape or size (I ordered mine from Sun and Moon Craft Kits on Etsy, it’s the rectangular size glass tile)
** silver bails (silver “hooks” to allow you to put your pendant on a chain–also available in craft stores or in abundance on Etsy!!)

Decide what photo you want to put on your glass tile. I measured my glass tile and in Photoshop cropped my photo to the correct size. I printed on luster photo paper at Costco. If you print from your home printer, make sure you spray your photo with some sort of sealant so that the color won’t bleed when you put the adhesive on it.

Spread a thin, even layer of the GLASS GLAZE on the glass tile, then place your photo “face down” onto the glaze. Position it where you want it and smooth it out, making sure to get rid of any air bubbles. Then spread another thin layer of glass glaze on the back of the photo.

When dry, put a small amount of E-6000 on the silver bail, then attach to the back of the photo tile. Let dry for 24 hours. Then you can put it on a chain and it’s done!!
I’ve made lots of these pendants, with different photos, cute scrapbook paper, initials, you name it. One of my favorite necklaces I’ve made is of the Salt Lake Temple, with me and my husband’s initials. 🙂 These make awesome gifts too.
For the photo bracelet, I got an “empty” bracelet at Hobby Lobby (we just got a brand new store close to my home and it’s glorious!).
I measured the little squares (they were like .625 inches) and cropped my little photos in Photoshop. Printed them at Costco again. Then I put a thin layer of the GLASS GLAZE (used on the pendants) on the back of the little photos and place them into the bracelet.
Once placed in the squares on the bracelet, I squeezed the glass glaze to completely cover each photo, being careful to get rid of any air bubbles. I used a toothpick to pop any that showed up. The glaze will be cloudy until it dries completely. Make sure your bracelet is on a flat surface to ensure even distribution of the glaze. (apologies for not-so-great photos)
Let it dry for 24 hours before wearing. And there you have it!
I wore mine to church on Mother’s Day and got lots of compliments on it! I had to chuckle when they asked if my husband got it for me for Mother’s Day–I said I made it for myself as a gift. 🙂 I love it!
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I finally finished this milestone book I have been working on for my little Jett. When I did this one
for my Derek, I did traditional paper scrapbooking. Oh, how I now LOVE digi-scrapping. So easy and mess free!:) My Jett’s Milestone Book came out very adorable!
Jett is my number five of my six kids. After I had my fourth, I realized how fast they grow and change
and I wanted to remember every little detail of them being babies. I wish I had written down more of
the milestones for my first three.
I made this book 8″x8″ and I love the size.
I picked my favorite photo for each of the months for one of the sides, then I typed the
milestones that I had written down for that month. I love to look back at their books and
remember all of the little things about my sweet babes.:)

I made these cute DIY Photo Magnets for my mom. I had saved some of these frozen juice can tops, (I know why am I saving such things) but… I did come up with a few fun ways to use these tops.

Here are the steps to make the photo magnets:First, digi scrap the circle with a photo, (I used papers from the Modish Boy kit and Bella Kit at Shabby Princess)-but you could use regular scrapbook paper and a photo.

Second, print and cut out the circles. I then inked the edges a bit.

Third, Mod Podge the circles on the metal top. Let dry.

And last, add a magnet to the back with hot glue.
And… you have an adorable magnet with a picture of your little one!

I also thought of other ideas:
*Make one for each of your children with a photo of just them. Use this special magnet to display their artwork that they bring home!! I will be making these for my kiddos sometime soon.
*Also, you could save these juice can tops, and use them instead of the chipboard squares in my photo memory game.

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