Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

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This has got to be one of my favorite days of the year as a scrapbooker! There’s so many fantastic deals and specials, contest, chats and challenges and Gotta Pixel is no different! Almost everything in the store is 30% – 50% off depending on each designer’s choice! I’ve decided since NSD is such a huge event that warrants a 50% off sale! Click HERE to take advantage of my lowest prices of the year!

Also check out the chat schedule below to see what’s going on each hour throughout today!

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Have a super fun NSD Saturday!!!

Jen

New Release!

Hi Everyone! I’ve been working hard to revamp a kit that I previously released about 4 years ago. I’ve added quite a few new papers and lots more elements! This kit features 17 papers and 43 elements, including a fun polka dot alpha which has a transparent background. Try using it as is, or throw a glow or shadow behind the letters for a totally new effect! Also my 40% off Grand Opening Sale is still going on through Sunday, March 22nd so take advantage of the great savings on everything in my store… including the new Sweetheart Page Kit!

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Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids to Make!

For the past couple of years, my kids have been making their own Valentine’s Day cards for the classmates at school. I thought it would be a fun project that we could do together and something special that they could hand out to their friends. Here’s samples from last year:

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You can make these cards in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and either print them at home or from any photo printing store. I like to print them 2-up on a 4×6 photo and send them to Walmart. The cost ends up being either .09 or .15 cents depending on whether you want 1 hour prints or regular processing. So for a class of 26 kids, 1 hour prints, you’ll only end up paying $1.95! Plus, kids love being able to help with designing their own card!

I start by creating a 3×6, 300 dpi document in Photoshop. Grace (my youngest) decides what papers, elements, photo of herself, and fonts she wants to use for her Valentine’s cards and I place everything for her, asking her how big or small she wants each image or font and where she would like it. My son, Luke, is old enough that I’m able to have him sit down and make the cards himself, teaching him the steps. It’s a great way to show your kids Photoshop! After the card is finalized and saved one last time, I flatten the layers and save a copy as a jpeg. Creating a new file that is 4×6, I place the jpeg file of the card side by side creating 2 cards on one 4×6 photo, as show below. I then make sure that my layers are flattened and save this file as a another jpeg. This is the jpeg file that I’ll be uploading to the Walmart site.

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After picking your cards up from Walmart or wherever you sent them, simply cut them down the middle and tape a small candy, pack of gum or stickers to the back! Kids love helping with this too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Luke’s Card: Supplies from Weeds and Wildflowers

Grace’s Card: Supplies from Shabby Princess

Back to Family, Cottage and Paper

Hi Friends!

A lot has happened in these last few months. As many of you know Design House Digital closed it’s doors last summer. I had just started selling my digital kits there so this was very sad for me since I felt like I had found a digital home at last. I was planning on selling at another well know digital company, but after a lot of heart to heart talks with myself, I decided that it was important to focus more on my family. Designing would have to take a back seat. So this summer was strictly about hanging out more with the kids and helping my husband fix up our little lake cottage that we bought a year and half ago.

We bought our little cottage right after my husband came home from a year’s deployment in Afghanistan. We found this small slice of heaven while my husband was home on leave and all four of us fell in love with it! It was structurally sound, but needed some major cleaning and TLC since it had not been lived in for about 4 years. The first summer we cleaned and fixed small things… the kitchen sink needed replacing, the toilet upstairs, and the whole process of cleaning from top to bottom including getting rid of 3 trailer loads of stuff! We also cleared a LOT of brush since you could hardly see the lake through all the trees! This last summer we worked on expanding the parking area (there was only enough room for 2 vehicles), cleared more trees including one HUGE pine that was making it’s home in a portion of our septic field and building a deck and stair system down to the beach (the cottage is situated on a steep hill). The kids were also a big help with smaller things and when they got tired, they loved being able to run down to the beach to build sandcastles and swim! We had a lot of family time too… walks, bike rides, kayaking, boating, fishing and just hanging out on the beach. It was definitely a good summer and a good decision to put designing on the back burner.

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During the summer, I also had some time to hang out and do some traditional scrapbooking after the kids went to bed. I had forgotten how much I loved working with paper after all the years of digi scrapping! I’ve posted a couple of layouts that I have done since I’ve gone back to paper.

luke-campingMainluke-camping2luke-campingMain3The first page is of my son Luke while camping at one of our state parks that we have in the area. We had taken a hike and found this amazing cabin! The last picture of this layout shows some green and orange accent paper behind the photo. I achieved this look by running it through my Tim Holtz VagaBond Machine with a Darice embossing plate. I then took some sandpaper and roughed up the embossed part to distress it. Supplies used: Paper -My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey, Large Diecut – Crate Paper, Chipboard Letters – Making Memories, Embossing Plate – Darice, Thread – Iris, Chipboard Stickers – Basic Grey, Frame – My Mind’s Eye, Rubon – Cosmo Cricket.

halloween-mainhalloween2The next layout is actually from Halloween a couple of years ago. I’m definitely NOT a chronological scrapbooker!! I tend to scrap whatever catches my eye or the way that I feel at that moment. Scrapbooking is a bit about therapy too, not just preserving the past… don’t make it stressful by worrying about having to scrap those 15 more pics of Cousin Robert’s birthday party instead of the vacation to Disneyworld that you just took just because the party came before your vacation! Supplies used: Paper – Coordinations, Imaginisce, and Bo Bunny, Rubon Letters – Swatch Book Impressions, Tags – Basic Grey, Chalk Tag – My Mind’s Eye, Washi Tape – My Mind’s Eye, Embossing Plate – Darice.

Thanks for visiting!
Jen  :)

June House Party Blog Hop – Inspiration & Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Welcome!

My name is Jen Dipzinski and I’m very excited to be a part of the June House Party Blog Hop! This month’s color theme is titled “Whimsy” and the kits created from this are FA-BOU-LOUS! What an amazing array of colorful, bright, fun kits perfect for summer photos! You can check out out all the Whimsy kits by clicking on the image below:

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Remember these kits are on sale, 30% off, through June 5th.

My contribution to the Blog Hop is a bit of inspiration and a tutorial. This layout is of my precious daughter, Gracie, 2 summers ago when we had a photo shoot done.

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I decided to do something different by “cutting” circles from my selected papers. I then picked a brush out (I picked stars), adjusted my size, angle, spacing, and scatter options in the brush preset menu before drawing the stars around one of the circles. Make sure you do this in a new layer, not the layer that contains your actual circle. I then selected one star with the Magic Wand Tool, clicked Select, Similiar. This will select all of the stars. Keeping these selected, I clicked on the layer with my “paper” circle and hit delete. You should have a cut out of your design from the paper circle. Next click Layer, Layer Style, Drop Shadow and set your desired shadow preset to make your cutouts more prominent. The presets I chose were:

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This will make your circles look like punched pieces of paper. To make the cutouts appear more realistic, don’t put too heavy of a shadow on them.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Whimsy House Party Kits and take advantage of the great sale!

I’m also very excited to announce that I have joined the amazing Designers here at DHD! My store is also on sale, 30% off, through June 5th! I’m slowly but surely loading my products into the store so stop by again to see what else I have added each week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop in the June House Party Blog Hop is Jessica Jeppson. Click on the arrow below to visit her blog!

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If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the stops:
Design House Digital
Tasha Lanigan Creates
Inkling and Wit
To Be Remembered Scrapbooks by Melissa Marti
Hoffmann Creations
Ratty Tattys Blog
Chers Flair
Jen Dipzinski Design (you are here)
JJ Designs
Sassy Sanctuary

Or if you want to start at the very beginning, then click on the image below.
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