Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Win "Precious Blossom"

The seasons are most definitely changing. As the weather warms up we feel more energetic and want to surround ourselves with pretty, bright and fresh colours. This new kit is just perfect for those who want to nurture their souls or spend time planting and sowing in their gardens. As usual, Sonia is generously giving one lucky commenter a chance to snag this kit.
To get one chance to win this kit you need to leave a comment on this blog post.
Please make sure to leave your name if you comment anonymously.
Comments must be left by noon April 17th. To get additional opportunities to win you can share this on your own blog or facebook and post the public link to your post in a separate comment here.
Good luck. Winner will be announced when the kit is revealed.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

{Eggs}cited about Chocolate ?

Then you're in the right place!

Easter is coming close and Scrapyrus Designs has two kits this week that are perfect for scrapping all those family moments and chocolate faces. But these are also fantastic to document the buzz of Spring or all those other sweet moments throughout the year.

The first kit is {Eggs}Citing Day.

To see the larger previews of the individual parts just move your mouse over the thumbnails.

Check out these pages made by the Scrapyrus Designs Team. Just beautiful!

And now we Fall in Chocolate! LOL

To see the larger previews of the individual parts just move your mouse over the thumbnails.

Fall in Chocolate is available as kit, clusters , alphas and scatters & stamps or as a complete bundle.

And we have some wonderful pages to inspire you:

By Stefanie

The winner of the Fall in Chocolate Clusters is Настасья. Congratulations !
Настасья, please send an email to scrapyrusdesigns at gmail dot com to claim your prize. You have to claim it within one week.

As a special treat for all of you, we have this gorgeous quick page by joshgirl, made with {Eggs}Citing Day. Enjoy!
(Click the image to download)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Win "Fall in Chocolate" Clusters

Just in time for Easter - although who really needs an excuse to buy chocolate and savour sweet treats? I would get the kit and then have an excuse to go for tea and chocolate cake, because I am sweet like that.

There are two ways you could win these clusters.
1. Leaving a comment on this blog post, but you also need to check back to see the winner announced when the bundle is re-released.
2. To double your chances share on facebook, or your own blog and come back here to link us up, you need to post the public link in a separate comment here.

Comments need to be posted before noon on April 10th and no anonymous comments can be considered, unless you include your name in the comment.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Happy Mess, A Spring Break, lots of good news and freebies

Scrapyrus Designs is back! Can you believe it? You better believe it! From the moment we saw the new kit, the team got into their usual buzz and now it's time for you to discover Happy Mess for yourself.

It's a fun kit with bright colors. Perfect for scrapping your perfect life or those not so perfect corners. You do know we all have those, don't you?

But before I show you this new release, there is some very good news for you: to celebrate the re-opening, Scrapyrus Designs is offering you 30% off until Wednesday April 9th on everything in her store (excluding bundles).

And now, without further ado ... here is Happy Mess:
To see the larger previews of the individual parts just move your mouse over the thumbnails.

You can buy the bundle at a special price or you can buy the kit, borders and alphas separately.

The Scrapyrus Designs' CT created these lovely pages:

On the Scrapyrus Designs' Facebook page, you can find these extra papers. All for you, all for free.

And our newsletter subscribers are treated to even more extra goodies. You can subscribe here.

Congratulations to roxanamdm, you just won the Happy Mess papers and elements! Thanks to everyone for participating!
roxanamdm, please send an email to scrapyrusdesigns at gmail dot com to claim your prize. You have to claim it within one week.

Have you had enough? Can you handle more? Well, we've got more! This beautiful Spring Break kit and bundle can be yours for free.
The full kit is yours for free when you buy $5 worth of products from the Scrapyrus Designs store @ ScrapbookGraphics from April 4th until April 9th 2014 and with a purchase of $10 you get the complete bundle!

And last but not least, we are not leaving before giving all of you this wonderful quick page by CTM Tanpopo. Don't forget, the freebies will only be available for one month, so grab them while you can!

(Click the image to download)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Win "Happy Mess"

Can you believe your eyes? That's right! Scrapyrus Designs is back! This is no April fool's! And you could win the first release at my new store. This kit is all about embracing life, messiness and all.

Leave us a nice comment on this blog post 
and check back in the new release post to see if you have won the papers and elements of this joyful kit. 
To double your chances, share this on facebook or your own blog etc and post the public link in a new comment here.

Comments have to be posted before noon April 3rd.
Unfortunately, anonymous comments can not be considered unless the comment contains a name.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Create your own action in Photoshop - Tutorial

Hello there fellow scrappers,

For today I have a little trick that might make your scrapping easier. Have you ever been bored of doing the same thing over and over again and wondered if there could be shortcuts to ease your life? I'm talking specifically about resizing your layout for posting on the web.

After I'm done with my layouts I have to get them ready to post online and they need to be resized to 600x600 pixels (usually) and saved at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. This can become tedious when it could be done in one single click using an action. Of course you could find one already made and pay the price for it but why would you do that when you can make it yourself?

Here are some easy steps to create your own resizing action with Photoshop:

  1. Start with your layout (all layers should already be merged together)

  1. Open the Action window, usually represented by a black triangle inside of a white rectangle. Or go to Window>Actions or with the keyboard shortcut Alt+F9

  1. Create a new set. This will allow you to have a folder with your own actions to make it easier to find later. Give your set a name. I named mine Pleach's actions (my husband calls me Pleach)

  1. Create a new action. Give a name to your action. I named mine Smallerize for web (notice I even created my own word there?). Leave everything else as is. And click Record.

  1. Notice the circle turned red. It means all your actions will now be recorded. The first time I did this I felt rushed and got stressed out because I thought it was timed for some silly reason... but don't stress. Take your time.

  1. Now on to recording the settings we want. Go to Image> Image size. First change the resolution from 300 to 72 pixels/inch. Make sure the box “Constrain Proportions” is ticked. Change the dimensions of your layout from 3600 to 600 pixels. It will change both width and height at the same time. Click ok.

  1. I like to sharpen my layout at this point. You can choose to skip this step. Open Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask... Adjust the settings as is: Amount 150%, Radius 0.3 pixels and Threshold 0 levels. Click ok.

  1. To finish your action click on the square at the bottom of the actions' window. The red circle should now turn black again.

  1. Now all you need to do is save your layout. Go to File> Save for web and devices. A window will open with 4 sneak peeks of your layout. I select the top right corner and play around with the quality so it's just below 250k (most galleries' maximum layout size). Click save and choose a name for your file. And you are done.

Good luck with this tutorial. We hope you enjoy it!

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to share it, but you are not allowed to copy its content or to claim it as your own. You can download a pdf version of this tutorial here. We hope you enjoy it!

It's even better to share the link to the blog as we will be adding new tutorials regularly on scrapyrusdesigns.blogspot.com

Products used in this tutorial: