Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meet Meagan's CT: Thao!


Hello everyone!

My name is Thao, known as "thotim" in most of the digi-scrap forums.  I live in the beautiful and sunny southern California with a most loving and thoughtful husband.  I love to scrapbook, make jewelry, travel, and of course spend time with my family and friends.  I, sometimes, do cross stitching and crochet projects when I really have down time.  You can check me out through my blog and view my digital scrapbook layouts in my galleries.

Blog: http://simplycreativebythao.blogspot.com
My galleries:  Scrap Matters, Digishoptalk (DST)

Recently, my most favorite layout using Meagan's Creations is a layout of a photo with my cousins.  I just love the beautiful, soft and calm colors which pretty much present our relationship.  Take a look and see if you agree with me.

As you browse through Meagan's shop, I bet it's hard for you not to "ohh" and "ahh" at her designs.  So when I was asked to pick out one favorite product by Meagan, it was hard for me to choose just one.  However, I have to go with The Simple Life which is currently in the store at ScrapMatters now.  This kit is a gorgeous and elegant kit for the every day photos.  You just have to check it out.

Beside digital scrapbooking, I also love love to travel.  My husband and I try to take at least one trip in the summer to a tropical/beach location.  My hubby's reason is that he needs to release his stress from work (who doesn't have stress at work, right?) and I never have any problem in complying with his reasons.  So off we go!  Last summer, we went to Jamaica for one week with my Mom, aunt, and cousins.  The people there are friendly and nice.  The beach is beautiful.  The whole trip was very relaxed.  We had such a great time!  This is by far my most favorite place.  And if you have time, I would like to invite you to visit Jamaica...

One thing I cannot live without is my creativity.  For some people, it's probably the one physical thing but for me, I just couldn't imagine living everyday without being creative.  I think you use your creativity in everything you do, just depends on what level for certain tasks.  For example, picking out clothes to wear in  the morning requires some level of creativity, what goes with this top or pants, which belt looks best with this dress or outfit?  Creativity is also used when you cook or prepare your meals too. After all, it's just being used everywhere for me, and for a crafty gal as I am, creativity is a must have.  That's why it's an important thing in my life.

I have so many dreams through out my life.  As I grow older, my dreams change too.  I remember when I was little, I dreamed to become a teacher.  Then, I dreamed to be an optometrist.  And when I first started to scrap book traditionally, I dreamed of having a scrapbook supply store.  But all, I always dream to do something craft related, a high-end stationary store or custom design jewelry pieces.  Maybe one of these dreams will come alive, I hope.

So much about my personal thoughts and dreams, we are back to a question of sharing one of my favorite layout techniques with you.  I think I have to say it's clustering.  I love clusters the elements together around the frame or in the corner of a layout.  If you look through my galleries, you'll notice that most of my layouts have some kind of clusters on them.
And if you love clusters as I do, check out the cluster packs in Meagan's store.  Those are pre-made for you so you just have to add to your layouts together with your photos.

I am not much of a writer, but I thank you for reading through this post featuring me, a CT of Meagan's Creations.  I hope you get to know a little bit more about us, about her team.  I am glad to be a member and lucky to use Meagan's Creations designs in my layouts to showcase her gorgeous products.

Have a beautiful day!!


 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ScrapMatters' Halloween Blog Train

Trick-or-Treat! A few of the designers at ScrapMatters have a halloween special blog train with some very cool digi-goodies for you!

Here's what you can grab from Meagan's Creations!


And here's the list of all the participating designers. So just click on each of the links to grab all the pieces!


And have a happy haunting!
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How to: Double-Pagers!

So I don't do too many double-pagers but I recently had my kids' joint-birthday party, one a girl and one a boy. I quality-check for Dream Big Designs (yay!) and she just released some adorable Birthday party kits, one for boys and girls but the the color schemes work together so I thought I would do 1 page with both but wasn't liking that. So I decided a double-pager would work great. I personally, like to scrap the whole two pages together, this way they can flow together better as you have items crossing that border. So today I'm sharing some tips with you about scrapping double-pagers.

Make the background paper flow.
You do no want to stretch your paper to be 24x24. That would lower the quality immensely. Often, you can use the same background paper on both pages but I also have another idea. When we have papers that have edge work on them, like a grunge, flip one of the papers horizontally, so that the same edges meet up. This helps the gradient get darker and lighter matching up any spots/grunge. Obviously, do NOT do this if the paper has text or other items that would look weird backwards.

Use CTRL+ mouse click to find elementsSometimes my 1-pagers are crazy enough with a bunch of elements, now we have double the mess! So it might be easier to find the elements you are trying to move around by using this neat trick. With the move button selected, hold down the control key as you click on your layout, on the item you are trying to find. It should select that item in the layers palette and now you can better arrange it! No hunting through your layers for the element you are trying to adjust!

Avoid the middle groundBased on how you like to print your scrapbooking pages, it might be best to avoid putting someone's face or text or titles right in the middle of the double-pager. Give yourself about 1/4 inch on both pages to keep important parts of your layout out of the middle and out of book binding areas.

Cropping the finished productOk, so here's how I crop it once I finish scrapping it. And you might have noticed that the computer had a hard time with opening and saving such a large document. You might also want to crop and separate the two pages once you finish scrapping. Here's my page:





 Kit Credits: Dream Big Designs: Party Shop:Boy and Party Shop Girl

I decided to place a ribbon in the middle there too to help divide the page. You'll see I gave myself room on either side of the 12in mark.

Next, go to guides, and place one at 12 in vertically.




Now, go to the crop tool and starting on the left corner, drag it to the guide. It should snap to the guide we just made. Save that page and then click undo and repeat the process!


You'll see I checked and the image came out to perfectly 12x12. Without the guide, if you just try to use the rulers, you'll probably be off. Best to use the guide to make sure the cut is accurate! :)
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Release: Got Class? Collab & Facebook FREEBIE!

Meagan's Creations has teamed up with Crisdam designs to produce this gorgeous collab kit called 'Got Class?' about school life! This kit will be fantastic for scrapping everything to do with sports, the activities, the sciences, homework and students' experience! The kit comes with 2 full alphas, 84 unique elements, 22 patterned and 8 solid papers all on sale for 20%!

(preview linked to the store)

Meagan also has some fantastic coordinating products to go with this beautiful kit. All on sale for 20% off as well!

This 23 set of labels with various titles!
(preview linked to store)

These word art clusters, a set of 9!
(preview linked to store)

There are also these stunning clusters!
(preview linked to store)

And these beautiful quick pages created from her CTs' layouts which you'll get to see ahead.
(preview linked to the store)

Oh, did you think that was all? Nope! We also have these fantastic Journal cards!
(preview linked to store)

Now, if you'd really love saving on all these pieces, then have a look at Meagan's amazing bundle offer deal! Get all 6 pieces at a 40% sale price!
(preview linked to the store)

Last but not the least, there's also a stunning mini-kit called Higher Learning Kit. This kit can hold it's own with 11 new papers, 27 unique elements and a metallic Greek alpha set! It's also on sale for 20% off!
(preview linked to store)

These products are everything you'll ever need to scrap your children's or your own high school memories!

And finally some beautiful work done by Meagan's wonderful CT:
Lahni:
She used Meagan's Spiral templates for this layout and this layout has been converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

Kendra:
She also used Meagan's Spiral templates for this layout.

Stephanie:

This layout has also been converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

This layout has also been converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

Heather:

Dana:

Amanda:

Belinda:

This layout has been edited slightly and converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

Kandice:
This layout has also been converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

She used Meagan's Hit Repeat Templates Vol 1 set for this one!

Lindsay:
This layout has also been converted into a quickpage available in the coordinating quickpages set.

Thao:

Britt:
This layout has also converted into a quickpage for the coordinating quickpages set.

And finally these four beautiful layouts have been created by ScrapMatters' talented CT:




And finally Meagan and Amanda (of Manda Lane Scraps) have a coordinating facebook freebie for you!
These beautiful fx styles will be up soon so don't forget to check Meagan's fan freebie page shortly!

I hope you enjoyed reading as much as Meagan and I enjoy sharing these with you. Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meet Meagan's CT: Kendra!

Kendra

I live in rural Iowa with my husband and our two children--a 4th grade son and a 2nd grade daughter who are the subjects of most of my photos. My hobbies include scrapping, reading, spending time with friends, Bible Study Fellowship, and I garden in the summer so I can freeze and can food for my family.

Here are my galleries:
Scrap Matters http://scrapmatters.com/gallery3/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/6592
Stuff to Scrap http://stufftoscrap.com/photopost/showgallery.php?ppuser=91&username=kendra

Wishes and Wings is my favorite kit and I love how easy it is to make a layout honoring someone with the awesome word art clusters in the bundle Retired kit Childhood Games--Worked so well with so many photos I had taken of my kids. Also love Meagan's templates in her store and the fact that they are now offered in PAGE form! 

My favorite layouts are:
 Created using Wings and Wishes and one of the Squared Away templates.


Created using an older kit called Childhood Games.


We don't really go to exotic places--we spend most of our vacation time visiting my in-laws in Kansas and go to Branson, MO every other year with my side of the family. This is a photo of my kids in front of the Lion and the Lamb at Sight and Sound Theater in Branson.


Tell us the one thing you cannot live without: currently peanut butter m&ms are my weakness
Tell us a dream of yours: Being caught up on my scrapping for my kids.
Your favorite layout technique: I like to change opacity on elements and papers.

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Setting Action Shortcuts

Just sharing a quick tip with you about setting your own quick key settings for actions! You may have some favorite actions you use over and over and you don't want to have to search through our actions window to find it each time. You can set a shortcut key for it, quickly!

Open the action in your actions toolbar and then double-click to the right of the action.



This will open up a new dialog box and there you can set your shortcut key for that action!


Now, whenever you have selected a layer, you can hit that shortcut key and it will automatically perform that action! Sweet right! Now beware that if you choose one action in a set of actions you have, it will automatically set the rest of the actions with the next consecutive function keys.

If you have any questions, let me know!

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