Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine Freebies!

I ADORE freebies! :) Especially the digital kind, because I can virtually hoard to my hearts content (LOL) and theoretically not run out of room :) Well, fresh from the studio I have some freebies for you: gorgeous Valentine freebies that can be used in your Project Life, scrap-booking or any other type of journalling.  This is my largest set yet. There's so many cards. Can you tell I was having a lot of fun creating them? I had to force my self to stop :) My favorite part of designing these cards was creating the the mustache.  Too stinking cute! Its amazing what you can do with simple shapes and awesome programs!

It was also very difficult to choose which ones to give away for free, so I had a little helper make that decision for me.  Hope you like her choices. You can stop by my Etsy shop, Paola's Paper, to pick up the rest of the collection.  I am new to Etsy and loving every minute designing cards. I hope you'll come by and say hi :)

Please show your support and pin the images or share my blog link on your walls.  I would be ever so grateful! Thank you and Enjoy! :) I would love to see what you create with your cards, if you would like to share, please visit my fanpage My Whimsical Little World and post your creativity! 

 Valentine Digital Cards

Click on the Link above for the freebie. It will take you to Dropbox, where you can download the PDF.
The images below are the rest of the collection which can be purchased at my Etsy shop.

Paola :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Project Life Challenge "My Favorite Book"

You have heard and read me say that Challenges I love!  I think it is the deadline..or maybe perhaps its the focus that is needed to complete the challenge that thrills me.  What ever the reason ...I love it!  I was super excited and could not wait to get started on this challenge.  I was inspired to create a two page layout for my Project Life all about my favorite book "Jane Eyre".  The only planning I had done ahead of time was choosing my book, my BH Project Life Mini Kit and I knew that I wanted to incorporate Some Odd Girls digi stamps.  I simply love her stamps on my projects! 
It took a  couple weeks to create the two I said I had no set plan on what I was going to do or how I was going to go about it.  I only knew I was going to treat it like an art piece.  I would let it take shape on its own and when inspiration hit me I would just go with it.  Sometimes not having a plan scares me, but I have noticed in my work that the less planning I do the more I enjoy the process and the finished project turns better than expected.  If you can't tell already ...I am super proud of my pages!  I wanted to bring the book and my life together.  This book teaches you about strength and to never give up no matter what.  To hold your head high.  To remember that you will fall, but you must get up and try again.  Have faith and hope that it will be okay.  Jane Eyre is an incredible inspiration and role model.  She is a survivor!   I admire her strength and the authors brilliance in creating such a strong woman for years to come.

In creating the pages I used the Project Life Maggie Holmes Flea Market Kit (mini) as well as the ephemera and chipboard that went with the flea market set.  I worked on 12x12  page protectors from Project Life.  As I mentioned I pulled 2 digi stamps from Some Odd Girl the way thank you ever so much to the ladies at the forum for your help.  I was lost on which digi to use for my layout and some wonderful ladies came  to my rescue and helped choose the perfect digi to represent Jane Eyre "Gaze".
I Printed all my words using the printer by creating a template in CS5.  The images where printed on my Canon Selphy (if you keep scrolling down I have a post all about how wonderful the Selphy is).

Below is final video of my Challenge.  If you would like to see the other videos on product I used and thought process please check out my YouTube channel My Whimsical Little World.  

Some odd girl
Some odd girl

Paola :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cut a 12x12 picture into 8 seperate images & create a 2 page layout using SDE

I am sure I am not the first to admit that although it was love at first with the Cameo...after hitting the power button things went sour.  Not terribly user friendly at the beginning or perhaps it was me being impatient LOL.  Well I have had many many months to once again LOVE my Cameo and I do! :) How did I survive without it!  Don't get me wrong, I still adore my Big Shot.  I still use it.  But the Cameo is different...its not just a cutting machine.  It allows you to be creative and design, and I need that freedom.  Now the program I feel still needs to grow, but for the price you pay for the program this is a remarkable deal!  I am constantly learning about the different ways to use the program and shapes and lines and don't even get me started with the user friendly tools.  I love the fact that to get precise I do not have to have a tablet or even a mouse. 
Enough drooling over the program and lets get to the fun part! :)
Designing with SD or DE
The video below describes how to set out a 2 page layout so you can visually see what you want to do for your pages.  This can also apply to regular scrappbooking.  I also walk you through how to take a 12x12 image and cut it up to fit in your pockets! How cool is that!  Part 2 will I will walk you through on how to create the second page and add conffetti and stars to your pockets as well as making a waterfall for extra pictures you want to add but have no room.  I cannot wait for the new product out by Snap that has a flip page for extra photos. :)

Enjoy the video and come back to grab Part 2. :)
Paola :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Just Me and My Selphy

I don't think I have ever come across such an incredible user friendly piece of technology to make the process of printing so darn easy!
I will admit I thought at first it was too good to be true.  How this little inexpensive machine can produce quality pictures.  Well let me tell you it does! And watching it print is fun too! :)

It seems intimidating in the box but once you open it up and read the instructions. Super easy to set up and get going on your printing.  The best part is that I can use my IPhone it has WiFi.   Now I have more time for cutting and playing with my PL layouts.  My HP now appears to me like a clumsy old dinosaur compared to the Selphy LOL .
 I have seen many posts on what the cost is to print with the Selphy.  I am not a hardcore printer so I cannot add to this other than give my own experience.  The box of paper and ink costs me $40CAD however if I search hard enough I can get a better deal, but to be honest I just wanna play with it and not wait. I am such a kid! :)  I only have to buy a box every 3 months.   I don't always print a 4x6 (1 image)  I print using collages so my pictures vary in size.  This helps saving paper and getting creative with layouts.  I also print in batches, this helps in saving your ink.  If you are just printing 1 or 2 sheets and then turn it off and then come back later and turn it on and print another sheet, you will go through the ink a lot faster than if you print in batches.
Below are a lists of Apps I use with my Selphy and editing my images for Project Life.  

Apps  I use with my Selphy:
Canon IEP

I switch between the two Pic apps because of the variety in frames as well as the fact that Pic Stitch charges you for frames and PicFrame does not.

Apps I use to edit my images:

Have fun printing and watching your photo's go from yellow to beautiful! :)


Paola :)