Make your own glitter tape

Had a brainwave this morning. I was making a gift packet and wanted a couple of straight lines of glitter . The paper was a pastel plaid design. Nice but lacking a bit of pazzazzle-dazzle. So easy. Got out some thin double-sided tape and snipped off the length I wanted. I used a ruler to line it up to where it needed to go – the picture above is an offcut of wrapping paper so I wasn’t fussy about whether it aligned to anything.

I stuck it down, peeled off the top layer (you already know the rest, don’t you?!) sprinkled on some glitter and job done! So easy.

Speak later

Hel

Want a quick ISO page size guide?

I used to love working with InDesign but now, not so much. Still, when I thought about making a reference guide for a fuller set of ISO page sizes than the one I posted earlier this week, it was the s/w of choice. And, today I did enjoy putting this layout together! It was also an opportunity to use the free papers and frilly borders I offered just over a week ago so was pleased to see they worked well for what I wanted. I only got 2 comments so I might be one of the few people that likes them (am leaving them for another week or so then will retire them for personal use).

Anyway, the pic above is a .png so you might find it good enough res for whatever you’d like it for. If it has become too degraded in the shrink process, the pdf can be found here:

ISO page sizes PDF

Hope you have a great weekend.

All the best, Hel. x

Pretty decorated alphabet set of Photoshop / PSE brushes

Hello again! Dashed back when I saw how small the preview is! Have posted a single letter to give you a better idea of what the rest of the set is like! There you go!

Anyhow, I’ve made a set of decorated alphabet brushes for Photoshop /PSE.  They’re 300 ppi so a good resolution and lovely for digi layouts, scrapbooking and printing (unlike the preview which I made far too small for anybody to see! My apologies – always the same when you try to rush things (got the tea cooking).

Same deal as before! Five comments (minimum) and I’ll upload and you can take them to enjoy. I’ll leave them up for a week or so and if nobody wants them in that time, I’ll keep them for myself. I’ll use them!

Enjoy your evening (or day, depending on which part of the world you’re in!).

Hel x

Birdbox papers for digicrafts

Hello!

I’ve been listening to some Tony Robbins CDS and have been working on re-framing negative questions into empowering ones. Instead of asking, for example, ‘Bleh! Why does this keep happening to me?!’  I substitute something that gives me the power to change it and recast me as the adult in control and not the victim of circumstance, for example, ‘What changes do I need to make to ensure that I always get the best results I can?’. It’s an extremely powerful exercise.

Now, how does this fit in with a set of papers with birdboxes on? Tenuously, I grant you, on a superficial level, but I can tell you that channelling energy into creating something is, for me, therapeutic. I love to make things! I love colour in my life!  It gives me juice! Instead of moping around feeling listless, bored and heading off to the kitchen for something rubbishy to eat to fill five minutes here and there, it engages me. It lifts my spirits to make something pretty that I can use and share with others. I have created a resource for channelling my attention and energy away from negative, self-esteem robbing crappy activities like eating mindlessly and enabled a better, postive behaviour that I enjoy. I live in the moment, use time purposefully and make something that satisfies me. I know my weight is not my worth but it’s a difficult concept to internalise when we live in a world that seems obsessed with diminishing the size of normal women into waifs – but I’m working on it!

Now, instead of eating crap, I find things to do. And when things don’t go quite right, I don’t beat myself up or stuff the frustration down my throat with biscuits and crisps  thinking ‘Hmmm , I haven’t got it right, I’m rubbish at this’ I think ‘What’s not great yet?’. It’s a great way of seeing the potential and the lessons learned instead of the negative blinkers of ‘failure’ –  a tremendously disempowering word, don’t you think?

I was tempted to use a question mark with an exclamation mark there – wouldn’t it be useful if there was a punctuation mark that combined the two?! Well, there is! The interrobang:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang

The interrobang, interabang[1] (play /ɪnˈtɛrəbæŋ/), ‽ (often represented by ?! or !?), is a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also called the “interrogative point”) and the exclamation mark or exclamation point (known in printers’ jargon as the “bang”)[2]. The glyph is a superimposition of these two marks. It is present in Unicode as U+203D ‽ interrobang.


I think I will have to deploy this useful little chappie cos I think he’s just cute! What a pity it’s a non-standard punctuation mark so not available with normal font families!

Talking of cute, I recently used a photograph, courtesy of Russell Orr Wildlife Photography (http://www.russorr.co.uk/) in a romantic card for Mr Tree. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Aww!

Anyway, back to the pretty birdbox papers… same deal as before. If you would like a set of the papers above, FREE, drop me a comment. I’ll keep them available for a few weeks.

Have fun and be good to yourselves.

Hel x

Free kitchy kitchen pot 12 x 12 paper

Hi there!

A quick posting. I saw a 12 x 12 with coffee pots and thought how cute it was and sat down with Illustrator and designed my own set of kitchy kitchen pots  and put them together to make this happy and colourful 12 x 12. Now, same deal as before… if I get a minimum of five requests for it I’ll make it available for download (minus all the copyright notices blatted all over it!). If you would like to be able to download for your digi scrapbooking or print it off to use (it’s 300 dpi so will print nicely), let me know and I’ll upload it should I get five requests. Comments reached the target. Here’s the file.

Kitchy Kitchen Paper (PNG)

Simples!

Have a happy day

Hel x

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