Thursday, February 11, 2010

Easy Valentine Tutorial...

Hey friends!  I am still here.  My "little piece of paradise" as I call it has become increasingly crazy these days.  I have started my part-time job at the tax office, and still do my magazine job from home.  I also somehow agreed to coach Walker's soccer team, and heap on to that lots of doctors appointments for Connor and a household that needs a full time live-in maid (that's how it feels anyway) and there just aren't enough hours in the day! I have been struggling to find balance, and when something has to take a backseat it always seems to be my blog.  I have missed you all terribly and feel so out of the loop.  I just know you have all been up to lots of fabulous decorating and crafting. I would love to visit each and every one of my blogging buddies, but for now I will have to be content to just check in occasionally and really catch up when April 15 gets here and tax season is OVER!!
Wowser, that was quite an introduction for the quick tutorial I was gonna share with you.  Back to the subject at hand.  I have posted in the past  how I make my cards on SCRAPBLOG and I have friends that ask me about it a lot, so I thought I would post another easy tutorial on it.  Here is the Valentines Day Card I did this year.

Here's how I did it. 

  • Go to Scrapblog's site, and create an account.  They have a fantastic site.  Beware, you can get lost in time playing with all the possibilities and hours will disappear from your day.  Anyway, I always start with a blank canvas.  You can start with kits or templates, but I like to start from scratch.  I choose my backgrounds, stickers, and borders that are free.  Some of their stuff costs money,they call it credits, but you have to pay for them.  The prices are very reasonable, so if you find something you love, go for it.  But for me part of the fun is trying to make them for free.

  • Just upload your pictures and play around until you have created something you like. 

  • Next you want to "publish" what you made.  The button for this is at the top of the screen.  Once you have done that, you will be able to click on the "file" tab and export it as a JPEG onto your computer. 
  • I then upload my saved file to Walgreens or a similar photo printing service and print them for about 9 cents a piece. 
After buying a box of envelopes, I am getting great looking unique cards, invitations, etc. for a fraction of the price.  I hope you try this out. If you do let me know.  If this is not very clear, feel free to e-mail me with questions.  It's getting late and the bed is calling my name.  I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine's Day and I will be back as soon as I possibly can! 


BlueCastle said...

Glad you're okay. :) I was heading over to send you a quick note and saw your post.

Angie said...

I will definitely check this out and try it. The one you did is so cute! Have a great weekend!

Our Family said...

So glad to hear that everything is okay. I totally understand how life can stand in the way. I am heading to Scrapblog now. Looking forward to your "return." Lana :)

The Hat Chick said...

Your plate is really full! Have missed you and hope things calm down for you soon. Thanks for the link to ScrapBlog. I will check it out.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I know that you're one busy momma - I see it on FB - but I sure do miss your blog. Hope you have a great week girl!

BlueCastle said...

I MISS YOU, Mandi!!!

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