Evolution of Fonts

In Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017, Adobe added the ability to use bitmap fonts. What’s a bitmap font? It’s basically an alpha turned into a font! Yes, you can actually type with your alphas.

How does it work? The font must be created and saved as a bitmap font. Then you can install it just like any fonts. I highly recommend only installing bitmap fonts when you are actually using them. They are very large files, much larger than traditional vector fonts. So they can take up a lot of your computer processing power. So if you plan on using bitmap fonts a lot, a font manager could be a great investment. Then you can simply enable and disable the fonts with a click as you need them.

Now that your font is loaded, it works just like a regular font. Just type away and as long as that alpha has the characters, you can type your titles using the font! I love this new feature. Now the trick is finding some bitmap fonts out there!

So, I’ve converted one of my old alphas to a bitmap font for you to play with. If you are interested in a font conversion service, you can email me or jump over to my store. (Designers too!)

Top 10 Scrappy Tools

It’s no secret that my store is pretty unique in the digital scrapbooking industry! I’ve specialized in actions, templates, tools and tutorials for Photoshop and Elements. While many of my products are geared towards digital scrapbooking designers and photographers, I also have many tools for digi-scrappers. I was recently asked what my top scrappy tools were, so I thought I’d share them here as well! Not only are these products on sale for {inter}National Scrapbooking Day, you can get 10 of them in an awesome money-saving bundle! Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite scrappy tools!

  1. ACTION: Template Clipper
    This action set helps you scrap FAST using templates! 4 actions help you replace template layers with papers and elements. If you’re anything like me, scrappy time is at a premium. I still love scrapping, but I need to be really efficient. This action helps make scrapping with templates super fast!
  2. ACTION: Chalk It
    Chalk is trendy! This action turns any font into a chalk effect. It comes with an action to create a chalkboard too. Use any font and help it look more realistic with this chalk effect.
  3. BUNDLE: Title Templates #1
    This set of 3 template packs helps you make awesome titles from your fonts. Just edit the text, change the fonts and colors and you have instant titles! A great design time-saver.
  4. BUNDLE: Embellisher
    One thing I love to do is scrap with Lightroom Collages or the Project Life App. But, I also love to use digi kits to embellish my collage pages. These Embellisher actions help create super fast clusters from any kit in your stash. These are so fun and so fast!
  5. ACTION: Make Me Papers 
    I love solid papers, but not every kit comes with enough solids. This kit allows you to select 8 colors from a kit preview. Then it automatically creates 8 solid papers for you. Use the Pro version to use your own textures.
  6. ACTION: Sticker It
    Stickers never go out of style! Turn any phrase into a lightly-textured sticker with this action set. Adjust the border, lift the sticker and control everything as the actions runs.
  7. ACTION: Sharpen It
    A little bit of sharpen and color pop can add a lot to a layout, especially when printing. This action does both quickly. Run it on every layout when you’re done for that special extra touch.
  8. ACTION: Doodle Alpha
    Add a doodle-type border around any element or title. You control the settings. Awesome effect for journal pages or when using doodle-style kits.
  9. ACTION: Shadow Magic
    Take your shadows to the next level with this shadow action. Comes in Pro and Regular versions. Both result in more realistic shadows!
  10. ACTION: Frame Blender
    Create a blended frame effect from any photo, mask and frame in your stash. Easy to use and awesome results!

TEMPLATES: Planner (7×9, Half Letter & A5)

This planner set includes weekly and monthly pages. The spreads are provided in several formats. Each format comes in both Su-Sa and Mo-Su versions.

The Perpetual PSD is an editable version and includes one copy of each left and right page. Calendar strips are provided separately. These are perfect for creating your own weekly spreads and decorating them digitally!

The PDF Printable is 132 pages, prepopulated with 2017 dates, Project 365 numbers and Project 52 numbers.

The Individual PNGs are the PDF pages exported to transparent PNG.

The calendar strips are provided as separate PNG files, as well as a perpetual, editable PNG.

 

Personal or S4H Use Only.

NOTE: If you find an error with these calendars, please contact me asap. If you’re the first to report a mistake, I’ll send you a $10 coupon to Studio Wendy!

TITLE TEMPLATES: Bundle #1

 

These handy titles help you create titles and word art for your layouts or for sale in your digi kits. Each template uses all commercial use fonts, and includes a text file with links so you can download them.

Change the fonts, colors, textures and more to create complete unique titles!

The Basic Edition includes:
8 title templates (layered PSD format)

The Wordy Edition includes:
6 title templates (layered PSD format)

The Iconic Edition includes:
6 title templates (layered PSD format)

Personal use, Scrap-4-hire and Designer-use okay!

PERSONAL USE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE IN THE DROP DOWN MENU BELOW.

DROPLETS: Pocket Pages Extras Bundle

PSE ONLY: These Droplet versions are drag-n-drop enabled for PSE versions that support that feature. To test one template before purchasing, download here:

DOWNLOAD SAMPLE

Layered Photoshop templates for Project Life page designs F, H-Z,  Square 1-16, and Big Shot 1-16. Includes both square and rounded corners. These are traditional layered templates. See links below for alternate versions.

INCLUDES:
63 12×12 droplet templates with square corners (PSD format)
63 12×12 droplet templates with rounded corners (PSD format)
1 PDF contact sheet for reference

 

For traditional template original version: Standard Pack (A-G) • Extras Pack (F, H-Z, Square 1-16, Big Shot 1-16)

For PSE Droplet versions: Standard Pack (A-G)

For Scrap It Action versions: Standard Pack (A-G)

For Project Life App Overlay versions: Compete Bundle

For Lightroom versions: Original Pack (A-L)  •  Extras Pack (Misc)

Personal use only.

TEMPLATES: Pocket Pages Extras Bundle

 

Layered Photoshop templates for Project Life page designs F, H-Z,  Square 1-16, and Big Shot 1-16. Includes both square and rounded corners. These are traditional layered templates. See links below for alternate versions.

INCLUDES:
63 12×12 layered templates with square corners (PSD format)
63 12×12 layered templates with rounded corners (PSD format)
1 PDF contact sheet for reference

 

For traditional template original version: Standard Pack (A-G)

For PSE Droplet versions: Standard Pack (A-G)  •  Extras Pack (F, H-Z, Square 1-16, Big Shot 1-16)

For Scrap It Action versions: Standard Pack (A-G)

For Project Life App Overlay versions: Compete Bundle

For Lightroom versions: Original Pack (A-L)  •  Extras Pack (Misc)

Personal use only.

TEMPLATES: Pocket Pages {1} 2.0

 

Updated Feb 2017: Adds square corner templates for all 7 layouts.

Want a faster way to scrap? An easier way to catch up on all those piles of photos? Want to escape from the guilt of unscrapped photos? Or, maybe you just have project that you’d like to work on digitally! These templates help you scrap pocket-style pages using any photos, papers or journal cards in your stash. And, even better, they also work with Becky Higgins’ Project Life digi supplies.

This is the Templates Only edition which comes with 7 pocket-style templates in both rounded and square corner. Clip your papers, photos and cards to the blocks, toss on a background paper and a few embellishments (don’t forget to add your story) and you’re done! So, if you’ve been held back from creating Pocket Pages because you really wanted it to be digi, now’s the time to try it!

INCLUDES:
7 Layout Templates (PSD and TIF formats) (6 are 12×12, 1 is 10×12) Page Designs A-G
Cheat Sheet (PDF format)

ALPHA: Embroidered + Color Styles

1 Embroidered-style alpha (grey-uppercase, lowercase, numbers & symbols)

1 set of 11 color styles to transform your grey alpha into a colored one! (with and without drop shadow)

Individual PNGs and Sheets

Styles are provided as a .ASL file and require Photoshop or Elements to use it.

 

Personal Use and Scrap-For-Hire only.

ACTION: Overlay Toolkit

OVERLAY TOOLKIT:

Hot off the presses, I have a new Overlay Toolkit for you! This action set allows you to add one or two overlays to a paper or color, or an overlay to a shape or elements. There’s also a layer flipper to change the way the overlay is applied. I’ve also included my older Overlay Maker action for converting scanned textures into overlays. Plus, you get 3 overlays to play with. And, don’t forget the helpful “how-to” video!

INCLUDES:
Add 1 Overlay Paper Action
Add 2 Overlay Paper Action
Overlay Flipper Action
Overlay Reverter Action (undo the flipper)
Add Overlay Element Action
Add Overlay Shape Action
1 Video Tutorials

OVERLAY EXTRACTOR:
Converting your scans or photos to overlays has never been easier! Choose from 2 options. The first resizes to 12×12 first. The other uses a solid 12×12 jpg. Either way, the action leads you through converting it to a transparent layer. Video tutorial included!

INCLUDES:
2 Overlay actions
1 Video Tutorial
Install Instructions

Tested in PSCC, PSE11+, Mac & PC

Designer Use, S4H and Personal Use okay.

Bullet Journaling Bandwagon

I’ve hopped on the Bullet Journaling Bandwagon! I gave it a try and I’m hooked.

 

Bullet Journaling? What’s That?

Planners are popular, but I have had the hardest time making one work for me. Until now that is! I stumbled across Bullet Journaling after hearing about it on a podcast. I had no clue what it was so I did a little research. The flexibility of the plan made a lot of sense to me. I can track all kinds of things in one journal, and the concept behind it just clicked! The basic idea is to create a monthly log, daily log and future log. Then create an index page that allows you to easily find your logs within your journal.

These three logs lay the foundation of the planner system, but the beauty is it’s completely flexible and customizable! So you can track almost anything! In my journal, I’m currently tracking books read, tv shows watched, story ideas, goals, movies, podcasts, and birthdays and holidays. I have plans to add a habit tracker as well. I can doodle in there, add coloring pages, and even enjoy some of the fun planner supplies if I want. I used Washi Tape to make color coded tabs for my different logs, so they are easier to locate. I’ve printed a calendar and pasted it in the front of the book too. This is the first planner that has resonated with me and I’m actually using it! You can use any journal size, print and punch pages or glue pages into an existing journal.

 

 

Once I decided this was going to work for me, I set out to make my own templates. I’m making these printable templates available to you. Here’s what you get:
INCLUDES: (Both Half-Letter and A5)

-Index Page -Future Log
-Daily Logs (2 versions)
-Monthly Log
-2017 Calendar Pages (mo-su, su-sa, two versions of each)
-Birthday Log -Goals
-Habit Log
-Gratitude Log
-Meal Plan
-Memories Log
-Shopping List
-TV Log
-Book log
-Grids and Lines (multiple options in most logs)
-PeaSqueaker and PeaBev fonts

Layered PSD format Personal Use Only

Special thanks to Fonts for Peas for use of their fonts.