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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pantone's color of 2018!

Pantone's color of the year is Ultra Violet!

Pantone says, "As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, [people] should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence.

Color of the Year 2018 - Quote from Lee Eiseman

I used it to make my word of the year extra meaningful and inspiring to me...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Scrapbooking Coach: January

We took a poll to find out: "If you could have your very own scrapbooking coach, what would you want her/him to do?" I am going to take one suggestion, each month this year, and find solutions you can use!

January's Question: What is a megapixel and how does it correspond to resolution? I want the photos I take on my cell phone to actually look good!

January's Answer: A megapixel is not a single pixel that's been super sized, lol. Megapixel is shorthand for 1 million pixels. So a five megapixel camera captures 5 million pixels worth of information. A 3 megapixel camera captures 3 million pixels worth. You can expect to pay more for higher resolution, but you get photos that will be very clear even when enlarged. If you're not planning to enlarge the photos to a size larger than 8 by 10 inches, you don't need more than a 5-megapixel camera.

The term resolution comes up everytime I talk about digital scrapbooking, cameras, scanners, and even monitors and printers. Resolution refers to the quality of the image produced by a camera or scanner, displayed by a computer screen, or created by your printer. Resolution measures the number of dots or pixels (which stands for picture elements, the preferred term for dots on the computer screen), per square inch of image a higher resolution means that the image is made up of more, smaller pixels per inch. When you look at a picture on your computer or television screen, you're looking at a bunch of relatively large colored dots. The typical screen resolution for a monitor is 72 dots per inch, abbreviated as DPI. Each dot measures 1/72 of an inch across. Your eye and brain work together to blur the dots into an image. Each dot or pixel has slightly different amounts of the red, green, and blue phosphors that give off of light in those colors. They mix visually to make each dot a different color. If you're familiar with the paintings of George Seurat, the famous pointillist painter, you'll remember that he placed tiny, individual dots of color on his canvas. Because you can actually see the little dots and count them, his paintings are at a very low resolution. He was probably working at about 25 DPI, or 625 (25 squared) little dots of paint per square inch of canvas. With patience like that, he should have been a scrapbooker, lol!

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A similar kind of dot is found on the sensor, at the film part of the digital camera. The sensor dots analyze the light that falls on them, determining their percentage of red, green, and blue. Then the digital camera records this information along with the position of the dot in the captured image. That gets to be a lot to remember. So when you upload the picture to the computer from the camera, all that information is included. The more pixels per square inch (PPI) you have to deal with, the higher the resolution of the image, and the more memory it takes to hold it all. So high resolution means bigger files as well as better quality pictures. Of course, it takes more time to open and process a large file. It takes more storage space, both on the camera's flash card and on the computer itself, to save them.

Recording life and those simple moments has become a significant part of our culture and our scrapbooks, thanks to the cameras on our cell phones. Now we know what those camera numbers mean and how to use them to our advantage!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Punches

When purchasing punches select those that can be used in multiple ways, such as a heart for flowers, Valentine's, or split it to make a ladybug, leaves, or whatever else you may think of. Many of the punches can be used in this manner. 

See what I mean with the graphic below...

A heart punch can make a heart, but it can also be used to make a flower with leaves and a stem! It can also create a beautiful blossom! Try it as a vine with leaves! What about a broken heart? And look at the darling ladybug!

The same sort of creativity can be used with other punches as well. A star punch can make a star, but what about the using the piece where the star was punched out of? Try cutting around it with decorative edged scissors in a square shape or circle or even star shape! Did you ever think of punching along the edge of the paper to create a custom border? 

Be sure to save any scraps of paper so when a page calls for a bit of color you can use scraps rather than punching a whole new sheet of paper. Slip your scraps into large mailing envelopes and label as solids, prints, or other descriptions. Now you can make photo corners, punch out shapes, and have a variety of colors and patterns to choose from! 

Place photo scraps in another large mailing envelope and label it. For a different approach you can trace lettering on the photo scraps, cut out, and mount them on a scrapbook page for a title with patterned letters.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Supplies

To start paper scrapbooking, you can start with the basics, and as you form preferences or want to try something new, you can branch out. The basics include the following supplies:

Adhesive glue stick, segmented tape, and plastic dispenser. A black medium point marker for titles. Page protectors. Papers and cardstock in neutral colors for backgrounds and several colors for accents and matting photos. A black small point pen for journaling. A photo safe pencil. A plastic template to make circles and ovals. Sticker lettering in a few basic colors, medium size with upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols. Stickers that coordinate with your pictures.

When your budget permits, add the following supplies so that you have a few more choices when completing layouts. Die cuts of hobbies and sports, and some words or phrases. Markers or pens in a variety of colors. Patterned papers in holiday motifs, heathers, polka dots, stripes, and etc. A plastic template page for creating squares. A straight-edge cutting tool.

The following items can be added as you have the need for them. Stickers, decorative-edged and corner clipping scissors, metallic pens, novelty edged rulers, punches, metallic alphabet stickers.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Adhestives

Adhesives come in several forms and you should use only those that are acid free.

Double sided segmented tape is easy to use and was designed for mounting photos, but works well for die-cuts and other page accents.

Glue sticks are inexpensive to use and a good choice where children are involved in scrapbook page layouts. Glue sticks work best on photos and paper page accents.

Glue pens with a fine point are used for small areas where a glue stick or tapes are too wide for application.

A double-sided tape runner is similar to the segmented tape, but is a continuous piece that can be torn off at the desired length. This is my personal choice for pictures and papers because it's repositionable for a short time in case I need to move my picture a bit, and it isn't wet so there is never any paper curling or dry time.

Self-adhesive foam dots are another choice if you want your designs to have dimension and stand out from the paper. One of the drawbacks to dimensional design is that the raised surfaces can leave impressions on other pages.

The adhesive that you choose to use will depend on the materials and layout for your pages and designs as well as your personal preference.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Die Cuts

Using die cuts to embellish scrapbook pages is easy and inexpensive. Because die cuts are pre-cut shapes of images that have been cut from acid-free paper or cardstock, generally they are used alone. When additional color and detail is desiring, die-cuts can be layered. Pens may be used to make decorative freehand borders around die-cuts, and even around photos and backgrounds.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Handwriting

Last time, we talked about journaling. A great way to journal is to use your personal handwriting as a part of your scrapbook creations. Writing personal feelings and adding captions about the subjects gives scrapbook pages added value and interest. Include family stories, traditions, poems, and songs that correspond with the photographs. A child's first words are a perfect enhancement when the journaling is done in their elementary school handwriting. You can turn your handwriting into a font HERE!

Creative lettering is a way of decorating scrapbook pages. The decorative text becomes an element of the page design, drawing attention to the words as well as the photographs. If you are looking for something a little larger or in a different font from your personal handwriting, alphabet stickers can also be used. They come in every color and pattern you can imagine! Fun phrases or messages can be added with letter and number stickers. Use coordinating alphabets or mix them up on the same page for added dimension and interest.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The color of the year for 2017 is Greenery!

Pantone's color of the year is PERFECT for Spring and Summer!

Check out some of my Spring creations HERE and Summer creations HERE!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Journaling

Journaling is the term used for documenting the who, what, where, when, and why of each photograph or group of photographs. Journaling will help explain a subject or record an event more clearly. It should be done with a permanent, acid-free, lignin-free marker or pen.

There are many pens and markers to choose from, varying in purpose and width of point. They should be pigment ink, acid-free, fade-proof, and waterproof. A journaling pen has a fine-point tip (0.5mm) and is used for writing under photos and labeling.

Markers are used for lettering on pages or doing background designs around photos. A marker with a scroll tip can add variety to a page, providing a perfect parallel line or design work on page borders or around photos. A brush marker is great for enhancing around photos and on backgrounds.

There are various types of calligraphy pens that come in an array of colors and point sizes as well. These are used for titling pages. The dual-tipped fine and chisel markers are also good for lettering in various sizes, from small captioning with the fine-point tip to large headers with the wider felt tip.

Metallic pens of gold and silver and bronze are a must for every scrapbooker's collection. Just a stroke of a metallic pen on a certain pages gives enough sparkle to add that finishing touch.

A white opaque pen is fabulous on dark papers, great fun to experiment with, and will give a whole new look to a page. The opaque pens also come in other colors that you will want to try.

A photo-safe pencil is specifically designed for labeling photos. you can also use it to trace a template onto the photo surface without damaging it. My advice to beginners is that it may be best to buy a package of pens or markers in assorted basic colors and add specialty colors and types as desired.

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