Autumn Harvest Templates & Word Art

Oh Fall, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: warm colors, sweet potato pie, cinnamon and apple candles, heating and air conditioning unnecessary, blue skies, chilled wind, Halloween, Thanksgiving, … Columbus Day? I’m amped!

Lately, I’ve had the wild idea to create more seasonal templates, which match the holiday | sign o’ the times | current season of year. I rather enjoy having solid designs to pull from when the actual season/event arrives. Then I can grab my photos, snag a kit, and locate the template that matches my photos and story. This type of system works perfectly for me.

So, I jumped ahead and crafted three new template sets for Fall: Autumn Harvest (think falling leaves), Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Here is Autumn Harvest One:

I couldn’t stop myself after I finished the set! My mind was full (still is) of more autumny goodness. Out popped Autumn Harvest Word Art too. If it wasn’t for Holiday Template class goodies, I wouldn’t have stopped here. But there’s only 25 hours in a day, right?

I know I’ll be using these templates soon as the leaves start turning and we adorn our fall weather wear. It’s in the eighties today — can’t really complain.

Both kits “debut” tomorrow in the store at 30% off. If you’re in need of designer pages or wordart with an autumnal twist – snag ‘em.

The Daily Digi: Stuffy no. 4 – 7

If you’re not up-to-date with the Daily Digi, add it to your pixel reading list now. I’m fascinated with the topics and plethora of learning tips Steph and the gals offer every single day. A few days back, I had the pleasure of contributing a new collection to the Digi Files, a month to month collection of huge digi kits created by invited guests for Daily Digi members. Here was my contribution to the October 2011 digi files!

Stuffy templates are my favorites because I can present great photography, intricate element groupings, layering, and shaped journaling neatly and orderly. That’s not easy to do so I take my time with them. Every single template is thrown on my ‘digital battlefield’ where I test template population and modification strategies. Seriously, I really do that. And if the Stuffy measures up at the ‘digital battlefield’ and my page design standards, it graduates to the collection.

Hence the reason why few Stuffy’s exist.

Sooo … visit the Daily Digi, catch up with the amazing content they feature, and gaze upon this month’s collection of designer kits. Become a member and download hundreds of goodies. And tell ‘em Tiffy from the digital battlefield sent you. Don’t forget to review the page inspiration by creative team members from my team and the Daily Digi gals.

P.S. There’s a Simply Tiffany Studios 30% off coupon hosted at the end of this post.

Playing Ketchup: Winners, Contests, and Sneak Peeks

Well howdy good folks. It’s not like me to completely forget the front part of my studio. And I haven’t! Actually, my ta-tas have been on full demand by my son who experienced his sixth month growth spurt this past week. I’ve been “mooing”, literally. Now, I finally feel human again and we can ketchup.

While the front part of the studio enjoyed a hiatus, the back office has been busy. Here’s {some) of what I’ve been up to:

Festive Moments for Wacom Penscrappers


Anna Aspnes, Renee Pearson, and yours truly teamed up to create Festive Moments, a full, FREE kit download featured at Wacom’s Penscrappers. We’re the October | November | December contest hostesses and the grand prize winner will receive:

  • one Bamboo Create tablet
  • two classes at ReneePearson.com (including one of my own)
  • three gift certificates (including one to Anna’s store)
Even if you don’t enter the contest, GET THIS KIT! We rocked it; we did. Included are two layered templates from the tiffster.

Renee is also planning a Wacom Webinar to take place on October 18, 2011:

The Digital Scrapbooker’s Toolkit

As the popularity of digital scrapbooking has grown, so has the need for easy-to-follow instruction. In this fun and informative webinar, Renee Pearson will lead you through fun, fast and yet stress-free paced webinar. Using her raw talent and trusty Wacom pen, she will show you methods and techniques for piecing together history that are difficult, if not impossible to achieve with a mouse. Renee will cover material appropriate for the beginning digital scrapbooker as well as reinforce the more seasoned memory maker’s knowledge of the tools at hand. Using a Wacom tablet and the software that comes with it, Adobe Photoshop Elements, you’ll be whipping out digital designs and embellishments in no time.

Spawn of True Scrap Make-n-Take Guest Teacher


A few weeks ago, Lain Ehmann invited yours truly to demo a make and take project for Spawn of True Scrap. The event begins October 21, 2011 — there’s still time to register. I jump at the chance to sprinkle digital goodness any where at any time. So for True Scrap, I’m sharing the digital steps to complete a page. If you’re a paper scrapper interested in such things, check out Lain’s True Scrap event. You’ll definitely learn a lot from her stellar instructor line up.

Here’s a sneak peek at my project. Students of True Scrap will also receive a FREE template too.

Holiday Templates 2011


You’re probably wondering why I’m creating “snow pages” in fall. Oh that’s because Holiday Templates is in full swing! 25 peeps, yup, 25 awesome designers, teachers, and VIP guests are working hard behind the scenes to deliver this stellar, December workshop. Next week … or soon … I’ll take you behind the scenes with early peeks at the kits, pages, and techniques we’ve already created. Are you ready?

5 Day Giveaway Winners


And finally, it’s time to announce the winners from my 5 Day Giveaway.

The Lefty Righty winner of a set of Modern Masters Collection 2, is MarcieHowe09.

The Tears & Curls winner of a set of Modern Masters Collection 2 + a $5 gift certificate to my store, is JenHignite.

The Modern Masters winner of a set of Modern Masters Collection 1 and Modern Masters Collection 2 (or a gift certificate to my template store of equivalent value | your choice), is RemToBreathe.

The 52 Thursday Templates winner of a set of Modern Masters Collection 2 plus a $10 gift certificate to my store, is LoriDigi.

And the Album Templates winner of a complimentary seat into my upcoming class: Holiday Templates 2011: It’s In the Details, is Otoso2007.

Congratulations all you lucky, lucky ladies. Please contact me as soon as you can to redeem your prizes. Let me know if you already own a specific prize and we’ll work around it. Thanks everyone for adding your layouts in. Keep it up — you never know how I might “thank YOU”.

All right, I hear my son calling. Mooooo! Oh yes, 52 Template no. 29 will be up this afternoon. Grab no. 28 if you haven’t already.

Open the Vault: Album Templates + Fall Super Sale + Giveaway

Studiolist subscribers received an additional 10% off!

Today marks the beginning of fall, in the states, and my seasonal sale. It’s one of the few times of the year my products are offered at such a steal. Time to stock up and save.

In the meantime, let’s wrap-up the blast from my 250 template past! I guess it’s fitting to end the series with a look at my most popular template sets: Summer Templates and Holiday Templates 2010. ‘Cause they’re dope like that!

The Summer Templates Album Set was created for the Summer Templates 2010 class, which is still available as a self-paced online workshop. It’s both my longest running and still most popular class. The templates are paired with daily learning lessons featuring page design secrets for linear, clustered, and artistic styles. They’re good together in an album but even better as individual pages for any type of page project.

But you don’t have to purchase them for the class. Summer templates are also available as a set and in individual layouts at my DHD store.

The Holiday Edition 2010 Template Album set was for last year’s holiday workshop. It has more of a coordinated look unlike the summer set. It’s designed to help you quickly put together pages where your photos are the focus.

There are hundreds of awesome examples of each set and many are shared in the Tiffany’s Template flickr pool. Have you checked it out? I hope you’ll share your layouts there too because you can win one of five awesome giveaways! And here’s the fifth and final giveaway!

(registration opens November 1)

That’s right, guess what’s coming back new and more amazing than ever?! Holiday Templates 2011: It’s In the Details.

The class is currently in development: the delicious class kit is done! *shibby* The Page Artists are working their layouts. And I’m screencasting tons of new Photoshop and Photoshop Elements techniques for your viewing pleasure during this holiday season. Every detail is being addressed and you’ll be happy as a pearl in a clam shell if you join me! And one lucky gal will join me even before registration opens!

In the next few weeks, I’ll share behind the scenes peeks at the kits, layouts, techniques and more featured for the class. So be sure to look for that. In the meantime:

The 5 Day Giveaway


Have you used any of my templates to create gorgeous layouts? Add any and all of your layouts to the template Flickr pool by this coming Sunday and you’ll be entered to win goodies according to the random giveaways below:

  • Add a 2-paged layout using any Lefty Righty | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 2.
  • Add page layouts using my Tears or Curls | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 2 + a $5 gift certificate to my store.
  • Add page layouts using the Modern Masters | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 1 and Modern Masters Collection 2 (or a gift certificate to my template store of equivalent value | your choice).
  • Add ANY page layouts using the 52 Thursday Templates | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 2 plus a $10 gift certificate to my store.
  • Add ANY page using layouts from my previous template class albums including Summer Templates or Holiday Templates 2010 | you’ll be entered to win a complimentary seat into my upcoming class: Holiday Templates 2011: It’s In the Details (information coming soon).

Get your layouts in by midnight Sunday PST, September 25, 2011! I’ll randomly pick winners out of the Flickr pool and post winners on Monday. Good luck!

 

Open the Vault: Modern Masters

Tuesday’s topic featured the tears. Wednesday’s topic is all about the Modern Masters. Gosh, I love them. Seriously. I’d marry those templates if such things were allowed. Alas, a marriage to an inanimate object is taboo much less a digital object, but a girl can go wondering, right?

The masters represent … me. Cheesy, yes, but it’s the truth. They fit my current style of page design: where linear organization teams up with artistic brushwork. I add current because I change page styles as often as I change clothes hairstyles. The masters classify as editorial because they offer plenty of room to share the story. They’re light, generally require little to no layering and they’re clean. Like a soft whiff of febreeze.

A few of my favorites offer gradient adjustment layers with layer masks, which allow you to blend a photo into a background paper. It’s the same technique I used to create this and this times two. I never tire of the look.

My page artists really enjoy using the masters. I’ve featured their layouts previously on the old blog. But I didn’t have the chance to share page artist Barbara’s amazing photo book creation featuring her family’s trip to San Francisco. She mixed a few artistic Summer Templates in to finish. Check it out! Isn’t it gorgeous!

Click here to view this photo book larger.

I also love the flexibility and versatility of the masters. You can use them with minimal fuss or add a lot of layering and texture for a more robust page. Check out Jen’s page below.

I had said I would not add to the original set, that I could not improve upon the original version. At the time, I was correct. But good design evolves over time. New ideas begin and permeate. Thus it was so for the masters and I set out to develop a more refined group that captured the editorial beauty of the first set while offering a new twist to the design. Introducing Modern Masters Collection 2.

Though volume 2 works as independent layouts, they’re suitable as two pagers too. And those circles just aren’t circles! They’re blended graphic elements, which change the mood of objects underneath it. Let’s take a closer look at one of my new layouts using no. 17.

Credits: Patterned Paper: Jen Wilson • Brushes: Barely There 

You’ll get various results depending on the type of background paper or photo on the layers beneath the circular blends. But it really increases the visual texture of the page. And it’s one of the reasons I love them so much. Remember, I’m engaged to these. Katherine’s layout below uses no. 16.

Modern Masters Collection 2 will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 22 at 30% off! But you could win them …

The Upcoming Sale Giveaway


I’m having a sale this upcoming weekend and I want to celebrate! Sooo … have you used any of my templates? Add any of the following layouts to the template Flickr pool by this coming Friday Sunday and you’ll be entered to win goodies according to my random giveaways below.

  • Add a 2-paged layout using any Lefty Righty | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 2.
  • Add page layouts using my Tears or Curls | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 2 + a $5 gift certificate to my store.
  • Add page layouts using the Modern Masters | you’ll be entered to win a set of Modern Masters Collection 1 and Modern Masters Collection 2 (or a gift certificate to my template store of equivalent value | your choice).

See a pattern here? Join me tomorrow for another blast from my template past!

Open the Vault: Tears & Curls

Howdy, welcome back to the blast of my 250 template past. Yesterday’s topic was the Lefty Righty 2 pagers. Today, I want to travel in a totally different direction.

My favorite templates aren’t actually pages at all. Nope, they’re tears and curls. Don’t worry, I didn’t count them towards my 250 total. I absolutely adore rips and slashes — you should see my selection of jeans. They aren’t hole-ly but they are missing a few threads. The same can be said about my favorite scrap pages. Tears and curls are the perfect accessory for layouts exhibiting texture, depth, and a bit of grunge thrown in.

The process for creating them is ridiculous. Seriously! Construction takes 30 minutes for one tear alone. First comes the selection of the paper. I evaluate the weight, tearing capacity, flexibility, and colors on either side. Then comes the tearing and curling; it has to be perfect! I’m a perfectionist so you can imagine the scraps I’ve created looking for that special tear. Rocket science, you know.

Once the tear meets NASA’s specifications, it travels to my scanner bed for scanning and tinkering in Photoshop. First I run an action, which duplicates the image and automatically adjusts Brightness, Curves, and Levels. And then I tinker with it a bit more. Here’s a peek at one of my tears pre-editing.

The next step involves the heavy laboring process: extracting the tear/curl from its background. I wish I could offer a solid procedure for the process but … there ain’t one. It’s really a matter of whatever works, whatever I can pull out of my arsenal of selection techniques while maintaining the integrity of the curl. Shadows are removed as well as individual fibers that just create pixel noise at the end of the day. On a good day, I can finish this step within 15 minutes. On a bad day, I’m Bill Murray on Groundhog’s Day: starting over & over again until I get it right.

The final step is to add a background and test the tear for digital shadowing. Here’s an image of the same tear above post-editing.

And my layer’s panel after all is said and done.

Occasionally, a truly wonderful digi scrapper will send an email with kudos: Tip, your tears are super special and uber real. Thanks! I hear you. I think they meet NASA specs too. And now you know why! Set three is my favorite.

I’ve got three sets of tears as of today, a really cool video tutorial sharing my secrets for using them effectively in Digital Scrapbook Using Layered Tears and Curls, and inspiring layouts using those rips. Click on the images for credits.

 Joyful by Barb

Sweet Summer Memories by Katherine

The Happiest Place by Bernie

Because I Love It by Tracy

The Upcoming Sale Giveaway


I’m having a sale this upcoming weekend and I want to celebrate! Sooo … have you used any of my tears? Add your torn layouts to the template Flickr pool by this coming Friday Sunday. One second lucky scrapper will win my upcoming template album being released this Thursday and $5 gift certificate to my store! Don’t forget to add your 2 page layouts using the Lefty Righty’s. And join me tomorrow for another blast from my template past.

Open the Vault: Lefty Righty 2-Page Templates

The past few days have been rainy and wet. Dreary would be the proper term if the change in season wasn’t welcome. Dude, I am so over summer. Anyhoo, we’ve been stuck in the house piddling around. During the emptiness of our schedule it  it hit me: how many templates have I created to date? Do you know? I sure didn’t! Honestly, I’ve never kept track.

I failed to keep an accurate count because Edna Mode insists she “never looks back, it distracts from the now”. Her sentiment works perfectly when you want to forget. But when you want to remember, when you really want to dig up the bones out of the cartouche, you’ve got to look back. And so I did.

How many templates have I created? 250, give or take a few, since I started offering them professionally back in May 2008. That’s a lot of potential pages. And this week, before my biggest sale of the quarter starts on September 23rd, I thought it be fun to look back and reconnect with a few from the vault with some of my favorites by the Page Artists, DHD Decorators and layouts in the Template Flickr group. Today let’s start with the cool two pagers.

Lefty Righty are combined design efforts by sketching genius, Allison Davis, and techno-geek, me. Allison’s page designs reflect the honest spirit of scrapbooking: that perfect balance of photos paired with the well-defined story. Somehow she manages to fit the average sized group of photos with plenty of room for whitespace, elements, a large title, patterns, color and text. I think no. 10 is my favorite.

Here are some of my favorite pages crafted from our joint effort. Click on the images for credits.

Lefty Righty no. 6

Lefty Righty no. 14

Lefty Righty no. 13

Lefty Righty no. 12

Lefty Righty no. 8

Have you used any Lefty Righty templates 1 – 16? Add your Lefty Righty layouts to the template Flickr pool by this coming Friday Sunday. One lucky scrapper will win my upcoming template album being released this Thursday! And join me tomorrow for another blast from my template past.

Basic Grey: Design Team 2011

Basic Grey has a new design team! 

I would trade-in all the shoes I own (and that’s saying a lot) to work with Basic Grey. And that should come as no surprise because I collect everything they make even STILL as a digital chick. So when the call came out, I was on it like soy sauce on white rice. These are just a few of my favorite packs.

Am I stoked to have gotten the nod? Yup! I can’t wait to show you what I have up my sleeve for digi and hybrid layouts using their products. I’ve pulled out all of my BG stuff and set up shop. Dude, it’s like a dream come true!

Congrats to all who made the team!

Winner | RadLab + Coupon Code

The lucky winner of a complimentary copy of RadLab, courtesy of the peeps at Totally Rad Actions, is Candice S! Send me an email here to get your hook up, lucky lady!

 

I don’t have any more RadLabs to giveaway right now but here’s a coupon code to snag a copy at 15% off. Use code TILLMAN at checkout to get your discount! Good until September 29th, 2011.

Click here for the latest Totally Rad Lab Coupon Code.

RadLab: Momma’s Got a New Favorite Toy for Photo-Editing

I am not a professional photographer. I am a photography enthusiast who snaps photos of my children living their day-to-day lives. Despite this fact, photo-editing is still a large part of my process. I don’t want my photos to reflect that they came straight out of the camera. I want to convey a mood or elicit a feeling on my scrapbook pages and photo edits help. Photo actions help even more.

I’ve been a long follower and user of the Totally Rad Photo Action sets by Boutwell Studios. So I was pretty geeked when the announcement for RadLab was made. Who doesn’t want a Photoshop plug-in that boasts photos first, more control, and butt-kicking* new tools for photo-editing? *They used another word. I became really curious.

With such a hefty price tag attached I asked:

  • Will it really improve my average snapshots?
  • Is it worth changing my existing process? And …
  • Does it work well with Photoshop Elements?

Well I took the plunge to find out. Here’s what I discovered:

How It Works


 78 Stylets … er um … Options

The process for installation was a breeze. After a few “do you really want to install this download – yes” queries and picking my first photo, I met the screen below.

See the index of photos towards the right? 78 choices – that’s like 78 actions built into one set! The Subway sandwich shop doesn’t offer that many options! And unlike waiting a few minutes for a Photoshop action to run, each option, also known as a stylet, took seconds to appear. Yep, roll over a stylet and the preview photo changes instantly.

Stack, Stack, Stack and Away!

So I click on a stylet and the index and preview images update immediately. On the far right of the interface is a column of the stylets currently applied to my photo arranged as a recipe. The best part is that the stylets are stackable, interchangeable and all can be fine-tuned. Take a peek at the screenshot below.

The order of the recipe stylets does influence the end result of the photo.

It Knows What I Did Last Summer

Once I’m done in the lab, I’m sent back to Photoshop with my newly processed image either as a new layer, as the original layer, or as a smart object. From there, I could add the image to a scrapbook page or print and close. But the best part is RadLab remembered my settings! I can’t even remember what I wore yesterday so this is a perfect solution.

Sadly, it also reminded me that I should not have edited photos at 1 am in the morning. I should have been sleeping. But I was having so much fun!

And that, minus a few more bells and whistles, is the cliff notes on how it works. I even tested the sucker in Photoshop Elements and it worked just as well.

The Three Top Reasons Why It Works For Me


RadLab offers a creative vision I might not have seen in a photo.

Totally Rad Recipe
Go Go Saturation 100%
EZ-Burn 100%
Pross-Crossessed #2 58%

I appreciate the robustness of this edited photo when compared to the SOOC (straight out of the camera) version. Thank GoGo for that! The edge burn adds a “gloom and doom” effect, which enhances the mood of the subject. And the cross-process strengthens the cyan overall keeping the photo light and playful. I would have never moved in this direction without accidentally discovering my options in the RadLab interface.

RadLab can “rescue” a photo.

Totally Rad Recipe
Sugar Rush 100%
Flare Up | Faded 57%
The 600 71%
Boutwell Magic Glasses II 100%

For the above photo, my only goal was to lighten the shadows as the original was very dark. But the additional options in the scrolling Stylet menu were too hard to resist! Using the recipe above, not only has my photo improved, the after photo looks as soft as a Downey dryer sheet. And it smells like one too.

RadLab is not Superman with a cape; it can’t save every bad photo. But it can make nearly-good snapshots look amazing! It still helps to begin with a properly exposed photo. At the very least, I make sure my white balance is correct.

RadLab releases the boundaries.

Totally Rad Recipe (top right)
Punch Out 54%

Totally Rad Recipe (bottom left)
Punch Out 100%
Flare Up | Golden 55%
Get Faded | Winter 100%

Totally Rad Recipe (bottom right)
Punch Out 100%
Flare Up | Golden 55%
Old Skool 100%

I’ve been stuck in a photo action rut using the same tried-and-true practices. But not any more. Picking a stylet and adjusting strength, intensity, and everything else takes mere seconds. That means I have more time to push the boundaries of my photo edits with amazing results.

The End Game


Is RadLab worthy of replacing my existing process? Yes! Before RadLab I would shoot in raw format and edit every photo using Camera Raw. Finishing included minor tinting or black & white photo conversions using Totally Rad 1 photo actions. I was happy with my system.

Now I’ll still shoot in raw and make the very basic of adjustments (like finding the white balance or straightening) in Camera Raw. Then it’s off to the lab to see what I can cook up with a recipe. Yep, RadLab has completely blown my photo-editing process off the map. I’m enjoying the ride! Here’s one of my favorite edits: from soft, fluffy kitten to raging puma lunatic.

Totally Rad Recipe
EZ-Burn 100%
Troy 94%
Grittyizer 15%

RadLab Giveaway


The peeps at Boutwell Studios and Totally Rad Actions have graciously offered to giveaway one copy of RadLab to a simply tiffany blog reader. Shibby! To enter for your chance to win, simply post a comment below in this thread by Monday, September 12th, 2011 by 11:59 PM EST. Increase your chances of winning by tweeting, facebook(ing), or blogging about the giveaway. Be sure to post a new comment for each tweet or post. Good luck!

Please Note: This giveaway period has expired. Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner will be announced here on my blog on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011.
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