Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dad Shirt & Tie Gift Card Holder - Tutorial for Outlined Titles

Hi everyone, since Father's Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share a super card that I made, complete with a pocket for tucking a gift card to Dad's favorite store or restaurant. To make the card, I used a cutting file called Git Card Holder Father's Day Shirt (link below).
For the "Dad" title, I used a technique for making a welded outline that's pretty cool. So, I'm sharing the tutorial! You can also see this post over on Lori Whitlock's blog, here.

Here are the step-by-step instructions for creating a welded outline title like the one I made for this pocket:

Step 1:  Choose a thick, chunky font and spread the letters out a bit. I used Lori's font called LW Clementine (link below).

Step 2:  Highlight your word and ungroup the letters (right click, ungroup)

Step: 3:  Highlight the letters and go to the "Offset" window. Hit Offset and use the sliding bar to adjust the size.  I set mine around 0.025.  (You do not have to color fill your shape...I just did this to show you more details.

Step 4:  Once your offset is done, highlight each letter individually and group the letter with the offset (right click, group).  Then highlight each letter, right click, and hit "Make Compound Path".

Step 5:  Now move your letters so that they overlap each other (to keep them in a straight line, highlight them and use your right or left arrow to move them).  Once they are overlapped the way you want them, highlight the whole word, right click and hit weld.

Here is another example of how I used this technique on a layout. For the "SMILE" I overlapped the letters, and even rotated them a bit before welding.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun with this technique! Below are the links to Lori's cutting files I used. Happy scrappin'!


Monday, May 19, 2014

New Kits and Sale Items

Hi everyone -- just a quick post tonight to tell you about a few new kits and a few items that recently went on sale...

First the new stuff :)

A New Summer Mini Album called "Life Is Better In Flip Flops"

A great new mini to celebrate friendships, sisters, or anyone you're "lucky to have" in your life:

and a 4-Page 12x12 Layout Kit for everyday photos:

I've also put a few kits on sale:

and two baby themes page kits for boys or girls:

Thanks for stopping by today -- and be sure to
to see all of our mini album and page layout kits and 
our pre made albums!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock's Creative Team

Welcome to Artsy Albums and your next stop on Lori Whitlock's May Blog Hop!  If you're starting here, be sure to head over to Lori's site to start from the beginning!  I've seen some of the projects the design team has created for you, and you won't want to miss any of them! 

For my project, I created a mini album using a few of Lori's summer shapes and the fabulous new paper collection she designed for Echo Park.

Lori's flip flops are so cute, and worked perfectly for the cover of my album.  I cut a hole in my chipboard cover and also added one of Lori's cute scallop circles around the opening.  

Lori's chevron circle shape worked perfectly on the inside cover as a sunshine!  Love that one :) In fact, I love this mini so much that I've decided to add it to the Artsy Albums kit collection.  It will be available for purchase in the shop as a DIY kit (or pre made) later this week.

Fun stuff!!  Now back to the blog hop!  Here is your list :)