Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day + a freebie

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!

I hope you are finding lots of great deals and picking up all the sweet freebies around digiland.

My quick tip for today is a keyboard shortcut that I use all the time. When you are in one of the color tools in photoshop; the paint brush or fill bucket, hold down the alt or option key to get the eye dropper for selecting a color on your page. This works great when you want to make sure things match and you don’t have to click around, selecting different tools. When you have selected your color, let go of the alt/option key and you will be ready to start coloring.

I used Piccadilly, the beautiful collab available for free, to create a paper stack/QP for you today.

click here for download

One more stop on our train, but if you jumped in midway or got lost, here are all the stops:

Pixels and Company
Jennifer H
Jen F
Erin T
Sarah <<– you are here
Jen E
Have a good weekend and a lovely DSD!

Pixels and Company iNSD Creative Team Bloghop

Welcome to the iNSD bloghop from the Creative Team at Pixels & Company!

I hope you’ll hop through all the blogs and see their favorite products, and pick up your code to get this huge pack of journaling cards for free!

Click here to pick them up in the store. But remember, if you want them free, hop along the CT blogs and collect (in order) the coupon code. Enter that at checkout and voila! free kit.

Here are 4 of my favorite products from the designers at Pixels and Company:


I didn’t pick any full kits, because these are go to items that match with other kits I may be using on a layout. Confession time, I may or may not have a slightly irrational fear of items falling off my digital page. So stitches are my friend and help keep everything where it’s supposed to be. I love shadow styles and have 3 or 4 sets, but the ones I keep coming back to and use over and over are the ones from Gennifer Bursett. The other two kits are perfect for adding that finishing touch on a layout,the frames work on almost any layout and the tags are just the right size to add a date or shore description for a photo or event.

Now what you’re really here for, here is the first letter in the coupon code:


Now hop over to Kat and see her faves and pick up your next letter. Remember, collect all the letters in order to create a phrase. That phrase is your coupon code. Enter it in the box at checkout.

If you get lost, you can get all the details over on the P&Co blog and here is a complete list of the participants:

Sarah Hemmert <<-You are here and your letter is P
Katherine Hansen
Mandi Buchanan
Kate Christensen
Rachel Alles
Anna Drozd
Jan Fortier
Carey Bridges
Emilie Stevenson
Ronnie Crowley
Amy Kingsford
Jennifer Hignite
Celeste Smith
Melanie Ritchie
Aria Andrus
Jennifer Evangelista
Linda Roos
Christy Carlson
Barbara Unzen
Mary Rogers
Arielle Gordon
Jeryn Carlisi
Indah Permata Sari
Melanie Call
Jen Papadimitriou
Erin Taylor
Kelly Mobley
Kim Hammond
Wendy Bretz

My Save it all Action- Create your own

This tutorial may seem long, but just go step by step and it should come together.

Here’s what my action looks like:

Let me walk you through so you can record your own action, all you have to do his press record and follow the steps. Then press stop and you have your own action.
You’ll need to have a completed layered layout open while we create the action, we will perform each of the steps on the layout and record them as we go along.
First you’re going to want to press Create a New Action
Name it whatever you like, as you can see, mine is named “Save it all Sarah” (catchy right?)
It should automatically start the recording, if not press Record.
First we will remove the unused/hidden layers on the layout.
Select File; Scripts; Browse
Now remember where you saved the scripts and select CVW_DeleteNonVisible
A dialog box will pop up confirming you want to delete the non visible layers, click yes.
Now we are going to run a supply tracker- 
NOTE: this only works if your layers are named appropriately. So make sure your layers are named with the designer name, kit name or any other info that will help you track the credits. If you need to name your layers, press stop, name your layers, then press record and continue on with the directions.
Select File; Scripts; Browse
Now remember where you saved the scripts and select CVW_SupplyTracker
A dialog box will pop up confirming you want to track visible layers, click yes.
The script will run, and place a new text layer on your document, your supply list will also be inserted into the metadata of the file.
Now lets look at the next step in my action
My action says play action for the first two steps, but yours will say Scripts instead.
Now we are going to call another script
Select File; Scripts; Browse
Now remember where you saved the scripts and select CVW_FileSave1
This dialog box will pop up:
I change the selections like so:

Now I just figured out last weekend that you can change the numbers in the boxes! So if you want to save at a specific size, either for printing or for web, you just check the box and enter your desired size. For example an 8×8 layout is 2400 pixels. The DHD blog is currently 450 pixels wide so I can save my layout for the blog easily. Thanks Erica and Sandy for helping me figure that out- seriously saving me time on my process!

Back to the action:

Find the side menu for the action palette:

Click insert Stop and

 paste the following into the dialog box that comes up, also check the box that says allow continue.

Paste this:     Now open the 600 Pixel file that was previously saved

Click the side menu for the action palette again, now select insert menu item:

You will see this dialog box:

Don’t click that blue OK yet!

Select File; Open

Now click the blue OK button.

Press the stop button on the action player, we are going to take a break here to talk about saving for the web. I like to resize my web previews, sharpen and export for the web. In order to do this I use part of someone else’s action (did you know you can load actions and copy parts of them to customize your actions?) I use part of the resize for web action from Paislee Press. Download, unzip and install the action.

Here’s what the action looks like installed in my program:

We are going to move the commands: Image Size, Convert to Profile current document, Unsharp mask, and Export. (we don’t need the Stop command) Add these after the open command we recorded earlier.

Marlene asked how to move- highlight the parts we want, click and drag them to the correct position in our new action + I forgot to say, you should probably delete the remaining parts of the action, just to keep things neat and clean :)

Now double click on the unsharp mask command- enter the following values:

Click OK
I have a final command at the end of my action to close the 600 pixel file. So, click once on the export command, then press record and close the file that is open. Click the stop button.
We’re done!
I know this is an involved process, but I love the results and it really does save me time because I’m not having to go through a saving process for each of the sizes that I need.
Let me know if you have questions and I’ll do my best to answer them! 

iNSD Bloghop – Design House Digital

Welcome to the DHD iNSD Bloghop. (enough acronyms for you?)

As you hop along the blogs, make sure to gather up the letters, when you enter them in the coupon code area of check out you will get this great kit for free! (just add the kit to your cart first)

Not only do you get this fab kit, but you can enter to win other amazing prizes!
I will be giving away a DHD gift certificate. Make sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget so all your entries are counted.
If you participate in the DHD iNSD layout challenge, you can be entered to win a digital frame. 
At DHD we really know how to throw a party!
Today tutorial is part of my process of saving my layouts. I have a rather involved process for saving my layouts, but I recorded it all into an action and now all I have to do is push one button and everything is done for me.
The biggest secret to my whole process are the scripts from Speed Scraps
I use: 
Delete Non-Visible
Supply Tracker
File Save 1 
After you download and unzip these scripts take note of where you have them saved, you’ll need this to make your action. 
The other script that is a huge help is Copy Close.
This script will take all our open PNG and JPEG files and add them as layers to your PSD document. While it is copying them into the PSD it is also naming the layers, it copies the filename of eachPNG or JPG and uses that as the layer name. This is really helpful for tracking your credits. 
I’ll continue this tutorial in another post so you can get hopping on the blog hop, but make sure to check back so you can create your own saving action.
Your instruction for the layout challenge: 2 or more lines of journaling

Enter to win the Gift card: (make sure to use the rafflecopter widget so all your entries count)
Enter up to 5 times

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Here’s a little freebie for you using Retrospect:
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Personal use only

Here is the next letter for your free kit:

Next hop on over to Jen’s My Scrap Tales blog