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Friday, August 30, 2013

Digital Printing - Lesson 4 Phone Photos

One of the most common tools for taking photos these days is the "smart phone".  Phone manufacturers have started placing the camera feature as one of the highest selling features.  There is one on the market now that has a 41 megapixel capture. OH MY! Translation - that is better than most cameras on the market today!

So how does this make your scrapbooking digital?  Well, with the introduction of the smart phone, came apps.  I know I spend a lot of time in apps like Instagram, Pixlr, PicsArt, PSTouch, and now for the iPhone users you have Rhonna Farrer's new photo editing app.  All of these apps give you the ability to add cool filters like lighting effects, boken lights, sun rays, text, and frames right to the photo. I spend hours sometimes playing with those filters. It's like video games for adults!  Well, before the phone apps were popular we used to do those same things in photo editors and call the photos "hybrid".  These things make your photos more interesting, or at least help cover up really bad photos!

Today,  I want to share a layout that uses some of these photos, right from my Instagram account.

This layout is dedicated to the awesome friends I've made through YouTube and Facebook.  These women have really captured my heart over the past few years, and it felt so awesome to meet them face to face.

Layout created by Tonya A. Gibbs at using #Instagram photos  #layout, #12x12, #Silhouette, #scrapbooking, #watercolor
My photos are printed 2 inches by 2 inches, and when I cropped them, I made them look like little Polaroid shots.  They are ADORABLE.  Each photo is sporting a different photo effect  courtesy of the above mentioned apps.  Oh best part - you don't have to be a professional photographer for swanky photos anymore - the apps do it for you!

In the past year, I've found that my phone really captures my day to day activities more than my camera. Why? Probably because it is always in my hand, and the ability to share is easier.
Printing my Instagrams for my scrapbooking projects is easy. My printer has a wireless feature, and I think there is an app for that too! A lot of online photo processing places now have apps for loading your instagrams and printing them as well. Project life and 365 Photo projects are common ways these have found their way into the paper crafting world. I'm not only taking more photos, but I'm sharing way more photos than I did two years ago thanks to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Path, and Pinterest.

How are you using your phone in your scrapbooking work flow?  I would love to hear about it, please share a project with me in the Artsy Addicts group on Facebook. Make sure you Tag me in the photo!

Tonya Gibbs


  • Recollections - Decorative Tape - Yellow flowers, Blue Flowers
  • Bella Blvd - Decorative Tape - Cotton Candy Chevron
  • Canvas Corp - Pink and Ivory Collection - 12 x 12 Paper - Ribbon Stripe
  • Canvas Corp - White & Kraft Collection - 12 x 12 Paper - Chevron
  • Canvas Corp - Black & Kraft Collection    12 x 12 Paper - Stamped Alpha
  • Canvas Corp - Green and Ivory Collection - 12 x 12 Paper - Dot Reverse
  • Canvas Corp - Brights Collection - 12 x 12 Paper - Yellow and White Big Stripe
  • Canvas Corp - Mini Clothespins - Raspberry
  • Copic - Sketch Marker - B00
  • Staedtler - 102 Stencil
  • Prima  - Chalk - Old Rose
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples
  • EK Success  - Border Punch - Notebook
  • FabScraps - Pearls - Bling - White
  • My Mind's Eye - Sky's the Limit Collection - Decorative Tape
  • Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Color Gelatos - Yellow, Blue, Pink
  • Silhouette Cameo - Electronic Cutting System
  • American Crafts - Studio Calico - Wood Veneer Pieces - Speech Bubbles
  • American Crafts - Studio Calico -  Wood Veneer Pieces - Cameras
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - Die Cutting Template - Picture Wheel
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - Maya Blue
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - Cherub Pink

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Altered Notebook - Marion Smith Designs Nirvana Collection

Wow - It has already been a week since I was appointed on Marion's Design team, and I'm still pinching myself.  Our first challenge was to alter a notebook, book, or binder in honor of back to school.  I was so excited to use her New Nirvana printed lines that will be shipping to retailers in just a few weeks. 
For my project I decided to alter a three ring notebook.  I'm a total list maker, so I thought this would be a great tool to have around.  I really wanted my cover to stay kind of flat so that it didn't take up too much shelf space, but I wanted it to be PRETTY!  Nirvana certainly helped there! 
Altered Notebook designed by Tonya A. Gibbs for  #altered #nirvana #scrapbooking #papercraft #MarionSmithDesigns #TonyaGibbs #Psychomomscrpabooks
I started with one of these notebooks from Target.
I gessoed the edges of the notebook, and painted it gold.  Then lined the notebook inside and out with the Nirvana Bliss & Documented papers.   I love how easy the cover came together with the Nirvana ephemera pages. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya A. Gibbs
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Scarlet Layout

I'm having so much fun playing around with Marion's Scarlet collection. I've made three very different layouts now.   I'm well on my way to getting the photo book printed by Christmas!
A few days ago I featured this layout on the Marion Smith Design Team blog. If you are not a subbie there, please go over and take a look.  There will be two posts a day there including weekends!

A few months ago my daughter Brittany came home with this adorable haircut, and we just had to do an impromptu photo shoot on our front porch.  You can tell from the photos, Brittany has a fun personality and I really wanted that to show in the layout.  So I made sure the photo frames were trendy and fun.  The slight tilt and different sizes make them fun and whimsical.

For this layout I used the following patterns from the Scarlet collection to create the layers

Chalkboards are so popular right now, and I was glad that Marion provided one for journaling in the collection.  I used the chalkboard to emphaise my title.  Since my husband nicknamed Brittany Sunshine when she was born, I felt it was a great title for the page.  I wanted a few more details on the layout like "her name and the date of the photos" so I used the space on the photo frames for these minor details. 

I love how versital the patterns are in this collection.   This photo book is going to be stunning when it is finished.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking 101 - Electronic Cutting Files


One of the greatest ways digital has impacted the scrapbooking world in the past few years, is through the introduction of electronic cutting systems such as the Silhouette.  
Cutting files are becoming more and more popular with wholesale brands. Many have started adding a digital section to their stores.  Their intent is not to replace their printed market, but to enhance it with add-ons like titles, ephemera, and masks.  These files are typically under $3 and really give you some flexibility with your paper craft projects. 

Sketch by Melissa Williams,

Today's layout was based on a sketch that I borrowed from my friend and fellow Artsy Addicts Member, Melissa Williams, at

Action Shot by Tonya A. Gibbs
Derek Cunningham photo by Tonya A. Gibbs

I had one really dramatic action shot that I took last May of my Nephew, Derek,  that I've been dying to use. I wanted it to be the central focal point of the layout. When I reduced the size to 3.5 x 5 I lost the impact of the shot.  I decided modify my layout a bit from the sketch and just go with a 5x7 photo. Which brings me to a side note - make sketches your own. Use them as a starting point, but don't be afraid to add your own details, and preferences. It is your layout after all!  
For our digi lesson today, I wanted to show how you can use your electronic layouts to build embellishments for your projects.  These cutters are not just for titles!  With the exception of the cardstock, paint and star buttons everything was cut from my Silhouette.    

Layout using #Silhouette #Cameo by Tonya Gibbs.  #Sports #Soccer #TonyaGibbs #ArtsyAddicts #Masculine #Monochoromatic #layout #Scrapbook #12x12

The sketch had a cheveron pattern in the right margin, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to use my Silhouette.   I cut the cheverons from the base cardstock.   I used soccer balls to represent the circles in the sketch.  Instead of paint splatters, I used a Heidi Swapp's star confetti stencil with some metalic silver paint.  I then substituted reflective star buttons for the butterflies in the sketch.  I used the  font JennaSue to cut out my title.  :::Another side note - all the embellishments were cut from scraps - another bonus!:::

To give the layout a "star" shine I decided to go with metalic accents.  I painted the title with silver distress paint to give it a foil texture.  I added silver metal cardstock to the back of the cheveron's negative space, and added the same metalic cardstock to the base of the soccer ball cuts.  The flag on the photo is also from the Silhouette store. I love how it points to the action in the photo, and serves as a tab for what is underneath....
hidden photos and journaling
I decided to make the photo lift to include the team photo and individual shot of my nephew.  The dramatic reds took away from my action shot, so hiding them underneath, allowed me to use them without distractions.
This is probably one of the "simpiliest" layouts that I have created. Although it is simple, it has a lot of dramatic elements with the mirrored cardstock. The monochromatic color scheme and simple design really make my photo take center stage.  Sometimes the simpiliest designs are the hardest to walk away from - but the most rewarding in the end.
Thank you Melissa for allowing me to use the sketch. I love how everything in the sketch gives you a feeling of upward movement. Much like the movement of the soccer ball flying into the air.   For additional sketch ideas, be sure to check out Melissa's blog.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Store Cut Files:   Soccer Ball, Chevron, Chevron Flag
Heidi Swapp: 6x6 Confetti Mask
Plaid: Metalic Paint
Ranger:  Mirror Paper, Distress Paint
Star Buttons
GP - White Cardstock
Geli Roll:  White Gel Pen
Font:  JennaSue -
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Announcing Marion Smith's 2013 Creative Team


I'm super excited and honored to announce that I was selected for Marion Smith's first design team. I will be working with some amazing talent, and feel so fortunate to collaborate with them. Please check out the new blog at   The team will be posting projects there daily. You are sure to be inspired by these awesome women. Don't forget to  Subscribe to everyone's blog!  
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Angee Carter

Design Team Coordinator


Many many years ago I saw a creative woman on Youtube making videos of the most incredible crafts. Altered canvases, and mini albums. I admired her for a long, long time for her creativity and inventiveness. She was able to take something so insignificant and turn it into something so beautiful. 

Today that woman, Marion Smith, calls me her friend and I am beyond honored that she has chosen me to be apart of her design team. It's even the more special because it's my very first design team position. 

In my professional life I am an educator of 7th and 8th grade students. I am so fortunate to be able to do that job and I love it every day. Personally I am the wife to Cordell and we've been married for 2 years and we are having a blast being married. He's my biggest supporter and willingly looks the other way when I purchase scrapbooking supplies. He's very supportive that way. I have one angel baby watching over my family and one fur baby who is spoiled rotten. 

My artistic style has been refined in recent years. As I learn more and more about art, and design my style changes to adapt to what feels and looks "right" to me. I'm a big fan of learning techniques and adapting those to fit my style of crafting. I'd describe my style as evolving. I'm inspired by photography and unique color combinations. I also tend to use complementary colors and love texture. 

I'm social networking obsessed am always connected via my i-devices. I'd love to connect with you! Send me a message. Tag me @alwaysangella!! I'm so proud to be included in this fabulous groups of talented international group of designers and I can't wait to be inspired.

Tonya Gibbs

I've been  a follower of Marion's for years and have learned so much from her. I feel so honored being selected as a member of her first design team. 

I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart Kenny Gibbs for 24 years. We have two children Brittany (19), and Brighton (17). I am a versatile artist and love experimenting with new techniques and different styles. Because of this I would consider my personal style to be eclectic. I can do it all - from Shabby Chic to Grunge, from digital to paper crafting, from mixed media to altered art. I enjoy the challenge of experimenting outside my comfort zone. I let the art speak to me and dictate the style - rather than me forcing the style.  I like that each style fills my need for creativity, but require different mindsets. 

I'm known in the crafty community as Psychomom. I know that is a bit unorthodox, but once you know me - you will totally get it! The name came from my son's baseball coach when he was 7 and it just stuck. I also enjoy photography and own a small Youth Sports Photography business. The name started from that business. I am also the lead educator for, design for, both online retailers, and a blogger for I love hanging out on Facebook  Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube. I also teach monthly Ustream classes on the first Monday of each month. I look forward to an exciting year with these talented artists.

Peggy Lee Baker


My name is Peggy Lee Baker, I live in the White Mountians of New Hampshire with my two beautiful daughters, and my wonderful hubby of 21 years. I enjoy sharing my love for scrapbooking, stamping, sewing-taking something olde with something new and creating one of a kind art. 
I love rustic, vintage, shabby chic, grunge!I create everyday even if it's just trying out new ideas, techniques and create play! I also love to teach/share with others that they too can be creative-I do classes in my home, I love it when they have created something so beautiful and they say I made soul is full of creative scraps of art waiting to be freed...
I am a blog author for Artsy Addicts, Design Team member for Die~Namites Dies. You can follow me on my blog "Creative Scraps by Peggy Lee" over on blogger.I've been a follower of Marion's for a few years now back when I stumbled upon a youtube video of hers...and that's all it took I was hooked-loved her style and willingness to share her passion! 
I am thrilled to take this creative journey with her, and love Marion's new fabulous paper collections and I'm excited to see where it goes.

Aneta Magdalena Matuszewska 

I am 36 years old Polish crafter and I have been living in Iceland for 12 years. I work as an Icelandic teacher. My scrapbooking fascination started about 3.5 years ago but I have been deeply preoccupied with that for the last two years.

I love light pastels, vintage and shabby chic, nevertheless I feel comfortable in any pattern. In my case everything is dependent on the kind of paper I can see on my desk, the topic of a card and finally my mood. I am a responsible and conscientious person, open to new challenges and opportunities. Marion, thank you for this one. 

Maggie Armstrong

My name is Maggie Armstrong and I live by the seaside in New Zealand with my husband and 2 children (and 1 rescue cat!). I was introduced to scrapbooking and cardmaking by a close friend in 2004, and quickly fell in love with it! I had always thought that I didn't have an artistic bone in my body, but scrapbooking and it's complimentary crafts (e.g. altered art, OTP, cardmaking and mixed media) opened up a whole new world and definition of art to me. I grabbed this 'world' with both hands and it's been such an amazing journey over the last 9 years, developing and mastering techniques, keeping a blog, teaching around New Zealand and SENZ (Scrapbook Expo of New Zealand) that I really feel I have found my passion. 
I find it difficult to pigeon-hole my style as I like to experiment with most techniques, but if I had to narrow my style down I would have to describe it as Shabby Chic meets Mixed Media Grunge! You'll see that I like to use lots of different mediums in my work, and I'm always on the lookout for something a little 'different' to incorporate into my classes. I love to create 'paperscape' style layouts where I create a scene with papers and embellishments. 

I am so thrilled to be working with Marion and her incredibly Creative Team and I know we are all looking forward to inspiring you all!

Nadia Cannizzo

My name is Nadia Cannizzo, and I was born and raised in Greece before settling in Sydney, Australia in 1989. I just turned 35, and married my husband almost 15 years ago. Together we live in the suburbs of Sydney raising our 3 daughters (6, 4 & 3 months) while trying to stay sane! I am a Primary School teacher and absolutely love my work, but its on hold right now while I raise my children. 

I create something almost every day, and I am like a child on Christmas morning when a parcel of goodies arrives at my doorstep. I create depending on how I feel that day and my personality and mood are reflected on my work. I am a neat freak, impulsive, extremely loyal, obsessed with my children, super sensitive, a lover of movies and cooking, a wannabe world traveler (I have a bucket list yes!), a people lover, and extremely passionate about little children and their well being. 

My motto in life is "nothing is impossible" and I never take no for an answer.

Sarah Bargo

Hey paper peeps! Can I just say how excited and honored I am to be a part of Marions new team?! She is so amazingly talented and I love her dearly! I have been artsy fartsy my whole life, but I have been papercrafting since my first son was born 14 years ago. (sheesh!) 
I live in the Chicagoland area and have 2 amazing boys who are my biggest inspiration! I think scrapbooking is so important because I never want my loved ones to wonder how much I love and cherish them. Thank you so much for having me Marion, and here's to embarking on this new creative journey!! Woohoo!!

Ana Paula Leal

My name is Ana Paula Leal and I was born in 1970 and live in Santa Catarina, a state in South of Brazil. I’m an architect, but recently I decided to dedicate my time to scrapbooking, teaching and giving workshops all over Brazil. 

I currently write for magazines, take part in forums, Design Teams, and I also help develop materials for this area. It means that nowadays my profession, Architecture, is in second place.

Marion, thank you very much for such a great opportunity. It’s good to know that in this globalized work we can communicate through a universal language: Art.

Kim Price

Hello! My name is Kim Price and I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia with my husband of 20 years and our two grown up teenage daughters. 
I have a strong passion for papercrafting having enjoyed this pursuit for over 10 years now but I have always had a keen interest in the arts and anything creative. I love to incorporate mediums into my scrapbooking and find that this satisfies both my natural flair for the arts as well as a way to document some of my most treasured memories. 
I create something every day, even if it is a scribble in a journal or an idea for a project I have on my mind. I love color, I love design, I love new ideas and I love to experiment. And I love Marion's amazing new collections.

Colette Nederhoff

I am Colette Nederhoff from the Sunny Southwest! I grew up in the Midwest (Iowa) but moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico 26 years ago. I am married to my kindergarten sweetheart and we celebrated 30 years of marriage this July. I have 2 biological kids ages 22 and 19 and my third child is our adopted daughter from Korea. She is now 14 and is probably the most cooperative photo model! My 22 year old just got married two weeks ago and I was a happy Mother of the Bride the last 6 months helping with wedding planning! Fun!
I have been a crafter all my life and love all types of mediums! I love to sew, paint, stamp, photograph, and just about anything else you can think of. I have worked as a hairdresser, floral and balloon designer, and a retail window display designer. I am obsessed with all things "Scrapbooking." As many of you, I have and continue to be a huge fan of Marion's designs. 

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