Digital Scrapbooking and Its Top Site

A lot of my friends have been asking me recently about my digital scrapbooking hobby, so I decided it was high time to write a blog about it.

Digital scrapbooking is something of a recent phenomenon (well, as recent as personal computers, at least — though my suspicion is that there was a big upswing upon advent of the spread of phones and tablets). It’s such a niche hobby though, with not a lot of money in it, so there’s not exactly a heap of data available.

I myself have only been scrapbooking digitally for about three years now. But I love it, and my love for it only grows with time. I’m going to go ahead and mention them right now, because I love them so much, but for anyone searching who is looking for the place to go for digital scrapbooking, it’s Pixel Scrapper, without a doubt. And if you’re new to the craft, they have this fantastic article called What is Digital Scrapbooking? that will get you going and inform you better than my brief blurb here. So head on over once you finish with mine. I love them, and hit their site almost every day.

But okay, back to digital scrapbooking.

It’s a weird hobby to have — when someone at a party asks you what you like to do for fun, and you say digital scrapbooking, it doesn’t exactly make you the coolest person in the room. And it has the interesting place of being a hobby that the person who asks will almost certainly never have heard about, but once you name it they’ll instantly have some idea of what you’re talking about.

“Ah, yeah, so scrapbooking, but like digitally?”

Exactly.

Scrapbooking, but like digitally. Basically that means you and a computer, some kind of software like Gimp or Photoshop, your photos, and a bunch of graphics that are digital representatives or stand ins for papers, word art, pocket cards — you name it. If you had it in physical, paper scrapbooking there’s probably an equivalent in digital.

And we get it. Giving up paper is hard. The vast majority of readers in the world dropped dead when the Kindle was invented — change is hard, and in many ways paper can never be fully replaced.

But the convenience is unreal. For anybody who travels, lives overseas, or simply lives minimally, digital scrapbooking is the dream come true for your creative crafty hobby.

It’s now with you, all the time, right on your computer. Heck, on your phone or tablet these days. You can scrapbook while in line for your coffee order. Now tell me that’s not a boon?

So there you have my brief blurb — sorry it’s so rambly. But if you read me regularly you’re used to it.

Anyways, in a nutshell — it’s scrapbooking, but digital. It has all the same components (but again, they’re digital), and so while you can’t feel it between your fingers, you can take it everywhere with you, and that’s pretty damn sweet.

(And I freaking love Pixel Scrapper — they’ll give you 5 free downloads every day! And for commercial use with a brilliant commercial use license!)

PAPER MOSAIC FOR KIDS


In nature, we sometimes find beauty amid chaos, a phenomenon amply replicated in the world of Art. For example, we see how a sea of colors and materials can harmonize to produce something as beautiful as Pablo Picasso’s Cubist Collage. This technique of art creation is so captivating that even kids with short attention span get enthralled once they begin.

Children of all ages love to have their artistic masterpieces, therefore, a paper mosaic project is a great idea! With this work of art, your kids can wow members of their Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, neighborhood – the list is endless. The framed masterpieces of a paper mosaic artwork can also adorn places in your home, such as the walls, the refrigerator door, and so on.

Here are the materials you need to get ready for a paper mosaic project.

• Construction paper

• Scissors

• Gum stick

• Ruler

• Pencil

• Colorful paper scraps

• Picture frame or wax paper

Now, let’s begin work with these simple steps!

Step 1: Cut out the construction paper 10” square or 7” by 10” rectangle and place it on a flat surface. Also, cut out the colored paper scraps into many strips of 0.9” by ½.” Now, allow your kids to cut them into similar sizes of squares, triangles, and rectangles.

Step 2: Create a margin on the construction paper with a pencil and ruler and sketch the desired image. If you have smaller kids, choose simple images, unless you have a thing for awkward paper mosaics.

Step 3: Sort the cut paper according to their colors, and choose the order or patterns you want the colors to follow. Draw a rough sketch of the arrangement you wish to have to avoids mistakes.

Step 4: Now place the cut colored paper on your sketched design and glue them. Fix the rectangles, squares, and triangles as they fit into the design. Ensure there are little to no spaces between the cut paper.

Step 5: Wait for the glue to dry.

Step 6: You have your paper mosaic ready! I bet you’ll like to hang it on your wall, so get a beautiful picture frame or hanger, fix your paper mosaic in it, and let it hang!

Conclusion

So here we are! I bet your kids are proud to have another work of art resting on the walls of the house or refrigerator – their very own masterpiece!

How to Choose the Perfect Brushes and Colors for Drawing?


Coloring and drawing are enjoyable hobbies that make a person happy because they bring out the creativity and wonderful feelings. As important as creativity and skill, are the instruments by which the artistic vein takes shape. You can translate your feelings on canvas using colors and brushes.  Good materials help with good results. For this reason, it is essential to know the artistic brushes and colors well.

How to choose the correct brush?

Brushes are the magic wand that brings life to your painting. A good quality brush should have soft and thick hair and does not lose hair during paint. Every type of color needs a specific kind and shape of brushes.

Brushes’ sizes

The brush size is classified by number; with 000 to 20 are  the most common. You should think about the size of the work and the method that you will use.

In general, smaller brushes work well for fine contours and details, as in watercolor, gouache and ink. Larger brushes are good for acrylic or oil paintings.

If you fill large, flat, unmarked color blocks, it is preferred to use the larger brushes. If they are small blocks of color, small brushes are more recommended.

The medians are suitable for 50 x 50 cm paintings. Tiny details need small brushes, while grandiose frescoes require large brushes.

The shapes of artistic brushes

The most classic is the round brush, used to work with precision and leaving traces of paint of the same thickness.

A flat brush can spread the paint thoroughly. Another interesting form is the cat tongue, capable of making brush strokes combining the effect of flat and round in a single brush.

There is also the fan brush, which drags the paint in a very subtle way, widely used to create foliage, commonly used in large works.

How to choose the perfect colors?

Watercolor

For a start, it is better to choose cheap and easy-to-use colors. Watercolor is the smart choice, you can find it anywhere. It is one of the most common and famous colors, ideal for landscape painting as it is vibrant, effective, beautiful and can be lightened.

It should be noted that watercolors differ in quality. Choosing high-quality watercolors will meet the desired result without discouragement. It is best to buy a palette to avoid having to purchase several shades separately and you will have all the colors in the same place.

Acrylic paints

If you like catching the smallest details on canvas and want to create masterpieces of abstract art, acrylic paints are a perfect choice.

Acrylic paints are suitable to be used by anyone; professional or amateur. They dry quickly so they are proper for layered paintings that create depth and detail on landscapes.

They are easy to use, broadly available in paint shops and stationery stores specialized in artistic material.

They are often sold in tubes and can be combined on a palette with water to lighten the tone or create new colors. They cost less than oil colors, but they are not less professional.

Oil colors

Oil colors are the greatest choice for professionals. They are expensive but you can buy primary colors and mix them to get various shades to cut costs.

Oil colors need a long time to dry. So, they are not advisable to beginners. They are vibrant and versatile that allows you to create unique color mixing and layering techniques. In addition, you will have to buy solvents to dilute the colors.

Before painting, you should apply a basic acrylic primer on the canvas to avoid being harmed by the color.

Other materials

Choose an appropriate canvas for the type of color you are going to use.

Keep several pieces of wet cloth handy to moisten and clean the brushes and to make watercolors.

Buy a palette to mix the colors. The best surfaces for diluting colors, mixing them and examining their consistency are those made of white plastic, such as trays covered with enamel paint. These surfaces provide a nice clean background to test for color precision and are very low-priced.

How to Make a Floating Drink Holder with a Swimming Pool noodle


Are you planning a fun day at the pool and you don’t feel like getting out of the water to fetch a drink? Do you want to impress your friends with innovation during a party? The best idea is a delightful drinks holder made with a plastic container and a foam rubber tube (Pool Noodles) to make sure it is floating.

 In the end, you will only have to choose which drinks to put on!

Things you will need

Plastic container

Floating foam tubes for swimming pools (Pool Noodles)

Good quality scissors

Strong string or rope

Ten easy steps you should do

1- Bring a sturdy, transparent and large plastic container.

2- Clean it before usage. Even if you bought a new one, make sure it is completely clean before adding ice and drinks.

3- Try it out by having several cans or bottles to estimate the capacity of the container. Do not overlook the fact that you will most likely also have to add ice.

4- Choose good quality noodles to ensure that can enable the drinks holder to keep floating. Avoid using torn or old ones.

5-Measure each side of the holder and cut the pool noodle likewise. Then, cut the pool noodle into four parts. Utilize durable scissors or a sharp blade.

In the case that the holder is round, it may not be important to cut the pool noodle, just fold it around the borders.

6-Insert a long string into the pipe segments to produce a rectangular or square shape that wraps the holder firmly.

Utilize a rope or string that is solid and long enough to encompass the holder and to bring it closer when it floats too far.

7-Make a circle at the end of the string and ensure it can remain well around your finger to keep your beverages anchored.

8- Fit the floating device around the plastic holder. Then, pull the string to tighten it.

Make sure that the floating device adheres well by making a bond at the base; in this way, the rectangle does not disintegrate, therefore releasing the plastic container.

9-Do a test by putting the holder in the pool without the beverages to ensure that it floats well.

10- Fill the container with ice and drinks before putting it in the pool.

Some advice

·                     Now you have a floating drink holder, and you will always have cold beverages by your side.

·                     It is better to use only cans or plastic bottles Instead of glass.

·                     Do not forget to take the floating holder out from the pool. And, when you return to the house, empty its contents.

How to upholster a chair and choose the suitable fabric

Removing the old upholstery and replacing it can bring the old chairs back to life. New upholstery is a perfect way to make sure that the old chairs are still matching a new room.

Of course, you will need new upholstery for the chairs and the sofas, From time to time. In addition, the renewal is very important to feel comfortable.

The tools and steps you are going to need if you want to start the upholstery:

Use a staple remover. A tool serves to remove staples from upholstery.

It is available online or in specialized stores.

Remove tacks, pins and any other sharp object. and then put them in a plastic bag to throw them away to avoid any injuries.

Use pliers to take off the staples so, turn it slightly while pulling to remove it from the wood. Continue until you remove them all.

Lift the fabric from the seat, backrest, and armrests.

Mark the fabric with letters to show where you removed it. So, it will be easy when you have to make the same shapes as the same size.

Drawing a pattern of the chair relative to the panels you remove will help you. so you can match the letter or number to each piece.

Take note of folds, fins. So you know how to reproduce them when you create new parts.

If you want to keep the padding, lift it slightly.

Try to keep it intact and do not break it.

Cut the padding that glued to the chair. Use a knife with a long blade like a pocketknife. Pass it along the gluing and cut as precisely as possible.

Check the base of the chair to know if it needs some fixes or not.

Repair is something you cannot absolutely avoid. otherwise, you risk breaking in the future.

How to choose the appropriate fabric:

The fabric must be resistant to withstand continuous use like

Cotton: the heavy one is suitable for home use.

Linen: A resistant fabric can withstand light to medium use.

Jacquard: it is a mix of cotton with synthetic like nylon or polyester for reinforcement. It can bear various levels of use.

Leather:  it is resistant to water and strong.  It is not suitable for hot places.

Velvet: strong and soft, it lasts a long time. But it is laborious to clean.

Measure the new fabric.

Use the old fabric to make the new ones. Simply place each piece of old fabric on the new fabric and using chalk to mark the new cloth, so to be easy to cut it.

After that cut the fabrics and make sure that all the measurements are correct.

Replace the fabrics where you removed them.

Use a stapler to put the new fabrics and keep the new fabric in shape. Pull so that you can’t find any creases.

Now you have a new chair. Enjoy it.

Make beautiful decoration using old bottles and jars

We usually throw bottles or jars. So, we do not know how to make them useful.

We will teach you how to make wonderful items to decorate your house. At the lowest possible cost by some bottles and jars, that we often dump in the garbage.

We will introduce some simple and inexpensive ideas for you to renew your house. Above all, certainly, the others will admire your house.

Tools and the materials needed:

Bottles.

Spray.

First, wash the bottles, and then dry them well.

Secondly, cover the table with newspaper papers or any unused cloth.

Put the bottles on the table and spray them

After finishing, wait until the spray dries completely.

Put some roses in the bottles.

Now you have beautiful vases as shown in the following picture.

Some ideas:

You can put the plant in a broken bottle and get a beautiful vase.

Use empty, colored bottles and put the flowers inside them. Or keep them as they are to show something graceful inside. They could be sands, pebbles, twigs, white snails.

Mix some colored threads and wrap them around the bottle. In addition, you can put the lighting inside.

Use a bottle or jar as a bird feeder. So, put it on the window and enjoy watching the birds.

Glass has the characteristic of hardness and resistance. We can use bottles to build a fence inside the garden of the house. In addition, put light on it.

Bottles are easy to use it to delimit the paths in the garden or pot holders of the vegetable garden.

Use jars to decorate your house

First idea: Make a beautiful chandelier from jars

Tools:

Jars.

Electrical wires.

Lamps

Perforated metal rings.

Steps:

Make a small hole in the jar’s cover to pass the electrical wire and make sure not to enlarge the hole so as not to drop the jar.

Pass the electrical wire. Then Install the lamb in the cover.

Close the jars with their own cover.

Hang the jars and make the wires in different lengths to get a beautiful chandelier.

After that, turn the bulbs on.

The second idea:

You can color the jars and use them to put small things inside, like buttons. In addition, you can use them in the bathroom and the kitchen to put whatever you want Inside them.

Steps:

First, paint the jars in different colors

Secondly, Write on them or paint to make them beautiful.

Now you have a lot of jars with many of the labels you want.

You will get what you want easily ,Also save time and effort.

Some advice and steps to paint your house by yourself

Have you ever thought to paint your house by yourself?

We will provide you with essential information to help and make it easy.

Painting needs effort but it is not impossible if you follow some advice. The result is worth your effort.

When can I paint my house?

Spring is the ideal season to change your house’s colors.

What should I do before painting?

Take your time to prepare your house. First, move the furniture to the center. Put old sheets or rags under the legs of sofas, chairs, tables and other furniture. In this way, it will be possible to move them without difficulty and without scratching the floor.

Secondly, cover everything. for example, cover the furniture and the floor with plastic sheets. Also, You can use canvas drop cloths.

Likewise, cover the ceiling light with the big plastic bag and set up a work light.

And, protect switches with tape. In addition, vacuum the dust and clean the walls.

What should I buy?

Buy good materials. And, choose high- quality rollers and brushes that do not lose hairs. So, this will give you a much better result. In addition, buy the most expensive paint. It will give you the best coverage and you will be able to wash the wall without taking the paint with it.

You will need:

Comfortable clothes for work.

Gloves and mask.

Damp rag.

Adhesive paper tape.

Sheets of cardboard, you can also use old tablecloths and old sheets.

Sandpaper.

putty knife.

Spackling.

Joint.

Paint rollers.

Good quality brushes.

High-quality paint.

Some steps before painting:

First, you should repair the walls from holes or cracks. For instance, use spackling for the small holes. And use Joint compound for the big holes.

Spread the spackling and the joint with a putty knife.  Let it dry and then smooth the wall using sandpaper. After that, clean the wall with the damp rag.

Secondly, measure all the walls you want to paint to check the best amount of paint to buy.

For example:

The height and the width of the walls.

The length and the width of the floor that corresponds to the ceiling.

Buy a small amount of paint to test the color on the wall. if you like the color you can buy the rest of the quantity.

Start painting:

Start painting from difficult points to take advantage of the hours with the best light. Also at the beginning of work, you will be more focused and precise.

Start from the corners between walls and between walls and ceiling with a brush.

When you have to kneel down or sit to paint the baseboards or the lower parts of the walls.

Put cushions under your knees. They are useful for not letting the cold penetrate into the knees.

Working in a clean environment gives mental serenity. So, This is important when dealing with an intense day of painting.

Dip the brush in the bucket.  And remove the excess paint by cleaning it on the edge of the bucket. if you use a roller you can clean it by rolling it on the special iron gratin.

In addition, too much paint is difficult to spread as well as increase the risk of leaking.

So, keep the handle of the brush and the roller clean during painting.

Keep a damp rag handy to clean the paint drops that can fall on the floor. to avoid footprints on the floor.

You can keep the rollers and the brushes in plastic bags, during the rest time.

After finishing the paint wash the tools and let them dry well. You can keep them for using another time.

Finally, enjoy the result.

All the techniques you need to know for using acrylic colors


What are acrylic colors?

Acrylic colors are plastic industrial colors that are quick to dry. which need special skill to mix and adjust on the palette. They have become very popular recently.

Characteristics of acrylic colors

Acrylic colors are the most important colors that artists use in their work. Acrylic colors help you to be creative. The artists rated the acrylic colors as excellent and not yellowing as oil colors over time. Besides, we used them inside and outside buildings because they do not change over time. We put turpentine to thin them and use as traditional oil paint. Acrylic colors become water- resistant after drying.

Students can use acrylic colors at school. Because they can rinse away any stain with water and they do not have to use any chemicals.

The acrylic colors are clear, glamorous and long-lasting. You can mix the colors together and create a new color.

Acrylic colors are insoluble. You can paint on top without fear of damaging the previous layer.

The surfaces you can color with acrylic

Acrylic colors are ideal to apply on several materials like wood, paper, metal, and canvas.

You can use these colors on cardboard. But before coloring, you should pull it from the edges so that it does not rip off.

You should clean the wood before you start coloring, and apply a thin layer of acrylic.

So it takes minutes to dry.

We use acrylic in coloring walls because it resists air and humidity. This feature makes it better than the oil colors.

The type of brushes you can use

You can use the same brushes, which you use for oil paint. When you want to thin the acrylic with water, you can use the watercolor brush.

Grades

There are two grades of acrylic colors. The first one is artist acrylic.

The second is student acrylic.

Tips

– Use plastic tools, because you can remove dry paint from them easier than wood tools.

– Acrylics dry out in 15-30 minutes. So put little quantity of color on the palette. to prevent expensive waste you should start with small doses and add later as needed.

-Take your brush and moist it with clean water. Mix the color and some water together with the brush. Don’t use more than 25% of water to dilute the color.

Too much moisture leads to a loss of color, its cohesion and its ability to adhere to the painting.

-Put a spray bottle next to you to put a simple layer of water from time to time on the color to keep it wet.

Keep some absorbent paper handy to dab the brush when you’re ready to paint.

And, Keep paper or cloth napkins next to the water bottle. After cleaning the brush with water, use cloth or paper napkins to rinse excess water. This protects the handle brush and plate of water droplets.

– Test the consistency of the paint on a piece of scrap cloth or any surface before coloring. To make sure it has the characteristics you are looking for.

– Add chalk to the mixture of water and color to improve the bonding power between the surface and the acrylic.

– Use adhesive tape to make strong and sharp borders. It’s easy to place and remove on dry acrylic without damaging the previous layer

Install the adhesive very well and don’t put a lot of paint on the border. You will not get a clean line when you remove it.

– Clean all the brushes and the tools to be ready for the next use.