Time Capsule for Kids Printable

Tomorrow begins a new decade!  Can you believe that?  2019 brought me 3 busy, beautiful girls and many new adventures.  While I've been working on getting this blog revamped, I also am the author of a parenting blog called Latched On Mom and work as a breastfeeding counselor part time.  My kids love writing and drawing so I created a fun kids activity for them to do to help ring in the New Year.
This is a time capsule- meaning you print it, fill it out and store it away for 10 years.  Then you look back and see how much everyone has changed over time! My kids loved this idea so I decided to share this file with all my followers! There is a quick printable JPG file in the download, a customizable PSD file so you can rearrange or omit certain things if you prefer, along with my terms of use- which are the same as always & are very simple. Don't share my stuff- you can share the link to my BLOG post (just go to the address/URL bar at the top of the screen to grab that to share) and that's it!  This file measures at 8.5 by 11 inches and is 300 DPI.  THIS FILE IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.  If you like this freebie, please show me some love by LIKING/FOLLOWING my Facebook page and leaving a friendly comment below!


I Heart Santa Tagger Scapkit Freebie

Happy Holidays!
I want to share the spirit of the holidays by giving you all this Christmas themed scrapkit I made a few years ago, called I Heart Santa!  It is tagger sized, has 12 papers and a total of 60 elements.  I hope you enjoy tagging with this kit, please feel free to send me any tags you've made with it, I LOVE to see your creations!
Click on the preview above to download and leave some comment love if you like this freebie!



I found this amazing Frozen-inspired typography from Kustren on Deviant Art and created a style with ice and snow in Gimp.  It turned out really good so I thought I better have some Christmas spirit and share this file with all my followers!
There is a PNG file- transparent background and a JPG file with a white background along with the preview and my terms of use in the download.  My terms of use are very simple.  Don't share my stuff- you can share the link to my BLOG post (just go to the address/URL bar at the top of the screen to grab that) at anytime, though!
This file measures at 2550x3300 and is 300 DPI.
and please leave a comment if you like this freebie, LIKE my Facebook page, and keep up with my parenting blog HERE!


CU Ocean Wave Freebie

Summer always seems to go so fast.  You never get enough time to do everything you want to do!
My kids favorite thing is swimming.  We've never been to the ocean since we're stuck in the middle of Iowa, but it's fun to pretend the girls and I are mermaids from the deep sea.
I line drew some waves and thought this would be great to offer to others for a page border, signature tags, etc.  It is a PNG and you can layer it to create more waves... Commercial use ok, attribution required if published in any way.  Please read the TOU in the download.
I hope you find it helpful in some of your projects.  Click the preview to download and send others here to this blog post to pick up their own copy. Leave me a comment!  The more comments I get on something helps me know what my audience likes best!
If  you have any questions you can email me.


Happy 4th of July!!! Firecracker Kit Freebie

Happy 4th of July!  I made a tagger kit 2 years ago to help celebrate this holiday and to match a tube called Miami by FourXDesigns.

 Go check out my tag tutorial using this kit and that tube HERE.

This scrap kit is for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
There are 10 papers and 40 elements.
I think you'll love playing with it!
You can download it HERE.
If you download, take a second and leave some comment love!!!
DO NOT SHARE.  Send others here to this post to download it themselves.
Don't forget to send me the designs you've made with my creations, either!  I'd love to see them! You can email anytime!


Ink Masterz Tag Tutorial

Hello again!  I got this awesome kit from Creative Scraps by Crys called Ink Masterz and I'm sharing a Gimp tagger scrapkit tag tutorial with you today! 
There's a few snags for you after the tutorial, do not change or add to them whatsoever but feel free to use them in your groups, forums etc.!
Ok, to start on this tag, you'll want the following:
PTU Tagger kit "Ink Masterz" by Creative Scraps by Crys HERE
I'm using an exclusive tube that I purchased from Scraps and the City (no longer open) by Celinart Pinup. This tube is not available in her store at this time, however you can use any tube of your choice.  
I used 2 masks, they are freebies!  You want to grab Dee's Designs "DD_NM_5.jpg" mask, it's in assorted masks 13-18 HERE & hop over to the Creative Misfits for Jenny's "GrungeMask7byJenny.jpg" mask HERE.
Open Gimp.  Go to FILE>NEW and enter 800 into both width and height.  Click OK.
With your folder open on your desktop of the scrapkit, click and drag these papers into the canvas:
Right click on the each of the paper layers inside the layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.
Then with the mask folders open, click and drag both the masks into the canvas...  right click on DD mask and SCALE LAYER to 900x900.  Right click on both masks and ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.  Click the invisible layer check box (looks like an eye) in the layers box for paper 13.  Now, while DD mask is selected in the layers box, go to COLORS>INVERT then to LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA and hit OK.  Repeat these steps with Jenny's mask.  Your layers box should look like this-
We are going to change the papers into the masks.  So right click on the layers box on DD mask and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION, then click on the paper 5 layer in the layers box to activate the layer and go to EDIT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Paper 5 is now the DD mask so you can delete the DD mask layer.  Now, with Jenny's mask you want to duplicate it and place kitty corner left top right bottom, middles together.  Right click on the copy and choose MERGE DOWN to make it one mask.  Then repeat the step above making paper 16 the mask.  When you have this done, your layers box should look like this-
Now you can click the invisible check box for paper 13 and make it visible again.  You can also delete the white background layer at this time... Add your tube of choice in.  Do not forget to add the artists name, site and license number when applicable.  
On the close-up of the tube I went to COLORS>DESATURATE and chose average, OK.  Then go to FILTERS>ARTISTIC.SOFT GLOW with presets, hit OK.
Drag and drop the following elements from the kit folder into the canvas (the first 5 go under the full tube layer, rest go on top):
Frame 3
57- duplicate and flip copy
18- rotate 18 degrees and flip
12- flip
Scale all down and place accordingly.  Using the ellipse select tool, create a circle just beyond the inner boundaries of the frame and while the paper 13 layer is active, go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Make sure you also get the tube edges deleted, and only leave what is inside the frame.
Then on every single element (as well as frame and full body tube), go to FILTERS>LIGHT & SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 3/3/6, hit OK.
I used a font called Just Wait & See in black. Right click on this layer in the layers box and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then add a new transparent layer.  Go to SELECT>GROW by 1 and fill the new layer you just added with white.  Again, right click and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION and grow by 2, add another transparent layer and use the color picker to choose a pink and blue shade.  With the gradient tool, starting at the bottom of the text and drag upwards to the top of the text and release.  
Add a drop shadow to the text with same settings you previously had.
Save as .xcf so you can come back through and make changes layer by layer if need be.  When you're happy with your tag save as .png!

And here's your extras!  Hope you enjoyed my tut!  Leave me some love if you snag! Just right click and save.



At The Doctor's Gimp Tag Tut and Cluster Freebie

Hi everyone!  Here with a new tutorial using a sweet doctor themed scrapkit by Creative Scraps by Crys!   I think it turned out awesome!  At the end of the tut, I'm leaving a FREEBIE cluster that I made with the kit for you to use for your personal signature tags!
If you want to make this tag:
Go get the PTU kit called At the Doctor's by Creative Scraps by Crys HERE.  This kit comes both in full size and tagger size and is really a cute, colorful kit!

Use your tube of choice... I had to go check out the sale at www.xeracx.net and wound up with this HOT psych nurse psp tube.  You need a license to use art by Ismael Rac.
I also used 2 masks from Rocked by Rachel, grab those HERE.
Ok, so open Gimp and go to FILE>NEW, enter 900 in both height and width, click OK.
With your folder open on your desktop of all the goodies within the kit, click and drag the following ELEMENTS into your new canvas:
59- duplicate & flip copy
61- duplicate and flip copy
Scale and arrange all appropriately.  Delete white "Background" layer from layers box.
Drag and drop your tube into canvas.  This tube pin-up comes with a close up and a full body, so I used both.  It's also smart at this point to add in all copyright info including name of artist, site and license number when applicable.
Next, we're going to "thread" the button- Element 72 with Element 70.  Right click on Element 70 and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  This will make the perimeter of the selected element blink, or look like marching ants.  Click on Element 72 in the layers box to highlight it as the active layer and get the ERASER tool from the toolbox then carefully erase the "thread" in the middle of the button.  SELECT>NONE.
See tutorial pic below on how to do so.
We're going to add masks now to the background.  So drag and drop PAPER 7 into the canvas.  Right click on it in the layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.  Duplicate the paper layer so you have one copy.  Next, drag and drop RR_MaskSet_1_1 and RR_MaskSet_1_4.  You will need to perform the following steps per mask selected:
Right click in layers box, ADD ALPHA CHANNEL
The mask should appear black with a transparent background (see tutorial pic below- in layers box).  Right click, ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on the copy of Paper 7 in layers box to activate it, SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  The Paper 7 copy is now your first mask, so you can click the little eye icon next to the RR_MaskSet_1_4 layer to make it invisible, or just delete that layer. Repeat with other mask and arrange on bottom left of tag. 
Next, you need to trim up the excess tube that sticks out below.  Click on the tube layer in the layers box to activate that layer (see how it's highlighted grey?  That means it's the active layer) and go over to the toolbox and choose RECTANGLE SELECT TOOL.  Create a rectangle covering the area of the tube that needs to be cut.  Then go to EDIT>CLEAR.  SELECT>NONE. 

With the close up tube, I went to COLORS>DESATURATE then moved the OPACITY slider at the top of the layers box to 42%.
Add a drop shadow to every single layer EXCEPT the "thread" Element 70, close up tube and masks. Go to FILTERS>LIGHT & SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 2/2/2, click OK.
Then you want to add in your personalization, tag name, etc.  I used a font called Indie Flower in a dark red shade sized at 68 pixels.  Right click ALPHA TO SELECTION, SELECT>GROW by 2 OK, add a new transparent layer, fill the selection with white.  SELECT>NONE.  Add a drop shadow to this as well with same settings as before. 
Go up to FILE>SAVE AS with file extension .xcf so you can go back in layer by layer to make changes if need be.  When satisfied, save as .png
Thanks for checking out my tutorial!
And here's the cluster!  Personal use only!  Right click and save and leave me a comment if you do! I love comments and always want to know if you like my shares!  I'd also love to see what you create using my tutorials!