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E-scapeandscrap ~ Designs for Digital Scrapbooks

Great Beginnings with Digital Paint by Julie Mead April 1, 2011

Filed under: Tutorials — Julie Mead @ 8:02 pm

I love to paint and I love how digital paint can add a very realistic painted look to layouts.  You can even do some pretty cool things with paint and Photoshop software.

This subtle colored layout was made with just a few pieces.

Follow my simple steps to learn how you can create something similar.

The first step is working with the photo.

These Easy Paint flowers were made using only 2 products!

All you need to recreate this layout is the following 2 products.

I used the swirly drawn rose from this kit.


Other ideas for using the Easy Paint Brushes by Julie.



Nifty Valentine Idea—Hybrid LOVE Box by Escape Artist Erica Nunez January 25, 2010

This little LOVE box is perfect for sweet notes or chocolates for your love ones….

The free templates are from Jersgirl HERE for the outside and HERE for the inside.


Little Hanging Coaster Hybrid Album by Brittney Tinkey June 24, 2009

E-scape Artist Brittney Tinkey designed this quick and cute hybrid album using 3.5×3.5 size coasters. She used Julie and Kay’s Carousel mini kits to create 4 layouts and one title layout. She suggests using exaggerated shadows to make the pages pop. To print, arrange several on an 8.5×11 document and print onto white card stock. Use an adhesive runner to adhere the layouts to the coasters. Trim edges with an Xacto knife and sand edges downward with a sanding block. Chalk the edges with medium brown and hole punch coasters for stringing. The last coaster only needs a hole at the top. String together with ribbon, gluing to the backside to secure. Loop ribbon from the top of the cover layout and tie a knot for hanging.

Now–find just the right person to give it to!



Get it Done–and Have Some Fun for Christmas–Nifty Idea #3 November 29, 2008

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks,Hybrid Scrapbooks,Tutorials — Julie Mead @ 9:06 am

Make your own Christmas cards from templates and Christmas kits.  Here are a few samples:


CT Terry used Karen Aicken’s Quick Clicks 4 Cards Set 2 and Karen’s Christmas Magic to make this charming card.  Terry says, “I modified the template by not using all the layers and resizing the overlay and adding a layer style.”


Designer Karen Aicken used her  Quick Clicks 4 Cards Set 2 and  Ho Ho Ho kit to make this card.


Designer Karen Aicken used her Quick Clicks 4 Cards Set 2 and Bright Christmas kit to make a special card for grandma.


Get it Done–and Have Some Fun for Christmas–Nifty Idea #2 November 26, 2008

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks,Tutorials — Julie Mead @ 10:08 pm

What if your photo program doesn’t use templates?  Here’s a Nifty idea from CT member, Kathrine (scrapyardkath).  Use one background and a few elements…and you can create a special lo in a matter of minutes.


Katherine used Victorian Christmas by Kay Eflin and Ruth Davis for her quick idea layout.

Here’s another layout that used only 5 items–one paper, a gorgeous frame, and 3 paper snowflakes.


Kits used are Paper Snow, Vintage Christmas Frame, and Winter Dreams Paper Collection by Julie Mead.


Katherine says, “Another super quick LO.  One gorgeous paper and a frame & three flakes, done!” Kits used are Paper Snow and Winter Dreams Paper Collection.


Nifty How-To #8–Hybrid Teacher’s Brag Book June 5, 2007

Filed under: Hybrid Scrapbooks,Photos,Printables,Tutorials — Julie Mead @ 3:17 pm

CT Erica Nunez created this digital quick page brag book for her sister-in-law to present to her children’s teacher. The digital pages were printed, the photographs added, and the pages glued onto an accordion album. It was a hit.

e-scapeandscrap kit by Kay Eflin–Slice of Life


Nifty How-To #7–Using PNG Brush Files in DIP May 26, 2007

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks,Tutorials — Julie Mead @ 7:31 am

This layout was created by Jackie Rushing, CT at e-scapeandscrap.

I used at least one brush from each of the Painted Brush Strokes Sets 2, 3, and 4. I use DIP to put together most of my layout. I had used the brushes before and used my “fill with color or texture” tool to change their color, but found that I lost the depth and texture of the paint stroke.
My program would not let me take the original stroke and change the hue because there was “not enough color”, as it is black and white. To get color in to the image that I could work with, I tinted them very strongly with different shades of blue and green. Then I was able to play with the hue and saturation settings.

For spots that were particularly dark, and still looked black even after adding color, I used my color selection wand to select the areas, raised the brightness level, and followed the same tinting and adjusting procedure.


Layout Credits:

Template by anita stergiou
Paper and paint by julie mead
strips paper by katie the scrapbook lady