Tutorial: Digital Pinking

I was addicted to scissors back in my paper scrapping days. Those scissors that made different edges on the paper? Yeah. They were my favorite. I had two dedicated drawers for my collection. I won’t tell you how many pairs I had. Enough to be embarrassing.

Over the years, my collection was whittled down to just three: two scallops and one pinked. They’re still my favorite scissors for paper projects, and even though I’m a digi girl these days, I still find myself wanting to add scalloped and pinked edges to my layouts.

I had the opportunity this week to work with a kit called Winter Cabin by Shannon McNab.

When I was building this layout, I wanted some visual interest at the bottom of the photos on the left side to offset all the busy going on in the top right-hand corner. Most of the time, I would just add a scallop. But on this particular layout, the scallop gave it a feminine feel that felt completely wrong against the papers and photos. But the pinked edge was just the right touch!


I’ll be working in PSE 10.

I have just a blank page, but normally, I would be doing this right on my layout on its own layer.

Start off by right clicking on the Rectangle Tool icon and selecting the Custom Shape Tool.

Up in the top left-hand corner, you’ll see a box that says “shape” with a picture next to it. That will drop down and give you loads of shape options. Find and select the diamond shape. You could do this with the triangle shape, too. I just prefer the diamond shape but I couldn’t even tell you why. Ha!

Now click down on the paper and drag the shape until it’s what you want. If you hold down “shift”, it will constrain the proportions. Or you can just play with the length and width until you’re satisfied.

Here’s my shape!

Okay. Let’s duplicate that. You can duplicate two ways.

1. Make sure the diamond shape layer is selected and then hover over the layer in the right side bar. Right click and select “duplicate”. Your duplicate will be right on top of the original shape and you can now move it over to the side.

2. Select the diamond shape on the background page. Hold down the “option” key on the keyboard (or the windows key on a PC) AND “shift” while you click and drag the duplicate shape over. The option (windows) key will duplicate while the shift key keeps the shape from going all over the place.

Whatever method you choose, make sure to keep duplicating until you have a line of diamonds across the page.

Now go to the right side bar (the Layers palette) and select all the diamond shape layers. You can do it quickly by selecting the very top shape layer, holding down “shift”, and selecting the very bottom shape layer. Once they’re selected, right click and choose “Merge Layers”.

At this point, you have yourself a clipping mask of a pinked edge. It’s ready to be resized (if needed) and tucked under some paper on your project. All it needs now is some paper clipped to it and, of course, a drop shadow! In my layout, I clipped the cream solid paper (from Winter Cabin) to the pinked shape.

But what if you don’t want just a pinked border? What if you want a mat or something to have a pinked edge? I’ll show you!

So I’ve made my border smaller and rotated it.

Select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle next to the pinked border. Make sure to cover up the about half of the diamond shape.

Now select both the pinked layer and the rectangle layer over on the side bar. Right click and select “Merge Layers”. Now you can clip whatever paper you want to your pinked-edge mat! In this example, I’ve clipped some green, striped paper from the same collection to the mask. I’ve also added the “popped paper” drop shadow from Gennifer Bursett’s shadow styles.

Fun, right? And if you do decide to give this a go, link me up to your layout or project!


Summit County Bucket List: Park City Driving Tour

In the whole time we’ve lived here, the kids and I have only been into actual Park City (not Kimball Junction) twice. We’ve avoided it. Mainly because we have lots of kids and are “a drain on society”. At least that’s what we’ve been told by a few people when we’ve gone to do our grocery shopping in Kimball Junction.

The thing is, Park City has a lot of charm. Main Street is just a long row of little shops and during this time of year, lights are strung across the street from the light posts. The houses are cute and all different colors. The buildings are old and the architecture is amazing.

On Sunday afternoon, we put dinner in the crockpot and, armed with our map, made the 30-minute drive to Park City.

We saw the cemetery very first as we were going in, and then we spent the rest of our time on or around Main Street. The old Miner’s Hospital was a very cool building with a great, big porch. The photos in our guide were taken during the summer when everything was really lush and green. Our photos are not as impressive, being mostly dull and brown, but the buildings were fantastic anyway.

This is on the way into Main Street. That bridge replaced the original bridge that was used by the miners to cart ore to the mill. Later, a cable tram system was built that would bring the ore out of the mine and down to the smelter. Today, a ski lift follows the same path, passing the historic tram towers. Cool, yeah?

See? They totally string the lights!

This next building is a restaurant called Zoom, but it used to be the train depot.

The former train depot.We did a little off-the-map exploring of our own. The streets do a lot of zig-zagging and there are loads of switch-backs and weird routes. We ended up on a PRIVATE! road (there are lots of those) with no way to turn around. We had to follow the road for a ways before it finally offered up a place for a u-turn. Anyway, the view was spectacular! Even more so because it was forbidden.

We finished up our tour with a peek at the old McPollin Barn. And when I say “peek” I mean “we drove by really fast because the kids were fighting and Gavin was crying and everyone was hungry and sick of being in the car.”

December Daily 2012: The Cover

December Daily is something that’s been going on for years now. It was thought up by a woman named Ali Edwards, but I’d never heard of any of this until about two weeks ago. I’m so out of it. Probably because I’ve been busy with this:


The idea is that you create a page (or two, if you want) for each day in December. Well. I assume just until December 25, but I suppose it can be whatever you want. In the past, Ali Edwards has given subject prompts or written a blog post each day to help you find direction.

Once I {kind of} understood what it was all about, I decided I really wanted to do this. And as things have just fallen apart with each house we’ve put an offer on, I thought how neat it would be to document the very last Christmas season we’ll ever have in Upton. It’s a bittersweet move for us.

I knew right away that I wanted to do it as a hybrid project. And as soon as I saw this:


I knew I’d found my December Daily kit. I LOVE the colors – the blues, pinks, and cream give it a vintage feel, but it’s blended with some really modern patterns.

So with my kit chosen, I set out to the nearest scrapbook store – an hour away – for supplies. I went in for some chipboard and walked out with adhesive (plus a refill), ribbon, brads, book rings, glitter, alphas, a pen…My poor parents were with me and when everyone realized I was gonna be a while, they were all, “We’ll be at Kohl’s.” Bwahaha! Sorry!

Here’s the sneak peek:


I’m really sorry about the blinding glitter. If I knew how to take a proper picture, I’m sure it wouldn’t look like that.Image

I thought a 6×6 book would be more manageable and I’m just using the chipboard as the background, but I’m not sure if all the pages will be like that. I’ll just decide as I go.


Here Comes Santa Claus Collaboration by Gennifer Bursett, Shannon McNab, Robyn Meierotto, and Mye De Leon

Thickers – I covered them with GLITTER! The other stuff I managed to cover in glitter? The table, the baby, the sewing machine, and later on, we found glitter in dinner. I’m sure there’s a right way to handle glitter. I did not do it that way.

My Mind’s Eye: All is Bright Brads

Digi Essentials: Alpha by Karla Dudley

Summit County Bucket List: Coalville Courthouse

We finally got around to visiting the historic Coalville Courthouse. It’s this beautiful sandstone building right on Main Street that houses a museum in the basement. AND IT’S FREEEEE!

ImageWe got there mid-morning and we were the only people visiting so we had the place to ourselves.



Each room or section of the museum is staged to look like a particular area or room of a house back when Coalville was first settled. All the artifacts and histories were donated by members of the community. The kids loved the room that was staged as a shop – complete with bar stools, a crazy-old register and a shelf full of old glass jars with vintage labels.


On the way out, we ran into a friend of ours that works in the courthouse (she has this super swanky office with huge windows) and she offered to take a picture of all of us in front of the courthouse. All of us? In a picture? Like, together?

ImageThat’s good enough for me.