Pixel Scrapper didn't just spring up as a random weekend hobby: rather, it has always had a strong foundation of intentionality. For me and Jordan this site is about more than digital scrapbooking, forums, and freebies: it's a place for us to live what we believe with regards to pursuing creative work and empowering others to do the same, with regards to generous distribution and licensing, and with regards to fostering a spirit of abundance. We believe that creativity is important, that creativity wants to be generous, and that optimism is better than pessimism if given a choice.
I think you can see our philosophy at work throughout Pixel Scrapper, from the daily "choose your own" freebies to our positive TOUs, but we thought it was time to get some of these thoughts down on paper, so we've written up a first draft of a Pixel Scrapper Manifesto. You can read it online, or download the PDF.
This is a first draft, so it's still a bit rough around the edges, but feel free to leave a comment, or send us an email with your feedback: we always love hearing from you.
As a side note, I'll just say that if the manifesto resonates with you, and you believe in what we're trying to do here, if you've enjoyed all the freebies and our positive TOUs, please consider supporting us by becoming a subscriber. Pixel Scrapper will only be able to exist as it is, in the long run, if you're willing to help us keep this dream alive.
We promised a new designer when we reached our first 100 subscribers, and I'm super thrilled to welcome Janet Scott to our design team here at Pixel Scrapper!
Janet has been active in our community for a while, you've seen her layouts in the gallery and downloaded her parts to the blog train, and now she's here to bring you even more wonderful designs. Here's a little bio she wrote to introduce herself:
Hi there, I'm Janet and I'm so absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful crew here at Pixel Scrapper. I originally hail from a small town in central Minnesota. My husband and I (who've been married for 10 years this year) have moved countless times, but at the moment have put down roots in southern Minnesota. In the last ten years we were blessed to become the parents of our two beautiful, sweet, caring, and very often spunky girls.
When I'm not spending time with my dear hubby and girls, I keep busy with all things photo and scrapbook related. My photography business was born following the birth of my sweet daughter Annelyse. After nearly a year of being a 'momarazzi' (to which my friends and family can attest), it seemed natural to begin taking photos for other families. Though I'd done traditional scrapbooking prior to having babies, I didn't really dig in to digital scrapbooking until after the very premature birth of our Sophia. Long weeks at home avoiding illness led to my need to find a way to channel creativity. Now that both of our girls are healthy and taking on the world (my eldest is actually going to preschool this year) business and family life are keeping me pleasantly busy.
I ran across Pixel Scraper years ago and downloaded a few things. Though admittedly, I didn't have the knowledge of Photoshop (or other editing programs) to actually put the goodies to use. So they sat on my hard drive until I developed the needed skills via my photography business. In 2012 I was thrilled to run across the site again. They were in the midst of a complete overhaul. Now along with being a great resource for gorgeous designs (as it has always been), the site has become a supportive community where people share resources and knowledge. I can honestly say (and I said this before becoming a designer here) that it is by far my favorite online digital scrapbooking site. I'm so grateful to be a small part of this growing and developing online community.
For her first contribution to Pixel Scrapper, Janet has made this wonderful back to school bundle. There are so many wonderful additions to this. If you're a Pixel Scrapper subscriber you can download all of these kits right now (click here to become a subscriber for unlimited downloads)! Otherwise, the assets will be making their way onto the site over the next week or so. To help with that, I'd like to welcome Christy Cole to the team as Janet's new upload helper. Thanks Christy!
Leave Janet some welcome love below, and check out her other sites around the web:
Janet Scott Design
Janet Scott Photography
- Website - http://janetscottphotography.com/Gallery/homegallery/
- Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Scott-Photography/104329376272979
The fun isn't over for our month long subscription drive. WE HAVE ANOTHER DESIGNER WAITING, to be revealed when we hit our next subscriber milestone. So show your support and subscribe today while we still have our half-price promotion going!
Wonderful layouts again this week! Here are a few that caught my eye.
Next week I have a new BRIGHT bundle for a you, a fun mini kit and a new brush kit. Also, in bigger news we've hit the 100 subscriber mark and will be introducing a NEW DESIGNER on MONDAY! And we'll have another special announcement...our month long subscriber event isn't over, it's just getting started!
I've been thinking about layout design lately, and how to go about teaching it. It's a complicated subject since there isn't really a "right" answer, and also I don't know what I'm talking about. I have no design training and work almost entirely off of instinct, which is obviously not helpful to anyone. So I've done a little reading, and I thought perhaps a quick way to try and figure out what I'm doing when I work on a layout would be to try and "fix" someone else's.
I say "fix" since just because I've moved things in a certain way doesn't make it right. With this exercise I'm trying to isolate different design principles that you can use in creating and fixing your own layouts. However, it's totally possible that you may prefer the original layout, or some step along the way. Please feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.
So here's my first attempt. And thanks to Catherine for being the guinea pig in this project! (See instructions at the end to submit your own layout.)
Here's the original. Overall, it's a nice layout. I like how the colors complement the photos and make it feel fun. The thing that jumps out at me right away (or actually, doesn't jump out) is the title. It's small and blending into the background, making the layout feel unfinished.
So here's the same layout, just with an adjustment to the tile.
You'll notice that I chose a black alpha to use for the title. The second issue I noticed was a lack of contrast throughout the layout. Because the papers match the photos so well, and are all quite close on the color wheel (and BRIGHT!), everything gets mixed up together. So the next change I made was to add a little contrast to the page. The title already added a nice break from the bright, and now I just mixed in one contrasting paper.
Now to finish up, I've just moved around a couple of the papers, since adding in the black paper changed what papers were touching (I didn't like the purple stripes next to the black stripes). I've also readjusted the elements, switching the ones on top and bottom. The "hole" at the top was bigger, so I thought it needed the larger element. Now that the title is bigger, it doesn't need such a large element next to it. I also changed the crop on the photo to the left, so that it filled up more of the frame.
Before and after. What do you think? Does it actually look better now? Or did you prefer the original? Any other changes you'd have made?
I think with just a few tweaks, the layout has a more finished look. I'm pretty happy with this as a final product. I did make another version, that has been altered quite a bit from the original. I'll be sharing those changes with you next week.
If you have a layout you'd like me to "fix" please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll likely need to zip the file and use a file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc) to share such a large file. I will reply to your email to let you know I've received it. If you haven't heard from me after a day or two, try sending it again.
I have a new super pretty bundle for you this week! Glitter and roses and little shiny bits, just what I dream of when I go to sleep!
And if you're looking for something more seasonal, don't miss Brooke's new Crisp Fall Air Bundle.
And if that's still not enough for you, don't forget about our month long half price subscription event! Once we get to 100 subscribers, we're going to add a new designer, and trust me, she's amazing! We have 70 subscribers so far, so just a few more and you can meet her! She's got some great downloads ready and waiting for you.
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I love digital scrapbooking. I also love to read and bake cookies. Especially while drinking tea. I've lived around the world, and love to travel, which is usually the theme of most of my scrapping projects.