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Break the Rules with Coloring

This past spring, I published a coloring book of floral mandalas called Flowers All Around. (It’s available NOW on Amazon!) I had so much fun drawing these designs. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite personal projects I’ve ever done.




Mandala designs are popular in adult coloring for their repetitive and intricate nature. I like to draw them using floral elements because I’m obsessed with drawing flowers and patterns. I’ve created floral mandalas with a variety of media—paint, pencil, ink, digital, etc. I often draw them when I don’t know what to draw. So I had a lot of practice before I got the idea to even make this book.

Adult coloring books are a great way to relieve stress and create works of art in the process. These aren’t the brand of coloring books you used as a kid. These designs are often very detailed and can be beautiful and sophisticated—though there are some fun quirky ones as well. There are adult coloring books for just about any subject matter you can think…

Digital Scrapbooking

I love to take pictures, and one of the things that I like to do with them is to create digital scrapbook pages. Interestingly enough, I’ve never really tried the traditional craft of scrapbooking, with good ol’ paper, scissors, glue, and all that good stuff. Maybe I will one day…

Apart from the physical act of cutting and gluing, digital scrapbooking is a lot like the regular version. You take photos, backgrounds (the “paper”), and embellishments, and put them together to make a page. It’s just all done on the computer. It’s a great way to use all those pictures you have stored on your hard drive from your digital camera. I use a combination of Adobe programs (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat) to create my pages, but probably the most widely-accepted and user-friendly software for digital scrapbooking is Adobe Photoshop Elements, a popular photo-editing program. There are several websites out there that provide tutorials for getting started. These websites may also sell digital “kits,” grouping themed papers and embellishments ready-to-use. Some even offer free downloads for personal use, which is great. Sometimes, I use my scanner to save digital versions of store-bought papers, wrapping paper scraps, ribbons, lettering, even tissue box patterns, for future use.



This is one of the pages that I’ve created, featuring my adorable cat Sally. Sometime, I would like to create my own digital kits to share and to use in my pages.

Here are a couple of websites that provide more information on digital scrapbooking, such as tutorials and free digital scrapbooking kits:
http://www.freedigitalscrapbooking.com/
http://www.shabbyprincess.com/

Comments

3Angelbugs said…
Sally looks so cute...:)

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