If you are like me, I am timid in putting my own image on the internet. I know long ago I created an avatar to look like me and have used it ever since.
Here are some resources where you can create a unique avatar for use in forums, twitter, facebook, etc.
eLouai Doll Makers
Portrait Illustration Maker
RESOURCE - ONLINE BIBLES
I find myself referring and searching online Bibles all the time and often will search them for a Bible verse to include in my digital scrapbooking layout.
Here is a list of Bibles online.
Bible Study Tools Online
Online Parallel Bible
The Bible in MP3 Audio Format
Topical Bible - Bible Verses by Topic
What the Bible Says About
RESOURCES - BRUSHES
Do you want a bit of inspiration for a digital scrapbooking page? I suggest finding a brush that inspires you and begin with it when creating your page. .abr files are free all over the internet.
The below is a list of sites with free brush files.
100 Awesome High Resolution Brushes
1000+ Free High Resolution Brush Sets
50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes
Collection of 450+ Abstract Brushes
Freebies Media Militia
Jeffsdigital.com - Brushes
My Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Grunge Line Brushes
QBrushes - Quality Brushes for Photoshop
RESOURCE- CAMERA REVIEWS
Digital scrapbooking and digital cameras seem to go hand in hand! Keep up on what is out there with this handy list of links.
Consumer Reports Camera Reviews
DealTime Digital Cameras Reviews
Digital Camera Resource
Digital Photography Review
The Imaging Resource
RESOURCES - COLOR
Art is all about color. Digital scrapbooking is an art. Learn to embrace and revel in color in all ways.
Here is a list of links to color resources.
10 Tools for Creating Brilliant Color Schemes
500+ Named Colours
Artima Color Schemer
Big Huge Labs Color Palette Generator
Check My Colours
Color Fields Colr Pickr
Color Palette Generator (degraeve)
Color Theory @ ColorJack
Color Theory and the Color Wheel
Color Wheel Pro
Color Wheel Pro Color Meaning
Color Wizard - Color Scheme Generator
ColoRotate: Colors come to life in 3D.
COLOURlovers Color Trends & Palettes
Complete HTML Color Codes
COPASO Pro Color Palette Software from COLOURlovers
CSS Drive Image to Colors Palette Generator
Dunn Edwards Paoints Perfect Palette
Improve your photography with clasical art
Instant Color Schemes
Juicy Studio Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser
Name that Color
Pictaculous (courtesy of MailChimp)
TinEye Labs - Multicolr Search Lab
Webmonkey Reference Color Codes
RECOURSES - COLOR CALIBRATING
I remember the first time I calibrated my monitor! It was amazing what a difference it made. Put simply, a calibrated monitor will allow your pages on your screen to be the correct color when printed. The problem is not your printer, as many newbies may think, but rather your computer screen.
Here are some links to some further information about calibrating a monitor.
Calibrate your display (Windows 7)
Color calibration - Wikipedia
Monitor Calibration and Profiling
Copyright and digital piracy are fully intertwined into the digital scrapbooking hobby. Whether you are a consumer or a designer, it is good to be informed.
Your Digital Presence
17 USC § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use | Title 17 - Copyrights | U.S. Code |
RESOURCE - FILE SHARING
In digital scrapbooking, we often find a need to upload and share files.
This is one question that comes up often in the forum, even if it is not a designer lesson, sometimes a student will want to share a file so that I can look at it to see what they are doing wrong, as well as many other reasons.
File hosting can be difficult as many of the free sites require a waiting period before files can be downloaded or pop up windows can be annoying.
Paying for space is always a good idea if one can afford it and will be sharing files often.
The listing of these sites do not mean that I endorse all of them. I am personally leery of utilizing some of these. Do your research.
Windows Live Skydrive
RESOURCE - FILTER
RESOURCES - FREEBIE HUNTERS
I remember a long time ago another site no longer here (having trouble remembering the name) that were two friends or sisters who hunted daily for freebies and posted them. I had a fun conversation with them and I dubbed them "freebie hunters" and they liked it! Ever since then, the digital scrapbooking community has called sites that hunt for freebies "freebie hunters." It's kind of fun being part of history!
Then came along
IkeaGoddess and she was the most respected freebie hunter and it was a sad day for many when she stopped.
Here is a list of the currently active freebie hunters. Visit them to find great stuff!
CraftCrave (previously DigiFree)
RESOURCES - PHOTOSHOP LAYER STYLES
Be sure to read their TOU's if you are using them for designing; The TOU's must say commercial use.
Shelby Kate Schmitz (about.com)
John Woods (about.com)
RESOURCE - SCRAPBOOKING MAGAZINE
The scrapbooking magazines available have changed constantly over the years, whether hard copy or digital formats.
They are very hard to keep up with as they are always ones closing and ones opening.
This list is a great way to keep up with what is available, as well as a way to click and read current issues.
Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine
Digiscrap Addicts Newsletter
Issuu (Digital Scrapbooking Magazines)
Papers and Pixels
Ready, Set, Create!
Scrapbook Trends Magazine
Scrapbooking and Beyond Magazine
RESOURCES - PHOTOSHOP
A list of links to general Photoshop Resources.
Adobe - Adobe Exchange
Adobe Downloads (RAW)
AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.2
Free Graphics Software@ About.com
Mac Design Pro
No Bs Photo Success
Photoshop Digital Medianet
Photoshop User | NAPP
Pixels & Ice Cream
Plugs 'N Pixels
Scrap Stuff Photoshop Tutorials
The Plugin Site
RESOURCE - PHOTOSHOP ACTION
A list of links to Photoshop action resources.
Adactio: Photoshop Actions
Bill Richardson's Adobe Photoshop Actions
Photoshop Export Layers to Files
SBG : Actions
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS RESOURCES
Click at your own risk!
Photoshop Elements Help
How to Use Photoshop Actions in PSE
Jim Watters - PanoTools
The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements
YouTube - photoshop elements
RESOURCES - PRINTING
Digital scrapbooking layouts do not need to be printed, but I believe most people do print their layouts either in a book format or individual pages. Here is a list of printing resources.
Viovio (now Prestophoto)
Do you ever use definitions in your layouts?
The link resources below help to give a different persective. For instance, consider how slang definitions which might make a creative layout.
The following is a list of reference sites that will inspire creativity for your layouts. Stuck? Visit them to get unstuck!
If you have ever done a layout using definitions, or this inspires you to do one, or you find a great example in another gallery, please do link us up in the comments below.
Directory of FREE Online Books
Lynch, Guide to Grammar and Style
The Century Dictionary
RESOURCES - SKETCHES
We sometimes get all wrapped up in our digital scrapbooking layered templates to give us a jump start on scrapping a page that we forget the numerous resources for sketches.
Sketches can be utilized just like scraplifting a layout you would find in a gallery or you can sometimes bring them into your program as a guide.
4 X 6 Photo Sketch Blog
CISter's Stylish Sketches
Digital Scrapbook Place Sketches
Free Digital Scrapbooking - Sketches
Jana Eubank's Sketches
Jen Caputo Sketches
Leisha's Page Plansd
Little Book of Sketches
My Sketch World
Photos - Google+
Sassy Lil' Sketches
Sketches - Scrapbooks Etc
RESOURCES - SOFTWARE
Digital scrapbookers tend to be "techy people" who like other software resources. There are many resources available associated with this hobby other than just scrapbooking programs.
If you know of any other software options that should be added to this list, please do add a comment and tell us why you like your suggested software.
Adobe Photoshop family
Any Video Converter
AV Bros - Page Curl
File Renamer Basic
Inkscape. Draw Freely
LumaPix :: FotoFusion
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery
The Best Free Software 2008 | PCMag.com
Where Is It
Windows Live Photo Gallery
YTD Video Downloader - CNET Download.com
RESOURCE - STOCK PHOTOS
Flickr Advanced Search
iStock Photo: Royalty Free
RESOURCES - TEXTURES
Textures are utilized often in digital scrapbooking. Apply them with blending modes to papers and photos.
100 Free Textures- Smashing Magazine
29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008
60+ Free Textures from SXC.hu
Free High Resolution Textures | Photoshop Roadmap
Free Seamless Texture Gallery
Free Stock Textures
Lost and Taken
Photoshop Roadmap - 60 Textures
Photoshop Tutorials for Textures and Backgrounds
SugarHillco Textures & Overlays
Texture of the Day 2009 - a set on Flickr
Think Design Freebies, Resources
RESOURCES - TITLES, QUOTES, AND POEMS
Inspiration is often derived from titles, quotes, and poems in digital scrapbooking.
If you are ever stuck and unable to get going on a layout, why not spend some times surfing the below links.
Best Scrapbooking Quotes Blog
Cute craft sayings
dMarie Poem Place
Great Inspiration Quotes
My Corner Online - Scrapbooking Titles
Motivational and Inspirational Corner
Quotations for Creative Thinking
Quotes and Sayings
Scrapbook.com Quotes & Phrases
The Daily Motivator
The Perfect Title
The Quote Garden
World of Quotes
RESOURCE - TOP SITES
Top sites are great ways to find new digital scrapbooking sites and blogs on the internet. There used to be a really awesome one for blogs only, but it is gone. Some of them now charge to be listed and are no longer the best places to find new links. Nonetheless, I like to cruise them from time to time as they are a good way to find the new popular thing going on!
Best Scrapbooking Sites.com
Digital ScrapbookingTopsites List
Hybrid Top 50 - Rankings - All Sites
Promos4DigiScrappers Top 50 - Rankings - All Sites
RESOURCES - DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING TUTORIALS
Photoshop Elements Tutorials
Photo Impact Tutorials
Paint Shop Pro Tutorials
Digital Image Pro Tutorials