Introducing Piccadilly (by the P&Co Design Team), and One of My Favorite Scrapping Tips/Tricks

Just in time for Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) this weekend… the design team at Pixels and Company has joined forces to bring you something truly awesome. Feast your eyes on Piccadilly

Now, listen here, people… you can just click on the image above and run over to the shop to buy this beauty… easy peasy. That’s one way you could go.

—OR—

…you could get it for FREE. “What the what?! Free, you say?” Yes, indeedy. Just follow the P&Co Designer Blog Hop that launches today… gather a letter from each of the stops along the way… and in the end you’ll have a coupon code that you can use to “purchase” the kit for free in the P&Co shop. :D Check the end of this post for more details (and to get my letter!).

Meanwhile, here’s a quick scrapping tip/trick for you… it’s one of the simplest things in the world, and one of my favorite things to do when putting finishing touches on my pages.

How To Make Your Fonts Look Realistic

Usually when you first type text onto a digital layout, it actually looks “digital” because it’s so flat. Case in point…

It’s not difficult to make it look as though it was actually written (or typed/stamped/etc.) onto a sheet of paper, however… like this:

See how the grain of the paper shows through the text now… just like it would if you wrote onto textured paper with a pen?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Duplicate the paper layer beneath your text.
  2. Move the duplicate layer directly above your text, and clip it to the text.
  3. Change the blending mode on that duplicated paper layer. I find that “soft light” tends to work really well… especially if you (a) change the layer to black & white (and/or just desaturate it completely), and (b) duplicate it once or twice more.
  4. What you do in Step 3, above, will depend on the color of the paper you’re working with… the text color you’ve chosen… etc. Play around until you get a result you like. In the example above, I used 3 duplicate layers — all desaturated — and I also changed the opacity of the text layer to 90%.
  5. *WORD OF WARNING* The first few times you do this, it will seem to take forever. You might even get frustrated and think, “why in the world am I spending my time doing this?!” …don’t let yourself get frustrated! The more you do this, the more it will just become second nature… and the quicker it will go. When I am scrapping nowadays, this is a finishing touch I put on a page that literally takes me less than 30 seconds.

Why do this? Well, if you print your pages — trust me, you’ll be so glad you took the time. It just makes things look so much more realistic and papery! :)

Here is another example…

…and finally, one last example:

Don’t forget to collect the letters you find at each designer’s web site! Write them down in order from start-to-finish, and you’ll end up with a coupon code that you can use to grab Piccadilly for FREE. ;)

If you’re following the P&Co Blog Hop from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Deena Rutter’s site and your next stop will be Scotty Girl Design. If you get lost along the way, here’s a look at the master list to help you get back on track:

Meanwhile, here’s a peek at some of the awesome stuff that’s on the way for DSD weekend…

First — it’s almost time for the ever-popular “Create Your Own Grab Bag” — something that only comes around once or twice a year during DSD/NSD weekends. COMING THURSDAY 10/31

Also, I’ll be releasing a brand-new collection in my shop at Pixels and Company tomorrow… something that’s perfect for both digital AND paper/hybrid scrappers who want to complete a daily project during the month of December. COMING THURSDAY 10/31

Additionally, I’m taking part in the November 2013 DigiScrap Parade, which goes live on Friday. COMING FRIDAY 11/1

And finally, here’s a look at what’s happening store-wide at Pixels and Company in celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) — between now and Sunday:

The moral?

Definitely head on over to Pixels and Company during DSD weekend… because there is fun awaiting (the kind of fun that you do NOT want to miss out on!). :D

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15 Responses to Introducing Piccadilly (by the P&Co Design Team), and One of My Favorite Scrapping Tips/Tricks

  1. alisha says:

    thank you so much! this is beautiful!

  2. Nettie says:

    thanks so much for the font tip! looks so much more refined than playing with the layer style underlying layer blending slider…

  3. Amy A says:

    I have been looking for this tip for over 6 months! Thank you!!!!! You have finally put my most sought after tip up! yay!

  4. Sue says:

    Thanks so much for your part of the blog train. Also, thanks for the font tip…I’ve often NOT liked my journaling and just couldn’t put a finger on why. Now I know why…it was flat. This tip will solve that problem!! Thanks again.

  5. Soco says:

    Thank you for your part of the kit and for the great tip!

  6. Maria says:

    Laura you rock!! I can’t wait for DSD. Thanks for your tutorial & kit!

  7. Tali says:

    Love this tip! I am definitely using it on my next layout!

  8. Shay says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful contribution to the kit and for the really useful font tip!

  9. Scrumptious says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I am always trying (& failing) to figure out how to do this.

    Thanks also for the gorgeous kit! Happy DSD!

  10. eve says:

    thank you for your part in this collab!

  11. shawnyrvr says:

    TYSVM for your lovely part of the DSD gift!!! :D

  12. Ashley Brown says:

    Thank you for the awesome tips and the beautiful kit!! Happy DSD!

  13. Jocelyn Olson says:

    That’s a great tip–thank you!!

  14. Betty says:

    Thanks for your part.

  15. Helen Noordam-Parr says:

    Thank you!! always looking for new ways to make my digi pages look more real!

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