PDS043 – Possible Patterned Paper Problems

Do you ever struggle with using patterned papers in your layouts? Today we’re talking about tips to help you use patterned papers… Come listen!

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  • Barbara

    I’m SO glad you’re back!!!

  • Pkerby

    I’m glad too. But this show isn’t in iTunes, what’s up with that!!!

  • Terri

    I’m having trouble getting this in iTunes as well. Izzy, thoughts? I have updated my software, refreshed, etc. I have exhausted my knowledge of what to do.

  • Anonymous

    For the user who was “missing” elements from her Carbonite backup… I know exactly what happened and it has nothing to do with copy protection from the providers! I’ve been using Carbonite for a couple of years and have been lulled into a false sense of security. Recently I needed to restore my primary Outlook pst file and thought “no problem, I’ll get yesterday’s version from Carbonite.” When I pulled up my restore folder I discovered the pst file hadn’t been backed up in *4 months.* Luckily I had another local backup I’d done in the previous week so all wasn’t lost. In a panic, I started exploring the folders on the Carbonite server and discovered about 1/4 of my items were extremely behind. Theoretically, that should never happen but my guess is that my slow DSL connection combined with “off hours” scheduling of my backup is insufficient for getting everything updated every single day. I’ll continue to use Carbonite until my subscription runs out and will be looking for a different service. In the meantime, I’ve gone back to the days of multiple physical/rotating backup sets with one stored physically offsite in my safety deposit box. What a hassle, but at least I know I’ll be able to get to my data when I need it. Keep up the great work! -Katherine from Austin

  • Steph

    Very interesting!! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! :)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see it in iTunes either, I’ll email Izzy :)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the iTunes feed is often delayed quite a bit from the posting here on the blog. A work around is to use the “right click to Download” link and save the mp3 file to your drive. Go to iTunes and add it to your library by using the “File: Add file to Library” menu command. It’ll show up in your music listing. If you want to move it to your podcast listings, right click the file and select “Get Info”, click on the Options tab and change the Media Kind to “Podcast.” Now you can easily sync it to your iPod and have it show in your Podcasts listings. Once the feed is downloaded from iTunes I delete this temporary version from my library.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the links I mentioned in the show:
    Steph’s post on calibrating a monitor http://thedailydigi.com/i-see-your-true-colors-shining-through/
    Steph’s post on patterned paper http://thedailydigi.com/using-patterned-paper-in-your-scrapbook-layouts/

    My layout using patterned paper in strips (like a quilt)

    My layout using bold patterned paper like a wallpapered wall

    A layout (done for a reader) where I use patterned paper as a background layer to frame my page

  • Digiscrappergirl

    This was such an eye opening episode for me. I was a paper scrapper before going digital and loved the Chatterbox line because it taught me that patterns really do go together even if you would never wear plaid and polka dot together as an outfit. That is my main focus when I purchase a kit.

  • Still waiting for iTunes to catch up… can’t wait!

  • Terri

    Thanks Steph. Still not seeing it. No worries, I’m sure it will be there soon. I just can’t wait for a new episode! Happy Easter.

  • Barbara

    A fun info-graphic for Izzy and Steph on Mc vs. PC:http://mashable.com/2011/04/23/mac-vs-pc-infographic/

    Just to stir things up a bit…. :-)

  • i.am.digiscrapper

    Talking about the puppet warp…I have used it for ribbons, etc, and it is amazing! I do not use many ribbons/strings on my layouts but sometimes I just open up a ribbon and play with the puppet warp tool because it’s so cool! While you’re playing with it, the image will look terrible and warped, but if you’re careful, then when you commit the action by hitting enter or whatever, the string/ribbon looks as if you’d rearranged it on your desk. If you’re a scrapper who uses a lot of curly ribbons or strings, puppet warp would be so useful because you can tweak something so exactly. Yay for puppet warp!

  • Anonymous

    I saw that yesterday and laughed….oh it never ends!!

  • Anonymous

    I seriously thought about making that my pick of the week! LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I love Chatterbox papers. I still kept all of mine from the paper days because I can’t bear to throw them out. :)

  • Anna_aspnes

    Great show!
    I use North America General Purpose 2, sRGB color settings
    Also see this time lapse video

  • Just listening to the mail section – if you want to hear more about Color Management check out the Martini Hour by Deke McClelland and Colleen Wheeler
    or this post on his site
    Free membership login required (I think!) but you can get the podcasts via the iTune directory
    Love these for delving deep into topics!

  • Anonymous

    For color space, the best color space totally depends on what you intend to do with your file. If you are printing in a photobook, sRGB is the recommended color space as the photobook printers all use sRGB as the standard in their production workflow. If you are printing at a traditional CMYK print shop, US Web Coated (SWOP) v2 is the recommended setting. For those who might be printing at home and working primarily in Photoshop products, Adobe RGB 1998 is often recommended. There are tons of other profiles, and I have not memorized them all! LOL But, I generally use sRGB in my scrapping since I print photobooks, and I use the SWOP for my CMYK work.

    I used to use the Spyder to calibrate CRT monitors back in the day; however, I haven’t had much luck with calibrating laptop monitors, so I go through the built-in Mac calibrations and leave it at that.
    In response to the mail… I also posted this on the original post.

    I’m sorry you lost some of your files even after backing up! However, it is much more likely that your uploads to Carbonite were corrupt. And, in fact, it is even more likely that your zip files would be corrupt over time than the unzipped files would be. I have seen many occasions where someone has backed up only the zip files to later find out they could no longer unzip them. There is no technology that I know of that would allow designers to protect entire folders of files, let alone individual files. If there was, we’d sure all be using it as piracy is something that it very difficult to fight. I highly recommend keeping 2 backups of everything. One locally to external hard drive and one off site. And, if it were me, I’d be considering a different backup service.

  • Katie

    I have a comment about scanning layouts — I have an Microtek i900 scanner with
    a 8 1/2″ x 14″ scanning area and I stitch them together using PSE. I’ve
    had it for several years and I don’t know what the latest equivalent of
    it would be (or if there is one.) I wanted a scanner that had one dimension that was larger than 12″ and could do photo quality / 300 dpi; I figured I could stitch them together, but I wanted to get all the edges if possible. My husband is my electronics guru and found it for me.

    It scans film as well, but I have only scanned photos and layouts with
    it in all the years I’ve had it. PSE does a very nice job with
    stitching and having the narrower width machine means that it doesn’t take up
    too much space on my desk.