Monday, June 30, 2014

PixelScrapper July 2014 Blog Train: Old Brass


(Here's the link to the official PixelScrapper Blog Train post: HERE.)

I am really excited to be able to participate in another blog train! I am thanking God for every day that I am able to enjoy my computer and create more art to share with the world!

There wasn't a prescribed theme for this month, so I kind of floundered for inspiration at first. A few scrappers were doing a "4th of July" theme, but I just wasn't feeling it... until I thought about brass!

I LOVE brass. It's mainly a turn-of-the-(20th)century steampunk obsession, but I also think of brass when I think of the military. The buttons and insignia on soldiers isn't made out of brass any more, but most of it is still made to LOOK like brass. And any high-ranking officers are often called "The Brass". But brass isn't reserved just for the military; it also has adorned all kinds of other uniforms from police officers to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

When I think about celebrating Independence Day, I think of the brass. BUT, I know that digital scrapbooking is an international community and, while I LOVE my country, I didn't want to make it patriotic and exclude any international friends. So I decided to just stick with celebrating the brass. The beautiful, beautiful brass. ;)

I am especially happy that the colours this month included the grays and blacks and I wanted to use them a bit, too... because sometimes celebrating the brass, and all that it is used to represent, calls for more somber colours.

So, without further blabbing, here we go:


Download from Google Drive HERE.


Download from Google Drive HERE.



Download from Google Drive HERE.



Download from Google Drive HERE.



Download Part One: Buttons from Google Drive HERE.  
Download Part Two: Flowers from Google Drive HERE. 
Download Part Three: Gems from Google Drive HERE. 
Download Part Four: Other from Google Drive HERE.  

On these elements, your computer will probably tell you that they are not 300 dpi, but it is lying. They ARE 300 dpi - they were saved through Photoshop's "Save for Web" feature and that feature strips metadata, including the dpi tag. And then your computer just makes up whatever it wants. I am too lazy to go back and resave them so they have the 300 dpi tag, but they ARE 300 dpi.
And, the elements aren't 12x12, but I am too lazy to go back and change the preview right now. So, yeah. I apologize. 

Also, there's a shadow on the elements in the preview, but that's just for the preview. The elements in the packs are shadow-free. ;)

Enjoy! ;) 

EDIT:
I apologize for any difficulty or confusion the .RAR file format may have caused.


If you're interested in obtaining a program that opens .RARs, here are a few options: The program I use is WinRAR (available here as a trial). Other programs that open .RAR files include: 7zip (free here) - I use this one as well, RAR File Open Knife (free here), and Open the File has some other options, too (check it out here).

If you have the ability to open .RARs, then feel free to use the links above. Otherwise, I am posting some .ZIP files below:

Paper Pack 01
Paper Pack 02
Paper Pack 03
Paper Pack 04
Buttons
Flowers
Gems
Other 

Seeing as the two filetypes don't seem to produce a measurable difference in file size, and that .RAR causes confusion, I will provide my stuff in .ZIP files from this point forward. Sorry for the confusion. ;)

41 comments:

  1. Molly, these are just beautiful and I had no problem resizing them to 300 dpi. A wonderful resource for my creations! Thank you so much!

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  2. Thank you very much for all these great packs.

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  3. wow...I can't believe how much you have given us.thank you xx

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  4. Thank you for your part in the blog train. I love all your creations.

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    1. Thank you! I am happy that you enjoy my work! :D

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  5. What program do you use to open a rar file. My computer doesn't open that format? thanks

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    1. My apologies for the difficulty. I use WinRAR; to my knowledge it is the official program for the .rar file type. If you're interested in downloading the program (it's nice), it's nagware (meaning that it's free and after 30 days it nags you to buy, but still works just fine). But, if you don't want the program, I understand - let me know and I'll make a ZIP file for you. ;)

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    2. I've updated the post with .ZIP files as well (they're at the bottom). Sorry for the difficulty!

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  6. Thanks so much! And thank you for making these CU!

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  7. Beautiful work!! Thank you so much for your generosity.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! And you are very welcome! I hope you enjoy it!! :D

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  8. Would you mind sending me the zip files? LOVE what you made and I am having a heck of a time with the winrar. :( Thanks in advance!

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    1. I've updated the post with the .ZIP files (at the bottom) and I will be posting .ZIPs from now on. Sorry for the difficulty!

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    1. Je t'en prie

      You are very welcome! I hope you enjoy them! ;)

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  10. Thanks so much for offering the zip files. I downloaded them with no problem. Love the papers and items. Thanks so much for sharing and for being so willing to help!

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    1. You're very welcome. And I am happy to help. There'd be no point in sharing if people couldn't use them, right? ;)

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  11. All the different papers are just gorgeous!!! As are the elements!! It is a gorgeous and generous kit!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I am glad you like them; you are very welcome!! ;D

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  12. Thank you - these are fantastic!
    I saw your earlier post about going so long with no computer.... Welcome back!

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    1. Thank you! I am happy to be back. And you are very welcome; I hope you enjoy my stuff! ;)

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  13. thanks a lot ! i shared the link here : http://fr.pinterest.com/lemondedis/freebies-blog-trains-blog-hop/

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    1. Thanks for the share!! I really appreciate it! :D

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  14. What a fabulously full set you are gracing us with packed with so many wonderful goodies. Thanks so much! Also thanks for your CU terms! In case you are interested, another free program for opening .rar extensions is jzip which is what I use.

    Thanks again and have a great day!

    Lisa D.

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  15. Wow these are so beautiful, thank you so much for making sharing all this wonder!

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    1. You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for the download and feedback!

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  17. Mollie, you are one of the rare few who make it into my A1-best of the best-luvluv file. and regarding RAR compression... wait until people run into B1! rofl!

    Luv your work. thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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    1. Yeah, B1 sucks. I ran into that a while back and was thinking "What the hey??" I think I ended up downloading and installing the archive program just in case I bumped into it, but I don't use it! (I don't like it when I have to install and unused resource program "just in case" - that irritates me lol)

      I am really happy to hear that you like my work. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the feedback!! I appreciate it! :D

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  18. Bless you! If everyone can use the zip (I can't open the rar) It would be great if they all caame like that. I always end up downloading some I can't open. I'm getting better at reading the file name first but sometimes they still get by me!

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    1. RAR offers slightly better compression than ZIP, and at one point in time it was easier to get a hold of WinRar than it was to get WinZip (because Windows wasn't always able to archive files to a ZIP format). So, that's why it's still prevalent, and why I was accustomed to using it. (And, the WinRar program offers some menu shortcuts that are really nice.)

      But, as you may have read, I had complaints about RARs being inconvenient and difficult, so I just switched back to ZIP. The compression differences were minimal, and I still have a ton of storage space on my Google Drive(s), so it's not too big a deal to just use ZIP.

      I am happy to hear that using ZIPs works out for you! And I agree, I wish that there was some kind of universal standard between designers - for more than one aspect of designing! LOL Life would be a LOT easier is TOUs and archive files and naming conventions all followed some kind of standard! But, C'est la vie! ;D

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