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Is it just me or does time move faster when a holiday is getting closer? Christmas is just round the corner and I find it really hard to keep track of the cards and gifts, what I have and haven’t bought and somewhere to make a note of something I’ve seen that I might want to get for someone.

Well, I had a play with Serif’s Craft Artist and made this;

Christmas List 2011. Front Cover

Its A6 in size, so small enough to fit in your bag to carry around. One side you make a list of people you want to send cards too, next side is for people you want to get gifts for, then finally on the back is a list of people you want to thank ;)

Christmas List 2011. Inside pages

Christmas List 2011. Inside Pages

Now when you get a gift you make a note of what you bought and who it was for, REALLY handy when you get home and wonder who you bought ‘that’ for etc. Just tick items off as you give/send them and you’ll always know where you are with your holiday plans :)

Christmas List 2011. Back Cover

Christmas List 2011. Back Cover

Keep an eye on Fridays this month as I’ll be sharing some downloads to try to make your holiday planning a bit less stressful.

You can download a taster of Craft Artist from Daisy Trail and they also have some free digi kits available too. Go on treat yourself, its a great way to make creative projects on a budget.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Serif Craft Artist, Platinum Edition
  • RRP at time of writing: Around £40

Reason For Buying

My lovely husband had already given me Digital Scrapbook Artist v2 a couple of years ago, having taken a year and an online class to get my head around Adobe Photoshop Elements, I was wary of facing another momentous learning curve to learn this new software. I’m not a scrapbooker BUT have dabbled a little with digital scrapbooking and did enjoy it. Firstly as it is much more cost-effective you buy a digi kit of elements (like a pile of virtual stash) and the great thing is they never run out. Well, this Craft Artist is the next generation, it has all the elements of Digital Scrapbook Artist but lots of cool new features too. I want to use this for Art Journalling, making background papers to use in my own projects, to make card designs with. To make dimensional projects. They call this hybrid crafting, taking digital images or elements and combining what you create there with your more traditional skills of stamping, inking etc.

Pros/Cons

Pros

In the links section I will add a link to the Serif Daisy Trail site, where they list the difference between Craft Artist and Digital Scrapbook Artist.

  • A whole craft shop of goodies at your finger tips. You can re-use the elements in digi kits as often as you like. No more running out of letters half way through a project, or finding the shop has discontinued you favorite papers etc.
  • Mobility! I admit my laptop is quite a fast one, but if you put this software on your laptop you can create where ever you like! Great if you like to create with others, or want to take your creativity on holiday.
  • An excellent way to craft if you have limited space or limited dexterity. I recommend using a graphics tablet if you have limited hand dexterity, as its more comfortable than a mouse for long-term use. All the digi kits are available either to download or as collections on discs.
  • All the choices of card bases to design onto. Rather than just a square starting page as was the case with DSA2, although it had the option of creating your own custom sizes, it meant you had to work the sizes out for yourself. Now you have all kinds of card designs to play with.
  • Templates, as well as the card templates, this also has boxes, bags, bunting all kind of fun things to design onto.
  • You can design your own digi kits
  • Daisy Trail Community. Not in the box or anything, but this is a free to join online community with lots of friendly people. This is a great place to meet friends, ask questions and share your finished work.
  • Very handy for last-minute cards

Cons

  • As this is such a new program, there are a few reported kinks still in the program. Serif has excellent customer service and through Daisy Trail reported issues are being ironed out and resolved with updates to the program.

Build Quality

This program has been great, I haven’t had any major problems with it, a few printing issues but they are known and there are simple work arounds to any niggles that are still to be resolved.

Value for Money

Fantastic! Seriously this is superb value for money. You can do so much with this program. I highly recommend you get some of the Digi kit CD ROMS to expand your creative possibilities with the program, but you can create so many different projects and elements to use with your crafting. I love it.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. The new features like card templates and gift bag templates are excellent and mean you don’t have to work them all out for yourself, just create onto what is there. I highly recommend this to anyone with youngsters as well. Kids can quickly work out how to use this to create their own pictures, books, cards and other projects.

Summing up

A superb program, the only limit is your imagination. Use the digi kits when you start out and as your confidence grows you can create your own digi kits from your own photographs. Personalise any project. I was anti digi crafting at first but I’m totally hooked.

It’s so much fun to play with, and you can create endless projects with this software. This will make the most wonderful gifts for friends and family. If you have celebrations coming up this will help you create your own stationary for those occasions, and with extra digi kits available either individually or as collections on DVDs you have a huge choice of themes.

If you are on the fence, download the trial version of the program and a few of the free digi kits to see if you like it. I really do love this program, it has changed the way I craft. You will save a fortune on background papers and there are lots of alphabets and embellishments on there too. Its like having your own craft shop on your computer. The best thing is, you don’t run out of things. If you want that paper again, you just print another one ;) You can get as involved as you want to. Either create the whole project to print, and give as it is, or print multiple sheets with elements to layer on after printing, create your own decoupage.

Links

  • Daisy Trail Online community for Craft Artist and Scrapbook Artist.
  • Free Digi Kits A selection of free digi kits you can download to use with the software. Be sure to choose the one that matches the program you are using ;)
  • Daisy Trail shop You can buy the program from here, as well as other digi kits.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the Gift bag I made for the gloves I’ve made for MIL for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Gift bag

Mother's Day Gift bag

 

I created this using a template on the Serif Craft Artist program. I changed the background and added the text and images. It turns out I’ve decorated the wrong panel of the bag, so don’t look too close or you’ll see the white line oops!

Craft Artist is great fun and you have so many options for altering the templates and projects on there. I’m really enjoying trying the new features on there. Do give Craft Artist a go, you can download a free cut down version from their website.

Links

For more information about the program and where to get hold of it, check out the links below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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