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Photoshop Tutorial: Adding Snow to your Winter Photos

SnowTut2Snow can be incredibly hard to capture! Often it is either falling too fast to be caught by the shutter, or it’s against a gray sky and impossible to see. Today I’m going to show you how to add realistic falling snow to a photo with Photoshop. You can control the amount of snow and […]

Scrap Your NYE Celebrations (and a Bonus Glitter Tip)

Hello-2013Digital elements from Build Your Wings by Michelle Godin and Litabells Designs Happy New Year's Eve! (Or New Year's Day, to my friends on the other side of the world!) Whether you're planning a big bash to usher out 2012 and bring in 2013 with a bang, or a quiet evening at home with the […]

Tutorial: Watercolor Portrait

KTwatercolor1200My oldest daughter will be going to college next fall, so I'm working hard to get a scrapbook done for her to take. I came across this photo and wanted to make a portrait out of it that I could hang here at home too. I had so much fun playing with MommaHarvey's Doodle Portrait […]

Tutorial: Altering Wordart

altering your word artI love to use word art on my page. Whether fun, fancy, or beautifully handwritten, designer-created word art saves time and adds a polished look to any page. However, I often find that the bit of word art I want to use doesn't perfectly fit on my page. Maybe it's designed horizontally, but I want […]

Quick Tip – What a Character!

character1_thumbI’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, and occasionally have need for unusual characters. Things like © ¢ ¼ ° all come in handy from time to time! Not all fonts have these characters, but the good basic fonts that come with your computer will. Figuring out how to print them is another matter! […]

A Quick Overview of Speed Scrapping

The Lilypad Speed Scrap adGraphic from The Lilypad Do the words "speed scrap" give you a nervous twitch? Do you cringe at the thought of rushing through a layout, without time to warp your shadows or tweak your text? I promise, it's not that scary! Speed scrapping can be challenging, yes, but also fun, inspiring, relaxing, and best of […]

Cut it Out: How to Create a Punched-Out Effect

Cut It Out text exampleWith the surging popularity of die-cutting machines in paper scrapbooking, and of course the huge variety of classic hand-held punches available, I've noticed a punchy trend popping up everywhere on paper pages. How cute are those mustaches?!    Send article as PDF   

My Secret Weapon for Realistic Text

Paperworn Art Styles by Tangie BaxterEarlier this week, Neisha wrote a great article full of essential tips for selecting and using journaling fonts. I know I'll be referring to this article many times in the future! While journaling and fonts are fresh in our minds, I wanted to share my all-time favorite, most-used text "trick."    Send article as PDF […]

Principles of Page Design: Selecting Journaling Fonts

Principles of Page Design: Selecting Journaling FontsThis is the third article in an occasional series on the principles of layout design. In my previous articles on the principles of page design, I've focused on odd numbers and creating a focal point. Now, it's time to turn your attention to journaling font selection and text design. Next to the photos, journaling is […]

Five Things to Do with your ALT Key in Photoshop and Elements

ALT0500Many years ago I had an instructor who taught me to use Photoshop with my left hand on the keyboard and my right hand on the mouse or pen. I resisted it for a long time, but by keeping one hand on the keyboard you can take advantage of all kinds of shortcuts that are […]