Pick of the Month: Catch Up with Creative Live on the go

I have long been a fan of Creative Live. It’s a great place to get free live classes on just about anything creative. Their instructors are leaders in their fields (and our own Tiffany Tillman has taught classes there.) When I first started to really get into photography it was my go to place. There are also tons of classes on software, like Photoshop and Lightroom, graphic design, business. Whatever your side passion, they probably have had a class that covers it.

One of the best things about Creative Live is that they are always broadcasting live classes for free! And if you love it, you can purchase a class to watch on-demand. Creative Live was already pretty amazing, but their new app has brought it to a whole new level.

I’m a Mom who splits my days between being at home with children and working, so I feel like I am always on the go. So, I am almost always using my phone to get things done. Previously, it was a huge pain to watch Creative Live on mobile. It was possible, but never quite the ideal experience. With the new iPhone app, you can watch any of the live classes from mobile and it works perfectly! I can plug my phone into my Bluetooth speaker and listen while I am cleaning.

But I saved the best part of the new app for last, every day you can watch one free lesson from their entire catalog for free! This is a great way to test out a class that you missed live without having to commit to purchasing the whole thing. It is a great way to check out some of the great classes Creative Live has to offer.

You can download the app from the app store.

5 Places to Find Inspiration for Using Fonts Creatively by Kim Still

5 Places to Find Inspiration for Using Fonts Creatively

As a graphic designer, I love typography. I can spend hours nerding out about scary sounding things like kerning, x-heights and baselines. While that’s a level of love for typography most scrapbookers aren’t interested in, you would be surprised at how useful some of my favorite professional resources can be for finding inspiration for using fonts creatively on your layouts. Warning: You might just find yourself falling in love with typography after browsing these sites.

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How to Use Nesting in silhouette Studio to Save Paper

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One of the keys to great Hybrid projects is to use high-quality paper. But, if you’re using something like Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper, it works out to about $0.25 a sheet. And vinyl will cost you about $0.66 a sheet.  If, like me, you got into digital and hybrid scrapbooking because it was affordable, you don’t want to use any more paper than you absolutely need to. And that is exactly where the “Nesting” feature in Silhouette Studio comes in. If you use a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait for your hybrid work, you can use the super simple nesting feature to save paper, so you can save your dimes for your other scrapbook supplies.

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When I first started really learning how to shoot with my camera, I loved what is called flat light. This is the light on a cloudy day or that you find just at the edge of the shade, beautiful diffuse light that is easy to expose for. If you are trying to learn manual mode on your camera, flat light is your best friend, but it can also be completely boring.

As I’ve grown more confident with my camera, I almost dread those cloudy days that used to make me so happy. Once you start looking for interesting light, you will see that you can find it everywhere! Especially in these winter months, don’t be afraid to look for interesting types of light inside as well.


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Create Stunning Black and White Photos with Silver Efex Pro an article by Kim Still

Create Stunning Black and White Photos with Silver Efex Pro

Have you ever bought a scrapbooking kit you just adored only to realize that none of your photos really match the colors? Or maybe you have a photo that would go wonderfully with the theme of a kit, but the colors are totally wrong. Or maybe you’re like me and you just adore the timeless look of black and white photos. Whatever the reason, today I am going to show you how to take a color photo and take it from color to a stunning black and white using the free plugin Silver Efex Pro.

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Realistic Drop Shadows with One Click in Photoshop CC 2015

There are so many reasons I love digital scrapbooking over paper scrapbooking: it’s affordable, there’s no clean-up and, of course, I can hit CMD + Z whenever I don’t like something! But I have always loved the look of paper pages. I just love the texture and layers and it is a style I love to emulate on my digital pages, but with way less cleanup. And that usually means spending a ton of time getting realistic drop shadows, but an update to Photoshop has made realistic drop shadowing so much easier.


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