Winter Magic Challenge

We hope you’re enjoying the Winter Magic holiday event this year at Scrapaneers. So far, you’ve downloaded mini-kits from FIVE amazing digital scrapbook designers and there are MORE headed your way each Monday and Friday this month. You’re collecting all these gorgeous goodies, it’s a shame not to use them AND make sure all your digi-scrapping friends know about them, too! We thought this would make for a fun Winter Magic challenge.

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Recipe Cards Made Easy

Now is that time of year where we go for tradition, and bust out those handed down family recipes to make everyone’s favorite meals and treats.  For some recipes, we only make them once a year.  Those are the ones most of us look forward to and anticipate, as they become more special than the routine dishes and desserts. What better way to share them with others than with your own creative recipe card!

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Animated Snow in Photoshop

Creating Animated Snow in Photoshop


Welcome to December on the Scrapaneers blog!  Today we are kicking off a month filled with fabulous creative tutorials, some surprise guests and a free and FABulous collaboration called Winter Magic.  Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December to collect all the Winter Magic downloads and learn some digital tips and tricks along the way.  I am kicking things off with a fun tutorial for creating animated (falling) snow on your digital pages.  Ready to get started?  Then come on in and join me . . .


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I just love the look of a “cut-out” without actually touching a scissor! Today we are going to do some “cut-out” title work to make your digital pages have a 3D or hybrid look. This can also be done with shapes and photos too for the cut out look. Let’s get right to it!

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Scaling Up those Heritage Photos

Secrets to increasing a photo’s size and still have it look good

Show me an old family photo and I’m usually scanning it and zooming in to take a look around at all the little details in the photo. In my Heritage September Monthly Class, I worked with several pretty tiny photos that I had scanned with my iPhone camera and was able to enlarge with success.


If you took my class, you might remember me talking about my great-grandfather, Reuben Clouse?  He was the young boy that is found living in the 1880 Federal Census without his family in DeKalb County, Indiana as a boarder at the young age of twelve. At this point, his family was all still living at their home in Ohio.  I lamented that I have been searching in hopes of locating a photo of him along with his family.

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5 Essential Tools to Create the Artsy Look

If you want to create Artsy layouts and the Artsy look in your digital scrapbook layouts there are 5 tools that can really make you start that today! The great thing about these tools is that they aren’t limited they have many possibilities, you can blend them, stack them, combine them. So many possibilities and even the most simple thing as a blend mode makes a great difference.  Let’s talk about them:


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How to Successfully Apply for CT Calls

Successfully Applying to CT Calls

Over the years, I have had opportunities to hold CT calls as well as to apply to them. I have written, and received, my fair share of rejection letters. Happily, I have made some of my dream teams as well. Today, I thought I would share some of my ideas of what a stellar CT application looks like from a designer’s perspective.


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Top 10 Text Tips in Photoshop Elements

Today I want to share my top 10 text tips using Photoshop Elements 15.  When I first started using PSE I didn’t even know how to enter text on a layout.  Since then I’ve learned a lot about type tools and entering text in ways that go beyond using a simple text box.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a simple text box is all you need but there is much more we can do when we don’t confine ourselves to that simple little box!  I hope some of these tips will help you too.

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Converting a Stamp into an Embossed Element

This month, when I stepped back and looked at my completed page, the left side was pretty flat and uninspiring. Sure, my style is pretty simple when it comes to my Pocket Pages, but still sometimes I like to add a little depth to them. That’s when I decided to play around with the embossing effect and wound up converting a .png stamp into an embossed element on my page. Today, I share how I did it.

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Quick fix to your photos in Photoshop CC


Many times we take photos and when we look at them on the big screen of our computer, we find that they are a tad dark, or “flat” needing a boost. Sometimes, they may be too Green or Blue, and could use some color adjustment. While this won’t work 100% of the time, it is a quick fix for most. If the color is real bad, or papers and such you are working with don’t go with the photo colors, you can change your photo to black and white. I will show you here a quick fix to do one or both.

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Can Google Images help in my family research?

Stepping up my research

Anyone that has been around me long enough, knows that I kind of have a passion for searching. Not so much in searching for lost keys or socks, but more in the area of searching to put together a bigger picture when it comes to family history stories. I know… that was a lame beginning, but it is the honest truth.


Did someone say fun?

When I heard that Google, my first place to search, had added a feature that could search by images, I knew that my explorations had just gotten a little more fun. Say for instance, that you wanted to see if you could locate a photo of a Civil War unit online to try and get a date for the photo. Of course, you could simply type in the name of the unit and see the results, but somehow the magic really happens when you simply drag and drop your photo right into Google Images and let it do its thing. Really…

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Filters, Masks, Blend Modes, and More in Photoshop Elements 15

Last month we looked at the different types of layers and how they are used in Photoshop Elements.  If you missed the previous article or want to review the basics, you can find it here.  This month we’ll dive a little deeper and look at filters, masks, blend modes, and more. I will walk through the process while creating a layout.

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