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Weaving Ribbon Through Alphas and Elements

Weaving ribbon or string through alphas or other elements adds a lot of realism and depth to a scrapbook page.  As I’m working on digital scrapbook pages I try to think as if they’re traditional paper layouts.  Weaving ribbon through alphas can add depth and interest to a title.  Threading string through dangling elements adds depth and serves to attach the element to the layout.  Today, using Photoshop Elements 15, we’ll put some of these ideas into action and see how easy it is to do.

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Christmas Magic in Wonderland

Christmas is a magical time for children.  A time when the wonders of their imagination come to life.  I don’t decorate much at my home anymore but look forward to spending time with my son and his family.  In March 2014, I was blessed with a little extra money and a bit of magic was planted in my heart.  I thought it would be a ton of fun to host Christmas for our family at a water park resort.  It took a lot of planning and coordination that resulted in our fun-filled family Christmas vacation at Great Wolf Lodge.  My husband and I, our son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren loaded up with all the presents and a small Christmas tree and headed for Grapevine, TX.   The resort is huge and it was filled with children.  Happy children.  I don’t think I heard any whining or complaining the entire four days and three nights!  In addition to the indoor waterpark, there were games for the kids with stations on every floor, bedtime stories in their pj’s every night in the lobby, movies, we had dinner in a giant Gingerbread house, and snow!  Inside!  It was a magical, wonderful time.

 

We have tons of photos.  Professional and candid shots taken with my camera and several cell phones.  I was able to get several in the lobby with the “snow” falling.  All the kids loved it.  You could see and feel the excitement in the air.  Of course, some of the crowd comes through in the photos too.  Today I’ll go through some editing steps I took to scrap one of my favorite snow photos.

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Digital Art

Mixing Digital & Traditional Art

Hello all my artsy friends, and welcome to the next installment of our Winter Magic collaboration!  I absolutely love my digital creations and layouts, but I still love getting my hands “painty” and working with traditional art supplies.  Today we have a very special guest in the Scrapaneers house  – my awesome friend Donna Downey (artist extraordinaire) is sharing her ideas for combining digital art with traditional art techniques.   Are you ready to get your hands dirty (in a good way)?  Then come on in and join me . . .

 

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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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Cut-It-Out!

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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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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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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