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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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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Photo Editing for Free

I recently sent my daughter off to college. Not long after she asked if I could recommend photo editing programs she could use on her computer for free since she no longer had access to my computer to edit her photos. Here are a couple of free photo editing tools for the computer I found that I want to share with you too.

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Easily Add Contrast To Photographs

Hey all!  Janelle here with a simple two minute (more like two second!) tip on how to easily add contrast to your photographs in Photoshop.  I picked this tip up somewhere along my digital scrapbooking journey and it’s such a good and simple trick that I just had to share.  I always love to amp up the contrast just a little in my photos.  It makes my highlights pop a bit more, and adds a little more depth to my photos, both effects that I love.  I’m always on the lookout for easy photo editing techniques, so hopefully you’ll enjoy this one!  All those amazing actions out there can be soooo expensive, so it never hurts to pick up a few editing tools yourself along the way.

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How To Fix Blemishes In Photoshop

Hi all!  Janelle here today with a super quick video tutorial where I will teach you how to fix blemishes in Photoshop.  Sometimes our kiddos get that pesky bonk or scratch, sometimes our faces are broken out, and sometimes our kids just plain have their lunch all over their face.  Whatever it is, I’m here to help!  Watch this short video to see how you can add “blemish remover” to your trusty list of scrapping abilities!

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Photo Editing Software

Most of us that scrapbook, either digitally or in paper form, spend a lot of time LIVING with our photos. We tag them, print them, store them in albums, keep them on our phones to share with our friends, post them on social media. We LOVE our photos! And because of that we want them to look their very best.


I wanted to share an overview of a few of the different types of photo editing software out there.

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Extending a Photo

Good Morning!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.


Today I’d like to talk to you about a technique I have used quite often to take a good photo and make it great — extending a photo.  There have been times I have taken a photo, but have not used my rule of thirds to off-center my subject.  According to Darren Rowse from the Digital Photography School:


“The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.”


So, for those times when my in-camera decisions fail me,  I rely on this technique to make things right.  Here’s how I do it:

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