LOAD #21

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Like I said yesterday, I’m a huge fan of the exclusive True Friend kit in Studio J!  These frames are so fun.  You can watch the video tutorial below to see how I created this layout.  If you click on over to the Freebies page, I’ve even provided the layered PSD files so you can add your own photos and recreate this layout.  Be sure to save the files as PNG after you use the clipping masks for your photos.  Once you load the PNG files into the No Limits layout, they will be transparent so that you can see the background paper below.

To create the chevron paper, I drew a 12×12 text box and filled it with Chocolate.  I then copied the border 23 times.  By selecting all 23 borders holding down the Shift key while clicking, I was able to use the align and distribute tools to make sure my pattern was even.  I then selected the background paper, copied all 24 items, pasted, and dragged the newly pasted paper to the other side of the layout.  With everything still selected, I was able to send it backward beneath the actual photo.  If you do this prior to dropping in the PNG file, all you will see is the big, grey X of the No Limits “pattern.”

On a related side note:  when I showed my husband the layout, the first thing he asked me was why I didn’t do a better job lining up the chevrons where the two pages meet.  REALLY?!  That’s what he notices.

On an unrelated side note:  when we were in Micahels on Friday night, I was looking at the Smash books, and he said, “Couldn’t you just make your own smash book?”  That guy cracks me up!

I really hope you will use the free download and post the page(s) you create on my Studio Scrapping Facebook page!

Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #26–Creativity

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I’ve talked about how amazing Studio J is when you are short on time or new to scrapbooking.  It really can be as easy as dropping in photos, coloring embellishments, adding a title and journaling.  Yet, Studio J also lets our creativity shine when we have more time to spend.  For instance, last night I decided that I wanted to learn how to make graph paper in Photoshop, so I did!  I used the RGB codes for a Colonial White background and Chocolate grid to create my custom graph paper that will match the CTMH papers in Studio J.  As I look at it now, I wish I would have added a little distressing, but luckily I can do that in Studio J.

So, after creating the paper, I thought about a layout I had seen on page 24 of the November/December 2011 edition of Creating Keepsakes.  I loved the circles that were cut out of the paper.  I did the same on my graph paper and put a little drop shadow behind the circles.  I figured out which photos I wanted to use and created my photo mats.  You can download the layered Photoshop file under my Freebies tab and watch this video to see how to add your own photos.

I really want to see what you create with this file (and my other Freebies!), so please post your completed layout to my Facebook page!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the giveaway blog post to have a chance at winning a FREE Studio J 5-Pack (includes 5 layouts, page protectors, and shipping).

Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #10—PNG Files

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Did you know that Studio J accepts transparent PNG files?  This is so fantastic for those of us who download or purchase digital products online. When you drop a PNG file in a photo well, the background paper shows through.  Here is an example using Katie Pertiet’s Postage Frame Clusters
I’ve had so much fun playing with these transparent files that I decided to create my own and offer them as a freebie on my blog.  I hope you will download the file, watch the video, and make your own creation.  Please post it on my Facebook page to share with the Studio Scrapping community!
Learning how to use PNG files will also help you get the most out of the No Limits layout as I did in these layouts about Hawaii.
Don’t forget to visit the 30 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Studio J + a Giveaway blog post to enter my giveaway for a FREE Studio J 5-pack! There are several ways to enter but you must post on that blog post to win. The drawing will be held on November 30, 2011.

Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #7—Image Editing

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If you have followed my blog or watched my YouTube videos, you will know that I’m a Photoshop fan. I love manipulating photos and have developed some mad skills…here is an example of my lovely hourglass figure courtesy of Photoshop!

Yet, even as a diehard fan, I don’t always want to take the time to edit my photos in Photoshop. That is why I’m so thankful for the editing tools in Studio J!

Studio J allows us to quickly adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpness. We can also create our own presets to use later. Studio J provides us with great tools to touch up our photos. My favorites are redeye remover and the toothbrush…I love being able to freshen up a smile in my photos so that my family is focused on the memory and not the color of their teeth! Other editing tools include airbrush, blemish, glare, and wrinkle.

CTMH hasn’t given us the liposuction tool yet, so I won’t be giving up Photoshop anytime soon, but I sure do appreciate the time I save by doing my basic photo editing inside Studio J.

If you would like to see the editing tools in action, watch my CTMH Studio J Tutorial #4 (Photo Editing).  I demonstrate the blemish remover, how to brighten smiles with the toothbrush, ways to reduce glare, and magically erase a wrinkle with the wrinkle tool!

Don’t forget to visit the 30 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Studio J + a Giveaway blog post to enter my giveaway for a FREE Studio J 5-pack!  There are several ways to enter but you must post on that blog post to win.  The drawing will be held on November 30, 2011.

Photoshop Tutorial with FREE Downloads

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I can’t wait for you to check out my latest video and the Freebies section of my website!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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