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  • 5 Things I Love about Layout Templates

    5 Things I Love about Layout Templates

    A few months ago, I shared a secret here on the blog. I admitted that I hadn’t been a big fan of layout templates until working on that assignment. Since then, I have fallen in love with them. Seriously! Digital scrapbooking layout templates are the best thing since green eggs and ham. Let me share […]

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  • Enhancing Photos Using Actions

    Enhancing Photos Using Actions

    An action is simply a series of pre-recorded steps. And the talented designers at Scrap Girls have put together some amazing ones, perfect to take my amateur photos to the next level.

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  • Mixing & Matching: The Joy of Using Multiple Kits

    Mixing & Matching: The Joy of Using Multiple Kits

    There are just too many great creative tools out there to limit myself (and my artwork) to just one kit at a time. I mean, does an artist use only one brush? A composer only one octave? A photographer only one lens?

    Whenever I get a new digital scrapbooking kit or collection, I look through all the goodies, then go over it a second time to see which elements, embellishments, papers, frames, overlays, brushes, or alphas I could conceivably use together.

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  • Clean, Simple Lines Using a ‘Busy’ Collection

    Clean, Simple Lines Using a ‘Busy’ Collection

    Love it. LOVE it. LOVE IT. Angie Brigg’s Wonderful You Collection. I just love it. In our household, however, there are not many occasions where I get to use a “pretty” or “decorative” collection. Many of my pages contain the boys or places we have been. Even the pages with Darren and me are not […]

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  • Using Digital Layout Templates

    Using Digital Layout Templates

    There comes a time in each digital scrapbooker’s life when they need a little inspiration, a little jumpstart to get their creative juices flowing, or just a little help to speed up the process. Digital Layout Templates to the rescue! These marvels of versatility are beautifully designed with our convenience in mind.

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  • How to Load Actions in Photoshop Elements

    How to Load Actions in Photoshop Elements

    One of the greatest improvements Adobe made with Photoshop Elements 11 was to streamline how you load add-ons into the program. In previous versions, loading such items as brushes, styles, and actions involved several steps culminating in the dreaded rebuilding the metadata upon restarting your program. After Photoshop Elements, however, the process for loading actions […]

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  • Using Custom Styles to Add Bling to your Digital Layouts!

    Using Custom Styles to Add Bling to your Digital Layouts!

    We have some wonderful styles in the Scrap Girls Boutique to help you add that special touch to your layouts – glitters, metals, jewels, epoxy, foils, and glass. This tutorial will show you how to use them to bling out your layouts.

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  • Customizing Layout Templates

    Customizing Layout Templates

    Templates. Some people love them and some people hate them. The reason for the latter, I believe, is that some scrapbookers find templates rigid – rigid in that they don’t meet the scrapbooker’s needs and rigid in that they stifle creativity. People who love templates have discovered what I’m going to share with you today. […]

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  • Adjusting the Pattern Size of Styles in Photoshop Elements

    Adjusting the Pattern Size of Styles in Photoshop Elements

    What would we do without styles? Being able to add touches of virtual glitter, glass, paint, metal, wood, and so much more is one of the best parts about digital scrapbooking. Today, let’s work with one of the options available: adjusting the pattern size of styles by scaling. Since we might want to apply the same […]

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  • The Basics of Clustering Digital Embellishments

    The Basics of Clustering Digital Embellishments

    Embellishment clusters can be a little intimidating. Knowing a few tips can make them so much easier to arrange.
    First, remember that placement is key. Think about what you want to accomplish with a cluster. This will help you know where to start putting embellishments.

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