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February 2013

It’s time to strap yourself in and soar high in to space, take a left turn at Saturn and meet the aliens from Mars. Out of this World by LouCee Creations will give you endless fun creating pages that will delight your kids.

The other day my daughter was playing with some of her toys and made these crowns of sorts for us all to wear.  She grabbed the camera and took pictures of her daddy and me, so I grabbed some of her too.  When I saw this kit I just had to use it to scrap these great pictures and I love how it turned out, she’s such a silly girl and so much fun!!!

I’ve turned it into a qp for you to grab and scrap you little martian too.  Enjoy!!!


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I  like to think of myself as a detailed person.  I also know that I can get hyper focused on one thing and totally miss something else.  Are you familiar with the saying “Don’t miss the forest because of the trees?”  It refers to the fact that sometimes we can get so focused on something small that we miss the bigger picture.

I confess to you today that I have been doing that, in regards to Text Orientation in Photoshop!

In Photoshop, under the Text Tool,there are 4 options, as seen below.

When I want to change a horizontal text to a vertical text, I have always headed straight for the Type Tool.  Nothing wrong with that, right?

BUT….. just yesterday, I noticed a little symbol up in the top menu bar.  It wasn’t that I hadn’t seen it before.  It’s just that I hadn’t paid attention to it before.

So I clicked on it …. just to see what would happen. (Sometimes that can be fun in Photoshop!)

And wow!  A new way to orient text!

Now the rather nice thing about using this little Text Orientation Menu Option is that it is only ONE click…. as opposed to (1) Clicking on the T to select the Text Tool, and then clicking on the Vertical Type Tool.  That’s  50% less clicks.  And if you’re like me,  some days, saving even one click can sometimes be really helpful on the wrist.

This tip also works in Photoshop Elements.

(This is a screenshot of Photoshop Elements Version 11.)

I hope this little tips saves you some clicks!

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Everyone in my house has a cold.  A bad, horrible, terrible, stuffy cold.  Everyone except Dane.  Dane who is bursting with pride at being needed.  He is happily racing from room-to-room fetching juice, tissues or medicine to keep us all from being too miserable.  I am praying all his efforts aren’t rewarded with a big dose of this cold.  He most definitely does not deserve this one.

Last week I got my first issue of our new local paper.  On the front page was a big article on my favorite camels (see The Dolphin of the Schwarzwald).  I fell in love with them the moment I was first almost-run-over by one three St. Nicholas’ ago.

I’d been walking through downtown Herrenberg, searching for Christmas presents, when I rounded a corner and stepped right under a camel!  I’m not kidding when I say camel drool narrowly missed my head.  Of course I was intrigued, and the kids were bouncing to have a ride.  But there was a long line, I was without camera, and our errands called my name.

Two years later, last summer, we again found the camels.  Boom! Smack! In the middle of downtown Nagold, offering kids a free ride.  And no line.  My kids happily hopped on & got a camel ride.  In Germany!  What a huge smile this brought to everyone’s face.

I took pictures and read about the camels use as therapy animal (much like dolphins and horses) here in the Schwarzwald.  I just fell in love with them even more.  I donated some money to the program, and each of the kids got some of the camels fur (hair?) to take home.  It turned a hot, frustrating day into a magical, happy day.  It was very easy to see why camels would be good therapy animals.

When we moved to our new house this December, we moved closer to the camels home.  I learned that they did birthday parties, and my plan had been to celebrate Dane’s 6th birthday with the camels this summer.  This all changed, for me, last week when I opened my first copy of the local newspaper.

On the first page was an article on my beloved camels.  There had been a fire January 31 (I can’t even type this without crying) and 86 camels and one llama died. Only 5 survived.  My heart absolutely broke, it is still broken.  The pain I feel can be nothing compared to the pain the owners (Rose und Wilhelm Breitling), or their caregivers, feel.  I can’t imagine such an enormous loss.  Even Dave came home that night and cried with me.

Yesterday there was a spark of good news, one of the remaining five, Ludmilla, gave birth to a precious baby girl: Liora.  I’ve been anxiously refreshing their facebook page to see a picture:!/kamelhof

Last summer I got a couple great shots of their camels in Nagold.  This one is either Drusilla or Blümchen, that I can’t remember just hurts that much more.

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Editing Photos With The Adjustment Panel: An Intro

by Steph 26 February 2013
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In Photoshop CS4 and later versions, there is a fun little panel called the Adjustments Panel. It makes editing photos quick and easy. It places pretty much everything you may want to do in one easy panel. If you don’t have your adjustments panel showing, you can easily find it by going to your menu […]

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Simple Primrose Spring Wreath

by Min 25 February 2013
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Working with the happy colors of my Primrose Fairy Collection was so much fun that I decided to create a Primrose Spring Wreath, using my Silhouette Cameo. It is so nice to be greeted by the happy Spring colors on my door, while everything else outside is still very wintery. Here’s a tutorial, complete with […]

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LOTW Feb. 17 – 23 And the winner is ….

by renee 24 February 2013
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BernieTuffs with her fabulous page Sisters and Friends. This page really speaks to me, maybe because I have two daughters who are like best friends, but also because I love the photo and the beautiful cluster. This page really makes me smile, so congrats to Bernie Tuffs on winning this week’s LOTW!   This beautiful […]

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Straighten your Photo using the Ruler Tool

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 23 February 2013
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One of the things I love about Photoshop is that there are typically multiple ways of accomplishing the same task.  Take straightening a photo, for example.  There are several ways to get this done. Today I am going to show you  one of the most basic ways, and actually one of my favorite ways. Here […]

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Hey you! Yes you. How YOU Doin’?

by Toiny Westberry 23 February 2013
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I woke up this morning with a terrible hangover, completely unfair because I did not have a drop to drink!  It turns out it’s just a migraine.  Joy. Migraines make my days move slow and feel like I’m moving through molasses. It’s just surreal. This week I’ve left my camera at home. It’s cold & […]

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Moments in Time by Feli Designs and a free quickpage for you

by renee 22 February 2013
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Moments in Time by Feli Designs is a gorgeous new kit in lovely colors with just the right vintage touch is absolutely perfect for all your precious memories. It is filled with lots of beautiful and unique elements so you can give your pages an extra loving touch. The beautiful colors of this kit make […]

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Violets are Not Blue Kit by Aimee Harrison Design Studios

by tammy 21 February 2013
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I love the title of this kit, Violets are Not Blue by Aimee Harrison Design Studios, so catchy and true.  Violets are indeed not blue as in the poem and Aimee has always wanted to create a kit celebrating violets and she found the perfect color palette for it.  This kit is beautiful, romantic, and […]

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