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July 2014

I’ve got some lovely new CU products to show you today.

Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes is known for her fabulous flowers and these Ribbon Rosettes are simply stunning. SAVE 30%.

Flowers - Ribbon Rosettes

ADB Designs has 10 unique Vintage Brushes Mix Vol 8 which are just fabulous to create background papers, cards, altered art, journaling accents etc. SAVE 30%.

Vintage Brushes Mix Vol 8

These Layered Pretty Tags 1 would be a very useful addition to your designer stash.  SAVE 40%.

Layered Pretty Tags 1

Who doesn’t love stripes…………certainly I do!  Snickerdoodle Designs has this Super Stripes Collection on sale with a SAVING OF 50%.
A set of (16) 12″ x 12″ striped overlays, providing a quick and easy way to create multi-colored striped papers. Experiment with blending modes and levels to get even more usage out of these overlays.

Super Stripes Collection

Lace is a personal favorite of mine and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes has 4 lovely pieces of it in this Vintage Lace collection.  SAVE 30%.

Vintage Lace

I totally LOVE these delicate CU Volume 103 (5 flowers) from Vero – The French Touch.  SAVE 30%.

CU Volume 103 [5 Flowers]

Zesty Designs has these lovely Rose Delight roses.   Be sure to read under the product Esther’s story of this rose.  SAVE35%.

CU Rose Delight
These Designer Mix – Fruit 4 from Julie C Designs look fabulous!  SAVE 30%.

Designer Mix - Fruit - 4

Hand-painted with high quality watercolors on cold pressed watercolor paper which has a little texture to it, these CU Watercolors 6 from Janet B Designs are on sale with a 35% SAVING!

CU Watercolors 6

These wonderful CU Volume 101 (Ethnic Patterns) are from Vero – The French Touch and are on sale with a 30% SAVING.

CU Volume 101 [Ethnic Patterns]


This week’s CU FREEBIE IS FROM eqrAveziur.   Thank you Eva for this useful freebie.
Click on the image or the text to download and enjoy.

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Warm wishes for a happy and creative scrapping time for the coming week.


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robinoes66 with her gorgeous page Summer Santa.
This page makes me smile big time! I simply adore that cute little girl with her fabulous brown eyes looking at me! The extraction is wonderful and I also love the the red background paper and the gorgeous clustering, so congrats robinoes66 on winning this weeks LOTW!


This lovely page was created with the fantastic Summer Santa Page Kit by Nibbles Skribbles & Valentina’s Creations


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Last week we looked at a few features of the Marquee Tools.  In case you missed “The Marquee Tools in Photoshop, Part 1,” you will find it HERE.

In the image below, I have the Elliptical Marquee Tool selected. Because I have a Marquee Tool selected, options associated with the Marquee Tools are now available for me in the top Tools Bar.  Last week we looked at the 4 different Marquee Tools (Rectangular, Elliptical, Single Row, Single Column), and how to Add to, Subtract From, and Intersect with another Selection.  Today let’s look at the other options that are available for us, starting with the Feather option.


Choosing the Feather option will soften the edges of your selection, so that it blends nicely into the area outside your selection.  The size of the Feather determines how much of the selection is feathered.  The higher the value, the greater the feathering effect will be.


The next option we are offered is the”Anti-alias.”  Since”Aliasing,”  in computer graphics, refers to  jagged or rough edges,  “Anti-aliasing” is the reduction, or smoothing,  of those (usually) unsightly edges.  You must check the Anti-alias box prior to making a selection, since Anti-alias cannot be added to an existing selection.  I just always leave my Anti-alias box checked, that way I don’t have to worry about it.

“Style” is the next option we have.  I love this option!  When we click on the down-pointing arrow next to “Style,”  we are offered 3 choices: Normal, Fixed Ratio, and Fixed Size.


When we select “Normal,” we can drag out our section without any proportion restraints.
When we select “Fixed Ratio,”  the Width and Height boxes become active. Here we can enter the ratio values of the selection we would like to make.  I would like to draw a selection that is 4 times as high as it is wide, so I entered 4 in the Height box and 1 in the Width box.  I can then go ahead and drag out my selection, and it will be created according to the ratio choice I made.
The third Style choice we have is “Fixed Size.”  When we choose this option, we can determine the exact size of our selection by entering pixel dimensions. I love this option because I can get exactly what I want so easily!
I wanted to create a 400 pixel X 400 pixel circle, so entered 400 in both the Width and Height boxes, then clicked on my blank document.  The selection was automatically made for me.
If I wanted 2 elliptical shapes, for example, I could enter 200 x 400 in the Width and Height boxes, create one shape, then click on the double arrows that are in between the Width and Height boxes.  This will switch the dimensions so that I can then create an elliptical shape that is 400 X 200.  (The option to interchange selection sizes by clicking on the double arrows is available with the Fixed Ratio option also.)
The final option that we have is “Refine Edge.”  This option does exactly what it says it will do, and refines the edges of our selections.
In the image below, I selected this cute little elf (by holding down the Control key and clicking on the thumbnail image of the elf in the Layers Panel). When I click on the Refine Edge button, a new dialogue box opens.  I can make further adjustments to my selection here.  I talked about the Refine Edge tool in a previous tutorial, “Using Layer Masks to Create Transparency.”  Rather than repeat myself here, I encourage you to hop over to that tutorial to read more about this tool.
After last week and this week’s tutorial on the Marquee Tools, I hope you have learned something new, or remembered something you had forgotten, in order to make your digital scrapbooking go easier and faster for you!
Credit: The elves shown in last week and this week’s tutorial are from Holiday Hoopla, a collaboration between Kimberkatt Scraps and SnickerdoodleDesigns.  Visit theStudio’s Christmas  in July category to pick up this and other Christmas kits at a savings of 50% thru July 31st! And visit our Facebook Page to download our Facebook Fan Exclusive Freebie – this Holiday Hoopla cluster that Renee, a member of my Creative Team, designed for you!  Not a Fan yet?  Become one by clicking on the “Like” button. It’s as easy as that!

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Smile by BooLand Designs and a free quickpage for you

by renee 25 July 2014
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“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment”. Smile by BooLand Designs is a kit made with this phrase in mind. It is filled with lots of beautiful and fun elements […]

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Christmas in July SALE

by tammy 24 July 2014
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Our annual Christmas in July sale & forum events are well underway, they run through the 31st.  There is still time to join in (get those Christmas calendars ready early this year!) and save! While many celebrate Christmas in the coldest part of the year, others celebrate with warm weather! Summer Santa, a collab by […]

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The Amazing, Invisible, Sheep!

by Toiny Westberry 23 July 2014
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A couple of weeks (months?) ago I read, on the front page of our local paper, that the Schäferbier was brewed, bottled & ready for the Schäferlauf.  Now, Schäfer = sheep.  Bier is obvious & lauf = walk.  I quickly deduced that the sheep beer was ready for the sheep walk, but what was a […]

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Need A Little Cooling Off?

by Rebecca 22 July 2014

  Just a photo of a penguin (even if he is snorkeling) makes it seem a little cooler, don’t you think?  It’s crazy hot in many parts of the globe right now but you can find some super cool deals on Christmas Kits during the Studio Christmas in July Sale. There is something for everyone.  […]

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LOTW July 13 – 19 And the winner is ….

by renee 20 July 2014
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Jakrn with her wonderful page I Love Summer. I love the composition of this page, all the elements and especially how the young boy is holding the kite. Most of all however, I love his smile, he looks like he is having such a wonderful time!! This beautiful page was created with the fabulous kit […]

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The Marquee Tools in Photoshop, Part 1

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 July 2014
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This week I was asked by a new digital scrapbooking enthusiast to explain the Marquee Tools in Photoshop.  Those of us who have been using Photoshop for any length of time use these tools routinely and, most likely, without much thought.  But as I reflected upon my beginning experience with Photoshop, I recall being confused […]

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Mamma Mia by Valentina’s Creations and a free quickpage for you

by renee 18 July 2014
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Have you ever been to Italy, or do you love Italian food then this is just the right kit for you! Mamma Mia by Valentina’s Creations breaths out the wonderful Italy! The kit is perfect to scrap all your Italian memories. It contains lots of amazing elements and has the most beautiful background papers in […]

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