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September 2014

Ellasspace with her amazing page Autumn Days. I love the composition of this page, the clustering is absolutely beautiful and the shadows are perfect too. The photo’s are so wonderful and I love how they show the beauty of fall! So congrats Ellasspace on winning this weeks LOTW!


This fantastic page was created with the amazing collection Falling Slowly by Ooh La La scraps.



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Thank you for once again letting me know that you are enjoying exploring Filters in Photoshop.     Based upon your feedback and interest, I will take the next few weeks to explore a few more filters that I think you will find useful in your scrapbooking layouts.  Today let’s look at the Lens Flare Filter.

This beautiful layout was created by Priss (forum name pssequimages), using Rocky Mountain Dreams. 

I asked her to create a layout for me with this tutorial in mind, so she did not include any light in the lantern.  Perfect for our needs! Let’s add our own light using the Lens Flare Filter. But first, let’s convert the layout to a Smart Object. (Right click on the layer > Convert to Smart Object.  Doing so will allow Photoshop to place the filter on it’s own layer, giving us the opportunity to adjust it if we like.  For more about Smart Filters:  How Smart ARE Smart Filters.)


1. Go to the top Menu Bar and follow the path:  Filter > Render > Lens Flare


2.  The Lens Flare Dialogue box will open.  At the bottom of the box you will see 4 lens Type choices.  Tick one of the circles to change the options. Watch the preview box for changes in your document as you switch lenses.  I chose to use the 35mm Prime for this layout.

3.  Adjust the Brightness of the lens flare by moving the Brightness Slider to the right for more intensity and to the left for less intensity.

4. Left click on the “plus sign” in the preview and without releasing the button, drag the light to where you would like it to be in your layout.  In this example, I dragged it to the bottom of the lantern.


5.  Click OK when you are happy with your positioning, and your choice will be reflected in your layout.

In the image below, I have chosen to have a strong lighting effect, for easy viewing here. On a personal layout, I would probably decrease the light intensity so that the light was not so prominent.  But the choice is personal… and it’s yours!


Experiment with all of the lens choices to see what works best for your layout.  Be sure to drag the light around to get a variety of different looks.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6.  The Lens Flare Filter is available in many (most?) versions of Photoshop Elements as well.

Priss not only agreed to allow me to share her layout with you, but she also created some wonderful recipe cards for you using Cool Beans.  You may download them here: Cool Beans Recipe Cards.   Thank you, Priss, for sharing with us all!


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Back to School is such a fun time of year – the kids are excited to see their friends, meet their teachers and learn new things.  Young kids are so excited about every new thing they learn and it’s so fun to watch them learn and grow!  Love to Learn by Flower Scraps is all about the fun of learning, the excitement of a new school year and the awesomeness that is new school supplies!  Filled with all kind of beautiful school elements in fun and vivid colours Love to Learn is the perfect kit to scrap all your school photo’s!

Weer naar school is toch echt een leuke tijd. De kinderen zijn enthousiast om al hun vriendjes en vriendinnetjes weer te zien, de nieuwe juf of meester te leren kennen en allemaal nieuwe dingen te leren. Ook de wat oudere kinderen vinden het leuk om allerlei nieuwe dingen te leren en het is leuk om ze te zien opgroeien! Love to Learn van Flower Scraps gaat helemaal over het leuke van het leren, de spanning van een nieuw schooljaar en al die nieuwe schoolspulletjes! Gevuld met allerlei soorten school elementen in vrolijke en levendige kleuren is Love to Learn helemaal perfect om al je schoolfoto’s te scrappen!


Besides the kit there are some lovely extras like the Love to Learn Alpha’s, masks, flairs and smear. Just take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er een aantal prachtige extra’s, zoals de Love to Learn  alfabetten, maskers, flairs en smears. Kijk maar eens hieronder:


Now if you like all these products you can save yourself some money and purchase the Love to Learn Bundle which is currently on sale for a whole 50% off!

Als je nu al deze producten erg leuk vindt kun je een hoop geld besparen door de Love to Learn Bundle aan te schaffen. Deze is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van 50%!


Here is the quickpage I made for you. I hope you like it, please enjoy!

Hier is de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Veel plezier ermee!





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CU Autumn Sale with Zesty Designs

by tammy 18 September 2014
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Zesty Designs is celebrating  Autumn with a big sale in her CU store, everything is 45% off!!! What can be better than that?  Just a take a look at all the great stuff that she has, there is so much to choose from, here’s just a few.  Be sure to head over to her store […]

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What’s Your Dream?

by Rebecca 17 September 2014

It is time for the wish lists to start showing up.  Christmas is already in the stores.  I don’t want to look….yet.  The older we get, the harder it is to buy for our grandchildren.  So much of what they have in their life is disposable.  Temporary.  I like gifts that keep on giving and […]

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LOTW September 6 – 13 And the winner is ….

by renee 14 September 2014
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lauser with her amazing page My first Day of School. This page is absolutely fantastic. The extraction is beautiful and so is the composition and clustering. I also love the little boy reaching outside the frame to grab that piece of crayon. Really fantastic, so congrats lauser on winning this weeks LOTW! This beautiful page […]

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Custom Collection Sundays

by Toiny Westberry 14 September 2014
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Earlier this month I introducted Custom Collection Sundays.  A chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request. Last week we had our first Custom Collection WINNER!  Congratulations Elaina! I would love to see a piano themed collection which included sheet music, music […]

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Using the Shear Filter in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 13 September 2014
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Last week we talked about Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop.  Many of you wrote to say that you have not used Photoshop Filters before.  So today let’s look at another filter that can be helpful to you in your scrapbook layouts: the Shear Filter. The use of paper strips is very popular in layouts.  […]

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A Mess by The Urban Fairy and a free quickpage for you

by renee 11 September 2014
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A Mess by The Urban Fairy is exactly as it sounds! A mess. A totally beautiful, colorful hot mess! The bright colors used for this mess are a perfect pop against the darkness of the papers. A Mess is an awesome kit to scrap all kinds of photo’s, to create traditional pages and art journal […]

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Southern Serenity is staying at TheStudio

by tammy 11 September 2014
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Southern Serenity Designs is staying on as our permanent template Designer & she’s having a 40% off sale this week to celebrate!!! Southern Serenity Designs’ templates are beautifully layered, easy to use, digital scrapbooking templates. Just replace the paper and element shape layers with digital papers and elements from your favorite digi kit, drop in […]

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