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Jazzmom with her fantastic page Finger Licking Good. Love the layering and clusters in this page and the photo is so adorable. The plate with fruits is beautiful made and placed and the journaling is great too. So congrats Jazzmom on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This lovely page was made with the fabulous kit Pear Butter & Strawberry Jam by ADB Designs.

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Because there’s nothing more beautiful then the life at the Southern Gulf Coast, Lara’s Digi World created Coast Life for you. Coast Life is a beautiful kit perfect for all your beach and holiday photo’s! The colors are beautiful and will give all your beach photo’s a perfect feel’. Coast Life by Lara’s Digi World is an absolutely gorgeous beach kit!

Omdat er niets mooiers is dan het leven aan de kust van de Southern Golf Coast heeft Lara’s Digi World de kit Coast Life voor jullie gemaakt. Coast Life is een geweldige kit voor al je strand en vakantie foto’s! De kleuren zijn erg mooi en geven al je strand foto’s het juiste gevoel. Coast Life van Lara’s Digi World is echt een prachtige strand kit!

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Besides this wonderful kit there are lots of gorgeous extras. Please take a look below!

Naast de kit zijn er een heleboel prachtige extra’s. Kijk maar eens hieronder!

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Now there is a perfect deal for you, if you decide you want this whole collection. The Coast Life Collection with Alpha Bonus is currently on sale for 60% !!

Er is een geweldige aanbieding voor jullie als je deze hele collectie graag wilt hebben. De Coast Life Collection with Alpha Bonus is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van 60%!

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Finally I will show you the quickpage I made for you with this beautiful collection. You can download it below!

Dan wil ik jullie nu de quickpage laten zien die ik met deze prachtige collectie gemaakt heb. Je kunt hem hieronder dowloaden!

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Txt Me By LouCee Creations

Ping, tweet-tweet, the sounds ring throughout the day. Smiley faces hit the screen, LOL, I’m on my way! It’s me! Your BFF, how’s your day? Here’s a smile! Fingers swiping across the keyboard, brb in a little while.

Txt Me! by LouCee Creations is filled with fun stuff from word bubbles to your own phone and super papers in solids and patterns to scrap those phone photos or hilarious auto corrected texts that end up so terribly wrong.

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I can’t wait to use this on some of the selfie pics that my daughter has taken!!!  So Perfect, LOL!!!  And here’s a little cluster freebie for you today, Enjoy!!!

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A Final Goodbye

I want to thank all of you for your lovely, kind, warm notes.  I was overwhelmed when I opened my mailbox Thursday morning.  My Oma was my hero, and I am thrilled she touched so many of your lives as well (Goodbye Oma).

Every culture has their own way to say goodbye.  And every family brings their own traditions to this final goodbye.  We’ve had a lot of goodbye’s this past year (A Last Goodbye; Tante Marianne), and our family has created its own tradition.

After the actual ceremony/mass, the eulogy, and the beautiful music, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren drew their last goodbyes on Oma’s “kist” or coffin.  I am not sure if it’s in all of Holland, or only in my part, but the kist is just a simple wooden box.  The same one is used for saying goodbye at the wake, at the funeral and then transported to the crematorium for the final step.

My family draws on the coffin.  There are lots of hearts, flowers, inside jokes and love.  Lots & lots & lots of love.  It seemed strange and awkward to me at first.  I worried about my children and how they would react, how it would make them feel.

I needn’t have worried. My children, my sisters children, grabbed this opportunity to say goodbye, their way, with both hands.  They drew from their hearts, all of them.  The big, surly teenagers.  The little ones barely able to hold a pen, the shy giggly girls, they all expressed their love for Oma. It was a truly beautiful way to say goodbye.

We all stayed near the coffin.  Talking, sharing memories, taking turns with the green, or the blue, or the red pen, taking turns saying what was deepest in our hearts.  At first I cried.  I cried to see Luuk write his favorite memory of Oma, it was mine too.  And then, as everyone shared & drew, I saw over and over that I wasn’t alone.  My memories were shared by my cousins, and niece & nephew, and my cousins children.  A warm happy, fuzzy feeling came over me.  I was not alone.  My Oma had given me a huge family to always help me remember her.

We all accompanied the kist to the waiting car, our love and flowers staying with her to the very end.  She did not leave alone, we were all with her every step of the way, surrounding her with our love.  Even now I still feel her.  I do still feel sad some moments, but mostly I have happy memories and I feel so incredibly lucky to have had her, and to still have her live on in my family, my children, my sisters children and my cousins children. IMG_6217 copy

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Working with Selection Tools and Alpha Sheets

We have had multiple requests to explain how to use Alpha Sheets, so let’s take a look at that today.  Just what are Alpha Sheets?

Some Alphabet Sets will come with an “Alpha Sheet,” where the entire alphabet will be on one png file.  Other packs come with each letter as a separate png file,  while still other sets will come with both options.

This is what an Alpha Sheet would look like; the letters are all on one file (PNG), with a transparent background. (You might also see it provided in an Alpha set as a PSD file, with the letters on one layer, and a white background, just for easier viewing.)

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If you have an Alpha Sheet, the Rectangular and Elliptical Tools are great selections tools to help you move individual  letters onto your document.  These tools are found in the Tool Bar, the 2nd Tool Preset from the top. Click on the triangle in the lower right corner to expand the tool options.

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 GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THESE TWO TOOLS:

Rectangular Marquee Tool:

  • Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool in the toolbox.
  • Choose which options you would like to activate in the Tools Option Box.
    • You may choose to create a new selection, add to a selection, subtract from a selection, or intersect with a section.
    • You may choose to feather your selections edge by entering a pixel amount in the “Feather” box.
    • The Anti-alias option is not available with the Rectangular Marquee.
    • In the Style box, you may choose a Normal (free form), Fixed Ratio, or Fixed Size selections.
  • Drag out your selection on your document.

Elliptical Marquee Tool:

  • Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool in the toolbox.
  • Choose which options you would like to activate in the Tools Option Box.
    • You may choose to create a new selection, add to a selection, subtract from a selection, or intersect with a section.
    • You may choose to feather your selections edge by entering a pixel amount in the “Feather” box.
    • The Anti-alias option is available with the Elliptical Marquee Tool.  Check this box to create a softer selection.
    • In the Style box, you may choose a Normal (free form), Fixed Ratio, or Fixed Size selections.
  • Drag out your selection on your document.

The Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools can also be helpful with an Alpha Sheet.  They can be found nested in the 2nd selection tool icon. Click on the triangle to expand your options and see these tools.

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Now let’s look at a practical way to use either the Rectangular or Elliptical Tools.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THESE TWO TOOLS:

Lasso Tool:

  • Select the Lasso Tool in the toolbox.
  • Choose which options you would like to activate in the Tools Option Box.
    • You may choose to create a new selection, add to a selection, subtract from a selection, or intersect with a section.
    • You may choose to feather your selections edge by entering a pixel amount in the “Feather” box.
    • The Anti-alias option is available with the Lasso Marquee Tool.  Check this box to create a softer selection.
  • Click on your document. Without letting go of your mouse, draw out the selection you want. End your selection at the starting point of your selection. When you reach the starting point, Photoshop will close the selection for you, and you will see Marching Ants, indicating your selection.

Polygonal Lasso Tool:

  • Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool in the toolbox.
  • Choose which options you would like to activate in the Tools Option Box.
    • You may choose to create a new selection, add to a selection, subtract from a selection, or intersect with a section.
    • You may choose to feather your selections edge by entering a pixel amount in the “Feather” box.
    • The Anti-alias option is available with the Polygonal Lasso Marquee Tool.  Check this box to create a softer selection.
  • Click on your document to create an anchor point. Let go of your mouse. Move to where you would like to make your next anchor point and click. Continue until you have reached your starting point.  Photoshop will close the selectin for you, and you will see Marching Ants, indicating your selection.

Now let’s see how to use these tools in a practical manner,  using an Alpha Sheet.  For this purpose, we don’t won’t want to set a feather on our selections.

  • Open the Alpha Sheet.  I find it is helpful to reduce the size of the Alpha Sheet, and let it reside on my canvas right next to my working document.
  • Use the tool of your choice and create a selection around your chosen letter.
  • Once the letter has been selected, click on the Move Tool (top icon in the Tool bar); click on your selected letter; drag it onto your document.

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 And that’s it! Just continue selecting the letters you want to complete your title, phrase or word art graphic.

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Products used in this tutorial: Paper, Alphas and Alpha Cluster (on the “S”) from By Design, a collaboration between SnickerdoodleDesigns and Vero – the French Touch.  Butterfly is from SnickerdoodleDesigns Butterflies 2 (resized and recolored for this word art graphic)

The By Design Alpha letters are provided as individual png files.  I have created an Alpha Sheet you for from the lower case blue embroidery letters.  You may download that Alpha Sheet, as well as the “Sweet” word art Graphic by clicking on the image below.

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 If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

When you experiment with this technique, or any technique you learn through our tutorials, we encourage you to upload your results to our Tutorial Gallery! Show off your hard work!  Please include the name of the tutorial and provide a link to it, in case some of our readers missed it!

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!

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ArisaMinamoto with her fabulous page This Happy Place.
I love the composition here. The black and white photo’s do so well in this colorful page and the elements and brushes and stamps really make the photo’s look amazing!
So congrats Arisaminamoto on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This wonderful page was created with the fantastic kit This happy place by WendyP Designs.

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A is for apple, B is for bus, do you remember reading or hearing those when you were young? JulieC Designs created ABC kits for you to celebrate those days. These kits are perfect for all sorts of projects, and especially for kids. You can create gorgeous cards, invitations or just scrap your beautiful children photo’s. F is For by JulieC Designs is the newest kit in the ABC collection and it is on sale for 30% off at the moment!

A is voor appel, B is voor bus, ken je deze liedjes nog van toen je jong was? JulieC Designs creëert een hele ABC serie voor jullie om je hier aan te herinnneren. Deze kits zijn perfect voor allerlei projecten en speciaal voor kinderen. Je kunt er prachtige kaarten, uitnodigingen of gewoon al je mooie foto’s mee scrappen. F is For van JulieC Designs is de nieuwste kit in deze ABC collectie en het is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van 30%!

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Please take a look below to see the other bundles from this collection.

Kijk maar hieronder om de andere bundles te zien van deze collectie.

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Now here is the quickpage I made for you. I decided to go for F is For Fun. Please enjoy!

Hier is de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Ik heb besloten te gaan voor F is For Fun. Veel plezier ermee!

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When someone you love is in the military, it’s not just hard work for that person but for the entire family. Long distance communication, managing a household without help, waiting, worrying, hoping and praying that they will come home safe and sound. Bring them home is a beautiful, soft and meaningful collection created with love by Angel Hartline Designs, Nibbles Skribbles, Piggy Scraps and Vero – The French Touch.

It will be FREE for Studio Military members: just go here to get it.

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Here’s a Quick Page for you today, Enjoy!!!

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Goodbye Oma

This is how I remember my Oma. Happy, full of love, beautiful. I am beyond blessed to have had her my entire 47 years. It makes saying goodbye so hard.

I am the oldest grandchild. I am the luckiest grandchild. I remember rainy days on end, playing duizenden and always losing (I was in my 20s before I learned she was a really good cheater).

I loved being sick at her house. No one makes liga/sinasapple/banana “pap” like Oma. I loved taking the bus to den Bosch and running errands with her. I especially loved it when they were long errands and we could have lunch on top of the V&D too.

My favorite was having a tientje pushed into my hand. Her hand warm and firm over mine:

“Niet verliezen hè?” And going to the baker to buy little cakes for unexpected visitors. It was always so hard not buying them all.

I loved playing in the attic, alone or with my cousins, digging through her clothing or my uncles old war gear. The best days were the days we could play with Opas billiard table, not that we were allowed to touch it often.

I can still remember the smell of her house. Part old, part clean, part my favorite meal. How she managed to cook for all of us in a kitchen the size of a galley is beyond me.

These last years, as her speech left her, I still felt loved and part of our own world. Her words may have been few and far between but her face spoke volumes. She was still there. And I am so incredibly grateful I got to spend her last years nearby.

I lost my beautiful Oma, my hero, this week. It was peaceful, quiet and still surprising. Somehow, even at 100, I didn’t think she’d really go. I miss her with all my heart.my-oma

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Creating Text on a Path

Last week we talked about Working With Shapes in Photoshop.  Today let’s look at another thing we can do with Shapes, and that is creating text on their work paths.

For today’s tutorial, I am using Photoshop CC.

Let’s get started!

1. Select the Shape Tool in the Tool Bar on the far left of your screen.

2. Go to the Top Options Bar.  Choose:  Shape; No fill; No stroke

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3 Create a new blank layer. Drag out your shape on that layer.  I chose the Ellipse Tool, and held down Shift while dragging to create a Circle. A work path will be created.

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4. Click on the Horizontal Type Tool in the Tool bar.

5. Move your cursor onto your document. As you move it closer to the work path, you will see the cursor change.  It will now look like an “I” with a wavy line through it. When you see that change, click on your document and start typing.

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You can adjust your text, change font styles, sizes, or colors, just as you normally would.  Sometimes you might need to play with the spacing of your words to create the look you want.

Don’t limit yourself to circles.  Use any of the Shapes that Photoshop provides to add a fun look to your layouts!

Photoshop Elements 13 Users:  Once you draw your shape, choose your Type Tool, and in the options box at the bottom of your screen, choose Text on Custom Path.   I am not sure if this works the same in previous versions of Photoshop Elements.

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If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

Toiny has created a new Tutorial Gallery for us!  When you experiment with this technique, or any technique you learn through our tutorials, we encourage you to upload your results to the new gallery! Show off your hard work!  Please include the name of the tutorial and provide a link to it, in case some of our readers missed it!

When I think of some of the fun and “cool” things we can do in Photoshop, the phrase “Cool Beans!” always comes to mind.  With that thought in my head,  I chose a paper from my collection Cool Beans to demonstrate the work path on.  You can take a closer look at this Collection HERE.

I’ve put it on Special Pricing for you through June 7th!

Enjoy this Cool Beans Stacked, which has plenty of room for you to add text paths that you create! Click on the image to download.

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See you next week!

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