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Don’t we all like to remember the beautiful moments of our lifes? That sweet feeling of melancholy? Sweet Melancholy by Mel Designs is the perfect kit to help you remember. The beautiful lavendar and the romantic touch will help you to scrap all your cherished photo’s. Sweet Melancholy by Mel Designs brings memories back to life!

Vinden we het niet allemaal fijn om de mooie momenten uit ons leven te herinneren? Dat heerlijk gevoel van melancholie? Sweet Melancholy van Mel Designs is de perfecte kit om je te helpen herinneren. De mooie lavender en het beetje romantiek zal je helpen al je geliefde en gekoesterde foto’s te scrappen. Sweet Melancholy van Mel Designs brengt je herinneren weer tot leven!

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Besides the kit there are a few wonderful extras for you, to help you scrap your pages. Just take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er een paar fantastische extra’s om je te helpen mooie pagina’s te scrappen. Kijk maar eens hieronder:

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So here is the quickpage I made for you. Please enjoy!

En hier is de quicpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Veel plezier ermee!

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Colorful Meadow by Designs by Brigit

Lush grass, abundant sunlight, a field of flowers, the colors of summer are warm, rich and welcoming.  Let the colors in this kit, Colorful Meadow by Designs by Brigit,  instantly perk up any scrapbook page.

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And here is a little corner cluster for you today, Enjoy!!!

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Working with Shapes

Today let’s take a look at working with Shapes: how to create them and the fun things we can do with them.

For the purposes of this tutorial,  I am working in Photoshop CC.    The Shape Tool can be found in the Tool Box on the left, and this is the same in all versions of Photoshop.  Click on the little triangle in the lower right corner of the Shape Tool to bring up all your options. In the image below, I have the Ellipse Tool selected.  Click on your choice to make it active.

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Once you click on the Shape Tool, the Tool Mode options will become available to you at the top of the screen.

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Be sure that “Shape” is selected. If it is not, use the drop-down arrow to open the options, then select Shape.

Next is where the fun happens!  You have lots of options to choose from now!

FILL:  Click on the drop-down arrow to see your options:  1) no fill; 2) color fill; 3) gradient fill; 4) pattern fill

In the image below, I have clicked on Pattern Fill, and the patterns that I have loaded are now available for me to choose from.

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STROKE: Click on the down-pointing arrow to access your Stroke options.  They are the same as the Fill options:  1) no stroke; 2) color stroke; 3) gradient stroke; 4) pattern stroke

STROKE WIDTH: Here you may select the width of the stroke you wish to apply by using the slider. (New in CS6 I believe.)

STROKE TYPE: You may choose what type of Stroke you would like.   You may choose from dashed or dotted lines; but you can also click on the gear in the upper right corner to open the Stroke options box.  Here you can made additional choices, creating your own favorite stroke, and then saving it as a Preset. I love that!

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Once you have made choices on how you want your shape to look, create a blank layer to place your shape on, then click and drag to make your shape.

Here are a few shortcuts:

1. To constrain proportionally, hold down the Shift key while you drag.

2. To draw from the center, press and hold the Alt key, then drag.

3. To set the exact size and position of your shape, with the shape tool selected, click on your document. The Create Custom Shape box will open.  Here you may make exact choices. Once you have done so, drag on your blank layer to create your shape.

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I selected a 900 x 900 px size, with a Pattern fill (Follow Your Heart Glitter), no stroke, from the Center, Preserve proportions.

Once I dragged out my shape, I realized I wanted it a little larger.  Because shapes are vector-based, as opposed to pixel-based, I can  select the shape and use the Transform Tool to make it larger without losing any quality.  The larger shape is pictured below.

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Now what?  So you can make these neat shapes. What can you do with them?

I decided to use this as a frame.  I used the Magic Wand to select the inside of the circle and then deleted that from the background paper. Since the paper is from Follow Your Heart, I placed one of the Follow Your Heart Clusters on the page, and had a Quick page in seconds!

Save 30% on Follow Your Heart Kit and extras for the next week! Or save the most with the Collection!

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This is just one example of how Shapes can be handy. Paper Strips are very popular on scrapbook pages.  Create your favorite shape, clip papers to them, and you have custom Paper Strips that match your layout perfectly.  I am awed by the creative ideas I see in our challenges, and I know that you will all find awesome ways to use Shapes in your own work!

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!

If you would like to have this Follow Your Heart Quick Page for your personal use, you may download it 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.

See you next week!

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LOTW May 8 – 14 And the winner is …

donakat with her fabulous page Hello Reagan. I love the diagonal angle in this page. The cluster is beautiful, but most of all I love that sweet little baby. The photo’s are absolutely adorable and scrapped beautifully, so congrats Donakat on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This lovely page was created with the fantastic Spring Flair Mini by Studio4 Designworks for the May 2015 Less Is More Challenge.

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It’s A Good Day to laugh and hang out with your friends. It’s a good day to read or to play with the kids. It’s A Good Day for kittens and the birds on their swing. It’s A Good Day for scrapbooking life’s memories and things. Not every day is a great day. Some days are simply standard, uneventful days. Those are often the days that hold the most heartfelt memories later in life. Those are the days that literally stitch together the moments of every life. It’s A Good Day by LouCee Creations is a kit for scrapping the memories in between all of the big events. It’s a Good Day by LouCee Creations is on sale for 40% off!

Het is een goede dag om te lachten en met vrienden om te gaan. Het is een goede dag om te lezen of om met de kinderen te spelen. Het is een goede dag voor kittens en vogels op hun schommels. Het is een goede dag om herinneringen uit het dagelijks leven te scrappen. Niet elke dag is een goede dag. Sommige dagen zijn routine dagen, waarin niets bijzonders gebeurd. Dat zijn de dagen die je jezelf later het meest zult herinneren. De dagen die alle momenten in het leven aan elkaar plakken. It’s a Good Day van LouCee Creations is de kit om al die momenten tussendoor te scrappen! It’s a Good Day van LouCee Creations is in de aanbieding met een korting van 40%!

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I had lots of fun creating this quickpage for you. Please enjoy!

Ik vond het erg leuk deze quickpage voor jullie te maken. Veel plezier ermee!

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Breakthrough by Booland Designs

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring to breakthrough.
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You’ll find everything and more for all your scrapping projects in Breakthrough by Booland Designs and as always, she’s added lots of little extras for you.

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And those are just a few of the things in this beautiful kit, you can grab it all in The Complete Works.

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Recoloring made easy

Have you ever purchased a digital kit, started to create a layout, and wished that one of the elements were a different color?  Some elements can be recolored very easily, while others might take more work.  Today, let’s look at a simple method of recoloring using the Colorize option in a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. (Today I am using Photoshop CC.)

Here is a paper and blue bow from By Design, a collaboration between SnickerdoodleDesigns and Vero – the French Touch.

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Let’s recolor that bow green. Here’s how:

1. Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above the bow by clicking on the appropriate icon in the Adjustments panel. Alternatively, you may go to the top menu bar and go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

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2. Clip your adjustment layer to the bow by holding down ALT and hovering your mouse between the 2 layers, then clicking when you see the down-pointing arrow. You will know that the 2 layers have been clipped together when you see the Hue/Saturation layer indented and with a down-pointing arrow indicator to the left of the layer. Having them clipped together will keep your Hue/Saturation adjustment from affecting all of the layers in your document, and restrict it to the bow only.

3. Click on the background paper (vero-by-design-pp7) to make it the active layer.

4. Click on the Foreground Color to bring up the Color Picker.

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5. When the Color Picker opens, Photoshop will activate the Eye Dropper Tool.  Click anywhere on the background paper to select the color you would like to recolor the bow.  Click OK. I chose green. (Alternatively, you may type in the Hex Code, if you know it.)

6. Click on the Hue-Saturation Layer to make active.

7. Go to the Hue/Saturation Properties Panel, and tick the Colorize box.

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8. And now you have a lovely green bow.

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This method doesn’t always work perfectly on all colors and all elements. Sometimes you have to adjust the color a little by moving the Saturation slider a little to the right or left, or by tweaking other color or levels adjustments.  This is, however,  one of the most simple recoloring methods, and is always the first one I will try when I need to recolor something.

That’s how easy it is!  Try it next time you wish you had a different color element to go on a layout!

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!

Vero created a beautiful By Design Cluster gift for you, and when I was packaging it for you, I included the green bow that we created here in this tutorial.  You just might need a green bow sometime – and even though you can now make you own, here’s one already done for you.

Click the image to download.

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

Thank you for visiting!  I hope to see you next week!

 

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Emst with her wonderful page Market Fresh. I love the beautiful clustering, the amazing composition and all the colors all over the page. And through all that my eyes are drawn towards that beautiful young girl with her lovely smile. So congrats Emst on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This fabulous page was created with the wonderful Market Fresh Bundle created by Fancy Bird Design.

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Round Robin: Sounds of Spring

The final week of the WendyP Designs Round Robin is starting. It is the gorgeous, vibrant Sounds of Spring collection by WendyP Designs & Designs by Brigit. Here’s what they have to say about this new collection:

“I sowed the seeds of love,
It was all in the spring,
In April, May, and June, likwise,
When small birds they do sing.”
– Fleetwood Habergham, The Seeds of Love, 1690

Listen to the beautiful sounds of spring, The silence, the warm breeze what is blowing around your ears, and all the birds singing their song of love. Every where beautiful bright colored flowers are growing, wich brings us all the happy feelings of spring.

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers.

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

I will PM coupons good off the next COLLECTION each week on Wednesdays. The coupons are good for one week only. The final week coupon will be for the featured Round Robin Designers personal use store.

Please post your layout in the forum thread with links to where each LO is posted (our Round Robin gallery, your pinterest, facebook & google+).

Take a closer look at the simply stunning Sounds of Spring collection:

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Save even more on the Sounds of Spring Bundled Collection :

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For a limited time get this Sounds of Spring Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy!

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The times I spent in the kitchen in the summer with my mother and my grandmother making jams, butters and jellies was special indeed. The sweet smells, the heaping bowls of fresh fruit, the beautiful rich and vivid colors are a clear picture in my memory.
Pear Butter was one of my favorites, not for its taste (which was marvelous) but for its color – snowy white in summer! Strawberry Jam was the family favorite , however, so there were heaps of strawberries to be washed and hulled. This collection celebrates the joy of summer and of memories of special times with family.
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Pear Butter and Strawberry Jam  by ADB Designs and it’s palette is being used for the color challenge this month, so be sure to go and check it out and have some fun!!!
Here’s a little freebie to get you started, enjoy!!!
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