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Christmas in July is a sale.  A BIG sale with 50% Savings on Christmas and Holiday.  As well as 40% Off Storewide.  There are so many great kits to choose from too!!!  Here are just a few to get you started on your Christmas List….

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Scrap it, Wrap it and Go. What could be easier :) and you’ll have a head start on your Christmas presents!!!
I made a little cluster using Booland’s One Page Wonders #90 for you to get started with today, Enjoy and Merry Christmas in July!!!

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Also please join us in the forum for some fabulous freebies, and some inspirational challenges to jump start that holiday feeling: Christmas Cards; Christmas Letter; Use it All Christmas Challenge; Christmas Scraplift Challenge; Christmas Color Challenge; Christmas Pin it to Win it!; and the long but this-one-I-totally-need: The 12 days of doing your Christmas calendar presents early this year!

Buy a few kits, do a few challenges and your Christmas gift list will be shorter and you’ll have had some fun too!!!

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I was working on a layout and I wanted to add a title to a polaroid frame.  I also wanted it to match my background paper.  And I wanted it to match fast.

I had just started my layout; I’m using a paper from Studio4 (from our retired Caleb charity collab); a polaroid frame (freebie available at the bottom of this post); and a photo of my cousin Heidi.  I am using Photoshop CS5, however this will work with other versions of Photoshop, as well as with Photoshop Elements.

In your layers panel,  make sure you are on the layer you will be editing.  In this case, I’m adding a title to my Polaroid Frame.

Next I click on my Tools Panel and I select my Text Tool, finally choosing the Horizontal Type Mask Tool:

Don’t panic!  Selecting this tool applies a temporary red mask to your layout as soon as you click to type your title.  I choose Fontmoochers from kevin {and} amanda. I love their fonts!

HINT: have your character panel set to “centered” to make aligning your text easy.

When you are finished click the bold check mark in your toolbar.  This removes the red layer mask & adds the font as marching ants to your Polaroid Frame layer.

I’m going for quick here, so I just hit Delete to cut the title out of my polaroid frame. This allows the background paper to shine through and easily matches my frame to my current layout.

I deselected (Ctrl+D) to remove the marching ants & admire my new title.

What’s really awesome is that I can change my mind, swap out my background paper, and my polaroid frame will still match my layout! Since I cut my title out of my frame, you can see it again without the background paper:

NOTE: I have a drop shadow applied so you can see the title better on the white background.

Using Photoshop’s Type Tool Mask is a great, quick, easy to cut quotes, titles & even shapes (using wingdings, webdings, etc.) out of papers, tags & frames.  Alternatively you can use it nondestructively to paste in pictures or papers.

NOTE: use command Paste Into(Alt+Shift+Ctrl V) to fill the “marching ants” on a brandnew, empty layer with any picture or paper.

You can download the polaroid frame freebie in this tutorial by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

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Studio4 Design-Works is having her Grand Opening sale–30% off her entire store!!!   I had such a hard time choosing just one kit for today’s post, Studio4 has so many cute kits!!!  I finally had to have my daughter help me pick, and she choose Grandma’s Garden because she loves nothing better than to play with Grandma in her garden and pick her a beautiful bouquet  for her table.  This kit will be perfect to scrap those pictures and more!!!

There’s an Add-on to this too that makes it even more usable and fun!!!

And today I’ve made this quick page for you, Enjoy!!!

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