Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cube Photo Box

Look what I learned. This is done using PhotoShop Actions. There are tons of free actions on the web. I found this one at . Actions are very easy to install.

Scrapbooking Papers from

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jessica's Got a Brand New Bag

I was bored so I decided to sew a bag for my oldest girl. She is always asking me to sew something for her. So I decided to suprise her with the bag.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My First Scrapbook Challenge Entry

This is the page I entered for the July's Scraplifters Challenge on I used papers from Andrea Dickinson and flower element courtesy of Digitreats. I made the gel name with PhotoShop actions from atomic cupcake.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What I've Learned So Far Using PhotoShop CS3

Here are a few things I have learned to do using PhotoShop CS3.

The first two are very simple.

  1. You open the photo of your choice. This will be your background.

  2. Then you press Ctrl + J. This will make a copy of the background creating a new layer.

  3. Press Shift + Ctrl + U to change the color of your copy to black & white.

  4. Now select your eraser tool and erase the color you want to show up.

The PhotoShop Makeover was a little complicated but I learned how to give myself a nose job, add make-up, and get rid of my double chin. (Yes I do look like a rodeo clown) This one was fun. I used the following web sites to learn how to do this ; ; and for the brushes I used.

The last picture I played with clip art (sheep & butterfly), shapes (clouds), and brushes ( grass).

I am so amazed at all the possibilities you have using this software.

If you use Google to search for free PhotoShop tutorials you will find an abundance of information.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Scraping at 5 a.m.

I couldn't sleep so I played with photoshop. I think I am becoming addicted to scrapbooking. I believe I will learn how to make brushes and elements for my scrapbook projects.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

First Digital Scrapbook Page

I always like to try new things. I was looking online for I don't know what and came across a couple of web sites on digital scrapbooks ( & . I had no idea this could be done. I mean you can cut paper on the computer. This blew my mind. I have had so much fun playing with layouts and different papers. I used papers from shabby & layouts from and Photoshop CS3 software which can be downloaded free from These these web sites have free tutorials on how to use photoshop to create digital scrapbook pages.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sewing When Half Sleep

I decided to make Jayla (my 2 yr old) a few outfits. I made her a halter top outfit. The first one came out perfect, but the second one came out with puckers around the neck. I could not figure out for the life of me what was wrong. I took the thing apart and put it back together. It still was not right. Then I sat down and thought about it. I forgot to put the darts in and the interfacing. I felt so dumb. But it was 2 in the morning.

The moral of this story is don't sew when you've had less than 4 hours of sleep.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Confessions of a Fabric Junkie

I never wanted to learnto sew when I was growing up. I would see my mom sew all the time but it never caught my interest. I considered using iron on tape sewing.

Oneday I walked into a local fabric store to pick fabric for curtains I was making (with iron on tape) and saw a hiring sign. I applied and got the job. When someone would bring their fabric to my cutting table I would always ask what they were making. It blew my mind what some of these people where making and how much fun they seemed to be having. So I decided to purchase a sewing machine, nothing fancy. The first thing I made were throw pillows. I was hooked. I became a fabric junkie and sewing addict.

I have always loved to create things but when I learned to sew, it took me to another level. I started purchasing fabric I needed, I didn't need, thought I needed, and everything in between.
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