Friday, March 30, 2012

Photoshop Elements Tutorial - The layers palette

Hello everyone!

Here is a short video on the layers palette in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements 10). I made this video because I want to emphasize two very important points:

  • always put each digital element on a separate layer for easy customization
  • name your layers for easy navigation

You can also watch this video on YouTube

I think my next tutorial will be on some more advance digital scrapbooking techniques, but I really wanted to make these two videos as clipping masks and layers will make your life easier in the long run.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jessica Sprague lessons - Bonus 1

Hello everyone!

I really enjoy this class as it is very well built. The Bonus classes are meant to make me apply on my own what I have learned during the previous class. There are no videos just instructions on the theme of the digital layout or just a starting point for the layout.

Here is my creation:

I have to confess that I did not create this layout out of scratch, the bonus lesson included the backbone for this layout.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Color Inspiration 2

Welcome for another color inspiration and we are back at my favorite store Anthropologie.

I chose this dress because of the blue shade. I just love it. I really like the design of the pattern, I like the stripes at the bottom of the dress, combined with the busy diamond-like shape on the front.

Baby Blue Dark Bazzill Cardstock
Stella Bazzill Cardstock
Orange Slice Bazzill Cardstock
Juicy Plum Bazzill Cardstock
Ash Paper Bazzill Cardstock

The picture is from,  You can find the dress HERE (if the link does not work, maybe the dress is sold out).

Friday, March 23, 2012

Photoshop ElementsTutorial - Creating clipping mask

Hello everyone!

This is my first video tutorial in what I hope will be a series of tutorials on digital scrapbooking.

This tutorial is on creating clipping masks in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements 10). I chose this topic because I believe clipping masks are at the base of a good digital scrapbooking layout.

You can also watch this video directly on YouTube

There is lag between my voice and the image, I am sorry about that. I will play around with the settings on my screen capture software to eliminate it.

The psd template that I showed you in the video is from

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jessica Sprague lessons

Hello everyone!

I've decided to take some of the well praised classes from the Jessica Sprague website as I want to learn Photoshop and how to use those tools for digital scrapbooking.

I started out with the beginners class and over the following weeks I will show you my work. And here is the result from lesson 1:

Each class has a video for Photoshop Elements or for just Photoshop, where the process of building a page is explained step by step. Every video is divided into tasks so I can easily follow along. The explanations are clear, concise and easy to follow.

This is more of a introductory class, where she taught me the layout of Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements 10) and how to:
  • Identify the main areas of the Photoshop user interface
  • Use the Move tool to move items into place
  • Rearrange layers in the Layers palette
  • Resize and rotate images
  • Add .png elements to a layout
  • Use the Type tool to add a text block
  • Save a layout for both print and the web
Some of these thing I already knew how to do, but it's nice to hear from a professional.

Ohh.....forgot to mention some of the journaling or titles will be in Romanian, so you won't understand that much. Sorry about that, but I plan to print some of my layouts.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Color inspiration 1

Hello all!!

Here we are at another color inspiration set. This is another dress that I like from my favorite store Anthropologie. I love the color combination, but mostly the balance between the colors: there is just enough pink and blue to make it fun and summery and not overcrowded. Even though I love the dress, I am not sure I would wear it, as I am petite.

Here are the Bazzill colors:

Ebony Bazzill Cardstock
Baby Pink Medium Bazzill Cardstock
Tangelo Blast Bazzill Cardstock
Mardi Gras Bazzill Cardstock
Mystic Bazzill Cardstock

The picture is from,  You can find the dress HERE (if the link does not work, maybe the dress is sold out).