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Weekend Challenge 11/21

20 November 2015 - 11:26 PM

I am posting this early for those who wanted to scrap tonight!  (and because I am hoping to sleep in in the morning!) :going-to-sleep: :going-to-sleep: :going-to-sleep:


I am taking inspiration from today's date, November 21, for your Weekend Challenge. I challenge you to use 21 buttons on your layout today! You can use them in clusters, make frames, borders, or other embellishments. You can use 21 different buttons, the same button 21 times, or anything in-between! It's all up to you. Let's see how creative we can get with buttons! 

When your layout is finished, upload it to the Weekend Challenge Gallery, and leave a link in this thread.

Dsd Scrapsimple Chat 6:00Pm (Et)

07 November 2015 - 10:39 AM

6:00 p.m. (ET) ScrapSimple
Do ScrapSimple products have you scratching your head in confusion? Do you have unused ScrapSimple files languishing on your hard drive because you don't know what to do with them? Come join Melanie (mbc72) in the Chat Room where we will talk all about Scrap Simple products, some easy ways to use them, and how they can greatly expand your scrap stash.
Thanks to all that came to the chat!
A few things we talked about:
Blending Modes are often key to coloring SS Products.
Duplicating your product and using different blending modes and opacities can yield great results.
Keep your SS Products organized with your finished products so you remember to use them.
Mix your SS Products with finished collections to expand your stash supply.
Be sure to check your SS Club each month for tips and tutorials
Use 3 different SS Products on a layout.  Be sure and list the products you used and upload  your layout to the
DSD Gallery by Sunday at 8:00am (ET) to be eligible for a prize!

Dsd Template Chat 8:00Am (Et)

07 November 2015 - 10:36 AM

Thank you so much to those who came to our early morning chat!  I finally got Matthew's computer restored and working- fingers crossed that it stays that way!  (We are not even discussing mine!)


Here is the link to the template DSD Freebie


Remeber to post your layout using Cheri's Template Freebie in the DSD Galleryby 10:00pm (ET) for a chance to win a prize!

Thursday Challenge 10/29

28 October 2015 - 09:49 PM

I have to work in the morning, so I am posting this early!  Have fun!


When I buy a collection from the Boutique, I am often looking at how versatile it's going to be:  How many layouts can I get from one collection- either just the collection or through mixing and matching it with other products? This is especially true for holiday collections, so much gorgeousness should not be confined to only one or two layouts a year! If you take a look in our Halloween sectionin the Boutique, you will notice a variety of styles and colors.  If you take a closer look, you will see that our talented designers not only make awesome Halloween collections, but they often include additional papers and embellishments that work wonderfully for non-Halloween specific layouts.

Your challenge today is to use a Halloween-themed product for a non-Halloween-themed layout. Sometimes it sparks my creativity to look at a product in a whole new light, so let's see how creative we can get with our Halloween supplies.

Once your layout is finished, post it in the Thursday Challenge gallery.

Mini Class: How To Make Your Photos Look Retro

23 October 2015 - 03:39 PM

Friday, October 23rd  

9:00 p.m. ET – Mini Class: How to Make Your Photos Look Retro

Hit our Chat Room with Melanie (mbc72) to learn some fun photo manipulation techniques that will give today’s photos a groovy retro look.




Some tips we went over in class:


To make your photos look Retro, we first have to think about what Retro means.  If you look at photographs through the years you will notice that the color and quality changed quite a bit.  Many of the pre-1970 photos I have seen look one of three ways- black and white, sepia or a very desaturated color.  They often had a bit of “grain” to them and sported a white edge around the whole picture.  Into the 70’s and especially the 80’s they went from desaturated color to oversaturated colors that were harsher.  Polaroids were quite popular which gave photos a distinct white frame.  Finally, into the 90’s it seems like they finally got the colors leveled out.


There are several ways to manipulate the color in your photos in your editing programs. As always, before you manipulate your photos make a copy of the original:


Black and white


*In the menu bar along the top go to Image> Adjustments> Convert to black and white

*From the Adjustment Layers tab in the menu on the right over the Layers Panel add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and desaturate the entire photo or a Black and White adjustment layer



*From the menu bar go to Enhance > Convert to Black and White

*You can also use the desaturation tool in PSE located under Enhance>Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation




* Using your black and white photo, in the Styles tab PS has a preloaded sepia style that adds a warming filter to your photo or add one yourself in the Adjustments Tab > Add Photo filter


*Using your black and white photo add a Photo filter by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Add Photo Filter


Desaturated Color


*From the Adjustments Tab Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and play with the sliders until you get the look you like


*Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation


These are some very basic tips on how to change the look of your photos.  By adding more layer and using blending modes and masks you can further personalize your adjustments. 


Here are some interesting tutorials from the blog to help you:

A Quick Way to Age a Photo

Two Easy Methods For Creating Sepia Photos

Converting Photos to Sepia


It’s always cool to know some fun techniques in your software, but to make life a bit easier we also have some Style and Actions in the boutique to help you:

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sepia Magic

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Black and White Magic

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Soft Color

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Dreamy Magic

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Magical Photos PS

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Magical Photos PSE

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Retro Photos

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Vintage Photos

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics


Aside from adjusting the color, another way to make photos look Retro is to “age” their physical appearance.  Many photos that I have seen passed down from previous generations have strokes, frames, tears or folds. Here are some fun Templates and Styles in the boutique:

ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Instant Photo

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Creased Photos

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Old Frames

ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: Retro Frames

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Instant Photos

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates Folded Photos

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates Tattered Photo Masks

ScrapSimple Embellishment Template Tear It Up Photo

ScrapSimple Embellishment Template Tear It Up Photo 2

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Aged Curled and Torn Frames

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tattered Photo Masks


Whew! That should at least get you started!  If I forgot one of your favorite products or techniques for aging photos, feel free to share it in this thread. 


In the chat lindarobin mentioned a great way to add some texture to age a photo is to layer a textured paper over your photo and use blending modes and opacity sliders until you like the look.

Andrea mentioned that she has been using gradients and blending modes to change her photos to black and white.