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Posting to and Getting Links from theStudio FB Page

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Tutorials | 0 comments

NOTE: This is a quick tutorial I did and posted in the theStudio’s forum. Since the forum is not available at this time, I’m posting it on my blog.

One of the best ways to get your layouts noticed is to post them to theStudio’s Facebook Page. It’s really not all that hard, but it can be confusing. So, hold onto your seats and let’s get started.

First thing you need to do is actually go to theStudio’s Facebook Page (I know … DUH … had to start somewhere). Once there, all you need to do is post to the page, just like you do on your own page …



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Kaleidoscope Action redux

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 1 comment

This is just a quick note to tell you about Toiny’s article on theStudio blog. Her enthusiasm for my Kaleidoscope Action really brings a smile to my face. Not only did she record her “play” session, she’s offering up her creations as a freebie.

I also wanted to remind you that all of my CU products are 30% off thru this Sunday (excluding bundles which are already a great bargain).

Now that my new craft room is almost in order, I’m gearing up to do a video or two myself … in particular, showing how this works in PSE … along with the magic behind it. And I’ll also post a few photos of my new “office.”


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Kaleidoscope Action

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 5 comments

I’ve been doing a lot of hinting, but now it’s time for the reveal – my newest action called Kaleidoscope Action. This action is something that I’ve been working on for over a year. It was a request from one of my customers who saw something similar at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At the aquarium, there was a camera set up with a monitor beside it. You stood in front of the camera and your image would be turned into a kaleidoscope. It’s taken me a long time to get it to the point where I felt comfortable about releasing it … and I definitely plan to make it a big deal!!!

Here’s the preview. This will be 30% off thru August 23rd; even better, my entire CU store is on sale for 30% off because you’re probably going to want some overlays or brushes or even one of my other paper maker actions to go along with it.


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Random Striped Paper Action Tricks

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 2 comments

As promised in yesterday’s post, I have some tricks to show you for my Random Striped Paper Action. This first one comes from the lady that makes those awesome journal cards that I give away as Facebook freebies: Dona (aka donakat). She figured out how to make these stripes go diagonally. You do have to make sure there aren’t too many jaggies along the stripe (mainly depends on the colors you use), but most of the time you can hide it with a texture overlay.

To start, don’t run the start here action. Create your paper manually. The size needs to be 17 in x 17 in x 300 dpi. Then go ahead and color your background. If you remember, I also create a blank layer just above the background, so I recommend you do that too. If you forget, no problem. When you run your first stripe action, you will get this message — just click Continue and you’re on your way.

stripes2-warningWhen you’re done creating your stripes, DON’T RUN THE FINISH PAPER action. Select the all the layers above the Background (the stripes layers) and merge them. With the merged layer selected, select Edit > Transform > Rotate (CMD T or CTL T) and rotate the layer by 45 degrees. You should have something that looks like this —


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Random Striped Paper Action

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 2 comments

I just released another paper maker action called Random Striped Paper Action. This was created from a request from Manda (aka Nibbles Skribbles) who was looking for a quick way to make randomly striped papers. It’s currently on sale for 30% off through July 5th. Check it out …


While the stripes created aren’t truly random, they’re about as close as you can without me having to learn how to actually script in Photoshop. Stay with me a bit and I’ll tell you how it works.

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A Look at Plaid Paper Maker Action

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 0 comments

I promised this months ago and I’m finally getting around to posting this. Today we’re going to take a look at my Plaid Paper Maker Action. I’ll show you what it does along with some tips on getting the best results.

My first thoughts in writing this was how a designer, like myself, always needs some extra matching papers in their collections. I often use plaids for this, but there are only so many plaid templates out there (I’ve even created a few). Plus you don’t always know which colors will work together when translated into a plaid. Then there’s the issue of which colors to use for which stripe, how many colors, how much time you have to experiment, etc. If I use a paper from my collection, I definitely know things are going to match. Check this out — below is a paper from my Market Fresh Collection that I’ve run the Horizontal Plaid Maker from Paper action on.


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iNSD 2015 Sales

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Commercial Use, Sales, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 0 comments

Guess what? I found my fingers … actually, Rebecca is swamped with all her Customer Service work at theStudio and I actually have a few minutes to show off my iNSD stuff AND show you how to find it.

First up is the traditional Vintage Grab Bag that I’ve been doing with Lou of LouCee Creations. Like the past, this one includes 6 brand new, full size products with a bonus for $6.00. Here’s just the preview, but if you visit the product’s page you can see what they all look like.


This next iNSD Grab Bag is one I did with Wendy of WendyP Designs. We recently worked on a collab together during which we started talking about like how much I love her ribbons and how much she loved my flowers … so we included 2 packs of flowers and 2 packs of ribbons. To round things out I added a pack of bling and she added some charms. You’ll get 6 brand new, full size products for $6.00. Once again, this is just the preview. You can see the individual previews on the product’s page.


This last special isn’t a Grab Bag … it’s a SUPER bundle. I had a request to do an action to create polka dotted papers. When I had finished it, I gave it to my team to stress check it and comment. I got some WONDERFUL comments and as a result I ended up with 7 actions. You can purchase 6 of the individual actions for 50% off but you can only get the 7th if you buy the bundle. You are definitely going to want to buy the bundle because during iNSD it’s only $6.00. It will return to $12.00 when the sale ends on May 7th. Check out it’s preview and, like the Grab Bags, check out the product page to see what’s in it.


Now I’m going to show you how to find these products. There are actually several ways to find things, but I’m going to keep it simple. For the 2 Grab Bags, you go to COMMERCIAL USE > Grab Bags. You’ll not only find my Grab Bags, but you can also check out some of the ones my fellow designers did.

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Border Overlays

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Tutorials | 12 comments

I have discovered a new favorite product, border overlays. I can’t seem to get enough of them, so I decided to make some. These are transparent overlays, so they are VERY easy to use. In fact, read all the way down to the end of this post and I’ll show you some examples.

These are currently available in my CU store at theStudio for 30% off. You can buy the individual packs, or save some money by picking up the combo.


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Just Art Challenge

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 4 comments

Have you ever tried out theStudio’s Just Art Challenge hosted each month by Robyn? If not, you definitely need to give it a go. The great thing about this challenge is there aren’t any real rules; however, it’s meant to introduce you to Art Journaling or at least challenge you to do something beyond traditional scrapbooking. You are typically given a theme or a prompt along with some “tools” to work with. As it turns out, Robyn is on holiday so I’m hosting the challenge for January.

The prompt I gave this month was a quote …

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul and you answer.” Star Richés

… and I asked them to show me what it means to them. Then I provided 2 of my CU products for them to work with. For the individuals that had participated at least once since September 1st, I sent a coupon for them to get the products for free. To accommodate others, I have put the products on sale for 50% off for the month of January … but anybody is welcome to purchase them. The products are samplers of my Brushes and Journal Papers.folder

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The “Artsy” Style

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Art Journaling, Blog, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 11 comments

I checked in a few days ago to read Jill’s latest post and I noticed Pam’s comment about not getting that “artsy” style. As a hobbiest I can so relate! Well, I got to thinking that if Pam and I shared those feelings maybe there are other people who didn’t get the “artsy” style either. The only art training I’ve had was a  summer course in Art Appreciation at our local museum; it was part of the Art Literacy Program for our school district.  So I thought I’d share some observations about what I’ve noticed since I started scrapping. What is an artsy style and how do you achieve it. How is it different from say a traditional style. Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion and not meant to be in any way definitive on the subject. I’m such a visual person, I like pictures so perhaps comparing two layouts would be helpful.


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