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More pages and news from CRD

Guess what?! My things are still available at CRD until tomorrow!!! Here’s part of the most recent message Christina sent out:

Hi everyone, we wanted to let you know that Christina Renee Designs and the Block Party Designers agreed to continue our sale and all the blog freebies through Tuesday, November 4th, CST. Our servers went down during this event for a while and we want to make up for that.

Christina Renee

So if you wanted to pick something up but didn’t have a chance to this weekend, you still have time :)!

The fall foliage is really beautiful in my neighborhood right now! We drove to the local research park the other day to take a walk, and I got lots of great photos. Luckily, there was another family there taking photos, so we offered to take a family photo of them in exchange for them taking one of us :).  I love how the beautiful colors are reflected in the water behind us. I actually took lots of photos with even better fall colors, but they don’t have all of us in them – I will have to scrap those later.

Here’s a page I made with our fall family photo, using the Cozy Sweater kit and my freebie Autumn Word Art:

Photoshop Tips (in PSCS3 – other versions of PS may differ)

  • To get the angled look above, I cropped the photo before placing it on the page. I duplicated the photo layer, used the move tool to rotate it, flattened the image and cropped it into a rectangle. Then, I added the cropped photo to the page, and rotated it until the horizon line was level again, stretching the edges of the photo off the sides of the layout.
  • Even though it is at an angle, it was still easy to matte the photo above: in the layers palette, I right-clicked on the thumbnail of the photo layer and chose “select pixels”, then, from the pull-down menu: select>modify>expand>50 pixels, and in the same menu: select>inverse. THEN: I switched to the yellow paper layer I had placed below the photo and clicked “delete”!
  • I created the subtle, stitched leaf pattern on the orange paper by arranging the felt leaves on the background and changing their blend mode to “lighten”.
  • To make the red felt “AUTUMN” in the title, I used the type tool to write the word (with the Impact font). Then, in the layers palette, I right clicked the layer and chose “Rasterize Type”. Lastly, I layered a couple of the felt hat elements from the kit over the word, and used ctrl+alt+g on them to create a clipping mask. I also selected the layers and merged them (ctrl+e), then duplicated the felt layer and changed the blend mode to multiply (lowering the opacity a bit) to darken it a bit.
  • Don’t forget that when playing with blend modes, you can duplicate the layers to incorporate even more blend modes – I used this technique on all three parts of the title :)!

Oh, and here are some other great sightings of the Cozy Sweater kit at CRD:





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6 responses to “More pages and news from CRD

  1. anneberit November 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    LOVE the layout you made and that is a beautiful fall photo!! Wish I had PSCS3 to play with too ;)

    So great that the sales goes on also.

    Thanks sweetie! Yes, I really love PSCS3!! But I just want you to know the only reason I have it is because I won it in a contest – what a HUGE blessing that was :)!!! – Jess

  2. sharon dale November 3, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Wow Jess, you’ve certainly been a very busy gal of late and CRD’s block party was just amazing! I can’t believe all the gorgeous designs that were made and all the freebies that everyone so kindly made for it. I had seen all your goodies over there but haven’t had a chance to go blog-hopping for a few days with all the things I’ve been doing for DSD! Man, was it a crazy weekend of shopping and chats and scrapping! I even designed my first ever kit for a little blog train I got involved in. It is fun and I’ve been purchasing a few CU items lately as I’d like to have a bit more of a play too.

  3. Joy November 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Jess, your tutorial is fabulous! Thanks for that! I also wanted to tell you that I LOVE you olive Color Theory kit – it’s just awesome!

  4. Melinda November 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    beautiful LO and great family picture, Jess! Neat trick with the stitched leaves- I’d never thought about using stitched elements that way before!

  5. Jamie November 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    That’s a great picture of you guys.

  6. Mom November 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I keep changing our background to the next great scrapbooking picture on this site. It keeps you all closer to us here in CT. I’m glad to know AL has pretty fall leaves, too, since we’re planning to leave the fantastic leaves of NE.

    Love, Mom

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