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Adobe Photoshop Express (BETA) is FREE!!!!!!!!!

This is NOT an April fools joke people, I signed up for my own Adobe Photoshop Express account to make sure :)! If you are looking for a fast, easy, awesome and especially FREE way to edit, organize and share your digital photos, you MUST check this out!!

I have literally only played around with this tool for less than 10 minutes, and I think it’s great! It is NOT a program you can do digi scrapping or in depth editing with – it’s mostly just for quick photo fixes. In a couple of minutes you can transform your photo from drab to dramatic, here’s one I played with really quick:

Photoshop Express Example

Like I said, I’ve only played with it for a few minutes, but so far here’s what I love about Adobe Photoshop Express (BETA):

  • It’s free, and it is online, so I didn’t need to download a program or anything.
  • It works with other free online photo management programs I use (photobucket and Picasa), so I could access those photos without having to upload them again.
  • It is SUPER user friendly and automated – you select an editing mode, and Photoshop Express instantly gives you several versions of your photo to choose from, side-by-side so you can see what looks best.

Photoshop Express Example 2

Of course the full version of photoshop will still be my main editing program, but I think this will be my program of choice for quick photo edits for blogging, emailing and sharing online :).

If you want to learn more, check out this post by John Nack (Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager ).

Important: before you share any photos publicly through this site, make sure you read the terms of use (especially section 8)! Apparently Adobe IS working on revising the terms so they don’t sound so scary LOL, but I would still think twice before making a public gallery there :).

Autumn Scrapbooking: Make Your Own Pumpkin Shapes

Happy first day of fall! I have just turned in my scrapbook pages for the design team I’m on at the local scrapbook store, but I took a few photos of the finished pages so I could share them with you as well! You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos – I can never get them to look like the originals! That’s probably why I show you more of my digital pages than paper ones :). Anyway, here they are!

Fall 2 Page

Fall Page 1

Fall Page 2

Credits: Everything is from the Shades of Autumn Collection by Reminisce, except the cardstock and ribbons.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t be afraid to cut a photo into two pieces to span a two page layout – as long as you don’t cut apart focal parts of the image, it will add interest to your layout and help tie the two pages together.
  • Just as in stamping, groups of small, repeated elements look best if some disappear off the boundary of the page. Just layer them on with some extending beyond the edge of the page, then trim off the excess.
  • Let your photos inspire the decorative elements of your design: on one page I included a doodled scalloped edge that resembles the bumps on a pumpkin. The circles repeated throughout the design also mimic the shape of pumpkins, the theme of this layout.

Technique: Make your own pumpkin “Die Cuts”

Even if you don’t have access to a die cutting machine, you can make your own cute little pumpkin shapes by following these simple steps:

  1. Punch or cut out a circle shape in about the size you want your pumpkin to be.
  2. Use a brown or black marker to make curved lines on the circle that resemble the lines on a pumpkin.
  3. Cut small indents at the points where each line intersects the edge of the circle.
  4. Attach a stem shape cut from brown paper to the pumpkin  where the tops of the lines meet.

Pumpkin Cutout Steps

How cute!! I just LOVE autumn, it is my absolute favorite season – so of course I love to scrap autumn pics :)! Have you created any fall pages recently? If so, leave a comment with a link, or email your page to me at scrapbookideas @ gmail DOT com (remove the spaces). Who knows, there might be a little something in it for you ;)!

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