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Out of Bounds Tutorial for Digital Scrapbooking

I have recently had a lot of fun experimenting with the “Out of Bounds” look which is a fun trend in digital scrapbooking right now. In my post about selective color, I showed you some examples of pages using this technique. I have another one for you today plus a tutorial so you can try it yourself!

Joshua Trees

Credits  Everything is from the Showing Love paper pack and element pack by Heidi Williams of Weeds and Wildflowers Design (blue paper is blended). Fonts: 2 Peas Wild Child and Seriffic Grunge.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks

  • I set a blue patterned paper to the “color” blending mode (in the layers palette) and placed it over the polka dot paper to get the look on the bottom portion of the page.
  • I doubled up my elements in several areas of the page to increase visibility and add interest.
  • Four methods were used to draw attention to my focal point: 1) circles are surrounding it;  2) arrows are pointing to it; 3) it is aligned to the “power points” of the page and 4) it is Out of Bounds.

Technique: Out of Bounds for Digital Scrapbooking

OOB Step 1

There are many great tutorials out there about how to make Out of Bounds photos, but they aren’t always a good fit for digital scrapbooking if you like your pages to have that “real paper” look. Here I’ll show you a simple way to make your image pop out of bounds while keeping your frame on the page.

Step 1 Before adding your photo to the page, do the basic editing and resizing. Also add a white border following these steps: select Image>Canvas Size; type in a new value for height & width (making sure that the color is set to white and that the box for “relative” is checked); click “OK”. Then place the photo onto your page. Note: if you don’t want a white border on your photo, this same technique can be applied to a photo that has been matted with patterned paper, then merged together.

Step 2 Duplicate the photo layer, and turn off the visibility of the new layer by clicking on the little image of an eye to the left of the layer thumbnail. With the original photo layer active, use the rectangular marquee tool to select the top edge of the photo’s border (make sure you only include the white border, you don’t want any of the photo in the selection). 

OOB Step 2

Step 3 Right click inside the selection, and select “layer via copy”, this will create a new layer containing just the top border. Drag the new border down on the image to the place you want the photo to end and the out of bounds to start. Click Ctrl + E to merge the border layer with the original photo layer.

 OOB Step 3

Step 4 Using the rectangular marquee, select the area above the new border and click “delete”.

OOB Step 4

Step 5 Switch to the copied photo layer by clicking on it in the layers palette (it will automatically become visible again). Using the rectangular marquee tool, draw a selection around the portion of your object that you want to hang out of bounds. The selection needs to cover the entire out of bounds portion as well as a section of the object that remains inside the border. Click Ctrl + Shift + I to invert your selection, then click “delete”.

OOB Step 5

Step 6 Extract the focal image from the background (you only need to focus on the out of bounds portion and the parts that intersect the photo border). There are several methods of doing this, I mentioned my favorites in this post. In the example below, I used the magic wand to select the sky, then I used Select>Similar to make the selection include all the parts of the sky that were showing between the branches. Your method will depend largely on the type of photo you are using. Basically, you just want to delete the background around the focal image.

OOB Step 6

Step 7 Click Ctrl +E to merge the two photo layers together and….. you’re finished! I love how this one turned out, because you can even see bits of the photo border between the branches of the tree.  

OOB Step 7

It takes a little planning an experimenting, but once you get the hang of it, this is a pretty simple technique. Have fun and if you do one of these, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your page!

Reminder: Shutterfly Photo Book SALE!

Shutterfly Photo Books Just a quick reminder that the Shutterfly photo books are still on sale for 20% off right now!! I am currently working on TWO Shutterfly photo books, one 8×8 size and one 12×12. I can’t wait to get them finished and sent off so I can show you some pics of my finished books, they’re going to be awesome :)! In the meantime, check out these pics of Shabby Miss Jenn’s book - it’s gorgeous!! If you want to take advantage of this great sale, just click on the Shutterfly banner in the sidebar, and when you are ready to purchase, be sure to use this coupon code: 28AF-BK07 (expires August 14, 2007).

Selective Color and Photo Tinting Techniques

I’m on a roll lately with digital scrapbooking! It’s just too easy to make lots of pages with all of the gorgeous designs the Weeds and Wildflowers ladies have been producing :). The following page is a scraplift of a layout called Be Me by another Weeds and Wildflowers creative team member, Dawn (createwings). Check out her gallery, it is just FULL of inspiration!


For Credits, Click *HERE* (includes Weeds and Wildflowers freebie link)

Photoshop Tips & Tricks

  • I sometimes find it helpful to use keyboard shortcuts to arrange layers on my page. Typing ctrl+[ sends the active layer back one layer and ctrl+] brings the layer forward one. So if you drag and drop an element onto your page and it disappears behind a paper, just type ctrl+] several times until it appears again :)! 
  • I used the shape tool to cut the red paper into a flower shape that mimics the flower shaped buttons.
  • The ric-rac I used is extra thick, so I doubled up on the stitches and recolored them to match my page. I also recolored the circled doodle. Recoloring solid colored items, like doodles,  is as simple as using the paint bucket tool. This makes them great elements for adding an extra punch of color to the page.
  • I used the edit>transform>flip horizontal command on the main photo, because I wanted the image to pop out of the frame on the left, like in the inspiration page. 

The original photos I wanted to use are some of my favorites and I love their colors. They are pretty, but the bright colors didn’t match the theme or colors of the page, so I used two simple photo editing techniques to get a unique, dreamy look that I think compliments the page perfectly :)! 

NOTE: I used Photoshop CS for this technique, earlier or later versions of PS might have slightly different steps.

Technique: Selective Color Using a Layer Mask

Step 1

If you add small areas of color back into a black and white image, you are using a selective coloring technique. When I first started experimenting with this technique, my method was to simply create a new layer, remove the color, and erase the areas that I wanted to color to show through. That works, but it doesn’t give you much control, and makes it it difficult to correct mistakes. Using a layer mask is a simple, and gives you much more control over the effect. Step 1 This is the image I started with, I had already done my basic editing and cropping.

Step 2Step 2 Next, I duplicated the layer and ran a Virtual Photographer filter called “Hard Steel” on the duplicated layer. You don’t have to use a Virtual Photographer filter, you could just remove the color (desaturate) from the duplicated layer and make your own adjustments until you find a look you like. I love the virtual photographer filters because they are fast and easy (not to mention free!). If you run a filter and it looks too harsh, you can always use edit>fade (shift+ctrl+f) to tone it down a bit.

Step 3

Step 3 With the duplicated layer still active, I clicked the “add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the layers palette, that looks like a square with a circle in the middle.

Step 4

Step 4 When the mask is turned on, there will be a white square next to the layer’s thumbnail in the layer palette. Using a small, soft edged brush, I painted with black over the areas of the image that I wanted to bring color back to. You can see in the layer mask thumbnail the areas that have been painted over. For the purposes of this tutorial, I used a brush set at 100% opacity so that you can see the effect clearly. For the actual images on my page, I used a brush set somewhere between 70-80 % opacity, so that the color would be somewhat muted. If you make a mistake or change your mind about something in a layer mask, you can always go back by painting back over it with white. This makes the layer mask very versatile and easy to use.

Technique: Tinting Photos to Match Your Page

Now that I had the selective color look I wanted, I just had  to adjust the color of the images so that they would coordinate with my page elements.

Step 5

Step 5 I added a new layer and using the paint bucket tool, I filled the layer with a red color I had picked up from one of the elements on my page. Then, in the pull-down menu at the top of the layers palette, I changed the blending mode to “hue”. I love how this simple technique made my photos look, and I hope you’ll enjoy using it as well :)!

There are at least two other techniques I want to show you from this page, but I will have to do it some other time. I’d love to show you how to make your image jump out of the frame, plus an easy way to put your text on journaling strips. So, check back soon for more photoshop fun :)! 

Shutterfly Photo Book COUPON CODE

Photo BooksI’m sure you’ve already heard of the Shutterfly photo books; there has been a lot of buzz about them in the scrapbooking community, especially in the digital scrapbooking world! I am SO excited about them, and I’m working on designing my first 12×12 photo book right now – it’s 20 pages, so it might take a while :)! I will be writing a review of my experiences and showing you lots of photos when it’s finished.

Anyway, I just thought I’d let you know that you can get them for 20% off right now!! Just click on the Shutterfly banner in the sidebar, and when you are ready to purchase, be sure to use this coupon code: 28AF-BK07 (expires August 14, 2007).

Technique: Blending a Photo and Paper Together

I am a regular reader of The Hub, the blog for, because it is just filled with inspiration! This week, the Mojo Monday challenge was to use one photo four different ways on your page. Here’s my take:

Those Eyes

For Credits, *Click Here* 

Photoshop Tips & Tricks

  • When arranging lots of small elements around on my page using the move tool, I like to select the “auto select layer” option and deselect “show bounding box”. This helps me quickly move things around and clearly see what they will look like. If I need to, I can always use ctrl+t (free transform) to bring back the bounding box.
  • For drop shadows, I like to use dark brown, rather than the standard black, it just looks more natural to me.
  • It’s easy to duplicate the same drop shadow for multiple objects. For the star buttons, I made a drop shadow for one (layer>layer style>drop shadow – then adjust as needed),  then, in the layers palette, I clicked and dragged the layer style icon beneath the thumbnail for that layer (which looks like a circle with an f in it) to the line just below the thumbnail of the next star button. When I released the mouse button, the drop shadow was duplicated for that button as well.  I just did the same thing for each button, so all the shadows would match.

Technique: Blending a Photo and Paper Together

The large photo on my page is blended with the background paper for a softer, dreamy look. Here’s what I did:

  1. I started with a white background, not transparent.
  2. I layered the patterned paper and my phot0 on top.
  3. In the layers palette, I reduced the opacity of the photo to 60%.
  4. Using the eraser tool, with a round brush (size=500, hardiness=0), I erased the outer edges of the photo, being very careful not to erase too closely.
  5. Then, with the eraser set to about 50% opacity, I erased some more, this time a little closer.
  6. Switching to the paper layer, I used the eraser (same settings) to lighten some of the areas below his face. This reveals the white background enough that you can see the details of his face well, but you can also still see a little bit of the patterned paper.

There are many ways to blend photos, but this is one of the ones I use the most. Now, I know you have some papers and photos that will blend well together, so go try this technique for a completely new look!

Summer Bright Combo KitBy-the-way, the buttons I used on this page are all from an amazing, HUGE set created by Heidi Williams of Weeds & Wildflowers Design. They are sold separately or as part of a combo kit that includes papers and alphas too. AND the combo kit is ON SALE right now at for $8 (it would cost $11 to buy all three separately). Check it out here.

SBLS Challenge: Multiple Photos (Vote for Me!)

Thanks again to all of you who voted for me and helped me make it to the second round of the Stylin’ Idol challenge at Scrapbook Lifestyle!

I have completed my layout for the next challenge, so if you’d like to vote for me (*wink*) for the next round, ~Click Here~ and vote for “Jessica Gordon – Our Wedding Party.” The challenge was to 1) create a one or two page layout using at least four photos, 2) be creative and 3) see how many photos we could fit on a page. Here is my entry: 




Credits Patterned papers by Anna Griffin; cardstock by Canson, Old Olive ink by Stampin’ Up; monogram stickers by Creative Memories; metal accents by K and Company, page pebbles by Making Memories; Font: Beautiful ES; other: ribbon and double-sided patterned cardstock.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Because it was important to get all my measurements just right, I planned everything out with a sketch before I began.
  • I thought the first page might look too busy if I labeled each photo, so I just numbered most of them and put all of the information in a column on the second page.  
  • In order to get the top row and bottom row of photos to all face the same direction, I reversed some in photoshop before printing. Even though I already had prints of many of these photos, I edited and sized them in photoshop and reprinted them to make sure they would match perfectly.
  • To achieve a more formal look on the first page, I used black and white photos that were all taken in similar locations at around the same time, and I tried to make sure they were all zoomed in at about the same size. The second page has more casual, color photos.

Technique: Create mini accordion albums for extra photos and journaling 

If you enjoy hidden journaling, you will want to try this easy and fun method for adding extra surface area to your page.

CloseUpTo make my mini albums, I simply used double-sided patterned cardstock cut into 2×6 inch strips. I used the scoring tool that fits on my paper trimmer to add vertical creases every 1.5 inches along the strip, then I fan-folded the paper strip at each crease (3 folds creating 4 panels). I attached a piece of ribbon to the back of the last panel and adhered the panel to the page.  When the mini album is open to the left, 4 panels are showing and 3 are showing when it is open to the right – plenty of little spots for extra photos, journaling and embellishments! The ribbon holds the album in place when it is closed. I think another neat way to keep the mini albums closed would be to use photo turns. Also try experimenting with different sizes and shapes!

OK, now that you see how much heart I have put into this challenge, don’t you want to go vote for my layout ;)?! Also, be sure to check out all of the other awesome layouts in the gallery!

The Wonders of Photoshop!

I think it is about time I let you in on some of my favorite photo editing tricks! I am by no means an expert when it comes to photography or photoshop, everything I know is self – taught. And I don’t have a super fancy camera, either – just a 4 mega pixel Canon PowerShot. But I AM fortunate to have Photoshop CS (through my husband’s work) and Photoshop Elements 2.0 (which came free with my Epson printer). Here are some tips and tricks using photoshop that I used when making the page below. 

*Click here for credits*

Photoshop Tips & Tricks:

  • I often follow the “Rule of Thirds” when I crop my photos.
  • If a photo looks too dark, I try the following steps: 1) Duplicate the layer 2) Set the blending mode for the new layer to “screen” 3) Adjust the opacity of the “screen” layer until the brightness looks better 4) Merge the “screen” layer with the original.
  • I always adjust the levels! Sometimes the auto adjust works, but I usually like to adjust it myself. Most of the time, I just move the arrows in on the left and the right, then slide the middle one around a little until I like the way everything looks.
  • I usually auto adjust the contrast.
  • Sometimes I can auto adjust the color, but it usually doesn’t work, so I have to fiddle around. My favorite methods are by adjusting the “color variations” and the saturation. But I’ve been known to try other adjustments as well.
  • Next, I LOVE to use virtual photographer filters! They are free to download, and there are TONS of different filters available! I usually duplicate my image layer, and try different filters until I find one I like. Then, I can adjust the opacity of that layer until the the level of the effect looks good. Then I can merge that layer down and start over using more filters or even blend modes. I always come up with lots of different versions of my photo to choose from once I start really playing around like this :).
  • I also like to use photoshop actions to create cool effects, like the antique photo effect I used on this page, by Michelle Coleman at Just do a google search for “free photoshop actions” and you will find plenty! There are also lots of great ones around to buy too :).

Photo Edit

OK, there are more photoshop tricks I’d like to share, but that’s all for this post.  Enjoy!

National Scrapbook Day & More!

I hope you’re ready for some great news, because I sure have lots for you!! May 5th is National Scrapbook Day and May is National Photo Month, so May is the month for me as scrapbooking and photography are my two favorite hobbies :).  Check it out…

This Digital Scrapbook Kit Could Be Yours!

Seaside Cottage

I am so excited to show you this digital scrapbook kit that I donated for Carolyn’s scrapbooking blog party! Everyone who participates in the Celebrate Scrapbooking blog party will receive this kit for FREE as a party favor :). It was SO fun to make, and I can’t wait to create with it now! Click below for more info about Carolyn’s blog party, and check out all the AWESOME prizes!

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National Scrapbook Day Events

OK, I was going to try to give you a list of all of the fun things going on for NSD, but when I started looking around I realized there is just TOO much to put in one post :).  So here are some highlights, be sure to check back for updates in coming days.

Click Here for Simple Scrapbooks NSD Info


Click here for Creating Keepsakes NSD Info

Creating Keepsakes NSD Events

Click Here For A Cherry On Top Scrapbook Shoppe NSD Info 

A Cherry On Top NSD Events

Wow! I just got the DST newsletter today, and there is SO much going on this month in the world of digi scrapping! There are many, many sales, crops, contests, chats and grand openings. The May calendar is just packed full. Fun! Check it out…

Click Here For Digi Shop Talk Calendar & NSD Info 


Please also be sure to stop by the DST forum on May 5th! We’ll be your HUB for all things NSD! We’ll have a special section for designers and site owners to announce their events as they take place. Our calendar is already a rapidly growing list of activities that are scheduled for the big day! And we’ll have our own games, contests and chats as well! It’s going to be a digi-scrappers dream come true! If you’ve never celebrated a National Scrapbook Day digi-style, you’re in for a real treat! Save the date!

Shannon Bieger, owner,

Last But Not in the Least Bit Least :)

Folk Art Kit at Song Bird Avenue

This GORGEOUS kit that I instantly fell in love with is now available at a brand new site called Songbird Avenue. This completely beautiful site that donates 100% of it profits to charity! And what makes the first kit all the more lovely is that one of the contributing designers is none other than Shabby Princess :).

Want a Philips Digital Photo Frame?

Philips Digital Photo FrameWow, who wouldn’t want one of these awesome digital photo frames! Lets face it, if you have a digital camera you probably have LOTS of photos that aren’t making it onto your scrapbook pages – even if you’re a really dedicated scrapper – LOL! Well, with these SUPER cool photo frames you will be able to display all of your digital photos, and enjoy lots of cool bonus features too.  Check it out: Philips Digital Photo Frames.

Interested? Then head over to 5 Minutes for Mom and enter this contest – one lucky girl will win one of these babies for FREE! I hope it’s me :).

Photo Tips from a Pro!

Have you seen the latest episode of Real Women Scrap TV? It is has some awesome tips that will help you take the perfect photos for scrapbooking! I really enjoyed watching Tasra and CharMaine demonstrate how to use these great techniques. Don’t worry if you’ve missed any of the previous episodes, they are all still available online: check it out

P.S. Are you interested to learn more about Tasra: author, speaker and scrapper extraordinaire? Well, you’re in luck! She will be featured in the next Scrappin’ Jobs Interview later this week, so stay tuned and be prepared for some inspiration! 


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