Tips & Tricks: Chic Scrapbooking on a Budget

by Jana Lillie
Tips & Tricks: Chic Scrapbooking on a Budget

S-T-R-E-T-C-H Those Pixels

Blessed by Karla Dudley. Supplies: Software: Adobe Photoshop; Patterned paper and digital brushes (“Blessed” and “family”): Karla’s own designs; Specialty paper: Provo Craft; Chipboard: WorldWin; Velvet leaf stickers: EK Success; Font: CK Tall Type,; Other: Thread.

To create the cool striped looks on her page, Fresh Face Karla Dudley "stretched" the pixels in each phot. To duplicate the look in any Photoshop version (including Elements):

1. Open the photo.

2. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click and drag a tall, narrow selection over the area of the photo you'd like to begin stretching. Everything to the left of your selection will be stretched.

3. Select the Move Tool. (Make sure that the Auto Select Layer checkbox is checked in the Options Bar.)

4. Click and drag on the left-hand transform handle, stretching the "slice" of the photo toward the left. This slice will expand to over the entire left side of the photo.

5. Double-click or hit Enter to commit the change, then type Ctrl-D to deselect your selection. You've successfully "stretched" your photo pixels!

Note: If you'd prefer to stretch something near the right-hand side of your photo, simply follow the directions above while replacing any uses of "left" with "right."

Download Karla’s “Blessed” and “Family” digital brushes in .abr format.

Download Karla’s “Blessed” digital brush in .png format. 

Download Karla’s “Family” digital brush in .png format.

Download Our Holiday Placemats

Placemat and Crayon Holder by C.D. Muckosky.

This holiday season, impress your dinner guests with "gotta save" placements by Tiffany Tillman, C.D. Nuckosky, and Deena Wuest. These talented ladies outdid themselves--check out the napkin rings and crayon holders they created for you as well! The designs are yours to customize. Simply print the placemats on 11" x 17" paper at any copy store. C.D. printed her 12" x 8" kid placemat at Costco. Laminate the results as well (great idea, Tiffany!) to reuse the designs for future meals.

Download C.D.’s placemat.


Placemat and Crayon Holder by C.D. Muckosky. Supplies: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Art pencils: Prismacolor, Sanford; Pens: Pigma Micron, Sakura (black); Uni-ball Signo, Newell Rubbermaid; Other: Cardboard and fabric. Note: C.D. hand-drew the cutlery picture on her 12" x 8" placemat to help kids know how to set the table (and make them smile!).

Download C.D.’s crayon holder.


Thanksgiving Placemat and Napkin Ring by Deena Wuest. Supplies: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0; Digital elements: WoodShop Wood Prints No. 3 by Anna Aspnes,; Font: AvantGarde, Internet.

Download Deena’s placemat.

Download Deena’s napkin ring.


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