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Erica Hernandez

Member Since August 2002, 22332 forum posts, 636 public projects

Location: the mitten state :)

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Animated layouts

Have you done one? If you have a series of sequential photos that you'd like to feature prominently on a layout without sacrificing the size, an animated layout is a fun way to do it. While you obviously can't print the layout this way (I'll choose the one photo that I like the most for this page and create a second half that has the rest of the photos shrunken down) it is a fun way to share on a blog! Give it a shot and link me to your blog if you share (I don't think the gallery provides the option for an animated gif upload.)

1/29/2012 2:58:59 PM | Comments (4) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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New feature: User Challenge!

Today, I'm debuting a new feature and I need all of YOU to help me out! I'm adding a user challenge option to the blog - these will be interspersed with our CT challenges and will work in the same way - one week to participate.

To kick things off, we're starting with a fun challenge from the amazing and talented Liz. Check it out!

Challenge upload deadline is January 24th at midnight CST.

My challenge is to find something funny to write about! And guess what? You can make it up! Yes, really. Who said facts are all that important? Well, okay, sure, on heritage pages you probably want dates, names, and all that historical stuff. But, on a funny scrapbook page, facts are irrelevant. Or easily manipulated.

Little kids and dogs are easy subjects for funny pages. No one is going to dispute any story you make up about cute little babies and puppies. It gets a little trickier to find the humor in everyday events that weren’t actually very interesting. But, you want to scrap those pictures anyway, right? So try this: look at one picture that you like pretty well but you have nothing of interest to say about it. Now, make up a conversation you “overheard.” Or use file labels for funny captions, or journaling strips to make lists of funny characteristics. Don’t forget that titles can make powerful and funny statements too. Kids, especially, say the darnedest things – go ahead and quote them! (If you must, go ahead and put a disclaimer on the lo that you are taking poetic license with the facts.)

In my example, “Todd,” I really did lovingly tease baby Kate by calling her Todd. But, there wasn’t one definitive photographic example of this “story.” So, I used a bunch of marginal photos from different events to help tell the story – photos I might not have used if I had just been relaying facts. This sample is also a fairly good representation of using style to help further the tone of the story. I used a bunch of doodly cute stuff from Jen Martakis on this lo, which helps the reader immediately know that the lo is light-hearted.

Stories don’t always have the right pictures. Either find a photo that works, more or less, or go without. If you’re telling a real event (but with humor, right?), just tell your story. Don’t worry about having the exact right picture. We’ll still read it, and smile. Now, go find funny!

 Liz

1/18/2012 3:17:40 PM | Comments (3) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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quick tutorial: using premade text paths

We have a handful of fun pre-made text path kits in the shop so I thought I'd do a quick tutorial to show how to use them in PSE.

This sample uses Angie Kovacs' The Right Path kit but I've linked to some additional options as well.

1. Position your text path around your photo or other desired element.

2. Activate your your text tool (T) and select all of the text in the pre-made path (ctrl + A)

3. Type your text, select all (ctrl + A) and format as usual changing to your desired font and font color. Adjust the font size as necessary to force the text to fit the path.

Have questions? Leave them in the comment section and I'll do what I can to help!

1/18/2012 3:06:54 PM | Comments (4) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Weekly Digital Challenge Winner

1/16/2012 1:54:44 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Challenge

Paper to Digital: January 16

Challenge upload deadline is January 22nd at midnight CST!

from Tracy:

1/16/2012 1:43:21 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Paper to Digital: January 9

Challenge upload deadline is January 15th at midnight CST!

from Daniela:

1/9/2012 8:54:25 AM | Comments (4) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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