Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A Review of Computer Tricks for Scrapbookers

A Review of Computer Tricks for Scrapbookers by Jessica Sprague.

Creating Keepsakes Description:

Ready to do more with your computer than just printing out your photos and journaling? Now you can! Learn how to create inspiring borders, accents, titles, photos and more with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions from contributing editor Jessica Sprague and her team of creative contributors. You’ll be creating quick digital elements and artistically altering your photos like a pro in no time!

I love Jessica Sprague! She is certainly one of my favorite scrapbooking designers right now, so it came to no surprise to me that I loved her special issue. Although she does do some all-digital layouts, she primarily uses her computer to 'enhance' her traditional paper layouts which is what I like to do as well. I was somewhat impressed with myself that I did know how to do some of the techniques she outlines, but many were new and I am so excited to use some of them. My favorites were instructions on how to give a photo a vintage, hand-painted look, create an artistic look with a less-than-perfect photo (we all have those, don't we?) and add artistic appeal to a photo with a subtle journaling block. Those are just a few...too many favorites to list here. Here is an example of what I was able to do with Jessica's easy-to-follow instructions on the vintage, hand-painting technique with a recent favorite photo of mine:

The Original:

With Jessica's Vintage, Hand-Painted Look Instructions:

Think how wonderful this effect would look with all the flag pictures, etc. we'll be taking today!

5 STARS!! Thanks, Jessica!

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