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I am so thrilled to introduce Joyful Heart Designs to you this month. When I first wrote Jenn asking her to let us feature her, I had to admit to her that I actually gasped when I saw one of her paper packs. Jenn’s papers are so rich and beautiful. I want to decorate my life with them! Her THREE paper packs in this month’s Digi Files do not disappoint. They are stunning!



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Joyful Heart Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs. Supplies: Scrap Your Heart Out 9 (template) by Janet Phillips.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs; Storytellers Nov 2014 (alpha) by Just Jaimee; Storytellers Sept 2014 (journal cards – recolored) by Just Jaimee; Template by Yin Designs; Font: Luly.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Button by Jumpstart Designs; RicRac by Kim Jensen; Style by Mommyish; Font: DJB Me and My Shadow.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

My name is Jenn 🙂 I am from Texas, but now reside in Alabama. I have been married for 20 years and have three kiddos – aged 9, 18, and 19. I am obsessed with PhotoShop brushes and I adore fonts 😉

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I got into web design in 1999, then I was introduced to digital scrapbooking design in 2004. I did paper scrapbooking when my two oldest were babies, but I have never really gotten into creating layouts…I prefer creating papers…they are my favorite things to create 🙂

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Color combinations, an awesome set of brushes, inspiration from perusing Pinterest 🙂

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Computer: I have a HP computer, but my monitor is the best thing about my set up…it is a huge 27 inch Dell flat screen…it really comes in handy when I am designing, being able to fit so much on the screen 😉

Program: PhotoShop CS 4, PhotoImpact, ACDSee

Camera: I am not heavily into photography, but my hubby is – we have a lot of cameras around the house – his Canon is his favorite, and I usually use a little Elf 🙂

Anything Else: No

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One of my favorite tools for coming up with color palettes is
http://letschipit.com/ – you can upload any photo, and it pulls colors from that photo…SO handy 😉

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I really like the way the colors changed when I added the dirty textures to these papers – I adore grunge and realistic paper textures 🙂


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I think my Bloomin’ collection is one of my most popular creations – the bonus paper feathers that are included with the patterned paper pack have been a hit. I love the flowers featured in this pack 🙂


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Here are some of my favorite products by Joyful Heart Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Joyful Heart Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Joyful Heart Designs is celebrating May with 40% off May 1st – 31st.



Go have a look in Joyful Heart Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Joyful Heart Designs

The following layouts were created using “Quirky” by Joyful Heart Designs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2015:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs. Supplies: Scrap Your Heart Out 9 (template) by Janet Phillips.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs; Storytellers Nov 2014 (alpha) by Just Jaimee; Storytellers Sept 2014 (journal cards – recolored) by Just Jaimee; Template by Yin Designs; Font: Luly.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Quirky by Joyful Heart Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Button by Jumpstart Designs; RicRac by Kim Jensen; Style by Mommyish; Font: DJB Me and My Shadow.

Years of Daily Digi Articles Went Into the Making of This Page

Years of Daily Digi Articles Went Into the Making of This Page

When I have friends who want to learn more about digital scrapbooking, I’m happy to point them to the Daily Digi for tutorials. It’s my number one go-to source for all things digi related. (Granted, I’m totally and completely biased!)

I’ve been thinking about all of the newest readers to the site. Maybe you are one of them – and if so, hi and welcome! The Daily Digi has been around since January 1, 2009. That means there are hundreds of articles. Some of the earliest articles are still incredibly useful today.

Here is a page I put together recently. It’s not an overly involved page, but it did take some digi know-how to put it together. A lot of that knowledge came from learning from articles posted right here at the Daily Digi.

Sources: Scrapbooklady Segments Templates by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Stand Out by Red Ivy Designs


Here are some of the tutorials I had in mind when I scrapped this page:

  1. Blocked Page Design and In Praise of Simple Scrapbooking: My love of simple blocked pages goes back to my paper-scrapbooking days. Linear page design appeals to my love of organization and it takes the guess-work out of page design.
  2. Fonts Don’t Float: I use this layer blend trick on almost every page I make to give the journaling a realistic look. By blending the text to the background paper, it looks pressed into the paper.
  3. My Favorite Template Trick: Katie wrote this article about extending templates. I took the opposite approach on this page though – I selected all of the layers on the template and slightly shrunk them, to leave more blank space around the edges of the page.
  4. Digi Scrapping with Clusters and How To Guide For Clustering Elements: Clustering doesn’t come naturally to me so I appreciate learning from the masters!
  5. My Most Used Scrapping Trick: Janet said that the white stroke around a photo was her most used scrapping trick – and I think it’s mine too! It’s such a great way to make a photo stand out.
  6. The Doily Trend: There are lots of trend articles on the site. The Doily Trend is one of my favourites. But, I have an odd love of doilies. (Don’t worry – I don’t actually have doilies all around my house!)
  7. Pocket Supplies Are Not Just for Pocket Pages: This was such a break-through for me! Some journal cards are like mini works of art. It’s great to be able to use them on all sorts of different pages now.
  8. One Layout Shadowed by Many Different Scrapbookers: I usually rely on purchased shadow styles. Shadowing is really not my favourite part of digi scrapbooking so one-click shadows take away the tediousness of adding drop shadows. I do adjust my purchased shadows to lighten them a bit and take on the colour of the paper below them.

I encourage you to use the search feature on the site to find more past articles that you may have missed. The Daily Digi’s archives are worth reading – you are sure to find something useful and entertaining!

Editing Matters

Photography is a multi-faceted skill. In order to create great photographs, you need to have a firm grasp on a number of things:

1. Exposure

2. Composition

3. Connection

4. Lens choice

5. Lighting

6. Camera functions

But just as much as you need those skills, I believe you also need skills in editing. Editing isn’t to rescue awful photos (though it often can in a pinch!), but editing can and does take good photos and make them great!

Needless to say, there are many different styles, philosophies, and methods for editing photos. You have decide what is right for you. However, I think if you want to grow in your skills, it would serve you well to spend some time experimenting and learning about editing. This will allow you to create the photos you see in your mind. It’s one thing to have an eye for photography, but it’s another to be able to have your photos match your vision.

Personally, I do 95% of my editing in Lightroom. I switched in 2012 (from using Photoshop Elements) and I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE Lightroom. It allows me to edit most photos in less than 30 seconds, do lots of custom adjustments, and to save the processes I use on a regular basis.

Regardless of your program, though, you need to feel confident to do what you set out to do. Editing serves many purposes, including correcting white balance, exposure, contrast, and cropping. Editing also allows you to remove things from your background, convert photos to black and white, and to really make your photos pop (if that’s your style).

Using actions or presets can be a great start, but if you always depend on an action or preset to work on each and every photo, you are going to be disappointed at some point. It’s only when you take the time to learn the ins and outs of your program that your photography will be completely in your control.

I love being able to take a feeling in my heart and make the photo mimic it. My style isn’t for everyone, I’m sure, but I am so thankful for the time I have taken to learn Lightroom and for the ways it takes my photos from good to great. My photos make me happy and that is what matters most.

Lightroom has a great feature that allows you to view the before and after of your editing. I love the way it shows how powerful editing can be. I often take screen shots and have been stashing them away in a folder. These are just a few from the past few months.

What about you? Do you like to edit or consider it a necessary (or unneccesary!) evil? What program do you use? What would you like to learn to do?

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Bella Gypsy, a sister designer team, has created a beautiful kit for our members this month. We’re excited to feature their fun and beautiful designs this month and we know you’ll love their creativity and enthusiasm for designing. Peachy Keen, their kit in this month’s divi files, is just filled with fun papers and patterns, perfect for all kinds of pages. Let’s take a closer look!



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Bella Gypsy’s contribution:

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

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Bella Gypsy Designs is Lena Gardner and Tabatha Reed. They are sisters and best friends, but for the last 9 years they’ve been business partners as well.Lena lives in Lexington, KY, and Tabatha lives in a small town an hour away. Lena is married and has 3 kids, aged 14, 8, and 7. Tabatha is engaged and has 6 kids, aged 12, 10, 7, 4, 2, and 11 months. Aside from family cookouts and holiday engagements, they have 9 birthday parties to throw every year and a fun Halloween party tradition, so even without much effort, they get to see each other often!

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Cuddles & Waddles by Bella Gypsy. The thing I love most about this page is that I was able to showcase the alpha from this kit. Tabatha created the alpha and I loved it so much. I’m pretty lazy about making titles, but I made an exception for this one! Plus, it’s always good to capture a funny memory.



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Tabatha started designing before Lena did, but just barely–she had been scrapping for a few months and began tinkering and designing about 2 months before Bella Gypsy was born. She was still a brand new designer when Lena got interested as well and they worked together to create a brand for the both of them to love and create with. Lena learned to design by watching Tabatha, and it was actually a few months before she ever created her first layout.

inspired

They are inspired by color and pattern! When you are a graphic designer, you can’t just turn your design eye off. They are constantly seeing color and pattern everywhere, texting each other pictures of neat patterns or colors and the like.

tools

Computer: Lena creates on a desktop that has 12 gigs of ram and a 2TB hard drive. Tabatha creates on a desktop that has 16 gigs of ram and a 3TB hard drive.

Program: They both subscribe to Creative Cloud–Tabatha uses Photoshop and Lena uses Photoshop and Illustrator.

Camera: They have the same type of camera and primary lens–Canon Rebel T2 with 50 mm 1.4 lens, but Tabatha also uses a 35mm lens sometimes so she can catch her larger group of kids in the shot!

Anything Else: Lena loves her Wacom Intuos tablet.

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One of my favorite tricks is using graffiti to journal on. I love to use patterned papers as my background, but it doesn’t leave much room for journaling. Instead of using a journal card, I like to drop a graffiti splat or two (have fun layering!) and journal over the top of it! It’s fun, try it!

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I love this kit because even though it’s a Valentine’s Day kit, it’s useful for so many pages. I love the colors!


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We love to create kits about real life, and there’s nothing more realistic than a houseful of loud boys! Our customers seem to agree!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Bella Gypsy:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Bella Gypsy’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Save 40% off your purchase at Bella Gypsy TODAY ONLY with coupon code 40TDD. Not valid with any other offer.



Go have a look in Bella Gypsy’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Bella Gypsy

The following layouts were created using “Peachy Keen” by Bella Gypsy and included in The Digi Files during May, 2015:

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Peachy Keenby Bella Gypsy; Font: Courier New.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy; Inspired by Various 4 (template) by wmSquared.

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Layout by Jill. Supplies: Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy.

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Layout by Jackie C. Supplies: Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy; Fonts: .

Fun New Scrap Supplies

Time to scrap your weekend photos! That kit by Studio Basic has everything you need!

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Scrapping with Liz has 2 new template sets in her store today that you can grab at 20% OFF! One will help you document a pregnancy & the other is sure to help you scrap those big pictures in a fun and wacky way.

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EZ Albums v.10 Stitches by Erica Zane will help add a finishing touch. It includes 20 pages/sets of blocked stitches (plus 2 zigzags, a large border and a straight stitch) in black & white. They work perfectly with EZ Albums v.10 & EZ Albums v.10 {Rounded} templates too.

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Mulberry Road is a beautiful new kit from Jennifer Labre Designs. Grab it for 20% off through Sunday!

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Amber LaBau and Sara Gleason have teamed up and created an absolutely inspiring collection all about the many adventures in your life. Check out the beautiful kit and coordinating cards today!

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Brand new @ Studio Flergs this week is a gorgeous fairy tale collection. Little Red is on sale through Saturday, save 44% and get the full kit, scatterz pack, pocket cards & flowers pack at a steal!!

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Did you miss the iNSD sale at Etc by Danyale last weekend? No worries, you can take advantage of her Buy the Kit get, Get the Add-on Free Promo until 5/15! A fabulous chance to grab another great deal on new releases!

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Wendy’s May Templates are in her studio. This month, she’s got template shapes perfect for die cutting or giving the look of a digital die cut. Clip a wood grain paper to them for a veneer look. Or, use the cut files (dxf, svg, psd formats). Each shape also comes with a clipping layer for the inside cut out portion.

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New products by Vinnie Pearce Design, take an extra 15% off by using code: DDmy15. (expires May 11th 2015) )

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That’s it for today!

Artsy Template Multi Pack 5

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We are honored to have Anna Aspnes with us this month. Anna’s templates and other designs are stunning. They have such a rich beauty to them which leads to beautiful pages full of deep meaning. I’m excited to show you the templates she created for this month’s Digi Files!



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Anna Aspnes Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Kawouette. Supplies: Artsy Template Multi Pack 5 by Anna Aspnes Designs; Our Story by Amy Wolff.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Artsy Template Multi Pack 5 by Anna Aspnes Designs; Spread Your Wings by Southern Creek Designs; Action-Embellisher 2 by Studio Wendy; Font: Arsenale White.

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Layout by Melanie H. Supplies: Artsy Template Multi Pack 5 by Anna Aspnes Designs; Creme Caramel by Studio Basic.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Artsy Template Multi Pack 5 by Anna Aspnes Designs; More Than All The Stars by Two More Days.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Artsy Template Multi Pack 5 by Anna Aspnes Designs; Everyday Love by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin; Font: Pea Robyn.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

Anna Aspnes is a UK native who lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, Ella and Luke. She is an artist with a Capital (and a little) A , with a passion for blending combining photos and digital artistry. She creates easy-to-use digital products, with a drag and drop approach, to create blended layouts that make her customers feel like an artist. She shares over a decade of expertise through guest teaching, conventions, podcasts, webinars, magazine contributions, blog posts and video modules, bringing artistry to modern memory keeping. You can find digital supplies at
www.oscraps.com and learn more about her new live education classes by joining her mailing list at www.oscraps.com

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A few years ago, I embarked on a weekly documentation project with an artsy blended approach.

Each week of the year, I combine mainly iPhone photos, with abstract digital art and notable anecdotes from my week, to create a double page spread that captures my life in an artsy fashion.

I have created an entire digital product line around this project to help digital scrapbookers apply the same artsy approach to their weekly documentation layouts.

I love that this project provides a tangible home for all my iPhone photos, includes multiple stories in just one page, removing the guilt of not scrapbooking every photo, and remains true to my artistic style and approach to the sport of memory keeping.

Set an appointment with yourself and make the time to do this. I am always SO grateful I did – Every time I receive my prints.

You can read all my tips, techniques and thoughts about this project at
http://annaaspnes.typepad.com/anna/365-potd/

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started

I started dabbling in paper scrapbooking after becoming a *Mum* for the first time back in 2002, using it as a means of documenting the baby stages, but I never really found my groove with the scissors and glue approach. I happened upon my first digital layout with blended photos, was instantly smitten by this craft and have never looked back since. The endless creative possibilities of using Adobe Photoshop have kept me entertained and serving the artsy digital scrapbooking community for over 12 years. And to think it all started with a simple request.

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I have always been a little different and I like it that way. I have never been one to follow the crowd and have also marched to the beat of my own drum. I’m driven by color, shapes and strong texture, and am grateful to be able to share my art with others (because I can neither sing nor dance.) It’s the biggest gift to give something to others, that they don’t have, and enjoy doing it.

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Computer: I work and create on a PC desktop, built and maintained by my husband, who is the tech guy around here. I couldn’t tell you what the specs are. I know it has a lot of memory and runs like a race horse, just the way I like it.

Program: I just upgraded to Adobe Photoshop CC in lieu of
the brand new aALounge Education Membership program and am having fun
getting to grips with all the new features.


Camera: I mostly us my iPhone 5 for taking photos, but once in a while I pull out all stops and put my Canon 60D SLR to good use. My favorite lens are my 50mm 1.4 or 16-35mm 2.8 Wide Angle Lens.

Anything Else: I have an old Wacom Bamboo Craft Pen and Touch, which continues to work well for me. I find a pen much more intuitive than a mouse when designing and creating artsy digital pages.

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Don’t over-think it. All too often we have preconceived ideas of what a layout should look like, and are then disappointed by the outcome. Cast these rules aside and allow yourself the freedom to play, explore and discover. It’s only when you let go a little, that you find that sweet spot, of being in your creative zone. This is when the magic happens.

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The FotoInspired StarterPack is my favorite product in the aA store because it supports the FotoInspired project that I love so much. This product makes it easy to get started with your own project by providing my top 10 products at a stellar packaged discount price. I basically include all the essential digital products that I use each week in creating my own weekly documentation pages.



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Aside from my ArtPlay Palettes, my AnnaBlendz educational modules are the most popular of products in my store, and customers seem to love Blending with Brushes the most. This video tutorial shows you how to master the art of blending using a layer mask and brushes in Photoshop and Elements, and the technique I use most in creating my artsy pages. I’m going live with the AnnaBlendz techniques and will be teaching them live in an on-line class room environment throughout year 2015.



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Here are some of my favorite products by Anna Aspnes Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Anna Aspnes Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Anna Aspnes Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway