Bits and Bytes: April


Supplies: Kraft Edition Becky Higgins’ Project Life

Hello! I’m here with another month’s edition of Bits and Bytes. Some amazing resources relevant to digi scrapbookers are linked-up so that you can enjoy some of the best of the web in one convenient spot.

Let’s get started!

Photoshop Essentials File Format Guide

Have you ever noticed how many file type options there are when you hit “save as” in Photoshop? This handy guide explains the handful that the average user is likely to need.

Basic Recolouring Video Tutorial


Chelle’s Creations put together a clear and easy video tutorial about how to recolour elements. You should definitely check out her entire YouTube channel! Such a great wealth of information to be found on techniques like embossing, internal shadows, and so much more!

Project Life Planning in Lightroom


Christine Newman (aka Listgirl) put together an amazing video tutorial about how she uses Lightroom for planning her Project Life pages. (Bonus – she provides her PL Lightroom template!) For anyone doing Project Life in physical format, this is a great way to “check” if a design works before taking the time to edit, print and crop your photos.

Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

Evidently this is a month for videos for me! One of the best but least understood Lightroom tools is the adjustment brush. This detailed video will take you through many of the great ways that you can work on specific portions of an image without having to go into Photoshop.

Advanced Drop Shadows Tutorial


Suzie is an amazing scrapbooker – and part of her secret is amazing shadows. Check out her gallery here to see what I mean. She put together this great tutorial about how to take drop shadows to the next level.

Google Afterlife

Do you have a Google account? If you’re a planner, you might consider visiting your account page to set up what happens to your account if it’s been inactive for a specified amount of time. Here’s what Google says:

…you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we’ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you’ve provided.

So, whether you want your stuff to disappear or be sent to your spouse, you get to decide.

I hope you found something interesting today!