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We’re back in Kansas, Toto

One of the really fantastic things about writing Scraps of Mind is that I get to meet (in a virtual sense) many wonderful people from all around the globe in the scrapbooking blogosphere.

One such person is Joe Cheray from Wildheart’s Web 2.0.

Joe wrote a series of articles on Scraps of Mind a while back called Texture Tuesday where she showed us how you can create and use textures in digital scrapbooking.  She and I have been blog buddies ever since we both went through the Blog Mastermind Course together.

Anyhow, it seems Joe was invited by her local Kansas TV station to do an interview about digital scrapbooking and during the interview she gave Scraps of Mind a plug. How cool is that?

You can see the interview here.

Thank you Joe.

I really appreciate you thinking of me.  Especially when you must have had a bunch of nerves to deal with at the thought of being interviewed on TV.


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Texture Tuesday with Wildheart

Join Wildheart of Wildheart’s Works for this week’s edition of Texture Tuesday. Wildheart is a Paintshop Pro expert, but I know you’ll enjoy the tips and tricks even if you’re not a PaintShop Pro user. And you’ll find plenty of ideas to help you work with textures in your own program.

Time to Think About Your Christmas Designing

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away and Black Friday the day after it is time to start thinking about getting your sites ready for Christmas if you haven’t already started to.

I put together a few tiles to get us thinking about Christmas site designing and prepping.

You can see more of Wildheart’s textures at her blog, Wildheart Works or feel free to contact her at joecheray@gmail.com

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How to Use Textures in Scrapbook Layouts

Wildheart’s Texture Tuesday series has been running on Scrap of Mind for 5 months now.

In that time she has brought us many beautiful and interesting textures. And I thought it might be a good idea to talk about how I like to use them in my own scrapbooking.

Regular readers of Scraps of Mind will know that I’m a user of Photoshop Elements 5. My understanding of the mechanics of other software programs is limited so I’m writing this from a PSE perspective.

What is a Texture?

Textures change the surface of your photo or element to look like it is made from another material

In PSE they are found in the Filters menu. And by activating a layer and applying a texture filter you can change the appearance of your photo by making it look like it is made out of another substance: canvas or brickwork for instance.

In scrapbooking textures are probably more widely used to help create interesting background papers for digital scrapbook layouts.

Unlike with brushes and gradients, PSE doesn’t allow you to load and save your own textures in the textures filter. At least I can’t find a way. If anyone knows of one I would be very grateful to hear it.

So my favorite way to use texture files is to blend them with backgrounds.

Now the beaut thing about blending textures is that it doesn’t matter if you have a low resolution texture file. It will still give a great result when you drag it out to cover your background paper and apply a blending mode.  I’ll show you what I mean.

The above image shows you a 300 pixel per inch background paper. I have dragged onto it a tiny texture image that I saved from one of Wildheart’s previous texture posts. It’s just a little 72 pixel per inch image and you can see how tiny it is. Now let’s look at what it looks like when I drag it out to the full size of the background paper.

The texture layer is now covering the background paper and although there will obviously be a degradation in quality, it will not be apparent when we complete the next step, which is to blend the two layers together.

You can blend the layers together in a variety of ways.

In this example I have used the Overlay blending mode (found in the drop down blending mode menu in the Layers Pallet). You can see the different the texture has made to the paper. It really gives it dimension and substance. And yet the paper doesn’t not look anything like the raw texture. I love doing this to customize my background papers.

You might pick a different blending mode. I recommend you select one in the blending menu. This will highlight the field in the menu box and then you can use your mouse scroll wheel to scroll through them all and pick the one you like.

Alternatively, you can reduce the opacity of the texture layer in the layers pallet to blend it softly into the layer below.

Different textures will work best with different blending options.

Have you tried using textures in this way?

Or maybe you have other favorite ways of using them. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

How do you use textures in scrapbooking?



Texture Tuesday with Wildheart

Join Wildheart of Wildheart’s Works for this week’s edition of Texture Tuesday. Wildheart is a Paintshop Pro expert, but I know you’ll enjoy the tips and tricks even if you’re not a PaintShop Pro user. And you’ll find plenty of ideas to help you work with textures in your own program.

Last week I brought you some fresh and interesting textures from Torley Textures. This week I am going to show you a few frames that I made with more of the textures found in this incredible array of stunning textures.

I recommend that if you haven’t checked out the link I gave you last week to go and download these gems, to do it this week. It is a huge asset to your texture and pattern library. They can be used in Paintshop Pro and Photoshop.

I do want to point out that for frames something that has a slight pattern or texture to it yields the best results. You could certainly use something with a bit more WOW factor. However, if you want a more uniform look to your frame then a texture or pattern with more subtle detail works best.

The first frame is made from a texture called Styxx.

This next one is Vertical Chiffon

and last but not least a lovely Mocha

I want to mention as well that I have had issues with my hosting company this week and have a back up blog and domain over at blogger yet.

I will be using http://wildheartsworks.net from now on and it should be ready to go soon after Google is finished propagating it. I am liking blogger now more than I used to as there is more out there that you can do with it than you used to be able to and you don’t have to settle for the standard templates Blogger has to offer.

You are free to snag these for your own frame files or whatever you want to use them for.

You can see more of Wildheart’s textures at her blog, Wildheart Works or feel free to contact her at joecheray@gmail.com

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Texture Tuesday -last week’s segment

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Texture Tuesday with Wildheart

Join Wildheart of Wildheart’s Works for this week’s edition of Texture Tuesday. Wildheart is a Paintshop Pro expert, but I know you’ll enjoy the tips and tricks even if you’re not a PaintShop Pro user. And you’ll find plenty of ideas to help you work with textures in your own program.

Now after my celebration last month it is back to business.

I belong to a few Paint Shop Pro groups on Flickr and came across Torley Textures. They offer a huge pack of fun, fresh, funky, and exciting textures.

Since it is still fall and Thanksgiving will soon be here in the United States I decided I would go through the texture files I got from Torley’s site and find some fall related textures to share with you.



I like the second one. It is like a fall leaves abstract.

While the bottom one has kind of a parchment, patchwork feel to it.

I would highly encourage you to check their page on Flickr out and download the texture packs.

You can see more of Wildheart’s textures at her blog, Wildheart Works or feel free to contact her at joecheray@gmail.com

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