Trick or Treat

As a child, I loved Halloween. Times were different then. It was safe for children to go Trick-or-Treating door-to-door.  Dressed in costume, carrying a bag we hoped was filled with candy by the end of the night, my friends and I couldn’t wait until dark, when...

Don’t Bug Me!

When we moved to Coarsegold 2 years ago, I realized I would need to start getting used to a spider or two in the house upon occasion. After all, we were now living on a mountain, where “wild things” live, as opposed to being in a suburb with neat...

How to Create a Moon in Photoshop

With Halloween right around the corner, I can envision all of the upcoming scrapbook pages featuring adorable children in cute costumes!  Many of those photos will be taken at sundown, or in the darkness of the evening.  Why not include a bright moon as one of the...

Coordinated Collection: Harvest Sunset & Freebie

It’s that time again, when the designers at theStudio put together their Coordinated Collection!  We are given a theme and color palette, then let loose to create as we feel inspired!  It’s always fun to see each designer’s interpretation of the same...

Photoshop Styles 101: Outer Glow

Over the past weeks, we’ve been exploring Photoshop Styles.  Today let’s take a quick look at Outer Glow, its options, and a few fun ways to use this Effect. In the past weeks, we have learned how to access the options for an Effect.  (For review, if...

Personal Note: Cooking for Guests

When I was about 13 years old, my mom instituted a summer ritual for me.  She gave me the family’s grocery money for the week, had me make out a weekly menu and shopping list, then took me to the grocery store to buy all of the ingredients needed.  I was...

New Computer?

Are you thinking of getting a new computer?  Whether that time is now, or sometime in the future, THIS  3 minute video is something you will find helpful when making a purchase decision. My “computer guy” advised me to choose a Solid State Drive when he...

Photoshop Layer Styles 101: Patterns

  Over the past weeks, we have been exploring different Photoshop Layer Style Effects. (How to Load Layer Styles;   Photoshop Styles 101: The Stroke;  Photoshop Styles 101: Color Overlay); Photoshop Styles 101: Color Overlay, Part 2) Since theStudio Annual Next...

Not Enough Time

My dad was a general contractor. I grew up around piles of lumber, saws, drills, paint, and various other kinds of tools. Dad always talked to me as if I were an adult. He taught me how to use tools safely, and how to take care of them. He told me I could do anything,...