Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A fun new technique

Here's a fun new technique I learned. You take a photograph, turn it into a line drawing, then merge it with the original photograph so that there's a transition from the line drawing (bottom of the photo) to the photo itself. Interesting effect, don't you think? I learned the technique from Scott Kelby's book, "Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks," which I have literally read from cover-to-cover. (And even though I now have PhotoShop CS3, the tutorials in this book are still easy to follow and applicable because very little has changed with regard to menus).

That's my nephew, Adam, in the photo, taken last June. If you have downloaded any of the Webajeb Freebies in the past few months you've doubtless seen him before. I use photos of him alot because I happen to think he's one of the most photogenic kids in the world! Always willing to pose, too!

Now for the December Webajeb Freebies. Here is the calendar page for December:
And here is the template:

Guess I had a bit of the blues when I was creating those! To see these same freebies with a photos please visit my website http://www.webajeb.com/ and click on the Freebies link at the top of the home page.

I hope to get the Webajeb December newsletter out soon. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, please email me at deborah@webajeb.com. I alway enjoy hearing from you!

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Freebies for December & a Layout Re-Do

Hi All! I have new freebies for December! They are on my website, http://www.webajeb.com/, and ready for down-l0ading. I hope you enjoy them, and please let me know how they work out for you, as well as any special requests you may have for future freebies, ways to make them more useful for you, etc. I'm always open for any suggestions and ideas and even the occasional complaint!
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will probably recognize the above layout. However, this new version has been updated using a new technique that I recently learned, thanks to a tutorial by Steve Patterson of Photoshop Essentials.com, on how to add the look of sunlight streaming through trees. What do you think??? Pretty cool, huh? This is why I love digital scrapbooking so much; there are so many cool things you can do, and I'm constantly learning new stuff.
Please think about letting me create gorgeous layouts like this one with YOUR photos!

I am still on vacation but the beauty of digital scrapbooking is that it’s easy to take it along. All I need is my laptop and to be able to plug into 110 power now and then to recharge the battery. On our boat, we have 110 power available all the time, so battery power is not an issue like it might be if I were sitting outside in a park or something.

Almost every day on this trip I have transferred the day’s photos from my digital camera onto my laptop where they are instantly available for me to use in layouts. So far I have done nearly two dozen layouts for our trip and we haven’t even gotten home yet!

Here are a couple more that I like a lot:

The "reflection" added to the title of the layout above really ties in nicely with the ocean theme.

I try to make sure the photos are the "stars" of each page, so I often use a very simple layout design like the one above. Subtle background paper, a cool title, and just a few additional elements help the photos to really pop off the page.

If you'd like to know more about our 8-week sailing trip please be my guest and visit my personal blog at http://www.debztalkin.blogspot.com/.

The holidays are fast approaching...be sure to take lots of pictures and then call me to find out how I can help you organize them, and get them put into heritage-quality photo albums that will be family treasures.

Happy holidays!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Catalina Island Layout

A stop on our sailing cruise was at Santa Catalina Island where we spent one night anchored in their gorgeous little harbor, and exploring their little town of "Two Harbors." We were on the east side of the island, not as heavily touristed as Avalon, and we really enjoyed it. Very quaint; excellent hiking along the cliffs and, as the harbor police said, "one of everything;" one building for showers, one laundromat, one grocery store, one restaurant, etc.! We walked by the one-room schoolhouse where the teacher and her half-dozen or so students were having lunch outside.

I hope you are all busily scrapbooking and/or taking lots of photos! Let me know if I can help in anyway with organizing your photos and creating heirloom quality digital photo albums. I will be back home in mid-December at which time I will try to answer all e-mails that I missed while I was gone, and also get all my work lined up for January.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter (http://www.webajeb.com/) because there is a special offer JUST for newsletter subscribers!! Also, if you want more detail on our trip, see my personal blog: http://www.debztalkin.blogspot.com/.

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