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I have had some problems recently with downloads from 4 shared and am in the process of moving them to another web storage. Please be patient.

And come back soon!

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Colours of Australia --textured Papers

Click to enlarge I actually had some holiday photos in mind when I created these richly textured papers and had not considered them at all useful for my old family photos, so I was quite pleased how they turned out as heritage pages too :)
Papers are 3600 X 3600 at 300dpi.
It is worth clicking on the example pages below to get a better idea of the detail of the texture.
If you enjoy hybrid scrapping as I do, I suggest printing these papers on low sheen cardstock if you want to add layers of embellishments and photos.
Zip with papers contains Terms of use.

Click to enlargephoto by my son in law..thanks Holger :)

Click to enlarge My great grandmother Tess Tyson

Click to enlarge photo courtesy http://www.burningwell.org/

Monday, 26 January 2009

A Desktop Wallpaper with Gumleaves and Gumnuts

Click to enlarge This richly textured desktop wallpaper has gumleaves and gumnuts from my garden.
Zip to download includes 3 different sizes:
1280 X 1024
1024 X 768
1440 X 900

Australia Day Desktop Wallpaper

click to enlarge

On 26th of January we celebrate Australia Day all over Australia!

I hope I have captured some of the colours of summer in my desktop wallpaper.

Zip has 3 sizes:
1024 X 768
1280 X 1024
1440 X 900

Download HERE

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Burns Tartan Ribbons for Scrapbooking

Click to enlarge Some rather bright Burns tartan ribbons for your scrapbook pages.
4 ribbons all .png at 300 dpi, longest is 3585 X 113 but they will reduce quite nicely for taggers.
Click on the image above to get a bigger and clearer image.
Zip for ribbons which includes a bonus thistle accent is HERE
You can also download my two full album sized dark green textured papers HERE

Saturday, 17 January 2009

A Robbie Burns Desktop Wallpaper

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Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Robbie Burn' s Birth.
One of Scotland's favourite Poets whose Birthday each year is celebrated by Scots around the world as Burn's Night on 25th January.
A big thank you to David Kratz, whose lovely Highland photograph I've use in the background.
These Desktops come in a ZIP in 3 sizes:
1024 X 768
1280 X 1024
1440 x 900

Happy Birthday Robbie!
Don't forget to pop into Chris' website to check out her latest BURNS OFFERINGS

Monday, 12 January 2009

Gold Heart Frame and Ribbon for Taggers-a freebie

Click to enlarge This slightly tarnished gold frame is in .png format at 72 dpi and suitable for taggers.
Click on the image above to get an idea of the actual size.
Download HERE
You may notice that I have used one of my textured ribbons :)
Here is an example of it's use..to frame one of Scotland's favourite poets Robbie Burns whose 250th anniversary birthday will be celebrated this later month.

Click to enlarge

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Metallic Moths or Butterflies for Scrappers and Taggers

Moths or butterflies? I've included one set of "furry" feelers and one more metallic :)

Ok for tags or small accents on a scrapbook page.

They are approximately 450pixels wide .

TOU are included in the zip file with the images.

Thanks so much to those of you who have taken the time to comment to me both here and privately.

The butterfly/moths look a bit garish here all together but certainly better just used as an accent:)

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Using a Mask to Create a Vignette in Paint Shop Pro

This is another quick method of making a vignette .It is the method that I use most.It is not difficult.
My directions here are for PSP 9.


I will be making an image suitable for a frame approximately 7" X 5" at 300 dpi [ie 2100 X 1500] but you can scale up or down to suit.The same method works well for web sized images.

1 Open the image which you wish to add to your album page.Duplicate and work on the copy.At this stage correct any flaws before adding to your page.[I usually clone out any obvious extraneous material close to my subject at this stage.]
In this image, I removed a lot of barbed wire :)
Crop with a fair bit of space around your image. Resize canvas to a bit larger than what you will need eg 2400 X 1800 to allow for a bit of manipulation.

2 Layer> promote background layer.

3. Then new raster layer named "new background" right click> arrange> send to bottom. Flood fill this with your preferred background colour, gradient or pattern..I've just used an "off white gradient"

4 Back to your image layer.Layer>new Mask Layer>Hide All

oops..image has disappeared :)

5 Lower the opacity of the actual mask so you can see your original picture .I made mine 72%

6. Select your brush tool and choose your round brush . Foreground white and background black and these settings..notice that I have lowered the hardness a bit. [You will need a smaller brush size if working on a smaller image]
[Click on the image below to enlarge it. ]

7. Making sure you are on your mask layer hit the focus of your image with your brush.

8 Return the opacity of your mask layer to 100%

9 Now reduce the opacity of your white brush to about 50% or lower and work outwards from this revealing as much of your image as you wish. To reverse either undo or use your right click and apply black...[great for softening any edges.]
As I work outwards I like to reduce the opacity of my brush even more.

10 I like to save this image with all layers "as is" in case I want to make any final adjustments at a later date.

To use on another image, you have several options. You can copy merged and paste or simply copy the whole mask "group"....handy if you would like to make any fine tuning adjustments later..

My final image

Some fun stuff::
Try stamping around the edges of your mask layer with a patterned brush loaded with white

Have Fun!


If you click on these images , it will take you to the relevant page.

Link to Overlay Tiles Script
Link to A Folded Ribbon Script
Link to My Neat Bow and Ribbon Script