Yes, I am glad that it is over with. I have one grandaughter here in Michigan and I have four grandchildren in Atlanta. Loving the one that is here is natural, loving and missing the ones that are there is miserable. So, holidays are always rather bittersweet to me.
Would you believe that it has taken me two days to write a tutorial? I do all of this stuff because it keeps me on my toes, so to speak. But, two days . . . I keep getting interrupted and my mind wonders off. Nonetheless, there seems to be quite a few people out there that appreciate base, bottom-line, tutorials for BEGINNERS.
Actually, if I could recommend any one book that helped me the most; it would be "Digital Designs for Scrapbooking" by Renee Pearson. She does not use intimidating phrases like 'clipping masks' or 'digitizer'. Well worth the price. Get it. Read it. Do the exercises.
Back to being a beginner. I am still there. I got interested in digital scraps in May or June of this year. So, I learn everytime I open PhotoShop. I tried CS3, but I have gotten too attached to using my mouse scroll wheel; which is not possible in CS3. Saved myself big bucks there.
So, I can understand why people who are just starting like to learn from someone they do not know. Well, here I am. I remember a few months back, I would pick a page from a paper scrapbook magazine and duplicate it digitally. Man, I was so proud of my little self. I recreated a page that was in Creating Keepsakes Magazine. I was so proud (and brazen and stupid) that I loaded it up in the Creating Keepsakes Gallery. I even posted that I scraplifted and totally plagiarized (or in this case, pagiarized) from a member of their design team. It wasn't until weeks later that I read a muse from Ro about scrap etiquette and how inappropriate my behavior had been. I was so appreciative of someone leaking the information to me. If I can help even one person avoid that type of embarrasment, these tutorials are worth every minute of my time. By the way, if you do not know what a "Ro Muse" is, stop by ScrapGirls.com and sign up for the newsletters. You will learn more than just clipping and pasting. . . things like scrap etiquette.
This free tutorial and file kit to practice with are definietly for the beginners. It is repititious, grueling and worth every second you put into it. Give it a try, let me know what you threw at the wall. But, by the time you finish this tut; you will not feel like a beginner anymore. And that is our purpose for this moment.
For those of you who know how to do the good stuff, click on my Blog Archives for September. There are over 30 freebies there including two complete kits with some really fun embellishments, such as these envelopes all ready to slap on a page.
God Bless Us All. Yes, even the goofy guy at the seance!
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Please remember to go to September Blog Archives for the entire kit that contains this stationery and much more.