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How To Create Your Own Mockup Photos

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If you’ve ever looked for a product mockup, you know that free ones are very hard to come by and most you have to pay for.  These can range in price starting at $8 depending on the quality, the shop itself, or how many you get, the price goes up from there.  I love creating free printables but just didn’t want to shell out the money for versatile mockups.  That’s when I decided that I would just make my own and share how to do it with you!

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How I Got My Baby to Sleep Through the Night

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I want to preface this by stating that I, in no way, consider myself an expert.  I did read (ok…skimmed) a book or two when I went through it the first time and I also acknowledge that no baby is “textbook”.  I understand that some people are just blessed with great sleepers.  (Yeah…that’s me.  But I’m gonna knock on wood because I just wrote that and, therefore, said it publicly)  To the same degree, I understand that some people have little ones that just don’t do that whole sleep at night thing.  (Yeah…also me, but me as a baby.  Sorry, Mom and Dad!) But, in most cases, this works.  Night time cues are so helpful when it comes to, for a lack of a better word, training your little one.  When Ro was a newborn, he had his days and nights flipped for the LOOOONGEST time.  Well, it felt like it anyway!  It probably didn’t help that I would eat ice cream at night and then he’d be all hyper in utero for about an hour.  But when I started implementing night time cues, he slowly started to add a hour or so to his sleeping time.  Then one morning…

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How I caught up on an entire year of Project Life in 48 hours

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I love scrapbooking, photo albums, and all that archiving goodness.  So when my best friend told me about Project Life 3 years ago I was super excited.  I had done traditional scrapbooking before and that can be daunting.  So much paper and extra bits when all you want it just the picture and the memory to stand out. This is why I love Project Life so much.  It’s scrapbooking simplified yet still super cute and fun! So I started with highlights from when Mr. G was born and gradually caught up in the year and continued through 2013.  Enter 2014, the year we moved into our house!  I had my new binder, I was ready to do this!  Cut to December of the same year and you’ll find practically empty binder with a few pictures where I had attempted to get started.  Oh man, how in the world was I going to record the past year with the new one fast approaching?  And how in the world was I going to pay for a year’s worth of photos!  That was going to be expensive.  Or was it? images via iTunes app store (Project Life App / Free Prints) This is…

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How To // Textured Fonts in GIMP

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Have you ever seen a logo or site design that included a a unique textured word and wondered how do they did that?  I did too!  So I found out how to do it and decided I’d share it with you here.  The tutorial I had found used a bunch of pictures and basically created a word crop.  I then applied it to different textures like glitter backgrounds, watercolor, and digital scrapbook paper. Start by opening up a new window with your background texture.  Then, go to your layers box and create a new WHITE layer.  Be sure to click the white option otherwise you’ll end up with a transparent one. Using the font tool, type out your word in the font you’d like to use.  I felt that the word “sassy” and pink glitter fit well together!  Head back to the layers box and right click on the text layer.  Click “text to selection” and the letters should become outlined in flashy dots.  Now delete the text layer and you’re left with just the flash dots outlining where the word was. To get rid of the white, click edit then clear and it should disappear, leaving only the glitter….

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Sometimes I don’t always have all the tools I need for a great final product shot.  Or I do have everything but my lighting is terrible.  This is when my handy photo editing software comes in handy.  This tutorial will work with whatever software you’re using since they all have about the same kind of tools you’ll be using.  The keyboard commands maybe be different though, so just know that this tutorial is GIMP specific. What You’ll Need: Cardstock or Paper, Lots of Light, Camera, Photo Editing Software Now I could stop this whole tutorial and say just get a pic of poster board and call it a day.  BUT this is for those times that you may not have poster board and going to get some just isn’t an option.  That’s me just about everyday! Find the place in your home with the most light.  For me, its our living room.  Clear a space and place your paper on the floor.  I used four sheets to create a large rectangle but you can use as many or as few as you need. These are the RAW images! Place your object on the paper and take pictures of it from…

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How To // Facebook Cover Christmas Card

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As much as I would love to, I can’t send everyone I know a Christmas card.  I’m pretty sure that would require a lot of money and a lot of hand cramps from writing addresses.  So here is my way to share one with everyone. *This tutorial was done with GIMP.* Open up a new document with either a plain white or transparent background.  A cover photo for Facebook is 815×351 pixels.   Find a fun background and open it as a new layer.  Adjust as needed.  The background I used is actually a freebie iPhone background from Design Love Fest. Find the picture you want and open it as a separate window.  This way, you can crop it.  Once the picture is cropped, copy and paste it into the FB cover window.  Resize/rotate as needed. Now add text making sure to leave plenty of space in the bottom left corner.  This is where your profile picture overlaps. I also added a little washi tape for fun!  The washi I used is from Pugly Pixel.   Now save and upload! Merry Facebook Christmas!!

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How To // Turn Your Child’s Art into a Project Life Card

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I saw a fabulous idea once on Becky Higgins’ Instagram.  See had scanned her child’s art work, the kind with lots of construction paper and glue, which turned it into a flat image.  She then was able to print the image and slide it into one of the larger page protectors. Voila! The artwork is saved without all the bulk!  I thought this was a great idea and made a mental note to remember this for the future.   But then this past weekend, LM decided he wanted to color so I gave him a few crayons and let him go to town. While they ended up in his mouth a lot, they did make it to the paper and mommy and daddy added some doodles too.  It was such a sweet memory that I didn’t want to just discard it.  That’s when I got an idea!  I’ll turn it into a card for the scrapbook! Scan the artwork to your computer. For this one, the color was very muted so I adjusted the levels and contrast to see it better. Resize your image.  I wanted it to go in one of the bigger slots so I got it as…

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How To: Adding Text and Arrows to Your Photos

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I’ve had a few people ask me how I get text on my pictures or draw on them so I thought I’d create a tutorial on how I go about doing it. You can use any type of editing software you like but this tutorial will be for GIMP. I chose GIMP when I first started blogging simply because it’s free. I originally had photoshop (a REALLY old version) but when we switched to our MAC I had to get something else because the software didn’t work.  I also would like to state for the record that I am not, in any shape or form, technologically savvy.  I’m sure there are a multitude of ways to do this but this is how I figured it out.   Here we go! First, if you don’t have GIMP, go get it!  Click HERE….I’ll wait…. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Got it?  Awesome! Now, open up the image you’d like to add your text to. Now click on the “A” icon.  This is your text tool.  Select an area and start typing. You can move the text anywhere on the image and there are many options to edit your actual text. Want to add more somewhere else?…

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