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    How To // Textured Fonts in GIMP

    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.  Click select and none to turn off the flashy dots. Crop the file down and save it as a .JPG.

    Now to apply it to a logo or header design.  If your design does not need to be transparent, use the glitter word as is.  If it does need to be transparent, i.e. no white background, follow the next set of instructions.

    Open a new  project and type your word again in white.  Next, open your glitter word and change the transparency by clicking layer and “color to alpha”.  Copy and paste the transparent glitter word into the new project.

    Resize the glitter word until it covers the white one and there you have your glitter word!  Now you can design around it to suit your design.

    **I’m not sure it this moniker exists already, so I apologize if I used your name without knowing.**

    I have used this technique for logo designs and even my own blog!

    The possibilities are endless!
    XO, Kelly

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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Great Photography Tutorials

    As a photographer, I’m always looking for great tips and inspiration for my little side biz.  Here are some of my favorite tutorials that I’ve found out there!  Happy clicking!



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    How To // Create a Solid Background

    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 all angles.  Don’t worry too much about the background getting in here and there, we’ll fix that.
    Now upload and select the photos you wish to use.  Figure out what you need to fix in the picture.
    First change the levels, contrast, and brightness.  The more contrast/brightness you can add without distorting the picture, the less smoothing and blending you’ll have to do in certain places. Then crop out anything that needs to be taken out of the picture.
    Next, find the cloning and smudge tool.  The cloning tool looks like a stamp and the smudge tool looks like a finger.  You’ll be using these to “erase” the lines created by the overlapping paper.  Using the cloning tool, find the place you wish to copy, hit control and click.  now click again over the place you want to cover.  Keep going until it looks (relatively) like all one piece.  It helps to use both sides of the overlap since there is a difference in light all over the pic.  
    Using the smudge tool, blend the places that look a little off.  Sometimes it’s where the cloning tool was a little too bright.  Use this tool like you would a paint brush, blending the colors until it’s smooth. Be careful where you pull the tool from, you could end up with this.
    Just undo and try again.  Keep playing with the tools, different brushes and sizes help too, until the image looks right.
    And now you have a nicely edited picture on a pretty white background!

    XO, Kelly

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    Weekend Freebie // Confetti Facebook Cover

    Oh Mother Teresa, so much wisdom.  Just reading this quote makes me happy!
    When you open the file, you can place whatever photo you choose into the space.  Still not sure how to put your pic into the template?  Follow THIS tutorial.

    Happy Saturday and now I’m off to a very special 2 year old’s birthday party!
    PS: It’s my Birthday!! Yay 28!
    XO, Kelly
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    How To // Facebook Cover Christmas Card

    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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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It: DIY Ombre Hair

    This is something that I have wanted to try for months now.  I have wanted ombre hair since I saw it popping up all over my Pinterest feed.  However, I don’t get my hair done often because it can be pretty expensive.  My mom came up with the brilliant idea that there;s probably a tutorial out there on Pinterest somewhere.  Duh!!  Why didn’t I think of that?!  
    Sure enough I found two that I thought had the best results and I would try one of them.  
    One using just some boxed highlights and one using a bleach kit.  

    I chose the box one.  I’m no stranger to dying my own hair, but the thought of bleach made me nervous.
    So my mom came over and we got to work.  
    Both tutorials were pretty much the same, telling you to start below the shoulder for the first round. Rinse and dry.  Then about the last few inches for the second round.  Rinse and dry.  
    Of course, if you have shorter hair, you’ll start higher for your first round.
    Well, unfortunately the box dye did nothing for my hair.  It looked vaguely lighter and that’s about it.  Turns out I had probably gotten the wrong product.  The tutorial had used a highlight kit and I had bought plain ole’ blonde hair dye.  I don’t know much about the make up of each product, but I’m assuming there’s a difference.

    Needless to say, we were very disappointed and I just couldn’t let it go down this way.  Off we went to get the BLEACH!  
    We went through the same process again and I am beyond happy with the results!  
    My only warning when using the bleach is that you READ THE DIRECTIONS.  Everyone’s hair is different.  Be it texture, color, length.  Follow the directions and watch you hair as it processes.  
    It’s a subtle change and I’m loving it.
    THIS is the bleach kit we used.

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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Facebook Timeline Cover Templates (a how-to)

    I love me a good freebie!!  I especially love cute FB Timeline covers!  
    Here’s a quick tutorial on how to customize one for your timeline.
    My template is from Penelope and Pip.
    Pinned to my FREEBIES! Board
    *This tutorial is for GIMP and is in no way tech-savy.  This is strictly how I do it. :-)*
    Open the timeline template and photo(s) in GIMP.
    In the template window, open up a Layers window.
    Select the layer where you want your picture to appear then copy/paste your photo.  Here, I wanted to have the photo under the frame where the orange is so I selected the layer with the orange square.
    Resize your photo with the scale tool.
    Save and rename the template.  Besure to save it as a png.  It will save any transparent layers and be able to be uploaded.  As a .psd file, it will not be available for upload in Facebook.
    Upload your new timeline cover!!

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    How To: Adding Text and Arrows to Your Photos

    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?  Just click somewhere else on the image and create another box.
    Now for the arrows.  You’ll want to create a new layer otherwise you’ll only be able to draw in the last text box you created.  
    Now select the paintbrush icon.  You can change the color too if you like. 
    “Free hand” drawing took me some practice and I still have to undo A LOT.  Just keep trying and undoing until the arrow looks right to you.  
    Save and you’re done!
    If you try this tutorial for your pics, let me know how it works for you!

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    DIY Smash Book

    If you frequent Michael’s (or Walmart…or Target!) like I do, you may have seen a Smash Book or two.  I love them.  Of course I do!  It’s a journal, scrapbook, sketchpad, craft extravaganza all in one!  K&Company really out did themselves.  If you would like to see what their all about click HERE.
    But if you know me, I had to DIY it.  
    Here’s what you need:
    One of THESE Expandable Notebooks or a Small Binder
    Scrapbook Paper
    3 Hole Punch
    Your imagination 
    Punch holes in your scrap book paper and fill your book!

    I filled mine with a mix of the lined paper that was left in the notebook, copy paper, and scrapbook paper.   For double sided paper, I glued them together and taped the edge for easy page flipping.

    I wanted the front to look more like the product, so I used THIS TUTORIAL to cover the front.

     I’m using it for just about everything!  It’s my scrapbooking/journaling/drawing/brainstorming/inpiration book!

    This is probably one of my favorite pages so far!

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    31 Days to an Organized Home: The Amazing Magazine Rack

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    5 New Uses for Magazine Racks & Files


    Get control of those soup cans!  Just make sure it’s wide enough!

    Store pot and pan lids.  This frees up so much space!  I know whenever I reach into the cabinet, I’m met with clanging from all the pots and pans and lids and just about everything else!
    Free up drawer space and store your hair styling tools.  This also makes your cabinets even more useful!
    This has to be one of my favorites!  Stick a few under a shelf and you have mail slots!
    Unclutter those drawers!  
    After seeing all of these (on Pinterest, of course!) I went looking for a few.  But in true NODrama fashion, I thought I would DIY instead!  These can be made of old cardboard mailers, cereal boxes, etc.  I’m going with cereal.

    Happy Organizing!