Saturday, July 25, 2009


I have had such a thing for BOOKPAPER lately! I love that it's another "neutral" I can add to my pages to give the eye a rest. Next time you go to reach for a sheet of black, white, cream, or kraft cardstock . . . try replacing it with a sheet of bookpaper and see how you like the results!

I have used it for a background:

To cover chipboard letters:

Layer punched circles behind other accents to give them more visual weight:

Punch (stars) or cut it (clouds) into accents:

Layered it as part of a flower:

Spritzed it with spray inks or color washed it with paint:

It's fun! And it's also an inexpensive way to add a sense of "history" and texture to your pages. I bought an old book at a second-hand store for $2. That book will last me a long time.

Give it a try and have fun!
I can't wait to see what you do with bookpaper!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Shabby Chic Tags Free Download!

Hi everyone! We are lucky enough to have Veronica Milan as our guest designer this month. If you are not aware, Veronica and her husband are the owner/operators/designers of Shabby Chic Crafts! Veronica was sweet enough to create these custom tags for all of our customers as a FREE download! for this kit.

These coordinate perfectly with the Rise and Shine, Five Foot Two and Eyes of Blue kits! So be sure to get your free tags and have loads of fun playing with them!

Thank you Veronica!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Making your layout "pop"

Ok so taking pictures of your layout is never easy -- I know I put it off until the last possible minute. But here is a couple tips I have for you.

First, take your picture in indirect sunlight --- I use the kitchen, and sometimes even take it outside on my patio table. Some other ways I have taken photos are:

*scanning it (although I had a 12x18 scanner so I don't know how to "stitch" the layout together)
*I also used to place it right on the ground on top of a white towel and shoot directly above it. I did this outside in the evening.
*If I am running real late on a deadline I will use my external flash inside and that usually gets a decent picture.

I want to show you where I start with all my layouts. I upload into Picasa and usually crop it (for me it is easier there than in PSE. This one is not cropped but it shows you what my photo looks like straight out of camera. Not too hot - look at all that background noise --and just fyi - I have a cookie jar propping my layout up. Sometimes I will use a little display easel but that means everything has to be nice and neat and lately that ain't happening! LOL!

Ok so this is what it looks like with the background noise cropped out. Note: This is in Picasa

Ok, now I need to brighten this layout so it looks true to life.

In photoshop elements (and this works in PS too), I go to..


Now you should see this on your screen. When you do click on the WHITE eye dropper.

ok with that white eye dropper you will take it to your layout and click on anything that is white. When you click it you will see your layout "pop". I would suggest not settleing on the first pop -- some white parts are lighter than others and you have to find the right click to make it look true to life.

This is what my final take looked like

Big difference from the first one huh?


I have a bunch of little 'cheats' that I use to edit - this being one of them. I am also excited to announce that I will be holding an editing photos class here at Noel Mignon - yay! I will be teaching you some of my favorite techniques that I use to make my photos pop as well as trying to fix those not so awesome (but a great moment) photos.

Here are the details...

*click on the image to make it larger

And if you want to take the class purchase here!