Project Alicia : Let's Swap Secrets.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Let's Swap Secrets.

If you follow me at all you know that saying I am tech challenged is a bit of an understatement.

Let's call it a love/hate relationship. I love what I'm able to create, but HATE the process involved to get there.

Hubs refuses to help when it comes to anything for my blog or photos. I'm on my own.

So, you can probably imagine how ecstatic I was when I figured out how to download the Pioneer Woman actions for photoshop. Thanks to Texas Chicks Blog for the great video tutorial.

I created the effect in the photo below with the B&W action I downloaded. Sweet!

(Oh, and you can check out this tutorial to find out how to post large photos, such as this one.)

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I had some surprise guests stop by this weekend. Always fun to catch up with old friends.

Can't wait to play more now that I finally figured out how to revive Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.

Funny thing is as much as I struggle, my mother still calls and asks for help with projects or flyers. (Either I've fooled her or she's more helpless than myself. Hmm...)

This weekend it was a pool party invite.

I didn't have much time, so I threw this together. I used Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoscape.

I used my two favorite fonts, 1942 report and CK Becky. Classy, simple, timeless.

You can get the CK Becky font here. It's fab.

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Here's one for you to grab. They are a weird size because I made it so that two would fit on a 8.5x11 size page. You can add your own text. Or save it for later.

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This is a photo I took with my underwater camera. And I love recycling photos for invites.

If you check out my ideas folder above you can see a few other projects.

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Check out the tutorial for these party favor bags here.

What have you been working on?

What are your favorite downloads and actions?

Have any new favorite fonts?

Divulge!

26 comments:

  1. Wow lish, all of these things are amazing!!! I just referred a photographer I know because she was wanting some help with making her blogspot more like a webpage. She wanted tabs and all. So I'm sending her your way. Those invites are amazing!! You talented lady you!

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  2. My new favorite font is CATCHUP. in purple of course.

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  3. A girl after my own heart - I love PSE. And if you're enjoying Pioneer Woman's actions...are you using Coffeeshop's actions or Nelly Nero's actions? I need to update my inspiration page, but I've got links to all of it. Let me know if you need help.

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  4. Thanks for sharing , really enjoy and learned a lot from your posts.Keep updated.

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  5. Your photography skills amaze me! Thanks for sharing the tutorials. :)

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  6. i think the favor bags are my fave! and what a clever idea for them, too!

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  7. I love the Pioneer woman's photoshop actions too. I just started playing around with them. I love the first picture it is beautiful! I need to figure out how to use photoshop more so I can make invites like yours, I am a bit intimidated of it LOL!

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  8. I've been using the Pioneer Woman's Actions since forever and they are superb! I use her actions probably 90% of the time. She has the best tutorials out there. Glad you finally figured it out! Your B&W is awesome!

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  9. Your mom is doing better than mine. She refuses to learn how to email and it drives my sister and I nuts. I do have to give her credit, she is 80! All her friends email and do more though. lol

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  10. I love the way you've used photos for invitations and gift bags! Your work is inspiring!

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  11. The whole "actions" thing is so lost on me, but I always think they are so cool.

    You should use that top photo for i heart faces this week!!

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  12. WOW, totally love your creativity with the invitations and the goody bags, girl! Your pictures rocks!

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  13. Those invitations are so cool, and I love the goody bags. I'm impressed.

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  14. Hmmmm....dare I try to make the goodie bags for the kid's bday party this weekend??

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  15. Great idea for using a photo for a favor bag.

    Love those fonts you use. I'm loving Fabulous 50's font right now.

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  16. The goody bag idea is great! I might have to try that sometime. Also love your invites! You take very amazing pictures.

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  17. My hubs will NOT help me either with my blog. Hmmph. Actually, he doesn't have much tolerance for my limited tech skills at all. I love Pioneer Woman's tutelages. I know this sounds weird, but even though I'm not the photographer, I do read her lessons. She makes it all sound so easy that maybe, just maybe some day I'll take it up.

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  18. I have no tips - another thing I would love to learn and be good at!

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  19. Love the photo on the slide! Adorable! Thanks for so many great tips...A new follower here:)

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  20. What cute invites for your ward party! I just got called to be the Activities Committee Chair, so I might have to steal the photo/invite idea for our Fall Festival!

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  21. You are so freaking creative I can't stand it!!

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  22. The slide picture turned out really cute! Thanks again for having us - it was great to see you!

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  23. Ok my dear your a super mom :). I'm loving the gift bag with the photo that is just way too fun! The other photo is fab too!

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  24. I love everything you create. Though you may be technologically-challenged, you make it all look effortless! I adore your photos, collages, recipe cards...everything! lol
    I tried to use the Photo Shop action shots from Pioneer Woman's website a few weeks ago, but couldn't get it to work. I've yet to really get deep into PSE8. I'm thinking you need to do your own video tutorial! :)

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

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  25. I really like the goody bag. Very cute!

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  26. Lish, I am catching up on blog reading after camping and I just have to say these are GREAT! I am not techie or creative, but you are inspiring.....

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