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Its a Birthday Bash at Oscraps!

Have I ever told you how much I love Oscraps? I haven’t??? You have to be kidding?! Oscraps is *the* place to hang out if you are a digital scrapper. Hell- even if you aren’t a digi-scrapper- you should hang out here. It is the friendliest and funniest website I have ever been too. Sally, a great friend from the O, and I like to reminisce when the O was just a little blog of digital freebies of Vicki’s. That was about 5 years ago.

Now, Oscraps is officially 4! And we are celebrating the “Big Oh 4” in typical O-Fashion. We are having a party- all week! It  started on Sunday March 21 and run until Sunday, March 28.  We have a ton of stuff planned-

  • A new Oscraps Birthday collab
  • Blog hop
  • Cupcake hunt
  • Chats
  • RAKs
  • Challenges

We have so much planned I can’t even type it all here. You are just going to have to come by Oscraps and see for yourself!

Bring a party hat!


A Bonus Quick Page!

I was scrapping a layout for the Oscraps Monday Challenge pt. 2 and I decided that I was going to turn the layout into another quick page. So all of you “blog hoppers” can get two QP’s in one stop.

Here is the layout that I based it on. The only difference with the QP is that there are no photos (good thing, because you don’t want pictures of my birthday! LOL) and I took out the song lyrics, so you can add your own journaling, if you wish.

To get the download, click here.

If you are looking for the Blog Hop Post with the Word:
It’s an Oscraps Blog Hop!

You might want to come back again. I might have some more freebies to share this week.:)

It’s an Oscraps Blog Hop!

Thanks for coming to my blog.

YOUR word from my BLOG is: “YOU”.

Don’t forget to collect all of the words and e-mail us at bloghop AT oscraps DOT com with the WHOLE phrase. You will be entered in a drawing to win a huge gift certificate to the Oscraps store!

If you need to start at the beginning of the blog hop, the first stop is at the fabulous J-Mac!

I have created this quick page to give you just for stopping by.

Now, hop on over to Diane’s Blog and thanks for stopping by!!”

When you are all done with this, make sure you visit Oscraps for even more fun and freebies!

Paper Tutorial for Photo Editor 2008

Designing a Paper in Photo Editor

I am using a color scheme from http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/807471/girlfriendfactory

  1. Open New Document (Ctrl-N). To Select the color, for the background, click on Custom in the drop down box. Click on the small box next to it to choose your color. You can either find a color using the cursor or you can enter a HEX code in the box on the bottom left. I have entered a HEX code from the color scheme I found on colourlovers.com. Click OK.


  1. Make sure your settings are at 12 x12 and 300 dpi and click OK.
  2. Now you need to save this as a jpg . Close the file. Double click on the paper that is in your Image Basket. This will open the jpg paper up as its own layer in your Object Palette.


  1. Click on the paper and then go to Adjustments| Noise| Add Noise. Choose your settings that you want. Here I am selecting an Intensity of 50, Gaussian and Monochromatic.
  2. I want a soft but splotchy feel to this paper, so next I am going to use Adjustments| Artistic| Oil Paint. Play around with the, Brush width, Variance and Vibrance until you get a look that you like.
    I used a Brush Width of 17, Variance of 40 and Vibrance of 3.
  3. Now I want to add some interest to it. Using a Swirlie Q brush by Carla Gibson, I am going to stamp swirls onto the paper.
  4. As I stamp the swirls, they can be rotated and resized just as a regular object can be. Click on the Navigation Tool (the arrow) then on the object layer. The stamp will have a bounding box that can be resized by dragging the corners.


  1. I want to mirror these swirls in the opposite corner. To do this, Select all layers and Create Group. Click Ctrl-D to duplicate the layer. Then you rotate the layer and place it on the top right corner. Then I am going to resize by clicking on the layer and dragging on corner on, to make it smaller. I also added in a third color from this palette with some small swirls for additional depth.


  1. Save your project as a jpg at 100 quality.

If anyone would like to downlaod the paper, use this link.

Making Sticker Styled Word Art in Photo Editor 2008

Sticker Word Art Tutorial

1. Open new document (Ctrl-N). I am using the settings Scrapbook 12×12, at 300 ppi. To choose the base color for your paper, select Background color| Transparent


2. Click on the Text Tool.


3. Select a plain font and type out your quote. We’ll dress up the fonts in a little bit.


4. Play with some different fonts. Use fonts that match the sentiment of your quote.The fonts I used here are Angelina and Adorable.


5. You can also play around with the way the words are sized, or arranged. To do this, duplicate the word art (Ctrl-D). Hide the Top Layer by clicking on the eye on the Object Layer.


6. Click on the bottom layer, then click on the first box in the Edit Mode: Edit Image (Mask Visible). Select the Eraser Tool and erase the part of the word art you want to change.


7. Hide the bottom later, and reveal the top layer, by clicking the “eye” on each Object Layer.  Click on the top layer, then click on the first box in the Edit Mode: Edit Image (Mask Visible). Select the Eraser Tool and erase the part of the word art you want to change.

Here, I rotated the You on the Top layer 90 degrees and transformed it slightly larger. I moved it closer to the horizontal words so my photo will fit in at the corner nicely.


TIP: Rename the layers in the Object Palette to make it easier to remember which words are on which layer.

8. Select both layers, Right click and make into a group.

To make your word art look like a sticker, click on Adjustments| Artistic| Colored Edges. Select the Edge Color to White. I have the Intensity set to 4.


9. . Save as a .png file.If necessary, crop .png image so there is not an excess of transparent pixels around it.

Here is the word art in action:

Gary Friend

Kit is Natural Beauty by Nina Scraps, at Oscraps.com

Word art by me 🙂

Download the word art here: