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First, I want to apologize for my semi absence. Health issues were kind of messing with my availabilities, but I am happy to see that everyone was still working hard on this challenge, so here is my long-due feedback on your projects.

Sue, you can definitely call yourself a scrapbooker (everyone else will!). I am sure I saw the third squirrel very clearly, but when I blinked, it looks like it went away! ­čÖé I had thought of using the tutorial to show how to cut out the letters individually, and that would have worked too.

Jnet, les textures utilis├ęs pour Picolo sont tr├Ęs efficaces! J’aime bien ton “out-of-bound” avec le chapeau de chef! Les papiers choisis pour le Bonne F├¬te sont tellement bien appropri├ęs! Le probl├Ęme avec le Ctrl-Y me surprend. Es-tu certaine que la derni├Ęre commande est “r├ęp├ętable”? Tu devrais peut-├¬tre mettre un raccourci en haut de la palette de calque. ├ça sauverait encore plus de temps!

Minka, when you have ONE text object, the pattern or gradient will cover that whole object. Once you convert it to separate shapes, each one will take on the gradient or pattern as if it were alone, which explains why the edge got repeated. It is a bit surprising when you don’t know about it, but at the same time, it could be a fun feature to use in other times. If you ever want to look for some technique in particular, instead of going hours and hours on YouTube, drop me an email; there might already be such a tutorial in the Campus (if not, it will be a good time to add it!). glad the latest projects were faster to complete. Practice, practice. Your colorful layout about Florida is well done. Your Crew layout is delightful!

Bonnie, if you like the challenge, who knows? You might reuse the techniques in different ways for more projects! Afterall, everyone might need practice with some of those techniques. It is not always easy to get inspired for 7 days in a row. And it is ok. You might come back later with a new idea and you can tweak it or start over.

Lydia, your tiger project is nice and the quote is so current! I love the idea of using one photo multiple times with the different background colors.

Isabel, you say you had issues with the text on the curve. Can you expand on what kind of issues you were facing? I am happy to hear that you are learning something in every lesson. That is the whole goal! I really thought that the rope tube was a standard tube in PSP. Glad you found another one to use.

Marie-Claire, it is a gorgeous dog and you found a great way to present him to us!

Cyndi, that is such a creative way to showcase those photos and to use the different text techniques! When you tried to use the K for the Pick tool, is it possible that the image on the layer was just too big and then, the handles would simply be outside of the image margins? If that is the case, you can always grab the edge of the canvas and stretch it. Sometimes, it is just enough to see the handles and then grab them. It is a great practice to combine several techniques in one layout. I am not sure why you say that you could not return to a path after you resized the text. Wasn’t the Text still a vector? Maybe you could no longer convert to path because it was still a path?

Royanne, I think that a simpler background paper behind Sweetpea was the correct choice. A busier background would not have given the same result with the text on it. Good choice and I like how you try and tweak. That is the beauty of digital! Using the Vector Tube script to ONLY use the stroked layer is often a great way to display text. A fill is never required if it looks better when empty.

Alicia, it is fun to see how those separated letters got their own “gradient” instead of a single one for all the letters. Just like Minka had mentioned she observed. Are the cookies planned for Christmas? The colors used on the stroke would be perfect for that. Great CACTUS layout. Glad you get to practice more.

Dorothy, you are right: the text on path does not work well with multiline text! I wish it did, but so far, it doesn’t. I noticed that the photos you used are distorted. You have to make sure that when you resize a photo, you always use the Scale mode and use a corner handle. and NEVER try to “fit in the space”. Instead, “show what you can” and leave the rest out (just like you would if you had a printed photo to fit inside a frame). If you end up with a layout that you don’t “love”, it is ok. Keep it in .pspimage format, and maybe tomorrow or another day, something will stand out and you might find a way to tweak it to something new. The Gill font used does look like the one I have. I think it is a standard font in Windows. I am not 100% sure though.

Lynda, great California title. It really stands out. On the “best dog ever”, I would suggest that you add some shadows on the stroke around the title to give it more dimension. In the same way, the curly ribbon at the bottom could use some shadows. Do you know how to add shadows to curly ribbons? the Yohoho layout displays the photo very well. Good choice of font!

Trish, very colorful Mexico layout. The colors are perfect for the theme! Same for the Jester layout. You definitely love colors! It is great that you were able to “fit” everyone nicely in the letters in the WOW layout.

Vicki, too bad you don’t have that Text Wrapping feature in your version. If you ever upgrade, that is ONE definite feature that is worth it (I had been waiting for that feature for years!). That tribute to your uncle is fantastic! For the Canadian Cousin layout, you could have placed the text on two separate lines. That is one way to possibly feel less “cramped”. Or, you could have used ONE word with this technique and the other two words with regular text. The VectorTube never really had that step in the instructions about converting to path. In fact, I think I tweaked the original to include the Convert to path step in the script itself, but if anyone had the initial script, that step was needed. In order to fit everyone in a “word”, sometimes, you might need to choose either a thicker font or reduce the kerning so that there is less space between the letters. Of course, it might affect how legible the text is, but it is a bit of a trade off.

Annie, subtle and simple colors for a simple photo. Very effective.

Shirley, great fishing layout. Those little fishies are so cute on the bottom. The chain tube used around the HIDING looks good. Where will you use it now?

Cindy, Bruce seems comfy under that blanket! For the Tacos layout, I suspect you squished the photo a bit (you must have a headache now!) Remember to never “fit in the frame”.

Gerry, is that your dog? that little creature is quite small. Is that a crab?

Euka, that is a great photo to have taken of the lightening! Have you tried adding some shadows to your various papers and photo? As for the Materials palette, it is true that mine looks different. That is because I use the Classic Material palette. You can read this article where I explain how I have customized my workspace, in case you want to replicate it.

Jeanny, great photos of your grandson and the text on path is well done too. It is great that he is learning to sew that young! Good choice of colors on the Kiruna layout. It works very well with the rest of the layout.

Corrie, even with the given templates, it is quite ok to not use them, or use something different. Not every theme or photo would work well with what is given. You can also use a template from a previous day if it suits better. If you are not fan of larger patterns, you can always resize the paper down a bit, just enough to cover the area you need, so sometimes, it does yield a smaller pattern.

Annie, simple and great results on your Venice layout. Those templates can be time-savers, right? The Text confetti would use the text as an element in the size you start with, so is it possible you were starting with too large text in the beginning?

Leslie, that Masks layout is simple and effective. It might benefit from some shadowing on the paper elements.