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  1. There was some talk of how to increase a margin on one side of a page that will be printed in a book.  I think it was in one of Carole's workshops.  Does that ring a bell with anyone?

    Background info:  I'm a pet sitter and my holiday gift this year for my human clients (and probably from now on if it's well-received) is going to be a photo book, separated by months, of the animals I took care of in that particular month.  But I know that there is going to be some offset on the edges that will be in the binding.  





  2. 2 hours ago, Lesley Maple said:

    Thanks.  I'll have to pay more attention to that. 

    Oh I must have been thinking of something else.  Because now that I've actually used some text and paid attention, I, too, use fill.  Please ignore me.  I've obviously had a long week.


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  3. 21 minutes ago, Cassel said:

    If I want my text to read like normal text, I don't want them "empty". I just fill with a solid color and the text will show like "normal" text. It is also easier to read, whether it is for a title, a date, or journaling too.

    Thanks.  I'll have to pay more attention to that. 

  4. O.M.G.  Several years ago, maybe 10, I needed to know how to do the text on the top and bottom of a circle.  I did end up finding instructions on YouTube that got me the results I needed but they were convoluted.  

    Maybe PSP has changed a lot since then, but your instructions are so much more clear and more understandable and I sure do wish I had known you all these years.   

    Only one question.  For your text, you use a fill instead of an stroke.  Why did you make that choice?  Whenever I have used text, unless I want some sort of fancy fill, I've always just chosen stroke and then increased the size of the stroke if I needed to.  I'm curious about choosing to use a fill and no stroke instead of the other way around.




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  5. 22 hours ago, Bonnie Ballentine said:

    I resized this to 1200 pixels and it was still too big...so here it is at 1000 pixels.

    2023 NOVA Game open book 2 1000.jpg\

    You can leave it at 1200 pixels for the width and then go to File | Export | JPG Optimizer and it will cut the size of the file down quite a bit.

  6. 8 hours ago, Gerry Landreth said:

    I lived in the historic district of Salem for many years. Spring was spectacular on the North Shore.

    I live on the other end of the state, over near Springfield. I would love to move to the coast but my husband prefers a more "rural" area.


  7. 1 hour ago, Corrie Kinkel said:

    Well I see that I'm not the only one with computer problems. Mine got an update yesterday evening while I had my PSP open, but I was downstairs for a while looking at he Dutch version of the Antiques Road which is a programma I like. When I returned to the pc it was NOT behaving and I had to start my 1st double page a couple of times again before I realized what the problem was. Just close everything and restart and then it was all okay but at that time it was already, or again, after midnight.

    My theme for this workshop is Switzerland in general. I have been there so many times because my daughter, before moving to the States, has lived there for more then 20 years. I'm just going to show some aspects of Switzerland, think mountains, lakes, flowers etc without giving the names on every photo. I think I'll have to change or adapt the templates because they don't suits my photos.

    Day 1 features the many mountains of this country.


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    Thank you for showing us pictures of Switzerland.  I've been doing my genealogy and I've found out that my great grandmother was born and spent the first 19 years of her life there before moving to the states in 1892.

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  8. As usual, my project is animals because that's what I have the most pictures of.  Part of plan behind this is to create a monthly page (or double page) of the pets I take care of each month and then at the end of the year, put them in a book and gift the book to the pet parents.  These are my March pups and kitties.


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  9. I'm not sure if this is going to be covered.  It has to do with text on a path.  I know how to put text around a circle, but the text on the bottom is upside down.  I've looked for information before on how to have it right side up like my "professional" image below and I've found the explanation (but as usual I never can find it a second time).  If I recall correctly, it's a round about way that you have to do it, but I don't remember.  


  10. This is Ousha.  The background and the papers were made by me.  I'm trying to come up with a tie dye paper, but I haven't quite got to that point.  But it does sorta channel Laugh In.



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  11. I'm making a two page layout using a pocket scrapbooking template.  I want to mirror or flip the template so the empty area is to the right.  I know that I can just manually move the squares but isn't that what PSP's mirror command or flip command supposed to do easily?

    Is there a trick to getting the multi-layer template to mirror?  I'm pulling out my hair here.




  12. And the final project is one of my cat clients for those of you so inclined.   The elements are from Gina Jones' Everyday is Caturday kit.  The font is Allura (from Google fonts)


    Thanks so much for this workshop, Carole.


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  13. Day 6's project I found easier than the 5th one.  This is Stella.  She's a giant breed - Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix.  We went to Puppy Kindergarten when she was about 5 months old.  She got expelled.  (She's fear aggressive and the teacher was filling in for the regular one and she wasn't comfortable with a 60 lb puppy with behavior issues).  
    We returned to school when the regular teacher returned and Stella was 9 months old and GIGANTIC when she finally graduated from puppy school.

    I love this method of making a background. Elements are from the Fido kit by Gina Jones.



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  14. I had a really hard time with Lesson 5's project, finding a picture, getting the size of the photo right, getting the size of the circle right (though I'm still not sure of that), finding the right brushes, etc.  I'm not sure if this project properly hits the points that we were supposed to hit, but here goes.  This is Annie.  She was one of ours.



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  15. On 2/17/2023 at 3:26 AM, Ann Seeber said:

    Lesley, what sort of occupation do you have that entails dogs as clients? Sounds like a dream job! ?

    @Ann SeeberI'm a pet sitter and dog walker.  Seven years ago after being a family law attorney for 10 years, I realized I liked dogs more than I liked people so I quit my job and never looked back.  It really is my dream job.

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  16. I'm loving all these dog pictures from so many folks.  I love them all!
    This is Leo.  He was one of my clients but he moved away.  Lots of tears that day.  ?

    @CasselYes, on the lesson 2 project, I did use shadows on my smaller photos, but my settings were only 5, 5, 80, and 5.

    I made the background paper and love the way it turned out.  I can't believe how easy this was.



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  17. Hi.  That plaid trick is wicked cool  really neat.  (Gah, I've live in Massachusetts too long and I'm picking up the slang over here).  I made the plaid from a photo that I decided not to use but I still felt that the plaid I made from it worked.   I remembered my shadows this time, too.


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  18. Here is the baby of the family, all grown up now.  No matter how many times I do the steps to convert a PSD mask to a PSP mask, I always have to go back and redo it at least once.  Eventually muscle memory will kick in.  



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  19. Should I put a shadow with the netting?  I opted not to because it just really made the whole bit darker and I didn't care for that look.  But maybe there are settings that might work that I don't know about.  (Currently using PSP 2022)  This is my first time using a pocket template and I'd appreciate any comments on what I could do to make the layout better.  I care for dogs (and cats) in my job and this is my showcase of January's clients (though I just realized I left out three so I will have to do it all over again anyway).  I was thinking about doing a page or two like this every month and at the end of the year have them made into a book at Shutterfly at the end of the year to give as thank you gifts to my clients.

    Anyway, I'd appreciate your comments. And thanks to Carole for her masterclass on Pocket Scrapbooking.  It helped a lot.


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