Friday, February 22, 2013

And It's Off ...

Yesterday, I popped the Sizzix Texture Boutique in the mail to Misty Morgan, our winner. Just one less thing to find storage for when the craft room undergoes renovation in the coming months.

I haven't done much in the way of scrapbooking or crafting lately, but did organize all my card kits from SVG Cuts into a folder of it's own. Actually its now in a comb-binder with room to grow! The binders were just too heavy to handle and were aggravating my carpal tunnel. I have yet to organize the rest of the kits, and not too sure how I am going to handle those.

On tap for today? Not sure. Hope to get into the craft room and make some cards, if I can keep Miss Mouse the cat out of there! She is far too interested in electronics. And in laying on top of anything I want to work on.

Copyright 2008-2013, ACK, for Generational

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Still Waiting for the Winner of the Sizzix Texture Boutique!

 I'm still waiting for the winner to contact me!

 And the winner is .... Misty Morgan! Email me at gendotwitchatgmaildotcom, with your snail mail address!

Copyright 2008-2013, ACK, for Generational

Copyright 2008-2013, ACK, for Generational

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Guide to Using PhotoShop Elements

 For years I've used the same Arcsoft photo-editing program. It came with my old Canon lide 30 scanner that I used to take on genealogy research trips. It was really an easy program to use, and though I used it for many years, I can't say I was really knowledgeable about photo touch up.

Enter 2012 and a new laptop with Windows 7. My old scanner was no longer compatible. And it mattered even though I had a Canon all-in-one. I ended up buying one of those cute little Flip-Pal scanners, which really is more powerful than its size.

But I digress a little. With the new laptop came Adobe PhotoShop Elements 9. It is the "consumer" version of Adobe PhotoShop and I hoped it would be adequate for what I needed. Or that I would be adequate to learning the new software.

I've bumbled along for almost a year with it, until I saw a review of  Photo Restoration KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide for Repairing Photographs with Photoshop Elements. No where in the review did it say which version of Elements was necessary, but I took a chance .. and won!

Really, the version used is version 11, and it's not so different than my version 9. Whew. I ran through the first 3 chapters relatively easily and learned some basic stuff.

I've been scanning photos for years and know I have some that are pretty bad: wrinkled, torn, blotchy, faded or dark. I'm hoping to fix some of that stuff. The great thing about this program are the photos you can download and work with to see how the different functions work. That to me, is worth the $17.95 purchase price.

You can buy the book here. I got it from Amazon so I could get it fast.

Copyright 2010-2013, ACK for Gene Notes

Copyright 2008-2013, ACK, for Generational

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me -- And the Winner Is ....

 And the winner is .... Misty Morgan! Email me at gendotwitchatgmaildotcom, with your snail mail address!

Copyright 2008-2013, ACK, for Generational