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Jul 20, 2015

8 Tips for Taking Amazing Summer Travel Photos with Your Smartphone

Travel smartphone photo tips.

I've spent many vacations lugging high-end camera gear around to document my travels. But these days, my phone has replaced every piece of gear I used to carry; for their convenience and the decent quality photographs they can take, smartphone cameras are hard to beat. And  a little know-how will help you get the best images possible out of that little pocket-sized gadget. I'll walk you through some of my favorite composition tips, and show you a few ways to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to give your photos an extra boost. Here's how to do it. 

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Jun 29, 2015

Make It: A Fun and Photographic DIY Headboard Upgrade (+ a Giveaway!)

Upgrade your headboard with black and white photos

A while ago, I made a really great headboard for my bedroom. I'm pretty attached to it, as it was one of my first woodworking projects ever.  From time to time we’ve placed things above the board to keep the décor fresh and fun. So, it’s time again to liven it up with some new photographs! Also, read on to the bottom of the post to find out how to win a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13!

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May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

created at: 05/10/2015

Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on it.  

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Turn a Boring Photo into a Sweet DIY Block Printed Poster

Editor's Note: this post kicks off our 2015 partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We're excited to be working with them again (remember our rustic wooden ornaments?) , because creating digital images is a part of our daily routine. We'll be sharing tips, tricks, and full-blown DIY projects for the next few months, so make sure to follow along!

They say a dog is a man's best friend. Like most pet owners, I have an unhealthy fondness for my hound, a full-blooded beagle. Is there anything better than a man and his dog? How about a cool, rustic-framed print of said dog? To do it, I dusted off my Art 101 skills and tried my hand again at block printing. Here's how I used Photoshop Elements 13 to turn my photo of Bailey into a timeless piece of art.    

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Aug 27, 2012

How to: Add Texture to Vector Illustrations to Make Them Pop

Digital design and drawing tools are amazing, but the fact that they're created inside a computer and not created from physical media can leave them a little...flat.  

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Nov 02, 2011

How to: Make an Easy, Vintage-Inspired Vector Graphic Banner

created at: 11/01/2011

Well, it's November and that can mean only one thing: the Holidays will be here before we know it. So to kick off the holiday spirit (I know, I know…we're all still recovering from Halloween parties…), I've put together a little tutorial explaining how to create a holiday scarf banner using Adobe Illustrator, similar to the one pictured above. If you don't have Illustrator, you can also use any of the number of freeware vector graphic softwares available for download.

So without further stalling, let's jump right in, shall we?

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