Reflections Action Tip

Do you love finding cool new digital tools that challenges you and takes your scrapbooking pages to new levels? I know I do, so I was very excited to find this great Reflection Action that is very easy to use! I’ve tried several other Reflection Actions in the past, but I didn’t find any to work as well as this one does. Above is the result of using the Action on my first try, so I can’t wait to see what other photos will look like after changing the blend and opacity modes and maybe trying out a few filter effects too! 
If you’d like this Reflection Action for your very own, then check out Texas Chicks Blogs and Pics where you can find this great tool for FREE, as well as several other fantastic actions. I followed their directions exactly when installing, and I also used their step by step guide for this action and on PSE7 it is working great. 
If you have a Reflection Action or other Photoshop Action that you love to use in your scrapbooking or photography projects, please feel free to share with the class, by leaving a comment below! 
I’ve posted a little Poll in the upper right sidebar, so I’d love to hear what you’d like more of from Sprouting Seeds Studio! If I don’t have an option listed, please click on the Contact button to drop me an email and give me your thoughts. 
Over in the shop, the Out West and Celebration Blast Collections are available for just $2.00 and the Spooktacular Collection is available for only $1.50 through October 31, 2010. All of these collections have 12 papers, 24-30 embellishments and a custom alpha set. If you are interested, you can see previews here.    
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It’s Grand Opening Day!

It’s Grand Opening Day!
I’m very excited that today has finally arrived!! You will find that the Shop page has been added back to the website and the first 3 Collections have made their debut and are now available for purchase. As you can see above, the Spooktacular Collection is 25% Off through October 31, 2010 – come purchase this great collection while it is on sale, so you can scrap those Halloween photos, both past and present! 
If you’ve been following along with the posts for the past 2 days, I’ve now added the Ideas and Inspiration Pages to each of those posts and all of the pages have also been added to the Gallery. The Creative Team did some fantastic layouts of the new resale collections, and I hope you will love browsing all the new ideas we have for you! If you are interested in being considered as a Creative Team Artist for Sprouting Seeds Studio, please click here to learn more, as I currently have openings for 1-2 artists.
Some of you may be wondering why I’ve opened a Shop, which is a great question! The first reason is that I’ve had several website visitors ask where they can purchase my designs – they now have a place to do just that! The second reason is that I have so many commercial use products that I’ve purchased, but freebies are not allowed to be made from those products, that having Resale Collections allows me to design great collections using these outstanding items. The last reason is that for digital designers, scrapping can get very expensive buying software programs, taking classes, purchasing commercial use products, etc., that it is a great way to be able to share the collections, and offset some of the costs spent to design them, as well as the time that goes into making each and every one of them.  
Please enjoy the new shop and have a wonderful autumn weekend!!! It is going to be gorgeous here in Arizona with temperatures only in the 80s – wow, double digits finally!  
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Spooktacular Collection

The Sprouting Seeds Studio Shop 
Opens Tomorrow!
Here is the last preview of the 3rd Collection that will be available tomorrow when the Sprouting Seeds Studio Shop opens. 
The Spooktacular Collection is filled with lots of papers and goodies to capture your photos of all the ghosts and goblins that are sure to be out trick or treating in just a few short days. 
I’ll be adding additional Ideas and Inspiration Pages to the posts and over in the Gallery during the next couple of days, as the Creative Team is hard at work, whipping up some great ideas for you!
I’ll also be posting a Grand Opening Special when the shop goes live tomorrow…so stay tuned!
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CT Artist – Stacy
CT Artist – Larissa
CT Artist – Larissa
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Celebration Blast Collection

It’s Official…
The Sprouting Seeds Studio Shop 
Opens Friday, October 22nd!

The excitement is building, as the Grand Opening of the shop nears, and the Creative Team is working ’round the clock on the Ideas and Inspiration pages for you! Just a reminder, that if you’d like to be certain you receive all the announcements of the new Resale Collections, Freebies, Contests, Sales, etc., please join Sprouting Seeds Studio on Facebook, Twitter or Google Friend Connect, as the Resale Collections, Sales, Contests, etc. will not (or should not) show up on any of the Freebie Search Engines. I appreciate everyone who contacted me yesterday, to let me know the preview photo for the Facebook 150 Collection did not show up on some of the Freebie websites. Unfortunately, I don’t have any control over when or if the preview photo shows up, so that is another great reason to follow Sprouting Seeds Studio on Facebook, Twitter or Google Friend Connect, so you will always know when new collections, freebies, etc., are released. If you didn’t see the Facebook 150 Collection – it is still available and you can find it to the right, under Blog Archive. 
Above is a preview of the 2nd Resale Collection that will be in the shop tomorrow, called Celebration Blast. Designed on purpose to be a general celebration collection, it can be used for birthdays, general parties, and well, just about any celebration you can think of! Take a closer peek by clicking on the preview. 
I’ll be back later today, to post a preview of the last Collection that will also be available in the shop tomorrow!! 
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Received this email from Kelsey: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your layouts. They are always so beautiful and inspiring. Can you answer a couple of questions for me? 1. On the celebration blast layout, how did you get that look for the back 2 layers as it is beautiful! 

Hi Kelsey, thank you for your very nice email and comments. On the layout above, this is all about using your opacity settings. The back layer is the Orange Solid paper from the collection with the blend mode set at Normal and the opacity at 65%. The next layer was first filled with white, then the Yellow Solid paper from the collection was clipped to it with the blend mode set at Normal and the opacity at 75%. I then put the photo on top of the yellow paper layer, clipped them together with the blend mode set at Normal and the opacity reduced to 25% and that is how you can achieve this look. 

CT Artist – Stacy
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Out West Collection

It’s Official…
The Sprouting Seeds Studio Shop 
Opens Friday, October 22nd!
The past several months have been filled with a lot of fun, as well as a lot of planning and researching to determine what would be the best way for me to offer my resale collections to all of you. I’m thrilled that the final decisions are made, the system testing is complete and that the Shop Page will return to the website on Friday, which is where you will find the first 3 Resale Collections being released. There will be lots of terrific collections for you to select from, along with special announcements and maybe even a giveaway or two, that I will be telling you about in the weeks and months ahead. If you’d like to make sure that you receive all the announcements from Sprouting Seeds Studio, for new resale Collections, Freebies, Contests, Giveaways, etc. please join me on Facebook, Twitter or Google Friend Connect! 
The Creative Team is so busy working on some wonderful layouts with the new Resale Collections, for the Ideas and Inspiration Gallery, to help give you just a few ways that the collections can be used.  
Over the next day or so, I’ll be posting previews of the 3 Collections that will be available when the store opens on Friday. First up is the Out West Collection! Just click on the preview to take a closer look. 
I’ll be back tomorrow morning to give you a preview of the second Collection.
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Received this email from Kelsey: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your layouts. They are always so beautiful and inspiring. Can you answer a couple of questions for me? 2. On the out west layout, how did you get 3 of the 4 pictures to look alike and leave only the 1 in color, how did you get your “OUT WEST” lettering that color and how did you get the whimsical little underlines under the words? 

Hi Kelsey, thank you for your very nice email and comments. For the layout above, this is really simple. I put all the photos in place and then selected the 3 photos one at a time and applied the Sepia Tone (found under the Effects Palette in PSE7) to each photo. The lettering is right out of the Out West Collection too. Once I had it in place, I applied the Sepia Tone Effect to each letter. As for the underline on the words, that is actually a brush with the color set to match the wording, and I just brushed a small underline under the words.

CT Artist – Stacy
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Freebie – Facebook 150

It’s time for another celebration, as Sprouting Seeds Studio has tripled the number of Facebook Fans in just a little over a month! THANK YOU so much to everyone who has joined me on Facebook – it is so much fun to chat with you and I LOVE all the comments too!!!
I thought this time around, I would do a mega Paper Pack of 20 Papers – 5 Solid and 15 Patterned in Halloween Themed colors (since it is right around the corner and all), but the patterns are not Halloween making them useful year around! Also included is a really fun Candy Corn Alpha (Uppercase only), which is great for not only Halloween, but all those great fall pages I know you are busy scrapping! 
If you’ve not yet joined me on Facebook – I’d love to have you as a fan!!
The Facebook 150 Collection is for Personal Use Only. To take a closer look at the details, just click on the preview. You may find the download here and below are the Ideas and Inspiration Pages for this collection. 

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CT Artist – Stacy
CT Artist – Larissa
A Special Announcement is coming soon….hopefully yet this week!
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Freebie – Halloween Night

Is everyone ready for the Halloweekend coming up in just a few weeks! Halloween decorations up – check, Halloween Party Invitations sent – check, Costumes ready – check, Trick or Treat bags to hold all the goodies – check, Candy – check. 
Halloween is such a fun time of the year and a great day for everyone to enjoy, that I thought a little Halloween Night Collection would be a lot of fun to design! You’ll find a variety of papers, a bead spill, swirly pops, a trick or treat bag, alpha sets, pumpkins and moons, word strips, a spooky fence and tree and of course, witch’s hats! I know you’ll be taking some great photos of the kids or of that Halloween Party you are throwing or attending, where perhaps the Halloween Nights Collection will come in handy as you scrap great memories from the evening. 
Just a reminder that Sprouting Seeds Studio is on Facebook and Twitter – so I’d love to have you join me on one or both! If you’d like some ideas and inspiration on using this collection you can take a look in the gallery, or you can stop back by tomorrow, when I’ll post the Ideas and Inspiration pages here. 
Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone! Here is the download for this collection which is for Personal Use. 
Coming up next is the Oh So Girly Collection.
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