Mad March Memories – DHD Blog Hop!

DHD BlogHop

Welcome top the eighth stop on the DHD Mad March Memories blog hop! If you started at the beginning of the blog hop then you are arriving here from Celeste Smith’s blog. If you are coming here from somewhere else, be sure to go to the first stop of the blog hop, so that you don’t miss anything!

If you started at the begining, you know that you need to gather a letter from each blog and then, after finding them all, head over to DHD to download this gorgeous collab kit created by the DHD designers:

I have a ‘letter’ to give you, as well the chance to win some awesome giveaways. But first, I have a little tip/tutorial to share with you!

 

Tutorial: Using Scrapbook Papers to Add Texture to Photographs

One of the things that I love the most about digital scrapbooking, is the number of projects I can use my supplies with. Today I am going to show you how to use your digital papers to add texture to your photos. Adding texture is a nice way to make your photos really stand out, and textured solid scrapbook paper is perfect for this.

Step 1: Open the image that you want to texturize in photoshop, or photoshop elements. I will be showing you how to do this in Photoshop CS5, but the same technique should work in elements as well.

Here is the “before” shot of the photo that I will be texturizing (it is of my lovely niece Cadison)

Cadison - Before

Step 2: Decide on the paper that you want to use. Grungy papers tend to work best. Add the paper into your photoshop document and resize it so that it is the same size as the photo. Because I am using the paper purely for its texture, I don’t worry about warping and stretching it.

Step 3: For this next step there are a few different things that you can do. You can use your paper as the color it is, or you can remove the color. To remove the color you go to image> adjustments> desaturate.

Step 4: This is the fun part. Now that you have your paper placed in your document it is time to start playing with the blending modes. You can find the blending modes in your layers palette. The modes that I use the most are overlay, soft light and color burn. You can also adjust the opacity of the layer. If the texture is looking too strong, just lower the opacity, or try a different blending mode.

Step 5: If you are texturizing a photograph of a person, you may want to remove the texture from their faces. To do this you could either use the eraser and with a large soft round brush erase away the parts of the paper you don’t want, or you could create a layer mask and just paint away the parts you don’t want to show. I usually use a layer mask, that way if I later decide that I don want texture on the entire image, I can just delete the mask.

 

After just adding 1 paper to my image here is how it is looking:

Step 6: If you are happy with how the texture is looking, then you can stop now…or if you want more texture you can add a few more papers to your document. Just keep adding layers and sdjusting the blending modes and opacity, until you are happy with the result. I wanted some more depth and texture to my image, so I ended up adding a few more paper layers. Which resulted in this:

Step 7: Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to try anything and everything…experiment until you get your photo to look how you want it to. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, sometimes mistakes bring about happy little accidents of awesomeness. Also, don’t use just solid papers…try some of your patterned papers too!

In the end I ended up adding a patterned paper, from my floraux kit, to the image. Here is what my final photograph looks like:
Finished Texturized photo

To get you started playing with textures I have a free download of three of the solid papers I used with my photo. To download the papers, just click on the image.

Click to download texture papers!

This downloadable file is free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this blog post. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. Thanks & enjoy!

If you create anything using the papers, or this technique, post it in the gallery at design house digital so that I can see it! In addition to the free papers, I will be giving away 3 awesome giveaways to 3 awesome people!

Now, onto the giveaways:

  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 gift certificate to persnickety prints
  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 itunes gift code (gotta have some good tunes to scrap to!)
  • 1 lucky person will receive a $10 gift certificate to my shop

There are four ways to enter for a chance to win. The more ways you enter, the better your chances are of winning! Your deadline is Wednesday March 14th 11:59 pacific time. All winners will be chosen at random.

  • 1. Comment on this post
  • 2. Subscribe to my newsletter
  • 3. follow me on twitter (@artmidget)
  • 4. follow my blog using the networked blogs widget in the right sidebar (or click here)

Again, the winners will be chosen at random, and the more ways you enter, the better your chances! I will announce the winners on my blog on Thursday March 15th!

**This giveaway is now closed. A list of the winners can be found here**

My letter for you is…

D

 

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is the amazing Gennifer Bursett!!

P.S (if you haven’t already grabbed it, I have a brand new freebie that I posted a few days ago)

 

Comments

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    Yam Esteban says:

    love the DHD blog hops!

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    Mendie says:

    love it! thank you!

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    Meagan says:

    thanks for the chance to win such great prizes and for your part of the blog hop

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    Meagan says:

    I have subscribed to your e-mail

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    Katherine B says:

    LOVE DHD blog hops!

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    Deloris says:

    Fun hop! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    manda says:

    Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Sandy H. says:

    I LOVE blending. I have taken several classes and I look at digi scrapping in a whole new way…Thanks for your tutorial, and the paper goodies.

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    Linda Hagerty says:

    I LOVE your tutorial! Really does add interest to the photo. Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda Hagerty says:

    I am already a subscriber to your newsletter. Thank you.

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    Tiffany Rogers says:

    I love the dhd hops! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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    Tammy Davis says:

    Thanks so much for the beautiful texture pages and the great tutorial!

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    I have followed you on Twitter.

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      Huyen says:

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    manda says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I just signed up for your newsletter as well.

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    Sarah says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    anna says:

    I would love to win!!!

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    anna says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter!

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    anna says:

    I follow your blog!

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    anna says:

    I follow on twitter

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    Denise L. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Denise L. says:

    I just signed up for your newsletter as well. Thanks.

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    kiala says:

    Thank you!

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    Teri Owens says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Beatrice says:

    thanks for the chance! Already subscribed to your email :-)

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    Teri Owens says:

    I signed up for your newsletter!

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    Teri Owens says:

    I’m following you on twitter now! :)

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    Teri Owens says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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    jennybean says:

    Thank you for the freebie!

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    Emma O. says:

    Great tutorial and thank you for the paper…great yellow!

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    Lill Hostetler says:

    This is awesome! Thank you!

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    JenRay says:

    Cool! Thank you!

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    Kanani says:

    what a FUN giveaway! Totally LOVE DHD blog hops!

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    Melissa Rhodes says:

    Love the tutorial!

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    Melissa Rhodes says:

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    Melissa Rhodes says:

    I followed on Twitter!

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    Melissa Rhodes says:

    I followed with the widget!

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    Love how you edited your photo! Thanks for the freebie!

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    I follow you through Network Blogs!

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    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Rachel P. says:

    Such a great demo! Thanks for the tip!

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    Rebecca says:

    Thank you!!

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    Rebecca says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter.

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    Rebecca says:

    Following you on twitter.

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    Rebecca says:

    Following your blog now too, I was missing out :)

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    Wendy says:

    Thanks Erica! I learned a lot.

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    Karen F says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win

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    Karen F says:

    Now i follow you blog too! Thanks.

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    Melanie C says:

    I will have to try out your tip…love the idea of adding texture to my photos!

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    Janet says:

    Thanks for the freebie & the chance to win!

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    Melanie C says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter

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    I follow your blog

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    treasureBachs says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and freebies!

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    LizJ says:

    Thank you for the awesome freebie! And thank you for the chance to win.

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    LizJ says:

    Thank you for another chance to win one of the wonderful prizes. I already subscribe to your newsletter. :)

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    Mandy R says:

    Thank you for the freebie and fun tip!

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    Regan says:

    This is my first time here! Thank you for the tutorial!

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    Jen says:

    Thanks for the freebie and the chance to win!

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    Sabrina says:

    Hi! I just LOVE this tutorial!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial and papers!

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    RJ says:

    Hey There!…

    Thanks So Much For The Chance!

    Smiles,RJ

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    Judy says:

    Thank you for the lesson and the chance to win.

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    Judy says:

    Subscribed to newsletter.

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    Amber says:

    Thanks so much for the freebie and the tutorial and the chance to win!

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    Janka says:

    thanks for the chance. great blog hop :)

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    lawyerlyn says:

    thanks for the tutorial and for the chance to win!

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    Cat says:

    GREAT tutorial and great give away too! thanks Erica!

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    Rarole says:

    Thank you for the great tip and the papers to “give it a try!” And thank you for the chance to win!

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    Andrea Boyer says:

    Holy moly, Erica! I know I’m probably not eligible to win, because I already get your awesomeness for free, but GREAT PRIZES, woman!! People would be a fool not to enter!

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    Kelly T. says:

    Love it!!

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    Demetria says:

    thank so much for the tutorial and freebie… really nice… LOVE the pic!!
    Demetria

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    Demetria says:

    i am subscribed to your newsletter
    thanks for the chance

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    Demetria says:

    I’m following you on twitter @thedigilady

    thanks for the chance

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    Demetria says:

    following your blog through networked blogs
    Demetria

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    Adela says:

    Thank you! :-)

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    Leslie Kiley says:

    Thank you for the lesson and the chance to win.

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    Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! I am kind of a newbie to digital scrapping and I would never have known you could do this! LOL!!!!!!

    xo,
    Candi
    candice1973(at)comcast(dot)net

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    I am following you on twitter now and I also tweeted about your post! :)

    xo,
    Candi
    candice1973(at)comcast(dot)net

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    I am now following you via networked blogs! :)

    xo,
    Candi
    candice1973(at)comcast(dot)net

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    I subscribed to your newsletter, too! (oh and just for the record I am following you on pintrest! Love your boards!!!!!!)

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    candice1973(at)comcast(dot)net

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    Jan says:

    Loved the tut and the freebies.
    Thanks so much.

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    Darlene says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! Texture on photos adds so much.

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    amy mccauley says:

    great tutorial. thank you!

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      Weronika says:

      Does it absolutly needs to be with pothosohp cs .cause im using pothosohp 7 and i pretty much work it out te only problem i have is when it turn it to screen, it makes a different effect but it doesnt change in like definite line and that the big part of doing that so i dont know if there an alternative or somethin that i could do to make it happen .by the way nice video, easy to fallow and nice djob thx

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    Betsy says:

    Thank you for the great papers and tutorial. Your neice is beautiful!

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    Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    Thanks for the great tut and awesome freebies!

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    Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    following you on twitter :D

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    Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    subscribed to your newsletter too!

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    Tiffany says:

    Erica, thank you so much for the PS tips, the beautiful paper freebies and wow the great giveaways. You’re awesome!

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    Kelly S. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! This is something I’ve never tried.

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    Pitty Pat says:

    Thanks for the tut… great. Love it.

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    Emelyn says:

    The DHD blog hops are so much fun! Thanks so much!

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    angela says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial and patterns to try it out with!

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    Else says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorial.

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    LinhC says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love taking pictures that has a grass or sky background, and adding texture to it would be a great way to add interest yet keep what I wanted in the photo when I took the photo.

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    Debi Schroder says:

    Love the script textured through the photo

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    Cathy says:

    wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

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    Kim L. says:

    Thank you for your awesome tutorial and freebies. LOVED it!!! So much appreciated!!

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    bethany says:

    wow, 3 prizes and extra chances to win! Thanks for the freebie and the link to your older freebie, too

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    bethany says:

    I signed up for the newsletter

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    bethany says:

    and I followed the blog

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    sue says:

    thanks for the chance to win – cool tutorial!!

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    Audrey says:

    Great tutorial!

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    Rosalie says:

    I followed your blog

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    Rosalie says:

    Your birthday brushes are so cute. thanks.

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    Melissa L. says:

    What a great tip/tutorial – thank you!

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    I follow your blog.

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    Melissa L. says:

    Subscribed to your newsletter. :)

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    Following on Twitter – tweet! :)

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    Connie Holso says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Beautiful. And thanks for the free textures too. Loving the blog hop.

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    Lory78 says:

    Thank you for the tutorial !

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    tanya says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Love your blog..thanks for the chance!

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    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Love the blog hop!

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    Follow you on twitter :D

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    Teresa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Mary M says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial, freebie and chances to win. Excellent hop.

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    Linda D says:

    thanks for the tutorial and the papers.

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    Nicole says:

    I copied your tutorial into a word doc for my PSE technique binder. I am so new at this and need to be able to keep track of it all.
    Thanks for the freebies! (grabbed the Thirty and Flirty one too)

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    Melanie F says:

    I just subscribed to your newsletter – what a beautiful blog you have!

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    Cathy says:

    I like that middle texture – thanks!

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    Kay S. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and download.

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    michelle says:

    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome giveaways!! I loved your tutorial. :)

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    michelle says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter. :)

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    I am following you on Twitter. (mbdblue)

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    LinhC says:

    Subscribing to your newsletters.

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    Crissy says:

    Blog hopper newbie and especially enjoying the PSE tips. Looking forward to receiving your newsletters and following your blog.

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    kyla says:

    Thanks for the freebies and tip! Enjoying this blog hop

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    grannymike says:

    Thanks so much for the neat tutorial and the chance to win such nice gifts.

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    grannymike says:

    I also subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks.

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    Paula Bagwell says:

    Thank you for the GREAT tutorial and the freebie texture papers… I didn’t know you could do that to photos, but I am just starting to learn digital. :)

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    Paula Bagwell says:

    Oh… and I’m following you, too! (on Blogger) It’s the only way I know how!!!
    I don’t Twitter at all or do Facebook publicly, and I was clueless when I tried the “network” blogs! LOL!

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    kendra says:

    omg persnickety prints gets all my extra money! a $10 gift certificate would be wonderful..of course the other gifts are amazing as well. thanks for the chance to win!

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    Justine says:

    i love using textures on pics – thanks so much!

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    jg says:

    thanks for the fabulous tutorial and inspiration. and for the wonderful papers too.

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    tape says:

    Love the textures, thanks so much!

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    Katherine says:

    Hi Erica! Just signed up for your newsletter … and great tutorial – thanks!

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    T says:

    I LOVE these ideas! Thanks for a great tutorial and those fabulous papers! :)

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    Dawn says:

    Thank you for the tutorial – I am saving it for when I have some time free to try it all out – shame we can’t download extra time LOL Thanks for the chance to win too – best wishes to you!

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    Amy says:

    Great tutorial! TFS

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    Melinda T says:

    WOW! Great tutorial, thanks so much!

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    Melinda T says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

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    Melinda T says:

    I’m following you on twitter.

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    Melinda T says:

    I’m following you on the networked blog thingy.

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    alicia king says:

    thanks! i still need to play around with backgrounds and textures on photos!

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    alicia king says:

    i subscribed!

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    alicia king says:

    i follow you on twitter!

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    alicia king says:

    i follow your blog!

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    Michelle Huegel says:

    thanks for the great tip!

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    Nancy Wyatt says:

    I follow you on twitter, so excited to learn of you! Hugs from Conroe, TX

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    Nancy Wyatt says:

    I am following your blog via networked blogs and will be adding you to my google reader too :) Hugs from Conroe, TX

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    Nancy Wyatt says:

    Thanks for the great tip! Hugs from Conroe, TX

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    Soco says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and for this chance!

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    Cindy says:

    I’m so sorry – but what letter is this? Is this a little “d”?

    Thanks much.

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    mischalaneous says:

    GREAT tutorial. Thanks very much for the chance to win!

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    Heather D. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and freebie! I love learning new things…especially about digi scrapping :-)

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    VissyMac says:

    TY very much for chances and freebies ;-)

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    Lindzie H says:

    thanks for the tips! Love it!

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    subscribed to newsletter

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    Lindzie H says:

    following you on the network blog!

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    Liz R says:

    great tutorial, thanks…

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    Tiffani says:

    Thank you!

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    Abbie says:

    thanks, and I’m not sure what your letter is…

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    Suzanne says:

    I’m keping your tutorial in my “must do soon” ! Thank you!

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    Debbie C. says:

    Thank you for the freebie and for the chance to win!!!

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    Arielle says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial – very cool!

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    ClaudiaH says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial Erica! Love it! You are so generous with your giveaways!

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    ConnieC says:

    Very nice giveaways. I love the kit and can’t wait to play with it.

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    ConnieC says:

    I’m following you on Twitter.

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    ConnieC says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter.

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    Shay says:

    Love the tutorial and freebies! Thank you so very much.

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    Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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