Archive for January, 2011

Shmootzy (another word for messy!) frames are so much fun. You can use them as frames or tuck them behind photos, use as a space for journaling or even as masks. You can combine them with other frames, artwork or masks to make some really unique frames of your own!

I'll show you how I created the frame below, by combining all 8 of my new Shmootzy Romance Frames

Nrj-shmootzyframes-600 First, open up a small workspace in Photoshop and you can either open up all the .png files that came with the Shmootzies and then drag them over onto your workspace (remember to hold down the shift key to center), OR you can load the brushset (.abr) and individually stamp them, either on their own layers or one on top of the other, rotating and resizing, until you get the effect you want.

For my combo frame, I just dragged all the .png files and then centered them, or rotated them until I had this organic and interesting looking thing below!

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Put all your layers into a group. We are going to make a cutout in the center of this graphic so you can actually use it as a frame (but if you want it as a mask you could always leave it alone or further embellish the center).

Next, make a Layer Mask for the Group. Load up some solid square brushes, grungy brushes, or paint strokes. For this example, I loaded my Polaroid Transfer Mask brushes. I picked a square brush and a solid black paint color and "stamped" in the center of my Layer Mask, where I wanted the cutout to appear.

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And that's it! Save your frame as a brush, or .png file or make more! It's fun to play around and come up with unique creations of your own!

Don't forget you can download my finished frame here.

Have a great night!


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Some new Shmootz!

I've got two new products up today at CatScrap for Valentine's Day…

Shmootzy Romance – which is a set of 8 "shmootzy" frames and masks as well as some new "Romantic" PDQ Texture Overlays. Both of these products are full of hearts, flowers and flourish frames (say that three times fast!)

To celebrate, I've created this frame just for you! It's a combination of all 8 Shmootzy Frames in the set and I'll be back later today to show you how you can combine your own for some great effects!

Shmootzy Romance Frame

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 to you! I hope this day finds you happy and healthy! Do you have a resolution? I am always hesitant to start a new year's resolution — knowing full well that I give up about mid-January! LOL! I know who I am and that I am not perfect…but with age also comes the knowledge that striving for perfection is a surefire road to disappointment.

Instead, I've learned to try and do better a bit at a time — eat a LITTLE healthier, work out ONE more day than I did last week, and most importantly set aside a BIT of time to be with the ones I love. I end up alot closer to being a better me than I would if I dove in headfirst with unrealistic expectations, only to fail again and disappoint myself in the process.

So, here's to being PERFECTLY imperfect! Won't you join me?

To celebrate the new year, I've created a little freebie brushset for you!



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