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Vintage blog to check out

I wanted to share one of my favorite new blogs with you: Millie Motts. She is a self-proclaimed collector of all things 1940s-60s, and she shares all kinds of awesome photos on her blog. Here’s one example of the great pictures you’ll find on the blog (From a post entitled “banana appeal”):


Check out Millie Motts for yourself and tell me you’re not hooked!

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to


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Super Easy Contact Prints From Your Photos

Examples of contact prints.

This is a really fast and easy way to give your photos a unique, hand-printed look by using a method called contact printing. All you need is an inkjet printer, your digital photo files, watercolor or printmaking paper, and one of those waxy backing sheets that hold stickers or address labels. So here’s what will happen…when you print onto the waxy sheet, the ink from your inkjet printer will sit on top of the waxy coating, it won’t be absorbed into the paper like it would be with normal inkjet paper. Because the ink droplets will be sitting on top of the paper, you will be able to make a contact print by pressing that ink onto an absorbent paper, such as watercolor paper or printmaking paper, and transferring the image. Continue reading


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Cool Photoshop Effects

Hey all!

I have found a couple of Photoshop effects that I plan to use in my digital scrapbooking over and over again, because they are just so cool. The first is a way to give your photos an old fashioned film look. Thanks to Ebin at

Here are my before and after shots:

astro before


Here is another great one to give your pictures a vintage hand-tinted look.

1. Open your photo. In the layers palette, right-click on the layer name and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. At the top of the layers palette, choose Soft Light blending mode from the dropdown box. Click the eyeball icon next to your background layer in the layers palette to hide it.

2. Right click on the new layer in the layers palette (I had to just right click on my open photo) and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. Target the middle layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Right click on this black and white layer and choose Duplicate layer. Repeat this duplication one more time. You should now have 1 top color layer, 3 middle black and white layers, and 1 bottom, hidden layer.

3. Target the second layer in the layers palette. At the top of the layers palette, choose Screen blending mode. With this second layer still targeted, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur dialog box, set the blur to 10 pixels. Click ok. (optional: To enhance the dreamy effect a little more, target the third layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the blur to 8 pixels.)

Here is the before photo:

And the after photo:


And there you have it!


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