Showing posts with label GIVEAWAY PRIZE FROM BITTERSWEET PUNKIN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GIVEAWAY PRIZE FROM BITTERSWEET PUNKIN. Show all posts

Monday, July 6, 2009


I was so excited when Robin at Bittersweet Punkin drew my name to win her wonderful handmade Memory Box. Just look at all of the pretty details on this box!

When the package arrived, I couldn't wait to open it and start filling my lovely new box with trinkets. Robin's nice note, which accompanied the package, would be the first memory I placed in the bottom of the box.

But look! When I opened the box, it was not empty. See those gifts wrapped in the pretty sheet music? Okay, by this time, my excitement was unbearable! After all, I knew I was getting the wonderful box, but I didn't know that there would be surprises inside the wonderful box!

Oh how I wish you could smell this wonderful lavender soap and lavender candle! They are heavenly! My husband will surely want to know what is going on when he walks in and our home smells like lavender and so do I! Did you notice that pretty lighthouse charm that is attached to my box? I am just the luckiest girl in Blogville. (I use the term "girl" very loosely!) Thank you so much Robin for such a lovely giveaway. I will enjoy the lavender scents for a very long time, and for anyone who visits my blog regularly, you know I will enjoy the Memory Box forever! What a perfect prize for someone who doesn't get rid of ANYTHING because of the memories that she attaches to her "stuff"! What wonderful memories I will have each time I look at this pretty box. Isn't Robin just the sweetest thing?


All of you bloggers who already do wonderful mosaics, (which, in my humble opinion is all of you), please skip the following "tutorial" (I have to laugh when I use that word in conjunction with anything that involves me-especially on a computer!) If my family knew I was doing a computer-related tutorial, they would have me committed for sure!

I have been asked to reveal the "secret" to my mosaics. I'm tellin' ya'll, there's no secret. All you have to do is be crazy enough to sit for hours and play with the Photoscape program. I KNOW IF I CAN DO IT, ANYBODY CAN DO IT! I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish what I am doing on Photoscape, and there are some things on Photoscape that I know nothing about. Since you asked, I will gladly share what I have learned.

If you don't already have a Photoscape (PS) program on your computer, it is free to download the part of Photoscape that I use for mosaics. Just google Photoscape and download the free part.

When I open any of the programs on PS, there is a column on the left where I can click on "pictures" to access everything in my picture file. The sections of PS that I use most often are "Editor", "Page", and "Combine".

If I am making a mosaic, I first go to the section titled "Page". On the right-hand side of this section is a selection of mosaic patterns. When you click on one of the patterns, it appears in the center section. Click and drag your photographs (from that column on the left of your screen) to where you want to put them in your mosaic. In some patterns, you can shift the photo from side-to-side or up-and-down to get it positioned where you want it within that box. You can go to the top of the page (where there are small pictures of your photos in the order you put them into the mosaic), and you can drag them to change the order in your mosaic. (Is any of this making sense? Have I lost you already?)
Above the selection of mosaic patterns, are other choices you can make. I usually click on that little "acorn looking guy" (I'm soooo high tech), and enlarge my mosaic by 175%. There are also places to select the size, color, and shape of the margins (lines between your photos) on your mosaics, as well as a place to click if you want to select a frame to go around each individual photo.

After you have your mosaic set up, you can add things. (I just know I've already lost you, and I'm adding things-I'm not very good at this tutoring stuff.) (Ooops! I should have gone into the "edit" part and rotated that picture of the cake before I added it to this mosaic, but since this is just for demonstration purposes, I'm leaving it "as is")

You can click "save" at any point when you are satisfied with your mosaic.
If you want to add something to the mosaic, you may now click "edit" in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Your options for this page are at the bottom of your screen. Selecting a frame on this page will frame the outside of the entire mosaic.

While in this window of PS, you can click on "object", where you will find a feature for drawing straight lines (even though the icon for it is a squiggly line). Just click on that line, select a color, and while holding the shift key, click where you want the line to begin and then click where you want the line to end.
Draw boxes and other shapes while in this mode too. Just click on the icon of the shape you want to draw, and click on your photo to drag the shape to the place and size you want. I often add a box to the top and/or bottom of my mosaic, so that I can add words (you know how I luv words!) You can add words to your mosaic by clicking on one of the letter "T"s.
There are features titled "Webding" and "Wingding" with little pictures you can add. All of these additions will appear in the center of your mosaic, and you can click on the addition and drag it where you want it. You have the option of selecting a color or an outline for these additions. All of the additions may be shrunk or enlarged by clicking a corner of the box around the addition and dragging it. Above your addition is a toggle feature, which allows you to adjust the direction of your addition.

Additions of "real picture", "cartoon picture", "illustration", "stamp", "pencil drawing", etc. are found by clicking on the icon of a tiny outdoor scene (another technical term).

To layer two pictures, right click on the photo that you want to appear on top of the other photo. Left click on "Copy to clipboard". Go back over to your pictures on the left side of the page, and left click on the picture you want on the bottom layer. After it appears in your screen, left click on the "outdoor scene" icon. In the list that appears, left click on "clipboard photo". Your clipboard photo will appear on top of your bottom photo, and you can drag the corners of the clipboard to get it to the size you like.

On the "Combine" page of PS, you are given the option of combining photos horizontally, vertically, or in a checkerboard pattern. You may also edit these combined photos in the same manner described above.

There are a lot of filters to try out. In yesterday's post, I used a filter on the photo of my grandchildren with the sparklers.

I used the "Lens Flare" effect on this one.

Since I am sure I am not using the correct terminology, and since I tend to go into more detail than necessary, this may be confusing. I told you a tutorial by me was not a good thing! I hope I have revealed the "secrets" to my mosaics, and I really hope you aren't leaving here more confused than you were when you asked for the "secret"! Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll try to help out, but I really do not know what I'm doing. My mosaics have been created through a lot of trial and error (more error than anything else).
Whew! I'm worn out! What? You say you're worn out too? I don't blame you. I can promise you that I will not be doing another tutorial about anything for a very long time! Thanks so much for coming by for a visit. Sorry all you got was a tutorial! DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible if you become addicted to making mosaics! laurie