Showing posts from October, 2012

Let's peel back these layers!

juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

a million halloween printables

In the last two years I've created about a million Halloween printables. Alright, maybe not a million, but a bunch. Here's the round up, new ones first: Printable magnet poetry is available for free at . Did you know you you can get full magnetic sheets that run right through your printer? You can! At most office supply places. Or just print on cardstock and have fun arranging the words in all sorts of crazy, spooky sentences. These treat bag printables might be just the thing for a classroom party or Halloween birthday. Available in my shop. {Insert evil laugh}. Need a little DIY Halloween home decor? Here is a printable template you can use to cut bats out of black paper and hang from just about anywhere. And how about making some dapper mustaches to stick on those pumpkins till carving time. Free template. A new take on an old favorite, the Phantom Ghost is a note that gets delivered with treats via doorbell ditching to friends and n

a little photoshop

I've admitted it before. I photoshop. Sometimes a lot. Sometimes a little. Here, is a cute picture of Emmie sporting her new bangs but that fly-away hair was driving me nuts. It had to go. Photoshop CS6 has a content aware fill that got me most of the way there and then a little extra finessing with a clone tool. Also, notice I brightened the colors in the foreground and softened (desaturated) the colors in the chair just so it wouldn't be so loud. These 3 cuties are my nephews. My sister loved the photo but it didn't seem right to display with the distracting telephone wires in the background. So I took them out. And even though she didn't specifically request it, I also took the gum out of Tanner's mouth. It's like magic. I also love this one of the whole fam but the port-o-potty and tractor in the background just wouldn't look good enlarged and hanging on the wall of the living room! I made it vanish with the clone stamp tool and then softened