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How To’sday | Printing Square Photos

This week for How To’sday we have a spectacular tutorial from Heather Conklin on using all of those fun camera phone pics which have been edited by trendy apps, then printing them square without losing any of their features.

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With the advent of smartphones and those neat apps like Hipstamatic, Retro Camera and Instagram, there is a square photo revolution. For those of us who upload our prints and get our photographs from other sources than a personal printer, it can be difficult to take an awesome square photo, with all of its quirks, and cut it to fit a standard size 4×6 or 5×7.

By some happy chance, I figured out how to use Picasa3 to keep the square aspects of the photo, but make it so that I can upload to my favorite photo printer (Costco, Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, etc.) All I have to do when I get my photos is cut off the edges into the perfect square!

Step 1: Take your cool square photo and upload it to your computer. Open Picasa3.

Step 2: On the bottom of Picasa is a “collage” button. Click it!

Step three: On the left hand side of the collage section, you can choose your photo paper size (4×6, 5×7, 8×10, etc.) Remember, you want to choose a size that reflects the size of the photo you want. 4×6 would make a 4×4 square, 5×7 = 5×5 square, etc.

Step four: Once you have chosen the size of the photo that will be printed (small area), click on the photo itself. When you do this, a circle with a pull arrow will pop up. Pull this and play around with it until it is the size you want.

Step five: Here the photo fills up white space, except for the edges. This means that the photo will print 4×4. Remember about your neat photo app edges. If you want to keep them, make them fit within the white space.

Step six: Click the box “create collage.”

Step seven: The now “collage” photo should save in Picasa3, but double check. I always save to the desktop, and then delete it once I have uploaded to my printer’s server.

That’s it! Now you can print your cool app photos at your normal printing spots. It’s a little odd that you just made a collage out of one photo, but it works!

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Heather, thank you so much! I’m excited to put my camera phone pics to use in such a fun way!

If you have a great idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, be sure to send photos and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

I hope you have a great Tuesday!


Teresa Collins Posh | Monday Card Madness #47

If you are a lover of vintage meets sassy, pink  mixing with black and white, then today’s steal, the Teresa Collins Posh collection is just for you.

When I first saw this collection I was instantly drawn to the pink glitter paper. I knew that I wanted to use some of the glitter paper on each of the cards that I created. After all, life just can’t have enough bling!

This collection has such a wide variety of patterns between the pink, black and white colors that it was fun to see how different I could make the cards while keeping them similar.

The first card I made by adding some 3D butterflies which I cut on on my Silhouette.

Next I created a card using the butterfly chipboard from the Posh collection.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the chipboard pieces and finished it off with a black flower embellishment which I’ve had for quite some time.

I always love a collection which is versatile enough to use up items from my stash! :)

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog.  Leave a link here on our blog for the August cards by this Friday, September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

We are almost ready to wrap up our 3rd ScrapbookSteals card swap. If you are participating and haven’t had a chance to send out your cards yet, make sure they get sent soon! Also don’t forget to send me an email letting me know to be on the lookout for them.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! Be sure to check in tomorrow for another fun How To’sday tutorial.

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Crafty Mason Jars | Studio Calico State Fair

I’ll admit it. I love going to the Utah State Fair. I love entering my scrapbooking pages and other crafty projects and then go to the fair with my family each opening night to see if any of my creations have been awarded ribbons. I love looking at the needlework and the quilting, as those are two talents which seemed to have been eliminated from my crafty soul. I was so excited when I found out that we’d be featuring today’s steal, the Studio Calico, State Fair collection as it instantly made me start thinking of the excitement which lays ahead in a mere two weeks!

As I sat contemplating what I would like to do with the collection I thought about the gorgeous quilts at the fair and how once upon a time that was the social networking of many women, to sit around and create quilts together. I love how scrapbooking has become the modern woman’s “quilting guild,” and thought it would be fun to have a few crafty friends over to do some altering.

I rumaged through my pantry and pulled out a variety of cans, containers and canning jars, set out the papers and turned everyone lose to create whatever they’d like.

It was so fun watching the different styles come out in the creative process and having some grown up mommy time while the little ones had fun playing.

It was a lot of fun to see the different interpretations of altered containers.

And it was most definitely a day that rejuvenated my entire being! Now the countdown is on for the Utah State Fair, and the next time I can hang out with my crafty girls again.

Hope you have a great weekend.

American Crafts Campy Trails | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 5

Good morning everyone! Happy Wednesday to you. I’m so excited about today’s Mid Week Mojo sketch, mainly because I was soooo excited to use today’s steal, the American Crafts Campy Trails collection. Here’s a little fact about me. I pretty much detest camping. Now once upon a time I loved it (think childhood), but now not so much (think what kind of a vacation is camping when you’re the mom.  Oh yeah.  It’s not.) However I was giddy when I knew I’d be using today’s steal to create this week’s Mid Week Mojo. The colors and the designs of paper are simply divine! And there’s no need to be a camper, lthough if you are double bonus because camping papers don’t get any cuter than this! These papers are fantastic for a huge amount of things.

I wasn’t quite sure where this week’s sketch would lead but knew I wanted to have the opportunity to mix up the patterns, so there are a lot of layers and additions to make use of lots of patterns.

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I’m also a full-blown Thickers addict. I simply love the ease of Thickers and the cute factor of the two sets included in today’s steal is off the charts.

I was so inspired by Melissa Dehne’s flower tutorial on yesterday’s How To’sday post that I decided to add one to my Mid Week Mojo. I think it was the perfect touch!

Hooray for another week of Mojo-ing! Participation has been outstanding and it’s been a true treat to see all of the different creations. Our random prize winner for this week is Charity Hotrum-Becker! Charity’s layouts are always a true artistic delight.

Charity, if you’ll please send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

As far as this week goes, be sure to have this week’s layout created, posted and linked to this blog no later than Monday, August 29th at 11:59 PM MST.

For any of you that have questions regarding Mid Week Mojo you can check out all of the rules and details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a very happy Wednesday!