Tuesday, 3 December 2019


Sometimes you want to take one of your holiday photos and make it a little more sparkly and festive. You could buy bokeh brushes but it’s really easy to make your own. Let me show you how.

First, open a holiday photo and select the brush tool either with keyboard shortcut B or using the toolbar. I’ll use a hard round brush for sharpness. I ended up selecting about a 200 pixel brush here.

Well, that’s no good! Straight lines aren’t what I need. Let’s try to introduce some randomness.

In the brush settings panel, I’ll click the checkbox on Shape Dynamics and then click in that shaded rectangle which brings up selections specific to that option. Increasing size jitter will vary the size of the dots. Increasing the minimum diameter will ensure the dots stay fairly large which would be realistic for reflecting tree lights. Increasing the roundness jitter a little makes the circles not quite perfect, again for a little more realism.

Now that’s more like it! I opened a new layer above my photo and painted using my brush tool to see how it was looking. I didn’t use one continuous stroke, instead using several for variety. But it still feels a little too perfect…

So I click on Scattering to add more randomness. This brings up another menu with options. I increased the scatter to 800% and the count to 3. The count decides how many additional brush tips will be added to the selection. A larger count would be too busy in this application. Choosing the fade of 10 means that the scattering is gradually reduced based on the number of steps I chose.

Now we’ll work on the opacity of the dots. I could turn the opacity down on the entire layer but that gives no variation in color. So we’ll select the transfer option in the brush panel and that gives us the option of an opacity jitter slider like we used scatter in our last example. Now the color of my dots varies from dark to light in each stroke of my brush.

I’m ready to start brushing now. I used the eyedropper to select the color of the snowflake and clicked several times from the top left to the bottom right. Then, I selected a lighter color and did it again. It’s starting to look like bokeh!

I’ll click on each brush layer in my layers panel and add a Gaussian blur to it. I played around with the radius and decided on 9. You’ll notice that the dots are still a little strong looking. Let’s fix that.

I reduced the opacity on both brush layers so that it looked more realistic. It turned out to be about 60%. We could call it done at this point and scrapbook this photo as is. Or we could go the extra step and add a little more sparkle.

I use my line tool, nested under the rectangle tool, select drawing in pixels instead of in a shape. I choose a small weight of 2 pixels because I want to draw a thin line.

I draw a tiny line and then apply a motion blur to it like so. I want the edges of the line to extend.

Then I duplicate that layer and use the transform tool to rotate it 90 degrees. I merge those two layers together, duplicate THAT layer and rotate it 45 degrees to create a little starburst. Another touch is to slightly reduce the size of one half of the starburst to make it less symmetrical.

To get the little hazy circle around the starburst, I’ll use my elliptical tool to draw a circle around the starburst. Then I’ll add a tiny 1 pixel stroke to create the line. Next, add a Gaussian blur to the stroked circle. That’s perfect! Now I can merge the layers, duplicate it, resize the copies to varying sizes and place them over some of the lights on my photo to create sparkles.

Is there an easy button for this? I searched the custom tools and found a sun shape that is quite similar. There is a tiny circle inside but it works fine when placed over the tree lights on my photo.

Zoomed in and at full opacity these are a little obvious. But that’s an easy fix, just reduce the size and opacity until they are just a nice sparkle over the lights. I also erased a couple of the bokeh dots that were distracting on top of the tree. Here’s my final version with multiple sparkles included. What do you think?

I hope I’ve given you a little trick you can use with your photos this holiday season.


Friday, 29 November 2019



I'm so EXCITED!!! 

It's Black Friday and I have a great selection of products NEW and OLD for you at an AMAZING discount! 
With the Month Of Challenges only a few weeks away.. you don't want to miss out on picking up these goodies!

I have 4 MEGA money saving bundles with older products; one bundle with alpha's, one with papers, one with elements and one with templates.

But I also bundled up 4 brand new products that I am offering for 5 dollar, through Cyber Monday only.

But enough talk already let me show you the DEALS!


Here's the brand new products bundle I was telling you about. The individual packs are available at 30% off through December 2nd but
buying ALL 4 will only cost you 5 dollars!!!




page by ferdy
by sheriby heidi
by diane

A super versatile set of 66 unique elements in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles [91 in total]. Everything you need for some beautiful pages about way back when, heritage pages but you will see that kit is versatile enough to scrap a page about something that happened only yesterday and you just love to give a retro tough. I mean.... Why not?!


This easy to use set of fabric date labels was made to make sure you don't forget to mark the date!


page by christa
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A beautiful set of 11 vintage patterned papers and 11 alternate color combinations PLUS 12 matching solids.

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A timeless wooden alpha. Guaranteed to add a realistic touch and that extra little oomph to your pages! Includes: upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation 86 characters in total, all seperate .png's.
page by cindy
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It is that time of the year again!  In case you were wondering if there would be any big sales on Black Friday...The answer is YES!
Apart from the NEW PRODUCT BUNDLE above I ALSO made 4 MEGA stash building bundles with older products.

These will all come in mighty handy for TLP's Month Of Challenge's in January 2020 and will ONLY be available through december 2nd!!


12 packs for 12 dollar [75% off]

This Special Black Friday Element Bundle includes these previously released element packs that hold 681 unique elements [807 in total] :
  • This 'n Thats Elements
  • Carefree Elements
  • Me My Selfie and I Elements
  • Good Morning Sunshine Elements
  • Brand New Year Elements
  • Love You Beary Much Elements
  • Then & Now Elements
  • Tales of Spring Elements
  • Oh Sew Crafty Elements
  • Bon Voyage Elements
  • Just Like Dad Elements
  • Captured Elements


12 packs for 9 dollar [78% off]

This Special Black Friday Paper Bundle includes these previously released paper packs with a total of 362 papers!!
  • Fancy Neutrals
  • Carefree Papers
  • Me My Selfie and I Papers
  • Good Morning Sunshine Papers
  • Brand New Year Papers
  • Love You Beary Much Papers
  • Then & Now Papers
  • Tales Of Spring Papers
  • Oh Sew Crafty Papers
  • Captured Papers
  • Bon Voyage Papers
  • Just Like Dad Papers


12 packs for 6 dollar [82%off]

This Special Black Friday Alpha Bundle includes these previously released alpha packs:
  • Time Flies Alpha
  • Good Morning Sunshine Alpha
  • Falala Seasons Greetings Alpha
  • Brand New Year Alpha
  • Love You Beary Much Alpha
  • Then & Now Alphas
  • Tales Of Spring Alpha
  • Oh Sew Crafty Alpha
  • A Touch Of Ink Alpha
  • Bon Voyage Alpha
  • Just Like Dad Alphas
  • Farm Fresh Alpha


10 packs for 10 dollar [78%off]

Includes the following 10 template packs that all include .PAGE, .PNG, .PSD and . TIF files.
  • Brand New year Templates
  • Love You Beary Much Templates
  • Then & Now Templates
  • Tales Of Spring Templates
  • Bon Voyage Templates
  • Just Like Dad Templates
  • Farm Fresh Templates
  • Pure & Simple Templates
  • You Can Do This Templates
  • Out Of This World Templates

And with that I want to wish you a great weekend and Happy Shoppin'!