Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 GIVEAWAY!

Earlier this month I was invited along with several other creative bloggers to visit Adobe San Francisco for a DIY workshop hosted by It’s Always Autumn featuring the all new Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.psee-02I’ve been working with Photoshop for several years, but this latest version of Photoshop Elements is just plain magic I tell you! You don’t have to be a professional photographer to utilize amazing professional editing tools and techniques, nor will you need to pay the cost of the pro version of Photoshop. For under $100 you can have software that easily transforms, fixes, and organizes any of your precious photos. Adobe’s Photoshop Elements intro video explains it best.psee-04Our DIY project at Adobe was an image transfer craft with Mod Podge, our favorite photos, and natural wood discs. Within just a few minutes we took our photos from ordinary to extraordinary and ready for printing using Painterly, one of the fun edits in the over 40 guided edits available. Some of us crafted coasters from the prints we transferred to discs, but I chose to make ornaments for our Christmas tree.psee-01So whether you’re a blogger, semi-professional photographer, crafter, designer, artist, or someone who simply takes a lot of photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 software will be your new best friend in 2017! Here are just a few tips & tricks:elements-tips-and-tricks-finalVisit the It’s Always Autumn blog for fun and easy tutorials like a photo blanket and storyboard photo display. Also, follow Photoshop Elements on Facebook for more project ideas and the latest product news and promotions.

Photoshop Elements 15 Giveaway!psee-03Adobe is giving one lucky Just Something I Made reader FREE Photoshop Elements 15 (including Premiere Elements 15 for video) software!


  • Entry open to US residents only.
  • One Entry per person and household.
  • Please leave a kind, relevant comment below.


  • Enter by noon (PST) on Christmas Day, 2016.
  • The winner will be randomly chosen, notified and posted here shortly thereafter, and shipped right out.

Congratulations to the winner: #38 KV!

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Celebrate 40 Years of Mary Engelbreit! St. Louis Workshop

shop_logo_2xI’m excited to announce my participation in a very special event presented by the Mary Engelbreit Studio- Mary & Charlotte’s Studio Workshop. A celebration of Mary’s 40 years of licensed art. me-st-louisJoin me June 15-18, 2017 in St. Louis for workshops with co-host, textile artist Charlotte Lyons (HouseWrenStudio), the adorable Jenn McGlon (NoodleAndLou), whimsical artist Crystal Sloane (VintageByCrystal), and yours truly. Mary will be giving both ME studio tour and a drawing demo!  There will be 6 classes total, with more details to We will enjoy great food, drink, shopping, and new friendships. This class is expected to sell out soon, so hurry over to Mary’s website for more information on this very significant event.


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Antique Photo Album Christmas Ornaments

tfw-logoOur sweet river town of Petaluma, California is home to some pretty special movers & shakers, The Fabulous Women, who’s mission is this:

We are a local group dedicated to supporting meaningful causes. Our small nonprofit brings light and hope to families who are going through extraordinary hardship.  We provide emotional and financial support to families facing various challenges. We strive to find positive messages in every situation that we encounter. Our group helps the community: Learn important lessons, Heal through difficult experiences, Find gratitude in their own lives, and Bring awareness to issues that impact the community as well as individuals.

Fabulous Women also raises awareness and donations for local organizations that provide positive resources for our community.  Every cause that we champion gives us an opportunity to empower the next generation and model kindness through service and charity.flyer_festival_of_trees_20161Each year they host Festival of Trees in downtown Petaluma, featuring upwards of fifty 4-foot Christmas trees, decorated by local businesses and individuals, to be auctioned off for charity. This will be my first year contributing and I’ll be handcrafting all of the ornaments for my tree.fot-antique-album I found an antique photo album loaded with cabinet card photographs from late 1800s at one of the vintage shops in town that was the inspiration for my first set of ornaments. I trimmed down full-page mats into individual frames and embellished as little assemblage art collages, then put back in the photos unharmed. The winning bidder can choose to replace any of those photos with their own family pictures if they wish through the slide-slot in the back of each. Please forgive the glue & ink fingers in video below.

Below are a baker’s dozen Antique Album Photo Ornaments that I completed today. I’ll be crafting additional smaller ornaments to add to the tree as well. Stay tuned for the final reveal at the end of November!fot-ornament-01b fot-ornament-02b fot-ornament-03b fot-ornament-04bfot-ornament-05bfot-ornament-06bfot-ornament-07bfot-ornament-08bfot-ornament-09b fot-ornament-10b fot-ornament-11b fot-ornament-12b fot-ornament-13b

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