T3: Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

Technique: Using Built-Ins
Are you a new digital scrapbooker, or do you have a friend who's just been introduced to the fun of preserving memories digitally? If so, you may not have had the chance yet to build up a sizable stash of digital papers and accents. Even if you're light on supplies, though, you can still unleash your creativity by using the "built-ins" included with your photo editing software. Try challenging yourself to create a layout with only these ready-to-use shapes, textures and other elements. Christine crafted this sweet tribute to a neighbor's pet with CorelDRAW's shape-creating tools and a few playful accents.

lexus by Christine Strainer materials background, frames, accents (Corel) + Atlantic Inline, Cataneo LT BT, Arabic Transparent fonts + CorelDRAW Corel)

Tip: Play With Your Photos
Need a break from a "serious" scrapbooking project? Or are you looking for a way to add a dose of fun to your layout or blog? Try one of the online photo-modifying services we've been playing with lately. Check out the backgrounds, effects and more these free Web sites offer.

Dumpr.net lets you turn an ordinary photo into a work of art... literally, as seen here. Besides putting your family on the wall of an art museum, you can surround your friends with a crowd of paparazzi, create iTunes-style reflections or give your photos a hip "Lomographic" look.

• Ever wondered what you'd look like with Angelina Jolie's lips, Halle Berry's cheekbones or even Johnny Depp's eyes? Try blending your own photo with one of the celebrity shots at Morphthing.com. (I had to see what my son Fisher might look like crossed with Twilight star Robert Patinson.) Or, see just how strong the family resemblance really is by blending photos of two different generations. The results may surprise you!



• Take the celebrity-morphing trick to ridiculous heights with FaceInHole.com. Inspired by the wooden cutouts found at fairs and tourist traps around the world, FaceInHole lets you combine any face with the bodies and costumes of subjects as varied as Barack Obama, G.I. Joe and Pamela Anderson.

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Great Idea
I really like this idea. It would be so awesome to be able to look back and see what went on each day for a whole year. Love it.


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