How to create a photo with wordart

This tutorial is for my fearless friends, and anyone else that happens along!  We have all seen them, gorgeous photos with a quote on them.  We may have thought that we have photos that are meaningful to us that we would like to put a quote on.  You can do this using many programs.  I am going to give you the steps do do this with a free program called Picasa.  Once you have downloaded the program, you will have to double click on it to install it.  It will automatically make a short cut on your desk top.

Open Picasa and it will find your photos. Click on the photo you would like to select:

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Double click to have the edit screen open.  You can leave your photo as is, or you can explore the options to crop, adjust contrast or color.

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I adjusted the the contrast and really brightened my photo.  I experimented with the brushes at the top to see if I wanted to turn my photo into a sketch, or black and white, however I really liked the way it looked with the contrast adjustment.  Next I clicked on the text button and added my quote.

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Once you have typed your quote, you can adjust the text box size by placing your cursor on it and changing the width and height until you like the way it looks.  You may then have to adjust the size of the font.  You can also scroll through the fonts until you find one that looks good with your photo and is also easy to read.   You can use several text blocks if you want the words and the author to have two different fonts.  When you are done, you need to click apply, then  at the top click file, save as and give it a new name so you do not change your original file.  If you want to add a copyright symbol and your name or initials, hold down the alt key and type 0169 on windows.  Not sure on a mac.

Here is mine:



and so a new day begins

I am exploring art journaling again.  This morning I was blessed to watch the early morning sky.  I was enthralled with the colors of the  sky this morning and once captured, knew I would blend layers to make an art journal layout with it.  I used linear burn on the Charlize paper to add texture and soft light on the Caravan paper to add the subtle text.

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Credit:  Anna Aspnes Distressed Edge No. 9 Overlays 

Charlize Creations  Groove Paper Pack
Tangie Baxter:  Art Journal Caravan 14 papers
Able Bodied Stamp
Dream Maker Cluster
font: Tangie Art Journal Font Mock Turtle with Tangie Paperworn Art Journal Style


A new creative journey

I am taking Tangie Baxter’s Art Journal Caravan course.  It is the last time she is teaching it.  I have been wanting to mix digital and messy stuff.  I think this will be just the class to help me stretch.  One of the first assignments was to come up with a word for the year.  I had already named 2014 Creativity.  Due to the chaos of moving things around from the flooded basement, the first page of my journal is digital, but I have already printed it and will attach it to the first page of the journal.


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I am looking forward to this journey!

First layout for 2014

I started this year with an art journal layout- the challenge was to use 14 items in a combination of frames and fasteners!  Here is what I did: ostash_jan_14

I used digital elements from a variety of Oscraps designers:
Dido Designs  earthSong digital kit
Tracy Martin Bloom and Grow
jOurney :: Oscraps Collaborative Kit
Kitty Designs- all stitched  and 365 Today {Stitches}
JoycePaul Simple Pleasures – Bundle 
Maya de Groot Fond of Fasteners  and  Wayfarer  and Creative silhouette
Sue Cummings      52 Inspirations :: 2011 {Basics}
Anna Aspnes  ArtPlay Palette Salty Living  and Embrace Life 


I have been taking an online class on blending, and decided when I did this layout for a challenge that the ticket background paper was too strong for the photo.  I used a filter on it to blur it just a bit and it worked the way I had imagined it!

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For the December Oscraps copycat template challenge. Photos I took in Skaneateles, NY on a trip back home.  Isn’t it funny how after you move home is on both sides of the trip?

Digital kit used:  Maya de Groot Designs Wayfarer

Get Somewhere

I was inspired by the quote Kim Klassen shared on her blog.  I had been struggling with how I perceived my job was going.  I made a mini poster using a photo of a weed and  one of Kim’s textures.  I love making these 4 by 6 inch artworks and printing them on post it picture paper.  I can then quickly adorn my work space with inspiration!

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Fearless journey – the beginning

I began an online course this year called the Fearless Living Training Program with Rhonda Britten. For years I have been unhappy and dissatisfied with certain aspects of my life.   My journal entries through the years seemed to repeat the same things, the same desires to change over and over, without any noticeable change.  My chosen word for 2013 (change), however months into the year, real change had not arrived.  When the opportunity came to join the Fearless Living Training Program arose, I was ready!  I decided to art journal my way through the course, a new page for each module.  The first digital scrapbook page denotes my willingness to go on the journey without knowing where it would lead to, but knowing it was something I must do.

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I created this layout with the following kits:

Self Confidence Collab by ValC Designs and Beedeesign

Road Trip Collab by ForeverJoy Designs and Studio Basics Designs

I am so excited to go on this journey and already with the first week am amazed at the depth of the materials and the support.  I believe that this time, I will go the distance.