deadliest b-day party + a tip
Kody had been looking forward to his classmates birthday party all week. Well, today was the day and to put icing on the cake; it was a pool party at the local Civic Center. Kody had taken swimming lessons last summer but by all means is no Phelps ok? So, he gets in the pool with TOTAL confindence even stating that he's a "…pro at this." I don't know where my head was at but I was thinking quickly in succession: Oh how cute, he's so ready. Took lessons. Three feet. Yay!
The boy almost drowned and I'm not even kidding you. The water was just under his chin and he started choking on it, flailing and going under & all that jazz. I was panicking like you would NOT believe. I was getting ready to jump in, threw down my purse too when one of the grandparents got him. It took everything in my power not to type in all caps just now. So yes…he refused to go home. He's one of those, when the parachute fails, dive, dive again. Yeah, can't knock him for that but as you mommas know, I was ready do get the flippin' H*** outta there! We stayed and I got him a life vest with a quickness.
He's letting him know he's got this.
Right before the craziness
mommy's sane now
I'm so glad everything turned out and that we did stay. Even though he ended up upchucking all his cupkakes and ice cream. He really did have a blast! Oh and the granpa who helped him? Yeah, he was by his side the rest of the time helping his swimming technique. I really apprecicated that…
So in more scrappy news. I just got finished with some templates, of sorts, that will be in the shop Thursday. I've been taking what you all said about templated to heart and wanted to share some tips on a handy technique which is applying Clipping Masks. At first I tossed out the idea because I never want to over complicate things. But the more I find out about photoshop and what it can do for us scrappbookers I find that my way is not always the best way. There are easier ways to do things sometimes and I guess since I'm self taught, I can be stuborn lol…So here is a written version of the tutorial followed by a quick video you can view about Clipping Masks.
In a nutshell, a clipping mask allowes for optimal control of the position of object(s) within an object. It's when you take a template. Let's say a square. And you want to 'fill' the square and only the square with a photo, paper etc. Well, usually we place the photo above the square. Lower the opacity of the photo a bit so we can move it around where we want it. Load the square as a selection, inverse that selection and delete the parts of the picture we dont want. This is permanent. Once the extra picture is deleted, it's gone. BUT with a Clipping Mask you can move your full picture around WITHIN the confines of the square. Dude…it's so hard to type up. Let me show you with some screen shots.
Here's my picture of Chris over the square that I want to fill.
I'm going to apply a clipping mask with one of following ways:
1.) Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask
2.) Go to the drop down menue in the layers pallet and select Create Clipping Mask
3.) Use the keyboard shortcuts (not my favorite method ^_^ )
4.) Make sure your picture or paper or what ever it is you want to fill the template to be on a layer directly above the template layer. Hover your curser inbetween the layers while holding the ALT key. You will see your curser change into white and black overlapping circle with an arrow. When you do. Still hold down ALT and click right inbetween the layers. That will create a clipping mask.
Here is my layers with the clipping mask applied. Notice the drop shadow from the template layer is still in tact YAY! So now all I have to do it move the picture around in my square container until I get it placed exactly how I want it.
There, that's better! You would not be able to move your picture around in this way without a clipping mask. My entire picture is still there it's just 'hidden' behind the borders of the square template. Now, if you want to keep your picture looking snazzy and not move it an inch, you need to lock it by clicking on the picture layer and then clicking the black lock at the top.
BUT…that will only lock the picture layer. Thus you can still move the template and that's not so awesome most of the time. So the BEST thing to do would be to link your layers and then lock. (note: after linking the layers you would only need to lock one of the layers and they both will stay put)
To link your layers, select both layers by holding the SHIFT key while clicking on the layers. Then click on the link on the bottom of the layers pallet.
Now they are linked. If you move your picture the template (along with the shadow in this case) will move along with it. If you lock any of the two layers then they both stay in place and you can work on the rest of your layout without nudging them.
I hope this helps you understand clipoping masks better. I'm not the best with words lol! But it's something you really have to try to get the feel of it. Clipping Masks bring a whole other dimension to templates and to the photos you add to them ^_^ Below is a video of everything I just talked about just in case you want a little video with that text :)
Be right back!,
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