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Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial- Creating a Seamless Pattern

(Tutorial written for Photoshop 6.0 and higher) Patterns can be made from just about anything. You can take a photo of any texture and transform it into a pattern to use in your work. For example, denim, knit, or sand, all make nice patterns. In this example, we are going to show you how to change a photo of a textured blanket into a pattern. Open your photo and crop out the section you would like to use as your pattern » Read more

Digital Scrapbooking - Working With Layers

One of the first things you need to learn about if you would like to digital scrapbook is how to work with layers. Layers are exactly what they sound like. Each object in your work can be a different layer of your work. You can move the layers around overlapping them or placing them behind another layer. In order to do almost any digital scrapbooking project you will need to understand a little bit about layers. The Layer Palette » Read more

Creating Stitches in Paint Shop Pro

You've seen it done on scrapbook pages. Maybe you've even read tutorials on how to do it in other programs, but how do you do it in Paint Shop Pro. Follow the instructions below and you are on your way to being a stitching pro. This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro X and assumes you have a basic understanding of Paint Shop Pro. Let's get started We will be making this basic flower with stitching around it. » Read more

Tomato Container Gardens

By Mary Hanna

Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your culinary pursuits. » Read more

How to Make Stepping Stones

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How to Choose the Right Bulbs for Your Spring Flower Garden

by Linda Jenkinson Choosing the right bulbs involves more than just selecting colors and cultivars. Timing, bulb size, and most importantly, bulb health are equally significant factors in designing your spring garden Before purchasing any bulbs, know the differences in bulb types. Along with true bulbs, several types of flowers, sold as bulbs, grow from the underground stem growth of rhizomes, tubers, and corms. » Read more

How To Build An Outdoor Waterfall

by Anne Clarke The beautiful ambiance of an outdoor waterfall is virtually always a refreshing experience for both the mind and spirit. As a matter of fact, elegant and elaborate waterfalls have been around throughout history as outdoor décor for nobility and other important figures in the past. When you install a beautiful waterfall in your own garden, it will be the very best home project you ever take on » Read more

Gardenscape on a Shoestring

By Sara Noel, FrugalVillage.com

Many of us flip through garden magazines, all the while thinking that it takes years, a professional, or tons of money to landscape the gardens featured in the glossy pictures. This isn’t necessarily true. You can design a breathtaking garden and be the envy of the neighborhood by following some of the following tips. » Read more

Five Guidelines For Composting

by K. Finch Compost is what is left over when organic matter decomposes. Organic matter can be things like vegetable scraps, leaves, mowed grass and any other garden waste. This material will decompose without any assistance at all, though you can help it along and enjoy the benefits of compost faster if you wish. » Read more

Country Crafts - Patio/Garden Stones

by Catherine Pulsifer Stress Less Country - a lifestyle change Patio/Garden stones is a great project to do with children. Plus, the stones make great additions to your yard or your garden. They are very simple to make, and you can decorate as you please. First buy a bag of cement mix (usually costs around $5.00). » Read more