Photoshop Tips: Brightening Photos and outlining text

Todays video is a short one. It also goes more into the photo editing aspect of Photoshop rather then the design part. I'm going to be teaching you how to brighten your photos with levels and how to outline your text.

 Today's photoshop post is also going to be one of the last. I might squeeze one in next week, but for the most part, I've taught everything you need to know to start photoshop (feel free to email/comment on there photoshop skills you want to learn). Today I just decided to share a fun mixture of different skills that are easy to do and add a fun look to your design. 

Sounds fun right?!


"Egg" cellent Easter Treats

I'm going to be completely honest right now, I completely spaced the Photoshop Post for last Thursday. I had standardized testing for four days last week (super fun right :) and I was a little out of my normal routine. When I was going to sleep on Thursday night I was thinking about all the things I had to do: Practice piano, practice volleyball, make a few things on photoshop, prepare the Thursday post……. wait WHAT! So there's that story.

That also kind of explains my creative juices block as of late. I don't know why it's taken me so long to make these gifts.  I've had everything ready for to make them I just couldn't bring my self to think of a cute way of assembling it. Finally (yesterday) I forced myself to get them done. I told myself "I'm pretty sure my friends won't care if there cute, and there getting candy anyway". So I sat down with some tags, bags, eggs, and easter grass (not to mention cute ribbon and string) and got to work.

I'm actually really excited with the way these turned out. Nothing some bakers twine can't fix, right?  I even made a super cute printable tag to go with it.



  • Wilton Rectangle Gift Bags (You don't HAVE to use this kind, but I think there the perfect size)
  • Green Easter grass 
  • Easter eggs 
  • Candy (to fill the eggs)
  • Ribbon and twine 
  • These tags
  • Hole punch 
  1. First fill all the eggs with candy, and eat whatever is left over (my favorite part ;) 
  2. Open one of the clear bags and fill it with a handful of easter grass. A LOT off it
  3. Drop three candy filled eggs into the  bag, so it's onto of the easter grass
  4. Tie the bag closed with a piece of bakers twine, or whatever you want to use 
  5. Tie a piece of ribbon onto the bag where the twine is (preferably sparkly ribbon :)
  6. Cut out one the tags and punch a hole in the top left corner, thread some more twine thorough it  ( I used hot pink and dark blue)  and tie it onto the bag)

Well that's it! Check out my other great spring projects:


Cookie Dough Truffle Eggs

Yes, if you've been following along for a while you know of my love for cookie dough, and recipes involving it. I honestly didn't even realize I was going to be posting something with cookie dough until I started editing the pictures (I know, I'm awesome). So for those of you who don't like cookie dough, I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist NOT sharing these.

Don't they just look delicious, and they are in egg shapes too, just in time for Easter. Another great thing is the cookie dough inside is eggless, so you don't have to worry about eating raw egg. :)

I mean, just the outside looks delicious, but imagine everyones surprise when there is COOKIE DOUGH inside, I think it makes it 100 times better. 

Ok so here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 a cup of butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 2tsp vanilla 
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips 

  1. Cream butter and brown sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about two minutes) and add in vanilla. 
  2. Slowly add in the two cups of flour
  3. While the mixer is still running slowly add in the can of sweetened condensed milk 
  4. once every things combined add in the chocolate chips
  5. scoop out the dough and form it not on inch ovals/eggs. Place on wax paper and refrigerate over night.
  6. Melt the chocolate and dip the cookie dough in it. Let it harden.

check out these other cookie dough recipes:


General Conference Notebooks

Hey everyone! So normally I would be posting another part of the photoshop series, but today I'm sharing a post for general conference, so my normal schedule will be back next week. So I know a lot of my viewers are LDS, but for those of you who aren't your probably don't know what I'm talking about. General conference is a time where twice a year we get to listen for the leaders of out church for 8 hours over two days. It's an awesome experience, but sometimes towards the end it gets tiring. I'm not that person who loves having 16 hour movie marathons, so by the end I'm ready to get outside and get away from the television.

Here's the design for this year.

And here's last years. 

Here's a picture of the tabs and the notes pages.

Last October, I decided to try making a general conference journal to help keep me motivated. However I never got to share the idea last year. I really loved using it and filling in all the sections, so much that I decided to make another one.

I made one design for last year, and one for this year. Since I didn't share these last year, I'm going to share both colors and you can just choose which one you like better.

Assembling them is really simple:


  1. notebooks. I got mine at dollar tree, they looked similar to these but without the lines. 
  2. washi tape.
  3. these files
  4. laminator (optional)
  5. rubber cement and double sided tape
  1. Take off the cover of your notepad. Black binding tape and all, so you'll just have a bunch of white sheets stuck together
  2. cut out your cover sheet and put tape on the back of it. Stick the sheet onto the first blank white page in the pad. 
  3. On the top of the notepad, put two pieces of washi tape so that you cover up all the ugly ripped stuff on top. If your washi tape isn't very sticky, you may have to put a line of rubber cement to keep in place. 
  4. flip your journal open to the next page. Tape one of the journal pages onto the page. do this to every other page. 
  5. Now cut out all the tabs on the tabs page. Laminate them. Put a line of rubber cement on the picture part of the tab. Put it onto the page before the journal pages  so that the name  is sticking out. 
  6. ENJOY and take notes!


SUPER CUTE (and printable) Easter Banner

I'm just loving this whole spring thing! I always love spring, but this year winter seems like it's lasting longer than usual. The bright colors make me so happy and I just want to put them every where. I was thinking about the other spring decor I need, and realized that I don't have a banner! Crazy, right! So I made one.

This banner is deferent from the other banners I've made because this banner is all part of a printable. So you won't need anything besides the pages. I've even included printable string! JUST KIDDING (thought you lost me there didn't you)! You are going to need some string or ribbon or whatever your heart desires.

For my banner I used ribbon and the letters, but I also made another banner for my room without all the ribbons and accessories and it's still super cute!

So let's talk about how to make it.

-print out this sheet. If you want a bigger banner, your going to want to print out more of these sheets. I used two pages of the sheet's for my banner and I really like the length.
- cut out the flags
- punch two holes in the top two corners of the flag with a hole puncher.

- print out this sheet (you need two rectangles for every lolly)
- cut out the rectangles and fold them accordion style.
- hot glue one of the short sides of two of the accordion style rectangles together
- hot glue the other shot edges together so it forms a circle
- press down the circle so the edges on the top come together. put some hot glue in the center of the lolly so it stays pushed down.

- print out this sheet
- punch out the words with a punch
- glue the letters onto the lolly's
-glue the lolly's onto six of the flags

- put the string through the holes of the each of the flags and put a strip of tape on the back so it stays in place (make sure the flags that spell out "easter" are in the center)
- (optional) tie on a piece of ribbon/string/washi tape in between each flag.

-Hang up!

check out my other great banner's: