Product Tutorial: How to use CU Stones with Imprint Styles

Good morning!  Today I would like to share with you how easy it is to create your own inspirational stones!

Yesterday, I released Rocky Mountain Dreams, a personal-use scrapbook kit.


One of the kit extras was Inspirational Stones.


As I was choosing which words I wanted to use for this project, I kept thinking that the words which were important for me to use might not be the words that YOU want for your own scrapbook pages.  So I went out into my yard, found some of the most interesting stones I could find, photographed, extracted them, and put together 3 sets of Stones for you. (These come with a CU license too, in case you are a designer.) Using the Stones in combination with my Imprint Styles will allow you to create stones to personalize your scrapbook layouts, or make unique elements for scrapbook kits.


Stone Sets 1, 2, and 3  come bundled together with the free BONUS of the Imprint Styles   This is your best value.

Additionally, each Stone Set is available individually, as are the Imprint Styles. 

All products are available at:     SnickerdoodleDesigns     |     theStudio     |     CUDigitals


Okay, now let’s get to work! I am going to assume that you are familiar with getting Styles loaded or installed into Photoshop.  If you would like a refresher, here are 2 previous tutorials that will help:

How to Load Photoshop Styles

How to Load Photoshop Styles in Photoshop Elements  

Here is a stone from Set 2 (stone 7), with a layer of text on top of it.  It doesn’t matter what color text you use, as it will not be detectable after you apply the Imprint Style to it.


Here is a copy of my Styles Panel, with the Imprint Styles outlined in red for you to see:


There are 15 Styles available for you to choose from.  The fun part is simply applying each style to your chosen text to see what works best with the color stone you are using, the font you are using, and the look you are going for.

I have applied 4 different Styles to the word “explore.”


I like the first style best on this stone color, so let’s work with that one (Style #11).

You have 2 method options now:

Method #1:

1. Rasterize your text (right-click on the Text layer and choose Rasterize Type).

2.  Right-click on either your Text or Stone layer and select Merge Visible (assuming these are the only 2 layers on your document). That’s it. You’re finished!



Method 2 (and my preferred method because it offers more flexibility):

1. Rasterize your text (right-click on the Text layer and choose Rasterize Type).

2. Rasterize the Imprint Style that has been applied to your text.  This will merge all of the effects.  To do this, right click  on your Text layer and choose “Rasterize Layer Style.”

3.  Having a rasterized text file to work with will give you increased flexibility as you search for the perfect look for your Stone. It will allow you to play with Blending Modes and Opacity Levels of the text layer, as well as duplicate that layer if you like for even more blending/opacity options.

In the image below, I duplicated the flattened text layer and changed the blending mode of the duplicated layer to Linear Dodge. I like how it gave a lighter edge to the left of the letters.  I’m happy with either of these results.

If I wanted to, I could duplicate the text layer yet another time for even more options, such as applying a 2nd Imprint Style to just that one duplicated layer.



Method 2 is really important when using lighter colored stones. In the image below, you will see 2 samples.  In the top sample, I have created the stone using Option #1. When the Style is rasterized, due to the nature of the style, you will see the gray tint in it. On darker stones, we don’t notice that; on lighter stones, we do.

In the bottom sample, I created the stone using Method #2.  Because I had a rasterized text layer on it’s own layer, I could change the blend mode of the Text to Overlay – which looks better on the light colored Stones.


The key – and the fun – is just to experiment until you are happy with your results!


Rocky Mountain Dreams

“What exactly does it take to live the life of your dreams?  Perfect  timing? Fortunate opportunities?  A million dollars in the bank?  Not even close. It takes a decision; a simple decision that will ultimately test the strength of your commitment and the depth of your faith.” – Karen Wright

I am a native Californian.  My husband was born in Detroit; but as the son of a military officer, he has lived all over the world. However, we have spent our entire married life in Southern California, within 60 miles of where I was born.

We both love nature, and it has always been a dream of ours to live in the “country” with a little land to call our own.  We didn’t think that was possible, for a lot of reasons.  Last December, we started re-evaluating.  If we wanted to live our dream, we needed to make a decision, make a plan, and then make that dream come true.

So we got started doing just that.  It is a very long story, but the end result is that on July 1st, we took possession of our dream house, in our dream location, 23 miles from Yosemite National Park.

We are enjoying long walks in the early morning, days filled with the wonder of our new environment, beautiful sunsets in the evening,  and a slower pace of life than what we were used to in busy Orange County.

It is exactly what we were looking for.

As we settled it, my need to get back to designing became overwhelming.  I NEEDED to capture what I was seeing.  So I started…. and Rocky Mountain Dreams is the result.


Do you see anything on my front porch that made it into the kit?

The majority of the papers were created and/or inspired by photographs of sunsets from our yard.


Whether you are recording your memories about your favorite nature spots or vacation sites, documenting goals and dreams, or creating pages you wish to infuse with rustic charm,  Rocky Mountain Dreams has something for you.  Additional Add-ons are also available to assist you with creative needs.

Rocky Mountain Dreams is currently being offered at Introductory Sale Pricing. Save 20% on individual products thru August 30th, or 50% on the entire Collection always.

Available @ SnickerdoodleDesigns     |     theStudio







Do you like the Inspirational Stones?  Do you want to create your own?  Come back here tomorrow for a quick tutorial on how to do that. It’s so easy!!!!

Do you have your own goals and dreams?  What’s keeping you from achieving them?  Is it time to re-evaluate? Is there any way at all to make them come true?

Here are 2 journal cards to assist you as you document your memories, record your goals, or set forth your dreams!

Click on the image below to download.


Ready for some inspiration from my Creative Team?

These ladies are amazing!



Tutorial: Making Selections in Photoshop, Part 2

Last week we looked at 3 ways to make selections in Photoshop, using the Lasso Marquee, the Magnetic Lasso, and the Polygonal Lasso Tools.  If you missed that tutorial, you will find it here:  Making Selections in Photoshop, Part 1. This week we will look at 3 additional ways to make selections using Quick Selection, the Magic Wand, and Color Range.  Let’s get started!

Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s blog:  Making Selection in Photoshop, Part 2



Tutorial: Making Selections in Photoshop, Part 1

Over the past few weeks, we have been talking about creating selections using the Rectangular Marquee and Elliptical Tools.  In general,  Photoshop offers us multiple ways to accomplish the same goals, and so it comes as no surprise that other tools are available for us to utilize when we are making selections.  Other selection Tools and methods include: the Lasso, the Polygonal Lasso, the Magnetic Lasso, the Quick Selection, the Magic Wand, and Color Range Tools. Today, let’s look at the first 3 methods, and next week, the final 3.

Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s blog: Making Selections in Photoshop, Part 1


New CU Super Stripes and a Free Sample

I love stripes! I always have.  I think it is because they are so neat and orderly.  This week, as I continue to unpack and organize things in our new home, I was especially drawn to straight lines and having things orderly!  When I sat down at my computer to work on some designs, orderly stripes were on my mind!  My new Super Stripes Collection is the result!

Available @

SnickerdoodleDesigns     theStudio     CUDigitals

Enjoy a 20% Introductory Savings on Sets 1, 2, 3, and 4

or a 50% Savings on the entire Collection!





Super Stripe Overlays are simple to use!   Just place a layer of color on top of the Overlay layer and experiment with different Blending Modes, Opacity Levels, or Levels to create a variety of looks from just one overlay.

In the sample below, I have used Super Simple Overlay Set 3, #1.  I placed a yellow-gold color overlay on top of Super Simple Overlay Set 3, #1, and changed the blending mode of the color overlay to Darker Color.


Here are some other samples, using the SAME Overlay, but different blending modes.  From left to right, starting on the first row, I used the Blending Modes: Overlay, Divide, Screen, and Pin Light.


Overlays are so versatile and go a long way in helping us stretch our stash!

Want to give it a try yourself?  You can download this Super Stripe Sample here.