New Gimp Tutorial

Hi everyone, CTM Tammy here. I know that I am in the minority of scrappers because I use a little-known program called GIMP. GIMP is great for new scrappers who want to try the hobby without committing big bucks to a premium program. That’s how I started with it… and now I love it and I’m not interested in switching! BUT… if you use GIMP, you’ll find that there aren’t a ton of tutorials out there. I mean, yes, you can find them, but you really have to dig. So today I wanted to share my tutorial on how to re-color items in GIMP.

Have you ever been looking for just the right element for your layout, and there’s a great button or frame in the kit, but it’s not the color you want? Well, here’s how to fix it!

1.  First of all, SAVE YOUR LAYOUT right where you are. I’m going to assume you already know how to do that part. It’s always a good idea to save before doing something like this.

2.  Now you’re ready to begin. Drag the element you want to use into your layout. For this tutorial, I’m using a frame and paper from Laura’s new kit “Charmed Artistry”. I currently have my transparent background layer plus three other layers: my paper, and two frames (you only need one – I want to be able to show you the “before” and “after” later).

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3.  In the layers tab, right click on the element layer, and choose “New Layer”.

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4.  Another box will pop up. You can name the layer if you desire (I don’t bother). Be sure “transparency” is marked, then click “OK”. Your new layer should be the size of your canvas.
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5.  Now the new layer should be highlighted in the layers tab. Just under the toolbars, you’ll find a dialogue that says “Mode” with a drop down tab to the right. Click the drop down tab and change the mode to “Hue”.
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6.  Now select your paintbrush tool. You can change the size of your brush in the tool tab.

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7.  Now, right click on the element layer in the layers tab. Select “Alpha to Selection”.

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8.  Left click the new layer to select it. This is where you’ll actually be doing your work. But you should still see the marching ants around your selection.

9.  Just underneath your toolbars, you should see two colored boxes. Click the top box to change your foreground color. Another box will pop up, where you’ll see a grid on the left and several bars on the right. Just underneath the bars, on the far right side of the box, you’ll see something that looks like a computer screen with a pointer. Click that box. This will allow you to click anywhere in your layout and choose the exact color for your element. For this tutorial, I clicked in the yellow butterfly in the lower right corner of my paper. Your new color should appear in the bar that says “current”. Click “OK”.
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10.  I like to be able to see what I’m doing, so depending on what your current zoom level is, you might want to take a moment to enlarge your image. Click “View” then hover over “Zoom” and select the size you want on the right.
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11.  Making sure your selection still has marching ants, and you are working on your new layer, START PAINTING. For this example, I only wanted to re-color the bow on the frame.
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12.  Because you have selected only the element, you can’t color outside the lines. However, in this particular case, I want to be a little careful around the other parts of the frame itself. Keep painting until the bow is the color you want!

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13.  Now to make life a little easier, go to “Select” and click on “None”. The marching ants should disappear.

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14.  Right click on the New Layer and choose “Merge Down”. Now your “New Layer” will disappear.

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15.  Now your layer is the full size of your canvas. So to make it easier to move your element around, you can re-size it. With your element layer selected, click on “Layer” and then “Autocrop Layer”. Now the layer is only the size of the element.

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VOILA!! Now you can see the what the original element looked like, and my new re-colored element!

Now just so you know, this isn’t the ONLY way to re-color something. And sometimes, it just doesn’t give you the look you’re after. So I’ll briefly tell you some other options.

SELECTION OPTIONS (Step 7): If you are working with just a portion of the element, as I was with the bow on the frame, you may wish to use your fuzzy select tool to select only the portion of the element you are working with. Likewise, you may wish to use the lasso or free-select tool. Either will work just fine for this task. Just use what you feel comfortable with. If you are re-coloring the entire element, I would simply recommend using “Alpha to Selection”. Especially if the element has a lot of fine detail.

COLORING OPTIONs (Step 5): Sometimes using the “Hue” option for your layer mode just doesn’t work as well as you’d like. I ran into this while re-coloring this doily from Laura’s kit “Life’s Journey Never Forget”.
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In this case, I simply couldn’t get the color to look the way I wanted. So when I created my new layer, I selected “Normal” mode (instead of “Hue”).
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Then I went back to my doily and chose “Alpha to Selection” (because I wanted to re-color the whole thing, and this element has a lot of fine detail).

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Then I selected my New Layer and added the color I wanted just as I did in the other method (steps 8-12). Once I finished adding color, I could adjust it by changing the opacity of my new layer.

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If the portion of the element that you wish to recolor is properly selected, you may also choose to use the bucket fill tool.

Play around with this and see what works best for you. This is how I do it, but there are other ways too. Have fun, and happy scrapping!!



New Products Flip Flop- State of Mind – On Sale

Hope you all are having a wonderful week, mine has been a bit stressful as I brought my Mom here for a visit and she got bronchitis and I had to bring her to the doctors, but she is feeling better and I believe hubby is driving her back to California tomorrow. But otherwise, it has been a great visit and can’t wait for her to come up again and see how she does. Oh did I mention is it hotter than hot here and I am hoping for some monsoon action to cool us off. So this was the perfect product with summer in full swing here.

You can find this at my Pickleberrypop Shop and on sale for a limited time. Save more with the bundle and get all the pieces you need with a savings of 30%. The kit and word art are 20% off.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the late spring, summer starts it’s a flip flop state of mind time. I have them all over the house and about every brand as my hubby will tell you. So this product is all about bright fun summer colors and the activities you probably partake in each summer.




And if you didn’t pick this up last round, time to grab while the mega bundle is on sale with all the pieces for 30% for a limited amount of time.


And lastly, a few layouts by amazing Creative Team using Flip Flop – State of Mind

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Hope you all have an amazing weekend, lots of family time and memories being made.



June Pickle Barrel Here – $1.00 each – FWP and Add On Bundle

I am not sure about you all, but summer is here and I do believe our monsoons are even early this year. We have already lost power once in the last week. We need the rain so I won’t complain and I do enjoy the monsoon season here in the upper levels of Northern Arizona.

So now for this months pickle barrel! I think you are going to love this one – Country Pride. You can only find at my Pickleberrypop shop for this promotion. Ends on Monday!!

There is nothing a special as celebrating and remembering what our country is all about. It is thanking the current troops, it is also thanking those that have fought for our freedom and lost their lives. And then you throw in a good parade and BBQ that you can enjoy with family and friends and you know you have that Country Pride.

Here shows the FWP on the Six Pack!


Here is what is in each of the 6 packages

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And also this month I have an add on – with a special pricing. Add the add for the price of 2 products. This will only be offered during this promotion.

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With the approaching holiday coming up and past holidays you will have plenty to get some layout done in a hurry with all these pieces. All the product will be bundled after the sale – so grab what you want at this amazing pricing.

Here are a few of the layout done by my Creative Team.

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Hope you all have a great weekend, I will be traveling to California and back to home with my Mom in tow for a visit.



How to Start A Layout!

Hi there! Deb, aka victorinasoup here to talk about INSPIRATION!! Where do we find it, how do we use it??

I can go through galleries for hours and oooohhh and ahhhh over those gorgeous layouts. I almost always leave my photo to last, unless I am working on a kit and say “I HAVE A PHOTO” with those colors in it! I love using templates, but find that if I can get the “ground work” done on my own, I’m good to go! Twisting papers always gets me thinking of where I can put the flowers or leaves.

I also go to greeting cards and take a look there, I have gotten so much inspiration by looking at cards, have you ever tried that? The front of a card is just a smaller version of any layout! I have bought cards before and “lifted” the layout! I have shoeboxes full of cards! But most of all it’s the twisting and turning of papers and elements that sparks my creativeness. Layering, start layering those papers and all of a sudden you are adding your elements and you’ve got one very striking page! And then of course there is the “color”. Layering papers that are patterned and they actually “fit”! Finding out that a red rose and a yellow daisy look very nice together! Seeing a small cluster of flowers in the corner of one layout and finding out you can almost copy that cluster and make it bigger, with different flower and colors, it changes the whole look again! I get excited when I add this or that to my layout and think… hmmm, I’ll add “this” and see what happens, which makes me want to add “that”! LOL Inspiration is everywhere! Put about 8 different elements on your paper and start playing! Don’t shadow till the end, you just might want to “twist” something!! Would love to hear where you find your “Inspiration”! Just leave a comment, I’m always looking for new idea’s!

Happy Scrapping, till next time!



Finally new Products- Save 30%- Do You Use Artisan to Scrapbook?

I know it has been a long time since I have released regular product, I guess the summer is getting the best of me. I seem to be busier than ever all in a good way. I am watching my 4 year old Grandson on Wednesday’s – which turns into a fun day that Grandma is exhausted afterwards. And with all the baby turkey’s now outside it seems like a constant checking to change water etc. But again it is all a good thing. Now to the product and you can find it all at my Pickleberrypop shop and on sale for a limited time. So you save 30% on each product.  Plus is you use Panstoria Artisan product to scrapbook I am looking for a few Creative Team members.

First is a special product, because it was made for a Creative Team Member that used parts of her son’s graduating colors of the school. I had more fun making this one as she told me what she wanted and I think I delivered a product she could use easily. I loved doing the word art as it applies to so much in our lives.

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Here is the layout Debbie did for her son’s book


And here are some more layouts done by the Creative Team!

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Now to the Creative Team Call –


So if you use the product and want to give it a try! Please make sure you contact me. I will keep this open till I have the filled up the team on of before June 30th, so don’t wait, write me

Have a wonderful weekend. Mine will be filled with some yard work and preparing for little trip to see Mom at the end of the week and bringing her here for a stay. I cant wait.