Special Guest Blogger: Jessica Sprague




I’m Jessica Sprague. For those of you who may not know me, I write the “Computer Tricks” column for the magazine each month and I recently released the latest special issue in my series, Computer Tricks for Scrapbooking 3. Combining paper with digital elements (also known as hybrid scrapbooking) is one of my favorite techniques, and I’m so excited for the opportunity to participate in the CK blog and share a few tips with you!

I’ve got a tutorial that I hope you’ll find useful—and easy! I’ve taken two techniques from my “Photo Editing: Good-to-Great Workflow” class that I hope you’ll love. I use them all the time! Our technique is actually two parts:

  • Convert a photo to Black-and-White
  • Convert a photo to Sepia-tone

Photoshop Elements has a really good automated black and white conversion command that is SO EASY you will not believe it. And I’ll show you how to take your black and white and add a sepia tone—anywhere from a little hint of color all the way to a true sepia. You’ll LOVE the results, and you’ll be amazed at how quick it is to do. All you need is one photo, a copy of Photoshop Elements and this tutorial!

Grab a cold drink, sit back, and enjoy!

Click here to launch the video.

Now that you’ve seen what a few quick techniques you can do, how about FREE tuition to the entire photo editing class? Just add a comment here to be entered for a chance to win! You have until Sunday, May 10 to enter. The winner will be announced with the “Weekly Warm-up” post on Monday, May 11. Good luck!

Have a great day!


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294 Responses to Special Guest Blogger: Jessica Sprague

  1. Jackie says:

    My Fingers are crossed. Thanks!

  2. Cindy D says:

    That is so cool. I really would love to win such a great class.
    I would have to say that is the area I could use the most help with!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  3. Barbara says:

    I love, love, love all your videos and tutorials. Keep them coming!

  4. erica says:

    i would love to win this!! ive learned so much already from you!

  5. Suzeyq says:

    Guess I’ll throw my hat in the ring! Your classes look awesome.

  6. Kyle says:

    I’m just getting back into the swing of scrapbooking and would love to learn more about incorporating what Elements has to offer with my traditional scrapbooking bag of tricks. Thanks for offering this great opportunity!

  7. Jessica K says:

    Photoshop still continues to be a mystery to me, so a class would really come in handy.

  8. Donna C says:

    Hi Jessica – So far I have loved every one of your instructional videos that I have seen. You rock girl!

  9. Rebecca C says:

    I love the fact that you are a full time mom and living out your passions to create and share it with others. Keep up the good work and Happy Mother’s Day.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Jessica ~ You rock! I have taken about 6 of your classes, and can’t get enough! Thanks for all of the things you do; you are so inspiring. Happy Mother’s Day! Take some time for yourself, please. We’ll wait ;)

  11. Sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to take one of your classes…I hope I win!! :)

  12. Lee Ann says:

    Wow! Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to win one of your classes. I have heard such wonderful things about them!

  13. Carolyn Lebow says:

    I have just recently found you a couple of months ago and I am so looking forward to taking some of your classes!! I am now upgrading my PSE program and then will be ready to go with your online classes!! They look terrific :)

  14. Shawn Jeffers says:

    Love your work and your classes.

  15. KathieR says:

    Loving the new classes!

  16. Amy says:

    I am hoping to get a class for mother’ day. I got photoshop elements for christmas and have only used it 3 or 4 times. I need help.

  17. Rachelv says:

    I have been watching and wanting to sign up for a few of your classes!

  18. Cathy says:

    Love the fact you offer videos for Photoshop Elements as well as Photoshop CS4. I started with your classes using PSE and am now ready to bump it up a notch with CS4.

  19. Candy says:

    I love your classes, Jessica and I’d love to take this one! :)

  20. JillC says:

    I’ve learned so much from your videos and would love to be able to take this class!

  21. Heather K says:

    I’ve loved all of your classes so far. Would love a chance to take this one. Thanks for all you do! (BTW, I usually have a “hot” drink when I visit you – often first thing in the morning!)

  22. Teresa Russell says:

    I received Photoshop for Christmas and have just dabbled for a bit. I have been waiting for the next class to begin so I can take it and learn all the amazing things this program has to offer. I would absolutely love to win this class.

  23. jen beggs says:

    I love your tips in CK and have tried most of your tutorials on your blog…would love to take a class from you!

  24. Tammy says:

    Love, love LOVE your classes and these techniques. I can’t wait to take the entire class! I love having control over the depth of the color tones. Thanks so much!

  25. Wow, Jessica…I would LOVE to win this awesome prize!!! I’ve been wanting to learn digital scrapbooking for a long time (my kids even gifted me Photoshop Elements 7.0 for Christmas). I’ve just been too intimidated to give it a shot…I’ve visited your site many times and even took your “Stories in Hand” class last fall. What an inspiration AND great timing for me. I started interviewing my dad using your suggested topics and when we lost him in February, I was comforted by the fact that he had told me AND I had documented much of his story.

    Since I’ve been caught in the pocketbook in this economic downturn, I cannot afford to take your classes right now. Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to be chosen as the winner.

    Have a great day!

    Lori McCausland
    Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

  26. Sharon says:

    Such fun and inspiration..

  27. Jessica, everything you do is top notch! I loved your video and would love to sit under your teaching! Thanks so much for the knowledge you share. You make this online community a happier place!

  28. crazytobeme says:

    Great video! I’m just learning about digi scrapbooking and love how you break down Photoshop! Thanks much!

  29. Kristin says:

    Jessica – I know you used to live in the Twin Cities and I’m bummed you moved… I’d always hoped I would find out about a class you were giving in this area. But – now I’ll just hope to win this great prize! Thanks for sharing your great tips with us! -Kristin

  30. Amber says:

    I love ALL of your work. I’d love to actually submit an entry for my mother-in-law. She’s had PS for 2 years and never learned how to use it!! Thanks for the chance.

  31. Julie F says:

    Thanks. I’ve been getting my feet wet, but need to learn sooooo much more about Photoshop.

  32. Linda says:

    Thanks. I enjoy kicking my photos up a notch, but am so new to it I’d love to learn more!

  33. Leslie Kiley says:

    I would love to have a class from you. I have learned so much from the small tutorials and would love to learn more!

  34. PippiPebbles says:

    Wow, I sooooo wanna win! Jessica Sprague rules big time!

  35. kathy m says:

    Great tutorial! I would love to win.

  36. Cristina says:

    I would love to win this!!

  37. Quinna says:

    this is fantastic!

  38. Elaine DeCamp says:

    have had an unopened copy of photoshop elements for a year! it intimidates me, but tonight i am signing up for the “up and running” class and am ready to get going on digi scrapping!! would love to be able to win a photo editing class while i am on a role with this!!!

  39. Shirley K. says:

    I should be studying for an exam, but I got sidetracked by the tutorial. Thanks for the tips!

  40. Judy W. says:

    This is actually thrilling – to be able to win a class with the ultimate digi scrapper! I have the magazines and refer to them all the time as I attempt to learn PSE. Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity.

  41. Judy W. says:

    Hey – I think my first message disappeared into cyberspace! this is a great opportunity – great giveaway!

  42. Julie Brooks says:

    Oh I would love to win this!!!
    Thanks for the sneak peak video and the tips.

  43. Dear creating keepsakes, I just wanted to let you know how much I liked your project of the notepads in the march issue. I’ve done several of them and also plan on doing a few for my co-workers. I liked the velcro tabs instead of the magnetic closing though. Thanks again for a great idea. Jolie Albertazzie

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