Thursday, October 1, 2015


   This great tutorial was found at www.lifeartcollide.blogspot.ie .  Being a home haunter and loving Halloween, this  hit me right between the eyes, as something I've always wanted to do.  These are really cool and would make great pics to have around during Halloween.

Make Your Own Freaky Family Portraits For Halloween

Making your own freaky family photo arrangement is super simple using PSE (Photoshop Elements). You don't need any previous experience manipulating photos to create these fun portraits.

Over the summer I scoured garage sales for used picture frames, never paying more than 50 cents per frame! Believe me, people were more than happy to get rid of them. I often went home with an armload for less than one dollar.
Here are some of the before and after examples I used. The pictures are greatly altered in the final product so the original person is unrecognizable . To find suitable photos hop on the net and type "Victorian portrait photography" in the search engine, that will give you a nice selection to play around with. I also used "skull", "ghoul", "ghost", etc.
Here's how you do it:
Open PSE and select two saved photos you want to merge.

Click File, then New, then Photomerge Faces
Use the Alignment tool to mark each photo

Use the Pencil and Eraser tool to merge your selections
When your happy with your final portrait click Done, then print it out. FINISHED!
Have fun haunting your house with your new freaky family!


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    If your calendar is like mine, we're both missing out.  Did you know that you can celebrate a different holiday every day during the month of October?  Check out the list of special holidays, guaranteed to be thought-provoking, or just make you laugh and scratch your head!

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October 1st-World Vegetarian Day, a day when all are urged to partake in meatless menus, and for those already living the vegetarian lifestyle to celebrate the choice that safeguard their own health, protects the earth.

October 2nd-Name Your Car Day, a day set aside to choose a name for your car that suits its character.  Let's just hope your car doesn't have a personality like the one in Stephen King's book Christine!

October 3rd-Income Tax Day.  I'm not sure why anyone would want to actually celebrate the day that the Government takes more and more of our hard earned money away.  It has been around since, 1913.

October 4th-Visit Your Cousin in Prison Day.  Just don't forget the cake with the file in it.  The old saying "blood is thicker than water" rings true on this day.

October 5th-National Diversity Day.  A day to celebrate and strive to understand and accept the races, religions, nationalities, disabilities, sexual orientations, ages and genders that make up our world population.

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October 6th-World Smile Day.  Give everyone you meet a big cheesy smile!  Harvey Ball, who created the smiley face back in 1963, also had the idea for World Smile Day.  Mr. Ball was concerned that his smiley face had become too commercialized, and decided everyone should set aside one day each year to spread smiles and random act of kindness all over the world.

October 7th-Bathtub Day.  This day celebrates the initial British appearance in 1828 of the bathtub as a part of our everyday life.

October 8th-Tube Top Day.  Commemorating the first appearance of the tube top, a wardrobe staple of all every woman and well built girl in the 80's.  Come to think of it that's probably the last time I've seen someone wear one of those.  I think every red blooded guy would like to see more tube tops worn these days.

October 9th-Meet A Friend for Lunch Day.  Take time out of your busy work day to schmooze with your best friend.

October 10th-Tuxedo Day.  Celebrating the American debut of the tux in 1886 in New York City.

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October 11th-You Go, Girl Day.  A day for celebrating courageous women who go out into the world and accomplish their goals by never giving up.

October 12th-World Egg Day.  Yes, the humble egg, staple food of the masses.  Especially after the bad eggs that hit the market in the past few months.

October 13th-U.S. Navy Day.  Back in the 1970's it was discovered that the birthday of the Continental Navy was October 13th, 1775, and this date was chosen as the official holiday.

October 14th-Monarch Day.  Nature lovers in California anticipate this day when millions of monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz, Fremont, Malibu, Big Sur, and other coastal California cities.

October 15th-National Grouch Day.  Celebrate your favorite grouch on this day. Buy him or her a laxative or some other gift to help with their digestion.  Show them that you care!

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October 16th-World Food Day.  First celebrated world wide in 1945, this day fosters awareness and understanding of world hunger.

October 17th-Brain Cell Reduction Day.  Must be for all the pot smokers and all other recreational drug takers.
October 18th-Long Distance Day.  A holiday to commemorate the first long-distance phone line that was established between New York City and Chicago in 1892.

October 19th-Dress Like a Total Dork Day.  How does one dress for this day? Call one of your buddies that you met on Brain Cell Reduction Day.

October 20th-Shampoo Day.  Conceived to celebrate the history of shampoo.  So the next time you're in the shower, raise a bottle of shampoo in memory of this day.

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October 21st-Can Can Day.  Commemorated the first performance of the popular dance in 1858 in Paris, France.

October 22nd-Used Car Day.  The first used car dealership was opened in 1897 in London, England.  This day has been set aside to recognize the beginning of what is now a time honored way of buying a vehicle (lemon).

October 23rd-Do It Yourself Day.  Be motivated to choose a challenge, then go out and succeed.

October 24th-Match Day.  This holiday commemorates the day Alonzo Philips in 1836, first patented the invention of the household match.

October 25th-Picasso Day.  The birthday of the modern artist Pablo Picasso, born in 1881.

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October 26th-Mule Day.  Remembering the first mules who ever arrived in the U.S. in 1785.

October 27th-Boxer Shorts Day.  These undershorts first appeared in 1901.

October 28th-Statue of Liberty Day.  In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York harbor, and this day celebrated Lady Liberty, symbol of freedom.

October 29th-The Internets Birthday.  It all started back in 1979, when two college students linked computers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On this day, let's all email a birthday card to our dear friend the Internet!!

October 30th-Bodybuilders Day.  This holiday is celebrated on the birthday of Charles Atlas,the famous bodybuilder, who was born on this day in 1893.  So everyone on this day, go outside and strike a "where's the beach" pose.

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October 31st-Halloween Day and National Magic Day.  This day honors the memory of the great magician, Harry Houdini, who died on this date in 1926.  So when you go to door to door on Halloween and get your treats, do a couple of extra tricks for good measure, or the only magic you will be doing is making your candy disappear.