My Vision for 2012: Knowledge Prompt #2 (with Tutorial)

My Vision for 2012: Knowledge Prompt #2: Which do you value more? Street smarts or book smarts?

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I love learning. I love books. I loved school. I did the best I could in school in order to be the best me. No one told me that I needed to bone up on Street Smarts just as ambitiously, really I had no clue where to start. I lived a sheltered life in a sheltered suburb, pretty naive about how the “Real World” worked. When my family moved to a new state while I was in high school to a larger high school, I had trouble making new friends, breaking into cliques. Perhaps I didn’t want to be a follower, that was the problem.

I had to learn Street Smarts, or what they now call Emotional Intelligence, the hard way, thrust into the “Real World.”   I wish I had placed a value on more of a balance of the two (Book Smarts and Street Smarts) growing up. Being the oldest child, I wish I had an older sibling that had been Street Smart to show me the ropes. Even a cousin, yet we always lived quite a distance from my cousins. I did have a mean Uncle that claimed to be Street Smart, who is now estranged from the family through divorce, and he used to make fun of me for having a college education…such as “What, didn’t they teach you how to (sweep with a broom) in college?” Or Insert whatever common-sense insult in parentheses. Of course, I knew how to sweep with a broom but that was the first phrase that popped into my head.

I’ll spare you the details of how I failed my first years in the “Real World” without any Street Smarts but eventually I found a teacher of sorts, and mentor you could say.

According to, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) relies on five key skills that anyone can improve on, if needed:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) skill 1: The ability to quickly reduce stress.
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) skill 2: The ability to recognize and manage your emotions.
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) skill 3: The ability to connect with others using nonverbal communication.
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) skill 4: The ability to use humor and play to deal with challenges.
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) skill 5: The ability to resolve conflicts positively and with confidence.

You can read about each of these five key skills areas in detail and learn how to raise these skills here.

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Inspiration for My Vision for 2012: Knowledge Prompt #2 (with Tutorial)

Julie Ann

I'm The Boss of Me by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling: (this was the journaling as I intended it to be, but I had to cut out a lot in order for it to fit, thus what is in bold is what actually made it in)

Standing at the edge of the street, I looked both ways, and no cars were coming. I crossed the street although there was no cross-walk and the light was green. I was actually jay-walking but I was using my own mind to determine whether or not it was safe to make it across the lanes. I had been taught only to cross at the light, when it was red for on-coming traffic. At Michigan State University, we did this a lot in order to get to class in time. It was one way that I learned street smarts from watching what others did, and matching their moves. I loved doing this, I felt like a rebel.

I had always valued book smarts very highly, all through school, as I craved knowledge. I had an unusually high interest in learning, I suppose. Unfortunately, this put me at a huge disadvantage when I was thrust into “The Real World”. I expected my superiors to train me how to have the sense to handle myself in front of clients, although my superiors had no clue of this expectation.

My twenties were my training ground for street smarts. In the roughest way possible. I survived. Eventually I thrived. I had courage. I have scars, physical and those you can’t see.

I value having both book smarts and street smarts, yet I wish I had grown up learning a balance of both.



Text Detail by Julie Ann Shahin

To create the text, I used two of Tangie’s Art Journaling Fonts, rotated at angles to match the patterned paper (using Photoshop Elements). The one font was a fillable font so I filled it with black, and filled the centers of letters with white. I also simplified the text so I could Edit -> Stroke (Outline) the text in orange. But first, before I did any of that…I edited the Layer -> Type –> Warp Text. I used the Fisheye setting at between -28 and -50. Then for the second font, I also used the same Fisheye setting on it. Then I used the Stroke (Outline) in Black set for 2 on the second font.

In review:

1. Type text in alternating Art Journaling Fonts by Tangie: bandersnatch and breadbutter.

2. Rotate text at angles to match the angles of the patterned paper.

3. Go to Layer –> Type –> Warp Text. Choose the Fisheye setting between -28 and -50 for the bandersnatch font.

4. On the bandersnatch font layer(s), simplify it. Go to Edit –> Stroke –> 2 Outside, Color: Orange. Click OK. Repeat for each bandersnatch font layer.

5. Use the Magic Wand Tool, zoom in past 100%, and click on the circles of the letters. Create a new layer, and make sure you are on the new layer. Go to Edit –> Fill Selection. Select White. Opacity 100%. Click OK. Repeat for each bandersnatch font layer.

6. Select the bandersnatch font layer(s). Using the Magic Wand Tool (W), zoom in past 100%, click inside each letter as we will be filling the letters. Create a new layer and make sure you are on the new layer. Go to Edit –> Fill Selection. Select Black. Opacity 100%. Click OK. Repeat for each bandersnatch font layer.

7. Select the breadbutter font layer(s). Go to Layer –> Type –> Warp Text. Choose the Fisheye setting between -28 and -50 until the font fills up the line of the patterned paper. Repeat for each breadbutter font layer.

8. Having this same layer selected as in Step 7, go to Layer –> Simplify Layer. Then go to Edit –> Stroke (Outline)–> 2 Outside, Color: Black.  Click OK. Repeat for each breadbutter font layer.

Questions, feel free to leave comments below or email me (listed below).


Software: Photoshop Elements 7, Watercolor Filter

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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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5 Responses to My Vision for 2012: Knowledge Prompt #2 (with Tutorial)

  • Stacey says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I don’t know if I would have thought to experiment with my font, simplifying and creating a stoke around it. With this, I feel I’ll start experimenting more with my type.

    Thanks again!

  • Annette says:

    Thanks for the inspiring tut and the reminder to “create a new layer”. I often forget this step and get frustrated. :smile: Love your pages!

  • Trece Wyman says:

    I don’t art digitally. I am grateful for the content of your page, as it is something I (and most of my sibs and one of my kids) struggle with all the time. Thank you for sharing.

  • tajicat says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, prompts and tips. I will be trying to do this, especially journaling. :)


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