I almost always begin creating a scrapbook page with photos. Often, my pages are inspired by family photos, like the photos I shared on the blog Wednesday from a walk to the park with Kate. My family wants to see photos and stories about themselves in print. It isn’t that I don’t create pages about other topics. I do. However, I think of these pages about family as a legacy that I am creating for the people I love.
To begin this page I blended the photo of my granddaughter crawling in the sand in the top right corner with brushes and my Wacom pen and tablet before blending the second photo of Kate, placing it so that it crosses the gutter of my two page spread. Finally, I added a photo of the shoes my granddaughter immediately removed when we arrived at the park. That’s where the photo story really begins, on the left side of my page.
Once the focal photos are in place, then I find it easiest to add frames for the smaller photos from a template, like the two templates from Spring Template Album No. 2 that I used for this two page spread. Actually, I often use templates as a guide for placing larger focal photos and as a source for smaller frames, text boxes and additional layers for my backgrounds.
To fill in the background once I had blended and placed all the photos on this page, I combined layers from Artsy Transfers Love Letters 2 and 4 along with an overlay and paint from ArtPlay Palette Love Letters. It’s not as complicated as you might think. I am working on a video tutorial to demonstrate my process for using artsy transfers. However, in the mean time here are my written steps:
- Open a .psd artsy transfer file, drag the layers onto my page above the paper and group while the layers are still highlighted in the layer’s panel by pressing command + g on my MAC (control+g on a PC)
- Work with just one group of artsy transfers at a time; turn off the visibility of other groups before I decide which layers of one artsy transfer that I think will work with the background photos and look I want for my page
- Turn all groups back on and adjust the position of layers, often moving them up and out of the groups, i.e. splatters and art strokes
- Experiment with layer order, opacity and blend modes. I adjust the position and mask layers as needed once I’ve decided which layers work best for my background
Finally, I add elements, journaling, a title and date. Actually, I usually work on the journaling while I am working on my page. That gives me time to think about and to revise my words in order to explain the details or thoughts not revealed by my photos.
My pages aren’t quick, but they really are simple. I enjoy writing and the creative process in Photoshop with photos. Think about it, I’m a a retired teacher and a grandmother. Why in the world would I want to hurry up and finish anything when I enjoy experimenting, learning and playing?