Often, I find inspiration from a class or presentation, as I did at today’s Scrapaneers Live. While Anna didn’t get to finish sharing all twelve artsy hacks that she had prepared due to weather induced technical problems, I wanted to experiment with one strategy she shared, modifying a frame with a fotoblendz mask.

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First, I placed only the frame, text box and art strokes from Artsy Layered Template No. 75 on a new blank 12×12 page. Rather than use the mask that came with the frame, I clipped my photo to the layers of file 1 from Hipster FotoBlendz No. 6 following Anna’s instructions for deleting the frame’s shadow.

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Then, I added the layers from transfer 2 of Artsy Transfers To the Moon below the masked photo, recolored the pink stains and adjusted the size.

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With the addition of a file from MultiMedia Moon No. 1, a button from ArtPlay Palette To The Moon and two threads from UrbanThreadz No. 10, I complete the artsy look of my page.

My journaling connects a memory of my grandson to the photo, a handy technique when you don’t have a photo of someone that exactly matches the story you want to tell.

The journaling reads: Owen often shares little snippits of science with me on the drive home from karate. Last week he was telling me about black holes. I’m sure he’s told me something about the moon’s phases, craters and gravitational influence on our tides. He’s going to shake his head in disbelief when he sees this page. It’s art, I will explain by quoting Picasso, “Everything you can imagine is real.” The moon is more than a small dot in my photo.

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