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Eight Years and Two Days

Born eight years and two days apart, it’s hard to imagine that Owen, my oldest grandson, and Kate, my youngest grandchild, will be close. Yet, every once in a while I capture a photo of the two of them together that tells me that with time they will have a closer relationship. Since they had a shared family birthday party this year, I decided to create one page for the event.

I began this 24×12 inch page by extracting Kate from the photo and giving her a custom shadow. I then clipped copies of photo to the psd layers of mask 1 from WaterColor FotoBlendz No. 7. I also extracted my grandson Owen so that I could replace the background in that photo with solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Autumn Soul and overlay 1 from ArtPlay Palette Whizzo when I clipped it to png mask 3 from WaterColor FotoBlendz No. 7. I positioned the two photos so that they were facing in opposite directions to support my journaling. Once I had the two focal photos positioned, I went back to Lightroom to find that one photo I remembered of the two of them together.

Note: The dot overlay over the solid paper from ArtPlay Palette Autumn Soul was easier to manipulate so it matched the dot spacing on solid paper 6 from ArtPlay Palette Whizzo. Owen’s shirt was actually green, so I gave him a gray blue shirt instead with a hue and saturation adjustment layer.

I dragged the layers of template 16 in Travel Template Album No. 3 on to my document. I extracted my grandson and granddaughter, substituting another copy of the gray paper with overlay 1 for the background below the photo and clipped all three layers to the fotoblendz mask. I again added a hue and saturation adjustment layer to the photo to change the color of my grandson’s shirt.

Next, I deleted the frames from template 16 because there were too many of them in the arrangement for balance on my two page spread. I kept the template’s stains and text boxes. I replaced the frames with a frame set from template 7 in Hipster Plume Template Album No. 1. I dragged the frames over to my page and clipped my photos to the masks. Rather than change the color of my grandson’s shirt, I converted the photo to black and white with an adjustment layer. That also created a rest stop on the right side of the page.

Note: Once I knew the shape of the frame arrangement I needed, it was easy to look for a replacement that would work below the fotoblendz mask and have the correct photo orientation.

I moved one text box to the left and adjusted it’s size to fit the space for balance. I repeated the pink and gray in the stains before adding file 7 from UrbanStitchez No. 2 to ground my granddaughter.

For a little birthday fun, I stamped three line drawing brushes from eA Birthday No. 1. I added color to the brushes with some of the balloon stains from WaterColorBalloons No. 1 and ArtsyStains No. 2. I added my title and their ages. With a sticker, button and thread from ButtonThreadz No. 3, I finished my layout.

I, of course, captured a lot more photos of the party, but I don’t think I needed them all to tell this story. Despite the difference in age between my grandchildren, I hope that one day they will enjoy this memory of their shared birthday party.

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Mixing Masks and Templates

Photos often tell the stories on my pages, but journaling fills in details to help my family remember our time together. On this trip, the wave pool was a favorite place to play for everyone. Even Kate, wearing a life vest, walked out into the water to jump the waves. If the boys weren’t jumping the waves, they were wrestling with one another in the water. Yes, I put my camera down to get in the water to play with them.

I created a special collection in Lightroom to make it easier to find and organize my favorite photos from our recent trip to Wisconsin Dells before I started creating pages with them for my book this year.  This book isn’t just about this trip; I anticipate that I will create only seven or eight pages with photos from this collection. I created this page by mixing masks with frame arrangements from three different templates. I think mixing and matching this way actually makes it easier to ensure that the pages uniquely work with my photos whether portrait or landscape orientation.

After creating a new 24×12 inch document, I first imported a family photo that I wanted to highlight by masking. I clipped it to mask 4 from MultiLayered FotoBlendz No. 7. I chose it based on the shape created by my family photo. Once I had that blended, I went back to Lightroom to choose some small photos to tell the story.

I chose the small frame arrangement from Hipster Plume Template Album No. 1 based on those photos. I clipped the photos to the small frames and added adjustment layers to adjust exposure and contrast. Note: I make adjustments in Lightroom before importing but often find that I need to adjust more when the photos are all together on a page.

I placed the frames and then extracted my son with the Quick Selection Tool from a second copy of the large masked family photo and placed that layer above the smaller frames. In other words, that family photo is clipped to a mask below the small frames and the extraction is above the frames.

After clipping the small photos to the frames, I imported another photo and blended it into mask 1 from MultiLayered FotoBlendz No 5 that I placed on the right side of my page. This mask allowed me to hide the young woman assisting everyone out of the boat. Then I added hue and saturation adjustment layers to ensure that the color tone was the same over the entire page.

I again selected a frame template arrangement based on my photos. In this case, I combined photo frames from Simple FotoBlendz Template Album No. 3 and Hipster Plume Template Album No. 1.

To fill in the background, I blended in another photo with a different perspective of the tubing slide by stamping with AnnaBlendz Artsy brushes on an inverted layer mask. I added two textures from Paper Textures No. 4 below two frame edges. I also placed an overlay and transfer from ArtPlay Palette H2O just above the paper and adjusted their color with hue and saturation adjustment layers.

To finish off my page, I added a title, some bubbles from Magic Bubble Overlays No. 1, a blue fish to help balance and create a visual triangle color, threads and a few splatters.

I finished my page journaling on the other side with another story that day about Kate sadly watched her brother and daddy ride down a tube slide. She wanted a turn. So I put my camera inside a helper’s jacket so it wouldn’t get wet and went down with her, Corbin and Daddy. She seemed to like it. However, by the look on her face after a second ride, I don’t think she really liked it all that much.

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Tulips and a Simple Template

 

Photography is important to me, especially capturing family and flowers. I enjoy working on improving my camera skills. In fact, my photographs are the reason I create scrapbook pages. Without them, I don’t think I would create any pages. There are lots of other reasons for creating scrapbook pages, but for me, I primarily create pages so that I can share my photos whether just as they come out of the camera or altered as a piece of art.

I know that I prefer simple designs that showcase most of my photos. So if this page looks similar to others I have completed, it is because I am collating them to create a book that I hope to eventually publish.

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Although this post is a review of my process using Anna’s FotoInspired Templates, I would like to share a few things that I am experimenting with as I work with the templates.

For this two page spread I began with template 9 from Anna’s new release FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2F. After dragging the template’s layers to a new 24×12 inch document, I reduced the size of all the layers to about 85%.

Next, I placed solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Autumn Soul. Below the paper, I tucked a photo on the left and adjusted it’s position to fill a 12×12 space. Note: I have selected 3-4 solid whites that I am alternating in this book.

Then I clipped photos to the smaller masks, trying to balance the different photo perspectives. Note: I photograph in both jpeg and raw. For this book, I am processing the raw files. However, even after clipping them to the masks, I often add a levels adjustment layer on blending mode soft light and adjust the opacity.

To create a background for the textbox, I clipped solid paper 3 and two transfers from ArtPlay Palette Spring Due to the mask. Above that, I placed file 3 from MultiMedia Spring No. 1 and file 4 from MultiMedia Spring No. 4. I used the psd files so that I could recolor the flowers. I adjusted the text box and wrote a little journaling. Note: I created a video using this process which you can view here.

I have been experimenting with different products for the background behind the template’s small frames. On this page, I placed the same psd layers of file 4 from MultiMedia Spring No. 4 on the right edge. I recolored the flower, the leaves and an artstroke.

Previously, I’ve used lace, fotoinspired edge templates and stains below the template. For this page, I stamped on new layers with brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 10 in a green to match the tulip leaves.

I finished my page with a button from ArtPlay Palette Whimsy, thread 11 from ButtonThreadz No. 2, a title and the date. Note: So far I have used the same font, Molly Script for the page titles.

I’m enjoying creating these pages, the consistency of template format and the experimentation they allow. Now I need to get out again with my camera to see if I can find some more flowers to capture.

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