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Adventure Trails

It’s hard to get back to scrapbooking after nearly three weeks of the non stop activity involved in moving. So I was glad to see a new template album set, Travel Template Album No. 3, this week. I simply chose photos from one of the collections that I had created in Lightroom to create another page for my book. That proved to be just enough of a project to rekindle my creativity this weekend.

On the left, I placed the layers of template 6 and the layers from template 7 on the right. I deleted the stains in the middle, the postage and some of the word art and script. Note: I made a few adjustments to the fotoblendz masks to accommodate my photos after I clipped them to the masks.

Next, I clipped my photos to the fotoblendz and framed masks. I added adjustment layers to improve the look of my photos. I considered color when I placed the photos, i.e. Owen’s red shirt, to help move the eye across the page.

To fill in the gutter of my page, I first, repositioned a copy of the large photo on the left and used an inverted mask to bring back in just my youngest grandson rolling on the grass by stamping with white on the black mask. He was actually on the left side of that photo, but didn’t show in the fotoblendz mask. Next, I duplicated the original photo clipped to the mask but did not change it’s position as I had with the part of my youngest grandson. Instead, I linked it to the original, attached an inverted layer mask and stamped brush 8 from ArtsyPaint No. 9 directly on the mask to extend the scene. Finally, I extracted my grandson’s leg by placing a copy of the photo above the frame and revealing just his leg with a round brush on an inverted mask. I gave the extraction a custom shadow and erased as needed.

I placed my title in basically the same position as the word art included with the template set. I also added file 5 from MultiMedia Suns No. 1. I placed the layers to emphasize the direction of the light in the photos on the left and on the right. It’s not perfect, but gives the feel of the sun’s direction in most of the photos. I also placed two word art labels from ArtPlay Palette Traveler for a little more interest.

This page came together so easily; it was a perfect project when you are pressed for time but still want to make progress on a book or to create something. To be honest, I was disappointed with these photos when I imported them from my camera to Lightroom. Yet, I think the template helped me crop and arrange them to tell the story of our visit to a new exhibit at the zoo on a very hot summer morning in July. So I’ve decided that the photos were better than I thought!

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News

Have you wondered why I haven’t posted any new photos and scrapbook pages? At the end of July, I flew back to California to help my daughter finish packing for her move to be near us in Nebraska. If you’ve ever moved a short or a long distance, then you know the challenges. Nothing ever goes quite like you plan. It’s a hectic and tiring process. I do have some stories to tell; unfortunately few photos to tell those stories. I’m going to give myself a little more time before trying to create a two page spread for my book. I should be able to laugh by then.

I also wanted to share that I’ve been asked to participate in Scrapaneer’s Style Symposium, representing the shape shifter style. I am scheduled for an online chat session on Saturday, August 26 at 8 pm EDT. I am honored and looking forward to sharing how I use Anna Aspnes’ Designs to create my pages as Tiffany Tillman and I chat during the video.

I’ll be back soon to share another new scrapbook page. There are more boxes to unpack and details to coordinate for setting up a new home. I am loving having my daughter close again.

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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ArtPlay Homework

I have gotten a little behind with the lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, but I found some time over the holiday weekend to tackle the June class that Anna released a week ago. I like to call my pages following classes my homework assignments, as I have found that when I apply the concepts soon after watching the class videos, I am much more likely to consistently incorporate Anna’s techniques into my own artily.

As a retired teacher, I also know the value of applying new information in my own unique way. I literally practice applying what is presented in a class, but I try to change or adapt the lesson content to my own prior learning. Simply put, practice the skills taught and then try to use them in a different way.

After viewing June’s lesson, which entails three videos each just over 20 minutes long, I went in search of a photo that I could use. Although Anna provided her layout and photo, I chose not to use those tools because I prefer to practice with my own photos. So my layout does not look like Anna’s. Using a different photo pushes me to adapt and apply what I viewed in class videos.

I’m not going to explain in depth specifically what I did on this page as Anna does a far better job in the three videos. Rather I hope these screen shots will encourage you to take a look at A Year of ArtPlay 2017.

First I blended a photo and sketch together.

Second, I worked with an artsy paper and transfers. I tried at least a half dozen papers before making my decision to blend an artsy paper with a solid from ArtPlay Palette Parasio and transfers from Artsy Transfers Parasio. Note: the idea for the glow in the background was taken from a completely different ArtPlay artsy paper.

The last steps involved something Anna calls “puzzle blending”, working with several brush techniques, embellishing and creating a title.

I am always pleased after finishing one of Anna’s lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, pleased with my art homework and pleased with the new ideas I learn from class.

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Two Pages At a Time

I don’t usually work on more than one two page spread at a time, but I decided that creating two double page spreads for the photos from Deer Park for the book that I’m creating this year might help me pare down more than two hundred photos of family playing with the deer, not an easy task in my mind. I also wanted to coordinate the look of two pages about our trip to Deer Park.

To make it easy on myself, I selected four templates from Anna’s new Hipster Plume Template Album No. 1 and placed them on two 24×12 inch blank pages. As I worked with my photos, I made some adjustments in the position of the frames to accommodate them, turned off a few layers, including text boxes, and used a brush to fill in places on the fotoblendz masks.

Next, I selected from my favorites, the photos that I wanted to clip to the larger masks. On each page, I selected one family group photo for one of the masks. I duplicated those photos to clip to the stains included in the templates.

Once I had the larger photos placed, I clipped additional photos to the small frames, trying to balance color across the page and include everyone. I also clipped a levels layer on soft light blend mode at about 50% opacity to each photo and adjusted the opacity.

I could have left my pages as above, but I like to place something across the gutter of my pages so that they look more connected. On the top page, I masked a photo. On the bottom page, I placed mask 5 from Hipster Plume FotoBlendz No. 7 and clipped a photo to that mask. I lightened the opacity of both masks across the page gutter.

Finally, to coordinate the two pages, I filled in the background, stamping stains and splatters on new blank layers as well as adding transfers from ArtPlay Palette Mountain High and another transfer from ArtPlay Palette Heartland.

Was it more work to do two pages at one time? No, in fact, I think I’ll use the strategy again. Doing two pages at the same time made it easier for me to coordinate the pages by selecting templates from the same album set. I also think that determining how many pages I was going to include for this event in my book helped me to decided which photos to include. Finally, working on the two pages at the same time helped me to coordinate the color scheme and page look with transfers on both pages. I’m definitely going to try this strategy again for the pages at some waterparks that I still need to complete.

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Oh the Places She’ll Go

Yesterday, I went to the zoo with my grandchildren. Sometimes they will stop and pose for me, generally they don’t. While there I captured a series of shots of Kate dramatically posing and twirling as she danced on the wooden planks in a pavilion for viewing the new elephants. I didn’t have a specific idea for a page as I played with my camera; I simply wanted to capture her fun movements as I quickly angled my camera in different directions following the lines in the wooden planks. I don’t think this was the best shot, but the perspective worked well for the page I created. It’s always a good idea to capture at least one shot from behind someone. You never know when it might be needed in a scene.

Generally, I begin my scrapbook pages with a photo. In this case I began this page by placing transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Meadow on a new 12×12 inch document. There is a meadow near our home that looks very much like this transfer and I simply wanted to play with it to create a scene.

I decided to place that photo from the back of Kate in my scene. I extracted her with the Quick Selection tool and applied a layer mask. I rotated the photo to get a better angle and reduced the photo size just a little so that her head appeared to be just above the horizon line on the transfer in order to create perspective. The transfer has a watercolor look so I duplicated the photo and applied a filter using Topaz Simplify. I added a drop shadow style, created a layer from the style, warped it and masked out a part that was too dark. I then added another drop shadow. In other words, there are two shadows giving my granddaughter dimension on this page.

To ground my granddaughter, I placed transfer 3 from APP Meadow below her and above transfer 6. I added an inverted mask and brought back in just enough to fill in the ground.

I added two copies of png file 2, each sized differently and rotated, from MultiMedia Flowers No. 4 for color and to create an unmatched visual triangle with Kate’s pink shoes. I could have recolored the blooms a pink, but I thought that was too soft for the vibrant blues and greens in the scene. I placed word art 5 from Summer WordArt Mix No. 1 and thread 12 from ButtonThreadz No. 2.

Finally, I added a title and another copy of the multimedia flower higher on the left side to create a diagonal visual line of flowers across my page.

I’m not usually so quick with my creative process, but once I saw that transfer, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Bleeding Hearts

If you had asked me ten years ago the name of these flowers, Dicentra ‘Bleeding Hearts’, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. I have tried to grow them, but they don’t seem to like my gardening style. I have a gardening philosophy that if a plant is too picky in my yard, it is promptly replaced. I am actually more familiar with the phrase “bleeding heart” in reference to labeling someone, i.e. myself. However, that idea didn’t come to me until I was ready to write the journaling for this page. I do think the flowers are beautiful. I captured these bleeding hearts in April while walking Lauritzen Gardens.

There is nothing quite like a template to simplify my process for creating a page. For this one, I used Artsy Layered Template No. 237. Sometimes, I turn off all the background layers and use just the frames for a page. In fact, I store most templates with only the frames, stains, and artstrokes visible on my hard drive. In this case, I turned off the frames to get a better idea of the background layers and how I might use them.

To each of the stains I clipped a copy of one photo to which I had first applied a basic filter in Topaz Studio in order to brighten it. I linked all the duplicated photo copies after I applied the filter to the original. I deleted a few of the template layers and added layer masks to blend out some edges. I placed solid paper 3 from ArtPlay Across the Miles at the bottom of the layers panel. I chose the green background because I thought the photo blended better into the background than it did on white. I do love white backgrounds, but sometimes the contrast in color makes the edges too harsh.

I clipped three photos showing details of the bleeding hearts to each of the small frames.

Finally, I added some stitched hearts from UrbanStitched Hearts No. 3 to balance the black in my title and journaling.

As I mentioned above, the content of my journaling didn’t come to me until I had finished the page. I don’t think I am excessive in the way that some might use the words “bleeding heart”, although I do hope to leave the world a better place for my grandchildren. Yes, I am a bleeding heart in the sense that I think it would be a shame not to be a good steward of all we’ve been given.

White on White Plus Pink

With the warm weather and longer days now, when Kate spends the night we enjoy being outside together. Last Saturday, I suggested that she help me pick enough peonies to fill a watering can. Just so you’ll know, a grandmother who also likes to play with her camera, someone like me for example, sometimes plans for these photographic adventures. This time I suggested to Kate that she might like to wear the dress that I’d given her for Christmas to pick the pretty flowers. With her hair in a loose bun and no shoes on her feet, she danced out to the peonies with that watering can in hand. And if you are wondering how I got her to sit still for a moment, Kate climbed up on the table when I asked, “Can you see the robins nesting in the deck eves?” This photo isn’t perfectly cropped in camera; I often have no more than a moment to capture Kate before she’s on the move again

To create this page, I first duplicated the photo and applied a filter using Topaz Simplify. I reduced the opacity of the Simplify layer and masked it as well to reveal more of Kate’s face in the original photo. With the strong backlighting in the photo, I added an adjustment layer on screen blend mode to get a more high key look.

Then I clipped all the photo layers to the fotoblendz layer of file 4 from MultiLayered FotoBlendz No. 6.

To hide more of the houses in the background behind Kate, I used the quick selection tool to create a mask and then filled back in the area I wanted to reveal with a soft round brush. The texture of the fotoblendz mask is still there despite the layer mask that I added. This layer is on normal blend mode at 100%.

To each of the other layers in the psd fotoblendz file, I clipped a Simplify copy for a painterly look and adjusted how much was revealed with a layer mask or by changing the opacity. I also stamped a brush from ArtsyPaint No. 11 on a new blank layer and clipped another Simplify copy to the brush. Just above Kate, I placed a glow from FotoGlow Mix No. 1 on blend mode lighter color and WarmGlows No. 8 on hard light in order to add a soft simulation of the direction of the sun.

To add texture without bringing in additional color, I pulled spackle transfers from Artsy Transfers Sage and positioned them along the lines of the table

Next, I added a transfer and two copies of artsy paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Hope. I masked a portion of the transfer and set the opacity to 40%. I reversed the two copies of paper 1 and added inverted masks to reveal just the edges with the spackle and touch of pink.

I placed 5 layers of file 3 from Artsy Transfers Anything. Using the psd file allowed me to delete any color layers that didn’t work with the other textures on this page.

Finally, I placed the little bird from a friend, added a title and journaling, splatters and a flower from UrbanThreadz Flowers No. 1.

Keeping the both background and textures white on white with a touch of pink gives me a delicate high key look and keeps the focus on the soft photo. I have some other photos of Kate playing with the peonies that I will include on an opposing page of a two page spread.

Personal Styles Change

I have used that photo of my dad before, actually nearly five years ago on another page. Looking back at my old page, the fact that my personal style has changed in the last five years is quite evident. My 2012 page looks far more traditional in design. Elements of my current style, as I explained in a previous post, Finding My Style, were evident in 2012: the blending I like to do and the focus on a photo and telling a story in photos and journaling. However, the overall design of that old page was rather conventional. On my new page, the design is far more freeform, definitely more artsy. That’s a skill I have worked on developing through classes and practice in the last few years.

To create my new, more freeform artsy page, I began with brush 4 from ArchiTextures No. 7. That brush reminded me of the house that my dad lived in as a child. To the brush, I clipped two copies of artsy paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Quaintville, one on linear burn at 50% and one one normal at 60%

To build a background for my brush, I placed overlay 4 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 10 below the brush. I clipped two more copies of artsy paper 1 to the fotoblendz mask. The top paper layer is on color burn at 50%.

Next, I placed the psd layers of a frame from ArtPlay Palette Wayfaring. I enlarged the frame 25% and then clipped my photo to the mask. I had changed the photo to black and white in Lightroom before importing.

To build a cluster to focus on my framed photo, I added the foliage and a button from ArtPlay Palette Quaintville, thread 5 from ButtonThreadz No. 2, a word label from ArtPlay Palette Hearth and the psd layers of file 3 from MultiMedia Homes No 1.

Finally, to finish my page, I added a wood word from Hearth WordArt Mix No. 1 and journaling.

Mostly I love that I continue to learn and grow as a digital artist. Ongoing learning is important to me!!

Quick Flower Book Update

I thought I would share a quick update on another page for an ongoing series with the photos of flowers that I’ve been capturing with my macro lens. I hope to have enough pages by the end of the year to compile them in a book.

After placing my full page photo, I reduced the size of the template layers from FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 79 about 15% and placed those on the right.

Next, I clipped my photos to the frames, adding an extraction above three frames and a few threads from ButtonThreadz No. 2.

The background behind the frames is several layers of artsy paint, ArtsyPaint No. 7, along with a brush experiment with another pansy photo.

As I pointed out in a previous post, Easy Book Project, this is proving to be a great opportunity to focus on improving my photography.

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