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First Page

I enjoy the challenge and learning involved in digital scrapbooking, especially when I begin a new project, i.e. completing the first page for my 50th Anniversary book. Just the process of experimenting and thinking about this first page helped me to define what I want to do in this book.

After initially completing the right side of the two page spread, I decided that I would focus on our stories using old photos clipped to fotoblendz masks and adding artsy transfers for depth. Simple enough, right? Rule number one, always do double page spreads at the same time. I didn’t, thinking I was only experimenting with an idea. As a result I had trouble with the balance when I began creating the left side to coordinate with my page on the right.

Note: The solid paper is from ArtPlay Palette Lateritious. I explain how I created the right side in a previous post.

For consistency with the right, I first clipped a photo to overlay 1 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 12.

Then I added the frames and text boxes of file 5 from Project Template Album No. 3. Below the frames, I stamped brush 7 from Spackle Textured No. 8 on a new blank layer.

For interest on the left, I used the same psd transfer from Artsy Transfers Lateritious that I had used on the other side, reducing the size and deleting layers. I also placed transfer 4 from ArtPlay Palette Lateritious below the frames.  Just above the transfer layers, I combined layers from two different psd files from MultiMedia Suns No. 1. I stamped brush 4 from Bunny Rabbits No. 1 on a new blank layer to the left of the black and white photo. It is on normal blend mode at 100%.

It’s at this point that I realized I had a problem with balance. The left side was too heavy because it carried more weight with the frames and the black and white photo.

However, when I added two additional frames on the right side, the page looked more balanced.

I finished my double page spread with a button from ArtPlay Palette Delight below the thread included with the frames.

Now I have a tentative plan for my anniversary project which involves combining the stories with our old photos. I’m going to use primarily fotoblendz masks, artsy transfers, brushes and small frames from templates. Will my plan change as I work on this project? Probably, projects tend to take on a mind of their own. I’m looking forward to Anna’s heritage class in July. Right now, I’m trying to figure out which story I want to write next.

A Hunting Together We Went

On Monday I signed up for Anna’s course, The Art of Heritage. The challenge of creating a cohesive book without a template using my favorite products appeals to me. I have a great deal of information about my husband’s family as well as my own from genealogy books, but I don’t have a lot of old family photos. However rather than cover that history, I thought that I might create a book about my fifty years of history with the man I married on September 7, 1968. I could culminate the project with photos from the anniversary trip we’ve planned as a celebration.

We definitely have a history together. One day, I went out hunting with Bill and his college friend. They gave me a gun to carry. As we were eating lunch this afternoon, I asked Bill why he gave me the gun.

This is the photo that our friend captured with an old Instamatic. I worked on it in Lightroom, exported it to Photoshop CC and added an adjustment layer on overlay blend mode at 70%. I placed it above solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Lateritious.

To give it an artsy look, I clipped it to overlay 3 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 12.

Note: I enlarged the 3.5 x 3.5 photo about 20% and reduced the size of the overlay to accommodate the photo.

Below the photo and overlay, I placed the layers of transfer 3 from Artsy Transfers Lateritious. I used only six of the layers to support my photo.

Note: Artsy Transfers are one of my favorite products by Anna. I am seriously considering using them throughout this book.

I wrote my journaling, added a yellow button, a thread from UrbanThreadz No. 16 and a title.

When I asked Bill why he gave me that gun to carry. He responded, “to keep you feeling like you were with us. Good grief, that was 50 years ago.”

“Not quite,” I replied.

Remember These Moments

I captured the focal photos on Kate’s last day of preschool, the day she told me that I don’t need to miss her when she goes to school next year because she can still spend the night with me. For this page I decided to combine the photos I captured that afternoon in the park with other photos that tell some of her preschool story. Some of them I scanned from a little picture book that her teacher had created for each child and other photos, I had captured with my camera. With Anna’s new Hipster Plume Template Album No. 3, creating a two page spread documenting preschool memories couldn’t be simpler.

Place template 4 on the left and template 5 on the right.

Note: I replaced one square frame on the right with a copy of the smaller square frame.

Clip photos to fotoblendz masks and add Adjustment Layers as needed.

Note: As I have previously explained, I use Adjustment Layers rather than duplicating a photo and changing it’s blend mode. I also used a brush on the masks to darken areas to accommodate the photos I used.

Duplicate photos and clip to stains. At the bottom of the Layers Panel, place a photo across the page gutter. Add an inverted mask and brush back in enough to extend the scene.

Clip photos to small masks and adjust as needed.

Note: I blurred the faces of the other children in two of the photos.

Add title and blue buttons.

That’s it! The hardest part was deciding which pictures I wanted to include and what I to write.

Ready for Kindergarten

My granddaughter looks so grown up now. I have mixed feelings about this little girl beginning kindergarten in August. On one hand, I know how much I’m going to miss driving her to preschool, making lunch and playing with her in the afternoons.  However, I also know how much she will enjoy school, how much she’ll learn academically and socially. The teacher in me loves knowing all the wonderful possibilities waiting for her. I created this page in celebration of those possibilities. The steps are simple.

Roughly extract child from three photographs using the Quick Selection tool and a layer mask.

Clip photos of grass to mask 2 and 3 from WaterColor FotoBlendz No. 8.

Note: I photographed the grass to unify the extractions since each was a separate photo.

Add the psd layers of frame 1 from Postage Frames No. 1. Clip grass photo to masks. Above the masks, place a second copy of extractions. Add a custom shadow to each extraction.

Below the extractions and first set of frames, place a second frame set. Clip a copy of the grass photo to the frame masks.

Add one more psd frame 1. Again, clip grass photo to masks.

Add transfer 1, art stroke 2 and overlay 1 and 3 from ArtPlay Palette Ariose below the fotoblendz masks. Just below the top postage stamp frames, place two copies of overlay 4 and art stroke 2. Place solid paper 1. Lighten paper with a levels adjustment layer. Change blend mode to screen at 80%.

Note: I erased part of the paper with the Clone Stamp tool.

Finish with a title and cluster with elements from ArtPlay Palette Ariose.

Family Tree

At one time or another all of my grandchildren have asked me about my parents, even whether I ever had grandparents. While my parents and grandparents have all died, these photos keep them in my memories. I hope to share some stories about them so that my grandchildren will know them too. Working on this simple page has inspired me to consider working on a heritage project, but to take the perspective of my grandchildren and the questions they’ve asked as well as some of the stories I think they’d enjoy reading. Below are the steps for this page.

Move the template layers of Family Tree Template No. 6 to a new blank document. Recolor the branches behind the frames. Note: I chose a green.

Clip transfer 2 from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands to the tree brush layer of the template. Add a little brown to parts of the brush.

Note: Press command and the thumbnail of the brush layer to get the marching ants. Add a new blank layer above and stamp brown on some areas.

Clip photos to masks and add names. Add hue and saturation adjustment layers to give photos a similar sepia tone. Then add levels adjustment layers on overlay blend mode. Adjust as needed.

Note: I’ve added only first names for privacy purposes.

Next, to fill in the background, place transfer 1 and 3 from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands. Change blend mode of transfer 3 to darken at 75%.

Place most of the layers of psd file 3 from Artsy Transfers Moorlands. Turn off the gold paint.

Add a button from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands and journaling.

I’m looking forward to hearing the questions Kate will ask next week when I share this page with her.

Anywhere, Everywhere

We stopped at the park last Thursday for a short time before picking up her brothers from school. I captured her moves when she jumped up on the bench at the park with my iPhone. Actually, Kate is always moving, sometimes to music and at other time just imitating what she has seen, for example these gymnastic moves. She doesn’t mind my taking pictures as long as I slide, swing, climb and dance right along with her. In fact, she will often tell me what I should photograph.

Extractions are one of my scrapbooking strengths. I use them often, so they are fairly quick now. On this page I did use my tablet to control the Quick Selection Tool and masking. Often, I just use the trackpad on my computer. Below, I detail the steps for creating this page.

To create an extraction, trace the image to extract with the Quick Selection Tool, choose refine mask and then output to a mask. With a small, hard round brush, clean up any unwanted pixels. Add a custom shadow.

Complete the other extractions and add shadows. Reduce the size to about 50%. Place psd layers of file 3 from MultiMedia Accordion No. 2. Delete the gold elements and adjust the position of the thread. Rotate the frame 90°. Clip copies of artsy paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Infatuated to each mask. Add file 1 from UrbanStitchez No. 2 to ground large extraction. Add thread 10 from ButtonThreadz No. 2 to the right side of the frame.

Note: I reduced the size of the paper and linked the copies.

Stamp brush 10 from MiniDots No. 2 vertically and horizontally behind the extraction and frames.

Note: Use the eraser tool to remove overlapping areas.

Place pattern paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Glance. Using the dots as a pattern, stamp randomly with a hard round brush some black and pink dots. Add and journaling.

I’m going to miss this girl when she’s in kindergarten next year. She is so much fun!!

Different Purposes

On Thursday during my week in California, I flew up to San Francisco to spend the day with my friends, Adryane and Don. Last year it rained, but this time, the weather was perfect t-shirt weather and perfect for making photographs.

I use the photos that I make not only to create art, but also to document the things I want to remember or share with family; in order words, I make pages that I will print through Persnickety or add to the my current book project. This two page spread is for my book.

While I have used both focal photos on this two page spread on two previous pages, I wanted to create something for the next book I will publish. Think about it from an efficiency perspective, I’ve already done some of the creative the work, so why not?

Note: I started with the photos that I previously used on layouts. For information on those previous layouts, see Quick and Simple and Pokemon Go.

I explain the process below.

Place layers of photo on left, deleting layers and changing blend modes as needed. Place photo on right, create a sketch, mask another layer to improve color and maintain blue in sky, add track extension.

Note: I used most of the layers of the photo on the left from a previous page. I placed only the photo on the right but repeated some steps, i.e. making a sketch.

Add frames, stains and art strokes from templates 2, 9 and 13 from WaterColor Template Album No. 5. Clip photos to masks and adjust as needed.

Note: I used the fotoblendz mask from template 9 on the right. I also substituted a frame and mask from template 13 to accommodate the screenshot on the right. I used the frames from template 2 on the left.

Below all the frames, place transfer 1 and 2 from ArtPlay Palette Surf’s Up on the right. On the left, place transfer 7. In the page gutter, place two gold transfers, reversing one. Stamp brushes 5 and 10 in blue. Pull layers from psd files 1 and 4 from Artsy Transfers Surf’s Up to fill in background. Stamp brush 5 in red, rotating for variation.

Note: I chose layers from the artsy transfers based on color and texture to fit my vision for this page.

Place additional photo in page gutter and add an inverted mask. Stamp with brushes from ArtsyPaint 7 and ArtsyPaint 8 on the mask in white to reveal the ship. Align photo with line of background brush on left.

Add Pokeball, red button from ArtPlay Palette Weihnachtsbaum and thread from template 15.

I think it’s okay to reuse photos for different pages, especially if you have different purposes, i.e. art or memory keeping. Both are valuable for me at this point in my life.

Chrysanthemums

I went early for my evening classes at Lauritzen Gardens last fall just for the light at the magic hour. These evening classes are one of the few times that anyone can enter the gardens just as the sun sets. Normally, they close at five. So I’ve decided that this year, I’m going focus on attending the evening photography classes. I’m looking forward to what I find in April’s evening class.

I’ve been trying to catch up on some pages for my flower album. For this page, I used Anna’s new FotoInspired Template Pack 2H. As I have done with the previous pages, I reduced the size of the template base. However, I did not change the size of the small frame. I deleted the framed mask’s shadow. I changed the color of the mask to white and blurred it so that the photos would show behind the journaling. I then gave the frame a custom shadow using the warp tool.

I clipped my photos to the masks and adjusted as needed with levels adjustment layers.

Below the masks, I layered a brush and overlay from ArtPlay Palette Euphoria as well as layers from transfers 3, 5 and 5 in Artsy Transfers Euphoria.

Finally, I added a title consistent with the other pages I have created for this book. Showcasing my photos couldn’t be easier.

Walk in the Fog

Early one morning on a walk for hot chocolate with my sister, Glenda, I captured this photograph with my iPhone as she approached the lights illuminating the sidewalk. This is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever made with my iPhone. I did not change the blue in the photo while creating this page, instead, I made changes in the color of the palette that I used.

I thought the background paper in the Mini ArtPlay Palette Conserve, currently available free with the purchase of Anna’s products during the sale at Oscraps this week, gave the appearance of the fog in my photo. I knew that I could adjust the color. With that in mind, I started my page by clipping the photo to three layers of file 3 from Scenic FotoBlendz No. 1. I also clipped a levels adjustment layer to the photo and changed the blend mode to soft light at 100%.

Next, I place brush 4, brush 5, the gold paint and overlay 3 from Mini ArtPlay Palette Conserve.

Then I placed solid paper 1 and adjusted the color based on the hue of the masked photo by reducing the saturation and adjusting the hue. I duplicated of the paper, desaturated it and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 75%. I placed that above the original paper layer.

I created a cluster along the bottom of the photo, layering the word strip and paper leaf from the mini artplay palette with a button from ArtPlay Palette Savor and thread 6 from ButtonThreadz No. 3. To darken the yellow button I clipped a levels adjustment layer to it and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 70%.

Finally, I added a title from Scenic WordART Mix No. 2 and journaling.

Creative Genealogy

My grandparents, Mose and Irene Kennamer, built their home in 1910 on the James Allen Kennamer farm near Quitman, Texas. They lived there until 1939 when they moved to Dallas, Texas. Mose studied music, farmed and became an efficient piano tuner. My grandmother ran the farm and supervised eleven children while my grandfather traveled throughout Texas to tune pianos.

I didn’t live near my grandparents as a child. My grandmother died when I was 4, but I have a wealth of information because my grandfather contributed significantly to publishing of a genealogy book on his ancestors. I thought the look of book would be perfect for this layout.

I placed solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Archive on a new blank document.

Place the psd layers of file 2 from MultiMedia Documents No. 3. Just below the fastener shadow, place the photo. Give the photo a custom shadow, pulling it in with the warp tool below the fastener.

Below the multimedia layers, add transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Archive and change the blend mode to darken to blend it into the background paper.

Add edge overlays 1 and 2 below and recolor both. Flip overlay 1 vertically and erase anything overlapping the newsprint edge in the paper.

To create an informal family tree stamp brush 8 from NoteBook No. 3 in black. Below, stamp brush 6 from Trees No. 2. Note: I added the names of my great grandparents.

Add word art 3 from Family WordART Mix No. 1 for a tile and journaling.

Having a copy of the book my grandfather helped compile and publish, I wonder what he would think of this page. I know my dad would have liked it.

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