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H.H.Bennett

In 1865 H. H. Bennett began a career as a photographyer — and Wisconsin Dells would never be the same. By combining mechanical skills with an inherent love of nature, Bennett was able to produce technically amazing, aesthetically mesmerizing landscape and personal portrait photographs. His images were so compelling that they sparked a tourist influx and helped foster the growth of one of Wisconsin’s most beloved tourist destinations.

After Bennett’s death in 1908, his family kept his vision alive. His widow Eva was 44 and had two young daughters. She kept the studio going using the techniques Bennett taught her and passed that knowledge to her children, Miriam and Ruth. During the 1950s the family created a museum in the studio Bennett ran. The family preserved and displayed Bennett’s original equipment, negatives and prints.

This layout combines a sketch technique with which I’ve been practicing and something different than how I normally create with Anna’s FotoInspired templates.

FotoInspired Template
  • Clip photos to masks of template 6, FotoInspired Template Pack 2P.
  • Add Adjustment layers to turn the majority of the photos to black and white.
  • Reduce the size of all layers to about 35%.
  • Create a composite of all the layers.
  • Frame the composite with psd frame 2 from ArtPlay Palette For the Record.
  • Clip composite of file 2 from ArtsyKardz Embers MultiPack above the photo composite. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.

Note: I deleted the layers with all the photos clipped to the template layers by accident.

Fill Background with a Sketch
  • Resize the sketch to fit the page.
  • Clip copies of sketch to png masks 2 and 6 from Ember FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Above the masked copies clip Artsy Papers 1 and 2 from ArtPlay Palette Ember to the top sketch. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.
  • Then clip composites of files 1 and 4 from Artsy Transfers Embers on Color Burn.
  • Next clip copy of the photo on Color Burn at 60% opacity to the sketch.
  • Place another copy of the photo and clip a composite of transfer 6, both on Color Burn at 50%.

Note: I experimented with different blend modes, positions and opacities to colorize my sketch with paper and transfers.

Embellish

Position layers of file 1 from MultiMedia Branches No. 17 above the frame.

This is a wonderful little museum for those who love photography.

Pomeranian Please

With Kate in second grade now and me at home, it isn’t easy to stay in touch. I try to message or Facetime with her everyday just to see what’s happening. We had a longer conversation than usual on Wednesday which continued on Friday. Poor baby, she wanted a dog for her birthday, a little Pomeranian.

Design to Accommodate Story
  • Place the dialogue of messaging with Kate on the left.
  • Place layers of file 4 from Embers FotoBlendz No. 1 on the right for a photo.
  • Position journaling below photo on the right.

Note: I changed screenshots of dialogue from my iPhone to black and white in Lightroom before cutting and pasting them together. I then created a composite and added a Hue and Saturation Layer to give the screenshots a warmer look. I changed the blend mode to Linear Burn.

Clip Photo to FotoBlendz Layers
Background
  • Place Solid Paper 2 from ArtPlay Palette Embers. Reduce the opacity to 50%.
  • Below the Solid Paper 2, place solid paper 1 at 100%.
  • Above both papers, place Transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Embers. Mask as needed to ensure photo is clearly visible.
Embellish

Happy Place

Siberian iris grew in my garden for several years until I changed my mind. Over the years, I have had a policy that if a plant doesn’t behave for me, I dig it up and plant something else. The irises delivered beautiful blooms for about a week each year, but the heavy plants had to be divided every other year. I replaced them. The blooms in the white pitcher above were from my yard.

FotoBlendz
  • Place Solid Paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda on a new blank 12×12 document.
  • Place layers of file 1 of Veranda FotoBlendz No. 1 above the paper.
  • Duplicate the fotoblendz layer. Clip the photo to the top layer. Change the opacity of the mask to 50%. Clip a copy to the second mask layer. Change the blend mode of the mask to Darken and opacity to 100%. Both photo copies are Normal at 100%.
  • Clip photo copies to layers below. Recolor the texture layer.
  • To ensure that the handle on the photo shows, extract just the handle on one copy using an inverted layer mask.
Place Paper Overlay 1

After placing the Overlay 1 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda below the psd fotoblendz layers, I worked with the sizing of the photo and placement so that the flowers looked like they were tucked inside the paper envelop.

Build Background
  • Stamp two copies of brush 6 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda on the right side using a black brush. Mask out with a layer mask as desired.
  • Add color with brushes 2, 7, 11 and 16 stamped in a purple on new layers to add color.
  • Place Artsy Paper 1 just above Solid Paper 1. Add an inverted mask to the layer and use a soft round brush to reveal part of the artsy paper.
Embellish
  • Place the layers of file 4 from MultiMedia Flowers No. 9 above the photograph layers.
  • Reduce the size to about 85%. Place over handle of pitcher.
  • Replace the flowers included in the MultiMedia file with the flowers in the ArtPlay Palette. Reduce the size. Add layer masks and use a hard round brush to make them appear that they are tucked inside the ribbon.
  • Place word art from Grow WordART Mix No. 1 on the left.

Now, I occasionally buy the blue iris buds available at the market to photograph at home.

Toilet Paper

Do you need any toilet paper? I ask myself that question every time I go to Costco. Thursday, the store finally had my favorite brand. It’s been out of stock since early March. I bought a big package of 36 rolls to add to my store. By my count I now have more than 144+ rolls of toilet paper stored in a closet that used to have empty shelves. If I used a roll every two days, that would last a year.

When I got home from Costco, I texted my daughter, “Do you need any TP?” “No,” she replied with 😂😅🤣, “I’ve still got that package I bought in April.” We both laugh, me knowing that if she runs out, I have plenty.

Normally one wouldn’t think of toilet paper as an inspiration for a layout, but I have to tell you that I smiled to myself and chuckled a lot as I created this page. Actually a paper overlay included in Anna’s new ArtPlay Palette reminded me of the toilet paper rolls I bought on Thursday morning and a little story.

Paper and Transfer
  • Place solid paper 3 from ArtPlay Palette Lost on a new blank 12×12 layout.
  • Above the paper, place Paper Overlay 1.
FotoBlendz
  • Just above the paper place file 1 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 14.
  • Clip the toilet paper photo to the mask.
  • Rotate and place the photo of toilet paper above the mask.
  • Use the Object Selection Tool to mask exclude any background before clipping the photo to the mask. Adjust both mask and photo as needed.

Note: I used the Warp Tool to adjust the mask to better fit the paper layer. I also used the Warp Tool to align the line in the paper overlay with my photo.

Build Background with Overlay and Splatters
  • Above the photo layer place Edge Overlay 1 from ArtPlay Palette Lost on the left.
  • Then place two copies of Splatter 1 to form a triangle.

Note: The shadow in the paper overlay lines up with the bottom of the toilet paper role.

Embellish
  • Add wooden word from Lost WordART Mix No. 1. Give it a small shadow with
  • Create a text box below the title and write journaling.
  • Add psd MultiMedia file from Bonus available with the full release this week.

Note: I recolored the ribbon with a Hue and Saturation Adjustment.

A silly question, texted to my daughter each week, bonds my daughter and me now. “Do you need any TP?” This text between us has become an ongoing joke, a cause for shared laughter. Is there a hidden significance, something I’m not facing? Probably. Laughter often masks deeper feelings. Sometimes, a good laugh at myself is simply a good thing. At any rate, today I laughed!

Rainbow Possibilities

In a time of staggering joblessness, illness and death, I find it hard to focus on the positive. Yet this afternoon, I experienced a few moments of joy working with Anna’s new palette, ArtPlay Palette Rainbow. Maybe it’s the colors or the thoughts of possibilities suggested by a rainbow.

Create a Composite of Photos

To create this page, I combined two photos that I captured at Lauritzen Gardens in 2018.

  • Blend photo of rainbow display and large fish, resizing and masking as needed. Duplicate and change the second copies to Hard Light.
  • Place transfer 4 from ArtPlay Palette Rainbow. Rotate and enlarge about 10%. Use it as a clipping mask for the photos.
  • Duplicate the transfer and change the blend mode to Color.
  • Adjust the blending and positioning of the photos.
  • Make a composite of these layers to use to create the rest of the layout.
Clip Composite to FotoBlendz Mask
  • Open file 2 from Rainbow FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Place above solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Rainbow.
  • Clip the composite to the fotoblendz mask. Adjust the positioning.
  • Duplicate copies of composite. Change the blend mode of the first copy to Soft Light at 75% and the second copy to Hard Light at 50%.
  • Reposition some of the glows to emphasize the rainbow colors in the photos.
Build Background
Embellish
  • On the right, place word art elements from Bonus Set included with today’s release.
  • On the left, create a cluster with ribbon, small frame, charm included in ArtPlay Palette Rainbow. Clip another photo to the mask. Note: I resized the frame and place it along with the shadow below the mask.

Keep Calm

Am I anxious during this pandemic? My iPhone usage has gone up 30%. I’ve made lists. I’ve ordered from my lists for delivery and pick-up. This week I researched how to make a cotton mask on the web. That involved locating thread, elastic and cotton fabric. After a few failures, I’ve finally created a working mask design. I am waiting for shipments of elastic so that I can finish.

My iPhone asked me this morning whether I wanted to set limits on my usage. “No,” my inner voice yelled, “you’re keeping me organized so I can keep calm and carry on.

I am currently photographing close to home, i.e. sewing a cotton face mask. For this page:

This morning I wrote my journaling as I try to find order and a new routine, a bit of an oxymoron during a pandemic.

A Photo and a Transfer

One of the things that Kate and Corbin like to do when they spend the night is to explore the wooded area just beyond the pond. On our way back from our walk, they plopped down on the grass and posed for me. I didn’t hesitate to capture some shots in the fading light.

Last fall while on sabbatical, I bought ArtPlay Palette Verdure hoping to have the opportunity after finishing my book project to use the beautiful leaf transfer that was included in the palette. That’s how I began this page.

Place Transfer and FotoBlendz Mask

Note: I masked out a portion of a copy of the mask in order to change the color of my grandson’s shirt.

Add Overlays and Artsy Transfers
Place Splatters, Word Art and Journaling
  • Stamp black splatters on new blank layers just below the photo.
  • Place the components of title from Verdure WordART Mix No. 1.
  • Add journaling.

In the End

There are times when a photo reminds me of something; I make a connection to something else. For example, I captured this photo in February while at the Japanese Tea House at the Huntington Library with my sister. The lack of clutter brings a feeling of calm. On this annual visit, I always resolve to find something else to throw out when I get home. This year we talked about two different authors on the idea of organization and decluttering.

I’m not sure which method for organization I like better: Marie Kondo’s idea to keep only what brings one joy or Margareta Magnusson’s Swedish death cleaning. I have rolled my t-shirts, socks and underwear per the Kondo method. My drawers do look nice that way; I guess that is a form of joy.

However, at my age, I think I might find more joy in Magnusson’s concept of death cleaning: getting rid of the abundance rather than leaving a mess for family to deal with after my death. I resized my birth stone ring for my daughter last Christmas. Her joy was priceless; the ring valuable to her. Yes, I am the type that finds joy in the process of decluttering, remembering what’s valuable and letting go of the rest.

Below are the details for how I created this page.

Clip Photo to Mask

Vertical photos don’t alway fit masks. Sometimes, I adjust the mask, but at other times I adjust the photo.

  • Place the layers of .psd file 4 from UrbanThreadz FotoBlendz No. 3 on a new blank document.
  • Clip a copy of the photo to the FotoBlendz mask.
  • Duplicate the photo and place above the original photo. Adjust the position so that it covers the left edge of the mask that wasn’t quite covered.
  • Attach an inverted mask and bring back in just enough of the color to fill the mask.
Place Transfer
  • Turn on the layers of the frame set.
  • Place Transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Ochre below the photo and frame layers.
Build Background
  • Place Transfer 4 on the left side.
  • Place Overlay 1 on the right side.
  • Above the Overlay, place Artstroke 2.
Embellish
Add Journaling and Title
  • Place word art from Onward WordART Mix No. 1 on the right side.
  • Place At Once word art from Onward WordART Mix No. 1 below the title and reduce the opacity to
  • Create two text boxes for journaling, placing one above and one below the title.
  • Add subtitle “Inspiration”.

If your photo doesn’t quite fit a mask, there are multiple ways to fix the problem. Shifting the position and masking a second photo is one way.

A Simple Story

I’ve been vacationing with family, remembering old memories and making some new ones. Five years is a long time in the life of a little boy. Corbin began asking about returning to Wisconsin Dells just after Christmas this year. It’s a simple story that he remembered, feeding and petting the deer. Corbin added to his stories about Wisconsin Dells this year, a new memory of riding on a big tube behind a boat, something he wasn’t big enough to do five years ago. I’ll have to add that new story to another book.

On this page, I used the things I love: the clean look of a white background, photos clipped to FotoBlendz masks and simple designs.

Clip Photo to Mask
Build Background
  • Below the mask, place the Silver Paint from ArtPlay Palette Axiom.
  • Next stamp brush 9 in black and position on the top right. Change the blend mode to Linear Blend at 75%.
  • Stamp brush 6 on the top left and change the blend mode to Linear Burn at 100% opacity.
  • Stamp brush 9 in a larger size on the lower left. Change the blend mode to Linear Burn and reduce the opacity to 75%.
  • Below brush layers, place Transfer 2 from ArtPlay Palette Axiom.
Add Overlays
  • Positon Splatter Overlay 1 below the photo layers.
  • On the left, place Overlay 1. Duplicate the layer and change the blend mode to Overlay so that it will show up better on the light background.
Use Brush to Create Second Focal Area
  • Drag the .png version of brush 5 from NoteBook No. 4. Reduce the size and position just above the photo layers.
  • Place FotoBlendz 8, available in the AnnaRelease 26 July 2019. Reduce the size to fit the notebook page.
  • Clip older photo to the mask.

Note: I used the warp tool to adjust the mask to fit my photo.

Add Journaling, Button, Thread and Dates
  • Write journaling. Tilt to follow the angle of the notebook brush.
  • Place “story” file from Axiom WordART Mix No. 1.
  • Below that, place “beautifully simple” file.
  • Then place the word transfer Axiom file. Change the blend mode to Darken at 50% opacity.
  • Place the Dark Blue Button from ArtPlay Palette Axiom.
  • Tack it down with thread 9 from Knotted UrbanThreadz No. 1.

Simple pages that tell a story are my favorites.

Parties

Creating a book based on events fifty years ago has its challenges. For example, I don’t have photos from the first two showers given in my honor. I have the dates and names, but I can’t remember many of the details. Maybe that’s why I treasure the photos that I do have because they help me remember. There is no way I will forget the crepe paper dress that my mother and mother-in-law created for me. For one thing, I can’t believe that two mothers would shorten the hemline that much in 1968.

I am getting close to finishing my anniversary project, so I am looking for ways to simplify my process to keep the momentum going. For this two page spread, I combined two templates from WaterColor Template Album No. 8, substituting the small frames from another album on the right side.

Components From Template

Place the layers of template template 13 from WaterColor Template Album No. 8 on the left and template 5 on the right. Change the alignment of the second text box of template 13 to match the top text box. Rearrange the frames, deleting one to accommodate photos. On the right, delete the small frames.

Note: I included the stitching from the templates, moving it as needed. I added a 20px white stroke to each frame for consistency throughout my book project. I also reduced the size of all template layers to 85%% instead of 100%.

Clip Photos to Masks and Stains

Duplicate the focal photo on the left and clip it to the fotoblendz mask and one of the stains. Adjust exposure using Camera Raw Filter within Photoshop and add a Soft Light adjustment layer at 100% opacity. Repeat with the photo on the right, duplicating and clipping the copies to six stains included in the template.

Clip Photos to Small Frames

On the left, resize and clip three photos to the small frames. Add adjustment layers as needed. On the right, place the small frames from template 6 of Travel Album No. 2, reducing the size to 85%. Adjust the positioning of the thread. Clip small photos to the frames and add adjustment layers as needed.

Add Artsy Transfers and Stains

Below the fotoblendz mask and small frames on the right, place overlay 1, transfer 2 and transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Glance, reducing the size to 85%. On the left, place stain overlay from ArtPlay MiniPalette Opacus, transfer 3 from ArtPlay MiniPalette Honor, 7 layers from Artsy Transfers Summery and two copies of overlay 1 (Linear Burn blend mode) from ArtPlay MiniPalette Honor.

Two Buttons

Place a yellow gold button from ArtPlay Palette Glance on the right and tack down with thread 2 from ButtonThreadz No. 2. Place a pink button from ArtPlay Palette Infatuated on the left along with thread 6 from ButtonThreadz No. 1.

I am within three pages of finishing this project. Using templates to create the basic design and switching out small frames or fotoblendz masks will help me maintain my momentum. Although Anna Aspnes provides information about this technique in her earlier project classes, I recommend two of her most recent classes, Artsy Doubles and AA Project 2018, for detailed instructions on what I have shared in this post.

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