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Engagement

This two page spread tells the story of our engagement, another page for my anniversary project. I shared details about how I constructed the left side as part of a video event with Anna Aspnes, ARTPLAY LIVE 2019, available in Anna’s Store. Today I want to share a brief overview of the right side which uses some of the same techniques for using transfers and adapting templates that I shared at the event.

Place and Adjust FotoBlendz Mask
  • Place file 4 from Autumn Romance FotoBlendz Mask No. 1.
  • Clip a photo to the mask.
  • Add a layer mask to the fotoblendz layer and adjust to with a brush from AnnaBlendz Artsy to accommodate the photo shape and edges.
Add Transfers to Text
  • Copy text from newspaper announcement and add a title.
  • Place Transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Sashay above the text.
  • Align along the left edge Overlay 1 and Transfer 3.

Note: Just below the text box I stamped on a new blank layer with a soft round brush in white. Then I reduced the opacity just enough to make the text more visible against the photo.

Use Transfers to Soften the Edge of the Masked Photo
  • Open and place the layers from file 4 of Artsy Transfers Sashay just below the masked photo.
  • Adjust position of each layer to soften the abrupt line of the photo.

Note: I deleted three layers that didn’t fit with my photo.

Place Small Frames and Clip Photos
  • Place the threads, frames, masks and shadows from file 13 in WaterColor Template Album No. 7.
  • Turn off the frames and add a 20px white stroke to each mask.
  • Clip photos to masks.
  • Add adjustment layers as needed.
  • Clip a 4×6 file from ArtsyKardz Sashay MultiPack No. 1 to one of the small frames, reducing the size of the file to fit the mask on the top right.

Note: I added a Black and White Adjustment Layer to one photo. The other adjustment layers were all on Soft Light, the opacity varied depending on the photo.

I am almost finished with this project and looking forward to publishing soon. It’s taken time to sort the photos, decide which stories I wanted to write and create the layouts. If you want to create your own book, there are lots of tips and more information available on Anna’s Blog and in her classes. I encourage you to explore the opportunities.

Refining Skills to Develop Your Style

I was out playing Pokemon Go with my husband when I saw a staged display of different pumpkins and mums. I was focusing on just a part of the display with my iPhone when a mom stopped to coax her elementary age girls to pose for a picture. She was delighted when I asked if she’d like to sit with them while I took her picture with her phone. Today I gave what I’d have loved to have had, an informal portrait with my kids in front of a pumpkin display. I hope she posts it to her Facebook page.

With my quick photo, I created a page that reflects me, my style, my photography. I clipped multiple copies of a photo to the layers of file 3 from Evanescent FotoBlendz No. 1. To get the blue color, I applied a blue color overlay with the styles panel before separating it on a separate layer so that I could reveal the brown of the hay. I added a fill layer above that in brown on color blend mode to turn the yellow mums straw by hiding everything but the flowers on a layer mask.

Next, I placed solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Evanescent. On the right I added the layers of Artsy Transfers Evanescent 3. I turned off one layer.

On the left, I placed the layers of file 5 from Artsy Transfers Evanescent. I adjusted the position of my fotoblendz mask and photo layers as a group.

Inside the group of transfer layers, I placed psd file 2 from MultiMedia Pumpkins N. 3. I added a color overlay from the style menu to make the black fabric blue.

Next, I placed two additional pumpkin files from MultiMedia Pumpkins No. 3 to add to my pumpkin display.

With a piece of word art from Moments WordArt Mix No. 1 and a subtitle, I finished  my artsy page.

This page came together fairly easily. The only different technique I used was to give the pumpkins in my photo a blue cast. I’ve used color overlays on previous pages, but I’ve not recolored pumpkins blue. Yet, I think they look pretty with the blue in the multimedia pumpkins. Basically, I’m experimenting with color overlays; I’m using them in a different way.

I’ve been thinking about a statement that Anna made about the expectation that one needs to continually learn new techniques. While I am continually learning, it’s more about refining my skills with my camera, whether my iPhone or my Fuji X-T2. I don’t need a new camera, I need to get better at making photos with what I have. I think that in the same way I am perfecting my skills with the designs that I use to create my scrapbook pages. I enjoy the process of experimenting and figuring out what else I can do with Anna’s designs in combination with my photos. Rather than using a new technique on every page, I want to continually develop my style, to clarify the look I want on my pages. That may involve incorporating a new technique periodically, or applying a technique in a different way, but my creative process is more about refining my skills because they define my style.

 

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