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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.


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

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

Superman Needed

A small spaceship with a baby inside landed in a fictional town in the American countryside. Named Clark Kent by the couple who found him, the child developed superhuman abilities: incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. I think that’s just what we need now in this land, a superhero, like Superman, to repair this American mess.

Often I experiment and a page just evolves. That’s the case with this layout. Initially, I was practicing with a sketch technique that I learned from Zwyck, another team member, a technique that she shared several years ago on Anna’s old blog

Artsy Transfers
  • Below the shadow box, place layers of Artsy Transfers Salute 2 and 5.
  • Adjust the color of the blue layers of file 2 with a Hue and Saturation Adjustment layer.
  • Arrange layers as desired to fill in the background around the shadow box.
  • Extract Superman using the Object Selection Tool
  • Add a custom shadow.
  • Below the extraction place the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Salute.
  • Delete the color transfer layer from file 1.

Note: I extracted the Superman emblem from another photo of my grandson’s shirt and placed it inside the shadow box.

Flag Sketch

I am close to memorizing Zwyck’s technique. I labeled the layers in the Layers Panel as I worked with a jpeg photo. Once I finished, I created a composite. After I moved the layers to my layout, I extracted the flag from the sky. I changed the shadows to match the direction the flag was blowing.

Add a Sketch to a Mask

I like the artsy look of a sketch placed above a photo, especially combined with texture in FotoBlendz masks. While I have used Find Edges under Stylize in the Filter drop down menu, I don’t like the weight of the lines. So I’m experimenting again with different techniques for creating a sketch from photo. Below is the simplest version for creating a sketch that I know.

Start with a Photo
  • Place photo on new 12×12 blank document in Photoshop.
  • Resize photo.
Apply a Filter to Create Sketch
  • Open the Filter Gallery from the Filter drop down menu in Photoshop.
  • Choose Photocopy from the menu.
  • Adjust the settings and click ok to apply.
  • Turn off sketch.
Clip Photo to FotoBlendz Mask
  • Clip original photo to mask 6 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 15.
  • Clip Levels adjustment layer to photo and change blend mode to Soft Light at 100%.
Adjust Blend Mode and Opacity
  • Turn on sketch and clip to Fotoblendz mask layer.
  • Change blend mode to Multiply at 50%.

I have another sketch technique that I’m experimenting with that I hope to share in the next few weeks, something I’m trying to simplify within one Photoshop file. I really do like the lines created from a sketch with the texture in a mask like the one I used on this paper.

Depth and Dimension


Anna Aspnes’ UrbanStitchez are a favorite for adding depth, dimension and texture to my scrapbooking pages. Today, I thought I’d share how I combined them along with template layers from 8×8 Artsy Template Album No. 1 and some TapedTextures to create depth and dimension on this two page spread.

Create Extractions and Blend Sketches

After extracting my grandson and creating sketches from copies of five photos, I blended the sketches into two solid papers from ArtPlay Palette Forester. I had already blended the papers together using the gradient tool on layer masks. I used brushes from AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 4 and a soft round brush to blend the sketches into the paper. Once my photos and sketches were in place, I considered how I might create more depth on my page.


Use Template Layers and Taped Textures to Create Depth

My first thought was to work with the template’s layers that I had already placed on my page above the two blended solid papers. I adjusted the placement, recolored and/or masked eighteen layers of template pages 8-9 from 8×8 Artsy Template Album No. 1.

Note that I adapted this template to a 24×12 page by enlarging the layers about 15%. The page design of this template with its text placement and series of masks going across the top inspired my photo placement. After enlarging the layers, I moved them all to the left which left space for a larger photo on the right. I will include this page in a book for family that I will publish at the end of the year.


Next, I positioned several png files from TapedTextures No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 above the template layers. Both the template layers and taped textures added more depth to the page.


Add UrbanStitchez

However, while I liked the increased depth and texture on my page, I thought that my extractions appeared ungrounded. I began experimenting with the UrbanStitchez. I dragged a png file of UrbanStitchez 5_9, a fine gauge stitch, onto my document below all the extractions, but above the taped textures and layers from 8×8 Artsy Template No. 1. I positioned the first png file roughly along the foreground line between the sketched player on the right and the extraction of my grandson dribbling the ball. I added a layer mask. With a small, hard round brush I masked out any stitching that appeared where I didn’t want it over the sketch or extraction. I added two more copies of the same png file over the foreground line, flipped one horizontally for variety and added a layer mask to each in order to hide unwanted stitches running along the line in the sketch.


Repeat Using Additional UrbanStitchez

I followed the same process for adding stitching to each of the other sketch lines, but I chose a different stitch for each row. In all cases, I did not increase the stitch size. Instead I pieced png files together by overlapping the stitching. Then I added layer masks so that they looked like one continuous line. I also used the mask to hide any unwanted stitching that might show above a leg or foot. For the second and third rows of stitching, I used png files from UrbanStitchez No. 7. Finally, I grounded my grandson and his dad with two more UrbanStitchez from UrbanStitchez No. 2.

Note: I could also have used the .abr brush file of the stitches and stamped each on a new blank layer. As described above, I would have added layer masks to erase unwanted stitches.



I then added a stitch from ButtonThreadz No. 1 to tack down the green button on the left before adding journaling, a title and the date.


By placing the UrbanStitchez over the basketball court lines, I emphasized the depth in the scene and added dimension to my page. I also grounded a photo extraction by adding UrbanStitchez below the extraction. Template layers, TapedTextures and UrbanStitchez are all great tools for adding depth and dimension to a page.


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