Change in plan. My Holiday 2012 Project has evolved and taken on a life of it's own, now rfllowing the standard guidelines of December Daily. It's not what I intended but I'm going with the flow on this one. I sat down Saturday afternoon to create a few pages and had so much fun with my new Holiday templates that those few pages quickly turned into a page for each day of the week. It just happened that way.
I basically used the templates in order, for the most part, populating them with recent supplies from the aA store and photos from my iPhone. These days I'm taking a LOT more photos since upgrading to the iPhone 5 because the camera is better and it's just more convenient. I previously owned the iPhone 3G. The downside, of course, is that my Canon 60D only gets pulled out on select occasions.
Each od my Holiday layouts is titled with a single word or theme which prompts my story. The templates are delivered with one title per double-page spread so I simply duplicated the title and moved the copy to the other side of the page, changing the word to support my chosen theme/prompt. The font for these titles is Soymilk.
The first 4 pages are cohesive spreads which use a number of techniques as outlined below:
December 1, 2012 | Digital Supplies
- The colors for the layout were influenced by the photos. Turquoise and purple take a leading role and the ArtPlay Palettes for the layout were selected based on color.
- Doily Edge Overlays No. 1 create an instant artsy background and set the precident for the other pages I will create using the Holiday templates. The overlays will be re-used on several pages and rotated to create slight variation.
- Artsy papers or Kardz from ArtPlay Palettes and ArtsyKardz were clipped to fotoblendz and frame masks not accomodated by photos. Depth is created by clipping multiple layers of brushwork, fotoglows and overlays to the mask layers.
- The underlying mask of 2 stacked frames accomodates either an artsy paper or photo depending on the size of the overlap. You also have the option of nudging the frames around slightly so that the underlying frame is either more or less visible. Deleting excess frames may also be considered.
- The Glitter Number was recolored using the Hue and Saturation tool to signify the first day of December and will be repeated in varying colors throughout the product to number my layouts.
December 2, 2012 | Digital Supplies
- I was able to make this page cohesive with the first page by converting some of the color photos to black and white.
- A painted texture is achieved by using elements from ArtsyPaint No. 1 between the frame mask and photo layer. Apply an Overlay blending mode to your image layer to allow the painted texture to come through your image.
- Remember, that you can also span one photo across several frames to populate a page where the ratio of foto frames is greater than the number of photos you have on hand.
December 3, 2012 | Digital Supplies
- This page is a work-in-progress and only half-finished because the story being told is not yet complete. The page will be finished at a later date.
- Use Warm and CoolGlows with Hard and Vivid Light blending modes applied to add etherial *light* to your layouts. Recolor the elments by adjusting the Hue and Saturation sliders.
- Add one or more transfers behind the frames and postion so that the edges are just visible to create a custom artsy matte for your photos.
- Clip one or more transfers to fotoblendz and foto masks instead of artsy papers.
December 4, 2012 | Digital Supplies
- Technique for the double framed elf: clip the elf transfer to the top foto mask, duplicate the elf transfer layer, drag the layer down the Layers palette,then clip this copy to the second foto mask mask in the frame stack. Duplicate the transfer again, drag the layer down the Layers palette and position beneath the frame stack to complete the look.
- Add WordTransfers to hide harsh edges in your layouts such as a photo or paper edge.
- Frame your focal image with transfers as outlined above.
Being flexible and open to change keeps the process interesting. I'm not going to put myself under any pressure to continue this project with the same momentum but one thing I have learned in this business is to never say never. I'm going to let the photos and stories happening this season be my guide.