A big snow storm in our area on Saturday provided a little unexpected scrapbooking time and so I was able to check off a few layouts on my list, adding the journaling to a few I have had in the works and playing with some new photos.
This layout was created by using the frames from Artsy Layered Template No. 91 and documents the birthday dinner we had at my in-laws on Friday night. I moved the frames in the template to a new layout, rotated them by 90 degrees, duplicated and re-arranged the duplicate frames to create the above design. I added a solid paper from the ArtPlay Palette to create a foundation for my page and tucked a few of the transfers behind the frames to matte my photos.
Templates can really help to speed up your scrapbooking process by providing a starting point for any page. You can use the same template multiple times to create different layouts, simply by making small adjustments, or just using some parts of the template to add to your designs. Consider also taking layers from different templates to create new templates.
I reversed the order of the double-page spread so that page 6 became page 5 and vice versa. This created a need to move the paint and holly brush layers to a better postion and add a new tissue texture layer using Tissue Textures No. 1.
Position Foto and Colored Glows so that they appear to be shining of an element in your images, in this case the elf's zip line and the garland on the banister. Recolor Glows as need and apply blending modes. Hard light was applied to the Glows in this layout.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Just a quick few words to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Regardless of whether you live in the United States and/or celebrate this holiday or not, I just wanted to say I'm grateful for your support of this blog and my work.
Quick sneak peek of what's happening in the aA store tomorrow. I'll be sending out a special AnnaNews later tonight outlining all the Black Friday weekend specials.
It was a really great weekend with much-needed time spent away from the computer in order to spend a bit more time with my family. In turn I found myself taking a few more photos than I have been of late, but by far my favorite part of the weekend, was spending some one-on-one with Ella sharing in our passion for creating art.
She has always been a creative little soul, right from the get go, but until recently she was more interested in doing it alone. As she is getting older she is more inclined to hang out with me at the mall, or go to lunch which has been different for us and super-fun!
We went to the South Denver Art Center for a *cupcake* painting class but we both agreed that *coloring outside the lines* and creating our own rendition of the painting was the way to go. Love that she has this gift of thinking outside the box. I intend to nuture it and see where it will take her.
She was so excited to start Martial Arts 3 years ago. It was a surprising choice of sport for such a girly girl but she enjoyed it and progressed from Kid Kickers to the adult program in the Summer of 2010. She made it through the anxiety of moving into a new class with the gentle coaxing and support of her very hands-on karate *leader* and proved that she could hold her own against a predominantly older male class.
She pushed through a knee injury and a hernia both of which momentarily knocked her confidence, but somewhere along the way the focus of the school shifted from nurturing the students to making as much money as possible. Constant reorganization left me doubting the program and Ella was increasingly lacking in enthusiasm. for the sport she once loved.
In June 2012 Ella earned her last belt, brown with black stripe, in Martial Arts. We did not know this at the time. Ella’s intention was to make it to black belt but she had also made it clear that she would quit the Art shortly thereafter. She never practiced outside of class, she was often seen goofing around in class and it became increasingly apparent that Martial Arts had become more of a social occasion for her.
With Red Belt testing just around the corner there was increasing pressure for her to move
into the Premier club and attend class more than twice a week. As soon as she had decided this is something she wanted to do, she ended up back on crutches following an incident on the school bus. A new knee injury kept her out of class for a couple of weeks during which I struggled to justify the expense of getting her to black belt and if indeed she would even make it at such a young age. Ella has always been known for her reluctance to challenge her body physically and I knew the Black Belt training would probably be too much for her.
We made the decision together over a period of several weeks to ensure it was ultimately her decision. She had the choice to continue but the deal was that she had to commit to 3 classes a week instead of 2. She was unwilling to do it so we’re taking an extended break with option of returning to Martial Arts when she is older if and when she wants to.
I commend her for sticking with this goal for the past 3 years but for her I think it was more about not wanting to disappoint than the fact she wanted to be a black belt. It takes perseverance and discipline to finish something you are not completely invested in. It is very important to her not to be seen as a quitter but I think sometimes there is something even more courageous about recognizing when it's time to quit. We are so very proud of you E. and all you have accomplished on this Martial Arts adventure.
MidWeek Release. 5 NewART products are coming to the AnnaStore today: 2 New sets of ArtsyKardz to coordinate with ArtPlay Palette H20 delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format. Instructions for using these ArtsyKardz can be found here.
These products are 20% off until Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 9am EST.
FotoInspired Layout No. 27.
I'm also re-releasing 2 older products by request:
I'm spending today organizing and getting packed up for our trip to the UK tomorrow. I will be out of contact until Thursday but the MidWeek Release and ArtSale will still happen as has become the norm. Look for a regular posting on the blog tomorrow featuring the NewART products as well as a couple of the ArtSale items.