Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CS Blog Hop September 2016 Garden Shed

Well who could resist playing with such a delightful kit immediately.  Well not quite immediately for me as I got very busy and spent most of Thursday 1st September in the dentist chair.

Anyway, I downloaded and installed this fabulous kit and started off by making my own overlay.

























To do this, I made a transparent blank background 12" x 12" at 300ppi.  Then cut and copied part of one of the 4 way prints and played with the opacity and flow.  Added a couple of the cute semi transparent images and then on the 4 way print layer erased a very large circle using a very fuzzy and very large brush and ended up with what you see above.

Then I opened up a new transparent background, 12" x 12" at 300ppi and dragged in this overlay.  Added a white fill layer beneath the overlay and now I am ready to start.

























Create a new layer above the overlay and set the blend mode to overlay.  Select your brush and color and start painting.  I make my opacity around 11 or 12%.

























I hope you can see this, but the shading around the plant and the butterflies has become much brighter.

Now we can start to build the page.

























I have brought in a stamp, frame and mask from my stash and I will be playing around with all these momentarily.  First I have to find a good photo to use here.

Found the photo and have come up with this.

























I hope you like what I have made here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CS Blog Hop August 2016 Sunflowers

Hello everyone.

By now you must all know that the CS digital offering each month has changed somewhat dramatically but there is still lots and lots of goodness and versatility in the current offering.  What you actually get are the digital versions of the stamps, some of the embellishments, a 4 way  print and some other stuff but in my opinion the most important part of the kit is the color palette.  This month the Sunflowers kit does not disappoint in terms of color and I wish I had had more time to play.

Anyway, I am trying to decide what I would like to show you all this month with this luscious palette of colors and images.

One of the things that I should use much more often is the justify text tools in photoshop.  Most of the time CS comes up with wonderful stamps which are perfect for me to use in place of journalling (mainly because I am lazy) - Anyway I thought we could visit justified text this month.

As always open up a new blank document 12" x 12" at 300 ppi.

























Now I always open up the Bridge and search for everything in the kit.

























Time to go look for a photo or two to use. This time I am going to open up my temporary pictures folder which I keep on my desktop and select the folder called Copyright free images.

And here they are!

























What I am going to do now is build a layout using one or two of these photos and the color palette and kit items from Sunflowers.  Back in a tick.

Found the picture I am going to use.

























And here you can see all the Sunflowers goodies opened up with the photo.  I am sure you agree that the color palette of the kit will work really well with this photo.

























The layout is made and I created a tag using one of the premade tags and filling it with matching background color.  Now to type some text and show you all how to manipulate it to justify.  Open up the sub-menu for type and paragraph and then click the paragraph tab and the lines symbol at the top right of the box.

























That brings up a menu that has justification in that.  Click justification and the submenu will show on your screen as above.  Here is a quick explanation of what each of those controls does.

~ Word spacing the space between each word.
~ Letter spacing is the distance between letters.
~ Glyph scaling controls the width of the characters.
~ Leading controls the spaces between each line.

These are all things you can play around with to get your desired effect.  The settings you choose will depend on the font you decided to use.  Some of the more fussy fonts are much more difficult to deal with because the letters are all different point sizes.  This is not an easy thing to master.  It does become a lot easier if your journalling words and the space you are journalling in is are both of a reasonable size.  You can see from my box with text that my words just do not work for left and right justification using the font I have chosen.


To finish the layout I added the cute round cut out and placed a lens over the top of it.  I do hope you like my final layout.  Also I hope that you play around a bit with text justification for journalling.

























See you all next time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CS Blog Hop July 2016 - Office Space

With the advent of the digital kit membership changing in August, I thought I would play around a bit with making a digital swap page using the color palette from Office Space, together with some of my own art and some stamps which I have in my stash.  The reason I am doing this is to show an example of what can be done and also to show my fellow quick page swappers that there are a gazillion ideas out there and in our own imaginations.

The digital scrapbooking arena is totally infinite.  You are only limited by unfamiliarity of your software.

Anyway here goes.  As always open up a new file 12" x 12" at 300 ppi set on transparent.  I also went ahead and opened all the papers and elements of Office Space in Bridge.

























Here you can see that there are some absolutely stunning colors and patterns in the backgrounds and overlays.

Go ahead and open up some of the backgrounds so that you have your color palette to choose from.

























Now you can start to "paint" your background using brushes together with layers and layer styles.  The world is now your oyster and you can get very very creative with using brushes and layer styles.

All I have done so far is select two of the background colors and a couple of brushes from my stash and painted with the brushes on two separate layers.

























Here you can see I have added a bunch of layers with an assortment of different brushes.  As yet I have not added any layer styles, patterns or textures.

























Having got several layers painted, I have now started adding textures and styles.

























As you can see, my created background is beginning to look like a canvas that has been painted.  There are thousands of styles that you can add into your photoshop program which can be found on the internet and you can also create your own.

Further addition of styles and layers as well as an overlay yield this.

























At this point, I have gone ahead and merged down all the layers apart from the overlay and the transparent base layer so that I can go ahead and create a hole for a photo.

























I also rotated the overlay - just because and duplicated the overlay layer just in case.  You can see here that I have selected the rectangular marquee tool and made a selection on the canvas layer beneath the overlay.  Go ahead and cut your selection and you should have a great hole in which to place your photo.  Voila!!!

























Now we can add some layer styles and shadows etc. to the layer with hole in it.  In this case I have just given it a fairly dramatic drop shadow.

























Now that I am looking at it, I really do not like the opacity of the overlay so I went ahead and reduced the opacity a bit.

























The time has come to add a stamp or two.  In this case, I just want to use one stamp so I opened up the word art sheet that comes with the kit.

























Before I choose which stamp(s) to use, I also want to find a photo which I can put in the hole I made.  Be right back ....

still looking .....

OK I have the photo, but before I put the photo in, I have selected the stamp and placed it on the layout.

























Of course you can go ahead and give the stamp some styles etc., but in this case I just wanted a little subtlety and stamped at a medium opacity in the green from the background in the kit.

Now for the final layout with photo!

























I hope you like my layout and will visit my blog again.

Meantime, for those of you who play in the digital page swap hosted by Cathy Gray, I do hope that I have given you some food for thought here and that this terrific swap continues and will get some new players too.

Happy scrapbooking everyone.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CS Blog Hop June 2016 - Boardwalk

Every time I hear or see the word Boardwalk, I think of Bruce Willis and his wonderful rendition of Under the Boardwalk.  So today, I am digging around in my archive photos for a special photo to use for my layout this month.

Here is the photo I am going to use.

























As usual, open up a new file, 12" x 12" on a transparent background at 300 ppi.

























Now open up everything Boardwalk.  I do this in my Adobe Bridge which is a great filing system for all my digital kits, goodies and components.

























As you can see, we get lots of fun things to play with.  I have already started building my layout using my "Under the Boardwalk" photo.

























I hope you agree that this photo really lends itself well to the colors of this kit.  As yet I have not added or applied any layer styles or other goodies to my page under construction.

Here is the next stopping point.  I have used brushes created from the overlay extras and erased some of the frame work and background papers and then "painted" using varying sizes of the same brush at different opacities and different sizes to create the idea of the beach overflowing from the photo.

























Also added the cute side by side deckchairs and umbrellas and a stamp made from the stamp sheet. You will still note that the only thing that has a layer style so far is the deckchairs graphic.  Now I have gone ahead and added layer styles to all the layers apart from the side by side deck chairs.  Outer glow is what I used but at  lower opacity than 100% and not too big either.

























I did add a couple of layers of brush work and added some texture and here is the finished product.  I hope you all like what has happened here.

























Happy July everyone and enjoy fireworks day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Club Scrap Blog Hop May 2016 - Creative License

May Day came and went without a flurry of activity here except for the arrival of my digital kit from Club Scrap.  Who can resist playing with a new set of digital toys the moment they arrive?  So I did the two page layout of the month challenge and posted in the forum via a fairly circuitous route, assisted by none other than our very own Julie.  So here is a shout out to you Julie.  Thank you very much for your help and on a Sunday as well!

So when this arrived yesterday, of course, I downloaded and installed and opened everything up in my Adobe Bridge.

























What an absolutely gorgeous array of goodies and what a wonderful color palette.  Since today is only 2nd May, I have no clue yet what I would like to share with you all so I am going to put my thinking cap on and come back on another day to complete a digital project.

Now it is 17th May and I am two dental surgeries later.  Time to actually write my blog post for this month!

First off when I reopened my bridge only the alphas and stamps came up so I cut out one of the stamps and made a brush with it.

























To make the brush, select the stamp you want, go to edit>define brush preset and you have your brush.  Now on to open the papers and embellies and other goodies that came with our kits.  At the same time as opening everything in our kit, I went off in search of a photo and found this of my friend David with a close friend of his in Australia.

























So now I think I have everything that I need to make up a new page.

























Ok - I chose my background and a simple embellishment and photo and this is what I have so far.

























This is such a happy photo!

At this point, I have selected the brush preset that I made earlier and am going to use it as an eraser.

I brushed the stamp as an eraser on the aqua background paper and as a result have revealed another background paper beneath.





Also used a layer style to "extrude" the lower background paper through the aqua paper.  Now all I need to do is sort out a style for the photo.

























All I did was add a soft drop shadow and an 8 point white stroke to the photo and there you have it.   This is a really simple and quick layout and I think the simplicity really makes this photo pop out.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CS Blog Hop April 2016 - Dahlia

This month I was somewhat taken aback by the beautiful artwork that was created for the Dahlia kit. Normally I do not go for water color type flowers but this kit is really lovely particularly because of the colors used.

That being said, I am not entirely sure that I am going to use this extremely vibrant color palette. Today is 6th April and I have been thinking about this month's NBUS challenge a lot.  Pam is asking us to use a stamp or stencil that makes us think of rain.

Open up a new blank 12" x 12" canvas at 300ppi on a transparent background.
























I actually have several photos which I shot in Venice while it was raining so thought to use one or two of them for this challenge.

























Open up your background and in this case I have recolored the chosen one to a more green hue to almost mimic a rainy and stormy feel.

























Of course you can tweak it to your hearts content using the eyedropper tool.  This is what I ended up with.

























I think it has a good and stormy feel to it but now  I want to blend the photo into the background to make it look like the whole background is watery.  To do this I use a combination of masking and erasing using textured brushes.  The result is

























At this point, I have opened up everything Dahlia in my Adobe Bridge.

























As you can see the layout is taking shape now.  I have added a recolored embellishment and a music score stamp and script stamp as well.

























Now I want to make the whole page look like it is raining!

To do that, I have to find a stamp that says "rain" to me.  I am going to use a stamp from Aurora Borealis which I think will work.  Off to experiment a bit!

What I ended up doing was making a brush out of the stamp using edit>define brush preset and then making the brush extremely big.  At this point I dropped the opacity to something that looked like grey rain to me and then swiped this brush a couple of times on separate layers above the photo but below the embellishment.  I then added a soft drop shadow and emboss.

























I hope you can see the rain like grey brush work above.

Now all I have to do is add a title and I thought I would use some of the water drops from Castaway and complete the layout.

























Here is the final layout.  I hope you all enjoy my rainy day in Venice and I also hope that this meets the challenge criteria for NBUS this month.  I posted the layout when I completed it to give you all a small taste of making use of stamps in a slightly different way.