Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 2015 Club Scrap Blog Hop - London Calling

Good morning everyone

Back on 1st February I was totally into the idea of downloading this kit but like many of you, my download kit pointed to Constellations!  Needless to say, I did not have to wait too long for this glitch to be fixed and want to give Julie a shout out for being on top of this for all of us.

Anyway, I downloaded the kit and ended up having all kinds of problems installing it so I have only just managed to get it all installed to take a look.  All I can now say is Wow!

So now what do I do with all this loveliness?

I thought it would be a good idea to revisit using masks in a creative way and what did I see - we got an absolutely gorgeous mask in London Calling.

Now for a photo.  

You can see that I have played around a bit with the photo and that the orientation of the photo is somewhat different than that of the mask.  Never fear.  All will work out.

Bring the photo onto the mask and create a clipping mask.  Add a stroke frame - in this case white around the photo.

Now open up your London Calling papers.  Chose one that you feel will work with your photo and place it under the photo but above the clipping mask.  Make the clipping mask and here you will see that I have changed the paper completely.

To do what you see go to the image menu and match color - you can then play around with the sliders until you get something that you like and hit ok.  Once done you will have something like what you see above.  At this point, merge your visible layers in order to preserve the transparent background.

Open a new file 12" x 12" on a transparent background at 300 ppi.

Bring in your merged photo and mask and close out the original.

Add a background beneath the photo/mask layer.  In this case I have darkened the background considerably to make the photo/mask layer pop.

Now you can have all kinds of fun playing with stamps and embellishment to complete the layout.

Here is my completed layout.

I hope you have enjoyed the process today and will come back to my blog again.  Your next stop is:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Club Scrap Valentines Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

Many of you know that it is not only this very special romantic day but it is also my wedding anniversary.  So I thought it would be apposite to dig into my photo archives and work up a layout with one of my own wedding photos.

First off, open a new blank 12" x 12" document.  I always do this with a transparent background at 300ppi.

For the background, I have selected papers from 2011 LoveInk and 2012 LoveBlooms and blended three of them together.

Once blended, I have added a stamp from my stash.

Opened a photo from my own wedding and overlayed this photo on top of the stamp and created a clipping mask.

Then I went back into my wedding photos and found one that I felt would work with the layout I was creating.  Also I went to see what extras I could find to use and found a perfect cluster from Love Blooms.

Added the photo behind the cluster and erased the excess.

Added some brushed hearts to the background layer and here is the final layout.

I do hope you have enjoyed this very simple and quick layout.  Your next stop is: