Friday, December 18, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop for 2015 Watercolor Christmas

Hello all

Just wanted to thank all of you who left me some love in November.  Your comments are all much appreciated.

Now on to this wonderful special release kit.  As soon as I saw the paper version of this kit I got online in the forum to ask for it in digital form and lo and behold a few days later it appeared!  Thank you to CS for yet again hearing our requests.

I was wondering if there would be a blog hop for this magnificent special kit and I did see that our very own Julie not only put a note in the forum for sign ups but also on Facebook so needless to say I signed up to participate in both places.

So lets make a start.

As always open up a blank canvas 12" x 12" with transparent background at 300 ppi.

















With such a glorious kit, I though I would fiddle around a bit with a more art journal style of page with a view to printing and framing or having made into a canvas wrap by the pro-lab I use.  To that end, I opened up my Adobe Bridge and found a file called Digital Template Components and opened that up.  Below is just a tiny part of this particular folder.

















This particular folder has thousands of shapes which I can use to make up templates.  I have gone ahead and opened a bunch of different ones to see what kind of inspiration comes.

















You can probably see that I have opened up all different kinds of shapes and included some text also.

Now go back to the bridge and open up watercolor christmas.

















Even though I actually save my papers in one folder, and my extras in another and so on, by just typing in 2015Christmas into the search box in my bridge I can pull the whole kit together from there.

OK - now you can see that I have pulled in a whole bunch of layers and components, masks and other shapes to make a fairly artsy template to use with the backgrounds and goodies from this totally gorgeous kit.  You can see that I have already gotten carried away in my layout.  I had meant to take several more snapshots so you could see the layer building process but now I am already near to doing some pattern and texture things to add depth.

















Now I have totally changed my mind about the lace border and the bird sitting on it so those two elements have now gone and been replaced by what you see below.

















I did actually use a couple of photos of my own Christmas tree but since there are so many layers you can barely see them so here they are.

















The pictures are from my newly reset phone but since I did not need a whole lot of sharpness or clarity they were OK.  The bird is sitting on the round ornament from the photo on the right.  I always have loads of fun doing blog posts simply because my creative process almost NEVER ends with what I envisaged.

I do hope that you all have an absolutely wonderful Christmas if you celebrate that.

Your next stop is:

http://masculineinspirationsinpapercrafts.blogspot.com/2015/12/club-scrap-watercolor-christmas-blog-hop.html

31 comments:

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  2. This is so gorgeous Annette! I love the Christmas ornament element! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Beautiful background Annette! Thanks for sharing the "how to"!

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  4. Beautiful digital paper background!
    Even without pictures it is great.

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  5. You are so creative, Annette! I love how you blended your backgrounds with papers, images and actual photos.

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    1. Thanks very much Lisa. Always wonderful comments from you.

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  6. While I'm not a digital scrapper, I do appreciate the information you presented. Lots of time and energy goes into the development of the final page. Hats off to you!

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    1. Thanks for saying so Sheila. Much appreciated.

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  7. O my this was awesome. I think I need to get the digital kit also even though I may just buy the kit. Love the colors.

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    1. Thank you Tammy. Of course having the digi means you never run out of the wonderful kit.

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  8. this is one kit I may have to buy the digi kit beautiful design

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    1. Thank you and of course you need the digi!

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  9. Beautiful Annette! I love it!
    Merry Christmas!

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  10. Gorgeous results as always Annette! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. Bless your heart Kay - thank you so much.

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    1. Thanks Lucy and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you April and Merry Christmas to you.

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