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More Doodly Patterns from Weeds and Wildflowers

Gina and Heidi have whipped up some more Doodly Patterns, this time it is a set of super fun frames (plus another coordinating paper pack)!
Here are a few ways they can be used:

Credits: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design. Fonts: Century Gothic, Arial Black and Kayleigh.

TIP: If you have a photo you love, but the resolution is too small for printing (like a cell phone photo), you can still make a layout to share online like I have here. The photo in this layout is only 72 dpi, so I wouldn’t print it, but I really wanted to make a page with it – so why not? The added bonus is that the 300 dpi digital papers get super sized when placed on a 72 dpi page, so there are more options (size-wise) for how to use the page elements. I left one striped paper full resolution, which made the stripes look really wide :).

Digital Supplies: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design.
Physical Supplies: Flowers and Button by Prima, Stamp by Close to My Heart (using Versamark ink), thread and brown cardstock (unknown).

Hybrid Card Tutorial

This was another quick and easy card to make, and here’s how I did it :).

  1. I created a new 4″x4″ 300 dpi document in Photoshop, and filled the background with a digital paper. Then I layered two of the doodly pattern frames one on top of the other over the digital paper. I resized the frames to fit well within the boundaries of the document, tilted them slightly and added some drop shadows. When I was happy with the look I printed the design out onto matte photo paper.
  2. I cropped a piece of brown cardstock to make a 4″x4″ card. Using Versamark ink, I randomly stamped a flower image over the whole front of the card (Versamark ink creates a watermark effect).
  3. When the printed image was dry, I cut around the outside of the design, then adhered it to the front of the card.
  4. I then layered three flowers on top, making a slight accordion fold in the middle flower to ruffle the petals and make it fit inside the bottom flower.
  5. I threaded the button and tied it off with a messy knot, then adhered the it on top of the flowers.
  6. Lastly, I used a pen to doodle the border around the outside of the card. 

TIP: OK, who knows if this is the “right” way to do it, but I thought I’d share… I love to use my trusty old hot glue gun when making cards and other scrappy projects with layered flowers. It’s faster, easier, cheaper and I can manipulate the flowers and they actually stay put! Plus, I love to press down the top layer (button, jewel, etc) and hold it for a few seconds so that the whole shebang gets melded together really nicely :). I seriously wonder if I am the only scrapper alive who uses a hot glue gun, but it works for me LOL!

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3 (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here’s the last installment of my three part series on ways to make hybrid scrapbook pages out of digital quick pages. If you missed them, you can find links to the other two parts at the end of this post. 

OK, lets get started :)! We have already talked about adding dimension to our pages by “popping” up certain parts of the page for a 3D effect. Now we are going to take that idea a little bit further and incorporate some layering to add even more depth and detail. Again, I apologize for my low quality photos. Trust me, the beautiful color and details of Gina’s designs as seen in the Loving You Quick Album pages look much better in real life!!

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #7: Pop Up and Layer Page Elements

You remember how we made duplicate prints of parts of our page last time, and “popped” them up with foam adhesive? Well, this time we will do the same thing, but add some embellishments sandwiched between the layers.

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches (so it will fit into my son’s album), and printed it out on matte photo paper. THEN, this is key, using the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the framed image on the left side of the page, copied the selection, and placed it onto a new 8.5″x11″ size blank document, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I cropped out the base page. I also cut out the framed photo from the duplicated portion of my page. Using foam adhesive (for a 3D effect), I adhered the framed photo above the corresponding framed photo on the page. Then I added some adhesive to the back of a flower and slipped it between the page and the “popped” frame. Now we have three layers instead of two! I added the crystal hearts and the chipboard letters and I was done (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #8: Use Digi Techniques on 3D Embellishments

When I’m digital scrapbooking, I often place text or other page elements on the very edge of my layout, so that they are partially cut off. For the page above, I used the same technique on the chipboard “e” sticker, cutting away part of the letter that extended off the page. I think borrowing techniques from one scrapping method to the other helps blur the lines in hybrid scrapbooking (plus it’s fun and sometimes unexpected)!

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #9: Create Some Digi Trompe-l’oeil

Trommpe-l’oeil, which means to “trick the eye”, is an art term for what happens when 2D art looks like it is actually “real”. On the above page the digital white lace ribbon almost looks real when layered below the two real ribbons!

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches, and printed it out on matte photo paper. Then, like before, I selected just the framed image, copied the selection, and placed it onto a new 8.5″x11″ size blank document. Along with that, I added duplicates of the circles from the bottom edge of the page. I printed these out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: When the page was dry, I cropped it out and cut out the framed photo and circles from the page of duplicate copies. I layered some Prima ribbons above the digital ribbon at the top of the page. Then, using foam adhesive, I adhered the framed photo above the corresponding framed photo on the page, making sure to leave space for the ribbons. Then I added some adhesive to the back of a flower and slipped it between the page and the “popped” frame (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com). Finally, I added foam adhesive to the backs of all of the circles and layered them along the bottom of the page.

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #10…11…12… You Tell Me – GIVEAWAY :)!

OK, so I hope you have enjoyed this little series :). I know you have some great hybrid ideas to share as well, and I’d love to hear them. Have you used a digital quick page in a hybrid layout? Have you seen someone use one that way? Have you thought of trying this, but haven’t yet? I want to hear about it, so please share any tips, tricks or whatever you like about this technique by leaving a comment on this post.

One random person will be chosen to receive a free copy of The Loving You Quick Album – YAY :)! 

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

As You Wish Designs

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I had a wonderful long weekend celebrating the Fourth of July with my husband and son. Now I’m all rested up and ready to get the week off to a great start :)! The first order of business is to tell you about a new digital designer: Janet, of As You Wish Designs!! Janet has been a familiar face around DigiShop Talk for quite some time, so it was fun to see her join the world of designers recently when she set up shop at Shabby Pickle Designs. And I was totally thrilled when she sent me a gift certificate to her new store (thanks girl)!!!! It took me forever to decide what to pick up, her store is filled with such beautiful things! I love her bright, bold colors and patterns, so I just had to make some extra bold pages! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Felted Wool Flowers – As You Wish Designs; Fonts: Cry Kitty and Generic Font.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • To make the pocket look “full” I used the burn tool around the outer edges to darken them a bit and the dodge tool in the center to make a highlight (I also duplicated the pocket layer and set the blend mode to color dodge (43% opacity), but that was just to make it look funky ;).
  • I used the overlay blend mode on the word “Joy” to make it look like it was part of the pocket.
  • There are tons of other blend modes in use for all of the text and most of the other elements of the page as well – no particular method, I just played around until I liked the look :)! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Free page template (altered slightly) by Michelle Filo. Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Outwrite, 39 Smooth.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • This page came together SO quickly, because I used this great template by Michelle Filo (I have seen TONS of pages using this one, but I figure the world of digital scrapbooking can hold at least one more LOL).
  • To add a little extra interest to the title, I alternated between smaller and larger font sizes for the word “sandbox”.
  • As usual, I played around with blend modes for all of the text. Don’t forget that to try changing the font colors as you experiment with the blend modes will create even more effects :).

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I’ve really enjoyed working with these As You Wish Designs! And I haven’t even had a chance to try the great alphas I picked up from her store (I especially like the Ephemera Bets). If you like what you have seen so far you should definitely take a look at the rest of Janet’s store, she has a great sale going on – everything is 30% to 50% off :)!!!

ScraPerfect Product Review (Plus a Tutorial)

Being a hybrid scrapbooker, I have tried printing on LOTS of different surfaces. Sometimes with great success, sometimes… not so much – LOL! But I love to try new techniques and my printer is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking tools. So when the inventor of ScraPerfect, Amy Roszac, sent me her “Perfect Printing Pouch” I couldn’t wait to start experimenting with it! Here’s what she sent me (not actual size):
ScraPerfect Printing Pouch

Description

The pouch is roughly 2.5″x2.5″ inches, and has a soft piece of felt on top to hold it with. It’s filled with a fine white powder. Some instructions for how to use the pouch are printed right on the back of the package (above), also more detailed instructions and tips are included in the FAQ section of Amy’s site. There is even a step-by-step tutorial with photos for how to print on vellum. To use this product, all you need to do is rub a light coating of the powder onto your printing surface, then blow/shake off the excess powder before printing. The pouch is meant for virtually any difficult to print on surface and virtually any type of ink (not just for printers, but stamping, markers etc).

Before and After ScraPerfect Comparison

Printing on a silk flower before and after ScraPerfectOf course I tried it on a few different Prima flowers right away. For a couple of my experiments I tried stamping on flowers, and although you can see a slight improvement if you look closely, it was not noticeable in the photos I took (I don’t have a very fancy camera). But there was a HUGE difference when I tried printing on silk flowers! Now, before I continue, I need to put in a disclaimer here: printing on big bulky silk flowers is probably not the safest thing to try with your printer!  I had visions of the flower getting stuck in there or coming out all mangled and torn. But my printer is getting pretty old and worn out these days, so I put it through its fair share of abuse anyway :). Luckily nothing broke, but please only try this at your own risk and don’t blame me or ScraPerfect if something tragic happens – LOL! OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about printing on silk flowers!! As you can see in the photo above, I have printed some word art (by Weeds and Wildflowers) on one of my big silk Prima flowers. First I tried printing on one of the flowers without treating it (top flower in above photo), then I treated the next flower with ScraPerfect before printing (bottom flower in above photo). What a difference! I included darker colored flower in the photo because it shows the rippled surface of the flowers better. They are by no means flat, so with each pass of the printer head the edges of the flowers were brushed with a little extra ink. On the untreated flower the ink instantly started to bleed and smear, whereas on the treated flower the extra ink that brushed over the edges and bumps stayed put :)!

Here’s a card I made using the printed silk flower:

Queen for a Day Card

*Click Here For Credits*

Tutorial for Printing on Silk Flowers

Please Note: Printing on materials not specifically designed for your printer may damage your printer and/or the material you are printing on. Scrapbook Ideas is not responsible for damage caused by risky printing techniques!

  1. Choose a digital image or text you wish to print on your silk flower. Re-size the image if necessary so it will fit on the flower. Print a test image of the design on a regular piece of printer paper.
  2. Using temporary double sided tape, adhere the silk flower to the test image, lining it up over the image so that the design will line up just the way you want it to when reprinted. TIP: Use plenty of adhesive, to ensure that the flower stays in place as much as possible.
  3. Tap the ScraPerfect printing pouch a few times to saturate the felt with powder. Brush the ScraPerfect pouch over the entire flower. Blow/shake off any excess powder.
  4. Place the test page (with attached flower) back into the printer tray facing the same direction it was during the test print. Reprint the image!
  5. Allow the printed flower to dry before removing it from the test page.

Note: If you use a bulky flower, like I did, you are likely to have some extra ink spots on the edges and raised areas of the flower. Personally, I thought the extra ink spots added to the design :).

OK, there you have it! Thanks again, Amy, for sending me this great product!! There are more examples of how to use ScraPerfect on Amy’s site: ScraPerfect.com (the pouches are also available for purchase there).

Have you ever tried printing on any unusual surfaces? I’d love to hear all about it :)!

Happy Father’s Day! (Plus a Mini Book Tutorial)

I have been making so many fun things to help celebrate Dad’s Day :). I’m pretty sure there are veeeeery few Dads who visit here, but I do know of at least two (hi Dad and Chris!), so for those of you who ARE reading – I hope you are having a splendid Father’s Day!! Here are some tokens of appreciation for all the dads in my life :).

Here’s a page for my Dad, using the Dads Rule kit , by Shabby Miss Jenn.

Credits: Dads Rule, by Shabby Miss Jenn. Fonts: Weathered and Howie’s Stamps, by Fontologie, and 1942 Report.

And this is the card I made for him, using lots of goodies from primahybrid.com.

*Click Here For Credits*

I made this page in honor of my Father in Law, who I have known since high school, and who passed away shortly after Chris and I were married in 2003. His memory is still very much alive with us today!

Credits: Carousel kit, by Shabby Princess.

Hybrid Mini Book Tutorial

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ Instead of making a card for Chris this year, I created this hybrid mini album, using the Dads Rule quick album by Shabby Miss Jenn. I really love how she put all of these pages together, and I didn’t want to change a thing! I just added lots of photos of Gabe with his daddy, resized the pages down to 3″x3″ and printed them out on two sheets of matte photo paper. I also printed some elements from the Dads Rule kit for decorating the front of the album :). To make the pages, I just used 5 sheets of textured, self adhesive cardstock from a neutral Mat Stack (by DCWV). I cut them into 3.25″x6.5″ strips, folded them in half and stuck the adhesive sides together to make a little book. After I decorated the outside of the book, I used some of the leftover pieces of cardstock to make a little binding for the book. Then I used double sided tape to adhere the printed pages inside the mini book. Lastly, I sanded the edges of the covers, binding and all of the pages. Oh, and I also made the little card that comes with the Dads Rule quick album (not pictured).

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

 That’s all for now! Don’t forget to let the dads in your life know how much you appreciate them today :).

 

Hybrid Canvas Sign Tutorial (and more)

Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to share my latest creations. I had a very busy week or two helping with Vacation Bible School at my church and taking care of the little guy while my husband was out of town. But I have still managed to keep scrapping and making crafty things, so I have a pile of projects I want to show you :)!  I think it will take a few posts to get through them though LOL! First of all, did you see these products from Weeds and Wildflowers? Lots of fun uses for these!!! 

Wildflower Wordart – Nature

Wildflower Wordart - Nature

Creative Buzzwords Wordart

Creative Buzzwords Wordart

Here’s a card I made using Wildflower Wordart – Nature:

Hybrid Card using WW Wordart - Nature

Credits: Wildflower Wordart – Nature (printed on vellum). Prima Flowers, Oriental Trading Company brads. Cardstock, thread and vellum.

 And here’s a sign I made for my scrap room, using Heidi’s Creative Buzzwords:

Hybrid Canvas Sign

*Click Here for Credits*

Hybrid Canvas Sign Tutorial

This sign was seriously so easy to put together, so I just have to tell you how I made it. I hope you’ll forgive me for not having step-by-step photos – I didn’t know I was going to write a tutorial for this project while I was making it :)!! But when I realized how simple it was, I knew you’d want to know the steps ;).

 Supplies:

Creative Buzzwords Wordart (or other digital art)

Computer with a printer

ScraPerfect printing pouch

White tissue paper (the type used for gift wrap)

5″x7″ Canvas Board

Mod Podge (gloss), sponge brush

White paint (optional), tiny paint brush

Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), paper towels

Build A Frame II -Clear Stamps

Ribbon and Crop-a-dile hole punch

Large flower and floral wire (optional)

Step 1  The word “Create” I used from Creative Buzzwords Wordart is slightly larger than my 5″x7″ canvas board, so I resized it a bit, to leave a little white space around the edges. You could do this with an image editing program, or even just using your printer settings. Next I printed a test page on a piece of regular 8.5″x11″ printer paper.

Step 2 After double checking that my test image would fit nicely onto my canvas board, I placed a piece of white tissue paper over the entire test page, attaching it on all sides with tape (masking or clear). I made sure that the entire image was covered with tissue paper, and that no tape was overlapping the image.

Step 3 I prepped the tissue paper by rubbing over it with my ScraPerfect printing pouch, and shaking off the excess powder (more info on this product to come in a future post). Then I ran the paper back through the printer, in the same direction as I did the first time I printed the test image.

Step 4 When the ink on the tissue paper was completely dry, I gently removed it from the test image page, tearing away the pieces of tape. Next, I used a sponge brush to paint Mod Podge over the entire surface of the canvas board. Then I centered the tissue paper image over the board, and very carefully placed it onto the canvas. I used my fingers to lightly dab the paper into place (being careful not to tug or rub the tissue paper). I also tore some of the tissue paper away on the top and bottom edges of the canvas (making sure not to tear away any of the image).

Step 5 Once the Mod Podge had dried, I used a tiny paintbrush to paint around the inside of the printed image. This is optional, but I liked the look because it added texture, helped define the edges of the letters (previously looking a little blurred) and added to the shabby, aged look. Here’s a close-up so you can see what I mean:

Step 6 Once again, I let the sign dry completely. Then I used paper towels to rub distress ink over the entire surface of the sign. I also stamped some borders along the top and bottom edges of the sign, using the same distress ink.

Step 7 It was so easy to punch holes through the canvas using my crop-a-dile, I made one hole in each of the four corners. I threaded the ends of a piece of ribbon down through the top two holes, then up through the bottom holes, knotting the ends. Lastly, I used wire to attach a beautiful Prima flower to the top left corner of my sign (optional).

I give away almost every scrappy craft I make to my family and friends, but this little sign is just too cute to let go of! So I found a home for it in my scrap room, where it is sure to inspire my future crafting adventures :). If you’ve made something like this I’d LOVE to see it, so please link us up :)!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Technique!

I love it when you include a link to your site or blog when you leave comments for me! Checking out your sites has led to some really fun and interesting discoveries. For example, the other day I visited Valerie’s blog and saw her tutorials about how to make a neat stamped effect using photos and Photoshop. You can see them here and here. Anyway, I tried it out, and used the resulting bridge “stamp” as an excuse to create a really fun fantasy-style page. I have been seeing more and more of these imaginative fairytale type pages and have been wanting to make one of my own. Can’t wait until my niece sees this :)!

Credits: Paper by Vera Lim, butterfly and blue glitter by Gina of WW, fairy wings and gold glitter by Dani Mogstad.

In case you’re interested, here are the original photos I used for this page. Isn’t Photoshop wonderful??

 

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

Are you ready for some more hybrid scrapbooking ideas? A little while ago I shared some simple ideas to get things rolling, to see Part 1 *Click Here*. Today we are going to kick it up a notch and try some techniques to add a little extra dimension! I apologize in advance for the bad photos, they totally don’t do justice to the gorgeous colors and details of Gina’s designs as seen in the Loving You Quick Album pages.

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #4: Pop Up Parts of Your Page

This technique is super easy to do and really makes a difference!

Tip For Printing Digital Quick Page For Hybrid Scrapbooking Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches (so it will fit into my son’s album). Then I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page toward the top. THEN, this is key, using the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the journaling strips, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I cropped out the base page. I also cut out each journaling strip from the duplicated portion of my page. Using foam adhesive (for a 3D effect), I adhered the Journaling strips above their corresponding locations on the page.

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #5: Pop Up Elements on Your Page

After adding a piece of ribbon to the bottom of my page, I also added extra height to the chipboard “g” sticker, using the same foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a few crystal swirls and hearts (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #6: Pop Up – With a Twist

This last idea is a variation of number 4 above, and is a great way to instantly multiply elements on your page.

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches. Then, like before, I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page at the top. Then, using the lasso tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the two flowers at the top of the page, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: When the page was dry, I cropped it to size. I also carefully cut out the flower elements from the duplicated portion of my page. Here’s the trick: before re-attaching the flowers, I rotated them a bit. Then I used regular (not 3D) adhesive to attach just the centers of the flowers to the page. Lastly, I used my fingers to curl the edges of the flowers upward and inward to help them pop even more :). See how quickly you can multiply two flowers into four? For even more variation, you might want to try resizing the elements slightly before printing, too. 

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

That’s all for today! I have more ideas to share, so be on the look out for another post soon :)

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas For Digital Quick Pages.

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3

Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

I am still plugging away at my faithbook and my memory verse cards! Here’s the most recent faithbook page inspired by the Beth Moore Stepping Up Bible study. I have now made pages for 5 of the Psalms of Ascent, so I’m 1/3 of the way finished :).

Psalm 123 Faithbook Page

Credits: Happy Trails, by Shabby Princess

And here are three more memory verse cards, using the brag book and collab kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Dani Mogstad. I love using quick pages along with the matching kit, because most of the work is done for me, but I can still add my personal touches.

6-7 Memory Verse Card

8 Memory Verse Card

9 Memory Verse Card

Photoshop Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

Sometimes I like to place text on top of patterned paper or images, but that can make the text difficult to read. Here are a couple of ways I have found to make it work. Hope you find them helpful :).

First Method:

For the second of the three cards above, I wanted to place my text over a post card image from the Vintage Garden Fairies kit, by SMJ and Dani.  The problem was that the flowers on the postcard were too bold, they competed with the text and made it unreadable, so here’s what I did:

  1. I used the polygonal lasso tool to trace around the image on the postcard (excluding the outer edges and shadowing). I cut the selection to a new layer (right click> layer via cut).
  2. On a new layer (between the two postcard layers), using the same selection, I filled the selection with a light, neutral color I picked up (using the eyedropper tool) from the outer edge of the postcard.
  3. There were now three layers in addition to the background; the outer edge/shadow of the postcard, a layer of neutral color, and the image portion of the postcard. In the layers palette, I lowered the opacity of the image (the example below shows the opacity at 66%, but in the end, I set mine at about 44%).
  4. Lastly, I added the text using the type tool, then changed the blend mode to “Linear Light”, which made it stand out a bit more. Tip: Try out several blend modes on your text layer – different ones will work best depending on the text color, paper color and texture, etc. 

placing text over pattern

Second Method:

Here’s the method I used to place patterned paper behind the text on the last card above.

  1. I created a new layer behind the quick page, and filled it with a light color I picked up from the flowers on the page.
  2. I placed a piece of floral patterned paper behind the quickpage, above the color layer, and in the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the paper to “Soft Light” and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 77%.
  3. I added my text using the type tool. 
  4. I added even more pattern behind the text on the right by duplicating the text layer, increasing the text size dramatically and lowering the opacity of the layer to 29%. Tip: I also “rasterized” the layer so that I could delete the portion overlapping the text on the right side of the card. This step might be called by a different name in other versions of Photoshop, but that’s what it is called in Photoshop CS3. Just know that once you rasterize the layer, you can no longer edit the text with the type tool.

placing text over pattern

That’s it for today, have a wonderful weekend!!!

WW Discovering You – Redo!

While I’m on a roll getting caught up with blog posts today, I thought I’d show you a Weeds and Wildflowers page I hadn’t had a chance to blog about. Heidi Williams revamped her kit Discovering You: she made some improvements here and there, added some things and refreshed the look by adding some pink (who can argue with that? LOL!). I got a lot of use out of the first version, and I know I will get even MORE out of this one :). Here’s a page I made using Discovering You: Revised:

So Beautiful

*Click Here For Credits*

Photo Texturizing Technique (Photoshop)

WW Discovering You Paper

Using a coordinating paper from the kit (shown at left), I had fun playing with a technique for adding some texture to my photo on this page. First I changed the paper to black and white (shown below, left), and increased the brightness and contract a bit. Depending on the pattern and texture of the paper you use, you may need to vary your adjustments a bit, but basically you are trying to create an interesting black and white texture that will work nicely with your photo. Some papers and/or photos will work better than others, so you will just have to experiment a bit :). Next I Photo Texture from WW Paperplaced the black and white texture in a new layer over the photo. Then, all I did was to go into the layers palette, and change the blend mode to soft light, and the opacity to about 23%. Try other blend modes and opacities too – there are lots of different possible effects! TIP: Another technique I used for this photo was to lightly “burn” the edges with the burn tool (from the tool palette), set to a very low opacity and using a large, soft brush.  It just helps draw your eye into the center of the photo a bit :). If you try this technique out, let me know – I’d love to see what kinds of results you can get :)!
 

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