Sunday, January 27, 2008

Trying to Blend In


All my life, I have never been one to "blend in" with the crowd. To begin with, I was always tall for my age so I was easy to spot in a crowd. On top of that, I have always favored bold, bright colors for my clothes rather than neutrals. Add to that the fact that I am rather loud and boisterous when I talk, especially when I am enthusiastic about something, and no one can accuse me of hiding on the sidelines!

However, for some time now, I have wanted to do some serious "blending" in my layouts. I checked out a few different tutorials on the subject before attempting my own layouts. Here is what I found:

Julie Mead has a layout with a description of how she blended the car photo into the background of the layout.

Jessica Sprague has a tutorial for fading a photo into the background.

On Hummie's blog you can find a tutorial from Betty Jo on Blending a Photo into Paper.

Misty Cato offers her take on the blending technique. Scroll down to read it.

Monica Larsen offers an excellent tutorial on blending as well, using two different examples.


Now I will show you what I came up with for my layouts. The first one, Guitar Heroes, is one I had been waiting to scrap since New Year's Day. Our family was gathered at my brother's for supper and we brought along my daughter's Guitar Hero game for the PS 2 machine. Everyone took a turn playing, even my 82-year-old mother! We had a ball! The blending of the photo of my nephew was achieved by using a color image and setting the blend mode to Vivid Light with an opacity of 75%.


Guitar Heroes
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The second layout, She Don't Know She's Beautiful, is a layout that cried out to me to be scrapped! It is reminiscent of the turmoil that teens go through on their path to adulthood. The blending was achieved by using a monochrome copy of my daughter's photo which I enlarged to 300%. After positioning it on the textured background paper I was using, I set the blend mode to Linear Light at 100% and then used a layer mask to remove the excess photo. I also used blending to place a floral overlay over the background (under my daughter's picture). The blend mode was set to Color Dodge at 50% and I duplicated that layer using the same settings. I also used a layer mask to mask the area where I blended her photo and also under the title so it would show up properly.


She Don't Know She's Beautiful
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I hope that you will try out some blending yourselves, using some of the resources I have listed for you. I would love to see what you come up with . . . send me a link to your layouts below.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Sweet Surprise

I have had several sales of my EMBERS page kit since its release on Sunday. It is always inspiring to find notifications of orders in my email box. However, today I received an order notification and a note from the purchaser that really made my day!

Kat is a digital scrapper who up till now has used various freebies to create her layouts. My new page kit, EMBERS, was the very first kit she purchased! How neat is that? I am really honored that someone would like my work enough to make a purchase when they had never purchased before! She also created a lovely layout with the kit:


Sweet Abby
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I also want to show you some wonderful layouts created by my Dream Team.


From Kristin:


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A Wedding Day
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From Kayre:


Maidalyn Kisses
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From Brenda:


Puppy Love
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What have YOU created with EMBERS? I would love to see and post your layout here. Leave me a comment and a link below.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stoke the Embers in Your Love Life

It has been AGES since I have posted . . . finally the Christmas hustle and bustle is over (except for the "un-decorating" which I still have to do this week!) and I can get back to designing and scrapping!

My new kit will get you ready for Valentine's Day!

Embers Page Kit

“Embers,” by DreamScrapper, is an elegant and sophisticated kit, perfect for all your Valentine’s Day and love layouts! This kit would also be useful for scrapping any formal occasion. Eight patterned and textured papers are included in tones of hot pink, rose, light pink, light grey, medium grey, and charcoal. Papers are created at 12" by 12" at 300ppi and saved as high-quality jpg files ensuring excellent print quality. Contained in "Embers" you will find a wealth of elements to embellish your pages. You will receive an elegant satin bow and matching knotted ribbon, a double grey bow, two different glittered flourishes, 1 small heart tag, 1 larger tag with lines for journaling, 1 set of journaling strips, 1 broken heart stitched together with ribbon, two flowers, 1 ribbon-wrapped frame, 1 layered, ribbon-wrapped frame, 1 jewelled heart-shaped frame, 1 folded plaid ribbon, 1 kiss sticker, 1 rose with separate leaves and one fancy felt matte. Some items come in both shadowed and un-shadowed format so you may best choose which suits your needs. Completing this page kit is a chic jewelled alpha. Alpha has a complete upper and lower set, numerals 0 to 9, as well as 11 other punctuation marks. Alpha is provided as individual letters so you may open only those that you need. If preferred, a single alpha sheet can be provided upon request. All elements are created at 300ppi and saved as png files to preserve transparency. Drop shadows are applied only where layering of pieces makes shadowing necessary for realism. Thank you to Tandika Star and DigiScrapDesigner for items used in the creation of this product. Special thanks to Atomic Cupcake.

Embers Papers

Embers Elements

Embers Alpha

I also have a FREEBIE for you. Click on image to download.

Embers Add-on Frame

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