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Old Letters

Long before I was married, I kept scrapbooks. I pasted in cards, ticket stubs, ribbons from bouquets, invitations, report cards, little notes, event programs, greeting cards and personal letters. I don’t remember any rhyme or reason to creating pages; I just pasted things down as I got them. For example, one day, Bill left me a note in the quad at UCLA where we’d meet for lunch: “Hi–..I was here where were you? Dropped by to say hello before heading off to study – oh well will call tonite.” I had placed his note in my old scrapbook.

The photos on this page are from the last scrapbook I kept while in college. I found some letters from Bill, one actually mailed with a stamp costing five cents in 1967. The “Grim Fairy Tale” is actually three pages long, filled with Bill’s musings about classes, his goals, his doubts, the draft and his love for me. I showed Bill the letter this afternoon; he said he didn’t mail any letter from the Van Nuys post office on January 19, 1967. He said neither note was his handwriting. Hmmm, what doesn’t he want to admit fifty-five years later?

I am creating some pages about a few things I saved in my old paper scrapbooks. I want to tell the stories so my family will know why I saved them.

Photograph Memorabilia

  • Arrange letters on white board. Take photograph.
  • Open cards, placing ticket stubs and wrapping paper found inside cards. Take a photo of each.
  • Create new 12×12 page.
  • Place solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Remembrancer.
  • Place photo above solid paper.

Note: Using a white board for a background to photograph memorabilia makes it easier to blend a photo or to clip it to masks.

Clip Photo to FotoBlendz Masks

  • Create multiple copies of the photograph of the two letters. Clip them together.
  • Open just the png file of main masks from Remembrancer FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Place several masks and clip photo copies until just the letters are revealed as desired.

Use Template Layers to Build Background

  • Open Remembrancer Artsy Template.
  • Delete the small frames.
  • Arrange the background layers below the masked letters, delete layers as desired.

Add Artsy Transfer Layers

Note: I group template layers and artsy transfer layers.

Add Splatters and Small Frames

Add Elements, Title and Journaling

After printing this layout at Persnickety, I’m going place it as well as the original letters and cards in plastic sleeves in a 12×12 album. There are a few other things in my old paper scrapbook that I will photograph for creating a pages. Writing the stories gives context for why something was saved. These are stories I want my family to know.

Inhale Exhale

I finally felt like venturing out with my camera to inhale the sweet smell of my beautiful peonies and cut some to bring inside. I feel like I’m breathing again, inhaling and exhaling: gardening, swimming and walking without as much arthritis pain in my spine. It’s especially nice to have a little more energy to get back to creating again.

It’s fitting I think that my first layout after an extended hiatus showcases my beloved Sarah Bernhardt peonies. They are the first to bloom in my garden. This layout uses my favorite creations by Anna, Artsy Transfers, to color a background sketch, create a visual triangle of color and build depth on a layout.

Build Background
  1. Place solid paper 2 from ArtPlay Palette Aubade.
  2. Create a black and white sketch using the Photocopy Filter. Duplicate. Change the blend mode of both sketch layers to Linear Burn.
  3. Extract one bloom using the Magic Wand Tool, blend mode Normal at 100%. Extract again using a soft round brush to include the shadow from the photograph. Change the blend mode to Multiply at 85% opacity.
Place Transfers from ArtPlay Palette Aubade.
  1. Below the extraction place Transfer 2 from the ArtPlay Palette Audade. Change the blend mode to Multiply at 50% opacity. Add a Hue and Saturation Layer to adjust the color to blend with the photo extraction.
  2. Place Splatters 1 and Gold Paint.
  3. Place Transfer 2.
Create a Visual Triangle of Color with Artsy Transfers
  1. Place all the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Romance below the sketch layers.
  2. To create the visual triangle of color place a another set of layers from file 1 below the first set. Using the Transform Tool, select and flip the layers horizontally. Then adjust their position and delete layers as necessary. Use a layer mask to hide parts so that the two sides look different.
Continue Building Background Depth with Artsy Transfers
  1. Place the layers of Artsy Transfer Romance 3 just above the paper. Delete the cream paint layers, an art stroke and floral transfer. Adjust position of layers and blend modes as desired.
  2. Place a copy of the Pink Paint from ArtPlay Palette Romance just above the sketch layers. Change the blend mode to Multiply at 50% opacity.
  3. Place a second copy of the Pink Paint just above the solid paper. Change the blend mode to Linear Burn at 100%.
Embellish
  1. Place the net and shadow from ArtPlay Palette Aubade below the extraction.
  2. Place the string and shadow from the same palette above the extraction.

For additional ideas for using Artsy Transfers see a recent post by team member Michelle James, 7 Ways to Use Artsy Transfers. Anna’s combinations of shape, texture, transfers and color in Artsy Transfers are my favorite of Anna’s designs because they are so versatile.

Goldenrod

Every September, masses of Goldenrod flowers cover the twenty-four acreas of unplowed Stolley Prairie. The blooms last only a few weeks, but what a beautiful scene while in bloom. Stolley’s father encouraged him to preserve a patch of land from his farm saying that he “had kept it as a prairie because you only plow a prairie once. Then it’s no longer a prairie.” The purchase agreement stipulated that it would remain a prairie in perpetuity.

The effect of a sea of yellow is beautiful, but one photo doesn’t show all the striking detail in a prairie scene. Had I just created a one photo page instead of including some of the details I saw on my walk, the viewer would not have seen the Monarch butterflies attracted to Goldenrod when they are blooming. They would not have seen the flowers in detail. The detail photos clipped to the template enhance this page.

Clip Photos to Template Masks
  • Place Solid Paper 2 from ArtPlay Palette Daffodil on a new 12×12 blank document.
  • Open template 2 from Stitched Template Album No. 1.
  • Reduce size of all layers and place on left.
  • Clip photos to masks.
  • Place one of the text boxes included with the template to the right of the photos.
Use Artsy Transfers to Frame Template
  • Open file 3 of Artsy Transfers Daffodil.
  • Place below template layers and group them.
  • Adjust position so that the white layer lines up along the left edges.
Use Artsy Transfers to Create Depth Around Template
  • Place layers of file 5 from Artsy Transfers Daffodil above the group of file 3. Turn off stain and adjust positions.
  • Duplicate layers of file 3 and place below. Invert and adjust position.
  • Place layers of file 2 from Artsy Transfers Daffodil on the right side. Turn off layers as needed and adjust position.
  • Place the yellow and green stains from Artsy Transfers file 4. Adjust position of stains.
Embellish

H.H.Bennett

In 1865 H. H. Bennett began a career as a photographyer — and Wisconsin Dells would never be the same. By combining mechanical skills with an inherent love of nature, Bennett was able to produce technically amazing, aesthetically mesmerizing landscape and personal portrait photographs. His images were so compelling that they sparked a tourist influx and helped foster the growth of one of Wisconsin’s most beloved tourist destinations.

After Bennett’s death in 1908, his family kept his vision alive. His widow Eva was 44 and had two young daughters. She kept the studio going using the techniques Bennett taught her and passed that knowledge to her children, Miriam and Ruth. During the 1950s the family created a museum in the studio Bennett ran. The family preserved and displayed Bennett’s original equipment, negatives and prints.

This layout combines a sketch technique with which I’ve been practicing and something different than how I normally create with Anna’s FotoInspired templates.

FotoInspired Template
  • Clip photos to masks of template 6, FotoInspired Template Pack 2P.
  • Add Adjustment layers to turn the majority of the photos to black and white.
  • Reduce the size of all layers to about 35%.
  • Create a composite of all the layers.
  • Frame the composite with psd frame 2 from ArtPlay Palette For the Record.
  • Clip composite of file 2 from ArtsyKardz Embers MultiPack above the photo composite. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.

Note: I deleted the layers with all the photos clipped to the template layers by accident.

Fill Background with a Sketch
  • Resize the sketch to fit the page.
  • Clip copies of sketch to png masks 2 and 6 from Ember FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Above the masked copies clip Artsy Papers 1 and 2 from ArtPlay Palette Ember to the top sketch. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.
  • Then clip composites of files 1 and 4 from Artsy Transfers Embers on Color Burn.
  • Next clip copy of the photo on Color Burn at 60% opacity to the sketch.
  • Place another copy of the photo and clip a composite of transfer 6, both on Color Burn at 50%.

Note: I experimented with different blend modes, positions and opacities to colorize my sketch with paper and transfers.

Embellish

Position layers of file 1 from MultiMedia Branches No. 17 above the frame.

This is a wonderful little museum for those who love photography.

Back to School

Kate and I walked to school this morning. As she reached out her hand to hold mine, she talked about hoping her bestfriend, Gabriella, was in her class. There were no noisy lines of kids standing behind teachers holding signs. I reminded her to wear her mask and to wash her hands often as she waved and walked through the door.

After school, I called Kate on FaceTime to see how her first day
went. Kate said she sat next to Gabriella in class. “Like right next
to her?” I asked. “No,” Kate responded. “We spread out our arms
and if we could touch fingers we had to move further away.” She
told me she liked PE best because they played games.

Template
Photos
  • Clip photos to masks.
  • Adjust with Adjustment Layers as needed.
  • Convert one photo to black and white with Adjustment Layer.
  • Remove mask below journaling.
MultiMedia Document
  • Place layers of file 3 from MultiMedia Documents No. 2 below the black and white photo.
  • Adjust width to fit the title and journaling block.
  • Turn off layers not needed.
  • Move the UrbanThreadz layer to line up with title.
Cluster
  • Place layers of file 2 of MultiMedia School No. 1 to the side of the journaling.
  • Reduce size of layers to 85%.
  • Turn off thread layer.
  • Above the multimedia leaves, place pencil from ArtPlay Palette Axiom. Recolor and give it a shadow.
  • Place chalkboard from ArtPlay Palette Time. Add name.
  • Place pencil shaving from ArtPlay Palette Studious. Recolor and mask as needed.
Background
  • Place mask 3 from 12×12 Page FotoBlendz No. 2 just above the background layer.
  • Clip two copies of graph paper from ArtPlay Palette Studious to mask. Change the blend mode of the top layer to Hue.

Going to school during a COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t seem to bother Kate at all, not like it bothers me.

To the Moon

Kate told me the other day that she’s looking forward to going to second grade soon. I know she wants to see her friends again. However, it’s not definitive yet whether she’ll physically attend class or be at home remote learning on her computer. The COVID infection rate here is over eleven percent. I think I’d rather we take a little trip to the moon.

Mask Photo
  • Open photo in Photoshop. Add Black and White Adjustment Layer. Adjust.
  • Create a composite by pressing Command, Option, Shift + E.
  • Using the Elliptical Marquee tool, make a circle around just the faces on the composite.
  • Click add layer mask while still on the photo.
  • Apply layer mask.
Design
  • Place space man from Bonus with this week’s release on solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Twilight Zone.
  • Just below the spacesuit layer, place the small round photo. Adjust size and position. Reduce opacity to 60% to make it look like it’s behind the suit’s face window.
  • Decide where to place title and journaling.
Add MultiMedia
Transfers

Note: I created the title by erasing part of a word art from Twilight WordART Mix No. 1. Next I use Adobe Garamond Pro in different weights and sizes to create the rest.

Light Up the Sky

With the pandemic, I’m not getting out to photograph as much as I have previously. I miss it. So I wrote about a favorite photo of my granddaughter: I remember the joy of seeing you all dressed up, marching across the yard with a little flag in hand. I missed our normal July 4 this year, but I’m hopeful to see you will light up the sky again next year.

Extraction
  • With Object Selection Tool, outline subject from background.
  • With the ants marching around the subject, click layer mask icon.
  • Adjust mask in properties panel and refine directly on the mask with a small round hard brush.
  • Place extraction above framed mask layer from file 2 of MultiMedia Salute No. 1.
Make Changes
Background
  • Place Transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Salute above solid paper 1. Blend mode Normal
  • Place Overlay 2. Blend mode Normal.
  • Place Lace from ArtPlay Palette Salute to left of frame.
  • Place Transfer 3 and change the blend mode to Linear Burn. Adjust color of blue with a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer.
  • Add layer mask to Transfer 6 to mask out overlapping parts to keep color as desired.
  • Place text from Salute WordART Mix No. 1 just above the paper. Change to Linear Burn Blend mode at 50% opacity.
Title and Splatters

Etching

My father was color blind, but he collected art: some in color and others like this etching in black and white. The artist, Rodger Stone, etched scenes of Northern California into a brass plate, made numbered prints from the plate and then punched a hole in the brass plate when he finished so that it couldn’t be used again. I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.

The new charcoal brushes reminded me of the etching that my dad had given me. I needed to scan the etching to use it on a layout, but I didn’t want to remove the etching from it’s custom framing. I saw a Persnickety blog post recently about scanning with your mobile phone. I followed the instructions. The hard part was finding a place to take the photo without seeing the glare of the glass or a reflection. I took this shot under a table. Try not to laugh. I’m definitely going to try this scanning technique again but on an unframed photo..

Scan and Mask

Note: I masked and sized it to leave just one of the mats around the etching.

Stamp Brushes
Overlay

Place Edge Overlay 2 from ArtPlay Palette Bravura on the right side just above the paper.

Cluster

Note: I adjusted the size of the elements in my cluster.

My dad would be so pleased.

That Time When

It’s that time of year when my Happy Days daylilies bloom. While the blooms don’t last long, massed, the display is beautiful with my Rozanne geraniums. The best feature of daylilies is how easy they are to grow. I cut them to the ground in the fall and they return in the spring. Every four or five years, I divide them.

This layout combines layers from two templates, an extraction and some artsy transfers.

Template
Clip Photos to Fotoblendz Mask and Small Frames
  • Clip large photo to template’s mask and stains.
  • Clip detail photos to small frames.
  • Duplicate the small photo on the left. Use the Object Selection tool to extract and mask.
  • Erase parts of extraction to make it appear as if it is tucked inside the frame.
  • Add a small shadow to the extraction.
Fill in Background
  • Move the fotoblendz mask, stains and tissue paper of template 8 from Special One Template Album No. 1 below the layers of template 12.
  • Place title from template 8 in left corner above tissue paper.
  • Clip another photo to the mask and stain layers and adjust photo position.
Artsy Transfers and Splatters

Gnome in My Garden

Kate gave me this gnome for Mother’s Day a couple of two years ago. She used to sit on the porch and play with him. Both of us were sad when he broke. Remember him Kate.

Extractions are part of my style. I use the technique frequently. There are also products I use often to create my style of digital scrapbook pages, for example the Artsy Transfers that Anna Aspnes creates from the paper in her ArtPlay Palettes. This page combines an extraction, a brush and layers from three different transfers available in Artsy Transfers Veranda.

Brush and Extraction
  • Stamp brush 1 from Garden No. 1 on a new blank layer in black. Change the blend mode to Linear Burn at 100%.
  • Place photo and reduce size to fit in front of the brush layer. Extract using the Object Selection Tool which is available in Photoshop CC.
  • Add a custom shadow.
Artsy Transfer 4
Artsy Transfers 1
  • Place the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Veranda below file 1.
  • Arrange, recolor and delete layers as needed. Note I only used 4 of the transfer layers.
Artsy Transfer 3
  • Place the layers of file 3 from Artsy Transfers Veranda.
  • Adjust the position of the layers to create a block of stripes. Delete layers as needed.
Duplicate Layers to Fill White Space

I used elements from ArtPlay Palette Veranda and MultiMedia Flowers No. 1 to create the cluster to the left of my gnome photo.

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