One reason I continue to work on my photography is because what I learn about photography inspires me as I create artsy scrapbook pages. I don’t know if you read the post about my fascination with using aperture and compression to create blurred backgrounds, but the photograph on the left in which the ivy is in focus and the brick background blurred inspired the photo layering on this artsy page.


To create my background, I placed solid paper 6 above solid paper 3 from ArtPlay Palette Portiere and changed the blend mode to multiply at 100%. At the top right, I blended another photo of bricks that I shot into the paper with a layer mask. There is also a brush stamped on a new layer above all the paper layers.



Next, I blended the photo into the background with a layer mask. I stamped a brush from ArtPlay Palette Portiere on the lower right corner. Along the edge of the blended background photo, I stamped one of the images from New Orleans No. 1 in a  colored to match the bricks. I changed the blend mode, reduced the opacity and gave it a slight gaussian blur.


Below the the focal photo, I brought in all of the layers of Artsy Transfers Portiere 3. I turned off two art strokes, recolored the green stain and added a layer mask to the tape.




At this point, to create more interest and 2016-03-22_TuckedLeaves_4depth, I brought in the photo of the ivy. I duplicated the photo. To extract, I began with the magic wand tool, eliminating as much of the background as possible. Once I had eliminated what I could with that tool, I used that copy to create a layer mask for the original photo. With a small round brush, I refined my mask. Then I gave the leaves a shadow.

To finish my layout, I duplicated the ivy, rotated that copy and placed part of it on the right with a button to tack it down, title, date and place. I could have blurred the background photo more, but I didn’t want to lose the detail of the statue; instead I wanted the ivy to emphasize the depth in the corner where I found the statue and to add to the interest of my page. The idea of the ivy hanging in front of the came from a photo. How does your own photography inspire your art?