If you haven't already stopped by Digiscrapaganza this week, you are going to want to head on over there now. For 12 days Digiscrapaganza is giving away a piece a day of the fantastic, warm and cozy Collab kit called Coco Latte
Here is Day 3's portion from Queen Pamedalah Enjoy!
One of the very first words that Little Miss spoke was the "duckie sound" -- not "quack quack" but a sound like the ducks made. We would walk along the duck pond quite a lot, and always stop to watch the ducks. While we play at other parks with playgrounds now, we still stop by several times just to feed the ducks, and smell the flowers
I made this page using Painted Dreams & Imaginative Things by Holly Designs.
I love Speed Scraps, probably because I am such a slow scrapper and they force me to make a decision and stick with it. Usually, I love my SS pages and I can't believe that I can actually scrap that quickly. The prompts do help, but each SS takes on a life of it's own. Here are a few of my recent SS pages
I used the Endearing series by Dancing Princess Designs for the above page. Tons of goodies in the collection, and I dont have to think about trying to coordinate anything. It is already done for me. My favorite were the glossy plastic styles -- I just love the flexibility and ease of using styles, and being able to add some fun touches, quickly!
I made this next SS page tonight at a Speed Scrap hosted by Val of geniaBeana Designs. I have been waiting to scrap with the Hoo's My Girl Collab(Little Miss loves owls!) by geniaBeana Designs and Kimi's Creations!
Little Miss was so excited to go to her very first field trip with school.
The wagon ride to the pumpkin patch was a hit, with scarecrows scattered all along the way. We were allowed to pick any pumpkin, as long as we could carry it. Our first pumpkin was a little white one. Our second was an orange one, a bit bigger. When we got back to the wagon, others had massive pumpkins, I felt like I should have let her pick a big one, but I had no idea they were going to drop us off in the parking lot to bring the pumpkins to the car. Live and Learn. Evenso, the farm was a hit.
October is well underway and Halloween is fast approaching. We have finally narrowed down our costume search between two outfits. But Little Miss sure has had fun trying on the masks, wigs, outfits and assorted trick or treat bags
The Spookalicous Collab at Digiscrapaganza has been perfect for our fall activities
Here are a few pages I have made using Spookalicious
And, I have a fun template to giveaway
To pick up the Spookalicious template, simply click HERE
Little Miss was quite the character yesterday. She was so excited to be going to the park, that she broke into song. When we came in from walking the dog, I wrote down her lyrics
It’s a wonderful day to go to the park in the fresh airand play.
Oh, can’t you see twirl, twirl, twirl) It’s a beautiful day. It’s a beautiful day
It’s a smiley day!
I was playing around in Photoshop with some gradients and styles I picked up at GDS, by Tricia Curtis Designs. Oh, what fun and so addictive. These were the first gradients I have bought, but they sure are easy to use, and a great way to add some fun to your pages
I first changed my photo to b&w. Then I applied a gradient overlay, adjusted the opacity a bit and transformed my photo to this
I have been waiting for the weather to be cool enough to put this gorgeous sweater on Little Miss. It was a gift from my sister, and yesterday was perfect fall-ish weathter.
Here is what I used in the page I see lots more time spent playing around with the styles and gradients
I have been trying to get in lots of outdoor activities and outings while the weather is warm, and before Little Miss starts school next week. We have been going to her favorite parks and playgrounds. She loves the Spillway and has as much fun in the little patch of sand as she does at the beach. On the way back to the car, we cross a long bridge. There is a small, relatively shallow area where one can walk on the rocks to get across. Little Miss was thrilled to sit down on the rocks with the water trickling over her toes.
Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.
There is a point in the video where a man is speaking in the background, the audience is in tears while she creates the scene in sand. I only wish I knew what was being said. Evenso, I found myself transfixed, just watching. It is so worth seeing these amazing scenes unfold.
Little Miss has had mixed feelings about starting PreSchool next week. When we drive by her school, she just has to point it out to everyone else in the car. We have been reminding her all summer long about school starting. Sometimes she just listens, other times she will say that she isn't going, that she will be staying home with me instead. She will go when she is five. I am not really sure how the first day next week will go. Since she starts in the afternoon, we are both going to take her to a special lunch beforehand and go in all together for the meet and greet. I have been thinking of having her write out Little Miss's First Day of School on a piece of paper, so that we can use her own little writing in the First Day of School photo.
I just couldn't wait to scrap a pre-preschool page today when Little Miss informed me that next week she is going to Kitten'sGarden. I thought it would be fun for her to look back at some of the mixed feelings about school. The Journaling Challenge at Digiscrapaganzawas perfect, and this month one of the fonts is a fun kid-like crayonish font, called Ermanita. It was perfect to quote her Kitten'sGarden comment. Here is what I came up with --
I used a great school kit available at Digiscrapaganza. School Daze Collab. I also used one of the templates in the collab kit as a starting point
and here is another page I made using School Daze. The art supplies were perfect for this page about my Little Artist in the Making. For this page, I used the second template in the collab kit, by Designs by Tami
ScrapShana has a new, dreamy kit in the shoppe at Digiscrapaganza called Earth Angel. I fell in love with this kit as soon as I saw it... soft, muted earth tones and a touch of whimsy. (I think this kit was made for scrapping Little Miss)
take a look at a few of the pages I have made using Earth Angel
Head on over to Digiscrapaganza and check out Earth Angel while it is on SALE
I love Speed Scraps, and to be honest they are the only pages I make in two hours. Most of the time I spend at least twice as much as that on a page, and if I journal, that can take me forever.
I tried a few things out on this page, with drop shadows, inner and outer glow and adjusting opacity levels. Someone asked how I did this, so here is an attempt to walk through some of the different effects I tried out.
Choose a photo. (I loved this photo and the confident attitude of my daughter)
I really like the photo, but I wanted to soften it -- there was too much green from the grass. I also wanted the photo to be more subdued to match the kit I was planning on using. So I duplicated my photo layer, and changed the layer to black and white.
I then changed the b&w layer (make sure this is on top of the color layer) to "color" Then I adjusted the opacity layer down (to 65%), allowing some of the original photo to show through. The photo below is the end result.
The important thing to do is play around with the adjustment modes, experiment until you get a look you like. There is no right and wrong.
and changed the blending mode to luminosity, to get this result
Create a layered background, sort of like creating a mat, or a page border
I duplicated my grey paper that I changed to "luminosity" in the step above And decreased the size to 96% of the original, and centered it. This is the result
Create a mat for the photo and place on the page
This has several steps. I used swirls from Dance In The RainII, the AddOn I duplicated the wings, and placed them as if they were attached to Little Miss's back, keeping the wings layers above my photo to be able to place them I linked these two wings together, and duplicated them (there will be four wings layers) The duplicated wings layers (and linked all four wings), were then moved behind my photo, but above the photo mat I did some erasing on the wings layers that are above my photo (I used the lasso tool and the magic wand to select the area of her body, and then erased those areas)
If you look closely to the wings, you will see a soft bluish halo I got this effect by adding a soft drop shadow, and here is the fun an "outerglow" I changed the color of the "outerglow" to a dark blue I got this color directly from my background paper, using the color picker too (that is an easy way to get the colors from the elements you are using) For those of you who want to try this out, my outerglow was set to "soft light" opacity 34% 0 noise
Elements: softer spread 64 size 72
color of the outer glow is: 1c454b
Add my journaling
Part of the Speed Scraps rules called for journaling I was running out of time, so I chose to use some words and put the text on a path I chose a fun font, TK Doodle that has a whimsical flowing feel
I used the selection tool to create a circular shape I filled this with the paint bucket and moved the circle around the photo until I liked the placement I then selected the circle and created a path based on this shape Next I chose my font, with the path active, and started to journaling words and feelings
(I will save Texts On A Path for another time, but it sure gets addicting) Once I was happy with the placement of everything, I deselected my circular shape so that I could use it later
I added the other elements to my page and a little bit of journaling based on the Speed Scrap instructions, hardware, strings, wrapped ribbon
Some finishing touches
I used the embroidered heart from Chase the Blues Away by Dancing Princess Designs I wanted a little bit more behind my photo, but soft and subtle Something that didn't jump out and grab you, but added a little something I layered the embroidered heart blending my photo and photo mat layers
Here is what it looks like
It is a soft effect, but adds just a little bit of interest And here is how I achieved that softness I used the embroidered heart as a "clipping mask" I duplicated my bluish grey background paper and clipped this paper to the embroidered heart element At first it will seem that there is nothing there since I used the same paper and the same positioning of the paper.
To have it stand out, I added an "Outer Glow" to the embroidered heart element I chose color #a2664f an orange, based on the colors in the page Here are the outerglow settings I used: "soft light" opacity 57% 0 noise
Elements: softer spread 79 size 19
My last detail -- draw attention to the photo
I went back and forth with the step and wasn't sure The rules of the speed scrap called for a circular shape, and while I journaled along a circular path, I thought I needed to define the circle a bit more.
For this I did use an acrylic style. Some day I will figure out how to do this one on my won, but I have fallen in love with the Clearly Styled Acrylic Styles by Bec's Bits. I love being able to click one button and get some neat style that would take me hours to get on my own.
Remember that circular shape I used to journaling along? I moved this layer above my photo, and applied an acrylic style I wanted a little definition, but not alot Here is what the final page looks like
And that is how this page was created. The page doesn't have many embellishments, but I used some fun effects Play around with your scrapping software See what you can do with it Try out a few new techniques You might find something that you like to do, and the more you use a technique or effect, the easier it will be to duplicate