Credits: Stamps are from Above the Mark
Designer Paper is Blush from Basic Grey
Corners of the square are punched with Ornamental Bracket by Anna Griffin
WooHoo! I was a winner at Leigh O’Brien’s blog, Sunflower Studio! I won a set of stamps from Whipper Snapper, called Posies for You by Anna Wight. Thanks Leigh and Anna! I look forward to their arrival. Leigh made such a beautiful card with those stamps I simply had to enter the give away. You can check it out here.
I’ve seen this week’s Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge from Mary Jo of Technostamper. You may recall last’s week sketch had me rushing to give it a try. Well, she’s done it again. There is just something about her sketches that I find inspiring. Thanks MJ. I hope to post my card tomorrow.
I began scrapbooking in 2001. My first book was a simple compilation of family events from the spring and summer of that year. Whenever I pull that book off the shelf I have to fight the urge to redo all the pages – I’ve learned so much since then! But I’ve sworn an oath not to do that. To do so would be to erase my growth as a scrapbooker. That would be personal history lost and isn’t preserving history what scrapbooking is about anyway?
I am working on a collection of volumes devoted to my second child, Catie who is presently 16 years old. My goal is to chronicle each of my three children from birth through High School graduation and to have each one done shortly after they graduate. My eldest, Anthony was finishing up his freshman year of college when I finished his books. For me that was close enough to my target to be happy. But I digress. As I was compiling the books for the kids I realized that some of the events I wanted to include were already scrapped in older books. Rather than do the same photos all over again from scratch I thought I’d move things along by scanning the old pages and using those copies on a new page.
The glorious part of this for me was now I could eat my cake and have it. The original page stays untouched in its album but I get to “redo” it digitally for the new book!
Here is the scan of the original page from the summer of 2001. It’s hard for me NOT to cringe when I see it. The paper colors are dull, it lacks balance, the stamping isn’t done very well and where’s the title?
So into Photoshop I went; what a power rush it gave me. First I extracted the stamped images and pasted them onto new layers. Then "erased" the original stamped images by cloning the background over them. Cool, now I was able to move the stamps to my heart’s content! Oh, and darken them too.
Calling up the clone stamp tool I completely obliterated the unreadable lame attempt at journaling I’d made back in 2001. Call up the text tool and POW new Title, new journal block.
When I was done with the digital editing I printed the page onto 8.5 x 11 photo paper and took it to my work table to incorporate into my new 12 x 12 page. Some matting and embellishing and I soon had a page I could get excited about. I was especially pleased to finally use those slides I’d made at CKU back in 2004! Here's the final page for Catie's books. I love the transformation! What do you think?
Stamp credit: Stampin Up: On The Beach: 2002
Fonts used: Title: Dirtfont; journaling: Catchup thin
Yesterday as I was traversing the blogosphere I came across this sketch challenge put up by Technostamper aka Mary Jo. The sketch really sparked a creative urge in me and I rushed to my work table to give it a try. As a cardmaker/stamper I'm still a beginner. But I've recently resolved to give it more time and push myself this year. I have to do something to justify all the rubber I've collected! So the challenge was just the thing for me.
To challenge myself further I decided to limit myself to using paper scraps only (you should see the huge supply of scraps I've amassed, I throw nothing away!) and to use a technique from The Technique Junkie Newsletter. I chose Pastel Embossing from the October 07 issue. The stamps I used are Stampin Up. I struggled with the thought of adding more embellishment but ultimately decided to keep it simple because that's what I think I loved about the sketch in the first place. What do you think?
I plan to post some fun ways of mixing stamping with photoshop soon.