For most layouts the photos are the focus. The subject, the composition, the color and just the memory of that day. Then some photos show such great movement or a fun shape that allow them to be highlighted as a silhouette.Not sure how to do it, it is easy. Simply extract the object you wish to silhouette, then choose a color or paper to place on the layer above your object. Then while your color or paper is hightlighted in the layers palette make a clipping mask. Your color or paper should then merge with your extracted object. You can use your silhouette as the make focus of you page or as a back-up element to support your theme. Check out these cool examples by the creative team.
Karin's layout features her son and his favorite blanket. The shot of him holding up his blankie is perfect for a silhouette and the handwritting font really brings the layout together
Janell says "This reveal was so fun, because this isn't something I would normally do, but I really love the way it turned out."
Egle did a fanastic job of extracting herself right down to her earrings. It looks great how she kept what she was leaning against normal.
Diana's layout is simple but so meaningful, can't you just see it framed and hanging on her son's wall.
Laura says "It was much easier than I thought...just extract my fuzzy girl from a photo and fill the extracted picture with black. Evidently, since I use Microsoft PhotoDraw, I had an advantage over those using Photoshop, because I could just fill my picture using the paint bucket...one step. Usually, my simple program doesn't have advantages over Photoshop! LOL! Then, I extracted her soccer ball from the photo and placed it in front of the silhouette."
Krisianne's silhouette really shines, by showing each little lock of hair and by having it pop out of the frame just a little.
Cassandra says "This is actually a two-step process, since you have to do a photo extraction, and then turn that extraction into a silhouette. I decided to use a picture of Stuart that I really liked, but was too blurry. Made for a great silhouette, which I then paired with a cat quote I like."
Marcia says "I thought the warm fall colors worked well for a masculine page. The photo I extracted was full of warm emotion and the colors were right on mood as well."
Sara says "Oh, this was a fun, but challenging LO to create! But I knew just the picture that would work perfectly with it - one of my boys overlooking a small lake/pond at a nearby park."
Sara's layout shows very well how you can layer other elements on top of your silhouette to add more depth.
Angie says "it's all about shilouettes! I LOVE the way this turned out...I added the original picture in the LO as well so you could see where the shilouette came from...I then took the shilouette and did a mirror image and sorta joined them together on the bottom right...."
Sarah chose to pair her silhoutte with other photos which helps her layout have good balance. It also shows how a shadow can really make your silhouette pop.
Glenda's layout shows how a silhouette does not have to be black. The aged and textured cream paper looks just beautiful!
Amanda's layout shows a great way to use bright busy paper. The silhouettes layer over the bright paper beautifully in a way a regular photo could not, it would just get over taken by the paper.
Ronny used the silhouette in her layout as more of an element to support her other photos.
For this month’s reveal, I got to work with Little Yellow Bicycle’s Magic Christmas. First off let me start this by saying, I am just a little intimidated by Christmas photos. For some reason I have a hard time scrapping them and usually only do one a year. Well, with this line I did FIVE. You heard me right, FIVE. And trust me, for those that know me, this is a major feat.
Basic Grey - Granola line - Not Just for Boys!!
The first time I saw this Granola by Basic Grey, I KNEW I would love it! If you've been in my gallery, you've probably noticed that I tend to scrap using a lot of neutral colors, and my favorite color is blue. I was a bit worried however that I would be limited to just boy layouts using these papers. Since I don't have my own kids yet, my scrap subjects are pretty diverse. Some of my favorites are layouts about my cats, my boyfriend, and friends' weddings. Recently I've been taking photos for some of my friends though, and this first layout showcases one of the portraits I took of my friend Sarah's son. I really liked how the colors in this line play off the outdoor portrait and match so well with the blue and brown in the photo.
Last month we went to my friend Rob's wedding in Long Island, NY. The bridesmaids were wearing navy blue dresses, and so I wanted to use some of this line for wedding layouts. Even though the photos didn't show the navy blue, I knew the color scheme would fit right in with what I've already created for them. I wanted to put focus on the 5x7 I took during the ceremony, so I used the color version of that photo. I converted two of the smaller photos to black and white because I didn't want the gold color to overpower the shades of blue in the layout. I love how many chipboard shapes were included in this line because I like using a lot of embellishments when I scrapbook. To add a touch of elegance, I also added some KaiserCraft pearls to this layout. I was SO EXCITED to see that KaiserCraft has a new line of pearls called 'Basics' because the 99 cent price can't be beat!!
I really loved how the wedding layout turned out, and so I decided to use this line again when I took Jess's Mini Maze Album Class during ACOT's CSI Crop. The small size of this album makes it just right for a brag book or small album to carry around. Since Lindsey and Rob just got married last month, I know a lot of their friends and family have been asking to see wedding photos and thought this would make a great gift for them! I found that the element stickers were perfect for embellishing the pages since I wanted to keep the inner pages flat. I used the bulkier embellishments (chipboard and pearls) on the cover for some dimension. I am so excited about how this album turned out and love that I only used one piece of cardstock for the inner pages!
Below are two of the pages from within the album. You'll see that I used the lyrics from their wedding song as the journaling inside. When I'm creating gifts, I like to be pretty generic with the journaling so that I know the recipient will feel comfortable showing them off! All of the pages to this album are shown in my gallery.
I had a lot of leftover chipboard and element stickers, so I chose to use up some of my scraps making cards. The KaiserCraft pearls are a quick and easy way to dress things up and make everything look classy. I distressed my edges to add a little bit of extra dimension.
I've been wanting to make a keychain to hold our spare house key for awhile now. The Bazzill Chips were just the right size. First I painted the chipboard, then adhered the chipboard stripes. I used pop dots to adhere the flower and then dressed things up with pearls and some of the velvet ribbon.
Lastly, I couldn't resist using the last of this line to scrap these cute photos of my friends' cat, Static. She's just growing out of her kitten stages and is one crazy girl! I love how these papers and chipboard go so well with her coloring and can't wait for them to see this layout of her! Seriously though - who would have thought boys, weddings, and cats all from the same line?!
Below are all of the different products used:
This week, the digital team is highlighting designer, Jeanelle Paige! Here's a few facts about this wonderful woman:1) Who is in your family and where do you live?
I live in Upstate NY. I have 4 kids ages 10, 8, 5, and 4. The oldest is a ...
Every year, around November 1, people start to think about the upcoming holidays and start to count all of the blessings they are thankful for. The Creative Team at A Cherry on Top is no exception!
We are thankful for an awesome website wh...
Have you ever chosen a line of papers that pretty much just scraps itself? I can honestly say, that that is how EASY I found it to scrap these fabulously fun and pretty papers from Sassafras Lass! From the playful patterns in the papers to the awe...
The Holidays are here and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. This year why not give a piece of yourself? Making gifts for the Holidays makes them one-of-a-kind and adds a personal touch you don't get with a store bought item. When you make a gi...
This class will teach you how to make a hybrid accordian album using freebie quick pages designed especially for this class. With special thanks to Liz from Sweet Digi Scraps for allowing the use of her wonderful products.
To download the freebie head he...
Make a Scene, by Diana
Home decor -- learn how to use crackle paint, mod podge and vinyl quotes with Diana. Continued...
Envelope Album, by Angie
Learn how to create a...
This mini maze album is incredibly versatile and you won’t believe how quick and easy it is to put it together! The beauty of the inner pages is that they are made out of a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. The album can be embellished to work with any th...
Class: Kaiser Accordian Frames - Handcrafted Gifts
Class Title: You Can Dig-It for Free
Objective: To create a basic digital layout using GIMP and free downloads.
Materials:GIMP - go to GIMP's website (http://www.gimp.org) and press the large, orange download button displayed...
The holidays are quickly approaching and my to-do list is getting longer and longer. I've always loved to send homemade holiday cards, but I've always tried to find a way to make a beautiful card while being mindful of the time commitment. One of ...
I have always been a Basic Grey addict and they have been one of my favorite companies since I started scrapbooking. Every CHA, they always have me in awe and there is a line or two that I can't wait to own. After seeing the new releases from th...
Objective: To learn how to use a "mask", or reverse stencil
I am going to introduce you to the technique of masking. It is a fairly simple technique, and it adds so much to any scrapbooking proj...
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