When I saw this line, I knew I had to have it! Basic Grey is one of my favorite scrap companies, but this time they have totally outdone themselves with the Porcelain line! I had taken some newborn photos for a friend, and was planning to scrap a few of them as a gift. My first project was a wall-hanging, using connected chipboard pieces from a mini album by Little Yellow Bicycle.
Below are the products I used:
Marrakech channels the warmth of
My first layout was true to the essence of this line. I have a friend who went to
My next layout shows just how easily this line translates to your every day pages. My husband was goofing around for this photo of him playing video games and the rusty paper matched his shirt perfectly. I used some of the more masculine prints for this page, like the stripes and checks. Layering stickers, chipboard, and brads gave me some great circle accents.
Last Thanksgiving I hosted our annual “Friendsgiving” celebration and I just didn’t have enough traditionally colored table cloths so I mixed it up for a more contemporary palette of teal and orange. The Basic Grey was fantastic paired with these photos! I matted the pictures with orange and set everything on a background of teal. Alone, the patterns I used here do have a Moroccan feel to them but by adding other details like the felt house and leaves I was able to make the layout feel homey rather than exotic.
This last layout is my favorite of the bunch and it really proves that this line is versatile! I chose only green, blue, and teal papers for this page. I have a little bit of a love affair with this color combo and (of course) I had the great photo to go with it. Again, here is my husband goofing around (are we getting a theme here!?) and I really wanted the focus to be on the picture itself. I cut the giant chipboard flower so that it better suited the spacing of my design, added some brads, my title in mini alphas, some journaling spots and a monogram sticker. And of course I distressed and inked all over the place!
I always like to whip up a few cards with my scraps when I am getting low on a line. Why not make something useful and quick as long as the supplies are out, right? Both of these cards came together so easily. The first uses more of the fun chipboard stickers as well as the chipboard alphas. I overlapped the mini monogram stickers on the second one, inked them and then glazed them with a layer of Ranger Glossy Accents.
And in the name of continuing my quest to recycle everything I use into something scrappy… an altered spice bottle. I will probably store brads or flowers in here. I think having pretty storage is lovely! I simply covered over the label with paper, tied a few ribbons around it, and added some stickers, chipboard, brads, and a flower.
You can use the Burn and Dodge tools to quickly and easily enhance the lighting in selected areas of your photos and layouts.
(I use Adobe Photoshop Elements for this tutorial but these instructions should translate to any digital editing program though the terms may be different)
Below is an animation of the sample layout, with before and after, to show how using the burn and dodge tools on various page elements can give different effects and help enhance your layout.
These tools are useful for:
adjusting element color
giving edges an inked effect
adding dimension (for example- when using a pin embellishment)
make text pop against a background
darkening edges of photo for a vignette effect
In this image you can see the basic, unedited page elements.
In this image, the papers and chipboard have been given an inked edge effect.
The overall colors of the flower and notebook paper have been darkened.
The photo has been given a vignette effect.
The text has been highlighted with a slightly lightened background.
Begin by locating the Dodge and Burn tools in the tool bar. The Dodge tool brings out details in shadows, making things appear darker, while the Burn tool brings out details in highlights, making things appear lighter.
You can set the tool options in the options bar along the top:
Use the drop-down Brushes menu to select the brush tip you would like to use. I prefer to use a soft rounded brush most often.
Set the Size of the brush. If you are creating an inked edge, a smaller brush size works best. For adjusting the overall color of an embellishment, use a very large brush size that encompasses the entire embellishment.
Set Range to affect a particular type of lighting in your image. Select Shadows to change the darker areas, Midtones to change the grayer areas, and Highlights to change the lighter areas.
Exposure allows you to set the intensity of the technique, a higher number will result in a stronger effect. It is a good tip to start with a lower Exposure, allowing a softer amount of shading. Then you can repeat shading the same area to your liking.
On this piece of chipboard, you can see how I've used the Burn tool to darken a section of the edge. Its as easy as that! Now you can play with these tools, various ranges and brush styles on different elements.
Here are a couple more sample layouts to give you ideas on how to put the Dodge & Burn tools to use on your own layouts....
>On this layout, I used the burn tool to adjust the hue of the red embellishments from different kits, so that they would match better.
>On this layout, I used the burn tool to edge the chipboard bracket. I also enhanced the colors of a couple embellishments.
>On this layout, I used the Burn tool to help give the photo a drastically darkened effect. I also edged the papers to help them stand out
>On this layout, I really went to town with the burn tool on the photos. I wanted to darken the crowd in the background and really make the photos subject *pop*. I added a little burn to some of the embellishments to give them a darker ton as well.
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