31 March 2010

Erica's Spring Photo Shoot!

Glamor shot!

This is a glamor shot I took of myself a while ago. I used my favorite editing program Picnik to add the cool effects! I changed the exposure on the picture to lighten it and saturated the colors to make my eyes and lips colored. Then I used the Tint option to make the photo nearly black and white and only leaving my eyes and lips colored. It's a really interesting effect!

23 March 2010

Stuck On You

Fred Bear (In the Wind, He's Still Alive)

19 March 2010

At Dad's

Create What You Love

17 March 2010

Today's Funny

Brittany's Spring Shoot

16 March 2010

Ciao Bella (Hello Beautiful)

This is a picture I took of Brittany a couple of years ago, but it remains one of my favorites of her so far. She seldom let's me doll her up for a photo shoot, so when she does, I take full advantage of it! The funny thing is, when her friends see these pictures of her with her hair curled and make up on, they don't even recognize her!

This layout was done using a new line from Die Cuts With a View. It's called Ciao Bella which means Hello Beautiful. I thought it was a perfect title for this page and even used the actual label from the paper pack to make the title! This is a gorgeous line of paper that has several pages of glitter papers and raised surface papers. It is also much thicker than the normal paper you will find from DCWV. This has more of a card stock feel to it.

I love the raised surface papers for inking. The design stays visible, while the ink clings the the lower surface. It really makes the design pop!

I used a few different sheets from this pack to do this layout, most of which had the raised surfaces. I really did very little to the design elements myself, as the papers did all of the work for me!

I did some chalking on the right side to fill in areas that the picture didn't cover. I cut out the center of the paper to insert the picture and use it more as a circular frame.

Look for this new line of papers from Die Cuts With a View! I can bet you'll love them too!

Thanks for dropping by!

Curly Top

This is another layout for my friend Jessica's scrap album. Her Mom gave me some photo albums to go through for ideas and this picture just screamed "Scrap ME!"

This layout was done using the K & Company line of paper from Tim Coffey. I love the weaved texture on this line. The papers go together beautifully and seem to coordinate with almost every color imaginable!

I used cardboard under the photo and under the outer circles to give the 3D effect I love so much. In doing this however, it does make it difficult to put the layouts in books. It can be done, but very carefully! It also helps to buy albums that have an expandable outer binding (one that slides to make it larger).

I used the pleated paper technique again on this one as well. you can find a tutorial on this here,...

The flowers were punched using the Retro punches in Whale of a Punch and in medium sizes.
I used a gel pen to outline the petals and dot the centers. I also used Tim Holtz Distress ink to ink the centers for depth.

Thanks for the visit and come back real soon!

06 March 2010

Always Beautiful

This is another photo I took of Erica when we visited Dow Gardens. I just love all the beautiful back drops the gardens offer for picture taking!

This layout was done using K & Company paper in the Blue Awning Line.
I also used Tim Holtz masks from the Time line.
The flower scroll is done using stamps, and then chalk over the top to add color.
The heart is made from light weight card board and is covered with a light colored piece of Blue Awning paper. I bent the heart to add dimension and inked along the bends. Then added a purple gingham bow.

I did a lot of inking and tearing on this one.

Thanks for the visit and come back son!