Friday, February 27, 2009

Vintage Layout with Patterned Paper

I just learned a very easy way to make patterned paper from the tutorial posted at CountryDreamzScrappin by Joani. I tried it out with a snippet of vintage wallpaper from the GraphicsFairy. To complete the layout, I 'stapled' the patterned paper to a background page and then added a cluster frame from RaspberryRoadDesign along with my photo and journaling. The result is the layout posted below.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Layout for a Family Recipe Challenge

My original goal in learning digital scrapbooking has been to create an ancestor photo book. That's still my goal, but I've decided not to rush it so much. At first I was just trying to throw some layouts together to have enough for a 20 page book. But in rushing throught the layouts, I was creating ones that I wasn't all that happy with. So I've realized that I need to slow down and collect or make papers and elements that I will need. I also need to experiment, get ideas and inspiration from other people's layouts, and do some tutorials to practice various techniques.

I've joined a new yahoo group - digitalscrapbookingwithfriends - and they have posted links to some excellent tutorials. I was looking at the blending tutorials because I really like that look in other peoples layouts, but was never happy with how it turned out when I tried it in mine. Well, I went through some of the tutorials and have now completed a layout for the family recipe challenge at heritagescraps. I have a photo of my grandmother blended into the background. For this one, I used background paper from the OldTymeRose Collab kit from heritagescraps, elements from the Recipes kit by Angelflight Scraps, and a frame (which I modified to hold 3 photos instead of 2) from the kit NeverEndingStory by BeaCreations. And here is the final result.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Up and Running - Finally!!

Well, it's taken longer than I hoped, but I finally have a custom background and header I can live with! (at least for a while) It was a pain to get things centered and figure out colors, etc. I found some sites that had some beautiful blog layouts available for downloading and seriously considered using one of them. But in the end, I decided that I really wanted to make my own. So it took a little longer, but now it's done and I can finally get back to making more layouts for the ancestor book I am working on. I also want to get more into designing some custom elements and backgrounds for my layouts. We'll see how it goes....

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Under Construction

This blog will be dedicated to my digital scrapbooking addiction. Please bear with me while I get it up and running.