I love digital scrapbooking and I also love art journaling, but I’m not so keen on the sticky, messy hands on type mainly because I don’t have the room for it anymore. As an experiment I thought I would deconstruct one of my layouts. My challenge was to only use items from one kit and not to chop and change using other kits, this will be difficult as I love to add elements from other kits.
The kit I decided to use for this challenge was Captivated Visions ‘another man’s treasure’ see it HERE
Choosing a background is always difficult, so many choices, patterned or plain ? textured or smooth ?
I sometimes start with a transparent background add all my elements then add a background bringing colour and texture in as needed.
But for this layout I started with a plain background , I duplicated it and changed the blend mode and the opacity. Moving on I added one layer of background paper then another, the second one I inverted and changed to black and white adjusting the levels, blend and opacity. This is very much a matter of personal taste. See the screen shot below for more details.
This is where the fun begins ! I usually begin by building up layers of brushes rotating them and choosing colours to complement the major pieces. I sometimes just stamp the .png file then colour them as a layer fill.
I often will create a stencil/stamp effect using an element such as a piece of lace or a doily. To create the effect command and click on the layer to get marching ants add a blank layer above and stamp on that layer with a suitable brush I used Tangie Baxter’s Misty Mister brushes see HERE, you can lower the opacity to get a more faded look.
To finish add more elements such as stitching and word art I add drop shadows for a more realistic look.
The Finished layout
I hope you enjoyed this look into the way I work i’m hoping to maybe deconstruct once a month.