Sunday, March 27, 2011

My kind of hybrid

I love paper. I have a bunch of digi supplies, but I love paper so much I can't go full blown digi.

Still, I love playing around with digi and incorporating it into my pages, mostly through the photos. I often print my photos in smaller sizes or templates using PSE 7. I also like using brushes on the photos, actions, and textures.

Here I used templates, textures, and brushes on a LO that is a technique I've done lately and loved. It is currently published in Scrapbook Trends Quick and Easy idea book:

The photos are from 1986--yes, that's 14-year-old me. The photos were fading, so I scanned them and played around with lighting and color to restore them. I couldn't get it just right, so I added textures to them to make it look like they're messed up because...well, because I messed with them! The brushes on the edges were there just for pretty.

Still, it's a pretty blocky design. To break it up a little, and just because I love to stitch, I drew light pencil lines onto the paper LO to "complete" the flourishes. I also connected them to the journaling card.

I love that technique so much I decided to add it to the following, more recent LO using Studio Calico's Into the Woods kit:

The photos were chosen from the heritage photos my mom brought me last month. I found many with only a partial, toothless smile, which reminded me of why I smiled like that: I had horrible teeth. I didn't want anyone to look at them. I decided to scrap that not-so-great memory, with a wish that my boys never feel that way, especially if they inherit my teeth.

A reminder if you are interested in scrapping heritage photos: for many more creative ideas for scrapping heritage photos, check out How to Scrapbook your Personal Heritage from Ella:

Right now it's my go-to when I'm checking out my heritage photos to scrap.


BabyBokChoy said...

What happened to my comment?? It disappeared? just now too , lol
How did it go with the OA warehouse sale?
How much did you buy? :)

Connie said...

love your style and the hand sewing~beautiful job!!!

Diana said...

I love how you layered the flowers and butterflies. It's perfect.
And I know I've said this before, but I'm soooo envious you have those photos from way back of yourself. Now you get to do girlie pages!
I have to ask you, did you get your teeth fixed? I hope you don't mind me asking!

DanaMK said...

Oooh, I love how you finished off those flourishes! Perfect touch. And the flower cluster and butterfly are so beautiful!

Beth Hallgren said...

I had many "no smile" years too :) My son inherited his Dad's perfect teeth and my poor daughter, mine. Thank goodness for braces and an orthadontist in the family!