Monday, September 19, 2011

A Challenge and a Tutorial

I've been scrapping lately, and I'll share some of my recent layouts hopefully soon, but I wanted to share this one and I had a request from an online friend to show how I did it. It all started with a challenge from The Daily Digi. There was a great post over there about combining two templates into one layout. What a great idea! I'd never thought to do that. They issued a challenge to complete a page with this technique and I just had to try it.

Here's the template I started with, it was a freebie by Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals called EmailInspiration22711.

I wanted to add something to that space in the upper right and I just bought a bunch of really fun, clustery templates by Little Green Frog Designs (with a coupon from The Daily Digi, here). I chose this template and wanted to use that cluster in the upper left. 
So I selected all the layers in that cluster and dragged them onto the Katie Pertiet template, holding down the shift key to make sure they landed in the same spot on that template as they were on the original. I couldn't select all the layers at once, as they were interspersed with layers in the bottom right cluster, so the shift key was very important to make sure they all were aligned correctly. It looked like this after that process.

Of course I didn't want the parts of the second template to be in that position, so I selected all of them, shrunk them down a bit, and moved them into position. This is what it looked like after that.
When I'm working with a template, I usually drop the pictures in first before I start adding papers and embellishments. Here's what my layout looked like after adding the photos.
I thought the colors and the fun nature of the photos would work well with a new kit that Cilenia Curtis has coming out this week, called Beautiful Mess 6. The photos have mostly pink and orange in them, but there are a couple pops of turquoise, so I wanted the background to be mostly blue. There is a really cool piece of blue artsy paper in this kit. Here's what it looks like.
And here's what it looked like behind the photos. I also added an orange paper to the block behind the photos.
I thought it was a bit dark, so I added a neutral version of the same paper on top of it, and set it to soft light blending mode to tone down the blue a bit. Here's what it looked like after that.
The blue matched the photos so much better with that slight change. Once I get my basic papers decided, I usually add my elements. I went back and forth on a lot of these and putzed around with it a lot, but here's what I eventually came up with (the elements are from Beautiful Mess 1 and Beautiful Mess 6).
I also changed the color of the title and added the journaling. It's actually white and I think it'll be OK to read when it's printed, but it is a bit tough to see on the web-sized version. The final thing that was bothering me was the purple. I wanted to keep the color palette to mostly pink, orange, and turquoise, so I went back to the kit and added some of the transfers that were included. These were multi-colored png files, so they would basically be like rub-ons in paper scrapbooking. I used those and one of the brushes in the kit to cover up most of the purple on the background paper. And here's the finished product!

Emma summer 2010_KPertiet_EmailInspirationTemplate22711_LGFD_Fairyland_template 4

I love how these bright papers really highlight how fun Emma is and the fun we had doing this photo shoot with her new clothes. I loved combining two different templates, and I hope to do it again sometime.

Have you ever combined templates or do you like to find one that will work as it is?

P.S. I won the drawing for the challenge at The Daily Digi! I won $10 to Micheline Martin's store!

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