One thing you will notice on the JIF Plus layout is that Valentina’s color palette is mostly cool blues, creams, and some pink. My Christmas photos are mostly reds and greens, so the layout and my photo didn’t really work together. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to fix this little problem! Let me show you what I did to make this layout and the photo work perfectly together.
Here are a few options for adjusting your photos:
Option 1: Add a photo filter adjustment layer by clicking on the little camera icon in the adjustments tab. Then, using the drop-down menu in the properties dialogue box, you can choose your filter and make adjustments. I often use a cooling filter to tone down the warm yellows and red tones in my photos.
Eraser stamping is a popular technique that is showing up in everything from scrapbooking to clothing to children’s crafts. Basically, you take some paint or ink and use the end of a pencil to stamp it onto paper. Using multiple colors of paint or ink, and several different pencils adds layers of interest. Eraser stamping is usually done using a stencil or a reverse stencil.
Although these techniques are usually done by hand, they can also be created in Photoshop Elements. Digital stamping is just as much fun and a lot less messy. November’s ScrapSimple Club from Elisha Barnett includes the perfect stamp set to get started! Let’s explore this together!
1. Use the Custom Shape tool.
After you create a new document in Photoshop Elements, draw a shape using the Custom Shape tool to be used as a stencil/mask. (A mask is basically a digital stencil.) Next, make a Direct Selection by holding the CTRL key down while clicking on the thumbnail picture of the shape in the Layers palette. This will put a selection around the shape – it looks like little “marching ants” outlining the shape. A Direct Selection selects all solid pixels in that layer. Make the shape invisible (by clicking on the little eye icon next to that layer in the Layers palette) or delete that layer altogether.
2. Create new layers as you stamp.
A new layer is where you will do your brush work. Load the ScrapSimple Brush Set: Dynamic Brush Eraser Stamps into Photoshop Elements and start stamping. Create new layers as you go along, using a new one for each different stamp and each different color. It takes an extra moment to create a new layer each time, but it will save you time and stress in the long run. You don’t need to be too careful around the edges of the shape because the stamp will only appear inside the selected portion.
3. Merge or link all of the stamp layers.
Believe it or not, you’re done! It really is that simple! Your unique art is ready to use it on your layout.
Once you have tried this technique, don’t hesitate to experiment with other items! A brush, stamped onto its own layer, an alpha, thick bold text, or other embelishments can be used instead of a custom shape.
Another variation is to stamp everywhere except inside the shape or mask. To get this look, make the Direct Selection and use the shortcut Shift+CTRL+I (that’s the capital letter I, not L). You’ll see the same “marching ants” outlining the shape, but you will also see them outlining the entire document. Any stamping will appear between the edge of the shape and the edge of the document.
If you’re wondering how you can easily design and print next year’s calendar in just a couple of weeks, wonder no more! Every year, I buy digital calendar templates and get quickly overwhelmed by the number of layouts needed to finish the project. Then it dawned on me – I can showcase already-completed layouts by simply placing them in my 2017 calendar! Plus, it was so much fun revisiting layouts and kits I haven’t worked with in a while.
I chose the ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11×17 Blenders 2017. To insert a completed layout into the template, I did one of two things:
- I clipped a completed layout into the template’s photo mask (example below).
- I dragged in portions of the layout and moved things around to fit the template.
- I used the festive Birthday Cake brush (included with the templates) to remind my family of our special days.
- I personalized the calendars by adding school calendar days.
- To give a consistent look throughout the calendar, I added a glitter border on each month’s word art (January, February, March, etc.).
To print my calendar, I sent the JPG files to Office Depot to print on 11×17-inch, 110 lb. cardstock and added a clear coil binding. The colors were vivid, and there is a thin white border around my image so it appears that the images were not cropped at all. The cost of the completed calendar project was $22.
Don’t be this afraid to start your 2017 calendar project – just follow my tips and get more mileage out of your finished layouts by enjoying them in 2017, too!
Creating the cards was super-easy with the word art and frame clusters. I chose a finished card size of 5.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches tall so I could print two cards on a letter-sized piece of linen cardstock-weight paper.
To add a special touch, I also wanted to make matching stationary folders. Let me show you how I did it:
Open a new 11×8.5-inch (width by height) layout in your digital software. Using Syndee’s ScrapSimple Craft Mini Album, drag the 6×6-inch page and a page pocket onto your layout. Duplicate, flip, and resize to fit within an 11×6-inch (width by height) area.
Attach coordinating digital papers to the template pockets and inside of your stationary folder. Vary the pocket sizes and shapes with the included pocket options.
Create the front cover of your stationary folder using a Bonus Item layout. Add word art and resize.