I particularly love the versatility of the paper templates. Each paper looks like a rich, painted paper with a variety of shapes and textures within. The more you look, the more you see! The best thing about the club papers is that they are layered – each paper consists of a number of layers with each characteristic available to treat as its own entity. With that versatility, there are a zillion ways to use those layers. Let me show you some examples of how you can do that!
Below is my layout with an Art Journal theme. I’m going to show you how the layout was built using the paper template layers. Let’s start at the bottom of the Layers palette and work up so you can see how each layer was treated.
But first, let’s look at the palette for just the paper template layers. This is what you will see when you open the PSD file found in ScrapSimple Paper Template: Media Circus. This is template1. Because each characteristic is separated from the other, each layer can be treated differently.
To do this, from the Menu Bar, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation. Then click on the little box that says Colorize. From there, the sliders can be adjusted to your liking.
The saturation and brightness of the color I chose caused the texture to wash out a little bit, and I didn’t want to lose that characteristic in my layout. In order to address that, another copy of the texture layer was brought in on top of the layer that was just recolored, and the Blending mode changed to Color Burn. This brought out more
Instead of a photo, you might choose to clip a paper to the Blendable Layer or just change the Blending mode of the layer and let it stand alone!
The last two layers of the paper template, Text and Gesso, were left unaltered on my layout. This shows you that even without any treatment, the designs of the paper layers can stand alone! Finally, with minimal embellishments and an art journal-style font, the layout is complete.
The paper template sets are an outstanding value for your digital scrapbooking supplies. Whether you are a beginning digital scrapbooking enthusiast or a seasoned digital artist, there are techniques for using the paper templates that are suited to your talents and abilities. The examples here are only a few of the infinite ways that you can alter them. If you can think of it, you can create it! You can make the paper templates unique every time you use them.
We hope to see your individualized creations in the Scrap Girls Gallery!