Category: Layout Techniques
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC
Imagine my excitement when I first saw Angie Brigg’s and Jo Corne’s Art Journey ScrapSimple products! I can get lost for hours in an art store – and basically got lost for hours with the Art Journey products, too. The possibilities seemed endless with all of the goodies. I knew what I wanted to do with it almost immediately. What parent doesn’t have something like this at home?
Wide, innocent eyes look very sad if you even look like you are about to throw away that awesome art project brought home especially for you. That is why I am thankful for scanners. I have to say, I don’t have any of my artwork from my growing years. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, those things were just clutter – and what in the world is scrapbooking? I had a few items saved, but I fear they were thrown out when I moved out to go to college.
With that in mind, I have been scanning my son’s drawings and projects. If the original artwork doesn’t survive, I have a digital file of his art journey. He actually gave me his input for how this scrapbook page needed to look, too. It was the first page we did together and hopefully not the last. If there is one thing children will do, it’s to tell you if they like something or not.
After opening the scan of his drawing, I took a sample color to use as a starting point for the color theme.
Now that I have a RGB color, I went to the Adobe Kuler website (https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/) where you can play with color themes all day long. The color you highlight is the base color, and you can choose what type of color grouping you want by changing the color rule. This is great fun to a child. After you create your color theme, you can save it if you have an account (which is free to create) and download the .ase file to import into Swatches in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
From there, we chose one of the paper templates and started to play.
The January ScrapSimple Club kit is the perfect thing to help you chronicle your child’s creative development. My son and I are choosing his artwork from over the years and creating his very own Art Journal. It will be fun to have a book to treasure and pass on to him when he is grown. And to know he helped “design” it makes it all the more special – to him and to me.
What has Art Journey inspired you to do? Share your layouts in the Scrap Girls Gallery. I love to see all of the great, creative layouts our members make!
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Article written by Kari Kumura