Article written using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 with Windows 7
As soon as I saw Amanda Fraijo-Tobin’s Spring Fantasy Collection this month, I knew that I would be using that wooden frame! I love photo frames and the definition they bring to a digital scrapbooking page, as well as the importance they have as design elements.
A wooden frame has so much versatility – it can be used neatly as is… or with a style added so it looks like plastic… or woven through with ribbons… or in my case, with flowers. I wanted to create a look that reminded me of a spring garland of flowers that girls wear in their hair as they dance around maypoles.
I selected the flowers I wanted to use and duplicated them many times, rotating and resizing to give a more realistic feel. Using the frame as a guide, I arranged the flowers into a rectangle shape and placed them beneath the frame
Then, I duplicated this floral “frame” and overlaid it on top of my frame. Reducing the opacity, I was able to see which bits I wanted to erase to give the illusion of “weaving through.” I used my Eraser Tool to carefully erase bits and pieces so the wood twigs would peek through.
This digital scrapbooking technique can be used to bring together all kinds of embellishments, alphas, frames, etc., so that they have that intertwined look:
- ribbons/evergreen garland for a Christmas layout
- strings, ribbons, or vines in/through a title on a garden layout
- a jumbled pile of alphabet letters and objects on preschool-themed layout
I would love to see your interpretations of this digital scrapbook technique, because flowers can be woven among ribbons, wire, vines, wooden frames… a whole range of pieces. Remember to post your pages in the Scrap Girls Galleryfor us to admire!
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Tutorial written by Jody West