Monday, February 8, 2010

First Digi-Scrapping Competition

OK.. so its been a while since I visited and even longer since I posted, but I have been busy... I just can't show you everything that I have been working on YET!!!

I am in a Kiwiana charm swap with some of my scrapping girlfriends and as I know they look at my blog, I am under threat of death for posting pictures before the charms are handed over. Suffice it to say, they are SOOOOO CUUUUUUTE!!
Sorry but you will have to wait.

What I can show you though is my first entry into Round 1 of the "Supreme Team IX Contest". We were all given the kit Sew Chic which you can buy through the GDS shop at to create a single 12" x 12" layout, using only the kit and our digi-scrapping software and the default tools it includes.

I have just posted my entry in their gallery and you can check out my competition at GDS Gallery.

Here is my entry anyway - "Million Dollar Baby"

I used the kit "Sew Chic" - no extras allowed.
For photos - Photoscape (Freeware)
For Digi-Scrapping - Paint.NET (Freeware)

I used three of the patterned papers in the kit layered on top of each other. The bottom was left as it came, the second was placed as an overlay, the third an overlay with a slight colour burn to enhance brownish tones.

I created a double layer of the photo, the bottom layer in sepia tones, then removed the bits other than the purple flowers to give me a colour highlighted photo. 

For the background I added a frame and then blended it into the background as well as changing the opacity of the photo so it became like a transparency.

I enlarge the frame, rotated it and added it to the main photo, then later added a facet gemstone which I had recoloured to match the flowers.

I added the various elements to which I: rotated, resized, changed tone, adjusted brightness & contrast, recoloured, adjusted hue, saturation and light, erased bits to make some elements look like they were behind others (especially the flowers and leaves behind the tape measure).

I then added the title (Font - Adler) in two colours, with the top colour slightly offset from the bottom colour.

Yes it took absolutely ages, but then I have to admit that 90% - 95% of the techniques I tried with this, I HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE... and it was only after I looked to see what other's had done (checked out the competition) that I decided some serious experimentation was in order.

First time for me:

  • Using layers
  • Recolouring
  • Adjusting anything such as hue, tone, brightness - other than to correct colour in a photo
  • First time using overlays & colour burns (still not 100% what this really is but I loved the effect so kept it)
  • Erasing
  • Using a kit from a digital scrapbook shop (Other than freebies and TLC's Lifetimes supplied papers etc).
  • Flattening pages
Yes I have loved every minute of it.
Yes I was surprised at how long it took me, but much of that was familiarizing myself with the software and self-teaching how to use the thing. It will get easier as I get more familiar with it.
No digital scrapbooking doesn't have to be expensive - you can do it all completely with FREEBIES - including the software you use to create your pages as well as the patterned paper & elements etc that you use "on" your page.
Will I do it again YES.
Will I convert from paper to digi-scrapping, NO - I still love the feel of paper and smell of glue and the feel of stuff stuck to my fingers and inks and embellishments and brads and..... ALL OF IT!!!!

Watch this space for news - good and bad - of how round one goes. There are four rounds in total so fingers crossed it may be a busy digi-scrapping month for me.

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