Monday, October 06, 2014

Ghostly going ons...

With Hallowe'en rapidly approaching I thought I'd show you how to have some fun with your Hallowe'en photos by adding a ghost or two, so that you  end up with a photo a bit like this:

To create a photo like this you need things:

1. A tripod
2. A photo editing programme which uses layers. I used Photoshop Elements, but I believe GIMP, downloaded free from the internet, is very similar.

To make a ghostly photo you need to take your photos using a tripod. This is to ensure the scene in which your subject is placed remains exactly the same in each photo. You will photograph your model in different places within the same scene.

Then upload you photos to your editing programme.
 Drag one photo on top of the other-you will see the two photos open in the layers palette (right hand column):
In the layers palette click on the opacity tab. You will see an opacity slider-pull the slider to the left reduce the opacity of the top photo. You will notice the subject in both photos start to become transparent. Adjust the slider to the transparency you like. Mine was set at about 50%.

Your two photos should be perfectly aligned, but just to make sure zoom in to check. As you can see these photos are slightly misaligned. If you have that problem you need to find the move tool, (Left had tool bar)click and pull the top photo into alignment.
You then need to flatten the two images: Layer> Flatten.
I decided to convert my resulting photo to black and white.

And then I cropped it to tighten up the composition. So there it is-a ghost photo to use in your scrapping, or mexed media projects!!

 With many thanks to my model, Louise!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

LifeBook 11 and 12

So anyway here are weeks 11 and 12 from Lifebook. I'm still keeping up with that each week, as well as the Documented Life Project which I joined late, in June, and of course still scrapping!
This is my week 11 lesson:
 And here is week 12. This was a class by Finnabair, and as you can see is heavily embellished, gessoed, painted and sprayed! good fun stuff!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lifebook #8 #10


I really am going to catch up on blogging my Lifebook 2014 pages.

Week # 8 was an intuitive painting lesson by Alena Hennessy.  
I love this type of painting-just go with the flow and see what emerges-and this is what did:Week #8

Week #9 was an interview with Claudine Helmuth. there was no lesson as such, which gave people a chance to catch up if they were getting behind.

Week #10 was a lesson by Tamara Laporte involving painting over collage. Here is my effort:
Week 10

I am really going to try harder to update this blog regularly with all my various creations!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

LifeBook 2014

It'sbeen a while since I blogged-I see from my last post that I was up to Week 6 in blogging my Lifebook pages, and yet here we are at Week 20! So I have a lot of catching up to do.

So without further ado, here's my next offering:
Life book Week #7Week 7 was a lesson by Jane Davenport. The focus was on drawing figures with movement, and creating a pop up.

The page is collaged, and has a wee door which, when opened, reveals the pop up:

So this is what the inside looks like:
  I was pretty happy with my leaping figure:

This was a fun class. I love the illustrative style of the leaping figure-it's quite far removed from anything I've done before.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 6

Week 6 of Lifebook was a lesson from Tamara Laporte-well two lessons really. The lesson was about using the rule of thirds for composition, and also the technique was about using spray inks.  Originally I had done some handwriting on this sample, which was really ugly, so I ended up cutting out a circle to cover up the horrid writing. i wanted to try some very subtle colours of ink for this sample piece.

The main lesson was drawing a face in profile-well almost profile-and again using spray inks. I was pretty happy with my attempt, particularly with the water spots. This was a fun lesson, and my favourite so far in Lifebook 2014.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PaperArtsy #2

For my second project using the new PaperArtsy 12 x 12 Chatsworth papers I decided to do something a bit different. 
So this is what I came up with:

This is a little tri-fold wallet, with a woven front flap.
Inside there is space for some photos in the pocket. and a little envelope for a note, or maybe some gift vouchers.

Pop on over to the PaperArtsy Blog for a step by step tutorial on how to make this wallet.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Now Boarding...

Now Boarding is the Kaisercraft collection I've been working with for Merly Impressions. It is a fabulous travel themed collection, and of course is just made for travel photos. So this, teamed with pocket pages, is the perfect way to scrap holiday photos. If you are anything like me, you arrive back from holidays with a stack of photos, and it's such a shame if those photos languish on your computer unseen.
How easy is it to print off your favourites, pop them into a pocket, and add some journalling cards to record your memories of the holiday.

The Now Boarding papers...

....together with Diecut Collectables...

Collectables - Now Boarding Collection
... and the sticker sheet that's part of the collection...,
Sticker Sheet - Now Boarding Collection

...and the Captured Moments 6x4 and 3x4 cards make scrapping those many travel photos a breeze.