Sunday, August 29, 2010

Digital Page with Reminisce Palette

Today I had a chance to visit with my sister and brother-in-law and transfer the last items to my son at college (it is nice to have relatives who live near your college and can store things for you!).  It is hot weather again so I am glad there wasn't much left to do on the college move.

I have more Cricut projects to share but I got distracted doing some digital experiments with some old family photographs.  I decided to use my Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software and the Reminisce Digital Power Palette to make a quick page with a few old holiday photos.  One of the things I like about digital scrapbooking is that you can do it anywhere and don't need a lot of space or supplies.  With my laptop and my fairly extensive library of digital content I can work on projects when I travel quite easily (satisfying my need to create daily!).

I wanted to share the process I used to make this page very quickly by adapting a predesigned page.  I have screen shots of the page as I worked on it to show you how easy it is to transform an existing page to something that looks totally different.

I started with this 12 x 12 page from the Celebration Predesigned Pages.  This is one of many sets of pages that is available as a free download on the Creative Memories site - here is a LINK to the free digital artwork page.

First, I changed the background paper to a deep purple patterned paper.

Next I changed the first layer by filling it with a paper from the Reminisce Palette.

Then I changed the fill of the second layer,

and the photo mat.  Same page - entirely different look.

I added a different paper to the strip of diamond shapes.  This page seemed very plain with the more subdued papers so...

...I decided to use some flowers instead.  These embellishments are also part of the Reminisce Digital Power Palette.

I decided to change out the background paper for another purple patterned paper because I realized that I had used the red and purple from the same style of papers right next to each other and I wanted more contrast.

I dropped in some old family photos from a holiday meal at my grandparent's farm (this was before I was born).  I thought the black and white looked rather harsh so...

...I changed the photos to a sepia tone.

I added decorative photo mats to the three images.  This one is called "Elegant 1" and is one of the frame effects included in the program.

I added some decorative center "pearls" to the flowers to coordinate with the photo mats.  These are from an older set of pre-designed pages in the Vintage theme.  I added shadows to all of the elements to provide some dimension.

The last step was to add the word "gratitude" and the ornate button which are also part of the Reminsce Digital Power Palette.

Here are the two pages side by side.  By working from a template you can create a lot of pages in a a hurry.  Of course you can also customize your pages and move some of the elements around, add additional photo spots and more text and word art.  The sky is the limit and there are no mistakes - just click the "undo" button if you don't like what you see!

I could also recreate this page in paper using the Reminisce papers and some Cricut cuts from the Reminisce Accents cartridge.

I'll be traveling again tomorrow but once I get home I will be staying home for a while!  I will try to catch up with emails and comments tomorrow night when I am home - it is always tricky to keep up while I am away.  If you have emailed me or sent a message via a blog comment, Facebook or otherwise I should be able to get back to you soon.

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  1. Diane, this is such a beautiful layout with your old photographs.
    Safe travels.

  2. Absolutely beautiful and so easy. I learn so much from you and get inspired. Thanks!

  3. That is a wonderful page. Thanks for showing how you did each step.


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