Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Wedding in the Family

We have a very special family event this weekend.  My husband's youngest cousin is getting married.  He is the oldest in his generation and Allison was one of our flower girls when we got married nearly 30 years ago!

We don't have a lot of wedding photos - we were married just before wedding videos and multi-photographer coverage became popular.  The single use "table cameras" were not available and our photographer took the standard "official" photos and a few candids.  I searched through the photos to see if I had a portrait of Allison but I found very few photos that included her.  They were all photos of groups.

I wanted to do a digital page showing these photos so I used my Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software and started with a blank 12 x 12 page.  I added four of the photos that I had already edited and "cleaned up" (these were scanned from my original proof set which we purchased from the photographer).  I applied a soft edge to all of the photos.

The soft edge effect is one of the many available in the program.  In the "Format Photos" tab, I chose the "select" icon in the frame area and applied the soft edge option in the "cutouts" menu (you can also choose various mat configurations in the "frame" drop down menu).

My next step was to find a way to highlight Allison in the photos.  I did this by adding a white 12 x 12 square at 37% opacity (creating "virtual vellum") and then erasing oval shapes to let the areas of the photos with Allison show in full color.

To erase the ovals in the white "vellum" layer, I selected the layer in the left column (it is darker gray) and then clicked on "Ellipse" in the cutters section of the "Cut and Fill" ribbon.  I used the yellow boxes to shape the ovals to highlight Allison and then chose "Erase the shaded area" to delete sections of the white square.

I added two text boxes and used the font AR BLANCA in bold black for the words.  I tried various options for the background.  I find the ability to try many digital variations without wasting any  real paper to be a great advantage to digital scrapping.

I chose an overlay from the Delight Youth Digital Overlays and changed the color to dark green in the "fill" section of the "Cut and Fill" ribbon.  Using overlays is a great way to create your own custom papers.

I liked the lacy ornate background but you could create entirely different looks for the page depending on your choices.

Here is an example using a red paper from the Candy Cane Digital Kit.

This example has a background paper from the Black and White Digital Power Palette.

Yet another version with green paper from the Primary Digital Power Palette.

If you have questions about the Creative Memories program and don't have a CM consultant, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I will be having some more online question and answer sessions again soon.  If you purchased the software through me you will get notification of the times of these free sessions.

Here is the happy couple - our little flower girl, all grown up!

 I hope you are having a great weekend.  I won't have much computer time this weekend so if you are trying to reach me with a question it may take me a few days to get back to you.

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  1. Your digital scrapping is so lovely, it makes me think I should give it a try at some point. And Diane, I LOVE your wedding photos!!! Looks like a December wedding??? You both look adorable!

    xx Susan

  2. I love the way you made her stick out in all of the photos. What a clever idea for group shots when you are trying to highlight a specific person. Congrats to the happy couple.

  3. Diane, what you did to highlight Allison is so fascinating. You are so clever. Your wedding photos are stunning. I love the flower girls dresses. Congratulations to the new bride and groom.
    Mary Ann


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