Sunday, July 31, 2011
A Digital Page or two...
Earlier this month, I took some photos of my little neighbors in our back yard. They were running down the hill and smelling the flowers and generally having a lot of fun. It is difficult to capture good photos of small children in action, but I had my camera with me and so I gave it a try!
This was one of the photos I took - she has a cute expression but there is a day lily stem on top of her head and the lighting is not very well balanced. Thank goodness for digital photography and photo editing software!
I use the Creative Memories Memory Manager 3.0 program to do most of my photo editing and the StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 program for my digital pages. Both of these programs are relatively inexpensive and easy to use but they are capable of producing fairly sophisticated results. As you can see above, I was able to crop and fix the lighting and other problems to produce a very sweet image (of course - she is adorable so that helps!).
Once I completed my editing and corrections in Memory Manager, I brought the photo into the StoryBook Creator program and applied various effects. The one I like the most was this "oil painting" effect. It is amazing what a few clicks of the mouse can produce!
I made the photo as large as possible and layered it on some summery background paper. One simple word is all it takes to title this page. I think it would be great on a calendar.
While I was at it, I decided to try a few more pages. This one started off as a pre-designed page but I eliminated some of the elements and rotated others to get this result. The items I used are from the Cottage Garden digital collection. The swirls and butterflies add a feeling of motion that remind me of the children running up and down our small hill.
Here is another page with the same phrase but different papers and another photo that was taken at nearly the same time. These are papers from the Reminisce spring digital addition. Both pages have just one photo and the same sentiment but the style is definitely different.
An easy way to work on a layout is to start with a predesigned page from one of the books. You can then click and fill the various shapes and "tweak" the page to suit your photo and story. You can also use these digital page designs as inspiration for your paper pages.
This is the page I made using the book blank page as a resource. The colors are more subdued so the photos really pop out. I particularly liked this quote.
I hope you are having a nice weekend. We'll be doing more painting today - we are on the fourth (!) color choice for our bedroom walls - I hope this one works out... I also need to clear away all of the kitchen counters before the floor sanders come - now that's a job!
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