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  • #25663

    Sue Thomas
    Participant

    Barbara, thank you for your kind comment on my page. It’s always a shock to the system when the temps change  so dramatically after a hot summer, but we get used to it and   with clothing to withstand  such cold temps, I’m able to get out and about.  I alter the camera setting  indoors before going outside.  I have a remote shutter control, which has quite  a long cable.  Using a  monopod, I can hold the camera comfortably with a mitten on, while the other is tucked inside my -40c overalls to  take the shot  with the remote shutter.  I unzip the  overalls enough to slip my hand in with the shutter. So my one hand  is only exposed for  a matter of seconds at a time.   All the projects  posted are really lovely.  Well done everyone!  Today  I went with  this photo.  I’m already dreaming of summer.  The only shot I have ever taken of a Humming bird with it’s tongue out.  For the background I used a  plain colour, and added an overlay, then played with the blend modes to get the desired effect. For the background border I selected all,  effects, 3D effect, buttonize.  I also moved the  blue splatter below the mask, to show more of the  photo.

    #25666

    Alicia Garbelman
    Participant

    Day 2 led me off in a lot of different directions. I needed to rotate the mask to fit my photo – I tried using it in the original position, but I didn’t care for the result. So I started over, which meant I got to practice the mask creation twice 🙂 and I did it without consulting yesterday’s instructions both times! (Five more times, and I’ll consider it truly learned!)

    I duplicated one of the brush layers and played around with rotating them to keep my photo clear. I deleted the circle brush layer as well.

    Then it was time to try my hand at creating the plaid using colors from the photo. For some reason, the lines I pasted into the 200 X 10 image wouldn’t stay straight, so I re-watched the lesson, and noticed that Carole’s line size was longer than the size of the image. I made that change, and it did help a lot.

    I didn’t want the whole page to be plaid, so I created the circle, and then had to figure out how to mask the plaid behind the photo so it didn’t show through. More practice! I think I’d like to add some texture to the background paper. The solid color flood-fill doesn’t please me, but that’s a project for another day.

    #25668

    Alicia Garbelman
    Participant

    @sue, I guess I need to learn about blend modes and overlays next. I really like your background paper – it makes the lovely little hummingbird shine.

    #25669

    Sue Thomas
    Participant

    Thank you Alicia for you lovely comment. Your page is  lovely Alicia!  To add  a subtle texture to your background paper go to effects, texture effects, effects. There you’ll  find quite a few that comes with PSP. Choose a texture, and play with the shine,  size and depth to get the desired effect that you want.  With  the blend mode place a photo, or any layer that you like  above the  background layer and go to  the blend mode tool, which  is below  the colour palette.  It’s always on normal, but click on it, and it will reveal a large selection of options.  Overlay papers are usually black/ grey and white patterns.  That’s the best I can do in describing it to you.  Hope you could follow what I   wrote.

    #25674

    Barbara Hall
    Participant

    Well, I learned a lot today . . . making plaid paper is ridiculously easy–who knew?  In the process of playing with plaids I learned a useful image command I didn’t know–free rotate.  I’ve struggled with ribbons when they load in one direction and I want them to go in another.  I’ve been doing all the turning with the pick tool–never again!

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this is my fourth version of this challenge.  I could probably make plaids in my sleep, I’ve done so many!  This is it, though.  No more re-do’s on this one. (Well, maybe one more from at template I got at loulou. I left the words-in French–on it so I’d know where to put my own narrative.) I’m leaving words off until I finish day 7 so that I can compose a coherent narrative for the series.  I’m not sure what my granddaughter is doing in the bottom  corner.

     

    That’s it for today–

    Barbara

     

    #25679

    AngelStarr57
    Participant

    Well, I’m behind LOL! Here is day 1. I ran into a lot of problems and got really frustrated 🙁

    #25681

    Aus
    Participant

    Day 2
    I am not sure about the background being as dark as it is…….made my plaid and then put a navyblue behind it.
    I didn’t like it with a light background.

    I duplicated one of the brushes and expanded it to go behind the mask group and then adjusted the brightness/contrast so it showed up better.
    This is hubby and I at the presentation dinner for the Fire Service after the Australian Firefighter Games when they were held here.
    And the text says it all.

    #25683

    Art Kuiper
    Participant

    I didn’t try making a plaid background today. I was busy trying to fully understand the process of making a mask from the template. After several tries and some experimentation I think I have got it.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like working in 19 by 9 format. I was so easy to convert the template. And now when I send it to the parties involved they will cover the whole screen.

    #25688

    Barbara Hall
    Participant

    Re:  Challenge tutorials

    Will I still have access to the tutorials once the challenge ends?  If not, how can I save them?  I’d like to think that I’ll remember how to do everything, but I know that’s unrealistic.

    Barbara

    #25689

    Cassel
    Keymaster

    @Barbara. yes, you will keep access to the tutorial. These are the same as last year, so they have already lasted that long! 🙂

    #25691

    redradar
    Participant

    This template made me think of a good friend of ours who is crazy in love with tea (must be the mug ring layer).  I had fun with the plaid paper but it still looked a little bare so I also added gold heart scatter and elements from Pixelscrapper’s English Breakfast and Sisters Always Mini Kits.

     

    #25696

    The day one challenge took me 2 days to get it done. I had family obligations and commitments that took up most of my Sunday. I also did get a bit confused at first in the instructions but finally figured it out. I have submitted a copy of my first project. I decided to keep it simple as it is getting late and I am tired. But it was a good learning experience.

    #25698

    darlenek
    Participant

    Hi All!! I am a day behind as usual. I saw some really nice pages!! Keep up the good work everyone.
    I had great difficulties with the mask. I changed the picture in the mask and it worked out better.

    I hope tomorrow goes better!!HaHa!!

    #25700

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Congrats to Susan, Aus, Sue, Alicia, Barbara, AngelStarr5, Art, redradar, Sharon and darlenek for the beautiful job you have all put into your scrapbook pages for the love-story-challenge to date, well done!

    #25701

    Aus
    Participant

    Thanks Annie.
    Yes everyone  is doing a wonderful job……telling tales of love.

    I’m LOVING this challenge

    #25703

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Hi Scrapbook Campers.  This is my result for the day 2 love-story-challenge.  Photo used was by Jamie Street from Unsplash.  Love the mask effect but I did need to follow the instructions from day 1 again, these old brain cells ain’t what they used to be, lol!  Thanks for takin a peek.

    P.S.  Cassel did ask what was thought of the simplicity of this page and I must say that I am impressed.  Often times simplicity says it better, 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by  Annie Tobin.
    #25705

    Barbara Hall
    Participant

    To Cassel:  Thank you! With only two days of tutorials, I was able to take a template I downloaded from the loulou site, make four masks (for the water and the three head shots) AND add the striped background paper. I’ve used the texture part of the color palette, but not the pattern part until yesterday when we made plaid paper.  I was amazed and delighted to find out that I can open any paper I want in my work space and it will appear in the pattern part.  All I have to do is choose it and then “pour” the design onto the background layer.  More digital magic!

    I was really happy to find out that I can use templates in PaintShopPro.  I’ve grouped the pictures I’ve taken of my grandchildren over the past eight years by subject, e.g. swimming or riding bikes, and then I have put them  in chronological order–I think it’s fun to watch them doing the same thing at different ages. I want to make each grouping into cohesive scrapbook pages and that’s where I’ve run into trouble–the cohesive part.  I veer all over the place in my designs.  I think using templates and sticking to a limited number of papers and embellishments–and a consistent font–will help me reach my goal.

    About the  kind of weird-looking pictures: When the photos I take aren’t up to par, I sometimes play with scripts to see what effects I can get.  These were done with a comic script I had loaded into one of my earlier versions of PaintShopPro.

    Barbara

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by  Barbara Hall.
    #25717

    Sue Thomas
    Participant

    Here’s my day 3 of the challenge.  We really are trapped in a deep freeze.  Again -30c, with  15km winds, making it feel like -40 and colder.  At least  the sun is shining, and there is a lot of heat in the sun. Out of the wind the horses bodies are toasty hot to the touch.  Early in January I  came across  a small herd of about 20 Antelope, feeding  in a  stubble field.  The smaller photo is of  a female with  her new born fawn, which was born in the horses field. They have their  young in mid June.  I used colours from the  two photos to create the background paper, and made my own mask. I wanted some of the stubble to  subtlety  show through the background  paper.  I used watercolour brushes to  make the background paper. Warp brush, noise tool. A lot of blur, and two other  layers with  matching colours, opacity and  blend mode. Also a texture.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  Sue Thomas.
    #25722

    Barbara Hall
    Participant

    @sue:  I love-love-love the top picture of the pronghorn herd–and the color palette you used is perfect. The paper is beautiful.  I know this forum is more a show-and-tell rather than a show and have others evaluate your work. That being said, I recently took a photography class and our photos  were displayed on a screen for the whole class to look at and critique.  That was invaluable because it helped me know what I was doing well and also gave me ideas about how I could improve on what I’d done.  I’m really impressed by your page though I also see a couple of things I might change.  I don’t know if you’re interested in that kind of feedback, so I won’t give it unless invited.

     

    Today’s assignment:  Making masks is getting easier and easier.  The kaleidoscope instructions weren’t quite detailed enough for me at the beginning.  I made the selection and copied it with control c  and then I was supposed to paste it as a new image but the directions didn’t tell or show me how to do that.  I had to go to help.corel to find out what to do.  I made the design really small which adds a kind of knitted texture to it.  I didn’t do it for that reason-I was just trying to lessen the “busyness” of the design-but I like the way it turned out.

    In case anyone’s interested, the theme of my pages is what my never-still granddaughter loves to do…e.g.,jump, hang upside down, climb, jump, flip.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by  Barbara Hall.
    #25723

    Sue Thomas
    Participant

    Constructive criticism is always gratefully received.  It’s how we learn and  improve Barbara.   I’m  not really a scrapbooker, I use  my photos in greeting cards, and calendars, to be  printed and given to family and friends at home, the rest are sent  via email. By all means tell me what you’d change, you have  me intrigued now.

    #25726

    Teri Cleaveland
    Participant

    Day 2 of Love Story 2019 is our darling McKi.  My font is Belattrix2 with a Respective Swash added at the end. I used a paper from SyrenaE.  Hoping to keep all the layouts in a love theme using Valentine related item.

    #25728

    Teri Cleaveland
    Participant

    Day 3:  Our oldest grandson Cody and his family. The paper is by Cytisia Coeursmaman’s and I used Passionate font. I took a heart that I had in my file and added the button. I decided to distress the edges of the paper used Carole’s distressed edge script.

    #25730

    Dee347
    Participant

    Here’s Day 2

    #25732

    Dee347
    Participant

    Day 3 Theme is – We love going to the beach

    #25736

    shutterpixi
    Participant

    I’m not a scrapbooker, but I love PSP.  As you can probably guess from my screenname, I also love photography. I particularly like taking photos of wildlife, birds, flowers/grasses/trees, insects, landscapes, sunrises and sunsets.

    Here are my Day 1 and Day 2 images.  On the Day 1 image, I used one of my photos of a yellow butterfly on a shrimp plant.  I used some brushes to create the other butterflies and one daisy, using Hue and Saturation to change the butterfly colors.  The daisy with the black center is from the provided materials.   On the Day 2 image, I used one of my photos of a Loggerhead Shrike and decided to remove some elements of the mask.  I opted to use the plaid I made for a border instead of a background.  I applied drop shadows and buttonized the image inside the border.

    #25739

    redradar
    Participant

    I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s creations and have gotten some good ideas from them on how to improve my work.  Thanks everyone!

    When I saw Carole’s Day 3 page with Bob in jester costume, I was totally inspired!  Our friend Phil wore a jester costume similar to his which I had gotten for him to attend the Renaissance Faire with our family.  So many people like to play at being royalty, but it takes a very special man to wear a jester costume.  I must have spent half the day looking for a photo of that but unfortunately to no avail.

    What I did find was my friend dressed as a fairy for a Halloween party, so I went with that instead.  I found two fairy quotes, the “pixie dust” one from Peter Pan, and the “joy to be loved” quote from The NeverEnding Story.  Both fit my friend very well, and the second quote ties in with the Love Story theme.

    I’ve had a lot of fun playing around in the past with the Kaleidoscope tutorial through the Diamond membership.  This time I had to tone down the effect somewhat to put the focus on the photos, otherwise the page looked too busy.  I found the wooden fairy in Pixelscrapper’s Enchanted elements kit.  Thanks for looking!

     

    #25742

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Wow Sue, this is really lovely and natural, well done.  <3

    #25743

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Job well done Barbara, I love it. <3

    #25744

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Very pretty Teri, nice work. <3

    #25745

    Annie Tobin
    Participant

    Another lovely result Teri. <3

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