Sunkissed Orchids

Hello there

I know that I normally write about my cardmaking and scrapbooking but today I want to show you what a difference editing your photos make.  I normally am a purist about photography and do minimal editing such as cropping for photos but today I went a little further and I am sold on editing to get a good photo now.  What do you think of the results?

Sunkissed Orchids

I used to use Memory Manager from Creative Memories, but I bought a new computer and I am now no longer able to use it for editing as the programme is no longer being supported since the demise of CM Australasia.  So I have discovered Picmonkey which is free for basic editing and just $33 per year for the Royale feature.  I have found it great to use to do collages for a website that  I am setting up for Gift Hutt.

For those of you that don’t know, I also have a shop in Lower Hutt called Gift Hutt and sell lots of arts and crafts on behalf of people.  You can check out what I have  in the shop here.  Today when I got to Gift Hutt the sun was shining through the window, onto some polymer clay orchids that I had sitting in the front of the shop and that was creating a lovely reflection.  I took a few photos with my Samsung Note tablet – here is the original image:

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As you can see there is quite a lot of background distraction.  I then cropped the photo to focus on the flowers and then using the clone function removed the white mark on the right.  Finally I used the shadow function to remove the background noise from the wall at the back of the photo.  It didn’t take long but I am happy with the result.  Here is the finished photo again:

Sunkissed Orchids

As you can see the editing has made a huge difference.  I know a lot of people are probably already doing this but it is a revelation to me and I am so pleased with the results that I will be doing more of this to improve the quality of my photos.  I will be exploring the other functions to see what results I come up with – so watch this space…

Happy Crafting

Patricia

Reflections of cards

Welcome back

When I was at Crafty Angels last week I did these cards out of one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  I love using the Reflections range to make cards as the colours are so peaceful and serene.  The flowers are gorgeous as well, topped off beautifully by the bling from the Enchanted range.  You can also see I have made a daisy from a previous post as well as using the border maker picket fence and twinkle chain cartridge.

The background paper in the middle card was printed off from my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I find that is a great way to get different papers when I need something in a hurry.  I have also used it for doing sentiments, as well as in the last card.

I must confess to using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies as well as some Stampendous and Stamp’n’Up stamps for the sentiments.

I got the dimensions for these cards from http://scraphappywithbrenda.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/3-cards-from-12×12-base.html.  Creative Memories card Creative Memories card Creative Memories Cards

 

Materials used:

Creative Memories Cardstock – White

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green Apple

Creative Memories Reflections Paper Flowers

Creative Memories Reflections StoryBox Mat pack

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain and Picket Fence cartridges

Creative Memories Place’n’Punch Blossom

Creative Memories Enchanted Epoxy Stickers

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer

Creative Memories Tape Runner

Creative Memories Precision Point glue pen

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two

Stampendous stamp – sorry lost the name of this stamp (I think it is no longer available)

Stamp’n’Up stamp

If you would like to know more about Creative Memories and their products please feel free to contact me.  As you can see they are very versatile for all your cardmaking and scrapbooking needs.

I hope you all have a great day.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

Quick Reflections of Flowers Album

Last year I bought the Reflections Quick album and as I have been taking lots of flower photos  I thought I would put my flower photos in this album and call it my Reflections of Flowers album.  It was a quick album to complete as the pages were already beautifully decorated with spaces for the photos and journalling.  The kit also came with some embellishments and sentiments.  It took longer to sort out my photos and get them printed than it did to complete the album.  I have also used my StoryBook Creator 4.0 to do a title photo for the album.  I am really pleased how my album has turned out.  Here are a few photos of the album pages.

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Patricia

Flower power photo cards

Welcome

I have now got my handcrafted cards for sale at The Wool Shop NZ in Avalon, Lower Hutt, so I have been playing around with using my StoryBook Creator 4.0 to make use some of my flower photos and the Enchanted Digital Kit.  I have had these printed out and then using my tape runner I then mounted them on plain card stock to make the cards.  They have come out well I think. These are so easy to do and very economical to make individualised cards.  I have used flower photos as they are going to be sold, but any photo or image could be used.

I will put the instructions on my Digital Creations Page for your information.Flower card 2 Flower card 3 Flower card 4 Flower card 5 - Copy Flower card 6 - Copy Flower card 7 Flower card 8 - Copy Flower card 9 Flower card 10 Flower card

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and use your StoryBook Creator 4.0 in different and inventive ways.  Feel free to leave comments about what you have created on this post.  I would love to see what other people are doing.

Happy Scrapping

Patricia

Reflections of flowers

Welcome

I have been having a break from digital scrapbooking and have gone back to traditional scrapbooking.  I have been working on putting my old flower photos in an album and for this I have been using the Reflections range from Creative Memories.  The colours from this palette (along with the green apple and cloud cardstock)  work really well with my flower photos –  especially as I tend towards pink flowers and the greens and blues complement this colour so well.  I use colour in the form of matting and background papers/cardstock to help highlight my photos.

Some of my photos were not great so I trimmed them down and I was then able to put 11 photos onto one page – see the second image down.  I love using the circle and oval cutters as well to create a different shape for my layout.    Scrapbook page of aquilegias Scrapbook page using 11 photos Scrapbook page Scrapbook pages of rose

Materials used:

Reflections Tone on Tone paper Pack

Reflections Paper Flowers

Reflections Storybox Photo Mats

Reflections Paper Ribbon

Enchanted Epoxy Stickers

Green apple card stock

Cloud card stock

Title Stickers – Simply Beautiful

12″ Rotary Trimmer – straight and wavy blades

Custom Cutting System – ovals

Precision Point Adhesive

Tape Runner

Jumbo Fancy Frame (unfortunately no longer available).

Border Maker – Twinkle Chain cartridge (unfortunately this cartridge is no longer available).

Happy Scrapping

Patricia

Reflections of roses

Hello again

I love taking photographs of flowers, and especially like how the light falls on flowers creating a contrast of light and shadow and bringing out different colours not always apparent.  I used to do watercolour painting and used these photos as a basis for my paintings.  Now I am in the process of putting the photos into an album.  Here are a couple of large photos that I have trimmed down a little and put into a double page spread.  It has been quite a challenge with large photos so I think it has turned out well.  The Reflections Range of papers and embellishments complement the colours of the roses and also go well with all my flower photos – and I have a lot and still counting now I have a lovely new camera.  Sigh… It will keep me very busy for a long time! At least I have my Memory Manager 4.0 to keep my photos organised on my computer.

Gorgeous double page roses layout

Here are the two pages side by side.  I have linked the two pages together with a Reflections Range Ribbon and also cut out images from my photos for balance and alternated the outdoor roses with the roses in the vase.  As you can see I love flowers and couldn’t resist a little flower on the ribbon under the journalling.  I have finished off with a sentiment from Creative Memories and some Enchanted Epoxy Stickers.

Everyone has their own style and I am very much a “square” person and everything has to be balanced.  I am trying very hard to be more “freestyle” but it is an ongoing battle.

I also look a the photos themselves and the colours that are in the photos.  Here the complementary colours of pink and green help bring the photos alive and stand out.  I have never used a colour wheel and am instinctive about how I use different colours.  However, a colour wheel can be a very useful tool if you are unsure about how to mix colours together.

Large photo layout of roses

Here are the pages in separate images.

Reflections of Roses - a large photo layout.

Materials used:

Creative Memories card stock – Green

Creative Memories Reflections RibbonsCreative Memories Reflections flowers

Creative Memories Reflections Storybox Journalling page

Creative Memories Enchanted Expoxy Stickers

Creative Memories General Purpose Scissors

Creative Memories Simply Beautiful Sentiment

Creative Memories Tape Runner

Here is the finished painting for your information.

Finished painting of my roses.

Many thanks for visiting and I hope you get some inspiration for your own crafting.

Happy Scrapping.

Patricia