Tagged: Digital Scrapbooking

March 9, 2015

One Little Bird: My Faves

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If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that I have been invited back for a third year on the One Little Bird design team. If not, SURPRISE! I’ve been invited back for a 3rd year. Β Lol, sometimes I crack myself up.

This year there are more team members than ever before and I’m so excited to be working with some of my idols, a few close friends that I have not yet had a chance to work with before and a lot of new faces who have so much talent. What can I say? Peppermint has always had impeccable taste.

To make room for everyone there has been a slight reshuffle. I am so honored to be moving to the hybrid blog team. What this means for you, my lovely readers, is that you will be able to catch me once a month over on the One Little Bird Blog, along with super talented hybrid artist’s such as Jen Carlson,Β Amelia NgΒ and Donya Gjerdingen. So in honor of my history with the digital team, here are just 10 of my favorite One Little Bird layouts made by me. Collection links are below:

Recently Pinned – Stuck on You Collection

The Sweet Life- Sweetness Elements and Papers.

Free Pass – Positive Spin Collection

Sleepy Head – Crazy for you Elements and Papers.

The End of the Day – Busy Week Collection.

Time Passing – Forever Young Collection.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh cake – Click and Daily Bulletin Collections.

You and Me – Identity Collection.

Mog turns Seven – Daily Bulletin Collection.

Spring is at my door – Equinox Collection.

Love this Life by Aimee Dow

Love this life – The Love List Collection.

Okay, so there might have been 11. I had such a hard time picking only 10 out of 40 plus layouts. I have loved every moment in the One Little Bird Cage and I really look forward to showing you even more innovative creations in the future.

Aimee xx

P.s. If there are any digital or hybrid techniques you want to learn, please feel free to tell me. I am more than happy to help πŸ™‚

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January 14, 2015

How to digitally double expose a photo

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So I know most of you are largely unaware of my digital scrapping. It appears here on the blogΒ every now and again, but largely it’s just something I share over at The Lilypad. I created one layout at the end of last year though that went kinda nuts. Every week, without fail, it shows up in my Pinterest feed and I am always asked – How did you do that?!?! To be honest, I have been reluctant to share my secret because the truth is, it was an accident. Shall we have a look?

Love this Life by Aimee Dow

It all came about late one Friday afternoon while I was rushing around like a headless chicken, I had been asked to submit a photo to the Studio Calico Snapshots class and provide a prompt for the class to work on. I was also working on editing the photos to go to print. It’s not remotely uncommon for me to have 10 tabs open in Photoshop at a time and since I never bother to name anything, all the tabs say “Untitled – X”.

Photos by Aimee Dow

The photo on the left was the one I was submitting as the prompt and the photo on the right was about to go to print. I grabbed the layer containing the photo on the right and pulled it across to the tab that I thought was my 6×4 white border template and let go, but instead what I got was a cropped 4×6 photo. I thought to myself Β – ‘what the hell?’ and dropped the opacity to see what was underneath my newly placed layer. It was at this point I discovered my mistake AND how to double expose a photo.

Mistake by Aimee Dow

I saved my mistake because I thought one day I might like to use it. At the time I had absolutely no idea how or why I would, but less than a month later Peppermint released a collection called the Love List, which turned out to be a perfect match for the photo. So now you have read the story of my mistake, let me redeem myself with a more dignified way of producing my results.

Step one: Open background photo in Photoshop. I suggest the darker of the two for the best results, but it doesn’t really matter. You can reorder the layers if need be.

Step two: Drag and drop the second photo on top of the first. This can be done in two ways. You can drag and drop from an open folder on your desktop or by dragging the image from another open tab. Now you should have twoΒ layers in your layer panel.

Step three: With the second layer selected, manipulate Layer size and placement (Ctrl +T), as well as the Opacity and the Blending Mode until you are happy with the result (Hint: both are found at the top of the layer panel – The Blending Mode is a drop down menu that should start off saying “normal”). Here is a look at my worktop and what is displayed in my layer panel when I have achieved my desired look. Click on the worktop photo to make it larger.

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You can see I dropped the opacity to 40% and changed the blending mode to “Hard Light”, but for you it will really depend on the photos you are trying to merge together. It is very much a game of trial and error.

Layers Panel by Aimee Dow

From there, all that’s left to do is save. Remember – always save your Photoshop file along with your JPEG, just in case you wish to edit it later. I also recommend you do any editing to your photos prior to attempting this tutorial. It makes life easier.

Any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Until next time – Happy Hump Day!

Aimee xx

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June 20, 2014

The First Winter

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with digital scrapping.

I love:

  • The fact that it doesn’t need glue and it’s not messy at all.
  • Anything and everything is possible.
  • You can change colours on everything and everything.
  • And your supplies never run out.

I hate:Β 

  • Sitting at my desk in our study because it’s so freaking cold this time of year.
  • I’m also not a huge fan of naming my layers and going back to work on my shadows, both of which cause me no end of frustration.

Every now and then though, I fall in love all over again on account of a new collection or a class and then magic happens.

The First Winter by Aimee DowThis has to be my favorite digital layout in a long time. It’s a combination of me pushing myself outside my comfort zone in Studio Calico’s Beyond the Basics classΒ and the brand new collaboration Take Root by One Little Bird and Lauren Grier. It’s times like this I really do remember just how fun digital is and the fantastic things that can be accomplished.

If you would like to give it a go for yourself Take Root is 20% off until Monday and if that was not enough, you get the matching Project Life Cards for free! Not a bad offer if I do say so myself! Just click on the picture and it will take you straight to the lillypad store.

Have a great weekend my lovely readers for on Monday we get serious. We are going to talk Kit organisation. As always I’m here if you need any help or you have any questions.

Aimee xx

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February 28, 2014

Five for Friday: Digital Edition.

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I am so pumped for the weekend! I have so many big plans which ironically all involve staying at home. I am constantly reassuring myself that with the exception of Kelly Purkey (who never seems to be at home) all scrap and D.I.Y. queens do the same thing for fun. This weekend I’ve got some catch up to do for digital CT teams, but frankly I can’t wait to get started. There were some really wicked digital kits that have just come out this week that I am just dying to get my hands on. Would you like to see?

It’s not secret that I am head over heels in love with everything Peppermint designs and it would appear that a lot of you are too. Her designs are appearing a lot more in Studio Calico kits. There are 3 in the Office Hours PL kit this month. Rather than having to wait for it to arrive, I am diving head first in to her new digital collection –Β Timeless. I have wicked plans for a mustard, black and white spread with a bold black and white photo.

And for my fellow Project Lifers there is matching Journaling Cards. You can buy them separately,Β but until Monday they come free if you purchase the main kit. Ohh how I love matching sets and that saying filler card pretty much the story of my life.

Next up is the lovely AllisonΒ Pennington. I have the a very strange relationship with Allison’s designs. For the longest time I have wanted to be clean white and minimal like Stephanie Bryan and for the most part I pull it off but secretly there is a part of my that craves retro/vintage/grunge. Allison’s designs are often the scratch to that itch. Yesterday she release Seize and lord help me I need it all. The papers, elements, alphas and doodles. I think the strip sayings would work really well with hybrid Project Life spread. Just saying.

Forth spot belongs to my newest CT – Just the two of us. A french duo design team with a very distinctive style. This month they have released this super cool and bright collection called Colourful World and the elements and matching journaling cards can me found here, but what I am really digging is the pattern “paper”. I’ve got big plans for the one red and green one on the end.

Finally for my beloved Project Lifers I have a very special treat for you – Journal Hoppers. Valorie Wibbens has just released THE cutest digital templates in both 3×4 and 6×4 sizes in one pack. I have so many ideas about what to do with these. For starters I’m going to load it with all my new Seize papers and save a couple on the side for our impending Autumn. I’ve also got some ideas about some unusual crops I’d like to try. This is going to be so much fun.

Did I tempt anyone else to stay in and play for the weekend? How about if I told you they are all on sale until Monday? Thats right my friends, just click on the picture to be taken to the kit. If you have never tried digital/hybrid scrapping – now would be a great time. There are so many great tutorials out there, clean up takes seconds, there is absolutely no need to wait for the postman (That’s right Aus Post, I’m not above naming and shaming), you can recolor just about anything and you can use them over and over again. If you do by all means link back or tag me on instagram. I love to see what you are all up too.

Aimee xx

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