Monthly Archives: March 2014

Getting Crafty at the Crop at Lain’s

Getting Crafty at the Crop at Lain’s

Last weekend, I spent Saturday at a crop at Lain Ehmann’s. I’ve known Lain for years, and take advantage of any opportunity to visit, since it’s always a fun time.

I’ve been to enough local crops recently, that all my easy, journaling-light projects are all up to date. So what to work on? Granted, there was sure to be lots of chatting going on, but what’s the point of going to a scrapbooking crop if you don’t make SOMETHING, right?

So then the wheels started turning, and I decided that maybe it was time to play with a technique I’ve done before, but this time use a few different materials: image transfers. I’ve done image transfers before, but with self-stick acetate, not multi-medium.

After re-watching Stephanie Hamen’s True Scrap 5 class (affiliate link), I gathered my photos and materials, and packed everything up for the crop.

Flower pics ||

One of the things I wanted to do was start with a messy background before adding the image transfer over top. The idea I’m going for is a bit messy and multi layered.

This is what I got done on Saturday:

watercolor paper image transfers ||

These were done on water color paper that had been misted and painted. The ones below are on some canvases I had painted years ago, and when I didn’t like how they were turning out, shelved for a while.

pre-painted canvas image transfer ||

You can see that some images transferred better than others, and that others are still not completely paper free. But these are off to a promising start. They definitely need a bit more layering and such. Hopefully they’ll turn out interesting enough to share with you!

Do you have any photos that you’d love to turn into art pieces? What are you going to do with them?

Do YOU want to be a Design Star?

Do YOU want to be a Design Star?

How many of you out there have ever dabbled in digi-scrapbooking? How many of you have wanted to design your own patterned papers or embellishments? How about pocket page cards and cut files? Have you ever wanted to design those?

Do you have a basic grasp on how to use Photoshop? (Most important concept-do you understand layers?)

You do? Excellent, because there’s a class coming up that you will absolutely LOVE.

The Design Star with Traci Reed class (affiliate link) over at Scrapaneers is now open for registration, and begins Aprll 7th. She first ran the class last fall, and I was lucky enough to take the class.

Before I took the class, I had only used Photoshop Elements, and I was able to complete some of the assignments in Elements. However, there are certain things you can do in Photoshop that you can NOT do in Elements, so for the end of class, I took advantage of Adobe’s free trial and used Adobe Creative Cloud.

By the end of the class, I was able to make this:

preview first digi kit

(If you want to download it and take a closer look at it you can find the info here: Doing a Digi Dance)

The Design Star class (affiliate link) is jam packed with information, and Traci walks you through the entire design process, from creating a mood board and color palette, to creating your own patterns and word art and embellishments. Not only is there great introductory information pre-recorded for each week’s topic, but there are also office hours, where Traci demonstrates  tricks, shortcuts, and techniques that will really help you learn the ins and outs of digital designing. There’s even a peer review and a one-on-one video chat with Traci at the end of class to go over your strengths and weaknesses!

I can not recommend this class highly enough. No matter what your skill level is, you will learn a lot that you can use to create gorgeous digital products, be it for your own personal use, or as a professional designer.

If you have any questions about the class, drop them in the comments, and I’ll forward them on to Traci and get some answers for you. Maybe we’ll even have a Q&A post later this month for  you!

This is one class that is worth every penny, and then some. If you harbor even vague dreams of becoming a digi designer, this class will get you on your way!