Happy Sunday everyone. I'm back with another insight into my creative process for when I make my own personal albums. This time, I'm going to show you how I use a themed kit for a non-themed layout. If you've been scrapping for a while, then you know themed kits are super cute, but what if you don't have a layout in mind to fit the theme?
Now I know most of the time you probably buy a themed kit, for the purpose of using it for that theme. I don't know about you, but I like to get the most for my money. Even though I design products that are themed, I also try to include many non-themed items in those products so that I can use them over and over, and so can you! So I frequently use themed kits for non-themed layouts.
Today I'll show you my thought process when I create a layout using my Halloween kit, Pumpkin Moon. And just so you know, you can find it for 50% Off today in my Scrap Takeout shop. If I'm not using a sketch or template for my layout design, then usually I start with photos and kit choice.
In this case I already know I want to use, Pumpkin Moon. I had some pictures of my cute pup in mind and an idea for what the layout was going to be about. So I first start with background papers. I choose the ones I want, based on what I want to display on my page or based on colors of photo(s). For this layout, I decided I wanted a pretty solid main background as my base. But I wanted to contrast that with an outer edge of a slight patterned grid paper.
Next I went ahead and chose the photos I wanted to use, got them sized and cropped the way I wanted. In my layout, they are the same height but different widths. I got them placed where I wanted them and I also made the smaller one black&white as to place emphasis on the larger one.
As I looked at the layout, I decided I needed a "pop" of color somewhere. So I decided to make a square border and place it behind the photos but on top of the main gray background and smaller. When I saw the border, I knew I wanted to mimic that around my photos to bring in cohesiveness and just to add a little extra something. Usually I'm a shadow as I go type of person, because I get a better feel of how my layout will look and where to put elements. So I added shadows to everything I had so far.
No I want to get elements into my layout. I decide where I want to make clusters and I start with leaves first. I get them added and then I start a few flowers. And I chose one of my theme elements (wolf silhouette) to add in my cluster on the larger photo.
One thing I do as I'm making a layout is look at how my layout is taking shape and then what elements are included in the kit. As I was looking at my layout, I felt I wanted some type of scatter or paint underneath my clusters. Pumpkin Moon has a great paint stamp so I placed that underneath my clusters.
I also knew there was a cool glitter banner and I knew I HAD to have that in my layout. :) I mean, what's a layout without a little glitter, right?! So I grabbed the banner and decided to size it down quite a bit and placed it underneath the clusters, but above the paint stamp.
I'm a big fan of charms and things that hang, so I added the owl charm to make it look like it was hanging from the banner.
Now we get to all the fun stuff. Shadows! I know many might be intimidated by shadows, but I love making them. I really love trying to get my elements to mimic those on paper pages. I don't want them to "float" above the layout but I don't want everything to look like paper or "flat". So I added my basic shadow to the leaves on the right. My settings for that basic shadow are set in Photoshop at, Linear Burn with a dark brown color for the shadow. Opacity is at 45%, with size and distance at 5.
Not a bad looking shadow. I could leave it there and my page would look pretty decent. But just like in real life, no shadow is the same size. The general rule is: things closer to your page should have smaller, darker shadows and things farther should have larger, softer shadows. I usually tweak each shadow. As you can imagine this takes some time. However you can find some tips HERE. And some of those links have free shadow style sets for Photoshop and I think PSE.
So I put my shadow on a separate layer (right click on layer style, create layer) and then I can edit, transform, skew or whatever I want to the drop shadow layer. I then transform (CTRL+T) my drop shadow layer and then use the "warp" button at the top. I warp my shadows to make them look a little more realistic. One good thing about digital scrapping is you can always UNDO!! It's your best friend! So let's check out the shadow now. I also did the rest of my elements. Notice now that the leaves look like they are lifting off the page.
Lastly I want to get any extras, journal, and title added. I knew that I wanted to journal in the space between the photos, but I wasn't sure where I wanted my title. So I decided to start with adding the stars and moon, above the smaller photo like the wolf is howling at the moon. I shadowed them and after that I used my pen tool to make a path in the journal space so that I wouldn't type over the star that is at the corner of the smaller photo. Once I got the journal added I knew where I wanted to place my title. I made the word WOLF in all caps, clipped the grid paper to it and instead of a drop shadow I added a inner shadow to make it look like the word was cut out of the solid background. I then added the rest of the title in plain text. Any plain text or journals should never have a shadow. When you write onto a real piece of paper, your writing doesn't have a shadow either. Voila! That's it. Here is my finished layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free!!! I love to hear what you have to say and I'm always open to answering questions the best I can.
As always, if you Love it, then Scrap it.