Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intro to Fusion Scrapping (AKA Confessions of a traditional Scrapper)

Intro to Fusion Scrapping (AKA Confessions of a traditional Scrapper)
Do you love what you see in Created by Jill's gorgeous Fusion kits, but just aren't sure how to use them?   We, I can relate!!!   I've been a Jill fan from way back when she was creating traditional kits.   I loved them.  Then she had the nerve to switch to fusion!   She didn't even ask me!!!   What the heck am I going to do with all those "messy" papers and elements?  I like things neat, orderly and color coordinated. 

To be perfectly honest, I resisted tlll she put out Beach Trip.   Still my favorite kit, I just couldn't resist and bought the whole bundle.  Now, what the heck was I going to do with it????

I have two outs for this problem...scraplifting and templates!   The templates I had were very traditional, so scraplifting it is.  I took a look at layouts that Jill's CT members made.   I found one that I loved and I thought would ease me into this new style.  Did I mention I'm not much for change?  Duh!  

Now I know that when you scraplift, you don't need to use the same kit, but I'm a newbie at fusion here, I need all the help I can get!  So I found a wonderful layout by NancyC that didn't look too "fusie" (I know that's not a word!!!)

I grabbed some of my own beach photos and literally made a carbon copy of the layout!   Hey, I moved the netting!

That's pretty cool!   I always do two page spreads so I thought I would make the next one a little less lift and a little more tough could it be?  

I grabbed yet another page of Nancy's to lift and forged ahead. 

This time I put a little more Mary-Lynne and a little less Nancy into the layout and fell in love with fusion!   The best part is that you can't do it wrong!  It's suppose to look messy and grungy and overall awesome!!!  Here's mine!

Then Jill came out with the Color Pop collection and the Color me Happy collection and I totally hooked. 

But it just keeps getting funner!  Not too long ago, Jill starting creating Blendits templates.   OMG...Cheapest therapy session you will ever have.  They can sure be used with traditional kits, but they really shine with the fusion kits.   Too much fun for words!!!!   For a great look at how these work check out my PSE12 tutorial on Jill's blog.  Also using Beach Trip.  Did I mention I love that kit??? 

So now, my challenge to you, is to created a kit with any one of Jill's fusion kits.   Pick the kit and then pick one of the CT layouts to scraplift.   If you kick on the product in the store to get the full page description of the product, you can find the CT layouts just below the product.  Or use any one of the CT layouts regardless of kit.

Post your layouts here so we can all see your beautiful work!  And be sure to tell us the layout that you scraplifted so we can give them some love too!

Here's my Beach Trip layout with Blendits1

One last thing (and the most important thing)  THERE ARE NO RULES.  You don't even have to do a "fusion" style with a fusion kit.   Here are two layouts that I made using Jill's gorgeous Remember When Fusion Kit.   One Fusion, one traditional, same kit!  Have fun and Happy Scrapping!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hi everyone!

Hi everyone, CTM Mary-Lynne here and I thought I would create a PSE(12) tutorial for using Jill's Blendits 1 Layered Template.   I'm cheating and using a lot of the text and format from Jill's Photoshop tutorial.   Just a general warning up front, this template is VERY addictive!

I'm using Photoshop Elements Version 12 and Windows 7 for this tutorial.

We'll be using Jill's Blendits Layered Template 1 and her Beach Trip Collection for this tutorial.
(you can choose any kit you'd like to compliment the photo or photos you are using!)

This Blendits Template
and Beach Trip Collection are available in Jill's Pickleberry Pop store so grab a copy and follow along!

insert store link

Let's go!

When you open up your template and you'll see this first:
It's just the top layer with some handy points.  

You can delete it or click on the "eye" to hide it.
Beneath is your template:

Now you have 2 choices can hide all the layers and work up from the bottom one by one
(that's what I do so I can see what I'm clipping to easily)
or leave them all visible.
For this particular tutorial I'll be going layer by layer from the bottom up...unhiding as I go!   

Step 1:
You can hide all the layers by ALT/Click on the "eye" of the bottom layer.  That will hide all but the bottom layer.

Drag the first paper onto your template.   I actually decided to leave this one white, but you should feel free to use whatever paper you like.

Step 2:
Unhide your next layer by selecting it and clicking on the layer's "eye".  (see highlight on the eye)

Step 3 (clipping):
Drag your next paper onto your template
(I chose cbj_beachtrip-artsypapers-02)
CTRL + G to clip the paper to the layer below.   Keep the paper available, I'm going to use it a few more times!  

By the way, I'm recreating a finished page, so you may see the finish page along with the in progress page in the photo bin.

Unhide the next layer above the paper and repeat Step 3 with your choice of paper.

(I used cbj_beachtrip-artsypaper-02 again!)

Continue to unhide the layers one by one (make sure they're activated before dragging your papers on) and clipping your papers to them.  Feel free to rotate, erase sections, move the mask and change the opacity as you like!
You can also create a new layer above one of the Blendits layers and fill with a complimentary color as well...the choice is yours!

So now I've chosen papers and clipped them to my template layers.  I am done up through the Gesso texture layer.  One thing I did that that's a little different, is I attached two papers to one of the layers and and erased part of the top one.   Neither color was quite right so I combined them.   (this is why I warned you that these templates  are additive!!!)

You can also see, in the image above, that there are a couple of layers that I chose to use without clipping a paper or color (the doodle and the printed words) and a layer that I chose not to use at all.   It's all up to your personal taste!   

On one of the other layers, the one that looks like a rectangle in the upper left section, I wanted to use the dark blue paper, but it was a little dark for my taste so I lowered the opacity of the mask layer (not the paper), till it was perfect!   See highlights below.

Ok we have our base papers, time to hit the photo!  This is where things get really interesting.   I had decided up front that I did not want my photo attached to a mask as I wanted the photo to be full opacity.   So, I clipped a paper (cbj_beachtrip-paper-09 to the photo mask.   Still not quite what I was looking for so I wandered thru Jill's elements and grabbed the cbj_beachtrip-brushaccent and the cbj_beachtrip-tulle.   I placed the tulle under the photo mask and clipped paper and then placed the brush accent above both of those and clipped the same paper...COOL!!!

Now it's time for the photo!  I popped in the pic, rotated to suit me and turned on the frame shadow and frame layers.   I liked the frame as is, but I wanted it a little softer, so I used the same white paper I clipped to the gesso layer.    And here is my darling Grand-daughter with her sorority, celebrating bid day at the beach.

Finally, we have the layers above the photo.  I used yellow paper for the top ones and brown for the bottom to look like the sun and sand.   As always, it's your choice!   I also chose to not use the top doodle.   

We are done with the template!   How cool is this?   Add your elements and drop shadows and you've got a fabulous artsy layout.   I grabbed some awesome elements from the Beach Trip collection to complete my layout and here it is!

The only rule you need to remember, is that there are no rules!!!   Do whatever suits you and have fun!


Here are a few handy tips to use for templates that have a script or text layer....these can also be applied to any layer in the template as well!
-Clip a solid paper to the layer
-Create a new layer above and fill with a complimentary color then clip
-Leave as is
-Change the Layers Blend Mode to Divide, Soft Light, or Overlay
(these are the main ones I use but feel free to experiment with the others!)
-Reduce the Opacity

Robins tutorial

Here we go.....
I like to start by adding my photo first so that I can get an idea of what colors I want to emphasize in my background paper blends. I first added my photo to the template and clipped it to the mask.
I didn't like how dark my photo appeared so I duplicated the photo mask 2 more times to get the look that I wanted.  You can also play around with the opacity of the mask, but I wasn't able to achieve the look I was going for by doing that.

Next, I add a background paper as the base for my layout.
I begin building on the background paper by moving up through the layer masks one at a time. I've clipped the purple paper to the first mask. Let's see how it looks if I play with the opacity of the mask.

I've reduced the opacity of the mask to 75% which still allows the purple to be the main color, but it also allows the brushwork on the bottom paper to show through.
I continue clipping papers to the rest of the layers in the template. You could also clip a photo or a color layer to the masks.

I opened up one of the kit papers and used the color picker to pick a foreground color, then I followed the layer > new fill layer > solid color path to create a solid color layer to clip to the next mask.

This is what my layout looks like before I clip the color layer to the mask.
This is what it looks like after I clip the solid layer to the mask
Feel free to play around with the layers - move them, or delete them if they're not working with your vision for your finished layout.

I'm going to delete the layer that's highlighted in my layers palette in the above screenshot because it does not fit with my vision of the finished page.
This is what my page looks like now that I've deleted the layer.
Now I have two brush layers that I can clip a color or a paper to or, even replace with paint from the kit.
I have clipped a paper to the brush layer at the bottom and I deleted the brush layer at the top and replaced it with some paint from the kit.
Now I am going to replace the doodle layer at the top with a few elements and add a title.
And, here is my finished layout.
I went back and added some paint under the brush stroke at the bottom.
Tah dah!  A gorgeous mixed media page in no time at all!
That's the great thing about these templates. You can delete layers, duplicate layers or move them around. The possibilities are limitless!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 223 - Grand Canyon. Central Rim Trail

Our second full day at the Canyon was spent on the Cental and Eastern Rim trail, doing the trail of time and a
couple of Ranger talks.   This page is the Central section of the Rim Trail.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 222 - Grand Canyon...western rim trail

After our hike down the canyon, we hiked a little more along the western rim trail which is 7 miles long.   They have awesome shuttle busses that run every 10 minutes, so you can hike and ride all along the route.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Grand Canyon - Down Bright Angel Trail

We ran to the canyon first for sunrise pics, then back to the hotel for our free breakfast, then back to the canyon to hike.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 221 Grand Canyon - first night sunset

We had actually given up on the sunset due to clouds and went back to the room.   About 15 minutes before the official sunset time, the sun came out and the colors were gorgeous, so we jumped in the car and headed back to the canyone.   These are the pics we got.