Friday, March 18, 2011


   I know the purpose of scrapbooking is to "document memories for future generations" but this isn't my only reason for scrapbooking. Actually, if I am going to admit anything, it's that this is just a part of it... (maybe even a very small part)  I do it simply because I have discovered this medium to express my creativity. Sometimes, I document the important moments and sometimes I just like to play. I like to play with my products. I like to play with photoshop. I like to play with photos. I do it for me more right now than for "future generations." I know a lot of people don't see the point in that. But even when my pages are meaningless as far as "documentation" purposes go... I am still leaving a piece of myself behind. A piece of me goes into every page I scrap. Which is why I look at this more as "art" or "scrap-art" rather than "scrapbooking."
  I give myself permission to enjoy products and create pages where the product has "spoken" and I must work my photo into it. That is how this page "Royalty" was born.
I knew what our kit papers were going to be for March at Scraps of Darkness so when I was thinking of what I was going to do for my design team work I started playing with this photo of my kitty. The background colors in the photo were perfect and I use some Florabella actions and textures to it...still wasn't quite there tho. I could have scrapped it with kitty being...well...just kitty. I will at some point (for "documentation" purposes) but just for fun I decided to add some eyelashes and a crown using my photoshop brushes. Royal kitty goes so well with the G45 Curtin Call papers! Then of course we have the gorgeous Prima butterfly that came in our Romance Add On
(If you hurry there might be some left ;)
 And I made the flowers to match the butterfly using cardstock and Gossamer Gold Moonshadow Mist for the coloring! So i am thinking when my kids look at the scrapbook, long after I am gone, they will remember not only that I was good at using photoshop, but that I was funny too. :)

I hope this inspires you to not only scrapbook "real life" but to have fun too. I have lots of PSE tutorials. Go ahead and give yourself permission to just have fun!


Robin Shakoor said...

This is fabulous! I love that photo. What you have done with all these details is amazing!

Cindy Gay said...

Oh that's pretty. Love the products!

Shona said...

amazing, love the photo and the design! beauty of a layout!

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