Here's a "sneak-peak" of today's project:
Scrapbooking challenges encourage us to push ourselves creatively and to try new ideas. I've shared several of the challenges I participated in during National Scrapbooking Day Weekend in May with you. Here's another one.
Angie Lucas' challenge on The Big Picture Classes Creative Crop was-CHALLENGE #7:
Scrapbook the last photo or photos found on your mobile device.
I'm Angie, and I'm happy to be here with you on
National Scrapbooking Day! ...Okay,
let's get straight to the challenge! For this hour,
I'm going to ask you to let go of your scrapbooking
to-do list and endless collection of future page
ideas and scrapbook the very most recent memory you
have captured—no matter what aspect of your daily life
it depicts. To do that, I want you to stop, pick up your phone (or camera),
look at the most recent handful of images you find there,
and make a scrapbook page with that photo or photos.
It will be an instant snapshot of your life right now,
as in today or even a couple of hours ago.
Scrapbook the most recent group of photos on your phone in a simple collage that you can create directly on your smartphone, print it for a layout, and add a simple sentence or two of journaling.
I love Angie's challenge, because it encourages us to capture the most recent moments of our lives. She also included a tutorial on how to create the collage on your smart phone. (You can find it here: Angie's Tutorial). Since I'm still using an old-fashioned flip-phone, I challenged myself to arrange my photos in Photoshop Elements instead, to create my collage.
My sweet Rigel had been here on Martha's Vineyard for a wonderful visit with me. And I had some fabulous recent photos on my camera documenting our fun at the Flying Horses Carousel, where Rigel got the coveted brass ring and won a free ride! Here's the layout I created with the collage I Photoshoped together with my three photos:
(click on image to view full-size)
If you haven't learned how to create a collage in Photoshop Elements, here's a quickie tutorial:
1. Choose your photos and "import" them into your project bin by going to "File" and then "Open", which allows you to browse in your photos & choose the ones you want.
2. Pick one of the photos as your "anchor photo", then go to: "Image">"Resize">"Canvas Size".
3. Choose the width and the height that you want your photo cluster to be, and adjust as needed, using your "Anchor Photo" as your guide. Click on the arrow that designates where you want your anchor photo to sit in the cluster. (I like using white as the background, but you may also choose another color here.)
4. One by one, drag your photos from your project bin to the blank canvas you have created around your "Anchor Photo" and arrange them where you desire, using your "Move" tool. You may adjust the size by grabbing a corner.
5. Once you have achieved the desired "Photo Cluster" (I like to make sure my white borders are even all around.) you may go to "Layers" and "Flatten the Image". This will allow you to then crop away extra border space, if needed.
(More challenges to come from Let's Scrap's month-long celebration soon!)
Encouraging you to try something new today...Enikö