It's been awhile since I've taken my camera out this summer or had even had time to play around in Photoshop. Last week while the girls were away, I finally got a chance to learn a few new tricks. Awhile back, Alicia of Project Alicia posted a great tutorial on How to Fake Polaroids and using Polaroid frames. I've also been enjoying her posts this summer as she has been creating a digital scrapbook of all her family's summer activities. And though I'm jealous of those who can sit down and create amazing scrapbooks out of paper and printed photos, I'm not one who can take the time to make this happen. So the idea of creating a few scrapbook pages in Photoshop and printing them out into a book appeals to me.
So I started with downloading Polaroid frames from fuzzimo. They download as JPEGs which means you cannot insert a photo into them in Photoshop (they need to be a png or psd file) so I followed Alicia's tutorial on How to Create a Clipping Mask. It was fairly easy and you get beautifully framed photos - perfect for scrapbooking!
I enjoy shooting summer flowers and then looking back at them in the depths of the winter. It brings me joy and gives me hope as I look forward its end.
I think I'll make a little book that I can keep handy for some of those cold, dark days. Kristy of Life-n-Reflection put a cute little memory book together. You can find it in a post entitled The Inspired Notebook. It looks like a fun little DIY project that even I could handle! :D
The Polaroid frames I used in this post are Polaroid.frame-16 by fuzzimo. In the photo above, I used two layers of the Woodlands-3 overlay by Kristy of Life-n-Reflection.
And in this last photo, I used a texture of Kristy's called Springsong to enhance my photo. Its a beautiful free download she shares on her site.
It was so fun having some time this past week to play around with my photos. Though I'm not the craftiest of people, I am enjoying the creativity I can explore in photos and Photoshop.
Have a happy day!