To craft a layout about your daughter that's as sweet as she is, take a page from these pretty digital designs.
Design by Kris Noorman
Kris wanted to connect her title to her photo by overlapping it but feared losing the text in the dark lower left corner. She solved the problem by lightening the text at the transition. An easy fix and a great look!
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Baskerville (journaling), Bickley Script (title) off the Internet. Digital elements: Swoon kit (paper) from Heather Ann Designs, Flourish Photo Frames (frame) from Two Peas in a Bucket. Hand-drawn flowers, dots, lines: Kris' own designs.
Design by Sarah Bowen
A flower cutout element set to Color Burn blending mode realistically imitates the look of watercolor paints on this page. Such details as an interesting crop on the photo and a decorative title and journaling treatment complete the artful look.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Courier New by Microsoft. Digital elements: Altered Book 1 kit (cream background paper, black scribbles, flower), Betty Paper kit (teal paper strip), Vintage Evergreen Elements kit (green gems), So Happy kit (stitching) all from Designer Digitals.
Design by Sarah Bowen
Multiple photos and embellishments combined in an elegant way give this layout a homey, handmade feel. Adding an overlay created from a scanned floral image brings depth and interest to the subtly striped blue background. Setting the overlay mode to Color Burn highlights the understated shade variations.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Courier New by Microsoft. Digital elements: On the Bright Side Papers kit (blue, green, dark pink paper), Regenerate-Remember kit (red polka dot, ribbon, hat pin), Regenerate-Rekindle kit (light blue paper, heart, "this is" paper, "love"), Illuminations-Sunlight kit (peach paper), Meaning-One kit (red letters paper), Golden Fields Papers kit (red flower paper), Feeling Quirky kit (scribbles paper), Nostalgia No. 4 Papers kit (purple polka-dot paper), Daily Dose-Fluttering Finishes kit (butterflies) all from Jen Wilson Designs, Ad Freebie ("j" and "s" circular alphabet stamps) from Designer Digitals.
Design by Heather Melzer
Combine purchased digital elements to make a cute-but-not-cutesy flower embellishment. Here, ribbons and trims make a custom flower accent with a pretty epoxy-like title in the middle.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10. Fonts: GE Centurion (title), Pea DaLovely Dama (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Shabby Shack Mega Kit (ribbons) from Digital Design Essentials, Swoon kit (doily, staple), Eclectic kit (notebook paper), Paint Strokes (paint effects) all from Heather Ann Designs. Paper, title: Heather's own design.
Design by Leora Sanford
Leora cleverly created the sticker accent on this page by adding a thick white stroke to a flourish brush element. What a great way to up the versatility of an already flexible product!
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Fonts: 1942 Report (journaling), Susie's Hand (under small photo) by Da Font. Digital elements: Nancy Rowe Janitz (background paper), Iron Orchid Designs (painted title letters) from ScrapArtist, Jen Wilson Designs (tulle flowers), Designer Digitals (brushes, overlay, frames, curled journaling paper).
Design by Rhonda Stark
One of the coolest things about digital scrapbooking is the ability to make things semitransparent. Rhonda took full advantage by varying the opacities as she layered papers and brushes on this sweet layout.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 6.0. Fonts: Gettysburg (quotation) by Autumn Leaves, Porcelain (title) off the Internet. Digital elements: Falling For You Mega Kit (kraft paper), Shabby Shack Mega Kit (angel stamp) from Digital Design Essentials.
Design by Lucrecer Braxton
A simple paisley brush in varied sizes and colors creates a rich background for these striking photos. Experiment with your brushes -- alter the size, color, opacity, and rotation for unique looks.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Font: Mrs. Eaves Roman off the Internet. Digital elements: Simple Pleasures Collaboration kit (paper, word art, elements, frames, flourish brushes) from ScrapArtist, Paisley Brushes (paisleys) from Shabby Elements.
Design by Leora Sanford
Make a splash with the title of your layout! Use the text-path capabilities of your software to create a shaped title. Leora took the text path even further by combining two fonts on the same path for added interest.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Fonts: Susie's Hand ("time fun") off the Internet, Century Gothic ("summer," journaling). Digital elements: Serendipity (square-pattern paper), All You Need is Love (orange paper), Spare Parts (flower) from ScrapArtist, Hipster Plumes 6 (brush behind flower), Ledger Brushes 2 (white gridlines) from Designer Digitals.
Design by Katie Pertiet
A four-leaf clover is the perfect embellishment for a page about a lucky girl. Katie showcased the clover with an epoxy bubble for a dimensional feel. To get the epoxy effect, she drew a circle, filled it with light gray color, and added a bevel, glow, and drop shadow.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Montreal (title) by Autumn Leaves, Susie's Hand (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: To Be Thankful (paper), On the Edge (flourishes), Stitched Note cards (stitched blocks), Digitally Pressed Petals No. 2 (clover), Date Stamp No. 6 (date stamp), Drop Shadow Actions (drop shadow) all from Designer Digitals.
Design by Jennifer Pebbles
A brush made from the word "crazy" offered a quick and easy way for Jennifer to create a subtle backdrop for journaling while reinforcing the layout's title. She lightened the words to allow for journaling on top of them.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Rosewood (title) by My Fonts, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Susan McCormack (doodles), Gina Cabrera (glitter stars), Mindy Teresawa (flowers) all from Designer Digitals. Background paper, frame: Jennifer's own design.