Hi, everyone! Beatrice here! I might be optimistic in saying this, but summer is fast approaching and you may have a vacation planned. It’s a time for taking photos and making memories. I’d like to feature the perfect collection to preserve those memories when you are home once again. The Scenic Route Collection is packed with the perfect mix of alphas, papers and embellishments. It includes pre-made clusters and borders for a quick, yet gorgeous scrap.
Collections are always priced to provide you with the most value, but for a limited time The Scenic Route Collection, is being offered at a Better Value, giving you a 71% savings on this Mega Collection! Available at this price for through March 31st at:
I really enjoyed looking through the galleries and selecting some inspirational pages using Scenic Route.
I like the large, blended background, using one of the kit papers, in Golden Gate Bridge by msbrad. She also used a template by Lissy Kay Designs. The circle framing on top is quite unique. The winding road found in the kit is perfectly placed, leading the eye directly into the photo. Her clusters are so pretty, and I love the scatter and glitter placed behind. Enlarging the “S” in her title draws the attention there and finishes the layout off perfectly.
Rocky Mountain by Miss Pepper uses a gorgeous, large photo for the background of the layout. The photo is also blended with one of the kit papers. I love the way the reflection of the mountains appears in the sky. Placing the embellishments along the edges of the layout means there is nothing to distract the eye from the background. She used a shabby edge, included in the collection, behind her left side border. I like the way she placed the car element, ready to drive right into the page.
Norma chose the perfect paper in Scaling the Wall. The orange in the paper blends seamlessly with the photo as it fades into the layout. I like how the framing places the focus on the photo. The camera element supports the theme, and the newsprint from Mix and Match Edges frames the layout perfectly. She also included some elements from Nature Hike Collection, which work so well with Scenic Route.
I like the scene Kabra created in Yellowstone. She rotated the background paper to work better with her photo. The map border is the ideal backdrop for her vertical cluster. The track works to move the eye directly to the charming photo. The framing and greenery are the perfect added touches.
The tutorial used to create the paper in Traveling by franlk can be found here: Blending Use Pin Light. I really like the way it looks like the sun is shining down on the photo. The stacked papers and wooden fence back the photo perfectly. I like the way she tucked the photo into the cluster and reduced the size of the map edge so it could be included.
I’ve come to the end of my post, and I hope you are inspired to pull out those older photos or prepare for the future trips already planned. Thanks and have a great week.
The Clone Stamp Tool is one of my favorite Photoshop tools. It is used to remove distracting elements from an image; and, to me, it just seems like magic!
This is a picture I took of my daughter-in-law, Melissa, when we were hiking “The Narrows.” I love the shot, but find the reflective labels on her backpack distracting. Let’s remove those via the Clone Stamp Tool.
For this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CC2017. This technique works the same way in Photoshop Elements.
- Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the Tool Bar on the left.
- In the Options bar at the top of the screen:
- Choose a soft-round brush
- Choose Normal as the Blend Mode
- Choose an Opacity percentage (I usually leave this at 100%, but may lower it depending upon the result I get at 100%).
- Choose a Flow percentage (I usually leave this at 100%)
- Choose Aligned
- Choose: Current & Below in the Sample box
- It’s always best to work non-destructively, when we have that option; and we do with the Clone Stamp Tool. Create a blank layer above the photograph.
- Making sure you still have the blank layer selected, click in the document. Then Alt+Click to select a place from which to clone. It’s best to clone from an area that looks as close as possible to the area you wish to replace. In this image, I wanted to replace the white labels with black, so the most obvious place to clone was a black area on her shorts..
- Next, click over the area you want to replace. Short drags or simple clicks will do the trick.
- Continue until the “offending” areas has been replaced by the cloned pixels.
This is my final image, which I am happy with. Even better, the cloning was done on the blank layer, so the process was non-destructive, leaving my original image intact.
If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial, you may do so here: Using the Clone Stamp Tool Non-Destructively.
I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful!
Are you ready for some fun today? Join me and other designers at MyMemories in our March Blog Train! (Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for additional freebies!)
Never participated in a Blog Train? It’s easy, just follow the links provided and hop from blog to blog, where each designer has a small FREE sampler mini-kit just waiting for you. It’s a great way to get a taste of the design style of designers you are not familiar with! AND get some fun freebies at the same time!
Below is a preview of my contribution, and you can find it HERE.
My Memories Blog Train Process:
- Visit each designer’s blog or Facebook posting for their preview and special link to their MM store.
- Click on the link provided.
- Place their gift in your shopping cart.
- Check out once you have all of the designer gifts collected and in your cart!
Your next stop will be: Queen Brat Designs
A complete list of all participants are at the bottom of this post.
If you are still trying to find which software works best for your needs, why not give MyMemories a try? Try it FREE here.
And if you decide MyMemories software is for YOU, use the coupon code: STMMMS40410 to receive $10 off the purchase price! Other special offers are also available, such as 30% off a photobook or photo gift order! Plus get the 1st month FREE to the Design Club!!
You will find my MyMemories shop HERE.
My Memories gives weekly freebies! Here are the designer freebies for this week, but HURRY… the last day to download is March 19th.
And I have 2 freebies in my store, which will be going away next week! If you would like them, be sure to download them before March 25th.
Click on the image to download!
Follow your Heart Cluster
The Introductory Sale Pricing on my newest collection, Spring-a-Ling, is almost over.
There is still time to save 30% on individual packs and a whopping 66% on the Collection!
I hope you enjoy your freebies and train ride! Here is the entire list of this month’s Blog Train participants!
Polka Dot Chicks
Over the Fence Designs
Patty B Scraps
Queen Brat Designs
Happy Scrap Art
Sugar Moon Designs
Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
scrap ‘n design by Rv MacSouli
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
Heather Z Scraps
Sweet Pea Designs
Designs by Lisa Minor
Staffy Scraps Designs by Stina
Carolyn’s Scrap Creations
Sunshine Inspired Designs
Albums to Remember
Day Dreams ‘n Designs