Becoming a Design Star

Last month I completed a course from Scrapaneers that was all about creating awesome titles for scrapbook pages.  By the end of the class I had finally figured out how to use Photoshop Elements 9 and was feeling really comfortable with it.  I learned some really cool techniques for jazzing up a flat font and for our final assignment I tried to put most of the techniques to good use.

Beautiful Smiles

The above layout was my final assignment and I used the distressed chipboard look on the square frames, made the round frame to look like a puffy sticker, and the word “smiles” incorporated two techniques: simple offset outline and a sticker effect.

I loved the Title Express class so much I signed up for another one, Design Star with designer Traci Reed.

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This class teaches the basics and the secrets behind making digital kits.  Just in case you don’t know what that is, here is an example of a digital kit that I use for my photobooks and scrapbook layouts:

onelittlebird-scenes-preview

I mentioned I finally learned how to use Photoshop Elements 9 in the previous course I took.  Well, for this class I have to learn the more advanced Photoshop on Adobe’s new Creative Cloud.  So not only do I have this huge learning curve for the basics of Photoshop, but I also have to learn how to make patterned paper and embellishments!!  Let’s just say, I don’t have much free time these days!

I have finished week 3 of the Design Star course and learned how to draw basic shapes and make repeating patterns in order to create the digital papers.  I am making this kit for a future photobook that I have promised for my Dad which will include all of his family’s old photos and ancestry information.  The colours I chose will, hopefully, go nicely with old, faded photographs.

Family-History-Paper-Preview

The first paper with the wood grain is a photo I took of the wooden walls of Fort Edmonton with the colours adjusted to match the colour scheme of the other papers.  I love geometric shapes, so many of my papers include circles, stripes, and arrows.   The one paper to note is the flower paper – I drew those flowers and leaves in Photoshop all by myself!  I am very proud of that paper because it took me a long time to figure out how to use the pen tool to just make one petal!!

There are still 5 more weeks left of this course and I am excited for all the new things I am going to learn about kit design and Photoshop!  So watch out for more Design Star updates in the coming weeks!

Leah

One thought on “Becoming a Design Star

  1. Leah, I never really new that you are such a talent. I think you found your call in your life, and you love it too. I am proud I met you even if was just for a short time in RT. Anna

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