I seriously cannot believe we are in to August already. It's about to get super busy for us so I hope I can keep up, fingers crossed! We shall see how it goes between visiting family, starting soccer, starting school, you know the usual.
Here's what I ended up with for last week.
It's always fun on Monday's when I sit down and see what I have and then figure what's going to go where. It's like a puzzle each week, so many different ways of building it too. This side is a jumble of three different days, Monday, Sunday and Thursday as we move clockwise. One thing I do is always try to keep in mind when I'm shooting photos to take some horizontally for this particular side. 99.9% of the photos I shoot are vertical so its a must to remember or I will have nothing for these middle horizontal slots. The slot with the business card is a fun one. I wanted to include the card but that meant losing a slot for journaling and/or another photo so I typed up the journaling on the base card, printed a photo and mounted it to the underside of the business card and taped the card to the outside of the protector so it covered the journaling below. As you'll see when you flip it up, you can see the photo and the journaling.
One thing I played around a lot with this week was editing my photos in different ways. I use Rad Lab for all of my photo edits either on my computer or using my phone and their PicTapGo app. It's become my favorite way to edit them and its beyond easy to use. I typically just use the Lights On and either Oh Snap and Punch Out but I did a little experimenting this week. For the top two photos in particular I used Lights On, Punch it Out and then Claire-ify making some slider adjustments along the way. It's definitely a more processed, over saturated and a bit blown out look but I do love the affect. The photo of my new shoes was intentionally blurred when I took it so you could see the sparkle more and once the edits were added it really made the sparkle really pop in person.
I played around with some black and white filters of the one of my daughter drawing on the ipad and I loved the look of her in black and white but I wanted her drawing in color. To achieve this in my layers pallet I had the original color photo as the first layer, then the black and white edited photo on the layer above, I then used the eraser tool and carefully erased the black and white image from the ipad area only exposing the color version below.
I did basically the same for the photo next too it of the library books. I found an image of a library due back card online and erased the white parts making a transparent .png image. I laid that image on top of my photo and erased the lines from the top of the books so you could still seem them clearly. It's a neat way to add a little something extra to a photo.
The Toolbox class over at Studio Calico is in full swing and this week is all about digital, Monday was all about templates and I know another new lesson was uploaded today. I look forward to hitting the classroom to see what Shanna has done for us. Shanna also schedule a chat for class members tomorrow (8/8) at 8:00pm PST so if you're taking the class, make sure you join the chat. She will be answering questions and just sharing about all things digital so maybe I'll see you there.
I hope you have a great week!