How To Add A Text Overlay to your Photos

Good morning bloggers, Today I am going to show you how to add text overlays to your photos to create nice ‘arty effects’.

This is my before photo.

This is my photo after the text overlay has been added.

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Colour Me Happy – Part 2: Analogous Harmonies

You may or may not have realised but different colour schemes can manipulate moods and feelings. Artists, marketing and advertising experts, even animators of children’s films have been using analogous colours to help convey their messages, sell products or evoke certain feeling or emotions.

Here is a quick refresher on analogous colour basics that you can apply to your scrapbooking when choosing colour schemes.

Analogous colour palettes

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Analogous colour hues sit very close together on the colour wheel and as mentioned above are a great way to convey intense moods, emotions and feelings.

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Harmonious analogous colours are quite often used for advertising, children’s film and makeup. They can been seen everywhere in nature in some of the most beautiful displays of colour, such as sunsets and sunrises, storms and even sunflowers. They can also inspire terror – think about volcanic eruptions. Analogous colour schemes are perfect for layouts and projects featuring any just about any topics simply altering the pallet to suit the subject.

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Why not try using an analogous colour scheme for you next layout or scrappy project?

Luv Renee


Guest Post: Photographing the Unwilling (by Jodie King)

Hi Scrapbook Creations friends. It’s Jodie here, and I’d like to thank Ellen and Scrapbook Creations for having me back for another Project Life guest post today.

So you love documenting your family’s everyday, but have you found that your children have suddenly grown from being cute three and six year olds posing in front of the camera on request for you, to suddenly being teenagers that can’t think of anything worse than their mother in front of them with a camera… again… Mum, really?

Although I use a lot of these tips to get photos of my teens, try some of them on camera-shy younger children, or as ideas to add in more details of your everyday to your Project Life spreads.

This is my spread for Week 4, 2014.
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The left side.
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And the right.
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Now, how to document your everyday when you have those unwilling photo subject moments?  Continue reading

Colour Me Happy – Part 1: Primary Colours

During our school years we probably all studied colour theory in art class at some stage, but along with the millions of other things I learnt at school it seems to have gotten lost  and seemed not too important.

Here is a quick refresher on colour basics that you can apply to your scrapbooking when choosing colour schemes.



Primary colours: RED, YELLOW and BLUE

There are three primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue. These three are the primary colours because no other colours can be mixed to create them, and all other colours can be created by mixing different combinations of the three just adding white or black to lighten or darken.

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The primary colours are quite often used for advertising, childrens toys and logos as they are bright,  eye catching, uncomplicated and fun. This makes them perfect for layouts and projects featuring school pictures, sport or actions shots, playground pics, boys or birthday parties.

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Why not try using a primary colours scheme for you next layout or scrappy project?

Luv Renee


Adding Texture Overlays to your Portrait Photos

Dearest bloggers and readers, did you know that adding texture overlays and using the different blend modes in Photoshop and Elements can give lots of dimension to your photos? Let me show you how!

Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to see them larger.

I took this photo of my daughter Amy and her boyfriend with a white backdrop.  The photo is stark, modern and quite clean-cut.

I added a coloured and textured overlay to produce heritage style results.

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Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 2)

Ed’s note: Make sure you check out Kerry-Jean’s post from Wednesday where she talks about why she loves Easel Cards and shows us two of her masterpieces–a Butterfly Easel Card and a Steampunk one.

I used to feel that masculine card were a little terrifying to come up with, but these days it’s a totally different feeling. I use darker tones of colour usually, or in this case earth tones and creams. I find a motif that fits the person I am making the card for, or just something more generic and common; clocks, gears, and hot air balloons tend to work. The main difference is really no flowers or butterflies, however sometimes simple leaves are appropriate. Something fun to do with cards is to add some visual texture, the stencil and texture paste technique from mix media is a great way to break a paper pattern up a little.

This final card is a variation on the easel, the twist easel card. It is super easy to do and can add a new dimension to your design. Using a bit of acetate again gives a wonderful silhouette of an embellishment and remember to try and compliment your anchor with the design of the card.

A few extra tips!

When choosing the paper that goes on the inside of the card, keep in mind that writing needs to go there so make sure that the design or colour is light enough to allow someone to inscribe a personalised greeting.

To enhance the effect of ageing in your design, distress the paper. I distress the edges of my paper all the time. This is just how I roll. It gives a vintage and rustic look that cannot be achieved any other way. This effect can also be enhanced by inking the edges after I have distressed paper, which you can see on the Happy Birthday card (above).

I want to take a moment to thanks Scrapbook Creations and Ellen for giving me this opportunity to talk about my creations and I hope I have helped inspire you. If you would like to check out more of my work, head over to my blog, and I can also be found on Facebook, instagram (@kerryjean), pinterest (@kerryjeanwatson). If you have any questions please feel free to come and find me.

The low down: Foiling!


Chipboards are an awesome embellishment that can be altered to co-ordinate with any of your scrappy projects. You can paint them, cover them, colour them in, stamp them, ink them, gelato them, emboss them run them through your big shot, or simply leave them raw (aka: nude) But after a while (and years of using chippies) I wanted to try some thing new and that is when I found foiling!

I created this tag using  foiled chipboard frame from Scrapmatts Chipboard.

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And here is a layout I completed using stamped and then foiled images:  Continue reading