Photoshop-Camera Raw: Turning Colored Photographs into black and white

I have always been attracted to vintage style photographs and ephemera. I, therefore decided to play around with the Camera Raw feature in Photoshop to edit a picture so it would have a nostalgic appeal to it.

I took a semi current day color photo of my sister from 1974 and made some blending adjustments on it. I used Adobe Photoshop CC version 21.1.3 on a MacBook Pro.

In order to access this blending option you must have your file opened. Then choose “Filter”>”Camera Raw Filter”. Beside “Color Profile” choose “Browse”. When you do that the Profile Browser dialogue box opens giving you various color modes to choose from. Make sure that the “Color” option is highlighted. You will get to choose from modes of Basic, Artistic, Modern, and Vintage. I chose vintage and clicked on the image that satisfied me. Then click “ok”. You now have your edited photograph.

I created a layout using some of the digital papers from the latest kit on etsy called, “Earth Tone Papers and ephemera Kit.” I coupled it with some elements from ManuDesignStudio on etsy.

I pasted the vintage photo onto a sepia colored book, twice. I made the top layer photo invisible by clicking on the “Layer visibility icon” to the left of it. Then I clicked on the lower photo layer, next to the book layer, and I used the blending mode “Luminosity” (found in the layers panel drop down menu). This caused the photo to have identical color shades as the book.

I clicked the top layer photo again and made it visible. I then erased all of the image except for the coat. This made the photo only capture a small portion of color.

I added embellishments and such to give the final picture some character. It was a very fun project. I hope this mini tutorial helped. Happy crafting!

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Junk Journal Pages Series 1 Part 3: Using Digital Printables

I have been working on a junk journal for a few weeks now and decided to add some of my digital printables to a couple of the pages.  I used the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie called, “Ads Envelope Template”, and the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie called, “Aged Stamps”.  

I made two pockets on the right side of the page and created some tuck spots on the left.  There is plenty of journaling space in there.

Supplies List

-Paper Trimmer

-Scissors

-Crop a Dile or hole punch

-Eyelets

-Paint brush

-Distress Oxide inks – Tim Holtz, Ranger(Peeled Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Black Soot)

-Distress Ink – Tim Holtz, Ranger – Walnut Stain

-Pigment Ink – Ranger – Opaque ink – Black Tie

-Dylusions White linen paint pen

-Recollections Detail embossing powders- (snow, sapphire, citron)

-Firefly – Alcohol marker # 120 black

-Glossy Accents

-Art glitter glue

-Elmer’s Craft Bond – Extra Strength – glue stick

-Cheesecloth/ lace/ or fabric

Optional- embellishments (jewelry, die cut shapes, pearls, keys, etc…)

Digital files:

Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie – Ads Envelope Template

Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie – Aged Stamps

I first began by brushing some white acrylic gesso on each page.  I let it dry using my heat embossing tool.  Next, I added old book pages that I had distressed using both Tim Holtz distress ink, “Walnut Stain”, and Ranger pigment, opaque ink, “Black tie”.

I then ran some homemade modpodge over the base and added the book pages, sprinkling them with Recollections embossing powders: (snow, sapphire, citron). 

Next I sealed the colors on both pages in using Liquitex Professional Gloss Super Heavy Gel.  This technique also helps stop fine particles from the embossing powder from wiping off the pages. 

I then took a Dylusions White linen paint pen to highlight key areas on the envelopes on the right page. 

On the left page I punched a hole in the top using my Crop a dile tool and added an eyelet.  I wanted to secure the hole so that the ribbon wound through it would remain strong as it held the tag that I placed there as a tuck spot.

Next, I took some scrap cardstock pieces and drew flowers.  I cut them out, dipped them in a distress oxide ink water mix (Vintage Photo), and stack them together with lace and cheesecloth to form a 3-d floral piece.  It was added to the tag as a collaged tuck spot. 

I found various pieces of ephemera, including journaling cards, and two reversible fabric tags that I made using Prima Marketing paper from the “Amelia Rose” collection.

I glued on the blue fabric and sewed the two brown buttons on. I added a butterfly die cut to the opposite side to garnish it.

I fussy cut out a vintage notebook from the Graphic45 “Typography” collection and added it to the center of the two envelopes on the right page. 

I used text from the ephemera sheet on the Facebook Freebie, “Aged Stamps” along with other cut out embellishments for the rest of the project. 

Finally, I drew a black flourish using Firefly alcohol marker #120.  It is the same marker used to trace around fussy cut ephemera used throughout the two pages.

It was a very fun project.  I hope you enjoyed this.  Happy crafting!

Here is the youtube process video on this project.

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Looking to find accessories and supplies to accommodate your digital collections? Mercari is a great site to visit. I was introduced to this platform about three weeks ago when I bought something from a Facebook group. The seller provided me with a link that gave me $10 off my purchase. I was looking for some Tim Holtz dies.

Not only did they have them, but there was also a plethora of other craft supplies, including Graphic45 papers, stamps, embellishments, and more. They had Martha Stewart punches, lace bundles, Cricut supplies, and handmade stuff, among many other things to choose from.

I have already made five purchases. If you are a craft addict like me, you will love Mercari.

They have more than just crafts. From make up and clothing, to vintage findings and electronics, Mercari is the virtual spot to visit.

You can even sell your things on there. Have a surplus of jewelry, or want to rid your house of a bunch of clutter, Mercari is the place for that, too.

Simply check out what they have to offer. You will be glad you did.

You can access their website or even download the app. I guarantee you will be enthused to open up your wallet to either purchase something or make your own money. Either way, it’s a win win situation. 😁💰

Digital Photo Frame: Freebie

I hope everyone has been doing well and is still sharpening their skills with digital crafting. I’ve been playing around with some clip art and decided to design a simple photo frame layout. This freebie comes with a psd and a png transparent file.

Click here to download

You can clip a photo and mask it to the psd file or simply add a picture to the bottom layer of the png file. I will have a YouTube process video on some different ways of inserting the photos into these files. Thanks and enjoy this photo frame! To download this file click here. Please read the Terms of Use and Frequently Asked Questions. For more free digital downloads, visit the Multimedia Crafts Digital “Freebies” page.

process video on how to insert pictures into the freebie photo frame templates using two different blending options

Quarantine Crafting: Finding resources While Stuck at Home

The world has suffered from what most of us are familiar with: The horrible pandemic of the corona virus.  With many people having to work from home, teach from home, and shop from home, we need something to keep our minds off this new lifestyle adjustment. Creativity can do just that.  It can take the mental strain of everyday responsibilities away as you are diverted into design mode of project hewing.  Fortunately for me and countless others, crafting happens to be a pleasant hobby that can serve the well needed function of amusement.  However, with the COVID-19 plague on the horizon, finding products and resources may become more of a challenge with many of the non-essentials stores (Craft Retailers) temporarily closing down across the globe in a huge effort to practice social distancing and slow the spread of the disease.

There is good news, though.  You can always use online shopping and researching.  Virtual venues such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy and more provide great products that are no longer available in local shops.  You don’t have to leave your home.  Simply click, and they will ship.  You could also check out major store chains online, such as Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and others to have your items shipped to you.  Some may not offer the free ship to store options, since you are no longer allowed to physically go pick your order up.  Nevertheless, you can still fulfill your craft hoarding by getting it electronically.  Yay!! I had to order some of my basics: art glitter glue.  I had to have that.  I found an 8 oz bottle of it on eBay  . Some sellers on there offered free shipping, too.  I needed it for a current junk journal project that I am working on, chronicling my everyday routines. Things have changed so much in my household that I need something to keep my mentality from going into turmoil.

In my state of North Carolina, all the schools are shut down until at least May, or maybe longer.  Therefore, I must play teacher to My 10-year-old son.  Science, English and Math are not my best, but ART…I think I’m an okay instructor…Ha!  Too bad crafting is not his favorite subject, but we are handling home schooling just fine.  I am fortunate that mine and my husband’s work schedule can accommodate his learning arrangements…and my craft hobby.

I’m trying to include daily responsibility cards, with a shabby chic- tea themed, touch to them.  I plan to create tuck spots where I can place the cards and tags throughout the journal with pockets to store ephemera, news articles, and more.  These will serve as like a planner/ daily or weekly journal of what is happening in our lives until this epidemic is over with.  I feel like this can help me stay structured without loosing my mind.

I have gathered some digital printables, some scrapbook pages to make my journal signatures, and some ephemera I made from previous projects.

I’m including ephemera from the new Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie digital kit, “Fun Fashion“. Click the link to download. Please be sure to read the Terms of Use Licensing, and check out the other freebies.

I like to organize my book, somewhat, before I assemble it. I think this project will ease my anxiety from all the negative things going on.

Maybe you would like to create something, also.  Don’t let closed stores and other obstructions hinder you from your art, if you can help it.  Try to relieve your stress by becoming immersed into an hour or two or three of crafting time.  I just love it.  I think you will too. 

I hope this was helpful.  Happy Crafting!

Process Assembly Video for “Fun Fashion” FREEBIE kit

Digital With Digital: Quick and Easy Ephemera

[UPDATED] When it comes to making ephemera for your scrapbook or junk journal, do you sometimes appreciate easy fixes?  I do.  That’s why I combine multiple digital templates together to quickly complete a project.

In this instance, I will show you how I made some cards, envelopes, and tags from various digital templates.  Some of the templates were free while others were purchased from online stores.  

Freebies

(By the way, check out the newly available Multimedia Crafts Freebie, “Grungy Things Ephemera Pack”. For more freebies click on the Freebies page. Be sure to also see the Terms of Use for these graphics.)

The Process

I first began with a sheet from the digital freebie kit, “Nostalgic Era” from this site. I printed it out and then added a card and envelope template onto it

2 x 3 Card and Envelope Template from etsy used on this project

I simply cut it out, assembled it according to the provided instructions and added my own embellishments.  Then I printed out the ephemera sheet that came with the Facebook Freebie kit, “Take Notes.”  I also printed out the free ephemera I got from Arty Maze’s blog and the freebie I got from website. Lastly, I printed out the pocket page that came from the purchased digital junk junk journal kit, “Steamtime Steampunk Junk Journal Kit” from Vectoria Designs on etsy:

These are the pockets from the “Steamtime Steampunk Journal Kit by Vectoria Designs on etsy.  I printed the template out twice, cut each of the center graphics out of one of the sets, highlight the lines with a ballpoint pen, and added glossy accents around the image. I used the same procedure for the fussy cut out scissors. I added these to a cut up manila folder with scraps of ephemera from previous projects added to them.

I decided to make the photos of the two girls the focal point of the ephemera clusters. I simply cut the smaller image of the child out from its original frame and added it to the front of the mini folio. I used the remaining negative from that image and backed it with some notebook paper to create a double sided journaling spot. I stamped on the rear and added more notebook paper, a die cut clipboard piece (made using the Tim Holtz movers and shapers die ,”Mini Clipboard Top and Bottom)”, and some ephemera from other scrap papers. I stamped all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

I used the manila envelope scraps to create a mini folio, with multiple pockets and tuck spots. I added some cheesecloth, flowers, words and sentiments, ribbon, tags, and a few envelopes. This mini book has magnetic closures throughout it.

This was a very fun project. It was simple and easy. That’s the fun in having digital templates. You can throw something together really fast.

#quick and easy ephemera

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Watch the process video for this post

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If you make a purchase from some of the links I will received a monetary percentage of the cost of your order.

Additional Supplies List

Life Words Digital Kit

Correspondence A2 Card and Envelope Template

6.25” x 6” Lilac Envelope Template

Romantic Bliss – 12” x 12” Paper Pack

Paper timmer

Scissors

Art glitter glue

Glue stick

ribbon

jute string

Sizzix Vintaj Bigkick

Sizzix embossing folders

Tim Holtz dies

Tim Holtz distress inks

Something Borrowed, Something New

When it comes to crafting, I love to take an existing idea or technique and merge it with my own new spin on it.

Crafting is somewhat like a wedding.  We are married to what we love.  We create an alliance with supplies, videos, magazines, and things we see in stores on display, giving us daily inspiration to make something similar.  Our passion could be for sewing, painting, journaling, jewelry making, and so forth, and we could merge the works of all the above to create a wonderful masterpiece

So, I took something borrowed, like a brilliant tutorial I have seen on YouTube, with Arty maze, and create something new with what I have learned from it.  In this instance I watched “*Junk In The Trunk* #20 Spring Tags…” and I saw how Arty took some playing cards and repurposed them.  They were the perfect size that I needed to create three cards for a  swap I am in with the Facebook group, “Junk Journal Buddies.”   

I took three playing cards, sanded them down with a sanding block, added some white acrylic paint to them (since I had run out of gesso) and let them dry.  Next, I added some Tim Holtz, Ranger, Distress oxide inks(Broken China, and Peeled Paint)  I rubbed the inks onto my glass mat, spritzed it with water, and brushed the colors onto the cards. 

I then found a piece of pink die cut floral paper and cut them into sections, painted them white, and glued them with some cheesecloth to the cards to form tuck spots.

Next, I took some scraps of papers and images, fussy cut them out and added them to the front and backs of the cards, including some tuck spots and sentiments.

It was a very fun project to make something new from something borrowed.  I hope this brief process was helpful!

To see the complete assembly of the cards, check out my YouTube video on it.  Happy crafting!

This is the process video on how I made these journaling cards

Disclaimer: If you purchase something from some of the links I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item. Thanks.

Digital File Storage

If you love scrapbooking and junk journaling, then you have probably acquired quite a bit of beautiful papers and elements.  Some may be physical purchases from brand names such as Graphic45 , BoBunny Tim Holtz The Paperstash, Stamperia, and many others. You may have also purchased digital downloads from etsy,or other websites.  Many digital files are even free! They can come from websites or even Facebook and include papers, envelopes, tags, bookmarks, graphics, and other pretty ephemera.

Some Free files are for personal use, while others are for commercial use. The illustration to the left is a freebie file found on Facebook. It is for commercial use. This would be a great kit to add to your digital collections! To access it click on the Facebook link and follow the prompts.

We often talk about how we store our purchased and freebie physical papers and ephemera using drawers, rolling carts, boxes, racks and more. 

So, what do you do with all your digital collections?  Do you organize them by brand name?  Or, do you save them in folders based on themes, such as “Shabby chic”, “Rustic”, “Industrial”, “Whimsical”, and more?  It certainly does not take long to start out with just a handful of options and end up with a hard drive filled with various files, making it very hard to find what you need when you need it most.  I’ve come across files that I had forgotten I owned. 

I tend to keep some of my files based on purchased versus free and commercial use license versus personal use.  Since I am a digital designer who sells various graphics, I need to know which files I am legally able to use to create and disburse my own.  

Also, do you store your files on your laptop or computer, or do you keep them on a cloud drive or portable drive?  These are very important things to consider.  The more graphics and data you use, the more space is taken up, and slows down your device.  I personally keep my files on the cloud.  I do that since I can access them anywhere if I have wifi.  I will eventually get a portable drive, such as the Samsung Portable SDD T5.  These storage gadgets are great for holding data, especially huge photo and video files.  This would help to save my computer disk space, making my laptop run more efficiently.

No matter how you keep your crafts and access them, just have fun with it.  Long as you know where to find what you need, that is all that matters. 

Happy crafting!!

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If you click on some of the links and purchase something through it, I will received a monetary percentage of the cost of your order. Thanks!

Digital Scrap-booking: Quality Tips – Checking Gamut in Adobe Photoshop

It is very important to identify when images are out of gamut before completing digital scrapbook projects. Why? The answer is simple. But first you must understand what a gamut is.

 A gamut is the color range or scope of colors that monitor systems display and printer structures print. If an image is out of gamut, it may not print in the colors shown on your system’s screen.  In Adobe Photoshop, there are various color modes to create your project in, but for digital scrapbooking prints, the two most used modes are RGB and CMYK.   RGB color mode is the more practical choice, since you can check to see if images are in or out of gamut.

Checking for Gamut Issues

The way to check for gamut issues is to do the following:

 On the menu bar click “View” > “Gamut Warning” or use your keyboard shortcuts [Shift + Ctrl (Command on a Mac) + Y].  If the image has grayed out areas, then it is out of gamut.  If the color values did not change, then they are within the color scope and your image should print fine. 

Correcting Out of Gamut Images

Out of gamut images can be fixed by converting it from RGB color mode to CMYK, then back to RGB.  On the menu bar, click “Image” > “Mode”> “CMYK color mode”. 

When you do this, a dialogue box opens with a message that states, “You are about to convert to CMYK using the “U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2” profile.  This may not be what you intended.  To use a different profile choose edit > Convert to Profile.”  

Click “ok” and your image will convert, ridding all the graphic of gray areas that were not in gamut. Then revert to RGB color, using the same methods of conversion applied from the “Image” menu (“Image” > “Mode”> RGB color mode).

Fixed image in gamut and RGB color mode

Be aware that some details of the image may be lost during conversion.  CMYK colors are typically the brighter, more neon colors.  If your image is out of gamut and is converted to within the RGB color range, the final edit may not appear as bright.  This should fix your gamut issues.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Happy crafting!

Memories and Treasures Freebie Kit

Enjoy this vintage style paper kit. Create your scrapbook pages, envelopes, tags, bags, junk journal pages and more. This 6 piece, 8.5″ x 11″ kit is 300 dpi, and is in printable jpg format.

Click here to download your copy of Memories and Treasures.

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