Today's theme is "Christmas in August". There are some really adorable new Christmas downloads that will be available in the upcoming Holiday Mini, but for this page I decided to stick with the downloads that I already have. Here's my end result:
After opening my Christmas photos from last year, I realized that I'd taken them all on my iPhone because my real camera was struggling. Translation: the dumb thing took terrible pictures and I figured cell phone photos would be better than none at all. Sadly, using these pictures on a scrapbook page is proving to be a challenge. Luckily for me, I had just read a post from Stampin' Up on MDS.net where the idea was to take less than perfect photos and change the opacity, thus turning them into a watermark.
For the photo on this page, I changed the opacity to 60%. When you change the opacity on any object, remember that your background will begin to show through. To get around this I layered my photo on top of a square of Very Vanilla card stock - worked like a charm!
I then added a Vintage Overlay on top of the photo to give it a more vintage feel - left alone the photo simply looked washed out and grainy. The downside to Vintage Overlays is that you can't change the color (not that I'm aware of anyway), and since I didn't want a stark black image over my photo, I changed the opacity on that as well. It's certainly not an ideal photo, but then again I'm not a professional photographer and I'm bound to have plenty of less than perfect pictures. Thank goodness for this technique!
I also wanted a different texture for the striped background paper, so I layered a Hip and Handsome overlay in Very Vanilla on the top. It's different, but I like it.
Christmas Cheer (patterned paper)
Christmas Cocoa II and Christmas Cheer (elements)
Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Taffeta Ribbon
Hip and Handsome Overlays
Font: Pea XOXO