What do you get when you mix art journaling, scrapbooking and a computer? A whole lot of fun!
I’ve always been one of those people that can never sit still – according to my husband, one of the most dreaded phrases (for him) in my vocabulary is “I’m bored” LOL. Which is why he’s fully supportive of the fact that I’m always doing, always trying, always exploring, always experimenting, always learning…a lot of it in the area of creative expression. While many artists seem to have a preferred medium or even a distinct style – I have yet to find mine. I went from being a scrapbooker (in 1998) to a card-maker & paper crafter (in 2004), to a closet art journaler & mixed media artist (in 2010), and as of a year ago, I’ve now added digital scrapbooker to my repertoire…and I have to say, I’m in love.
Don’t get me wrong – I still love my ink, paper and stamps – I still love the feeling of messy, paint-filled hands – I still love everything about the more traditional forms of paper crafting, mixed media and art journaling – at the same time there’s a lot to be said about exploring the world of digital scrapbooking. It doesn’t take a lot of space in your house – all you really need in terms of equipment is a computer and digital scrapbooking software (my personal preference is Adobe Photoshop). In terms of supplies – you can carry all your supplies with you wherever you go and use the same supplies over and over and over again – which is a HUGE cost savings.
And of course whatever your style – it can carry over into your digital scrapbooking. Right now I’m a big fan of anything artsy – paint, ink, splatters, watercolors, grungy, colourful – and as you can see from my layout – I incorporated all of it! So here are the details:
- Software: Adobe Photoshop (Elements or CS – I own Adobe CS5)
- Paper: Brownbagger Paper 5 from the Brownbagger Paper Pack (Liv.e Designs)
- Elements: Frame, screw & white painted edge overlay from T+Mini Vol.5 – Work of Art (Liv.e Designs); colored paint splatters from Artsy Paint N0. 1 (Kate Pertiet), white script background from Letter Box Brushes and Stamps No. 02 (Kate Pertiet), white circle outline background from Adventures in Outlines: Shape Clusters No. 01 (Kate Pertiet), black arrows from Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01 (Kate Pertiet), “Friends” sentiment created from Stripey Alphabet No. 01 (Kate Pertiet), “Best” sentiment created from Brushed Alphabet No. 04 (Kate Pertiet), heart from Loopies Vol. 2 – Loopy Love (liv.e Designs); black ink splatters from Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 1 (Kate Pertiet), journaling uses a free font called Travelling Typewriter font from dafont.
Please note that I do not receive any affiliate commissions from the purchase of any of these digital products. I simply wanted to point you to which exact ones I used since I know that when I see something I love, I want that one.
Of course as I added the various elements – I didn’t add them as is. I reflected some, rotated some, partially erased some etc. I will be starting a Digital Scraping 101 series here on the blog towards the end of August for those of you interested in trying your hand at digital scrapbooking.