How to get an “Artsy Scrapbooking” Style on your layouts
Have you ever stumbled over these layouts where pictures and background melt together? I was totally impressed when I spotted the first layouts. The approach was totally different to the one I knew before. It’s not really “just” about putting a picture on a page. It’s more about to find the perfect combination of pictures, smooth transitions, little writings and different papers. The pictures are perfect integrated within a little piece of art. The focus is not on “clean” or “straight”. You can use your full creativity without taking care of perfect lines There are a lot of great artists out there who are great within this little own world of Artsy Scrapbooking. I guess you should have a look at the designs of Anna Aspnes or Rachel.
You will find in my post some awesome example layouts plus tutorials and freebies when appropriate. If you have any questions or need any more tutorials or instructions do not hesitate to contact me.
Tip #1: Use different MASKS for photos
With clipping masks photos are integrated fluently into a layout. I just love how the parts of such a layout fit together perfectly. The photos are not longer limited to their “edges”. Masks provide the possibility to get a smooth transition.
|Credit: “Moments Like This” by momadee||Credit: “Home Sweet Home” by Heather Prins|
- Shape/Photo Masks Using The Clipping Mask In Photoshop –> Tutorial from Pixelscrapper
- How to use a “Clipping Mask” to insert photos into a template –> Tutorial from MCPActions
- Making your own custom cutouts/clipping masks –> Tutorial from TheCoffeeShopBlog
|Download: Mask freebie from Studio Viva Artistry||Download: Photo Masks by Palvinka Designs|
Tip #2: FRAME just a part of a photo
I never had the idea to frame just a part of a picture until I saw the first layout. Just loooved Artsy Scrapbooking immediately! I like this method as you can choose the focus of the photo. In this way you can “lead the eye” of the viewer. I guess this is just possible if you have one photo. But give it a try. There are so many awesome frames out there which need to be used.
|Credit: “My Town” by tracermajig||Credit: “Serenity” by oldvwblues|
|Download: Vintage Frame Freebie from Mommyish||Download: Frame freebies by Carley’s Digi Scraps|
Tip #3: Use different BLENDING modes
|Credit: “Quentin” by salamandrescrap||Credit: “Explore. Dream. Discover” by Eszter|
Tip #4: Work over photos to get a DRAFT LOOK
This is such an awesome technique. The photos look as if they are in a progress of drawing. It looks so interesting. Give it a try with one of the tutorials. It is easier than you might think. And the result is gorgeous and looks very professional.
|Credit: “Venice” by mrymoores||Credit: “Beautiful Monterey” by Jeanzie|
Tip #5: Integrate some easy DRAWING or DOODLES
It’s just so easy to fill the layout with some personal details. There is no need for straight lines or perfect drawings in Artsy Scrapbooking. Just scribble a little bit and leave your own track. This is a very easy way to add words, dates or even to connect elements which seem to be too far away from eachother. It’s just fun to leave some very own doodles. This is even possible with your computer mouse in photoshop.
|Credit: “Autumn Promenade” by casbury||Credit: “Spring” by Guinevere3|
- How to Install Free Photoshop Content –>Information about brushes, layer styles, etc. from Graphics Soft
- How to Use Photoshop’s Pen Tool –> Tutorial by Melissa Evans
|Download: Doodle Arrows from Isa’s Place||Download: Doodle Borders by mleCard|
I am happy to hear about your opinion. Do you like Artsy Scrapbooking? Do you want to give it a try? Are you already working with this style? I am just starting to experiment a little with it. I hope you might have got some inspiration for your own layouts. Have a good time!