July 7, 2010

Faded Masks Tutorial

Hello again my pretties!! I am back for the second time today to bring you yet another tutorial to go of the other new releases from Liz coming out this week. And just to tease ya even more, there are even more goodies than these two I have shown you! I am mean, I know.

This tutorial goes along with the Faded Masks Liz created. Masks are a super easy way to take an already great photo or paper and make it even more FAB! Just by clipping you can turn your photos or paper into amazing new shapes. I love how Liz added the “faded” effect to these masks to soften the edges. Here we go with the tutorial for Faded Masks….

Here is my completed layout and next I will walk you through how I used the mask….

First, I began by opening my background (brown) paper, the photo I wanted to work with, the mask of choice for this layout, and the paper to clip to the mask (yellow).

The next three screenshots show how I double clicked on the yellow paper to bring it into my workspace. Then I drug (or is it dragged..sorry) the yellow paper onto the black mask. Next I “clipped” the yellow paper on to the mask (previously shown in 3D tutorial) and finally I merged the two layers together to create just one layer.

Now, drag the yellow mask shape onto your background paper and position it where you want it.

Next, drag your photo onto your workspace. My photo was small when it was placed in the workspace but all I did was grab a corner of the photo and enlarged it until I knew it would cover the mask completely. In this case I actually moved the photo left until some of it was “off the page” completely.
Now, clip your photo to the yellow mask. Notice how you do not have the yellow glowing effect like I have in my completed layout? Don’t worry, I am getting to that:)
To achieve the yellow glow all I did was drag a 2nd yellow mask into my workspace and position it between the photo & brown background paper. I also widened the mask a little to make it stand out a little more than the photo.

So, there you have it………another tutorial to get you ready to use these smashing new releases from Liz this week. Isn’t learning fun? I think so!!!
~Hugs, Helen~

July 6, 2010

Life with Liz - A Scrapbooking Treasure

Welcome to the first weekly edition of "Life with Liz". This is going to be a weekly post by myself (ScrappingwithLiz) and I'll be posting about all different kinds of things, my life, my layouts, etc... I guess the first thing that I should tell you is that I don't go by Liz in my "real" life. I go by Elizabeth. My mom never liked any of the nicknames for Elizabeth so I was always Elizabeth. When I started doing more stuff in forums, facebook, e-mails was always easier to just type Liz. So that is why I go by Liz in my "digi" life. It's kind of fun having "two" lives!

Anyway, on to today's subject. I was over at my moms and she had been going through some old photos, scrapbooks, etc... Well, as I was browsing through her stacks of photos I came across two older looking scrapbooks. So, of course, I had to take a peek. They were from my grandmother and they were dated 1966 and 1969....a 40 year old scrapbook! I was so excited. I knew scrapbooking must be in my genes. So I asked my mom if I could take them....not really sure what I was going to do with them but I knew I had to do something. I'm not even really sure what I should do with them or how I can preserve them. One of the scrapbooks is about travels that my Grandmother, Aunt, and Mom took through Michigan, Canada, and Montana. The other one, which is my favorite, is a scrapbook about a vacation my grandparents took with my mom when she was 9. My grandmothers journaling is on every page describing the pics, events, miles driven, places stayed, prices, etc...(it's wonderful). Plus there are pamphlets and postcards from their travels across the states. This is a real treasure. Here's a little peak into the scrapbook.

This is the first page of the scrapbook of my Grandparents and Mom's travels.
"We (Dad, Mom & Sara) left home at 5:30 a.m. on August 25-Thursday-1966. We ate our breakfast in Jackson, Minnesota at 8:30 in a beautiful wayside park. Crossed the state line into Iowa at 9:30. 192 miles. We stopped in Whiting to see Floyd, Jessie, Jonathan & Mary Louise but didn't find them home. We ate dinner in the park where we took this picture. 324 miles."
That's my mom on the swing.

That's my mom in the left photo and my grandparents in the right at Mount Rushmore (my mom took that photo).

This page brings back memories. Yes I know, I wasn't there, but my family took a trip out west when I was growing up and I remember us seeing signs for "Reptile Gardens." My sisters and I made up a goofy song about "Reptile Gardens" and I remember laughing about it hysterically. I don't remember if we actually went there but I do remember the song!

Here's the last page in the book.
That's my mom and her nieces and nephews in the photo to the left. My mom was the youngest by about 10 years in her family so she already had lots of nieces and nephews.
"Tuesday, Aug. 30. Crossed into Minnesota at Pipestone at 10:00 - 2207 miles. Stopped at Truman to see John, Marcia and Andy was quite hot driving - but not as bad as yesterday when we had to stop at that Motel for ice cubes for Sara. We drove in hard rain after leaving Hayfield - decided we have driven 2447 miles by the time we get home."

And here's the traditional school paper my mom had to write when she went back to school in the fall. You know, the one where you have to write about something you did during the summer.

My Vacation
My Mother and Dad and I went to Greeley Colorado to see the mountains.
We came up through Wyoming and South Dakota and saw the Badland and Mount Rushmore. Then we all got home last night.

I'm so glad that my grandmother preserved these memories (as best as she could) so that I can know more about my grandparents and mom's life. I want to do the same thing for my children and future grandchildren. Now I just need to figure out how to preserve these older scrapbooks so that I can pass them on.

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