PSE Christmas Layout Ideas
I used a background from the disk/book combo Digital Designs for Scrapbooking by Renee Pearson–an EXCELLENT book for beginners to learn to use layers.
I didn’t want to “box in” the pics with a traditional square frame, so I used the blur frame tool. I added a “soft-edge frame” to the pics after cropping them to allow the background to bleed through.
The next picture is a “matching pair” (I now do all my layouts in two page pairs…I like the visual symmetry). This is a matching background, but I flipped the page and inverted it to add visual interest as I didn’t want it to look like the same page.
To accomplish this, I first the backgroun paper with a full sized pic of a portion of my finished tree. Next, I superimposed pictures of the kids in with blurred frames again. I decreased the opacity of the tree layerwith the slider to allow some of the original paper background to show through.
I pasted the text box back over the top of the tree by cut and paste ( I think) to keep the text on top.
The “soft” frame got rid of harsh edged pics on a pretty background like this one. This is my favorite digi-effect for holiday pictures. Enjoy! Let me know if you try it! Send me your link in the comment box! I’d love to see it!
Also, my new scrapbooking blog dedicated solely to all things scrapbooking Record Keeper. Right now, Christmas cards!