Captivated Visions: A Little Tidy Up

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Rachel a.k.a Captivated Visions is such a talented designer and I am happy to welcome her back. I was able to meet her last year when she traveled all the way from United Kingdom to Las Vegas for Digiscrapapalooza.  So many artistic elements that are included in her collections creating a great “art journal” look!  Paint, aged and weathered papers, vintage textiles…so many beautiful elements!  I love the theme of her contribution this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Yes You Can” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!  Here are some layouts created using Captivated Visions’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Yes You Can by Captivated Visions; Fonts: The Silver Reed font by Heather (Hess)
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Yes You Can by Captivated Visions; misc doodles by me; Font: soymilk.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Yes You Can by Captivated Visions; Staple Its Clusters by Pattie Knox; Art Play Palette Word Play (mask) by Anna Aspnes; Vintage Photo Frames No. 18 by Katie Pertiet.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Yes You Can by Captivated Visions; Traveling Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m 35 and from the United Kingdom, I live with my husband Simon who is also my best friend and tech guy! I’ve been dabbling in design for four years or more, it’s such a wonderful creative outlet and release for me, I can’t imagine myself ever doing anything else!

My designs have been available at ScrapbookGraphics since October 2012, you’ll find an eclectic mix of design in my shop inspired by Mixed Media and Art Journaling along with digital scrapbook products from my previous store which are more classic in design.

In my spare time I enjoy working in my Mixed Media Journal, and I’ve recently put together a Junque Journal which is getting fatter! If I’m not creating in my studio or on my computer I’ll be watching a movie with Simon, I enjoy cooking and reading too!

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I was having a little tidy up at home and came across this cute filmstrip of photos Simon and I took in a booth whilst on a shopping trip. I knew right away I wanted to scrap them so I scanned them in and created this fun Mixed Media Layout. The photo was taken right before we got married, the photo brought back a flood of memories! I used painted areas of the Mixed Media paper as a base to title and date my layout, I also customised the paint work by adding more paint and clipping papers to them!
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I stumbled into the Digital Scrapbooking Community around 2009 or so I think, it was after discovering some designers via a signature tag hobby I’d been enjoying for several years.

I tried my hand at a few basic digital layouts shortly afterwards and it wasn’t long before I started to experiment and make my very first kit. I started out offering freebies on my blog and then I started selling Kits from my blog before I joined my first shop!

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Many of my designs are as a consequence of creating in my Mixed Media Art Journal. I normally start out just creating a page off the top of my head, experimenting and creating freely, I often work on several backgrounds at the same time, spritzing and painting and stencilling!

I’ve created many beautiful colour schemes and Kit ideas this way and that’s how things normally start but I don’t always make my journal pages into products. I like to create for me first and foremost but that’s where my creativity starts.

Pinterest is a favourite place to sit and drool over inspiration, and I love to follow blogs and flickr accounts of other Mixed Media Artists and follow others Art Journals.

Sometimes it can be as simple as a pattern, a quote or a colour scheme that gives me the design bug but once I get going it’s a free for all and the end result can be totally different!

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Computer: I work on a PC that runs Windows 7 64 Bit, an ATI Radeon Gfx, 8GB of Memory and an SSD Hard Drive. I love my LG 21″ Monitor!
Program: I design with Photoshop and Illustrator Creative Suite 3
Camera: My Canon EOS 350D is still doing the job! I also have a Sony Point and Shoot and love snapping on the go with my iphone!
Anything Else: I use an Intuos 4 Tablet and an Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner.
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How to create transfers/elements/stamps/rub ons from your kit elements (for your personal use)

This is a fun tip which works great with Mixed Media and Art Journal style creating. If you want to create a distressed and artsy finish to your page this is a great way to change the elements in the kit you are working with to use on your background.

It works best on doodles, Illustrations, Ephemera, flat word art or word bits or non 3d elements or alphas (things that are flatter in design)

This basic tutorial is for Photoshop but could easily be re-worked in Photoshop Elements, it assumes you have a basic working knowledge of brushes.

You will need a stash of Brushes, preferably chunky stamped like brushes that have good surface area but with bits missing from them. (Check out the Mish Mash Brushes or Acrylic Washes available in my shop)

1. Choose the Element or Alpha that you wish to transform into a stamp/transfer, place it on your background.

2. Create a new layer below your chosen element.

3. Pick a brush that is bigger in size than your chosen Element. If you want your finished stamp/transfer to be one colour and not the original colour of your chosen element ensure you pick a colour with your dropper tool prior to stamping your brush.

4. On the new layer that we created below your chosen Element we will place our brush stamp. So with your colour chosen (or not if you are going to use the original element colour) stamp your brush.

5. We will now clip our Element to our brush. Doing this will create transparent pixels in our Element as our Element will only cling to filled areas of our brush. To do this either right click on your Element layer and select Create clipping Mask, or use Alt+Ctrl+G

6. Now we want to get rid of the ugly excess from our stamped layer. To do this you need to create marching ants around the edges of your Element. The easiest way I know to do this is to hold down Crtl and click on the layer thumbnail, you should know have marching ants around your Elements. From the Menu choose Select > Inverse or Shift+Ctrl+I, now with your BRUSH layer active hit delete once.

7. You should now be left with your element, in its original colour that looks more like a stamp/transfer. If you want to further distress it you can select another brush and use the clear mode and erase more of the BRUSH layer. The more you erase, the more stamped your element will become. If you wish to use the colour of your brush for your element just hide the top layer (the original element) or just delete it!

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I started out creating some Mixed Media Backgrounds for my journal and they came together so fast, I actually remember it being very early in the morning and there was a storm! It was thundering and raining really hard and I was in my element lol!

I got really excited when I saw these backgrounds coming together, so when I was at a stage where I felt done with the backgrounds I scanned them into Photoshop and created the Celeste Collection!

It’s my favourite because it’s so serene to look at, and the papers are so artsy and hold so much texture. I find it really easy to scrap with, there are tons of layering elements and I’ve already scrapped with it twice!
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The Celeste Collection was my debut product during my Guest Spot at Scrabookgraphics before I opened my official store there, and it continues to be my best seller!

I think it’s really versatile because it works for so many different purposes. It can be used as an everyday kit for those that scrap traditionally, but it’s artsy papers and stamped elements also mean it’s ideal for Mixed Media Scrappers and those that love to art journal. I’ve scrapped wedding photos with it, and I’ve seen so many different themed pages made with it. The feel of the kit has a real ethereal tone to it!
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Here are some of my favorite products by Captivated Visions:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Captivated Visions’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Now through March 31st, save 30% off Captivated Visions’s store with code TDD-CV-30. (One coupon per person, not valid during sale events or on collaboration products. Expires 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2013).

Go have a look in Captivated Visions’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!