Lightroom to Layout – My workflow for creating a collage in Lightroom and turning it into a layout

Since I recorded the Digest episode with Wendyzine about Lightroom, I’ve had a lot of questions about my workflow process for creating collages in Lightroom (using my previews) and then scrapping in Photoshop. You can also read Wendy’s tutorial for creating collages in Lightroom. I recorded a video that shows my process.

In this ten minute video, you will see:

  • How I have all of my photos and supplies set up in a collection in Lightroom
  • How I use that collection to create a collage
  • How I use my organized previews to hold spots in a collage
  • How I save the collage and then import it into Photoshop to create a layout
  • How I use the preview spots in the collage to create a clipping mask for papers and other items in my layouts
  • How I go back to Lightroom to find my supplies to bring into Photoshop
  • Directions for bringing the completed layout into Lightroom, if you want

Here’s a look at my finished layout after I was done putting it all together in Lightroom. The whole process (including what you see in the video) took me about 20-30 minutes.

Supplies: Traci Reed, Jenn Barrette, Cluster Queen Creations, Bella Gypsy; template by Janet Phillips (adjusted for Lightroom); QR Code template card by Cindy Schneider; Fonts: Matura MT Script and Typewriter Scribbled.

As promised in the video, if you would like to know how to take a jpeg from a video, you can find that video tutorial on Capturing Magic today.

Misty Ink Overlays Mega Pack

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WELCOME BACK to Tangie Baxter! It’s always a delight to have Tangie join us in The Digi Files!! Tangie is such an inspiring and positive person and I really enjoy visiting with her; I always leave having had a super big “aha” moment. Tangie never fails to leave me a better artist than she found me! Tangie is well known for her mixed media and art journaling style. She creates amazing supplies for the digital memory keeper, digital art journaler, digital pocket scrappers, and digital collage artists alike. I’m sure that you will feel inspired after listening to her on the Digest:

Let’s take a closer look at “Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



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 Tangie Baxter’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Tangie Baxter; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Mom’s Typewriter.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Tangie Baxter.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Tangie Baxter; Dream Maker (clusters) and Splattergraffiti by Tangie Baxter; November 2012 (paper) by Captivated Visions; Font: Another Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

I
live in the super sunny city of Mesa, Arizona with my talented hubby
who makes all the journals in our Etsy shop, my almost seventeen year
old daughter (how does this happen? they grow up so fast!), and a
succulent plant I haven’t managed to let whither away yet. I’m sort of
thinking I might need to start seeking out intervention for my addiction
to Instagram and sometimes you can find me lounging with an ice cold
Coke perusing Pinterest. I’m a collector of all things artsy and truly
love the thrill of the hunt at thrift stores!


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At the beginning of this year I had this crazy idea that I would create a collage every single day. I went really good for about a month and then never finished it. Sometimes, goals are just too ambitious (with all I have going on and all the workshops I teach, it just wasn’t realistic), but I’m glad I at least dared to do it because I LOVE the collage pages I did, and I’m so grateful I have them now. I think it’s important to set some lofty expectations and dreams for ourselves, push ourselves in one direction or another at least for a time. What I learned from this experience/goal is that I what I was really trying to do was force myself to have some ME art time. Lesson noted, and I’m trying to do just that (but with a wider variety of mediums than a daily digital collage). I think it’s important we make sure we have time to be creative just for ourselves don’t you?



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CREDITS: All graphics by Tangie Baxter.



started

I
have been paper scrapping since I was about twelve or so! Then I got to
that stage of my life that I sort of lost interest in and became a
collector of scrapbooking supplies, but never did anything with them.
Then I came across art journaling in 2003 and fell in love but didn’t
make it a priority in my life until much later. In the spring of 2007 I
found out about DIGITAL scrapbooking. I can STILL picture me sitting
there with a silly grin on my face not believing what I was seeing! It
was love at first pixel and I knew it was for me. I immediately bought
Photoshop CS2 and cried myself through learning how to use it. I can
laugh about it now, but there weren’t many resources on how to use the
program for digital scrapbooking back then. By the fall of 2007, I
opened my own store and was determined to quit my day job! Somewhere in
the fall of 2009 I realized I could combine my love of art journaling
with digital and my life has never been the same since then! The last
SEVEN years have been some of the most amazing of my life and I’m so
grateful each and everyday that I was led down this path in my life and
I’m ecstatic for the future.


inspired

Oh the world is a magical place, I feel inspired all the time! I see fairies in the garden around my pool, conjure up magic spells when I talk with people I love, see color reflected off the prisms in my ring, soak up books and tall tales, feel the energy and vibration of the universe. I feel like a lucky girl all the time, I’m really, truly grateful for the creative vibe I’m connected to in the world around me. Pinterest is a great way for me to try and capture some of these ethereal thoughts and feelings into pictures to inspire me again later.

tools

Computer: I’m still working with my same computer, it’s been a long road together so far! It’s an HP 570f, it has a AMD II 1090T 3.20GHZ processor; 16 GB of Ram and a 2TB hard drive with windows 7-64 bit. I also have two HP2711x LED 27 inch Monitors which I adore!

Program: I use Photoshop Creative Cloud, Artrage, 7zip and Renamer by Den4b

Camera: An iPHone 5! I have given up on trying to be a photographer (for now) and just enjoy my life through the lens of the camera phone that goes with me everywhere.

Anything Else: I’ve got three 2TB external hard drives (various brands) that still don’t seem like enough storage…

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Do something different today! Walk a different route to the mailbox, brush your teeth with your left hand, write upside down, read a book from the back, try a new flavor lemonade, use a blue pen instead of black, say no, say yes, go out to eat, or stay in, eat a fruit you’ve never tried, blend up a green smoothie, use the color orange if you don’t like it, buy a balloon just for the fun of it. They key to not losing one’s creative vibe or getting to that “I’ve lost my mojo” stage is to not let yourself get in a rut of the same things day in and day out. I promise it works!

favorite

This product is absolutely, hands down one of my favorite new products I’ve EVER created! I worked on the idea for a very long time and was so excited to finally be able to release them. They are creativity cards that help you with your scrapbooking, art journaling or any other creative project you may need a jump start on. You simply print the cards, cut them up and start using them. They make me happy and I hope other crafters and artists have a fantastic time using them too!


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The Art Journal Caravan is in it’s fifth and FINAL year! There is still time to join us as you have lifetime access to the classroom and materials. We have a wonderful community of art journalers who regularly participate in our classroom and share their work in our gallery. We’ve all come to understand that it’s not about doing “a page a week” but it’s about the process of art journaling itself that really matters. I put my heart and soul into the workshop and try to over deliver on what is promised. I hope people can feel that, and know that I am passionate about art journaling, it truly does change lives!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Tangie Baxter:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Tangie Baxter’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Save 20% off Tangie Baxter’s store with coupon code tangie_digi20.



Go have a look in Tangie Baxter’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Tangie Baxter

The following layouts were created using “Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack” by Studio Tangie and included in The Digi Files during September, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Studio Tangie; Blender by Brandy Murry; Word Art by Word Art World.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Studio Tangie; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Mom’s Typewriter.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Studio Tangie.

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by Katie. Supplies: Misty Ink Overlays Mega pack by Studio Tangie;
Dream Maker (clusters) and Splattergraffiti by Tangie Baxter; November
2012 (paper) by Captivated Visions; Font: Another Typewriter.

Click and Blossom

I mentioned yesterday that while I was browsing Pinterest, I saw a photography quote that prompted me to go looking for more.

In my quest, I stumbled upon a site called Click and Blossom. Their intro says this,

We believe that photography and graphic design are more than a profession or hobby, it’s a LIFESTYLE, so we decided to design wearable and special accessories for the daily photographer, designer, blogger, instagrammer and camera obsessed too!! Enjoy!


I fell in love with their site! They have so many adorable things for us photo-loving people. I could spend a long time browsing, but these are just a few of my favorite things (and no, this is not a sponsored post in any way. I just love what I found and wanted to pass my excitement on to you!) All images are linked for your shopping convenience!

PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS & POSTERS

APPAREL

TOTES

MUGS


They have much more, so go check them out!

So, what would you pick out?

The True Lens

It was finally time…we were home from our epic road trip, we had moved into our new home (I won’t mention the state of the house), and dad took the kids out. That means, time for mom to scrap!

However, after only scrapping a few pages in the previous months, I was having trouble getting started. Not feeling inspired (but feeling very hungry!) I clicked out of Photoshop Elements and over to Pinterest. I’m always up for some pretty cupcakes to drool over. But then I saw a photography quote that I loved and decided to go searching for more.

And this quote popped up:

The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.

Wow…that captured in eleven words what takes me so long to explain to others. I tried to explain it here. And here. And here.

When I take pictures, and then when I edit them, I am trying to capture not a photograph, but a feeling. I try different angles and I try different editing styles, all in an attempt to have a photograph that can reproduce a feeling in my heart.

The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.


Yes.

Although I had just been browsing Pinterest to find some new yummy recipes or some decorating ideas for our new home, I instead found the scrapping inspiration that I needed.

Kit is Captured by Studio Blagovesta (which is part of September’s Digi Files.)

It’s All in Good Fun


Here are some of the fun goodies we found from around digiland this week!

Amy Wolff

Angelclaud ArtRoom

Create
fun and whimsical layout with Angelclaud ArtRoom’s new release:
Joyfully Silly Template. Available at 25% off throughout the weekend.

Bella Gypsy:

Chelle’s Creations:

Falling 4 U is all about FALL and LOVE. Plenitful papers & elements
that mimic the colors in nature will surround your memories & take
you back to that time & place. Fall in love all over again.

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Digilicious Design

Erica Zane:

Sew Dainty by Erica Zane at SSD will help add that
finishing touch to your projects. Perfectly sized for adding to tags,
cards, frames, photos, confetti scatters and so much more!

Etc. by Danyale

Designers! Do you need some go-to layered patterns as you work on
products? Etc by Danyale has 2 new sets of patterns this week, both on
SALE for 20% off! Sign up for her
CU – Newsletter and stay informed of new releases and exclusive gifts.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Fuss
Free: Pennants 7 and Fuss Free: Pennants 8 are template packs filled
with a variety of hand cut pennant shapes and topped with layers of
elements to help you tell your winning story from beginning to end. The
templates are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off, and if you purchase Set 7,
you’ll receive Set 8 FREE! Offer valid through September 26, 2014.

Flergs

Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre:

It’s time for another Pickle Barrel at Pickleberrypop! Starting Friday at noon EST,
you can grab all 6 of Jennifer Labre’s new products for just $6 and get
a FREE pack of graffiti when you buy the 6-Pack! But hurry, ends
Monday!

Kimeric Keations:

Antiquities, new this week from Kimeric Kreations

Kristin Aagard:

Meagan’s Creations

Meagan’s Creations has a brand new, Celtic-themed collection out this
weekend. It’s versatile and great for all kinds of photos! Renaissance
fairs, knights, medieval fun and more! Bright bold colors with great
metal and wood textures make any layout stand out. Save 30% on all the
packs and 40% off the bundle! Available at The Digichick and Gotta
Pixel.

Misty Cato Designs

Queen Wild Scraps

Renan Kneipp Studio

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady

Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a brand new set of Scenic Circle templates. They are on sale 30% off through September 25th!

Scrapping with Liz

Scrapping with Liz has 3 new releases this week. A couple of templates with
help you with your calendars and the Photo Mats will help you place your photos
on your digital page in a fun way. They are all 20% off through 9/26.

Snips and Snails Designs:

*NEW* Destination Adventure Collection and 30% Off Designer Spotlight Sale at Oscraps

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

Blagovesta Gosheva has the next kit of her Capturing Life series already
released. Capturing Life: September is on early bird sale this week!

Studio Wendy

Tangie Baxter

Sahlin Studio

Studio Vicki Robinson

Studio ViVa Artistry

Sugary Fancy Designs

Two More Days

Vicki Stegall

Extra Credit

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So GREAT to have Karah Fredricks joining us again in The Digi Files! Karah is such a talented designer with an eclectic style that includes a some doodling, some mixed media, great word art, modern patterns, and more. Our team members and I had such a great time creating with her contribution this month and I know you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “Extra Credit” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



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 Karah Fredricks’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; Fonts: Epic Awesomeness, DBJ Tell Your Story.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; That’s Life (template) by Sara Gleason; Fonts: The Brainchild, The Chubby Marker.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; Fonts: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

Karah Fredricks, southern California, married for 16 years with four kids. What other types of info do people normally share?

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layout

I took this picture for a scrapbooking challenge in 2008, and to this day it is still one of my favorites. I always joke that my nieces and nephews don’t recognize me without the camera in front of my face, so this layout definitely represents ME!



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started

I started scrapbooking when I was about 14 when my mom hosted a “crop til you drop” at our house. I was instantly hooked and became an avid paper scrapper. I was adament that I could never go digital, but after having four kids (and no space to scrap without them getting into everything!), I decided to give the whole digital thing a try. And I haven’t looked back! Within a few months of joining the digital side, I tried my hand at designing. In June of 2014 I celebrated my 8th anniversary as a digital scrapbook designer! I have been with several stores, but I have made The Lily Pad my home since 2009 and couldn’t be happier!

inspired

Nothing inspires me more than my kids! I scrapbook for them, so it only makes sense that the kits I make are with them in mind. Another one of my biggest inspirations is my dear friend and “boss”, at The Lily Pad, Laura. She is an endless wealth of ideas and suggestions and I don’t know what I would do without her!

tools

Computer: I use Windows 7 and have 6 gb of RAM. I have a Dell LCD monitor.

Program: I primarily use PhotoShop CS4 and Illustrator CS4.

Camera: I have a Canon 50D.

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Graphire pad (I haven’t had a mouse for YEARS!).

tipstricks

Can I think about this one and send something in later?

favorite

Choosing between favorite products is kind of like choosing between your kids! I chose this one because it has a little bit of everything that I love. I love the felties, I love the splatters, I love the papers, I love the string. I was inspired for this kit by all of the vacation photos my friends were posting on Instagram and Facebook. Since my family wasn’t going on vacation, I decided to live vicariously through them with this kit! I love that there are so many versatile bits and pieces in this kit that it can be used for so many other things BESIDES travel!


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My Splatterific packs have always been popular, but this one it particular is my all-time best seller. I created this one using that month’s BYOC colors (Build Your Own Collab, our monthly team collaboration over at The Lily Pad). I’m not sure what has made this one so special – could be the bright colors, could be the fun shapes. In any case, people definitely seem to like it!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Karah Fredricks:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Karah Fredricks’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Save 30% off Karah’s store with coupon code TDD2014-30 (expires 10/10/14).

Go have a look in Karah Fredricks’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Karah Fredricks

The following layouts were created using “Extra Credit” by Karah Fredricks and included in
The Digi Files during September, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; Template by Yin; Border by CK; August word art by Heather T; Font: My Third Grade Teacher.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; Fonts: Epic Awesomeness, DBJ Tell Your Story.

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Layout
by Trina. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; That’s Life
(template) by Sara Gleason; Fonts: The Brainchild, The Chubby Marker.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks; Fonts: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Extra Credit by Karah Fredricks.

Digitally Splitting a Photo Across Pockets

Pocket Pages: Digitally Splitting Photos Across Pockets

I love the look of BIG photos on pocket pages. To get the look on paper, you would print the photo in a large size and then cut it into segments to fit into the page pockets. Doing it digitally is super simple — and has the added bonus of being completely adjustable if you don’t like how the pockets are aligned.

First, open your preferred pocket page template. (I’m working with Traci Reed’s 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids.) Using the Move tool and holding down the CTRL key, select each pocket space that you would like the photo to go in by clicking on the layer.

Select “merge layers” from the Layers menu.

Open your photo and drag it onto the canvas using the Move tool. In the layers palette, place the photo layer directly above the photo squares layer.

Clip the photo to the photo squares layer (Layers>Create Clipping Mask). Adjust the size of the photo, as needed and move it around the pockets until it looks how you want it to look.

Finally, add stitching, pockets or word art to finish the page.

And that’s it! A focal page is a great addition to a pocket album. I think it would be neat to include a weather photo at the start of each new season. It’s also a super-easy way to finish off a two-page spread when you have a week with few photos.