Each month I am just blown away by the talent of the designers who agree to be part of the Digi Files. They are all so incredible! Captivated Visions is no exception. Her kits and other designs are absolutely incredible. I had so much fun looking through her store! Her paint and mixed media stuff just makes me want to CREATE! Her kit for The Digi Files is equally awesome. And it should be since she named it Wake Up and Be Awesome! I love all the hand painted cards and elements as well as the earthy color tones. Let’s look!
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:
Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Fonts: KG Tangled Up In You, Centur.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Noteworthy, Peas Noodles Girlfriends.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Artified: 50 Cents (template) by Captivated Visions.
Layout by Janet. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
I’m Rachel and live in the Midlands of the United Kingdom with my husband Simon and our little boy Keaton.
I’ve been tinkering with digital design for eight years and dabbling in Mixed Media for around four years.
In my spare time I love to chill out with my little man, he loves the park and the library, turning out drawers and cupboards and helping with chores around the house. Music, Movies and TV series keep me busy too, the latest albums I listened to were Currents by Tame Impala and A head full of dreams by Coldplay. The latest TV series I watched was Orange is the new black season two.
I snapped this cute photo on my iphone, just an everyday moment that I wanted to record. Keaton just seemed so grown up in that moment, the way he was sitting up on the sofa with his ankles crossed and eating a snack whilst watching is favourite tv programme, those blue eyes!
You can find a walk through of this layout on my blog http://www.captivatedvisions.co.uk/blog/2016/1/4/how-to-use-the-artified-digital-scrapbooking-templates
I can’t remember exactly how many years I’ve been scrapping but around the time that I started I was a member of a forum and for fun we used to create siggies to sign off our forum posts. Back then i was using Paint Shop Pro and learnt through self teaching and following some online tutorials.
Soon after I started making small scrapbook kits to help me and my friends make our siggies. I was asked to create a few scrapbook pages for my friend and that’s how I started digi scrapping.
After sharing my kits as freebies on my blog for a while I joined a shop and started to sell my work and then began using Photoshop and Illustrator as design tools.
In 2012 or so I got the urge to dabble with mixed media and art journalling and have found this a hugely satisfying creative outlet and a therapy of sorts!
So many things, music, feelings and emotions, home decor, old paper and books, mixed media art, art journaling, mail, stamps and marks, the list goes on!
I love to make abstract painterly backgrounds, I find it so relaxing and this is how most of my kits come about from my original prints that are scanned and manipulated in photoshop.
Computer: I design and scrap on an iMac, I looove my Mac, it’s so pretty and SO QUIET!! I scan my art into photoshop using an Epson Perfection Scanner (V500 Photo) and I use an Intuos 4 Tablet.
Program: My design work is done using Photoshop CC and Illustrator. Evernote, Dropbox and Pinterest are also my friends I use them a lot when working!
Camera: I do have a DSLR (fairly old now) but I haven’t used it for a long time, lately i’ve been making the most of the camera in my beloved iphone.
Anything Else: My art desk has a variety of supplies, my most used items are acrylic paints, my fingers, a gelatin plate, a variety of sketch and mixed media papers, vintage book papers, white gesso paste my sewing machine and what ever else I can get my hands on depending on my mood!
One of the things I’m asked about most often is how to get started when you are looking to create an artsy scrapbook or art journal page that is more ‘random’ or ‘open’ in terms of composition.
As scrapbookers we tend to follow conformity and straight lines in our pages and design principles and it can often be hard to wrap your head around knowing where to start creating something that is more open and freestyle especially if you are new to working with artsy type products.
The majority of my papers are hand-painted and I approach my painting with an open mind and let the design of the page guide itself depending on how colours and textures form as I build layer upon layer and this is how I approach creating pages.
The first thing that I do when looking to create a digi page is to study the papers available and decide which speak to me or would be suitable for the photos i’m looking to use etc. Once I’ve picked some papers I will then let the paint talk to me. I’m looking for spots that may be suitable for journalling, element or photo placements and that’s where the start of my decision making as far as composition goes. If you try this yourself look for lighter/darker areas, lines or other shapes that may have formed during the painting and layering process etc. Is there an area of the painted paper that would look fabulous as a backdrop for photos or a big cluster, or somewhere that’s perfect for a spot of journalling? Design your page around these areas or keep them in mind at least.
Next I start to experiment with pieces from the kit that speak to me most. It might be elements that I know that I want to use from the get go as they look fun or just random artsy mess that I want to start layering. I’ll simply start placing items down and just see how things go and be open to change. I like to add my drop shadows as I go along (I use a set of awesome styles by Sahlin Studio at the Lilypad but quite often tweak them to suit) as it helps me to decide whether to add more flatter items or more dimensional items as I go along. Plus I like to see progress and my page coming together!
Of course things don’t always turn out as i’d like and as with my paper scrapbooking or art journalling I rectify mistakes with areas that I don’t like by adding more gesso paste or paint to hide the mess! And of course doing this digitally just experiment and turn layers on or off or play with the blending modes. I often blend additional papers together to hide things or to create new areas of interest or to tone down papers (check out my blending masks for mixing papers together).
I hope that this may be a technique that you haven’t tried before and it helps you to make a start if you’ve felt a little intimidated before. Visit my blog for more artsy ideas and layout walk throughs!
Some products stand the test of time and You are worth it is three years old but I still love it so much today. It’s sassy, it’s bold and I just love the texture in the artsy papers. I often go to this kit just to get my hands on the paper with all the layered and painted doilies!!
So sketchy are a series of hand sketched and painted mixed media products and Brave and True was my first kit in this series. It’s packed with hand crafted elements and yummy papers.
Keaton loves animals and has a jungle theme in this bedroom, he’s always got excited about Lions and points them out to us with a ‘Rawr’ so it seemed fitting to go down the Lion route when thinking of animals to sketch. I originally wanted to create a series of kits that were animal themed and could be used for pages of our little ones but I had so much fun sketching and what not that this series is going to stretch further than I thought. I have the sketching bug now 😉
Here are some of my favorite products by Captivated Visions:
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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