Winter Blues

Although it is easy at this time of year to start longing for the warmth and green of spring, there are lessons to be learned from our “winter blues.” This kid is full of luscious warm patterns and textures. You are sure to feel your blues lifting with this beautiful kit.
Check it out!

Tip:To give the background a chilly but light and airy look, I used two different background papers and a snowflake overlay. I reduced the opacity of the trees and erased a bit around the edges to bring in more of the green of the background paper. Some of the snowflakes (from both the background paper and overlay) were distracting to the icicle border (top) and title, so using the Clone tool, I “erased” them by cloning empty areas of the background paper over the snowflakes making them “disappear.”

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

I love the different brushed elements included with this kit. Most of them I used on the background (as would be realistically the case on any paper layout). But I loved the effect the brushed star has (behind the flower cluster) after I added a shadow with it. Just play around with your brushes and see if you can use them in more ways than simply as a backdrop.

Janet’s note: I love the layered on this layout by Sula. She used many different papers and lots of elements, but the page still looks clean and intentional. I love it!

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

The little banner for the title wasn’t standing out enough so I selected it by clicking the thumbnail and command at the same time. This gave me the “marching ants”. Then I clicked Select/Modify/Expand and expanded the selection by 5 pixels. I then clicked on the dark blue paper in my layers panel and clicked Layer/New Layer via copy. I dragged this new layer right under my banner and this gave it a little border.

Janet’s note: Adding a border like Sharon did is often the tiny thing that takes a layout from good to great. I use the trick all the time. In fact, after all these years, it is
My Most Used Scrapping Trick.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

My photo had a slight yellowish tinge to it from the morning sun. To make it match the cool blues of the kit, I added a layer on top, filled it with blue, set it to hue and clipped it to the photo layer. It’s a subtle change, but the photo now matches the tone of the layout perfectly!

Janet’s note: Taking photos of snow can be tricky. What our brains know is white (and therefore tells our eyes), our camera just sees as it is, which, depending on the time of day can be anything from yellow to blue. Check out the post
Snow Isn’t Blue for another way to bring back the white.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

I had such a long title, that it didn’t look right to stand out on its own. So, I just made it a larger font than the rest of my journaling and put it at the very beginning. Works great as an attention-grabber!

Janet’s note: I totally agree. When I first looked at this layout by Bethany, and hadn’t yet read her tip, my first thought was…why are those words bigger. I instantly wanted to read what was written. Unexpected things are great ways to capture the viewers eye.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI. DoubleTime 8 (Template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.

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