December to February are busy birthday months for us. Throw Christmas in the mix, and it is pretty fair to say that birthdays don’t always get documented around our place. I find that mashing templates together is such an easy way to get pages finished quickly when there is a lot of other stuff in life going on! You simply choose the elements from each page that you like and ignore the ones that don’t work for you. For this month’s challenge, I used two templates to create a page to document my son’s 10th birthday.
To be honest, one challenge I experience with mashing templates together is trying to match colours of elements, and sometimes I struggle when I need to recolour objects to fit my page and this page was no exception. Fortunately, Designer Digitals, in addition to having an amazing selection of products, also provides a ton of really helpful tutorials including changing colour like this one, this one, and this one!
For this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge, I’ve selected two great templates from Studio DD Layer Works templates: No.1007 and No.658. They both have elements that I wanted to incorporate into my page. As you can see there were a number of elements that I re-coloured to try to get them to better match the photo.
In addition to the templates, I also used the following products:Winter Whites Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Arrowed Journalers No. 02 Brushes and Stamps, So Fine Scrapbooking Kit, Abisko Paper Pack, Bexley Flairs, Canvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 08, Catching Rainbows Add-On Paper Pack, Cold Outside Scrapbooking Kit,
Corby Paper Pack, Cut Ups: Birthday
My technique technique for recolouring elements in Photoshop usually works pretty well. First, I select the layer and hit Ctrl+Alt+U which brings up the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Then I choose “Colorize” and select the colour that best matches the photo. Sometimes I have to play with the Lightness slider to preview the change. This technique allows me to keep the texture of the element (like with the alphas ‘10’). I know that there is a way to do this more accurately with the eyedropper, but I am too lazy to learn how!
DeLisa, one of our very talented Guest Creative Team Members, also swapped colours when she mashed these two templates and turned it into a Christmas page! Brilliantly done.
She also used: Admit One December No. 01, Glad Tidings Add-On Paper Pack red mat rectangle (slightly recolored), Glad Tidings Element Pack branch, loopy ribbon, flair, Glad Tidings Paper Pack triangles, Glad Tidings Solids Paper Pack background, Golden Season Star Clusters (recolored to green using the eyedropper tool), Painted Foliage Layers No. 01, Pinned: Wood Veneers No. 01, Stitched Words: December No. 01
I hope that you will also be inspired to mashup these two templates and recolour if you wish! Be sure to post your page in our Template Challenge Gallery and if you’re participating in our monthly rewards program, be sure to post your page in the January participation thread.