Into the Snow!
I wanted to scrap something different after doing a lot of photos from our summer holidays, and found these photos from this past winter. While the club kit this month has soft colours usually associated with spring, I found them to be just the colours I needed for this winter scene!
When I put the alphas on and applied the frosted glass style I found they disappeared into the background too much. So I added a drop shadow to make them stand out. Only when I did that the shadow showed through and made it too dark, losing the effect of the glass. So I cleared the layer style and applied the shadow first, then the glass and it worked fine, giving the exact effect I was looking for.
A couple of other techniques on this LO: I removed the colour cast using the "remove colour cast" feature in PSE5. The photos were VERY blue and removing the colour cast made them much more realistic looking. The other technique I used was what I learned in Anna's layer mask class last month. The people were very dark and by using layer masks I was able to lighten them up without making the snow blindingly bright.
papers - ABR His and Hers; AMC Fruit Smoothie
edging and ribbon - ABR His and Hers
buttons - ABR His and Hers
snowflakes - EHI A Joyful Season
alphas - CBA Frolic
brushes - TKA Slip Stitch Brush Set
styles - CBA Stitches & Holes; ASO Frosted Glass
fonts - j.d.; Distemper
Through the long winter months the kids have a self-imposed challenge that they try to meet each Sunday. After church they go outside for a mass snow-ball fight. The challenge is getting their dad with a snowball when he leaves the church. One Sunday Victoria got her Dad good. Not being one to ever be outdone, her Dad surprised her when we got home. She was inside before him, but that didnít stop him. He picked her up in the front entry and carried her outside where, struggling, kicking, and laughing like crazy, she got up closer and personal with our snowbank! Iím not sure which of them had more fun!