I have enjoyed scrapbooking for as long as I can remember. I have scrapbooked since high school and twenty years later, I am still giddy every time that I sit down to create. I feel like I am in kindergarten and I can’t wait for the teacher to pass out the markers and crayons. It has been such a fabulous way for me to document our lives. Like each of you who scrapbook, each page that I create represents a moment that I do not want to ever forget. I hope that the pages that I have created for my children will be treasured for years to come.
I made the transition to digital scrapbooking about five years ago. At first I was very hesitant because I was so intimidated by Photoshop. It sat on my computer for a year before I mustered up the courage to really dive in. The more I played, the more I learned and I quickly became fascinated with figuring out new ways of preserving my memories.
Blending a photo was one of the very first techniques I learned in Photoshop. I loved the softness of a blended photo and I was eager to bring this softness to my own photos. The more I explored in Photoshop, the more possibilities I saw when I looked through the lens of my camera. When I am taking photos now, I am seeing them in an entirely different manner than I did five years ago. I often begin processing a page as my finger is clicking away on my camera. I am also more aware of the images around me…the art hanging on the wall at the doctor’s office, the billboard with the movie star, the latest cd cover, the advertisement in the magazine, the graphics that accompany a movie preview. Inspiration is everywhere and I often find myself thinking “I can do that” or “I’m going to figure out how they did that”.
Photoshop has truly empowered me to take my everyday photos to a whole new level. I am not only preserving our memories, I am creating art. It feels great to look through the lens of my camera and know that the possibilities for that particular image are endless. It has been so exciting and fulfilling to discover the art in my life. Have you found the art in your life? I promise it is there.