I love patterned paper, but it can sometimes be hard to use. I tend to gravitate to the solids in a kit, but still love those patterns.
One of the problems I face when using patterned paper is that it is hard to journal on. Even a slightly patterned paper can be distracting and make my journaling lose its focus.
I think I have found a way to have the best of both worlds — use that pretty patterned paper, but still have journaling that is sharp and readable.
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Step One: Create a New Layer
- Begin with a nearly finished scrapbook page that has some journaling on top of patterned paper.
- In the Layers panel, activate your patterned paper layer. (It should be below your Text layer.)
- Click on the Create a New Layer icon.
- Double click on the name of the New Layer and rename it “Brush Work.”
Step Two: Pick a Color
- In the Tool Bar, click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- Choose a prominent color from your patterned paper and click OK.
Step Three: Add Some Brush Work
- Get the Brush tool.
- In the Options Bar, click on the down facing arrow to open the Brush Picker.
- Choose the 'Splatter' brush from the list of Brushes.
- Note: If you do not see the 'Splatter' brush, open the flyout menu and choose Large List. Open the flyout menu again and choose Reset Brushes. (Photoshop: Click OK.)
- In the Options Bar, set the Size to around 200 px. You can play around with brush size later if this doesn't seem right for what you're doing.
(Photoshop: Set the Size to around 200px in the Brush Picker.)
- Mode should be Normal and Opacity should be 100%.
- In the Layers panel, make sure you are still on the “Brush Work” layer.
- On the scrapbook page, click several times on the area where you want to blend out a little of the patterned background.
- Note: Do not stroke the brush; just click. Also, allow some of the pattern to show through. Be extra careful around the edges of the journaling so that your brush work is not too obvious.
Step Four: Change the Opacity
- In the Layers panel, lower the Opacity of the brush work layer to suit your paper. I lowered mine to around 85%.
Here is my layout with and without the subtle brush work behind the journaling. Hopefully you can't see where I did my brush work, but you can still read the journaling a bit better. Just a little Photoshop Magic!
P.S. I have to explain why my husband is wearing underwear on his head. We have a card game that we love to play called “The Great Dalmuti.” The winner of each round gets to be the “Great Dalmuti.” In our house that also means they get to sit in the nicest chair, wear a crown and have the Peon (or scum) serve them. The Peon is the person that lost the round. In our version the Peon has to sit on the floor and wear (clean, brand new) men’s underwear on their head. Believe me, you don’t want to lose at this game. This day, on her birthday, my daughter was on a winning streak and my husband, who was losing, got to do a lot of service.
Kit: “Count the Ways” by Joanne Brisebois
Ribbon: “At Home” by Paislee Press
Arrow: “Mission Possible” by Michelle Shefveland
Scrap it Now Templates: 002 Bkgrd, and 15-001
Digi Scrap Tutorial : “Save the Date with Halftone” by Jen White (for the page border)
Font: American Typewriter, DJB Sandra Dee