Hi Everyone! Ron from Club Scrap here with another Thursday installment of digital inspiration!
I gotta tell ya, I was having a hard time coming up with a topic for this week's blog post. So in an effort to find an idea, I started searching though some of my digital layouts, hoping something would inspire me. And a couple of things happened…
First, I discovered that over the years, I've used beads quite a bit in my digital layouts. I don't tend to use real beads a lot - probably 'cuz my fingers are often too big to deal with the needle and thread and those tiny beads! But this was a cool week to discover my affinity for digital beads, because we're having a Bead Blowout over at GHM! So I thought I'd follow this bead theme and share a few of those layouts with you:
And then I came across this layout that I made as part of a challenge to use something unusual to create a photo frame:
And then it hit me - how about a frame made of beads? So I grabbed some beads from several digital kits and got to work. To help keep things lined up, I opened a photo and dragged it onto a new layout in Photoshop. Then I started dragging beads over and arranging them around the photo. Sometimes I resized the beads, or rotated them and recolored them.
Once half the frame was done (across the top and down the left side), I selected all the beads and duplicated them, then rotated them as a group to create the other half of the frame. Then, so the bottom and right sides wouldn't look like an exact copy of the top and left, I moved a few of the beads around and recolored a few more. Finally, I added a drop shadow to every bead - wait, it's not as bad as it sounds - I applied a drop shadow to 1 bead and then copied the layer style and pasted it to the rest of the layers all at the same time! I think it came out pretty cool - what do you think?
That's all for this week - now go create something wonderful with digital beads!