Good morning! I hope it is warm where you are because it is FREEZING here today… I've got my cup of joe with me, classic rock is on Spotify and I'm ready to have some fun with photos….

If you haven't yet seen my new Journal Your Art Out 5 with Christine of Fiddlette Designs, you are in for a treat! At over 600 MB, this is our biggest art journal kit yet. It is filled with lots of fun backgrounds, flowers, houses, girls, words and grungy brushes. In creating your art journal page, or scrapbook page, it can be rewarding to mix things up and do something different!


One of my favorite artists is Claudine Hellmuth. I love how she puts together her art by cutting out photos to mix up with her collage backgrounds. The result is truly whimsical and just downright fun!  Here are a few of my favorite pieces of Claudine's…

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In putting together my page this morning, I wanted to emulate this fun style. Let's start by opening up the background from JYAO5 with the grass and sky scene, it's called nrj-jyao5-back1.jpg.

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To this backdrop, let's add some fun elements from the JYAO5 kit. Here is what I came up with…

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Next, we are going to open up some photos and using our lasso tool in Photoshop, let's "cut out" some faces …. lasso, copy & then…

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paste them into your collage

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Looks cute but we still have some work to do!

My head is pretty big (LOL), but it's not big enough to cover my art girl's head, so lets go ahead and erase the layer behind me that contains my girl…

Move and place your other photos,  masking out or erase bits of them to make them fit where you want. On my page, I put Ellie and John's heads in the flowers… my daughter was not happy about this, btw! 🙂

Next, make sure you are on the layer that contains your faces and choose Image > Adjustments > Curves.

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On mine, I grabbed the bar in the middle of the curve and pull it up and slightly to the left to adjust the lighting in the photo. But you may have to do something different.. watch your photos and stop when it looks good on your screen.

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I did this for each of my faces…

Finally, I like how in Claudine's collages she changes the faces from her photos to black and white. It really gives it a unique look. Let's do something similar. Making sure you are on your face layer, choose Image> Adjustments > Black and White.

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I did not want my faces to be completely black and white, so I went ahead and checked the Tint box and chose a light flesh tone.

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Again, repeat this step for each of your faces…

Here is what my final page looks like. I really love it! Feel free to play and be creative. Have fun with cutting and pasting and remember there are NO RULES in art journaling! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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