Visioning

photography and digital scrapbooking


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Digital Scrapbook Layouts: Easy with Templates

ScrapHappy Page Template Mini: Mega Photo is my new product for quick and easy digital scrapbook layouts. Use the templates as is, or modify with your own creative touches.

Digital scrapbook layouts print beautifully! I printed the layouts, then trimmed the pages and added to the album I created for Mallory, my grandniece. Memories to treasure!

Update: Digital scrapbooking products by Karen Chandler are no longer available.

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Digital Flowers and Collage

My love of art, photography, and technology comes together when I use my photos to produce secondary files. I use a variety of Photoshop techniques to extract a subject from the background and prepare it for use as a single element. “Painterly Flowers” is an example of extracted flowers that I processed for a subtle painted texture. The flowers add a realistic touch of nature to digital layouts and cards.

I designed the “Composed” line of digital collage by arranging highly textured papers, adding paint, then transforming each collage into a digital file. The color version is ready to use.  The grayscale templates allow for customization by adding a color fill in Photoshop or other image-editing software. The papers crop easily to 8.5 x 11. For a custom fabric, design a layout with a collage paper background and images of your choice, then print on fabric sheets made for ink jet printers. Use the entire sheet to cover a journal, or cut pieces for use in art journals or mixed media projects.

(Digital scrapbooking products used are no longer available.)

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“Delight” digital scrapbooking layout by Karen Chandler uses:

  • Mini Paper: Composed
  • Embellishment Mini: Painterly Flowers
  • Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 1
  • Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3
  • ScrapHappy Embellishment Templates Maxi: Old Photo Frames
  • ScrapHappy Paper Templates Midi: Doilies 3
  • ScrapHappy Embellishment Templates Midi: Banners with Type Paths
  • Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit

“Peek – a boo” digital scrapbooking layout by Karen Chandler uses:

  • Mini Embellishments: Painterly Flowers
  • Mini Paper: Composed
  • ScrapHappy Brushes Midi: Old Photo Edges
  • ScrapHappy Brushes Midi: Edges
  • ScrapHappy Styles Maxi: Chalk Fill Warm CK01
  • ScrapHappy Styles Midi: Zippy VR01
  • Dreams Mini Kit
  • Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit
  • Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 2

“Barbie Purse” digital scrapbooking layout by Karen Chandler uses:

  • ScrapHappy Paper Templates Midi: Composed
  • Mini Embellishments: Painterly Flowers
  • ScrapHappy Page Templates Mini: In The Round 2
  • Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 1
  • Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3
  • Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit
  • About Mom Mini Kit
  • Maxi Embellishments: Transparent Tape
  • ScrapHappy Styles Midi: Transparent Tape TK01
  • Maxi Embellishments: Document It Bis Maxi Kit
  • Dreams Mini Kit
  • Friendly Font

“Just Mommy!” digital scrapbooking layout by Karen Chandler uses:

  • ScrapHappy Paper Templates Midi: Composed
  • ScrapHappy Embellishment Template Midi: Photo Clusters 1
  • Life Story Midi Kit
  • Batik Maxi Kit
  • Maxi Paper: Journaling 2
  • ScrapHappy Styles Maxi: Glitter – Pastels JH02
  • ScrapHappy Brushes Midi: Well Worn

“Toddler Treasure Hunt” digital scrapbooking layout by Karen Chandler uses:

  • Dreams Mini Kit
  • ScrapHappy Page Templates Album: Baby Book 2
  • Mini Paper: Composed
  • Life Story Midi Kit
  • Maxi Paper: Journaling 2
  • ScrapHappy Styles Maxi: Glitter – Pastels JH02
  • ScrapHappy Brushes Midi: Well Worn


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Digital Art Journaling

My latest digital products represent a style that is new for me – art journaling. Paint and paper art journal pages usually have a handmade, artsy look. Keeping that in mind, I worked with real and Photoshop paint and let my creativity take me where I had never dared to go!

No rules apply when designing art journal pages. Typically, they are about feelings or subjects that are close to the artist’s heart. I like to use my photos for these layouts, although I also enjoy using Photoshop brushes or other images as focal points. Journaling is usually featured prominently, but a title or few words can also communicate the message. Sometimes I find it difficult to journal in sentences and it becomes a stumbling block. That is when a quote works for me or sometimes I write a simple poem. I am fond of haiku, especially a variant containing 15 syllables, two lines and two breaks.

Update: Digital scrapbooking products by Karen Chandler are no longer available.

Click on the first image to open the gallery.

  • “Home”, “Family”, “Nature’s Place”, “Lost Confidence”, “Treasure Trees”, “Understand the Past” digital scrapbooking layouts by Karen Chandler uses:
  • Digital supplies by Jessica Sprague and Nancy Rowe Janitz. The supplies are provided as part of an inspiring class on digital art journaling.


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Doing What I Love

It all started with a magazine. I had recently discovered scrapbooking and adored creating layouts of all types with paper and adhesive. I was eagerly reading everything I could find on the subject and happened to spot information about digital scrapbooking. The layouts amazed me. The embellishments looked dimensional and I saw photo techniques I never imagined. I barely knew how to use my old computer, but wanted to do what was necessary to take my creativity in this direction. Working in Photoshop, I taught myself the skills I needed. Almost six years later, I am still learning new techniques and have upgraded my computer, camera, and Photoshop. Over the years, I created hundreds of layouts and have been fortunate to have some accepted for print and online publication.

Recently my life has happily changed due to a new venture in digital scrapbook product design. I have been warmly welcomed as part of the talented design team at Happy to Create. Working intently over the past six weeks, I now have five new products offered in the Happy To Create store.

My blog, Visioning, will be as important to me as ever. My work is essentially about photos, so I will continue my photo shoots and post here, as always. Blogging has allowed me to become online friends with many kind, talented people. I greatly appreciate those of you who view my photos and comment. And I love reading your stories and seeing your wonderful photos.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I’m feeling thankful for friends near and far and for my new opportunity to do what I love! I hope you are also doing what you love and will share some of the ways you have found happiness through work and hobbies.

My new layouts and products shown below. Happy To Create products used for my layouts listed under the gallery.

“Delicious Autumn” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; Chalk Talk Font

“Autumn Exercise” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Brushes Maxi: Paint Mess

“Young Visitor” digital scrapbooking layout uses: ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Grunge Patterns; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Shapes: Centers MA01; ScrapHappy Shapes: Flowers MA02; SH_Shapes: Flowers MA03

“Meeting Mallory” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments Botanicals Autumn1; Maxi Embellishments Botanicals Autumn3; Maxi Embellishments: BotanicalsAutumn2; American Quilt Maxi Kit; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Woven Textures; Font Quirky

“Colorful Autumn” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 2; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit;  Maxi Embellishments: BotanicalsAutumn1; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3; ScrapHappy Dynamic Brushes Midi: Leaves VR01; ScrapHappy Brushes Mini: Bees; ScrapHappy Brushes Maxi: Colors Of Fall 2; Font Friendly

“Mr & Mrs” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn1; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 2; ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Grunge Patterns; EclecticAutumn Maxi Kit; Midi Embellishments: Just Frames


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Poetry of the Earth

Poetry of the Earth digital layout

Journaling: Hints of autumn are renewing my energy for nature photography! Cool nights and warm days are also renewing my flowering plants. I am thankful for the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds who visit my flowers; coming together as poetry of the Earth.

CVW_QuickStarts_1, font: AMC_ChalkTalk.

All photos: Canon 60D, RAW format, handheld (except hummingbird photo).

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Grandmother's Pincushion blossom

ISO 500, 100mm, f/7.1, 1/160.

Dark pink blossom from my Grandmother’s Pincushion plant.

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

ISO 1000, 100mm, f/4.0, 1/1250.

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visiting the Butterfly Bush.

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird

ISO 400, 100mm, f/3.5, 1/250.

Ruby-throated hummingbird surveying the territory before drinking at the window feeder.

Bumblebee

ISO 400, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200.

A bumblebee intent on gathering pollen.

white sweet william blossom

ISO 400, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/1000.

Sweet William blossoms. A favorite of butterflies and bees.

cherry tomatoes

ISO 500, 100mm, f/5.0, 1/200.

Sungold cherry tomato plants. The stalks have grown wild; allowing some fruit to rest on the retaining wall.

Pink Sedum

ISO 500, 100mm, f/8.0, 1/500.

Another favorite of bees, Sedum blossoms start out very light pink and darken over a period of weeks.


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Herbs

Thyme and chives are just two of the many herbs I have in my garden. I am also growing two types of mint, five types of basil, dill, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and lavender. I use herbs everyday in salads and entrees.

Herbs layout

Journaling: My early spring perennial herbs flowered in April this year. What a joy to have a fragrant garden!

Herbs layout:  Nature Collection, Eva Kipler; Herbal Word Art, AWI; FileSave1, CVW.