Monday, December 6, 2010

I Always Listen To Denise Olson

On Shades Of The Departed, today's "Date With An Old Photo" discusses the thirty-five magazines I gave myself as a Christmas present. I use these magazines to aid in the identification of period clothing, jewelry, shoes, glasses, etc.

But, there is another answer to the question, "What do you do with all those old magazines?" I listened to Denise Olson in her Vintage Scrapbooking article and looked at all the things I could make rather than purchase. I am a good Scot after all.

Here are a few examples of what can be done with the graphics in an old magazine. I took the cover image from the magazine above and created a PNG file.

Next, I converted the image to black and white so that it could be colored in Photoshop, like a coloring book. Just because you might want to change the color scheme as often as you change your mind.

Then I converted it to my favorite thing, a Photoshop brush. A PS Brush is capable of amazing things.

I do the same process with old magazine advertisements. Some of the old ads are amazing additions to a family history.

Old magazines and books are filled with fancy letters and ornaments that make wonderful stamps. The advantage of converting them to a stamp being they can be any color. Using them in a family history document adds interest.

Once you've found the images best suited for your project, go look at the commercial products for inspiration. Then try to construct one of your own.

This article was strictly show and tell, not instruct. If there is any interest in how this was done let me know and I will prepare a How To Article.

All images in the possession of the author.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE IT! You've taken a "big picture" idea to a whole new level. Your brushes are awesome.

And I'm very jealous of your Christmas presents.

December 6, 2010 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I so need to learn how you do all this really really neat stuff. I need TIME and fM as a teacher, in person! LOL

Fabulous. I'll be back after I clean the drool from my keyboard! LOL

December 6, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Kerry Scott said...

I would LOVE a How-To article. These are fantastic!

December 6, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Denise - I take everything you say to heart. I've read your article on being creative and saving money several times. Finding something new with each reading.

In my spare time I've been giving it a try.

I know I don't say it often enough, but Thank you for all your inspiration.


P.S. These magazines are amazing.

December 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Carol - Fire up the RV and come reflect from my fence. The fun we could have.

Do be careful of Photoshop brushes, they are completely addictive.


December 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Janine Smith said...

You're just flipping awesome and truly a lady after my own heart! Photoshop brushes! What could be better!!!??!

December 6, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Kerry, I am so new to this aspect of genealogy, digital scrapbooking, but will share everything I've learned. Must finish Shades, and then I'm off.

Janine - You are the master. I have a few questions for you about brushes!


December 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Please, please , please make the how to article!! These are amazing!!

December 7, 2010 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger Brigid said...

This is an amazing idea, and I can see so many possibilities ....please, please do write a how-to article - it would be very well received.

Thank you for the inspiration,

December 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am just learning digital scrapbooking and would love, love, love a tutorial! I've been scanning some pages from my father's first grade reader but I have no idea how to isolate the images and actually use them in a layout.

December 12, 2010 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Judith Richards Shubert said...

I love digital scrapbooking and photoshop. Haven't used it in a few months, so hope I haven't lost my touch! Denise, you and fM are great teachers!

December 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

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