Howdy, welcome back to the blast of my 250 template past. Yesterday’s topic was the Lefty Righty 2 pagers. Today, I want to travel in a totally different direction.
My favorite templates aren’t actually pages at all. Nope, they’re tears and curls. Don’t worry, I didn’t count them towards my 250 total. I absolutely adore rips and slashes — you should see my selection of jeans. They aren’t hole-ly but they are missing a few threads. The same can be said about my favorite scrap pages. Tears and curls are the perfect accessory for layouts exhibiting texture, depth, and a bit of grunge thrown in.
The process for creating them is ridiculous. Seriously! Construction takes 30 minutes for one tear alone. First comes the selection of the paper. I evaluate the weight, tearing capacity, flexibility, and colors on either side. Then comes the tearing and curling; it has to be perfect! I’m a perfectionist so you can imagine the scraps I’ve created looking for that special tear. Rocket science, you know.
Once the tear meets NASA’s specifications, it travels to my scanner bed for scanning and tinkering in Photoshop. First I run an action, which duplicates the image and automatically adjusts Brightness, Curves, and Levels. And then I tinker with it a bit more. Here’s a peek at one of my tears pre-editing.
The next step involves the heavy laboring process: extracting the tear/curl from its background. I wish I could offer a solid procedure for the process but … there ain’t one. It’s really a matter of whatever works, whatever I can pull out of my arsenal of selection techniques while maintaining the integrity of the curl. Shadows are removed as well as individual fibers that just create pixel noise at the end of the day. On a good day, I can finish this step within 15 minutes. On a bad day, I’m Bill Murray on Groundhog’s Day: starting over & over again until I get it right.
The final step is to add a background and test the tear for digital shadowing. Here’s an image of the same tear above post-editing.
And my layer’s panel after all is said and done.
Occasionally, a truly wonderful digi scrapper will send an email with kudos: Tip, your tears are super special and uber real. Thanks! I hear you. I think they meet NASA specs too. And now you know why! Set three is my favorite.
I’ve got three sets of tears as of today, a really cool video tutorial sharing my secrets for using them effectively in Digital Scrapbook Using Layered Tears and Curls, and inspiring layouts using those rips. Click on the images for credits.
Joyful by Barb
Sweet Summer Memories by Katherine
The Happiest Place by Bernie
Because I Love It by Tracy
The Upcoming Sale Giveaway
I’m having a sale this upcoming weekend and I want to celebrate! Sooo … have you used any of my tears? Add your torn layouts to the template Flickr pool by this coming
Friday Sunday. One second lucky scrapper will win my upcoming template album being released this Thursday and $5 gift certificate to my store! Don’t forget to add your 2 page layouts using the Lefty Righty’s. And join me tomorrow for another blast from my template past.