Hi! I'm Cris. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher and homeschooling mom to 1 high-schooler. I love to travel, paint, and take pictures. Before I was a mom, I was a software engineer for 14 years and I still love new tech toys. I was a Creative Memories consultant for 10 years before getting the digital bug. Now I make all of my scrapbooks on the computer but get my handicraft fix by painting, stamp-carving, card-making, and tangling. You can follow my creative endeavors at my blog, TangledUpInArt and my facebook page, Certified Zentangle Teacher Cris.
Scrapbooking is fun. Digital scrapbooking is even more fun if you are a techy girl, like me. I love being able to do wonderful things to my pictures and use them for backgrounds and accents in my scrapbooks. Here are some of my experiments that I particularly like.
This is a page I made of my DD and her best friend at the beach.
The background and accents are from the Fleur de List kit by 3Scrapateers available at mymemories.com. I also used a free trial of Akvis Sketch to tweak my photos before putting them on the page. I made two background pictures transparent so they would look like they are part of the paper and allow the focus to be on the girls hugging.
For this page, I didn't use any background paper at all. Instead I used the color picker to grab a medium blue from a picture of ocean waves and made a blue rectangle. Then I cropped a rectangle of the waves from the same picture and stretched it to fit the bottom of the page. I like clean layouts in general, but in this case, I definitely didn't want anything taking attention away from the gorgeous views.
Lastly, a page I made of our bike tour down the mountain. For the background paper here, I used another picture of the mountains and used Photoshop to emboss them. Then I went back and painted some of the snow back in.
The next time you are out shooting, take a few extras of textures and landscapes and see what you can do with them.
First, be sure to stop by Cris's facebook page to see what Zentangle is all about. It's not some yoga move, but a really amazing artistic style. Next, we picked Cris to appear today as we were impressed at how unique and distinctive her pages are with her use photographic elements in artistic ways. There is always something new to try and learn, and Cris inspired us with her out of the box thinking.