Friday, March 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator Challenge #11: Photo Effects

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges on my blog by clicking here.
This month, our challenge comes from the very sweet and very talented Joanne Burton. Joanne resides in Waterloo and co-owns a scrapbook store there with her BFF. Her scrapbooking style is classically elegant and always showcases wonderful photos. It's no wonder that her challenge to is centered around the photo - here is the challenge, in Joanne's own words:
Inspiration Elevator has been such a tremendous experience for me! We have explored our style, stretched our single pages into two, documented our fears and regrets, scrapbooked our beliefs, worked with less than perfect photos and have even gone vintage! Hopefully we have each grown as a result of being a part of this group – I know I have! 

One of the fun things about scrapbooking is working with our photos. We get to pick and choose our favorite photos and have fun recording the memories behind them. So this month, I thought we could stretch our creativity by having some fun with our photos!

I assume we all work with digital photos, so this month’s challenge will work for each of you. I want you to pick a photo and then alter it in some way using your favorite photo editing program. I would like to see something more than just making your photo black & white. Maybe use a special effect, add a frame, play with text, etc. There is so much you can do!

Play with your photo until it conveys a particular look or feel that will help you to express your memories associated with that picture. Then add it to your page! When you post your finished project, please share how you altered your photo, and why you chose the effects you did. (Maybe you could even post a before and after of your photo!)

I was so excited to see Joanne's challenge. There are so many (FREE!) digital photo editing software programs that do really great things to a photo. In fact, I use Picasa to edit ALL my photos. Some others are Instagram and Pocketbooth and get the so many to choose from. For this challenge, aside from Picasa, I chose to use Instagram to edit the photo in this design.

The story begins with the day Dolly had a friend over in July 2011 and they were busy creating and being artsy. I wanted to create a design that reflected what she was doing that day. Most importantly it brought to mind that I really try keep my children's life enriching the best I can. I suffer from "Busy-Mom Syndrome" like most 21st century Moms. But having kids really makes you focus on the being better; being an example; being the BEST you can be so your kids look up to you and grow to be wonderful adults.   So there's my title motivation.
 Here's the layout....I tried something new (keeping with IE's purpose to make us stretch).

Do you like it?

I doodled all the flowers but the medium one in the upper most right hand corner which provided not only the inspiration for the design, but a handy concealer for a massive boo-boo. Don't look too closely...

I then hand painted all the coloured doodle parts and the title chipboard too.

So on to the final part of dear Joanne's challenge. Like most of you who photograph in the digi world, I love the quick edits you can do to a regular photo right there on the iPhone; so quick and easy. The regular photo (which should be inserted here) was a washed out/over exposed photo of Adriane  taken in the dinette section of my kitchen, where the light can be a blessing or a curse. Sadly, I cannot locate the original file as it has gone to the HARD DRIVE heaven for broken computers. I used the edited photo I had printed months ago (because I knew I couldn't NOT scrap it) and only realized I didn't have the original on my back up hard drive.

So, having said that here's the Instagram edit:
I chose the "Earlybird" edit and love it's warming tones and slightly dreamy blurring effect.

I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:

Lisa Spiegel

I know this challenge has produced some sensational designs and some excellent tips on using some of those great photo editing software. Watch for next month and our FIRST ANNIVERSARY here at Inspiration Elevator.  We are excited to be reaching our one year mark of growth and artistic challenge.

Until next time, keep doing what you love.


  1. Such a pretty picture, looks like you had a lot of fun with your layout!

  2. love the doodles . so much fun

  3. Awesome doodling! Such a pretty whimsical page!!

  4. OMG Christa, I love all the doodling and the word "Because" rocks!

  5. seriously...amazing doodling! Wow! You rocked this fun and whimsy!

  6. Wow - I seriously adore this layout! The colourful doodling is over the top fabulous and I love your photo with the Instagram edit! Plus your title is brilliant!!
    Joanne xo

  7. What a darling layout of your daughter! I just love the whimsical doodling!

  8. Oh my gosh..your doodling is AMAZING! The photo is darling but you WOW'd me with the doodling!

  9. You rocked the doodling, girlie!! Love the Instagram effect on A's photo too!

  10. Wow, can you teach me to do that? Love love love that doodling! You are definitely stretching and are the epitome of what IE is all about, friend!

  11. Oh my gosh your doodling is just amazing!!!! And I just love how bright and cheery your photo is!!!