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How’d They Do That? 5th Edition

Welcome to the 5th edition of “How’d They Do That”. I hope you enjoy this edition’s tutorial. Today we’re going to learn a little about Cynthia and learn how she made this fabulous page:

Tell us a little about yourself.
Cynthia: I’m Cynthia, I live in Cozumel, Mexico, a tiny island on the Mexican Caribbean with my 3-going-on-30 girl, dh Sal (who’s 41-going-on-4) and 3 crazy Westies. I’m a free-lance photographer, shooting mostly weddings and kids, and work from home as a wedding coordinator for the hotel dh manages. I love reading, cooking, movies, and scrapping is my outlet, I’ve been lucky enough to meet IRL a few scrapping addicts and I consider them some of my closest friends. Photography is my passion and I hope to have my own studio someday, hopefully soon. I have a degree in Spanish and Latin American Lit, but sadly have never used it, I also hope to get my Master’s in English or Italian Lit down the road. Ah, so many plans, so little time.

ME: How long have you been art journaling?
Cynthia: I started the Caravan in January but regretfully haven’t comitted as much time as I’d like to it, sometimes real life interferes more than I like it to. Hopefully this mention will get my butt a well deserved kick in the right direction.

ME: When is your favorite time to work in your art journal and do you do it on a regular basis?
Cynthia: I’m mostly a night owl, but since my girl is at school in the mornings, now I’m becoming more of a morning person, since that is “my time” and can work mostly uninterrupted. I was pretty regular at first but now I’m very much a slacker, let’s hope that that changes asap!

ME: Why do you journal?
Cynthia: To be perfectly honest, I don’t journal much, for the AJC I mostly grab the idea and try to get the concept across with images, rather than words. I think that mostly my internal critic comes off too strong at times to really let me go, but I’m working on silencing that nagging voice, since I know I do have stories to tell.

ME: Do you have a blog where we can follow you?
Cynthia: Nope, still haven’t jumped into the 21st Century.

Now to the tut (in case I haven’t bored you to tears):
First, I chose the background paper and warped it to get the “floor”. Grab your Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a rectangle at the bottom, about 2-3 inches high, depending on where you’d like your “floor” to meet the “wall”. Go to edit: transform: perspective and grab the lower corner and just pull to the left (or right if you chose that side)
Once you think your floor is distorted to your liking, click enter and deselect your rectangle. Grab your burn tool and set it to a low opacity, like 50% and just draw a line where the wall and floor meet, to create the illusion of the angle.
Now to the fun part:
Type the word you want in a very bold font, in white, and then lower the opacity until you can only see a very faint outline. You can also change the blending mode to overlay or screen, depending on the paper you chose as your background.
Then, in the same font, or one that’s very similar, start typing words at random. What I did actually was type a whole list, rasterized the entire text layer, and then proceeded to cut each word out individually. You can also type some words in red or another color to give those words more visibility. I used the following quote:
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”
and typed every word in red and caps.
When you have your words all typed and cut into individual layers, you need to start placing them inside your main word or title, make them smaller or bigger to fit, rotate them, or even warp them at times to really fill up every space.
Do the same for the individual letters, cut them and resize them as you wish. I tried to make a triangle of sorts to make it seem like the letters were coming from the typewriter and then falling into the title. You can also use some other words and place them outside your word to make it seem as if they’re falling from your title.
I added some clouds to give more depth, and voila!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s edition of How’d They Do That?
See you back in 2 weeks for another installment.


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