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Be Playful – Creativity Prompt

April 21st, 2010 by Avital

Dress Up - playful Layout

[Fonts: Rough_typewriter, Barnes_erc_; Digital Kits: KD Tweet, KD For The Boy, KD Frame Essentials – all by Karla Dudley.]

All work and no play? not in my (scrap)book!

Scrapbooking is important.
Telling the story is important.
Perpetuating memories is important.

saying that, scrapbooking is also a hobby.
As a hobby it’s supposed to be awesome.
As a hobby it’s supposed to be fun.
As a hobby it’s supposed to conform to OUR rules – not vice versa!

So I am very much into inserting some more playfulness into the process.

In this layout, with help from Karla Dudley‘s playful designs and a playful free font I have injected a much needed gaiety and cheerfulness into my layout.

The bird, for instance, is actually made out of 3 different images from the KD Tweet kit, that I layered and locked into one layer. You may need to adjust the angle of the image a bit (move your mouse cursor next to the top edge of the bounding box until it looks like a rounded arrow, then click and drag slightly up or down). I also “built” the bird-swing by using different images together, not necessarily the way one would traditionally use them.

You can mimic this idea/look with traditional “hard-copy” products by layering embellishments together or using things a bit differently than usual.

It made me smile. It might make you smile too!

Photoshop Elements Tip
How did I make the labeler-like strips?


  • Use the rectangle shape tool to draw a short and wide strip. Make sure your shape color is black.
  • Choose the type tool and pick a typewriter font, make sure your font color is white.
  • Click on your rectangle and start typing. Click twice to commit.
  • Choose the move tool and pick 2 layers – the shape and the type (make sure they are both highlighted).
  • Click on the ‘align’ button at the top of your window and align the 2 layers together, both vertically and horizontally.
  • Lock the layers together to keep the alignment.
  • Repeat.


How do you insert playfulness to your layouts? Share by leaving a comment (or a link to your playful layout)

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3 Comments to “Be Playful – Creativity Prompt”

  1. You make it sound so easy! Thank you for your generosity, I want to try and learn how to do these things!
    Greetings from beautiful & sunny paris!

    • Avital says:

      Thank you! Enjoy your Parisian excursion 🙂 [I will soon leave for Puerto Rico]

      It is easy, you should give it a try!

  2. Kathy says:

    Sweet, sweet page!

    I find a bright yellow really hard to work with and you have done it so beautifully! It’s an amazing page! I don’t do digital pages, but I have to say the dymo labeler is one of my very favorite tools to use. And I see they are coming out with so many new colors now!

    Thank you so much for sharing