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Posted 4/14/2013 by scrappyhare in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 154,875
June 2004
Posts: 603
Layouts: 176
Loc: Houston, TX

Posted: 4/14/2013 2:22:07 AM
I'm talking about these lovely photo overlays from Crate Paper:

I can't decide if I should spring for these or buy a Lightroom preset and do it myself. I think I would be more apt to use a look like this if I had the overlays, since it would be easy to just grab one and keep scrapping... but on the other hand, for the same price I can get a preset that I can use an unlimited number of times. And would the photo look better if it was digitally altered rather than placing an overlay over a regular color photo? Though I saw one of the Garden Girls use one in a video here and really liked it.

Peas help me decide! (And if you know of a Lightroom preset that achieves a similar effect, it would be great if you could link me up!) TIA!


PeaNut 559,277
July 2012
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Posted: 4/14/2013 5:50:29 AM
I don't know Lightroom.

I use Picassa, which is free, and it does that effect as well as a fair number of others.

Lilith Eeckels

PeaNut 198,152
March 2005
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Layouts: 392

Posted: 4/14/2013 6:57:16 AM
I use both but I have older photos I printed out some time again and haven't scrapbooked yet and the overlays are really handy for those. I use them when I create my layers like a patterned paper.


Youtube channel: Lilithscrapbooking

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PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 4/15/2013 9:09:52 PM
If you have Lightroom there are some vignette presets built in that could give you the same look.

Christi in MA
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PeaNut 111,143
October 2003
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Loc: Valley of the Sun

Posted: 4/15/2013 9:45:55 PM
I looked at those today at my LSS and I decided that I could apply my own filters. They looked very dark to me, a very vintage look. (though I could only see the few in the front of the pack)


PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
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Loc: New England

Posted: 4/15/2013 10:52:19 PM
I ALMOST got those on my last order - too $$. I really liked how Lilith used them in her 213 video. Great job Lilith!!


PeaNut 154,875
June 2004
Posts: 603
Layouts: 176
Loc: Houston, TX

Posted: 4/18/2013 11:01:07 PM
Thanks peas!

As it turns out I got all excited about using my 20% off coupon and forgot to take the overlays out of my cart before I checked out, so... I guess I will be playing with them after all! LOL

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