I thought I’d finished with the last sketch but when I was working on this layout it morphed into the same style! So I might as well log it as another variation on sketch 36. I hadn’t been intending to make it so, but that’s how it came out. Sorry if it’s getting a bit monotonous around here, lol!

I was absolutely delighted when I saw these photos. I’d taken them after a rain shower, and realised the camera had captured the raindrops on the petals. I started singing “Raindrops on Ro …” and stopped, for these were tulips and not roses, lol! So we need some new words for that old song. Any takers? (Raindrops on roses … –  a line from My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music.)

I still have not learned how to add the hover-over to see a larger photo, so it’s a case of click through to continue reading and to see it.

A layout frequently ends up completely different from what I set out to do. Do you find that? I set out this morning to show three flowers I photographed the same day: a daffodil, the tulip and a bluebell. Maybe I’ll use those another day.

Take a closer look


The layout is made in PSE. And look, no frame this time, lol! I was tempted, though.

Because I used a line from a song as the title for my layout I went looking for some music notes. I was sure I had some, but couldn’t find them. They would have been easy enough to make but I didn’t try as I wanted to get on. I’m trying not to take so long to make a layout and not be distracted. Maybe I need to investigate some tagging options to help me find my products quickly – a sure sign I have too many!

I used the magnetic lasso tool to extract the flower from the background. This worked better than the magic wand which is what I usually use. I’m sure the straight sides of the flower and stem helped a lot. I still need to learn the intricacies of the tools because I’m sure there are better ways of using them.

Always remember two important points when working with your photographs:

  • work on a copy, not the original
  • duplicate the layer you are working on and hide it, then if you make a mistake or dislike the effect you still have your first layer and you have not ruined the whole project

So, because I’d duplicated my layer, I could then blur the background image, and when you show both layers you see the result above.

Hope some of this is helpful for you. If you like our layout ideas and want to try another sketch click on the ‘sketches’ tab at the very top of the page. Thanks for looking in.