Cover Makeover 2016 – Week 1

For those of you that know me, you know I love a good challenge and one of my favourites last year was the PhotoRehab101 Cover Makeover ran by Desley & Lucile. I was so sad when they decided not to run it again this year (due to other commitments) …………but they asked Me if perhaps I could take the reins! I have never really run a challenge like this, so I hope I can do them both proud. I decided to start with a new Cover MakeOver badge, for a new year. So here goes…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every week I will announce a new Book Cover, Movie Poster or CD/Album Cover and you can all get truly creative and post your own version. Of course I am only too happy to take suggestions, so suggest away. And don’t forget to tag your post with #CoverMakeOver. Everyone was so creative last year, it was truly amazing and a lot of fun.

Every Thursday, I will run a post featuring all the wonderful and different versions. I will then I announce the new subject matter for the week ahead.

OK so our first offering for 2016 is (Drumroll please)…

Storm Boy – Colin Thiele

Storm Boy is a Classic Australian children’s book by Colin Thiele about a boy and his pelican. The book concentrates on the relationships he has with his father, the pelican, and an outcast Aboriginal man called Fingerbone. It has long been considered an Australian Classic, although perhaps in 2016 a bit dated, it was written in 1964.

Synopsis – Storm Boy likes to wander alone along the fierce deserted coast among the dunes that face out into the Southern Ocean. After a pelican mother is shot, Storm Boy rescues the three chicks, and nurses them back to health. He names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival. After he releases them, his favourite, Mr Percival, returns. The story then concentrates on the conflict between his lifestyle and the externally imposed requirement for him to attend a school, and the fate of the pelican.

You can Re Cover either the Book or the Movie or combine them together.Don’t forget to Ping back to this page and Tag your post #CoverMakeOver so I can find them. I do hope you all hop on board, even though Desley and Lucile are no longer hosting this challenge, I am sure they will drop by every now and then and hopefully join in as well. I will post a new challenge, and the new covers every Thursday.

Finally, here is my version of Storm Boy, with Mr Percival.

Julie Powell_StormBoy-1


Photo Rehab Cover Make Over – The Conjuring

I know Desley picked this one! One day she’ll shock us with a love story……lol.

So here is my take on The Conjuring. Ms Speedy Reporting for Duty!!


I don’t really like horror movies, I once saw 30 seconds of SAW and was physically puking my guts……….my teenagers warned me not to come in; I should have listened. Anyway on with the tale.

This is a composite of several different photos, each actually quite pleasant on their own; Autumn Full Moon through the branches of a dead tree, an old timber hut and a overexposed blurry image of a person; gently blended with different settings so all would show up. I then overlaid the window and masked out the real view allowing the new images to be seen.

Then the dripping blood, grabbed the hand print from Last years Haunted House, and added a creepy Chiller Font – Horrible isn’t it? Not very Christmassy lol………where is a Christmas Tale, or Miracle on 31st Street, or Scrooged? Bah Humbug I say, hehehehe.

Til Next week………..happy snapping,



Photorehab Cover Maker Over – Challenge 20

Yay! Lucile & DJ are back and so is the Cover Makeover. Challenge 20 is the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben; I have heard of it, but not read it.

“The Happiness Project is one of the most thoughtful works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Rubin weaves together philosophy, scientific research, history, analysis, and real-life experiences as she explains what worked for her—and what didn’t. Her conclusions are sometimes counter-intuitive – for example, she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent correctly – but they resonate with readers of all backgrounds.”

More info on this book can be found here.

So firstly, I thought about what would make me happy (not having read the book) and I figured about having no time constraints, Being out with nature and being in control of my life (like that REALLY happens).

  • So I started with an urban concrete / dirty marble background
  • I added a clock face and removed the hands
  • I added a butterfly instead of the clock hands, and then…
  • I thought hands! So put it all in the palm of my hand!
  • I then added the Title using a new font called Betty Noir from 1001Fonts.
  • I was not totally happy with how the bottom text looked on it’s own, so I added a banner underneath.
  • I then added some drop shadows and did a Poster edge Filter for an edgier more cartoonish feel.

The Happiness Project

I feel happy just looking at the cover now, I might have to get myself a copy to read over Summer. Can’t wait for next week, glad to have you back ladies!!


PhotoRehab Cover Makeover – The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand

Photorehab Cover Makeover this week is a book by Ayn Rand, the Romantic Manifesto, I must confess to not being familiar with this author, so I followed Lucile & Desley’s links for a little research. After some thought I decided that I wanted to base the book’s cover on an artistic journey of life and rebirth. I have done another piece recently called The Beauty Within, which I also featured a butterfly; there is something tangible and beautiful in a butterfly. However it is brief, a continual struggle for continuing survival. From Larvae, to caterpillar to butterfly and back again. Perhaps not necessarily what the book is entirely about, but I wanted to keep the simplicity. I did two versions, I am not sure which one I prefer, I kind of like the dirty grungy version, but the clean simple one is more like the original; so I put both!

Julie Powell_ Manifesto_1 Julie Powell_ Manifesto_2

Wow, I really got a bit arty farty all hippy on the text above, sometimes I look too deeply into something I am working on, sometimes I just play. I guess I got deep on this one!

Anyway, til next time………..Happy snapping, creating, blogging or what ever else takes your fancy!


PhotoRehab Cover Make Over – The Long Kiss Goodnight

Often I read a new challenge and I get the lightbulb moment………I know EXACTLY what I want, not this week. Badfish out of Water thru me a curve ball on the Photorehab Cover Makeover for this week, when he suggested The Long Kiss Goodnight, don’t get me wrong, I adore this movie, I have watched it quite possibly 100’s of times; but I had no idea where to start on this cover! Then I started reminiscing and thinking my way through the movie, scene by scene (helps when you have soon it SO many times). An idea started to form.

Action packed thrill a minute ride with Geena Davis & Samuel L. Jackson, The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black. Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Davis) lives an average suburban life — until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Hiring private detective Mitch Hennessey (Jackson) to probe into her past, Samantha discovers that she’s a well-trained government assassin who went missing after suffering a bout of amnesia and that her former handlers want her back in their employ.

So I thought I might get a little creative with this one and use various elements from the movie; if you haven’t seen it (Seriously go get a copy it’s a cult classic!) it may not make as much sense.

  • At the start of the movie and in flashbacks Samantha (Charlie) writes her name over and over again on a piece of paper. The text I have put in is to simulate this.
  • The Postcard is something Mitch finds in some old belongings he tracks down, that lead her on a trail of mis adventure
  • The Knife “all chefs do it, right?” she kills bugs (and bad guys)
  • The key is what she puts around Mr Perkins (her daughter’s Teddy Bear) neck, which unlocks (literally and figuratively) her past.
  • The Red Lipstick for when she transforms back into Charlie the assassin.
  • The Red gradient symbolises the blood, fire and hell she goes through to get her daughter back

Julie Powell_Long Kiss Goodnight

It took awhile to figure out what to do, once I had the spark of an idea, it all happened so quickly! I must say I adore this cover!

Til next time, happy snapping (or creating)………………


PhotoRehab Cover Make Over – On Golden Pond

This week’s PhotoRehab Cover Make Over is the movie On Golden Pond. Such a classic movie with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. As soon as I read it I instantly knew the image to use. From a Dawn shoot back in March, I caught the most amazing light in the sky and the local duck pond. I added a black square, set to soft light to enhance the colours. Text is Pristina and Kozuka Gothic (with a stroke of colour from the water), I then duplicated the title and flipped it vertically, changed to black, added a gaussian blur, warped it and then dropped the opacity. That’s it, just nice and simple

Julie Powell_On Golden Pond

Til next time, happy snapping…..


Photo Rehab Cover Makeover – Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon & The Division Bell

Oh Boy! Time to put my money where my mouth is right? I came up with the theme, as I had all sorts of ideas in my head, somehow they have either all disappeared or feel really lame! So this week’s challenge is something near and dear to my heart………Pink Floyd; Dark Side of the Moon or Division Bell. Personally I prefer the Division Bell Album to listen to *GASP* I hear you all say. I find it more relaxing and soothing, as opposed to some of the more dark and discordant aspects of the Dark Side album. Besides I thought perhaps either title could get some really creative covers going.

Ok so here is my take on both albums……….really could not explain either. I just put on some music and went with the flow! Both are a complete artistic free for all in PS with textures, images, adjustment layers, filters and more.

Julie Powell_Dark Side of the Moon

Julie Powell_The Division Bell


Photo Rehab Weekly Challenge, Cover MakeOver – Week 15, SIX Days Seven Nights

SO this week’s challenge is a Movie poster for cover make over ‘Six Days and Seven Nights’ with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, I love this movie, I haven’t seen it in years, but I know I have the DVD somewhere…………I need to dig it out and watch it again now 🙂

OK so this is my version, I kept it really simple…….cropped the original photo and resized it (From my trip up to Port Douglas……..sigh, I’d love to be there now). I added a pint daub artistic filter to soften a touch. Then placed a 75% opaque black box over 90% base image on new layer, added a drop shadow. The text is mix Poor Richard and Tempus Sans, with drop shadow on the title only. All done in PS, that’s it folks!

Til next time, happy snapping………..


Photo Rehab Weekly Challenge, Cover Makeover – Week 14

1APhoto Rehab Weekly Challenge, Cover Makeover – Week 14 features the cover ‘The Incident at Montebello’, from P.A.Moed

“The Incident at Montebello is a historical novel based on a true event— In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. The Buonomano family is torn apart by Sofia’s death and is caught in a political firestorm that spreads from their village to Rome and across America and Europe. One family member, 16-year-old Isolina, witnesses the accident and recognizes Mussolini as the driver.”

I really like this book cover, artistically it ‘speaks’ to my inner Retro. Now I know there are a lot of holes in my design, car is from the wrong era, retro is from the wrong era, text, colors are quite possibly all wrong……..but to me it seemed right.

Julie Powell_Incident at Montebello


Photo Rehab Cover Make Over – Golden Valley Silver Flowers

This week’s Photo Rehab Cover Make Over is a book by S. Selimovic; Golden Valley Silver Flowers. I kept it fairly simple this week, I took two Low Key images from a recent outing and blended them together in PS, then I added a funky retro gradient filter and some text. It kind of reminded me of the old style 60 – 70’s Book, however I have not read this book, so I am only going by the image supplied and the brief.