Welcome to our July challenge! It’s summer here in the U.S. and that means vacations, kids out of school, hanging out at the pool, firing up the barbeque … and seemingly, we’re busier than ever. This month’s challenge is one that I hope will provide a little bit of time-saving help so you can continue to find some creative time (and record those summer memories, or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere). It’s all about making a template your own.
When you’re short on creative time, templates can be a lifesaver, but you don’t have to use them ‘as-is’. Why not put your own spin on them? This month’s challenge is just that: create a page using a template, but change things up at little to make it your own. Rotate the design, move elements around, duplicate or delete … anything goes! Play around and experiment. Remember, the template designer has done a lot of the groundwork, saving you time!
Whether it’s a quick weekend away, or a long-awaited trip, vacations are a time to be spent with family and friends. However, for memory-keepers such as ourselves, we have planned places to see, things to do, and all the things we want to reflect on our scrapbook pages to commemorate the time spent away from home, away from our usual routine. We think of everything. We pack the camera, bring the phone chargers … and yet, we return with potentially one of two extremes: 100’s or 1,000’s of photos, or nothing at all. If you have a hard time sorting through what happened, and when, here’s a few easy and inexpensive ways to track your travel activities.
Continuing our foray into journaling this month, I wanted to chat with you about something that might seem a little tricky to do, but really isn’t: journaling on your photos. Sometimes we have a picture that we’d like to incorporate into our scrapbook pages that deserves to stand alone; it warrants a full page, all by itself. However, what if there’s a story behind the photo, or some little detail that isn’t obvious that you feel a need to explain or document? We’re not talking about adding a journaling card, a tab or a sticker. We’re talking about digitally writing directly on your images. Maybe you have a group of photos and there’s, literally, no space left on the page on which to write anything. Let’s look at two tricks (yes, just two simple tips!) that you can deploy to starting journaling on your photos.
Continuing our foray into alphas and fonts this month, I wanted to have a little chat today on page titles. Coming from a traditional scrapbooking background, I still remember pulling out my sheets of alphas and then my ruler to carefully place every single, individual letter on a nice straight line. It was a time-consuming and somewhat cumbersome process. With my stuck-down traditional alphas, if I had not lined everything up correctly, well, once put down on a layout, there really wasn’t that much of an opportunity to make a correction. Did you know there’s an easy one- or two-click process in digital scrapbooking that will correct this for you? Let’s explore the Align function to take the guesswork out of aligning your scrapbook titles.
When I first started scrapbooking, I was so excited to get my stories down on paper. I started with traditional paper pages and then transitioned into digital. The joy of finding that perfect photo, cutting it or cropping it on the computer, and then printing everything. Ah, the good ole days. My little camera and printer had never seen such activity! Fast forward some 10+ years, and my original point and shoot camera has been replaced by a dSLR and my cell phone. A lot has changed, including my feelings about what pictures I choose to include on my [now] digital layouts. For a long time I became a … a … a photo snob. If the photo wasn’t perfect, I wouldn’t use it. I know some of you reading this post have probably been down that road, too, right? Not anymore! Those not-so-perfect pictures do have a place on my scrapbook pages, and they can on yours, too. Let’s talk about scrapping your “bad” photos.
Hi everyone! Welcome back to another installment on the Scrapaneers blog where we’re highlighting a few pieces of The Magic of Beginnings collaboration and sharing some tips and tricks along the way. I hope you’ve been following us this month and picking up the pieces of this mega-kit – isn’t it awesome?! You’ll see that we have so many design styles represented in the collection, so there’s something for everyone. Now, if you’re impatient like me, you want to scrap with everything as it comes out and not wait for the entire collection, but that also presents a bit of challenge: how can you stretch a mini kit (or even just a few papers) and create an entire scrapbook layout that seems full and complete? Read on and I’ll share a few of my tips getting the most out of mini kits.
This month the Peers are sharing tips and tricks for documenting sequential projects, like December Daily, a Week in the Life, or even keeping the momentum going with Project Life. As we head towards the end of the year, though, I find that the holiday season tends to throw me a curve ball, adding to my already busy schedule – and cutting back on my creative time! Let’s take a little poll, shall we? Raise your hand if you’re ready for the holiday season and everything it entails? Uh-huh. Thought so. If you’re like me, the end of the year is filled with what seems to be one “thing” after another. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Hanukkah and Christmas. Oh, and then New Year?! (don’t get me started in trying to believe that 2017 is just a few months away!) Visits to or from family members, or perhaps a family vacation for the holidays. Gift shopping. Social events. Despite being overwhelmed and stressed out, at times, each year I still document the holidays as best as I can. Why? Because I create scrapbooks. It’s what I do. There have been successful projects, and some, well, not so much. Today I wanted to share with you some of my ‘lessons learned’ in the hopes that something resonates with you and makes tackling a sequential project seem more within reach.
This month the Peers team has been sharing their tips and tricks on art journaling. Still intimidated by this style of creativity? That was me, at first, too … but not now. I used to ooohh and aaahh at all the “pretty” artsy pages in the digital galleries and think there was absolutely no way I could do something like that. I mean, I went from traditional scrapbooking in a more clean and simple style, and grew into layered, clustered pages. The whole concept of an artsy page seemed so foreign to me. Where would I even start? Small. I had to start small – you know, just to test the waters. Enter artist trading cards.
Are you a single- or double-page layout scrapper? I am mostly a single-page girl, but I do like double-page layouts every once in a while for things like vacation albums, or when I have a lot of pictures from a single event and I just can’t narrow it down to a few. They can seem a little intimidating, though, can’t they? I mean, it’s a whole 24″ x 12″ space to fill! As we continue this month’s blog series and share our favorite tips and techniques with you, what I wanted to show you today is extending patterned papers across the full 24″ spread – and making the pattern appear seamless. It’s easier than you might think!
Here in the U.S. there has already been a collective cheer from many children as the school year has ended and their summer vacation has started. In my neck of the woods, there’s still another couple of weeks of school left, but nonetheless, as you can probably imagine, once final exams are taken, not a lot of work is done and everyone’s focus shifts to other pursuits. While the children revel in the summer months, excited to just hang out, go to the pool, and sleep the day away, the flip-side can be true for parents. Parents lament, wondering what they will do for 10-12 weeks. How can they possibly maintain their sanity?! Enter the summer bucket list.