Scrapping Your “Bad” Photos

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 Fast forward some 10+ years, and my original point and shoot camera has been replaced by a dSLR and my cell phone.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.

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Magic Of Beginnings - Mini Kits

Getting The Most Out Of Mini Kits

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.

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Sequential Projects: Planning Ahead

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.

 

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Art Journaling: Artist Trading Cards

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.

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Double-Page Layouts – Extending Patterned Papers

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!

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Scrapping Your Summer Bucket List

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.

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May 2016 Challenge: Creating a Top View Layout

Welcome to the May Scrapaneers Challenge!  You know the drill, right?  Our monthly challenges are based on the techniques highlighted in the monthly Champions program. This month, we’re focused on creating a top view layout. I have to say, as a more traditional scrapper, this style of memory-keeping was so much fun to try! I hope you’re excited to give it a go, too.  I’ve split this months’ challenge into two parts, so even if you’re not a Champions member, there’s still something here for you, too.
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Organizing with Folders

Today we’re back chatting with another one of the Peers, getting a behind the scenes look at how they organize their scrapping supplies. Sometimes we can strike it lucky and find a system that works pretty quickly. That’s what happened to Peer Kat Hansen. A digi-scrapper for more than 12 years, Kat’s found a system that works for her … well, most of the time: organizing with simple folders. We’ll let her explain.

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The Peers: Our Go-To Fonts

When I first started digital scrapbooking, I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store: oh, so much to see! As I got over that initial sugar rush of papers and elements, I started to look at fonts. Uh-oh, was I in trouble now. Bye-bye trying not to smudge my hand-written journaling on my traditional pages, and voila! Open the doors to so many possibilities and enter the world of the font junkie. So many choices (like all the sample fonts in the image at the top of the screen that I downloaded from the internet)! Let’s talk about our go-to fonts.

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Digital Scrapbooking Techniques. Love!

I came from a traditional, paper scrapping background. It was something I truly enjoyed, from shopping for supplies (I won’t tell you know many hours I could spend in Michaels or Hobby Lobby), to printing photos, to setting up my page, and then to that final step of gluing everything down. Done. I was in my own little scrapbooking world, oblivious to the fact that there was this entire digital world out there – oblivious until I happily stumbled across a digital scrapbooking store. Oh my. My entire world was turned upside-down! At first, it started with just a few freebies (we’ve all been there, right?), which grew into kits, then favorite designer and more kits … and then I was hooked.  As I’ve grown my digital craft in the past 12+ years, I’ve come to love many things about digital scrapbooking, but right there on the top is one thing: I love digital techniques!

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