1704_Pre-Made Clusters

Pre-made Cluster Elements to Speed Up Your Pages

Hello there my digi friends. Sometimes, you want to pull together a scrapbook page quickly. Maybe you have a short amount of time, maybe you are creating a layout for a challenge and the deadline is approaching, or maybe you have lost your mojo and just need to “make” something and you’re at a loss for where to start. For these times, I encourage you to look at pre-made clusters, borders, and/or clustered frames. These are already arranged and matched for you, allowing you to focus on the photo(s) and the stories without having to stress over what supplies to use. I love a good cluster, but sometimes I just can’t seem to make them come together. I’m going to share some of my go-to designers for these types of ready-made products and a couple of layouts using these awesome time-savers.

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Journal for Generations to Come

Whenever I look back at my scrapbooks, I am always drawn to the journaling. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the pictures a lot —  and the layouts bring everything together, but it is the journaling that fills in the blanks and brings it all to life.

 

It’s the same with journaling in a heritage scrapbook as well. I can be tempted to stick with names, dates, places and the facts that we can glean from the backs of the photos, but to really bring them to life, I feel the need to add some background information.

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JournalingFIT

Journaling Creatively

Journaling is important and when adding it to a layout I like to think creatively and outside the “text” box.  Everyone has their own reasons for scrapbooking but I believe most of us would list memory keeping as the primary reason.  Sure we want to get all those great photos and sometimes photos go a long way toward telling the story but journaling answers the questions that will undoubtedly come up at some time in the future.  I keep the 5-W’s of writing in mind when I’m journaling.  I imagine you’re familiar with the 5-W’s of writing but if not they are Who, What, When, Where and Why.  It’s easy to answer those questions now but years from now, when you’re looking back, you’ll be glad if you’ve taken the time to record the pertinent information. When I’m journaling I don’t tend to put all the information in a tidy little box unless I’m using a block style or pocket style layout.  If that’s the case text boxes are perfect but if not I like to spread information around the page a little more creatively. As you’ll see, I prefer to tuck it in here and there. I want to encourage everyone to make journaling a priority and I want to share a few ideas I use to get the information on the page but not necessarily in a box.

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Tips For Journaling On Your Photos

Tips For Journaling On Your Photos

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.

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Now & Then Style Journaling

One of my favorite styles of journaling on a scrapbook page is to compare “now” to “then”. This is especially easy to do if you have photographs of your subject(s) taken at different times. Let me share a few “Now & Then” journaling style layouts to inspire you.

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Scrapping Photoless Pages

Sometimes we don’t have a photo to scrap a memory or a moment we want to convey.  And guess what?  We don’t need to have a photo in order to scrap a page!  “But isn’t scrapbooking all about pictures?” you ask.  No!  Of course not!  Some of my all time favorite scrapbooking pages are photoless journaling pages that I’ve created.  And in all honestly, the heartfelt journaling on the page conveys my mood and my thoughts much more so than a picture at that moment ever could.  So today, I want to address scrapping with photoless pages.  Because if you aren’t already, I think you need to have another look!

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Write It Yourself – Journaling

 

The art of Scrapbooking (whether it is Paper or Digital) is for purposes of memory keeping and documenting / journaling events.  We often use journaling, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, printed media and artwork to tell the story.

 

When we are documenting, sometimes it is in the form of a single line of journaling, a paragraph or a whole page. To document our pages digitally, we often search out typewriter fonts or fonts that may resemble our own handwriting. Today I am going to show you a quick way to include your own handwriting on your scrapbook pages.

 

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April 2017 Challenge

Did anyone watch the Academy Awards? I didn’t but hearing all the news stories about it did lead me to an idea for a challenge this month…movie posters. I challenged myself to make a layout that was inspired by a movie poster. First I found a site that sells posters and then I searched for one that I thought would make a good layout. Seeing as though we are already experiencing “April Showers” here in the Midwest, the “Singing in the Rain” poster caught my eye and I had just the photos to work with it.

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The Art of Hidden Journaling

Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to April!  Are you ready to get your journaling groove on?  The Peers will be focusing on different journaling techniques this month on the blog, to inspire the hidden (or sometimes prolific) writers in all of us.  I will be sharing a therapeutic hidden journaling technique, for those (like me) who don’t necessarily want to broadcast their journaling to the world.  Ready to take on this artsy journaling adventure?  Then come on in and join me . . .

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Pick of the Month – Instant Pot

Greetings! Jen Flaherty here with this month’s Pick of the Month – The Instant Pot. Have you heard of it? The Instant Pot is a modern day pressure cooker. What makes it modern, you ask? The Instant Pot does it all from cooking perfect rice to soups and stews, meats, bread (yes, bread!), yogurt…the list goes on. And it cooks it all in an instant, thus the name. In addition, the Instant Pot has a slow cooker mode as well, so you can kiss your slow cooker goodbye (or shove it to the back of the cabinet). This purchase has been a game changer for me. Let me tell you why.

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How to Manage Your Fonts

How to manage your multitude of fonts is a question that all scrappers face sooner or later. I believe most, if not all, scrappers have an unparalleled love of fonts.  We are hoarders collectors of fonts! There are many font managers available and they range in price from free to very expensive.  Personally, I like free.  I’ve tried many of the free font managers, some apps and some online.  Most allow you to view your fonts and nothing more.  Plus the ones I’ve tried tend to crash or freeze up continuously.  That can be very frustrating, especially if you have limited time set aside for scrapping!   A couple of months ago I found FontBase.  Their website describes FontBase as a blazing fast, beautiful and free font manager for Windows 7 & up.  So far I have loved this app.  It hasn’t crashed or frozen up once since I’ve been using it and it really does have some cool features.  So without further ado, we’ll look at some of the features I’ve found very useful.

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