Back in the Swing: Pocket Scrapping

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your lazy days of summer. I know I certainly am, but unfortunately they are definitely not lazy days. Much too much running around these past few months, which makes me realize just how quickly the time goes by and how important it is to document those moments no matter how small. I mean, that’s why we are memory keepers, right? That is why I got into pocket scrapping, so I could preserve our memories.

 

Over the past few years, I have gravitated toward pocket scrapping to document our day to day lives and had developed a pretty good system for getting it done. But somewhere along the line, I fell off the wagon and stopped scrapping altogether and not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I still take lots of photos because I have faith that one day I will. Well, today is that day. With the site overhaul, I’ve decided to jump back into pocket scrapping and will be sharing my layouts and process each month in an attempt to inspire others to do the same. So this month I am going to share some of my best and worst layouts from my most complete year (2015), talk about what it is I like and don’t like about them and devise a system for completing it. So, let’s get started!

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Shaping it Up

Shaping it up … today we are going to explore using text for shapes in regards to our digital scrapping cards and pages.  Shapes can be anything you want them to be.  In addition to the “custom” shapes that come in Photoshop CC, you can also use a font to make your own shape for your project.  Using a few tools, we can make a shape, and then make a path to journal inside it.  Are you ready? Let’s begin!

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One Heritage Photo Scanning Hack You Need to Know

Faster is not always better.  If you are using your phone to scan your family heritage photos, you will want to read this article.

 

You see, I’ve stumbled across something that I should have known but didn’t think about until I was trying to answer the increasing number of scanning questions sent my way. In fact I was very close in recommending one of these apps to a number of friends, but decided I had better do a bit of checking before I hit the Enter key. I was getting caught up in the tempting prospect of taking one photo of one photo album page and almost instantly receiving multiple single images —  all nicely cropped — all ready for me to simply save them and then upload them for use in my heritage project.

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Outlined Titles in Photoshop Elements

Creating outlined titles in Photoshop Elements is a little different from creating them in Photoshop/CC (PS/CC).  An outlined title will add impact and visual interest to the layout you’re creating without detracting from the design or story. In PS/CC, the stroke (outline) can be added on the same layer as the text then when the opacity is reduced to 0% the text disappears and the stroke remains. Note: Photoshop/CC users can find a comparable tutorial here.  In Photoshop Elements, if you apply the stroke on the same layer as the text both the text and stroke disappear when the opacity is lowered to 0%. That is definitely not what you want!  In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to create an outlined title in Photoshop Elements.

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Affinity Photo App Review for Digital Scrapbookers

Affinity Photo App for Digital Scrapbookers

As a pocket-style scrapbooker who loves to document her photos and stories on her mobile devices, I often wonder if there are digital scrapbookers who wish they could do the same. Pocket-style documenters have the Project Life® App loaded with Project Life templates, allowing them to scrapbook anytime, anywhere.

 

But if you are a memory-keeper who doesn’t document in this format, and prefers to use predesigned templates from your favorite digital designers, the only place you can scrapbook is at home front of your computer. Until now!

 

Let me introduce you to the Affinity Photo App by Serif Labs.
Can you say “game-changer?” Seriously, it will Blow. Your. Mind.

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July Challenge – Making a Template Your Own

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!

 

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Technology Has Transformed Travel Scrapping

Technology has transformed travel scrapping in a way that many may not understand. The internet, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, and digital scrapping are just a few of the amazing advancements in technology we are blessed with today. People born in the 90s do not remember a day when these things weren’t available but I sure do! The internet, personal computers, and cell phones didn’t become “mainstream” until the mid-90s and even then they weren’t the same as what we have today.  In the mid-80s I worked at the phone company in the department that issued orders to install mobile phones in cars.  Yes, they had to be installed. They were big and in Texas only oil companies and ranchers had them.  In a training session about mobile phones, the trainer told us that in the future mobiles phones would be the size of a deck of cards and everyone from grandparents to children would have one.  We were all skeptical!  Computers, like mobile phones, have gotten smaller and smaller and now everyone has several forms of technology at their fingertips. In this article, I’ll share some tips to combine our tech toys, apps, and digital scrapping to create scrapbooks about our travels that are amazing.

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Travel Pages: Using Maps

Hey all! Today I wanted to share a couple of different ways that you can incorporate maps into your scrapbook pages. For many of us, summer is the time for family vacations and regardless of how you travel, sometimes it can be fun to capture the where on a map. Maybe you want to capture the route, or maybe you just want to show a few locations. And maybe your stressing because you didn’t capture any photos along the way.

 

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