Beating the Freebie “Gotta Have It All” Mentality

When we first start digital scrapbooking, many of us fall into the “Freebie Trap.”  You know the one I mean… right?  You get SO EXCITED that you finally actually figured out how to start using your software (let’s face it, this Photoshop business starts out looking like a menacing beast bearing its claws and fangs in all their glory if you don’t know what you’re doing) that you decide you need ALL THE THINGS to start playing with.  The only problem?  Well you can’t very well spend $100 a week of your carefully budgeted grocery money on scrapbooking supplies!  So you do what we all started out doing.  You open up google and type in those three tempting words: “Digital Scrapbook Freebies.”  And wowie wowza wow!  Look at all those tempting results!  Only 999,000 results to filter through!  Yep, totally have time for that! 😉

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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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