The Layout Process – Story First

While I personally use pretty much all the different layout processes we will be discussing on a regular basis, starting with STORY first warms my heart the most. My pages often include lengthy journaling and space for that has to be planned from the beginning. Sometimes, I’ll look for a template that includes enough journal space or one that I can replace at least one photo with a large journaling block. Because pocket scrapping is very popular these days, there are a lot of digital templates designed to incorporate at least one of those cute journal cards that we all seem to be collecting, providing the perfect spot for your story. Pocket layouts themselves are a great way to capture large blocks of text and still leave plenty of room for photos and embellishments to feed our creative side.

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Getting to Know Stacia Hall

Today we are talking to one of our newest Peers, Stacia Hall.  Stacia is a digital scrapper who, like most of us, started as a paper scrapper years ago. After taking many classes to improve her skills, she has evolved into the amazing scrapper she is today. Here, she shares a little about herself so that we can get to know her a little better.


Tell us a bit about yourself, your life (including how long you have been digiscrapping).

I’m a 49 year old Central Florida native with two children. My 22 year old daughter has almost completed her masters degree and my 20 year old son is mid-way through his college degree. She is a tutor/mentor at school and plans a career in neuro-psychology. He is an Eagle Scout and spends summers working at the Philmont Scout Ranch while working towards a degree in psychology. I am headed directly into the empty nest years… like right now. I’m also a CPA working for a family owned business, never a dull moment around there. I started scrapbooking with my friend Liza when my oldest was about 7. Like many others, I went with her to a CM party and the rest is history! The years of cutting my photos into shapes with multiple mats and cutesy stickers began. Then, I started using background papers… I know, I was a rebel.

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The Layout Process – Using Product First

Now that you have organized your digi stash, chosen a digital supply organization program, set up your folder system, tagged, key worded, de-cluttered, and purged your supplies, you are now ready to choose a layout process that works for you!  There are plenty of ways to approach the layout process: product first, photo first, design first, template first, story first, prompt/challenge, scraplifting, and pocket scrapping.  Please keep in mind that there is no right way to approach the layout process. You need to choose the approach that works for you. Every scrapper has their own way of tackling the layout process. This month the Peers will be sharing with you a variety of ways to approach your layouts to help you determine what works for you.

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How to Tag & Organize Using Picasa

I want to chat with you today about my digi organization system. There sure has been a lot of talk about organizing, purging and backing up your digi supplies here at Scrapaneers this month. Oh how I wish I’d have known all this stuff when I first started digi scrapping! In reading this month’s posts, the common theme is that we all just want to be able to find all our digi goodies when we want to use them so we can make beautiful pages and of course we want our digi goodies safely backed up!


Tagging and keeping my digi stash and photos organized is super important to me. I have to be honest, I do not enjoy tagging, but I’ve got a really focused personality and it would drive me absolutely nuts if I couldn’t find something at a moment’s notice. I keep my process simple and straightforward so it works for me. In the long run, tagging is a huge timesaver and I really don’t know that I’d be able to scrap nearly as well if I wasn’t organized. I keep my digi stash organized with Picasa and today I’m going to share with you an overview of my organization process.

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Getting to know Irene Beumer-Zanini

Today we are talking to one of our newest Peers, Irene Beumer-Zanini.  Irene is a digital scrapper who started as a paper scrapper years ago. Today she is sharing a little about herself so that we can get to know her a little better.


Tell us a bit about yourself, your life (including how long you have been digiscrapping).

I’m born and raised in the Netherlands. I grew up with a Dutch mom, an Italian father and a little brother. When I was 19 I met Manfred and we finally got married when I was 30. We live in the same region as we both grew up. I work as a bookkeeper. I started paper scrapping in 2002 and switched to digital scrapbooking somewhere in 2007. Never touched my paper stuff again! To be honest, I’m a bit addicted (aren’t we all?) so sometimes my husband is turning off the computer so I also have a little bit of time for him. I’m on several creative teams and I love the variety in styles of the designers. I love to create more traditional layouts for my photobooks, I enjoy creating fantasy scenes. And I also love to experiment with different techniques to create more artsy looking pages.


Most of my free time is spent on digital scrapbooking, but I also try to find time for photography. I also like to read books. Most of the time, I read a couple of pages before I go to sleep.  I also study Italian, because my father never talked to me in Italian and I really want to talk with my family there. It’s not an easy language, but last year during our vacation at Lago di Garda it was really possible to have little conversations in the shops and with the owner of the apartment complex where we were staying. I felt so proud!

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Backing Up Your Digital Files

We’ve been focusing on organizational issues this month, so it’s time to have “the talk.”  You know, the one about backing up your files.  You hear it all the time, don’t you?  “Have you backed up your files lately?”  You’ve also heard all the horror stories.  People who have lost all their photos, digital pages, digital supplies.  It’s so sad when you hear of that happening to someone else, but do you back up regularly?  Or are you one of those people who think that the inevitable will never happen to them?  I’m here to give you some tips on backing up your digital files.  Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at back ups, this article is for you . . .

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De-clutter and Purge Those Supplies

Do you have digi-supplies that you’ve never used?


Do you still have kits from the early days of digi?


Have you run out of room on your hard drives to store all your supplies?


If you’ve answered, “YES”, to any of these questions or even, “MAYBE”, it’s time you got serious about purging your digi-stash. 

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Tagging and Keywording in ACDSee

To tag or not to tag? It’s an age-old question with digi-scrappers on both sides of the fence. I’ve keyworded/tagged my digi supplies from day 1. Maybe it’s the logical accountant in me OR it could be the “I know I’m going to collect so much of this pretty stuff that I’ll never be able to find anything if I don’t”. At the very beginning I tried Photoshop Elements Organizer and Picasa but neither one was able to keep up with the level of detail at the time so I explored other options. I’ve been using various versions of ACDSee for about six years. The screen shots shown below are using ACDSee Pro 6. I tag just about everything but that is MY process, the way I work. I do think that looking at other people’s processes helps us to fine tune our own. I know a number of scrappers, including several of the other Scrapaneers Peers, that tag only the previews and that works perfectly for their process. Why add more time organizing to an already limited amount of scrapping time? Before you consider organizing your stash, take some time to figure out HOW you look for things when you scrap. If you tend to scrap within a particular kit or strictly by designer, tailor any organizing you do to match YOUR way, not anyone else’s.

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Journaling on Lines

If you’re like me, you love to use lined backgrounds, journal cards and stamps made especially for journaling. As a digital scrapper who likes to make her pages look real, I am always worried about fitting my journaling into those lines and here I share how I do it.

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