Digi Stash Organization: Getting Started

What do you do with your digi scrapbooking supplies? What is tagging? Why would I tag? How do I? What do I need? We’re kicking off this month’s topic all about organizing your digi stash. Stay with us on the blog where we offer up our best tips, insights into different programs (for both Mac and PC users), options for how much tagging you may or may not want to do, organizing your folders, and more.

 

To get started, we’re talking about the very basics: identifying the main types of organization programs and the metadata that allows us to easily find items in our stash.

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Saving Layouts for Web and Print

Lisa here again wrapping up our Digital Scrapbooking Basics series with a few tidbits on saving your work so that you can share it in print or on-line.

 

So, the Photoshop/Photoshop Elements native layered document format is a .PSD file. And there is actually another option for saving your layered files. Why would I want to save my file in any other format than a .PSD file? Well, as a PC user, the .PSD file thumbnails are not viewable in Windows Explorer. You only get the standard Adobe icon for them. Enter the .tif file, or TIFF format. This can also be a layered file and reportedly can be read by other programs, but I’ve never really had a need to do this.

 

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Mixing & Matching Kits

To mix or not to mix . . . that is topic for today’s Digital Scrapbooking Basics post.  When you first start building your kit stash, you may want to use everything in sight to build your beautiful digital creations, but deciding which kits to mix and match can be a little intimidating.  I have some quick tips for you about how and when to combine kits to create your own design palette.

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The Tools Panel

Good morning! Erin here with a brief overview of the tools panel.

 

The tools panel will appear on the left hand side of your screen when you open Photoshop. Many of the icons have hidden tools available, which you can access by clicking and holding on a tool with a small triangle on the bottom right corner. This graphic shows each of the tools in the Tools Panel, plus the hidden tools.

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Exploring the Layers Palette

Hi, Barbara here coming to you with the next topic in our month long series on digital scrapbooking basics, the Layers Palette. If you’ve been using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you’re familiar with it, but it’s possible there are gems hidden in there that you’ve not even discovered yet! The Layers Palette exists in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and is at the heart of all of your digital scrapbooking pages. There is so much that you can do and there are so many effects you can achieve within the Layers Palette if you just know where to look. I thought I’d highlight some of the basics and point out a few things so you can experiment and play.

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Getting to Know Dani Alencar

Today we are talking to one of our newest Peers, Dani Alencar.  Dani is a scrapper as well as a designer of digital scrapbooking products. 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 was born in São Paulo, Brazil in the 80’s. My parents decided to move to a small town about 40km away from the big city when I was about to turn 11; my sister was 4 by then. Although it is a small town, people’s habits are not very different from the big cosmopolitan São Paulo, but the quality of life surely is. When I was 15, I started working in my father’s office despite my dream of being an English teacher. (I have always been fascinated by languages.) I worked there for 12 years and I really enjoyed it. However, at this point, I was already married and we had our little girl and I was really upset that I couldn’t spend more time with her since it used to take me about 4 hours or more to commute – home > work > home –  every day. Leaving that job wasn’t an easy decision to make since I was afraid of not being able to support our baby, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Six months later, I started teaching in a language school and after 3½ years I became a pedagogical coordinator.

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Introducing the Newest Scrapaneer’s Peers

We’re excited to announce the newest additions to the Scrapaneers Peers, the talented group of ladies who mentor our students as they complete their classes. These fabulous ladies write all of our articles for the blog, answer students’ questions in the forums with extra examples and techniques, praise your layouts in the gallery, and overall make our tribe a happy one.

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Using Clipping Masks in Templates

If you’re anything like me, you tend to be a bit indecisive when creating pages, especially when working with templates.  I love the fact that with the template, the design aspect is completed for you, but knowing what papers I want to use where tends to make me want to play a bit to see what I like best.  Enter the Clipping Mask…

 

What are Clipping Masks you may ask?  Quite simply they are a non-destructive way to “clip” papers to the shapes on a template, without affecting the paper itself, so that you can easily move it around to get the look you are after.  Let’s see it in action.

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Building Your Digital Stash

Browsing through digital scrapbook stores can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. There’s so many things to see, and with a few clicks of your mouse, voila! You can shop – and scrap – in the comfort of your own home in your pajamas, and all in a matter of mere minutes. It’s like being a kid in a candy store: you want everything. Starting out, it’s tempting to just click and buy whatever catches your eye. However, as you begin to accumulate supplies, it’s important to look for foundation pieces; the ones you know you’ll go to time and time again.

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What You Need to be a Scrapbooking Geek

So, you’ve started exploring the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking. First, welcome and I hope you will love it as much as I do – it is a good addiction.

 

You are probably wondering what you really need to enjoy this hobby. Whether you embark on this craft to fuel your creative outlet, documenting your family stories, or just to further your skills, this is a great place to get help and inspiration. This month the blog will be highlighting topics targeted for beginning digi scrappers and we’re kicking this off with a little rundown of what you need to be able to get going.

 

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