Pocket Scrapping and a Techy Tutorial or Two

I decided to give Pocket Scrapping a go this year.  I couldn’t help it.  For the past year, I have ogled those layouts and have yearned to tell my family’s story with the same detail.  It appeals to me.  I am a Virgo.  I love order.  I love grids.  I love the all the products designed for this type of scrapping.  I just love Pocket Scrapping.  However, I fear the commitment of this project.  But this year, I am going to face my fear and jump on board.  But in order to do it, I need a plan.  As I get further into it, I may not stick to it, but to get started I need one.  So, I asked around and after hearing some ideas from a few successful Pocket Scrappers, I devised a plan of my own.  So here it is:

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Building Your Paper Stash with Creative Blending

Happy (almost) New Year, everyone!  Judie here to bring you a quick stash building, paper altering tutorial.  Have you ever been working on a page and realized that you just couldn’t find the right background paper?  All the papers in the kit are beautiful, but you can’t find the one that will make your page look “perfect.”  I see lots of hands raised out there – if yours is one of them, then this is the perfect tutorial for you.  Those of you who have been taking Tiffany’s Guide to Blending Class have learned some amazing techniques for blending photos – but did you know that those same techniques can be used to create new papers with a digital kit?  You may have even used some version of this technique before without thinking about it.

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My Digital Process

With Karla Dudley’s new class, Krafting with Karla, coming up, where she shows her process for creating, it got me thinking about my own process.  So, today I want to talk a little bit about my process for creating digital layouts. There are so many ways to approach a layout: choose the photos first, work with a specific kit, story first, technique based layouts… there is no right or wrong way to go about it! But I am a creature of habit, and I almost always start the same way: with a story. A specific memory, emotion, funny story, or a basic who, what, where, when, why so an event is recorded. For me, scrapbooking is as much about the story as the photos. I approach my journaling like it’s a diary or a letter to my kids and family, and not just the names and location of an event.

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Templates : Making Them Your Own

Who says you have to follow the rules? Nobody. Okay, yeah, some things are illegal and that’s why there are rules, so breaking some of them probably isn’t a good idea. We’ll leave those for another discussion.  Here I’m talking about rules in the creative world of digi-land. Mixing designers, design styles, color palettes … gasp!  How could you?!  Well, you can!  Isn’t digital awesome? Nobody ever said you have to use this paper with this element, or just one specific font, color palette, or style of stitching. Want a button from Designer X and a flower from Designer Y? Go ahead, it’s your page, your memory, and your choice on how you preserve it.

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Tips To Quickly Create Themed Albums

Hi! I wanted to share with you some tips to quickly create themed albums. This past month I was in the thick of creating a vacation album. I sent it off to the printer last week! (I’m impatiently doing a happy dance!) I created my album – all 66 pages of it – in a month. I’ve created quite a few themed albums over the years (paper and now digital) and I’ve come up with a process that helps me create my albums quickly. I want to share my process with you.

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Let’s Talk Titles

I don’t know about you, but I often struggle with titles for my layouts. First, I don’t believe that ALL layouts must have a title. But for the most part I think titles can:


  • set the tone or mood for a layout
  • convey a part (or maybe all) of the story
  • draw attention
  • be the embellishment for a layout
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Quick Photo Fix

I know in this busy holiday season, you probably don’t  have much time to read a lengthy blog post, so here’s a quick post with a quick photo fix if you have an underexposed, or dark image, like the one below:




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Different Strokes

I love being a part of the Scrapaneers family. I am always amazed at the things I learn here. When I read the title of Judie B.’s recent blog post, Creating Digital Sticker Art , I thought I knew exactly which techniques she was going to share. I was pleasantly surprised to learn a technique that I didn’t already know (how to “Modify” and “Expand”) and excited when I realized I could also build on her tutorial and give you another method for adding strokes. So, let’s get to it! I work in PSE 9, so some of my screen shots might not look exactly like yours, but the techniques still apply in later versions of PSE. I believe that these techniques can also be applied to Photoshop.

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Creating Digital Sticker Art

Hello everyone – and Happy December!  Can you believe 2013 is coming to a close already?  Although there aren’t any new classes on Scrapaneers this month, we will be posting new techniques and interviews on the Blog, so make sure you check back often this month.  AND definitely make sure to take advantage of the 20% off Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, because it ends today.  You can also get the early bird price on three new workshops that will premiere in January 2014: Crafting with Karla Dudley, The Art of Photography with Amanda Taylor and The Digital Scrapbooker’s Guide to Shadowing with Tiffany Tillman.  But hurry, because those discounts will end soon.

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Flash Class Giveaway | Krafting with Karla

We’re excited to host our first flash class giveaway featuring Karla Dudley’s new workshop Krafting with Karla. We’re all HUGE fans of Karla and want to know how she pulls her unique layouts together. Just exactly what is in Karla’s bag of tricks? And how does she do that design voodoo that she does so well? Finally, she’s going to tell us!


Krafting with Karla is packed full of digital play, digital scrapbooking goodies, fun and weekly video prompts. And Karla will scrapbook right alongside you as the lessons are provided via live demonstrations — she’ll be there with you every step of the way!


And TODAY ONLY, one lucky winner will win a complimentary seat into Karla’s new workshop!

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