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.
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.
Whether it’s a quick weekend away, or a long-awaited trip, vacations are a time to be spent with family and friends. However, for memory-keepers such as ourselves, we have planned places to see, things to do, and all the things we want to reflect on our scrapbook pages to commemorate the time spent away from home, away from our usual routine. We think of everything. We pack the camera, bring the phone chargers … and yet, we return with potentially one of two extremes: 100’s or 1,000’s of photos, or nothing at all. If you have a hard time sorting through what happened, and when, here’s a few easy and inexpensive ways to track your travel activities.
In keeping with the Travel theme this month, when I travel I always prepare for my trips with a list. I like to make lists and then check items off as I go. It doesn’t matter if it is packing for a vacation, cleaning the house, or going grocery shopping. I always feel better if I have a list to organize things, as it eliminates my worry about forgetting something.
Making a list can be rather boring with a blank piece of paper and a pen, but being a “Scrapbooker”, it can be much more creative and fun. The various Digital Scrapbook Designers have a lot of elements and papers to assist you in the creative adventure. Let’s take a quick look how creative lists can benefit your traveling, and/or everyday life, and how you can also use them too, for your scrapping pages.
This month is a color challenge. I wanted to choose a palette that was bright, cheerful and summery. It’s been cold and rainy here for a long time. We are ready for some sunshine. So I went to Design Seeds where there are lots of palettes to choose from. If you’re stuck for a color scheme it’s a great place to start. You can search by color or collection such as seasons, nature, or lifestyle. The creator of Design Seeds, Jessica Colaluca, says this, “Seeds are created to inspire … you are welcome to apply the color combinations to your designs, art, decor, crafts, weddings, & projects.” I found this palette under “summer”.
Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to a brand new month on the Scrapaneers Blog! It is the beginning of June (how on earth did that happen?) and the start of summer travel season, so the Peers thought it would be a great time to share some travel tips. We have a month packed full of travel-inspired tips and tutorials to get you thinking about how to creatively memorialize your travel adventures. I am starting things off with some travel photography tips – so come on in and join me . . .
Today I am here to share yet another game changing find of mine: Beddy’s Zipper Bedding. Huh?! What in the word is zipper bedding, you ask? Zipper bedding by Beddy’s goes on your bed like a fitted sheet. It consists of two pieces that are attached by sturdy zippers with strong pull tabs on two sides so it can unzip from either side of the bed. It has a sheet and a minky blanket sewn into the comforter set for complete coverage. The top panel completely detaches to satisfy all sleeping preferences and to make washing it a breeze. In addition, they offer a large array of patterns for almost any style preference as well.
Hi scrappers. We’re talking about filters this month. Truth be told, I don’t use a lot of “artsy” filters on my photos or pages but I do love to improve my photos with filters. My scrapbooking style trends a bit more traditional. For editing my photos, my absolute favorite plug-in for PS/PSE is Totally Rad’s RadLab. It is a little pricey and even when you can catch it on a good sale, it might be a bit more than your scrap budget wants to shell out (but I think it is totally worth budgeting for). Enhancing photos with Totally Rad’s PicTapGo app (iPhone only) allows you to apply photo filters with ease without needing an expensive photoshop plug-in.
Photo filters and funny pages may seem like a strange title but bear with me. I was excited when I found out our topic for May is comics. When I was growing up the funny pages was my favorite section of the newspaper. I especially loved the Sunday funny pages because there were lots more comic strips and they were in color! Then a few weeks ago my daughter-in-law shared some photos and my grandson had on a t-shirt that said, “Dad is My Hero”. It made me smile because I think every child’s Dad should be their hero, I know mine was. Plus, my grandson is really into all the Avengers superheroes. With all that in mind, I came up with an idea for a design using a combination of photo filters, a puffy photo sticker, and other techniques to create a comic-themed layout in Photoshop Elements.
There are so many tools in Photoshop that are often unexplored. Whether it’s because we don’t know how to use them, we don’t know they exist, or maybe we’ve never been interested in what Photoshop has to offer beyond what we think we need! Well today I want to show you how to have fun with a few of the different distort filters! There are several filters that can give you some interesting and unique effects with your images, in as little as a few clicks! I am going to give you a brief introduction to some that are very user friendly and offer some fun effects. Some you may not feel you have a use for, but you never know! Hopefully this can get your creativity flowing so you can find new ways to use or edit your images. Let’s get started!