Happy New Year! It’s been a while but I’m back with another page for my 2015 (!) album. Where in the world did 2016 and 2017 go? I’ve got plans to get those years scrapped, but for now let’s stay focused on 2015. I struggled with this week because I really didn’t have a lot of photos to choose from. I had a bunch of silly photos of me and my daughter but there was no “story” behind them. Just a lot of silly photos for no reason at all. Then I had a bunch of really blurry photos of my kids and their cousins building a blanket fort in the basement. A few obligatory birthday cake photos and one video of my daughter practicing soccer. I needed more photos, so I pulled them from the video. In today’s post, I’m going to teach you how easy it is to capture frames from videos to use as still photos in your layouts.
This month, when I stepped back and looked at my completed page, the left side was pretty flat and uninspiring. Sure, my style is pretty simple when it comes to my Pocket Pages, but still sometimes I like to add a little depth to them. That’s when I decided to play around with the embossing effect and wound up converting a .png stamp into an embossed element on my page. Today, I share how I did it.
Today I finished up my Pocket Scrapping layouts from August 2015 and again kept it pretty simple. The biggest design decision I faced this week was choosing a color scheme as there was not a common color that stood out in the bulk of my photos. In the end, I decided on a bright green and bright pink color scheme and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Hello again! Jen here to share one of my pocket scrapping layouts with you. As I stated last month, I fell off the pocket scrapping wagon a while ago and decided to publicly commit to hop back on by writing a monthly column for Scrapaneers about my journey. Since my last post, I did a little housekeeping and created my first layout in a long time and have learned a few more things along the way. The biggest lesson I learned? Keeping it simple.
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!
I love creating linear, grid style layouts. Be that as it may, it’s easy to change a grid style layout into a grungier, more organic, artsy style layout. For my example I am using a page I created last week. When I started my page I created a simple block layout to showcase a set of 6 photos. When I was done, you can certainly still see the base grid design, but I had a more distressed, artsy style page. Below you will see the simple grid base template I initially created set beside my page as it appeared when I was done with it:
Some people think pocket scrapping is too clean and linear for their style, so they don’t try it. Even paper pocket-style layouts can be dimensional and layered with items both inside and stuck on the outside of the pockets. The beauty of digital means our pocket scrapbook layouts can LOOK thick, or sticky with paint and packed to the brim but they will still fit neatly inside a plastic sleeve or printed out in a photobook.
This month we’ve been talking about pocket-style scrapping. Can I just say, I love pocket-scrapping! I know a lot of people are probably thinking that’s “just” for things like Project Life, but hey, I break the rules a little and use them in my everyday scrapbook pages, too. Yeah, I’m a rebel like that. The structure of a pocket page is an awesome way to start laying down the foundation for creating and recording those more event-specific memories. How do I do this? Let me share some of my tricks for taking pockets to the next level.
I love creating pages with a simple grid design (think Project Life aka pocket pages). Even with a grid design, I want particular photos to “pop” and draw the viewer’s eye to a particular spot on my page. I want to talk to you today about one of the simple ways I accent photos on my scrapbook pages: by enlarging, framing and adding dimension to a photo. I created the following page last night. It’s one of a series of daily vacation pages I am including in my Project Life book. I want to keep these vacation pages super simple: just photos, words and some pretty paper and journal cards.