Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to the Month of May at Scrapaneers! The Peers are rolling out a month full of fun filters and photo treatments to convert your pages into artistic works of art. I am kicking things off with some ideas for using sketch filters and actions on your pages. Ready to get started? Then come on in and join me . . .
Quirks! We all have them! Those peculiar little habits we just can’t seem to escape. It’s almost like they are part of us. We often do things we don’t even realize just because they’ve become a part of our routine. Let’s talk about the quirky things we do when we scrap. At first, I didn’t think that I had any quirks when it came to my scrapping habits. Ha! I was wrong. I paid close attention to the last few pages that I scrapped and I realized I definitely have developed some habits while scrapping.
I started Pocket Scrapping in January 2013 with the Becky Higgin’s Project Life system. I loved how with these pockets, I was able to capture the everyday moments that some would not consider “scrap worthy”. After completing my first year’s album, I love how much my kiddos reach for it and relive the past year’s fun – it has even become a reference book of our life as we also reach for it to see when we did something. Since then, I have used the format to create other traditional layouts, mainly for our trip to Walt Disney World, as it allows a great way to display many pictures in an organized fashion.
Since we started using smart phones, a lot of us use it as a camera besides our normal camera. You always carry it with you, so if there is something you want to take a photo of, you just do it! And we also started using all kinds of apps on our smart phones or tabs. Also for photo editing there are a lot of different apps. Some are to improve your photos, some you can use to turn your photo into a sketch and some you can use to share your photos.
I don’t have a lot of photo apps, just a handful, but the ones I have I really like to use. And I also love to use the results on my digital scrapbooking layouts. I use the Dropbox app on my phone so my photos are in my Dropbox folder on my computer right away! I think Dropbox is perfect for this, because in the past I always forgot to upload my phone photos to my computer and didn’t do anything with them.
When we’re in the mood to create it’s bound to happen: Murphy’s Law. Yes, good ole Murphy’s Law pays a visit and sucks all your creativity out the window. You know those times, don’t you? The ones where you’ve got the kids all taken care of, no chores or errands to be done, your significant other is amusing themselves, and bam! No mojo. You have the scrapbooking equivalent of writers’ block. It can be quite disheartening and yes, frustrating even, to stare at a blank computer screen. Perhaps you have an awesome photo that is screaming, “Scrap me!” or a new kit that begs to be played with … and still … nothing. Solution: Scraplifting.
So far in this series we’ve talked about several different ways to start a digitally designed page – with product, with photos, with a prompt or challenge, and with a story. I’m going to discuss a topic about which many people have strong opinions – journaling on your page. Some feel that it is absolutely essential to journal on every (or almost every page), and that is fine (for them). BUT for those of us who don’t like to journal as part of our digital scrapbooking process, it’s also OK not to journal. There. I said (or wrote) it. It’s going on the Internet and can never be taken back. IT’S OK NOT TO JOURNAL ON YOUR PAGES if you don’t want to. Of course, it’s also OK to journal your heart out, if that is your passion. My message is simply that scrapbooking is art, and there is no wrong way to do it. Your pages aren’t any less important, or compelling or beautiful just because you choose to create them without journaling. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s talk about ways to creatively convey your story without journaling . . .
Do you ever find yourself sitting down to scrap and then, nothing? It seems as though you can’t get the right photo, or you have the subject, but just can’t get the creativity working to pull together a layout. I often find great inspiration by participating in a challenge or using a story prompt. I might be inspired to tell a story I may not have told otherwise or get pushed a little out of my comfort zone and try a new style. These challenges provide a mechanism to get me moving out of a scrapbooking funk – you know, those times when you just can’t seem to make the photos, the story, the papers and icing come together.
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.
Photos are the focal point of most layouts. When you look at photos like these of my daughter at her ballet recital you know you have to scrap them into something wonderful. Photos like these are the starting point of my inspiration. Let’s walk though turning these darling shots into something my family will treasure. Let your photos be your guide.
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.