Family Stories, Instagram and Chatbooks — Oh, my!

Knowing who our family WAS reveals part of who we ARE.

I love this quote and it speaks volumes to me as I continue to share my family history with my own children and relatives. When I started my journey to share my love for family history, the heritage photos and stories that go along with it all, I knew that my ultimate goal was to share it in a book form. I want to combine beautiful pages with stories, photos and documents that will entice my children and family to WANT to read them and learn more about their family history. This is where Chatbooks really excels with its’ size easy to ready and cute size.

Sharing my Family History on Instagram

Once I discovered Instagram, I “instantly” knew that this would become a platform that I could use to catch the attention of my kids – you know… one post, one story at a time with a beautiful photo. We can combine our love of scrapbooking to provide the beautiful photo and then include the story in the caption of our post. That is the essence of scrapbooking but on a smaller scale.

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Transforming Photos Into Fine Art

Have you every thought of transforming your photos into fine art?  Yes, no, maybe?  If you’re like me you’re probably more interested in capturing the moments and getting them on a scrapbook page.  But, since you’re here at Scrapaneers, I think it’s safe to assume you are interested in learning new techniques and strategies to make your pages more creative and artistic.  Yeah, me too!  I was very excited when I discovered we’d be focusing on hybrid projects this month at Scrapaneers.  I’d just signed up for Cilenia Curtis’ Digital Artistry workshop and was anxious to try out some of the techniques. Because in order to learn and improve at anything we need practice, practice, and more practice.  I’m not going to give specific settings used to build the foundation but rather the steps I took to achieve the effects shown.

As a disclaimer let me tell you I am an artist. I love to draw and primarily use Prismacolor Artist pencils to create “paintings” but that has become quite painful thanks to arthritis. But you do not have to be an artist to use these techniques.  If you can trace it, you can create art!

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Shape it Up…Create a layout with just shapes!

Sometimes when we buy a kit, there may be an element or two we wish we had, that was not included. Sure we can go and search our stash for that specific item, (like a button, a piece of tape, a staple, an overlay or the like), but sometimes it is less time consuming to create our own and have fun in the process. Today I am going to show you how to create a few easy elements that you can make with shapes and make them more realistic by adding a few style effects.

 

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How to Use Nesting in silhouette Studio to Save Paper

How to Use Nesting in Silhouette Studio to Save Paper

One of the keys to great Hybrid projects is to use high-quality paper. But, if you’re using something like Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper, it works out to about $0.25 a sheet. And vinyl will cost you about $0.66 a sheet.  If, like me, you got into digital and hybrid scrapbooking because it was affordable, you don’t want to use any more paper than you absolutely need to. And that is exactly where the “Nesting” feature in Silhouette Studio comes in. If you use a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait for your hybrid work, you can use the super simple nesting feature to save paper, so you can save your dimes for your other scrapbook supplies.

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Using Print and Cut with Your Silhouette Cameo 3

Hello my fellow digis!  I am soooo excited that we at Scrapaneers decided to focus on hybrid this month!  Why?  Because two months ago for my birthday I got a Silhouette Cameo 3.  I was literally freaking out thinking about all of the possibilities.  I just knew I had to have one.  I found a fantastic deal on Black Friday and my hubby let me order one.  I was a good girl and I actually waited until my birthday to open it after it arrived.  I ooooohed and awwwwwed over all of the fun little tools that came with my bundle and the pretty vinyl colors that I was sure were soon going to be cut into adorable patterns and sayings and plastered on things throughout my house.

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Creating Hybrid Digital Portraits

Welcome to February everyone!  I am excited to kick off this month on the blog because the Peers are focusing on Hybrid projects.  Many digital scrappers started off with traditional (or not-so-traditional) paper scrapbooking – I am definitely in this group.  Although I have moved to almost 100% digital for memory-keeping pages, I still love to get my hands painty with mixed media art journaling types of projects.  I am truly in my artistic happy place when I can combine digital and tangible art together into one amazing project.  Today, I am going to take you on a journey through the process of creating a hybrid portrait using a digital photo sketch and traditional art supplies. Ready to get started?  Then come on in and join me . . .

 

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Tips to Create a Faded Photo

Have you ever started making a scrapbook page and find that your photo is just fighting with your chosen papers and/or elements. Of course, one technique to eliminate this is to simply change the photo to black and white. But sometimes you want a little color.  These are some of my favorite tips to quickly create a faded version of a photo.

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How to Use Photo Extractions and Blend Modes

How to use photo extractions and blend modes to turn a ho-hum photo into an outstanding layout using Photoshop Elements.  One of my favorite photos of my granddaughter could be considered undesirable because of the ugly background.  There are several ways to get around this problem but today we’ll use photo extractions and blend modes to make the most of the best parts of the photo.

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Photo Editing for Free

I recently sent my daughter off to college. Not long after she asked if I could recommend photo editing programs she could use on her computer for free since she no longer had access to my computer to edit her photos. Here are a couple of free photo editing tools for the computer I found that I want to share with you too.

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