Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Scrapbooking
We’ve covered quite a lot of topics this month as we roll out pieces of the amazing collaboration, Magic of Beginnings. As I sat down to create my layout this month, I realized (as you will too when you see my layout), I really didn’t have a lot of time to spend on elaborate techniques. I really just wanted to quickly document our renovation progress so far. Then I thought to myself, I bet I’m not the only scrapbooker who wants a quick way to scrapbook. Therefore, today, I am going to share with you some quick tips to speed up your scrapbooking workflow.
Tip #1 – Use a Template
Seriously, you guys, use a template. Nothing speeds up your process as much as using a template. Except using pocket pages, which are kind of a type of template anyway. There are templates to fit any style: Clean and Simple, Clustered, Multi-Photo, even Artsy pages. I can’t stress this enough — use a template to speed up your scrapping.
Tip #2 – Learn Shortcuts
Shortcuts are keystrokes you can use to perform basic functions like, opening, closing and saving documents. You can also use them switch between tools and to perform tasks while using certain tools. Below are a list of some of my most often used shortcuts. I use many, many more, but these are the basics.
- Open: (Mac: CMD + O; PC: CTRL+O)
- Close: (Mac: CMD + C; PC: CTRL+C)
- Save: (Mac: CMD + S; PC: CTRL+S)
- Clip: (Mac: CMD + G; PC: CTRL+G)
- Switch to Move Tool: V
- Switch to Text Too:l T (Click here for other Text tool tips.)
- Switch to Brush Tool: B
- Switch to Transform Tool: T
- Duplicate something: (Mac: CMD + J; PC: CTRL+J)
Tip #3 Use the Marquee Tool
To quickly get the text lines on the photos, I used the rectangular Marquee tool to select the bottom three lines of the stamp_textlines.png, purposefully omitting the top line with the word “beginnings.” I simply drew the rectangle around just the bottom three lines, then switched to the Move tool to drag just that part of the stamp onto my layout. Sure, there were other ways I could have gotten the same look — I could have drawn them using the Brush tool or used a layer mask and masked the top line away, but using the Marquee tool was the fastest way to accomplish my goal.
Tip #4 Grab Missing Anchor Points
Have you ever tried to resize (transform) something but when you hit the Transform tool, you can’t see all of the corner anchor points? Frustrating right? Not anymore. When that happens, hit CMD + ) (or CTRL on a PC and the right parenthesis) to automatically zoom out so that all of the anchor points are visible. You’re welcome!
Tip #5 Type on a Photo’s Negative Space
One of the fastest ways to journal when you are short on time is to journal right on a photo. Try to resist the urge to crop your photos tight and look for “white space” in your photos where journaling can rest. This can be done in camera when taking the photo or when cropping or clipping it. Super quick, super easy and super awesome!
Tip #6 Coordinate Color with the Eyedropper Tool
One of the easiest ways to unify a layout is with color. When putting together this layout, I wanted to change the “Beginnings” phrase from black to a color within the kit’s palette. So I added a Solid Color adjustment layer:
Click on Solid Color. Then, with the eyedropper tool, click on a color on the layout that you want the text (or element) to be. The page will be flooded with that color. Don’t worry! Just clip the adjustment layer to your element — CMD + G (Mac) or CTRL + G (PC).
Tip #7 Use Screen Mode to Quickly Lighten a Photo
I’m a Lightroom User. I love how you can fix just about any photo with a few tweaks of the sliders. However, sometimes it just takes too long to open it up, make the adjustments, import it into PS and then create my layout. Sometimes, especially if the photo is going to be small and all it needs is to be lightened, I’ll fix it in PS, right in the layout.
First thing you do is duplicate the photo. (CMD + J on a Mac or CTRL + J on a PC). If it is clipped to something, be sure to clip this layer too. Next, you change the top photo to Screen Mode. You’ll see that it gets substantially lighter. All you have to do is play with the Opacity slider until you find a look that you like.
Tip #8 Check out Photosync
I just started using this gem of an app recently. It transfers, backs up and syncs photos wirelessly from your phone to your computer. It is the fastest and easiest way to move photos from your phone to your computer that I have found.
For this layout, All of these photos were on my phone. In the past, I would select each photo on my phone and email them to myself. Typically, I couldn’t put them all in one email because it would take too long for it to transmit, so I would have to send them individually or in small batches. It was painful! Now I use Photosync. Here’s how it works:
First, you have to download the app to your phone and then download the desktop version to your computer. Next you have to set it up so that your phone and computer recognize each other. In addition, you have to designate a destination on your computer to receive your photos. Finally, when you want to transfer photos from your phone to your computer, all you have to do is make sure both your phone and your computer are on the same wifi network and press the red sync button in the top right corner. You will see a message asking what device you want to send your photos to, select your device and it will automatically start transferring your photos!
That’s it! You can even set it so that it automatically transfers whenever you enter the house. It really is great!
And there you have it — a few quick tips to help you create quick layouts. Now go make some memories and be sure to scrap them!
The Magic of Beginnings Giveaway
On to the next installment of the Scrapaneers December Giveaway – The Magic of Beginnings.
A big THANK YOU to all the amazing designers who contributed to this Mega Collection. The Magic of Beginnings is perfect for your holiday and December sequential projects, but it is about so much more than that. Think about plans and goals for the new year, starting a new stage of life, new relationships or simply the start of exciting new adventures. This collection is so big we could not fit it all into one preview, so here is glimpse at the collection in two parts (we couldn’t fit everything in the preview so know there’s MORE!):
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