Beating the Freebie “Gotta Have It All” Mentality

When we first start digital scrapbooking, many of us fall into the “Freebie Trap.”  You know the one I mean… right?  You get SO EXCITED that you finally actually figured out how to start using your software (let’s face it, this Photoshop business starts out looking like a menacing beast bearing its claws and fangs in all their glory if you don’t know what you’re doing) that you decide you need ALL THE THINGS to start playing with.  The only problem?  Well you can’t very well spend $100 a week of your carefully budgeted grocery money on scrapbooking supplies!  So you do what we all started out doing.  You open up google and type in those three tempting words: “Digital Scrapbook Freebies.”  And wowie wowza wow!  Look at all those tempting results!  Only 999,000 results to filter through!  Yep, totally have time for that! 😉

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Back in the Swing: Pocket Scrapping

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!

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Write It Yourself – Journaling

 

The art of Scrapbooking (whether it is Paper or Digital) is for purposes of memory keeping and documenting / journaling events.  We often use journaling, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, printed media and artwork to tell the story.

 

When we are documenting, sometimes it is in the form of a single line of journaling, a paragraph or a whole page. To document our pages digitally, we often search out typewriter fonts or fonts that may resemble our own handwriting. Today I am going to show you a quick way to include your own handwriting on your scrapbook pages.

 

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A Simple “Artsy” Formula

I’ve never one to be afraid to try something new, especially when I comes to digital scrapbooking. After all, the “undo” command is my best friend. After drooling over the lovely “artsy”-type layouts in the gallery and after a bit of experimenting on my own, I’ve come up with a simple formula that represents my “artsy” style.

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Must Buy Summer Kits

Warning! Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m using this warning so you can’t blame me for enabling your buying and adding to your digital scrapbooking stash. But there are so many awesome summery kits out there right now that I just had to share with you my “must buy” summer kit list. Proceed at your own caution.

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DIY Love Notes

February has been dubbed the month of Love. It’s the time of year we rush around getting Valentine’s Day cards for our kids to share with their friends, and when we celebrate those we love and care about with thoughtful gifts and sentiments. However, we can share love notes anytime of the year…not just when the calendar and Hallmark Stores tell us to, right? As digital scrapbookers we have a trusty tool at our disposal in Photoshop/PSE. Today I’m going to show you some basics on how to create your own DIY love notes using the Custom Shape tool.

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How To Create Custom Text Boxes In Photoshop

Hi all!  Janelle here today to teach you a nifty little trick to make sure your journaling is never hidden by an element again!  Have you ever wondered how people make their journaling fit into that awkward space after their flowers and leaves and everything else have been placed?  Well wonder no more!  I am going to teach you how to create custom text boxes in Photoshop to fit your journaling into any space!

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