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.

 

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Getting The Most Out Of Mini Kits

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to another installment on the Scrapaneers blog where we’re highlighting a few pieces of The Magic of Beginnings collaboration and sharing some tips and tricks along the way.  I hope you’ve been following us this month and picking up the pieces of this mega-kit – isn’t it awesome?!  You’ll see that we have so many design styles represented in the collection, so there’s something for everyone. Now, if you’re impatient like me, you want to scrap with everything as it comes out and not wait for the entire collection, but that also presents a bit of challenge: how can you stretch a mini kit (or even just a few papers) and create an entire scrapbook layout that seems full and complete? Read on and I’ll share a few of my tips getting the most out of mini kits.

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Focusing on those Family Heirloom Photos

Being fifty-five, you would think that my first thought when I read the topic for this month, “Magical Beginnings,” might have been about my kids as they begin their adult lives or even my grand-daughter who is just five and started kindergarten this year. Funny, but that wasn’t what seemed to pop in my mind at all; it was more a picture of myself and my own change of course with my life. Really diving into my own family’s history and the family heirloom photos that have found their way to me, I am discovering that it is very important to release myself from any sense of duty to “get it all done” and to slow down, focusing on each photo and each event — and most importantly, making sure to enjoy the process.  (Which is one of the reasons that I found my way to Scrapaneers!)

 

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6 Techniques to Create Stunning Layouts

These six techniques will teach you how to create stunning layouts.  These design principles are the same techniques used by photographers, artists, florists, architects, interior designers, scrapbookers and other creatives.  They are simple yet powerful techniques that will transform your layout into an interesting and dynamic composition.  

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Creating with Blend Modes

If you’re a big fan of Tiffany and Scrapaneers, you are probably acquainted with using blend modes on your scrapbooking pages. I certainly love using blend modes and I had so much fun playing with the Magic of Beginnings kit. As I completed this page, I was surprised at how many layers I ended up blending. So, let me share the ways that I’ve used blend modes.

 

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Create Your Own Bokeh Effects

Hello my digi friends!  I am so happy you’re here today.  I truly love this time of year!  The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year with all of the beautiful decorations, the string lights all around, and of course all of the amazing photograph opportunities.  There is so much to capture this time of year, but sometimes the spirit of Christmas isn’t always perfectly reflected in our rushed or imperfect photos.  I’m going to give you a little bit of a cheat today!  I’m going to teach you how to create your own bokeh effects!  I love the look of bokeh and I feel like it adds a bit of magic to our photos and layouts so I figured it was perfect to focus on this month.

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“All that GLITTERS”…Add Sparkle to your page!

The Magic of Beginnings… December.. what a fabulous time of year! To me this time of year is so magical. Whether there is snow on the ground or not, it is the beginning of Winter, and the time of year that sparks Magic in our lives. It’s that special time of year that brings sparkles and magic to that child in every one of us! Today we have wonderful additions to the Magic of Beginnings Collaboration. We have a great 2 template package by Soco, and a terrific vintage mini kit by Vero. Let’s get started with our page!

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DIY Canvas

This month I am trying something totally new to me, a canvas hybrid project. This DIY project was inspired by this month’s theme which focuses on beginnings and new. I was given two pieces of this amazing collection from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients and Meagan’s Creations. So follow along on my adventure as I attempt this DIY canvas project.

 

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How to Make a Template your Own

I hope you are enjoying so far all the magic of goodness that is happening at Scrapaneers this month. So many great kits to work with. But I have to confess that cluster-heavy templates scare me a.lot.

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When I saw this template my first reaction was not to  use it. While it is a gorgeous design, I was scared because I felt my style was so different. But, giving it a second thought, I realized that would go against something I believe about digital scrapping and the reason why I love it: we can change things and make them our own to conquer our design fears. So challenge accepted!

 

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Create Stunning Black and White Photos with Silver Efex Pro an article by Kim Still

Create Stunning Black and White Photos with Silver Efex Pro

Have you ever bought a scrapbooking kit you just adored only to realize that none of your photos really match the colors? Or maybe you have a photo that would go wonderfully with the theme of a kit, but the colors are totally wrong. Or maybe you’re like me and you just adore the timeless look of black and white photos. Whatever the reason, today I am going to show you how to take a color photo and take it from color to a stunning black and white using the free plugin Silver Efex Pro.

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