List It & Check It

In keeping with the Travel theme this month, when I travel I always prepare for my trips with a list. I like to make lists and then check items off as I go. It doesn’t matter if it is packing for a vacation, cleaning the house, or going grocery shopping. I always feel better if I have a list to organize things, as it eliminates my worry about forgetting something.

 

Making a list can be rather boring with a blank piece of paper and a pen, but being a “Scrapbooker”, it can be much more creative and fun.  The various Digital Scrapbook Designers have a lot of elements and papers to assist you in the creative adventure. Let’s take a quick look how creative lists can benefit your traveling, and/or everyday life, and how you can also use them too, for your scrapping pages.

 

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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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How to Turn a Grid Style Layout Into a Distressed, Artsy Layout

I love creating linear, grid style layouts. Be that as it may, it’s easy to change a grid style layout into a grungier, more organic, artsy style layout. For my example I am using a page I created last week. When I started my page I created a simple block layout to showcase a set of 6 photos. When I was done, you can certainly still see the base grid design, but I had a more distressed, artsy style page. Below you will see the simple grid base template I initially created set beside my page as it appeared when I was done with it:

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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 and embellish with styles

I’m sure you use layer styles all the time when you create your digital scrapbook pages. You use layer styles on your pages when you shadow your embellishments. I want to build on that and talk about some of the amazing things YOU can create with the click of a button using some of the styles created by designers. You can even create your own styles!

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Project Life: There are lots of ways to tell your story!

It’s December and all this month we’re talking about Project Life. It’s the perfect time to talk Project Life because in just a couple of weeks we will all start fresh (or embark for the first time!) on a 2015 Project Life book. I’m completing my second year of telling my family’s stories through Project Life. For the three years before that I told our stories by taking a photo-a-day. I am completely hooked! After five years of telling my family’s stories on a daily/weekly basis I thought I’d share with you some of my thoughts on journaling and telling stories in different ways on your Project Life pages.

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