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100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas – Day 100!!

I can’t believe a whole month has gone by without a summer scrapbooking post from me! This was our most busy/crazy summer so far, and yet I can’t believe I have stayed on top of things and I even finished my August layout IN AUGUST :)! It is all thanks to the awesome Project Scrap templates – they made my scrapbooking so easy this summer, and I love every new set! Here are the latest two layouts, from July and August. That will be all for summer scrapbooking ideas this year – now that the kids are back in school, I am ready to think about fall :)!

Credits: Project Scrap 2012 July template, Painted Summer, and the Darling Paper collection, by Shabby Princess.

Credits: Project Scrap 2012 August template, The Olivia Collection and Harvest spice, by Shabby Princess.

Then and Now Scrapbook Layouts {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 69}

As we near the end of summer, I find myself looking for even more scrapbooking shortcuts to help me stay on top of this year’s photos. As my regular readers know, I am participating in “Project Scrap”, which challenges me to create at least one two-page layout per month. I am also working on last summer’s photos, which I never got around to scrapbooking. This month, I decided to try something new as I scrapbooked photos from both June 2011 and June 2012 for two separate scrapbooks. I used the same template, in fact almost the same exact designs, for both years! This not only helped me get both layouts done in record time, but it’s really fun to see them side by side as a “then and now”. The layouts will be printed in two different books, so it will be easy to compare them :).

THEN: Summer Scrapbook Layout for June 2011

NOW: Summer Scrapbook Layout for June 2012

In case you’re wondering, they didn’t grow out of their glasses, but they have “transition” lenses now, which turn into sunglasses outside. I had them take off their glasses for these photos, because I didn’t like how the sunglasses hid their pretty blue eyes :)! Here are the close-ups of the pages:

THEN: Summer Scrapbook Pages for June 2011

NOW: Summer Scrapbook Pages for June 2012

Credits: Pretty much everything is from the Shabby Shoppe, I mostly used the Sandbox collection. The cute font is also by the Shabby Princess: it’s called Totally Doodle. OH! And don’t forget the awesome Project Scrap June templates :)!

Digital Scrapbook Pages for Summertime {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 48}

Finding time for scrapbooking in the summer can be quite the challenge, but these gorgeous digital scrapbooking templates, from the Shabby Shoppe blog have really helped me! I finished my May layout for Project Scrap today, now I just need to make one for June and I will be all caught up for 2012 – yippie!

Credits: Everything is by the Shabby Princess; free Project Scrap 2012 templates from the blog, papers are from the Occasions Collection; letters, ribbon bow, and folder tab from the Sandbox collection; and flowers are from various other kits from the Shabby Shoppe :).

Digital Scrapbook Pages for Spring!

I’m finally caught up with Project SCRAP! Now I just need to stay caught up :). Meanwhile I am also trying to work on several bigger scrapbooks, for travels, weddings and other events. Little by little I’m making progress :). Here is my main layout for last month (April 2012):

I hadn’t intended to make it this girly, but all the pink and flowers fit perfectly for April, don’t you think?

I also have lots of Easter photos, but I’ll save those for another layout :).

Credits: Everything by the Shabby Princess: Project SCRAP April 2012 templates, Whisper and Splendid for the papers and embellishments, and the flowers are from: French Country, Twirl, Promise, Sandbox and Flea Market Chic.

Are you working on any scrapbooking projects right now?

I Love Digital Scrapbook Templates!

I went from way behind schedule to almost caught up in a couple of days! Seriously, if it weren’t for shortcuts like photo books and templates, I would feel totally overwhelmed trying to keep up with my scrapbooking :)! Now I just need to do the April layout, and I will be back on schedule with Project SCRAP. If you haven’t joined in, you really should – the free templates are wonderful, and the encouragement and inspiration from the Shabby Princess team and other scrapbookers will help keep you motivated :)!

 

Credits: March 2012 Project SCRAP Template and Gabby Collection from the Shabby Shoppe.

Digital Scrapbooking My Loves {Project SCRAP February 2012 Layout}

OK, so I did immediately fall behind in Project SCRAP, but I’m not giving up – I am determined to finish my 2012 scrapbook on time this year!

Ah, February was such a lovely month – filled to the brim with Pinterest crafts and recipes!

Credits: I have always loved The Bella Collection, by Shabby Princess, and now I know that it’s especially nice for Valentine’s Day layouts :)! Of course, I also used the amazing FREE February project SCRAP templates :).

How to Keep Up with Digital Scrapbooking

Can you believe it’s time for February already? I can tell 2012 is going to fly by!

I really want to try to stay caught up with my digital scrapbooking this year. Last year, I focused on “project 365″, taking at least one photo every day. That was wonderful, but it made keeping up with scrapbooking MUCH harder. Instead of one big scrapbook, I had to break it up into four – one for each season. So far, I have only completed the winter and fall books, so I’m basically 6 months behind schedule.

THIS year, I’m going to try something new: Project Scrap!

Free layout templates, encouragement and inspiration each month for the whole year. Two photos per week and two layouts (one double page spread) per month sounds totally doable (although, knowing me, there will be lots of extra pages added in)! Here are my layouts for the month of January (click here for credits):

~Tips and Techniques~

How to create custom shapes in Photoshop:

The original template for January had some adorable snowflakes on it, but we didn’t see any snow this month – just lots of rain! After deleting the cute little snowflakes from my template, I made some raindrops like this:

1. Create a new layer.

2. Select the custom shape tool (looks like a “blob” LOL), then at the top of the screen, there will be an option called “shape:”

3. Next to the “Shape:” option, click on the tiny arrow to reveal the different shape tools.

4. If there are only a few shape options, find the other tiny arrow at the top right corner of the shape pull-down menu and click that. In that menu, click “All”. This will give you all of the custom shapes – so many fun shapes to choose from :)!

5. I chose the raindrop shape.

6. Remembering to put each shape on a new layer, I drew some raindrops on my page by clicking and dragging the mouse to create various sizes . TIP: hold down the shift key while drawing if you want to keep the shape looking good – otherwise it might turn out stretched or squashed looking. By-the-way, you CAN draw all of the shapes on one layer, but you won’t be able to re-size and move the shapes individually that way.

7. Finally, I added some color and texture to my raindrops by layering digital papers over them in the same way you would for a template! TIP: If you’re not familiar with how to use digital templates and create clipping masks, check out this super helpful tutorial from the Shabby Shoppe: Creating Clipping Masks in Photoshop.

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