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14 Fall Photo Book Tips and Over 35 Autumn Scrapbook Pages!

Wow, I can’t believe the autumn leaves are almost all gone and Christmas is right around the corner! I have had a super busy, yet completely wonderful fall. Between enjoying outdoor “leaf-peeping” activities, church activities, school activities, and helping with my sister’s wedding preparations, there hasn’t been much time for my favorite hobby. How do I fit scrapbooking into my packed schedule? Photo books! I have become a big time fan of making photo books to help preserve our family memories these last couple of years, since my second child was born. I still make traditional scrapbooks, but it is usually just one per year that I work on slowly at a bi-weekly crop held at my church. The rest of my photos have been going into my growing collection of photo books :)!

Simple Fall Photo Book Ideas:

I created this photo book called “Autumn in New England”  (click here to see the full 24 image gallery) back in 2007, and it’s still one of my favorite fall photo books!

Quick Photo Book Tips:

  • I used digital templates to help me easily place my photos in a pleasing way.
  • The backgrounds are simple neutral digital scrapbook papers, keeping the focus on my photos.
  • I created the digital pages in Photoshop Elements, then uploaded them to Shutterfly to print my photo book.
My family scrapbook for 2007 had SO many fall layouts! When I only had one baby who went to bed at 6 pm and took a 3 hour nap every day, I had a lot more time for scrapbooking!
Fall Photo Book Tips:
  • Use fall-themed digital scrapbook kits and templates to compliment the feel of your autumn scrapbook pages. The pumpkins and hearts on the following two pages were created using  shape templates (available for free, click here).
  • Beyond the obvious things to include like pumpkins and fall leaves, don’t forget about regular digital elements in fall colors (notice the buttons, ribbons and other rustic elements).
  • Try using a decorative font with leaves and acorns like  Acorn Initials. If you “rasterize” the text in Photoshop, you can then use coordinating fall colors to fill in the letters.
Here’s a cute fall scrapbook page I made in 2008:
Autumn Scrapbook Tips:
  • I used my favorite fall photo for inspiration to create my own digital scrapbook papers and elements in Photoshop! The colors and textures came from Gabe’s fall sweater and jeans :).
  • Since this kit is a few years old, it is now offered as a freebie :)!  Click here for my free “Fall Fun” digital scrapbook kit and templates. 
  • When you have a great fall photo, let it dominate the page – it doesn’t need lots of words or embellishments competing with it.
In 2009 and 2010, life was getting pretty busy with two young kids and lots of travelling, so I went with the basic photo book templates. Here are some layouts from my 2009 family scrapbook:
I actually went into labor with Julia on Labor Day 2009 :)!
And here are photos from 2008 and 2010 as seen in a Snapfish photo book I made which covers the past 5 years of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch:
Quick and Easy Fall Photo Book Ideas:
  • Use the themed photo book pages available at most photo book sites, they will have fall colors and decorations that will highlight your photos without overwhelming them.
  • Most photo book software allows you to rearrange your photos on the page, add new photo spots, and adjust the sizes of the photos. Make use of these features to put the focus on your favorite photos.
  • You can fill up most of the pages with photos, then place all your journaling about the events and memories in large columns of text on just a few pages.
  • Many photo book sites have autumn backgrounds, titles and digital elements you can add to your pages – no Photoshop needed!
  • If you have digital scrapbook papers you would like to add to your pages, but don’t have the time or ability to create digital scrapbook pages, try this technique I blogged about: (click here, then scroll down).
Do you have fall photo book tips to share? If so, please share in the comments section, I love new ideas! I hope you’re having a fabulous fall!

Fall Fun Digital Scrapbooking Kit {FREE!}

Hello Scrappy Friends :). I just LOVE autumn, don’t you? To me it means lots of happy family times spent outdoors enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season, which is just around the corner – believe it or not! I have been blogging about the fun fall memories my family has been making (plus our recent trip to Hawaii with the two little kids) at our family blog: Lovely Lovely Things please stop by and say hi :)!

Anyway, I was making a sort-of digital scrapbook page for my blog when I realized that I had several fall-ish digital scrapbook kits from when I used to sell them which are just hanging around on my computer – so I decided to put some things together for a freebie :)!

This freebie is a hodgepodge mix of some new things, some things from old kits, and some old things which I played around with to make new again :). I hope you like it! ~xo Jess

*Click Here for the Fall Fun Downloads*

Here’s a great page!

Just had a to share this page by Jenny, I love it!! All those layers and cool little details!   I thought it was such a neat idea to use burlap and fabric pieces with the pumpkin template, I had never thought of that. It uses so much wonderful stuff from Weeds and Wildflowers too :). Click here for credits and to leave Jenny some love :)!

Autumn

Speaking of Weeds and Wildflowers, have you seen this post on their blog? I can’t wait to find out what the exciting opportunity and new products are :)!!! 

I Love Fall!

Just wanted to share a few fall pages with you and a couple of quick tips :). I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but it has really just begun to feel like autumn where I am. I just love this time of year, the fall foliage, pumpkins, apples, it’s a time to admire God’s beautiful creation, which leads nicely into Thanksgiving celebrations! Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am if you have made some fall pages, please share your links in the comments section :).

I made this page using the FREE Harvest Spice kit by Shabby Princess!!

Super Sweet Fall

Tips and Tricks:

  • Using a font like “Acorn Initials” allows you to add some extra color to your title. In your layers palette in Photoshop, just right click on the text layer and choose “rasterize” (or simplify). Then you can use the magic wand tool to select areas of the title to fill with color with the paint bucket tool.
  • Try using elements in new ways; I used a ribbon “tie” one of my words together. 
  • I used my “Leafy Heart” shape template to help showcase some of SP’s gorgeous papers. Then I added a bold photo border by using the eye dropper tool to grab a coordinating color from one of the flowers to fill a couple of the template layers with.  

I used an awesome Weeds and Wildflowers collab kit to make the page below :)

Sweet Little Pumpkins

Technique: Here’s an easy way to get your B&W photo to perfectly match your page: once you convert your photo to B&W, go into your Photoshop layers palette and right click the thumbnail of the photo layer, then choose “select layer transparency”. Next, create a new layer, and fill the selected area with a color that matches your page (in this case, I picked up some of the brown from the background paper). Going back into the layers palette, change the new layer’s blend mode to either “hue” or “color”. 

The following page uses the super fun Smell My Feet kit, by Shabby Princess!

Lovable Lion

Photo “pop” technique: Recently, I accidentally discovered this simple technique that really brings some life to my photos. I have used it on almost every photo since then! Here’s what I do: I use image>adjustments>levels to open the levels window. I move the middle input slider (tiny triangle at the center) all the way over to the left until it overlaps the left input slider (the image looks really white at this point), I click “OK”. Next I use image>adjustments/brightness/contrast to open the brightness/contrast window. I move the contrast slider way over to the right, then adjust the brightness accordingly (usually a little to the left). For the example below, I set the brightness to -20 and the contrast to +87. I have no idea why this trick works, but I love the result :)!

Photo Technique

For this last page, I used my “Mosaic Leaf” shape template to frame my photo, and to show off several papers from Jeannie Papai’s Blissful Fall kit at the same time!

Little Man

Tips and Tricks:

  • This is how I added the monogram “A” to my page; I used the type tool to type a very large letter “A” in a dark brown color I picked up from one of the papers, using the eyedropper tool. I then opened my Photoshop layers palette, and used the drop down menu from the top left corner to select the blend mode called “Soft Light”. Voila!
  • To distinguish the photo layer from the rest of the layers in the “Mosaic Leaf” template, I merged the photo border and photo layers together, then added a drop shadow to the newly created layer. I also rotated the layer and sandwiched another leaf element between it and the lower portion of the leaf template.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. If you have a fall page (or two or three!) to share, please leave a comment and link us up!! 

New Look and a Shutterfly Book

This is post #99!! 

Do things look a bit different around here? I thought it would be nice to decorate the place a bit in preparation for the BIG celebration :)! I sure am getting excited – I hope you are too! I decided to make a freebie to give out to everyone who participates – don’t worry it will be so easy to participate, you don’t even have to scrap a page if you don’t want to :)!

My latest Shutterfly Photo Book just came in the mail! I haven’t had a chance to snap pics of the actual book yet, but I did make this slide show of the pages in digital form. I am SO pleased with how this book turned out – I had never scrapped in this horizontal rectangle format before, so that was fun to experiment with. I kept the pages pretty simple because I wanted the focus to be on all my Autumn photos. Almost everything I used came from Heidi Williams, Shabby Miss Jenn and Shabby Princess, oh and a storyboard by Lanne! The Shutterfly prints look fantastic!!!! I will have to take pics of the finished book – this slideshow does not do it justice :).

Very Exciting News (Great Prizes Coming Soon)!

Scrapbook Ideas is about to reach a new milestone – post number 100!!!!

To celebrate, I will be having a special event starting next week – you won’t want to miss it, because there will be lots of awesome PRIZES, and I’m going to keep things simple, so anyone who participates could be a winner!!!!!!!!

Here is the list of prize contributors that are lined up (more to come): Shabby Princess, Weeds and Wildflowers, Shabby Miss Jenn, Jeannie Papai, ChereKaye, Holley VanDenBerg, plus I will be donating some non-digital prizes as well! If you have something you’d like to contribute (especially non-digital), please let me know asap, via the contact form on my about page!  

Other News:

The Autumn Set is now available at Weeds and Wildflowers Design! Here’s a slide show of ideas for using these templates:

I also spotted this super cute page by Sarah, which uses the pumpkin template - I LOVE the way she put this page together, and the poem is just perfect!!! *click here to see the page credits and leave her some love*

Harvest Time

Tips and Techniques for Shape Templates

In case you haven’t seen this tutorial I posted over at the The Meadow, I decided to share it here at Scrapbook Ideas too! PLUS I wanted to show you some new goodies I just finished for Weeds and Wildflowers :).

I love to make and use shape templates for my pages because they’re a great way to add lots of photos and papers to a layout while also creating a fun paper-pieced look. I’m focusing on shape templates in this post, but the ideas can be applied to page templates as well.

Here’s where I sneak in a shameless plug for my new shape template pack coming to Weeds and Wildflowers Design! All four of these Autumn inspired shape templates are included in the pack. Is the animated preview too much? I just want you to get an idea of what you can do with these (p.s. I was pretty excited that I learned how to make an animated image – look for a future tutorial on that too). 

Leaf Background

Leafy Heart Preview

Mosaic Leaf

Pumpkin Preview

Tutorial for using shape Templates

The shape template I will be using for the following tutorial can be found here, in the Weeds and Wildflowers Shoppe. The papers are from Heidi’s Seeing Stars collection, and can be found here and here. Oh, and I should point out that my tips are based in Photoshop CS, since that is the program I’m familiar with.

Shape Template Basics

When you open the shape template in Photoshop, it will be on a transparent background, and if you look in the layers pallet, you’ll see that the shape is divided into several layers.

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It’s really simple to add papers to the template! First, drag the paper you want to add onto your template, and position it directly above the layer you want to add it to.

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Next use ctrl+g to create a clipping mask – the paper instantly takes the shape of the layer below! You can now move the paper around, even re-size and rotate it, until things look just right.

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Repeat these steps for each layer of the template…see, I told you it was easy :)!

Getting Creative with Shape Templates

You can also modify shape templates by changing things here and there to create your own configurations. Try this: Merge several of the layers together to create new layers. First link the layers you want to merge together by clicking inside the boxes to the left of the thumbnails in the layers palette (an icon that looks like links in a chain will appear next to the linked layers).

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Next use ctrl+e to merge the linked layers into one new layer. Repeat theses steps until all your new layers are complete.

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Now just add papers as usual. For the example below, I decided to just leave the outer border black instead of covering it with paper. 

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Another idea would be to use the eyedropper tool to choose a color from the page, then use the paintbucket tool to fill a section of the template with the matching color. Experiment with different looks – try moving, rotating, resizing, cropping or ‘hiding’ layers too. There are lots of possibilities!

Template_tips

What do you think? If you have any questions, tips or thoughts, please leave a comment (link above), or even link us up to a page you’ve made using shape templates :)! Thanks for stopping by!

Shape Template Tutorial and Freebie

Just popping in to let you know about a shape template freebie and mini tutorial I wrote for The Meadow - Click here to check it out!! Here’s a page I made using the template:

Hay Bale Maze

*Click here for credits*

 Here’s a preview of the pumpkin template, click here to see the post with the download!

Pumpkin Template Preveiw

OH! And I almost forgot to show you this awesome page by Yvette (AlohaMamma)! I love how she has used my star template – SO creative :)! Also, check out the rest of her gallery too, she is one talented scrapper! (Click here to see credits and/or leave her some love!):

Dream, by AlohaMamma

Some Weeds and Wildflowers News

The Meadow Challenge

Here’s my page for the latest challenge at The Meadow - isn’t Gabe going to be so CUTE when his new glasses come in? He got fitted for them on Thursday and they said they’ll be ready in less than two weeks :).

Anyway, you’ve gotta go check out this challenge by Angie - everyone who enters will get a gorgeous FREE bragbook she made with Weeds and Wildflowers products, plus one person will also win a prize from the Weeds and Wildflowers Designers :)!

Also, I just HAVE to show you Heidi’s latest kit Swirling Fall Leaves, a collab with Saxon Holt of Sophia Sarducci - it is just packed with fall goodies, I can’t wait to create some pages with it!!   

There are TONS of awesome elements in this kit too! Click on the preview above to see the whole thing and click here to read more and see some beautiful pages using this kit!

Technique: Add a Mini Book to a Digi Page

Want to see my first page as part of Jeannie Papai’s Creative Team?

Cutest Pumpkin 

Credits Everything is from the Boo 4 You kit (plus Extra Solids) by Jeannie Papai - available only at her newest store, Elemental Scraps! Font: MA Fishy

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • I recolored some of the glitter letters, and I used sharpen (filter>sharpen>unsharp mask) afterward to get the sparkle back.
  • You can make word stickers like I did by adding an extra thick white “stroke” to the outside of your letters.
  • Here’s how I added a bit of extra texture to the black paper: I opened the teal and orange paper, and used the magic wand tool (with select>similar) to select the orange design. I used crtl+c to copy it. I dropped the black paper onto a new document, and used ctrl+v to paste the orange design over the black paper. In the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the orange design to “soft light”.

Technique: (Digital) Mini Book

Digi FrameHere’s a fun way to add a bunch of extra photos to your page. I’ve noticed that lots of digi kits come with sweet little frames like this one from Jeannie’s new kit. They are so cute, and I love using them! But sometimes I like to find new, unexpected ways to use digital elements :). Try this:

  1. Add several frames to your page, and decide if you want your mini book to be vertical or horizontal. Now “stack” the frames in a pile on top of one another. Use the options under edit>transform (in Photoshop CS) to fan the “pages” out, and flip the orientation of some of them so that the ribbons aren’t all facing the same way. The key is to keep one corner of each page in place on the stack, so that it looks like it is still attached to the other pages. Then add a fastener to hold all the pages together, like a brad, clip, whatever you like :)!  Now add your photos, by dragging each one,  one at a time, to the layer below the frame you want it to be in. Position it the way you like, then switch to the frame layer, and select the (empty) inside of the frame with the magic wand tool (I also do select>modify>expand for a few pixels) – go back to your photo layer, select>inverse and delete to remove the parts of the photo that extend beyond the frame.  Repeat for each frame. Lastly, add and extra embellishments, and you’re done :)!

OK – for those of you who are looking for the RAK I mentioned- Jeannie is still working on it, so it will make an appearance in a future post :).  BUT, the good news is that she is having a HUGE 50% off sale on everything at her new Elemental Scraps Store!!! NOTE: the sale price doesn’t show up on your items until they are in the cart. Happy shopping :)!

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