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Free Digital Paper Pack ~Waves~ {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 56}

I’m having fun going through photos from the road trip we took at the beginning of the summer. Here’s a page with photos of our visit to Martha’s Vineyard, our first trip back to the island together since that fateful camping trip in 1993!

I used the new freebie paper pack ~Waves~, so perfect for summertime beach layouts – I hope you like it :)!

*Click here to go to the download page*

Free Beachy Quick Page {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 7}

Happy Friday, hope you have fun weekend plans! Here’s a little freebie for you – a beachy digital quick page :).

This photo is from our trip to the beach when I was pregnant with Julia. I can’t believe she is now the age Gabe was in this photo…and I can’t believe I haven’t scrapbooked these photos yet – LOL!

*Click here to go to the download page*

The download includes a 12″x12″ png file with a “hole” for the photo (to use in Photoshop, etc) and a 12″x12″ jpeg file for printing or uploading to photo book software. Enjoy!

Vacation Scrapbook Cover and Title Page Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 6}

Another scrapbook I will be sharing this summer, as part of the 100 days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas series, is our Hawaii vacation scrapbook. Like the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook, this album is also about a fall trip – but summer seems like the best time to share these with you, because we spent most of our time at the beach! Today I will just be focusing on the scrapbook cover and title page.

Scrapbook Cover Idea: The Group Photo!

For each family vacation we take, I always try to make sure we have at least one group photo. These are perfect for the cover of the scrapbook! The group photo instantly shows:

  • Who was on the trip?
  • When was the trip (before the kids were born…when the kids were little…etc.)?
  • Where were we?

This works for digital scrapbooks and paper scrapbook covers. For digital scrapbooks you can usually add a photo right to the cover – or at least place the photo on the first page, so that it will show through a “peek-a-boo” window in the cover. For traditional (paper) scrapbooks, I like to look for a scrapbook album with a photo frame in the cover to put the group photo in.

Vacation Group Photo Tips

Here are some things to think about when taking your group photo for the scrapbook cover:

  • Location – try to find a spot that shows the setting of your vacation. For the Hawaii vacation scrapbook, we posed on the balcony of the condo with the ocean and palm trees in the background. As it turns out, the photo frame was too small to show the palms, but you get the idea :).
  • Attire – If possible, try to have the people in the group photo wear coordinating clothes that fit the over-all feel of the trip. I love the look of coordinating, but not exactly matching. I’m sure this is easier while my kids are young, because I still choose their clothes :).

For each of my scrapbooks, I like to create a title page. The title page is that first page on the inside of your scrapbook. It is different from the rest of the pages, because it typically doesn’t have a “mate”.

Tips for Designing a Scrapbook Title Page:

  • Use the title page to share information about what the scrapbook is about. Consider including information about Who, What, When, Where and Why type questions. In this case, I included the location and date, plus plenty of embellishment to show that it was a fun trip for vacation.
  • You may or may not need/want to include photos on the title page. The only “photo” on my Hawaii scrapbook title page is just an image I clipped from a travel brochure! I saved the photos for other pages in the book, because I want to title page to stay focused on information about the book.
  • The title page sets the tone for the rest of the scrapbook. Feel free to go crazy with embellishments :)!  Or not – it all depends on the feel of your scrapbook. In this case I included tons of tropical flowers, bright colors and a picture of a surfer on the beach.

Do you have any other ideas or tips for designing scrapbook covers or title pages? If so, please share in the comments :)!

Scrappin’ Beach Photos

Just a quick post to share a page I made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s latest kit, Beach Shack. Every time SMJ puts out a beach themed kit, I just HAVE to pull out the photos from my honeymoon and re-scrap them LOL!

Romance in Aruba

Photoshop Tips and Tricks:

  • I layered the aqua wooden background over the brown wooden background, and used the eraser tool with a soft-edged brush to erase just around some of the outer edges. First I erased at 100% opacity, then I lowered the opacity to about 25% and erased again over the edge to soften the transition even more. Because the wood grain is the same on both backgrounds, this method helps the two backgrounds to blend together, giving the wood a faded time-worn look.
  • I duplicated the title “Romance” several times, changed the blend mode to “color” and the opacity to 38%, and used it to add a little more color and detail throughout the background of the page.
  • Since the subjects of the photo are so tiny, I placed photo corners around them, to help them stand out a bit more :).

So, anyway, this is my new favorite kit for beach photos!!! Isn’t it AWESOME???

Beach Shack kit, by SMJ

Now if you get some beach photos this summer, you will know where to go :)!

 

 

Technique: Digital Brushes

Memories of Aruba

Credits Everything I used is from my Seaside Cottage kit except the brush work, which is from a little brush I also made. Fonts: Aquiline Two and Century Schoolbook.

I just had to play around with my Seaside Cottage papers! If you missed yesterday’s post, look here to find out more info about this kit and how you can get it for free (if you’re a blogger). I didn’t include an alpha in the original kit, so I’m thinking of making one as a freebie, I just have to decide the font, colors, etc. I might just do a simple one like the one I made for this page. What do you think?

Technique: Digital Brushes

Digital Brush

It is so easy to make your own digital brushes to use on your pages if you have Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements! Here’s what I did to make the borders on the page above. 1) I opened a new transparent layer. 2) I selected the brush tool and choose a round brush with a 60 point diameter. 3) I used the brush to make a circle on the page using black as my foreground color. 4) I then selected the eraser tool and choose a round brush with a 24 point diameter. 5) Next, I used the brush to erase a hole in the bottom left part of the bigger circle and to take a “bite” out of the lower right side. 6) I switched back to the brush tool, picked the round 19 point circle and, using black as my foreground color, I placed a circle just outside the “bite” in the big circle. 7) To make my own brush out of this little image, I just selected around it with the rectangular marquee tool. Then, while it was still selected, I went to the “edit” pull-down menu and selected “Define Brush Preset” and clicked “OK” in the message box. 

You can make a brush out of anything you want, it’s a fun and easy way to get your own custom look. To make my border using this brush, I just choose the newly created brush from the brush pallet, used the color picker to select a color I liked from the page, and played around with the “size”, “spacing” and “angle” options in the brushes palette to achieve a random look.  There are endless possibilities with this technique, the best way to learn is by experimenting, so give it a try :)

Tip: Holding down the shift key while using your brush will help you create a straight line!

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