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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.

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!

*New* Template Freebie and McIntosh Apples Digital Paper Pack

I couldn’t resist doing some digital designing, so I made a few paper packs and opened a new Etsy shop :)!

New Digital Scrapbook Papers in my Etsy Shop: McIntosh Apples

There’s something about fall that makes me love apples even more than usual! My favorite type of apple has been the McIntosh for as long as I can remember, which is why I was inspired to create a digital paper pack named after them. These digital papers are perfect for photo books, digital scrapbooking, and can also be printed for all your paper crafts and scrapbooking as well!

McIntosh Apples Digital Paper Pack
Cute apple designs hand drawn by me :)

*Click Here if you’d like to view these digital papers in my Etsy Shop*

Here’s a fun layout I made using this digital paper pack. Last fall we went to a nearby apple orchard, then made a yummy treat with our fresh apples! Click here if you want to see the Apple Bundle recipe I posted on my blog last year - oh, that rhymes hehe :).

McIntosh Apples Double Page Scrapbook Layout:

McIntosh Apples Digital Scapbook Layout Page 1:

McIntosh Apples Digital Scapbook Layout Page 2:

This is such a simple layout idea, which makes it very versatile. If you like it, please feel free to download it – I turned it into a freebie template :)! Let me know what you think of the new digital papers and these freebies too – Enjoy!

McIntosh Apples Freebie Templates:

*Click here to be taken to the McIntosh Apples Freebie Templates download page*

Free Printable Candy Box Crafts

Here are some last-minute crafts you can make this weekend – just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

I whipped up the printable candy boxes this afternoon with some papers I had designed recently. They are by no means perfect, you can kinda see the fold lines etc, but they are still fun to make. I also included one without the message box plus a .png template and a plain .jpg template so you can create your own if you like too! Oh, and I stuck 3 pink papers in there too :)!! If you are new to printable crafts, just ask your questions in the comments section and I will try to answer them asap :)!

CLICK HERE to see the folder with all three downloads inside :).

Now, THESE are the printables designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff the PRO printable designer, so you can rest assured that they will not be flawed like mine :). PLUS she has some pointers in there to help you along the way. If you love her work and hybrid projects in general, you will want to go see her in action along with all of the other talented ladies at The Hybrid Chick.

And last, but not least is the free candy bar wrapper by Brooke from Oregon, which I offered here a few years ago, but might be new to some of you!

Questions and Answers About Printing Your Digital Scrapbook

I have had some great questions in email and comments about printing Shutterfly photo books, so I thought I’d share the questions and answers here for you to see too :)!

Question From Chelsey:

I looked through Shutterfly and I cant find the same backgrounds that you have?  Is there somewhere special I need to get these?

My Answer:

Sometimes I use the backgrounds by Shutterfly, but sometimes I create my own and upload them into Shutterfly using their “print your digital scrapbook” feature. Are you familiar with digital scrapbooking? In digital scrapbooking, you use digital “papers” and page elements to create scrapbook pages. Shutterfly has an option for uploading these already made pages and printing them in their books. It is a bit more time consuming, but I love being able to create a personalized book :).

Follow-up Questions From Chelsey:

I am not familiar with digital scrap booking. Do you have to pay extra for those pages? Where do you find them or do you have to create these yourself?

My Follow-up Answers:

Programs like Photoshop Elements can be used to create digital scrapbook pages using your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies, which can be purchased or even downloaded for free (I have several free kits available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com). You can also find pre-made digital scrapbook pages, often called quick pages, to use – then all you need to do is add your pictures!

Question From Maryam:

I have decided to start digi scrapbooking and was just wondering what digital scrapbooking program you use…

My Answer:

I use Photoshop for my digital scrapbooking. I was fortunate to win a copy of the full version, but before that I used Photoshop elements which is much less expensive and all you really need for photo editing and digital scrapbooking.

Question From Taylor:

I love how you have different backgrounds on your books. I’m not the biggest fan of Shutterfly’s backgrounds, and I was wondering how you applied those backgrounds?

My Answer:

I know what you mean about the Shutterfly backgrounds, although they do have a few cute ones :). I am a digital scrapbooker, so I use digital scrapbook papers in a lot of my photo books. I make the digital scrapbook pages in Photoshop before I upload them to Shutterfly, then I use the “print your digital scrapbook” feature in Shutterfly to create my book using my own custom-designed pages.

Here’s an idea that just came to me: If you want to use a digital scrapbooking paper, but you don’t have Photoshop, you could try uploading whole digital scrapbooking papers you want to use when you upload your photos to Shutterfly. Then, choose a very simple photo book design, like “Versatile Classics”. Then, when you add your photos to the pages, choose layouts with one or two extra photo spots than you need, and place the digital scrapbook paper in those spots. It won’t cover the whole background, but at least you could add a little extra character to your page that way :). I tried it just now, and attached a screen shot of what I came up with below. The background is by Shutterfly, but the pink papers are from the free “Real Love” digital scrapbook papers available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com.

Tip: you can double click on the image once you insert it into the Shutterfly page, then you will be able to adjust the position and zoom.

Question From Vicki:

Which layout on Shutterfly are you using to convert your square pages to landscape with a border for journalling?  I’m assuming you use custom path with a 1 photo layout but I’m having a hard time figuring out which one! I also “scrap” in square, but would sometimes like to take advantage of the landscape album codes and I also don’t journal alot on my pages but could see where one day my kids would want to know more of the details.

My Answers:

I usually design my own digital pages in Photoshop, then use the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature at Shutterfly to print my book. Here is a link to the page at Shutterfly where you can choose from the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” options: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/print-your-digital-scrapbook. They have several choices for the size and shape of your book. Once you choose a size, you will be taken to a page where you can download free Photoshop templates in the exact size and shape of the book pages and cover, the templates even have built in guides showing you where the edge of the page might be cut off in the printing process, so you can keep all important details (like text) within the safe zone. For my digital pages I plan to print, I usually use one of the templates as I design the page so that I know that there will be a perfect fit and nothing will get cut off in printing. The great thing about using the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature instead of the one photo pages is that you have complete control over the covers and binding of the book too, plus you know exactly how big to make your pages because of the templates.

I have also used square pages in a landscape book to make use of coupon code like you mentioned, but I just designed a landscape page, with black as my background, then resized my square pages by hand in Photoshop, and added them in along with text. Here’s and example of a book like that I made a few years ago: https://scrapbookideas.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/shutterfly-classic-photo-book/


Digital Quick Pages and Templates for Christmas Photos!

If you’re anything like me, you took many, MANY great photos during the holidays and you have yet to scrapbook most of them. Here we are at the end of January, and I still haven’t finished going through all my Christmas photos yet! Granted, this Christmas was extra special. Actually, I’m pretty sure, far as I can remember, it was my best Christmas EVER :)! So I did take tons of pics. Anyway, I meant to share these before Christmas, but I got caught up in the excitement of fun holiday happenings and getting ready for lots of family coming into town. I’m sure there are at least a FEW of you out there who might be needing some quick pages to help finish up scrapbooking your Christmas pics, and if not you can save these up for next year :). They all coordinate with the Christmas Heart kit and other freebies that came with it. Enjoy!

*Click Here to Download these Free Christmas Quick Pages and Templates*

Free Printable Photo Box and Tutorial

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated an older Christmas tutorial from 2008 with a new freebie link (originally only available in the DST Insider)!

Click here to see the Printable Christmas Photo Box tutorial.

*Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

Handmade Christmas Craft Ideas!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Amidst all of the busyness and hustle bustle I love to slow down and make pretty things with my hands. Making crafts during the holidays gives me a chance to get together with friends and family, listen to cheerful music and create gifts from the heart!

Christmas Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Freebies!

I plan to share lots of Christmas craft ideas and tutorials this month. I will keep an updated list here at the top of this page with links to the Christmas crafting articles as I add them. Some are new, some are from previous years. Check back often for more tutorials, ideas and freebies, or Click Here to be added to my email list :). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Craft Ideas List

Faithbooking Your Christmas (Dec 2010)

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial (Dec 2010)

Christmas Gift Bag Craft (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Gift Boxes (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Heart Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Templates and Quick Pages (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Photo Box Craft and Tutorial (Dec 2008)

3 Ideas for Photo Calender Gifts You Can Make Yourself (Dec 2007)

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages and Tin Album Project (Dec 2007)

How to Photograph Christmas Lights and Tree Lights Page Idea (Dec 2007)

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*

Handmade Baby Shower Cards

Looking for new ways to use your scrapbooking supplies? How about some handmade cards :)! I always save paper scraps left over from my scrapbooking projects to use later for cards, mini albums and other projects. These My Mommy and Me papers, by Prima were the perfect thing for some Baby Shower cards I made recently (as seen on the Prima blog).

Handmade Baby Shower Card Ideas

Handmade Card Making Tips

  • Stretch your paper scraps by cutting out paper design elements and using them to embellish your card front (like the flowers on the first card, and the turtles on the second).
  • Mix and match papers from one or more paper collections for a more exciting design.
  • Use a square or circle punch to instantly crop out cute sections of patterned paper, then create a mosaic out of them (you can download the free card template here).
  • More ideas for handmade baby shower cards and gifts: Girly Baby Shower Card and a Baby Shower Gift Idea

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates by Prima (first card)

Physical Supplies: All by Prima: Alphablends (#840723), Lovables Frilly flower (#701062), My Mommy and Me papers (#870195, #870270, #870294), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet. Non-Prima supplies: white cardstock, glossy photo paper.

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