Tutorial Tuesday | PART 2: Use Products from TDP to Scrap on Your Phone

 

A few weeks ago, we showed you how to use products from The Digital Press on your mobile device (using the Project Life app) to make quick and easy Pocket Pages on your phone using your own digital stash. If you missed that post, be sure to check it out HERE; it’s full of a ton of great tips to get you started with mobile scrapping, and we promise you will not regret it!

Today, we’re here to share PART 2 of this 3-part series… and show you how to add journaling and/or other text to any journal cards you import into the app from your own digital stash (again, that part is covered in PART 1 — and now we’ll cover the addition of text here in PART 2).

 


 

PART 2 — ADDING TEXT TO A JOURNAL CARD ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

If you already read PART 1 of this tutorial series, you know that the Project Life app allows you to journal directly onto the cards that come pre-installed in the app itself (and/or the cards that are purchased as in-app purchases)… but when we import cards from our own digital stash, the app treats those cards the same as “photos” and does not provide the options to add text. In order to add journaling to our own imported cards, we need to add the text to the card in a separate app before importing that card into our layout within the app.

There are a number of different apps out there that allow you to add text to images (just do a search in your app store for “adding text to photos”)… but there is no way we can cover all of them in this article, so today we will highlight just a few of our favorites and give you a step-by-step snapshot of how we do it.

Textgram App

Erin uses Textgram, which is a free app that anyone can use. If you check out PART 1 of our series, you’ll see that she added journaling to her card for the layout she created in that post. The Textgram app is simple to the point of being somewhat limited in terms of design choices… but it’s definitely adequate for most things, and fairly straightforward to use. Below, she walks us through her process.

  1. To begin using Textgram, open the app, start a new project using the red plus sign button on the bottom right, and choose the empty canvas option…
  2. Select your canvas size. You can choose pre-set sizes, or build a custom size using pixels. I have found that the presets are actually bigger than my journal cards, so I prefer to use the custom size option and build my canvas in the exact measurements. **NOTE** Most 3×4 pocket cards (without bleed) are going to be 900px x 1200px… 4×3 cards are 1200px x 900px… 6×4 cards are generally 1800px x 1200px, and 4×6 will be 1200px x 1800px.  
  3. Now you can add your card by selecting the +image button. Choose the folder where your cards are stored (in my case, it’s Dropbox), and select a card.  
  4. Once your card is on your canvas you can move it around and adjust it as needed. 
  5. Next, you will have to navigate back to the main menu area by using the back arrow. Once there, you can add a text box to your card with the +textbox button. Double-tap to add your journaling.
  6. Once you have added all of your desired text, drag the resize corner out to fit the text area of your card. You can format your text as needed. There are options for choosing a font, font size, color, and even for adjusting your character spacing and paragraph alignment. **NOTE** I suggest choosing your font first, as this can change the size and spacing of your text dramatically. The sliders for font size and character spacing are a bit difficult to control and you don’t want to have to keep adjusting them.  
  7. When you have your text the way you want it, hit “next” at the top of your screen and save your card. If you would like to keep a layered project in case you need to make further adjustments later, you will also need to save the design. Both of these options save your work to the textgram app itself. If you want to export your work to another folder (for example, to Dropbox), you will need to use the share button. This is not necessary, however, if you are using your newly-finished card in the Project Life app, because a Textgram folder should appear within your gallery files, and you will be able to access it from the Project Life app pretty easily.  

Rhonna Designs App

Jen typically uses the Rhonna Designs app to add text to her journal cards from her phone. You have to pay for this app, but if you are really interested in scrapping on your phone… it is a pretty good investment, as it has a lot of great options for enhancing your photos, adding text, adding stickers and stamps to your cards, and even creating your own cards.  It is also pretty intuitive and easy to use… which is always a plus, right?

    1. The process for adding text in the Rhonna Designs app is pretty similar to that of Textgram, which we just covered. You will start by importing your card.
    2. Because the Rhonna App is designed with pocket cards in mind, it provides you with a good selection of preset sizes. Choose the correct size for your card (in this case 3:4), and hit “crop”.
    3. Now, there are a lot of things you can do with this app, so feel free to play around… but for our purpose of adding text, you will select the “T” in the upper left corner, which will pull up your font choices. Some are free on the app, and others you will have to purchase. Each little icon is actually a set of fonts, so you chose a font set and it will pull those fonts up for you to scroll through.
    4. When you chose a font, your text box will pop up and you can start adding the text. You can switch the font and color using the panel at the bottom. The tools for adjusting spacing, tilt, and a multitude of other aspects are found by tapping the triple line icon on the top right.
    5. Once you have your text just the way you want it, tap on DONE at the top of your screen and you will return to the main screen where you can save or share your work. Just like Textgram, the Rhonna Designs app creates a folder in your gallery where your projects are stored, and these are easily found within the Project Life app, as well.

 

And that’s it! …just a quick look at a couple of simple apps out there that will enable you to add text and journaling to your own pocket cards from your mobile device. Now, with the combined information from PART 1 and this new PART 2 post… you should be able to create an entire pocket-style page, complete with journaling, on your mobile device! How exciting is that?! 🙂

And don’t forget, we will have one more installment in this 3-part series coming in just a couple of weeks (late-September), in which we will show you how to use what you create in the App to make a non-pocket style page. Stay tuned!

Enjoy, and happy scrapping!


Laura Passage

About the Authors

Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Erin

 

Erin is a work from home mom of three now living in Oregon. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

 

Jennifer Hignite

Jennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.

Tutorial Tuesday | Use Products from TDP to Scrap on Your Phone

 

Here at The Digital Press, we love memory-keeping. We know that if you’re a fan of The Digital Press and you’re reading this, that you likely love memory-keeping, too.

With that said… life is busy. Things are always crazy, and there are never enough hours in the day. Never ever. We get it.

As such, it’s soooo easy to fall off of the scrapbooking bandwagon… and so easy to start to feel “way, way, way behind” when it comes to scrapbooking your cherished photos and memories. We’ve all been there — and sometimes, the task starts to feel insurmountable. The feeling of “I will never get caught up again!” can simply overwhelm.

About two years ago, one of our colleagues in the memory-keeping and scrapbooking industry — Becky Higgins of the Project Life brand of products — launched a completely revolutionary mobile app that made it possible for all of us to use our mobile devices to create scrapbook pages. If you haven’t yet checked out this app, you should definitely take a peek.

We’ve known Becky and her team for years now, and have simply loved watching this app — and her brand — take the scrapbooking world by storm. She has a passion for making memory-keeping something that is simple, quick, and effortless for everyone… and we adore that. Here’s a look at bunch of our team members from here at The Digital Press, meeting with her at the Craft & Hobby Association convention back in January 2015, where she excitedly showed us features of the (at the time brand-new) app…

 

[ group photo: (top L-R) Laura Passage, Danielle Engebretson, Karla Dudley Noél, Shannon McNab, Mari Koegelenberg, Nicole Seitler;
(bottom L-R) Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Becky Higgins ]

For those of you who have used this app on your mobile device… you know how easy it is. And it’s definitely a game-changer, because it allows you to productively use all of those little chunks of time that would otherwise be wasted (think: waiting rooms at doctors’ offices… sitting in the car line at your kids’ school for 20 minutes at the end of the school day… etc.) — to instead accomplish something, such as scrapbooking your photos, using the device that’s in the palm of your hand! 🙂

But did you know that you can use any digital scrapbooking products you like (not just the cards/etc. that are available in the app itself)?

We’re here today to show you just how easy it is to transfer your favorite digital scrapbooking products to your mobile device… and then import/use them in the Project Life app. Today’s tutorial — written by Laura, Erin, and Jen — is PART 1 in a 3-part series that will be on The Digital Press blog in the coming weeks… a series devoted to helping you use products from The Digital Press to scrap on your phone.

 


 

PART 1 — TRANSFERRING YOUR DIGITAL STASH TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

If you’ve used the Project Life app, you know that there are already pocket cards available within the app. Some are included in the app itself, for free… and others are available as in-app purchases. While this is awesome, and convenient… it can also become costly when you’re constantly making $1 and $2 purchases every time you’re working on a themed page and need a card to match.

Most of us, however, already have lots of fun scrap goodies sitting on our computer’s hard drive — stuff we want to use, but simply haven’t ever had time to use.

The exciting news is that you can use most of your own scrap stash in the app! Uploading your own scrap stash for use in the Project Life app is so much easier than you think.

For the purpose of today’s tutorial, we’re going to focus on transferring pocket cards to your mobile device… and then importing and using them in the app (in the future editions of this tutorial series, which are coming soon, we’ll show you how to use other items, as well).

This month, there is a FREE pocket card set available at The Digital Press [download expired 8/31/2016]. We’ll be using it in this tutorial; if you’d like to follow along. 🙂

 

 

1.  First, download the cards to your computer’s hard drive. Then, unzip the file and organize the included images however you desire. This is what Erin’s cards looked like on her computer’s hard drive after she unzipped them…

 

 

Erin likes to keep all of her TDP goodies together in one folder so that she can find them more easily. You could also create a folder full of all of the journal cards you wish to use for mobile scrapping… or you could organize in folders by designer name… or by theme… etc. It’s totally up to you!

 

2.  Next, you’ll transfer your files to your mobile device… using an online file sharing program. The three of us all prefer to use Dropbox, but there are a variety of file sharing services out there (*NOTE* Dropbox is handy because the Project Life app actually lists Dropbox as an option when you choose your photos/images… so it’s integrated right into the app). No matter what service you choose… make sure to use one that you can access from both your computer and your phone/mobile device.

 

 

Shown above, Laura’s process for using Dropbox to transfer files from her computer to her phone is as follows: (a) she opens Dropbox on her computer, first, and creates a folder called “MOBILE-SCRAPPING” in her Dropbox account; (b) then she uploads the files from her computer’s hard drive to that same Dropbox folder; (c) next, she opens Dropbox on her phone and finds those same files in the “MOBILE-SCRAPPING” folder; (d) she saves each file to her phone by opening it in Dropbox and choosing “save image”.

**TIP** If you save your images onto your phone itself, we recommend creating an album (or albums) on your phone in which you can store your digital scrapbooking supplies. Depending on your phone’s operating system, you can do this manually; on an iPhone, you just click on “albums” within the photo app, and then click on the “+” sign in the top left corner and you can create a new album and name it anything you like.

 

3.  You can also leave your images in Dropbox (as opposed to actually storing them on your phone, as described in 2(d), above)… because the Project Life app actually gives you the option of opening images straight out of Dropbox. More on that in the next few steps…

 

4.  Now you’re ready to begin using your pocket card images in the Project Life app…

 

 

Open the app on your phone (or tablet)… click on the blue top-right layout creation option (A, on the above images)… and then use the button at the top-left (B, on the above images) to toggle open a layout selection menu (C, on the above images). Choose your layout design option.

Once you have your layout option selected… simply click on any of the blocks on the layout in order to “fill-in” that block. When you do, the app will zoom-in to that block and give you 2 options, as shown here (D, on the following image)…

 

 

Shown above (D, on the far left image), the app gives you two options for filling any of the blocks in your layout design: photos (left) or cards (right). If you choose the cards option on the right, you are able to use any of the cards that are built-in to the Project Life app. For the purpose of this tutorial, however, you will be choosing the photo option on the left.

When you click on the photo option… your phone will open a menu to allow you to find and select the photo that you want to use (E, on the above images); note the difference in interface between the iPhone version of the app (center image) and the android version of the app (right image).

Here’s the trick — you’re not actually adding a photo. You’re adding a card… but because you’re importing the card from outside of the Project Life app, the app will view it as a “photo.” Therefore, you’ll use the photo option… and then you locate the image you want to use (which is one of the cards you’ve imported/saved in Dropbox and/or on your phone, itself).

 

5.  Fill the blocks on your layout with cards and photos…

 

 

In the images above, you can see Erin’s step-by-step progression from “empty layout design” to “completed page” as she clicks on each block within the layout and fills it with either a card or a photo.

You’ll also notice that she added text to one of the cards (the pencil journaling card). Currently, this can’t be done directly in the Project Life app (you can only add text to the in-app cards… but not to photos). Thus, we’ll detail the process of adding text to cards from your own digital stash in the next installment of this series (coming September 6 to The Digital Press blog, so stay tuned!). For now, however, we’ll just mention a few of the other apps that we have used to quickly and easily add text to our cards from our phones: Over, Letterglow, Textgram, and the Rhonna Designs app.

 

6.  Once you have created a page you like… it’s time to save your layout and export it as a high-resolution image.

 

 

In the images shown just above, you can see Jen’s process for saving her completed page as a high-resolution image. First, she clicks on the button at the bottom-right corner of the app. Next, she chooses “Export” — and from there, she is able to choose an image size (12″ x 12″ or 8″ x 8″).

Once she chose a size, her phone prompted her to choose a location to save the final image. It is possible to save it to the user’s camera roll, or to Dropbox, or even to send the page off to be printed (yes, that’s right — you can order prints straight from the Project Life app, if you want to).

Here’s a look at 2 finished pages — one by Jen, and one by Erin — both created using the Project Life app, as well as the card set shown in this post…

 

 

This final step of saving a high-resolution copy of your image will also come in handy when we get to the 3rd and final installment of this series (coming in late-September to The Digital Press blog, so stay tuned!) — in which we will teach you how to use this app, along with your TDP scrap goodies, to create non-pocket style pages, as well.  🙂

Sounds exciting, right? IT IS! The idea of creating non-pocket style pages in this app is something that expands the possibilities of this app in a way that is just awesome. Freeing. Liberating, even. The flexibility to scrap in numerous styles from the palm of your hand is just way too cool. We can’t wait to continue this series!

For now, however, today’s PART 1 post should ensure that you are all set to make some basic pocket pages on your phone using all of your favorite scrap goodies from The Digital Press! Enjoy, and happy scrapping!

 


Laura PassageAbout the Authors

Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Erin

 

Erin is a work from home mom of three living in Thailand. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

 

Jennifer Hignite

 

Jennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.

Renew Your Love (and Motivation) for Long-Term Projects

Renew Your Love (and Motivation) for Long-Term Projects

We scrappers usually love long term projects. They bring this comforting feeling that come with routine and habits, without mentioning the joy of recording those memories… but they can also be challenging at times!

These sorts of projects come in all shapes and forms:

  • Everyday/Photogaphy-Centered Projects: pocket-scrapping (Project Life); Project 365 (P365; one photo a day); Project 52 (P52; one photo a week); Project 12 (P12; one photo a month). For example, here’s a look at my last layout from my P365 project in 2015:

  • Themed Projects: All About Me (AAM; one page a week or month about yourself… with the mandatory selfie, of course!); “letter to my kid(s)” (or any other loved one); a year of _____ (fill in the blank; it could be about a hobby, about your pet, or about anything that you’re passionate about!); monthly resolutions-check up layouts; words of the month throughout the year, etc. This year, for instance, I plan to do such a page every month (in addition to my P365-ish) that contains a look at what happened, how I felt, how I progressed on my goals / resolutions, new things I learned, things that worked or didn’t work, etc. I think this will make for a great album! I haven’t started yet, but I found this gorgeous page by TDP creative team member Sabrina, which I found to be totally inspiring:

  • Technique-Centered Projects: these would be about one technique or scrapping style, like Art Journaling layouts, ATCs, journaling-focused layouts, trying a new technique every month or week, hybrid projects, etc.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started and stopped those projects many times over the years. For instance, you might have started an annual album — but now you have an unfinished pocket-style scrapbook project that is making you feel guilty. Well, first of all, please stop feeling guilty… right now! Even if you only have one page done, it’s one more page than nothing. It is still a documented memory! Put it in your book. And rather than focusing on the memories you “missed,” focus instead on the ones you did record. That is already amazing — and there’s no such thing as “failing” in memory-keeping!

I’ve completed everyday-type projects every year since 2011, and here are some tips that have helped me get through each of them:

  1. Knowing WHY I am doing the projects. When I’m clear about my motivations, it’s easier to keep going even when I am busy, when I lose my scrapping mojo, when I feel like my life is boring and not scrap-worthy. I’ve often scrapped those motivations and/or thoughts about the project, and used those as the first page in my photo book. It’s a fun way to make an intro to the album!
  2. Keeping things simple. The first 2 years, I used a template I created with a spot for the daily photo and some journaling, plus a journaling spot for extra info. That way, the planning and design was all done and I simply had to switch my photos from horizontal to vertical when needed… clip my papers, add a few elements, add my journaling… and I was done. I’ve since switched to pocket scrapping, and I’ve used actions (more on that later) to create personalized templates for each page that fit my photos perfectly. I also simplify things by using one kit or collection for the entire month… and the same fonts throughout the whole project (one for journaling, and one for the dates on my photos, and that’s it!). This not only helps me scrap faster (as I don’t have as many creative decisions to make), but it also brings some unity throughout my whole album when I get it printed.
  3. Trying to scrap regularly. It’s much easier to go through one or two pages at a time, rather than catch up and finish 5 months in a row. If you want to use your “big girl camera,” keep it as easy to grab as you can (just make sure little hands can’t grab it too easily! Gaaaah!). You’re way more likely to use it if it’s right next to you, than if you have to search for it or go grab it from somewhere far from where the action is happening.
  4. Automating things as much as possible. Technology is fantastic… let it help you! I’ve created actions in Photoshop to help me scrap my pages as quickly as possible. I originally started with a commercial use pocket-templates maker, and eventually tweaked it so that it not only creates the photo spots but also the double page spread, the background just like I like it, etc. I have another action to save the JPG and the web versions of both the double-spread and each page individually. Same goes for journaling: I use an app to record my journaling, and I’ve set up reminders every evening. When I forget to do it at night, I go through my social media accounts and my calendar to help me remember what happened (I have the worst memory ever!). I call my smartphone my second brain for a good reason: it’s an amazing tool to help me remember to take a photo, write down a few sentences about what happened that day, even record video (as I explained in a previous post here on the blog). Set up processes to upload your photos regularly, edit and rename them as you upload them, back them up (it goes without saying, right?), etc. Anything that helps you go faster through repetitive tasks is a great help!
  5. Let go of perfection and the guilt that comes with it. There is no such thing as a scrapping police! I used to call my projects “P365-ish” …because I do miss days here and there! If I can, I quickly change the date on my camera (that way the metadata shows the previous date too!) and take a picture for the day(s) I missed. And if I can’t, then so be it! No big deal! I’ve started many P365 projects over the years, taking my daily picture religiously for… 2 months, and I finally switched to a pocket-style project because I stopped taking daily photos. Again, no big deal. I’m getting memories recorded either way, right? I’ve had 2-page spreads with tons of photos for one week (especially for Christmas when a lot is going on), and other times I just have one page with only 2 photos for a 2 week period. I’m fine with it. I usually take photos with my DSLR, but I’m definitely OK with phone photos, too! The most important thing is to enjoy the project, both while doing it and when it’s completed.
  6. Don’t forget to print your pages! This is incredibly rewarding and I love to go through my books from the previous years. I usually wait to create them until there’s a sale because I love a great deal (who doesn’t, right?). Sometimes I buy a credit and use the deadline as a motivation to finish my pages (That’s what I did with my 2014 PL: I finished it in May 2015 since I had a credit for a book that I refused to lose! I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be printed yet if it weren’t for the credit! LOL)

I hope those tips will help you enjoy one (or many!) long term project in 2016.

If you’re feeling inspired now… please head over to the forum where there’s a challenge to go along with today’s post!

 


Chloé

About the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, and is a digiscrapper “by night” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown.

Tutorial Tuesday | Splitting a Photo into Multiple Pockets

Hey there, scrappers!

Today, I want to share a little tip with you related to pocket scrapbooking (which can actually be used on non-pocket layouts, as well!). A lot of times when I am working with a pocket scrapbooking-style template, I end up with a photo that just doesn’t fit into one pocket. So, why not get creative and split the photo into two or more pockets, right? It might seem challenging, but it really is quite easy once you learn this trick.

      1. Decide which pockets you would like to use for your photo. I am going to use two 3×4 journal card-sized pockets for one landscape-oriented photo. For this example, I’m going to put my photo into the two pockets at the top right…
      2. Select both of the pockets by clicking on the first one and then holding down the COMMAND key to select the other pocket or pockets. (CONTROL on a PC; and *note* that in PSE it might require holding down the SHIFT key, instead, to multi-click and select)
      3. Merge the selected layers into one layer by hitting COMMAND+E. (CONTROL+E on a PC)
      4. Drag your photo onto the layer directly above the merged layer you just created.

      5. With the photo layer selected in the layers palette, choose “Create Clipping Mask” with COMMAND+OPTION+G.(CONTROL+ALT+G on a PC) Then, just resize your photo so that it fits properly “into” your pockets.

I hope you will find this quick tip helpful when you are trying to arrange your photos on your pocket scrapbooking layouts!

Another note — if you are looking for some awesome pocket-style templates like the one I used for this tutorial, check out Laura Passage’s Project Twenty Fifteen Templates!


Katie

About the Author  Katie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in central Florida with her husband and their four sweet-but-crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under a never-ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family… and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

 

 

Tutorial Tuesday | Simple way to add video to your memory keeping

I love photography as much as the next person (or even more, as much as the next scrapbooker! LOL) but even I have to admit that sometimes, still pictures don’t do life justice. Life is in constant motion (and sound) and there are situations where a video is the best way to record those memories.

And here comes the scrapper’s nightmare: how to use those videos in our memory keeping? Even as digital scrappers, videos can’t (yet) be integrated into scrapbook pages.

Well, QR codes to the rescue! You’ve most definitely seen those graphics around. QR codes work like barcodes and you can create your own to link to any internet page that you want… a video for example. Tadaaaaa, problem solved! To use a QR code you have to scan it with your smartphone and there are tons of free apps to do so.

Now what video to add? I’ve been using an app called “1 second everyday” along with my photographic P365(-ish). This app, which is free and exists for various platforms, helps you record (as its name implies) 1 second of video every day. Sometimes it’s a bit too short so you can extend it to 1.5 seconds, but usually it’s enough to capture the essence of a moment. Then the app mashes all those seconds either by year or month. You can also choose a custom timeframe and create your own mini-movie (of 30 seconds max for the free version).

I create my movies to match my PL/P365 pages, which are two-pages spreads for 2 weeks, and I use QR codes to link to my videos. I’ve uploaded those on youtube (through the 1SE app) and set the viewing rights to private, so only me or someone logged in my youtube account can see them. Since I really really like you, though, this time I’ve left it public so that you can scan the QR code and see the video. 😉

Here’s my most recent page, covering the first half of December, using the fabulous collab Dear Santa by Anita Designs and Sahin Designs:

And here are the two pages separately:

You’ve probably noticed my very own QR code on my left page and here it is again (in bigger size) so that you can scan it and see my 1SE video for December 1st to 15th:

How to create a QR code? Well, that’s pretty easy. There are lots of sites that do that, just look for “QR code generator”. I personally use unitag.io which allows me to personalize the colors (background and code itself), but there are tons of other options. Just make sure you can download the QR code once it’s created, and that it’s a high enough quality/resolution if you intend to print your LOs.

Finally, even if 1SE is a fun app to record everyday moments in video, you can use QR codes in many other ways. Here are a few ideas of links to add to your LOs:

  • the video of a moment or event, for example the birthday kid blowing his/her candles or the midnight kissing during your NYE party. Just edit in your program of choice (or in Youtube) and upload it to your favorite platform.
  • the trailer of the movie or TV show you talk about in your LO
  • the video of your favorite Christmas song or the latest track of this artist you love
  • the playlist that you keep listening to over and over again (for a “currently” LO, for example), etc.

I hope those tips will help you add video to your memory keeping. Don’t hesitate to comment or post in the forum if you have any question and feel free to add your ideas if you think of other ways to use QR codes!


Chloé

About the author: Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, “by night” is a digiscrapper and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

Do you love pocket templates and use them all the time? Or do you struggle with them? I personally love project life but I’m not a big fan of straight lines. Every layout that I made with pockets in the past was not obeying to the rules of pockets. Let me show you how I deconstruct pocket templates, sometimes even to a point that they are unrecognizable.

  • Downsizing the template

While I think it’s good that the designers provide templates that use the whole 12×12 layout, I need more visual breathing room on my canvas. It’s rare that I leave it as it is. I downsize the template at least by 10%, most of the times 20% or more, sometimes I add a mat underneath the pockets, to have a framing of the whole. Even when you are using the whole 12×12, rethink this when you want to print your pages. You might need some bleed to provide nothing gets cut off in the printing process. All my layouts you see in this post are sized down.

  • Going out of bounds of the pockets

One thing I seem to be afraid of when playing with pockets are the straight lines. I usually can’t let them rule my layout. I have to break the lines up. Mostly with embellishments on top of it all, leaping over the edges. I tend to make it a more classic layout, applying the rule of thirds or getting more attention to certain parts of the layout. I emphasize the shadows on these embellishments, to make the 3d quality of them stand out more.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

  • Changing the shape of the pockets

All pockets are rectangular by nature. Weird, right? There are only little exceptions to this rule. Sometimes a rectangle is broken up to make it two triangles. Still not very organic and still too straight for me. How about replacing one or more of the rectangles with a different shape like a circle or an oval? I tend to do that with frames in that shape. It makes the whole layout softer and it gives a great entry point for the eyes.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

  • Tilting the template

Sometimes the tilt does the trick for me. With a little tilt I get a more natural look to the whole. And if I strive for one thing, then it is the natural, real paper look. It may look as if the pockets were photographed on the background paper.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

A bigger tilt might give you a whole new look, like this template wasn’t intended for pocket scrapping at all.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

  • Use the template for a pieced background and add your own photocluster

From going out of the pockets with embellisments and frames it’s not far to this step. You can even go further by adding more embellishments than I did here. You could also use a second template with a big cluster and plop it onto your pocket template and go from there.

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

  • Using it for Art Journaling

I remember that once someone asked if I consider myself more towards the pocket scrapping side, the „regular“ scrapping side or the Art Journaling side. As if pocket scrapping and Art Journaling are two very different ends on a spectrum of scrapping. Maybe they are. I personally don’t think so. There are some very reflective pocket pages out there. And some very to the rule Art Journaling pages. And last but not least “regular” pages with a grid or no visible structure. I love being challenged to try something different and always want to make things work, even if at first it seems awkward. I tried a more artsy approach to pockets several times and I love it. Yay for art in rectangles!

Playing with Pocket Templates

Playing with Pocket Templates

 

That’s it for now. I’m sure there’s much more that you can do with your pocket templates. Do you have more ideas? Feel free to comment below and point me to one of your layouts. And who knows, maybe I will scraplift your idea! Thanks for reading and have a great time while putting new inspiration into practice. Happy scrapping!

 

AlinaAbout the Author: Alina enjoys sitting in front of her large computer screens too much. Apart from that she loves walking her dog and watching sunsets while being amazed of life in general. She is married to her best friend. Tries to manage the needs of her two cats and her dog and badly fails when they all want their cuddle time at once. Everything else is scrapping, taking photos and currently crafting. Having said that, she needs a bigger craft room.

 

 

Moving Forward into Fall

Moving Forward Into Fall

 

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to move forward into Fall. Fall is by far my favorite season. There is just something about fall that brings a peaceful feeling. I don’t know if it’s the change in weather or the beautiful warm colors, but I just can’t wait for that  first crisp breeze that lets you know summer is gone and fall is in the air.

As fall officially begins this month, I’d thought I’d share a few of the things I look forward to. Here are some of my Fall Favorites:

  • The Crisp, Fresh Air
  • The Beautiful, Warm Colors
  • Leaf Lookin’ (as we call it in the South)
  • Football Season
  • Sweaters & Tall Boots
  • Pumpkin Lattes (or anything pumpkin flavored)
  • Snuggling Up with a Warm Blanket and a Good Book
  • Halloween
  • Corn Mazes
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Making Soups
  • Pumpkin Patches
  • Leaves Crunching Under Your Feet
  • Fall Festivals
  • Fall Spices – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves

 

I used Little Lamm & Co.’s Crisp Collection to document some of my fall favorites.

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Move Forward Into Fall

 

So, how about you? What are your fall favorites?

I’m hosting a challenge over on the forums at The Digital Press so grab a Pumpkin Latte and come play along! Check it out at The Drawing Board: Challenges. See you there!

 


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About the Author: Lindy Krickbaum is a Creative Team Member here at the Digital Press. She is a happily married wife and best friend to her twin sister. She currently lives in Johnson City, TN.  Lindy is a self-admitted scrapaholic, rarely missing a day to scrap. She also enjoys designing jewelry, reading and traveling every chance she gets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Photos of Your Hybrid Projects

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As a hybrid and paper scrapper, one of the questions I am asked most often is how I take pictures of my projects. It has taken me a good portion of my scrapping life to finally get the process streamlined and to a point that I am happy with it. To save you all the lengthy process of trial and error, I have a few tips that might help you. Today, my layout I’m working with is made using Little Lamm and Co.’s It’s My Party

Natural Light

Obviously, natural light will be your greatest ally when photographing your projects. You do not want direct sunlight because of the harsh tones and glare, but if you are able to find a place within your home with the most natural, indirect sunlight, you’ll be well on your way to good photos. I recently moved from my dungeon-dark old house to a house bursting with natural light (at least by contrast), so photographing my projects has become infinitely easier. In the library/computer room, I have set a chair just underneath the window for taking my photos.

 

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White Foam-Core Board

One of my secret weapons is a white foam-core board like you can find in the school presentation section at craft stores and office supply stores. They cost approximately $3 and last as long as you can keep them white. I place the board on top of the chair and then lay my project on top. I find that this allows the natural light to reflect off of the crisp white board without any weird color casts. Plus, if I need to adjust the temperature of the photo in post-processing, I have a true white neutral I can select for automatic temperature correction.

 

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On occasion, I use an additional white board on the opposite side of my light source. So for me, it goes window, white board laying down with project on top, white board standing up against the edge of the bottom white board, and then me as the photographer. If I find I am not getting enough light on my project, I use the standing white board to bounce the light back on to my project.

Page Protectors

If I am photographing a pocket page, I take my cards out of the page protectors and lay them directly on top. This way, I still get the look and feel of the page protectors themselves without any of the glare of the plastic sleeves.

Taking Photos of Your Hybrid Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camera

I do not use my DSLR for taking photos and this is probably mostly due to laziness, but also because I have found that my iPhone 6 Plus camera works perfectly. When photographing 12×12 layouts or pocket pages, I set my iPhone to the square setting. If the coloring still seems a little dark, tap on the screen until the sun icon pops up. Then slide your finger up while this icon is on the screen to bump up the brightness. Conversely, you can swipe your finger down if you want it to be darker.

Position

When photographing my projects, I try to stand directly above the project with my camera. I try to make the camera completely parallel with the project so there are no weird angles or distortion with the photo. I usually end up taking about 5-10 photos just to make sure I get one that will work. Then I’ll take a few closeups if I’ll be doing a blog post. I typically keep the camera on the square setting when taking closeups, but that is just personal preference.

Processing

I have used both my computer and my phone for post-processing the photos. On my iPhone, I use the app PicTapGo. My go-to filters for project photos are Brightside (increases brightness), Auto Color, Crispity (sharpness), Cool it Down (I use only if I deem the photo to have too much of a yellow overtone), and Sweet Tooth or Sugar Rush (depending on the colors of my project) to increase the saturation. The fun thing about PicTapGo is that all of these filters are on a sliding scale. I hardly ever use any filter at its full strength, so it’s just a matter of playing around with the levels until you find what looks best. However, once you discover a combination of all these filters that works best for your lighting situation, you can save the recipe within the app and apply it to all future photos with the click of a button. For computer processing, I use the RadLab add on for Photoshop (it’s also compatible with PSE). RadLab is made by the same people who make PicTapGo so my method is very much the same. I bump up the brightness, decrease the warmth, and increase the sharpness, contrast, and saturation.

Ottlite

I mentioned before that my previous house had next to no natural light. Additionally, I am usually a late-night, last-minute type of scrapper so sometimes my photos have to be taken when there’s no natural light. Typical lightbulbs have a very yellow color cast and even with post-processing, I cannot make my photos look right. I discovered Ottlite, which is a brand of light bulbs and lamps that is supposed to be the closest to natural light you can get from an artificial light source. I have a desktop Ottlite Lamp that I scrap with and have attempted to use for the purpose of nighttime photos, but it is not quite bright enough. Ott lamps themselves can be quite costly, even with the use of a coupon but they also offer light bulbs that you can use with your own light fixtures. I went to my local big box craft store and bought three Ottlite bulbs for my ceiling fan. I waited for a sale and got all three bulbs for under $25.

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As you can see, the Ott bulbs  give off much less yellow light compared to a traditional bulb. My husband jokes that it looks like an operating room when these bulbs are in use, but I find it provides the right color and brightness of light needed for my photos.

Here is a photo of my layout taken under regular light and without using any of the tips mentioned above:

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And here is the photo of the same layout following all the tips shared above:

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I am by no means a professional photographer but this is the process that works for me. If you have any tips to add, please share in the comments. I would love to hear your tried and true methods.

 

Brenda

About the Author: Brenda Smith is a mother of two littles and wife located in Southern California. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her working full-time, trying to finish up her college degree with online classes, or sleeping because there are never enough hours in the day. Hybrid scrapping satisfies her addiction to technology and her addiction to paper and glue.

Explore The Everyday Moments

Explore The Everyday Moments

I often hear from other scrappers that they have run out of photos to scrap (yep, you heard that right, that can happen although never to me LOL) or they have run out of page ideas. Often the milestone events get scrapped such as birthday, graduations, holidays, etc but there are so many other moments to photograph and scrap about. Also, the focus doesn’t always have to be on your photo, you might scrap a page without a photo, choosing instead to focus on telling your story, your thoughts, your ideas. For this page, I snapped a few pics with my iphone of what I had for dinner. It’s a simple recipe so didn’t feel the need to type out the instructions but this page will remind me that I do love this casserole and will go into my food album. Food pages are a great idea because as the years go by, our health and eating preferences change, so it’s fun to look back on what you used to eat.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary MomentsAnother idea that has a lot of possibilities is to take random photos around your neighborhood, when you are out running errands, going shopping, travelling there and back and, again, you don’t need to bring a big DSLR if you don’t want to, just bring a little point and shoot or use your phone camera. I have a small mirrorless Sony camera that easily stores in my purse and I carry that with me often so I can grab quick shots with a bit better quality than my iphone (although I’m not knocking that camera by any means, it does a pretty good job). My hubby and I were driving down the highway in Bellingham, heading back from an afternoon at the casino. I snapped a pic through the windshield as we were driving.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary MomentsTake photos of things that have an impact on you, positive or negative. Maybe your favorite sweater shrunk in the wash; take a pic of it and scrap about it. I love to scrap about my personal items. I took photos when we went to the store to buy a new big screen TV; also when we went to buy a new fake Xmas tree last winter. I took an iphone pic of my pile of clothes that I will wash and fold to put in the luggage for our trip in a few weeks. Here’s the page I created with those pics. I journaled about the preparation for the trip and the excitement I’m starting to feel.

Explore The Everyday Ordinary Moments

We all have lots of “little moments” that make up our day and we all have hopes, dreams, fears and opinions which are great page topics you can explore. Have fun with it and head over here to check out the fun August challenges that you can participate in. Happy scrapping everyone!

RaeRae is part of the creative team at The Digital Press. She’s a photographer on the west coast of BC, Canada. Passions include chocolate, reading thrillers, watching Netflix and Hulu, scrapping and hanging out with her family and Taz, her Labradoodle.

 

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

When I first took on this Challenge, I thought I would scrap about what makes me BRAVE. But the more I thought about it, I wanted to know what makes my middle child, Emily BRAVE. As parents I think we have preconceived notions about our children, but maybe that isn’t how they view themselves. She will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall and I am pretty sure she will walk right in and quickly wave good bye and be on her way. She will take over that room like nobody’s business! We joke about it with her and she throws up a peace sign and says, “I am going to be like Bye Daddy!”

But what if she is actually nervous? scared?

Like at an Ice Cream social last summer. There was a petting zoo and pony rides and my outgoing, BRAVE little girl wanted nothing to do with either of them. That surprised me. Her Big Sister took her hand and led her around.

So, I thought it would be fun to interview her before she starts Kindergarten and see what she thinks about being BRAVE.

Me: Emily, do you know what it means to be Brave?

Emily: Yes. To not be scared.

Me: What makes you scared?

Emily: Ghosts and dreams about Witches.

Me: What do you do to not be scared?

Emily: I just forget about it.

Me: And you remember those aren’t real things, right?

Me: What about the time you were scared to go into the Petting Zoo and ride the horse?

Emily: I just took Katelyn’s hand and then it wasn’t scary.

Be Brave. Scrapping what makes you Brave

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Be Brave : The Kit by Kim B Designs

STITCHED GRIDS TEMPLATES VOL 3 BY: SCOTTY GIRL DESIGN

And now come over to the forums to join us in the challenge!!

 

Krista About the Author: Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her High School Sweetheart living in SF Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips n dip, taking pictures and documenting her family’s story.

Overcoming Obstacles to Project Life: Taking Photos and Journaling

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“I want to do (or continue with) Project Life®  but…”

 

If you’ve ever said either of these phrases to yourself, then this series is for you. (And don’t tell anyone, but this series is for me too!)

 

Project Life® or the more generic, Pocket Scrapping, is a way of scrapbooking that is supposed to simplify the process of documenting the everyday moments that make up your beautifully imperfect, perfect life. However, so many people feel it is too difficult to start or maintain. Huh?! That is the antithesis of why it was created! So, when I was thinking of what to write about, I asked myself how I can help others overcome their hurdles to starting or sticking with Pocket Scrapping. And this series was born. So let’s start from the beginning.

 

In order to document the everyday, one of two things must happen first: you must take photos of your everyday life and/or, you must journal about your everyday life. Ideally, you would do both. To some that is a lot of work. And to most there doesn’t seem to be enough excitement to warrant documentation. And that’s ok! It’s not about documenting an exciting life. It’s about documenting YOUR life. And believe me, to your family, that is exciting enough!

 

So, I’d like to offer a few of the more popular methods for taking photos and journaling everyday.

 

The No Frills Way

The best camera is the one you have with you. You’ve heard it said over and over again. And it really is true. And let’s face it, today’s phone cameras really are pretty good. So if your phone is the only camera you have, go ahead and snap some photos with it. Then do yourself a favor and delete some of them. My iPhone 6+ has an incredible burst feature, but do I really need 20 identical pictures of my daughter picking a flower? Take the photos, view them and then delete them. Right away. And if you can’t get to it right away, do it while you are waiting to pick your child up from school, while in the checkout lane at the supermarket or while at the doctor. Find your down time and use it.

 

Of course, you can also use your big girl (boy) camera — your dSLR. Same rules apply. Take at least one photo every day and delete your duplicates. If you don’t do this in camera, I will be talking about doing this using your computer next month when we talk about getting your photos off your phone and camera and onto the computer.

 

Once you take a photo, you may want to jot a note about it. Unfortunately, the iPhone does not allow for this without the use of a third party app. After much research, I finally found one called Photogene 4 which allows you to very easily modify the IPTC data on your iPhone’s photo. The IPTC data is where you can add a caption to your photo. So even if you never scrap the photo, the story is always attached to it. (Bonus: Photogene 4 is also a pretty good photo editor as well.)

 

Once you open a photo to use in Photogene 4, in order to edit the IPTC metadata, you need to click on the second icon to the right of the wrench.

 

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Then you can click on the tab that says, IPTC.

 

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And then you can type in your photo’s story.

 

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Now, onto journaling. A really basic way to journal using your phone is to use the native calendar that comes with it. On my phone, I can just add a calendar entry titled, “Today,” set the time to “All Day,” and under the Notes section, type in any interesting thoughts about the day. I don’t have to type in what I did, because it’s all in the calendar already. You can also do the same on your desktop calendar if you prefer. While this method does not tell the story of individual photos, it does allow you paint an overall picture of the day or tell the stories that don’t have photos to go with them.

 

The App Way

Yes. There is an app for that. There is an app for everything. Two of the best apps (imho) for combining photos and stories on an iPhone are Day One and Collect.

 

Day One is an iPhone and desktop app that will prompt you on both of your devices to journal about your day at a time specified by you. I have mine set to the end of the day so that if when it alerts me, I haven’t yet taken a photo, I can quickly take one to represent the day. When you open the app, you are met with two large icons: a camera and a plus sign.

 

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Clicking the camera gives you the option to use the last photo taken, take a photo or choose from your photo library.

 

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Once you choose or take a photo, you will be prompted to journal about it. And that photo and journal entry will be added to that day.

 

Collect is also an iPhone app. Again, it is super easy to use. Once you open it, the home screen looks like a calendar. When you select the date, a menu pops up asking you whether you want to access your photo library, dropbox, or take a photo.

 

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Once you add a photo to the date, you are given the option to add notes to it.

 

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And finally, for iPhone and Android users, another app that works similarly is Diario, which is also available on your PC and Mac Desktop. (Although I have never tried it personally.)

 

Photo A Day

Perhaps the hardest hurdle to overcome is figuring out what to take photos of. Some days are easy and others are more difficult and this is where the beauty of documenting your everyday life comes in. It’s finding interest in the mundane. I get my inspiration from other Pocket Scrapbookers. I find looking at their pages and following their blogs very helpful. In addition, there are a lot of Photo A Day prompts out there. Some of my favorites are:

 

 

And that leads me to my purpose for this blog series. I’d like all of us at The Digital Press who are working on  documenting our everyday lives to support each other. Let’s share with each other what and how we are documenting our every day, every day. We have started a thread in our forum, which you can find here, to do just that. Let’s help each other tell our stories. Let’s give each other the push we need to take a photo every day (or almost every day) and let’s tell a story every day. Each day, check into the forum and tell us what you took a photo of and what story you told. If you want to share the actual photo, that’s even better, but you don’t have to. But please do stop in and support your fellow scrappers by sharing your strategies for success.

 

And be sure to stop by next month when I share how to get your photos off your camera and onto your computer.

 

Jen FlahertyJen is a member of the Pocket Team at The Digital Press. Having scrapped digitally for many years, she has come to embrace the simplicity of Pocket Scrapping since it fits more easily into her busy lifestyle of shuttling her three children from field to field. When she is not on the computer, you will find her working out or really doing anything else she can besides cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.

Be Real with Yourself

Be Real With Yourself

Have you noticed that sometimes our hobbies take on a life of their own and produce far more stress than they release?

When I was young I always kept the ‘old fashioned’ scrapbook.  You know, the kind my Grandma had.  A simple album with newspaper articles and photographs, old movie stubs and various memorabilia. All taped or glued in every which way.  I would write and draw in them and just have a good time with the memories. I had stacks of them as a girl. They were a mess – and I loved them!

But somewhere in growing up I lost that freedom.  In fact, for the majority of my life I have had a tendency to be a perfectionist.  It really showed itself in my memory keeping.  I would fret and worry and spend hours (OK, WEEKS!) on a layout and even then I was not sure it was done. The funny thing was, I could start twenty pages in a day, but finishing them . . . oh man!  I literally had a box labeled ‘in process’ and it was always full.

When I switched to digital scrapping I simply transferred my ‘in-process box’ to an ‘in-process folder’ on my computer which slowly took over my entire hard drive.  It took a complete breakdown – including a massive computer crash – for me to question my methods and my sanity.

Finally I just had to ask myself a few searching questions.

Why am I doing this?

What is it that I want to accomplish with this?

What is it that I really like about memory keeping?

I realized that I really like photography.  I enjoy taking photos and looking through them again.  I get almost giddy when I see a photo that I just LOVE.  I also like the little stories that go along with those photos.  And I LOVE sitting with my kiddos, going back through the photos and telling them the stories that match. I can tell that they love it too.

I came to see that my drive for the perfect layout, the perfect technique, the perfect album was keeping me from having more of those moments I actually enjoy and creating more stress than I needed.

I decided it was time to simplify. I needed to get real!

Instead of spending hours (or weeks and months) on one page trying to make it perfect, I decided to focus on the things I liked – the photographs and simple stories. I made my goal to get the pages finished, imperfections and all, so I could share them with my family and the world.

In order to do that I used a combination of minimalist layouts and pocket scrapping techniques to zero in on the heart of my memories.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still strive to improve my techniques.  I love shadowing and I am always tweaking and learning new ways of improving my pages.  There are some pages I still go all out on and spend loads more time working through. But the key is I no longer stress about it.  I see my albums as documenting my learning and crafting technique as well as documenting our lives.  Yes, the pages I made last year are not nearly as nice as the ones I make today, but that is to be expected.  By accepting where I am right now and setting realistic goals I am able to enjoy the process and share the finished product with others.

And there are perks!

By simplifying I have been able to  either finish or make pages for most of the years I have lost.  Like this one from a family trip to the beach in 2009.

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and here are the separate pages

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(credits: Kim B Designs Simple Pleasures Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, creashens Eggshell Alpha)

Additionally, by going more minimalist I have been able to stretch my stash so much farther.  This is a series of pages from last month.

This double page spread was the layout that started everything off.

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and here are the separate pages

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(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, Sugar Plum Paperie Its Elementary My Dear Alphas, Karla Dudley Giddy Cut Files)

As I finished up this layout I realized there were more stories hidden in these photos.

When we brought my daughter’s bike home, my youngest son decided he wanted to learn to ride too. Here is a page that looks at his story.

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(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection)

The addition of two bikes changed the dynamics of our nightly family walk. I really loved the photos I was able to capture of all three of my children enjoying the exercise and so I made one final page highlighting that.

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(credits: Anita Designs Lets Go Biking Collection, Wishing Well Creations Project Twenty Fifteen Template Bundle, Sugar Plum Paperie Its Elementary My Dear Alphas, Karla Dudley Giddy Cut Files)

This kit by Anita Designs was perfect for this memory and I was able to make pages for all the different aspects I wanted to remember (and all in less time than I would have spent on just one page back in the day).

It seems that these days our world really stresses perfection.  Having the perfect body, being the perfect mom, keeping the perfect house.  But I have found that when I take a step back and take the time to be real with myself the stress just melts away.

So now my goal is not to make the perfect layout, but to enjoy the process and share the memories.

How are you keeping it real? Join me in the Forums for a fun challenge about Being Real with yourself!

Erin 1 About the Author: Erin is a work from home mom of three living in Thailand. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

Create Hybrid Journal Cards with Digital Kits

Create Your Own Journal Cards with Digital Kits

 

Sometimes I fall in love with a digital kit and all the fabulous patterned papers and embellishments only to find out the kit doesn’t have any pre-made journal cards for Pocket Scrappers like me. But since becoming friendly with the shape tool and clipping masks in Photoshop, I make my own cards in just a few minutes and can customize to my needs.

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I used Mari Koegelenberg and Scotty Girl Design’s new collection called Party Animals to make this hybrid page about my daughter’s 5th birthday party this past week. It was the perfect collection and perfect timing.

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I made a video showing my process in creating these hybrid cards. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear them.

 

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About the Author: Brenda Smith is a mother of two littles and wife located in Southern California. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her working full-time, trying to finish up her college degree with online classes, or sleeping because there are never enough hours in the day. Hybrid scrapping satisfies her addiction to technology and her addiction to paper and glue.

 

Pocket Minibook

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Creating pocket pages with 3×4 cards is definitly not the only way those cute cards can be used. Today I want to show you how I created a minibook using different cards and a few of my favourite photos. One of them is actually the very first picture that was taken of us, so it is very special to me. It’s the top right one. The others are selfies we took during our citytrips in the netherlands and belgium.

So let’s get started! First of all I created two rows with five journaling cards each in photoshop. I have a A3 printer, so I was able to print everything at once, but it is totally fine to create it with a A4 / lettersize paper aswell, you will have more rows then with three cards each.

Next step is to print the cards, without the photos and frames, cut the rows and fold them after each card. You can glue them back to back together, but leave the first and second card like they are for now. Your book should now look like the right picture below.

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Now you get some ribbon, I like to use snug hug seam binding ribbon for minibooks, and cut it to one long and one shorter piece. The long one should go 2-3 times around the minibook. Glue both of them between the first and the second card, as you can see in the left picture below. The picture on the right shows you what the finish book will look like.  When the ribbon is in place and looks like you want it, glue card one and two together and you are done with the base for your minibook!

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I printed the frames on the same paper as the cards and used my selphy for printing the photos, so they are printed on photopaper. I also added some wood veneer to my finished book. The next pictures show you what my finish book looks like in detail. I really love how it turned out!

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Thanks for reading and see you next time!


Anika About the Author:  Anika is part of the hybrid team here at thedigitalpress.com. She loves to travel and use the photos her boyfriend takes (thanks for that!) to scrapbook. Digital, paper and hybrid. When she is not scrapping, she is most likely playing a computer game or in a city searching for a geocache.

Hybrid Pockets Made Easy

Hybrid Pockets Made Easy

I never loved traditional paper scrapbooking. Mostly for all the same reasons you usually hear about why someone fell in love with digital; no mess, not spending an arm & a leg on supplies or tools, and the speed at which you can finish layouts! After several years of creating strictly digital pages I realized I had nothing to show for it. I had only printed a handful of layouts. I also found that I was only recording the big moments such as birthdays, holidays, and happy events. The snapshots, out-takes, and less than happy moments weren’t included and that was a big problem for me because I wasn’t being authentic in my memory keeping. I knew I had to make a change.

After taking a moment to assess where I was and where I wanted to be I decided that the best thing for me was to start printing at home. I also decided to jump on the pocket scrapbooking bandwagon because it felt like a great fit that would allow me to include pictures that I might not want to devote a whole 12×12 layout to, but were still important parts of my family’s daily real life.

When I set out to create my first hybrid pocket page I spent way too much time trying to get going. I really wasn’t sure where to start, but after a bit of trial & error over the course of several attempts I finally found a workflow that made hybrid easy for me. Today I’m sharing my process for making quick, but beautiful, hybrid pocket pages.

Step 1: Start With Your Layout

I find it’s easiest to create a template which matches the pocket page layout you’ll be using. For my example layout I’m creating for my 6×8” album and the pages are two 4×6” spots on the left and four 3×4” spots on the right. Create the appropriately sized boxes and arrange them in the correct places. These will be your clipping masks for creating your cards.

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Step 2: Add pre-made cards or papers & embellish

I like to treat each card as a mini layout. I look through the cards that come with the digital kit I’m using and drag them onto my layout. Sometimes I’ll also fill a space with a patterned paper. Then I look for frames in the kit that will work with the pictures I’m using. Once I’ve laid out where I’ll be putting my pictures I work on embellishing each card with some of the kit’s elements.

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Step 3: Add Photos and Text

Now I edit & add my pictures to the cards. Finish things off with some text and I’m almost ready to print.

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Step 4: Merge & Print

Once all the individual cards are ready it’s time to merge the layers. I hold down CTRL while clicking on each layer that I used for one of my cards. When they are all selected I hit CTRL+E to merge the selected layers. After I’ve merged all the cards I then create a new document sized to the print dimensions. I almost always print on 4×6” photo paper because it let’s me get away with the least amount of cutting. At this point I select & drag each card into my new document. The 3×4” cards fit 2 to a page nicely. Set your printer settings and print. I go down the layers list hiding the cards as I print them.

Tip: You only need to do the printer settings on the first print job. After that you can choose File>Print One Copy to bypass the print dialogue box!

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Step 5: Cut & Put Cards in Pockets

Cut your 2-Up 3×4” cards in half and pop it all into your pockets. All done!

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Real Life in Pockets | I Love You Harder by Mommyish and Just Jaimee

 

Hybrid style scrapbooking can be overwhelming at the start, but the instant gratification of having something tangible in your hands right away makes it well worth the effort in my book! I hope I’ve inspired you to give hybrid and/or pocket scrapbooking a try. I’d love to help you overcome any hurdles to hybrid that you’re facing. Leave a comment if you have a question or comment!

 

Amber About the Author: Amber Funk enjoys a vast assortment of interests such as scrapbooking, photography, getting crafty with her Silhouette Cameo, reading, and playing video games. She is a Wife and Mother of 2 living in Northern California and blogs her crafty adventures at http://perfectly-fabulous.com/

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style

 

 

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Good morning! Brenda Smith here, sharing with you how I documented the best moments of 2014 in We R Memory Keepers 4×4 album. I documented our entire year with 12×12 pocket pages already, but wanted something more accessible that could be kept out as a coffee table-type album.

The first thing I did was create an A-Z list of moments corresponding with each letter. Some were more of a stretch than others (like Xmas for X), but I eventually filled out my list. Next, I went very basic with the title page. I knew I wanted to use the January Special Edition products for the entire album because the colors were vibrant and happy, so I picked this beautiful floral paper from Sugarplum Paperie.

 

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Next, since this album would obviously require several pages for the entire alphabet, I decided to create a simple yet visually appealing template for each page. I kept one page as a 4×4 protector with layered papers and one big photo and a few different elements and the other side as four 2×2 protectors with two smaller photos and two smaller pieces of paper with labels.

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Obviously to work with the opposite sides of the page protectors used, I have to alternate the sides the 4×4 and 2x2s are on. I used some wooden veneer alphabet to denote the letter. I really enjoyed using papers from several different designers, including Crafty Mess papers from Mommyish.

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I kept a 4×8 template in Photoshop for both layouts and simply clipped different papers, pictures, and word art to each new letter. This really sped up the process for me and I was able to finish this entire album in only two nights’ worth of work (which is really fast for me since I can be a slow scrapper). Also, isn’t that camera paper by Laura Passage so fun??

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One of the things I’ve learned with all the mini albums I’ve made is to vary the placement of dimensional embellishments to make the pages lay evenly. In this album, I altered the placement of the wood veneer letters in order to have the pages stack on top of each other evenly.

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I printed out each separate page as one layer on a 4×6 sheet of Canon Matte Photo Paper. I know there are some who prefer to print up each individual element and then layer on top of each other with glue, but I like to save time by shadowing in Photoshop and printing as a single layer.

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The January Special Edition products were perfect for an album of this type because I had several papers and embellishments to choose from that already coordinated perfectly. Yet another time-saving element for me because it took the guesswork out of making sure everything matched perfectly.

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One of the best things about this album (besides the small amount of time it took me to make) has been that it’s small enough for my kids to look through. They have both picked it up several times and reminisced over all the fun things we did last year. It makes my heart happy to see them remembering things so fondly.

I won’t bombard you with more pictures of this album as I’m sure you get the idea but will be posting them all in the gallery at some point. I hope I’ve encouraged you to try a similar style album and have given you a few ideas of how it can be done quickly.

 

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About the Author: Brenda Smith is a mother of two littles and wife located in Southern California. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her working full-time, trying to finish up her college degree with online classes, or sleeping because there are never enough hours in the day. Hybrid scrapping satisfies her addiction to technology and her addiction to paper and glue.

 

Getting started with Digital Pocket Scrapbooking

Pocket scrapbooking is hugely popular at the moment, and especially at this time of the year when we’re all excited about recording our year. We’ve all seen beautiful page protectors filled with gorgeous physical and hybrid goodies, but for some of us the thought of getting all covered in glue and glitter or having to spread out all over the kitchen table (and clear it up for every meal!) doesn’t appeal.

Digital pocket pages are a great option and have some advantages over the physical version. For me, the best thing about digital pocket scrapbooking is the space that I’ll save. I print my pages in a photobook at the end of the year, so rather than a large album or two, I have a slim volume which sits nicely on my shelf. Of course, if you prefer to print throughout the year and put the pages in page protectors you can absolutely do that too. I don’t need to print my photos in advance so much, simply drag my photos into Photoshop Elements (or the image editor of your choice…) and get started. And of course I don’t glue my fingers together.

The easiest way to start is with a pocket scrapbooking template. I’m using the Project Twenty-Fifteen templates by Laura Passage.

When the PSD file is opened in Photoshop Elements it looks something like this (I’m using PSE 9) but it shouldn’t be different in other versions.

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Each rectangle is a shape on its own layer. I’m going to be replacing them with my photos and cards from Krafty Basics by Mari Koegelenberg. I’m also using a card from 2015 Calendar Journal cards by Scotty Girl.

Let’s start with a card. When I open the card file, it appears in the project bin at the bottom of the screen. Click on the rectangle that you want to use so that we’re working on the right layer, then drag the card onto the template. The card will be on the layer above the rectangle. Move the card to where it needs to be, then click ctrl-G (cmd-G on Mac). This applies a clipping mask so that the card is now the exact shape of the rectangle below. You can see where you have a clipping mask applied as the layer appears indented in the layers list on the right.

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I do exactly the same thing with my photos and any other cards or papers I want to use. The size of the photo layer can be changed by dragging one of the corners until it’s the size you want. It’s best not to increase the size though, as that affects the print quality.

We are scrapbooking here, so I’ll need to add some journalling. I use the text tool to draw out a rectangle to type into, either on a card or right on top of a photo.

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I could be done at that point, but sometimes it’s nice to add a few embellishments. I’ve just used a couple of tiny flowers from Mari’s collection. Laura’s template comes with shadows included, but if I add extras, I’ll need to add them. Right click on one of the shadowed cards in the layers panel (the layer name has ‘fx’ next to it), click ‘Copy layer style’. Now select the element you want to shadow and right click on it in the layers panel. Click ‘Paste layer style’.

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One last tip that I’ve found really useful. I really like to journal directly on top of my photographs so I can get more pictures and more words in. Sometimes though, it can be hard to read so I add either a strip of paper, or just a rectangle of white underneath the text and adjust the opacity of the layer (at the top of the layers panel) so it doesn’t completely obscure the photo beneath.

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And that’s it, a completed pocket page! Remember you can adjust the page to suit your style. This template comes with stitching to make it closer to the style of the physical products, but you might prefer a cleaner design. I changed it up by removing some of the embellishment, shadowing and using more neutral colours. Which do you prefer?

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I hope that’s inspired you to give digital pockets a go. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the forums! We also have a pocket scrapbooking section in the gallery where you can head for inspiration.


JudeAbout the Author: Jude Toone is part of the Creative Team at The Digital Press. She lives in the UK with her husband and two fantastic girls. She’s loves travelling and would be off in her campervan every weekend if she could get away with it and loves time spent exploring new places and trying new experiences – and photographing them! She also spends too much time on the computer and doesn’t go running as often as she says she’s going to.