9 Tips from an AdoramaPix Newbie

CREDITS: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; Font: The Sidekick.

I made my first book at Adoramapix recently. The end result was a stunning lay-flat book, and a list of 9 tips for a better photobook building experience for us all.

1) Don’t click OK while your pages are still uploading. It interrupts the process and sometimes results in multiple copies of the same files uploading. Wait until you get the ALL DONE message and button. If it says PROCESSING, it really is still processing. 😉 (Yes, I do learn things the hard way!)

2) SAVE OFTEN! This was probably a browser (or, ahem, user) issue, but in Safari, I accidentally swiped the track pad while working on my book. It sent me back a page without the option to go forward again. I ended up losing my work (TWICE!). So, as with any project, save often!

3) The upload process took a long time, so I ended up resizing my layouts down to the book size I was printing. They uploaded much quicker this way, so the time I spent resizing was well worth it. I resized to 8.25 wide for single pages and 8.25 tall for double pagers. I actually do adjust all my pages for bleed as well, but that’s another post!

4) As I began dragging my pages onto the AdoramaPix interface, I had to choose Fit Spread vs Fill Spread.

I wasn’t sure what the difference was, so I did a test. I imported an 8.5×11 page and tried to place it on a square book. Here’s what I learned. FIT will size it so that the longest side goes edge to edge, with extra paper on the other two sides.

Fill will enlarge the page to fit all sides, cropping any extra layout off.

One would think that there wouldn’t be any difference between the two when using a square page on a square book, but I did see a slight difference. So, I was sure to choose FILL TO PAGE for single page layouts or FILL TO SPREAD for double page layouts to ensure the entire bleed area gets filled.

4) I had originally planned all my pages thinking that Page 1 would fall on the right, like a traditionally-bound photobook. But after I got started, I realized Adorama pages start with a left-side page of a two-page spread. So, I had to make some adjustments and move some of my single page layouts around to make sure the double-pagers stayed together. To rearrange pages, it’s as simple as dragging and dropping the thumbnails beneath the workspace.

To swap a left and right page on a spread, use Mirror Spread.

6) If you want to replace one image for another, just drag it from the photo bin over the old image and it will auto-resize to fill the page/spread.

7) You can make a copy of an existing book, so if you create one book with tons of pages, make a copy first. Then, you won’t have to click resize to fit on every page. Just drag and drop the new pages on top of the old pages and they auto fill the entire page. You can also create a copy of the book in a different size as long as it’s the same aspect ratio (ie. 12×12 to 8×8.)

8) Photos will load in alphabetical order, so name your files in by the order you want to place them to make it easier. If you add more photos later, they will appear at the end of the list. You can always hover your mouse over the image to see the filename. You can also show the names permanently by clicking VIEW OPTIONS and turning that feature on. You can also opt to show the used photos (which appear with a check mark) or hide them (when the option is off).

9) If you ever have any trouble and need to get out of the interface without saving, click FILE>EXIT. It will back you out so you can revert any unsaved changes and go back in. This saved me a lot of time in several cases where I had imported duplicate images and lost track of what I was doing! Click BOOKS and COMPLETE BOOK to get back in.

So those are 9 discoveries I made during my AdoramaPix adventure. Do you have any tips? Leave them in the comments!

Star Quality

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I’m happy to be welcoming back Angie from Down This Road Designs to The Digi Files this month. Angie has a very versatile design style that can fit any mood or taste and she really rocks the themed kits. I love the bold graphic patterns, mixed media, and shabbiness that can be found in her designs. It was fun to visit with Angie about her designs, her life with her family, and where so much of her inspiration comes from; including her contribution this month. You can listen to it below (on the site), Download
here (right click, select “save as”) or Subscribe in iTunes Join in the discussion after listening to the show, in the comments of the show post.

Let’s take a closer look at “Star Quality” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Down This Road Designs’ contribution:



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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: ALF Font, Baron Kuffner.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Jen. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Template 336 (heavily altered) by Yin; Fonts: Simply Gorgeous, The Skinniness and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; A Piece of Me template by Scrapping With Liz.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

I’m Angie of Down This Road Designs. I live in Sandy, Utah with my husband of 17 years and my 2 children. I love being creative with paper, scissors, paint, and anything that has do be done with my hands. I like to read, take photos, and spend time with my family. I love to preserve my families memories too.

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My kids were involved in their middle school musical production this year and I helped out with the program design for the production too. A lot of parents wanted shout outs included in the program. For my personal purposes of a shout out I knew that a 12×12 canvas would be much better to express my thoughts about my kids and their star quality than the tiny little space that was provided in the program. I just wanted them to know how proud I was of them and no matter what they do or are involved in I am their biggest fan.


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CREDITS: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs



started

I started paper scrapping in 1997 after going on my honeymoon to Disney World. I had so many fun memories and photos that I wanted to have them all in one place. I stumbled upon digital scrapping in 2005 while looking for clip art and fonts for my paper scrapping. As I learned more about what digital scrapbooking was….I was very excited about how it all worked and in no time I was hooked. I started designing in 2009 by just playing around and creating random elements. I continued to learn photoshop and play around with papers and elements. I opened my first shop in June of 2009 and have been designing ever since.

inspired

EVERYTHING. Mostly the things my kids are involved with, their activities, their like and dislikes and just the everyday things we do.

tools

Computer: I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and ACDsee. I just got a LaCie Cloudbox due to Steph’s recommendation during the Digi Show. It is pretty awesome!!

Camera: I have a Nikon D80.

Anything Else: No

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I do not know if I have any new and fabulous tips to share, but I would die without ctrl+z and copy and paste.

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I love this kit!!! My daughter has a yellow Cruiser and I have some fun photos of her on it!! I just wanted to create a kit that would help me capture a moment like an ordinary day bike ride. Life is an exciting adventure even if all you did today was take a bike ride or a walk or have lunch with a friend. I think the little moments are what I cherish most and I wanted to capture that in a kit.


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My family has always had the tradition of new Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve. I think a lot of people do the same. I created the kit with colors that I have seen incorporated into Christmas themed pajamas or winter themed pajamas. I think that the tradition is fun and the elements and colors capture that magical anticipation of Christmas Eve.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Down This Road Designs:




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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Down This Road Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Down This Road Designs’ store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Down This Road Designs

The following layouts were created using “Star Quality” by Down This Road Designs and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Template by PrelestnayaP; Font: Mountains of Christmas.

Layout by Megan. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs.

Layout by Larell. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Font: FO Journal Away.

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs.


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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: ALF Font, Baron Kuffner.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Jen. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs;
Template 336 (heavily altered) by Yin; Fonts: Simply Gorgeous, The
Skinniness and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Star Quality by Down This Road Designs; A Piece of Me template by Scrapping With Liz.

Happy Easter (and a few ideas for you)

Supplies are “Hop” by Gina Miller and Jacque Larsen at The Lily Pad

HAPPY EASTER to all of our dear members, readers, and listeners!! We are taking today off to spend time with our families, but I thought I would leave you with some great information to help you get good Easter photos and scrap them later!

  • Janet’s post yesterday, “Photos for Easter” will give you a list of photos to be sure you take today, as well as tips for getting them!

Have a GREAT day! We will be back tomorrow with another reveal from The Digi Files!

Photos for Easter

It’s almost time for Easter and that means it’s time for fun pictures of kids, spring, eggs, church, pretty dresses, and more!

As I did some searching for Easter photo ideas, it was all about the babies! Now I love babies as much as the next person (I’ve had six!) but I was coming up short in looking for ideas for other kinds of Easter pictures.

So in an effort to give you all some ideas, I did a little searching through my photos to get some ideas for you.

These are all from 2013, but I would say that they are representative of the moments I try to capture each year.

A few other tips:

  • Always try various angles when you are shooting (this is true for any photo taking!) By looking at the same situation from various angles, a fuller story is told.
  • Take action photos! While pictures of everyone standing and looking pretty are great, there is something wonderful about seeing the day in action. Kids running, hunting for eggs, getting messy with chocolate…it’s the REAL that is magical.
  • Be in some of the pictures. Holidays are about family as much as they are about the day itself. Make sure to pop in a few of the photos.


What about you? Do you have any other must-have photos for Easter?


And in case you want to know how much of that Easter candy you can eat, check out this post on what 100 calories looks like. Maybe I won’t be nibbling on too much of that candy….

It’s A Good Friday

Fridays are full of digi goodness, and today is no exception! Here’s what we’ve found for you this week…

Bella Gypsy:

Chelle’s Creations:

Cilenia Curtis:

Clever Monkey Designs:

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Darcy Baldwin:

Down This Road Designs:

Erica Zane:

A digital scrapbooking kit by Erica Zane at SSD, Goodbye Winter,
Hello Spring was created to celebrate Spring and wonderfully snow free
days!

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Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre:

Jenn Labre has two new kits this week!

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Just Jaimee:

Kimeric Kreations:

She’s a Tomboy, New from Kimeric Kreations

Kristin Aagard:

Libby Pritchett:

Are you gearing up to scrap your weekend’s Easter activities? 14
Carrot by Libby Pritchett has an unexpected Easter palette that can also
be used for a variety of events other than the appearance of the
beloved Bunny.

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Meredith Cardall:

mleCard:

Pink Reptile Designs:

Quirky Twerp:

River Rose (retired):

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady

It’s time for a shift in memories with Katie’s new Shifted template
pack. Like all new releases, it’s available for 30% off for a limited
time and don’t forget that you can use your exclusive coupon from the
Daily Digi Scrapbook Lady feature this month!

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Snips and Snails Designs:

Southern Serenity Designs:

Angelclaud Artroom:

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

Studio Sherwood:

SuzyQ Scraps (Retired)

Studio Rosey Posey:

Studio ViVa Artistry:

Sugary Fancy:

Tracy Martin Designs

Vinnie Pearce

Memory Clips: Simply You

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I was super excited when I discovered Ramona and Memory Clips! I LOVE her templates and her digital product designs as well. She has a retro style that includes a modern twist in patterns. I love that her kits always included GREAT word art and type design and usually a pennant of some kind too. Let’s take a closer look at “Simply You” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Memory Clips’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips; Punched Out Templates by Laura Passage; Simply by Ramona Brown; Font: Things We Said, The Only Exception.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Brandon Printed.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips; Scrap Canvas Broken Column (template) by The Queen of Quirk.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

My name is Ramona and I am a busy mom of six, married to my best friend and enjoying life in Northern Utah! I love graphic design and blogging and encouraging people to tell their personal stories! I believe that the best stories on earth are the ones we live each day and scrapbooking allows them to save those little moments for generations to come!

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layout

I love a mixture of project life style scrapping with my own take on it! I am drawn to a very clean look of columns. It reminds me of magazine articles so I often scrap in that similar way! Also, when I create my yearly albums, I like to have a page for each month that gives the basic details at a glance! This layout is for September of 2013! I used the set of calendar quick pages that I created for 2013, so that I only had to pop in photos and write out the dates! It’s quick and easy but also gives me the highlights so I can fill in the rest of the events with more fully scrapped layouts!


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Supplies: Scrap Your Story: 2013 Calendar QuickPages by Memory Clips.



started

I started paper scrapping in highschool (which was the 80’s!) I still have notebooks I used where I cut and pasted pictures from cards or wrapping paper and photos and then my own handwriting of the different events. They are a bit cheesy but I cherish them anyway! When I had my first baby in 1997, I used my old baby book as a template and created my first full scrapbook for my son! I still used wrapping paper and stickers and cards from my shower. I continued to scrap, using actual paper supplies as my older children were born and growing. It was my favorite past time! By the time my 5th baby came along, though, I was behind and tired of dragging out all those supplies, just to do a page or so! I was active on a pregnancy forum and started making siggies and decided to expand that to scrapbooking. By 2008, I bought the full photoshop CS3 version and jumped into designing! I wanted to create the things I would scrap with and have been designing ever since!

inspired

I am inspired by the day to day life events that I want to scrap! At the core, I design the things I want to scrap with myself. I also love to create kits and products that my team asks for. I figure that if I want it or my team wants it, there will be others out there wanting it as well!

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Computer: I started on a PC and made the switch to a MAC last February. I LOVE it and could never go back! I design and scrap on a desktop instead of a laptop because I like my big screen and having a desk to work on with my tablet and scanner! I will even pack it up and take it with me to scrap nights!

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS6.

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel xsi, but truthfully, I mostly use my iphone! It is always with me and I love Instagram!

Anything Else: I use a Bamboo Intuos tablet and LOVE it! I love gadgets and try to find every excuse I can to get new toys!

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Write down your stories! Just like Annie sang that “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”, I don’t think a layout is ever fully complete without journaling! Especially if you are making pages to record memories for your family, the photos only tell half the story! I am passionate about writing your memories or thoughts at that moment!

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I love this kit because I hate housework and I know I’m the constant disappointment (in this area) to my poor mother! I was raised in a home where she even cleaned the floor boards once a week! So this kit was a mixture to remember my mother and grandmother and their love of being a classic housewife, combined with my distaste for cleaning!


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This is by far one of my most popular kits! The story behind this kit is kind of fun! My oldest son was going to his first formal date and the theme was Gastby! It was the spring of 2013, right after the movie came out. The group of kids who went on the date, also did a photo shoot on an old railroad. I wanted the perfect kit to scrap those photos! It was also close to Father’s Day so I wanted colors that would be neutral and “manly”! I was not expecting it to be loved by so many! I think that the vintage feel is appealing because it is great for family history layouts.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Ramona:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Ramona’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save $3 off any purchase of $8 or more with coupon code: mc_memories (expires May 1, 2014).



Go have a look in Ramona’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Memory Clips

The following layouts were created using “Simply You” by MemoryClips and included in The Digi Files during April, 2014:

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips; Font: CK Maternal.

Layout by Valerie. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Simply You by Memory Clips; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Love Ya Like a Sister.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Simply You by MemoryClips; Punched
Out Templates by Laura Passage; Simply by Ramona Brown; Font: Things We
Said, The Only Exception.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Simply You by MemoryClips.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Simply You by MemoryClips; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Brandon Printed.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Simply You by MemoryClips.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Simply You by MemoryClips; Scrap Canvas Broken Column (template) by The Queen of Quirk.

Reinventing a Past Page Design

When a page design works for me, it comes together really quickly. So, it made me think that if I like a page design so much, why not repeat it, maybe with a slightly different spin?

Scraplift Yourself

With that idea in mind, I tried scraplifting myself! It’s surprisingly fun.

When I made the page above, I had a handful of iPhone photos to include. I decided to make them into a grid, featuring “cut out windows” and layered papers with a few clusters here and there. It was a simple and effective way of capturing a fun memory.

To scraplift the page, I flipped the design horizontally and skewed the window boxes on a slight angle. Then I added a few more clusters and a big title. For this page, I went into my photo archives and found a cute one of my daughter when she was a baby.

So, now I have a past and a present page made with the same basic design ideas and some great memories captured.

Take Two with a Template

I do a lot of my pages using templates — they are a busy scrapbooker’s best friend! To do a double-take page, you don’t have to get very fancy!

Here’s a page I did using a template that I just loved:

Since I was so happy with how that page turned out, I went ahead and used the exact same template, with a dramatically different kit. I love this page just as much as the first one I did with the template!

Have you ever scraplifted yourself or used the same template on several pages? Is it something you would try?