Yin Designs Template 410 to 415

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It’s a joy to welcome back Yin of Simply Yin Designs!! I have been a long time user of Yin’s templates because I always love the end result pages I create when I start with Yin’s templates as a foundation! I was so excited to FINALLY chat live with Yin all the way in Singapore! Yin is such a delight and passionate memory keeper with a strong desire to help others document their lives. I got a lot of tips as I heard about her process, goals, and projects.You can
listen below (on the site) or
download here.

Let’s take a closer look at “Yin Templates 410 to 415” 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 Yin Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Yin Templates 410 to 415 by Yin Designs; Scenes by One Little Bird Designs; Fonts: Caviar Dreams, Calibri.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Yin Templates 410 to 415 by Yin Designs; Coconut Tree by Sara Gleason, Fonts: The Dirty Dame by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Yin Templates 410 to 415 by Yin Designs; Missing You by Tracy Martin Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Waltograph.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Yin Templates 410 to 415 by Yin Designs; Last Bell by Misty Cato.

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

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I’m Yin, of Yin Designs, and I am humbled and extremely honored to be on The Digi Files for the fourth time. Thank you to Steph and the team for welcoming me again!
My husband, myself and our two teenage sons live in always warm and sunny Singapore. The boys have inspired most of my memory keeping and if you follow my blog you will know that I’m in the stages of creative scrapbooking outside the box – finding ways to record our lives and memories with teenagers who run away from having their pictures taken! With one son living in hostel and soon to be drafted into the army (compulsory two year national service for all Singaporean boys), and the other close behind, I’m also in the throes of soon-to-be-empty-nesters, I’m not sure what form my scrapbooking will take then, but right now it is more precious and important than ever to me, to capture everything on my pages and layouts!

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Recently we celebrated our twentieth anniversary and I made a photobook to celebrate the occasion. It was such a trip! To look back and look forwards spanning photos from the time we met (we were fifteen!), were dating, got married, had babies, to now. How blessed and thankful we are!
As part of the book, I did a few pages that celebrated what defines us, one of which was a layout of us as Beach Bums. We have spent every June at some beach resort or other all our lives, and when the boys were younger, spent every public holiday at our local beach, now live within walking distance of the beach, and just plain love it, so this layout just about sums it all up.



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Credits: Beach word art by SuddenlyArtistic; Cottontail (paper) by Amy Wolff; {Beach Bums} Word Art by Creativity By Crystal.



started

We have a standing family joke where my husband insists that without him, none of this scrapbooking and Yin Designs will have been possible. Well it’s true that he was the one who pointed me to scrapbooking, by handing me a copy of Creating Keepsakes from our local library (this was 2005) saying, “I think you might be interested in this”. Boy little did he know! I was completely absorbed, started making layouts with whatever I can lay my hands on, but soon found digital layouts in CK that started me on Adobe Photoshop. I joined online communities, learnt whatever I could from photoshop application books, started making layouts! I even had a short stint as a kit designer, which was so exciting! But I gave that up as I wanted to focus on my own memory keeping.
That’s why when I started sharing my templates and Yin Designs, I promised myself that all the templates will be from layouts I have made for myself. I will always be a scrapbooker first, designer second 🙂

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Because all the templates are from my own layouts, ultimately it is our family photos, stories and pages that inspire me. Before I start every layout, I look at how many photos I have selected (always a lot, lol) for that page, whether it is a scene that should feel fun, formal, or grand, whether there is any photo that should be enlarged and be the central focus, and from these, a layout (or template) is born 🙂

tools

Computer: My Lenovo idea centre died last year and now I’m on a Toshiba LXb30 (with built in 24″ monitor) running on Windows 7 with 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB memory, which is great!! I keep my digital kits and supplies on separate external hard disk drives and plug them in when I’m working on layouts.



Program: My younger son is taking Art Elective program in school and last year he started me on Adobe Illustrator using a Bamboo tablet, so I’ve added that program to my trusty old Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Camera: I upgraded from iphone 4 to 5s late last year and I’m so pleased with the quality of my phone pictures, so for capturing daily memories and moments I use entirely my iphone! Our travel photos are mostly captured by my Dh using his Canon S90 for years and he too finally upgraded to…… (drumroll), the Canon S120 (can you tell he is a faithful sort of guy).

Anything Else: Nothing else, I’m quite low tech as they come 🙂

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Another of our standing joke is that the husband also thinks that the success of Yin Templates is due to the brilliance of the photos he takes that feature on our layouts. Well the truth is I process and adjust all the photos that end up on our layouts, shhh!
I have been wanting to learn how to do editing in adobe camera RAW and other more fancy presets & tools, but actually had been relying on simple tweaking in Adobe photoshop for years, so perhaps this can be called a tip.
The primary two ‘adjustment’ features I use all the time in Photoshop are the ‘Levels’ and the ‘Photo Filter’. By moving the three levers in ‘Levels’ I can brighten and sharpen a photo very quickly. I also apply the warming and cooling ‘photo filters’ as necessary if the photos were taken in lighting that were too flourescent or with too much of yellowish tinge. I love that they are not fancy but are very quick and easy to use!

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I can’t get over my Twentieth Anniversary album, so Templates 358 and 359 sets which are based on the layouts in that album are my current favorite products. It was a departure from my usual matted photo templates. I did not want a formal, serious anniversary album, and opted for a fun, happy sort of feel, since that seem to represent the sort of folks we are. It was also my first try at using Illustrator to make these doodled frames, I love the effect it had on the book!


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Since 2012 these sets of Bi-monthly (or Half Monthly) templates have been my most popular products. They are Yin Templates sets 290, 317, and 380, with a total assortment of 24 different layouts, each featuring 15 or 16 photos, making up a month of daily photos.
I have been using them for my own photos-a-day, helping me document each month and whole years (since 2012) easily and happily. You can read more of my process on my blog, but basically I take a picture on my phone, save them on one of the 365 apps. At the end of the month, open two of these templates, slot all the pictures in, add minimal embellishments, month in review journalling, and I’m done. It takes me about two nights a month. Judging by their popularity, I hope many others are feeling the same way about documenting their days!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Yin:


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


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