Love My Boy

I never dreamed of having boys. Girls were my heart’s desire and when I found out my second child was going to be a boy, I really didn’t know what to think. Two years later, when baby #3 was also a boy, and I was flabbergasted. Boys? What would I do with them? Thankfully, seven years taught me a lot and by the time we found out baby #6 was going to be a boy, I was THRILLED. Boys? LOVE ‘EM. I can’t imagine my life without my loud, crazy, dirty, and sweeter than anything little men. This kit is in their honor. Let’s hear it for the boys who have our hearts!

I was working on this layout as we were traveling in the car. Now that I’m on the cloud, I’ve discovered that I can’t just drag and drop photos from my photos to the desktop on my Mac. I made a place saver for my picture and just worked from that. I placed the image number right on top of the photo spot so I would remember when I got home which photo I wanted to use. The soccer ball in this kit inspired me and I was excited to see that when I typed the word soccer in the search box, all the soccer pictures showed up.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Love My Boy by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Funktastic.

The accompanying photo I had to go with this photo of my son reading, didn’t match nicely with the kit because of the all the Christmas colors in the background, so I changed it to B&W. That helped keep it from detracting from my main photo. I worked on several different arrangements on this layout and wasn’t really happy until I thought of the idea of adding the title “books” to the word art on the wall in my son’s room. It finally tied it all together and I could still use the cluster of little elements on the bottom left.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Love My Boy by THE DAILY DIGI.

My sons did a lot of activities together since they are so close in age – so I will keep the group photo in the center and just change out the detail photos. I don’t do many duplicate albums – usually just a family album but they do have a few separate ones for their “activities” – scouts, swimming and music. I started these albums as traditional paper – but I don’t mind adding some digi layouts to fill in some of the holes in theses albums.

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Love My Boy by THE DAILY DIGI.

I wanted to use this frame larger than it came in the kit. The general rule of thumb is that you can enlarge elements up to 200% and have it still look okay when printed. If you plan on printing smaller than you scrap, you can get away with even more. So I bumped the frame up to fit my mat and never broke a sweat!

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Love My Boy by THE DAILY DIGI.

I am usually a big fan of journaling and really telling the story. But for this page, the simple layout DOES tell the story. I LOVE MY BOY. That’s it. End of story. Sometimes, less really is more.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Love My Boy by THE DAILY DIGI.

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I’m So Social

Sometimes, you just have to have some fun! And that’s what this kit does. I’m So Social is full of spunky and happy colors and patterns, all just ready and waiting for you to scrap about your oh-so-social life. Social media icons, device elements, and peppy colors are waiting for you!

I was looking for another little element to put in my cluster and I thought the Skype symbol would be fun so the S could stand for Sharon. When I got it into my layout, I thought maybe someone else would think I was a big fan of Skype so I decided to eliminate the little cloud. First I selected the S and clicked on the heart layer and clicked Layer/New Layer via copy and dragged the S up on top. Then I selected the black areas and repeated the process with a black element from the kit. Finally, I used the clone tool to get rid of the white shadows that were still showing. There’s probably an easier way, but I got the job done.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
So Social by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Sharon.

This kit is just perfect! My daughter used my cell phone this summer and it’s loaded with silly selfies using all these creative apps. Now I have a good excuse to get them off my phone and scrap the fun memories! To balance out the color on some of the elements and word art, I used the Eye Dropper tool and the Paint Bucket and changed the colors to give me those “triangles of color.” To make the short journaling piece a little clearer to read, I used the Dodge Tool to lighten the speech boxes in the background.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
So Social by THE DAILY DIGI.

I used the speech boxes as journaling and to use the fun text acronyms and social icons. To make the text fit in the bubble shape I created a work path from the shape. To do this you Command-Click (Control-Click on a PC) on the layer picture in the layers palette, marching ants will show up around your shape. Change to the Paths palette and choose ‘Make Work Path’. Once the path is created type T for the type tool, and click inside the path, then your text will be bound to the shape.

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
So Social by THE DAILY DIGI.

I struggled with the design of this layout. Once I was happy with the title and journaling placement, the layout felt lopsided. So I ended up duplicating the ribbon and using the opposite end of it, placing it with a few cute buttons and positioned it opposite the title. This helped to balance everything out and I was finally able to call this one done.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
So Social by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Rustic Bike Ride

The air is fresh, the trees are budding, and it’s time to get outside. This kit, full of warm, inviting colors, beckons us to hop on that cute little bike and meander through the country. Or at least that’s what I think of 😉
Rustic Bike Ride is full of rich texture and bold, but elegant patterns, making it perfect for scrapping many different subjects. Let’s get out in the fresh air and make some memories!

Not really a tip but an observation, does that work? I’ve noticed that my scrapbooking style has changed as my style in photography has changed. A few years ago I stopped lugging my DSLR everywhere and now rely on my iPhone for all my photos. I love the iPhone photos as much as my ‘fancy’ camera photos, but instead of them being landscape they are all mostly portrait orientation now, which has changed my scrapbooking style. I don’t think one is better or worse (the photos or the scrapbooking pages), it’s just something I’ve noticed lately, to remind myself to take landscape photos as well.

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Rustic Bike Ride by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Janet Phillips.

My daughter took these pics on her phone and although the kit is loaded with beautiful papers, I kept the background simple to keep the focus on her photos. The word art and elements frame her photos to keep them the center focus of the layout.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Rustic Bike Ride by THE DAILY DIGI.

I took the papers across the cut for this layout and wanted my shadows to go across evenly. As I added the strips of paper, I merged them and then added the shadows. This wouldn’t have been as easy with the strip of pictures so I used my rectangular marquee tool to make a rectangle the same size as the strip of pictures. I didn’t want to merge the pictures because it could happen that I’d want to use one of the pictures in a different way. I added the shadow to that layer and that gave the shadow I wanted.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Rustic Bike Ride by THE DAILY DIGI.

My middle daughter is growing up far too fast for my liking. She’s more of a woman than a little girl and I wanted my page to reflect that. I chose simple and elegant to frame this photo of my not-so-little girl.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Rustic Bike Ride by THE DAILY DIGI.

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May Flowers

It’s that time of year…when everyone is DONE with winter and waiting for the beauty of the spring months. Spring came early here in N.C., but we’re only just beginning. This sweet kit, inspired by warm spring days and lawn picnics and looking for bugs, is perfect for all your spring photos!

The striped paper had black stripes that I found to be a little distracting so I used the magic wand to select the aqua color. After I had the marching ants, I pressed command/c and then command/v and moved the little piece over the black stripe. I pressed command/v again and covered the other black stripe.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
May Flowers by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Sharon

Yellow is one of my favorite colors and I love all the flowery papers in this kit. To give the yellow a little extra “punch,” I placed the black and white polka dot underneath it. Behind the journaling, I used the Dodge tool to lighten the yellow flowers a bit so that it’d be easier to read the text.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
May Flowers by THE DAILY DIGI.

Using fun patterned papers (like the polka dot and yellow ones on the page above) are a great way to spruce up a solid paper background without overpowering everything. Your eye can’t help but be drawn to the fun zig zags!

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
May Flowers by THE DAILY DIGI.

Our kids spend a lot of time outside, playing in the dirt, in the woods, and on hikes as a family. It’s messy, but it’s fun! For this page, I decided that a straight edge paper felt too formal for photos of my children’s’ dirt adventures. Using an imperfect edge allowed the page to stay symmetrical and orderly, but make it not seem so clean or perfect.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
May Flowers by THE DAILY DIGI.

I had the hardest time with this layout! I had a patterned or darker solid in the background, and it seemed “too much.” I changed it to white, and it “wasn’t enough.” And so, like Goldilocks, I found my “just right”…I added a darker color to just the edge.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
May Flowers by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Storyteller

We all have our stories to tell and we are all on different pages and chapters. But we do have a story worth telling, and that is what our first kit, Storyteller, is all about. A simple color palette lets the story jump off the page. Don’t wait…start telling your story today.

These photos are from my daughter’s SnapChat that my other daughter screen shot. She’s on the other side of the world going to college and I love getting a little peek into her study space and what she considers important. I’m normally not a fan of kits with few colors but this one works nicely because of the busy papers. Keeping it more monochromatic with just a little color keeps it from becoming overwhelmingly busy. The heart is taken from a background paper using the Magic Select tool and then using the Select pull down menu, choose Modify>Expand. I used 10 pixels to grab enough of the surrounding green. What was on paper now is a cute little element.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Storyteller by THE DAILY DIGI.

The red shoes in the background of my focal point picture were very distracting so I got rid of them! Using my clone tool, I held down the option key and clicked nearby in the picture to select some background to overlay over the offending shoes. I’ve found that you have to click several times to keep the brush looking natural. I think this technique works best on backgrounds that are already quite variegated, like the grass in this picture.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Storyteller by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Smiley Monster.

I loved the monochromatic style of this kit for this heritage photo. It is modern and classic all at the same time!

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Storyteller by THE DAILY DIGI.

I had fun finding and old picture of me to place alongside a more recent one. Sometimes, when telling our stories, it really helps to pull photos across years or generations. Though most of my pages are still chronological, it’s still fun to scrap outside of those timeframes by combining old and new photos.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Storyteller by THE DAILY DIGI.

It’s easy to think that it is the big moments are the ones that define us. That can certainly be true, but more often than not, our stories are being told during the everyday, seemingly insignificant moments. It has always been my desire to use my camera to capture all the little moments that make life so big.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Storyteller by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Sweet Baby Love

There is nothing in the world quite like a sweet new baby. They enter the world and steal our hearts. They are soft and sweet and there is nothing to do but love them! This kit is to celebrate that sweet someone in your life and the chronicle their growth, both in body and in your heart.
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I used the grid feature in Photoshop Elements to space my pictures for this layout. To use it, go to View/Grid and it will show 1/4 inch lines throughout your layout. I find it too distracting to keep on all the time, but it’s great for lining up pictures like I did in this layout.

Janet’s note: Yep, such a great feature! Also, you can use the align tools to make sure things are straight. Check out this video tutorial on
Using the Align Tool In Photoshop Elements.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Sweet Baby Love by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Pea Hollee.

Love how the digital age allows us to stay connected! These are pictures of my newest niece from Central America – yet I feel as if she just lives just a little down the road. Of course photos from FB are compressed, but using templates with smaller photo spots helps reduce the issue. I love having this page as a part of our 2016 story.

Janet’s note: So precious! And with photos (from both phones and “real” cameras) getting better, even printing from web-sized photos is a real option!

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Sweet Baby Love by THE DAILY DIGI.

I love pretty papers. So, when I create layouts, I always look for ways to incorporate lots of them. Layering them, and using different shapes and sizes are great ways to let your pretty papers come alive.

Janet’s note: Scrapping with patterned paper can be tricky, and yet the papers are always what draws to a kit. Sula does such a great job with papers! Check out this post from Steph on
Using Patterned Paper in Your Scrapbook Layouts.

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
Sweet Baby Love by THE DAILY DIGI.

This was a tough page to scrap, but sometimes it’s just the therapy necessary. So often we put our good memories down, but not the bad. It’s important to remember our heartaches as well… then we can be even more thankful for the rainbows or sun breaks.

Janet’s note: I love that Bethany realizes how important the hard times in our lives are to scrap. Life isn’t all “unicorns and sprinkles.” To read more, see Katie’s post,
How to Scrap When Life Isn’t Picture Perfect.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Sweet Baby Love by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Amy Martin; Font – DJB ClyleRun.

Although these photos are of my sweet baby (who is now already five—whahh!), I wanted to make sure it was clear that this page was about relationship. I left just enough of my older daughter’s face to show the sweet intimacy between the two.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Sweet Baby Love by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Weekend Hours

We live in a time where we feel the need to go, go, go. And then Friday rolls around and all we can think about is a leaisurely day of sipping coffee, listing to some tunes, and checking out with a good book in front of the fire. This kit is to celebrate weekend hours and the cuddles and coziness they offer.
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This kit included a pink heart embellishment but not an aqua one. Aqua was better with my little stack of embellishments so I attached the aqua paper to the heart and added some style. I added a bevel, and then two styles by Mommyish to make it glittery and shiny.

Janet’s note: Having glitter styles in my “digi toolbox” has been awesome! It’s easy to thing of things like layer styles as only being for designers, but the truth is, those CU products are great for the scrapper as well!

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI. Scallops by Linda Tieu; Fonts: SMD Letterwriter, Ribeye, Seriously.

I loved the alpha, but had a rather wordy title that would have taken up way too much space on the page if I had used each alpha bit as it’s own separate element. So, I nudged the letters of each word together, cut off the extra white space so they would “fit”, and then merged them together to create their own separate word.

Janet’s note: What a cool idea! Alphas to Wordart…brilliant!

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Scrapping with Liz.

Janet’s note: Sometimes the most ordinary days of “doing nothing” turn out to be something special. I love that Trina took the time to record a simple little moment. As I often say, it’s the little moments that make life big!

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI.

One of the things I am trying to improve on is scrapping the people in our life that aren’t part of our family. It’s easy to simply focus on my kids and our family activities, but I want to remember all the other amazing people in our lives. My sweet niece is just too cute not to scrap. I want to remember her like this forever!

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI.

The template I used (one of my own) had a border around the edge. I clipped a paper too it, but it just seemed to be too much. It overpowered the layout. Once I removed it, though, I felt the page was lacking something. So, I put the border back and then played with the blending mode until I found the right balance between “too much” and “not enough.”

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI.

My new kitchen demo was a riot of colors… I think that converting the photos to black and white really allowed the story to come through without all the other distractions!

Janet’s note: First, so jealous of a kitchen reno! Second, Luly made a great decision to use black and white for this page. It keeps the focus on the overall story rather than the individual photos. Check out 5 Reasons to Choose Black and White Photos for more ideas on when to use B&W photos.

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Weekend Hours by THE DAILY DIGI. Template (retired) by Gennifer Bursett.

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Little Mr. Handsome

Little boys have a way of worming their way into our affections and never letting go. These sweet balls of energy are loud and fun and oh so handsome! This kit is to celebrate the little me in our lives and how they have totally captured our hearts!
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These pictures are not the best quality but I am certain that when Lukas looks through his scrapbook, he’s not going to question why the photos are a little grainy. It proves once again that the best camera is the one you have with you. I was babysitting Lukas because he was sick and I sure didn’t want to push my luck by bringing my big camera. When he started being all cute, I just started snapping pictures with my phone.

Janet’s note: I couldn’t have said it better. Sharon is so right…the memories are far more important than the quality of the camera or photos. I found this out in a painful (not literally, but in my heart!) lesson. Read about it in the post,
When You Don’t Have Your Big Camera.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Little Mr. Handsome by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Pea Picky Panda, Pea Ramona.

I don’t have a little boy anymore, but this kit still works for young adults. My son spent one year growing out his hair so he could put it in a bun himself. Once he accomplished his goal, he chopped it off. I loved his long hair, but wasn’t a big fan of the bun. His sisters definitely love the short hair! He was a great sport to let them play around before and after he went to the hairdresser.

Janet’s note: There is no one better about scrapping teens than Jacki. She has been such a HUGE source of inspiration to me as my kids move into the tween and teen years. A while back, I asked Jacki to let me interview her about how she goes about recording this special times when many kids start to resist. Check it out:
Interview With Jacki Pt. 1 and Interview with Jacki Pt. 2.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Little Mr. Handsome by THE DAILY DIGI. Scissors by Chelle’s Creations; Leaves by Kristin CB.

Janet’s note: I love so much about this layout. First, I love the use of patterned paper without letting it overpower the page. Second, I love the use of circles on the right, especially with the circular photo. His round little face looks just perfect in this shape! Finally, I adore the little handprints!

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Little Mr. Handsome by THE DAILY DIGI.

It’s increasingly difficult to get pictures of my kids, but that doesn’t mean I want to stop scrapping about them. So when I see a kit that tickles a memory, I’m creating a photo-less layout. I snuck a couple hidden references in this page that may not stand out to others, but have a lot of meaning to me. These types of pages will be interspersed with my monthly overview layouts that I’m doing this year.

Janet’s note: I love that Wendy isn’t letting a little resistence get in the way of recording memories. Although Jacki has found ways to keep her kids in the photos, sometimes it just isn’t possible (for various reasons). Don’t let that stop you from keeping the memory, though! Back in 2009, I wrote a post called,
When You Don’t Have a Photo. Check it out!

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Little Mr. Handsome by THE DAILY DIGI.

I teach kids with disabilities and they have been taking multiplication time tests since the beginning of the school year. Right before Christmas, the first kids finished their twelves, which was a big cause for celebration! When they started their division time tests, I realized that I did not have an award for them as they passed each level. So I turned to my digital scrapbooking materials and made an award. The numbers paper in this kit was perfect as a starter and I learned that to make a division sign you hold down the Option key and press / (backslash) on a Mac. As you can see, I made it giant so it would be part of the award.

Janet’s note: I love this…for so many reasons! But the division sign snuck in? Brilliant! Sometimes we don’t notice the obvious (like I didn’t notice the the space between “Fed” and “Ex” on the FedEx logo makes an arrow!)

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Little Mr. Handsome by THE DAILY DIGI. Fonts: Cafe Rojo, CK Painterly.

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Winter Blues

Although it is easy at this time of year to start longing for the warmth and green of spring, there are lessons to be learned from our “winter blues.” This kid is full of luscious warm patterns and textures. You are sure to feel your blues lifting with this beautiful kit.
Check it out!

Tip:To give the background a chilly but light and airy look, I used two different background papers and a snowflake overlay. I reduced the opacity of the trees and erased a bit around the edges to bring in more of the green of the background paper. Some of the snowflakes (from both the background paper and overlay) were distracting to the icicle border (top) and title, so using the Clone tool, I “erased” them by cloning empty areas of the background paper over the snowflakes making them “disappear.”

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

I love the different brushed elements included with this kit. Most of them I used on the background (as would be realistically the case on any paper layout). But I loved the effect the brushed star has (behind the flower cluster) after I added a shadow with it. Just play around with your brushes and see if you can use them in more ways than simply as a backdrop.

Janet’s note: I love the layered on this layout by Sula. She used many different papers and lots of elements, but the page still looks clean and intentional. I love it!

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

The little banner for the title wasn’t standing out enough so I selected it by clicking the thumbnail and command at the same time. This gave me the “marching ants”. Then I clicked Select/Modify/Expand and expanded the selection by 5 pixels. I then clicked on the dark blue paper in my layers panel and clicked Layer/New Layer via copy. I dragged this new layer right under my banner and this gave it a little border.

Janet’s note: Adding a border like Sharon did is often the tiny thing that takes a layout from good to great. I use the trick all the time. In fact, after all these years, it is
My Most Used Scrapping Trick.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

My photo had a slight yellowish tinge to it from the morning sun. To make it match the cool blues of the kit, I added a layer on top, filled it with blue, set it to hue and clipped it to the photo layer. It’s a subtle change, but the photo now matches the tone of the layout perfectly!

Janet’s note: Taking photos of snow can be tricky. What our brains know is white (and therefore tells our eyes), our camera just sees as it is, which, depending on the time of day can be anything from yellow to blue. Check out the post
Snow Isn’t Blue for another way to bring back the white.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI.

I had such a long title, that it didn’t look right to stand out on its own. So, I just made it a larger font than the rest of my journaling and put it at the very beginning. Works great as an attention-grabber!

Janet’s note: I totally agree. When I first looked at this layout by Bethany, and hadn’t yet read her tip, my first thought was…why are those words bigger. I instantly wanted to read what was written. Unexpected things are great ways to capture the viewers eye.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Winter Blues by THE DAILY DIGI. DoubleTime 8 (Template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.

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You & Me

Relationships are hopefully full of bright and happy and fun…and that’s what this kit is. Taking time to record our relationships with the people we love is important. Full of fun colors and patterns, this kit is sure to make you+me happy!
Check it out!

I typically have a lot of journaling on my page, but the word art in this kit spoke all I needed to say! Made for a little cleaner page in the end and the little flowers help tie in the confetti.

Janet’s note: Although
I am a huge fan of journaling, there are times when it just isn’t needed. Sometimes, like on Jacki’s page, less really is more.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
You & Me by THE DAILY DIGI.

I thought it would be fun to add our names right on top of the ampersand so I decided to try the text on a path tool. I drew a line following the curves of the ampersand. I shifted the little anchor points until I was pleased with the curves of the line. I learned that I needed to click near the middle of the line to enter my text.

Janet’s note: I remember back in the day when text on a path was just for the “cool kids” using Photoshop (as opposed to Photoshop Elements. I longed to use text on a path, but the $700 Photoshop price tag couldn’t be justified for pretty, swirling text. It wasn’t until PSE 10 was introduced that PSE users could finally wind their words around! It’s such a fun way to add interest to your page! Check out these posts for more information:
Text on a Path in Photoshop Elements, The Long and Winding Path Pt. 1, and The Long and Winding Path Pt. 2.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
You & Me by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Century.

My husband and I don’t seem to get many photos in together, so when we went on vacation we made it into a bit of a game – how many couples selfies could we get in the week stay? We ended up with some goofy pics, and some that I really love – so remember to get in the picture and not just take pictures of your family!

Janet’s note: Ah…Trina. You’re speaking my language! Check out my posts
In the Picture and Dad in the Picture to read my thoughts on this issue!

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
You & Me by THE DAILY DIGI.

I loved the vibrant colors of this kit – but of course they completely clashed with the clothing we were wearing – that is where black & white is your best friend! A few quick taps in RadLab (or even in native Photoshop Elements) can totally transform the look of your page. I added a few of the black splatters to better highlight the centerpiece photo and then used them as a clipping mask to bring some of the other colors into the center portion of the page.

Janet’s note: Black and white are awesome and work in so many situations. Check out my post,
5 Reasons to Choose Black and White for more ideas and inspiration!

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
You & Me by THE DAILY DIGI. Big Photos Template (January Storyteller) by Just Jaimee.

These photos were taken on an old iPod touch. The quality isn’t great, but I still love them. Although I love beautiful photos, I don’t want to neglect “not so perfect” images, especially if they tell as story. When using small photos, you have a number of options for how to best incorporate them onto a scrapbook page. For this page, I made them very small and then highlighted them against a minimal background. Check out these two posts by Heddy for more small photo ideas and inspiration:
Not Great Photos and Scrapbooking With Cell Phone Photos.

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
You & Me by THE DAILY DIGI.

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