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I am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking! Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!
This time, I asked a few of the best scrappers in the digi community to scrap a journaling entry that I used on a page back in 2007. The only rule they had to follow was to include my original wording. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!
Enjoying life is something I strive for each day. I like to think I’m the type of person who appreciates and enjoys the little things around me, and I know that being a scrapbooker has reinforced that part of my personality. Whether I create a layout about a special event, a big vacation, or a simple or silly topic like crazy socks, I am taking the time to cement the memory and share it with others. Even more difficult experiences can be scrapped and somehow, that makes them more bearable. For me, the journaling is an extremely important component of preserving the memory. Real and authentic journaling helps me process what was memorable and enjoyable about each experience. It’s easier for me to find the good in things (and people) by taking the time to scrap and write about my memories.
I enjoy life and I love scrapbooking!
I’m in awe of Ronnie’s layout here with all the beautiful and artsy details. The doilies, butterflies, and word art are all just fantastic! This page feels like an art journal layout and it has such a fun mixture of ingredients.
Layout by Ronnie. Gallery Link. Supplies: Anna Aspnes – Art Play Palette Elegance, Art Word Play, Celebrate Word ART, Different Strokes, Doily Edge Overlays. Ali Edwards Memories Are Delightful Circle. Createwings Designs Now Showing Splatter. Katie Pertiet – GraphedNo3, In a Book No1, Letter Box Blendables No1. Britt Designs – Are We There. Connie Prince – Starpower (staple). Chelle Creations – Fall Semester. Captivated Visions – Captivated 2012 Feb, Yes You Can. Mye De Leon – The Best Time of the Year. Tracie Stroud – Love Me Tender. Word Art World – Words Life, Moments, Remember painted
I absolutely adore photos of flowers and the path in this picture makes a perfectly framed journaling space. Vicki did such a nice job with the text treatment on this layout – I love how it starts out big and gets smaller as it winds down the path.
Layout by Vicki. Gallery link. Supplies: Katie Pertiet-Spot Dot Flourish #1, Clipped Stacks #6 frames.
Lorelei always has such a creative flair for putting together fabulous pages and I really like the brushwork and splattered and worn look of this layout. That lady with the binoculars is just awesome!
Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Supplies: Studio Miki Ferkul Business as Usual, Studio Captivated Visions I Became Somebody Else, Studio Sissy Sparrows Anything Goes Paper Pack, Studio Tangie Extreme Journaling font.
What a fun idea to break up the long text into little sections all over the page. Super creative layout and fun clustering from Britanee!
Layout by Britanee Walker (britaneejean). Gallery link. Credits: Everyday Basics – Bundle II by Sugary Fancy, Dumbstruck Cuckoo by Little Green Frog Designs, Spring Script & Pea Kadee.
Kristen used dividing boxes on the page to showcase words and embellishments. This feels like a shadow frame of memories and it is so much fun!
Layout by Kristen. Gallery Link. Supplies: Kimeric Kreations Scrap Therapy collection. Digital Designs by Amber Morrison’s Clever Little Printer Tray Templates. Quirkytwerp Stitched Borders and Stitched Frames. Michelle Batton’s Chalked Edges and Artsy Edges. Font: Michelle Batton A lil bit Alana
This page was actually created in early 2007 and I used it as the basis for this challenge. I thought about redoing it, but then I decided that I’m ok with how it is. This page represents what my style was like at the time and the artsy paper makes for a colorful backdrop for my journaling.
Layout by Katie. Gallery Link. Supplies: Rhonna Farrer Organic Papers, CK printer font.
What style of page appeals to you? There’s no right or wrong answer, just a chance to explore different styles and play with creativity!
I love digital kits that are filled with all sorts of supplies and goodies to help me create a beautiful scrapbook layout. We are lucky in digiland to be able to have access to so many amazing kits with a wide variety of designs! This “Enjoy Life” kit by Cluster Queen Creations is just ONE of the MANY kits our members received this month as part of The Digi Files for an incredibly low price. I knew it would be a great example to use as a roundup of ideas and links to what you can do with the contents of a digi kit.
Solid papers are the backbone of scrapbooking and I always love to see several included in a digi kit because I know I will get a lot of use out of them. I’m a big fan of solid papers for backgrounds, especially when I will be journaling on the page. There are many ways to get the most out of solids:
- Stretching solids for digiscrapping
- Creating new looks with digi papers
- Getting the most from your kits
Patterned paper really brings a kit to life and adds creativity and flair to our layouts. I love a kit that includes some great patterned paper standbys such as stripes, chevrons, and dots. I often buy a kit because of one or two fabulous pieces of patterned paper with a unique design such as a floral or original doodles or patterns. Using these types of paper adds so much fun to the page!
- Using patterned paper in your layouts
- Chevron love
- Cut out words (look great with patterned papers in back)
Flowers are like frosting for me – cake is good on it’s own, but so much better with frosting! Flowers make me happy and I use them on all sorts of pages – even on boy layouts!
- Digi scrapping with flowers
- How-to guide for clustering elements
- Line it up – a fun way to use flowers
Steph says she uses fasteners on almost everything on her layouts so nothing will fall off – lol! No need to worry about your layers falling off of a digi page, but if you like the look of paper layouts, adding fasteners is one of the best ways to replicate that feeling. When you staple, stitch, and button down the pieces of your layout, you get some fun little details to enjoy.
Perfect for highlighting a special photo, or calling attention to journaling or a special design feature on the page. Frames are a digi scrapper’s best friend. How else can you add a fantastic frame to your masterpiece without adding any bulk?
Word art is my favorite way to add a quick page title or some special journaling inspiration. When a designer makes the words look beautiful, it makes it easy to add something special.
If you really want to make a word or title stand out, digital alphabets are a wonderful tool to use. It’s fun to get creative with mixing alphas and fonts, or even combining more than one alpha together.
There is such a wide range of fun little treats and goodies that are included in digital kits these days and there are so many creative ways to use all types of embellishments. I love using all of the pretty extras that designers include in their kits!
- Digital scrapbooking with ribbons
- The doily trend
- Pennants and banners
- Digi scrapping with clusters
- Scrapping with items that wouldn’t work IRL
- Digi scrapping with doodles
Be sure to take a good look through your digital kit files and think about all the ways you can use those fun supplies!
PS. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Dolores, who has won $10 to Cluster Queen Creations. Thanks for commenting!
Just Jaimee January Storyteller kit and Eye Candy Washi Tape. Typewriter Scribbled font.
One of the easiest embellishments to use on a digital layout is a piece of digi tape. I love the look of Washi tape and it makes me so happy that I can pull a piece out of a computer folder any time I want to add some fun to a page. Unlike a physical roll of tape, I will never run out of tape in my digi stash! With so much tape love going on in the digi world right now, my guess is that you have some sitting on your hard drive right now. (hint, hint, there are plenty of pieces included in this month’s Digi Files!)
I love to use tape on my pages and I have found that they need very little shadowing. There have been times when I haven’t added any shadow at all, but I generally like to use the vellum shadow found in Traci Stroud’s shadow styles to get a subtle taped on look. I also highly recommend checking out Peppermint Granberg’s of One Little Bird Designs fantastic tutorial on her blog about making digital tape look more realistic. Once you have these simple little tricks up your sleeve, it’s just a matter of adding the tape to your layout. As always, the team here at The Daily Digi has some great tips and ideas to share:
This great layout by team member Van that consists of just washi tape and text.
CREDITS:Splendid Fiins (Wishy Washy – At the Office, Sew Crafty – messy stitches vol 1); Design by Dani (Boy Crazy Complete Kit).
Another layout from Van where the digital washi served as a subtle backdrop for the journaling.
CREDITS: Splendid Fiins (Kinda Sketchy, wishy washi – skies are grey set 1, Sew Crafty – messy stitches vol 1).
Ronnie used digi tape on this page to draw the viewer’s eye to the title.
Team member Vicki created this fun layout. She says “Because of my paper roots, I prefer washi tape to be more transparent. I will change the opacity just a smidge, usually around 80%.”
Credits: Amy Martin-Fun & Free template. One Little Bird-Worn & Scenes from Real Life. Katie Pertiet-photo mask
Team member Kimberly Kalil loves using any kind of washi tape – physical or digital! Here, she used tape as the primary embellishment for a super simple page.
When you look through the galleries right now, you are sure to run into some taped up layouts. Here are some more favorites from around digiland: (all images are linked for credits)
Something Special Just For You!
Time For Enabling!
Wendyzine has an action to transform any tape and paper into a washi tape. Of course, it comes with some basic tape to use if you don’t have any.
SuzyQ Scraps was so sweet to offer a coupon for our readers to help them build up their scrapping stash! Use code 25forTDD-sQs
Good for 25% off one order. Expires 3-31-13. Not valid with collabs. Cannot be combined with any other offer or sale. Contact suzyqscraps AT gmail DOT com if you have any problems. Thanks Suzy!
Next time you are looking for something fun to add to your latest creation, try sticking a piece of digital tape on it. It’s the perfect finishing touch!
P.S. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Maribel, who has won $10 to Wild Blueberry Ink. Thanks for commenting!
Chelle’s Creations The Mane Event. Georgia font.
Do you have themed kits on your hard drive that seem like they can only be used once? I never shy away from buying a kit with a strong theme, because I know I can use it to emphasize the memories around the theme of the kit AND still use it for plenty of other layouts and projects as well. I asked some great digi scrappers from The Daily Digi team to help me illustrate how you can scrap any layout with any kit.
For this challenge, I had each digi scrapper use The Mane Event kit by Chelle’s Creations. It’s a darling kit and it has a very specific theme centered around hair and all that we do to keep it manageable.
I was thrilled to see what they came up with, not a hair-related page in sight! Ronnie used the solid papers in the kit as backgrounds for her daughter’s stunning dance photos. The addition of some flowers, ribbons, and buttons gave her just the right accents for a pretty page like this.
Layout by Ronnie. Additional credits -Stories template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.
A skiing layout with a hair kit? You bet! I love how Amelia picked out the more bold and masculine prints from the kit and used that fantastic alpha for her title.
Layout by Amelia. Additional credits -Template: Biograffiti Four Play No. 1. Font: CK_Ali’s Hand
Repeating a few embellishments over and over will help you create a beautiful cluster of accents. Jacki did such a nice job making this page feminine and cheery.
Layout by Jacki. Additional credits -Word art from Mye De Leon’s “La Boheme.”
a few notes from Jacki – I was making a similar LO to my older daughter’s, featured here: I created confetti using a tutorial by Nannette Dalton. I recolored the red button and brad and used the clone tool to ‘erase’ the scissors on the background paper. The top paper and large photo have 78% opacity.
Lauren turned a hair-themed kit into a fishing-themed layout by just adding a little fish shape and the appropriate title! The pocket scrapping style of this page is a fun way to use pieces of the patterned paper as great accents!
Layout by Lauren Madsen. Additional credits -Template: Lifetime Templates by Julie Billingsley. Fonts: CK: Ali’s Hand, Traveling Typewriter, Seedy Motel and Vaguely Repulsive.
Monica used the frame as the star of her layout to anchor that darling baby picture and the grouping of elements around it. So much fun!
Layout by Monica (choliata41) additional credits:Brushes- Smashing Grunge Brushes, BB Romantic Disasters, Stains (unknown) Fonts- Pea Johanna Script, Traveling Typewriter Mini Tag- my own
Monica said – This was a bit of a challenge for me. I did add the color yellow by using brushes and recoloring one element yellow (the tag). I love how it turned out.
What kits are sitting on your hard drive waiting for new life? Have you ever used a Christmas kit for a summer layout? How about a baby kit for a heritage page? If you want to learn about stretching your creative scrapbooking skills, this is the perfect challenge for you!
If you are a Digi Show listener, you know I LOVE RadLab! I’ve used it in PhotoShop for a long time, but it was a life changing revelation when Christine Newman shared that you can use RadLab in Lightroom. I have gone from detesting editing photos to actually enjoying it!
On Saturday, I shared an update on Organizing in Lightroom, I thought today, I would share a bit about how I edit my photos
RadLab can be used in PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom. It is more of a plugin than an action or anything else. In Photoshop, this is what I do to access RadLab: go to Filter> Totally Rad> RadLab
In Lightroom, I right click on a photo and select Edit In> RadLab:
The user interface is the same in Lightroom and Photoshop (and I would imagine PSE too):
I’ve used RadLab enough that I usually know what I’m going to apply, even before I open the photo. I love RadLab because I can hover over each adjustment and see what it will look like on my photo. I can apply as many adjustments as I want. Here’s the recipe I used on the photo above:
I moved the slider on Cool As A Cucumber pretty far right (I just kept going until I liked the look) and I left Sugar Rush at the default.
On my photos, I typically use one of these three:
Then I might add:
And I typically add:
Cool As A Cucumber
Warm It Up Kris!
Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
There are a ton of stylets that could be used included in RadLab and the combinations or Recipes are limitless.
Here’s my edited photo:
Big difference! It took what might have been a throw away and made it look pretty good and not over processed.
To use the photo with the edits applied, I either Right click on the photo and choose Export and then select my different settings (where I want it saved, etc.) OR if I want to use the photo on a layout, I right click and select Edit In> Photoshop. When the window pops up, I select: Edit a copy with Lightroom Edits applied.
Being able to use RadLab in Lightroom has made it so I can organize my digital scrapbooking product previews, organize my photos, and edit my photos all in one place. My workflow is so smooth now. The only time I edit a photo in Photoshop is when I need to clone, use content aware, or make a blue sky bluer; but those are very rare occasions.
I am often asked which I would choose: Lightroom or RadLab. It’s really a hard choice for me. If someome told me they had to take away one of them, I’m not sure I could choose. If you don’t have Lightroom already though, I would recommend RadLab because you can use it in the other two big programs most digital scrappers use: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
There is a link in this episode of The Digi Show to a tutorial for using RadLab in Lightroom. If you want to buy Lightroom, you can click on the link in the sidebar of The Digi Show and that helps us out over there (it is an affiliate link), I don’t think the discount coupon works anymore, but let me know if it does.
Are you a RadLab Lover too? Do you have any favorite Recipes? Please share them in the comments!
I did a post just over a year ago that gave a run down of how I organize my kit previews in Lightroom. Since that time, I often get questions via email and The Digi Show about my system. I decided I needed to do a little update and share some of the questions and the things I have learned.
I love using Lightroom to organize my previews and now my photos too, but that doesn’t mean that it will work for you. There is a different system that will work for each person. Don’t be afraid to try a few out until you find the one that works for you. I have been digital since 2003 and have tried several different systems. Some worked better than others, but Lightroom was the first one that I have been excited about using and keeping up.
This post will answer the organization questions I get. I will do another post down the road that will share my editing process.
I bought Lightroom 4 as a Christmas gift to myself. I’ve imported all of my photos and have been itching to import my digi supplies. From watching Kayla’s videos it appears she has her photos and supplies in the same catalog. Is that what you have done or do you have separate catalogs for your photos and supplies? From one of your videos on TDD is appears you have them separate.
When I first started using Lightroom, I couldn’t imagine having my supplies and photos in one database. It sounded like it would be a big mess; so I put them in different databases. The problem is that it actually takes a long time to switch from one database to the other, so I ended up merging the two databases. I actually find it pretty easy to keep under control.
Is there a reason you import all of your supplies and not just your previews if you’re only tagging previews? I know you only tag previews, and that’s what I would like to do as well.
When I decided to use Lightroom to organize my previews, one of the main reasons was because it would be fast. I could have gone through every single folder and just pulled out the previews, but I didn’t want to take that much time. I imported all files that Lightroom could read (jpegs, tiffs, and PSDs) that were in my main supply folder (the folders within folders, etc.). Then, I was able to set up the smart collection I talk about in this post to filter out my previews.
Recently, I decided there must be a way to delete all of those digital supplies and there is! I did some Googling and found this tutorial. Here’s what I did:
I selected the Smart Collection: Without Keywords. I don’t remember if I created that or if it is a default collection. If it’s not a default collection, you can create it using these settings:
Then, select Grid View and set the sorting to Added Order:
This will make selecting all of the supplies super easy because they will all be together. Just click on the first item, then shift+click on the last supply you see.
Create a tag “to remove” and add to the selected supplies. Repeat until all of the supplies have been tagged. Then, select that tag by clicking on it in the keyword list on the right:
CTRL+A to select all of the images with that tag. Right click> Delete Photos> Remove (NOT delete). This will remove it from the library, but not delete it from the harddrive.
Do you open your supplies into PS from LR or do you just use LR to find what you want on your HD and then go to the HD to open it?
I look for supplies in Lightroom by searching through the Previews (select the Preview keyword), then right click on the preview and select Show in Explorer:
Then, when the Explorer window opens, I drag and drop the supplies I want from there into PhotoShop.
Steph, i totally changed my way of organizing my digital supplies after you shared about lightroom and saving previews. I did great with the initial transfer of everything. My next save of previews after that kind of was a mess… Anyway, i wondered how it was still working out for you being organized in Lightroom? Have you learned anything new? Tagged anything else beyond previews?
Yes, I still love using Lightroom to tag my previews and my photos now too, but not any supplies! It is a system that works for me; I look forward to tagging my purchases. I know it’s not a solution for everyone though.
I have learned a few things that make subsequent imports easier.
I no longer organize my supplies in my folders by designers. I start folder called “New (date)” then download everything to that folder until you are ready to import. When you have unzipped all of the folders inside that folder and are ready to import, click Import and then navigate to that folder in the side bar. All Lightroom compatible files will pop up in the window. I then check the box on all of the previews and make sure everything else are unchecked. In the keyword box type “Previews” so that keyword is automatically added. You can then add keywords to all of those previews based on how your organize.
If you don’t have everything in one folder though and do want to keep organizing supplies in your folders, just click import and select your supply folder. Go through and select just the previews, add “Previews” to the keyword box and then import.
If the import you have done is mixed together with your older stuff, click on your preview smart collection, then under the window where you view your previews, you see the word Sort: click the little triangles there and select “added order”.
In my LR it puts the most recent on the bottom. You can then see everything that doesn’t have other tags, select them by CTRL+clicking on them or SHIFT+clicking the first and the last one. Then, you can add the other tags as you want.
I moved some supplies and now Lightroom says they can’t be found. What should I do?
If you don’t move files and folders in Lightroom and do it in your folders instead, Lightroom doesn’t know to where to find them. Question marks will show up on the files and on the folders in the Navigator window:
Select the files or folder in the Navigator window, just right click on the folder and select “Update Folder Location”.
I’m still trying to figure Lightroom out. Do you import all your folders in to light room or just the ones you are working on?
To organize my previews, I imported everything in my scrapbook downloads folder. Now, I just import new stuff in batches. As far as photos, I did a big import a long time ago, but haven’t finished yet. Now that I am also doing all of my editing in Lightroom, I have been importing the newest stuff as I need something off that memory card.
How do I move my whole lightroom database from one ehd to another? I’ve been trying to figure this out for weeks and cannot find an answer that is easy for me to understand. Thanks!!
I haven’t ever done it (I don’t think), but there is a bunch of information about managing a Lightroom database (including moving it) here.
I think that wraps it up. If this brings up questions for you or you have questions that weren’t answered here, leave them in the comments, I will be here answering them today.
The gradient tool in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements lets you create an image that gently moves from opaque to transparent.
Gradient Tool Basics
The Gradient tool can be accessed by hitting G on your keyboard or by selecting this tool out of the tool bar:
Sometimes you won’t see the gradient tool in your tool bar because it shares a space with the paint bucket. Just right-click on the paint bucket and the gradient option will appear to the left.
Once selected, the following gradient options will be available to you:
Create a new blank page and then add a blank layer on top. You can use whatever size of page you ordinarily use for your scrapbook pages.
With the blank layer active, select the gradient that goes from dark to transparent and just drag a gradient line from left to right. It will look something like this:
I like to put the gradient on a separate layer so that I can use the transform tool to shrink it as needed or easily flip it.
Let’s flip it:
And clip a picture to it:
Getting closer! But, the gradient layer is too large. So, just select the gradient layer, and use the transform tool to move the left boundary towards the right to shrink the gradient until the photo looks the way you want it.
You can always customize gradients further or drag them onto the page on the diagonally. It’s all up to you! The above is truly the most basic use of gradients. If you want more sophisticated techniques for gradients try:
- A video tutorial for using gradients with layer masks
- Text with gradient and a video on the same topic
- Warm sunsets using gradients
The key thing to remember is to always have the gradient on its own layer and then you can make the adjustments needed to make your page the way you want it to look.
I’m a firm believer in adding dates to layouts. They don’t have to be on every single page if you are displaying them together in an album, but they are such an important detail. Even if you never do any other journaling, at the very least – be sure you have a date!
I often add the date as part of my journaling like I did on this page. (all images are linked for credits)
Sometimes, I just put the date at the end of the journaling to give it context.
Dates make great titles and subtitles!
I love to use numbers, word strips, or other digi embellishments to make the date a little more creative.
I especially love digital date “stamps” that I can place right on top of a photo or part of my layout.
If you include a scanned piece with a date, that’s a sneaky way to add the details of when the memory took place.
Or you can include a photograph of a date, or even a screen shot. By circling the date of the concert on this souvenir t-shirt, I can call attention to the date without saying anything else.
Next time you go to add a date to your layout, try placing it somewhere different than your usual spot. There are so many ways you can make it more creative and fun!
P.S. The title graphic was created with One Little Bird Designs Stamped, Meadowlark, and Photo Pockets. Font is Steelfish.
P.P.S. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of January’s featured designers: Valerie (Scrapmatters), L Squared (CD Muckosky), and Dolores (Scrapbook Lady). Thanks for commenting!
I love Photoshop Elements. I have used it from day one of my scrapping life and for the most part, I find no reason to ever switch. It is a powerful program that does everything I want it to do. Well, almost.
I will admit that PSE has a few shortcomings. They took me years to notice, but they are in fact there. There are just some things that can’t be done the way they can be in Photoshop.
One of the things that is severely lacking in PSE is options in layer styles. We don’t have nearly as much control over the styles as do PS users. Our option dialogues are often lacking and we are stuck with the default choices.
An example of this is in doing letterpress. I was so excited to find this tutorial for creating this look on my pages, but a few minutes into the video and I realized that I was out of luck.
Never one to give up that easily, I found a simple workaround for PSE. Although I wouldn’t say it looks as good as it does in PS, it works for me.
The tutorial stated to apply an inner shadow to the layer you want to make into letterpress. I did that.
But that is as far as I could go in the tutorial. While PS users get an extensive dialogue box for inner shadows, PSE users get a default setting with no options to modify anything but the direction of the lighting. Unfortunately, the default setting is less than impressive:
It’s way too much. It must much more of a cut out than a letterpress look. But then I remembered an old trick I learned for PSE. You can scale the effects of a layer style. It was worth a try!
And this was the result:
Depending on the color of the type and the color of the paper, it is definitely worth playing around with scaling percentage and the lighting direction until you get something you like.
I could have stopped there, but I did one more thing to add a bit of realism. Because the paper I was using was quite textured, I decided to let a bit of that texture show through the pressed type. I did this by changing the blend mode to overlay.
And here is the final layout:
It’s not perfect, but then again, I don’t usually aim for perfect. I aim for done.
Credit: Memories & Moments: Journal Cards 2 by Suzy Q. Scraps, The Silver Reed font by Heather Joyce
I gave pocket scrapbooking a try in early fall 2012. It wasn’t long before I realized that scrapping in the simple blocked style is addictive.
Every Sunday, I can’t wait to drag my photos and journal cards onto my grid templates and add words. It’s so simple and easy to do. The entire week is scrapped and recorded in about 30-40 minutes.
But, it’s not the ease of the project that has me hooked. It’s this:
When I look at my weekly pages, I see our family life reflected back at me.
I’ve been at it for a few months and can’t imagine stopping now. If you’re just starting a pocket scrapbooking project for 2013, here are a few things that have worked for me:
- I chose one template and work with it 95% of the time. I occasionally change to one with more smaller photos, but most of the time, I know that I am going to be working with 8 larger horizontal photos and 8 smaller vertical ones.
- Establishing a set time period makes it very easy to organize my weekly pocket scrapbook pages. My week runs Sunday-Saturday. I try to scrap each Sunday, but definitely finish the spread by Tuesday at the latest. Not getting behind is key for me to keeping it up.
- I use my photo management software (Lightroom) to create a “quick collection” of photos that I might want to include in the spread for the week. I edit them all at the same time and drag them onto the blocked templates.
- The stories associated with the photos I took are the easiest to write, so I do those first. Then I look to other sources of journaling (e.g. emails written, Facebook statuses, notes jotted down) to include other stories and tidbits from the week. From time to time, I like to include some random facts, like a news story of significance or songs from my playlist.
- I use different kits each week. I think I’d get bored if I tried to stick to one set of journaling cards, so I change everything each week – except the overall design and pocket protectors. (I use either a Traci Reed slip-in or a Valorie Wibben’s pocket page.)
- That said, I do keep my handwriting font consistent from week to week (I use DJB JenLin by Darcy Baldwin because it is similar to my own handwriting), but I use a variety of other fonts for titles and journaling accents, like Arial, Century Gothic, Blackout, and The Silver Reed by Heather Hess.
- I don’t date every photo, just a handful on each weekly spread to make them easier to file later. On some weeks I use one “square” to create a date/title – but I don’t do this every week, especially if it’s a photo-heavy week.
This has been one of those projects that has become easier and more inspiring with time for me. If you’re doing a pocket scrapbook in 2013, leave a note directing us to your pages. I’d love to see how you’re approaching it!