August 28, 2013

BOLD August Pages?

As I was uploading my digital scrapbook pages for this blog post I noticed a trend in my pages. They all contain really bright, bold patterns. I never thought of myself as being a bright, bold pattern type of digital scrapbooker but maybe that's what I'm turning into. Or maybe it's just a phase and next month I'll go back to nice and simple. I guess we'll see.

Most of the pages I'm showing you today were scrapped late July and early August. I only have five to show you today but I've actually scrapped many more. I just can't show you them yet because the templates haven't released.

Let's get started. The first three pages were some last minute pages I made to add to Lydia's Album. The first page you see here is a timeline of important dates/times of her adoption process.

This template will be available tomorrow in a FWP deal from SO!
Happy Travels by Tinkled Pink Studio

Just a simple page of Daddy and Lydia playing in the hotel room in China.

This was a template given away at my August MIS. It will be available soon in the store.
In Real Life: Day to Day Kit by Bella Gypsy Designs

The LOA (letter of approval) is one of the most important documents you get when going through a China adoption. We waited and waited and waited. We were SOOOO happy they day it finally came. I had to make a page about it.

August Template Challenge Template over at Scrap Orchard
In Real Life: Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs

These are pics from Lydia's first time tasting cake. We had been home just a couple weeks and it was time to celebrate a cousin's birthday. This page will most likely go in her first year home album.

Using my August Challenge Template - Revisited #14 (available FREE only for a few more days!)
Birthday Bash by mle Card Designs

Then here is a page with some current pictures. I scrapped during a Live Crop over at Scrap Orchard. I snapped these during one of our first week's of schoolwork. Don't my two older girls look thrilled? I used a little sarcasm on my page. Do you see it?

Using Double Monthly Challenge Templates 8
and School Files by Bella Gypsy Designs

I can't wait to show you the rest of the pages I scrapped this month but I guess that will have to wait until next month!


August 21, 2013

Lydia's Printed Album

This front cover was made with my new release tomorrow.
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I think I've mentioned to you all that I finished up Lydia's album. My original plan was to make digital scrapbook pages of our trip to China and her first year home with us and then get them printed in an album. Well, after about 65 pages of just China pictures I just couldn't wait to get them printed. Plus I knew it would probably be a long while before I got through her first year home pictures. I decided it would be good to print our trip to China and then print her first year home in a separate album. AND I was able to have her China album at her 3rd birthday party last week. It was so great to have it there for people to look through....I'm pretty sure I saw a few tears as people read through it. Oh wait, maybe that was just me.

I chose to use Blurb for the printing of this album. I've used them before and I thought it was the best, most cost effective option for the 70 pages I was printing.

While the pages were super easy to upload and organize I had a little problem with the spine. I could not figure out how to get my digital scrapbook paper to go on the spine of the album. So I left the spine white but it kind of blends in with the front cover. I'm sure it was user error as it was late at night and I was tired.

I converted this page to a template that you'll see soon!
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I not only included pics of our trip to China but I included our whole journey to adopt Lydia. This very first page shows the timeline of when we started the adoption process all the way through to the day we came home. I kept note of special events, like her referral, our Letter of Approval and other paperwork that was very important to her adoption process. I've scrapped all those, as well as some very personal journaling pages.

Recyclables 18 by Scrapping with Liz and Perfect to Me by Bella Gypsy Designs

About 1/3 of the pages in her album are double page spreads like the one above and the one below.

Big Photo Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette

The double page above is one of my favorites. I think I like the really big photos and how it seems to all kind of blend together.

Left page made with Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz and You Rock by Kristin Aagard
Right page made with Recyclables 22 by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette.

The page above shows what some of the single page layouts look like side by side. I kind of like the contrast. Proof that you don't always have to use double page, matching pages side by side in an album.

Artsy Journal Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Art and Soul by Tracie Stroud Designs.

Then this is what the last page looks like, the binding and what the album looks like when opened.

I was very happy with my Blurb book, as I was last time. I really love that Lydia has her own, special album sitting on our bookshelf right next to my other girls' baby albums. Now to work on her first year home, finish up our 2012 family album and begin to work on our 2013 family album. Shwew!

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August 14, 2013

Modifying a Digital Scrapbook Template

Have you ever changed up a template to help it fit your photos? Well, if you haven't you really need to. It will help you stretch your stash and help you look at digital scrapbook templates in a whole new way. Jenn, one of my Creative Team members, always does an awesome job of modifying templates to work with her photos. I'm going to share a few of her pages with you today.

The first one here comes from my 2 in 1 Templates.

She took that top left template and rotated it to the right. You can check out a video tutorial here on how to do this. I think it looks great this way and works perfectly with her photos.

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She took the top right Template from That's So Retro and rotated it to the left.

It works great for her landscape photos.

Rotating isn't the only way to change up a template. Jenn took the top right template of my IS - East 2 set and grabbed all the template shapes and moved them down. An easy way to grab all the shapes easily is to go to your Layer Palette and grab the bottom layer, hold down your shift key and grab the top layer. Then you can move those layers around as you wish.

She then added a big photo to the background using some fun filters and blends for her big photo.

Then one of Jenn's favorite things to do is to re-size the template shapes so that she has a border around her page. She does this mainly for printing purposes but I also love the look it gives her pages. In this example she used a template from my Double It Up Set.

She used the bottom left template. She took the right part of that template and grabbed the 9 squares and re-sized them. She also made her page even more simple than the template which I really love.

To re-size shapes on a template just grab the parts of the template you want to re-size (just like you did above to move the shapes) and then use your Move Tool to re-size them all at the same time. You can she used this technique for both sides of the template and it will end up being a lovely double page spread in her printed album.

So, take a look at your template stash and see how far you can take it....not that I want you to stop purchasing templates but I do want you to get the most for your money!

What's your favorite way to change up a template?


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