Digital scrapbooking allows for a lot of fun options that can be done with photo editing software.
Playing with different blend options is one of my favorites! …
Playing with different blend options is one of my favorites! …
Text can be a lot of fun to play with and to help shape your layouts. Journaling is such a great part of sharing our stories, so it is fun to use text in a creative way.
In this tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to create a shape and then write text in that shape. …
Raise your hand if you feel that you have far more photos to scrap, especially from past years, than layouts completed and scrapped. I’m pretty sure I am not alone. At least I hope I’m not!
I have such a great secret to share with you. You are going to love this.
One of the biggest time traps for me is picking out which photos to scrap with and then matching it with a kit. Just that part of the process alone can keep me from even wanting to scrap. So we’re going to skip this step by simply creating layered documents for each group of photos.
This is my plan for catching up on way too many years of photos!
All of the photos I take with my phone and that my husband takes are automatically uploaded to our Google Drive account. If you have an iphone, you probably have yours synced up to iphoto. No matter where your photos are stored, if they are not already on your harddrive, then I want you to download them all into folders. You can be a bit selective here! Obviously, you may not want to scrap every single photo you’ve taken, so pick out the ones you do want to scrap and save them to a folder for that year.
I have boxes of photos that need to be scanned in. So for my example, I’m using some photos from 2002 that I scanned in!
Open Photoshop or other program you are using, and create a 12 inch by 12 inch at 300 dpi or 3600 pixel by 3600 pixel at 300 dpi document. Fill it with a white background layer.
Next, we’re going to open your photo folder and start from the beginning. Photos that were taken on the same day or for the same event, basically the photos that go together, you’re going to place into your open document. You aren’t worried about a kit or anything like this, at this point. You simply place all the photos, each on their own layer and move them over to a corner. You may have 1 photo or 5 or 10.
Now, type in any font and any size, on its own layer, the date of these photos, the event and whatever you can remember about them. This will turn into your journaling, but it isn’t that yet, so don’t spend time making it perfect. Simply get out as many details as you can remember.
Create a layer on top and fill it with white. This will hide all the stuff underneath, but it will help save space on saving.
Save it as a layered document (either a psd or a tif file) so you can come back and finish later. Save it in a folder where you will keep all future pages like these and name it either the date, the event, the theme. You want it to be something easy to remember when you see just the name. For this one, I named it “Abby_Garden_2002” That way, at a glance I know who, when and where!
Now move on to the next group of photos. Set a goal to complete as many of these Starter Pages as you can in an hour. Maybe work on this just once a week.
Most of the work as been completed for you, and you can fill in with the papers and elements. Get picky about which pictures to use or how to use them, refine the text into your journaling. You’ll most likely find at this point of the process, you can scrap a layout in about 10-15 minutes.
To show you how easy it is, here is a video of me pulling up this page starter and quickly scrapping it into a layout! Also, the garden kit that I use for the layout can be grabbed from my Resource Library!
Here is my completed layout:
And here is the cute mini I used to scrap it with:
And if you’d like to save for later or share with a friend, please pin the image below!
Spring is here and Easter is coming this weekend! Sometimes it can be fun to add a few little filters to your photos and give them some extra special love! Today’s tutorial is all about creating a springy, colorful look to your photos! Think of it as adding an easter egg polish to your photos!
Here is my before photo:
It’s not even all that great of a photo because I’m pretty bad at capturing the perfect photo for occasions! Usually they are all a mess and I have to come up with creative ways to make them look decent! Photography is certainly not my strong suit! BUT if I can make it work, so can you!
This will boost the brightness in the photo which will help give a good foundation for when we add our homemade filters! To boost the brightness of your photo, simply pull the curve up a little like I have done in the photo above!
By adjusting the levels, we are increasing the black in the photo to give it depth. To do this, simply click on the Levels menu under adjustments which is between properties and styles on your layer palette. As you can see from the screen shot above, it pulls the menu into a layer above your photo. This is great for being able to adjust later, if needed! Slide the black slider on the left in a little towards the center. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, because you can always come back and adjust it later.
Start by clicking the circle at the bottom of your layer palette. It’s the one that is a half circle. It will give you a menu:
Choose the top options which is solid color. This will open a layer with a color on top of everything else. Choose your color. I went with a bright pink and then chose a dark version of it. This layer we want dark so dark pink, dark blue or even a dark grey.
You can copy the exact code that is highlighted in blue on the image above or you can wing it yourself! Once it is added, change the blending mode to exclusion:
This time when the color layer comes up, we’re going to add a yellow and change the blending mode to soft light:
This is obviously way too dramatic for what we want, so now we play around with the opacity on each of the top two layers of color:
It’s not too dramatic, but you can definitely feel the warmth added in! Now it’s time to scrap the photo for my Easter layout! I even have an Easter mini to share with you! It’s available for download from my Resource Library!
Here is my final layout:
Now it’s your turn to give it a try! Start with grabbing the photos you want to work with and this free Easter mini:
And if you want to save this for later or to share with a friend, feel free to pin the image below!