Hello everyone,Cari here! On today post I want to talk about those "impossible" papers. Have you ever seen a paper and you think "I love it, but I have no idea how to use it", that always happens to me! So Today I'm going to show you how I solved this problem with two papers that has big letters on in.
The first one come in a last year Studio Calico kit but I got it late with a grab bag. It was full pink and it has big letter what say: Who, What, When, Where and How. As far as I saw this paper I LOVE it so much, but didn't know who to use it at all.
God bless Pinterest that always come to save us and one day when I was looking for nothing specific I found this pin from Anna Maria Wolniak and I got the inspiration I need it. I love her idea of to cover some part of the title to create a new one and give priority to the photo.
Something I love about scrapbooking it that somehow copying is ok under the name of scraplift, if you give the credit to the person you inspire on, there is no problem then! I love scraplifting because there are so many good ideas out there that would be SO BAD not to be able to use them =P.
My second layout is also with a paper from Studio Calico, this is for June's kit and in the whole page it says "The beginning" . This paper has basically only one space where to place the photo - and if you look for more expamples on how people use this paper, you will find out that everyone use it like this - so the best idea is to use those empty spaces the paper leaves you to place your photo. Sometime the most evident thing to do is the best option!
I also painted a cut some photos from a paper from Crate Paper that I LOVE, I would buy it one thousand times and would keep cutting and painting all those flowers. This paper is from Craft Market collection.
I hope you have enjoyed my post and find some useful tips here, and tell me what do you do when you see some of those "impossible" papers?
It's Jennifer Larson again with one final day to show you how to design a simple, classic vacation album quickly and easily.
Monday I shared how I would organize the "chapters" or layouts of the album. Tuesday I showed my photo secret--using templates to fit many photos on a page. Today I begin to assemble the album.
The first thing I do is select products. To make it easily, I use one scrapbooking collection for the whole album. I often pick the collection right after I return from vacation and keep it in the same Iris container I use for memorabilia. I don't pick themed paper per se--no Disney paper in this album--but I go for colors and patterns that remind me of our vacation. For the Disney album I picked October Afternoon's Boarding Pass.
Next I make the title page, which serves as a template for the whole album.
Here's the easiest part for me, which I've blogged about before: I use the same album design every year, and I use the same layout design on every page. Here's a basic sketch (You'll see there's a spot for three photos on the first page; you could also replace it with an embellishment cluster or more journaling.):
And here's the inside layout I've been working on this week:
I had originally planned separate pool and water pages, but I realized I didn't have enough photos for two spreads and instead combined them on the same spread. To do the journaling, I measure the space I have on the page, open a Word document, and create a text box (Insert-TextBox) that will fit. (Note: when I am working on the whole album, I usually put all the text boxes on the same document to save paper.)
On the layout, you'll see that I use a little patterned paper, a few embellishments, and a lot of photos and story. I may switch it up when I change layouts--put the title at the bottom and not the top, or put the title page on the right and the photo collage on the left--or I might rotate the patterned paper every few pages.. Still, it's the same design, which makes assembling this album quick, but with a classic design that highlights the story and photos.
I haven't yet affixed the journaling because I may ink the edges. (I actually planned the journaling first and printed it on my printer for one album I made, but that kind of attention to detail sort of sucked out a bit of my soul, so I prefer printing and affixing it on the page, even if it's tone-on-tone.) And I may pull out my sewing machine to stitch in between each photo on the collage. I am willing for some odd reason to torture myself in that way.
One final note for the back of the album:
On the inside cover of the back I glue a big envelope with a lot of strong adhesive, and I put the memorabilia that I want to keep in there. I satisfy my need to keep mementos without worrying about archival quality of the products or how to fit them in the design.
Thank you for spending the week with me! I hope this gave you ideas for how to tackle a big project like a vacation album and spend less time creating something you'll treasure for years.
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson again, continuing to share with you how I build a vacation album. Today I'd like to share how I select photos for the layouts and fit many photos on the page.
Yesterday I determined the subject for each layout in the album. Next I open up my photos in Photoshop Elements Organizer, scrolling through my vacation photos and opening every photo that fits that category:
Once I do, I select 2 of the best photos that I will print 4x6, though I will probably trim them to fit the page. The rest I will use to create a photo collage. Side comment here: I usually make my vacation albums 8.5x11, so the photo collage I usually make that size with a white border. I then trim it and affix it to cardstock.
I used to make photo collages to keep on hand forever year's vacation, but it's easier for me to size the template to the photos I select for each page. Here's a video showing how to create a collage (ignore the part where I forget if I should use control, option, or command. Gah.):
And here's the finished collage:
As I mentioned on the video, I like leaving a spot or two empty for patterned paper and embellishments after I print the photo. I have also found that with an 8.5x11 template, I can comfortably fit about 6-9 photos. More than that, the photos are so small they lose all details. If I want to fit one or two more, I might print it in a 4x6 format and then circle punch the subject out and add it on top of a corner of the collage with dimensional stickers, plus some embellishments.
Thank you for visiting today! I hope you now have ideas to easily fit many photos on a page. Come back tomorrow so that I can show you how to finish up the album with a very simple design.
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson with you for the next few days to show you how I try to create a simple vacation album. Today I'll focus on the initial writing that organizes the album.
When we think of writing, we think about the journaling, but writing involves much more, including the initial planning. Scrapbooking a whole album requires another kind of planning: determining the subject of each "chapter" or layout in the album. I'd like to share some planning for a vacation album today.
Side note: I am VERY behind in scrapbooking vacations. The album I'll be planning with you is our Disney trip from 2010. (I'm now putting on the cone of shame.) It's on my bucket list this summer to finish it, so I'm using the next few days to get a jump start on it.
When I am on vacation I tend to journal on scraps of paper. After vacation, I put them in an Iris container along with supplies and memorabilia I am planning on using with the album:
Once I am ready to start the album, I look through the photos and this journaling and plan the "chapters" for the album. Here's what I did for this album:
In case it's hard to read in the photo, here are the chapters:
Journey and Hotel
MGM/Hollywood (4 pgs?)
Late Night Disney
Trip back? Last page
Please note that while it is generally chronological and organized by place or event, I also break that chronology in an album when needed. For example, sometimes I'll make pages about something we did the whole trip, or I'll put together a special page to focus on one detail. In this year's vacation album, for example, I may focus on cribbage, places we ate, and our dog as a major hiker when I finally scrapbook this vacation, hopefully before the year 2021.
Thank you for letting me share some ideas for scrapbooking your vacation! Tomorrow I'll be back to show how I put a lot of photos on the page in a clean and simple fashion.