Hi friends! Amy here, with four more tips for scrapbooking your vacation photos.
I have to tell you something exciting: yesterday I managed to work through the 203 photos I took on my recent trip. I deleted 59 and have thirty-ish I want to print and scrap. But I'm sticking with this Disney 2010 group of photos first!
I loved reading yesterday's comments. I love that some of you are not intimidated by the mound of vacation photos—love and am inspired! And I love that some of you, like me, struggle with it a bit. Because...I'm inspired to not struggle. Just do! So with that, here are four more tips for scrapbooking your vacation photos.
3. Tell a funny story. It's not that I don't laugh in my regular, non-vacation life. But I really do laugh more when I'm on a trip. I think it's because all of the everyday worries just can't be worried about, and so the funny stuff stands out more. Some of the funny stories from vacations become family legends even! In this layout, I tell the story of Aladdin and the Chick, which still makes all of us laugh:
4. Make two-page layouts. I tend to make a lot of one-page layouts, even though in my deepest scrapbooker heart, I love and adore two-page spreads. There's just so much room for photos and stories! (I think that because single-page layouts look better when you share them online, we gravitate towards making more of them. But that's just my opinion.) Take that layout about Aladdin. I could've easily made it as a single page, with just the photo with Aladdin and Jasmine. But by adding all of the rest of the photos (they are all pictures with characters), I present a bigger story and get a few more photos off of my computer.
Sometimes it feels a little tricky to get it all balanced—this is work that I consider to be play, though! Try starting your two-page layout by building out from the center, like I did in the above layout. I put the two pieces of turquoise cardstock right next to each other so that they felt like one bit canvas, and then I worked out from the middle. This gave me an almost-symmetrical feel. I always tie the two halves of a double-page spread together with repetition: some of the same type (color, shape, technique) of supplies. I also try to include words on both sides (since there are pictures on both as well) for a more balanced feel. (Jenny wrote an entire week's worth of blog posts about two page layouts that starts here; here is an article I wrote with some other ideas for two page layouts.)
5. Focus on a relationship. Sometimes the story from a trip is about what you did, or saw, or experienced. But if you pay attention, there are so many other little stories, some of them based on relationships. Watch for those connections when you're processing your photos. When I am Photoshopping a whole bunch of pictures, I keep a document open on my computer where I make notes about how I might use the images. That was how I had the ah-ha moment that led to this layout: as I made notes, I realized I had a bunch of pictures of my two youngest together. You get a bit of the story of what we did, but also my thoughts on their relationship:
6. Scrap the Outfits. This is especially fun if you have teenage girls. Or tween girls. Or, heck, girls of any age who are obsessed with clothes, even when they're on vacation! (I bet there are boys who care about this, too. Mine just don't.) I've made vacation layouts about swimsuits, winter coats, and inappropriate hiking attire. I even have a layout about how my mom always looks put together, even during a windstorm at Lake Powell.
Or, for a different angle, you could scrap about the clothing you bought during a trip. Especially the commemorative t-shirts.
Tune in tomorrow for four more tips! But before that, tell me: what is your favorite kind of trip to scrapbook? Mine are trips to southern Utah. If it's got red cliffs and blue sky and desert vistas, I'm a happy girl!
Welcome to summer! This is Amy Sorensen, and I'll be your blog host for the next three days.
Last week I got home from a vacation where something extraordinary happened: I only took 203 photos. Two hundred and three pictures in an entire week! That is far less than I usually take. Partly this just-a-few-photos thing was because my daughter and I went somewhere we'd already been twice before (San Jose del Cabo, in Mexico), so I didn't feel a compulsion to photograph everything. Partly it happened because of my dawning realization that quantity of photos doesn't really have anything to do with quality. A handful of strong, story-filled images is more useful than a whole bunch of random stuff.
Also because I tend to get overwhelmed by vacation photos and then just not do anything with them.
It's sort of like laundry after a vacation, don't you think? All those images you bring home that need attention. You get back and you download 528 pictures and then you think, holy cow, now I have to do something with these! Only, unlike laundry, it's pretty easy to just not. Not do anything.
I'm hoping I'm not alone in this problem.
So! Today, tomorrow, and Friday, I'll be sharing with you ten different approaches that will help you get your vacation photos off of your computer (hopefully you've already got them off of your memory card?) and onto some layouts.
The very biggest and most important thing I want to share about scrapping vacation photos is this one: lower your expectations. When we expect ourselves to scrapbook all the photos and all the stories, we're setting ourselves up for frustration (especially when you have 528 photos!) It's easy to be overwhelmed, thinking about all the work you could do. So, instead, decide right now to scrapbook only some of them. Even just one or two. In the vast narrative of your life, a handful of words and images about each vacation will be enough.
To start, pick just one vacation to focus on. I think of this as "one topic scrapbooking" and it's a thing I do quite often: focus for a specific length of time on one topic. I do this in January with Christmas photos and in the spring with birthday photos, but summer feels like a good time to focus on vacation pics. I chose a trip we took to Disneyland back in February of 2010. That's right friends: nearly four and a half years later, I'm scrapping these stories.
Next, gather any written stories you might have. When I travel, I always take my laptop, and then I spend twenty minutes or so at the end of the day writing down sweet experiences, or funny ones, or even awful ones. So, to get started with this project I found those notes where I had saved them. I also re-read the blog entry I wrote about our trip and I scrolled down on my Facebook page to see the statuses I'd posted.
Finally, take a deep breath and confront your folders full of pictures. I give myself several days to sort, delete, process, and print my pictures. I use Adobe Bridge to sort my photos, and here's my process:
1. A rating sort. I start with the first picture and I decide: is this a photo I want to print, want to keep but not print, or want to delete? If it's a print, I rate it with a 5; if it's a keep-but-don't-print, I don't rate it at all, and if I'm going to delete it, I rate it with a 1. I'm pretty severe with what I decide to delete, especially with photos that are almost the same. I delete blurry photos, or those with someone blinking or making a weird face. I try to keep the ones that tell a story, are evocative of the mood of the vacation, or are little pieces of the bigger whole.
2. After I've worked through an entire day's worth of pictures, I sort all of the files by their rating. The photos rated with a 1 are on top, so I can quickly select and delete them all. All of the photos I want to print will be at the bottom of the sorted list, so I can start processing them when I'm ready.
Once you've got vacation photos and stories, you're ready to make some layouts! Here are two tips to start. Come back tomorrow for four more.
1. Make a kit of supplies. While I was thinking about this trip, I realized that the reason I was resisting scrapping my Disney pictures is that I don't love and adore Disney-themed supplies. (In fact, I confess: We've been to Disney three times and I don't even own one Disney-themed supply.) Once I gave myself permission to just scrap with supplies I like (mostly based on color), I was excited to get started. I put together a kit with some of my favorite papers, alphabet stickers, and embellishments. Some are old, some are new, but they all fit together in my head because they feel like the vacation felt (February in Disneyland is nothing like February in Utah!). Then as I start each new layout, I look for supplies in this kit, rather than facing the entirety of my supply collection.
2. Go back through your photos one more time. Sometimes an amazing image gets overlooked when you're sifting through so many pictures. If you give yourself a few days and then go back to the pictures, you're likely to find an image you didn't notice the first time. I found this photo when I remembered that, duh, we didn't only go to Disneyland on that trip. We also made a rushed visit to the beach, just before it got too dark. Most of my photos were too blurry, but when I started paying attention I found this silhouette that made me gasp!
So, tell me: is it hard for you to scrapbook your vacation pictures? Why or why not?
On our recent family vacation, I took along three of my cameras for documenting (yes I have more than three cameras, it's a sickness). My DSLR of course, my phone camera, and also my Instax Mini 25. I used each one for different purposes.
I'm a confirmed Instagram freak, so of course my phone camera was a must. I really use Instagram the way it was originally intended, sharing moments with family and friends, and so I took photos of things along the way that I knew others would want to see, and moments that struck a cord with me and I wanted to document right there. Here are some examples.
My first photo after we arrived and were having a snack at a sidealk cafe
Kieran collecting shells on the beach
A shot of breakfast one morning
A shot from the flower market, which I took especially for a friend who loves gardening.
I will probably scrap some of these photos in my Project Life album, and even on layouts, but for me sharing photos on Instagram with a caption is also a way of documenting life.
I used my DSLR to get higher quality photos for my main scrapbook albums. And also because I love photography and a vacation is a great time to get some photography practice in.
With my DSLR I am somewhat removed from the action, and I am taking photos more at a distance, and with a wider view. (With my camera phone, I tend to be closer in taking photos of the details.)
I used that last photo on my page for this month's gallery.
I brought along the Instax Mini because I wanted to use the photos to make a mini book. I figured that it would be something I could quickly complete, without having to think about downloading and editing or resizing photos.
I'm so glad I did, because I love how the beach photos look in this format. I'm making a super simple mini-album with them. Just photos + words.
So the next time you're heading off on vacation, or even a day trip, think about how you want to document the trip. You don't have to take multiple cameras like I did, maybe just an Instant camera or a camera phone would do?
Hello everyone! Happy summer to you all! It's Aliza here today. I have a quick little tip for you today. I often find that after a nice busy day, when lots happened, and many photos were taken, I have way more stories than I can comfortably fit on a page. Or even a two-page spread (and I am way out of practice on those, anyway.) So, I have given myself permission to create several pages, each one with its own little moment to capture.
Mother's day was one of those days this year.
First, I just loved this photo of me and my boys. I let myself make a layout with no story at all. Just a big photo, and the date:
Then there was how story of how the day came together, what we did, what see saw, and how we felt while we were there:
And then I had another little detail of the day. It's about turtles, of all things. I wanted to include many of those photos too. So that little detail got its own page, as well:
Here's to a summer filled with big stories and little stories, and may we have time and energy to tell them.
Apparently I was wrong last week about thinking that all the schools were out. Now, I think they nearly all are! Let's celebrate with a new sketch. Something to help you get a page done quickly and easily. Something that can be dressed up or scaled down.
This week, I picked a layout with just one photo. When I saw Laura's layout, I sighed with love.
Maybe it is the lovely square center. Or perhaps the hanging bulbs. Or maybe the transparent title rectangles. Or maybe just the easy simplicity of it all. Or maybe all of the above. :) No matter the reason, it just had to find it's way into a sketch and into a layout for me.
Here is how the sketch turned out.
And here is how my layout turned out. I am so happy with it!
I can't wait to see the layouts you make with it!
And don't forget, if you would prefer a layered digital template, you may get one for a mere 99 cents for a limited time! Just click below!
I hope that you enjoy the sketch and that it helps you make a layout or two! Happy Saturday!
Happy Friday! Carey here, and like many scrapbookers, I've been documenting our everyday lives using pocket pages in addition to 12x12 layouts. I'm also using both traditional and digital supplies. Although I mostly use 4x6 in. photos for my pocket pages, I like to include smaller photos as well. The most common size I use is 3x4 in., which fit perfectly into the smaller pockets. This size is also great for photos taken with my phone, since they often look better printed smaller due to their lower resolution. While some photo processors will now print small sizes such as 3x4 or instagram-friendly 4x4 or 3x3, these sizes generally are more expensive than traditional 4x6 prints. To take advantage of the lower cost, I print two 3x4 photos on one 4x6 print, using Photoshop Elements. Here's how:
Step One: Open a new file at 6 x 4 in., 300 dpi.
Step Two: Open two photos and make any necessary edits. Crop each photo to 3 x 4 in., 300 dpi.
Step Three: Using the Move Tool, drag the first 3 x 4 file onto the 6 x 4 file and move until aligned with the left edge.
Step Four: Repeat Step Three using the second photo, but align with the right edge.
Step Five: Save your file as a .jpg. Now it's ready to print at home or your favorite photo processor.
Once your 6 x 4 file is printed, simply cut the smaller photos apart to use in your pocket page album, or on any project! The same steps will work for 2 x 3 in., 3 x 3 in., or any other small-sized photos - even mix and match sizes (such as one 3x4 with two 2x3 photos) to fit on a single standard 4 x 6 print. Here's a few examples: one pocket page and one 12x12 layout.
Using smaller photos is a great way to get more photos on one layout!
Hello hello! Summer officially starts in the Smith household today. That's right it's the last day of school. When I woke the boys up this morning, there was a palpable layer of excitement in the air. They both moved a little faster and had a little more lightness in their step. I, of course, kept singing, "No more pencils, No more books, No more teacher's dirty looks!" and they, of course, were giving me strange looks because they have never heard that Alice Cooper song and I can't sing at all. I digress, but that would make a good scrapbook page or at least a title, hmm. To sum up, the last day of school is momentous around here and I try to capture little bits of it for posterity.
I wish I had started the tradition of taking a photo on the first day and the last day next to the school sign. If you have toddlers that haven't started school, you should try this. Even if it's first day of Kindergarten, last day of elementary. Other photos I have taken over the years include photos with teachers, photos getting on and off the bus, photos at the school, photos in the driveway, photos of the two of them jumping for joy in the front yard, etc. Another idea is to include a summer bucket list with these photos or interview them about the highs and lows of their school year.
A few years ago, I started a tradition, which will only last until tenth grade unless somehow they sprout a new finger on each hand! I take a photo on the first day of school with them holding up the number of fingers that corresponds to their grade, then on the last day of school the grade they will be going into in the fall. I try and get headshots and full body shots so you can see the growth.
Here are two pages I made using last year's end of school photos. Here I photographed the boys at the school in front of the brick siding.
I used the same kit and colors. These two layouts will sit side by side in an album. I really like how they are similar, but different. It also made creating the second page really a lot fater and easier. Less choices in this hobby is always a quicker route!
I hope that the start of summer brings you and your families joy!
Hi everyone, Diane here! I thought it would be fun to kick off summer with a bucket list of things to do with family and friends. I decided to keep my list fairly short, only 9 items, so it wouldn't feel overwhleming.
I enlarged a favorite photo from a couple summers ago to document my list. I think it just screams summer, don't you?!
The title was created with a combination of stamping and flair. To the right of my photo I recorded my summer bucket list.
I'm looking forward to doing these things with my family and friends, making new memories and recording them along the way too. I hope to make this a 2-pager at the end of the summer with photos of each of the items on the list that we actually do on the second page!
What are your plans this summer? Why don't you make a summer bucket list layout like mine? It will be fun to look back on at the end of summer when the kids head back to school.
Today I am happy and honored to be a part of Crystal Wilkerson's template extravaganza! We at write. click. scrapbook. have long adored Crystal and we are glad she is back in the designing game!
And back in the game with style! and styled templates. heehee. Crystal has eight new template collections that are amazing. With four per set that makes thirty two in all! And I am certain you, like me, are going to love them. And remember, those 32 templates can be flipped, turned, or twisted to create even more pages!
Upon first glance, I think most would think to use Crystal's templates for digital pocket page scrapbooking. For me, however, those little boxes meant that the sun, moon, and stars had aligned--and maybe angels sang. Imagine all the layouts I could make with the oodles of series photos that I take.
Being that it is Click. Tuesday, let's chat photos for a minute.
When I take photos these days, I am usually at a sporting event taking photo after photo, or am out with the kids taking an hundred photos (not an exaggeration) of all the itty bitty details that surround them and the activity. I try to limit myself, but somehow I always seem to get home with a full memory card.
Crystal's templates are the perfect way to get lots of photos on one layout. While I love my one photo layouts, getting to put lots of shots together to help tell my stories with more images, and fewer words, makes me happy! :)
To show you how much I love them, and how useful they are for my current phototaking needs, I use a few to make some layouts. Wanna see? Please say yes...
TEMPLATE PACK #1
I used the one in the top left hand corner. I take way more horizontal photos than vertical, so I tipped the layout to the right. Which actually worked really well to have a vertical title for a drippy title!
The templates come with two options, one with styles, one without. I like the styles: they let my pages stay uniform and add the texture that I love. I did switch the color on the style for the white paper to better blend it in.
TEMPLATE PACK #4
Two templates caught my eye in this set. The top left hand corner, and the bottom right hand corner.
First, I love the simplicity and white space in the top left template. Twelve photos and white space. Who knew it was possible? I left it white to honor it!!
So I didn't use 12 photos. I had some lovely patterned paper calling my name so I shared some spaces!
For the next template, I loved the big photo space. I knew just what photos I would use. It takes eight shots to capture a cartwheel, and I had eight squares to fill. Perfect!
The styles on this one were perfect in color and amount. Completely perfect! And what is it about beach gymnastics photos that get me so? I love them. I do wish we had better planned an outfit for the occasion. Yes, I just said that out loud. Please forgive me. :)
I remember back in the day when I used to color block everything. All those hours spent measuring and trimming. Now, I just clip a photo to a layer in one of Crystal's templates and within minutes I have a completed layout. No muss. No fuss.
Did you notice that in four layouts I just scrapbooked 22 photos? And did I mention that I made all four in one day? Not a day that I also cooked 3 meals, made 4 beds, laundered 16 loads of laundry, and thrice walked the dog, but all in a day nonetheless.
You, too, have the power to be a scrapbooking superstar. Really. Just click over to Crystal's store, and scoop up whichever template floats your boat. I might suggest all 8 sets. I mean, why not? Especially because if you act fast, (before Sunday, to be exact) you could have 50% off! That's right!! The coupon code is: CWTEMP50 and it is good through Sunday, June 22nd.
I might suggest, too, for more ideas on using the templates, that you stop by Crystal's blog to see how she scrapped a layout a day in the month of May. She is amazing.
I hope you have fun trying this fast and fun way to scrapbook your photos! Happy snapping and happy scrapping!