Happy Halloween! Here is granddaughter Lyla in her Chewbacca costume from last year. Not sure what costumes are in store for her and sister Wren, but I’m hoping Wren is Princess Leia with cinnamon buns on her tiny head.
As usual, I digress.
We’re here to talk about digital scrapbooking. Back in 2003 I was a scrapbooking nut and I have the evidence: several scrapbooks in various stages of completion, plus scrapbooks gifts in other homes, plus a cabinet full of supplies upstairs in a spare bedroom.
Sound familiar? If you are (were) into scrapbooking, then this describes you, too.
But I have not abandoned scrapbooking. Now I just do it differently. More convenient–ly, less mess-ily, more eas-… you get the idea.
I do it on my computer. Digital-ly.
Here’s how it works:
1. I use an online scrapbooking source called Designer Digitals http://www.designerdigitals.com/ There you will find all kinds of papers, titles, journalers and embellishments. It’s a treasure trove of ideas, templates, and a busy community of scrappers to share with. All on your computer.
You can also purchase scrapbooking software that contains templates, elements and instructions to build simple pages. And some free photo management programs have a scrapbook feature, too.
2. You’ll need a copy of Photoshop Elements on your computer. It is an extremely light version of Photoshop, designed for ordinary people, and costs about $50. You will get your money’s worth out of it before Christmas, I swear.
3. Designer Digitals has lots of tutorials on how to scrap online, plus tips on how to use Photoshop Elements to scrap.
4. Now the fun part. Start small with a single page. Choose the picture you want to use and the embellishments. Designer Digitals has many of its elements on sale. Purchase, download, then save all your scrapping supplies to a folder in your computer.
5. Start a project in Photoshop Elements and layer your choice, starting with the paper, then the picture, then the embellishments. Don’t forget a title and journaling. You can do it all right there on the page.
Then print your 8.5 x 11 page on your color printer, using the high quality settings. If you’re scrapping 12 x 12, you can take the files on a flash drive to an office print store like Office Depot or Fed Ex Office to print the larger size.
Slip the page into an album and get started on the next one.
It’s addictive. I can’t stop.