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Do you struggle to add memorabilia to your scrapbook pages?

As a digital scrapbooker, sometimes I'm not sure how to add all that life stuff to my pages.
Sometimes I pop it one or two things into my photobooks, or bind it along with printed pages in a home made album, but what about getting those items into digital form?

In my video today, I'm going to share two simple ways to add memorabilia to a digital scrapbooking page.

Add memorabilia to a digital scrapbook page - YouTube

If you have a scanner or a camera and Photoshop Elements (or similar editing software) you can follow along.

My Memorabilia Process
  1. Collect items and pop them in a plastic sleeve by approximate date to help me find it later.
  2. Scan flat items to include on my page and save the file along with my photos from that event.
  3. Photograph 3D items in natural light and save the photos along with event photos.
  4. Extract them for use on a digital page.
  5. Print and enjoy (and clear out some shelf space!).
Simple Memorabilia Tips
  1. Photograph your memorabilia on a plain, contrasting background if you want to extract it for use in a layout.
  2. Use a scanner to get clear text on flat memorabilia without messing with a tripod or photographer's lighting set up.
  3. Use the quick select tool to select and delete the background quickly.
  4. Help memorabilia fit as embellishments on your page by recolouring or just choose a kit that goes with the memorabilia.
  5. Don't fuss! If the memorabilia is a little creased up, it just adds authenticity.

Are you keen to see how I recoloured and adjusted the memorabilia to fit with my colour scheme? You can see more here.

If you are interested in learning some other extracting methods, you can read my extracting an image from a background tutorial. I cover several ways to extract an image in my Memorabilia workshop.

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Digital Scrapbooking HQ by Melissa Shanhun - 1d ago

It's that time of year again...PRIME DAY! This two-day shopping extravaganza has us singing about our favourite things like Julie Andrews on a rainy day. So Monica and I thought we'd take the time to share a few of our favourite things with you!

Monica's Favorites 6x8 Scrapbook Albums

I love using this size album for my December Daily projects. It's the perfect size for capturing each day. I have used several different albums over the years but I keep coming back to SNAP albums, or Project Life Albums. These are a few of my favorites!

12x12 Patterned Paper

I'm a pretty strong hybrid girl. I like to paper scrap, but I use Photoshop Elements regularly to create photo collages or to edit pics for my layouts. I don't use solid colored cardstock very often. I typically use tone on tone patterned paper as my background. Think of me as strongly in the B-side camp. Here are a few patterned paper pads that are catching my eye right now!

Washi, and Stickers, and More...Oh my!

I may have a slight obsession with washi tape. You may have noticed earlier a Christmas tree made of the stuff. I'm particularly loving thin washi tape in solid colors. And if you're going to buy some washi tape, why not buy 40 rolls in a rainbow of colors? You just might want to keep yours a bit more organized than I keep mine.

I'm also a pretty big fan of letter stickers. A combination of a larger alpha with a smaller one can make some pretty fun titles!

I don't do a ton of paper scrapping any more. I mostly do Project Life with the app on my phone. So I don't need a huge amount of space to store my supplies. A 3 tiered cart like this one is the perfect way to keep my paper scrapping supplies organized and easily accessible. I can even toss it in my car when I head off for a scrapbooking weekend with my friends.

When it comes to printing I have an Epson Artisan 725. So I'm a big fan of the Epson 4x6 photo paper and the Epson 8.5x11 photo paper. That allows me to print pretty much any photo I need when I'm paper scrapping! I pretty much never use a photo bigger than 8.5x11.

Melissa's Favourites D-Ring Albums

If you are going to keep your baby's going-home-from hospital outfit, or your tiara from your wedding day, you need 12x12 D-ring albums! Oh and they pages too!

I like the feel of the linen ones and fun patterns. They don't have a metal label space, they also won't scratch your table! I just label mine with a label maker and stick it on for now!

Photo Paper

If you are printing photos at home, you need great paper! I use Epson Premium Photo Paper GLOSSY (8.5x11 Inches, 50 Sheets) and love it! The prints I did years ago on this paper are still holding up.

Page Protectors

Snap up these Project Life 12x12 Page protectors and you won't go back! They are crystal clear and I always buy them for my albums.

Printer

I have owned the A4 and A3 version of these Epson Workforce printers. I love the auto document scanner that makes it so easy to scan reams of artwork (or anything really!) They use pigment ink, so be sure to use them once or twice a week, for the best use of ink.

Computer

I'm so excited to share that after 6 years... I've got a new laptop! I'm loving my Surface with 16Gb of RAM. It can run Photoshop Elements and everything I need and is so lovely and light. I love that it has a pen and touch screen as well as the traditional trackpad, so I can easily retouch photos and add hand lettering to my pages!

Adobe Photoshop Elements

I couldn't leave Photoshop Elements off this list! It's my go-to program for photo editing, organizing and scrapbooking.

What are your favourite things? Leave us a link in the comments so we can check them out too!

Go grab a free trial membership of Amazon Prime and add a few of our favorite things to your cart today!

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If you are in the market for the latest and greatest features to help you organize and edit your photos... Photoshop Elements is the way to go.

I recommend Elements because I had so many features that cover 90% of Photoshop CC's features, plus it comes with helpful guided edits to walk you through the process, and Elements Organizer to manage your photos.

Here's where you can find the software. Scroll down for a tip on how to save a few dollars as well as how to find your old license keys.

Adobe

The most obvious place to begin your search is a Adobe. You can purchase Photoshop Elements here, and click buy now. The Organizer comes with any purchase of Elements but not with Photoshop CC.

You will notice Adobe never does sales, so that's why you may want to consider the other retailers.

Bricks and Mortar

Your local office supply, electronics or computer store may sell physical boxes or license key cards for Photoshop Elements. So keep them in mind, if you prefer to keep a box on the shelf!

In Australia, Harvey Norman and Officeworks sell PSE.

If you are outside Australia, let me know your local store in the comments and I'll add the links to this post.

Amazon

If you are looking for a quick download or delivery you can use Amazon!

Upgrade

You don't have to upgrade, but if you do own any previous version of Photoshop Elements you can get a discount off the full price with an upgrade.

Trial

Want to try before you buy? You can always download a trial version here.

Lost your license key?

If the only reason you are buying a new copy is that you've lost your old license key (due to a computer upgrade or you lost your disc), you may be in luck.

If you have an Adobe log in, you can retreive the licence keys for any of your previous versions of Photoshop Elements. Just log in here and click on your account, then register a product.

Simply download the old installer here and then plug in the license key and you are good to go!

Learn and Get Started

If you want help getting started in Photoshop Elements, this is where I come in!

For editing your photos you will want to get started with Photo Editing for Absolute Beginners. It's a great price too, so anyone can afford to start today!

The simplest way to start scrapbooking is with my popular class, Digital Scrapbooking for Absolute Beginners. This class has video lessons, step by step handouts and a digital scrapbooking kit so you can follow along with me as we create a scrapbook page together.

With Digital Scrapbooking for Absolute Beginners

Happy scrapping!

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Digital Scrapbooking HQ by Melissa Shanhun - 1w ago

Each week I share a scrapbook layout to give you a little sneak peek into what I’m scrapping, and inspire you to play with pretty pixels too. Today I’m sharing a page from my family's album about my little Emily's stay in the hospital back in 2013.

Layout: Healed Create the Look
  1. Begin with your feature photo.
  2. Add your journalling
  3. Stack a pile of papers and rotated them for a messy look
  4. Add a line of stitching one third in from the edge
  5. Add a banner
  6. Embellish where the two meet, and snuggle your photo in there
  7. Use an alpha for a title
Journaling

When you were in hospital for two weeks with an infected lymph node, had two operations and then antibiotics for months, I expected that you would take a while to bounce back. Before you got sick, you'd had a cold or cough almost every month of your life.

I was wrong! Since your operations you've been even more healthy than before. God is good!

Photo November 2013

Journalling February 2018

Credits
  • Papers and elements: Joyful all the Way by Janet Phillips; Frame: Kim Meeder
  • Journal spot: Designs by Lili
  • Font: The Sharon
Care to Share?

I’d love to see what you are working on this week. Do you have a layout or two to share? You can add a picture to the comments below.

Happy Scrapping!

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For our US paper users, here's the tutorial for letter sized paper.

If you want to make the most of your photos you may find yourself trying to resize, use ruler or guides to fit your photos on your pages.

Today, I'm going to show you how you can get perfectly sized photos every time and print multiple photos on one sheet!

  1. Create a new file the dimensions of your photo paper.
  2. Choose the sizes that you want your photos to be.
  3. Click on the Shape tool
  4. Select Fixed from the drop-down menu in the Tool Options box at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Type in the dimensions you want your photos to be.
  6. Click once to create the shape.
  7. Add more photo spots as needed.
  8. Clip the photos to the shapes.
  9. Resize your photos as needed.
  10. Print!

Watch the video to see how to do this!

https://youtu.be/Bc0ux9a471M

Plus, I also walk you through how to print photos straight from the Organizer too!

You can download the template here.

Happy scrapping!

PS Yes, I have a Letter size template too!

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In the past few months I've been sharing some of my favorite mask tips and techniques:

Today, I'm going to share with you some of the ways I put these masks into action on my scrapbook layouts.

1 Extract images

For this page I used the magic wand selection tool and a layer mask to make a cute extraction of my son's Sven the reindeer costume from a busy background. I just left it unshadowed as the focal point of this layout.

You can also use an extraction as embellishments. As I did in this layout from way back in 2008. Do you still have that Shabby Princess Freebie?

2 Create Composite Images

Make a composite of multiple images by layering them on top of each other (or paper) and use the layer mask to erase parts of the top image. I also used blend modes to create this look.

2 Embellish a Quick Page

I have used layer masks to take a simple quick page and edit what's already on the page to add more papers and embellishments. Just erase parts of the papers you add to the quick page to make them looked tucked under the existing embellishments.

3 Cropping Paper

Here I held down the shift and ctrl keys while drawing the selection to get a perfect square in the centre of my paper.

A click of the new layer mask button and voila! Perfect paper layers!

4 Editing Embellishments

You can see the whole process of creating this layout (and editing the ribbon) in my new class coming to Big Picture Classes.

One thing I'm always doing is editing paperclips or pins to make them look like they are clipped onto the paper.

A tiny bit of masking goes a long way!

You can also erase parts of scatters/clusters that cover parts of your layout.

5 Swapping Heads

You can use PSE's built in features to swap heads...

Swap faces in a photo - YouTube

But sometimes two photos and a layer mask is all you need!

There are many more uses for masks in photo editing. Adobe created masks with traditional photo developing techniques in mind. I'll often mask an adjustment layer to apply the adjustment to only part of your image (colorize a black and white image or brighten only part of it).

How do you use masks?

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We have reached an exciting milestone on Facebook for Digital Scrapbooking HQ!

We hit 2K on Facebook! Thank you so much for your support!To celebrate I'll be giving away a seat in my Photo...

Posted by Digital Scrapbooking HQ on Monday, June 10, 2019

If you'd like help with your photos, click on the post above, and leave a comment on Facebook and you'll be entered to win!

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Each week I share a scrapbook layout to give you a little sneak peek into what I’m scrapping, and inspire you to play with pretty pixels too. Today I’m sharing a page about my church.

Layout: My Favourite Place Create the look

For a story-heavy page, I find it helpful to begin with the journalling and just type it all out.

I love using a handwriting font for my journalling to add a personal touch.

Select a few photos and resized them all to fit in a column. Add a white border - as I do on most pages to help the photos stand out!

For a dark background, white journalling and title always looks great.

You can add interest to the title with a ribbon and strip of patterned paper to finish the page.

Journaling

I love church. I  love to sing, I love playing keys, and love to hear practical Bible-based messages. I love seeing the servant heart and the giving that happens.

I've been going to True North Church since the turn of the century. Back then it was actually called Whitford Church of Christ. The church is non-denominational under the banner of the Churches of Christ in Australia.

The first thing that drew me in was the excellence of the music ministry. Then the honest and down to earth teaching of Mark Wilson. I wasn't keen to go back to a 'mainline' church, but I love it now.

When we moved to Kalgoorlie, we fellowshipped at Kalgoorlie Baptist Church, which Phill attended. I enjoyed making lots of friends there and volunteered to help with the Sunday service programs and the Next Level Young Adults group.

We moved back to Perth in 2010 and made the 30 min trip from Bicton to Mullaloo each Sunday and to Gwelup for Life Group. It was worth it to stay connected to fellowship while we built our new home. Now we are pastored by Dean Groetzinger and Phil Ingham as True North Church.

My favourite place? On stage, singing and playing my heart out worshipping God.

Credits Care to Share?

I’d love to see what you are working on this week. Do you have a layout or two to share? You can add a picture to the comments below.

Happy Scrapping!

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