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
Collect items and pop them in a plastic sleeve by approximate date to help me find it later.
Scan flat items to include on my page and save the file along with my photos from that event.
Photograph 3D items in natural light and save the photos along with event photos.
Extract them for use on a digital page.
Print and enjoy (and clear out some shelf space!).
Simple Memorabilia Tips
Photograph your memorabilia on a plain, contrasting background if you want to extract it for use in a layout.
Use a scanner to get clear text on flat memorabilia without messing with a tripod or photographer's lighting set up.
Use the quick select tool to select and delete the background quickly.
Help memorabilia fit as embellishments on your page by recolouring or just choose a kit that goes with the memorabilia.
Don't fuss! If the memorabilia is a little creased up, it just adds authenticity.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Create the Look
Begin with your feature photo.
Add your journalling
Stack a pile of papers and rotated them for a messy look
Add a line of stitching one third in from the edge
Add a banner
Embellish where the two meet, and snuggle your photo in there
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
Papers and elements: Joyful all the Way by Janet Phillips; Frame: Kim Meeder
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).
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.
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.