Hello! Simone here and I am happy to share with you my Digital Scrapbooking Process with you.
Storyteller day is always my favorite day. This big collection is filled with everything a scrapbooker would need and opens up endless possibilities for memory keeping. The wide range of colors and wordart allow you to scrap many different layouts in various styles without feeling that you are re-using the same stuff over and over. You can go crazy and add every color included in the packs or you pick a few of your favorite ones and concentrate on them. I always love adding almost everything. Clustering and paint and lots of wordstrips and wordart make me happy.
Let´s start with picking a photo you want to highlight in your layout. For me, it’s so much fun to capture those fun(ny) moments I have with my oldest son. He is the master of silly and goofy faces. I decided to go black and white with this one because I already know this is going to be colorful. I just need to use all the colors! The palette of the February Storyteller is so fresh and happy and really is perfect to use for this photo.
As many of you know I am fan of white backgrounds. This allows me to use as many colors as possible. Paints and brushes will also be more present on a white or lighter background. The white solid background paper in the February collection has a fabulous texture and it looks so realistic.
Let´s add the photo and a frame. I love frames, especially the polaroid styled ones. It´s just so retro and fun!
My next step is adding some paint to the background. I tried following a diagonal direction, just because I think that looks nice. Then I add some shapes to clip the papers and use different shadows. Just try to imagine the layers. The ones directly on the background have a smaller shadow.
I also added those two triangle wordarts. I think it would be nice to add some more direction to this page.
The triangles in the mixed media pack are so helpful! I rotate and resize them to fit exactly to these shapes (the above left picture). I add Staples, a piece of tape and that great pre-made 3D title are a must have for this one. You see, the possibilities are endless!
Now I pick some wordstrips, additional elements like those circles with arrows and of course another washi tape (bottom middle photo). It´s always neat to use fasteners like tape, clips or buttons. I like that!
If you know me, you know that I can´t go without flowers. I just love them so much. Jaimee´s collection includes tons of beautiful flowers. The layered paper ones and also the sticker flowers, in different colors and styles. You can create fantastic clusters with many things. I also like using stars, flairs, buttons and even themed elements like these adorable owls this month. I can totally see them printed on a shirt for my little one. Banners and badges also always look good and with the use of realistic shadows everything looks like you created a layout with real paper. Don´t forget to use confetti! I love digital mess, hehe!
We are totally making progress, with just a few steps. Isn´t it great to pick older photos to scrap with? It´s like browsing an old photo album and bringing back wonderful memories. This picture is five years old and my son really enjoyed being in front of the camera back then. I often remember the exact date of a photo but to make sure everyone else does too I will always add a tag or strip to my layout to document the date of the photo.
We are almost done with this one. All my must have elements and papers are placed and I am happy with my photo. The final step is to see if my shadows look ok. Using them in a realistic way makes such a difference. For example, shadowing journaling just won´t look real. If you write on a real piece of paper you won´t have a shadow of course. I also put some of the shadows on an extra layer to rotate and warp them to have a custom shadow. You can see this on the banner and chevrons in the above right photo. Some small bits and pieces here and there and I am happy with it. I couldn´t save this one without using the super sweet emoticons. This is so trendy!
Oh, and another little tip – to avoid tears – always save your layout! I usually click save whenever I make progress while scrapping. My heart was often broken in the past when I lost cute pages because of a Photoshop crash. You can also create your own quickpages of your layouts. This is nice and helpful if you want to use the design again.
The final step is adding journaling. Write about everything that comes to your mind when you look at your photo. Tell a little story or share your feelings about the person or place you are scrapping about. I think it is even funny to write about the weather sometimes. It´s like small conversation with yourself. Our children and everyone involved in our lifes will love to read this when they grow older. They will love that you did this one day! I promise! It is you, it is your life. Enjoy it, capture it, scrap it. Make wonderful memories with everyone and everything you love.
Thanks for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it!