Category Archives: Scrapbook

Top View Scrapbook Layout

Top View Design

Desk top view is a trend that’s been around awhile in web design and I’ve based this layout on the view from above.  This trend relies heavily on viewing items on a desk or table top from first person perspective.  This type of layout works best using realistic-looking objects.  You can find realistic items in some kits or extract them yourself.

A “Snapshot” Layout

Most of the items used for this layout are from ET Designs kit, In My Kitchen.  The iPhone and granite background are from my own stash.  With realism in mind, objects should be sized appropriately in comparison with other items in the arrangement.  It should feel like a snapshot of the activity depicted in the layout.

in-my-kitchen-topview

Can you think of ways you can incorporate top view in some of your layouts?

My Creative Team Hiatus is Finally Over

I’m happy to say my creative team hiatus is finally over.  I believe I’ve found my happy place. By nature, I prefer things organized and I like to know what’s expected of me.  Check and check. At the same time, it’s great to be among people with the same interests, that love scrapping and want to have fun.  Check, check, check.  And to put a little icing on the cake, I get to work with my favorite designers and my favorite store!  Can’t beat that.

The Digichick, and all the creative chicks that work behind the scenes have got it goin’ on. The CT call I’ve been waiting finally called,  I applied immediately and waited on pins and needles for their decisions.  When I opened my email Tuesday morning I was so excited to find I’d been accepted to the team.  Woot! Woot!

You can expect to see a lot of layouts and news about new releases, challenges, special events and all things Digichick.  One of the new releases today is Smooch by Sas Designs.  Just in time for you to scrap some layouts of the ones you love and it’s on sale right now.

Love!

I used Kimeric Kreations February Fan template for this layout.   Here are the links:

 

 

Top 5 Tips to Achieve Perfect Cluster Groups

Cluster groups are a scrapbook technique that baffles many scrappers.  Cluster groups are a great way to use some of the gorgeous embellishments included in kits and collections while improving the look of a scrapbook page layout.

Here are five key components to consider to achieve beautiful cluster groups.

  1. Repeat elements:  embellishments, papers, shapes, and colors.
  2. Odd numbers work best.  Three or five items always look better than two or four.
  3. Triangular arrangements work great in cluster groups and layout design.
  4. Place elements under, between and above photos and papers.
  5. Use clusters to move your eye around the page.

If you find it difficult to arrange clusters, try finding layouts or pre-made clusters that you like and study how the key components are applied.  Practice replicating the look in your own layouts.

First add several elements to use on a layout.  Then try multiplying, resizing, rearranging, and relayering to get the desired effect.  After all that if something just doesn’t seem to work, delete it.  As with anything new, it takes practice.  Since everything is digital it makes it super easy to practice.

Let’s explore a pre-made cluster.  A member of KimericKreations CT made this cluster using Kim’s Rustic Autumn kit.

cluster example

  1. The triangular shape is still apparent even in a more vertical design.
  2. Flower clusters-3 blue, 3 gold & 3 maroon flowers grouped and repeated 3 times.
  3. Blue leaves repeated 3 times.
  4. Banner flags-3 maroon flags, 3 plaid flags, 3 grey flags.
  5. Gold color repeated in heart & paint splatters at the top and middle, word art in the middle & circles at the bottom which also repeats the circular shape at the top and the clock in the middle.

When planning a cluster group it helps to copy/paste a minimum of three of each of the main items you plan to include.  Place them over to the side to start.  Then rotate and group some of them and place them in the general areas to make a triangle.  Some items, such as a single flair & single clock, work because the circular shape is repeated.

Now let’s look at a layout.  Instead of one cluster group, three groups create flow.

Slim vertical photo layout

Notice the general layout is triangular.  The cluster group on the top left, the butterfly on the top right and the clustering at the bottom use the five key components to move the eye around the layout.  Each cluster has an odd number of elements, three on the left, one on the right and five at the bottom.  The blue ribbon on each side of the photo ties in the blue umbrella.

If you are having trouble achieving beautiful cluster groups, try these five tips and see if they help.

Top 10 Reasons to Love Digi Scrapping

Today I want to share my top ten reasons to love digi (digital) scrapping.  They are in no particular order and there could easily be ten more.

  1. I love making everyday moments into memories of a lifetime.
  2. There is not a bunch of supplies to drag out before I can start creating.
  3. There is no mess to clean up (except filing downloads on your computer).
  4. It’s green!  There is no waste and everything is recyclable.
  5. Kits and collections can be mixed and matched and used over and over again.
  6. I can do it anytime, anywhere.
  7. It’s so much better than photo albums because stories are recorded too.
  8. There is no tedious cutting and pasting.
  9. It’s easy to arrange, rearrange or start completely over if I don’t like a result.
  10. They make great gifts.  A gift that keeps on giving!

photo of gift

Put smiles on some faces this year and next.  Scrapbooks make wonderful gifts for any season. Individual pages are also great gifts.  There are so many different gift ideas such as prints (framed or unframed), posters, canvas prints, calendars, cups, blankets and pillows to name a few.

What are your top ten reasons for digi scrapping?

Learn How to Use Photo Tiling in MyMemories Suite v6

I remember when photo tiling was first added to MyMemories Suite. I could hardly wait to learn how to do it.  I thought it was the coolest feature ever.  It’s very easy to do and really adds something special to a layout.  I recently wrote a tutorial about using the Group tool.  Photo tiling is one of the effects that uses the Group tool.  Below is a page from the tutorial.  You can find the complete tutorial here.

Grouping Elements Tutorial-010

When grouping animals or people be careful not to chop them up!  That is just not right, lol.  Here’s a page I made quite a while ago.  As you can see, it’s sometimes difficult not to chop off a shoulder or some hair.  Remember, you can always ungroup the photo and tweak the placement of each separate piece. But please don’t split anyone down the middle!

Photo Tiling in My Memories

Landscapes are pretty safe though and look really neat.

Sunrise

Learn How to Group Alphas in MyMemories Suite v6

I often group items in MyMemories Suite to make some tasks easier.  Alphas are one of my favorite things to use.  Some designer’s kits include really cute alphas.  For a long time, I didn’t use them.  One reason was because it took a lot of time and effort to get them all the same size and lined up just right.  But now MyMemories makes it so easy to line them up, space them evenly and then group them.  Once grouped they’re treated like a single element.

Here’s a page from the Grouping Elements tutorial I wrote.  In this section, you’ll learn just how easy it is to align, space, and group alphas.

Grouping Elements Tutorial-012

This is just one of the many things you can do using the Group tool.  You’ll find the complete tutorial here.

I’d love your feedback.  Please comment to let me know if you learned anything new and how you plan on using the Group tool in one of your projects.

Complementary Colors Pop

Creating contrast using complementary colors is a wonderful tool seen in many areas of design. Scrappers are also avid photographers.  As a photographer, you will appreciate this article about adding contrast to your images using complementary colors.  You can find the article here.

 

Get more in-depth information about color theory here.   You may already use color theory to enhance your photos and scrapbook layouts without even knowing it.  These color contrasts are all around us in nature and become intuitive.

 

If you’re not already using complementary colors in your designs you should start doing it now. This is one “secret” that will make your work stand out.  It’s the added pop you’ve been looking for.

Learn a New Hobby or Skill at Udemy

Udemy Promotion

 

If you had the opportunity to learn a new skill, hobby or program, what would it be worth to you?   Now’s your chance!  Udemy has over 10,000 courses currently on special for just $10 each.  With such a huge library of courses I’m sure there is something right up your alley.  I recommend you click here to be taken to Udemy and find something you’d love to learn.  Hurry, this offer is only good through July 29th, 2015.

Classes

Would you like to learn to draw using colored pencils?  That’s one of my favorite hobbies and I can highly recommend Prismacolor pencils.  There is a huge assortment of colors available and they are very high quality.  Maybe you’ve wanted to try turning your blog into a business but you don’t really know where to start.  Hey, there’s a course for that!  If that is one of your dreams, you might want to learn about adding eCommerce to your WordPress blog.  Who knows you could find you love writing so much you’d like to finally write that book you’ve been dreaming about.  There’s no better time than now to get going on your dreams.

Photography

Photography and Photoshop courses are directly related to scrapbookers and there are some wonderful courses to get you up to speed.  As the memory keeper in your family, you’re usually the one behind the camera.  You’re the creative one.  Learn more about using your camera. Improve your photography or scrapbooking techniques for only $10.

So now is the time to grab the course (or courses) that can move you toward achieving your dreams or improving your skills.  Click here then use the promo code keepcool1110.  But hurry, this offer is only good through July 29th.

Study on your schedule.  Anytime.  For as long as you need.  Once you’ve purchased a course it’s there forever.

12 Reasons I Love Digital Scrapbooking

I’m sure there are many reasons why digital scrappers prefer digital scrapping over traditional. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. These are just a few of the reasons I love digital.

Scrap Artist

1. All of my photos and supplies are easily accessible in one place.
2. They take up very little physical space, about the size of a laptop or desktop computer!
3. It’s easy to store duplicates (or triplicates) of photos & supplies in a safe place, on or off site.
4. When I want to get some scrapping done, I just pick up my laptop and get started.
5. When I’m ready for a break, I just save my work and close my laptop.
6. No messes to clean up.
7. Multi-tasking. I can scrap, chat on Facebook, check my email, find a perfect kit, purchase it & download it all at the same time.
8. There is a huge community of like minded people that are now my friends.
9. Supplies can be reused. It’s easy to add, delete, rotate or tweak layouts until you’re satisfied.
10. You’re making everyday moments into memories of a lifetime.  Preserve those memories!
11. Make one of a kind scrapbooks for yourself, your family and friends. They’ll be glad you did.
12. Have fun while exploring your creativity, learning new things and exercising your brain.

Passport to Creativity

That’s just 12 reasons I love digital scrapbooking. I could go on and on.  I’m sure you can identify with some or all of these and then some. Leave me a comment and tell me, what do you love most about digital scrapping.