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Will Your Photos Get Thrown Away?
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Will Your Photos Get Thrown Away?
One morning as I studied the view outside my bedroom window, I asked myself why I keep doing digital scrapbooking after all of these years. What's the fascination? Is it the pretty papers? Is it the cute stuff I use on the layouts? Is it the pleasure of spreading the supplies around and seeing art appear on my computer?
Or is it just my job?
As I mulled it over, I thought of my children - and I thought of all of the memories and stories that I failed to capture during their childhoods. Periodically, one of them asks me, "How old was I when I started to talk?"
I have to say, "I don't remember."
"How old was I when I walked?"
I have to answer, "I'm not positive, but I think it was around 12 months (or whatever number pops into my head)."
"What was I like as a baby?"
At this point, I start talking generalities about how they were busy... or laid-back... or... or... whatever I can dredge up.
I can't get those forgotten details back, but I can make sure that I document what I do remember. I've realized that a good place for me to begin is to begin matching our family photos with the memories associated with them.
I have so many, many stories yet to tell. I have books and books of photos just waiting for me to put the stories with. If I don't get moving on it, I'm afraid that someday - when someone inherits the photos and doesn't know who the people are - they will say, "I don't know who these people are so I'll throw the photos away."
Before you reach through your computer and yell, "Nobody will ever throw my photos away," I'll say, "Don't be so sure."
Case in point: I have inherited a wonderful album filled with photos from my grandparents’ lives. When I was a girl, my grandmother used to sit with me and tell me the stories associated with each photo. When my mother gave me the album, I assumed that I'd be able to recall every one.
However, I recently looked through the albums and realized that I am starting to forget who is in the photos and what they were about. I'm forgetting grandma's stories. If I don't do something about it, my children won't know who those people are and might (gasp) throw away this wonderful album, just because it feels meaningless to them.
It's up to me what happens. I am the bridge between the generations.
Here is one of the photos from that album that I used to make a layout when I designed my Families Are Forever Collection.
This photo includes my grandmother, her mother, and grandmother. Her grandmother walked across the plains when she was a girl. This photo was taken during a family vacation in California. While they were there, my grandma's grandmother died. They shipped her body home via train to be buried back in Salt Lake.
How do I know that story? Because my grandmother told it to me. Now that I have made this layout, whoever looks at my albums will know it, too. Before I made this layout, this photo was just a photo that had names written on the back.
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This is a layout I just made of my granddaughter, Baylee. Because my daughter's family is currently living in the basement of our home, I get to see our cutie every day. Baylee has recently taken to yelling at the family while we eat dinner in order to get us to pay attention to her. When she gets our attention, she gives us the goofiest grin and everybody laughs. That pleases her so much that we all laugh again. The memory of her entertaining us at dinner is one that I want to keep, and now that I've made my layout, I will.
Someday, when Baylee asks her mother what she was like as a baby, Julianne can drag out my scrapbooking albums and say, "Here you go. You liked attention enough that you yelled at us during dinner until you got it."
And Baylee? She'll know for a fact that her Grandma Paxman thought she was one cute kid.
Doesn't get better than that!
P.S. Heads up... the worst thing you can do while recording your memories is to get all seized up by worrying that your layouts aren't "good enough" for some potentially critical audience. The truth is that the only audience that is likely to highly criticize your layouts is you.
So when you feel the old monster named Beat-Up Myself taking over, tell him to get out of there because you're having a good time while performing a very important service to your family, thank-you-very-much!
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Creating Sumptuous Velvet Ribbons from ScrapSimple Templates
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7 with Windows 7
My background is in textiles, and I love to include them in my digital scrapbooking layouts. This is one of the reasons I created the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Velvet Ribbon Biggie. Today, I want to share how to digitally color the templates to get a rich, velvety look with lots of dimension.
For this layout, I have some photos of my boys and my best friend’s girls playing in my muddy backyard. The girls were dressed in very pretty dresses and got caked in mud. I am going to use a grunged-up velvet ribbon to add some softness to a layout about mud.
First, choose the color you want your ribbon to be. I wanted the ribbon to be a lovely shade of brown to complement the mostly brown layout. Using the Eyedropper Tool, choose a darker color for the color of the velvet ribbon. I got this lovely, warm, dark brown color.
Next, choose a light shade for the back of the ribbon. The darker shade should eventually be the foreground color and the lighter shade should be the background color. If you need to switch the colors you can click on the double arrow or use the keyboard shortcut x.
Now that our colors are ready to go, we are going to color our ribbon. In the Layers Palette, select "Create Adjustment Layer" and choose "Gradient Map" from the drop-down menu.
This creates a new layer that maps the colors to the layer below. The dark values will be your foreground color and the light values will become your background color. Double-click on the adjustment layer thumbnail to get the gradient map menu. The gradient should go from dark to light. If, for some reason, your lighter color is on the left, just check "Reverse" in the Gradient Options. Your gradient will flip.
Use the Blending Modes on the Gradient Map to get more variation and texture. Some of my favorite Blending Modes for coloring ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates are "Overlay," "Soft Light," "Hard Light," "Color," and "Linear Burn." For this example, I chose "Overlay."
Changing the Blending Mode often reduces the intensity of the color. To fix that, you can duplicate the Gradient Map. Right-click on the layer and select "Duplicate Layer" or drag-and-drop the Gradient Map’s thumbnail up to the new layer button. You will then have an exact copy of the Gradient Map, including the Blending Mode. You can leave the Blending Mode as is or change it to get the color you want. You can also adjust the Opacity of the second Gradient Map to tone down the intensity.
As you might see, adding the second Gradient Map gives the ribbon that sumptuous color.
You can use this technique to create a lovely black velvet, a soft creamy velvet, or even an edgy purple velvet with a cream back. Once your velvet is colored, right-click on your velvet layer and select "Merge Visible." It is now ready to be inserted into your layer. If you wish to save this colored ribbon for future use, make sure you save it with a new name, so you can reuse the template.
Now, go create some stunning velvet ribbons to add texture and dimension to your digital scrapbooking layouts!
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Article written by Sara Beth Peterson
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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, October 14th - 9:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, October 17th - 7:00PM MDT
Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 7pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!
New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, October 18th - 1:00PM MDT
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, October 18th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, October 19th - 10:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On October 19th, we'll do a Journaling Challenge. Create a layout with at least seven sentences of meaningful journaling. Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Thursday, October 20th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
October Message Board Game: Product Picks
Join us for a new game in October, where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!
Each Monday through Saturday in October, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, Boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.
At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 42 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-41 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
October Monthly Layout Contest: October is all about color! Show us those fabulous fall colors or spring colors for our Southern Hemisphere members! Maybe you have a favorite color you'd like to showcase or a very colorful photo to scrap. Remember, it's all about colors! Share those layouts in the October Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on October 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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