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School Year Scrapping
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School Year Scrapping
Article written using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Windows Vista
Many of the events we scrap are one-time events, like weddings and vacations. Other events happen yearly, like holidays and birthdays, but are still confined to a set period in time, a few days or a week. And then there are those events that take place over a long period of time. These may include documenting success in a new fitness program or tracking pregnancy. For me, one such event is scrapping the school year for each of my children.
Every school year involves the same types of photos - first day of school, picture day, last day of school, special projects, field trips (if I get to chaperone), special event days, like crazy hair day, etc., and if I put off scrapping all these photos until the end of the school year, it can be pretty overwhelming.
One method that helps me stay current in scrapping these photos is to pick one collection and a set of layout templates and stick to those supplies throughout the school year.
Armi Custodio's ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Clustered and Clean includes a set of 10 layout templates with a variety of photo spots. They come as layered PSD files, so I can use them as they are, or add or subtract photo masks as needed to accommodate my scrapping needs.
This year for my daughter's school year, I chose Armi's School Is Cool Collection, my daughter loves owls this year, so the little owl embellishment and paper is a perfect fit. Now each time we take school-related photos, I grab a template and open up my collection and get them scrapped.
Aside from enabling me to keep current with my daughter's school year, I have found that using this method also opens up some options when it comes time to assemble my albums and print my layouts. My first option is to include each layout in chronological order in my yearly album. The unified look of using the same collection throughout the school year sends a signal to anyone looking through my album that this is a school-related layout and which grade it belongs with.
Another option I am considering is to make a school album just for my daughter. This would be an ongoing project that I would add to during her school years and print up for her when she graduates. I really like the idea that each grade would be visually cohesive, and her whole school career would be in one location for her to look back on.
Of course, a big advantage of digi-scrapping is that you never "use up" your supplies. I can take one collection and a set of templates and reuse them over and over to scrap a full school year of events. By choosing one collection and a set of layout templates, I can stay on top of my long-term scrapping.
Layout by Melanie Cockshott
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Clustered and Clean and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Shadow Layer 6501 PSE are also available.
Article written by Melanie Cockshott
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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 16th - 12 Noon ET
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET for the 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 January 16th, we'll do a Font Challenge. Use a font that you haven't used before in your layout. If you need some font inspiration, check out the fonts in the Boutique.
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, January 17th - 9:00 p.m. ET
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 Carla (CRS) at 9 PM ET for the Heritage Crop and Chat and learn ways to use ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Jot It Down Biggie to dress up your journaling for heritage pages. We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, January 21st - 8:00 p.m. ET
Stop in to chat about this month's ScrapSimple Club, you don't have to be a club member to chat. Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and discuss the month's club and how to use ScrapSimple products in general. These products are fun and versatile items to have in your digital arsenal!
January's Forum Game: Jumpstart January!
It's time to kick off the new year with some fun and a focus on scrapbooking! Join us on Scrap Girls Forum for "Jumpstart January!" This is a game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little "speedbumps" of life. When the month is over you'll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.
A Welcoming Committee Member will post a task each Monday through Saturday from January 1-31. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete all the required tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59 pm (ET) January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete all the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 gift certificates. Each person who completes a layout will be entered – once for each completed challenge page - into a drawing for one of three $3 gift certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
January Monthly Layout Contest: Our scrapbooks are full of the holidays, birthdays and special events. But what about those little, everyday moments? For the January Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring everyday moments or habitual tasks that would otherwise go undocumented. Please post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on January 31st and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
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!
Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to [email protected]. If your challenge idea is chosen, you will win a prize! Friday will be Customer Challenge Day, so keep an eye out on the Forum calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!
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