1. Select two or more papers you want to combine.
I often select several papers that I think might work well together and turn some layers off and on while I am working.
2. Place the papers into a new 12×12-inch page.
I placed my floral paper over my solid paper. Stacking them the other way (solid over floral) will give a different look.
3. Select the top paper layer and choose a Blending mode.
I played with various paper combinations and came up with three different looks.
With all that to love, I have to admit that this style of scrapping is slightly outside my comfort zone. But I decided to jump right in and see what happened! Score! If you see elements like these and think, “I love it, but I don’t know how to use it,” then this article is for you! Here are some hints I can share with you from what I learned:
1. Faux-blending pictures into the background
The papers in this club have lots of color, but a number of them also have big patches of white. These spots are the perfect places to experiment with blending pictures into the background. I started by cropping and resizing my picture to cover the white portion. Add a mask to the photo and cover any portions that cover parts of the paper that you want visible. This masking step doesn’t need to be too exact – it looks cool if the edges are a little irregular.
Personally, one of my complaints about blending photos into a background is that you tend to lose detail. To get around this, make a copy of the photo layer and apply the Blending style to the copy layer. Then adjust the opacity of that layer – enough to get the blended look without losing the detail. The picture on the left is set on “Linear Light” Blending mode. The picture on the left has an unblended picture layer underneath with the blended layer set at 30% opacity.
2. Journaling cards with patterns
I love all of the journaling cards in this club. They would be awesome for Project Life-style layouts. But for those of us not doing Project Life, they are still super useful. I love using them to anchor my journaling to my page because it helps to set it apart and make it stand out. Most of the journaling cards have a lot of pattern or distressing on them, which can make the writing difficult to read. But not to worry — a little brush work can make all the difference! Place your journaling card on your layout, then type your journaling. Next, make a new layer and place it between the journaling card layer and the text layer. Use the Eyedropper tool to select the main color from the journaling card. Using a soft-edged brush, apply the color behind the text anywhere it’s difficult to read. You can reduce the opacity to make it even more subtle.
3. Don’t hesitate to make changes!
Resize and recolor things! The Big Quotes word art in this club are so cool, and they have so many fun possibilities for your layouts. I resized one of the Big Quotes and colored it hot pink. I also re-colored the alpha to bring more green to the page. The beauty of digital scrapbooking is that things can always be adjusted or tweaked to make them work perfectly.
- Hyphens are the easiest way to minimize the problem, though I prefer not to use them in my journaling blocks.
- Adjusting the font size and tracking can improve the word spacing.
- Add extra adjectives to your journaling in just the right places.
If the above methods don’t work for you, I have good news! You can adjust the justification settings to help solve the problem.
First, select your text, and then choose Justification from the Paragraph panel menu.
- Word Spacing is the space between each word.
- Letter Spacing is the distance between letters.
- Glyph Scaling controls the width of the characters.
- Leading controls the spaces between each line.
While adjusting the spaces between words rather than the letters is preferred in the typography world, I got the results I wanted by slightly adjusting the letter spacing. The settings you choose will vary depending on the font you use, and the size of your font and text box. If you opt to change the letter spacing, keep the difference between the minimum and maximum percentages as small as possible, or the differences in letter spacing from line to line may look worse than the large gaps you’re trying to fix! Play with the numbers until you are satisfied with the results.
The screenshot below shows how the adjustments I made helped make the word spacing look more natural.
1. Start with choosing a focal point.
Every page needs a clear starting point. Our eyes are naturally drawn to pictures, so those are usually where we start. We spend time studying the pictures before we read the journaling. When you aren’t using pictures, pick something else for the eye to focus on first – a title, a piece of word art, etc.
In my example, I used a phrase from the story. This is something that my family says all the time, ever since my three-year-old mistakenly ate a spoonful of salt, thinking it was sugar. “Not ‘da suga’, Mama!” means “That was not what I expected!” in our household.
2. Make the focal point stand out.
Once you’ve picked your focus, the trick is making it the focus. Size, placement, and color are three great ways to pull the eye in. Again, we naturally look at the biggest element with the most differences first. Use that to your advantage:
- Make the quote the biggest part of the page.
- Use a fancy font or a different color.
- Use alphas for one wor
- Add a style to give it texture or depth. Anything to make it stand out!
3. Let everything else be in the background.
Let all of the other text elements take a step back. Pick a simple, easy-to-read font and a neutral color. Use a smaller point size. All of these things make it clear to someone looking at the page what you intended them to see first, second, third.
Challenge yourself today to create a layout without a photo. I would love to see how you make quotes the main feature of your page! And, of course, don’t forget to post your layout in the Scrap Girls Gallery!
But you may be thinking, I don’t scrap Pocket Life pages and so I don’t have any Pocket Life cards. Well, not to worry, because as fun as these cards are to use on your scrapbook pages, they can be even more fun to make!
To start a Pocket Life card, open a new document in your desired size. Cards can be any size you would like, but are typically 3×4, 4×6, 4×4, or 3×3 inches. Because of the smaller dimensions, most scrapbook products will need to be resized to fit on your cards, but other than that, they can be treated as just another layout by adding paper, embellishments, alphas, quotes, etc. Our ScrapSimple club offers templates each month that can help you create customizable journal cards that coordinate with your page or project.
Once your cards are finished, you can simply merge the layers and drag them onto your layout. If you’re a hybrid scrapper, cards can be placed on an 8.5×11-inch document, printed, and cut out to use on your hybrid pages.
Whatever type of scrapper you are – Pocket Life, traditional, or hybrid – don’t overlook the fun and versatility of using Pocket Life cards on your layouts. Give it a try today, then share your layout in the Scrap Girls Gallery so we can leave you some love.