There are days when I have unlimited time to create a digital scrapbook layout, and then there are days when I have a creative urge but don’t have a whole lot of time to dedicate to my creativity. Enter the JIF 6 Kit to rescue me!
JIF Kits are a beautifully coordinated set of digital scrapbooking supplies that includes one digital scrapbooking paper, one piece of word art, and four embellishments. It also includes a layered PSD document of all the pieces put together in a layout made by the designer of the kit.
For me, the real joy of the JIF Kit is its simplicity and flexibility. I can keep all the parts of the layout where they are and Just Insert Foto (photo) – hence the name of this handy product! Or I can move all the individual parts of the layout to new places, I can leave off pieces, or add in items that are complementary.
When I make a digital scrapbook page, I tend to start with the picture and try to capture or highlight the feelings it evokes in me. I opened the picture of my daughter that I wanted to use in my layout and remembered when she had planted some Morning Glory seeds and was sitting outside waiting for them to grow. I just love the look on her face! Being the girly girl she is, she was dressed all in pink and had a large silk flower in her hair. There are my feelings: sweetness, cuteness, springtime, and flowers. I know that flowers are not feelings, but I wanted to surround her in them because she was so eagerly waiting for her flowers to grow everywhere.
I carried my feelings with me as I looked through the JIF Kits in the SG Design Shop and picked the one that I thought had the perfect combination of colors and embellishments to suit the picture I was using.
I opened the layered PSD of JIF 6: 12×12 La Bonne Vie by Syndee Nuckles and then used the Move Tool to drag my picture onto the ready-made layout. Then I saved the PSD file by another name so that I would preserve the original digital scrapbooking page to use or alter another day.
I planned to use a single photograph on this layout, and on this occasion, I needed some different word art, so I customized the pre-made layout a little. I decided to remove one of the frames, the wings, and the word art by clicking on the little eye icon to the left of the layer thumbnail in the Layers Palette. This hides that layer from view, but leaves it in the document in case I want to use it later.
Then I rotated the remaining frame by clicking its layer, and then Shift+Click on the photo mask layer so both were highlighted. Next, I clicked Image> Rotate> 90° Right. I grabbed the corner of the picture and the frame layers and grabbed a corner to rotate them into place.
I moved my picture from the top of the stack of layers to just above the photo mask and clipped them together usingLayer> Create Clipping Mask. Then I used the Horizontal Type Tool to place my journaling.
Looking at the layout, I feel like it’s a little heavy on the lower left side. I duplicated some flowers and moved them to the upper right side and added an original title to create some visual balance.
Below is my completed layout. By starting with a JIF Kit, I was able to quickly create a digital scrapbook page that reflects the sweet, springtime feelings of the picture.
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