I have a huge confession to make right off the hop. I am a faker, I mean a “Scrapbook Faker”. After years of trying to scrapbook my family vacations, special events, I haven’t completed a single album. I have all the tools. stamps, stickers, a basket full of paper. I even convinced myself that once I bought a Cricut machine, I would be able to complete at least one album. That was 6 years ago and I still haven’t finished. Well I haven’t even started sighh!. I just realized my oldest is turning 18 in September and I would really like to have a couple scrapbook projects done. So this summer, I have decided I would keep up on my documenting. Maybe not every week or everyday but make a conscious effort.
How will I do this you may ask? I am going to use a my Adobe Photoshop Elements and Becky Higgins Project Life Scrapbooking system. It used to take me hours picking photos, creating layouts, making them look pretty, journalize. Now with the Project Life App on my phone or the Digital scrapbooking on Adobe I can finish a scrapbook page in 15 minutes or less.
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I have to admit, I have been trying to catch up on some of the kids albums I think I may almost have one completed. I love the way Project Life by Becky Higgins has 3 ways to scrapbook and I have utilized all of them, lets remember I have 2 kids who were born before digital cameras so Becky Higgins Physical Project Life has been my Lifesaver for those two.
All you need to complete your scrapbook in physical format is:
1. Album with page protectors and Markers,
2. My stack of photos:
3. Project Life Cards:
I used to keep all my Project Life Core Kits separately in their boxes. But one day I found this drawer organizer around my house that fits all my journaling cards and even my large title page cards. I keep them out on my shelve in my office. They have so many other uses besides your scrap booking. I like them to send a cute note to someone or decorate…
I just add my photos to the page protectors and when I am done I have a cute scrapbook for the kids and family to reminisce.
Now if you are like me, most of my photos are somewhere on a computer, phone or tablet. So with them, I like to use the Digital version Of Project Life scrap booking . I take more time going through Becky Higgins website deciding what cards I want to use. The APP I can finish up a few pages while the event is fresh in my mind on the car ride home.
On the Becky Higgins, Project Life website under “Digital”, “Freebies”, I downloaded the free digital Project Life Starter Pack. It provided me with everything I needed to complete my scrap booking pages digitally. The only extra purchases are my album, page protectors, and printing.
This is how I scrapbook with Photoshop Elements:
CHOOSE YOUR TEMPLATE
There are so many different templates you can choose use with Project Life. I chose the most popular “Design A” I also chose my corners to be round instead of square. This is a cute little new feature to the digital scrapbook.
When you first bring up a template you will notice a little message and the right hand side you will see what is called a “layers palette” and a PLUS sign next to every clippable layer. This helps place your photos or Project Life cards in the template.
First thing I do is hide the Introduction Message by clicking the “eye” shape in the Layers Palette. As I show here.
2. UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS AND PROJECT LIFE CARDS
Go to “File”, “Open” and upload your photos you would like to use for your page. I also open some of my Project Life cards I would like to use. In this page I chose “Oh What Fun Winter Value Kit” I know this is July but I am playing “catch UP” remember?
3. DRAG AND DROP
You will find the photos and cards all lined up in your “Photos Bin” I like showing my photo bin then I can drag and drop my photos onto the page.
Next a drag a photo from the Photo Bin onto my layers page, roughly where you want your photo to go. See how the photo shows up in the Layer’s Palette on the right hand side?
Now this is the tricky part to explain on a blog post so please bare with me. You place the photo right above the photo card you want your photo to go into. Then, hover your mouse in between the layer and the photo. Once you see a little arrow, press “Alt” and your left mouse key (clipping mask). If its done correctly it will look like this.
Can you see the photo is moved over a bit and the photo is now in the frame? Next you just need to resize the photo and move it around a bit using the “Move Tool” on the left hand side. You can also do this with the cards as well. If you decide that you want to move the photo and not have it in that clipping mask you just hover the mouse in the same spot and press “Alt” and left mouse key.
So simple to do and it takes no time at all.
4. ADD TEXT AND STICKERS
The neat thing about making my Project Life pages digitally means I can put text and stickers anywhere on my page. There really is no limit to the creativity.
I used “OH what Fun Winter Value Kit” for my page. This was back on March break, the and girls wanted to go tobogganing one last time before the snow melted. I wanted to practice a bit on my photography skills. This took me 10 minutes to complete.
5. SAVE AND PRINT
Once I have completed my Project Life page I then go to “File”, “Save As” and save my project as a JPEG file. This way I can easily get it printed.
Project Life by Becky Higgins does give you the option to order prints through the APP but it only ships to the United States right now. I found a great website called Persnickety Prints that does an amazing job printing photos and scrapbook pages. I usually scrapbook for the full year and then send them off to be printed. Shipping to Canada is not expensive at all.
It costs me $1.99 US for each page and $15.00 shipping.
The other thing I can easily share a page on my social media like Facebook and Instagram.
I keep my albums in the family room and every once in a while the family likes to go through them all.
If you want to join me keeping up with the memory keeping this summer. Here are the places again to get you started.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements Program or the Project Life APP
- Project Life templates and Project Life Cards
- Your photos
- Persnickety Prints
I hope you have fun keeping up the memories.