I'm starting to really get a routine going, with what works for me (remember I'm all digital, baby).
Step One: I try to upload my pictures from the week in one fail swoop, rather than uploading each day. I use iPhoto. I create an album of all my favorites from the week.
Step Two: I run through my favorites and decide if there is one that I just love that would work for my 6x12 photo. (I've been able to find one every week so far.) I do any color adjustments, but honestly, only if they are really bad. I don't waste too much time here because I can always go back later, if I have time to fiddle with them.
Step Three: Open a previous PL page that I think is most like the layout that will work for the photos I have. I start replacing the photos with new ones. I change orientation of the photos, but stay within the grids. I am pretty rigid about staying within the grid!
Step Four: Start changing out the "extras" and adding some embellishments.
Here they are side-by-side. I really love them this week. I think I like them because I figured out how to do some things on my own. Those of you who are accustomed to making all your own scrapbook embellishments will likely find my stuff pretty elementary, but don't knock elementary school. I think we learn way more in elementary than middle or high school. I'm going to share some of what I learned this week. Keep in mind I use Adobe Illustrator CS3. Many of the processes are similar to Photoshop CS3, so if you are mildly adept in that, you can essentially do the same thing...
1.) I gave the word "beautiful" a little extra dimension by first typing one, then copying it, changing the color to a slightly creamy brown and putting it behind the white, then off setting it, just slightly. I really liked the result. It made it look a little like the words that everyone is cutting out of their little machines. If I was doing traditional or hybrid scrapping I would so get one of those fancy little machines. They look SOOOO fun!
2.) I love how my scripture card turned out. I made the zig-zag lines by drawing a very thin rectangle (that really looked just like a thick line) and then I used the zig-zag effect, playing with it until I liked the look. I copied and stacked a bunch of them and then added a white background. The little "scrap" of crinkled paper is actually a masked part of a photo. Do you recognize it?? Look at the bottom of the box of produce, yep, that's it, turned upside down and resized.
3.) And there are lots of tutorials out there on how to put type over photos and changing the transparency so that the photo shows through, so I won't go into that...
Then I just loved this photo of my youngest, Gracie, who was helping me get some chores done at the church on Friday - our special day of the week, when it's just the two of us. I love her hair, it's so 80's! She'd had a braid the day before and so she has the "crimped" look. Just makes me giggle.
I love how PL is helping me to push myself to figure out how to do more stuff with the program I use. There aren't a lot of Illustrator tutorials out there. I know most digi-scrapbookers are using Photoshop, but I just love Illustrator and have fun experimenting without the pressure with a job needing to get to the printer.
And I'll leave you with the verse that is my life verse because I believe it to be true (even when I don't live it out fully). Don't you just love being around people whose speech is gracious? I sure do. I want to be one of those people, but honestly, it's hard work sometimes, not just to hold my tongue, but to carefully choose the words so that they are full of graciousness!
"He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend."
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