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No more scrapbook alphabet frustrations!

Digital Scrapbooking freebie below!

I reckon alphabets are one of the major frustrations of scrapbooking!

You know how it goes. You’ve completed a gorgeous scrapbook layout and you need just the right letters to make your title. You go to your alphabet stash and either you don’t have any with the right look and feel for your scrapbook layout design or else you’re missing a few vital letters.

Of course if you’re a digital scrapbooker you just feel a little smug as you go to your digital alpha stash and select the style you want and change the color to suit your scrapbook layout.

But here’s the thing for paper scrapbookers.

Why not combine the best of both worlds?

Hybrid scrapbooking lets you combine digital elements with your paper scrapbook layouts. And you can get some stunning effects.

I made this birthday card for a friend’s daughter. The word ONE is a totally digital element which I created, printed out on photo card and cut out for my card.

ONEcard

To make it more interesting I clipped one of the papers from The Garden Party Mega Freebie Kit onto it. With Photoshop Elements you just place the paper layer on top of the template and press Ctrl+G then Ctrl+E. You can learn how to do it with my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 5 here.

If you don’t have a graphic editing program like Photoshop Elements you can type your word into your word processing program and choose a color for your font that matches your layout. Print it onto good quality card and cut it out. It’s not as snazzy as clipping a patterned paper to the word but it can get you the title you need.

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How to make a Custom Header for your Facebook Timeline

Have you made a custom header for your Facebook timeline?

It’s quite easy to do and it makes your Facebook timeline look a bit more unique than just using a photo like everyone else does.

Here’s how you do it.

Fundamentally your header is just a specialised digital scrapbook layout. You just need to remember that your Facebook photo will overlap on the bottom left hand corner so you need to design your header allowing for that.

The other thing you need to remember is that there’s not a lot of space available so I suggest you keep your design simple  and relatively uncluttered. Here’s mine so you can see what I mean.

I made this using The Garden Party Mega Kit. And you are welcome to use the kit to design your own headers (I’d appreciate it if you would give Scraps of Mind a credit on your page) as long as it’s for a personal header and not for a commercial one.

If you have a graphic editing software program such as Photoshop Elements…

  1. Create a new file 860 x 300 pixels and 72 dpi resolution
  2. Choose the digital scrapbook elements you want to use for your header and open them into your graphics editing program.
  3. Drag them onto your header file and arrange to form your design. Note: because we’re working in such a low resolution your elements will be a lot bigger than your file and you’ll need to drag them smaller to fit on your header.
  4. When you’re happy with your design save your file (choose the Save for the Web option)
  5. Note the folder where you are saving it to so that you can find it when you upload it onto your Facebook Timeline.
  6. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  7. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  8. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.

 

If you don’t have a graphic editing software program…

If you don’t want to invest in a full sized graphics editing program there are a number of other more simple options available to you. I recommend the My Memories Suite as worthy of consideration.

It’s easy to use (especially if you’re not familiar with digital scrapbooking) and low cost. You can read my review of My Memories Suite here.

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And here’s how to create your Facebook Header with My Memories Suite

 

  1. Open your My Memories Suite software and  create a new album and choose design your own.
  2. Then choose the ›Custom Size tab in the middle of the screen.
  3. You can set the size by inches or pixels. For your Facebook Header choose 860 x 300 pixels.
  4. Add whatever content you want, including papers, pictures, text and embellishments.
  5. Finally, click on Share Album in far right column and select Export
  6. In the Export Wizard, make sure that the image type is jpeg and the image size is the size you chose for your header and click finish
  7. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  8. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  9. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.

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And you can use these methods for creating your own blog headers too.

Just change the size of the file you’re creating. Usually a Blogger header is around 1000×300 pixels and a WordPress header is 904×160 pixels.

So now there’s nothing stopping you from having a beautiful custom designed header on your Facebook Timeline or your Blog. Have fun with this and let me know how you go.

And if you think this is a good idea please share it with your Facebook friends or share the link to this article on your blog.

My mojo’s gone missing

I have been having mojo issues off and on for some time now.

But it’s been a particular struggle in the last few months.

I don’t have any particular reason to offer… unless you count my addiction/obsession with Castleville on Facebook as a reason. But there is it is; creativity brick wall.

So this post is for all of you who are having similar creativity brain blocks.

Here are some articles I’ve written on ideas that might help you to get firing on all cylinders again.

When Your Mojo is No-Go

10 Top Ways to Rekindle your Scrapbooking Inspiration

How to beat Scrappers Block

10 Speedy Scrapbook Ideas

And for me?

Well I’m going to start making some Christmas cards!

Yes I realise Christmas is over half a year away but I think it’s a gentle way to try and ease back into the creative stream again. Christmas cards aren’t too demanding and I have plenty of stamps and embellishments etc. to get me started.

But most of all — I don’t feel pressured to make the perfect card.

I’ll be making over 50 cards so I can try different things and different techniques or do a bunch of simple cards all the same. No pressure.

So wish me and my missing mojo luck.

And please let me know in the comments section below if you have any mojo generating ideas of your own that we can share.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial – Blending photos into the background

One of the many things I love about digital scrapbooking is blending.

You can blend several background papers together using different blending modes to give you a whole different looking paper.

And another very cool blending idea is to blend your photo into the background for a really funky look.

 

Blending photo into the background

Here’s how you do it I’ve used Photoshop Elements but this will work with any software program that lets you work with layers):

1. Open a new Scrapbook layout file and drag onto it the background paper of your choice.

2. Now drag your photo on and position/resize to suit your layout. Remember you’re going to remove a lot of the area around your focal subject so you may need to make the photo a bit larger than you otherwise would.

3. Select the Eraser tool from your tool bar and choose a grungy style brush from the drop down list in the top menu bar.

4. Now reduce the opacity of the brush in the menu bar. Probably 10-30% is a good range. If you don’t like it you can always back out of what you’ve done with the Undo button or Ctrl+Z keys.

5. Increase the size of the brush using the slider in the top menu bar or by pressing the ] key on your keyboard.

6. Now, with your photo layer selected, start dabbing around your photo with the Eraser brush. Start at the outside and work inwards. Don’t be too fussed on being precise, the effect you’re looking for is not one of precision. You’ll probably want to go over the outside edges several times so that you lose the hard edge of the photo. You can remove however much or little of the background as you like to give you the effect that you want.

7. Finally you can reduce the opacity of the photo a little to let it blend even more with the background. Just play with the opacity slider in your layers palette until you get the result that you like.

If you’re someone who picks things up more easily with visuals rather than text you might like to check out my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 3 which shows you step by step how to do this (as well as some other very cool techniques you may find handy)

If you think this tutorial was useful please let me know in the comments below, otherwise I don’t know if I’m just talking to myself or not.

Other related articles:

How to blend your background papers – Scrapbook video tutorial

How to Digital Scrapbook – from Soup to Nuts


How to beat Scrappers Block

If you’re a writer and you can’t come up with the right words to get started on that blank sheet of (virtual) paper it’s called Writers Block.

And if you’re a scrapbooker and you just can’t seem to get any ideas to get you started on that next scrapbook layout it’s called Scrappers Block.

And let’s face it, we’ve all experienced it. I defy any scrapbooker to tell me they’ve never had Scrappers Block at some time in their scrapbooking life. But if you’re that person feel free to share in the comments section below. I’ll happily bow down to you. My friend Antoinette is going through a severe case of mojo collapse at the moment and that has inspired me to write this post.

So getting past your Scrappers Block and into the land of free flowing creative juices is the challenge. And here are some ideas you might like to try to help you smash through the block.

  1. Take a browse through your scrapbook albums. A stroll down memory lane will not only help to relax your mind but it rekindle your enthusiasm, and hopefully your creativity, as you revisit some of your favourite moments and scrapbook layouts.
  2. Take a browse through someone else’s scrapbook albums. Check out your friend’s scrapbook layouts. Some may just reach out to you and plant little seeds in your creative mind. And if you don’t have a handy scrapbooking friend to turn to you can always turn to the Internet. Many scrapbooking sites host layout galleries and scrapbooking blogs like this one are a great place for creative information. You can check out all the Scraps of Mind articles which feature a scrapbook layout here.
  3. Scrapbook magazines can also provide a wealth of ideas. You can relax your mind as you flick through them and see what you’re drawn to. Try not to be too focused as this can inhibit your creative side from being receptive to any ideas.
  4. Try looking at magazine advertising with new eyes. Some of the best graphic layout artists around are behind the design and layout of the advertisements that you see in your magazines. Try looking at some which catch your eye and think how they might be adapted to make a scrapbook layout. The scrapbook layout on the left is an example of how I have used this scrapbooking blocker buster.
  5. Learn a new technique. Often I find that the inspiration for a new scrapbook layout design will come from learning how to do something new and then building the design around the new thing I’ve just learned. You’ll find plenty of ideas on Scraps of Mind. Just check out the Articles tab at the top of the page. And if you’re a digital scrapbooker (or would like to become one) take a look at my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Tutorials. There is something for everyone from Beginner to Advanced.
  6. Make a card or an ATC. Working with a smaller canvas and without a focal photo will give your creative brain a different direction. And once you’re in the creative mode again it’s much easier to come up with ideas for your scrapbook layout.

All of these ideas have one thing in common: move away from trying to force your way through Scrappers Block and move your mind to a more relaxed state by taking the pressure off. It’s hard to be creative when you feel you’re under pressure.

And if all else fails, give yourself a break. Sometimes just going away and throwing yourself into doing something else, even if it’s something like cleaning out the linen cupboard, can provide your brain with the break it needs to enable it to be receptive to creative ideas again.

Do you have any particular things that you do to break through Scrappers Block? I’d love you to share them with us in the comments below. After all it’s something we all suffer with from time to time. So all ideas are welcome.

And if you enjoyed this article please share the link with your scrapbooking friends and click the Facebook Like button. Or maybe give it a thumbs up on Stumbleupon.

Other related Articles:

Madison Avenue Scrapbooking

ATC Swaps

Try some Repetition in your Scrapbook Layouts