Yesterday’s post has so much wonderful information — go read it if you hadn’t yet! Additionally, find your favorite designer’s blog and read! There will often be links to tools; and to those who inspired your favorite designer!
Magazines are another source for ideas when you’re ready to create pages. When I began putting pages together it was classified as desktop publishing. Soon there were magazines featuring digital layouts — this is now long enough ago that you can often find scrapbooking magazines in thrift stores!! Your local library is an excellent source for books and magazines that will help you with your layout plans and with your software.
When we knit or sew there are patterns that tell us how many stitches or where to cut. So the link I’ll add to yesterday’s ideas is that of pagemaps. There are hundreds of ideas for you to use when creating a scrapbook page. You will also find these listed as templates in scrapbook galleries. There are many important things to learn about digital scrapbooking; another is shadows — you will want your page to have some perspective.
The 300 dpi is so very important, whether scanning or creating! I scanned so many photos a few years ago at a low resolution — they may work in a slideshow, but I won’t be able to use them for my scrapbooking. When in doubt about your pages, send some sample pages to print. You may be glad you planned this way!
Search, read, and ask questions. Then look around and find a style that you really like! Then play — don’t worry (work with copies of your photos and copies of the elements of any kits you may have downloaded — that way you won’t change the originals and can always start over!!) Understand layers — it’s like you are working with a piece of paper and placing a photo on top of it and placing a ribbon or button (or both) as design elements.
What fun! With digital, you can create a page that showcases photos, includes journaling to explain the photos, and a title to describe! And allthewhile, you haven’t altered your original photos, can change or replace your page, and can use the kits again! We’re documenting today for future generations; how important is that?
Digital scrapbooking is a must do! MyPicTales is also a must do when it’s time to print your layouts or your photobooks. It’s an exciting process and you’ll just love the results!