Book of Me

One of the projects (or works in progress) for me is a “Book of Me” sharing photos, experiences, and occasional tidbits that describe me.  The February kit at Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild combines pinks and greens, an all-time favorite for me, with delightful elements.  This is a layout I created using that kit.

This is the February 2012 Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild kit (linked).

As Ever,
Pam

Valentine Reminder

February 14th — tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Did you prepare a special surprise for your loved ones?  The florists have been preparing for a month at my daughter’s floral and gift shop; there will be beautiful bouquets of flowers, balloon bouquets, plush stuffed animals, special chocolates, candles, photo frames, and delightful flowering plants.  Some who have come in to order flowers have told that they proposed on Valentine’s Day.

However you spend the day, I hope you make new memories.  It’s also enjoyable to revisit old memories through our journals and photos – today I’m sharing this link to a free gift from Dee Bee Designs called Love Bugs.  It will be perfect for your special photos. I’ve used it here with photos of my maternal grandparents, but plan to use it again with little photos of my niece and her hubby using the larger opening for a photo of their son. I hope you enjoy it.

As Ever,
Pam

Work in Progress

Back in June I began to tell about a book I am working on for a friend.  I’d really liked a book of quotes I had seen, and decided to create a book with friendship photos and either facts about the photo or a quote to embellish the page.  Other projects soon took precedence, and I kinda forgot about my book.  I did complete a few more pages!

Taleweaver allows you to drag your photo over one page and a part of the other — you’ll have a visual of how the page will look!  These are pages 10 and 11 of my book; only a few more to go (since most of my pages are doubles).  As I work on the remaining pages, I’ll write about my process and create some screen shots to display Taleweaver in use.

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As Ever,
Pam

Get Busy. Create!

Not all scrapbookers are young with preschool children; it might surprise you that I was creating web pages when the World Wide Web was an infant!  I worked at a corporate technical library and learned to create newsletters using desktop publishing software.  Soon I had my own computer and was creating Christmas letters and pages of scanned photos to tell my story.

My first online web pages were about quilting.  Through drawing quilt blocks for websites, I learned my software and its capabilities.  But I was also scanning photos (with a handheld scanner) and putting together “newsletters” and genealogy information — my early pages had primitive scanned elements to enhance my stories.  Eventually I found a magazine — then I found a website — the digital scrapbooking world!  Many of my early pages were created with desktop publishing or greeting card software.

I still love those pages, but have transcended several times to different styles.  I never did paper scrapbooking pages, I have always been digital.  Many of my photos are scanned (pre-digital photos), and my styles vary from simple photo pages enhanced with some journaling and an element or two — to pages heavily filled with backgrounds and elements.  Study the process and the galleries of “what others have done” to find your favorite style.

Each of us has an idea of what we want to see in a page — and each page can shout to us a different idea.  There is no “right” or “wrong” if you like it.  You might want to study balance — to create a page that focuses on the photos, but also leads to the journaling.  There are many factors — color contrast, element placement, and balance.  The wonderful aspect of digital is that you can move things around — several times (or more) until you get the look and feel you want for your page.

There came a day when I wanted to have my pages printed (I didn’t like the output from my printer).  I found MyPicTales — and I sent an order.  I was more than delighted with the results!!  The rest is history — I only trust MyPicTales with prints of my pages.

Have a question?  Post it and one of us will certainly answer.  Tell your story (as you want it told).  Trust MyPicTales to print it!  Download the Taleweaver software to assist you in creating your pages, your books, your calendars — your story!  Yum!  Candy.  Eye candy — stuff to make you (and future generations) delight in the photos and the stories told.  Get busy!  Create!

Not all pages are created about family — some tell about an instance in our lives.  This page is one I created to tell about an historic event in my life.

As Ever,
Pam