Unique Pages

To create a unique background image for a photo, I researched baseball terms and typed them into a Rich Text Document, saving it to “Rich Text Format” — an RTF file.  I opened Taleweaver and selected the 8.5 x 11 portrait size for my book (you can recreate the following example in any size).

Insert > New Caption

Right-Click in the caption box and select “Edit Text”

Find the file you created for your background.

After your text is loaded into the caption box you can stretch the box to fit your page – then highlight the text and select the font you’d like to use and also the size of the font – watching so that your actions will actually fill the page for a background image.

Next, insert a picture frame for your photo, portrait or landscape (depending on your photo)

Import a photo, then drag it into the frame.  There are options to drag the photo to the position you prefer; also you can rotate the photo.  If desired, you could add more photos to the page.

You could use the same background for your entire book, or create different text files for varied backgrounds — or just have one unique page with this treatment.  The choice is yours — and it’s fun creating pages and photobooks using Taleweaver software.  Enjoy!

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Greeting Cards

There really are times when personal “designed-by-you” can be more special than a brand name!  Begin now to plan for announcements and/or invitations for Graduations, Weddings, Family Reunions — there are so many times a personal touch is a great idea!  MyPicTales Taleweaver software will help you!

Download the software and open it.  For Greeting cards, there is a “New Card Wizard” to guide you.  First you choose the orientation of your card –

Then choose the size you prefer – and choose a frame

There are frames and borders for all occasions –

You can add an image –

and your card text –

The software will then create your card –

You will then have the chance to see your card — to edit and change it.  Experiment – and when you’re ready, simply upload it to MyPicTales.  Enjoy the raves you’ll receive!

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Taleweaver Software

Have you checked MyPicTales lately?  You can have a 6×6, an 8×8, a 8.5×11, or 10×10 inch page printed for only 50¢ and a 12×12 for $1 per page.  Wendy has provided free actions to help Photoshop users, there is a video to help you upload your pages for printing!  There are step by step instructions for calendars!  Do you want to print cards?  There are many styles for simple greetings, invitations, thank you cards, and cards with photos in them.

If you want to create a Photo Book, Scrap Book, Portfolio Book, Brag Book, or Blog Book — there are products and tutorials to help you — as well as the Taleweaver software (full of templates and backgrounds, borders and shapes) — your finished product will impress kids and grownups — you’ll do yourself proud!

Figuring Bleed

Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming.  The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies.  Bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document.  Failing to provide bleed information and crop marks can result in finished pieces showing a thin area of white on the edge.

It is helpful to know this and create your scrapbooking projects so that your journaling and photos are at least 1/3″ from the edge of the canvas.  If your layout has important elements close to the edge, you can make some simple adjustments to be sure that nothing important will be trimmed off your layout.  Sometimes increasing the size of your background paper will solve the issue, but if the background image has a stitched edge, you’ll want to increase the outside edge or that stitching may be cut off.

You can find templates and tutorials to help you with page size and bleed area on MyPicTales hereWendy’s Templates can be used to create or test your page layout.  The page is set at 8.25 inches for a finished 8 inch page, giving a one-quarter inch bleed area all around the layout.  Then a safe area is also illustrated (you will want to have your journaling, titles, and elements inside that safe area to assure that they aren’t trimmed off.

I began with this layout idea for an 8-inch page.

Placing it into Wendy’s Template, I realized there would be a chance of having some of the layers trimmed, so I expanded my background layer and the red layers to the 8.25 inch size and contracted my other layers to fit inside the “safe area” of the template.

Finally, I placed them on pages in the Taleweaver software and knew that I’ll be happy with my finished design. (Before on the left, the edited version on the right)

I still need to add some elements, a title and some journaling, but can see the area to place those to keep them in the safe area.  You can also use the Taleweaver software to upload your single scrapbook pages.

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Book in Progress

First I selected photos I might want to use for my book and copied them to a special directory that I named Shirley (as this book is for her), so that I wouldn’t make changes to my original photos.  Then I edited the photos that were too dark or those that I wanted to crop in my Graphics editing software (I use Paint Shop Pro by Corel) — just be certain to not compress your files when saving — keep the size and resolution.  Don’t expect to crop a small area of a photo and use it as a full page.

Next, I opened MyPicTales Taleweaver and clicked on Photo Books – start a new book.  At the bottom, it says “Load images for your book here.”  I clicked on the ++ to load an entire directory (since I’d already copied the photos to a directory to use for my book).  Now it’s time to move my photos to pages.  On pages 2-3, I drug my photo to the page, then chose “add photo” and began to move it around and tug at the corner to stretch it.  I drug it so that part of it was on each page, then adjusted until I got the photo on the page as I wanted.  I chose orange as a single page background, then right clicked on it to fade it to a pale color.

Dragging (stretching) at the corner of your photo will enlarge it proportionately.  If you want to remove some of the sides, top, or bottom, you can click and drag inward.  On my pages 6-7, I used one photo as a two page background, then added a photo on top of it.  I drug a line picture border over my photo, you can also choose frames and corners, brushes or ornaments.

On pages 8 and 9, I used one photo per page, but not as a background.  I lined them up to have a slight border of white; one of which I’ll add a quote to.

To be continued …

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