Last Summer at one of my Digital Cafe I was paging through one of my customer's finished books. Sharon's books are always amazing. Two of the layouts I thought would give you all some ideas for your upcoming travel books.
Itinerary Page: She used this great template from a kit. It has eight columns with a title header, a list of the days events and then a photo holder that blends into the list at the bottom of each column. It is amazing.
Trip Highlights Page Layout: Another wonderful layout that she did. She used a graphic of a cell phone face as her photo holders. Then she picked eight pictures that were the highlights of her grandson's trip to France. It was a great effect.
To make this project, you will need:
At my February 18th Digital Cafe Sharon Enke shared her latest storybook. She was telling us how she will often have events that she only has enough pictures for one page. So, she had to come up with something for the companion page.
That is when she started interviewing her grandchildren and create a page with a few favorite photos of that grandchild along with their interview answers.
I love that she is able to still get 7 photos on the page. The film strip is a perfect way to display her grandson in action.
I love how she used a notebook embellishment to place the interview on. Plus I LOVE the large prominent placement of the name on the page. There is power in seeing your name. Whenever her grand kids see this page they will feel important.
Whether in a traditional scrapbook or in a digital storybook creating a title page can be daunting. At my latest Digital Cafe Sharon Enke shared her latest storybook. When showing us her title page she explained that she didn't have one extra special photo that she wanted to use for the title page. So she created the page below to introduce her book.
She includes the year and a quote, "A good snapshot stops a moment from running away" by Eurora Welty. Then she added a photo of herself, the author. :) Then she placed a tag on the page with the words, "Family stories told here." I love that she used a bench because I usually like to sit down when I am looking through photo books. She is inviting the reader to sit down and check out her family stories. Love it!
It has been five years since I made this book for my daughter Emily. She was in sixth grade at the time. She love it so much that she hugged the book, slept with it and took it to school and church to show her friends. There is so much power in the words of this project. The slideshow below is of my digital book I made with Artisan, but this project does not have to be digital. The book prompts are shown below. You can download it and print it off.
I learned about this from my mom, Karyn Fischer. She is an avid reader of the Creative Memories Blog and the Creative Memories Advisor Facebook page. The directions below should be downloadable. I don't have my own sample... yet. So, I was able to find pages shared on the CM Advisors Facebook page. I love the idea of using the scraps to create a coordinated page 2. Happy Scrapping.
Just a little back story... for those of you who know me well know that I love photography. This has morphed into a love of scrapbooking and with my techie skills I quickly picked up digital scrapbooking. I have loved being part of the digital scrapbooking community and getting and sharing ideas with other digi-croppers on the Facebook page for Pixels2Pages.
Pixels2Pages started off as an almost underground community for users of the Creative Memories digital scrapbooking software - Storybook Creator. Then they became a subscription support service. All the while they were developing a community of storybook creator users on their Facebook page. Pixels2Pages would share ideas, post training videos or give design challenges on their training site and then... ask their subscribers to do their homework and post it on their Facebook page. The great thing about this is that it's fun to share your finished pages and get feedback, but also to see how others completed the challenges or used the new techniques. Fun, fun, fun.
Flash forward about 8 years and Pixels2Pages were partnered up with Forever, which is now the company that develops, sells and maintains the software I use to digital scrapbook - Artisan. If you have an account with Forever, you get regular updates and often links to try out the training site by Pixels2Pages. I have been noticing that they would show a link to a magazine called "Pages," but never clicked on the link.
This month there was the latest issue published. It is an online issue that can be read through an interface called issuu. The cover below caught my eye so I opened it.
I was paging through and... actually squealed when I saw my own page in their magazine (mine is the one on the bottom right). Later in the issue I saw that my page was one they used to advertise their services. What an honor!
My next thought was, hmmm... I wonder how long this magazine has been out and maybe there are more of my pages in their magazine. So, I was browsing past issues and came to July 2016.
In this issue they didn't have just a single page of mine, but three double page spreads. Whoa! The one one the bottom left is one I shared about our day at the zoo. The next one is at the top right. This is a template I created after they had a lesson on using repetition as a design element.
The third two page spread is below on the top left. One of my favorite pages artistically.
Close ups below.
So after a high like this - what does a digi-cropper do? Well, share more pages on Pixels2Pages Facebook page - of course. :)
Scott and I just visited one of his childhood friends, Michael Alltop, his wife Whitney (friends since college for me) and their family. While we were there, the family celebrated their oldest child's 16th birthday. Mike made a photo book for his son's birthday. The picture above shows how amazing a gift a photo book is. The family gathered around the book and laughed as they relived some favorite moments of their lives together. It was a great moment to be a part of.
Before the gift was given Mike talked making the book. It was so fun to hear the excitement as he talked about how easy and quick the process was.
Easy solutions to bring photos into families' lives is what is important to Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories. Even though this product wasn't ordered through AZ, it encouraged me to find more people like Mike who want to do something with their photos and their families who will be blessed by the end result.
MAKE IT SIMPLE, GOT IT. :)
I have ordered Historian and Artisan tonight. I will be working on my trip to NY, PA, CT, NJ this weekend using the new software. That way I will be able to better share with you what it is like. Feel free to add comments with questions.
That was easy
Ordered Historian. Downloaded. Uninstalled Memory Manager. Entered activation code. Opened Historian. Open vault from Memory Manager. So easy.
I've loved photography all my life. Have been making photo albums since high school. I love helping people do something memorable with their photos. Have so much fun planning workshops for people to get together and work on their photo projects, share stories and fellowship. Looking forward to making this even easier with new products that will make it a snap to finish.