Yesterday, we talked about using StoryBook Creator Plus to scrapbook using the “Power Layout” method. We started out organizing our photos and deciding which photos went on which pages. If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.
Now, let’s pick up where we left off…We’ve got our pictures placed on the pages and we’re ready to move ahead:
4. Go back and pick paper and embellishments for each page. Now that you have your pictures, you can browse through your content and pick the papers and embellishments you want to use for each page. I have found that when doing digital scrapbooking this is easier if you do the paper and embellishments all at the same time (especially in SBC+) because it is easy to click back and forth between the paper you have selected and the coordinating embellishments.
Again, like we did with the pictures, just drag and drop them on the page. Don’t get hung up with placing things here and there or cutting/cropping anything. That comes next. For right now, focus on picking what color scheme you want, what papers fit the pictures, etc.
Think about what papers/colors will help you tell the story… what will help bring the photos to life?
5. NOW it’s time to do your digi-scrapbooking… make your page using the paper, pictures, and embellishments you have chosen. This is the time to let your creative juices flow… make use of the cool features SBC+ has and recolor elements, add textures, layer things up. Crop your pictures. Design your page. And, while you are doing this, consider finding a cool layout in a scrapbook magazine (or one you have done in another scrapbook) and re-create it on your page.
6. Don’t forget to save (OFTEN!) I am almost afraid to write this… but I want to warn you…. Save frequently. I have been the unfortunate victim of a cantankerous computer and lost many hours’ worth of work before – on so many different things – books, courseware, scrapbook pages, you name it. I am almost obsessive about saving. But, the nice thing about saving frequently is that if you do have a crash, you have less work to recover!
7. Tell the story. Write about the event. You can do bullet-style journaling, capturing the who, what, where, when. Or, you can go deeper and capture your own feelings and thoughts about what the photos represent. But, take a few minutes and write something down.
The old adage of “a picture speaks a thousand words” may be true for some people, but I’ve found myself wishing I’d asked my grandmother more questions about the photo albums of hers that I am now the keeper of. I have pictures of her as a young girl, posing next to other young people and I have no idea who they are…. family? friends? And the thing that makes me the most sad is that the story is lost for good.
I may not always tell every story, but I try to capture the basic essence. I want to be sure that when my grandkids are looking at these scrapbook pages waaaay in the future, they will at least have some idea of who was there and what was going on.
8. Walk away. This may sound a bit strange, but when you think you are finished with your page, save it and walk away. Then, reopen the file a few days later. You may see something you missed before, or have a different perspective than you did the day you started the page. I find that as my moods shift, so does my perspective on my scrapbook pages. So, walking away and coming back often results in some minor modifications to my pages.
However, the trap you have to avoid is never finishing the page. Which leads me to the final step…
9. Order your page prints! Don’t let the finished pages (or StoryBook) wither away on your laptop! It only takes a few minutes to upload those pages to an online print service and have them printed. Creative Memories has an awesome service (which I use and love) but there are a lot of others out there as well – Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.
The key point here is to get the finished pages off of the computer and into your albums!!
Well, that’s it for now.
Next topic: Organizing your digital pictures in MemoryManager (or on your hard drive)