Finally Scrapbooking Again!

The girls had a Girl Scout event on Saturday and SuperMan was busy with yard work.  What’s a girl to do when she has a few hours on her hands and no pressing chores?

Scrapbook!

Exactly!

I had purchased the Jessica Sprague intro to Photoshop class a long time ago and had never sat down to actually take the class. So, Saturday was the day. I had peace and quiet, no interruptions, and some recent pictures to use. I was ready.

Before I share the layouts I made, I have to tell you – if you are considering doing any digi-scrapping and have been intimidated by the sheer power of Photoshop, you are not alone. I have resisted using it for a long time because it just seemed overwhelming to learn.  As a matter of fact, I owned it but never used it.

Which, I decided, was really silly. 

So, that’s why I purchased Jessica’s class. And it is a great class. I would highly recommend it to anyone.  I love the clear and easy descriptions of what to do, how to do it, and the great supplies she includes in her course materials.  So, even if you don’t have any digital supplies yet, you can still complete your first pages as part of the class.

Here are some of the pages I’ve made so far. I’m about halfway through the class.

This was my very first layout:

week1_Project copyThen, I got all crazy and used a Cathy Zielske template I had from the Design Your Life class I took this winter. I think it turned out well and it was good practice using the things I’d just learned. 

Amazing Angelina copyThis was a “challenge” layout made with a quick page kit. I still need to go back and add some journaling. BeautifulYouQuickAnd this was my Lesson 2 layout. FishI still haven’t figured out how I am going to do 2-page layouts, but I am sure I can do it. I just don’t know how yet! But that is important to me because I do most of my scrapbooking in 2-page layouts. Like this “Fish” page is just begging for a sister page with the rest of the photos and story. 

Ok, more to come. I am on a roll.

I think I’m getting this down (somewhat)

I have been working more in Photoshop Elements this weekend. Not much, just a little, but I have completed a few more calendar pages.

I haven’t yet tried it in Creative Memories’ StoryBook Creator software. Just Photoshop.  In PSE it is a breeze to edit.

Here are some samples:

PhotoCal2010-8x8_Jan_edited-2

Note: the calendar template is from ScrapGirls if you are interested in making your own. There is a separate file for each month. All I did was drop in my photos and papers.

PhotoCal2010-8x8_Feb_edited-2 

PhotoCal2010-8x8_Mar_edited-2

Also, If you haven’t viewed these tutorials by Cathy Zielske (and you are learning about Photoshop like me) I would strongly suggest you take a few minutes to watch them. They are very well done.

She has one on using templates and one for creating rounded corners (or just one or two rounded corners) which I think is a really cool effect.

I’m ready, I think, to start doing more things in PSE. I have signed up for Jessica Sprague’s beginner’s PSE class.  That’s my next project. 🙂 (’cause I don’t have anything else going on right now! ha!)

I think I’m in love…

I have been very, very resistant to Photoshop for years… It just seemed too complex, too "big" and too hard to learn.  I have been quite happy with traditional scrapbooking, thankyouverymuch

Then, this summer, I got the new version of Creative Memories' StoryBook Creator Plus software.  I loved it. (I still do.)  I loved all the things I could do with it.  I got hooked on digital scrapbooking and started scouring the internet looking for ideas, downloads, templates, papers, embellishments; you name it, I was looking at/for it. 

I started taking some online classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  Over there, everyone (and I mean everyone) uses Photoshop Elements. (at a minimum, it seems!) Classes come with downloadable templates, files to make your life easier, etc. <grrr… I don't use Photoshop!>

So, there I was re-creating the templates, re-doing all the work that had been done for me to save me time to do what I really love, which is scrapbooking!

What's a girl to do?

Well, you know how the old saying goes… If you can't beat 'em…

So, I decided to download an evaluation copy of Photoshop Elements from Adobe's website.  It has a 30 day trial period and I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a whirl.  However, the last time I downloaded a copy, I think I only opened it once.  Not a very effective way to evaluate a tool, I guess.  So, this time I was determined to really prove to myself once and for all that Photoshop was not for me.

Let me restate that… I was going to prove that I did not need Photoshop.

Boy, was I wrong!

You know all those beautiful pictures you see on the web?  Photoshop-enhanced. (I guarantee you)  All those beautiful scrapbook layouts? Ditto.

I have taken a few free tutorials online – there's one on Jessica Sprague's website, another three over on Nan Scott's website

And then, tonight, I started playing.  and playing. and playing. (thank goodness the kids went to bed early!)

Oh.my.goodness.

Once you get the hang of the basics, it is soooo cool! 

Now I am dying to take some more classes and learn some more techniques. (Do you have any to share? If so, point me in the right direction, please!!)

Here's my first "real" page created in PSE…

PhotoCal2010-8x8_Jan_edited-2 

The template came from Scrap Girls, and the papers and embellishments were from Michelle Coleman (it was a freebie download)

I have to say it… I think I'm hooked.  I think I'm in love…

It was so much easier to just open the template, drop in the paper, pictures and embellishments! Wowee!

I'll share more of the calendar pages as I get them created… I'm sure there are going to be more!