Monday, September 5, 2011

Heritage photos, digital scrapping, and a giveaway!

My scrapbooking friend Alexandra asked me to do a post about scrapping heritage photos on a challenge blog she writes on called Scrap Rendez-vous. The page posted today, so I encourage you to go over and read it! Here's a page from the post using heritage photos:

(published in Create: Quick and Easy 2011)

The photos might not seem heritage, but they are almost 30 years old. They were also starting to fade, a problem I've see with photos I have from the 70s and 80s. I scanned these photos, did some color and lighting corrections, then added textures to mask inconsistencies between the photos. For kicks, I added them to a collage, added brushes, then stitched to connect the digi to the paper.

This past week I posted this LO on Ella Publishing--yes, it's full digi:

I'm not a digi scrapper, but I do like some of the effects that I can do with digi, so I make* the occasional project with digi; most of what I plan are photo books. I just prefer my own design to what online photo companies make.

So since today's post is about using the computer for scrapbooking, I'd like to share a giveaway connected to digital or hybrid scrapbooking thanks to Ella Publishing! I have THREE coupon codes to giveaway for the journaling product I used above on the digi page, from the List It! collection of Ella Fun. These products can be used on digital projects like I did or downloaded to use on hybrid pages. Here's a description of the collections (click on the collection titles to see the products in the shop):

List It! journaling guides make it easier than ever to capture important details about your everyday life RIGHT NOW.

List It! Childhood
Some of the 91 prompts in List It! Childhood Edition are obvious and universal, others are quirky and unique. But they'll all help you unlock important memories from your childhood—from school memories and family experiences to your childhood fashion and music tastes.

List It! Holiday
Many of the 94 prompts in List It! Holiday Edition are obvious and universal, others are quirky and unique. But they're all inspired by major events on the calendar, from winter to spring to Valentine’s Day to Christmas.

List It! Everyday Life
Of the 90 prompts in List It! Everyday Life Edition some are standard and universal, others are quirky and unique. But they'll all help you paint a complete picture of what your life is like—your schedule and routine, your goals and pursuits, the people you love, your home and surroundings, your possessions, and more.

If you want to be one of THREE winners, please leave a comment telling me how you use your computer when scrapbooking. I will draw three winners Friday, September 9 at 8 P.M. CST.

*When I say that I make digi pages, I'm exaggerating a little. I've made one other page and a photo book that used basically the same design and the same papers throughout. I have plans for more, so maybe I'm not fibbing.


Kimberly said...

I am 100% digi and have Been for about 18 months now. So I use my computer for every thing scrapbooking.

Cassie_lu said...

love the stitching you did on the first layout. I use my computer for journaling and the few time I digi scrap or hybrid.

Mary said...

I use my computer for a few different things when scrapping. I sometimes tweak a photo in Photo Shop,and I use SCAL with my cricut. I also use it to have Pandora Radio open so I can listen to music while I scrap.

clmk523 said...

I have to admit I don't use my computer much for actual layouts. Once in a while I journal. Mostly I use it for finding inspiration, challenges, ideas and entertainment while I create!

Steffanie said...

It's my constant resource for all things scrappy. I use it to search for ideas, techniques, design. I also have done some hybrid and digi scrapbooking---but only a bit! I do journaling and sentiments. A little bit of this and that, I guess!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

I'm not a digi scrapper, I'm very tactile. The most I use my computer for is journaling or printing printables.

blsd2scrp said...

I use my computer to print out pictures, enlarge fonts and use text on pics. I use it as a great resource too!

JayKaye said...

About 30% of my layouts are completely digital. I started in 2008 with Photoshop Elements, and upgraded to CS4 last year. I often make embellishments and journaling tags in CS4 for my paper pages.

Shanon said...

I use my computer for hybrid scrapping and for searching for scrappy/paper crafting inspiration.

Jen said...

I consider myself a hybrid scrapper. I use my computer to manage and edit photos, obviously. I use it for some of my journaling or to print digital elements for my traditional pages. Sometimes I make a photo collage. And I have even done several completely digital pages (using templates). But I like to touch and move things around, so I don't see myself going completely digital. Thanks for the chance to win!

joel & ginny said...

I use my computer when making digi pages and sometimes for journaling on a paper LO. Of course I use it in sorting, purging, and uploading my photos. I also use it to scan heritage photos, but that is an ongoing process for me.

scrapdoc said...

I keep telling myself I want to use/learn the computer more for incorporating into my scrapbooking and journaling. Maybe those could be just the push I need! :)

Lisa said...

I love how you added brushes to your collage and then stitched the stems to tie it all together - so pretty. I have always admired your stitching but mine never looks as pretty, neat and even as yours. love it.

i use my computer for doing some basic photo editing and journalling. basic stuff really. i don't think i will ever do all that much on the computer - I like my inky fingers :-)

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