Sunday, December 26, 2010

Prepping and Playing

Yesterday I was prepping some new pages to make up another month of a daily scrapbooking journal. These pages were created using my Publisher Pro software. That is how I made my December Daily pages also. I tweaked the files I had for December to alter the sizes of the boxes on the page.

Again, I based my design on what Ali Edwards did with her foundation pages. At the moment I'm going to continue with them because of their familiarity. If I decide to continue on with this daily journaling idea I will probably change it up a bit for February. Since I'm so new at all this still, I feel I need to stay with something familiar for the moment. There are likely to be many similarities with my December pages, but I'm hoping to take some time each week to study Ali's pages more and pull ideas from what she and others did. That's a prime way to learn something new: copy and follow after an instructor to learn new methods. Later, when you've achieve a certain level of mastery, is the time to venture off and explore new territory on your own - making it your own.

I didn't crop the margins from the larger pages pictured here. The way the file is set up you can print out the pages using index card weight paper on a standard printer using 8 1/2"x11" paper. The plan is to trim down the card stock to make the pages for the book. At this point I haven't trimmed down these pages yet. I'll work on finishing up the foundation pages for my January book over the next couple days. I did not make my cover for my December Daily book yet because I wanted to wait to see how thick the book actually gets with all the photos and papers adhered within it. It's a couple inches think right now, and I'm not yet done with it. I plan to make the cover when I'm finished. Then I will use that as the basis for how I make my January Journal cover. Of course I'll keep you posted on that as it all develops.
I think the January pages will make better use of my 12"x12" scrapbooking paper. The main box here is 6"x6" so I can quickly and easily just cut my background papers using my Zutter DreamKuts. You'll hear me referring to that tool as the "Zutter Cutter" from here on out - quick and easy to say! Don't you just love rhyming words?

I'm hoping to streamline the process I've been using now in December to continue the daily scrapping and visual journaling next month. Who knows, if I decide I enjoy it so much, I might continue on throughout the year. We'll just wait and see how it goes. I haven't completed all my December pages yet. I've got a stack of photos I worked on last night that need to be put into place. And I haven't kept up with all the daily journaling. I made notes for myself on some days. Other days will end up being whatever I can remember from reviewing the photos. I tried to use my camera almost every day. It's handy that it records the dates with each photo. Some days did not have photos, but I will likely just use photos from other days, or fill in those pages with journaling thoughts or other things from our day-to-day life.

Last night I worked with my Photoshop Elements program to combine photos and text together. Ali Edwards does a lot of text on her photos. I don't have her style down, but looking at her pages, I think hers are interesting. That's one thing I want to work on more in the coming weeks - to develop my own style of combining photos, text and various images or clip art along with my photos. I spent some time at her December Daily site last night. Scrolling through pages there helps to get new ideas and to see the process in new ways. I've been enjoying her site. And I've clicked onto some of her flashing sidebar links to check out sites that belong to others. There is lots to see and learn from. It all takes time. So the learning process continues.

These photos of us playing backgammon are pretty plain and basic. I'd also like to learn more about enhancing photos and altering them for more interest. I don't often get good photos of my hubby because he tends to object quite a bit to me holding a camera in front of his face. It's always, "Don't take pictures of me." That leads me to one thing I need to work on . . . how to do scrapbooks and participate in this hobby when it is just the two of us and the dogs here at home. I have a thought in the back of my mind that I'll run out of interesting material to document in scrapbooks now with no kids around the house. Plus we lead fairly quiet lives and don't tend to get out a lot to do a bunch of things. It's typically the same old activities we engage in. My fear is that I think my scrapbooks will turn out to be pretty uninteresting and boring. That's a big part of my challenge . . . what to photograph and how to make it interesting from day to day. So that's another thing we'll have to wait and see how things develop along these lines. After all, what would be the point of doing daily scrapbook pages if they always tend to be about the same things? How many interesting pages can be made from three dogs, one husband and little ol' me? Maybe that challenge will have to be incorporated into my New Year's resolution: think up interesting things to do several times a week so I can have something to document. And on top of that, they need to be inexpensive things as well - or free things. I'm finding the small amount of scrapping I'm doing does have a cost, and I don't want a hobby like this to be a burden with expenses. I want it to be fun and not a headache. Big challenges to consider on a daily basis.

So who's with me? Anyone else out there willing to work on a daily January Journal? My daughter-in-law, Samantha, has already said she will participate with me in doing this. Yay! I'll be posting the foundation pages (shown above) that I made up on my website as free downloads if anyone else wants to make use of them. They should be available by the end of the day, if all goes well with uploading them. And I'd certainly say, "Don't let that limit you." They will be there if you want to use them, but if you don't that's fine too. Making up your own format for foundation pages is also encouraged. Okay, let's get ready to play with scrapbooking and face some challenges of scrapbooking daily!

Update! I have the January Journal foundation pages I posted about here uploaded to my website now. If you want to scrapbook with us and use those pages for your foundations, just print them out, trim to the desired size, and we'll get scrapping! Believe me, if you get these ready ahead of time, things will flow much better when January 1st comes. Click HERE to go find them. Have fun with it!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I am soo excited about out journals! Ya know what's really fun though? I didn't even think of doing this beyond January but what an awesome idea! I like your idea of keeping the layouts simple...I think that's what I'm going to focus on too. I want this to be a success and not something I just want to hurry up and get done. Maybe we'll have to do a lot of interesting things together!

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