September 2010

4 posts.

Album Options

Picking an album has always been a no-brainer for me. I always gravitate toward black albums with plenty of room for dozens of 12×12″ page protectors. And since I scrap chronologically, this has never really been an issue for me.

But then I got engaged. And for the past month, I’ve been putting off scrapping my photos of the proposal, simply because I can’t commit to an album for all of my wedding pages. But now that I have photos of dress shopping, and will have engagement photos soon, I need to pick so I can start scrapping!

Should I go with this pretty linen album from We R Memory Keepers that is nearly the same shade of purple as the one in my wedding color palette?

Should I stick with my traditional look and pick a classic black leather album from American Crafts?

Or should I choose a wedding album, like this one from K&Company?

What type of albums do you use? What did you do for your wedding album? And, if you’ve posted any of your wedding or engagement pages to online, leave a link! I’d love to see them!

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Are You Up for the Challenge?

Have you seen Leah’s latest On Assignment challenge posted on our Challenge blog? There’s less than a month left to post your pages to the gallery to be considered for publication in the June issue!

We’re starting to plan the challenges for the  2012 On Assignment columns, and we would love to hear your input on the challenges we choose.  What challenges would you like to see in the future? Do technique-based challenges inspire you? Or would you rather take on theme or topic challenges?

We’d love to hear from you!

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Brush Basics

Have you seen the free digital kit we featured in the October issue? Contributing Editor Erica Hernandez designed it, and included a variety of patterned papers and fun digital elements.


Some of the elements are provided as brush files (which end in .ABR). When I first started dabbling in digital scrapbooking, I was really intimidated by the idea of using brushes, but once you dive in they are really easy to use!

Here’s how to load brushes (in Adobe Photoshop–the steps will be slightly different depending on which image-editing software you use).

WEBloadbrush11. From the Brush drop-down menu, select Load Brushes and navigate to the .ABR file you would like to load.

WEBloadbrush22. Select the brush you would like to use, and stamp it on your canvas.

The first time I used a brush, it took me ages to figure out how to load them. Now it seems really simple. Have you ever experienced that with a scrapbooking technique (either digital or traditional)?

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From the Gallery

Have you been checking out our gallery lately? It’s full of inspiring pages! Here are a few that caught my eye.

design by e.hammann

design by nj2nh

design by allypeytonbrynn

What inspiration have you found in the gallery?

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