My Complete Seattle Digital Book - on Video

Just posted a video of my complete book on our YouTube Channel. Check it out and let me know what you think! Click either the link or the photo below, which shows the cover design of the book (the left side is the back of the book and the middle shows the spine title and the right side is the front. It was designed using Gather and a PSD file from the book printer/lab, which gave guidelines for where to place the title and any safety zones for the edges. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get a message as I get the step by step videos completed.

Alaska Gather Software pg 1


More Alaska and Seattle Photos: First Album Completed

My Christmas break certainly did some good - for my creative spark is back, baby! I started my Alaska album (remember, there were over 2000 photos to begin with. eek!) and I posted a few pages earlier in the week. I got so into the groove that I just kept going and completed my first volume of this amazing trip! I've already received my printed book and will be posting a video next week. (Be sure to subscribe to my channel to know when it's posted) I'll be showing the entire book and the features of the printing. I decided there was no way I could fit all the excellent photos in one book, so I split the trip into Seattle and the actual cruise and Alaska. I was so happy with how this volume turned out.

Here are more pages and thoughts until my video is posted:


 I like to keep things as simple as possible. I didn't create every single page from scratch. If your album printer has good templates, USE THEM! One drawback is you are limited on fonts and some things like that. But I found enough to be able to have a mix of both custom designed pages as well as totally customized pages made in Gather/ScrapRoom.


More at the market. What an amazing place for photos. You'll also notice that when the photos are beautiful and colorful, less design is actually preferable. You don't need a lot of stuff. Let your photos speak for themselves.


When traveling, I always take a photo of any signage, not only to help me remember things, but I can use that as my journaling.


I also love a two page spread. Especially when it's a vibrant as this one.

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More Star Wars costumes. This display was incredible, but there's no need to have large photos of all of them. Again, I used a pre-made template and moved on.

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The page above has more journaling and in my typical scrapbooks, this is about the amount of journaling and story that I include. I feel that the story is just as important as the photos. In a travel book, it's not always the case. But there will be pages that include more details and more of the story, especially in volume 2.

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Again, don't be afraid to make a favorite photo into a two page spread. It's also a great segway into a new story or new location. Like a new thought. It's also good if you've made lots of really busy pages to give your eyes a chance to rest and appreciate your photography skills.

Lots more pages coming in the video and also in Volume II.



Alaska Digital Photo Travel Book With Memorabilia

Happy New Year! I'm not even going to say how the last one blew by, because you already knew that, right? Let's jump right into what I'm working on now because I'm super excited about it. I've been waiting to work on my Alaska/Disney Cruise book because we took SO MANY PHOTOS. Even I was overwhelmed. Plus, I had to gather images from Alyx's camera, Bryan's camera, and 3 different phones and organize them all. Every time I'd try to work on it, something else more pressing would come up and now I've cleared off the next week to get it finished!!

I'm going to also be adding some video to our YouTube channel on how I got so many photos from so many sources organized as soon as I get my book sent off to the printer. I scanned our memorabilia and added it to the book - I was so proud of myself for this. I usually procrastinate about this part. I am loving this book because it's got so much color and beautiful scenery and I can't wait to get it in my hands. For now, let me know what you think about the first pages. You'll notice that my style is very simple and I let the photos do the talking. I don't custom design every single page, either. Photo book printing has gotten a lot better, so I take advantage of the pre-set templates (different printers have different options) and sometimes just export my photos and drag/drop them into the book templates. When I'm adding memorabilia or want to use pretty fonts and make a really special page, I use the Project Editor in Gather or ScrapRoom to do that. Here are some of my pages so far:


Super simple. This will be the wrap-around cover (the left side is the back). I'm using a company that prints the images on the actual cover:


A page with scanned memorabilia added. I loved the menu items - Bacon Deviled Eggs, anyone?


Some pages are just the images themselves. The Chihuly Glass Exhibit in Seattle:


And sometimes, I just need to get tons of photos on the page. Tristan and I found a Star Wars Costume Exhibit! ALL the original costumes! These are just a few:


I also love this page:



Another page with scanned memorabilia:



Ready to work on some travel pages? Me too! Back to creating. As soon as I finish, I will post more pages.



December Daily 2015

December Daily is my very favorite project each holiday season. It's small, fast, and has so many little shiny bits and pieces. It's right up my alley. I love putting my books out on the coffee table each year and reliving each Christmas with the kids and family. Even though my kids are older, 20 and 15, and we don't do as many traditional Christmas-y things, we still get into the holiday spirit when we look back. So once again, thank you, Ali Edwards, for sharing this amazing project!

Here is my coffee table with current books displayed:

coffee table december daily

I've got a few pages completed (scroll down for pics), along with my cover. For my 6x8 pages, I use Ali's 6x8 digital overlays, available HERE.  Be sure to visit our YouTube channel, where we have a December Daily Playlist. There are several videos on using Ali's kits to place text or word art on photos, how to use her templates (super easy), and even how to organize Ali's digital goodies in ScrapRoom. Check it all out HERE.

This is my favorite video for December Daily: How to Jazz Up the Templates. Click on the pic to watch.

How to Jazz up December Daily


Here are the pages I've completed for this year so far:

DD day 1

DD Day 5 

6x8 day 2

6x8 DD day 3

I'll post most as I get going. Happy crafting!






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