Type Talk Is Open For Registration!

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I am so excited to announce that my new class, Type Talk, is now open for registration! 

Want to give the blocks of journaling on your pages a more polished + professional look? Do you enjoy using text to create your own pocket-style filler card or word art embellishments, but feel they "are just missing missing something?" Want to get creative with page titles? If so, Type Talk will help you start designing like a pro!

Type Talk is unlike any other class I have taught in the past. I will be doing an Instagram Live at 12:00 pm EST today to talk all about it. It will be recorded if you can't make it, but here are a few things you will need to know:

  • Registration for class begins today, May 13, 2022 and will close Monday, June 6. Class begins on Friday, June 10. Class content will be released each Friday by 10:00 am EST for three weeks.
  • Lessons in Type Talk will be recorded using Affinity Photo for iPad. BUT if you are comfortable using a Text Tool in software/mobile apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Canva, GoDaddy Studio, etc., you can easily apply the tips and techniques taught in Type Talk in any of those mentioned software/mobile apps mentioned.
  • Students in class will be given assignments! Class participants will be creating a variety of pocket-style filler cards and word art embellishments. I will then collect all the cards/embellishments and combine them into a large class kit to be distributed amongst the students! How cool is that???
  • These assignments are not difficult. However, I am giving students one week extra (through July 8) to complete them. Students must complete the assignments in order to receive the collaborative class kit. 
  • This class will run again in October 2022 and again in February or March of 2023.
  • Type Talk is not being hosted on the same platform as my other classes. So do not be alarmed if things look a little different when you go to register! Your other classes are just fine–they are not going anywhere! I just wanted to try out this other platform! 

Ready to register? Click here!

 


Freebie for iNSD 2022!

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Happy {inter}National Scrapbook Day! I am so excited to be taking part in the Indie Designers* iNSD 2022 Blog Hop to celebrate! You’ve arrived here via the link on Sean Eyring's blog. How fun was that freebie? Super fun! Ready to collect another one? Just click the link below to download! I created a fun set of embellished Pocket Frames for you! What??? Not familiar with Pocket Frames? Keep scrolling to the end of this post as there is a video tutorial on how you can use them! 

Click here for your Wild & Free Pocket Frames

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The next stop is Kim Hurst's blog, Paper Crush Design. You can hop over there by clicking this link: Kim's Freebie She’s got something very special for you!

If you happened to just stumble across this blog post and would like to start the hop from the beginning, you can do so here at The Practical Scrapper’s Blog!

But before you go, you should keep reading through this post, as you’ll find a discount code or two you may want to take advantage of throughout the weekend! If this is your first time visiting Pixels to Pages, I want to welcome you with a great big virtual hug! I am so happy you’re here! Take a look around, visit my shop or check out any of the classes I offer by clicking the links in the nav bar at the top of the page! And if you really want to know a bit more about me, check out the "about" link in the nav bar at the top of the page.

*Who are we? A collective of digital scrapbooking kit/template designers who run our own shops. We love the independence but have come together to collaborate, learn from each other and share with you all. If you are an independent digital scrapbooking designer and want to join us check out the new Facebook group Independent Digital Scrapbooking Designers started by Jennifer Conlon. We would love your input and your questions. Look for more from us in the future! Click here to visit the Facebook Group.

 

SALE IN THE SHOP

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So you collected the Pocket Frame Freebie above (there is another freebie here on this post if you want it!), you’ve watched the video on how they can be used, and you want more! There is a bunch of Pocket Frame Kits in the shop, as well as lots of other fun kits for your pocket-style pages. AND they are all on sale! Use code NSD15 to receive 15% off your entire order, no matter what you purchase in the shop! Offer ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 8. You can visit the Pixels to Pages shop by clicking here or use the link in the nav bar above.

 

SALE IN THE CLASSROOM

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If you have been putting off learning how to use Affinity Photo for iPad or how to get the most out of the Project Life app, don’t put it off any longer! All Pixels to Pages Classes are 15% off this weekend only! Use code nsd15 (lowercase letters) at checkout! Links to the various classes are in the nav bar at the top of the page! Offer ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 8.

And speaking of classes…

 

…COMING SOON TO THE PIXELS TO PAGES CLASSROOM

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Type Talk is a brand new class that will go live in the classroom on June 10! In Type Talk, we are going to explore how typography plays a part in today’s modern memory keeping. This class isn’t just about adding a fancy titles or journaling to your pages. It’s much more than that. We are going to learn about the anatomy of a letter, we’ll design our own typographic pocket cards, we’ll take a very intimate look at the Type Studio in Affinity Photo for iPad, and SO MUCH MORE. This class will be unlike others I have taught in the past, as there will be assignments with due dates! Yep! You’re going back to school! I will be releasing more info and how you can register very soon Type Talk very soon! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss out! 

Have a great weekend everyone! Oh! BTW-here is the Pocket Frame Tutorial:

 


TWENTY22 FAMILY YEARBOOK: CHAPTER FOUR

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I cannot believe it is already May. People are always saying "The older you get, the faster time flies," and that is soooo true!!! I sometimes wish the calendar months had a "pause button" so we can slow down and savor the moments. But I guess that is why we scrapbook right? Today I am sharing Chapter Four of my Twenty22 Family Yearbook!

Photos and stories from April are documented in four spreads with a title page and an end page for my "film adaptation" video QR code.

The pages were created on my iPad Pro using the following products and mobile apps:

Before we get into my April pages, I wanted to let you know about some things happening here for {inter}National Scrapbook Day this weekend! Pixels to Pages will be participating in a iNSD Blog Hop with a bunch of other indie digital scrapbook designers! I'm super excited about it! So keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages on Friday!!! All of the designers participating will have a fun freebie on their blogs for you to download. And, if you were thinking about purchasing anything from the shop or enrolling in a class, wait until the weekend! I will have a few discount codes for you to take advantage of!!!

Okay-keep scrolling and reading to see how Chapter four came together:

Title Page

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Title page was created by using the Design W template in the Project Life app. One of the title cards from the Chapters of April kit was placed in the center placeholder. Other placeholders were filled with the white card found in the Neutral Kit in the app. Shadows were turned off on this page.

Spread One

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In the spread above you can see the 6x12 Calendar Card from the April Edition of the Chapters Collection. This is placed in the Big Shot A Template from the Project Life app and I will ALWAYS use this template on the left hand side of the first spread for each month. The filler and journal cards are all from the April Edition of the Chapters Collection as well. The Kentucky Derby graphic is part of the invitation I created for our party. I placed it in one of the Pocket Frames from the 4x6 Pocket Frames No. 1 kit.

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Check out my garden tower! I just love watching it come to life! It fills out more and more everyday! The filler cards and the journal cards with the droplets on them are from this month's kit. I made the two journal cards with the pink border right in the Project Life App using the dark pink textured paper from the April Chapters kit. If you haven't seen it yet, I do have a tutorial on how you can make your own cards in the Project Life app and will share it at the end of this post!

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All journal/title cards were made in the Project Life App using the White Weathered Wood patterned paper from this month's kit! I am loving the photos from our Easter morning walk. I have this thing for driftwood. Although the photos aren't of actual driftwood, the roots and dead tree reminded me of it. I just love the texture and color!

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Weekend with the girls is always so much fun, aren't they? I love the way this spread turned out! Those Pocket Frames really come in handy! They help to add extra photos and journaling on your pages! The journal card with the orange border at the bottom was made in the Project Life App. The "friends" filler card was created in the Affinity Photo for iPad app. Typography is a passion of mine and I love finding ways to use it in my pages. I have a new class, Type Talk, coming to the Pixels to Pages Classroom in June! Next week I will be sharing more information about it and how you can register!!!

For the most part I am happy with the way my spreads turned out for April. The one thing that bothers me, however, is that I don't have that "line" that connects the right side and the left side of the pages together. I talk about this a lot in my Memories Matter Class and Memories Matter Project Life Design Series Courses! But I am not too concerned about it because I try to have a repeating pattern or color from my journal/filler cards on each side of the spread to connect the pages together!

Final Page

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Feel free to scan the QR Code. It's just a 45-second clip of daily video I took using the 1 Second Everyday App. I may have missed one or two days in April, but I'm not going to stress about it! I love experimenting with video!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have below! The May Edition of Chapters will be released around May 15th!

I have share the tutorials below in the past, but if you are new here and looking for instruction on how to create your own journal cards in the Project Life App check out the video below! I am also including the video on how to use the Pocket Frames in the Affinity Photo for iPad App as well!

Thank you for taking the time to read! See you back here on Friday!

 

 

 


New Products in the Pixels to Pages Shop!

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Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that there are several new products in the Pixels to Pages shop! Seven new kits to be exact! Let's hop right on into them! Beginning with the April Edition of the Chapters Collection!

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I am loving the color palette this month! It reminds me of Easter eggs. The pattern of the month is a white weathered wood and you'll find a mulberry paper texture on the colored digital papers! I remember working a lot with mulberry paper when I was documenting my photos and stories with physical products and I think you guys will love these!

There are a few cards in the collection that represent a couple of National Days in April. Did you take any pictures for National Handmade Day or National Siblings Day? Don't worry if you did not, snap a few now or dig up some old photos and use those! National Picnic Day is later in the month (April 23). Consider that as a reminder for you to go and enjoy a meal outside!!!

Here is a sample of what the first spread in my April Chapter may look like. I am definitely expecting this to change since I know I have a lot more photos to take this month!

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And below is what the last page in my April Chapter will look like. The title page for May will be placed right beside it.

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The April Edition of Chapters is now available in the shop!

For an overall explanation of the Chapters Collection in general, please check out this blog post. 

Moving on! Ready for some new Pocket Frames??? I have 6 new Pocket Frame Kits in 6x8 and 6x12 sizes! I'm so excited about these!

6x8 Pocket Frames No. 1

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Working with the Big Shot Templates in the Project Life App are my favorite! Check out how I used one of the PSD files in the Affinity Photo App to add a single photo to! I didn't add the text in Affinity. I exported the Pocket Frame with only the photo (I turned off the text layer) and then once I dropped the picture into the 6x8 placeholder in my template, I add two text boxes using the Free Form Text feature. These large Pocket Frames are awesome for adding both a text and a title to!

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6x8 Pocket Frames No. 2

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Some of the Big Shot Templates in the Project Lift have 6x8 placeholders in both vertical and horizontal orientation. So do the Pocket Frames:

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The 6x8 Pocket Frames with placeholders for 3 photos are PERFECT for allowing you to place more pictures on the page than the template allows for. The extra bonus is that you also have room for journaling (and even a title)!!!

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6x12 Pocket Frames No. 1

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OMG! You guys!!! Check this out for a title page in a travel album. I know I will be using these 6x12 Pocket Frames A LOT!!!

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6x12 Pocket Frames No. 2

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And just like for the 6x8 Big Shot Templates in the Project Life App, there are templates that have the 6x12 placeholder in both vertical and horizontal orientation! I like to look at these larger Pocket Frames as a way to "divide" my page–separate a main story from the others that may be on the same page.

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I'm loving the slender rectangles on some of the 6x12 Pocket Frame No. 3 templates! They have a modern vibe to them!

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Whew! That was a lot! You can find these new 6x8 and 6x12 Pocket Frame Kits, along with the 3x4 and 4x6 Pocket Frames that were previously released in the Pixels to Pages shop!

As a reminder, there is a QR code on the kit previews for the Pocket Frame kits. This is a link to a video tutorial on how to use the PSD files and Overlays from the kits in Affinity Photo for iPad! Use the camera on your phone to scan the code to watch the video while you are following along with Affinity Photo on your iPad! The video is also embedded below! The video demos the 4x6 Pocket Frame Kits, but you will use 3x4 in the same manner. And friends, if you do not use Affinity Photo, the PSD files that are in the kit can be used in Photoshop or any other software that will recognize PSD files. If you do not work with an app or software that opens PSD files, the PNG overlays that are in each kit can be used in apps like GoDaddy Studio, Canva, Procreate, or Creative Cloud Express!

I really hope you enjoy working with these Pocket Frames! Don't forget to tag me when you share your pages on social media! I'd love to see how you are using them!

 

 


TWENTY22 FAMILY YEARBOOK: CHAPTER THREE

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Chapter Three in our 2022 Family Yearbook is complete and I couldn't be happier! When I created the March Edition of my Chapters Collection, I had no idea the colors and textures would work so well with the photos I would be taking this month! I'm just thrilled with these pages!

March is covered in 7 spreads, with a title page and an end page for my "film adaptation" video QR code. 

Pages we’re created using the following products/apps:

Let's see how Chapter Three of 2022 came together!

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Title page was created by using the Design W template in the Project Life app. One of the title cards from the Chapters of March kit was placed in the center placeholder. Other placeholders were filled with the white card found in the Neutral Kit in the app. Shadows were turned off on this page.

Spread One

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In the spread above you can see the 6x12 Calendar Card from the March Edition of the Chapters Collection. This is placed in the Big Shot A Template from the Project Life app and I will ALWAYS use this template on the left hand side of the first spread for each month. The two journal cards with the rust texture and yellow line were created in the Small Prints section of the Project Life App. A few months back, I did create a video of how you can create your own journal cards in the app. I will share that video at the end of this blog post. The "Advance to Venmo" card was created in the Creative Cloud Express App (formerly known as Adobe Spark Post).

Spread Two

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I am loving that rust texture from this month's edition of Chapters! I made the two journal cards you see on this spread in the Project Life App. The filler card with the quote from Anthony Bourdain was created in the Affinity Photo for iPad App, using the colored texture digital paper from this month's kit. The fonts are those I am using throughout the Chapters collection. I have them loaded into Affinity Photo and the Project Life App so I can use them in whatever app I am in. I also created color swatches from the March kit using the RGB color codes from the Chapter Summary PDF that is included in each monthly Chapters Collection! Everything is matchy-matchy!

Spread Three

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I got a lot of journaling going on throughout these pages! Notice how I carried journaling from one 4x6 card to the other on the left hand page. That top card is one included in the March Chapters kit. The journal card below that is one I created in the app using the yellow texture from this month's kit. Read the story. It's worth it.

The page on the right. This one got me excited! Why? Well first, I don't think I've ever used Big Shot 10 in my albums before. If I have it was a very long time ago. And second, this template gave me the chance to experiment with a new Pocket Frame size that will be released in my shop soon–6x12 Pocket Frames!!! This one hold 3 photos. What do you think? I LOVE IT!!! I do use a template from the 3x4 Pocket Frame No.1 Kit on this page. I will also share another link to a tutorial on how to use the Pocket Frames in the Affinity Photo App at the end of this blog post. It demos the 4x6 Pocket Frames, but you'd use the 3x4 in the same manner! The journal card you see on this page is one I created in the Project Life App.

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Ok before you read any further, I gotta put a little disclaimer on some of the photos in this spread, as some readers may be offended by them. They are not gory or anything like that. They are photos of signs and some may take offense to the subject matter. I'm not apologizing for them at all. It's my album, I'll include what I want! ;). You've been warned.

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Cafe du Monde. Just so yummy. I still can't decide if I liked the beignets better at Cafe du Monde or those from Cafe Beignet. Any readers out there who have been to NOLA have a preference?  I made the "Beignet there, done that" filler card in Affinity Photo and the journal card on the left was done in the Project Life App. 

So the page on the right makes really good use of the 3x4 Pocket Frame No. 1 Kit and the 4x6 Pocket Frame No. 2 Kit. I am really addicted to using these things! I love that I am able to have a photo on the card with enough white space to add text. The NOLA filler card is one I created right there in the layout using the green texture "paper" from the March Chapters Kit and the Free Form Text option in the Project Life App. I really like the way that looks!

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I think one of my favorite moments on this trip was stumbling upon Fritzel's European Jazz Pub and listening to Richard "Piano" Scott play. This guy was AMAZING!!! He sounded just like Louie Armstrong!!! Truly talented! The journal cards were created in the Project Life App, but check out what I did with one of the 4x4 QR code cards that are included in the March Chapters Kit:

I recorded bits and pieces of several songs Richard Scott played and combined them into about a 4-minute long video using iMovie on my iPad. I then uploaded it to Vimeo and used the link to create a QR Code. Once I dropped the QR Code into the "watch this" card, I placed that card in one of the 3x4 Pocket Frame files! How fun is that? I'm loving that I am including video in our Family Yearbook this year!

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Last spread for our NOLA trip. Check it out! Do you see what I see? Could those be 6x8 Pocket Frames? I thought the Big Shot 23 template in the Project Life app would be a good one to test out a 6x8 Pocket Frame. It passed my test, so you will soon be seeing those in the shop as well! I also used a 4x6 Pocket Frame template and a 4x6 Pocket Frame Border on this page, both are from the 4x6 Pocket Frame No. Kit.

To close out our trip I used an editorial template on the right!

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I think the colors from the March Chapters Kit compliment the photos perfectly! All three journal cards were created in the Project Life App using the textured "paper" from the March Chapters Kit. 

Any paddle boarders out there? I am looking sooooo forward to a paddling this year! I'm sure I'll be taking lots of photos of our paddling adventures!

And finally my final page for Chapter Three:

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Feel free to scan the QR Code. It's just a 45-second clip of daily video I took using the 1 Second Everyday App. I actually missed two days this month, but still having so much fun with it!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have below! The April Edition of Chapters will be released around April 15th!

Okay for those of you who like tutorials. Grab your favorite beverage and watch these if you haven't done so already!

 



 

 


Pocket Frames Freebie!

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Yesterday I posted an Instagram and Facebook Story explaining what exactly "Pocket Frames" are. Apparently you guys really enjoyed and it prompted many followers to DM me and ask if the overlays would work in apps other than those mentioned in the Story. So I thought to myself: “Why not offer a ‘Try Before You Buy?’” Brilliant, right? So if you are on the fence about using the Pocket Frames in your favorite app, here is a little Freebie for you and give them a try!!! Just click the link below to download!

This Pocket Frame Freebie has a 6x4 and 3x4 Circle Pocket Frame, both with PSD and PNG files. Just like the full Pocket Frame Kits do. Give them a whirl! And even if you have already purchased them, you are more than welcome to download! These Pocket Frames have a circle for placeholders rather than squares, so you won’t find these in the kits already released! 

If you missed my IG story about them, no worries! I saved the Story into a highlight called "Pocket Frames." Check it out!

Have fun with them!

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New Product Release for March!

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Today the March Edition of the Collection is now available in the Pixels to Pages Shop!!! I am so excited you guys are loving this collection! I'm having a blast creating a new edition each month! Back in February I released a brand new line of products: Pocket Frames. They were a HUGE hit and today I'm happy to add a few more kits to that collection! We’ll look at all of them, beginning with the March Edition of Chapters:

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The Chapters March Edition features a bold color palette of shades of green, orange, and yellow . The pattern of the month is rust and you’ll find a plaster texture on the colored digital papers!

Several of the filler cards represent a variety of National Days in March. These cards don’t say “National such-and-such Day,” they imply it. For example, the “I'm so over this” journal card represents National Get Over It Day (March 9). Got something you need to vent about? That card is perfect to journal your thoughts!!!

Here is a sample of what the first spread in my March Chapter may look like. The month is only half way over–I'm sure this spread will change. We took a trip to New Orleans this month and you know I will have a lot of photos to document!

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And here is what the last page of my February Chapter may look like next to my March title page:

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The March Edition of the Chapters Collection is now available in the shop. 

For an overall explanation of the Chapters Collection in general, please check out this blog post. 

Let’s move on the the other new products!

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I released three 4x6 Pocket Frame Kits last month. Today three 3x4 Pocket Frame kits are available in the Pixels to Pages Shop! Each Pocket Frame Kit can hold 1, 2, or 3 photos.

Each kit contains:

10–3x4 layered PSD files 
6–3x4 layered PSD files with borders in various thickness (no text boxes)
10–3x4 overlays, matching the PSD files (no text boxes on overlays)
6–3x4 overlays with borders in various thickness (no text boxes)

The templates in these collections are designed with easy-to-use clipping masks and text boxes to tell your story. Use your favorite mobile app or desktop program that can support layers and clipping masks to use the PSD files in this kit! (i.e.: Affinity Photo for iPad, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements) Don't have access to apps/software that supports clipping masks? No problem! Use the Overlays in this kit with apps such as GoDaddy Studio, Create Cloud Express, or Canva!

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I've been using these Pocket Frames in with my Project Life layouts for years. Below is an example of a single-photo Pocket Frame from my 2020 Family Yearbook:

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That photo that looks like it has a Polaroid frame around it is in this kit! The white frames you see around the other photos on this page are from the 3x4 Pocket Frame No. 1 Kit and the 4x6 Pocket Frame No. 1 Kit! Other digital elements are from Ali Edwards.

Other Pocket Frames released today include:

3x4 Pocket Frames No. 2

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and

3x4 Pocket Frames No. 3

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You may have noticed on the kit previews I included a QR code. This code is a link to a video tutorial on how to use the PSD files and Overlays from the kits in Affinity Photo for iPad! Use the camera on your phone to scan the code to watch the video while you are following along with Affinity Photo on your iPad! The video is also embedded below! The video demos the 4x6 Pocket Frame Kits, but you will use 3x4 in the same manner!

I really hope you enjoy working with these Pocket Frames! This collection will continue to grow over the following months with Pocket Frames that will fit 6x6, 6x8, and 6x12 placeholders in your pocket page layouts! 

 

 


TWENTY22 FAMILY YEARBOOK: CHAPTER TWO

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Today I am excited to share the February pages from my 2022 family yearbook. Chapter 2 consists of a title page, five double-page spreads, and an end page with a QR code for the January video I created in the One Second Everyday App. You can click on each double-page spread for a larger view.

Pages we’re created using the following products/apps:

Title page was created by using the Design W template in the Project Life app. One of the title cards from the Chapters of February kit was placed in the center placeholder. Other placeholders were filled with the white card found in the Neutral Kit in the app. Shadows were turned off on this page.

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In the spread below you can see the 6x12 Calendar Card from the February Edition of the Chapters Collection. This is place in the Big Shot A Template from the app and I will ALWAYS use this template on the left hand side of the first spread for each month. Using the Affinity Photo App, I place a single photo in the 4x6 Pocket Frames No1 (A + B files) for a few of the photos on each side of the spread. I exported the photo to my camera roll then place those pictures in the 4x6 place holders. I chose not to add the text in Affinity Photo, but instead add text using Free Form Text in the PL App.

You can watch a video tutorial of how to use the Pocket Frames in Affinity Photo for iPad here.

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In the second spread below, I used a journal card from the 2022 Monthly Calendar Journal Blocks and Cards Kit. The title on the large 6x8 photo and the 4x6 picture of the muffins was added using FFT. And how about my photo shoot with the strawberries! Anyone addicted to Replica Surfaces??? I have quite the collection of these things. I'm totally addicted to them. Not sure what they are? Check them out here

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The journal card you see on the left in the spread below is one I created in the Project Life App. If you are interested in seeing how you can create your own journal cards in the Project Life App using a Chapters Kit, check out this video tutorial.

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The journal cards used in the 3x4 placeholders below are actually 4x6 in size! I made the "just run" filler card directly in the layout by placing one of the colored papers from the Chapters: February Kit in the 3x5 pocket and used Free Form Text to add the word art. Easy-peasy!

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The events unraveling in Ukraine right now are hitting close to home. Our family live in the city center of Kyiv 20 years ago while my husband was the Marine Attache at the U.S. Embassy. Our hearts are breaking right now. 

I used an Editorial Template in the app for the page on the left. On the right hand side, I used the Design P Template. The map you see is actually a screenshot from Google Maps I took of Kyiv and used Affinity Photo to callout some landmarks. We didn't have digital cameras back then, so the two photos you see of me and my boys were ones I scanned in. The "watch this" 4x4 card is from the Chapters February Kit. When we lived overseas 20 years ago, I was scrapbooking with physical products, using Creative Memories albums. While flipping through one of the albums I made in Ukraine, I came across a spread documenting their Independence Day Parade, celebrating their 10 years of independence of the Soviet Union. I'm still wrapping my head around that Putin was at this parade. You will see a photo of that SOB in the video. 

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The final page for February is another QR code, leading you to my One Second Everyday video for February. I am having so much fun with video this year!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read! The March Edition of Chapters will be available sometime during the week of March 14!

 

 


New Product Release!

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The release of Chapters: A Month-by-Month Storytelling Collection has been a huge hit in the Pixels to Pages shop. Today the February Edition of the Collection is now available! In addition, I have three brand new kits for you to check out! We’ll look at all of them, beginning with The February Edition of Chapters:

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The Chapters February Edition features a sweet color palette of reds, pinks, and greens. The pattern of the month is weathered wood and you’ll find a paper fiber texture on the colored digital papers.

Several of the filler cards represent a variety of National Days in February. These cards don’t say “National such-and-such Day,” they imply it. For example, the “you are berry sweet” filler card represents National Strawberry Day (February 27). But you can use the card with a cute photo of your children, best friend, and yes, even a photo of a big, juicy strawberry right before you ate it! Make sense?

Here is a sample of what the first spread in my February Chapter may look like (the month is only half way over–I'm sure this spread will change!):

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And here is what the last page of my February Chapter may look like next to my March title page:

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The February Edition of the Chapters Collection is now available in the shop. 

For an overall explanation of the Chapters Collection in general, please check out this blog post. 

Let’s move on the the other new products!

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Templates are something I’ve never offered in the Pixels to Pages Shop before. I think it’s because I create all of my pages in the Project Life App, so there is really no need for me to make my own. BUT throughout the years that I’ve documenting my photos and stories in the app, I realized there are a few “mini templates” I’ve created that I use over and over again within the placeholders of the Project Life App. I’m calling them Pocket Frames.

The first three Pocket Frame Kits I am releasing are 4x6 in size and can hold 1, 2, or 3 photos.

Each kit contains:

10–4x6 layered PSD files for single photos with text boxes
6–4x6 layered PSD files with borders in various thickness (no text boxes)
10–4x6 overlays for single photos, matching the PSD files (no text boxes on overlays)
6–4x6 overlays with borders in various thickness (no text boxes)

The templates in these collections are designed with easy-to-use clipping masks and text boxes to tell your story. Use your favorite mobile app or desktop program that can support layers and clipping masks to use the PSD files in this kit! (i.e.: Affinity Photo for iPad, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements) Don't have access to apps/software that supports clipping masks? No problem! Use the Overlays in this kit with apps such as GoDaddy Studio, Create Cloud Express, or Canva!

4x6 Pocket Frames No. 1

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As I mentioned earlier, I've been using these Pocket Frames in with my Project Life layouts for years. Below is an example of a single-photo Pocket Frame from my 2018 Family Yearbook:

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4x6 Pocket Frames No. 2

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Below is an example of a Pocket Frame with two photos from my 2020 Family Yearbook:

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4x6 Pocket Frames No. 3

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And here is a Pocket Frame with three photos, again, from my 2020 Family Yearbook:

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You may have noticed on the kit previews I included a QR code. This code is a link to a video tutorial on how to use the PSD files and Overlays from the kits in Affinity Photo for iPad! Use the camera on your phone to scan the code to watch the video while you are following along with Affinity Photo on your iPad! The video is also embedded below!

I really hope you enjoy working with these Pocket Frames! This collection will continue to grow over the following months with Pocket Frames that will fit 3x4, 6x8, and 6x12 placeholders in your pocket page layouts!