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February 2022

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!

 

 


TWENTY22 FAMILY YEARBOOK: CHAPTER ONE (+video tutorial)

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Today I am excited to share the January pages from my 2022 family yearbook. Chapter 1 consists of a title page, three double-page spreads, and an end page with a QR code for the January video I created in the One Second Everyday App

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

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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 January 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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The first spread of each chapter will always have the Calendar card from the January Chapters Kit on the left-hand side just as you see in this photo. I listed a few of the chapter highlights in the journal space below the calendar. The 3x4 filler card on the left-hand side is actually 4x6 in size but it fit very nicely in this place holder. On the right-hand side of the spread the 3 x 4 journal card you see with the January title is from my 2022 Monthly Calendar Journal Blocks and Cards Kit. 

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The second double-page spread uses the 4x3 journal card from the Chapters January Kit. I placed it in 3x4 placeholders, then using the photo editing tool, I rotated it to a vertical orientation. The two journal cards you see with the purple border are ones I created directly in the Project Life app! At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a 20-minute video tutorial demonstrating how you can set up your own journal card templates in the app using digital papers you have purchased from outside sources! The 4x6 photo with the two dogs was created in Creative Cloud Express (formerly Adobe Spark Post). It’s a template I created in the app a long time ago. I use it over and over again and just switch out the photos. Once it was exported, I dropped it into the 4x6 placeholder on my PL template, then I used several text boxes to add the journaling and the word art title on the photo!

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I couldn’t be happier with the way the third spread turned out. On the left I used Editorial Template Set 1A No. 1. On the left I used the Big Shot 20 template. I’m not one to use a lot of purple in my albums, but man! I seemed to have been drawn to that color from the kit this month!  All of the filler cards were created directly within the placeholders on the page using several text boxes. I just love this spread!

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And finally the last page simply has the 4x4 card meant for a QR Code. Scan the code with the phone on your mobile device and you can view the short movie created with the One Second Everyday App! I used the Affinity Photo app to place the QR Code on the card, exported it to my camera roll, then added the card to the center placeholder in the Design Q template, with the shadows turned off. I originally had thought I was going use the bokeh pattern paper in the placeholders on either side of the card, but I changed my mind. I love all the white space. In my album, this will be placed opposite of my February Title page.

January is done! Looking forward to February keep these dates in mind when taking pictures throughout the month. The graphic below shows the National Days that will be represented in the Chapters February kit! You can expect that kit to be released sometime during the week of February 14.

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Below is the video tutorial I mentioned earlier in the post. If you are wanting to learn even more advanced techniques when using the Project Life App, the Memories Matter classes can help! Click the links below for more information!

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Memories Matter Project Life Design Series