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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!

Download the Pocket Frames Freebie


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!

3x4 Pocket Frames No. 1

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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!