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December Daily : Stories 5 + 6

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I want to thank everyone for all the love you guys have been showing me here on the blog and on my social media platforms. The approach I’ve been taking with my December Daily this year has been so fun! If this is your first time visiting the blog and are not familiar as to how I am going about creating my pages, you can read this post for a better understanding. I’m basically mimicking the physical page layouts Ali Edwards creates for her album this year in digital format using Affinity Photo on my iPad. They may not be exactly the same, but I explain how the layouts I create are reflective of Ali’s.

If possible, it may be helpful to have two devices open or two windows browser windows open while reading this post. One device/window can have my blog post open and the other can have Ali’s blog post open so you can compare the physical and digital pages. This has been a lot of fun so far. So let’s take a look at Stories 5 and 6.

Story 5

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You can view Ali's Story 5 here if you would like to compare physical vs. digital.

We were so excited to finally have a night on a weekend that was cold enough to build a fire in the fire pit! We had such a lovely evening and I think this layout reflects that! 

If you remember my Story 2, I created digital star shaker boxes to because Ali used physical ones on her layout. Well, Story 5 has something similar–a star shaker page.

I started out with a blank canvas in Affinity and created a white rectangle to cover the entire page. Then I switched over to the “Selections Persona” where I created three rectangles and removed the insides of the rectangle to create “windows.” I then added an inner drop shadow and a small bevel to this layer.

I placed the 3x8 Merry transparency from the 3x8 Transparency Journal Card Set behind the window layer so the transparency will show through the windows. 

With Ali’s Story 5 blog post opened, I referred to her shaker page for placement of the little stars. I know–that’s a little OCD.😂 The stars were created using the Shape Tool in Affinity. I added a slight drop shadow to each of them and then it was just a matter of copy/paste and changing the colors when needed.

I used the Glitter Stars from the Main Kit on the top and bottom window. In that center window, Ali used the “Make Magic...” transparency from the Transparency Journal Card Set. I used this on the cover of my album and didn’t want to repeat it here. So I ended up creating a white box and lowered the transparency, then attached the “holiday magic” die cut from the 2x2 Die Cut Bundle using my staple. 

For the right side of the page I used a black and white photo of the fire. In Ali’s layout, she repeated the “magic is something we make” three times at different opacities. It wasn’t looking right on my photo so just using it once was good enough for me! She also used a star transparency on the back of her photo that she printed on vellum, which faintly shows through her photo. To represent this on my page, I used the 3x8 Star Border Transparency, which I  believe is from a previous December Daily collection. I duplicated it and placed them both at the bottom of the page.

I finished off the page by adding the “magic is in the air” circle transparency, and a gold star.

 

Story 6

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The outside looking in. Super simple story. Super simple page. While this doesn't really look anything like Ali's physical page (check out her Story 6 post here), let me show you how elements of her layout are representative in mine. 

First let's talk about the photo. I love me some great photo editing apps, and A Color Story is one of my faves. While playing around with the filters, I was in the "Vintage" pack and loved the way the "Summer of '59" filter made this photo look. It added a hint of pink to it and gave it such a 50s vibe to me. 

Ali uses glittered letters in her layout. To represent that element in my digital layout, I clipped a silver glitter background to the Chipboard Number 6 and applied a 3D effect along with a drop shadow to give it some dimension. I then added a pink transparent circle and puffy star sticker. I thought the pink transparent circle picked up the pinkish tone the photo filter gave the picture.

Instead of recreating the metallic quote tag from Tim Holtz that she placed on her layout, I typed out the quote on the right hand side of the page and clipped the same silver glitter background to it. By adding a 3D effect, it really gives the illusion that the letters have embossing powder on them! The background is just a plain, pink rectangle with a 6x8 Small Speckled Pattern Transparency Sheet on top. I believe this sheet has gold speckles. But I used a white color overlay to recolor it and then duplicated the layer to make it a little more vibrant. I really, really love the way this spread turned out!

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you have any questions! I love working in Affinity Photo for iPad and will be happy to help!

 

 

 

 


What's in your toolbox?

I began mobile memory keeping in January of 2016. If you click on the Project Life link in the navigation bar above, you can see those pages. I created that album entirely on my iPhone 6S+. I used the Project Life App and, on occasion, LetterGlow, to create filler/journal cards and to add text on photos. Since then, my mobile memory keeping toolbox has grown and my devices have been upgraded. I now have an iPhone X and an iPad Pro (2017 version).  I thought I would use this post to share with you my go-to apps, where I print my books, my favorite projects, and my hopes for future memory keeping projects!

MY GO TO APPS

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Project Life App: This is the app I use for all of my pages. I had a very short relationship with digital scrapbooking, where I was using various layered templates to put pages together on my Mac using Photoshop. But because I could “undo” things and there were so many choices out there for digital supplies, I found that creating digital pages was just as time-consuming as physical ones. Honestly, I like being limited in my choices of templates and kits. It makes things go faster!

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A Color Story: I love this app for photo-editing. This is the app I use when a photo needs a little more editing than I can get from PicTapGo. I love the curves feature, the Color+ tool, and the selective edit option the app has. And it also has some of the best black and white filters I’ve seen!

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PicTapGo: This is the app you can access directly through the Project Life App. Super convenient. It’s a great app for quick, easy edits!

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LetterGlow: This app has been around before the Project Life App. And even though I think the developers are no longer updating it, it is still one of my all-time faves. I love this app. I love the interface, it’s so easy to use. I can add my own colors and fonts. It may not have all the bells and whistles like and app such as Over, but for what I do in LetterGlow, I don’t need anything fancy!

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Adobe Spark Post: There is a little bit of a learning curve to this app, but it is a great app to add   text with banners or a shape behind it that is a little more creative than what you can do using the Free Form Text feature in the Project Life App. I also like their layout feature. I use this to create 4x6 or 6x8 collages with photos and then drop that into a 4x6 or 6x8 placeholder in a Project Life Template. 

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Affinity Photo: Ok, there is a definite learning curve to this app and is only available for iPads. The app supports layered PSD files and is an awesome app to have in your mobile toolbox. It’s totally worth learning how to use. I use Affinity Photo for December Daily, and on occasion with Project Life if I need to flip around templates.

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iCloud Drive: This is where I keep all of the digital products I have purchased from Ali Edwards, Project Mouse, and Becky Higgins. 

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Files App: iCloud Drive is located inside the Files app on your iOS device. You can also access other apps like Dropbox or File Manager Pro here as well.

WHERE I PRINT

For my Project Life albums, I get 10x10, hard bound books printed directly through the Project Life App. Yes, it is more expensive, but the quality through their printer, White House Custom Color, is top-notch. Another big reason why I get them printed through the app is for the ease! I just hear of so many issues people have with borders being uneven or photos being cut off when they print through other services. I don’t want the hassle of adjusting that stuff for my PL albums. It’s just so easy printing through the Project Life App!

Now my December Daily books are a different story. ZNO is my go to online printer for those. This company is one of the few that print hard bound 6x8 books! I cannot say enough about their print quality. The pages are super thick and remind me of a children’s board book! I’ve printed my 2016, 2017, and 2018 December Daily albums through them and they are truly some of my prized possessions! 

FAVORITE AND FUTURE PROJECTS

I have already mentioned two of my favorite memory keeping projects–Project Life and December Daily. I love them. I may not always be up to date or completed in a timely manner. But I don’t care. They will get done! Right now I am working on my 2018 and 2019 albums simultaneously and I am happy to say I am up to date to Week 43 in both books! I’m thinking for 2020, I may be switching it up and switching to a monthly format, which would be pretty cool, because I started doing my 2017 album in a monthly format. That album is not done yet, so I want to work on 2017 and 2020 at the same time. 

Another favorite project of mine that I completed last year (but I have yet to print it) is a small recipe book I did in an Art of the Apps Monthly Membership project. It’s a 6x8 and I will have that one printed through ZNO. I will have a link to recipe pages in the navigation bar above in the very soon.

For future projects, I want to create a Christmas Cookie Recipe album and I will start that this holiday season. I did one years ago using physical products, but I really want one in digital format. Of course I will be sharing that process here on the blog!

The other project I want to tackle is creating a coffee table book of our sailing trip in Greece from the spring of 2018. I think it was earlier this year Becky Higgins and Becky Proudfit, along with their husbands, went to Italy together. Becky H. made a photo book of the trip, but it was all photos, no journaling, and it was GORGEOUS! I want to do the same with our photos from Greece. I already have a plan on my head for how I want this to look. It’s just a matter of finding the time to do it!

What are some of your favorite memory keeping projects? Do you have a special project you want to tackle in the future? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below!