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Early Registration for S.W.A.P. Now Open + Classroom Details

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Thank you all so much for the wonderful response to the announcement of the new Pixels to Pages Classroom. I’m really excited to build a community where memory keepers like you can come and learn how to use a variety of mobile apps on their mobile devices to document their photos and stories. 

As mentioned on Friday, the first class being offered is S.W.A.P. – Scrapbooking with Affinity Photo. Early Registration is now open, with class beginning on Monday, May 10. Grab a seat in the class for $39 and save $6. The price of the class will go up to $45 once the content goes live. Remember, all class participants will receive an exclusive class kit designed by Meagan Johnson (aka The Practical Scrapper). Check out the kit preview below! Click here to learn more about the class and to register.

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I wanted to answer some questions about classes that have popped up online and through direct messages:

Do I have to log in at a certain time for class?
All class videos will be pre-recorded. Once the content is released in the classroom you can view it at your convenience. There will be students participating from all corners of the globe. Please understand that I am in Florida and on Eastern Standard Time. So, for example, if I mention new class content will be released at 8 am, I am talking 8 am on the east coast of the United States. You would have to figure out what time that would be in your neck of the woods.

Once the class is over, will I still have access to the content?
YES! You will have access to the content for the lifetime of the site, allowing you to always come back to the lessons should you ever need a refresher. If the classroom should ever close down, arrangements will be made for you to download the videos.

Is this a beginners course?
I approach all of the classes I teach as though everyone is a beginner. No matter what the app, you will find that I start off with the very basics of the app–its settings and user-interface. Nothing is more frustrating than opening up an app and not knowing where anything is, right? I think you will find my teaching style easy to follow, giving you the confidence you need to build your mobile memory keeping skills!

I’ve taken several of your classes in the past, will it benefit me to take similar ones from you again?
Honestly, I believe they will. And I’m not just saying this to take your money! Apps are constantly being updated. Some of these apps, such as Affinity, are packed with so many features, that I didn’t know about until I needed them. I am always finding new ways to use apps that I’ve been using for years and I’m excited to pass that knowledge on.

Having a place on the internet to build and host classes dedicated specifically to mobile memory keeping has been something I’ve wanted to do for the past few years. I really want Pixels to Pages to become the place where scrapbookers come to learn how to take their memory keeping mobile! Whether you are brand new to documenting on your mobile device or have been doing it for years, I am committed to building the classroom into a fun, supportive, community where anyone can come and learn new skills and build on ones that they already know. This is brand new for me. I know there will be bumps in the road. I’m learning as I go, and I am grateful for you being on this journey with me.


Announcement: The Pixels to Pages Classroom

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You guys!!! I am SO EXCITED to announce that Pixels to Pages is going to have its own classroom!!! I've been away from teaching for a while, but I am back! And I'm looking forward to teaching others how to use mobile technology to document their photos and stories. 

There will be several courses coming to the classroom in the future, but the first one to go live is called S.W.A.P.–Scrapbooking with Affinity Photo!!!

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Check out this quick video below:

Early registration for class begins Monday, April 19 and class begins on Monday, May 10. Please click this link for more information or go to the "classes" tab in the menu bar at the top of the page. I will have a more detailed post on Monday about the classroom and what to expect in the coming months! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below, or shoot me an email–kelly@pixelstopages.com

 


December Daily : Stories 7 + 8

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Up until now, each of my Stories this month have been double-page spreads. Stories 7 + 8 will be placed side-by side in my album. Let’s take a look:

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Story 7

You can view Ali’s Story 7 here and compare her physical page with the one I created in Affinity Photo on my iPad. 

During the month some stories may not have a photo to accompany them–like my Story 7. I took Ali’s lead using the journal prompt “December is...” and just wrote a few thoughts. It was a nice little break from working with photos.

To create the page I first started by placing a hi-res photo of a fabric texture background I had in my personal stash. Then using the Art Text Tool in Affinity Photo, I made the large “December is...” paragraph using the font “Blackout.” I gave it a little bit of dimension by adding a drop shadow. It look like a die cut, doesn’t it?  The red text reads:

December is cozy
December is magical
December is sparkly
December is love

I then created a white rectangle and placed my text on top. Even though I know Ali has a Digital Tab Christmas Bundle, I ended up creating my own “Noel” tab and used my staple to attach it to the journal block. I finish the page by sprinkling a few gold glitter stars around and the number 7 chipboard.

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When I saw Ali’s page for Story 8, I knew exactly what I was going to do for mine. You can view her story here.

My story is about donating Christmas decorations to a local women’s shelter. I took a photo of the decorations that were loaded in the back of my car. Where Ali used her “Working” word art from the 2020 Prep Day Downloads, I used the “give love” acrylic word art from the main kit. Instead of using Pom-Pom ribbon, I used a strip of green glitter paper. Ali used a large gold glitter star where she attached a number 8 sticker to. I tried that, but that glitter star was getting lost within the photo, so instead I used a speckled, transparent circle and placed the chipboard number 8 on top. To finish, I used the red enamel heart.

I really like the way these two stories look side-by-side! 

Thanks for reading! Leave any thoughts or questions below!


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.

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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!

 

 

 

 


December Daily : Stories 3 + 4

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Not all of my photos and stories in my December Daily album will revolve around Christmas. My third story is one that does not, per say. But it does bring me lots of joy, so I guess that does embody the spirit of the season! I’ve adopted a row of strawberries at the University of Florida’s IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Center. The picking season has started and I love to share what I pick with friends and neighbors. 

You can view Ali's blog post about her third story for the month here, as it may help to see how I reflected her physical layout into a digital page.

Story 3:

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In Ali's spread she had a photo of her advent calendars shot on an angle. To replicate that on the left hand side of my page, I made a template with placeholders on the diagonal and clipped my photos into those placeholders. I gave some dimension to the "pleather" digital sticker by separating the text from it's background in Affinity Photo for iPad. Once separated I applied a bevel effect to that background. By doing this, it gives the illusion that the white text is embossed into the green background. I also added a stroke to the inside of the rectangle and applied the same effect. Once done, I merged the two layers and added a drop shadow.

The page on the right took a little more manipulation. If you look at Ali's page, she used a the 3x8 "Fa-la-la" Kraft Pocket. Here is what I did to mimic this pocket.

1) I placed the 4x6 Fa-la-la filler card from the main kit in the bottom half of the screen. In it’s original form it is red with light pink text. I put a white color overlay on it and changed the blend mode of that color overlay to "Hue." This desaturated the colors to a dark gray background with white text.

2) I then used the background kraft texture from the digital version of the 3x8 pockets, and enlarged it to fit in the bottom half of the page, making sure it is above the Fa-la-la card. I applied a layer adjustment of "lighter color" to let the white text from the card below it show through!

Just like I did in my first story, I applied a felt texture to the number 3. I used the red, digital enamel heart and gave it a little bit of dimension by adding a 3D effect to it. I made my own "a merry little christmas" label tape just by creating a black rectangle and using the Courier font for the text. I did decrease the tracking between the letters because Courier is a font that is spread out when you use it.

The "Holiday Memories" is actually from the December Daily 3x8 Shipping Tag set. I increased the size of it, extended the two black lines to the edges of the page and covered the hole at the top of the tag with the green diagonal strip of paper from one of Ali's previous collections (I don't think it was from a December Daily kit). This green diagonal strip represents the green and white ribbon she looped through the tag on her physical page.

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I love our Friday Night Pizza tradition. We have three places in town where we usually order from and we rotate between each one. This week we had pizza from our friend's “permanent” pizza truck! You can view Ali's Story Four here.

Ali's fourth story layout was quite simple to replicate into a digital version. In Ali's layout, the page on the left was a photo of 3 cookies lined up in a vertical orientation. I represented that with three photos of the pizza truck and menu board. I added a transparency circle and typed in the name of the pizza place. The staple is one I created a few years back and I keep in in the December Daily stash to use over and over again. 

For the page on the right, I believe Ali used some transparencies and sewed them together. I followed her lead with the transparent circles and "attached" them with my staple. The stitches around the "wonder of the season" circle are by Kristin AAgard Designs. I bought them off  The Lilypad a few years ago. I am not sure if they are still available. 

The entire background of this page is white. But to make it look like I have two pieces of paper stitched together, I made a white rectangle and placed it on the right side of the page and added a drop shadow to it, so it looks like there is one piece of white digital paper on top of another. I placed the Be Merry and Bright filler card to the top of that white rectangle and applied a drop shadow to it as well. Then I used a stitch brush from Katie Pertiet to "attach" the pieces to the white background (yes you can use install ABR files in Affinity Photo!). 

The number 4 is the black chipboard number from the Main Kit. I added a 3D effect and drop shadow to give it dimension. 

Thank you for taking the time to read! I'd love to hear any thoughts your may have!

 

 


December Daily : Stories 1 + 2

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Usually I have several December Daily posts published by now, but 2020 has been anything but “usual,” right? Even though I have already been sharing this year’s pages on my social media accounts already, I wanted to go into a little more detail here about my approach this year. If you make it through the entire post, there is a freebie waiting for you at the end!

So my 2020 December Daily Album. Some of my processes are staying the same: I will only be using December Daily Digital Products by Ali Edwards. All of my digital supplies are stored in iCloud Drive. My pages are being created in Affinity Photo on my iPad. Storing my supplies in iCloud Drive makes it easy for me search for, and drag/drop exactly what I am looking for into Affinity. The size of my album is the same as in years past, 6x8. When the book is finished, it will be printed through ZNO. Their quality is amazing, and as far as I know they are the only printer around that print hard bound 6x8 books in landscape or portrait orientation. Several months ago, I did a walkthrough of these albums on my Pixels to Pages Facebook page. You can watch it here when you get a free moment!

The big change I am making this year is how I am creating my pages. When I did my 2016-2019 I was using Ali’s digital templates. I think I have every single one of her December Daily templates. But this year I didn’t purchase them. While I LOVE the templates, I wanted to do something that was a little more “organic” this year, as I felt that my albums were all starting to look the same. So what I decided to do was attempt to recreate or “interpret” Ali’s 2020 physical pages in digital format. I’ve been waiting to work on my stories until Ali publishes her December Daily pages on her blog. When I see that she has posted, the wheels immediately start turning, figuring out how I can mirror what she created, but digitally. I have REALLY been enjoying this process. It’s been so much fun. Let’s take a peek at what I’ve done so far:

But first here is my cover page. Now I did not mimic Ali’s cover page (although I loved it). One of my favorite shapes I’ve seen in her collection this year is that little tree from the 6x8 Tree Stamp Set. I wanted to incorporate it into my cover and did so by duplicating it three times on the page and combining it with the “Make Magic” card from the 2020 December Daily Digitals Transparency Journal Card Set. I added the “twenty-twenty” text on top of a red rectangle.

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Story One:

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You can view Ali’s Story One here if you’d like. It will give you a better idea of how I took some of her ideas from her physical pages and applied them on my digital page. I used “around here” word art from her Product Play class on the left hand side. Ali used this on each of the photo tags she created.

I interpreted the page on the right in this way: Ali created a pocket page using a printed star transparency. If you look at the back of those photo tags she created, one of them has the black patterned paper from the 2020 December Daily Main Kit. That is what I used to create the “pocket” on my page. The red stripe behind the pocket is a digital paper from one of her previous kits. It represents the ribbons she used on her tags. On top of the pocket I used the Large Felt Number 1. While the digital felt numbers are white and have the gold stitching around them, they do not have a felt texture. In Affinity,  I clipped a high-resolution photo of a felt texture to the number and applied a 3D effect and drop shadow to it. I love the way it turned out! I used a digital cork star and the gold star from the main kit and placed them on the top of the number, just as Ali did on her physical page. I added the tag with the photo, which I guess you can look at it as representative of those individual photo tags she did. 

Story Two:

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Ali’s Story Two is here. Looking at Ali’s spread, the left side of the layout is actually the backside of her pocket page from Story One. The “Joy” background is from the 2020 Prep Day downloads. I played around with several color options, but they were too bold next to the black and white photo on the right. I ended up applying a very light gray color overlay to the digital file and sprinkled some stars around. 

Now for the page on the right: I took a photo of items in my cart while at Target. But the lighting in the store cast such a glare on the cellophane wrap on the products, I felt the need to change the color to black and white. And while I love the colors of the wrapping paper and wooden houses, I knew I would be telling individual stories about these two things later in the month were there will be full-color photos. Black and white for the win.

I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated to recreate those shaker boxes in digital format that Ali used on her page. But I was up for the challenge and couldn’t be happier with the results. The first star I created is the one placed near the center left of the page. During my process of creating this, I was a little OCD, and while working in Affinity, I had a second window open on my screen with Ali’s blog post be refer to it for placement of the stars in the shaker box. That first star shaker box took about an hour to create the other two went a lot quicker as it was just a matter of copy/pasting the different elements, again, referring to Ali’s blog post for star placement.

In Ali’s layout she created a pocket to hold her journal card using a a piece of a page protector and the “Let Your Heart Be Light” fabric half-circle. I made mine by just using the digital version of those half-circle and clipped a fabric texture to it to make it look like the physical piece. I used the same journal card as she did although I did manipulate it a little bit to make it longer. I created my own “number two” brad in Affinity Photo. 

By the way, I love these little star shaker boxes so much that I want you guys to have them. Click the photo below to download. Enjoy! 

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So there you have it. Stories One + Two. I am loving my process. I look forward each day to Ali’s blog posts to see how my app-scrapping skills will be challenged! Leave any thoughts or questions below!


2020 Family Yearbook : August Pages

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Hey guys–thanks do much for stopping by to take a peek at my August pages. These actually came together fairly quickly. So let's take a look:

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I'm still continuing to use my Monthly Journal Block cards to tell the majority of my stories (you can find them in my shop here). I'm actually finding that I run out of room sometimes on these big blocks! But I love to "talk!" I don't want to decrease the font size any smaller than what I have now. I have to remember that these pages are going to be printed in 10x10 albums, and I want the text to be legible. But for any additional stories I need to tell, I can put it on a journal card like I did here on the left side where I shared a little story about these chocolate chip cookies. 

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August is the beginning of birthday season in the Sill household and it continues through September. Our son Dustin, my dad, Chris's brother, and Elsie, my great niece. She just turned 5 and had a birthday party at Dinosaur World in Plant City, Florida. I shared the story in the big journal block on the first spread. If it wasn't for that Journal Block, I wouldn't have been able to use all of these photos on one side of the spread. One of those pictures would have been replaced by a journal card. This is why I love trying to keep all of the journaling condensed on one page–it leaves so much more room for photos! The filler card on the left side is from the Wish Big kit in the Project Life app. 

The "pieces of me" filler card is one I created in Affinity Photo on my iPad using digital products by Ali Edwards. The Corona/Hurricane filler card is one I created in the Adobe Spark Post app. The words are from a meme I saw on Facebook a few weeks ago when there were two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. I thought it was hilarious and wanted to recreate something different for my page. Adobe Spark Post is an app I used on EVERY single page in my 2020 yearbook. I LOVE IT!!! It is the app I use to place all the white borders you see on my photos. I do have a blog post/tutorial about how I do this. You can read that here if you'd like. 

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My favorite story from this month is the one about beginning the redecoration of my creative space! I have been wanting refresh my space for a few years now, and for some reason I thought the middle of August was the perfect time to do so. Why not? It's the middle of summer in Florida. The temps are in the mid-90s and there is 1000% humidity. I am not going to get into too much detail about the refresh, as that will be coming in a post on Friday!!! But just so you know, this project started in mid-August and, aside from a few minor things I still need to purchase, this room will be done tomorrow! Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be doing a live walk-through of my space sometime during the day on Friday! Anyways...back to the spread...

You may have noticed that yellow seems to be a recurring color when it came to the filler cards in all three spreads this month. It just happened that way, it wasn't intentional, but I really like it! I love the "creating my space" filler card I made in Affinity. Ali's products are so versatile!!! The "these are my people" card is another one I created as well! Word art for the win!!!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to pay me a visit! Leave any comments or questions below!


Family Yearbook : June Pages

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What’s this? My June pages are done on the 2nd of July??? Even though I have two double-page spreads for June, it turns out I didn’t have a whole lot of photos for the month. Compared to the three or four spread I’ve been doing each month this year, it’s no wonder I got these done in record speed-not that this is a race or anything (because it’s totally not!). I know July is going to be a busy month, so I didn’t want to waste any time in documenting June! 

If you are a first-time reader, all digital embellishments are by Ali Edwards. However the 6x12 Monthly Journal Card is one I created and is available in my shop! The apps used to create these pages are the Project Life App, Affinity Photo, and Adobe Spark Post.

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My favorite story this month is of the kissing manatees! These gentle giants pay visits to our canals often (as do dolphins) and I never get tired of seeing them.

Just a little non-scrapbook related product plug...Replica Surfaces. Have you ever heard of them? I’ve become obsessed with these photo-realistic surfaces and have quite the collection growing. If you are a crafter who likes to share photos of your works on social media, or you have an on-line shop, or enjoy food photography, check these things out! Each surface is 23”x23” and you can combine them together to create an amazing, portable photo studio, or use them individually for flat lay photography. Here is a link if you are interested (no affiliation at all!).

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The Project Life 3.0 Update is so great! One of my favorite new features are the Editorial Pages. These pages feature place holders for 0-3 photos and large text boxes to tell your story. There seems to be a trend lately in really getting into the nitty-gritty details of the story behind your photos and these minimalistic Editorial Pages are a great way to do just that. I will be sharing a blog post in the near future of how you can incorporate these pages into your albums!

Garden tower update! Things are growing! I love going out there to pick fresh herbs and what few veggies I planted! The tomatoes and mesclun have been yummy and I’ve enjoyed the process of letting herbs dry on my countertops and crunching them for later use. The parsley has been really good and very fragrant when cut!

So that’s about it for June pages! Thanks for taking a peek! But before I close this post, I have two little Pixels to Pages announcements.

  1. Beginning tomorrow morning at 10am EST and lasting through Monday morning 8am EST, I will have a Journal Block Party Summer Collection Super Bundle available for $40! This bundle contains all 8 Journal Block Party Kits released over the past few weeks. Not sure what these are? Read this post, and be sure to check out the shop tomorrow at 10!

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  2. Mark your calendars for July 25th! It’s Christmas in July and I am planning to release something super special in the shop! There will be a Facebook Live as well (time has yet to be determined). Keep following my Pixels to Pages Instagram feed and Facebook Page where I will share some clues throughout the month as to what it might be!
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Family Yearbook : May Pages

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2020 is moving right along, although probably in not a way that we planned. Am I right? I mention in my journaling on the Monthly Journal Block for this month that as the days go by, they feel like Groundhog's Day. Not much changes from one day to the next during the week. Sometimes I find it a little difficult to take photos of the same old, same old. Especially since I don't have littles in the house. But this month I used several pics that my sister in Ohio had texted to me and some from my niece. I even got in some of the photos that my husband and son took of me while I wasn't looking! I love that they know I would appreciate them taking a few of me helping build the garden tower and filling it with herbs. 

There are four double-page spreads documenting May's photos and stories. The Monthly Journal Block is one I created and is available in my shop. Digital elements are from Ali Edwards. Apps used to create these pages include:

Project Life (the 3.0 update is AMAZING)

Adobe Spark Post

Affinity Photo App

Let's take a look:

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One of the things I LOVE about these pages this month are the filler cards I created using digital word art and stickers from my growing stash of Ali's products. The "These are my people" filler card was created in Affinity. How simple is that? And do any of you use a foam roller? It's my hip's best friend! Oh, and check out that red hair on my nephew Jonas!!! It's. so. red. My sister kept saying he's been wanting red hair for a while. Well he got it! I remember Ryley going through a colored hair phase at the same age. Except he had a bunch of colored gels I got from my hair stylist in Virginia. It would wash out daily. My boys hair wasn't something I got hung up on a lot when they were younger. I'd let them express their individuality. There were other battles to be won at that age. Hair wasn't one of them. BUT NOW? As seen in the photo right next to Jonas, that long hair drives me crazy!!!! Hahaha!!!

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Just look at that tower of happiness!!! This is my favorite story of the month. I've wanted a garden tower for several years. We first saw one while visiting The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. I took photos of it and would mention to Chris how much I wanted one. It took awhile (like I said, several years) for him to make it, but it was so worth it! We found some plans online. The instructions weren't the best, but he got it done (I helped a little bit otherwise to help keep his sanity). Filler card was done in Affinity!

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Are you digging the filler cards? I really like how they turned out. Again they are so simple. By layering various digital word art and digital stamps, and playing around with the opacity, you can create something really fun! The food photos are ones I took for a friend who is in the process of opening a permanent pizza food truck. It's going to be amazing!!!! They hope to open by July 1st. Check out those sprouts in my garden!!! Those are Mesclun (mixed greens) and they popped up in a matter of days of me planting the seeds!

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I think this is my favorite spread this month. The "yes to" word art was actually part of word art that read "yes to this." In Affinity, I used the eraser tool and got rid of "this" so I can add my own text. 

Any questions or comments? Leave them down below! 

Wait...one more thing...I wanted to share a few pages from my customers who purchased a few of the Journal Block Party Kits!!! These kits include large, decorated journal cards that are meant to fit in the oversized placeholders in the Big Shot templates. I have 8 kits in the shop that are geared toward summertime holidays and activities! Check them out by clicking the link to the shop in the link at the top of the page!

This first one is from Jen Morrison. She used cards from the Lake Life kit. She actually gave me the idea for this themed kit! Thank you Jen!

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This second one is from Meagan Johnson (The Practical Scrapper). She used the Amusement Park kit. Notice how she used the journal block for both a photo and journaling. She said she did this in the Over app!

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Thank you both so much for sharing your pages! 

As a reminder, whenever you use my kits on your pages, be sure to tag me on my Instagram account @pixelstopages or @ mention me on Facebook!!!! I want to see your creations!!!

 


2020 Family Yearbook : April Pages

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Finally got around to documenting my April photos and stories! Let's just dive right in, shall we? And feel free to click on any of the spread for a larger view!

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I am continuing to use the 6x12 Monthly Journal Blocks I created back in January. You can purchase these Journal Blocks in my shop. I love being able to tell several stories in one space and save the rest of the placeholders in the templates for photos. This month, however, I seemed to have a lot to say! As large as these blocks are, I still ran out of room! You will see several 3x4 and 4x6 journal cards on my pages this month. I also did a lot of writing on the white space in the "Polaroid-like" photos I created in Adobe Spark Post. All of the journal cards and digital embellishments are by Ali Edwards. 

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It was not intentional, but the left side of the page turned out to be a few stories where the subject matter revolved around the words "make" or "made." And I had several digital goodies from Ali that would help to emphasize that. I just love her products. They really can make you look at your photos in a different way and dig deeper to tell the stories behind them. She has a digital product for everything you can think of! The "play" filler card on the right is originally a light green color. It was in one of the 2019 Story Kits I subscribed to through Ali's shop. When I placed it in my template I used the PicTapGo editor to change the color to black. I can't remember what filter I used, but changing the color just made the spread look a little more cohesive.

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The "Finding Beauty" filler card is one I created in Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. The word art is from Ali's 2020 Week In The Life digitals. The flower stamps behind the words are from her as well, but I am not sure what collection. I've had them for quiet some time. I added the word phrase sticker to the 4x6 journal card on the right in Affinity and then dropped it into the template. That diagonal journal card is a good "base" for adding a variety of digital embellishments to! This is also my favorite story of this month. 

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The layout above is a style that I would not normally have in my Project Life albums. Even though I am creating my pages on a digital device, this is a style that I would consider a "true" digital scrapbook page. There are no "pockets," no Project Life template was used, and all of the elements can be moved around freely in Affinity Photo (where I created it) or in Photoshop. I made this page back in April and posted it on a few of my social media platforms. I don't think I shared it here on the blog. My youngest was diagnosed with Covid 19 and the majority of the text on this spread are her words from her Facebook post. This virus is so unpredictable and symptoms seem to vary from person to person. It was only about 3 weeks ago that she tested negative for it. HOWEVER, she has several lasting effects from it that the doctors are still trying to figure out. And after two months, she is STILL running a fever and has pain in her chest when breathing. Her energy levels seem to be returning back to normal. The health department (Ohio) will not release her to go back to work until she is given a different diagnosis. It's just a maddening situation. The digital word art in the spread is by Ali. The virus graphic I found as a freebie on the interwebs somewhere.

That's it for April. Now I have to get to work on May! Oh! But one more thing before I close out this post! Today (June 19, 2020) is the last day you can purchase the Journal Block Party Summer Collection as a bundle for $30. At 12:01am tomorrow, the bundle goes away, but you can still purchase the kits individually for $5.99. When you purchase the bundle, it's like getting one of the kits for practically free! Happy shopping! Click here go to the shop!

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