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Week In The Life 2020

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This year I participated in Ali Edwards' 7-day documentary project, Week in the Life. While I try to capture details of everyday life in my Project Life family yearbooks, this Week in the Life project is more of a deeper dive. More photos, deeper, meaningful stories. Although Ali and many of her followers have been taking on this project each year since 2005, this is the first year I decided to participate. Today I am sharing the photos and stories of this year's Week In The Life project which took place May 11-17, 2020.

I created a 6x8 album using Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. All digital products shown are by Ali Edwards.

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I went with a super simple cover–a piece of digital graph paper and label. I believe the paper is from one of Ali's December Daily Collection from a few years ago. The label is from the Week In The Life 2020 Digital Collection.

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Throughout the album you will notice that the day of the week will fall on the right hand side of the spread and will basically have the same layout. I wish I could say this layout was my idea, but I actually scrap lifted it from Instagrammer LindaLovesCreating. She had a photo of what she was doing but using physical product. I wanted to see how duplicating it in digital form would look and I am super happy with the results!

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Since this was my very first time participating in this project, I wanted to simplify things as much as I could. I used many of the WITL 2020 Digital templates, and added a few of my own personal touches. For instance, with the exception of Friday, you will see a collage page on the left and a page of text on the right for the first double-page spread for each day. I also used Ali's "lenses" (story prompts) for each day as well. This was super helpful in trying to tell my stories throughout the week. It's amazing how easily stories can unfold by simply using a word or a phrase. The journal page on the right is one that I created myself. I took color cues from the day of the week sticker on the graph paper "number" page and paired it with the color of the circle day of the week sticker you see below. I did this for each day. I thought it was a great way to organize each day. When flipping through the book, and you see a new color, you know you are on a new day!


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Again–the same color treatment for the journal card.


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The last page for each day is opposite the intro page to the next. I really wanted to use this circle template for each of day of the week, but I found I didn't have enough left over photos to do so. So, I was only able to use this template on Days 1 and 2. But no worries. Read on and you'll see what I used instead.


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New day, new color scheme. The 4x6 journal card was one I created myself. I used it a few times in the album and just changed out the colors and story lens. word art.

 

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Even though the Tuesday circle sticker isn't that peachy color I used in on the journal card, there was a little heart sticker in the WITL Digital sticker book that paired the yellow with the peach, so that is how I came up with the color scheme for Tuesday.


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I am LOVING my new range and microwave!!!


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Currently my tower herb garden is sooo out of control! 


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You can see here how there are less photos on the "pieces of life" below than there were in the Monday section. 

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Now even though I used a red and pink color scheme for Monday, I am using the same here (again following the cues of the "day of the the week" sticker in the spread above, and the "Wednesday" circle sticker on the second spread below). However, this time the colors are reversed on the journal cards. Subtle difference, I know, but I'm not going to overthink it (Yeah-famous last words. You'll see why come the Thursday section).


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I think some of my favorite spreads are those where one side has the photos bleed off the page and the other side has a white border around them, like you see below.


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I LOVE the photo below of Zoe blurred out in the background and the focus is on her squeaky toy.


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Lots of pics in on the left in the spread below. I like placing the word phrases to describe the photos a bit.


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So here is where I had to change things up a bit from the "pieces of life" template. I ended up using Ali's Transparency Phrases from the WITL 2020 Digital Collection as an end page to each day.


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Now I started to overthink my color-schemes in the album (hahaha)! Because there was so much blue and green in the various day of the week stickers towards the end of the week, I didn't want the end of my album totally bombarded with blue. So on Thursday I went with green (like the day of the week sticker in the photo above) and used a lighter shade of green as a compliment to it. 

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The "facts & feeling" story lens, I felt, was the most difficult to work with. It really challenged me to take a deeper look at the story behind my photos. 


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While I do like the 6x8 collage layouts, I think when I do this project again (and even December Daily), I will be adjusting the templates so there is a gutter between the photos. I feel like they need some air. 


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The photos in this spread aren't that great, but it is what it is. I do like to change pictures to black and white when the lighting was low or it's just a bad pic in general. The black and white seems to hide the flaws!


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So here's the thing. I only took one photo on Friday. Just one. I just didn't feel like snapping pictures. And that is okay. I thought my lack of photos was a perfect {short} story to tell with the story prompt for today–some days + most days. Oh, and just like I did on Thursday, I used two shade of blue this time for the color scheme for Friday.

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One photo. One journal page. One double-page spread for Friday. 
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Ahhhhh...the weekend! Loved the prompt for today! We were super busy so I made sure to take lots of photos to make up for not taking any on Friday!


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Changed up the color scheme to blue and peachy-pink for Saturday. Didn't like it at first, still not my fave, but it's growing on me.
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And how about that baby tomato! That pic was taken almost a month ago. I have many more tomatoes on the vine!


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Last day of this project! Finally getting away from the blue and green. Three cheers for pink and yellow!

 

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I really like the prompt for today–"I want to remember." I feel like it made me just want to write and write! And I did. I think this whole project made me want to reflect more on the stories that are hiding behind the photos.


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Who's husbands ended up with a "Covid Coif" during this pandemic! This is the longest Chris's hair has been in 30+years!!!


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It's seashell season!!!


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Nothing like curling up on the couch, after a day at the beach, and watching a Disney movie!


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The last page of the album is below. It's just a plain white page with a piece of word art and a cute little heart sticker placed below it. 

This project was so much fun to do. It is one I will definitely do year after year. Like I just mentioned above, all of these story lenses (story prompts) really made me take a deeper look at the details hiding behind each photo. I am so grateful for this project Ali had created and how she encourages those participating to take a more detailed look at our photos and stories!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let me know if you have any questions!!!
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Hybrid Album : National Parks

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Earlier in the spring Chris and I watched The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns on PBS. This was around the time he planned a weekend road trip to Everglades National Park. As we were watching this documentary, I realized that this will be the second National Park located in Florida we would have visited in five months (the first being Dry Tortugas National Park back in November 2019). Being a mobile memory keeper, I don't purchase a whole lot of physical scrapbook products anymore. Honestly the only physical products I do purchase nowadays are the December Daily and Travel Collections by Ali Edwards. I have a pretty big stash of Ali's Travel products that I've never used. Creating a small, 3x8 National Parks Album would be the perfect opportunity to use some of it up (and to make room for the 2020 Travel Collection)!

This is actually a "hybrid album," meaning I used my computer (and mobile device)–in conjunction with physical products–to create this album. Here is a breakdown of how I went about making it:

Mobile Device/Apps: Any 3x8 templates you see in the album were created in Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. I created a whole series of templates specifically for this project and just reused them throughout the album. Even the 3x4 photos with the white border is a template. All of the photos were edited in either using the editing tools in the native Photos (camera roll) or in Adobe's Mobile Lightroom using presets from Light and Airy Photography. Once I placed photos into the templates, I would export them to my camera roll. Just so you know, I use iCloud Photos to sync my photos to all of my devices. I have it set to "download and keep originals" so I have access to my high-resolution pictures at all times. This makes it easy for me to access these pictures from my desktop (iMac). 

iMac Desktop: I used Adobe Photoshop and my Epson Stylus Photo R2000 printer to print my photos. The photo paper I used is Espon's Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy. I would place two 3x8 photos or six 3x4 photos on an 8.5x11 document in Photoshop and then print. For those 3x4 photos with the white borders, I would add a very light stroke around the photo that would act as my cut lines (I'm old school and use an x-acto knife and metal ruler to trim!). The pages that are fold-outs, were also printed on the same 8.5x11 paper, trimmed to the correct size and then scored to make the folds (again, I created templates for those fold-outs in Affinity). 

Enough writing. There are photos to look at!

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I wanted to follow some sort of pattern with each park. So you will see this layout as an introduction to each National Park.

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This fold-out is something else that you will see as part of the intro to each park.

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Another thing I did was include a "fun facts" page at the end of each National Park section. I just Googled "interesting facts" for each park and it was easy to copy and paste them into a template. The template is one I created in Adobe Illustrator. 

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I'm so happy this fold out!

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Below is the backside of the fold-out.

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Another fun fold-out!

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I am so happy with the way this album turned out! I wanted to get it done before Ali's 2020 Travel Collection is released (May 26) and I did it! I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos. Let me know if you have any questions about techniques or how I did things! I'd be happy to help!

 


2020 Family Yearbook : March Pages

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It's about time these pages are done, right? I think I mentioned in a social media post recently that I got my documenting mojo back. It disappeared back in April and I just didn't feel like doing anything but record tutorials for my tribe! I worked on these March pages for about 10 days. Creating pages usually doesn't take me that long, but I think it's because I loathe the month of March in the first place. It's my least favorite month of the year. It just drags on and on and on. So why shouldn't documenting it be the same? Ha!

I was surprised to see how many photos I took in March. I didn't think I was that much of a shutterbug. But when I sat down to select those I wanted to place in the album, I realized there were a ton. Of course there was a long weekend getaway to Everglades National Park, so I had to include those pics! By the time I was done, I had 4 spreads for March. Let's take a look (be sure to click on each spread for a larger view):

March 1

I am still enjoying do a large block of journaling at the beginning of each month. I use Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo to create it. All of the digital products are by Ali Edwards. The "embrace change" filler card was created in Affinity Photo using Ali's digital stamps and manipulating some of her word art. It was super fun to do. I will have a tutorial on it soon! If you haven't checked out Ali's Hybrid Product Play No. 1 class, do it! Although it is taught using Photoshop. You can adapt many of the techniques she demonstrates in Affinity! 

March 2

Even though I have a lot of journaling in the block on the first spread, I still had some stories to tell! One of my favorite things I am doing in the book this year is using Adobe Spark Post to create those collage-like 4x6 photos. I have templates set up in post and all I have to do is swap out the photos. I love these because there is white space along the bottom to add journaling or embellishments if I want. Any of you have adult children that don't live near by? Our oldest son and daughter-in-law live in Virginia. At the end of each month I go through our text messages and save any photos she may have sent me and try to include them in my album. How sweet is that photo of Dustin and their pug, Deno? Again, all filler cards, and word stamps are by Ali Edwards.

March 3

You may (or may not) have noticed that I am really not focusing on the pandemic. I decided I didn't want to do pages and pages of Corona-related material. That subject matter will be trickled throughout my pages. I will, however, do a "story of the year" spread(s) at the end of my album using the Persnickety Prints timelines!

March 4

I love this spread. The focus is totally on the photos and journaling of our weekend getaway to Everglades National Park. The journal cards and embellishments are by Ali (of course) The journal card with the photo on it was created in Affinity Photo. When I brought it into my Project Life template, I used Free Form Text (FFT) to add the journaling and would hit the return key after each line so the text would wrap around the photo. The "Spend Time In Nature" journal card was just plain. It only had the text on it. I added that piece of washi tape and the tab in Affinity Photo. Side note: I am actually creating a physical/hybrid album specifically about the National Parks we visit. I'll be sharing those pages in the upcoming weeks!

Just a little recap of apps and supplies used:

Apps: Project Life, Affinity Photo, Adobe Spark Post

Photo Edits: Photos native editing tools, PicTapGo, or A Color Story

Digital Products: Ali Edwards

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below!


Tutorial: Affinity Photo's Export Persona

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Today’s tutorial is going to cover an Affinity Photo Persona and a tool that I haven’t touched on in the past. It is the Export Persona and Slice Tool. Fans of physical and digital products by Ali Edwards are familiar with her Phrase Sticker Sheets that are included in many of her collections or available for individual purchase. In their physical form, there are dozens of individual words and phrases precut on the sheet, ready to be peeled off and placed on your layout. When it comes to the digital version, however, it’s not that simple. The words and phrases used to come in their own individual files, but a few years back, that changed. The digital Phrase Sticker Sheets now come as a single png or jpg, and we need to choose the ones we want by using our favorite selection tool for our digital toolbox.

This tutorial will demonstrate how I use the Slice Tool in the Export Persona to “cut up” these sheets when I first download them so these digital stickers are ready for me to use whenever I need them. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading!

 


Affinity Photo Tutorials on Ali's Blog

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Back in October of 2018 I was a guest blogger for one of my favorite memory keepers in the world, Ali Edwards! I recorded a few tutorials of how to use her digital products in the Project Life and LetterGlow apps. It was such an honor to provide her customers with a way to document their photos and stories using her digital goodies on their mobile devices! No laptop or desktop needed! If you are interested in reading that blog post, just click this link! 

Fast forward to today, and guess what? Today Ali has posted another set of tutorials I recorded for her on her blog! This time using her products with Affinity Photo for iPad! If you have been wanting to dip your Apple Pencil (or finger–no Apple Pencil needed!) into the waters of Affinity Photo, guys, these tutorials are for you! There are three videos and they really give you just what you need to know to get started with Affinity! Click this link for more information about Affinity.

These tutorials couldn’t come at a more perfect time! Did you know there is a sale in Ali’s shop on digital products and classes right now? If you didn’t, you do now! Follow this link to her shop (it’s not an affiliate link-I just Iike to share) and have fun loading up your cart with a bunch of digital goodies! And when you have checked out, take a look at this tutorial I recorded a few weeks ago showing you how I organize her products in iCloud Drive. This other post has a pdf you can download and refer to when you are organizing those products. It includes a list of suggested category/folder names I use when I organize Ali’s products in my iCloud Drive.

Isn’t it great that this is all happening on a Friday? It gives you something to do all weekend long! Have fun! And please feel free to contact me with ANY questions you have about mobile memory keeping. I’m here to help!


2020 Family Yearbook

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So excited to be finally sharing pages from my 2020 family yearbook! I mentioned a few times on Instagram and various Facebook groups that I will be changing things up quite a bit this year, so I’ll just get right to it.

Weekly or Monthly?

This year I have decided to document our photos and stories in a monthly format. I did a weekly format in 2018 and 2019, and felt like I needed a break. It’s not because I’m taking less photos or anything like that. I just wanted a little more freedom to not follow such a structured time frame or not worry about making sure I have enough photos for a weekly spread. 

Which kit in the Project Life App will I be using?

None of them. While I will be using the Project Life App for its templates and printing, I have decided not to use any of the kits, for two reasons. One, I have to be honest and say I am a little disappointed a new Project 52 kit wasn’t released for 2020. A big kit was something I looked forward to each December or January, but I totally understand why there wasn’t one released. I know Becky has encouraged us to use hat is already in the app, but I just couldn't decide on what to use. For a brief moment I thought about creating my own kit and using it, but I don’t have the time or energy to do that. And this brings me to the second reason. I have SO MANY Digital Story Kits by Ali Edwards and it’s about frickin’ time I use them. So that is what I am going to do. Ali’s products are so classic–they never go out of style. Her choice of simple, clean fonts, mixed with her own handwriting on her embellishments/filler/journal cards, makes it easy to mix her kits with one another. I will, however, create my own cards from time to time, which I have done on some of the pages below.

What additional apps will I be using?

The Project Life App will allow me to add filler/journal cards from outside kits as a photo. I keep these additional kits in my iCloud Drive and access them by selecting the photo icon on a placeholder and then scrolling to the bottom of the selection window and selecting “cloud.” But I need to use additional apps if to want to add embellishments, create my own cards, or give a special “treatment” to a photo/group of photos.

ADOBE SPARK POST–You will notice on the pages below I have a white border on all of the photos. I did this in Adobe Spark Post. I have several “templates” in Post in various sizes and orientations, making it super easy to swap out the photos. I know there is an overlay in one of the Project Life app kits that has a white border, but there is a slight issue with it where it doesn’t fit quite right. In addition, that overlay is for 3x4 photos. I want more sizes, and Spark Post will allow me to create custom sizes. I will have a tutorial on how I do this later this week!

SUPERMATIC–See that large 6x8 photo that looks like a Polaroid? This was done in Supermatic. Like Spark post, I have several templates, in various sizes/orientations set up in Supermatic to make it easy to swap out photos. I will have a tutorial on this as well!

AFFINITY PHOTO–I’ll use this app for a few things. 1) To add embellishments, word art, etc. to my photos. 2) To create photo grids/collages. I did this with for a 4x6 and 6x12 placeholder on my January pages. 3) Every once in awhile I will add journaling to a card. The small, italicized journaling that is on its side on the 6x12 card on the first page was added in Affinity Photo.

AFFINITY DESIGNER–This app was developed by the same company who brought you Affinity Photo. It is very much like Adobe Illustrator. I will be using this app to create more complex cards, like the large 6x12 card on the first page and the 3x4 “this wine” journal card. There is a big learning curve to Affinity Designer and I will not be providing a tutorial on this any time soon. 

What are some other style changes I am making to my process/style?

Looking at other memory keepers social media feeds, I noticed over the past several months I really have been drawn to a pages with a very light gray colored background. For years I have kept the background of my pages white, but this year I have decided to use the light gray from the Baby Boy Kit in the Project Life App. I especially like it when the photos have a white border on pages with a colored background, hence the reason for adding this border to my photos in Adobe Spark Post.

The way I am telling the story behind my photos will be changing as well. There were a few occasions last year where I used the 6x12 placeholder in the Big Shot 9 template to tell the entire story about a specific set of pictures, like those from a vacation. This is what I will be doing for my monthly pages. I’m not saying that there will be no other journaling throughout the pages, but most of my stories will be highlighted in this one specific placeholder. You will notice that I created a 6x12 January card for this placeholder. I will change it out for each month, adding new icons, maybe adding different call-outs. For instance, maybe I’ll swap the weather info you see on the January card for something fitness related, like the number of steps I took in February. The style of the card will remain the same. I have to be totally transparent here. The design of this card (and the “this wine” card) was inspired by the work of Geralyn Sy, from In A Creative Bubble. Even though I LOVE her designs. I couldn’t find what I needed in her collections, so I created my own. 

I’m looking forward to the changes I’ve made this year. I think the pages will have more of an organic feel to them instead being static. We’ll see how it goes! If you have any questions about the pages in the post, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

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6x8 Polaroid on left created in Supermatic; journaling added in Project Life App. 4x6 collage card (text message screenshots) created in Affinity Photo. All embellishments added in Affinity Photo.

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December Daily : Adding Texture to Digital Embellishments

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One of the things I just love about the physical scrapbook embellishments Ali and her team produce are the unique surfaces and textures they are made from or printed on. Fabric stickers, rubber tags, cork trees, or wood veneer words–when these items are released in her shop, they sell out QUICKLY!

Mobile memory keepers and digital scrapbookers use the digital version of these physical products. As mentioned in my previous post, the digital versions do not have the texture added to them. Side note: I did notice that the digital version of the adhesive enamel icons and the hexagon transparency die cuts actually have a foil treatment added to them. Those embellishments are in the December Daily 2019 Digital Main Kit. A flattened version as well. 

So what can a we do if we love the look of those different textures but are working with pixels? Fake it and make it!

In this tutorial I’m going to demonstrate how to add texture to some of those digital embellishments to make them look like their physical counterparts. If you want to follow along with the video, you will need the following:

Affinity Photo App on your iPad

December Daily 2019 Digital Variety Sticker Bundle by Ali Edwards

December Daily 2019 Digital Fabric Circles by Ali Edwards

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Those background textures are something you will have to search for on the internet. Look for some free ones using keywords like “free cork background texture,” or something along those lines. The ones I am using I purchased through Shutterstock several years ago.

I think you guys are really going to like this video! Click the link below and get ready to have some fun! Leave a comment with any questions below!


December Daily: Adding Dimension to Embellishments–Chipboard + Puffy Stickers

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Hey there mobile memory keepers and December Daily fans! Did you find the Modifying Template Tutorial helpful? Please remember to drop me a line if you have any questions. I am more than happy to help! Today I wanted to share with you how I am adding a little bit of dimension the December Daily digital embellishments I’ve purchased at AliEdwards.com. In previous years, adding dimension to those embellishments is something I would do as I was building a page, if at all. But this year, I wanted to challenge myself to see just how much I can make these digital goodies look like the real thing, and that required working ahead.

If you are familiar with Ali’s digital products, you know that traditionally they are “flat” compared to their physical versions. So, for example, if one of Ali’s physical embellishments is made of cork, like these hexagons…

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…the digital version is not going to have a cork texture, but most of the time, the colors will be similar to the physical version. You can see what I mean by the digital version being “flat” in the photo below. And there is nothing wrong with this!

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I know there are some mobile memory keepers and digital scrapbookers out there that wish those products came looking similar to their physical counterparts in texture and dimension. But this girl is glad they don’t! By keeping them in their most simplistic form (meaning shape and color), it gives the app-scrapper or digital scrapbooker more flexibility to change color, add their own texture, or keep them flat. This also gives one the opportunity to develop their design skills when using the app!

I will be covering how I add dimension and/or texture to a variety of different digital embellishments in this, and upcoming December Daily Prep videos. But before you click the link below there are two things I need to point out:

  1. I do not add drop shadows to any of my embellishments prior to placing them on the page. Drop shadows is a very personal thing! Some like a heavy shadow, and others, like myself, prefer something softer. I also think it is hard to place a shadow on an embellishment beforehand because you never know what type of background you will be putting it on. I take into consideration how light or dark the background is when adding drop shadows to my embellishments.
  2. I do not add any dimension or texture to those embellishments labeled as “die cuts” or a standard sticker. In my opinion, those don’t need anything more than a light drop shadow added to them.

Got it? Good.

In this first video we are going to start off easy and go over chipboard and puffy sticker embellishments. In my opinion, these are the simplest objects to add dimension. If you want to follow along with the video you will need:

Affinity Photo App on your iPad 

2019 December Daily Digital Main Kit from Ali Edwards

December Daily Digital Puffy Sticker Set from Ali Edwards

Click the video below to watch. Let me know if I can help you with anything by leaving a comment!


December Daily: Modifying Templates

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During the calendar year of an avid memory keeper, November is a month when we start to plan how we are going to document the holiday season. In addition to planning a family photo shoot or scheduling fun holiday outings, many of us are gathering our scrapbook supplies, getting ready for that month-long, once-a-year project we know as, “December Daily.” If you are unfamiliar with this project, you can read all about it here at aliedwards.com.

I thought by switching over to mobile memory keeping, I would be missing out on all of the fun the traditional scrappers have when prepping foundation pages or organizing their supplies to get ready for December. But I found that not to be the case at all! There are several things that I do to prepare and I am going to use the next few posts to share with you what they are.

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I start this project with the end in mind. To me, that means printing the book. I mentioned in an earlier post that my December Daily albums are printed through ZNO. ZNO is one of the few companies that print 6x8 hardbound books. I always hear of people being disappointed when they receive book they have printed at various online printing companies. Page borders may not be even, or text is cut off, etc. This was a concern of mine and after some playing around—and trial and error–I figured out how to get my pages to print perfectly with ZNO, but it takes a little prep work. In the video below I share with you my process of how I go about modifying the 6x8 digital page templates I purchase in Ali’s shop. If you are going to follow along you would need the following:

  • Affinity Photo App on your iPad (And guess what? Affinity Photo is available for half-off right now! It's only $9.99 and there is NO subscription!)
  • 6x8 page templates stored in iCloud Drive
  • A drink and a snack (the video is a little over 35 minutes🙂)

Click the image below to watch the video. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments!

It's a long holiday weekend for me and Chris here in the Sunshine State. Hopefully you have Veteran's Day off, too! Use this time to start modifying your templates! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a new December Daily Prep with Mobile Apps Tutorial! 


Project: December Daily

 

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Oh how I love this project! I created my first December Daily album back in 2011. We were living in Riga, Latvia and I couldn’t wait to document Christmas in Europe. I brought a good amount of scrapbooking supplies overseas with me and created an 8x8 album with whatever Christmas supplies I had on hand. In 2012 we were still in Latvia and that was the first year I purchased Ali Edwards’ December Daily Kit, with a 4x6 album. It may have even been the first year she offered a physical kit, not sure. Unfortunately I didn’t create one in 2013. We were in the middle of a move and there was just no time (PSA..NEVER move during the holiday season–just don’t). 2014 (6x8 album), and 2015 (6x8 album) were also physical albums using Ali’s December Daily Kits.

In 2016, I had every intention of creating another physical album. I had Ali’s 2016 December Daily Kit in hand and was taking photos everyday. But that thing called a full-time job got in the way. By the time I came home after work and made dinner, I was too tired to do anything else. I mean I think I did one page along with the title page, but then I gave up. See...they are right here:

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Fast forward to the summer of 2017. British software developer, Serif Labs, introduced the Affinity Photo app for specific iPads. Affinity Photo is an app that supports layered PSD files. I was already creating my Project Life albums on my mobile device so why not try and do a December Daily album as well. I remember “translating” the physical version of Day One 2016 to an app format and I never looked back! Look:

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What solidified my decision even more to go totally mobile was that over Labor Day weekend in 2017, we took a trip to San Francisco. I was able to continue to work on my 2016 DD pages while on the plane! I had all of Ali’s digital December Daily products in iCloud Drive and could access them in Affinity Photo! This made me SO HAPPY! 2019 will be the 4th year I am creating my December Daily on my iPad, using Affinity Photo!

MY DECEMBER DAILY MOBILE TOOLBOX

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Affinity Photo: One of the things I love about Affinity is I can organize my files into projects. So I have a project for each year of my December Daily albums, another for templates, and another for the working files of the textured embellishments.

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iCloud Drive: I keep all of Ali Edwards’ December Daily digital products organized in my iCloud Drive. This is the easiest way for me to access them through Affinity Photo! I can have two windows open at once on my iPad, so I just drag and drop elements from iCloud Drive to the page I am working on in Affinity! I have a folder with all of the 2019 Digital December Daily products and then a bunch of other folders with Ali’s past December Daily digitals organized into different categories. Once the 2019 season is over, those products will be broken up and placed into those various categories. I will elaborate on this further in an upcoming post.

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Project Life App: While I do not have my December Daily album printed through the PL App, I do place the pages in the full 6x8 collage to share on my Instagram account. I’ll explain more about this in an upcoming post, too!

So that’s it! Those are my go to apps for documenting our December on my iPad. Stay tuned! I have several posts that will be published that will show you what I do to prepare for December Daily prior to December 1st! If you have created a December Daily album on your mobile device in the past, what are some of the the things you to prepare before December comes along?