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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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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!


Bon APPetit Digital Recipe Kit

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I had a few friends direct message (DM) me on Facebook and Instagram, wondering if I still have my Bon APPetit Digital Recipe Kit available for purchase. For a VERY short period of time I had a link to purchase it here on this blog. However, I found the monthly rates at the various online platforms where I can set up a shop are too expensive for me right now for just one product, so I removed that link. 

I do want to make this kit available for those interested in purchasing. The best way I can do it right now is by invoicing through PayPal. So if you are interested in the kit, please send your email address to kelly@pixelstopages.com, and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Once I see that the invoice has been paid, I will send you a link to the download. Please note that the response may not be immediate, but you will receive the link within 24 hours!

So a little history about the this kit. It was originally created for a digital recipe organization class I was teaching at Scrapaneers. This was before I shifted to mobile memory keeping and was still digi-scrapping on my desktop. Once the Project Life App came along, I reorganized the kit a little bit, making it more friendly to use in conjunction with the PL App. 

When I designed the kit, I wanted it to be more "clean" than "cute." The graphic designer in me wanted something that was more representative of a cookbook that one would purchase at a store, rather than scrapbook. I didn't want the kit to have a bunch of embellishments like stickers, but wanted it to have a variety of elements that would allow the user to tell a story about the recipe or give it a descriptive label if they so desired. I am really happy with the end result and love the pages I created with it!

The price of the kit is $19.99. And friends, there is A LOT in this kit. When I reconfigured the kit to make it more app-friendly 3 years ago, I recorded an introductory video explaining what was in the kit and how I envisioned it being used. Watch the video below, as I'm sure it will answer any questions you may have! I am planning on creating add-ons for this in the future! Anything you'd like to see in addition to what is already there? Leave a comment and I'll see what I can do!

Here are just a few pages I have created with the kit (they are 6x8 in size). You can see these pages and more by clicking the "Recipe Pages" link in the menu bar at the top of the page. It will give you a better idea of how these are laid out in the book. I have yet to print it as there are a few more recipes I need to add to it!

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FREE Art of the Apps Project Life Tutorials

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Hey friends! I know we are all trying to get used to a new normal. I wish I had some inspirational words of wisdom to offer during these trying times, but I don’t. I can’t say anything different than what has already been posted on every social media platform out there. Hopefully the measures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe and help stop the spread of this virus will be effective. 

Although I can’t say anything that will make our new reality all better, I can offer something to pass the time. Now this may not appeal to those of you who have been following me for a while or have taken my online classes, but maybe you have a friend or family member who can benefit. 

Members in various memory keeping Facebook groups I belong to are using this extra time they may have at home to scrapbook their photos and tell their stories. And this got me thinking. There may be people out there who need something to do other than stay glued to the news 24/7. They need a distraction. They need to focus on something happy, take their minds off what is going on outside the walls of their homes, and learn something new.

So I decided to release 16 Project Life video tutorials that were part of my Art of the Apps Monthly Membership Workshop at Scrapaneers, for free, on my YouTube Channel. These videos cover everything from basic to advanced techniques in the Project Life App. They are perfect for someone who is just starting out in their memory keeping journey. 

With many of us practicing social distancing, under self quarantine, or have been ordered to shelter at home, I was thinking the following groups of people may want to make the best of their situation and enjoy learning something new:

Retirees who love to travel: Do you have friends or relatives in their 60s or older who love to travel? Chances are they will not be traveling any time soon, unfortunately. Why not send them the link to these tutorials and encourage them to create a few pages from past trips? Looking at those photos can be very therapeutic and take their minds off of the outside world.

Friends or family members working from home or with abbreviated working hours: I realize these are uncharted waters we are in and there are many who have been told to work from home, have had their hours cut, or have lost their jobs altogether. Scrapbooking is the furthest thing from their minds, I know. Maybe by sharing with them–this activity that you enjoy so much–will provide them a short escape and make them smile when looking at their photos. 

High School teens: I’m sure most teens out there that are loving the fact they don’t have to go to school (hopefully they are embracing online learning 😂). But there are many teens who may miss being in the classroom. Many kids are bummed that they can’t participate in their extra curricular activities or see their friends. And the high school seniors. Ugh! I feel for them. This is not how their senior year should be wrapping up. If there is a high schooler in your life–whether in your immediate family, extended family, or one living next door, share this blog post with them. I’m sure their camera roll is loaded with photos of their friends. Encourage them to document their memories and share their pages with their besties!

Middle school kids: This age group could have a lot of fun using the Project Life App. And just like high schoolers, I’m confident kids in this age group have just as many photos of friends in their camera rolls. The Project Life App has several fun, bright kits that will compliment their photos. Sharing completed pages in a text message or on their social platform can help to bridge that social distancing gap.

New moms or moms of toddlers: New moms can be a little apprehensive taking their newborns outside in general, let alone during a pandemic. And I know moms with toddlers have those days where they look forward to nap time! While babies and toddlers are getting their rest, this is the perfect time for mom to learn how to use the Project Life App. New moms can record their babies milestones by using one of the baby kits available app. And toddlers love looking at pictures of themselves. Online printing company ZNO makes incredible lay flat board books that are perfect for toddlers to flip through. Why not encourage a toddler mom to create a book of a recent trip to the beach, amusement park, or create a book of photos of family members? Those little ones will enjoy looking at these new books when they receive them in the mail!

Here is the main link to my YouTube Channel:

Kelly’s YouTube Channel

And for some reason YouTube isn’t displaying the videos in the order I uploaded them in. So I am providing the links to each video below, in the order you should watch them:

Project Life Tutorial: The Project Life App User Interface

Project Life App/Apple Photos App: Organizing Your Photos

Project Life Tutorial: Creating Pages

Project Life Tutorial: Creating Folders & File Naming

Project Life Tutorial: Adding Filler/Journal Cards; Understanding the Text Tool

Project Life Tutorial: Exporting

Project Life Tutorial: Ordering Prints/Photo Books

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 1: Trading Spaces

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 2: Overlays

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 3: Collages

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 4: Rotating Templates

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 5: No Drop Shadows

Project Life Tutorial: Pro Tip 6: Free Form Text

Project Life Tutorial: Adding Fonts

Project Life Tutorial: Technique 1: Filmstrip Layouts

Project Life Tutorial: Technique 2: Graphic Fonts 

I know these are trying times and people are trying to make the best of their situations. I hope these videos can bring some sort of joy and escape for those who need it.

Stay safe. Be kind. Love one another.


Tutorials : Adobe Spark Post & Supermatic

I mentioned in my last post that I will have two new tutorials demonstrating some techniques I will be using on my 2020 Family Yearbook pages. Both of these tutorials are in this post!

The first is a tutorial using Adobe Spark Post to add a white border on my photos. Now I realize that the Project 12 2019 May Overlays Kit in the Project Life App has a white border that can be added to photos. But there is a small issue with the overlay in that it is not a perfect fit. If you have used this overlay on a 3x4 photo and look closely at it, there is a teeny tiny bit of the photo that sticks out from the bottom of the overlay. In addition, this overlay is only for 3x4 photos. The templates in the Project Life App have placeholders of varying sizes and I want to add a white border on photos of various sizes. So I created templates for these using Adobe Spark Post. They did take a bit of time to create as I wanted the borders to look even no matter what the size photo I was using. Meaning I wanted the width of the white border on a 3x4 photo to match the same width of a white border of a 4x6 on the same page. It isn’t a “one-size-border-fits-all” when using Spark Post. I didn’t mind the extra effort I put in to creating these templates to make the borders all look even. And after some trial and error, I think I have my templates set to where the borders are even when you look at various sized placeholders are next to each other. Take a look at the video below to see how I did it. If you like the width of my borders, I posted the border setting for each size below the video. Please note that I did NOT do a template for each size placeholder that are available on all the Project Life Templates.

Adobe Spark Post Photo Border Settings:

3x4: dimensions for both horizontal and vertical: 695x936; set border to 74 or 75

4x6: dimensions for both horizontal and vertical: 951x1426; set border to 50

6x8: dimensions for both horizontal and vertical: 1711x2305; set border for a vertical photo to 10; set border for a horizontal photo to 36

6x12: dimensions for vertical photo: 1438x2901; set border to 7

4x4 square: dimensions-944x944; set border to 22

Dimensions NOT listed above are:

6x12 horizontal, 8x12 vertical/horizontal, 4x12 vertical/horizontal–I tried, I really, really tried to get a white border to work on these placeholders but the Project Life App kept telling me that the resolution was too low whenever I would try to place the photos of those sizes/orientations with the white border into a template. I honestly think it is a glitch in the app as the dimensions should not be an issue at all. So I just kind gave up! 

3x3, 2x2–After playing around with borders on these squares, I decided I didn't care for them. To be quite honest, I think in order for the border around a 3x3 or 2x2 photo to match those borders around the photos on the same page would be too large and would eat up too much of the photo, so I didn’t make templates for these. 

The second tutorial is for Supermatic. I use this app to make a photo look similar to a Polaroid picture. These are great because it gives you some extra journaling space if you need it. I have templates set up in the app for 3x4 and 4x6 vertical. 

I hope you found these tutorials helpful! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’ll be happy 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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6x12 card on left created in Affinity Designer. 6x12 card on right created in Affinity Photo. All borders on photos done in Adobe Spark Post.

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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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6x8 "invite" create in Adobe Spark Post. Embellishments/Word Art added in Affinity Photo. "Fun" filler card created in Affinity Photo.


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!


Welcome to the Pixels to Pages Blog

Hello friends!!!!! Oh my gosh! I am so excited to start blogging again! If you have reached this blog via my new Pixels to Pages Facebook page, the Kelly Sill Design Facebook Page (soon to be deleted), or Pixels to Pages Instagram account, welcome! I am so glad you are here! I have truly missed blogging over the past several years. Serving the memory-keeping community with with tutorials, design tips and tricks, and freebies is my passion. You know that rush of endorphins you get after a run or exercise class? That’s the feeling I get when I serve up these nuggets of creativity with you. I can’t wait to feel that “high” again! I love sharing my pages and projects in hopes that it inspires others to tell their own stories. I have been away from sharing my photos and stories for quite some time now, but there were a couple of "subtle signs" over the past few weeks that I needed to start doing this again, so here I am!

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The running list of topics and information I look forward to sharing here is a long one. Not only will I be sharing all things mobile scrapbooking, but I’ll share recipes, personal projects, and a few of my favorite things. BUT I also want to know what kind of content YOU want to see here at Pixels to Pages. What are some of the obstacles do you find yourself faced with when it comes to mobile scrapbooking? Is there an app(s) you want to learn more about and master? Are you confused about cloud storage? Are you wondering how to transition from physical/digital scrapbooking to app-scrapping? Talk to me, friends! I’m here to help you! Feel free to leave me a comment below!

As time goes on, this blog will have more and more content, tutorials, and visual inspiration. With it being so close to the holidays of this blog going live, the first subject you can count on reading a lot about is December Daily! Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing video tutorials of what I do to prepare for this yearly project! Remember, I am a mobile memory keeper, aka, "app-scrapper," so everything thing I do will be done on my iPad Pro!

If you are need of some creative spark ASAP, you can always follow my Instagram account, @pixelstopages. And don’t forget about my Facebook Page, Pixels to Pages. Come follow me and show me some love!