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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!


Tutorial: Digital Kit Organization on iCloud Drive

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t feel like scrapping. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it’s the turbulent times we are living in at the moment, who knows. But I have the whole month of March that needs documenting and I just don’t want to. Instead, I’ve been in mood to organize my digital files. How crazy is that?

My digital scrapbook supplies are organized on both my desktop computer (iMac) and in iCloud Drive. Keeping them in iCloud Drive allows me to access them on my iPhone or iPad. On my computer, the kits stay intact, but I reorganize them into different categories in iCloud Drive. I’ve been doing this since 2017 and I’m pretty happy with the little system I have going. 

I have subscribed to Ali Edwards Story Kits for a few years and there were several kits I needed to get reorganized in iCloud Drive (ok–maybe a little more than several). Since our beaches are closed and community pool is shut down, I had nothing but time on my hands to do some digital housekeeping. It took about 3 or 4 6-hour days 😳, but I am happy to report I now have all of the products I’ve ever purchased from Ali’s site organized in iCloud Drive and this makes me so darn happy! 

The tutorial below demonstrates how I go about copying digital scrapbook kits from my desktop computer to iCloud Drive. It’s about 25-minutes long, so get the kids situated in there online classes, grab your AirPods, an adult beverage and take a listen! Oh! And by the way! Did you know that iCloud Drive is available for Windows? Here is an article explaining what iCloud Drive is, including links to download the app for various platforms. 

 


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!


Project Life 2020 : Part One–PowerPhotos

Hey there friends! It has taken me a hot minute to get in the swing of things and wrap my head around documenting 2020. But I feel like I have a handle on it now and I am ready to dive in. This is the first of 3 posts I will be publishing where I will share with you what I do prior to starting a new Project Life album, as well as how I am planning on going about creating it. 

This particular post is not going to showcase any pages or processes. Instead I am sharing a little bit of housekeeping I perform in my Apple Photos Library/camera roll/iCloud Photos before I start a new album.

I take most of my photos with my iPhone X. In the settings on my iPhone and iPad, I have iCloud Photos turned on, which enables me to have all of my photos accessible on all of my Apple devices, including my iMac. I also have "Download and Keep Original" checked because I like having my high-res photos available at all times. But this can also take up space. Since my 2019 Project Life Album is complete, there is no need for me to keep photos from last year in my Photos Library anymore. However, 2020 has begun and I now have 2019 and 2020 photos in one Apple Library. I don't want both years in one library. What's a scrapbooker to do? First world problems, I know.

Enter PowerPhotos by FatCat Software. This Mac-friendly piece of software is one I've been using since 2011. This was well before Apple switched from iPhotos to the current Photos App. Back then I had 3 or 4 years of digital photos–thousands upon thousands of photos–in one library and it slowed my laptop down. It was like a turtle. I knew I needed to do something to break this library into smaller ones, preferably by year, and that is when I found PowerPhotos. 

In this video I demonstrate how I use this software to easily copy my 2019 photos (over 7,700 of them) into their own Photos Library. I know this software can do a lot more than what I am demoing here, I haven't experimented with the other features. I just like using it for this one purpose at the moment! I am also not affiliated with FatCat Software whatsoever. I just like sharing with you products that can help you in your documenting journey!

I hope you find this video helpful. Stay tuned! Next week I will have a few more posts with some mobile app tutorials!

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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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Cork background texture jpg

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!