Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Scrapbooking Process - Part 2

Update: I'm now using Artisan 5 and Historian 4 as my previous programs finally bit the dust.

Welcome to my new blog series! I'm a scrapbooker and I've never really shared my method or process for how I create pages to fill my albums.
In my previous post, I explained how I set up my digital template for scrapbooking.

Today I'll share how I actually use my template for sorting out my images!
With my template all set up and ready to go, now it's time to fill in the blanks.

I download all images off my phone periodically to my computer. At the end of the month (usually) I go into my template and click add photos. I add ALL the photos from the month and then drag & drop into my template as I see fit. I leave space for journaling boxes and filler cards and shuffle around until it looks right.
Once the photos for the month are sorted into my template, then it is time to actually resize my photos. I save my filled template pages as jpgs, open up a new digital 4x6 project and add my monthly photos to it.
I shrink my filled templates to a smaller window, and my 4x6 project too until they're both side by side. From there it's pretty simple. I resize, rotate, and edit my monthly photos as shown in my larger template to fit on 4x6s. I find it's much cheaper to do my 3x4s on 4x6 at home rather than at my photo developer (I am NOT paying extra for "collage prints"!). This editing can take a while and I usually do it in fits and spurts over a couple days.
Here you can see my template on the right, and my 4x6 project on the left. I've added two 3x4 photo wells to one 4x6 page then added my photos. I keep going with my rotating, editing, and resizing until the images for the month are done.

Once my 4x6ing is done, I save them all to a USB and head to my local Harvey Norman. I plonk my butt down at one of the terminals, check each image I upload, and get them all printed at once. I like Harvey Norman's prints as they are the only place around that still develops photos (printing digital images like film prints). Other places near me print photos with ink on paper and I don't like the look or feel of these ink prints. I'll stick with Harvey Norman's developed prints! I've spent all this time collecting my images, sorting, editing, and resizing them, I don't want to get cheap ink prints that won't stand the test of time in my albums! If you like the look and feel of ink prints, by all means use them. I've tried other places and they just don't compare to the quality of Harvey Norman. Please note: I do not use online photo printing services. I've tried that and the quality isn't up to my standards. I make the time to go in person and print. My photo boy Matt is great and rarely do I have issues after my images are printed. If there is an issue, he's quick to reprint for me on the spot!

Now that my photos are printed, come back and see how I actually scrapbook with my template!

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