We have a fun new workshop by Molly Weight
starting soon (class starts March 29) and we wanted to share with you a little more about the class.
What’s a quick album? A quick album, like it sounds, is a quick and easy way to put together a coordinating photo book with your own personal touches. Similar to the books offered on Shutterfly, the design work is already done. Students will only need to add their journaling text + photos.
Tell us more about the Love Is quick album! There are twenty pages in all. The book is set up to be a coordinated album with the theme “Love Is _________”. There are eight left side pages which are identical in design but different colors. These solid color (lightly textured) pages coordinate with eight opposite (right side) pages which are patterned and include photo frames. There is also a coordinating title and end page.
The pages are .PNG files which can be opened in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Molly will walk you through the steps needed to add your own text (journaling) to the page and insert your photo(s) behind the frames. She’ll then show you how to save the pages where they can be printed out to create a traditional album or uploaded to Shutterfly to print a photo book.
This workshop is geared towards students who are interested in creating a digital album.
What makes this album/class different than just using Shutterfly? Shutterfly is great and has a good collection of designs to choose from. I asked Molly what her workshop could offer someone who is currently using Shutterfly to design and create their albums, this is what she said:
Shutterfly is excellent. I print many of my photo books through Shutterfly. I found, though, that sometimes I was looking for a different feel or theme to my photo book and I wasn’t able to find just the right design on Shutterfly. I have several quick albums of my own that I’ve designed as well as numerous quick albums that I’ve ordered online through other digital designers. There are so many design possibilities and options and I love being able to use one of these designs and not being limited to only the designs offered by Shutterfly.
Here are examples of some of Molly’s favorite quick albums:
Those are just a handful of quick albums available at www.oscraps.com.
There are literally hundreds of designs available for purchase throughout the digital scrapbooking online community.
The Love Is: Photo Book class includes the digital quick album and detailed instructions on how to upload your completed album for printing. If you'd like to create a photo book about what Love Is to you...then sign up now!!
I have been wanting to update some photo displays in my home lately and need a little push. I can find beautiful ideas, buy haven't done anything with them yet. So I am asking you for help. For now look at these lovely displays and then share with me your favorites, ones you have done, ones you have made, etc.
pallet shelving from Amanda Carver Designs
photo wreath from Country Living
old windows turned photo frame from Cottage Instincts
infamous Buick family photo wall, from Kasey Buick
How to create a display wall from Pottery Barn
Make a gallery wall right now from the Nester
What are your tips for hanging beloved photos? Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What do you love about it? Share with us your best photo gallery wall secrets!
Did you guys see Heidi Swapp's website launch party this week? WOW! If you're on the fence about signing up for Heidi's new 4Expert workshop, The Art of Composition, then head over to her blog and check out some amazing projects and posts that she has there. I think it will "push you over the edge" and you will want to hurry and sign up for this workshop now! 12 weeks with Heidi...what's not to love? (And as soon as you sign up you'll find a fun projecct in a pre-classroom!)
...and I feel the need to throw in a little "sneak peek" since that's what this "In the Picture" is supposed to be about! We are very excited to have another Heidi working on her first Big Picture class right now! It's going to be pretty amazing I think!! Any guesses on which other Heidi will soon be joining us???
It's time for me to share another great layout from the BPC Student Gallery with you! I saw this layout by Ashli and I just LOVE her use of paint on her layout! (I must admit I'm scared to use paint on my layouts, but now I'm inspired!).
Here's what Ashli had to say about this layout:
I am having the best time in May Flaum's Field Guide class! I am new to BPC with this course and it has far exceeded my expectations! I did this layout for week 3 of our class, which focuses on paint. I chose this sweet photo of my 95 year old grandmother following behind two of my girls who are holding their grandfather's hand. A wonderful moment showing stages of life in the generations. The papers are from the My Mind's Eye Bright Side collection and I love how they pull in the colors in the photo.
I wanted to echo the chevron pattern in one of the papers, but I don't have a chevron stamp. So sad. What's a crafty girl to do? Improvise! I cut a scrap piece of cardboard, bent it into a point and got stampy with some paint. Once the paint was dry, I misted over the area to pull out the design a bit more. It is so fun playing with different mediums and techniques! Come see more at www.purplemailbox.com !
Thank you so much for sharing with us Ashli!