November 07, 2013
Welcome back to our lesson on using Framework pages in your photo album scrapbook. Yesterday I introduced (or reminded) the concept of framework pages and used an album I created for my son Clark. Find the rest of the album below.
Photo album scrapbooks are a satisfying alternative to traditional scrapbooks and the cool thing is you can decide just how satisfying to make any given project.
You can slip pictures in and be done (satisfying), add decorative elements to personalize the album and your story (more satisfying) or choose to invest more time and mental energy into the storytelling process for a complete and authentic story (most satisfying).
Photo Album Scrapbooking Archives
- The Basics
- Interview Album
- Framework Pages
November 06, 2013
Welcome to photo album scrapbooking, one of my favorite topics. Today I am sharing with you how to tell a better story by using framework pages.
A framework of a building lends it form and stability. Similarly, framework pages inside a scrapbook bring structure and organization to the content of an album.
Even in single-topic photo albums, a few framework pages can help you tell a more compelling story.
I want you to use framework pages to not only assist your viewer in navigating your story, but also to help YOU “think ahead” and plan what it is you really want to share and how you might draw deeper connections and communicate a richer context overall.
I’ll be using an album entitled FLY to illustrate the ease and importance of framework pages.
Because a photo album scrapbook does not require as much artistic savvy from me, I am free to contemplate what I really want to do with my selected pictures. I can make a quickie project about Clark’s dirt bike, or I can help connect his passion to a larger “need for speed” in our family—it’s up to me!
My FLY album is broken up into three sections, each denoted by a different color.
Even though this project is small and only has 24 pages, it benefits from three distinct sections. When you stop to consider how you could break up your story, you give yourself time to consider insights that would be meaningful to share.
Section one is the story of how Clark earned the bike and what he loves about it.
Section two draws family connections in relation to our “need for speed.”
Section three entitled “Why Fly” is a short gallery of cool images that I captured of Clark riding and jumping.
Come back tomorrow to see the rest of the album!!
November 04, 2013
I’'m thirty-something years old, and I still love Halloween every bit as much as I did when I was 7. Sure, the candy is still a perk, but my real treat at Halloween time is the day I get to dress my kids up and take them out for pictures! But even better is the chance to manipulate those photos and make them something really special through simple photo editing.
It is so fun to add special effects that correlate with the costumes in Halloween photos. Got a few little monsters, vampires, and werewolves? Try a dark, high-contrast photo effect! Have a little princess? Try a soft, vintage effect. Here are a few simple techniques I’ve used on my Halloween photos.
Tip 1: Add Darkness and Contrast
My 8-year-old son wanted to be Zane from Ninjago for Halloween last year. As we were taking pictures, he started doing the poses he thought were appropriate for a cool ninja. Based on those poses and the look on his face, I had a great time playing around with these photos in Photoshop! First, I increased the contrast using Levels and Curves to convey power and dominion. I darkened the sky and even added in some more clouds on the left using the Clone tool. I created a dark vignette around the entire photo and got rid of the lens flare spots from the flash using the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Finally, I used a Sharpen filter to make the photo crisp and clear.
Tip 2: Remove Graininess and Go Vintage
I wasn’t thrilled with the way this photo looked when I initially opened it on my computer. It was way too dark and had some grain/noise, but it was the only one where all three kids were actually looking at the camera! I first lightened up the overall photo using Levels and then increased the contrast a bit using Curves. Then I used a Photoshop plug-in (Noise Ninja) to get rid of the noise. Since the colors were all so different, I muted the colors a bit by running a vintage action (“Seventies” action from Pioneer Woman, run at 50%). Finally, I used the Sharpen filter and cropped it to a size I liked.
Tip 3: Boost Color and Add Warmth
Not that I’m biased, but that has got to be the cutest little band of superheroes I’ve ever laid eyes on! But when I initially opened the photo, I felt like it was just kind of “blah.” Because of the backlighting, the overall picture ends up being kind of flat, without a lot of contrast or color pop. So the first thing I did was punch up the contrast and boost the colors using Curves. I wanted the photo to have a nice warmth to it as well, so I manipulated the color channels to create that warmth, which also helped the skin tones look a little more natural. The final step was to sharpen it.
With each of these photos, the processes and techniques I used were simple and easy to do, and even better they were easy to learn! Knowing these simple Photoshop tricks has taken my photos from so-so to frame-worthy in just a matter of minutes.
Like what you see here? Get more in-depth with Elisha in Photo Finish: Post-processing your photos for professional results, starting November 7.
November 01, 2013
I was browsing the Journey to Happiness gallery from 2012 and found this beautiful book that Sharyn created.
Here's what she said about it: 5 Pages in my Focus Book. I used broad topics then defined the area's I want to focus on under those. I also added "Finish things I start" under order...which is why you see this book. I am determined to finish this class. :)
Sharyn wrote about her book on her blog La Vie En Chic. Thanks for letting us share this Sharyn.
October 31, 2013
Halloween can be a 'tricky' time of year for taking photos. Try this photography tip from Rebecca Cooper, author of Don'’t Say Cheese: Capture real smiles with 247 tips for photographing kids.
For the best spooky jack-o-lantern glow, it’s best to:
- Turn out the lights and turn off your flash
- Use your camera's self timer or a remote and set your camera on a stable surface or a tripod to avoid blur
- Photograph your pumpkin on a glossy surface for added spookiness
- Opt for an artificial light source inside the pumpkin (battery-operated candles or flashlight) for more even lighting
- Use more than one “light source” (e.g., multiple glowing pumpkins)
- Tell your kids to look at the jack-o-lanterns and play "freeze.” There can be no blinking, no itching noses, no giggling. Kids love the challenge, and you’ll love the resulting photos!
Happy Halloween from us to you!
And here’s a bonus treat: Rebecca’s 54-page eBook, Don’t Say Cheese, is 31% off through the weekend. Enter code SPOOKY at checkout by Sunday, November 3.
October 30, 2013
By day, Catherine is the Design Director at a newspaper in the Washington, D.C. area. (She has spent 17 years as an award-winning art director and designer at daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.) By night, she scrapbooks and blogs and creates pages for Studio Calico, Becky Higgins’ Project Life, and others.
And she has more than a few design and process secrets to share with you. Get a glimpse of the classroom below. Trust us, you want to be in PROCESS!
October 29, 2013
Photo Album Scrapbooking Interview Album part 2
My “Julian Read” interview album features twelve photos of books or people reading. I’ve also included four quotes that I love and four pages of information gleaned in conversation with my husband. The “interview” is an attempt to show my children that we (their parents) both love to read and yet we approach our reading (subjects and habits) in different ways.
Again, the inside pages should be EASY to make. If you want to work with some product, limit what you allow yourself to use and do the same thing on every page. This might seem boring to you, but to the viewer of this little album, repetition like this is very inviting. Keep in mind that you can “skip” the journaling on these inside pages, as you will write authentic journaling based on your interview/s all together on two or more pages.
Join me for more album projects in Easy Tribute Albums starting in a few weeks.
October 28, 2013
Photo Album: Cheap plastic album designed to hold 36 4”x6” prints or upgrade to a slightly higher quality but still inexpensive album like this one from SEI.costs $2)
Objective: Combine everyday random photos with answers to questions
Challenge: Create a flipbook style album that can be viewed from either the back or the front
Photos Scrapped: 12
I love the concept of an interview album. It probably sounds harder or more formal than it really is. All you need to do is collect a handful of pictures around one aspect of your everyday life, for example, reading. Gather ten to fifteen pictures and start asking questions. Ask anyone pictured in one of your photos, ask someone who also shares your interest or has a passion for this activity, ask a child, ask an expert. Just start talking about your topic of choice and be ready with a notebook and pen to record sound bites, either in direct quotes or general feelings.
Come back tomorrow to see the inside pages!
What is Photo Album Scrapbooking?
October 25, 2013
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October 24, 2013
What would happen if we could remove all the time-sucking decisions that slow us down when assembling a scrapbook page?
What if you didn’t have to worry about artistic expression, the latest trends, typesetting your font to fit the designated space, or whether the color scheme communicates the emotion of your memories?
What if, instead of wondering whether the embellishments collage was balanced, you could simply focus on the pictures and the story?
Photo album scrapbooking is going to change your life because it makes all of these “what ifs” a reality. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more about photo album scrapbooking, excerpts from a clas a taught in 2008, Have More Fun, join in!
You will (at least some of the time) be free to get to the heart of the experience or the relationship or the everyday ritual that you feel compelled to scrapbook with your limited time and energy, and you will on occasion make a serious dent in your photo stash!
Photo Album: Cheap plastic album designed to hold 36 4”x6” prints
Objective: Use photos and text to tell a story that for whatever reason hasn’t been shared on a traditional page
Photos Scrapped: 41
This storybook album tells the story of my experience at The Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. I came home with dozens of really cool lion pictures and chose to print over eighty of these pictures—80!
These pictures have been in my storage binders for almost three years and while I have used a few here and there, I have not yet written about the experience that spawned so many pictures and prints. My completed storybook features 41 pictures and four 4”x6” pages of journaling that tell my story.
If you’d like to include additional pictures but run out of photo sleeves, consider stacking three or four prints behind a main photo or subtitle page. Staple or adhere a tab to each photo to make pulling it out easier!
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