My Digital Scrapbooking “Secret Recipe”: Part 2

Yesterday, I shared with you the first half of the digital scrapbooking “secret recipe” I’ve come up with for creating great layouts.  This is the process that I use most often when I am creating layouts for my family.  Today, I want to share with you the last few steps I take when creating my digital scrapbooking layouts.  To recap, we’ve started with an idea, picked our tools, and placed our papers and elements.

Shadows are what make a page “real.”

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: shadows make or break your page.  They are difficult to master.  I’ve talked about different shadow styles I use to get mine to look the way they do.  The best piece of advice I could give you about shadowing though, is this: do each layer separately.  It makes a difference because you get to pay attention to how each element and paper look.

Finally, it’s time to add your photos.

If you haven’t picked your photos yet, look through the photos you have to work with and pick what you want to use.  Now is the time to bring them into your layout and place them.  If you have any photo edits you need to do to them, go ahead and do that now, and place your photos.  Don’t forget to shadow them.

Get your title together.

I usually do my title work in a separate document, and then drag it all into my layout.  I do this so that I can really focus on the title without being distracted by the other elements of my layout.  I shadow the title before it goes onto the layout, and then drag it over and size it to fit.

Record the memories.

Isn’t it funny?  I leave what I think to be the most important part of digital scrapbooking for last?  The very last thing I do on the layout is the journaling.  I am not totally sure why I save it for the end, but it always gives me a good feeling of “completing” the page when I do the journaling last.

So that’s it…my “secret recipe” for creating eye-catching digital scrapbooking layouts.  Everyone’s process is different, and that’s totally cool.  I just hope that learning about my process will help you get yours together.

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1 Response to My Digital Scrapbooking “Secret Recipe”: Part 2

  1. It’s so funny how everyone works differently. I HAVE to start with the pictures. I am paralyzed choosing papers until I know what the pictures will look like. I guess this is because I usually try to bring out a color from the photo, or contrast with the photo. I too leave the journaling for last, but I think it’s because I’m least comfortable with that aspect of the task, AND because I need to fit it into the space after the photos and elements are placed. 

    Thanks for the great insight, I’ll bet this was a good process for you to have to think through!

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