I have started Project Life on January 2017 and so far I’m loving it! If Project Life is your passion too then last month’s Sahin Designs collection Fall is For, is for you! If you are a traditional scrapbooker you might feel intimidated by the idea of using a digital collection but bear with me. I was feeling like that at the beginning and I was thinking that a digital collection is only for those who scrapbook digitally, but no. It is for everyone. With a digital collection you are free to choose and print the elements, papers and cards you love as many times as you want. You can print and use them right here, right now and complete your layouts in a glimpse of an eye. In this blog post I’ll be showing you some easy steps to complete your layouts with a digital collection.
Step 1: Choose your papers, cards, elements
Spend some time checking the collection and find the elements and cards you really love. Place them in an A4 Photoshop file (Letter size for US crafters) in a way that suits your needs. For example, I like having some white space around my objects so I leave enough space between them. Then use the size tool to enlarge them or perhaps make them smaller, according to your layout ideas. Place as many elements and cards as possible in one A4 file, as there is no point in having unused white space when printing the paper afterwards.
Step 2: Print the papers and cut around your cards and elements
This is my favourite part! I love seeing these gorgeous designs in real paper. I might become a bit digital but I’ ll always love the feeling of freshly printed paper!
Step 3: Play around with your elements and photos
It’s creativity time! Place your elements and cards along with your photos on your album and don’t be afraid to change them until you find the perfect place for them. Just remember what kind of feeling you want to achieve, whether you want it minimalist or not. If you think you want more elements, go back to Photoshop and print some more according to your layout ideas. I really love tags, so as you can see I printed them a couple of times.
Step 4: Add some journaling too
What is Project Life without some journaling about what you did and where you were that month? I love the cards that have enough white space for me to write my memories on, so the Fall Is For collection is ideal for me as it has a lot of white spaces and it is simple yet gorgeous. I’m usually using black ink markers for my journaling as I don’t want the text to stand out that much, compering to the other colourful elements.
I must say I completed this September layout in just an hour. It helped me a lot having all the elements, cards and papers at hand and I believe the result is more cohesive as I am using just one collection. I was usually mix and matching papers from my stash and the result was way too colourful and confusing, so I believe that the digital collection just gained one more fan! Just try it and you ‘ll love it too!