It's finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the Zielske household, and I know what you're thinking, "Um, yeah… it's about time, Zielskes."
Traditionally, we get our tree in mid-December. This year, I was pushing for an earlier pick up, but the kids have been indoctrinated with the "be patient" Zielske way [read: that would be the more male Zielske influence at work here]. But I will admit to you: I don't go very mental at Christmas.
We don't have a ton of decorations and we usually try to keep the holiday a bit more low key. About four years ago, I even stopped sending Christmas cards. As my list grew to well over 100 people, it started to become such a tedious chore. I recall thinking, "Where's the joy in this?" and that was the question that helped me to be clear on what really needs to happen during the holidays. We just need to be.
That said, we did find the perfect little tree, as we do every year. I grew up with an artificial tree, so every year I've lived with Dan has always been a bit of a treat, the whole going out and getting a tree thing. This year, however, it did seem a bit like no one was that geeked to head out. Granted, it was bitterly cold that day and the kids are getting older so it's not as much fun to dart in and out of the rows of trees. I found myself wishing everyone was on the same holiday spirit page. I think I walk a fine line between wanting to keep Christmas in perspective and wanting to go mental over it.
But I'll save my issues for my therapist! Let's get to scrapbooking, shall we?
This page features a few digital products, combined with good old cardstock and a photo. (And thanks to Aidan's friend, Martha, for snapping the shot of us on our tree getting outing!)
I get emails frequently from people who would love to dabble in digital but find it intimidating or confusing. I've put together a short video showing you how to take a few digital products and create a hybrid scrapbook page.
This page is built around one of my Story Card 4 x 6 photo overlays.
Click here to see the video over at Vimeo.
Here are the steps to help you duplicate what is shown in the video.
1. Create a base document. (Mine is 8.5 x 11).
2. Open a 4 x 6 Story Card PNG file. Copy and paste into base document.
RECOLOR ELEMENTS OF THE PNG
1. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, drag a selection around the portion of the small title you'd like to change the color of. Once selected, go to Layer > New > Layer via cut to cut and paste that part of the title onto a new layer.
2. To color this new layer, go to Edit > Fill Layer and under Contents choose Color…. Then use the color picker to find a color you like. Click OK, and then OK again. Your element should be recolored.
3. Repeat the Layer via Cut from the Original Layer to break apart the other elements for re-coloring.
ADD A TEXT BOX
1. Click on the Horizontal Text Tool and drag an area on your page where you want your column of text to appear.
2. Type in your journaling, then change the font, size and leading using the controls in the upper tool bar.
ADD IN GRAPHIC PNG ELEMENTS
1. Open a PNG graphic file. Copy and paste into your base document.
2. Click on one corner handled to size down to what you'd like the image to be.
3. Re-color image as directed in Recolor Elements of the PNG.
4. Make sure the elements appear in the Layers palette below the Original Layer, so they appear to be behind the overlay outline.
5. Duplicate graphic by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Drag into place on the page.