Hello Lovelies! Today I have a Photoshop Tutorial for you, using my brand new Print To Pocket Action No. 01 that just released yesterday. You can purchase the Action by clicking on the image below.
Actions are a series of recorded steps in Photoshop that allow you to repeat the same steps over and over again. This Action helps you design your pocket page layout and then breaks the layout apart into 4×6 printable photos. Here is a video showing how I created this layout:
This Action has completely changed (and simplified!) how I design and print my pocket page layouts. It’s so easy now to select my photos, edit them on a dime, drop them into the layout and then run the Action. This layout today took me about 20 minutes from start to printed photos! For today’s layout I simply edited and added photos to my foundation template, and then ran the Action to have it break the layout apart into printable 4×6 photos.
You can absolutely batch print your pages, leaving the fun creative part once your pages are all printed out. Here is a snapshot of my photos for this layout. They are all sized at 4×6 @300ppi and ready for printing.
Of course, if you are using digital collections you can drop your digital cards into your template as well, and let the Action save those journal cards for you with your photos.
The completed layout is below. If you’d like to see the process video for how I completed the layout once my photos were printed, I invite you to join me in the classroom at In My Pocket Vol. 01! For this layout I used physical Project Life products from Studio Calico to complete the pages. You will be so amazed at how quickly the Action runs, allowing you to print quickly and leave lots of time for the creative part!
Isn’t that awesome to watch?!! Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you will pick up these amazing Actions today!
Hello everyone, today is the day and I have been so anxious to share this release with you! Over the last five years or so I have been sharing my thoughts, processes, and layouts using pocket pages and as a result of that, have made so many friends with all of you! You have shared with me your challenges, your struggles, and your victories in using pocket pages, in using Photoshop, in creating a process for your own memory keeping. It has become my passion to find ways to Uncomplicate Your Memory Keeping.
Today I am releasing the Print To Pocket Actions for Photoshop! I can’t wait for you to try these out! I have been using these Actions for several weeks now and cannot believe how much easier it has been to design and print my layouts, and I especially love how beautiful my pages are! I think you will be amazed when you try these Actions out and see the difference in your own process. These are a real game changer!
I invite you to click on the image to find out more about this amazing new tool and add it to your own toolkit right now!
I also have a full tutorial that walks through my entire process of using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01 that you can view below.
Thank you so much for joining me, and thank you for inspiring this latest release! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies! Today I wanted to share the layouts I have created for the Citrus Twist design team that I created in the month of March. I am loving being on this team and love creating with the beautiful Life Crafted Kits each month! I hope you will scroll all the way down, where I have a bonus process video for you!
I could not wait to begin working in the Life Crafted album. This is a navy travelers notebook sized binder that is perfect for standard size layouts. One of the things I love about it is that even though I love travelers notebook layouts, I really want them to feel more permanent. This album is perfect for that and gives those layouts a beautiful home. These albums will look beautiful on your shelf!
I began my album with an introduction layout about who I am and how I plan to use my album. I created this adorable little pocket that was included in the March Life Crafted Kit, adding a bit of embellishments and a journal card to go inside.
I added a photo of myself and lots of tags, die cuts, and labels along the edge of the photo, all of which tell the story of how this is a new chapter in my life. You can view my blog post for Citrus Twist via the link here.
I also shared a fun bonus layout on my IGTV this month.
I was inspired by the Butterfly cut file that is part of the Subscriber content on the Citrus Twist website. I cut the file using double sided card stock (CTMH) and backed some of the butterflies using a patterned paper from the March kit.
The other butterflies I layered cut outs using the lighter side of the butterflies. On this side the cut file is layered on top of the chevron patterned paper, so the solid card stock allows the butterflies to pop against the pattern.
My last layout (so far!) with the March Life Crafted Kit was a Pocket Life layout I created for October in my 2018 album. You can see the blog post on the Citrus Twist blog here.
I love using all the fun elements of the kit for pocket page layouts, and here are a few highlights.
The alphabet stickers were perfect for creating my date card and adding a working title to a photo! I also had great fun combining stamp sets to form word sentiments that help to tell the stories I wanted to tell.
I also love layering journal cards, as you can see with the blue Bits & Pieces layered over the stripe card, and then repeating that pop of blue throughout the layout.
I created a bonus process video of my first layout I created in my Life Crafted album. I hope you will watch that here!
Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies! It has been a while since I have been in this space and I am excited to be back! I have been working hard behind the scenes and cannot wait to share some good things coming up ahead! Join me on April 01 for a special launch right here! You will also see lots of new YouTube videos and information on my Instagram as well, and there will be a give-away! I hope you will countdown with me!
Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2012 Project Life album. My 2012 album really is a transition album, going from traditional scrapbooking and moving into pocket page, weekly documenting. This means that some of my layouts don’t have weekly photos, and in those cases I simply create an event-based layout. Have a peek at my process for these events in February and March of 2012. This layout was previously a part of In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. If you’d like to join us in the classroom, and see BRAND NEW process videos, check it out here.
There were two main stories for this spread: karate testing for Addison, and also I took the four kiddos to the zoo for the first time by myself. At this time they were still quite little – Natalie was five and Addison was nine, so it was a bit unnerving for me at the beginning. I love having these beautiful photos to document how we began blending our families and some of the challenges we tackled along the way.
For this layout I chose a Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit, this is the one from May 2017. Again I wanted neutrals on the left, and bright happy colors on the right. Pink is one of Addison’s favorite colors, so you will find that fun bright pink across the page!
I am absolutely in love with how this title card turned out! This was so simple: stamped title and date + two stars! On the 3×4 card underneath I also did a similar format: stamped sentiment and a tiny strip of washi tape. So simple and pretty.
For some reason or another, I think these are the only two times we photographed Addison’s karate experiences in the year 2012. So I felt it was super important to include these two layouts so he has memories of his classes. Notice how the photos really help tell these stories – the close up of his belt, the photo of him with his instructor, and the environment he was in. All of this was very important to us and to him at the time and I am so happy to record this!
For the right hand side, I am telling the story of the first time I took all four kids to the zoo by myself. I was definitely outnumbered, and in these early days it was a tiny bit overwhelming to try to take them somewhere alone. But on this day I did it and it was a success. We all had so much fun together!
One concern with putting two events on the same spread is how to tie them together, especially if the colors of the photos don’t necessarily match? I have always had the approach that your products can tie seeming unrelated photos together, and this layout is a great example of that.
Because I had already used these happy colors on the other side, this side flows really well into a more feminine layout. I still included some of the black and white elements, too, to tie it all together. Notice on most of the cards I added one very simple element. This keeps the layout simple and easy to complete. No hard decisions, no over-complicated embellishing here, but the end result is still a very pretty layout with a really great story!
I had one more opportunity for a 4×6 card at the bottom of this layout, and I made it quite monochromatic. The card itself featured a very simple yellow star wreath and I added text inside it using a puffy alphabet from Freckled Fawn. Then a simple date stamp and the card is complete.
I hope these layouts inspire you to try a more simple approach to your own layouts, especially in the name of not overwhelming yourself. Embellishing can be so much fun, and our pretty layers are so tempting to either hold onto them (read: hoarding) or over-use them. But you can see in this layout how a simple approach still allowed me to use my favorite things and actually get the layout done without feeling panicked. And most importantly, this keeps the emphasis on the important part: the story + the photo!