Saturday, October 16, 2010

Those Dots

Trish had asked me how I made the dots surrounding the photos on my page "Work in Progress," so I thought others might be wondering, too. It was amazingly simple, really, and I will share how I did that, but first, I want to put in a plug for The Print Shop. I have an earlier version, but I use it for every single layout I make.

Here is the layout with the dots. What follows is my process for using Print Shop to create my layout. If you're not interested in all the technical stuff, you can skip down to the paragraph that starts with "Now."

I scrap 8 x 8, so carefully planning my pages is essential if I want to fit everything on that small canvas. I always start with my Print Shop on the screen. I draw an 8 x 8 frame.

For this layout, I snagged my teammates' photos from their blogs and facebook avatars. I was originally thinking of staggering the photos, sort of like this. Print Shop makes it super-easy to resize the pictures and play around with the placement. 

I fiddled around with this idea and had a hard time deciding on how I wanted to place them, when the idea struck that I should line them up. I had to crop the horizontal photos, which is also super-easy with Print Shop.

Now, for the question about the dots. As I said, it was really easy. All I did was insert text boxes and just type repeated periods. I put a row above and below the lined-up pictures, and rotated some (which is super-easy) so they'd be vertical and placed them in between the pictures. I added white text over a black rectangle (which is also really easy to draw and re-size) and then grouped everything so it would be a single unit. You can see in the next screen shot how each element is separate:

I printed out my photo strip and took it to my scrap desk and started planning my page. I knew I was going to use that big flower with the WIP button as a center, and I knew I wanted some sort of trim, including the cool yellow ribbon tape that came in the kit. I was originally going to have my journaling as white-on black text above the photos, but then I decided to do the white-on-white title, so I decided I'd add the text right on the white paper. I measured out how much space I needed at the bottom for my banner and how much space I'd need for my title an then went back to my computer and placed the text.

Then, all I had to do was delete my photos and the 8 x 8 square and print out the journaling on my Bazzill cardstock, and I was ready to build my layout!

I love my Print Shop. I don't think I could scrap without it! It's like a second work desk. And I'll let you in on a little secret. It usually looks just like my scrap desk, with all sorts of scraps and photos and ongoing and upcoming projects I'm working on. Here's what it currently looks like:

I do have other software I use, like Microsoft Digital Image Pro and Photoshop Elements 7.0, but Print Shop is the one I use most. It's so easy to use and I can do so, so many things with it that help me to scrap.


Michelle*G said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love this idea!

Trish said...

GREAT tutorial and AWESOME layout, Debbi!!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I love how you designed this layout. TFS the tutorial:)

Ryzmomplus2 said...

this is an awesome tutorial!