Hey y’all, Polly back here at The Pad with ya. I can’t hardly believe that it’s already November! I’ve been keepin’ busy putting that little Bart back in his place after all the kissin’ y’all did at the beginning of the month! I have the right mind to not answer any of this month’s questions! Enough of my carryin’ on….let’s get to this month’s questions.
Kimberlee asked in the forums, “How do you create amazing pocket pages for an album and keep things consistent while using multiple kits?”
Committing to a long term project like Project Life can be difficult because you want to have cohesion throughout the album, but don’t want to be stuck using the the same kit or products for an entire year. The first trick is to create continuity somewhere on the pages. Maybe you use the same title card each week, or you have the same journaling cards you use. You could also use the same background paper to have something that runs through the whole album. Another option is to use a collection that caters to a year long project like PL. Allison’s “For the Love of 2015” is a series of kits for each month that are based on the same color scheme. Memory Pockets Monthly is also a nice choice. While the colors and kits are different each month, there are enough elements that are in the kit each month to make them all work together. A third option would be to utilize the same color scheme and pick kits that meet those needs. Either way, creating a few ways in which the pages can all work together will improve the cohesion of the pages no matter what kit you use.
In the forums, Cath asked about keeping track of elements and not papers.
So there are two situations when I buy just elements, and potentially not the papers: when it’s something like MPM or BYOC, or when the elements are a basic that I think I will use repeatedly over time. Each case has a different way that I categorize them. When I purchase BYOC or the MPM Add Ons, I group them together with a tag (or if you are moving them, together in one folder). So I have categories for June BYOC, July BYOC, March MPM, etc. If it’s a basic that I believe I will use over and over again, I categorize that with a “basics” tag (or into a basics folder). By doing this, I know that I can find all of those most used elements in one place. Occasionally, an element pack fits into both categories. With the system I use, I can double tag so it’s not that big of an issue. If you are moving into folders, you might think about copying the preview and putting the copy of the preview in one folder and the actual elements in another.
Kellie, or DixieDoesPSP in the forums, asked two questions that were both great and I can call on some Pollys for help.
First, Kellie asked about extracting objects in PSCS5.
I don’t do much extracting in my scrapping, you know having webbed feet and all, but dear Polly Anne went ahead and created a video to share her technique for extracting in PS. Let’s all check it out:
Isn’t Anne a peach? Thanks for sharing this with us!
Second, Kellie asked about creating planner pages.
Luckily, Polly Sarah has been doing a number of posts here on the blog about using digital elements to beautify her planner. Her Planner Love series answers a ton of questions about how to create planner pages. This post about her planner process especially highlights what goes into creating these pages.
So that’s about it for this month! Keep an eye out for December’s thread and get those questions ready for me!