This is a guest post from Australia’s top digital scrapbooking educator Melissa Shanhun, owner of Digital Scrapbooking HQ.
Do you struggle to add memorabilia to your scrapbook pages?
As a digital scrapbooker, sometimes I’m not sure how to add all that life stuff to my pages. Sometimes I pop it one or two things into my photobooks, or bind it along with printed pages in a home made album, but what about getting those items into digital form?
In my video today, I’m going to share two simple ways to add memorabilia to a digital scrapbooking page.
RSS subscribers may need to visit Simple Scrapper to see the video. If you have a scanner or a camera and Photoshop Elements (or similar editing software) you can follow along.
My Memorabilia Process
- Collect items and pop them in a plastic sleeve by approximate date to help me find it later.
- Scan flat items to include on my page and save the file along with my photos from that event.
- Photograph 3D items in natural light and save the photos along with event photos.
- Extract them for use on a digital page.
- Print and enjoy (and clear out some shelf space!).
Simple Memorabilia Tips
- Photograph your memorabilia on a plain, contrasting background if you want to extract it for use in a layout.
- Use a scanner to get clear text on flat memorabilia without messing with a tripod or photographer’s lighting set up.
- Use the quick select tool to select and delete the background quickly.
- Help memorabilia fit as embellishments on your page by recolouring or just choose a kit that goes with the memorabilia.
- Don’t fuss! If the memorabilia is a little creased up, it just adds authenticity.
If you are keen to learn more about digital scrapbooking I have special offer for Simple Scrapper readers – $5 off any video workshop.