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Embrace Randomness

Monday May 2, 2011

Just a warning. This will be a long post & maybe will sound all chaotic, HA! Winners for my recent giveaways are listed at the end of the post!!

I want to first thank everyone who made April so much fun for me even amongst the chaos! Thank you thank you thank you!!! Thank you also to all that wished me a happy birthday on Saturday. It truly means a lot to me!!
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Today Marks 2 Years Since I Started DigiScrapping!!!

I can hardly believe it! In many ways I still feel like a newbie, but looking through all the hundreds of pages I’ve made I KNOW I’m not, (and I KNOW I’m a bit crazy!!). I’m still learning & growing as I go & still as addicted as when I started!
Last July, and again a couple weeks ago, I printed all my layouts in 7×7 Hardcover Imagewrap Blurb Books. I meant to blog about them last summer, but time got away from me then. Since my 2 newest books just got here on Friday, I thought I’d write while they are still fresh on my mind! I now have 4 books with 200 pages each! (Technically 8 since I print a set for my mom too :D ).

I know many of you are like me in that you scrap randomly. And I bet you think you’ll never get them printed into books because of that. One of my favorite designers/scrappers, Paislee Press, uses the idea I was originally thinking of doing & this is to pair the scrapped layout with a full size photo from the same day on the opposite page. I sometimes scrap with older photos & scans so I didn’t think it would be as clear & nice as hers since I’m not always using the highest quality images. Also I don’t scrap all 1 family, or 1 theme, or anything like that to make a specific FOCUSED book.

And so … I decided to embrace the randomness!!!

But randomness is hard with some of my slight OCD tendencies, so I decided to make a few rules for myself or else I’d NEVER print or I’d end up not being happy with what I DID print. Below is what each book has in common:


Really I do scrap randomly. One day I’ll scrap a new photo & the next I’ll use a scan of a photo from the 1960’s. One day I’ll grab a brand new neutral kit to scrap with & the next I’ll have a vibrant grungy kit. One day I’ll scrap my mom’s side of the family & the next my dad’s. One day minimalism, one day artistic, one day templates, quickpages, red, green, yellow, black, full-size photos, tiny photos, etc. etc.

Because of this, I didn’t want the steps I take for printing books to change my scrapping process. I don’t think about what page will be paired with what page until after I have enough layouts completed to do my albums.

Here is my book design process for my scrapbook layouts:
(some photos are from last summer & some from now…sorry the quality & lighting is poor in these but I wanted to get them up today anyway!)

Step 1. Print thumbnail versions of all my layouts & cut them all apart. Yep, 400 little thumbnails for me! Eek! The layout filename is printed with them so I know where to find the layout later.
Step 2. (longest step) Spread out all the thumbnails to pair pages together. With this step I’m looking for colors that look good together. Designs that complement. I also try not to put pictures from the same days together if I can help it, (part of making it intentionally random). Not all the pairing are absolutely perfect, but I’ve been happy with what I’ve done so far. Once paired I tape them together.

Step 3. To determine page order I then spread out all my paired layouts & just start picking them up – Randomly – until I have them in the order I want! (Or as random as I can while still trying to keep in mind some aesthetics.) These “mini-books” are rubber-banded together.
Step 4. Using Blurbs software I then add my layouts, in the order I just created, to their full-sized photo templates. My layouts are added as flattened JPEGS that I’ve resized to 8×8 & added a small white border to.

Step 5. Wait for them to arrive!!
Now in terms of critique.


Overall though…

I LOVE THEM!

Colorful. Nearly Perfect. Intentionally Random!
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Template Challenge Winners:
ViVre – $5 Random Winner
Blanulak – $5 Random Winner
Dady – Template Set Of Choice
Sexy_Eyes – Template Set Of Choice
Day 9 Giveaway Winner:
Glory – $5 Coupon
Day 10 Final Winner:
France – $10 Coupon

Congrats Girls!!!!! I’ll have coupons & messages to you each tomorrow :D And again thank you for celebrating with me!!!

(Psst…someone forgot to turn off their spotlight sale so things are still 50% off through iNSD weekend!)
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HAPPY MONDAY!!!!

posted by: Elisa Hubbard

Leave Your Thoughts Here

  1. Wow! You have great book design!
    Thanks for the coupon <3

    Glory · May 2, 09:56 PM · #

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on making books! I’ve thought about it lots myself, and I always like to see how it works out for people.

    Marisa Lerin · May 2, 09:59 PM · #

  3. oooh YAY!!!!!!!
    I did skim through the text first, before rushing to the end, because it only seemed fair and I can’t wait to take more time and read it in depth! I loooove the idea of printing thumbnails, how clever is THAT??? Elisa!!! Clever!!!!!
    I was all worried when you said someone forgot to turn off their 50% sale, until I realised IT WAS YOU!!! I giggled out loud!!!

    Thanks soooo much sweetie! You are far too generous (and I don’t mind one bit!).

    I am SO excited!!!

    Thanks Elisa. Happy Week!

    f.

    France · May 2, 10:01 PM · #

  4. Told you I’d come back. All those pages, I thought I was mad, you are worse than me. I love all your advice and have bookmarked this page.
    I’m close to 300 now. I should be good to go soon! :)

    France · May 3, 05:33 AM · #

  5. Woohoo!!!!! Thank you Elisa.

    I love your covers: matching so very well together. Great choice for TaylorMades templates.

    Hug, ViVre

    ViVre · May 3, 12:57 PM · #

  6. Hi Elisa

    I love the look of your books and I’m in the process of making one myself. How accurate did you find the pink guidelines to be when you were using Blurb? I’m finding I’m having to make some of my photos and templates smaller, and moving them away from the edges, just in case.

    Thanks!

    Karin · May 4, 12:44 AM · #

  7. I just wanted to let you know that you are a lifesaver! i’ve been looking everywhere to find a decent place to print all my layouts from over the past 2 years for a decent price!
    You’re books look so well put together and pretty!I cant wait to start printing mine! im a big random scrapper too – its hard to keep focus lol.
    thanks!!

    natalie · May 5, 11:32 PM · #

  8. This is the best blog post EVER! VERY helpful and I appreciate it!

    Suzy · May 6, 09:36 AM · #

  9. Elisa they are gorgeous!!!! Love how you did your books :) Thanks for all the fabulous tips on how you organized them!

    katg1006 · May 6, 09:50 AM · #

  10. I really enjoyed reading your blurb… I too like to make scrapbook pages randomly…I agree that having 1 album with the focus on one person is a little boring…thanks for your time involved in doing this.

    candy · May 6, 12:54 PM · #

  11. Thank you for sharing your way to print your digital layouts. Love it! Your books are awesome. I bookmarked your blog (and this particular post!).

    Patricia · May 9, 07:52 AM · #

  12. Hey so this is where you’ve been! I love the books they look fantastic and what a great review!

    susan ramos · May 10, 03:38 PM · #

    
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