I haven’t answered any questions here on my blog since January – how can that be? I seem to forget to do these type of posts for some reason. I do try to answer questions in the comments of my blog, but sometimes I miss them. If you’ve asked something that hasn’t been answered yet, leave me another comment and I will do my best to answer it. I’ve had some great questions lately so I wanted to be sure to share them.
From Deirdre on my newest templates (sale ends today on this set – I extended it for a day for this post)
Oy, and I'd been doing so well on my no-shopping trend! But the price on these are too good, and what really pushed me was your sample layouts. I love how real your banners/streamers look. Would you share what action/shadowing technique you are using on these layouts, specifically on the streamers? Do the templates come pre-shadowed? I still find shadowing challenging, so I hope so. Either way, I'm determined to try after seeing how great yours look!
My response -
Thanks Deirdre! The templates do come pre-shadowed, but I use a bit of a different shadow on the streamers/banners. I generally use Tracie Stroud's shadow styles for things like banners and flowers. For these banners, I used her string setting because it does such a nice job of lifting the streamer off the pages. Here’s a link to Tracie’s styles. I love them!
I was glad to read that Deirdre enjoyed seeing my layout examples. It takes me A LOT longer to design my templates because I scrap with each of them also and include layout information and ideas in a PDF file with the product download. I’ve been wondering lately if it’s worth all my time to do that? It’s so nice to get feedback that tells me it is!
From Kris on my June Roundup
Hi Katie! I love your round up idea. I have always admired them, but never taken the time to do them. curious though, where do you keep them? Only on your blog? Do you scrap them?
My response -
I mostly use the roundups on my blog, but I've also scrapped with them quite a bit. I did a class last year at Big Picture classes about scrapping with roundups and I'm sure I will end up doing another class or something in the future. You can check out this link to see my 2010 roundup album.
Keeping original files
From Susan on my ring bound album post
Just seeking your opinion as you seem very organized digitally. Once you have printed, say a 12 x 12 digital page and put it physically into an album, either a digital hard book album or just a 3-ring binder album, what do you do with the .jpg file and the .psd file? I have tons of .psd files that I don't know whether I should keep or purge. HELP! Would appreciate any suggestions from everyone.
My response -
I still always keep my files. I use TIF instead of PSD just because it takes a little less space and I can see the file better (I use windows) but keeping the PSDs is fine too. I keep folders on my computer of all my layouts where I store the full resolution jpegs. In that folder, I keep a subfolder for the TIFs. You never know when you will be looking through your albums and find a mistake that you want to go back and fix. I also like having access to my layouts digitally. When you consider the cost of an external hard drive (or a dvd, cd, etc.) it doesn't cost much to store things digitally and it just gives me peace of mind. I also like to keep jpeg backups on Flickr.
It probably isn't necessary to keep all the files for some people, but I've been glad that I have saved them. Sometimes I even end up reprinting a layout for a different use (gift, framing, grandparent album, etc.) and it's so nice to just go back in and print the file!
You might be interested in my post yesterday at The Daily Digi to see a little bit about how I organize my digital layouts in folders.
Another note – this is something we have discussed many times on The Digi Show podcast and both Steph and Peppermint do the same thing with their files.
Any other questions for the Scrapbook Lady?
Now’s your chance…ask away!