Friday, January 18, 2013

Pass It On

I occasionally like to share fun and exciting things I've found in my Internet travels... here is what has been giving me thrills and chills this week:

1.  Artful Digi Scrapping - a FREE online blog series and workshop by Captivated Visions:

I'm never one to argue over free instruction and the pages shown in the Introductory blog post just look so fun!



2.  Have you been following all the great stuff coming out of CHA???  This demo of Tim Holtz' new line of acrylic distress paints for Ranger has me drooling. I've watched the video twice already. Want to send me a little love in the mail??? Any color will do... seriously, one of each would be awesome!  Not sure when these hit stores, but my birthday is in May (hint, hint).

3.  Font Management? Hadn't really thought much about it, but yes, I needed a way to organize my fonts and yes, I wasted a lot of time searching for the right one when I'm digi scrapping. I first saw the solution HERE on Jessica Sprague's blog... a font organizing software! (for those of you with Mac computers, please move on - apparently great software already comes loaded on your machine.  PC users - this is for you!)  Do you have so many fonts that you can never find the one you want?  I had 446 yesterday.  Then I downloaded Nexus Font, available here . It's free (yes, there's that word again), it's a very small program. It took less than two minutes to install. And with about two hours of tagging and uninstalling, today I'm down to 407 fonts, neatly sorted into 14 different categories that I chose. With one click, I can bring up all 31 Script fonts and decide which one will work best for my project, instead of scrolling through all 400+ trying to find the one I'm looking for!  Initially I couldn't find where to create sets... basic instructions to get you started can be found here.

4. I have been on the fence FOREVER about Project Life. Seriously, I love what others have done, but I have been extremely reluctant to commit for myself.  Why?

Number one - I don't scrap chronologically, never have, and I'm really not excited by the prospect of weekly diary style scrapbooking. I don't have little ones at home saying cute and memorable things (snarky teen comments are neither cute nor memorable). My day to day life just isn't that exciting. And one week often looks very much like the last.  In fact, I'm pretty much sold on my Stacy Julian style Library of Memories albums and process.

Number two - I suck at long-term projects. Start strong and then fizzle. It's a character flaw. What can I say? I don't want to start this, lose interest, and then feel like I've failed or I have yet ANOTHER in a long and ever-growing list of unfinished projects.

BUT, I love all those 3x4 journaling cards and products available for Project Life. I love the idea of slipping in memorabilia so easily. The whole concept intrigues me. So how can I play along within the parameters of how I scrap???  Jennifer Wilson of SimpleScrapper.com to the rescue!

In this blog post Jennifer talks about how she decided to marry Project Life with Library of Memories. I'm SOLD.  With a tweak.  The album that will house my in-progress Project Life style layouts will just be a temporary holding place. I'll enjoy watching the pages develop and evolve. But every so often when I have a bunch of finished pages, I'll move them into my regular Library of Memories albums. Mixed right in with the 12x12 paper and digi pages.

Now I'm kind of excited to get started! And I have an excuse to buy that Olive Core kit I've been lusting after....

15 comments:

helena said...

thank you - sifting through my fonts has been frustrating me recently - getting them organised is now on my todo list for the weekend

alexa said...

You sound as if you are fizzing with excitement! Lovely to hear you have found a solution which will work for you :). I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes ...

scrappyjacky said...

The font organiser sounds a great find....I can never find what I want.
I may even go have a look at the digi scrapping!!

Amy said...

Now, I had a look at that font organiser too but it seemed a bit too complicated for the number of fonts I have so I didn't persue it. Sounds as though it was probably worth trying a bit harder!

I have a friend who uses the divided page protectors for a lot of her scrap pages as she finds it a simple solution and each pocket is never too much of a challenge due to the size .. and most are either photos or journaling anyway. I know what you mean about PL - but, I'm taking the plunge, we'll see how it goes.

Elizabeth said...

Since I am a digital scrapper I'm going to check out the free Art of Digi Scrapping class. I'm sure there will be something worthwhile to learn. I purchased a Project Life kit in 2011 and still haven't opened it. It just seems like a lot of work to me but I'll probably start one of these years.

Rebekah said...

Thanks for some fun reading material while I eat lunch! Sounds like some fun links!! :)

Alison said...

I know what you mean about PL....I feel it's great for those with young children about, but my life isn't that exciting that I want to document it on a weekly basis!
Alison xx

Missus Wookie said...

PL the way BH designed it isn't my cup of tea, we're tweaking it and I'm enjoying the tweaks.

Interesting article and idea, I like the idea of relabeling the dividers. I actually planned on doing something similar as soon as I saw them last year - but in albums dividing up the layouts. So in Celebrations/Birthdays each person's could be turned too.

Look forward to seeing what you do!

Maya Oren-Dahan said...

I follow (loosely) LOM concepts and was on the fence with PL till now. This year I joined it. I like the idea of documenting everyday moments - kids drop off, what we had for dinner, artwork, school activities and sports. So far I love it but I am only on week 2 :)

Lorraine said...

Lookinf forward to seeing the outcome of your PL meets LOM.

Karen said...

I've been pinning the CHA products I hope to find. Font management has long been on my list to accomplish. Even though I have a Mac, I've yet to figure out how to get them organized. I have a huge stack of folders on my desktop with new fonts to install, but won't let myself go there until I get them organized. Off to check your links.

Melissa said...

What a great list! I'm off to check out some of the freebies.

kate blue said...

am not a PL or OWL girl only because I am not disciplined enough to keep it up...I get sidetracked by things like all the stuff from CHA..and yes, all the TH stuff was awesome, did you see the youtube video with all the clocks?? Thanks for the did -link; I am a paper scrapper but always find inspiration everywhere!

Ginger said...

Love your selection of items here Cheri. I wish I could do digital, I love it so much but it takes too much of a toll on my body :( That looks like an amazing workshop!

Cheryl said...

Such a cool approach to Project Life! I have to admit, I'm a sucker for the journaling cards.