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Hey, Ya'll,

We've still been plugging along at homeschooling but now that Fall has arrived, we don't have quite as much yard work. I hope that means I'll have more time for scrapbooking and so far it seems like that is working out. This month I'm bringing you a 2 page layout I've been telling you about on my YouTube channel. It is called This Moment – Then and Now. This is one I spent some time journaling on. So often, I focus more on the artistic side of scrapping...I'm always striving to get the story told. And on this one, I did. I actually did the journaling before the layout. : )

New pages this month:

Baby Scrapbook Layouts - see how I used a giant chipboard letter, glitter glue, a mini accordion album, tissue paper and labels to create these not-so-traditional layouts

Free Scrapbook Patterns - see how I placed a childhood swimsuit on one of these layouts

Ways to keep in touch - you can visit my site over at free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com or follow along with my weekly adventures over at the good old blog - racheltaylor.wordpress.com or subscribe to my YouTube channel - ThankYouLord

Also, let me know what you’d like to see included in upcoming issues. Send me a line at rachel@free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com. You might have to go through my contact page at the main site because that address has heavy spam filters on it...I might not get it if you just send it from your email program. : )

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12 x 12 Layout Ideas -

This Moment – Then and Now - The left side of a 2 page layout

This layout got started one evening when I decided to look through a box of photos that I have and try to find one to do a layout around. I took this photo about 4 years ago thinking about a similar layout to the one it actually turned out to be. I was thinking about just talking about always stepping on Cheerios but NOW 4 years later in turned into a Then and Now type layout. Then we stepped on Cheerios all the time...Now we step on Legoes and action figures. : ) I also decided to incorporate photos of their toys at this stage. So I went around and took photos of their “inside” toys and their “garage” toys. I really like the way it turned out.

This left side started out with a 12 x 12 piece of paper patterned to look like corkboard. I used vellum because I wanted it to tie in with the right side which I used vellum on. I attached the vellum with staples on each corner and then mounted the photos on top of that. I found the “Live for the Moment” punch out in my stash and finally I did the hand journaling that I originally started out with.

On the right side I added the photos of their toys at this stage. They have a corner of the den with plastic drawers for their inside toys and a corner of the garage for their outside toys. I went around one evening snapping photos just for this layout. I decided to place vellum over the pics of the toys because there were too many competing colors and patterns and the vellum muted them out a bit.

I mounted the photos with tape and the vellum with staples. Finally, I labeled many of the things in the photos – mostly the memories of where the toys came from...mostly our yard sale adventures! :) After all, that is a big part of the memories for us.

Before and After – Drop Shadows – Using drop shadows with Photopshop for digital scrapbooking layouts. I'm included this because I forgot to add the drop shadows to some of my digital layouts in recent ezines. I didn't even realize it until recently. When I finally noticed it, I let my YouTube subscribers know that I would show you a before and after. I learned all about drop shadows from this class!

It is a subtle difference but I really like how it looks when I add the drop shadows. It gives the elements a bit more of a 3-D look.



Card Making Ideas - No card making ideas this month : )

Until sometime around the middle of November…

Send Me Your Layouts...

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll pick 2 or 3 for each issue and publish them along with your photo (if you want) and a bio about your real life scrapbooking adventures. So, send them to Rachel@free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com with “e-zine layout submission” in the subject line.

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