Saturday, August 19, 2006

UNIT BY UNIT April and May



APRIL and MAY UNIT BY UNIT -SPRING

A special thanks to Kristie who designs the new Shabby Princess line for BoBunny and her own websites The Shabby Shoppe and The Shabby Princess. Truly beautiful papers and downloads. I love them. So glad I asked her to help us out here and she said yes!!! You can read Kristie’s blog here http://shabbyprincess.typepad.com/shabby_princess/

Our fourth and fifth unit this month will be for April and May photos. I am sending them together since they are so related: Great outdoors, Spring, Rain and Flowers.

You can choose completely WHATEVER THEME suits your next group of photos. These soft florals are great for almost any theme. Or use/download another set that goes with your photos.

To get the great floral artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SPRING BREEZES. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Create your whole INTRO page digitally if you prefer! This artwork is awesome. Shop her site for more freebies and for her paid artwork too. Once you learn how to unzip a file and use the art clips, you will be amazed at the quickness of this process. You don’t need a 12x12 printer either. Use the printer you have with acid free cardstock and then cut out your elements. Just mix and match her SPRING BREEZE art clips with your own pattern paper stash!

If you don't need this theme, skip the themed artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for APRIL and get the rest of your pics for the march unit into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set.

Basic APRIL and MAY sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just these featured this week. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right for each different INTRO page and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)











See this Sample!
Here is a page using roughly the same scheme! My daughter and I designed this one using the Shabby Princess SPRING BREEZE artwork.
We can see how this sketch can look as a “Spring is in the Air” page.


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Just do the page! J

Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SPRING BREEZES. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.


Need a title?

I used the premade digital title Kristie provided in her digital kit. But there is also a whole BEAUTIFUL alphabet Kristie designed for this Spring Breeze set too. Create your own title by printing out the letters you need and cutting them out or you can go completely digital and print your whole title out at once in a mat.

Need titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Outdoor titles and hiking

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/140.html

camping

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/10.html

springtime

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/39.html

rain

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/119.html

Just need a 4x6?

If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above or titles.

TIPS: Use what you have. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get bogged down in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get April and May both all finished up!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at

http://www.shabbyprincess.com

for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. Not having the perfect accent art or lettering is no longer an excuse for our UNIT challenge!

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