New Homeschool Blog

Once upon a time, I blogged about homeschooling here. Then life got busy with little ones. Well, my littles aren’t *quite* so little anymore, so I’ve decided to pick it back up but I’ve moved it over to a new space, keeping the two niches (Digital Scrapbooking and Education / Homeschooling) separate going forward. My digital scrapbooking posts will remain here, like always.

If you have any interest in education, if you are a homeschooling family, or if you are a local family just looking for fun educational ideas to do with your kids around town, please give the new Facebook Page for Everyday Canvas a like and/or visit my new blog at everydaycanvas.com. It would be much appreciated!

Also, if you live locally (Denver area), I am working on a list of educational opportunities specific to that area, too. Local Free days, educational classes, homeschool days, or other things I come across. I’ve long been curating my own list of bookmarks and resources for my family so I thought it would be nice to have everything in one place and I enjoy sharing with others. It is a WIP, but I am excited about it. (The list of Denver Area Events has been started. Denver Area Resources will be coming soon!) I’d love to hear of any events I’ve missed or other things locally that you think would be nice to have a list all on one site. (The best local parks, hikes for kids, something else?)

New Homeschool Blog

Once upon a time, I blogged about homeschooling here. Then life got busy with little ones. Well, my littles aren’t *quite* so little anymore, so I’ve decided to pick it back up but I’ve moved it over to a new space, keeping the two niches (Digital Scrapbooking and Education / Homeschooling) separate going forward. My digital scrapbooking posts will remain here, like always.

If you have any interest in education, if you are a homeschooling family, or if you are a local family just looking for fun educational ideas to do with your kids around town, please give the new Facebook Page for Everyday Canvas a like and/or visit my new blog at everydaycanvas.com. It would be much appreciated!

Also, if you live locally (Denver area), I am working on a list of educational opportunities specific to that area, too. Local Free days, educational classes, homeschool days, or other things I come across. I’ve long been curating my own list of bookmarks and resources for my family so I thought it would be nice to have everything in one place and I enjoy sharing with others. It is a WIP, but I am excited about it. (The list of Denver Area Events has been started. Denver Area Resources will be coming soon!) I’d love to hear of any events I’ve missed or other things locally that you think would be nice to have a list all on one site. (The best local parks, hikes for kids, something else?)

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Image of why you should print your digital scrapbook layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

How to Crop a Two-Page Template to Create a One-Page Template

Have you ever found yourself with a great two-page digital scrapbook template but decided you really only wanted to create a one-page layout, using just half (one page) of the template? It is really simple to do!

How to Turn a Two Page Template into a One Page Layout

Open the template in Photoshop.

First thing, do a “Save AS” and save your template under a new name. This ensures that your original template remains “as is” and all changes will be applied to your new copy. (This is super important, so you can reuse your original template again for future layouts – one of the beautiful things about digital scrapbooking!)

Select the Crop Tool. For a 12×12 layout, set it to crop 12 inches width by 12 inches height. (For an 8.5×11 layout, set the width to 8.5 inches by 11 inches height.)

crop_tool_settings

Select the side of the template that you want to use and draw a 12×12 square over that part, starting from one of the outer corners and drawing in. The settings you selected in the previous step will help ensure you grab the full 12×12 portion. Click the check mark once you have the full page selected.

Crop Tool Screen Shot

You have now updated your template to be a one-page template and can start clipping your photos and papers to the layers.

Fall Scrapbook Layout by No Reimer Reason
Layout Credits: Template by No Reimer Reason, Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press

The Template used in this tutorial is No Reimer Reason Template #77 and can be found in my Etsy Store. I have a 12×12 template and an 8.5×11 template available in this style.

How to Crop a Two-Page Template to Create a One-Page Template

Have you ever found yourself with a great two-page digital scrapbook template but decided you really only wanted to create a one-page layout, using just half (one page) of the template? It is really simple to do!

How to Turn a Two Page Template into a One Page Layout

Open the template in Photoshop.

First thing, do a “Save AS” and save your template under a new name. This ensures that your original template remains “as is” and all changes will be applied to your new copy. (This is super important, so you can reuse your original template again for future layouts – one of the beautiful things about digital scrapbooking!)

Select the Crop Tool. For a 12×12 layout, set it to crop 12 inches width by 12 inches height. (For an 8.5×11 layout, set the width to 8.5 inches by 11 inches height.)

crop_tool_settings

Select the side of the template that you want to use and draw a 12×12 square over that part, starting from one of the outer corners and drawing in. The settings you selected in the previous step will help ensure you grab the full 12×12 portion. Click the check mark once you have the full page selected.

Crop Tool Screen Shot

You have now updated your template to be a one-page template and can start clipping your photos and papers to the layers.

Fall Scrapbook Layout by No Reimer Reason
Layout Credits: Template by No Reimer Reason, Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press

The Template used in this tutorial is No Reimer Reason Template #77 and can be found in my Etsy Store. I have a 12×12 template and an 8.5×11 template available in this style.

How to Crop a Two-Page Template to Create a One-Page Template

Have you ever found yourself with a great two-page digital scrapbook template but decided you really only wanted to create a one-page layout, using just half (one page) of the template? It is really simple to do!

How to Turn a Two Page Template into a One Page Layout

Open the template in Photoshop.

First thing, do a “Save AS” and save your template under a new name. This ensures that your original template remains “as is” and all changes will be applied to your new copy. (This is super important, so you can reuse your original template again for future layouts – one of the beautiful things about digital scrapbooking!)

Select the Crop Tool. For a 12×12 layout, set it to crop 12 inches width by 12 inches height. (For an 8.5×11 layout, set the width to 8.5 inches by 11 inches height.)

crop_tool_settings

Select the side of the template that you want to use and draw a 12×12 square over that part, starting from one of the outer corners and drawing in. The settings you selected in the previous step will help ensure you grab the full 12×12 portion. Click the check mark once you have the full page selected.

Crop Tool Screen Shot

You have now updated your template to be a one-page template and can start clipping your photos and papers to the layers.

Fall Scrapbook Layout by No Reimer Reason
Layout Credits: Template by No Reimer Reason, Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press

The Template used in this tutorial is No Reimer Reason Template #77 and can be found in my Etsy Store. I have a 12×12 template and an 8.5×11 template available in this style.

How to Crop a Two-Page Template to Create a One-Page Template

Have you ever found yourself with a great two-page digital scrapbook template but decided you really only wanted to create a one-page layout, using just half (one page) of the template? It is really simple to do!

How to Turn a Two Page Template into a One Page Layout

Open the template in Photoshop.

First thing, do a “Save AS” and save your template under a new name. This ensures that your original template remains “as is” and all changes will be applied to your new copy. (This is super important, so you can reuse your original template again for future layouts – one of the beautiful things about digital scrapbooking!)

Select the Crop Tool. For a 12×12 layout, set it to crop 12 inches width by 12 inches height. (For an 8.5×11 layout, set the width to 8.5 inches by 11 inches height.)

crop_tool_settings

Select the side of the template that you want to use and draw a 12×12 square over that part, starting from one of the outer corners and drawing in. The settings you selected in the previous step will help ensure you grab the full 12×12 portion. Click the check mark once you have the full page selected.

Crop Tool Screen Shot

You have now updated your template to be a one-page template and can start clipping your photos and papers to the layers.

Fall Scrapbook Layout by No Reimer Reason
Layout Credits: Template by No Reimer Reason, Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press

The Template used in this tutorial is No Reimer Reason Template #77 and can be found in my Etsy Store. I have a 12×12 template and an 8.5×11 template available in this style.

How to Crop a Two-Page Template to Create a One-Page Template

Have you ever found yourself with a great two-page digital scrapbook template but decided you really only wanted to create a one-page layout, using just half (one page) of the template? It is really simple to do!

How to Turn a Two Page Template into a One Page Layout

Open the template in Photoshop.

First thing, do a “Save AS” and save your template under a new name. This ensures that your original template remains “as is” and all changes will be applied to your new copy. (This is super important, so you can reuse your original template again for future layouts – one of the beautiful things about digital scrapbooking!)

Select the Crop Tool. For a 12×12 layout, set it to crop 12 inches width by 12 inches height. (For an 8.5×11 layout, set the width to 8.5 inches by 11 inches height.)

crop_tool_settings

Select the side of the template that you want to use and draw a 12×12 square over that part, starting from one of the outer corners and drawing in. The settings you selected in the previous step will help ensure you grab the full 12×12 portion. Click the check mark once you have the full page selected.

Crop Tool Screen Shot

You have now updated your template to be a one-page template and can start clipping your photos and papers to the layers.

Fall Scrapbook Layout by No Reimer Reason
Layout Credits: Template by No Reimer Reason, Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press

The Template used in this tutorial is No Reimer Reason Template #77 and can be found in my Etsy Store. I have a 12×12 template and an 8.5×11 template available in this style.

Scrapbook Layout Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to scrapbooking Valentine’s Day, there are several topics you can choose from. You may want to make a page to remember a special Valentine’s date, a page about someone you love, or a child’s Valentine’s Day party at school. Perhaps you could tell a story about how you and your special Valentine met, or create a page about a favorite romantic spot or memory.

Check out these creative scrapbook layouts full of inspiration for scrapbooking your Valentine’s Day photos. I like that the first layout uses a dark gray color as the primary color for a layout about her son while another layout uses black as its primary color for a layout about a Valentine’s Day date. This use of non-traditional colors made the layouts stand out to me and proves that you aren’t limited to red and pink for your February layouts.

Links to layouts:

  1. Layout by Leanne Allinson at jotmagazine.com
  2. Layout by luckyme at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  3. Layout by Biancka at Scrapbook.com
  4. Layout by CarolinaScrapper at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  5. Layout by kristalund at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  6. Layout by kristalund at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  7. Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa at Scrapbook.com
  8. Layout by tkradtke at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  9. Layout by Sheana at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  10. Layout by kendrawalter at the-lilypad.com
  11. Layout by tracermajig at designerdigitals.com
  12. Layout by Amy L at designerdigitals.com

Scrapbook Layout Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to scrapbooking Valentine’s Day, there are several topics you can choose from. You may want to make a page to remember a special Valentine’s date, a page about someone you love, or a child’s Valentine’s Day party at school. Perhaps you could tell a story about how you and your special Valentine met, or create a page about a favorite romantic spot or memory.

Check out these creative scrapbook layouts full of inspiration for scrapbooking your Valentine’s Day photos. I like that the first layout uses a dark gray color as the primary color for a layout about her son while another layout uses black as its primary color for a layout about a Valentine’s Day date. This use of non-traditional colors made the layouts stand out to me and proves that you aren’t limited to red and pink for your February layouts.

Links to layouts:

  1. Layout by Leanne Allinson at jotmagazine.com
  2. Layout by luckyme at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  3. Layout by Biancka at Scrapbook.com
  4. Layout by CarolinaScrapper at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  5. Layout by kristalund at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  6. Layout by kristalund at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  7. Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa at Scrapbook.com
  8. Layout by tkradtke at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  9. Layout by Sheana at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  10. Layout by kendrawalter at the-lilypad.com
  11. Layout by tracermajig at designerdigitals.com
  12. Layout by Amy L at designerdigitals.com