July Multi-Photo Scrapbook Challenge

Hello, scrapbooking friends! I am on a summer break from my college courses right now so I’ve had some time to actually scrapbook – Yay!

As a result, I have a new template that I would like to share with you as another “Multi-Photo Scrapbook Page” challenge. Anyone who participates will receive this new digital scrapbook template for free.

Rules:
1) Create a NEW scrapbook layout that contains 4 or more photos on one page. Using a template is okay!
2) Upload the layout to my Facebook page @ No Reimer Reason’s Digital Scrapbooking Templates. I will PM, via Facebook, a link for you to download your free template. (Please give me a few days after uploading to send you the template.)

(Note: If anyone is interested in an 8.5×11 template version instead of the 12×12, let me know and I’ll whip one up! 😉 )

No Reimer Reason - Template 86

I hope your summer is going well. I appreciate you all and enjoy seeing your creative layouts.

Music in Your Homeschool

Music is an important part of our family. My husband plays several instruments and is in a garage band (he was in a band when we met, too, so of course I couldn’t resist developing a crush), I sing and was a part of a musical group in college, my mother-in-law teaches piano and composes, and my dad sings and is in a barbershop quartet. One of my favorite things to do on a date with my husband is attend concerts. Music is important to us and so naturally, we want to pass our passion for music on to our children.

Not only will all three of our girls (eventually) learn an instrument, but I also want to develop in them an appreciation for different kinds of music.

One resource we have been using in our homeschool this year is The Story of the Orchestra.

Brief Description

The Story of the Orchestra is a hardcover book that guides you through each instrument typically found in an orchestra, along with a CD that contains samples of each instrument to listen to. The book also teaches about famous composers and musicians from different eras (Romantic, Modern, etc), along with a musical sample of one of their compositions.

How We Use It In Our Homeschool

One day a week, I read 1-2 pages (depending on the topic) to my daughters. We then listen to the music sample included on the CD. Often, we also search Youtube to find a video of a live orchestra playing the full song. Many of the songs are LONG (20 minutes or more) so we’ll let it play in the background as we continue on with our day. One way to draw in my little girls, ages 6 and 3, is I will search for the song in a cartoon. For instance, many of the old Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons relied on a lot of orchestral music as the background music for their cartoons. What a fun way to introduce orchestral and classical music to children without them even realizing it! And even if you are unsure if they are picking up the music, they ARE. My girls often will recognize a song that they’ve heard before, even if they cannot remember the composer of the song. I still call that a win!

Sample Pages

There are pages about specific instruments, such as the cello. These contain historical information along with fun facts. If you look at the image below, you will also see (in the orange oval) directions on which track to play, along with things to listen for in the song and/or more information about the song.

Story of the Orchestra - Cello

There are also pages specific to composers. These contain facts about the composer, their musical style, and their compositions. (Did you know that there was almost a riot during one of Stravinsky’s concerts? Just one of many fun pieces of trivia throughout the book.)

Story of the Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky

My 11yo daughter was inspired by what she learned about this particular composer, Igor Stravinsky. She likes to compose her own songs on the piano already, and after reading (and listening) to Stravinsky’s unique style of dissonance, I later heard her at the piano experimenting with some dissonant chords. Score! (pun not intended)

How do you incorporate music in your homeschool? (Seriously, I will need some ideas for next year!)

*No Reimer Reason is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I did not receive any free items for this post and the opinions are my own.

Valentines Day Scrapbook Paper

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it was time to pull these Valentine’s Day / Love themed papers back out of the old archives and give them a little reboot. These were part of the Sweetheart kits I created back in 2009 and they have been in retirement for the past few years. They are now residing in my Etsy Store. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine's Day / Love / Sweetheart Digital Scrapbook Papers

Multi-Photo Scrapbook Challenge

Back when I was designing regularly, I used to host a “Multi-Photo Scrapbook Page” challenge at my then-host’s site. It was a lot of fun for me and I’ve missed it.

So now that the holidays are past us, I am sure you have a lot of photos to get scrapped! I would like to have a little challenge here on this blog and on my Facebook Page. Anyone who participates will receive this new two-page digital scrapbook template for free!
No Reimer Reason - Template 84

Rules:
1) Create a NEW scrapbook layout that contains 4 or more photos on one page. Using a template is okay!
2) Upload a link to your layout to this page OR to my No Reimer Reason – Digital Scrapbooking by February 10, 2016. I will email or Facebook PM a link for you to download your free template by February 13th.

(Note: If anyone is interested in an 8.5×11 template version instead of the 12×12, let me know.)

Happy New Year and Happy Scrapbooking!

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #83

There is a nice snowstorm hitting our state this weekend, which gave me some extra time to get some scrapbooking done. Yay!

I just uploaded a new digital scrapbook template FREEBIE for my No Reimer Reason Facebook fans. It is a two-page template and is available in both 12×12 and 8.5×11 versions. 🙂 Visit No Reimer Reason on Facebook to download!

12×12 Version

Free Two-Page Template for 12x12 scrapbookers

Free Two-Page Template for 12×12 scrapbookers

8.5×11 Version

Free Two-Page Template for 8.5x11 scrapbookers

Free Two-Page Template for 8.5×11 scrapbookers

Original Layout:
Butterfly Pavilion

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tutorial: Convert a 12×12 Template to 8.5×11

Today I’d like to share a tutorial with you on how you can change a 12×12 template to 8.5×11. In fact, I am going to share two different ways to do the conversion.

This tutorial was created in Adobe Photoshop but it should be pretty similar in Photoshop Elements. Here is the 12×12 template we will be working with.

Template Size Conversion Option #1

Step 1: Open your 12×12 layout and do a “Save as” so that you are working with a copy rather than your original file.

Step 2: Go to Image/Image Size.

Step 3: Change the Document Size to 8.5″ for Width and 11″ for Height. Make sure the Constrain Properties checkbox is NOT checked. Click OK. (NOTE: If converting a two-page template like in my example, the width should be 17″, which equals 8.5″+8.5″)

Step 4:And DONE! So simple and easy. You will see that the template’s shapes do resize slightly using this method. (The photo boxes are narrower because the overall layout was updated to be narrower.) For this reason, do not attempt these steps with a completed layout or your photos would get distorted. But for a template, it is no problem.

Template Size Conversion Option #2

Step 1: Open your 12×12 layout and do a “Save as” so that you are working with a copy rather than your original file.

Step 2: Go to Image/Image Size.

Step 3: Change the Document Size to 8.5″ for Width and 8.5″ for Height. Click OK. (NOTE: If converting a two-page template like in my example, the width should be 17″, which equals 8.5″+8.5″. The height would still be changed to 8.5″.)

Step 4: Go to Image/Canvas Size. Update the height to 11″. Click OK.

Step 5: Your canvas will now be 8.5×11. Since we’ve changed the canvas from a square to a rectangle, you will now see some transparent places in the template.

Step 6: Go to the background layer in the layers palette and fill the entire background with the original background color.

Step 7: And DONE! In this example, you will notice that the shapes from the original template maintain their original sizes in relation to each other. This is because we initially changed the template from 12×12 to 8.5×8.5, therefore keeping the original square of the layout. However, once we then elongated the height to 11″, the background now contains more white space. Since this is a template, feel free to resize or move any of the shapes to fill up the extra space or you can leave it as it is.

Here are the final results:

I hope this helps you on your scrapping journey. It should also open up a bunch of options for those 8.5×11 scrappers who have a hard time finding templates in their preferred scrapbook size!

Digital Scrapbook Template #81

(Edited to add: this template has been moved to my Etsy shop as of 2/21/2015. Thank you for visiting!)

I just uploaded a new digital scrapbook template FREEBIE for my No Reimer Reason Facebook fans. It is a two-page template and is available in both 12×12 and 8.5×11 versions. 🙂 Visit No Reimer Reason on Facebook to download!

12×12 Version

Free Two-Page Template for 12x12 scrapbookers

Free Two-Page Template for 12×12 scrapbookers

8.5×11 Version

Free Two-Page Template for 8.5x11 scrapbookers

Free Two-Page Template for 8.5×11 scrapbookers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DST Multi-Photo Challenge and a FREE Template

Update: Challenge is over as of January 18, 2014. If you are interested in either template, they can be found in my Etsy shop.

My Multi-Photo Challenge is up and ready to go for the DST Winter Get-Together. I am so excited!

For all the details regarding my specific challenge, the forum thread is here.

My challenge is pretty simple.

  1. Submit a NEW layout using at least THREE unique photos on a single page. Layouts should be posted at DST in the DST Winter Get Together GalleryNOTE: If you can not see the DST Winter Get Together Gallery in your drop down list when uploading to the DST gallery, just post your layout in Recent Digital Layouts and link it in the challenge thread post so I can find it. DST owners are aware of the problem and hopefully are working on the issue.
  2. Post a link to your layout in the challenge thread post.
  3. You have ONE WEEK to complete this challenge. I believe the deadline is 11:59p.m. EST next Saturday (1/18).

If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for the DST challenges so you are eligible for all the prizes here. (Even if you only plan on completing 1 or 2 challenges, please sign up.)

And now to the freebie information. This challenge comes with a FREE template if you’d like motivation or need inspiration. NOTE: You do NOT have to use this template for this challenge. It is a free gift. 

Also, all participants in my Multi-Photo challenge this week will also receive an additional FREE template just for playing. 🙂 Both templates are available in a 12×12 and an 8.5×11 version.

You can click on the images below to download the free templates. The links to the Participant bonus templates will be sent out to everyone who completes the challenge once the week is up.

12×12 version
No Reimer Reason - Free 12x12 Digital Scrapbook Template - Click for larger preview

8.5×11 version
No Reimer Reason - Free 8.5x11 Digital Scrapbook Template - Click for larger preview

FREE Participant Bonus Template – 12×12 version
No Reimer Reason - Free 12x12 Digital Scrapbook Template - Click for larger preview

Free Participant Bonus Template – 8.5×11 version
No Reimer Reason - Free 8.5x11 Digital Scrapbook Template - Click for larger preview

NOTE: The links to the free templates will be expiring after the January 2014 challenge is over, at which time they will be added to my Etsy shop.

The home base with the information for all the challenges and prizes is here.

I cannot wait to see your layouts!

Template Challenge – Coming in January

I’ve been asked to host a scrapbook challenge over at DigiShopTalk for their upcoming January Winter Get-Together so I’ve been busy creating a couple goodies for my part of the festivities. I can’t give away too many details yet, but I can tell you that it will include a couple of freebies for both 12×12 and 8.5×11 scrappers! 🙂

Here is a little sneak peek:

DigiShopTalk Sneak Peak

Trinket Busy Board

Kids always seem to want to play with the metal parts of things, like latches on doors and other things, so my husband had the idea to build something for our girls to fiddle with endlessly that didn’t have any sharp edges or small removable parts, but which wasn’t just another piece of primary colored plastic either.

Trinket Board

This is a board with a bunch of brass hardware screwed to it. There’s a fisheye lens peephole, a hinged door, six different latches, a knob, a handle, a door stop, a threaded rod with nuts and bolts that you can turn, and a few other odds and ends. You can unlatch and remove one whole end of it. The hardware was purchased at our local hardware store and attached to a piece of scrap wood that was nicely cut and stained.

Trinket Board

It doesn’t really do anything, but maybe it will excite the part of their brain that helps them think about mechanics and engineering.  I think it will also help with hand/eye coordination and fine motor skill development. 🙂

Two-Page Digital Scrapbook Template for 8.5×11 Scrappers (Template #76)

I converted one of my recent free 12×12 scrapbook templates into a template for all of you 8.5×11 scrappers out there. It can be found in my Etsy Store. This two-page multi-photo template can accommodate up to 11 photos!

FREE Digital Scrapbooking Template

In case you haven’t seen it already, here is the original 12×12 layout that I used to create the template. The kit I used is Megan Turnidge‘s “Little Man”.

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Layout

Also, if you are in the market for more 8.5×11 templates (especially multi-photo templates), I just added another one to my Etsy store as well. This one can accommodate up to 11 photos as well.

Sample Layout (in the 12×12 version):

Credits: Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press, Pumpkins by Ellie Lash

This template also works well for single page layouts too!

I hope to start adding more product soon (which may include bringing some of my old favorites out of retirement!)

New Release – Two Page Scrapbook Template #77

I am excited to start selling some of my designs over at Etsy. They are available as instant downloads so you can start using them right away. 🙂

I just wrapped up this new two-page (24×12) digital scrapbook template. It is one of my new favorites (of course, I think that about every new product I create!)

Sample Layout:

Credits: Papers by Traci Reed, Tag by Paislee Press, Pumpkins by Ellie Lash

This template also works well for single page layouts too!

I hope to start adding more product soon (which may include bringing some of my old favorites out of retirement!)

Two-Page Digital Scrapbook Template #76

So I decided to create a Facebook Page for No Reimer Reason designs. My hope is that it will make it easier for me to connect with you and I’d like to share freebies and the occasional tutorial there too, whether they be ones that I have created or my favorite ones that I find from the many blogs I follow.

I do hope you will come on over and visit! As an extra incentive, I am giving away this new Two-Page Digital Scrapbooking template to all my followers on Facebook. Once you ‘like’ the page, it can be found in the “Free Downloads” tab. See you there!
(Note: this freebie as expired as is now available in my Etsy store.

FREE Digital Scrapbooking Template

 

Here is the layout that I used to create the template. The kit I used is Megan Turnidge‘s “Little Man”.

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Layout

 

Free Journal Cards – DST November 2013 Blog Train

I decided to take part in the DST November 2013 Blog Train as inspiration to get some scrapbooking done for myself and to make some more freebies for my blog. It worked – there’s nothing like having a goal with a deadline to get the motivation going!

I am deviating from my normal giveaway of templates to instead give away some journal cards. These 3×4 journal cards could easily be used in your Project Life layouts or any regular layout.

You can click on the image below to be brought to my page full of free digital scrapbooking downloads.
Free Journal Cards for Digital Scrapbooking
Hope you can put them to good use!

If you are following the blog train, your next stop is: Pixel Scrapper

The previous stop was: Brenda’s Scrap Design

If you want to take a look at the blog train in its entirety, it can be found here.

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #75

I have another FREE multi-photo template available for download – Yay! This one can accommodate up to 14 photos, if you go photo crazy like I do. Or some of the smaller photo spaces can easily be replaced with the papers and embellishments of your choice. The beauty of layered PSD templates is that you can modify and rearrange things to fit your needs! 🙂

FREE Digital Scrapbooking Template

You can click on the image above to be brought to my page full of Free digital scrapbook downloads.

I am taking part in the November DST Blog Train (full of coordinating freebies by many designers) so I will have another freebie coming up on November 1st. See you then!