I am catching up my 2010 scrapbooking these boring months of January and February. See my handy dandy spreadsheet Jeff made for me? (I am refusing to attempt to learn how to make an Excel spreadsheet…I don’t want to learn, I just want other people to do it for me.) The little schedule on the bottom of the spreadsheet is the reminder I need to print out my photos for my albums. Last year I missed a date and ended up printing out 6 months of photos and that wasn’t too fun.
I just love doing this and I’m so glad I made the switch from paper to digital…it saves me SO much time and money. Here’s what the pages look like when they are inserted into the actual scrapbooks. They look just like I pasted, and glued, cut and framed and all that other work that I didn’t do! I just pressed a few buttons and WALLAH!
For BEGINNING Picasa collage tutorials go:
HERE…a written lesson from me with photos and screen shots.
HERE….a video lesson series. (Thank you Chari…these are excellent video tutorials that will take you through everything from downloading Picasa to making a beautiful scrapbook page step by step.)
HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE SCRAPBOOK PAPERS INTO PICASA When making a scrapbook page, Picasa allows you to choose a solid color, or an image as your background (like the page above.) Did you know you can download digital scrapbook papers and use those as your background image? It really opens up the ability to get a lot more creative.
You can buy these pages from many digital scrapbook companies, but I am always on the lookout for free papers.
Recently I found some beautiful free papers at the Persnickety Prints blog.
Persnickety Prints is where I have had all my scrapbook pages printed…they are the least expensive I’ve found ($1.99 per page), AND the quality of the prints is just beautiful. Not grocery store quality…professional photo lab quality…trust me there is a difference! I really researched it all when I began digital scrapbooking and after reading a gazillion reviews, it was quite obvious that Persnickety is on the very top of the list.
So here’s how to download scrapbook papers into Picasa:
1. Once you press the button to download the kit into your computer, you will have to find the file and UNZIP it. (Look for a button on your screen that says Extract Files…that’s unzipping.) As of now, you can only import JPG files into Picasa. Why do you even need to know this? Because many digital scrapbooking papers come in “kits”…in addition to the papers they come with some cute things called elements. They are little tags, or ribbons, or frames…cute scrapbooking doo-dads…but they will NOT work in Picasa because they don’t have the .jpg after them. So just stick to downloading the papers and don’t waste your time trying to get the other stuff in there.
2. Next open Picasa, and press the Import button at the top of the page. Go to the drop down menu (Import From) and press folder. Now find your unzipped file that you downloaded and check them or highlight them, and press Import All and you will see them in your Picasa folders.
HOW TO CREATE A COLLAGE WITH DIGITAL PAPER AND PHOTOS IN PICASA
1. Go back to your library and choose your images…your papers and photos…don’t worry if you want to add (or subtract!) some once you are creating your Collage you will be able to do so!
2. You are offered 7 types of Collages. I like Picture Pile because it allows you to place every photo where you want it to be, and what size you would like also. But Mosaic makes the collage for you and that is quick and easy. You can choose your background image on any type of collage.
3. Select size…I scrapbook the 12×12 size. You can type in your own custom ratio also.
4. Select your background image.
5. Start moving things around.
6. Create. For the page below, I selected a collage I had made earlier using the Mosaic type, and I’m adding it onto a scrapbook paper. Remember you can discard and add selections as you are creating the page.
7. Add text…remember there are lots of text options…try the Wingdings for symbols, dots, circles, dashes.
8. You are finished!
You can use these papers, along with my tutorial on making your own free blog banner using Picasa, and get creative with your blog too!