Monday, July 28, 2008

Soaking it Up

I'm really enjoying scrapping through our trip to the US, remembering the sights and how we felt with the boys and dh. But this week's layouts especially was about soaking it up. But more on that later.

Just want to say a BIG thanks to all your feedback about how you organise! I had so much fun reading (especially Donna's !) and am slightly embarassed that some of you actually think of trying out my very non-digital way of organising.. lol... I stuck to it because I started before I was aware of any software, and also as Sara said, I like to thumb through it, and carry it with me around the house. To answer some one who actually asked me to elaborate, I copy the kit previews into a Word document, along with the name the kit is listed in my folder (when i download, I make sure I name it along with the designer's name so it is easier to give credit later). When I'm doing a layout, I flag out potential kits with a post-it (yeah!) and then go to my folders at one go to try them all out on the layout. Actually I'm so impressed by Donna and those who actually tag each kit and each item in each kit in ACDSee, I WISH I had that! I'm seriously interested in Christie's way of organising the previews in iphoto (I could probably do it in Bridge), then I could save lots of Ink!!
One last point, I am trying to cut down on my freebie downloading and kit buying - both for time sake and for organising sake .... it's not easy ! :>

Now about the layouts. This first one was very difficult to do. How do I give the right feeling to a layout of Ground Zero?? Dh gave me the idea of turning the photos black and white leaving a hint of color. What do you think?

But mostly doing this layout brought much thoughts. Here's the journaling for my layout:
We will never forget turning on CNN that night, and thinking is this a movie, hearing the unbelievable news, then watching as the second plane hit the towers, live. The boys were babies then, but we were determined that all of us visit Ground Zero.. When we got there, I remember thinking the place is so huge. It seemed so unreal that this is where it all happened, and now everything is going on around it, except for that gaping space. We read all the words at the temporary memorial, then proceeded to St Paul’s Chapel Church. How movingly and simply the human spirit is captured here. The victim’s photos, their family’s words, the badges of helpers, teddy bears donated, pews with marks that they slept on, paper cranes from japanese people,, including survivors of Hiroshima, and posters, caps, from all people over the world to say how they feel.. We savored every bit to keep in our hearts, the boys spent more time at the information booths. So glad we made it.
Credits: Background papers by Matahati Designs’ It’s a Charmed Life, (so sorry, I can’t recall which kit I got the overlay from !), word tags from Kasharonk’s Grunge City, swirls by Nkubo, metal charm and brads by Lisa Sisneros, flowers from Mary’s Scrapgalerie, vintage heart by Gina Cabrera, flower by Lisa Hankins.

This second layout is of random photos of us wondering in NYC. We were just soaking it in. Many times when we were there dh said to us, 'soak it in!' or 'suck it all in!' and Ryan would take a literal deep breath of the air and everything, so we won't forget....
Credits: background paper by Sarah Belle, orange heart and ring ribbon by Mira Designs, black alpha by Gina Marie, hanging tag by GG Digital Designs, floral swirl by Melanie Johnson

As usual, the templates for these layouts are available in the store here Thanks for looking!

Now I don't know why all these layouts turned out to be on black background! I'm just going through a phase I guess, lol. This one is self explanatory.
Credits: glittery letters by Emily Merritt Designs, squares overlay by Robyn England, background paper by Laren Reid, word art by Jackie Eckles

This template will be available in the store soon

52 comments:

  1. I love the black backgrounds you have used, especially the NYC with touches of orange. I'll be back to see which kit you used on that one! Thanks for another great template! I haven't gotten much done this summer, but when school starts...I will too. And your templates are going to be the first to get used! So thank you!!!

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  2. Thanks for another great template. I love the photos you've done and the all black and white color scheme really works.

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  3. Thank you so much for the awesome template! I love how your layouts and templates incorporate so many photos!

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  4. Love the layouts. And thank you so much for the template! I love your work. Ground Zero is pretty powerful. We were there recently too.
    Thanks again for your inspiration! :)

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  5. Your NYC pages are all wonderful. I like how you did the Ground Zero photos in black and white with a touch of color.

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  6. Oh Yin!!! You've saved me! I have so many photos of my twins that I didn't think I'd ever get an album for Christmas. You're template are awesome!!! Thank you sooooo much!

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  7. Your Ground Zero LO is amazing! I love the muted colors..truly touching. Thanks for your templates too! Love them! :)

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  8. I love your templates and use them all the time, I am greatly in your debt. Your layouts arewonderful and love learning about your impressions of some of my favorite places as you write about your trips. I think your recent layouts of New York are very powerful. Thanks for sharing your skills as well as insights.

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  9. AnonymousJuly 28, 2008

    Thank you so much for sharing your work, appreciate it.

    Michelle

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  10. AnonymousJuly 28, 2008

    Great layouts, Yin.

    Thank you for the template!
    Margie

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  11. NYC is beyond awesome and so touching. The black background and just a touch of color on some that you did makes it even more powerful. Thank you for the great template.

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  12. Terrific templates! I love your layouts; so fresh and appealing.

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  13. Those are some great layouts!

    Thanks for sharing the template.

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  14. I am so glad that your templates are about the pictures, with plenty of space for journaling. I was so intimidated by all of the beautiful layouts that I saw with one photo and tons of embellishments. I liked the look of them, but I didn't know how to do that style and I always had too many photos to do a one photo layout. Your templates make it easy to scrap an entire day or event and get the whole story. Thanks for sharing your unique style.
    -Bonnie in Texas

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  15. Laura from MI, USAJuly 28, 2008

    Thanks for sharing on your organising... I do the SAME exact thing... it works! But it IS work... it's been months and months for me. I've gto to get caught up. I love to look through and find the elements to use.

    Also, thanks for sharing all your great templates

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  16. Beautiful LOs! I love the design of the Out & About in NYC layout, and the tone of the Ground Zero layout.

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  17. I am so glad to have a template with 5 phtotospots. it will fit perfectly with my little family. It's so cute! THank you!

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  18. I adore your templates! And all those great layouts you have created are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing so kindly with all of us :)

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  19. you couldn't have done a better job on the ground zero layout. How incredible!

    well, I had ALL your templates and then you had to go and get busy! LOL

    I downloaded 51 and will get 49 & 50 on payday! :)

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  20. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 29 Jul [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm]).

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  21. Thank you so much for another awesome template. I love the use of black and orange on your layout.

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  22. Yin, you are probably a part of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of our layouts with these great templates. You would be amazed if we all had a chance to show them to you! = ) Thanks for your creative eye. You share it with those of us who need "glasses" sometimes.

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  23. Oh Yin I am from NYC now living in Tampa, Fl for 2 yrs. These layouts make me homesick. I love all the lo of the city. Sometimes we take for granted what we have in our own backyard. We lived not far from the World Trade Center and witnessed first hand the devestation and clean up of Ground Zero. I love how you captured it in the layout. Great job and thanks for you awesome templates.

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  24. Love the layouts you posted - your templates are by far my favorites!!

    I used many of your templates when doing a "year in review" album, with a two-page layout for each month.

    I am going to start working on it again soon, and have your store bookmarked so I can purchase the templates you have offered there!

    If you'd like to see, check out the "Scrapbook Pages" set on my Flickr page... http://www.flickr.com/photos/invincible_summer/

    Thanks for the freebie today!

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  25. What a wonderful new template ! Thank you so much for sharing them :o)

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  26. those layouts are amazing! Love each of them. Thanks so much for the template!

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  27. Thanks so much for the template! I love coming to your blog and checking out your new pages... you inspire me so much!!

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  28. Your templates are fantastic! I love to put multiple photos on my pages and you have given me the gift of TIME. One of my best friends has been living in Singapore for 2 years and will return to the States next month. I've been able to hear all about 'Singapore living' and it sounds WONDERFUL!

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  29. Hi there!

    I have been downloading and buying your templates since you started offering them on-line. I love your style; it very much reflects where I would like to be as a scrapbooker, so I scraplift a lot of your pages.

    I use Elements 5.0 and have been having trouble figuring out the gutter for the two-page layouts when I print my books at Shutterfly. I realize not everyone uses that service, but I just got my 2007 book in (I used a bunch of your templates), and I finally solved my problem.

    I have a tool that I can use to set my own guide presets. I set them at vertical .125 inches, 11.75 inches, 12.25 inches, and 23.825 inches, horizontal .125 inches and 11.825 inches. I don't put important details from photos or words in the 1/2" gutter in the middle or on the outside edges, and it worked perfectly! Even though details were lost, nothing looked distorted like it did when I just "eyeballed" it.

    Just thought I'd let you know. I wasn't sure if I had the trim figured out exactly or not.

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  30. AnonymousJuly 29, 2008

    thank you! your templates are always great for me. - dee

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  31. Thank you for another great template Yin. Your Ground Zero layout is touching and beautifully done!

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  32. Thank you SO much for this template. I think your Ground Zero layout is amazing. Well done on all of them. Thanks again for sharing!

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  33. I love your layouts you have made. Thank you for the new template. I'm excited to use it.

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  34. wow fantastic templates..TFS!!!!!!!

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  35. Oh wow. Your 9/11 layout really makes a statement of magnificent proportions. It draws you and keeps your attention as you read then look. I think using the monotoned pictures was a stroke of genius for such a moving layout.

    I got so tickled reading your "soak it in" layout. How wonderfully cheerful and lively. Black makes such a great backdrop for so many types of layouts.

    Thanks for another awesome template. :)

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  36. Your templates are my favorite; I use them all the time. Thank you so much!!!

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  37. I wanted to give a big Thank You for the tutorial you gave with this template download. I don't know if it's my PSE6 or what, but before I can "group with previous layer" I have to simplify the layer first.

    I would have never figured out how to get the photos and papers to fit all clever if it wouldn't have been for your tutorial! Thanks again for great templates.

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  38. You are long overdue for some of my...♥Link Love♥...! Thank you from the bottom of my heart…and may you have a suuuuuper great day!
    Suzee Q's Stuff

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  39. Thank you for your templates!!!
    I use them very often...you can see in my blog:
    http://mescrapsmavie.canalblog.com/archives/p20-10.html

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  40. Thanks for the template!
    Katrina

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  41. so nice of you to share...your layouts are so wonderful

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  42. Thank you! Your layouts and templates are beautiful.

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  43. Thank you! Your LOs are always so incredible, and so are your photos! I'm really enjoying all the LOs from your US vacation.

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  44. Can I ask you...have you printed any scrapbooks using your double page layouts in a hardbound photo book? If so...who can you recommend? I made my pages in photoshop ...12X12 and 12X24. I just have no idea where to get them printe and bound...good quality reasonable price. I have used a lot of your layouts. I love em'.

    Holly

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