Archive | July, 2009

Got Scrapbooking “Guilt?”

27 Jul
A page from my latest vacation album

A page from my latest vacation album

Sometimes it seems overwhelming, everything that needs doing. For many people this includes saving their photos and stories in albums.  It’s an important and meaningful tradition, but they worry that they have too many photos and not enough time. As a consequence, they have trouble starting an album, and even more trouble finishing it. Then they feel undeserved guilt about not saving their photos. What a vicious circle!

The way I think about Continue reading


To Bleed or Not to Bleed

6 Jul

SBC+ users: have you ever noticed that in StoryBook Creator Plus, when you go to Save pages as… there is a “Use full bleed” checkbox? Have you ever wondered why you might want to have that checked or unchecked when you’re saving your pages as jpeg files? I have been using SBC+ since it was introduced 2 years ago, and I have consistently left that box unchecked every time I make jpegs of my pages—until last week, when I finally had a reason to check it! (If you’re unfamiliar with the term “full bleed,” please read my Full Bleed post.) Continue reading

Tossing Photos

3 Jul

Some of you may be too young to remember this, but it wasn’t that long ago that we generally purchased prints of every photo on a roll of film, and put every single one into a photo album. We did it because that’s just what everyone did; photos were a huge investment! Then scrapbooking came along, and we were taught that we could throw the bad ones away. (That was really hard at first, by the way.) Continue reading

Full Bleed

3 Jul

Bleed doesn’t sound like a good word, does it? Well, when it comes to making digital photo books, it is! Full bleed is what makes it possible for your photo- or artwork-page background to go all the way to the edge of the printed book page. The paper your page is printed on is larger than your page dimensions, your image “bleeds” past those dimensions, and when your book is manufactured, the page is cut to its correct size—with the image all the way to the edge. Continue reading