I haven’t been writing much, if you noticed. I’ve been busy scrapbooking. It’s been a mad rush to get everything together before I lose steam again, I misplace the things I collected, I forget the materials that I have, or one or the other. So far, I have come up with around 20 layouts already.
I promised myself I’d take the time to write today rather than just keep beginning a blog post in my head, only to lose it because I never grabbed a pen to write my thoughts down.
First thing’s first.. “quiet lurkers” who pay my little corner of the web a visit regularly coming out to say hello always make my day, and this morning, I got this comment from Joy who stopped by to say:
been a passive reader and fan of your blog for quite sometime now. tnx for sharing your experiences.
just wondering about your scrapbook project, because i am now starting my own as well because of you. do you print them all or do you have the photoshop do it for you?
To which the Pinay New Yorker says: Joy, you gave me two gifts today — you said hello and you are asking me to talk about something I truly enjoy: scrapbooking.
I had done photo prints from the shop for my Mom’s first scrapbook only because I felt she would’ve liked it more that way — and I was still learning how to digitally scrap way back then. For my current projects, I’ve been doing all digital for the photos, only because it’s so much easier to crop and do effects. (Overlays are particularly challenging if you are not doing digital scrapbooking.) Also, I have been doing a long of 12×12 pictures for my current project because the scenery and the details of the picture are more vibrant and alive when printed larger.
I would strongly suggest, though, that you do actual picture prints instead of printing them off unless you have access to a laser printer or a really good bubblejet. I know that in Manila, actual prints are cheaper when done by the shops.
There’s also the challenge of coming up with 12×12 prints if you’re doing them like I do. Another important thing to consider when you’re printing your own photos is the original resolution of the picture. Most low-resolution photos are not enlargeable and do not render well when printed at home.
I hope this helps. You have such a treasure trove of materials back home I actually envy you. I remember during my visit there last summer, my mother-in-law received a bouquet of flowers which was wrapped in a flattened coco husk if I’m not mistaken — or some hard fiber that was dyed a beautiful pink. I preserved that very well and packed it and went home with it. I haven’t used it but intend to do so when I finally work on the Manila scrapbook in earnest. Handmade paper is also bountiful, which I would love to use over and over again in my scrapbooks. Cinnamay flat on a solid background would give such nice texture and appeal to a page.
I was so happy to see that National Bookstore already has its own scrapbook corner which has a good stock of embellishments. And of course you can always make your own. Buttons, ribbons, threads, lace.. you have a ton of them there at much cheaper prices. Do share your layouts!
I hope this helped and don’t ever hesitate to write again.. even if it’s not about scrapbooking. Happy Holidays!