Before I started... I browsed the "Fangs for the Memories" kit to get an idea of what my favorite papers and elements were. I chose 4 papers to work with as my base (I numbered them for easy reference during our lesson as we move on). One VERY FUN thing about digital scrapping is you can layer and layer all day long... but in the end when it's printed, it's only one page thick!
So... to bring my first paper (#1) out to the desktop, I am going to click on the little red daisy icon on the main menu bar (if you mouse over it, it says "Add an Embellishment").
When you click on it, a gallery window will pop open (and if you saved your kit inside the right folder... instructions in Lesson 1) you can scroll through the folders/files on the right to find "Fangs for the Memories". Click on the folder and the larger view window will populate itself with the contents of the folder you selected. I scrolled through and found the orange striped paper, clicked on it, then clicked OK.
An "Embellishment Properties" box will pop up and give you a few options. I typically would check the "shadow" box.. but since this is going to be our base paper, leave it blank and click OK. Don't worry about the other options for now... we're taking baby steps today! :)
The graphic will automatically fill your full space, which is okay with us because we want this to be our main background paper.
Now... go back into the gallery (by clicking on the red daisy again)... find and select Paper #2 (black with white dots). When it is "dropped" into your desktop, it too will be full size. We need to shrink or reduce it so the orange shows from behind... so all you need to do is click on the graphic and at a corner point, click with your cursor and "push" it inward. This will make it shrink. Follow this same process for Paper #3 (green with white dots).
Be sure to click on the "shadowing" box when you bring in these papers... it'll add dimension to your layout so it doesn't look flat. You can see how I shrunk both the green and black papers, then moved them with my cursor and positioned them where I wanted them. Now if you want to rearrange the "layer" position of any element... like put the green paper behind the black one instead... you can use the icons on the main menu that look like blue rectangles with arrows. Mouse over each one and you'll see it's function like, "Bring to Front" or "Send Backward".
Next, bring in Paper #4 (black/grey diamond pattern)... shrink it by pushing it "in" with the cursor. Then, tilt it slightly by "grabbing" on of the corner points and sliding your mouse sideways in the direction you want to go.
You can see that I brought in a ribbon next to start building my page. The ribbon itself was too big for what I wanted to do... so I reduced it's size by, again, clicking on it and pushing it inward with my cursor. Once it sized how I liked it, I copied it (right click and select copy) and pasted it (CNTRL V to paste). I then moved the second one to the lower half of the layout. Can you tell there are two there? Don't worry, we'll cover that seam up with our next step.
By repeating the same motion (clicking on that cute red daisy in the tool menu on the top) I can start going back and forth between my gallery of embellishments and my desktop. This time, I brought in a frame, then duplicated it with the copy/paste function we talked about above. Originally I had all 3 frames the same size, but thought the middle one looked nice a tad bit larger. To make it larger, I clicked on it and "pulled" one of the corner points outward until I reached the size I liked. EASY! :)
Now for the fun stuff... I call all the little details "bling"! I brought in, sized and situated 2 bats, a which hat, the "spook" quote and brought in each number for the year separately... sizing and moving around as I went. The numbers were a bit trickier. The designer saved them as a full page file, so when you select the number page graphic... and the "Embellishment Properties" box pops up... you'll need to "crop" out the number you want. The crop function will automatically maintain it's portion as you select your crop area... if you DON'T want or need to maintain side portions, UNCHECK the "Keep Aspect" box. Play with it for a minute and you'll see what I mean.
For my last steps... I added a "Caption" at the top by clicking on the large "T" icon on the top menu bar. I used a font called "Badonk-A-Donk" and selected orange as my color before entering "Halloween" into the text box and clicking "OK". I like the caption function because I can manipulate the box by stretching it, squeezing it, pulling it out to make it larger and pushing it in to make it smaller. Play around with it to fin how you like it. Then, I clicked on the icon that looks like a spiral notebook... this is the "journaling" icon. I used Pea Smashtastic and selected white for my color. Once you are in there, you'll see the text box to type your entry. Click OK and play around with the location and size of the box once it's on your layout. Journaling text cannot be manipulated like the Captions can. To change the size fo your font, you'll have to double click on the text box you created and go back into the "pop-out box" to change your font size settings.
For the purposes of this tutorial, I put a white paper scrap behind my frames... yours probably shows through to the black diamond paper and ribbon. If you have pictures you'd like to pop in there, just select the icon at the top that looks like a photo. Once you bring in a photo, you may want to crop it... and will want to use the "Send Backward" icons to layer it behind the frames.
Be sure to save your work by clicking the traditional "disc" icon on the top menu. And finally... if you want to save this file it into a single JPEG (which is what you would need to do in order to upload the finished product to a gallery or to a print house)... follow the instructions below:
1. Click "File"
2. Select "Publish To"
3. Select "Images"
4. Select the location you'd like your image saved to
5. Click OK!
YOU MADE IT!
YOU JUST CREATED YOUR FIRST DIGITAL LAYOUT!
OK.. be honest. Was that WAY EASIER than you thought it would be? I bet so!
Now that you have a feel for creating a simple scrapbook layout; here's a few other projects I've created with Scrapbook MAX as well... the sky is the limit!