Now that we’ve created the foundation of our mini book, we’re going to work on scrapping all the individual pages. How much of your book you scrap digitally is completely up to you, so let me give you a few tips to help you plan out and create your pages using both digital and physical supplies.
After we print our books, we’ll need to bind them. Whether you use jump rings or ribbons or any other binding material, you’ll need to allow some space for that when you’re scrapping your pages. As you can see in my screenshot, I’ve added guides to my file to mark my binding allowance ½ inch on either side of the fold line. The guides are indicated by the two red vertical lines in my screenshot, but guides can be any color so don’t be alarmed if your guides are blue which is I believe the default.
In Photoshop guides are only visible on the screen and are simply there to help you layout your materials. To insert a guide, all you need to do is select your move tool, click on the ruler on the edge of your document, and drag a new guide into position. You can move it at any time using the move tool, so don’t worry if you accidentally position it incorrectly at first.
Also, you can hide/show your guides at any time in case they’re distracting to you. Simply go to:
View Menu -->Show --> Guides
In addition to using guides, it’s incredibly helpful to use place holders for physical supplies when you’re creating hybrid projects. This allows you to place your digital elements in the correct location instead of estimating where you’ll end up placing them. In addition it gives you the chance to see at least roughly how your assembled project will look.
You can use a variety of things as place holders including other digital supplies or just plain shapes. When using other digital supplies from your stash, you don’t have to worry at all if they’re not the right color or a bit different in design than the real product you’re using.
I often use the shapes that come with Photoshop as place holders and you can also use any of the basic drawing tools to add in whatever shapes you need. It doesn’t matter how exact or pretty they are for this purpose! Just make them basically the same size as the physical element they’ll represent.
When you’re ready to print, you simply hide the place holder layers and you have a perfectly positioned project. Here you can see I’ve added flower and heart place holders into my page:
- Work on scrapping your pages and/or covers.
I will post more info tomorrow but we’ll continue this task so please don’t feel like you have to rush to finish all of them in one day. Happy scrapping!
ETA: Section on page order
I completely understand why the order would be confusing and I apologize for not explaining it in today's lesson! It's one of things I took for granted from making mini books for so long. Let me explain...
Due to the folding along the middle the pages seem to end up flipped from what your mind might assume. And actually it doesn't matter at all which side of the paper you choose to bind so long as you decide before hand (the folded edge or the cut edge). The template is completely symmetrical so it's entirely your preference. I tend to ink all my edges so it doesn't matter visually, but I use the folded edge to bind simply because it's a bit stronger.
Binding along the fold in the middle is what causes the visual "flip flop" of the page. The mini book will layout like this:
As far as the pages go, when you lay them out just decide which side you will bind on therefore which side will be the back after folding. Since I planned my binding margin along the fold, the left side of my page will the back after folding (it might help you to visualize it to actually fold one piece of paper or print out a draft of one page and fold it).
I hope this answers your questions!!!
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