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Digi-Scrap for Free: Part 4 - Creating Your First Page

In this tutorial we will actually get out our scissors and glue (figuratively speaking of course) and build an entire scrapbook page in Gimp.
Be sure you've read, or at least scanned, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series before proceeding.
Also be sure you have downloaded, unzipped, and installed Software 1. Gimp 2. Picasa Supplies 1. The "Just Jake" Paper and Elements from DreamsFulfilled 2. One landscape / horizontally oriented photo to scrap
A word of warning: Gimp is not for the faint of heart. If you do not have any experience with a product like Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, or Photo Elements, I strongly suggest you take some time to play around with the program. I also recommend taking a cruise through the tutorials at, especially the "GimpLite Quickies" to help acquaint yourself with the basic tools. I will do my best to be clear here, but I won't be going into Tons of detail on basic tasks.
What we'll be doing 1. S…

Digi-Scrap for Free: Part 3 - Organizing your Supplies

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
In Part 2, I covered my workflow for importing photos from your camera and doing two review & edit passes in Picasa.

In this, rather shorter, entry I will cover how I use Picasa to (sort of) organize my Digi-Scrap supplies.

Overview 1. Unzip files to a central folder under "My Pictures" Inside Picasa 2. Force all Scrap supplies to appear together by changing folder dates 3. Add keywords in the folder description for easier searching 4. Use Picasa's search filters to locate files you want, then open then in Gimp

Disclaimer: my methods are kludgy at best. (Kludgy is geek-speak for "inelegant," "inefficient," or just "messy"). Picasa is not really designed to handle these sorts of pictures, so I have to force the square peg into a round hole as it were.
I haven't found a better solution, let alone one that is free and easy, so I live with Picasa and continue to find it "good enough."

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How To Digi-Scrap for Free (or very nearly): Part 2 - Establishing a Digital Workflow

Establishing a Digital Workflow In Part 1 of this mini-series, I covered which free software you'd need to get started with digital scrapbooking, and mentioned several of my favorite sites for good quality free digi-scrap supplies and affordable printing. In this entry, I will cover my digital workflow for working with photos - that is, how I get my pictures from my camera onto my computer and do first pass editing. My next post will cover my workflow for digital scrapbooking assets (paper, embellishments, etc), and finally I'll walk through creating a simple scrapbook page in Gimp.
We'll cover the following 1. Copying (Importing) photos from your camera onto your PC 2. Filing photos under date based folders for easy recall 3. Performing a first pass in Picasa to "star" good photos and delete un-salvageable ones 4. Performing a second pass in Picasa to fix color, exposure, and red eye on best photos 5. Save edited photos
For this tutorial you will need Picasa install…