Making December Daily® Digital Foundation Pages | Special Guest Shannan Manton

We're excited to welcome Shannan back for the third post in her series on working with digitals for December Daily®! This week she's sharing her plans and video tutorials for setting up digital foundation pages. . Let's dive right in!

I haven’t really done foundation pages before. To be honest, there have been a few years where I haven’t even decided on a size or ordered an album until 1 December.

I’m a pretty fast digital scrapbooker with a simple style so I never needed lots of time.  I also liked to wait and see what photos and stories I had for the day before I made any design decisions or put my pages together.

This year though, I’m doing away with any kind of structure or 25-stories format so I feel more free to make some things ahead and have some pages prepared. I’m also trying some other textures in my book like vellum and transparencies and I know that printing can be a struggle so any of that stuff I can do ahead will be helpful.

A lot of my prep has involved looking through the digital collections, resizing cards and papers to 4x5 and adding in some photo mats. 

I’m also making some completed pages about general things I love in December (mainly because I am so excited to start and have been so motivated by this year’s kits). It’s good to hold a few finished pages and see if the reality of this project matches my vision.

Now is also the time for me to set up my computer work flow. I have all of my 2021 December Daily kits in Lightroom within their individual folders. This way I can look in individual kits or in the main folder and see everything all together.

I have also set up a December Daily 2021 folder on my computer where I can save all of the pages I make as well as resized cards and page templates ready to go. I have subfolders for Journal Cards, Patterns and Printed (just to get them out of the way).
I’ve got a process video today (split into two parts because I talk a lot) if you want to come along while I set myself up, talk through my plans, make some digital foundation pages and share some digital basics in Photoshop Elements. 

Happy to answer any questions here or over on instagram.

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13 thoughts

  1. jennyf1 says…
    10/26/2021

    So good! and yes clearly remember that Brady Bunch episode!

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      10/27/2021

      Thank you! Such a strong childhood memory :)

  2. aussiehostie says…
    10/26/2021

    Thank you so much for sharing Shannon, that was great, so many good ideas. I’m looking forward to more ideas from you 👏👏👏

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      10/27/2021

      Thanks so much!

  3. hgauvin says…
    10/26/2021

    Awesome videos Shannan! I definitely learned several things from them so thanks for that! Looking forward to seeing more from you. Happy December!

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      10/27/2021

      Thanks so much!

  4. Beejay22 says…
    10/27/2021

    Shannan I really like the December Details cards. Were those offered as a digital set? Thanks.

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      10/27/2021

      It's great isn't it! It's from the digital In A Creative Bubble Journal Card Set https://aliedwards.com/shop/december-daily-2021-digital-in-a-creative-bubble-journal-card-set

  5. dpowersfabian says…
    10/28/2021

    Those were really great videos...showing really how simple it can be when you need it to be minimalist based on what's going on in your life. Question: What kind of matte paper are you using and where do you get that chipboard?

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      11/07/2021

      Thanks so much. I am jus using a store-brand matt photo paper from Office Works here in Australia - its quite sturdy at 180 GSM. The kraft paper I'm thinking of using for my cover was an old pack I had.

  6. sharylgolson says…
    11/05/2021

    Hi Shannan, I love all the videos you made regarding digital scrapbooking. Your style is so clean and fun. I binged watched for over an hour and learned so much. Thank you for your time and efforts!

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    1. shannan_mm says…
      11/07/2021

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate that :)

  7. scrapbookinglife says…
    11/30/2021

    I get so inspired with everything you do! Love your style and how you can put together.

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