Welcome back to Part 2 of our How To Get Started With Digital Project Life! If you missed the first part, you can find it here. So last time, we talked about your “supply list”. Now, you’ve picked up your software (I’m using Photoshop Elements 11), a Template (I’m using Template A for this series), and a Core Kit (I’m using Honey Edition). Today we are going to focus on the Core Kit, the different parts, and how we typically use them.
The Anatomy Of A Core Kit
Let me explain a bit about each part of the Core Kit:
- Title Cards: These are 4″x6″ cards that are typically used to “title” each layout or page. There are multiple designs (both portrait and landscape orientation) and each card typically has a little section for text.
- Filler Cards: These cards are 3″x4″ and (primarily) have designs and text without a defined area for your own text. These cards are used to “fill” card spots that you don’t want to use for photos or your own text. There are a LOT of different designs in each Core Kit!
- Journal Cards: These cards are also 3″x4″ and are typically used as a background for your text. They tend to have a large area with either a grid or line pattern. These are great to use in place of just a white area as the little designs keep the page feeling cohesive without overwhelming text.
- Bi-Fold Cards: The title of these cards isn’t as self-explanatory in digital format. Here, they basically function as 4″x6″ Journal Cards. In paper kits, these 4″x6″ cards are pre-scored with a fold line down the middle. The cards can be folded and slipped into a 3″x4″ card pocket or used open as a 4″x6″ Journal Card.
- First Page Cards: This set of eight cards are typically used as the first page of an album. There is a “placement guide” that shows you a SUGGESTION of where on the page to place each card. There’s no right/wrong way to create your album title page!
- Last Page Cards: This is basically the same as the First Page Cards but for the very last page of your album. Again, these are only suggestions.
- Paper: This is completely optional. You don’t have to use these papers for a background behind your cards. I like having these on hand to make my own filler cards and elements.
So, now that you know what each part of a Core Kit is for, you can go grab one (if you haven’t already) and start looking through it to find which cards you might want to use for your first page! Next week we will be talking about the Templates and where each part of the Core Kit is “normally
used. I’m off to work on some more pages, if you have any questions let me know! Have a great day and as always…