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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.


  1. Allison, this may seem like the oddest question, but when you create your paper layouts, like the top image, how do you make the papers and elements curl and jump off the page? For example, do you just curl one end of the "smile" tag? or a lot of pop dots? I think that is the coolest thing and want to try more of that on my paper layouts. I've also been playing around with warping my shadows in ps to see if I can also recreate the look digitally.

  2. Not an odd question! Actually it's kind of a combination of things, I only use adhesive on part of the paper so for the smile tag I only glued down the right side, the natural wave of the tag kind of sticks up. I'll fold or bend paper if I want more of a bent look or to have more movement on a page. I rarely stick everything down all the way. Another thing that comes into play is the lighting when taking the picture – it wouldn't look the same if I had scanned it because everything would have been squished down. I almost always use window light coming in from 90 degrees, so for this one there is a window directly to the right of me as I'm standing over this page taking the photo, there isn't any light coming in from the other direction does that make sense?

  3. Love these pages. Makes me wanna go back to the real deal. There is something special about touching actual paper.