Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
How are your pages coming along??? I am now caught up and enjoying getting into the spirit of the season with a whole bunch of fun activities. My favourite photos so far have been of the kids making gingerfriends - they had so much fun and really did a fantastic job on the cookies - too good really - they are just too tempting!!!!! How are your December Dailies coming along????
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I wanted to give you a few photo tips and some links for more "professional" advice for improving your holiday photos! Many of these will be familiar to you, as I know scrappers are often some of the best photographers around!!!
TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS:
Really. LOTS! And that doesn't mean 5. More like 50. If you have digital camera take as many as you can and delete the ones that you don't like - or better yet, print off collage of your worst, funniest, whatever holiday photos first - put it in your book, and then delete them! The more photos you take, the better your chances of getting a great one!!!
TURN YOUR CAMERA:
Make sure you get both horizontal and vertical shots! This seems obvious but sometime s we forget this and it makes your scrapping a ton easier if you have a variety of horizontal and vertical photos.
Take photos when people aren't looking - doing the everyday things that make life what it is. This album is all about the everyday, so catch people doing what they do!
Close ups of things like a plate of cookies or your special ornament can be wonderful additions to your album. Check out the links below for tips on lighting and framing inanimate objects.
I love close ups, and sometimes forget that the big picture is equally important. Don't just take close ups - sometimes the larger picture has a lot to say - for example your living room on Christmas morning!!
TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES:
Oh, did I say this already - then it must be important!!!
GIVE THE CAMERA AWAY:
Pass around the camera so others have an opportunity to share their point of view. This also means that YOU will be in some of the pictures!!! This is a good thing - you are part of the story, too and need to be included - I mean it - and I am the person who hates having my photo taken more than anybody!!!
RANDOM PHOTOS ROCK:
Take photos of random stuff like signs, funny perspectives, coffee cups. . . they really do add to your album and make it interesting. They also can tell the day's story from a fresh perspective. My kids always laugh at me about this, but it sure brings back memories when they see them in our albums!
CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES FROM THE PROS:
The links below all have really great tips for improving your holiday photography - be sure to check them out!!!
MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL:
Don't stress about getting the "perfect" shot! While we all know that getting a great shot is cool and makes for fabulous pages, don't let getting the shot take over the moment - remember we are about creating memories and enjoying the moments - not just documenting them!
Fa-la-la-la-la! May your pictures be jolly and your holidays filled with joy.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here are a link to the Kaisercraft site - which has some great number downloads that match their Christmas Paper lines! Check it out HERE!
And here is a free pdf download for you of numbers in different fonts - you can punch these out and adhere to chipboard or cardstock tags - all ready for your pages!
HERE it is!! It looks better after download, as it uses a bunch of different fonts! Give any of these a try!
Tomorrow I will have some tips for supplies and construction!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It continues to be rainy and miserable here in Victoria - the good news being that I have no choice but to scrap in this weather (well, I could clean, but you know how I feel about THAT!!!).
It seems that there is a never ending source of photos that need to be scrapped! I finally put 40( yes 40!!) layouts into an album . The pile has been steadily growing since September!! I found a great little site that has lots of great tutorials and actions (ALL FREE) for Photoshop, so I have been workin on that, too! I really want to make use of the program for improving the quality of my photos. There is a blinkie link in the right sidebar - it is here for you as well - lots of fun stuff to try out, whether you are a beginner or more advanced user!!!
Now for some fun news - I am very excited that I get to take Hannah and her friend Madi too see New Moon on Friday afternoon!! yes, we are skipping school - we did for Twilight, too!!! Gotta make it an event!!!! Hannah is now officially a Team Jacob girl, but I am still hanging with the vampires!!! If only I was 5 years ( OK 15????) younger, sigh. I actually am more of a Team Carlyle woman!!! LOL!!!! Check it out here:
Happy Day everyone!!!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
On a positive note, I was able to do a bit of scrapping while everyone was sleeping, and I managed to get a good start on my Christmas cards, as well as getting the planning done for my December Dailies Project over at weScrap!
What is the December Dailies Project, you ask??? Well, it is a terrific mini album project based on Ali Edwards' Daily December Album. Some of you will remember I did an album like this last year, and it really has become my favourite mini album ever!!! Basically, you create a page a day in December, documenting the big and small things about your life in this festive month!
If you want to join in, please check out the details at weScrap here, it will give you an idea of the project, which will officially start on November 23rd! I will be posting links to weScrap, photos ,and updates here as well, and I hope you will join in. It is a terrific opportunity to scrap a snapshot of your life this December!!!
Watch here for more details!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
We had fun last night at our church Halloween bash and I will post some pics from that and our other Halloween happenings tomorrow. For today, I have a special spooky story for everyone - written by my very talented 13 yr old daughter, Hannah! She has a great talent for writing, and apparently being 13 leads her down a rather dark train of thought!!! This a great story - and I would say that even if she wasn't my daughter!! You can click on the link to download and enjoy!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Enjoy the tutorial and I would love to see what you come up with! Make your own crisscross card and link your creation back here and I will pick a random winner on Friday October 30th!
Can't wait to see your cards!!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This layout of Josh uses one of my favourite quotes ( on the photo), and one of my fave photos of Josh! Paper is from Sassafrass Lass and CosmoCricket. The letters are from Scenic Route.
This is my favourite layout of the weekend. My friend Donna came to visit us in September and brought this and a few other photos of Hannah's first few days. Donna is a special friend who was present at the birth of all of our kids as my a support for both Mark and I. Thanks Donna!
Thanks weScrap! I had a great time! And hey everyone - check my blog tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make a crisscross card!!!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and weScrap is hosting a great crop this weekend with lots of challenges, games, prizes, and a grand prize giveaway - a brand new PINK SLICE!!!
The above layout is a little public service reminder to get yourself checked and to check yourself!!! It is also one of the challenges going on this weekend!!! Check out the link here:
THINK PINK CROP FORUM for all the details and lots of great inspiration!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here is a sneak peek from a challenge I am doing - it is gonna be a ton of fun!!!
And while you are over at weScrap, check out the new Limited Edition Halloween Kit - only $9.99 for a great bunch of Halloween treats for scrappy girls and ghouls!!!!
Hope you will join us at the crop!!!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
With friends Deanna and Steve visiting from Calgary, we went down to the Harbour - fall is definitely here - the cool weather has finally turned the leaves into those vibrant red and golds that I love! Emily collected leaves, Josh was on the hunt for the eagle statues that are all around the downtown, and I was simply enjoying the sunny weather and time with friends! Some of the things we spotted. . .