While going through the latest gallery I happened upon Diane´s page . First, I am so doing a page like this! Second, I love the grid those squares make. So today let´s talk about a few creative ways to get griddy with your photos!
I browsed Pinterest and found the photo above. They had used a big cardboard box to take each photo and then added everyone together to form this collage. I think it is a very clever and fun way, isn´t it!
But if you are like me and won´t be buying a TV or something else big enough to come in a huge box, here is another way! The different pocket page protectors that comes with a Project Life style makes it easy to do this. Like what Elise Blaha Cripe did here. Just take portrait photos up against a white background, be a little creative with where you look and then when you insert the photos.
I made a different version. I used an app on my iPhone called Pocketbooth to take photobooth photos.
This makes an instant grid. Here is how I used them on my layout!
I love that we are so goofy together! Oh, and that #love card is by our Francine that is making one journaling card each day of February and share them all as downloads on her blog!
I also wanted to share a great blog post from Paislee Press. They shared how you can take photobooth-like photos with your regular camera, and make it cute!
As January draws to a close, we are diving back into our January gallery, The Times, for one last chance to be wowed, and to be inspired to better our pages through journaling, photography, and design. Please, won't you join us?
Journaling prompts are often the fastest start to a layout. Nothing like a good story to drive a page forward. We thought these six layouts had terrific ideas for journaling.
Do you ever think to yourself, "How did I get here?" As time goes by, we are still our same old selves but yet, the mirror shows someone else. Take a moment to journal about the growing up/old and how it makes you feel.
Current Slang | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey Persimmon A+B side, Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup) + font (Blackout, Veteran Typewriter)
Our language is constantly evolving. Pages like these are fun to look back on, as we tend to forget what was current as time eeks by. Might we suggest you enlist the aid of the teenagers in your homes? They are great at knowing all the hip slang. Though chances are they won't call it "hip slang!"
Top Headlines | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Creativity by Crystal, BasicGrey) + fonts (Engravers MD, Amertype MD)
Lists like this are easier than ever with the help of google. No longer do we need to rely upon our memories! This time of year, though, several news sites have lists compiled from which you can pick and choose headlines that matter to you.
Currently | Lisa Ottosson
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy Haystack A+B side) + stamp (Rukristin.com, Cocoa Daisy)
Some of our teams most favorite layouts are those that document the here and now. These are great pages for teens and selfies alike.
Get out your timer. Set it for two minutes. Now take a moment to think back through your year. Make a list of 20 things you remember from 2013. Once your two minutes are up, get a new paper and start over. Sometimes it is tricky to get started, so the second list is helpful. If you are stumped, spend some time with your 2013 photos and then make a list. Or make a list of 12 things, coordinating with the months of the year. Or gather round the table as a family and make a list together!
Binge Watching | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey) + fonts (Century Gothic, Seaside, Bebas)
Have you changed the way to watch tv or listen to music lately? We have moved from tv to cable to dvr to netflix/hulu. These changes in technology, or how the changes affect you, are important to how we live our lives. Thus making it a terrific starting point for a layout!
The gallery was filled with well shot photos but we felt like the photos on these layouts were additionally inspiring.
When I think of screen shot I think of my computer screen. But Sue smartly took a shot of her tv screen to capture these images. Which gave the added bonus of a consistent black border in all her shots. Such a smart way of getting the images you need to document your favorite shows.
Decades | Jennifer Larson
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Echo Park) + buttons (My Mind's Eye) + die cuts (Heidi Swapp) + thickers (Heidi Swapp) + punch (EK Success) + circle cutter (Coluzzle) + stickers (7Gypsies, My Little Shoebox) + pen (American Crafts) + ink (Jenni Bowlin, Stampin’ Up!) + floss (DMC) + stamp (Studio Calico) + font (Times New Roman)
Pick three decades. Find a representative photo. Then start your layout! Easy as that!
instalunch | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials digital template (Valorie Wibbens Stitched Pockets #6) + digital cards (Gina Miller Insta-Cards 1) + font (Print Clearly)
Food is a huge part of our lives. Either making it, eating it (or avoiding it!). Our phones are the perfect cameras for foodie photos. A design such as this will mask the limited quality and allow the subjects to shine.
Here is another screen shot, not of the computer screen! This one is Francine's phone. Showing her favorite books. For all the reasons we love Pinterest with its visual lists, a shot like this truly is worth a thousand words!
Every Time | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (scraps from my green drawer) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + background stamp (Close to my Heart) + fonts (Sanchez Slab, Foro Rounded)
Siblings love one another so much. And then they grow up. They still love one another. But are afraid to show it. Or say it.
Little kids loe having their photos taken. And then they grow up. They still want to have photos. But are afraid to ask. Or say that they love it.
So growing up sibling photos are a double whammy of fun. So know it might not be well received. But also know, in the end, much appreciated.
This month's gallery provided myriad templates to follow for layouts, but also included so many many ideas for making great pages. Here are a few layouts/ideas we wanted to highlight for you.
Nook Lover | Celeste Smith
Celeste's layout is a study in the use of coordinating papers. Companies work hard to create lines with perfectly proportioned and balanced pattern scale. Then they select colors that work beautifully together. So let them do all the hard work. And then just sit back and enjoy the easiness of putting a layout together using a few or a plenty!
Moments | Stephanie Bryan
12 x 12 | cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, American Crafts) + labels (Studio Calico, Carta Bella, Two Peas in a Bucket) + mists (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (Carta Bella, Webster's Pages) + clothespin (Crate Paper) + other (doily, crepe paper, sewing machine)
Do you see Stephanie's stamp just above her title? See the three colors? What a great way to use a stamp. Paint the inks on with your pen and stamp a multicolored image. So much more fun to look at, no?
Thirty Years| Jina Jean
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon, Gossamer blue, Studio Calico) + metal badges (October Afternoon) + wood die cuts (BasicGrey, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico) + die cut shapes (Studio Calico)+ sticker (Pink Paislee, Dear Lizzy) + tag (Dear Lizzy) + cork (Studio Calico)
Now and then. A fun idea for photo comparisons. Look at the similarities in Jina's photos. What a sweet thing to identify and then discuss. And it allows for a giant ampersand to be a part of the layout! A lovely layout in every way.
See the doily? See how it's pink? A little mist here and a little mist there and you can change an embellishement to be jsut he color you need it to be!
2013 | Kate Christensen
12 x 12 | digital materials paper (Favorite Things by Gennifer Bursett; Iconic by Audacious Designs) + buttons (Abundance by Dawn by Design) + stitching (Bare + Necessities No.2 by creashens; Once Upon an Imagination by Allison Pennington) + tags (Washi Tags by Gennifer Bursett; Simply Said by Gennifer Bursett) + flowers (Let's Go by Scotty Girl Design) + mist (A Wonderful Day by Sahlin Studio) + sequins (Torquay by Kaye Winiecki Designs) + fonts (Rad Alphas by Karla Dudley; Traveling Typewriter)
Tags and washi tape. Two little items that together make an embellishment with a big impact. And allow for your journaling to take a place of prominence on your layout. So it doesn't get lost when it matters!
Cool titles are cool. Let's follow Amy's example and find a word in some patterned paper. Or use varying shades to create an ombre title. (If you don't have varied letters, you could create some with mist...)
That's it! We hope you enjoyed our gallery this month and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday for our brand new one!
I thought that with the crazy weather the US has been having I thought I´d share a fun photography trick for frozen days! It is actually a friend of mine, Susanna, that shared it on her blog a while ago! Here is what she said:
So what does happen to a bubble at -20C ?
First you have to carefully catch one... they are really fragile this cold.. Mind you they are really pretty when they burst while you are catching one. They pop into a rain of iridescent shards of ice.
Then you'll notice it forming steam inside and out.
All of a sudden the freezing starts crystallizing it.
Then of course once it's frozen you have to stick it with your finger..
..so it'll "pop" ;)
Cool, isn't it?
Yes! Very cool I say! Now I am hoping for some really cold weather over here so I can try this out! Thank you Susanna for sharing!
Christa here to tis the season with lots of merriment, food, giving and of course photo opportunities. Whether you are doing December Daily or not (I happen to not be doing it this year), if you're like me then you still end up with many, many photos on your camera and hopefully in your pages as well. That last part is a little harder for me recently, but I still like to complete at least one page for each year of our holiday. Just don't tell anybody that last year's isn't done either-shhh!
Tis the season also for early sunsets and bad and/or low lighting on Christmas morning. It's inevitable really that you will have less than ideal light, but it's the memories that count not the quality of the photo. However, I'm going to give some quick tips and tricks to help ease the troubles come 6 am on Wednesday morning!
If you have the ability to use an external flash I HIGHLY recommend it. I have an inexpensive one similar to this one. Yes, going up in price will grant better results, but for my purposes this one seems to work just fine when I do need an external flash.
I normally bounce mine towards the ceiling to get good all over light on my daughters for our morning present opening.
Again, not a fantastic photo, but I'm pretty sure my daughter doesn't care about the lighting, but will want to look back on the ghoulish Monster High dolls she received when she was 7 years old!
Setting White Balance
Unless you live somewhere that the light comes into your home at the wee hours of the morning and stays there until late in the evening, you will at some point turn on overhead lights or lamps during the holiday season. Even some point and shoot cameras allow you to have control over your white balance setting.
For example on this camera you would switch that very left dial to "WB" and choose your custom white balance from there. I would advise consulting your manual to figure out if you have that capability and if so, how you change your white balance.
This is an EXCELLENT cheat sheet to know which setting will be right for you if you are changing your white balance. During the winter and especially during the holidays my white balance stays at "flourescent" much of the time because I am indoors taking photos under flourescent light bulbs and overhead lights. If you are more skilled and have a grey card at the ready you can also set a custom white balance for your lighting situation.
I would also highly recommend setting up a tripod if you have one, or maneuvering a coffee table or side table to set your camera on for timer photos or just to steady your grip to reduce blur and shake when taking photos. Because of low light your camera will compensate and use a lower shutter speed, increasing the chances of blurry photos if you are hand holding your camera. This is also a great way to be in on the action as well instead of stuck behind the camera away from family and friends.
I set up my tripod several years ago to capture this photo of my husband and daughter enjoying Christmas morning:
And for the Christmas Eve writing of the letter last year too!
Embrace the Grain
And finally, embrace those grainy photos this time of year. I actually love that about these photos because there is just no getting around it and it adds some character I think to them!
Happy Saturday! Lisa here with you to share a few photo tips. I thought that since the Holidays are upon us I would share a short list of things to catch a shot of. There are a hundred things that we always see in these Holiday photo lists, but I think I might have thought about a few rare ones. Here we go;
8 photos to take this Holiday season!
1. This might be to late for some of you (you could just fake it!), but consider taking a photo of the decorations still in their boxes. Take a photo before you put them up and then again when you pack them away. Scrapbooking tip! What are your feelings while you are about to decorate/when the Holidays are over.This could be a two page layout!
2. Holiday cards ready to mail. Scrapbooking tip! If you do send cards, journal about why you do it and perhaps to whom.
3. Take a photo of your Holiday to-do list. Or perhaps a shot of your, if it is anything like mine, very full calendar! Scrapbooking tip! Do a scrapbooking page about your feelings about what is on your list. Has this changed or are the items the same year after year?
4. Winter/Holiday gear. Do you wear something special during the Holiday season that you don´t usually wear? For me the Holiday season usually mean that we have cold weather, so I wear hats, mittens, fleece and warm socks. But it would be so cute if you take a photo of a stack of sweaters or mittens!
5. Consider taking a before and after shot. I took a photo before we decorated around our dinner table and then a shot after it was all decorated. Scrapbooking tip! This shot is from my December minialbum, I think this is fun to record!
6. This one can feel a bit creepy, but go outside at night and take a photo through the window. I like how the lights in my livingroom pops against the darkness of night.
7. Take a photo of a stack of your favorite Holiday magazines.
8. Snap a shot of a word that has meaning for you. You can zoom in on a work in a book or take a photo of a sign you see in the store or you can do as I did; set up a little place for your word to give it a little more umph. Scrapbooking tip! Obviously make a page about your favorite Holiday words. Perhaps make a mosaic of words you find?!
I had fun thinking up these phototips! And I hope that you will have fun taking photos during your Holidays!
Hi Everyone! Christine here to show you some DIY fun with holiday bokeh photos!
The holidays are here! What a perfect time of the year to do some fun photography with tree lights! Today I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to make some DIY templates to take some fun shaped bokeh photos!
I followed this tutorial at kevinandamanda.com. Why re-invent the wheel, right? Amanda gives step by step instructions on how to construct the paper hood that goes over your lens. All you need are: black cardstock or construction paper, scissors, tape, repositional or temporary adhesive, and some small shaped paper punches.
I made this paper hood that goes over my 50mm F/1.8 lens. Yes, the tape is ugly but it works just fine! Then I cut out pieces of cardstock that are bigger than the “window” on the hood. I punched shapes in the middle of the cardstock pieces.
The hood fits right over my lens like this.
Then I applied temporary/repositional adhesive to one side of the punched paper pieces so I can adhere each piece onto my paper lens hood and use them.
Put the manual focus on something very close to the camera, as close as you can get without the object being blurry. The background will blur. The bokeh here is round. This is what it looks like without the paper hood on the lens.
I used the star punchout on the paper hood.
Camera settings: 50mm F1.8 lens on manual focus and manual mode f/1.8 1/15 sec shutter speed ISO 1600
Heart punchout on the paper hood. I held two candy canes in front of the tree, and focused the camera on them.
50mm F1.8 lens on manual focus and manual mode F/1.8 1/15th sec ISO 800
Swirl punchout on the paper hood.
50mm F1.8 lens on manual focus and manual mode F/1.8 1/15 sec ISO 1600
And Christmas tree punchout on the paper hood.
50mm F1.8 lens on manual focus and manual mode F/1.8 1/15 sec ISO 1600
Isn't that cool? Of course it would look super-awesome with some different colored lights on the tree too. And if you have willing subjects such as children or pets, you can put the focus on them and have the bokeh in the background. I made the paper lens hood and punched pieces in about 10 minutes, so it’s super-easy to do! These photos will make fun pages in your December album, Project Life, or any scrapbook page about the holidays! :)
Hi and welcome back to "Documenting Your December" at write. click. scrapbook! Monday was all about organizing your Christmas stash and yesterday was all about planning ahead. Today I am going to talk a little bit about photographing your December. A December Daily is a wonderful treasure to create, but the glue that holds the whole album together is the photos you capture throughout the month!
Taking a photo a day for a month is relatively easy, but to get a nice complete album that encompasses the entire holiday it is good idea to set some time aside to plan a few activities/photo ideas before December rolls around. You definitely don't need to plan each and every day of the month but it is nice to have a game plan in place to get you motivated to see the project through til the end!
Here are a few of my personal favorite moments to document throughout the month.
Document the traditions you share with your family. Be it a silly little elf that visits, cookies you make together, or games that you play. Take the time to document those traditions that make this the most wonderful time of the year.
Something as simple as documenting the weather, adds to the overall feel of your album. We always dream of a white Christmas here, and when it happens it is something that gets photographed and goes in the album!
Christmas morning is the most wonderful time to take photos! The joy and excitement is easy to capture and makes for a fun photo collage for an album.
Of course, a December Daily is never complete without the yearly photo(s) with Santa.
There are so many magical moments we hope to capture when undertaking a project of this magnitude. My number 1 tip is to start off with a game plan, and always keep your camera nearby & on hand at all times. Capture what is happening and get it documented, the time you take to do that will make the album so much easier to put together :)
It's Laura O'Donnell here today doing the Click. post and I am going to give a short step out of my process of photographing layouts and editing for web display. This is a topic that is discussed fairly regularly on message boards so I thought a few tips might be helpful to W.C.S. readers. The scrapbooking community is a very social one and it's fun to share layouts in online galleries and of course we want our pages looking their sharp, bright, beautiful best.
Here is my setup:
Photographing the Layout
Find a spot with good natural light. Set the layout down on a white poster board. Stand with the camera directly over the page. Try to get the sides of the layout as even as possible with the sides of the inside of the viewfinder so that you can get a close edge to edge crop. Flash is off. Hold still and take the picture. The camera I am currently using is a Nikon D5100 with a 35mm f1.8 lens. I spent a few months last summer with no camera and was able to get good layout pictures with my iPhone. I don't think the camera matters as much as good light, holding still, and a little editing.
My sample layout is a Project Life page so that I could briefly talk about getting rid of glare on the page protectors which can be a problem even with the flash turned off. In my setup pictured above the room is bright enough during the day that I can keep backing the layout away from the sliding doors until no sun is reflecting off of the page protector and I've still got enough light for a sharp photo. Something you could also try is to take the cards and photos out and sit them on top of the pockets.
Next Step, Editing
Open up the picture in Photoshop Elements (Don't have it? You need it! It is inexpensive and worth every penny, and in years past there have been sales around Black Friday/Cyber Monday which is coming up soon.)
I am using version 9. In the later versions 11 and 12 the display of PSE looks a little different but the steps are the same. From the dropdown menu hit Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels. The box with the histogram above pops up and then you click on the white eyedropper and touch the white poster board your layout is resting on. This will brighten things up, adjust the white balance, and spread out the histogram which as you can see is on the dark side straight out of the camera. There is also the "auto" box right above the white eyedropper which works great a lot of the time, too.
Then crop your image by selecting Image > Crop and dragging the marching ants as close to the edges as you can get them. Sharpen the page with Enhance > Auto Sharpen.
Saving For the Web
From the dropdown menu select File > Save For Web.
A few presets come up that need to be changed. Change GIF to JPEG and file size to Very High or Maximum. Then set the width to 600 pixels and the program will auto adjust the height. Then hit OK, name the file, and you're done!
I hope this was helpful. If you're doing something different and also getting good results please share your setup in the comments. Maybe you're tacking your layout to the wall or using a lightbox or editing in a different program, we'd love to hear about it.