Hi! Lisa here with a super quick tip on how to crop your photos in different shapes right in your iPhone!
I have used an app called PicFrame that I found in the app store and have used for a long time to make collages etc.
So, when you click on the app this is what you´ll see. For this project you will want to choose the square frame.
Click in the frame to choose your photo.
The when you click your photo again this menu will appear. Click shape.
Now you can choose whatever shape you´d like to crop your photo into. I choose the circle option.
Tada! Now, just save your photo, transfer it to your printer and you can either print one bigger circle on one photopaper sized 6x4 or more smaller ones if you have the option to print multiple images on one paper. This way you save ink since you don´t have to print the whole images and the just punch/cut one portion of it.
Do you take more pictures with your smart phone camera than your "big girl" camera? With the excellent quality of the camera on my phone I find I take 90% of my pictures using my iPhone. At first this bothered me. I mean, I have an amazing DSLR camera but typically only use it on vacation, for special events and to take photos of my layouts for assignments and posting to galleries. Sad, right?! Well, at first I thought so, but after thinking about it I decided I'm happy I have a phone that takes great photos. It allows me to capture real life everyday moments that I would otherwise miss and also when I travel for work and it isn't possible to take my big DSLR.
With my recent return to flying I'm happy I have my iPhone to capture the fun things I do on layovers. On my first layover in Honolulu I took over 120 photos with my iPhone. I narrowed them down to 18 of my favorite photos, did some quick edits, and put them into a folder I titled "Aloha"! Since I'm laying over there all month, I'll continue to add my favorite shots from each trip to the folder.
Here's a look at some of the albums I've created on my iPhone. So far I have 3 albums for my work travels, I'll continue to add more when I layover in other places.
Another fun thing I like to do with my iPhone when traveling is take a screen of where I am in comparison to where I live. On an iPhone this is easy to do with the Find iPhone app. Since my kiddos are on my account, it shows them at home and me where I'm laying over. Fun, right?! This will be a good picture to use in my travel journal.
I recently purchased the Fujifilm instax SHARE which allows me to print small polaroid prints while on the road or from anywhere I choose! All that is needed is the small printer, which fits easily in my suitcase, film and the instax SHARE app. The advantage to this versus an instant camera is that you not only see how your picture turns out before it is printed but you can edit it before printing too!
The film can be a little pricey so I select just my favorites that help me tell my story. Here is an assortment of what I chose to print.
Look how cute these pictures look printed on the instax SHARE!
If you use your phone for memory keeping, I'm here to tell you to not feel bad about neglecting your big DSLR or other fancy camera that you may have. The important thing is that you are taking photos and documenting your story!
Do you participate in Throwback Thursday (#tbt) on Facebook? I bet if you are like me you have a ton of old photos that need scanning. I have my mother's box of photos. It's more like a really large Tupperware tub. About fifteen years ago, I promised my siblings I'd scan them in. Well, that hasn't happened! I really do not enjoy the process of scanning the photos in. So just this week, I've challenged myself to use Throwback Thursday as an excuse to get some of my photos scanned in. Five every Wednesday or Thursday evening. Not too many to be daunting and enough that over a year I will have been able to get through a chunk of old photos. I have tons!
Here are quick five tips for making the process of scanning in photos a little less painful.
Less it more. Sort through that box of photos and pare it down. I know there are photos in my stack that just aren't worth the time or are so badly damaged that the amount of work isn't justified.
Experiment with your scanner settings. Most scanners come with automatic settings, if your goal is just to preserve your photos, a minimum of 300 dpi should be fine. If your final picture is going to be bigger than the original or you need a higher resolution to create a more professional looking product, go for 600 or higher dpi.
Choose color. If the photo is in black and white, you can either scan it in grayscale or color. The color scan option will give you a greater ability to manipulate the image. You can change it back to grayscale once it's been scanned. If it's sepia, scan it in color.
Clean the platen. Before you start scanning clean off the platen (or glass) by wiping it down with a little bit of glass cleaner sprayed on a cloth. Clean the platen again from time to time as you're scanning those old, dusty photos. I also sometimes notice a little glue residue on mine from scanning layouts, best to get that off before you start too!
Scan multiple images at once. Then learn how to cut them apart using photo editing software. This will save time!
Here are a couple I scanned in last night!
My Maternal Grandparents...
And here is my Papa in a shop class. He's the one with the high ladder chair.
I'm so glad to be preserving these photos for my family!
Our June gallery is such a treat as we get to see not only new layouts, but also their evolution. As we look through the layouts one last time, let's think of one thing that we could do based upon each layout. One way in which we could be inspired by the inspired.
City Kid | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy) + brads (October Afternoon) + letters (Jillibean Soup) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye) + stamp (Cocoa Daisy) + fonts (Burst My Bubble)
WRITE about how your children belong in their environment. Good fit? Square peg, round hole? Or how about you. Were you born into your environmental element, or did you have to find it as an adult?
Happy Smile | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned papers (Glitz) + elements (Glitz) + fonts (2Peas Graham Cracker)
CLICK your camera at a subject lying down. Stand over top for a fun perspective.
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Lawn Fawn) + stickers (American Crafts, Heidi Swapp) + diecuts (Elle's Studio, American Crafts) + label (Chic tags)
SCRAPBOOK with layers. At least four!
Finals | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Light Bulb Moment by JustJaimee and Stolen Moments) + font (Remington Noiseless)
CLICK a picture of your child in their natural element.
Lunch This Week | Carey Bridges
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle) + journal cards (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle Journal Cards) + digital elements (Pixels & Company's Bermuda Triangle Collab, Gennifer Bursett's Miss Molly Elements) + washi tape (Scotty Girl Design's This Year 2014 Summer Washi Tape) + word strips (Scotty Girl Design's In the Kitchen Word Art) + font (1942 Report)
CLICKa photo of the menu board at your favorite restaurant.
SCRAPBOOKusing a color scheme from your favorite decade.
Keep Calm | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Shine On by Lauren Grier & Erica Zane)
CLICKa profile picture.
Sweet & Spicy | Kate Christensen
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kits (Adiamo by Scotty Girl Design; Boardwalk: Wood Grain by Laura Passage of Wishing Well Designs; Every Little Bit: Neutral Paper Pack by Deena Rutter) + frame (Summerific Frames by Creashens) + alpha (Endless Summer by Sugarplum Paperie) + mist (Mess it Up V.3 by Dawn by Design) + fonts (Pea Lex Valentine, CK Mama O, Century Gothic)
SCRAPBOOKwith washi tape AND a number. It's a twofer challenge!
Sprinkler Dog | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (One Little Bird, Troublemaker) + twine (Splendid Finns) + journaling blocks (Creativity by Crystal) + fonts (Bondoluo, Century Gothic)
CLICKa photo of your pet doing something seasonal.
Thank you for the increased number of comments! It is so lovely to hear from you and to better develop our relationships. It's so fun to check as the day goes on and see that our hard work is appreciated! Thank you so much.
Before we go, we wanted to take a minute to say goodbye and thank you to Two Peas In a Bucket. We read the sad news this week that they are closing up shop. And we are so sad. So very sad. For years they were an industry leader. Ahead of their time, they created message boards that allowed us, as scrapbookers and people, to connect with one another. Their galleries allowed us all to improve as we could study and learn from those more talented. Their store helped launch companies as their Garden Girls showed what could be done with them. And their Garden Girls have been some of the most incredibly talented. Kristina and Jeffrey had vision and talent and used it to alter the face and the landscape of the scrapbooking world. Thank you, to both of them for creating a community for us and for forging an online scrapbooking home for so very many of us. We will miss you!
On our recent family vacation, I took along three of my cameras for documenting (yes I have more than three cameras, it's a sickness). My DSLR of course, my phone camera, and also my Instax Mini 25. I used each one for different purposes.
I'm a confirmed Instagram freak, so of course my phone camera was a must. I really use Instagram the way it was originally intended, sharing moments with family and friends, and so I took photos of things along the way that I knew others would want to see, and moments that struck a cord with me and I wanted to document right there. Here are some examples.
My first photo after we arrived and were having a snack at a sidealk cafe
Kieran collecting shells on the beach
A shot of breakfast one morning
A shot from the flower market, which I took especially for a friend who loves gardening.
I will probably scrap some of these photos in my Project Life album, and even on layouts, but for me sharing photos on Instagram with a caption is also a way of documenting life.
I used my DSLR to get higher quality photos for my main scrapbook albums. And also because I love photography and a vacation is a great time to get some photography practice in.
With my DSLR I am somewhat removed from the action, and I am taking photos more at a distance, and with a wider view. (With my camera phone, I tend to be closer in taking photos of the details.)
I used that last photo on my page for this month's gallery.
I brought along the Instax Mini because I wanted to use the photos to make a mini book. I figured that it would be something I could quickly complete, without having to think about downloading and editing or resizing photos.
I'm so glad I did, because I love how the beach photos look in this format. I'm making a super simple mini-album with them. Just photos + words.
So the next time you're heading off on vacation, or even a day trip, think about how you want to document the trip. You don't have to take multiple cameras like I did, maybe just an Instant camera or a camera phone would do?
Today I am happy and honored to be a part of Crystal Wilkerson's template extravaganza! We at write. click. scrapbook. have long adored Crystal and we are glad she is back in the designing game!
And back in the game with style! and styled templates. heehee. Crystal has eight new template collections that are amazing. With four per set that makes thirty two in all! And I am certain you, like me, are going to love them. And remember, those 32 templates can be flipped, turned, or twisted to create even more pages!
Upon first glance, I think most would think to use Crystal's templates for digital pocket page scrapbooking. For me, however, those little boxes meant that the sun, moon, and stars had aligned--and maybe angels sang. Imagine all the layouts I could make with the oodles of series photos that I take.
Being that it is Click. Tuesday, let's chat photos for a minute.
When I take photos these days, I am usually at a sporting event taking photo after photo, or am out with the kids taking an hundred photos (not an exaggeration) of all the itty bitty details that surround them and the activity. I try to limit myself, but somehow I always seem to get home with a full memory card.
Crystal's templates are the perfect way to get lots of photos on one layout. While I love my one photo layouts, getting to put lots of shots together to help tell my stories with more images, and fewer words, makes me happy! :)
To show you how much I love them, and how useful they are for my current phototaking needs, I use a few to make some layouts. Wanna see? Please say yes...
TEMPLATE PACK #1
I used the one in the top left hand corner. I take way more horizontal photos than vertical, so I tipped the layout to the right. Which actually worked really well to have a vertical title for a drippy title!
The templates come with two options, one with styles, one without. I like the styles: they let my pages stay uniform and add the texture that I love. I did switch the color on the style for the white paper to better blend it in.
TEMPLATE PACK #4
Two templates caught my eye in this set. The top left hand corner, and the bottom right hand corner.
First, I love the simplicity and white space in the top left template. Twelve photos and white space. Who knew it was possible? I left it white to honor it!!
So I didn't use 12 photos. I had some lovely patterned paper calling my name so I shared some spaces!
For the next template, I loved the big photo space. I knew just what photos I would use. It takes eight shots to capture a cartwheel, and I had eight squares to fill. Perfect!
The styles on this one were perfect in color and amount. Completely perfect! And what is it about beach gymnastics photos that get me so? I love them. I do wish we had better planned an outfit for the occasion. Yes, I just said that out loud. Please forgive me. :)
I remember back in the day when I used to color block everything. All those hours spent measuring and trimming. Now, I just clip a photo to a layer in one of Crystal's templates and within minutes I have a completed layout. No muss. No fuss.
Did you notice that in four layouts I just scrapbooked 22 photos? And did I mention that I made all four in one day? Not a day that I also cooked 3 meals, made 4 beds, laundered 16 loads of laundry, and thrice walked the dog, but all in a day nonetheless.
You, too, have the power to be a scrapbooking superstar. Really. Just click over to Crystal's store, and scoop up whichever template floats your boat. I might suggest all 8 sets. I mean, why not? Especially because if you act fast, (before Sunday, to be exact) you could have 50% off! That's right!! The coupon code is: CWTEMP50 and it is good through Sunday, June 22nd.
I might suggest, too, for more ideas on using the templates, that you stop by Crystal's blog to see how she scrapped a layout a day in the month of May. She is amazing.
I hope you have fun trying this fast and fun way to scrapbook your photos! Happy snapping and happy scrapping!
It's Jennifer Larson, continuing to build the page on what I love about summer. Today I share how you can take or select photos for the page.
With a page like this that is journaling-driven, I find that there are two main ways to select and print photos: Go big or go small.
1. Go big, Pick a dramatic, fantastic photo that reflects some or all of your journaling, and print it big. I prefer 8x12 because it leaves room for journaling and embellishments, but you could go even bigger and use the white space. Here's a photo I might print big:
2. Go small. There's no real need for a focal point photo when you are scrapping a list, so select a variety of photos and print them small--2.5 squared, 3 squared, etc. I print two small photos on a 4x6 print and trim it to put on the page. You could line up or block together several small photos for greater impact. Note that these photos don't have to be from this summer--pull some from the past--this is not a memory keeping of current events but an amalgam of memories. Old photos are fine, even previously scrapped ones, because this is a new subject and a new memory.
I'll probably do this for my page. I selected a few photos I've already taken this summer to reflect some of what I love about summer. (The first I'm also printing big--not sure if I want to scrap big or small yet--and a big photo can always serve as a photo about their relationship!)
I hope this gives you ideas about selecting photos to put on your summer page. Tomorrow I share ideas on how to scrap them!
Welcome to Jumpstart Week here at Write.Click.Scrapbook.! This is Christine and I’m your host this week. I will be taking you through five ways to jumpstart your scrapbook layouts. We're all inspired by different things at different times to make a layout. The "Jumpstart" is that sparkle of inspiration that leads to a page. This week we will talk about five “jumping-off” points to use to jumpstart your creativity and your scrapbook pages: Photos, Colors, Design, Technique, and Stories.
To start off the week, today we will look at how scrapbook pages are inspired by the photos we use. This can include layouts that are inspired by photos or are photo-centric. There can be a very large photo or many photos. The products used are inspired by the photos.
Sometimes we have several photos with a common theme and want to include them on the same page. For my “Day In The Life” layout, I took photos every hour on a particular day and put them all onto my page.
I printed out all my photos first in a collage, then I trimmed them. I also picked most of the products I wanted to use, based on my photos and theme of everyday life.
After that I figured out where to best place the photos so that they all fit onto my 12x12 page!
For this digital page, I wanted to create a “year-in-review” type of page for 2008. I fit as many tiny photos as I could into the “08” shape! This page was definitely inspired by photos, and the sheer quantity of them.
Sometimes we have one large photo that really speak to us and we want to make it the focal point of the layout. In this “hello girlie” layout by Celeste, she filled 3/4 of her page with a large photo of her sweet cat Lulu.
This “Summer” layout by Jennifer also features a big photo as the focal point of the layout. I love how the papers she used play off of the colors in her photo!
Amy's page about her daughter's recital uses a long photo of her daughter as the focal point. I love how her color choices (black and pink) key off of the photo.
Sometimes we have photos that were taken at different times, but a theme or similarity emerges. In my “In-N-Out Burger” layout, the three photos were all taken at different times in different places. The commonality? We were all eating In-N-Out Burgers!
Celeste also used similar photos on her layout “This Photo Reminds Me of This Photo”. She had taken a photo of her son (left) holding his trophies, and noticed that it looked very similar to a photo of her husband 35 years prior! They were both nine years old, in scouts, and holding trophies. I love the connection between these two photos!
Sometimes the shape of the photos can inspire a layout as well. I had printed a few photos from our Hawaii trip into a polaroid format. When I went to scrapbook the photos, I decided to cut my papers into the same size and fit all my embellishments onto them. The colors I used were also inspired by the photos.
For Laura's photo-centric layout, the top photo was taken from a distance. There was a lot of sky up top and water below. She wanted to crop it to be a panoramic when she scrapped it. She found a grid style digital template with room for a panoramic so she was able to feature the photo and add a few more.
Pocket style pages are a great way to feature all the photos from an event. Laura had a lot of photos that she wanted to include from her daughter's 8th grade graduation so she did a Project Life insert using the front and back of a Becky Higgins A page to fit them all along with a few journaling cards.
Some photos really show the subjects’ personalities. In Jennie’s layout “Silly Boys”, the photo really reflects their silliness!
Aliza likes to say that her photos are not technically "good" photos, but I totally disagree! Her photos capture her boys' personalities and they inspire her layouts because of the moments they capture. In her layout "Remember This: We Laughed A Lot", she captured a moment of pure joy with her photo.
Aliza captured this photo of her boys hugging while saying goodbye. Such a sweet moment and it inspired her layout.
And let’s not forget the “selfie”, especially the meaningful ones. Sometimes that’s the only way we get ourselves into our scrapbooks. In Celeste’s “#selfie” layout, she had just emerged from being ill and laments that she hadn’t taken many photos as of late. Her simple selfie jumpstarts her page and her story.
These are just some ways in which PHOTOS can jumpstart your scrapbook page. We hope you are inspired by some of these ideas and try them out yourselves!
Stay tuned for the rest of this week as we show you more ways to “jumpstart” your page!