Friday, December 5, 2008

picture taking

I have found there are times you want to make a statement with just one photograph. I do this by putting a large frame around the picture I want to use. This picture was taken using the timer on my camera. It is very easy to use.

I have also found that if I am taking pictures with scrapbooking in mind. I am not going to get the shots that I want. To get around this I take TONS of pictures. For example, one time I spent 3 hours at the pool with my nephew and took over 150 pictures. After editing and deleting I was able to get rid of some of them that there was no way I would be able to use. By doing this I don't have to worry about getting that perfect shot every time. Plus, when you take a lot of pictures you have a lot to choose from. My family knows that I scrapbook everything so they know I will be taking pictures.

  • Have a large memory card for your digital camera. One so large it would be difficult to fill in one event.
  • Empty your memory card before a day of picture taking.
  • Again, don't worry about the perfect picture. Take a lot of pictures, you will have tons to choose from.
  • Know your camera. I have a burst feature, this will take up to 4 pictures in one click of the shutter button. I love it. However, there is no flash on this feature so that can be tricky.
  • Take time to edit your pictures once you download them.
  • Be sure that other people use your camera to get pictures of you too! It will get frustrating not being in any of the pictures. Use the time if you have to.
Happy Scrapping ~

Thursday, December 4, 2008



Like I stated in my previous post this album has many squares, straight lines and a very minimalistic theme.

While looking at the pictures I had one of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law cooking the turkey and one of my father-in-law and brother-in-law frying the turkey. So naturally it "Battle of the Sexes" became the title of the page.

How To's:
1. The title: Fiscar's Embosser, with alphabet template on scrap of red cardstock and Making Memories dot letters in black. This same technique was used for the embellishment "fried or roasted"
2. Who will win? Guys or Gals, Making Memories dot letters in black and green. (discussed further in challenges)
3. Matting is just basic card stocks that go with the color scheme of the page.
4. Create balance on the page by staggering photos with embellishments and journaling.

I did not have enough black dot letters --I simply used the letters I had and wrote in the rest of the word with a wide chissel tip marker. When you combine stickers and handwritten areas you are really adding your personal touch.


  • Take pictures at different angles. I took the one of my mother and sister-in-law looking up at them. Not always a flattering angle, but work the angle for you. If I never took pictures from an upward angle I would not have gotten that shot.
  • When I cut the pages down to 8 by 8 I had scraps. Iused that scrap to create journaling boxes.
  • Work in pieces. I mat all my pictures and embellishment and journal blocks. I then lay it out on the page before I glue it down. This way I can move things around that didn't look right to create the correct balance.
Happy Scrapping ~

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What to look forward too.

Over the next several posts I am going to be discussing a Holiday 8 by 8 album.

The overall album is about the Holidays of 2006. My in-laws were in need of extra family time, so we created it for them.

Getting started:
1. I went through all the pictures I took of the holiday season.
2. Determine the kind of theme of your book. I wanted to get this one done in a weekend (I was on-call for my job at that time) That meant it would be a minimalistic album. Mostly straight lines, and square/rectangle pictures.
3. I printed the pictures and determined the supplies I needed. -- Since this was a holiday book, I was going to use traditional holiday colors. Browns for Thanksgiving, Red and Green for Christmas, etc. I also decided I was going to use mostly plain cardstock.
4. Went to the store to get what I needed.

I have always found that having a plan when you are scrapbooking is the best thing for your budget.

Happy Scrapping ~