Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Requirements include active participation on the message board (starting and replying to threads) and leaving praise in the gallery. You should also post at least 4 projects from the DT kit in addition to at least 3 other projects per month. Each DT member is required to do a blog post, pick a LOTW, and post a challenge on a 4 week rotating basis. You will also be asked to participate in occasional on-line crops and contests.
Benefits are free design team kits once a month and free shipping with all orders if you let them ship with your monthly kit.
Please join the board and upload the following to the DT entry gallery.
• Three of your favorite layouts with at least one containing 3 or more pictures.
• An additional project which could be a mini book, an altered object, a card, etc
• Start getting to know the other members on the board while you wait for the results
In addition, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A short bio that includes your full name, why you think you would be a good fit for Memorable Seasons and where you saw this call.
• Links to your blog and any galleries you have work in
• A list of any other design teams you’ve been on or message boards you are active on.
52 Sketches 52 Weeks
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Don't let the extra little ones keep you from scrapping!! I know, we have all read an article here or there about keeping a stash in our scrap area for the kiddos, but really...
Getting them involved is a win-win situation!
Now, some may get a whole kid friendly set up going ,but you can also try some of these tricks to get some time to scrap, or at least get some ideas going, some papers pulled together, photos printed... I think, short of hiring a nanny, there is no true way to have uninterrupted scrap time... :)
**Keep your scraps... simply hand them over to a younger one to pull apart, or if age allows, cut up with scissors. The mess on the floor will be huge, realize this going in, and know your vacuum cleaners capabilities.
**Give them some stickers, some paper and stand back... watch the allure of adhesive.
**Tell them the story behind the photos you are giving them to play with. "Son, gramma's hair was not always blue..." "Once upon a time, mommy used to shower daily, and wear things other than sweats..." ;)
**Let them work FREELY. Do not step in. *note:this is a hard one for me... "Don't you want a sticker there? Oh, why don't we paste the picture in the middle? Um, boys, let's not marker over the people in the photo!"
Truth be told, if you can allow some freedom, the kids will enjoy it more. I am not saying you should never sit down and instruct the kids, but this is a "trying to get a few free minutes" kind of kid scrapping... let it go. Stickers over Nana's face will not be the fall of the industry!
These are some things I do to grab a few minutes to scrap... I have also pulled things out and tried to teach the boys HOW to scrap, not write on people, tell what the picture is about, etc. That is a totally different process.
The bottom line is, kids love being involved in what you are doing, and some little tricks can make this easy for both of you!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I have loved taking pictures since I got my first camera for Christmas when I was 12 or 13 years old. It was a Kodak 110 and it used disposable flash cubes that could be used 4 times as it twirled around with each shot.
That camera went everywhere with me. I have owned several cameras over the years but when I got my DSLR last year, I knew I had found my true love. Some of you may already know that I am currently taking a photography class at the local university. I have learned about apertures and depth of field. I have learned about shutter speed and metering and white balance. I have learned to take night shots and to do time lapse photography. This week, I took my very first sunset photos. I don’t think I’ll ever use the auto function on my camera again. I’m hooked.
However, before I found the class I am taking now, I scoured the internet looking for tutorials and tips on how to take better pictures. I have found some really great advice and I have found some really great photo ideas. Here are just a few resources I have found.
These women are not only brilliant and talented photographers, they are also hilarious. You will learn photography techniques and photo editing, too
This is a wonderfule place to get inspiration and ideas and to share your stuff, too.
This is another place to share your photos and to see photos from people all over the world. There are lots of different sub groups, too.
I like this group which all about creative depth of field. It is called Extreme Bokeh.
Do you have any sites you go to for photography ideas and tips? Share them with us in this thread.
I get a daily email from this site with ideas and tips. Just search the site and you can find the answers to just about any questions you might have. They also have challenges each week.
One of the things I have learned over the past year is that the only way to get any better at this hobby is to practice. I participated in project 365 last year but by the end of the year, it became a burden. This year, I have just concentrated on taking better photos when I do take them. The beauty of digital is that you can take dozens and dozens of shots of the same subject and just delete the ones you don’t want.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
this one, by 7Gypsiesthis one, by Maya Road. I like this one because you can take it apart and use it on regular pages if you don't want to use it as a mini.
this one, also by Maya Road
Stop by and share some of your mini album goodness with us in the GALLERY!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
my DD slammed the door, locked it, and stood giggling at me. We have 3 neighbors with keys and not ONE of them was home! I ended up calling the fire department and they were as nice as could be. They brought the hook and ladder truck and all the attention to our house! Luckily, they didn't have to break any windows or doors open and were able to get in through an attic window. If you could have SEEN the twins watching from the window - they were loving every minute and laughing all the while! Little stinkers.
Called my mom and told her what happened and she asked if I thought to take pictures or ask someone to. NO, I was locked out of my house. I went out to throw a diaper away, not have a photo shoot. Then I thought about it and wished I had had my camrea - pictures of the twins standing in the window laughing or of the firemen on our roof would have made for a great LO and story.
So, when do YOU grab your camera? Do you record life's downs as well as the ups? Do you think to record hospital trips or bad booboos? Did you grab your camera to record a nearby fire or accident? Let me know what memories you have thought to capture on the forums!