Welcome to this month’s blog hop with The Krazy Crafting Crew!! This month we are making Tags, Bags, Boxes and anything 3D!! If you just came by to visit with me, thank you, but please start at the first stop with our hostess, Janet at Janet’s Creative World. If you have been hopping with us and came from Christina’s blog, then you are at the right spot.
Janet is also offering a fantastic giveaway. Here’s her description of the giveaway that you DON’T want to miss!!Close To My Heart Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit. Includes card bases, envelopes, cardstock, double-sided paper, a stamp set, and washi tape, glitter tape and other embellishments to make 10 cards! Valued at $45.00! You can win this by leaving comments on each blog, and if you’re not currently a follower, why not follow the blogs because there’s always fun in this group and a blog hop each month to inspire you!
Now on to the fun stuff
My daughter recently had a birthday party and received a scrapbook with lots of small pieces in it. She had to have a place to put all those tiny pieces so I made her a little box to put them in!
I had always loved this in the Silhouette store so I got it and finally made one. I did make it with poster board for stiffness and then hand layered it all over and putting the shiny brads on for embellishment! She just loves it!
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Hi this is Lissa … here again showing you Close to My Heart’s Studio J, for Dr Phil Scraps.
Well I made a new layout to show you some new stuff in Studio J.. The New Skylark papers. My little princess wants a baby album so I am working hard on making her one. The problem is being a photographer and using those skills everyday for 3 months made a WHOLE LOT of images! I am going to have to learn how to downsize!
The new collections were added on February 1st, for everyone to use. I am not a fan of blue for girls but this really worked well even for this layout. I hated pink until I got pregnant with her, then everything had to be pink everywhere! I love the way it turned out. I took many hands and feet photos. It is hard to choose just one set.
Then I also wanted to show you the quality of these prints I have been receiving in Studio J.. I know I can never show the true quality through another lens you would have to see it in person but just to show you the professional prints they provide are outstanding.
Just click on the picture and it will enlarge so you can get a good look then click on the arrow to the right to navigate.
The quality is amazing, the price is affordable ESPECIALLY in the month of March the price will be AMAZING ALL month so it is a fast easy way to catch up on your old photos! If you snooze you loose on the great price!
Have you tried it yet? Any questions? I would love to answer them for you! If you haven’t …
If you have missed any of the tutorials you can find them HERE
Welcome, I thought I would share my post on bookmarkers that I made for the first grade classroom for my daughter’s birthday celebration.
In the 1st grader’s survival guidelines, it says many times, NO SWEET TREATS, NO JUICE with food coloring, and did I mention NO SWEET TREATS, & NO JUICE with food coloring? lol. So I got on Facebook and asked my crafty teaching friends what is the best thing for a 1st grader? NON FOOD she says! LoL
Well, I hem-hawed over this one thinking it would be so easy. I didn’t want to make a ton of work for me or them, having them piece together many things. Nor have it take too much time to put them together. I hope I didn’t go overboard making it to hard for them either. I made the cut file for the round glasses and the worm, and bought a set of 3 different pairs of glasses, svg file from the silhouette store. The project it’s self was easy cutting the vinyl, I left the transfer tape on for the kids to just peel it off and stick on the glasses or they don’t even need glasses. Cutting out the worms were a breeze making enough for more than two per kid, sure hope that I didn’t give the teacher more work than I think, but then I had my daughter do it so she could teach her class and I think it will be ok
So here I made a little family to show samples of faces, they can draw outfits on them, like sports jerseys and feathers
I hope they had fun with them! I think it will be a blast! I wished I could laminate them to last longer!
I did a few more just before finishing this post, so fun to decorate…. Glad I didn’t get any more time left to mess with it or I would have had to decorate them all!
Showing you the digital online scrapbook software from start to finish so you can have beautiful albums, gifts, wall decor and more with CTMH papers and embellishments this only takes minutes to do a 2 page layout and it is FREE to TRY and NO Software to have to BUY. Just purchase your layouts and you are done with a great piece of artwork!
If you have missed out on some of the other tutorials or need a refresher you can find them HERE.
Today I want to talk about your photos looking bright. As a photographer I had to learn how to see my photos to learn how to edit them, and make them look more professional. Look closely and see how would you like your images to go from looking like this to …
There are some calibration tools out there that you can use to match your prints exactly to the printer or if you even have any version of Photoshop you could look up how to use Adobe Gamma but if you don’t, for now I would set my monitors contrast to its highest level and dim down the brightness and make sure it is on RGB setting or 5200 K for the color temp. You do this on the monitor screen it’s self. I do this in complete darkness in the room and I never approve a layout next to a bright window. Didn’t think there was such a thing as a digital darkroom?? Why yes there is! Just not as messy!
First of all Studio J has a mini editor in the software too. See the guy just below with the red, green and blue bar? This is your photo editor.
Click on the editor and you will see many options. Today I will talk about brightening your photos. Sometimes it is easy to look at the pictures and not really notice it until you get a group of them together that the exposures are different. Or once you have your layout printed that all the photos are just to dark. Well here is the solution!
There are 4 main things I focus on in an editor. Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness and Zooming in on it all while working with these tools.
I took each photo into the editor and brightened them by .1 or .2, I do color by number not by the slider, depending on the photo is how much I will add. Usually if your exposure isn’t way off that is all you will need because if you go to far, you will lose detail or sometimes you may just need to bump up the contrast. You don’t want to do too much at once, or it will not print right. Pay attention to the details where the focus of the image is. In this case it is her face. I bumped it up but such as the big picture, I went .1 because if I went to .2 I started to lose detail in her cheeks and her bow. The color was cooler when you want a warmer temperature for portraits.
I surely hopes this gives you confidence in your printing your photos on a layout if it is a concern.
So don’t be shy and join me for a session of Studio J in one window and tutorials on the in another window there are also several YouTube videos by CTMH for other tips and tricks!
Are you camera-shy? As the mom, who is usually the one who takes the most pictures, does more of the work, is exhausted and doesn’t feel like being photographed before OR after a big event whether you are camera-shy or not. Most the time you are just happy you were there just for the experience of being there. Then when you get home to look at the images on the computer you are nowhere around. I had an Aunt that use to be camera-shy in her younger years, I bet she so regrets it now, as she loves pictures and all but in the younger years, she always hid from the camera and she has hardly any memories of the past with her in them. Often we regret this too many years later once they are long gone, and so is your youth, no matter how you are.
So today I am going to give you tips on how to alleviate that fear of the camera. Number one priority is to accept yourself for who you are and know that you don’t see yourself like other’s see you. So when you look in the mirror that is not a real life image. Seems real but it isn’t, it’s reversed. I really don’t like being on the other side of the camera much but I try very hard to be even when I have to take them myself. I do it for my daughter and my son. I also now do it for my blog and Facebook avatar because a pet-peeve of mine is when someone posts their kids or pets as their profile picture. Whatever it may be, it isn’t them. When you are talking to someone on the net you want to connect with them, not their dog or kids. That is what albums are for. Don’t mean to offend anyone but honestly if you are a blogger do you want them to connect to you or just another blog? People like the feeling of that connection and I want to be able to connect with my readers. I wished everyone on my blog had a Gravatar profile pic! I would love that! Anyway, If my husband is the photographer or the remote control to my camera I take many many pics, and then pick out a few I like. This helped ALOT when I went digital.
I was the company photographer for some time where I work, I did these Partner of the Month posters for a few years then one month I got the title. (Good thing I was the photographer!) Since I got to play around and experiment with what I liked, then once I presented it, I was told… this is YOU! Which leads to keeping your environment comfortable. So you will not feel so awkward. If you have a photographer doing family portraits a good photographer will help ease you and talk to you as if you have forgotten the camera is even there! This helps set the mood for you, if you make it a plan you can get worked up about it and end up with fake or stiff smiles. Forget about the camera, you know why? Because not all poses have to be perfect and face straight on with the lens of the camera to look good. Candid shots are the most common shots that are real to life and shows who you are. If you are having a posed shot taken by an amateur I will share a secret, it is sooo silly. I tell the person to let me know when they are ready since I can’t stand there with a smile plastered on my face until the amateur decides to click without even the consideration of a 1-2-3… So I hold my head down and say “tell me when you are ready”, when they say go, I will instantly pop my head up, look at the camera with a fresh face and a little giggle to go with it. Otherwise the average point and shoot person will fiddle with the camera and start shooting one or two clicks when you are looking the other way! This makes others laugh too. That seems to work for me, in most my candid’s, if am not smiling I look like I am ready to rip someone’s head off with a frown on my face. I never knew I looked so mean. People have told me through the years I look mad but I really am not. So a smile it is for me but I want it to be me too, not fake.
On a bored dreary day, get your best friend, hubby or even your kids to be the photographer and practice in front of the camera what is your best side, check them out so you know when someone surprises you with a camera in your face! You can be prepared to instantly turn that frown upside down and give them your best shot. If you have small details that only you would notice but sometimes the camera make’s it apparently noticeable, like on eye smaller than another, (Very common) you will want that smaller eye to be the dominant by turning at an angle with that eye closest to the camera. Read up on how to pose for a camera it will teach you about the S curve women should be in when posing for the camera. Even for snapshots it can slim you down and it doesn’t have to be fake, because the S curve is natural for a woman’s body to be in. Sitting or standing. Share that face with someone else. Get silly with your best friend, daughter, mother who ever. Do wild things. Crazy hair funny hat and most of all funny faces, all spur of the moment, you won’t regret it because you are making history with someone you love. With today’s smart phones and camera capabilities, there is no excuse not to have a little fun!
I know I have posted this before because I loved the smile on her face when she saw it. I surely didn’t want to be photographed this night after a long day at work. Again, with the cellphones these days, wow the possibilities. I downloaded an app called Photo Booth and made a session with my daughter then what do ya know, Julianna had a kit called “Photo Booth”. I had to scrap these pictures so I used everything I could to make it as funny as possible. It put a HUGE smile on my girl’s face to see these photographs together in a layout. I surely didn’t want to be photographed at 9:00 at night while tucking her in after a long day of work, no make up or smeared make up then post it to the internet. But you know what? That is who I am and the real us and our relationship. Not everyone turned out perfect but I deleted the very bad ones with closed eyes.. I have to accept myself for how others see me and so do you. Digital makes life alot easier when you can snap away because every movement makes a new expression. One last thing in every and all tutorials I do, you will find that turning off the flash and bringing up the ambient light (natural light will give the best effects, the fluorescent lights and tungsten lights will give a color cast) this will increase your photographs quality, and it really give the natural look of the real you.. Natural light is my favorite of all. Indirect sunlight, alot of people have the misconception that cloudy days are bad days but really if you have the “cloudy” setting on your camera (even most point and shoots do) that will make the color temperature just right for you to photograph on a cloudy day. There is no limitations on those days unless they are grey days and may need a little diffused fill flash. I have even used a tissue to diffuse my flash. Another great tip is if you are an iPhoneography type of photographer, get some good external apps for shooting pictures, I love Camera + and have read reviews on other great apps that can make your experience more fun. I have a whole folder of collage apps and all to make it fun too. When I photo edit, I don’t like to run to the computer and start deleting them all. I wait some time and then go back. I may take a peek and rate them in my file browser but then later I go back and ask myself, what was wrong with this one? The more time you give it, you start to see it differently and sometimes not so harsh on yourself :) If you are camera-shy, try not to cover your face when someone holds up a camera. Do not run out of the room and hide. Do not always make ugly faces because you don’t want your picture taken, just be natural and most of all love yourself. Other’s need you and the memories you can give them by not being camera-shy. The rewards will be priceless for years to come!
This tutorial is all about custom matting. In Studio J you can add mats in the preset pop up like I have shown you in the prior tutorials you can find HERE. You can click on the top bar to find all the Studio J tutorials from the start.
This new addition: LollyDoodle Kit fit this layout unbelievably perfect! To me the matting was a little boring so you may see me do this often, custom mats.. Here is my layout and how I did the custom mat in the journaling area. When opening up your choice of layout in Studio J, they give suggested papers and let you fill in some of the others, In this case I added in the blue polkadot paper and went from there…
After adding in all my pictures I needed some journaling and wanted to make it pop so here is how…
By default there are already journaling boxes in the layout. With the vellum and the words “Add Journaling” I double clicked on those words and hit backspace so it is gone. I can now work freestyle with my boxes. I filled in the box with a pattern paper from the kit on both boxes. I tweeked the sizes of the boxes a bit but that was just a personal choice.
After adding in the pattern paper it is ready for the real mat, adding another journaling box on top of the patterned mat but just a bit smaller as you would do in traditional scrapbooking. I chose a solid to make my text pop, than used the “Quick Title” tool to add in my title. You can find that in the “My Stickease” selection area.
I repeated this process, for the second box except I did add journaling and customizing the font in the options box, choosing white to make the text stand out. The darker the background the better the white will show the contrast.
Topping it off with a couple of flower embellishments
Don’t forget to zoom in on ALL your projects before, if you don’t finish and save, always double-check that “add journaling” words hasn’t popped back up before you go to order it. You will always have a chance to review your layouts as they have to be approved by you before ordering.
Have you tried to make a gift for someone to mat and frame? Or made a set of invitations in Studio J? If you have not you surely need to go in and play around, you will find yourself addicted! It is fun, and easy for anyone to do!
Don’t be shy!
But WAIT! BEFORE YOU GO, CHECK THIS OUT! IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!