April 2012

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April Photo Challenge: Nature

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is nature. It’s easy to get so caught up on taking pictures of people that we forget to capture the places around us. Including pictures of nature in your scrapbooking can tell important stories, too! See our best tips for taking pictures of nature here.

See my nature pic below. It’s of the Better Homes and Gardens test garden right outside our offices. I took the picture from the second floor, so you can see down into the garden, but also to get its juxtaposition with the city line in the background.

 

 

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Advice from Lisa and Becky

Our friends Lisa Truesdell (see her blog here) and Becky Novacek (see her website here) came to visit us in the office today. We got to pick their brains about scrapbooking trends, photography, and Project Life. See what we learned!

Project Life:

Lisa has been doing Project Life since 2011 (you may remember Lisa’s album from our February issue!) She takes a week-by-week approach, picking photos and journaling about moments that made up each week.

On planning out pages too much: “Shove it in and move on.” If you overthink your pages, it’s easy to get behind. And don’t worry about making mistakes or going back to embellish–you have plenty of other days to make up for it.

On getting behind: “If you’re behind, just start at the current week.” She says working on your current week will get you inspired to go back to previous weeks and catch-up.

And if you can’t catch up? “I don’t think it has to be all or nothing.” Lisa is missing 11 weeks from her 2011 album. Don’t worry about missing a few days here and there. Project Life is whatever you make it.

When you need more ideas: Have an empty page you just can’t fill? Lisa recommends digging through your recycling. Mail, the newspaper, and even cereal boxes are easy fillers on a page. If all else fails, journal about the week.

On including the family: Lisa gives her children and husband journaling cards. She also steals pictures from her husband’s Facebook. It gives a different perspective in the album and can help you keep up with moments you just couldn’t capture.

Photography:

Becky is an amazing photographer, who takes pictures for weddings, newborns, senior photos, etc.

On the technique you should be trying: “I love doing the hip or no-look shots.” Becky suggests snapping shots without looking or at hip level. It gives a different angle, a different perspective, and can sometimes yield really great candid shots.

How she organizes photos: Becky has seasonal folders for each year, as well as one for each of her grandchildren on her computer. When she takes pictures, she simply drops the photos in the correct folders. That way, she can easily find the photo she’s looking for.

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April Photo Challenge: Education

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is education. In the office, we love learning new scrapbooking techniques and tricks. But we also have other interests and hobbies. Education, whether it’s keeping up with something you love or learning something new, is important and fun!

See my education pic below. Although I used to play violin and guitar, I lost touch with instruments when I went to college. After a trip home recently, I grabbed my instruments and some old music and started playing again. It’s been a learning process,  but this little corner of my apartment is a good reminder that I can always learn and try new things.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Close-Up

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is close-ups. Getting up close and personal can add drama, interest, and detail to any photo subject. Macro shots allow you to capture all the special little things in your life that sometimes get lost in the big picture. The macro setting on your camera (look for a flower icon on most models) helps you get picture-perfect results every time. Get our best macro photography tips here.

See my close-up pic below. I took a normal shot of a bouquet of flowers sitting on the desk. The bouquet is beautiful, but you don’t get all the gorgeous details and colors from the first shot like you do with the close-up.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Decor You Crafted

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is decor you crafted. Here at Scrapbooks Etc., we use paper to craft more than just scrapbook pages. We make cards, holiday trinkets, gifts, and decor for our homes and offices. We encourage others to expand their crafting to other areas of their life than just recording memories.

See my crafted decor below. I made it to hang on one of the walls in my cubicle. I have an obsession with typewriters. I enlarged the typewriter paper piecing pattern (get it here) and revised our subway art download with different words (get it here) to look like it was coming out of the typewriter. Then, I punched stars from different color paper and sewed them together in a long chain.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is one of the most basic photography tricks to learn to make your pictures balanced and interesting. The basic idea of the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. If you place the most important parts of your picture in the intersections, your photos will have a greater impact and follow the most natural line of sight.

See my rule of thirds picture below. I made sure to position the dog’s face (the most important part of the photo), at an intersection point of two lines.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Chaos

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is chaos. You can find chaos in every day life. Whether it’s your messy craft room, your children’s play date, or a nature scene, life is always full of action. Don’t be afraid to capture these moments of imperfection.

See my chaos picture below. Last night, there was a horrible storm. The wind was blowing, the rain and hail were coming down hard, and the lightning was streaking across the sky. I shot this photo out my picture window. It was raining so hard, you couldn’t see past the glass and the light from my apartment reflected the drops of water on the window.

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April Photo Challenge: In Your Bag

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is in your bag. What you have in your purse says a lot about you. It shows your organization style and what things you find important enough to carry around all day.

See inside my purse below. I just bought this purse yesterday, so it still looks pretty organized and neat.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Handwriting

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is handwriting. How many of us do our scrapbook journaling with a computer because we hate our handwriting? Journaling is a big part of recording your memories, but it’s hard to love the look of your page if you’re not a fan of what your writing looks like. But your handwriting tells a bigger story than just what you’re journaling! It’s a part of who you are and it’s unique. (We bet future generations will love to have your handwriting on your scrapbook pages!) See our creative journaling ideas here.

See my handwriting below. I snapped this pic of the millions of notes I have on my work desk.

 

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Current Project

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is a current project. You’re probably more creative than you think you are. Whether your current project is a scrapbook page, invitations to a party, a knitted scarf, or even rearranging a room, you are creative every day. Taking photos of your projects can help you remember what you worked on, the ideas you really liked from your work, and to show off to friends and family!

See my current project below. I’ve been working on my Project Life since January. I usually set aside three days a month to catch up with all my pages and edit pictures. Want to get involved in Project Life? It’s never too late to start! See our inspiration here!

 

 

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