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April Photo Challenge: Relaxation

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 relaxation. What activities help you keep calm? What people do you turn to when you’re stressed?

See my relaxation picture below. One of my favorite activities is hiking. I took a trip to upper Michigan last year and took a nice hike. The weather was wonderful, the park had amazing waterfalls, and the scenery was beautiful.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Portrait

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 portrait. Whoever your subject and whatever your location, the goal of good portrait-taking is the same: to capture the character and personality of your subject. See our best portrait photography tips here.

See my portrait below. My friend took it of me for my college graduation picture. Although the pic is focused on the subject, it gives a beautiful view of the landscape in the background and has good lighting without shadows.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Chore

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 chore. What chore do you love? Which ones do you absolutely hate?

See my chore below. I’m notorious for running out of bowls. I’ve even skipped breakfast a few times because I haven’t had anything to pour my cereal into. The fact is, I have a dish washer, so there’s really no reason for me to ever run out of dishes. But I refuse to run it unless it’s completely stuffed.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Can’t Live Without

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 something you can’t live without. It could be a crafting supply you absolutely need. Or a beauty product that you’d be lost without. It could be your best friend or children. The one thing you’d pick to never do without says a lot about who you are and what you need in life.

See the thing I can’t live without below. I drink cups and cups of tea everyday at work. I find it very relaxing and it helps calm me down when the work starts piling up!

 

 

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Eco-Friendly Scrapbook Products

It’s Earth Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of eco-friendly scrapbook products that are beautiful to use on pages, but are better for their environment, too!

 

 

Baker’s twine is all the rage these days. Hemptique® supplies baker’s twine from 100% cotton cording. Its’ other hemp  and twine products are made from bamboo, organic cotton, and other natural fiber-based products. The colors are beautiful and the natural materials won’t damage pages or pictures. Although they sell wholesale, their products can be found in individual colors on Amazon.

 

Several paper companies have stepped up their actions and and made their paper more sustainable. We love Die Cuts With a View “Green” line, which features paper and chipboard shapes printed on 70% recycled paper. Try looking for papers that were printed with soy ink, too.

 

 

To cut down on plastic packaging, choose a tape runner that takes refills, such as Xyron’s Mega Runner. Instead of throwing away the tape runner every time you run out, this tape runner holds a significant amount of tape, which makes for less refills and plastic.

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April Photo Challenge: Craft Space

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 crafts space. Do you have that coveted crafts room you always wanted? Or do you take over a table in the kitchen for your projects? No matter where you craft, make sure the space is inspirational! Turn on some music or tune out distractions depending on the type of crafter you are and get creative!

See my crafts space below. I love sitting on the floor when crafting. I keep my current projects and supplies together so that I can just grab them from my closet and spread everything out.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Hands

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 hands. As we always note in our photo studio, hands are hard to photograph. Many times hands end up looking big or awkward in photos, even if they feel natural while taking them. But hands can say a lot about a person. What color nail polish are they wearing? Do they have calluses? Any scars? Hands are what we use for creating.

See the hands picture from Jennifer Keltner below. She used hands as her inspiration for an entire album. See the album here.

 

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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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