Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas Picutre Time

Every year I pose Simon and Lizzy somewhere to get our Christmas picture we send in the cards. I used to go to the photo studio and get them done but after my Christmas season of working in the photo studio I can no longer stand to do this. I think it's easier to capture their personalities at home anyway. Normally they were a Christmas shirt of some sort but this year we were all in my brother-in-law's wedding so we had fancier clothes to wear.

I like to print a 4 x6 picture for everyone with some sort of Christmas border/design that they can put on their fridge if they want to. Since I've been practicing my digital skills, I created my own this year rather than the pre-loaded ones provided by Snapfish.

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I always take about 3 times as many pictures as we actually need. Even when I think I got the right shot, I take a couple more. Many times I have found out after the kids have changed clothes that Simon closed his eyes or Lizzy put her hand in front of her face. I do think the pictures turn out the best if you can be outside when it's sunny. I didn't have that option this year.

A couple of out takes:

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No smile...

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too far back, angle too wide...

christmasposes 025_edited-1Way over exposed by the flash. This is where the great outdoors and Mother Nature's light would be an improvement!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

My turkey is in the oven, the rolls are rising, the pies are baked, the potatoes are ready to mash and my husband is still in bed. Typical Thanksgiving around here and I'm sure in many other homes around the country.

I didn't get a chance to make many fall or Thanksgiving cards this year. I was busy making thank you cards for my brother-in-law's wedding that is this Saturday. Their colors were black, ivory and burgundy but they are using red roses.

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I created a pocket card in black with an ivory insert. I punched out a peek-a-boo window with a 1 1/2" punch. I would have loved to make the window a little bigger by using my spellbinders but I had 50 thank yous to make and my arm could not have taken all that cranking! I stamped thank you at the top and used the Damasks with the elegant font on the 1 5/8" Just Rite Stamper. I finished the cards with a simple sheer red ribbon knotted at the side.

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I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am off to finish up Thanksgiving and start on the fajita dinner for 20 that is tomorrow night. Don't forget all the great shopping to be done as well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hapy Birthday To Me!

Today is my birthday. I'd tell you the number but well, I quit counting a couple years ago! Simon is out of school today for the Thanksgiving holiday. He asked if we could go to Chuck E. Cheese or Inflatable Wonderland for my birthday. He did offer that we could stop by a scrapbook store on the way home. He's such a thoughtful kid.

I have been working on the digital calendars for my family. I finally completed them all. They were all made in a 5 x5 size. prints 5x5 sizes for just a quarter which is how I chose my size. All of these pages were created with digi freebies. Mostly from Shabby Princess and Emily Giovanni. I am by no means very good with digital scrapbooking. I do like being able to re-size things quickly and for this project it was the perfect medium because I created once (a few months 2 or 3 versions) and I'm able to print out 6 presents.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Digital Calendar

I always make or order a photo calendar for my dad for Christmas. The first few years I just plugged pictures into the calendars on Snapfish. Last year I made one with a kit. This year I wanted to try making a desk calendar with digital layouts. I am not a digital scrapbooker. My skills are VERY limited. When I digi-scrap I usually have the link to some sort of tutorial open in another window to get me through my project. I like working with paper but for this project, digital is a great medium.


All of the elements are from Shabby Princess.