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Photography Tips and 50% Off Photo Books

Happy Monday! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about some GREAT sales going on – then I need to get back to “work” I am trying to finish a bunch of photo projects and get them all ordered before these sales end! This is especially hard to do when my only chance to work on them is when the kids are asleep :).

Firstly: I answered some photography and photo editing questions today and linked to some other related posts I wrote on my blog Lovely, Lovely Things.

Plus: My favorite photo gift site, Shutterfly is having an awesome sale right now – up to 50% off on photo books, free shipping on orders of $30 or more and 20%-30% off on lots of other photo gifts! I’m planning on getting at least $30 worth of the 50% off photo books so I can get the free shipping (and get a head start on Christmas gift making too)! Sale ends 11/03/10.

Finally: Snapfish has a couple of great sales going on too – 50% off several of their photo gifts, and 100 free 4×6 prints with the purchase of two 8x10s. I am making a 12×12 calendar for 50% off and I plan on getting the free prints too – since we just got back from a vacation in Hawaii and I have lots of scrapbooking to do :)! Sale ends 11/02/10.

Oh, and there is another way to get free prints at Snapfish too – if you sign up for their Merry Deal Reveal newsletter you will get 20 free prints plus extra coupon codes in your email starting Nov 15th. I took advantage of a lot of these deals last year – photo gifts for all Ho Ho Ho ;).

Have fun – I’m off to work on my little projects before the kiddos wake up :)!

Shutterfly Sales and FREE Photo Editing Software

Happy Monday everyone :)! For my USA readers, I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday, we sure did! I posted a few pics of our fun weekend at my Lovely Lovely Things blog.  I just wanted to pop in to let you know about a couple of hot tips:

Summer Sales at Shutterfly

I found out that Shutterfly is having some great summer promotions where you can save up to 30% off on things like the photo books, prints and 18 month calendars! I put a link to the promotion in my sidebar  – sorry email subscribers, you will have to actually come to the site to access this ;). But hurry – the promotion only lasts until the 13th of July!

FREE Photo Editing Software

My sister Rebekah clued me in to this great photo editing software called Photoscape, which you can download onto your computer for free! She loves the fact that is is very simple to learn to use (unlike Photoshop, which she is a little overwhelmed by). I took a few minutes to check it out, and I love all the great features! Here’s an example of one of our weekend photos before and after a quick editing session with Photoscape:

Before:

Before Editing with Photoscape

After Editing with Photoscape:

After Editing with Photoscape

Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to give up my Photoshop anytime soon, but for those of you who are interested in doing photo editing, but don’t have the time or budget for Photoshop – this could be the solution!

That’s all for now, hope your week is off to a great start :)!  ~xo Jess

Simple Handmade Gift Idea

Here’s a simple project idea I tried recently which was small enough to slip into an envelope with a card. These were quick and easy to make and I used mostly supplies I already had around the scraproom – yay :)!

Magnetic Notepads

Altered Magnetic Notepads

Supplies:

  • Small cardboard-backed notepad
  • Magnet (adhesive backed would be a plus)
  • Paper flowers and/or other embellishments
  • Hot glue gun or other adhesive

Steps:

  1. Adhere the magnet to the back of the notepad. A thin, flat magnet would be best, since the idea is that the notepad can be written on while hanging up. You can purchase adhesive backed magnets or just use those free magnets you get as advertisements (that’s what I used, since I always save them and have plenty on hand).
  2. Decorate the top of the notepad with paper flowers and a gem (the ones I used are by Prima), or use any other embellishments you like!

Tip: I love using my hot glue gun for projects like this – I just add a dot of hot glue, then quickly place the paper flowers on top and use the gem to press and hold it all together for a few seconds until the glue is dry. It works because there are tiny holes in the flower centers which allow the glue to adhere all the flowers and the center together at once!

Have fun, and let me know if you make some of these! Oh, and depending on how bulky/heavy your notepad is, you might need a bit of extra postage on your envelope – so keep that in mind if you plan to mail them :).

Hybrid Butterfly Card

Here’s a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law a little while ago. It’s a fun mix of grungy and delicate, earthy colors and bright colors, digital elements and physical embellishment. (As seen on the Prima blog)

Hybrid Birthday Card

Digital Supplies: Prima Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW

Physical Supplies: By Prima: Sprites 2 (#517144), Butterfly (#528355), Center Kisses (#520717). Other Supplies: Kraft cardstock, distress ink by Ranger, glitter glue and black ink.

Steps:
In Photoshop, I created a new document with the same dimensions as my blank card. I opened the Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW digital image, rotated it 180 degrees, and positioned it on the front of the card. I used the custom paper size option in my printer settings to enter the card dimensions. Before printing, I checked my print preview, to be sure that things were lined up correctly. Then I printed the image right onto the blank card and embellished it with Sprites flowers and a butterfly!

Tips and Tricks:

  • The digital silhouette I used for this card was designed for the yellow Sprites flowers, but it still works – don’t be afraid to experiment!
  • When I printed my digital image, the printer messed up and made black smudges of ink on the edges of my card – that’s when I decided to go with the grunge look :). I used more black ink to ink the rest of the card edges, plus some distress ink and glitter glue. I ended up loving it!
  • Even though I was going for contrasts between the bold flowers and grungy background, I still inked the flowers with a little distress ink to help them fit in with the rest of the card.

P.S. I usually try to avoid using my own handwriting – especially on the fronts of cards,  but I thought this one was just funky enough that it would look like the messy lettering was intentional ;).

A Lovely Faithbook Page

Sometimes, a single Bible verse is so meaningful to me that I decide to make an entire scrapbook page just for that verse. I made this one a while ago, and it has been hanging in my scraproom above my computer to inspire me whenever I look up at it :). This is one of my favorite Bible verses. In fact, it is the inspiration for the title of my blog: Lovely, Lovely Things (which I have finally been posting at again)!

Hybrid Faithbook Page

For how-to tips and product information about this faithbook page, check out the original post on the Prima blog.

Have you used a favorite Bible verse on a scrapbook/faithbook page? If so, I want to see it …  and if not, consider yourself challenged to try it :)! I’d love to see what you have made, so please leave a comment with a link to your page or project if you have something to share :)!

Handmade Baby Shower Cards

Looking for new ways to use your scrapbooking supplies? How about some handmade cards :)! I always save paper scraps left over from my scrapbooking projects to use later for cards, mini albums and other projects. These My Mommy and Me papers, by Prima were the perfect thing for some Baby Shower cards I made recently (as seen on the Prima blog).

Handmade Baby Shower Card Ideas

Handmade Card Making Tips

  • Stretch your paper scraps by cutting out paper design elements and using them to embellish your card front (like the flowers on the first card, and the turtles on the second).
  • Mix and match papers from one or more paper collections for a more exciting design.
  • Use a square or circle punch to instantly crop out cute sections of patterned paper, then create a mosaic out of them (you can download the free card template here).
  • More ideas for handmade baby shower cards and gifts: Girly Baby Shower Card and a Baby Shower Gift Idea

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates by Prima (first card)

Physical Supplies: All by Prima: Alphablends (#840723), Lovables Frilly flower (#701062), My Mommy and Me papers (#870195, #870270, #870294), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet. Non-Prima supplies: white cardstock, glossy photo paper.

Double Page Layout

The Prima design team members were challenged to create two-page layouts recently, here’s what I came up with – a couple of pages for my wedding scrapbook (yes, I’m still slooooowly working on it 5 years later LOL)! I guess these also qualify as faithbook pages because of the Bible verse I have included, which was incorporated into our wedding ceremony.

True Love Double Page Layout
True Love Double Page Layout - Page 1

True Love Double Page Layout - Page 2

Details

True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail

Here’s a close-up of a hybrid scrapbooking technique I used on page one. I had printed out an 8.5″x11″ page with a Loft 18 Silhouette, merged with one of the Beautiful Day papers, and my Bible verse typed out along the side. Then, I used chalks and colored pencils to color it in, and added the Loft 18 flower to the coordinating spot on the Silhouette.

True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail 2

I used another hybrid technique on page 2: after printing out one of the So Flirty quick pages, I cut out one of the designs with a silhouette for a chipboard heart and added a bit of glitter glue to it. Then, in Photoshop, I added the word “Love” to one of the coordinating stickers from the So Flirty kit, printed it out onto the RFH sticker sheet, added it to the matching chipboard, and placed the matching epoxy sticker on top. Lastly, I placed my custom “Love” sticker right onto the spot on the silhouette!

Digital Supplies: Available at PrimaHybrid.com (Left Side) Loft 18 Silhouettes (SKU19842), Beautiful Day Papers (SKU19837); (Right Side: IOD Flirty Album (SKU 19840)

Physical Supplies: Coquette Collection papers (#602017, #601997), Whispered Words (#812010), Loft 18 (#520045), Belle Fleur (#520960), The Bitty Bag (#506988), The Bigger Bag (#516703), Center Kisses (520700), Say it in Crystals (# 517328), Mulberry Paper Leaves (#170684), Clear Stamps (#830687) and Build-a-Frame stamps (#517731), Say it in Studs (#811389), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet

A Little Giveaway and a Mini Album Idea

I finally finished my most recent mini album! As I mentioned earlier, I had gone to Michael’s to pick up some of the goodies from the Nursery Tales Collection by Prima.  I got some great deals because I had a 30% off your entire purchase coupon and I also went back on another day to use a 40% off coupon for the paper pack.

Want to see what I bought?

Nursery Tales Collection by Prima

As many of you know, I am expecting a new baby in September, so I was thrilled to see this new collection!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect too because I wanted to make a mini album just for Gabe and the Nursery Tales Collection worked wonderfully for this project.

Mini Album Idea for Older Siblings

My son Gabe will be turning three just before we expect his new little sibling to be born. We have been trying to prepare him for our new arrival and get him excited about the new addition to our family. I want him to feel like he is a big part of what is going on. Gabe loves books, but I had been having a hard time finding one that I thought was really sending him the right message. Then it hit me, Gabe LOVES to look through all of my mini albums – why not make him his very own mini album about his early days as a newborn? I used photos from Gabe’s first few days to show him what life with a newborn baby is like.

I love this idea because it accomplishes at least three goals:

  • Help the sibling learn about everyday life with a newborn by sharing photos of bathing, changing, feeding, sleeping, cuddling and even crying.
  • Use photos of the sibling as a baby, so that they can see that they were once a newborn and were cared for in the same ways.
  • Give the sibling a special mini album of their very own – Gabe loves his even more than I expected him to!

I used a 5×5 Accordion Album, which also comes with its own keepsake box – too cute :)! Here are some pics of the finished box:

Altered Keepsake Box using Nursery Tales, by Prima

And a close-up one so you can see the adorable mini roses and beautiful flocked paper:

Keepsake Box using Nursery Tales, by Prima

Here’s the front of the album – I love the rub-ons in this collection!

Mini Album Cover using Nursery Tales, by Prima

I love the little bunnies too :)!

Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

Now for some pics of the inside of the album – awww, was he really ever that little?

Mini Album using Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

I love that the album has built in pockets and frames – it really is the perfect thing for a preschooler! Plus, you can add extra photos on the backs of the tags.

Mini Album using Nursery Tales, by Prima

What a great photo for the last page ;).

The Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

Tips and Tricks for Mini Albums for Kids

  • I used the distressed look, with rough, inked edges – that way, if the book suffers some wear and tear at the hands of my preschooler, it won’t be as noticeable.
  • I attached clear transparency sheets over each of the photos to protect them from little finger prints.
  • I made double-sided tags for all of the pockets in the album, making it more interactive and fun for young viewers.

Still with me? How about that giveaway :)! Leave me a comment on this post with your guess about the color scheme of the new baby’s nursery… PINK or BLUE? In a couple of days I will randomly choose somebody from the winning group of answers to receive a special sampling of the Nursery Tales papers and embellishments :)! P.S. If you are a friend or family member who already knows, please keep it our little secret for a few more days, OK? ~xo Jess

Sweet Emma

Ahhh, I remember when my niece Emma was the little girl from these photos… how sweet! She is growing up so quickly, but is still very sweet :). I am really looking forward to seeing her more when she moves into town this summer – I can hardly wait! Here’s a mini scrapbook page showcasing lots of beautiful goodies from Prima, along with some of my favorite Emma photos.

Sweet Emma

Sweet Emma Detail For supply list and instructions, check out the Prima blog (click here)!

Baby’s First Easter Faithbook Page

Happy Easter! I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends at church tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d share this with you a day early :). It’s a hybrid scrapbook page I made celebrating Gabe’s very first Easter (2007). I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the past two years!!

First Easter Hybrid Scrapbook Page

Digital Supplies: Fancy Leaves and So Flirty kit, by Jess Gordon

Physical Supplies: Flowers, Crystals, Cardstock and Letter Stickers all by Prima

First Easter Scrapbook Page

Here’s a close-up look at the hidden journaling area behind the main photo. You can see my full tutorial for this page in the April issue of the DST Insider . Check it out  – it’s free!

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