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Fourth of July Scrapbook Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 47}

Wishing my fellow Americans a wonderful Independence Day today! Here are some of my Fourth of July scrapbook layouts from July 2011. The kids and I were visiting family in Massachusetts, while Daddy was on a business trip overseas. As you can see, we had a great time! Too bad this year’s trip to see them was earlier in the summer. New England is a great place to celebrate America :). I made this photo book with Mixbook, and used their “Stars and Stripes” theme. I am not usually a fan of the themes that come with photo books, but I have to say that this one was just perfect :)!

God bless the land that I love – I am so thankful for my country and my freedom!

Digital Scrapbooking Template Freebie {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 28}

Summer break has me and the kids pretty busy these days :)! I did have a chance to put together a little freebie for my readers – a simple digital scrapbook template based on my postcard layout from the Hawaii trip scrapbook :). Check out the digital scrapbook layout below, with photos from the streets of NYC taken last week as we drove home from vacation!

Summer Scrapbooking Template Freebie

*Click Here for the Download Page*

This template has room for at least eight photos! Great for scrapbooking summer vacations and travels :). Here’s what I scrapped using my new digital template:

Credits: Summer Brights Paper Pack Freebie and Summer Scrapbooking Template. Font: Teen.

Vacation Scrapbook Cover and Title Page Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 6}

Another scrapbook I will be sharing this summer, as part of the 100 days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas series, is our Hawaii vacation scrapbook. Like the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook, this album is also about a fall trip – but summer seems like the best time to share these with you, because we spent most of our time at the beach! Today I will just be focusing on the scrapbook cover and title page.

Scrapbook Cover Idea: The Group Photo!

For each family vacation we take, I always try to make sure we have at least one group photo. These are perfect for the cover of the scrapbook! The group photo instantly shows:

  • Who was on the trip?
  • When was the trip (before the kids were born…when the kids were little…etc.)?
  • Where were we?

This works for digital scrapbooks and paper scrapbook covers. For digital scrapbooks you can usually add a photo right to the cover – or at least place the photo on the first page, so that it will show through a “peek-a-boo” window in the cover. For traditional (paper) scrapbooks, I like to look for a scrapbook album with a photo frame in the cover to put the group photo in.

Vacation Group Photo Tips

Here are some things to think about when taking your group photo for the scrapbook cover:

  • Location – try to find a spot that shows the setting of your vacation. For the Hawaii vacation scrapbook, we posed on the balcony of the condo with the ocean and palm trees in the background. As it turns out, the photo frame was too small to show the palms, but you get the idea :).
  • Attire – If possible, try to have the people in the group photo wear coordinating clothes that fit the over-all feel of the trip. I love the look of coordinating, but not exactly matching. I’m sure this is easier while my kids are young, because I still choose their clothes :).

For each of my scrapbooks, I like to create a title page. The title page is that first page on the inside of your scrapbook. It is different from the rest of the pages, because it typically doesn’t have a “mate”.

Tips for Designing a Scrapbook Title Page:

  • Use the title page to share information about what the scrapbook is about. Consider including information about Who, What, When, Where and Why type questions. In this case, I included the location and date, plus plenty of embellishment to show that it was a fun trip for vacation.
  • You may or may not need/want to include photos on the title page. The only “photo” on my Hawaii scrapbook title page is just an image I clipped from a travel brochure! I saved the photos for other pages in the book, because I want to title page to stay focused on information about the book.
  • The title page sets the tone for the rest of the scrapbook. Feel free to go crazy with embellishments :)!  Or not – it all depends on the feel of your scrapbook. In this case I included tons of tropical flowers, bright colors and a picture of a surfer on the beach.

Do you have any other ideas or tips for designing scrapbook covers or title pages? If so, please share in the comments :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 5: Nature Photography Tip}

Today’s summer scrapbooking tip is a quick one, but it’s something I hadn’t thought of until recently when I saw a similar style on a professional photographer’s site.

If you will be spending time outside this summer, you might enjoy this tip for photographing nature: try positioning yourself behind some natural foliage or flowers and shooting through them to create a dreamy look around your subject. You will need to be careful that your camera is focused on the subject of your photo, so that the leaves or flowers in the foreground become blurry, not vice versa. I have seen this effect done with portraits too!

This page is another one from my Summer Flowers photo book, the paper is from my Loveliness freebie :).

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 2: Collecting Summer Favorites}

Is there something you tend to take LOTS of photos of every summer? Why not make a mini scrapbook or photo book with just a collection of photos of that favorite thing? It could be trips to the pool, ball games, or even something as simple as a collection of summer flower photos, like mine from last summer. Sometimes grouping “like” photos together from the course of a season, year or even several years can create more impact and are more relevant together than randomly spread throughout many pages or albums.

I am always inspired by flowers, so I seek them out and photograph them where ever we go. Most of the time I just have too many to put them all into my regular scrapbooks, and they don’t really need any text, so I love to  make picture books filled with some of my favorites! This photo book was created using Mixbook (I used an awesome coupon!), and I uploaded digital scrapbook paper from my freebie kit {Loveliness} to use for the backgrounds. Very simple, but I love the result :)!

How about you? Have you scrapbooked any collections? Something to think about as you’re snapping your summer photos this year :).

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 :)!

My Photo Book Ideas PLUS Free Greeting Cards

Hi Friends! I’m so excited to get caught up with you after taking a little break ;). Things seem to be calming down a bit around my house and I am finding more and more time for crafty projects these days – yippee!!

I’ve made some great Shutterfly photo books I’d love to share with you – just click on the image of the book to be taken to my Shutterfly share site if you want to peek inside :).

This Creating Keepsakes pre-made scrapbook called The ABCs of You turned out to be a super fun birthday gift for Gabe – and it was easy to put together too! TIP: There are several extra layouts available to add to this book, in case you want more than one page for some letters.

Here is the HUGE 12×12 Memory book I put together with all my favorite photos from 2009. I was short on time (during the holidays, with a new baby) so I just used Shutterfly’s classic everyday layout style which really put the focus on my photos. TIP: To give my photo book a beautiful, yet simple cover, I uploaded a digital scrapbook paper by Shabby Princess to my Shutterfly album to use as my custom photo cover!

This is one of my favorite photo books – I made digital scrapbook pages using Photoshop and a beach-themed kit by Shabby Miss Jenn, then I uploaded them to make a Shutterfly Digital Scrapbook!

I also made three photo books about our trip to England last fall to send as gifts. The great thing about making photo books through Shutterfly is that once you make a book, it is saved in your account so you can easily order duplicates or even save a book as a new project and make changes to customize the book for a specific person, as I did for my England trip memory books.

Last but not least, I wanted to share some real – life photos of another Shutterfly book I made a while back.

I had promised to share pics of what the finished product looked like with my digital layouts which spanned the gutter (where the pages meet in the center at the binding). Here are a few examples:

I created these layouts in Photoshop as one continuous image, then split it into two pages, which I uploaded into Shutterfly and added to the photo book.

As you can see, some of the image gets lost in the center where it folds into the binding, which is why you shouldn’t put key text or images in that area.

I think in these examples, though, it is worth losing a little of the image to have the effect of a large image spanning the two pages – I was happy with the result!

Shutterfly has a 20% off sale on photo books going on right now, along with lots of other great deals, including three free greeting cards (use this coupon code: SUMMERCARDS by September 1st). Here are the custom cards I just ordered :)!

Well, it’s GREAT to be getting back into scrapbooking – I have tons of wonderful new photos to use so I hope to be blogging much more often! Please leave a comment to say “hi”, I can’t wait to hear from my fellow scrapbookers – I miss you :)!!

Photo Book Idea and a New Coupon

I finished my latest Shutterfly photo book! This is the first book I’ve made which does not include scrapbook pages or photos of people – it’s actually a collection of some of my favorite flower photos from the past few years, and I LOVE it!

You can click on the image below to virtually “flip through” the photo book:

Botanical Gardens Shutterfly Photo Book

I just can’t wait to see this new book in person! It is one of the new soft cover books available in the 8×8 size, which are more affordable but still allow you to customize the front and back covers and spine. I will take pics of it when it comes and let you know how it compares to the other styles I’ve tried. Speaking of which, I have posted my other Shutterfly photo books at my new Gordon Family Photos share site, so now they are all available to flip through for ideas :). Click here to check it out!

Do any of you have a Shutterfly site? If so, please share the link – I’d love to see your projects! These sites are really cool and easy to customize – I will be updating mine with more of my Shutterfly projects soon – feel free to add yourself as a member to my site if you want to be updated regularly :).

Oh, and I also wanted to mention that I added a new coupon for a free collage poster or $5 off your Shutterfly purchase to the sidebar.  If you’re interested but you’re reading this via email or feed – you can click here to be taken to the site and get the coupon code :).  Enjoy! ~xo Jess

* Update: I combined my Scrapbook Ideas share site with my family share site to save myself some time/effort uploading things. Sorry if you had added yourself as a member on that old site, but feel free to add yourself to the new site as well! Also, people are asking some good questions in the comments section below and I decided to put my answers right with the questions, so be sure to check them out below*

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

Today’s Inspiration: Pink, Shabby Chic and Roses

My family is on their way to visit so I should be getting the house ready, not procrastinating at the computer right now, but when I saw today’s challenge at shimelle.com I just had to join in :).

I am a huge fan of Shabby Chic style decor, so the guest bedroom in our house is just as pink and pretty as you can imagine :). I realized this morning that now is a great time to take some photos in there, because soon that room will be transformed into the new baby’s nursery (OK, so it will still be very Shabby Chic, but it will not look the same as it has for the past 5 years).

These photos make me want to pull out my lovely pink scrapping supplies and finish some more of my wedding pages :). I am totally inspired by all flowers – especially roses and of course, by any shade of PINK!
Shabby Chic Decorations
Shabby Chic Bedding
Shabby Chic Details
Quilt with Rose Embroidery
Quilt with Pink Roses
Pink Rosey Books

P.S. Here’s a fun fact for you: The search engine term “Shabby Chic” is one of the top ten searches that lead people to this site, and it’s the only one in the top ten that is not scrapbooking related. As of right now, it has lead to over 7,524 visits!

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