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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 :)!

Fall Fun Digital Scrapbooking Kit {FREE!}

Hello Scrappy Friends :). I just LOVE autumn, don’t you? To me it means lots of happy family times spent outdoors enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season, which is just around the corner – believe it or not! I have been blogging about the fun fall memories my family has been making (plus our recent trip to Hawaii with the two little kids) at our family blog: Lovely Lovely Things please stop by and say hi :)!

Anyway, I was making a sort-of digital scrapbook page for my blog when I realized that I had several fall-ish digital scrapbook kits from when I used to sell them which are just hanging around on my computer – so I decided to put some things together for a freebie :)!

This freebie is a hodgepodge mix of some new things, some things from old kits, and some old things which I played around with to make new again :). I hope you like it! ~xo Jess

*Click Here for the Fall Fun Downloads*

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 :)!!

Sharing the Love! {freebie}

Hello fellow scrapbookers! Just popping in to say a BIG THANKS for allowing me to take a much needed break from this site for the past few months :). So many wonderful things have happened since I last posted; including my dad’s retirement, some of my family relocating to a home less than 10 minutes away (from across the country), our new baby girl being born, a trip to England, folks visiting for the holidays and my husband completing his Master’s Degree to name a few… You can see more a more thorough update (plus photos) at my blog, Lovely Lovely Things.

Below is a digital scrapbook page I just whipped up for the fun of it ;).  Now that things are starting to calm down a bit, I can hopefully have more time for scrapbooking! In fact, I have been doing some fun projects lately, so I’d love to share them with you as soon as I get a chance.

Speaking of sharing, I thought I’d pass along this little freebie :). It’s a love themed mini digital scrapbook kit I made last year for sale, but since I am not designing/selling kits these days I can offer it here for free :)! Just click the image below to be taken to an online folder with the three download links. Have fun!

**Click here to reach the free downloads**

Birthday Idea for a Scrapbooking Mom

I had such a great birthday yesterday, and I just have to tell you about my scrapbooking birthday card :)!

Scrapbooking Birthday Card

My sweet husband found this card at Target and helped our son create it. My heart just melted when I saw this!!

Scrapbooking Birthday Card Inside 1

The card was already cute and scrappy looking, the boys just needed to add photos and fill in the blanks. I especially love the page below:

Scrapbooking Birthday Card Inside 2

Chris asked Gabe how he wanted to finish the sentences and wrote his answers in for him – so CUTE! It’s funny to see what kids come up with for answers. “You give me flowers” … really? I don’t remember doing that (maybe it’s a hint hehe). And if you are wondering about the one that says “You make laptops with me”, he is referring to this craft we did together – so cool that he loves crafts just like his mom :)!

Hope you’re having a great week! ~xo Jess

Gift Card Giveaway!

Anybody in the mood for some shopping? I have something special for you this week! An online living room furniture company, www.livingroomsdirect.com, is offering a $60 gift card for their store to one lucky Scrapbook Ideas reader this week! All you need to do for your chance to win is to leave a comment on this post sometime between now and Sunday night (July 26th). The random winner will be announced on Monday, July 27th. **NOTE: They ship to US and Canadian residents only at this time.**

I know what you’re thinking – what does a furniture company have to do with scrapbooking? Well, after browsing their huge online store, I found all kinds of goodies there, even scrapbooking and craft supplies! Here are some of my favorites (but of course the winner can use the gift card for anything at the store):

Scrapbook CarrierCraft Hutch Organizer

12x12 Scrapbook Case
Scrapbook Chest

Hmmm, can you tell I have storage solutions on my mind right now? I have been slowly but surely working on getting my craft room organized lately, it had gotten way out of control! Speaking of which – I have looked in at least six stores trying to find stamp pad storage and/or horizontal pen storage and have come up with nothing!! Right now all of my stamp pads are stacked up in a basket, so I have to take them all out to find the colors I want and then stack them all back up to put them away. And my pen storage situation is even worse. Do any of you have any ideas for me?

P.S. The Shutterfly book came! Once I take pics I will be back to show you :).
~xo Jess

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

Birthday Card Idea

Handmade Birthday Card I know, I know… for a site called “Scrapbook Ideas” there sure have been a lot of cards and other crafts here. But I think there must be enough of you out there who dabble in multiple paper crafts like I do, that I can get away with it :). Why limit yourself to only scrapbooking when there are so many other wonderful things you can do with your craft supplies? Plus I love the instant gratification of sitting down to complete a whole card from start to finish, and the joy I *hope* it will bring to the recipient. Another great benefit of expanding my horizons to include card making has been that it is a less intimidating way to experiment with new crafting techniques on a smaller scale.

A Birthday Wish (handmade card)

Supplies:

From Prima: Coquette Collection paper (#602017), Caliope Collection paper (#602239), Whispered Words (#812010 and #812027). Non-Prima supplies: Distress Ink by Ranger (vintage photo), chalks, stitching, glitter glue, white cardstock.

Steps:

  1. Trim the patterned papers to a size just a tiny bit smaller than your card front. Cut around the floral design on the Caliope paper, removing the top portion, and adhere the lower portion to the Coquette paper. TIP: try to avoid using adhesive along the outer edges, as you will be sewing them shortly.
  2. Sew a border around the outside edge of the patterned papers, with a sewing machine as I did (for tips on machine sewing paper, check here), or by hand. If you sew by hand, it helps to pierce the holes in advance – I just place the card on an old cushioned mousepad, and use a paper piercer or needle to poke all the holes.
  3. Use chalks in coordinating colors around the outer border of the card, then ink the edge of the card and the papers.
  4. Adhere the papers to the center of the card, and adhere the card greeting to the papers.
  5. Add some glitter glue to select areas of the floral design on the Caliope paper.

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 :).

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