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Keep it Simple Suzie

Sometimes an expressive photo in a very simple layout is the best way to communicate powerful emotions. The photo of me in this layout was taken exactly one year ago today. I can’t believe how much my life has changed since that day!


Credits Digital stamp: Taran Conyers.

Tips and Techniques:

  • To give my photo more emotional appeal and to create a soft, dreamy look, I used some photo filters and I lowered the color saturation in Photoshop Elements (check back for future blog posts about how do these tricks).
  • I used one great photo instead of several so-so ones. This gives the page more impact and makes it easier to look at.
  • I stuck to a limited range of colors and only used one decorative stamp, which adds interest without overpowering the image.
  • Using two different, coordinating fonts in colors that compliment the page help unify all of the page elements.

Photo Organization Part 1: Prints

If you have tons of printed photos you’d like to scrapbook “someday”, but you don’t know where to start, then you have to check out this webisode by Tasra Dawson, author of Real Women Scrap. She goes over the basics of getting your photos organized and safely stored – ready for you to put in a scrapbook! Even though my printed photos are already organized, I still enjoyed watching this fun and informative first episode of Real Women Scrap TV.

Photo Organization

Here are my own favorite tips for organizing your printed photos:

  1. Store them in an environment that will not be damaging: away from papers containing acid or lignin, and from excessive light, heat, moisture, dust, etc.
  2. Store the photos in an upright position (so that they will be less likely to be bent or indented by things pressing down on them).
  3. Keep your negatives! Treat them with just as much or more care as the prints.
  4. Have a labeling system in place.  I like to write on photo-safe cards and keep the cards with the photos, but if you must write on the photo itself, use a photo-safe marker.
  5. Try to do your labeling as soon after getting the prints made as possible! Trust me, you won’t always remember your college roommate’s boyfriend’s dog’s name :).
  6. Organize the photos in a way that will make sense when it’s time to do your scrapbooking. If you scrapbook chronologically, store the photos chronologically.  If you’re making a Christmas scrapbook, keep all of the Christmas photos together.
  7. If possible, store duplicates of your photos in a separate location. This way, you will have copies in case something happens to the originals.
  8. When choosing a photo storage system, try to find something that is somewhat portable. Remember, the goal is to eventually scrap the photos, so you want to be able to grab them and go. Get multiple smaller containers if necessary.
  9. If you have memorabilia that you want to include with the photos in a scrapbook, store them with the photos. Make sure the memorabilia are NOT touching the photos if they are not photo-safe (you can keep them in specially made plastic sleeves).
  10. Most of all, have fun with the organization process! Come up with a system that appeals to you, or you won’t stick with it.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, I bought my photo storage boxes (pictured above) at Hobby Lobby. If you pay attention to the sales, you can get them for 1/2 price too!

Timeless Photos

You don’t have to be a professional to capture beautiful photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime. This article called “Do-it-yourself Photo Shoots”, from Creating Keepsakes, illustrates 5 simple steps to improving your skills.

In Dad's Arms

I took the above photo when my son was just one week old.  For my own little do-it-yourself photo shoot I hung a piece of black fabric near a window to take advantage of the indirect natural light it offered. I planned ahead and set up the shot so that when my baby fell asleep I was ready to start snapping away. I decided to zoom in very close to the baby. Even though it meant cropping most of my hubby out of the shot, it was OK, because  I already had some regular photos of my husband and son together. I made sure to turn off the flash, so that there would be no harsh shadows. I took many photos, and luckily I ended up with one I really like!


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