Our 2:00 AM cookies turned out to be Iron Man Sugar Cookies.
Hi, I’m Rachel. Louise asked me to write a post about scrapbooking… like a week ago. Ironically enough, I’m down to the wire here, because I’ve been too busy… you guessed it, scrapbooking! Right now I’m working on my family album for 2009. I recently finished 2010, and I’m simultaneously working on my ongoing project for 2011 – Project Life. But more on that later.
I am NOT a scrapbooking expert. Far from it. There is a lot I don’t know about, know how to do, or even care to know about. But I love it. Partly I love it, because I like to stick stuff on paper. Yup, it’s as basic as that. I also love it because I like to take pictures of my kids, and my pets, and the flowers growing in my yard, and the bees on the flowers in my yard, and weird signs I see walking down the road. (I’m the one walking down the road… not the signs… that sounded weird.) At any rate, you get the idea. I like to take pictures. Is there a mom out there who doesn’t?
I discovered scrapbooking when my first child was born, 11 years ago. A friend gave me an old-school Creative Memories album (8×10, if you can believe that!), and a ‘baby boy’ kit of papers and die-cuts and the like. I totally didn’t get it. I had no idea what that stuff was for. And what the heck are ‘photo splits’? It all made no sense to me, until I saw some albums my cousin had made. Ahhh… light was dawning. Then I was bit. I had the bug. I had one kid and a camera. Holy cow, did I ever do a lot of scrapbooking! I did so much scrapbooking that I decided to become a Creative Memories consultant! When I would try to convince other mothers that they needed to take up scrapbooking, they would tell me crazy stuff like, “I don’t have time” or “I’m not that organized” or something equally bogus in my mind. My eldest has 3 albums of just HIM and his first 4 years!
And then I had more kids.
It was around the time my daughter (2nd child) was a year old that I realized that all those other moms were right! I didn’t have the time. I wasn’t that organized! I didn’t have the space, or the presence of mind, or the ability to keep my sticker/paper/scissor loving toddler out of my stuff!
And so it sat. And my guilt began to grow, along with my files and files of pictures… This child has 1 partially done album that only takes her to about 1 month old! My youngest has ZERO albums. Count ‘em! ZERO. But still it sat.
Until this year. Finally. I feel like I have the ability and the desire to start to attack my boxes and files. What finally broke me through was my SIL introducing me to Project Life. This is the most brilliant system for busy moms with not a lot of time, space, money, sanity, etc. There are so many ways to use Project Life, but I am doing mine chronologically throughout the year, a photo a day (give or take). I try to update it weekly, so I can do it quickly, memories are fresh, and I don’t get bogged down in trying to sort out several months’ worth of pictures and stories. I look through my pictures weekly and send the ones I want printed out to Costco. I go there pretty much every week anyway, so I may as well pick them up there. If you are unfamiliar with Project Life, browse around a little. Watch the video clips. Read some blogs on the subject. I love it.
Since I’ve been working on 2011, I decided to start working backward through my family’s pictures. I pulled out some unused Creative Memories albums I had, some adhesives, some scrapbooking paper, and my pens. I ordered ALL of the pictures from 2010 that I wanted to include, and got to work.
I used to be a much more creative/artsy-fartsy scrapbooker. I would use stickers and make fancy borders and do whole spreads for certain events. NO LONGER. My experience using Project Life has changed my approach. It is purely chronological, industrial, and economical. The goal is to get the pictures in the book; make it look decent; document what is going on in the picture. END OF STORY. Seriously, nothing fancy. I finished 2010 in about a week. I’m now close to being done with 2009.
So I guess my point is this: You can be a fancy, creative scrapbooker if you want. If that’s your thing, your albums will be a lot prettier than mine. Awesome. Go for it. Love what you’re doing. But, if you’re not inclined that way, don’t let it stop you from doing something with your pictures. Seriously do something with them. I wish I’d had my camera with me this morning when I was at my mom’s house. I could have taken a picture of WHY you should do something with your pictures. She has 3 or so crates stacked up with bags and envelopes of pictures in them. Some are old, some are newer. A few have dates on them. A few have labels on them. Some are in old, yellowed, sticky photo albums that have faded and yellowed the pictures in them. It’s overwhelming and sad.
You take these pictures of your family. Wouldn’t it be great if your kids and grandkids and great-grandkids could see these pictures and read about the people in them and the stories behind them? I think so. Maybe that sounds self-absorbed or something. But think of it like this: How cool would it be to have a wealth of that sort of information about the life of YOUR great-grandmother? It makes you think about it a little differently.
So, my mission is simple: Do something with your pictures. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be creative or elaborate. BUT, protect your pictures. Label them. Display them. And tell the stories behind them. Future generations will thank you.
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.
Red Envelope offers unique and personalized gifts for every occasion. They have jewelry to centerpieces to holiday treats. And they have one of the cutest line of Baby Gifts that I’ve ever scene. The baby gifts are so cute and look wonderful, but I wanted to capture something that would keep my memories for me.Red Envelope is a company specializing in memories. Be that, baby memories, photo memories or just lifetime memories they have it.
Take this frame for instance, Red Envelope sent me this frame for me to review. I love photos and I love colors. The bright colors are a perfect combination with all of the colors in the photos of the kids. I’m very excited about this review opportunity. Any time I get the chance to pick out photos for a frame is a ton of fun on my part.
Our wall gallery frame features a kaleidoscope of colors while making it easy to create an instant photo gallery. Capture all of the little one’s new firsts – first steps, first finger paintings, the first day of school. Suspended from a single white wall bracket, five frames hold a total of eight images. Optional plaque may be personalized with two lines of up to 15 characters each. Exclusively from RedEnvelope.
The Holiday Gifts Look Great too. The quality of the frae is ecellent so I can only imagine that the rest of the products are too. I’m also partial to a company that has a very nicely organized easy to use website.
They have offered one 75.00 Gift Card to their on-line store.
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* The unique Relight feature is like turning on a light bulb inside your photograph. Aurora can detect where your photograph needs more light, and where it doesn’t, and it will naturally relight your image. (You can see in the attached before-and-after image that shows how you can transform an image where half of someone’s face is in a shadow).
* When you save your edited image, you are NOT saving over the original. Aurora is non-destructive. It will save your edited file with the same name as the original plus an “_au” at the end of the file name so you know which is the edited version. This is a nice feature so that you can keep your originals for future editing (or other needs).
* Log in to Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug or other social media accounts from within Aurora. That will sync Aurora to your social media account and then enable you to edit photos you have on Flickr in Aurora, automatically updating the version on Flickr. Pretty cool!
There was a very positive review on Imaging Resource which is a website for amateur photographers.
"Aurora is the answer for intuitive photo editing," said Tracey Clark, photographer (www.traceyclark.com), mom and founder of ShutterSisters.com. "I love its unique way of presenting editing options. In my experience using the software, Aurora makes it easy for anyone to improve and beautifully enhance their images."
Light Crafts, Inc. is a company that believes everyone’s photos should look great and that getting them to look that way should be simple. Light Crafts’ patent-pending image processing technology powers Aurora, the powerfully simple photo editing, organizing and sharing software, and the award-winning LightZone(TM) digital image editing application suite. Light Crafts was founded in 2004 by Fabio Riccardi. The company is privately-funded and based in Palo Alto, California. For more information about Light Crafts and Aurora, please visit www.lightcrafts.com.
The software is made by Light Crafts downloaded and stalled with no problems. Then when I opened it it took a long time before I could do anything. I know it was because it actually indexed all of my photos and we have tons, we’ve been completely digital since the birth of my daughter and take 1,000s of pictures.
I was a bit impatient and tried to do some editing before it was done and it crashed on me. However, when I opened it again it worked just fine. This software is not something that I would purchase and that’s because we already own Photoshop.
However, I like it and will recommend it because it is cheaper than Photoshop and it indexes your photos(organizes), you can easily add comments and tags to your photos. You can edit the photos and it doesn’t copy over your original photo. I am happy to have a copy of it now.
It has limitations in what it does, you can’t add graphics or make it look like Kim Anderson art. You can just make adjustments, sepia, black and white and the aurora setting is pretty cool. The enhancements are much better than what you can do with the on-line places.
Best of all is automatically uploading the photos from within the program.
Aurora’s powerfully simple solution not only edits
photos, but it has sophisticated tools to help organize
photos; online back-up services to help keep photos
safe; and Aurora makes sharing photos easy with photo
publishing tools and photo sharing capabilities with
sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Aurora believes that everyone’s photos should look
great, and that getting them to look that way should be
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