Blogger Boards – check!

Over the weekend I had a great idea!!! See I had been wanting to find a way to keep up with my blogging. I tried folder, fell out I tried binder – ok I guess. What I was really searching for was something to layout all my posts and contributors and goals!!! I searched the internet 3 times on different google searches = nothing.

Then it hit me I could try again the hanging file folder idea but change it by opening them (2) both up and hot gluing them slightly overlapping so I had a large area. My file folders were red and ugly green. I used red and ended up making two separate board totaling 4 hanging file folders. It turned out perfect!!!! Here are my sections:

  • Posts
  • Goals
  • Contributors
  • notepad- ( for additional posts to be done)
  • Schedule of when to post

I did one for craftyeverafter and one for http://www.imfamousinmyfatherseyes.blogspot.com

As soon as I get my laptop back (2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!) I will make sure and post a picture of each.

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Stamp Smudges!

I love to add a stamped image or especially sentiments to my cards but I absolutely HATE it when I get smudges on my cards! I think It looks so messy, and not at all professional! Nothing seems to get these off- NO MORE!!! From this point on I am going to experiement with what will finally remove these little stains.

Here is a list of what I am going to try:

  1. alchohal
  2. bleach
  3. white out
  4. hairspray
  5. nail polish remover
  6. baking soda
  7. baking powder!

To keep in the know of how my little project if going look for this sign wherever you go on the blog and it will tell you I am working on the smudge issue ferverenlty!!!

smudge - stock illustration

Update!!

I tried the above methods for getting stamp smudges out but no luck- the only thing that erased or covered was white – out !!!I hoped baking powder would work but it did not. The “white”-out I used was actually buff colored and said so on the bottle(given to me by my Dad) so it covered nicely but white out does not always look professional on a card or layout!!!I even went a step further and tried out my stamp cleaner on the smudges – still there. A friend of mine recommended covering up the smudge with an embellishment or more matching paper which I have done before. So, sorry I could not find a new cleaning solution!!! A little disappointed that there is nothing on the market to get out those pesky stains!!! btw I did not remember to use nail polish remover – will do that next and keep yall in the know.

Me & My Crazy Printer!!!

Years ago (like 7 or more) I was graciously given by my Dad a Hewlett Packard Color C3100 Series Printer, Copier, Scanner all in one !!!! I was thrilled! It worked really good, not great. The thing is the printer gets paper jams really easily!!! I feed a sheet into the printer one by one -nope! Won’t print. I try putting all the paper in the “tray”  after carefully fanning it all a couple of times- Nope! Wont print. Years later, I am sick to death of this piece of crap. It rarely does print but when it does… eh? SO this year for Christmas from either my Dad (again) or my Fiance Glen (hearts) I am asking for a –

CANON PHOTO PRINTER!!! I hear from a photographer friend of mine that canon is excellent in all ways the cameras and printers are top notch!! Now, if anyone has experience with these and thinks they may not be all that PLEASE COMMENT below or email me with a better suggestion! It has to be a – Combination printer, scanner and maybey copier not so much on the copier but has to have scanner of some kind!!!

Thanks you guys and I for your own sanitys sake hope to GOD you never have to deal with the headache of a stupid printer ever!!!

Hitting it Big!

I had a question about where to find design classes. I want to one day create my own product, but for now just learing about scrapbook layout design and principles is enough. So, where does one go to learn more about all things crafty? I have found two wonderful resources that I highly suggest:

  1. getitscrapped.com    by Debbie Hodge
  2. Big Picture Classes    by Not Sure
  3. thedigitalscrapper.com

Out of the above three #1 is my all time favorite!!! Get It Scrapped offers courses for 20.00- 150.00 dollars but here is what I love – they offer FREE CLASSES on all kinds of stuff!!! From Story-telling,journaling, design, planning, to sketches too. The classes are usually self-paced, which is very handy with me having two kids in tow.

Big Picture Classes (hope I got that right name) offers a few free courses and they are great offering design principls such as contrast, shading, lines, patternes, and light. They like get it scrapped also offer a few high dollar courses as well. Money well spent if you ask me.

As for the Digital Scrapper, it is unique and for that matter so is the-lily-pad.com another good site! I think they offer a few courses. I find it very liberating to learn new techniques at this site. As you can assume from their name they are focusing primarlily on digital scrapping but not only that they have information for all scrappers as well as the digital.

Cant forget my all time favorite site of all – SCRAPBOOK.COM  LOVE it and they also offer 2-6 course at a time that you can freely choose to participate in! As with all good things they must come to an end but now with all this information I say for you my friend it is just the beginning….

Happy Learning!

Going Digital?

Guest post by Steph of The Daily Digi: I have been wanting to experiement with digital scrapping and I hope to be gifted a brand new copy of photo shop (never tried it yet) for Christmas  and dive right in!!! Good luck navigating this article!

Digital scrapbooking is a really fun and rewarding hobby, especially if you enjoy working with computers.  There are a lot of things about digital scrapbooking that are pretty convenient, such as being easily transportable (I have scrapped in the car, on an airplane, at McDonald’s, in a hotel lobby, and on my back porch while enjoying some sunshine), being less messy (no clean up afterward and I can leave a layout open on my computer for days without anyone messing with it), and I can find products to match anything and download them without going out (or I can even make my own products to match my photos).

If you think you might like to give digital scrapbooking a try, here are some tips to get you going:

1. Try software before you buy. Most programs for digital scrapbooking have a 30-day free trial, so you can download the program and try it out for 30 days.  Download the software, install it and try to do a layout or two and make sure you can find the information you need to help you create.  The two programs I recommend most for beginners are Photoshop Elements and ACDSee editor.  You can do just about anything you might want to do in these programs, even create your own supplies. There are tutorials and information out there to make it easier to learn how to make layouts for both of these programs and you won’t outgrow them quickly as you learn. You can read more about choosing a program at THE DAILY DIGI.

2. Jump in and go for it! I have taught a lot of people how to digi scrap since I went digital almost 7 years ago and it’s always interesting to me that there are some people that are afraid of trying it on their own, away from me.  One of the BEST things about digital scrapbooking is the undo button!  If you don’t like something or make a “mistake” just click UNDO and everything is happy again!!  As long as you save what you are working on, you can’t break it!

3. Make 3 layouts before giving up. When my family moved to a new state this past summer, I was in unfamiliar surroundings.  I would find myself wanting to go to a particular store or restaurant and thinking to myself, “I wonder where that is here, I know where it is at home (where we moved from)…but not here.” It was frustrating not to be able to picture in my mind what order I needed to run errands based on location.  Going back to what I was familiar with would have been easier, but I didn’t have any other option.  Learning a new computer program is much like that, we feel disoriented, confused, and sometimes frustrated.  If we don’t give ourselves another option though, and stick with it, familiarity will come.  If you make 3 layouts and just don’t like it, then digital might not be for you.  But, if you can stick with it through your first 3 layouts, you just might find you like it better than your old way!

4. Don’t download every freebie. Download some quality freebies to try digital scrapbooking, but be discerning as you download.  Not all freebies are created equally and everything you download takes up memory on your hard drive.  If you don’t LOVE it and can’t imagine yourself using it, don’t spend the time downloading it or the memory resources saving it.  There are a lot of amazing digital designers that create awesome supplies they sale for very inexpensively and the best part is that with digital you can reuse those supplies over and over and over!

5. Back up! Even if you don’t scrapbook digitally, you should back up your digital photos.  You should always have your photos (and supplies for digital scrapbookers) saved in AT LEAST  TWO locations.  There a many different ways to do this, burning your data once a week to DVD’s, manually backing up to another hard drive, or an online backup service like I use (I prefer this because it is automatic and off site…away from my house).  Find a solution that is right for you and utilize it because WHEN your computer and hard drive die (NOT if) you will be devastated if you don’t have another copy of your photos (and supplies for digital scrapbookers).

Here are a few of my other favorite layouts:

Steph has been a scrapbooker since she was 8-9 and has been a digital scrapbooker since 2003.  She is the owner of THE DAILY DIGI an ad-free, affiliate-free site that gives you back your time to make memories by bringing the best TO YOU!  Each month The Daily Digi releases a huge digital supply file, called THE DIGI FILES, with contributions from some of the top digital scrapbooking designers and includes over $30 of product for only $5.

Real People … to me Artists!

by Mariko Hisazumi

by LudmilaKodymskaya

by Eranslow

by ErickErickson

by Darcy Lagrandeur

Special thanks to all those of you whose beautiful work was featured! I picked you right off scrapbook.com galleries and to me all of you are for sure artists!!