To Smile, or not to Smile.

My life has been documented relentlessly since I was born.  Sitting on a bookshelf, the blue scrapbooks have multiplied through the years as I have experienced more and more in life. From the big moments: the first day of kindergarten, starting high school, college acceptance letter, my grandma’s last Christmas, and moving to Philadelphia; to the trifling: vacations, school dances, sporting events, family reunions, and day trips; my life is neatly remembered in those growing blue books.

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Pawsitively Adorable Pet Layouts

Oh how we love our pets and they deserve scrapbook pages too!  Fur Buddies Digital Kit is perfect for designing pages with pet photos.  We never want to forget how much love and comfort they bring to our lives and capturing those memories is so important.  Sometimes we don’t have our pets very long so these are treasured photos.

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Titles & Tags Using Rectangle Patterns

The Custom Cutting System has long been a beloved staple for adding some circle and oval shapes to our pages. Now we can expand our shape-ortoire to rectangles! There are endless ways to use the new Rectangle Patterns on all kinds of pages and album styles. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

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Getaway Memories Scrapbooking Layout

We all love to getaway.  Whether it is for a day, a weekend, or a week-long vacation- it refreshes the body and soul.

Last summer, my husband and I took a week off of work to move both of our boys into their new homes.  One to his sophomore year of college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the other to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for his first year of law school.  It was an adventure to say the least.  We travelled over 3000 miles and saw parts of the country that we had never seen before.  We loved capturing photos of the road signs and countryside along the way.

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Photo Tips – Shutter Speed/Time

How fast do I want to snap this photo?  That is the question you should ask yourself when you are setting your shutter speed in manual mode.  How much natural light is available when you are taking the photo has a direct relationship to how fast you want to snap the photo.  So if you are in low light you will need to hold your shutter open longer and if it is a bright situation you will need it to open and close quickly.

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Shutter Speed = Time

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Fur Buddies Scrapbooking Borders

Furry friends are the best, aren’t they? Many of us love our pets so much we take oodles of pictures of them and dedicate entire albums to capturing the special bonds we share with them. The Fur Buddies Paper and Stickers are PURR-fectly wonderful for those fun and lovable pages, and I couldn’t wait to get my PAWS on the new Paw Prints Border maker Cartridge to make some borders. Hope you DIG ’em!

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Photo Tips – Aperture/F-Stop

Ready to learn about aperture/F-stop? I am going to share a few tips with you about how to get started setting your aperture.

The first step is to decide what you are trying to achieve from the photo you want to take, blurred background, everything in focus, stop action, blurred action. If you are trying to blur your background or keep everything in focus it is your aperture you are going to set first. When beginning it is a good idea to go 50 percent manual and you do this by using the A(Nikon) or AV(Canon) mode found on the dial on the top of your camera. In this mode you set the f-stop and the camera chooses the correct shutter speed to balance the light meter in your camera.

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Challenge 7: Creative Memories NSD Virtual Crop

Today has FLOWN by.  I am guessing because we have had so much FUN spending the day together.

Were you able to complete projects?  Did you learn something along the way?  We hope that we have inspired you just a little bit.

Thank you SO much for joining us.  We saw amazing projects come through today!

Let’s finish off the day by creating some banners/flags.

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Challenge 6: Creative Memories NSD Virtual Crop

Who doesn’t love to get a beautiful card in the mail?

Well, imagine their face when it is handmade (with love).

Let’s add some sunshine to a loved ones face by creating a window card.

We will show you a couple of different ways to create the “window”, and then we’d love to take a peek into your “window”.

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