STRAIGHTEN UP! How to avoid and fix crooked photos

If you want one little tip that will immediately improve your photography (and thus, your scrapbook pages), this is it; straighten up your photos. This may seem like the most basic advice ever, but my guess is you will be surprised at how many crooked pictures you will find in your collection of photos once you have your eyes trained to look for straight lines. This is something that I (Katie) still struggle with so I have put in a lot of research time on this subject. Today I’m going to share with you 3 important ways you can avoid and/or fix crooked pictures.

Before I go any further, I want to show you a few examples and go over a few basic principles.

When a picture is crooked, it is uncomfortable for your eye to view it. Without even realizing it, you try to compensate for the tilt in the photo.

You might have to do a double-take to realize how this photo has changed from the first one in the series. The horizon line is straight now.

The horizon line is where the ground meets the sky. Even if there are mountains, uneven ground, or buildings in the way, this line still exists and your eye will search for it. When there is no natural horizon line, obvious horizontal lines will call attention to whether or not your photo is straight.

Nature often provides the lines for you – the centers of flowers, people’s eyes, the ground line, etc.

Your mind can easily fill in the line that should be there.

Now that you know what to look for to determine if your photo is straight or not, let’s talk about how to straighten things out.

STRAIGHT FROM THE START:

Ideally, you should aim to shoot straight pictures as you press the shutter-release button. How do the pros do this? They gear up for success! There are tools that will make this task a little easier.

  • shoot with a tripod or with your camera resting on a level surface
  • use a camera level
  • use the viewfinder grid display on your camera and line up one of the grid lines with a line in your photograph.

  • practice, practice, practice!

AFTER THE FACT:

Of course you aren’t always going to get a straight shot. There isn’t always time to set up tripods and use levels. And what can you do about all those old photos when you didn’t even think about shooting straight? And if you are trying to capture a moving toddler then forget about all of the above and just snap away! Never fear, that’s why we love our photo editing programs so much!

Let me show you how straightening things out in photo editing can dramatically improve a picture:

Please forgive the old pictures – this is me in 1989!

Much better!

What about even a tiny tweak? This is what separates a good photographer from a mediocre one. (Or in this case, a good editor from a mediocre one.)

Nice photo of a seagull on a beach in Oregon. But if you look closely, the horizon line is just a little tilted.

Easy to see this when you have a straight line to compare the horizon to.

After the adjustment everything that should be straight is all fixed.

Subtle, but powerful change.

Ok, so now you are asking HOW do you do this? It depends on what photo editing program you use. Most digital scrapbookers seem to use Adobe Photoshop Elements or one of the Photoshop programs, but there are also other programs that work just as well. The nice thing is that all photo editing programs have pretty straightforward instructions for straightening out photos since that is one of the most common photo edits. Click on the help menu in your program or go to the online website to find tutorials for straightening photos. Here are a few links to get you started:

Straightening Crooked Photos in Lightroom 2 by Scott Kelby

Straighten an image in Photoshop Elements 8

Straighten photos in Photoshop CS4

KEEP YOUR FRAMES STRAIGHT:

Just a little tidbit for you to apply to your physical photos on display. If you go to all the work to take or make a straight picture, be sure to keep your frames straight on your wall! I have 92 photo frames hanging along the walls of my stairway and in the landing area. This is a high traffic area where the frames could easily be bumped, but I have a secret weapon to keep them all straight. I put a little bit of this stuff on the back of each photo and press it onto the wall to hold it securely in place. Scotch Brand Adhesive Removable Putty (white). It doesn’t leave a mark on your walls after you remove it. I’ve used this trick for more than 15 years in 3 different houses and I’ve never had a problem with marking up the walls. My pictures are never crooked, even when I dust them.

My other secret weapon? I use a level when I hang all my photos to be sure I hang them straight in the first place!

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Kay Miller Designs

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I am so excited to share today’s sponsor with you — Kay Miller, of Kay Miller Designs, is known for her fun colors and amazing graphics.  Her store is just FILLED with hand-drawn elements and graphics.  Truly amazing!  Pirates to princesses, summer flowers to winter snows…her store has everything!  I had a hard time choosing favorites!   While her products are perfect for so many pages, if you have little kids to scrap, you are in for a real treat!  But let’s start with the mini kit she created just for THE DIGI FILES 8!

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You can purchase this kit (as well as a ton of other stuff!) all for just $5.00 — THE DIGI FILES 8.

So soft and sweet — it was just perfect for a layout of my daughter when she was just ten days old!

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And here are some more layouts from our team

kaymillerkatieLayout by Katie: Kay Miller Cinnamon Whisper from The Digi Files 8 at The Daily Digi, Template by Darcy Baldwin Sweet Shoppe Designs, Journaling font CK classical

sam-mommy-love-2007Layout by Karen: Kay Miller Cinnamon Whisper from The Digi Files #8 at The Daily Digi; Janet Phillips template from October grabbag; Lauren Reid Inky Dink Edges and Brush It Vol. 2; Kristen Rice stitches; Krystal Hartley My Stamp Stash; Font is Fontologie Printing Primer

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Layout by Steph: Kay Miller from TDF8 (except doodled frame which is from Jungle Boogie and the arrow is from thinkdesignblog.com and template is Yin)

alittleabout-copy5My name is Kay Miller. I live in Southern Missouri on 400 gorgeous acres. We have lots of animals and love being out in the middle of nowhere. I am married to my best buddy Paul for 14 years now and we have two amazing kids. Aside from designing and scrapping I love to make cards and work with Polymer clay sculpting tiny figures and Christmas ornaments.

STORE: Kay Miller Designs

I have always been crafty and loved doing all kinds of artwork so when I discovered digital scrapbooking it was just second nature to figure out how to make all the papers and elements.

I have been designing for a little over five years now.

I am both but I have to admit I love scrapping the most. I am on several creative teams and I absolutely love scrapping photos of my family.

Well it used to be a LOT! hahaha! I spent most of my waking moments designing and handling the customer service part of running a store. I have over the last few months slowed down on my designing to spend time on some of the other things I love like scrapping and my clay work.

My Right On Track page kit is probably my favorite right now. It’s usually the one I just finished but for some reason I still really love this kit.

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My Jungle Boogie kit is my largest selling product by far.

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1. Of course my family is my first and foremost love.
2. I love my dogs and all dogs for that matter! haha!
3. I love to create!
4. I love photography, mostly taking pictures of my kiddos.
5. I love snowy days when I can have a fire in the fireplace and stay inside all cozy and make things with the kids or by myself.
6. I love the first few days of fall when the air is cool and dry. It’s exhilarating! Actually I love all of fall but the first few days are so wonderful!
7. I love Christmas and everything that goes with it. Especially decorating the tree and all the beautiful ornaments.
8. I love Sunday nights with my family when we watch movies and eat junk food.
9. I love love rubber stamps and beautiful background papers.
10. I love spending time alone doing just exactly what I want and love to do.

1. When the kids have lots of homework after being at school for 8 hours.
2. People in the store who take up the whole aisle with their cart and act like they are oblivious to the fact that you’re trying to get by.
3. Big cities
4. Crowds and loudness
5. When everyone in the whole house ( including the dogs) is talking to me and wanting my attention all at the same time.
6. Humidity and frizzy hair. That’s why I like Fall and Winter 😉
7. My little tiny craft room. I desperately need more space. ( I hope my hubby reads this 😉
8. Having to clean the house and then the minute everyone gets home it looks like you never did a thing.

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And now for a look at some of my favorite things in Kay’s store. And look at what she has going on!

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And here are some inspirational layouts using Kay’s designs

mika_horses_09_webLayout by Jacki: Kit is Kay Miller’s Saddleup and the font is Christy by Darcy Baldwin.

katiepirateLayout by Katie: Story Template by SuzyQ scraps at Polka Dot Plum, High Seas kit by Kay Miller, Times New Roman font

mika_triptovet_09_webLayout by Jacki: Paws kit by Kay Miller

katiethankfulLayout by Katie: Template by Janet Phillips (modified), Thankful times kit by Kay Miller, Journaling font is Darcy Baldwin Tracy Script

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Layout by Steph: Papers and doodles, Kay Miller – Tiki Tiki Tembo, stitching and arrows by Zoe Pern, fonts Fontologie and Stephanie2

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I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to Kay for being with us at THE DAILY DIGI this month!  Your designs are so fun and creative and I can’t wait to play with them more!

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P.S.  Congrats to Kelly Lester ~ I like how everyone here is “real” and nobody makes me feel like an idiot. No question is too stupid or too beginner – ish.  Watch your inbox!

Right Now

right-now_webEvery Life Has its Story from THE DIGI FILES 8, stitching by Syrin, template by Janet Phillips
  • Right now…I am drinking coffee and waiting for the kiddos to get home from PE and music class
  • Right now… I am trying to decide between french toast and chicken tacos for dinner.
  • Right now…I am trying to find cheap flights for Christmas
  • Right now…I soaking in all the beautiful sunshine, blue skies, green grass, and birds chirping. I never want to take those things for granted
  • Right now…I am excited and scared as there are some “news” and “unknowns” in my life
  • Right now…I am wondering why Mac computers come with white keyboards. Disgusting is being nice.
  • Right now…I am avoiding cleaning out my office
  • Right now…I am loving life

What about you? What are you doing/feeling/thinking/praying about/worrying about/enjoying/avoiding/craving RIGHT NOW?

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Designs by Lili

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Quirky and fun…hand-drawn and unique…fun and playful.  All of those words perfectly describe the designs of today’ Sponsor Spotlight — LILI!  Looking through her shop just gives me so many ideas of layouts I want to do…such fun and creative color schemes, patterns, and elements.  I can’t wait to show you some of my favorite things.  But first, let’s take a look at the kit she created just for THE DIGI FILES 8.

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And here are some layouts by our team.  We had so much fun with this kit!

winnieandwoodyLayout by Rachael: Girls Are Yucky by Designs by Lili, Template by Janet Phillips at The Daily Digi (Collection 12)

katieboyLayout by Katie: Template by Janet Phillips (the Misc. collection), Girls are Yucky by Lili Designs from The Digi Files 8, font is CK footnote

katiesillyLayout by Katie: Template by Heidi Heidelberg Scrapbook Graphics (encircled), Girls are Yucky by Lili Designs from The Digi Files 8, font is CK footnote

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My name is Lili and I’ve been living in Nagoya, Japan, with my husband Cris for almost 7 months now.

STORE: Designs by Lili at Scrapartist (but she’s moving to a new store! Everything is on sale NOW!)

BLOG: Designs by Lili

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When I discovered digital scrapbooking I instantly desired to create my own designs. I found it so creative and fun. I knew I could make my own papers and elements. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

I started designing digital products in October 2007 and my two first paper collections were released last July by Fancy Pants Designs.

I’ve being trying to be both, but I spend much more time designing.

It depends on the projects I’m working on. Some weeks it’s a full-time job, other weeks I just try to keep up-to-date with my emails.

I really love all the collaborations I’ve made so far, especially Capture The Moment, with Kate Hadfield. I also love Secrets and Dreams.

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Probably my Make Your Own Doodled Alpha 1, both personal and commercial use.

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  1. family and friends
  2. traveling
  3. music
  4. colors
  5. new shoes
  6. fresh-baked bread
  7. Fridays
  8. Spring
  9. going out to dinner
  10. postcards

  1. being so far away from my family
  2. two-faced people
  3. looking for something that I can’t find
  4. realizing that I actually threw that away
  5. being late
  6. not having enough time to do something
  7. crowds
  8. loud gum chewers
  9. kanjis
  10. not having internet connection

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And now for some of my favorite products…and remember:

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And here are some FABULOUS Lili Layouts

0511-duasbolotas-1Layout by Ana: B is for Boy, Doodle Journaling lines from A Little Bird Told Me, Painted Love Alpha, Fonts: DJB Sweet Robin and DJB Gabi

0621-special-momentLayout by Ana: Capture the Moment, Other: Messy Staples Rainbow, Kate Hadfield, and Block Templates 5, Ana Reis, Fonts: Rough Typewriter and CK Ali’s Hand

0831-mes11-1Layout by Ana: School Crush (kit), Polka Dot Alphabet, Scrapbox 4 (template)

kas_emmabeachbuds_01_webLayout by Jacki: A Little Birdie Told Me, Palavras Ao Acaso (Word Arts in Portuguese), Tie it Up

lili-believe-duniaLayout by Dúnia: everything from Believe Kit – Designs by Lili

lili_comfort_450Layout by Amy: By Lili: B is for Boy kit, Jelly Alpha, Polka Dot Alpha. Other:, Template by Amy Martin, frame by Julia Makotinsky

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Thank you, Lili, for being with us this month at THE DAILY DIGI.  We are excited to have you here and play with your designs and we can’t wait to see what’s next for you in the digi world!

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Lili has a special freebie add-on to her GIRLS ARE YUCKY kit.  Just sign up for her newsletter from from Oct 19th to Oct 25th and you will recieve a welcome email and this goody:

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BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH FUDGE FROSTING

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Six months after we were married, my husband and I moved to India.  We went on a one year contract and ended up staying for three.  It was an amazing time.  The town we lived in was very small and there were no western type stores or restaurants in site. Our nearest Domino’s Pizza was three hours away and our nearest McDonald’s was ten hours away!  Although trying at times, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about cooking.  Ready made and prepackaged just didn’t exist. EVERYTHING had to be made from scratch.  I was just telling my brother in law a few weeks ago that the enchiladas we were eating that night could be made in India but EVERY ingredient in the entire recipe (except the onion) had to be substituted.  Now that is scratch cooking!

One of my very favorite recipes from those three years was a chocolate cake recipe from Betty Crocker. Before we left I had purchased a cook book program for my computer and this was one of the recipes on it. The cake is moist and chocolaty and the frosting is oh-so-fudgy and oh-so-yummy!  Even though I have access to boxed cakes now, I don’t think chocolate cake will ever be the same.  This really is the BEST chocolate cake with fudge frosting!

CAKE

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
2 eggs

FUDGE FROSTING

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan, two 9-inch round cake pans, or three 8-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).

2. Bake rectangle 40 to 45 minutes, rounds 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool rectangle in pan on cooling rack. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.

3. In 2 1/2-quart saucepan, mix all frosting ingredients except vanilla. Heat to rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute without stirring. Place saucepan in bowl of ice and water. Beat until frosting is smooth and spreadable; stir in vanilla. Frost rectangle or fill and frost layers with frosting.

And just in case you want some substitutions (I had to use these — and more — when I was in India):

  • If you don’t have unsweetened chocolate, you can use cocoa powder: 1 oz = 3 tablespoons
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to a glass measuring cup and add milk to reach 3/4 cup.  Let stand for 5 minutes before using.

ENJOY!

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How Many Photos?

Earlier this week I talked about what you as a scrapper can do if you want to scrap a layout but don’t have any photos. There are a number of options. You should never feel that not having a photo prevents you from telling the story. As I looked through a new package of layouts that just arrived, I got to thinking about the number of photos on a page. Sometimes, just one photo is what a layout needs. Other times, twenty photos tells the story best. As we get started on a page, how do we choose how many photos to add?

I think there are a few important questions to ask:

1. What is the story I am really trying to tell?
2. What is the mood I am trying to create?
3. Will photos tell the story, support the story, or detract from the story?
4. Am I trying to capture an event or a moment?
5. Are similar photos going to make the page better or will they pull away from the main photo?
6. Does the page/story need more photos as “evidence”
7. Is there one main photo I want to share?
8. If I never have the chance to scrap this particular story again, will it have been told in full?

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Different answers to the above questions can lead to very different pages. Some pages shine with one main photo…other pages need to be energized by lots and lots of pictures. Here are some examples of some of the pages I was looking through and the rationale for the number of photos.

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As I mentioned before, not all layouts need a photo. Here are some examples of no photo pages

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This page didn’t have a photo, nor did it need one. It was just a means of therapeutic journaling for me. A photo would have pulled away from what I was saying.

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I didn’t have any photos of this particular incident, but that didn’t mean I shouldn’t tell the story.

ONE PHOTO

Sometimes, a single photo makes the most impact.

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I just adore this photo and to me it speaks all about my daughter’s growing love of fashion. Out of the bunch of pictures I had, this one told the story the best. Any more and the story would have been lost.

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The title of this layout says it all…SERENITY. Having just one photo adds to the calm feel I was trying to convey. If I had cluttered the page with lots of photos it would have lost the emotion behind the story.

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In this layout, I wanted the one photo to truly stand out. I wanted the reader to see the photo and then have the eye drawn down to the most important part of the page…the journaling. If I had put a lot of photos on, the eye wouldn’t naturally travel to the words, which are the heart of the page.

LOTS OF PHOTOS

right-nowThis page was a “moment in time” layout. It only made sense to have lots of pictures since I had a lot going on in my life.

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This layout was all about doing my daughter’s hair in hot rollers. The story was better told by showing all the steps of doing her hair rather than just showing the end result.

too-many_webThis layout is about taking too many photos and it only made sense to have “too many” photos on the page.

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This layout shares about a fun moment at a park with the family. This was such a great series of photos and there wasn’t any one photo that stood out above the rest. A grid with nine photos worked perfectly to convey the energy and fun of the afternoon.

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This layout was meant to be a recap of our summer. I didn’t have time to create lots of pages about a busy few months but by having 14 photos on one page it does a great job of summarizing our time together.

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I had HUNDREDS of photos from this one night but I didn’t need or want multiple layouts or long explanations. A page with 20 photos told the story enough.

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Birthdays, holidays, and other major events usually come with hundreds of photos. With four kids and LOTS of birthdays ahead of us, I knew I didn’t want to try to create multiple layouts for each year. A two page spread with 24 photos and some journaling told the story of my son’s 2nd birthday in such a way that more layouts aren’t needed.

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One photo, lots of photos, somewhere in between. Different stories need different things. If you gravitate towards always having just one photo on a page, why not try a multi-photo page? If you always try to get as many pictures as possible on your pages, why not trying to let one picture shine? Step outside your box and try something new..something that fits.

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THE FRIDAY FLYER {October 16}

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**HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS BECAUSE LOOKS WHAT’S FLYIN’ INTO THE DIGI WORLD!**

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LIMITED TIME OFFER – From Oct. 17th through 23rd, build your stash and save big with this special collection! Pick up 4 versatile products and save 40%. These products will continue to be available individually, but after Oct. 23rd the extra savings bundle will be discontinued so grab it now!

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janetJanet has a new grab bag up…full of new and never before released templates. As always, a HUGE value! You can see everything before you buy…check it out HERE.

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Other cool stuff going on this weekend

Lilypad sale — 30% Off all products $2 and up! And grab Natalie’s stuff before she retires (it’s 75% off!!)

Great free template from Paislee Press!

A great tutorial by Misty Cato on aligning and distributing in Photoshop Elements

Scrap Orchard is having a DESIGNER CALL

24 Useful tutorials on creating Photoshop Brushes

There’s a great tutorial on the SBG blog about selective shadowing

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Write On Your Photos

A Note from Janet: Just wanted to say that THE DAILY DIGI is thrilled to announce that team member, known in the digi world as “Katie the Scrapbook Lady” is going to be sharing her wonderful scrapping tips, tricks, and tutorials with us every Friday! You can read more about her HERE!

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The idea of writing directly on a photo is one that takes a little getting used to at first. We are taught that photos are something special to be framed or put into albums so the idea of taking a pen to them seems a little disrespectful, and even a little wild! Before I (Katie) discovered digital scrapbooking, I never dared to do such a thing. I was too afraid of making a mistake and I wasn’t really sure why I would ever want to use a pen or any other kind of tool to mark up my precious pictures. One of the best features of creating something digitally is that blessed UNDO function, so there is no need to be scared of marking up your photographs. In fact, I bet you will be searching your files for photos to “write” on after I show you a few creative ways to have more fun with your photographs.

Why would someone want to write (or type, or doodle) directly on a photograph anyway? Besides the fun factor, there are several other good reasons:

  • a good way to document memories
  • include special details that might not otherwise be shared
  • create meaningful messages of inspiration
  • decorate your home, office, or other surroundings
  • make gifts for others
  • create visually stunning scrapbook pages
  • add interest to blog posts and journal entries

There are a few easy methods that I love to use to work on photo-writing projects.

USE PREMADE WORD ART AND OVERLAYS

Search through your files and look for professionally designed word art and photo overlays. Most word art files come in .png format which means you just need to digitally add it on top of your photo. When you pair a simple graphic or title to a meaningful photo you will create an instant work of art!

word art by Kitty Designs. “A child’s world is about play” – I want to frame this one!

word art by Manda Bean at Sweet Shoppe Designs. (No Longer Available) Quote says “Life is not meant to be easy my child, but take courage…it can be delightful.” George Bernard Shaw. A motivational quote that would be fun to hang on a bulletin board.

word art by Jen Wilson. Wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s Card?

Word art by Maya at Scrapbook Graphics. I printed this one in a square format and included it as a scrapbook page in my daughter’s album.

word art by Steph2 at The Daily Digi. I think this would make a beautiful birthday card or I might frame it for my Father-in-Law since he’s the one blowing out the candles.

Word art frame by Ali Edwards at Designer Digitals. This would be another great one to frame or to include on a scrapbook layout.

USE FONTS TO DOCUMENT DATES & DETAILS

You don’t need to use pre-designed word art to make a picture shine. I love to type quotes or thoughts right onto my digital photos in my photo editing program. Simply save as a new file and print.

This hangs above my desk for inspiration. My husband even asked for a copy to take to work. Font is papyrus.

I used a simple font (arial) so I didn’t detract from the details in the picture.

This one certainly isn’t “frame-worthy” but it was a great addition to my blog post about my daughter’s birthday. Font is CK classical.

I turned this one into a 2 inch magnet to hang on our reminder board when Ginger is out of food. It works like a charm and I never have to nag anyone!Something Blue Studios is my favorite place to get magnets made because they are so nice and sturdy.

I used the Hootie font on this one to make a motivational reminder for myself.

Document the date and/or title of a picture. Great for photo 365 projects! Great way to include journaling details as well.

USE YOUR ACTUAL HANDWRITING ON A PHOTO

You can have a font made from your handwriting and then you will be able to type up anything you want using your own familiar writing. Or you can scan in your own handwriting. Here’s a link to a tutorial on how to incorporate your handwriting into your digital projects. You can also use a digital pen and tablet like a Wacom.

That’s my handwriting on that photo. I’m not a big fan of my own writing so I don’t use it very often, but I know it is a very meaningful addition to my creations.

A FEW TIPS TO SHARE:

  • Look for photos that have empty space or dark portions so your words will stand out. They will be hard to read if there is a lot going on behind them so open areas like sky, water, grass, or walls make especially nice backdrops for words.
  • Always save your file with a new name and don’t save over the original photo file. This is good practice for any type of digital photo creation.
  • Share your creations by printing them or sending them in digital format to others who will enjoy them. They will appreciate your amazing artwork!

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Giving…

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Festiverous by Robin Carlton and Christy Lyle

When I (Steph) was getting ready for the Linky Love monthly contest, I wanted a little bit of a different McLinky than what Brent offered on his site, so I emailed him. To my surprise, he instantly emailed back and got to work creating a contest McLinky for us. He emailed this week to tell me that it is ready to go, so why don’t we try it out!?

I have 5 (FIVE!!) $10 gift certificates from our sponsors to give away to one random winner! So, all you have to do is click on “you are next” and enter your email address (it won’t show on the site, only in our admin section) and share one thing you like about TDD before it closes at midnight on October 19th. I will have a random number generator select a winner and we will announce it on Tuesday.

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P.S. The winner of the first Linky Love (and 5 gift certificates from this month’s sponsors) is….

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Yin Designs

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As a template and two-page loving scrapper, I am super excited to introduce our sponsor for today — Yin Designs.  Yin, who designs templates to support her scrapping habit, has an amazing collection of templates and she specializes in LOTS of photos and two page spreads.  I am totally inspired by how many photos she gets on a page and how full and exciting her pages are.  She is truly talented.  I can’t wait to show you some of her work.  Here are the templates she created just for THE DIGI FILES 8.

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And here are some of team pages using these great templates! (You can click on the 2-pagers to make them larger)

karen-jeff-life-of-the-party-1009nLayout by Karen:  Yin template from TDF8; Lauren Reid Second Spring kit, Clarity word strip, Everyday date strip, You and Me confetti, Bitty Stitchies Vol. 1; Sweet Shoppe Designs Party Out Back word art; Darcy Baldwin Sweet Treat font

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Layout by Katie: Template from Yin Designs from The Digi Files 8, Paper from Jen Wilson Designs (seasonal scraps line), Tags & Staples from Cheeky Monkey (Pixel Canvas), Curled Journal papers from Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals), Font is Hootie.  Quote by Joe McNally – “Why is it that photographers look at a place most people would figure to be a likely setting for a crime and go, ‘Cool!’?”

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Layout by Kelly: everything from TDD8 except “September”- S2 Month to Month from The Daily Digi

You can get these great templates as well as a bunch of other great kits, all for just $5.00!

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I was born in and have lived all my life in my lovely island country of Singapore. My husband and I have been married 15 years and been friends since we were 15. Our sons are ten and twelve and growing up way too fast! I’m an accountant by training and still work part time. That’s why I’m so addicted to digi-scrapbooking – it’s my much needed creative outlet, and of course I really love the ‘recording’ of our life.

STORE: Yin Designs

BLOG: Simply Yin
(you really need to check out her blog…I just LOVE the design with all the LO’s peaking out!)

It was the sheer fun of creating, putting together ideas, color swatches and trying out new techniques that drew me to start designing.

JI had to check my blog, it was June 2006! I designed kits for a year, and it was so much fun, I was in creative heaven so to speak, walking, thinking, dreaming design ideas all the time. I gave it up a year later as I was just not able to keep up and was neglecting other important areas in my life. After that I started sharing templates from my layouts and had good feedback, and that’s how my template designing began!

I am definitely a scrapper most of all. I made a pact with myself when I set up this store, that I will only make templates from my completed layouts, and not make templates just for sale. This ensures that my scrapbooks take first priority. So far it has worked out so well, I’m pretty much caught up on my scrapping, I get a creative rush from making every layout, and the store is a wonderful bonus!

Including scrapping and blogging time, I probably spend 10 to 14 hours a week. I try hard to keep it down and be super-efficient. I do what Katie the Scrapbook Lady described as power scrapping on the Daily Digi a few weeks back.

They are all templates! But probably these two are my current favorites:
I planned this in my mind for a few weeks and still love this heart shaped template adapted from a Valentines’ card layout I made for Dh in February. You can still snag it on my blog HERE.

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And I so enjoyed this one that I used for a beach layout where photos engulfed practically the entire layout!

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That’s an interesting question, I made a check, and it turned out to be this set of Templates 34 & 35 !

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  1. Hanging out time with my family
  2. Watching Korean dramas with Dh (the non-sappy, romantic comedy kind)
  3. Scrapbooking!
  4. Hunting for vintage , inexpensive and gorgeous cocktail rings
  5. Green tea latte
  6. Travel (do it ourselves on a shoe string kind)
  7. Planning the trip!
  8. Flea markets
  9. Learning about God and His Word at Bible Study Fellowship – such a blessing!
  10. Hearing testimonies, reading true stories and biographies

  1. People who don’t say what they mean
  2. Being in a rush. Unfortunately I’m always in a rush!
  3. Cockroaches –  I am terrified of them!
  4. Wasting time – I must always be doing something, and I constantly multitask!
  5. The boys’ toys (lego pieces, bionicles, knex…) and books that are constantly strewn all over our home
  6. Paper cuts, I am so prone to them
  7. A bad hair day
  8. Reality shows that do not have a point
  9. Paper work, bills, insurance, etc
  10. People who take advantage of others

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And now let’s take a look at some of my favorite Yen templates! Be sure to click on the images…it will take you straight to Yin’s site with awesome example layouts!

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And some more team layouts using Yin’s templates…so FUN!  Be sure to click on the images to see them larger!

a_450yin1Layout by Katie: Template 70 by Yin Designs, Naturally Krafty Paper by Katie Pertiet, Fonts are Hootie and Calibri, journaling can be read HERE.

b_450yin2Layout by Katie: Yin Designs Template 102, Fonts are Fontologie Textura and Century Gothic, Ribbons by Anne Dejong, journaling can be read HERE.

c_450_feedingfish-again-copyLayout by Steph: Template 119 by Yin everything else is by Zoe Pern, font is Giggles by Fontologie

d_450_coconut-grove-shopping-center-hula-copyLayout by Steph: Template 115 by Yin, papers and stitching from Wub at SSD (no longer available), coconut tree and flower by Amanda Heimann and Pineapple Plantation Mele Kalikimaka (on sale for $2.10 through 10/14 and then it is retiring) Alpha is by Dani Mogstad

e_450_kids_strawberrypicking_09_webLayout by Jacki: Flipped a couple photos to accommodate my vertical pics and added one more.
Yin Designs Template #109. Strawberry Hill by Ellie Lash (TDD Files #6?). Luv Song alpha by CD Muckosky. Font is Kirsten.

f_450_kas_fallfun_09_webLayout by Jacki: Template#78. Font is xoxo Karen by Peas. Kit is Softly Falling by Dani Mogstad (TDD Files #8). Green paper, stitching, flower stamps from Fall Color by Michelle Coleman and Lori Barnhurst. Messy Date stamp by Michelle Coleman.

krustylandLayout by Rachael: Funland by Dani Mogstad and Jacque Larsen at The Lilypad
Template #104 by Yin Designs

moreinloveLayout by Rachael: Crushed Cranberries by Jacque Larsen and Gina Miller at The Lilypad
Template #37 by Yin Designs

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Thank you, Yin, for being with us here at THE DAILY DIGI this month!  I’m excited to get to know a new designer!  And the next time I’m in Singapore we’ll have to get together 🙂

As a thank you to our readers, Yin has a great coupon!

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