It’s Time To Scrap – Do you know where your photos are?

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It’s time to scrap. Do you know where your photos are?

They might be on a collection of SD cards, a camera, your phone, a hard drive, or even a set of CD’s.

Are you using an organizing system to keep track of all those pics? Well, if you aren’t, don’t feel guilty!

I’m here to show you how finding photos to scrap can be easy, using Photoshop Elements Organizer.

If you are starting from scratch it may be even easier for you using the new and improved organizing system in Photoshop Elements 11.

Photo organizing is a little simpler than supply organization, because most digi scrappers have fewer photos than supplies. I’ll walk you through the new, simple way that Photoshop Elements 11 Organizer handles photos.

Photoshop Elements has several ‘rooms’:

  1. Media – a full listing of all your photos and videos
  2. People – where you can view and tag people in photos
  3. Places – a hybrid map and photo view
  4. Events – where you can group photos by events

You can search across all the rooms and also use tags and albums to get more specific in your photo management. Inside this article, I’ll be focusing on the most common photo management questions to help you get started organizing your photo library, without hours of tagging and moving folders around.

Before you Begin

You may want to create a separate new catalog for your photos, so that it’s quicker and easier to manage your photos separately from your supplies. I spent a couple of years with everything in one catalog and on an older computer it struggled to manage everything.

catalog-managerTo create a new catalog:

  1. Select File – Manage Catalogs.
  2. Click New.
  3. Type a name for the catalog in the “Enter A Name For The New Catalog” dialogue box.
  4. Click OK.

To switch between catalogs:

  1. Select File – Manage Catalogs.
  2. Select the catalog from the list in the Catalog Manager dialog box.
  3. Click Open.

I often start with my Photos catalog open, then after sending the photo to the Editor (Right click, then Edit in Photoshop Elements), I change to my supplies catalog to pick out my supplies.

If you have an older computer, you may want to turn off Auto-analyze.

  1. Select Edit – Preferences – Media-Analysis (Windows), or Adobe Elements Organizer 11 – Preferences – Media-Analysis (Mac OS).
  2. Deselect Analyze Media For Smart Tags Automatically.

I leave Auto-analyze faces on for my photos, but turn everything off for my supplies catalog.

Old Photos

Importing photos into Photoshop Elements Organizer is simple.

For existing photos that you already have on your computer, or external drive, simply drag the folders over onto the main Organizer window.

You can also use the Import button or File – Get Photos and Videos – From Files and Folders…

If you are using iPhoto to manage your photos, you can import them into Organizer too. You simply find the Import button. Click on it, and choose From iPhoto. Here’s the details, thanks to Adobe.

Remember, Organizer will not move the files, it just links over to the file already located on your computer. See the first article in this series for more details.

New Photos

By default, when you install Photoshop Elements, the Adobe Photo Downloader will run whenever you plug in a camera, or a card with photos on it.

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  1. Click the dropdown box that says: Get Photos From.
  2. Then choose a location to store your photos by clicking the Browse button.
  3. Choose any additional options for subfolders (I like to keep mine by Shot date – meaning all the photos taken on one day will be stored in one folder).
  4. Choose if you want to keep or delete the photos. The first time you try this, select After Copying, Do Not Delete Originals. When you are confident with the system you may like to select After Copying, Delete Originals to free up space on your SD card.

If the Downloader doesn’t open, you can import photos from your camera by clicking on Import – From Camera or Card Reader…

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Automate it please!

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If you are like me, and keep forgetting to download your photos, you need an Eye-Fi card. This special SD card has a wireless antenna so that whenever you are in range of your Wi-fi at home, and your computer is on, your photos start downloading automatically.

It is magic! I’ve written an article about the Eye Fi card for Big Picture Classes, so I won’t go into great detail here.

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  1. Plug in your Eye-Fi Card to your computer and select the settings to automatically download your photos (and upload to Flickr if you like).
  2. Put your Eye-Fi card into your camera.
  3. Update your camera settings (if needed, check your camera model here).
  4. Note where the pictures are stored (C:PublicPictures, for example).
  5. Add that folder to your watched folders list in Organizer.

I’ve used my Eye-Fi card for over a year and love it.

Do you have one of these?

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If you have a smart phone, you will want to add the photos you take to Organizer.

In our house we have an iPhone, two Windows 8 phones and an Android, but all the photos end up in Organizer, without any cables, syncing or fussing.

iPhone and Android: Dropbox to the Rescue

You can have Dropbox Camera Upload automatically upload all your photos, whenever you are on Wifi. Kimberley K explains how to do this over at Capturing Magic.

  1. Set up Dropbox Camera Upload on your phone.
  2. Set up Dropbox on your computer, and note where the Camera Uploads are stored (C:DocumentsMy DropboxCamera Uploads, for example).
  3. Add that folder to your watched folders list in Organizer.

Please note, if you use an iPhone, you could use iCloud to do this. However, the iCloud software only imports photos, not videos. So that’s why I suggest you use Dropbox.

Windows Phone

If you are using a Windows Phone – I’m excited I’m not the only one! You can use SkyDrive to upload full resolution images to your SkyDrive. See details here.

  1. Set up SkyDrive on your phone.
  2. Set up SkyDrive on your computer and note where the pictures folder is (C:UsersMelissaSkyDrivePictures).
  3. Add that folder to your watched folders list in Organizer.

Automatically adding phone photos to Organizer is simple in Windows, just add a watched folder.

Mac users, please let Adobe know you’d love to get watched folders too! In the mean time drag your photo folder into Organizer and it will import the new photos.

Making Organizer do the heavy lifting

So now all your photos are within Organizer, the fun begins! You have a range of tools that will help you create.

Who’s there? People and Face Recognition

I often like to browse through photos of my daughter over her 4 years so far, or find a photo with say, my parents and my son together, and with the People room, that’s easy to do.

Organizer has a built in face recognition engine, and can connect with Facebook to provide you with a pre-populated list of names. Note: No face recognition data is share between Facebook and Organizer, it is purely a list of names.

Click on the People room button located at the upper middle part of the workspace. (Click on any image for a larger version)

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To add people, click on the “Add People” option on the lower middle part of the workspace.

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PSE will then group the photos by person. At this stage, you can add names of the people from your photos.

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To have the option of adding names by referring to your Facebook friends list, click on the Download/Update Facebook friends list to name people button and follow the prompts. This will save you a lot of typing!

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Just continue to click on the save button and Organizer will take you through several screens as it’s learning to recognize faces. You can cancel at any time and the applied faces will stick. Just in case you don’t want to sit and add names to 10 000 photos at once!

You can select just a portion of your photos in the Media room then click People to add names to just those faces. As you go through the process, Organizer will learn what your friends and family look like and will gradually improve in face recognition.

You can add names to any faces left untagged in the media view at any time.

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Where am I? Locate photos with Places

If you have a GPS in your camera or use location services on your phone photos, Organizer automatically adds them to a map. Though my camera doesn’t have a GPS, the Eye-Fi card does, so that’s bonus! This is perfect for finding photos of say, a trip to a landmark over a couple of years, locating photos taken at your parent’s home or on a holiday to some exotic location.

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Don’t have a GPS or Camera Phone? Don’t despair!

You can still use Organizer to locate your photos manually. I’d recommend you do this for a family holiday or trip away from home, rather than for every photo, as it could get time consuming.

Click on the Places room button.

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A map will appear, click Add Places.

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Select the photos which you recognize to have been taken from one place and enter the location in the search box.

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Further specify the location by dragging the Yellow rectangle on the map.

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Click on the Green Tick/Check Mark to confirm.

This should create a Red rectangle to indicate you have that number of pictures taken from that location.

In this case, we click on the red rectangle with the number 7…

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and this will show us the 7 photos taken from that Location in the photo bin to the left.

You can also use this method to move the location of photos taken in that first minute or two before the GPS updates.

Party Time! Setting up Events

You can now have Organizer group your photos into Events automatically. I find this makes it easy to quickly add context to a group of photos.

Click on the Events room button located at the upper middle part of the workspace.

Turn on the Smart Events option.

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Organizer will then group the photos by how it recognizes the photo’s date.

To check, click on a group and you should see the photos under that group.

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Go back to the groups and right click on the group to have the option to Name Event(s).

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You can then add a Name to that event and a description.

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You can head to the Events view to hide the smart events, and only the Events you’ve named and added details to will appear. This will prevent every backyard photo session being an ‘event’.

Here’s a little more about events from the Adobe Help page:

The time view helps you sort the media better on the basis of filtering images through timestamp of the photos. Once you are in the Smart Events tab in Events view, you can use the following features to form events based on time.

  • Group media by Date/Time: Select the Date or Time radio button to help Organizer prompt you the smart events based on the dates the photos were taken or the time of the day they were taken. For example, there could be multiple occassions like consecutive birthdays of colleagues or friends on the same day and you are looking to sort them as separate events in the Events view.
  • Use the slider: Click to select the slider and slide to further break the smart events. If there is a single event being displayed for a birthday initially, moving the slider further breaks it down to events stacks by the hours or minutes. Organizer forms these smart events stacks as per the bursts they were shot.
  • Calendar panel: The calendar panel displays smart events as per the date stamp of a photo or set of photos. Months during which photos are taken appear highlighted. You can double-click a calendar to expand the dates as per the month to view the smart events appearing on a particular day.
  • Albums/Folders: Click on a particular album or folder to view the smart events for the same folder in the Events view.

As you can see, this new Events room is much more powerful than the old Events tags in Organizer 6-10.

You can easily remove or add photos to an event in the media view, under image tags in the info panel.

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Star Ratings

In Organizer, it’s simple to add a star rating to any picture. Just type 1-5 on the keyboard when you have that photo selected. Easy!

To find all your five star photos, just click on the stars at the top of the Organizer window. It will instantly filter your photos.

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Add Captions and Journalling

If you want to journal in the metadata of your photos, just add text into the caption or notes field in the information panel on the right.

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If you don’t see it click on the More Info button at the bottom right of the Organizer.

To make sure the captions and journalling are saved into your photos, write your metadata to the files.

Go to File – Save Metadata to Files. This will allow other programs to see the tags you’ve applied to JPEG, PSD and TIFF images.

Keyword Tags

If all that isn’t enough, you can add further levels of keyword tags to your photos. Since Photoshop Elements 11 was released, I hardly even feel the need to tag my photos, since the who, what, where and when are already covered.

There are lots of uses for tags, you can tag your picture ‘to scrap’, and then untag them or tag them with a ‘scrapped’ tag. Or you could add tags for items like specific toys, or a specific activity, like a sport or hobby.

Tag simply, to start with. You can always add more tags, but if you start trying to tag with too many details you’ll find yourself wading through an endless list of keywords with only a few items under each one.

A note about tags: In the PSE 11 Organizer the keywords, categories and subcategories you create are all contained in the Tags/Info panel in the Media ‘room’.
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The basic structure is:

  • Keyword (top level)

    • Category 1 (Second level)
      • Sub-Category (third level)
    • Category 2 (Second level)

You can drag and drop your tags around the structure.

Find it all!

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It’s all well and good to get all your photos into the Organizer, but you need to be able to find them!

As you use Photoshop Elements Organizer you’ll see that there is a myriad of ways to find things.

  1. Type a search term into the search bar at the top of the screen. search-box
  2. Use the advanced search to search across all the ‘rooms’ (details below).
  3. Do a quick text search of the captions (FindBy Caption or Note…).
  4. Search by date, camera model and more in FindBy Details and Metadata.

Advanced Searching

To combine searches for multiple people, keywords or events in one quick search just head to FindAdvanced Search.

Then click the check boxes next to each item in the By default Organizer will make an ‘AND’ search which returns only the photos with all of the search criteria inside. If you right click you can choose to exclude certain tags from the search. This is really helpful if you are looking for a photo of two people at a certain location, for instance.

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Setting up saved searches

If you are a fan of Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom or Library of Memories style photo management, you’ll love the saved searches.

Simply set up a save search for each ‘photo file’ you want. For example, quickly find photos by season, so you can set up a saved search for each one.

Go to the Find menu, then click By Details and Metadata.

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Enter in the following Search Criteria (click to see a larger image).

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Be sure to select All of the Selection Criteria (AND)

  • Capture Date is befor your date.
  • Capture Date is after your date.
  • Select Save this Search Criteria in a Saved search.
  • Name: Season Name & Year.

Any time you want to quickly look through your saved search, click the magnifying glass in the search box, select Saved Searches and then click on ‘Season Name & Year’.

If you have PSE10 or earlier, just go to your albums pane and click the album named ‘Season Name & Year’.

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Backup

Though I talked about backing up in Effortless Organizing in Photoshop Elements – here’s a little reminder.

Photoshop Elements prompts you to backup your catalog – I suggest backing up to an External Hard Disk, if you have one.

I keep all my supplies on my main (internal) Hard Disk as I find it gives me faster access to the supplies and internal hard disks are much less likely to crash or die on you.

If you keep your supplies on an external drive, you can still use this method to back up to a second hard drive or burn DVDs of your supplies.

Go to File – Backup to CD, DVD or Hard Drive to start the backup process.

Send it to Photoshop Elements

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So we now have a perfectly organized library, and we’ve got it all backed up. How then, do we actually scrap with our photos?

To edit your photos, or to scrap with them, simply right click, then select Edit in Photoshop Elements Editor.

You can send images one by one, or select a whole group to scrap with at once. Easy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series about Photoshop Elements Organizer, and I’d love to hear your questions. What is your biggest photo organization challenge?

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Melissa helps scrapbookers cut the overwhelm of photos and supplies through simple and painless organizing strategies. Learn more about effortless organizing at Digital Scrapbooking HQ

If you want to learn more about organizing your photos to make scrapping easier, you’ll want to join me for Get Organized: Photos. In five 15-minute sessions you can get a handle on your photos and set up a system that works for you!

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How To Use Fill Flash

You see a beautiful scene in front of you. Your child is playing outside with the sun and a gorgeous blue sky are behind them. You pick up your camera, shoot, and get a weird silhouette you didn’t want.

You fiddle with settings a little and now your subject is beautifully exposed, but the background is an ugly white nothingness.

You think to yourself, “there has to be a solution! “

Lucky you! There is!

You need fill flash.

Fill flash is used to compliment the available ambient light, opening up the  shadows on your subject.

You might use flash fill when:

  • Shooting in bright midday sunlight, to eliminate heavy shadows
  • Backlit situations
  • Lower light situations, when you want to convey a mood
  • Your subject is wearing a hat, shadowing their face

Fill flash allows you to keep both the background and your subject exposed correctly.

My very willing hubby stood (relatively) still so I could show you some less than beautiful examples of exactly what happens with fill flash and why we need it. (And just to keep things real and help you learn, I’ve done NO post processing, but I expect that to be obvious 😉 )

This is what you get when you have a bright background and exposure for your subject. Subject is okay, but the background is blown out. Expose for your background and then you get a silhouette like the second photo. Or in my example, a blog of a black space where his face should be!

You can use your camera’s pop up flash to balance the light. This isn’t ideal, but it will do in a pinch. Notice the flash reflecting on his glasses? Learn to eliminate reflections here.

 

Do you have an external flash? This is going to be your best way to flatter your subject and sow the details of your background. Bouncing your flash off of something is ideal. In the top example I’ve bounced it off of the ceiling above us. In the bottom example, I’ve bounced it off of the wall beside us. Notice the catchlights that now appear in his eye? It’s all about the angle of light. Learn more about light with the help of a tomato.

Now that you’ve seen examples, let’s practice. In the following examples, I’ve chosen to use an aperture of f/5.6 to keep both eyes of your subject in focus. You can try other apertures.

Using fill flash WITH BUILT IN FLASH:

  1. Set your camera to Manual (M) mode.
  2. Set your ISO to the lowest possible number given your light.
  3. Choose an aperture of f/5.6.
  4. Look through your lens and expose for a well lit object behind your subject.
  5. Pop up your flash (a small black button with a lightning bolt on the left hand side of most cameras).
  6. Shoot
  7. Review your histogram for results
  8. Adjust your flash exposure compensation
  9. + if your image is too dark (histogram stacked to the left)
  10. – if your image is too light (histogram stacked to the right)
  11. Shoot again, review, adjust.

To reduce a little bit of the harshness of your pop up flash, try covering it with a piece of tissue!

Using fill flash WITH EXTERNAL FLASH:

  1. Set your camera to Manual (M).
  2. Point your flash at your subject.
  3. Set your ISO to the lowest possible number given your light.
  4. Choose an aperture of f/5.6.
  5. Look through your lens and expose for a well lit object behind your subject.
  6. Turn your flash on the TTL setting (typically the default).
  7. Shoot.
  8. Review your histogram for results
  9. Adjust your flash exposure compensation
  10. + if your image is too dark (histogram stacked to the left)
  11. – if your image is too light (histogram stacked to the right)
  12. Shoot again, review, adjust.

There you have it! Play with your settings some and with the direction that you bounce your flash.

Learn even more about using your flash.

Now the next time the sun is shining overhead or your subject is backlit, you know exactly how to create a photo you’ll love!

Do you ever use your flash? Does it frustrate you or leave you with results you love? Share your perspective in the comments below!


Time for Sweater Weather

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I am thrilled to be welcoming back to The Digi Files, Kristin CB! I have many layouts that were scrapped using Kristin’s products. I love her beautiful papers with everything from simple to complex patterns.  I adore Kristin’s word art and sentiments that help communicate the feel and message of the kits she creates.  I LOVE the colors she selects to create with and her contribution this month is no exception with the fall colors and the addition of the bold teal.  I Let’s take a closer look at “Sweater Weather ” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Spooky (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: The Wolff by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Harvest Spice Alpha by Shabby Princess; Sunny Days Alpha by Karen Funk Designs; Storyteller Collab (alpha) by ScrapOrchard; Font: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: DJB Momma Trish by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: New Courier.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I live in Southeastern British Columbia in a tiny town not far from the Montana border. I just recently celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary and we have 2 kids, Lily & Lucas. As a family we love to just go on day trips and we live a pretty simple life. I am a small town girl and couldn’t imagine moving back to a city!

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I don’t have as much time to scrapbook as I like but I have been trying to force myself to make the effort when I finish my kits. I especially like to show that often even though the kits I make may seem “girly” you don’t need to shy away from using them for boy pages! Especially flowers! Boys like flowers too 🙂

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I started designing products back in 2004. I found digital scrapbooking when my daughter was 3 months old. At that time there really was only one main digital scrapbook site and stores hadn’t come about yet. When the site I was a design team member decided to open up a real store I decided to jump in and see about selling designs. I first learned photoshop in 1998 while I was in college studying visual arts and then I got a job at a printing shop doing pre-press. When I was home on maternity leave and discovered digital scrapbooking I was so excited because I had been wanting to start scrapbooking but really didn’t want the mess or cost associated with it. So it was the best of both worlds since I already had knowledge with photoshop. Anyways I sold at a few stores and eventually found my design home at SSD in 2007. I haven’t looked back since!

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I am usually inspired by a theme or quote and go from there. Usually the longest part for me is deciding on a color scheme. I am a bit obsessed with making and collecting color schemes so I think the sheer amount that I have to choose from makes this process harder than it needs to be.

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Computer: I create on an imac. I recently upgraded this last year and am happy to have a brand new and fast computer! I have 16gb of ram and the smaller size (I think 21″) monitor. Those big imacs are just too big for me!
Program: I use the Adobe CS3 suite, haven’t upgraded yet and not sure I will for awhile with the new cloud system.
Camera: I have a nikon D70 and I just scored a used Canon G12 for a great price so am excited to have that to carry around with me instead of my big D70 all the time.
Anything Else: I use a tablet occasionally, a wacom bamboo.
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My tip would be to just not worry about what others are doing and create what makes you happy. More and more I am seeing that people are scrapping and not being happy with what they are creating or they are feeling that they are not good enough. There is no such thing as good enough when it comes to scrapbooking in my opinion. Getting your stories and photos down for future generations to look through is priceless.

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Picking a favourite product is always tough! It really depends on what mood I am in at the time, one time I will love a kit and the next day I could look at it and not really feel the love so much.

My last Christmas collection though was pretty special. I was so excited about the direction I went with it and really poured my heart into it. I spent a lot of time planning and working on this so it really was a labor of love. I couldn’t pick just one kit so I’m showing the collection

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Here is a little unknown fact about me. I don’t like looking at the sales of my kits. I really try hard to just ignore how many times a kit has sold or which is most popular because I don’t want it to ruin how I feel about a kit. It is almost like checking your weight, I try not to do that either because it can either make or break a day for me!

From the last time I looked I think Bake me a Cake is my most popular. I started like I do with most kits, decided on a theme and name and then picked the colors. I really enjoy doing theme kits like this because it is fun to come up with and create unique elements.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Kristin:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Kristin’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Kristin’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

The following layouts were created using “Sweater Weather ” by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and included in The Digi Files during October, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Template by Crisdam; Stitching brushes by Mommyish; Umbrella by Connie Prince; Font: KG Alphabet Regurgitation.

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Layout by Rosann. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Spooky (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: The Wolff by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Harvest Spice Alpha by Shabby Princess; Sunny Days Alpha by Karen Funk Designs; Storyteller Collab (alpha) by ScrapOrchard; Font: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: DJB Momma Trish by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Sweater Weather by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: New Courier.

What you should know about Tumblr

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Even if you have no interest in Tumblr, it is still worth learning about it because the site is very popular with kids, teenagers, and young adults. When Yahoo purchased it earlier this year, they sent a clear message that this format is here to stay for awhile. Micro-blogging is easy and many people prefer it over having to create large amounts of content themselves. I will list some basic resource links about Tumblr and what it is all about at the end of this post.

I became interested in Tumblr because my son loves to follow several blogs there about video games, Disney, and comics. I was concerned about this because every time he logs on to even the most innocent of Tumblr blogs, he ends up running into a lot of vulgar language and some questionable material. We’ve had many conversations about this and he tries to be careful with who he follows, but we have found that there is definitely more need for caution with Tumblr than we expected.

While I try to be very aware of what my kids are doing online, I can’t spend my life hovering over them.  We have filters set up and we use a lot of the Google online safety tips and tools, but Tumblr seems to be a different kind of animal than most websites. I’ve spent several months researching how to make the experience more family friendly. I completed an online course about Tumblr from Lynda.com and I’ve even set up 2 Tumblr accounts of my own.

In a nutshell, I’ve learned that you are always a minimum of one click away from questionable content on Tumblr. That most usually comes in the form of someone’s user name (there are very few rules for what those can be) or from a comment that someone leaves on a post. There can also be disturbing images. There are “adult only” sites, but if they are marked as such, you can avoid those. Even the Tumblr site itself uses the f-word on their community guidelines page and frequently includes several profane words on it’s company blog posts.

What I’ve done:

  • My son knows that I pay attention to what he is doing online. We keep our computers in common areas and talk about what we are doing. I’ve encouraged him to share funny stuff he finds on Tumblr with me and we look through the blogs together from time to time and talk about what we find.
  • We’ve all installed the Simple Profanity Filter extension (free) for Google Chrome. This inserts *** where profane words appear. It’s not a fix-all, but it does help. I’m sure there are similar tools out there for other browsers.

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  • I set up a Tumblr account where I reblog things to share with my son. If you want to take a look at it, here’s the link. I’ve disabled comments and I’m super careful about what content I post and who I choose to follow. I try to only post from corporate or well-known sources like Disney, Sony Animation, Jim Hill Media, etc. Those type of accounts are going to be careful to maintain a family-friendly web presence. This has been a lot of work and I’m sure most people out there won’t want to spend this kind of time. It’s been a good solution for us because it is something my son and I enjoy doing together.

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  • I also have a Tumblr account set up for my Scrapbook Lady interests. I don’t post to it very often, but if you want to check it out, here’s the link. I’ve taken the same precautions as I’ve done for our Toy Tumblr so if you are looking for a clean Tumblr account to follow, this should be a good one. Again, I can’t control what you will find if you follow the train of links that can occur from reposting. I have disabled the comments though so that helps.

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Further Reading

Obviously, I’ve only skimmed the surface here on what Tumblr is all about and I haven’t even touched on the copyright issues that are often a concern with this platform. Micro-blogging is still a relatively new format in the online world and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over time. There are a lot of good features to be found on Tumblr and I do love that it is so easy to post there. However, as much as I want to like it, there are still so many things that require extra vigilance. I’ll be interested to hear YOUR opinions on all of this! In the meantime, here are a few good articles you might find interesting as you learn more about Tumblr.

 

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Quickly Creating a Mat To Add A Paper Border

I LOVE having layers of paper under my photos; mats that help create emphasis and anchor my photos on a digital scrapbook layout.

When I learned that I could add a layer style to its own layer in Photoshop for drop shadows, I also realized I could do it with a stroke. Putting a stroke on its own layer, instantly creates a mat for my photo that I can clip paper to.

Here’s how to add a stroke, put it on its own layer, and turn it into a photo mat.

Select the layer in Photoshop that you want to add a mat to:

Click on the fx icon in the bottom of the layers palette:

Select the settings you want for the stroke. If you want rounded corners, select “outside”. If you want squared corners, select “inside”. If you are using this stroke as a mat, the color won’t matter, because it won’t show. Here are my settings:


Right click on the layer with the stroke layer style added and select “Create Layer” which will put the stroke on its own layer that is clipped the layer it had been applied to before:

Right click on the stroke layer and select “Release Clipping Mask”:

Now, that layer can be dragged below the photo layer and used as a matte by clipping a paper to it (Ctrl+Alt+G in PS and Ctrl+G in PSE). Be sure the paper layer is selected and ABOVE the matte layer.

Here’s a look at my layout without the additional matte:

Supplies: template by Scrapbook Lady; papers and elements by WMsquared; font is Printing Primer

Here’s a look at my layout with the additional matte, created from the stroke, and a darker paper clipped to it:

Supplies: template by Scrapbook Lady; papers and elements by WMsquared; font is Printing Primer

Friday is a happy day for my computer

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My computer likes Fridays because that’s when I feed it a bunch of new digi treats! It’s a good thing my computer is hungry because there’s a lot on this week’s plate!

Adoramapix has 10×10 lay flat photobooks on sale for 40% off. This awesome deal is only available through October 21st so order yours soon! Use code PX40CCSALE at checkout.

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Don’t forget the coupon they created just for our readers…good for 40% off 8×8 photo books. You can use for as many books as you would like, as many times as you want until it expires on November 30th 2013! Here’s the code: pxmagic40

 

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new album sets this week ~ Fuss Free: Last Minute 1 & 2. Perfect for those last minute photo book projects that we all seem to be doing at this time of the year. Each set includes a cover page and five (5) double page (12×24) layouts! 12×12 versions included as well. The sets are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off, so combined with the FWP offer, you can get a 20 page album plus two bonus covers for $7.20!

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Scrapbook your family and loved ones with the new “You’re My Everything” collection from SuzyQ Scraps — 40% off thru10.24.13.

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All Dressed Up by Erica Zane at SSD is perfect for Halloween, Fall and so much more!

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a new set of templates in her guest shop at Scrap Orchard. Use the large photo spaces for pictures, journaling, or fill with patterned paper for a variety of looks. The smaller photo spots also work perfectly for journaling cards.

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Pink Reptile is celebrating her 4th designiversary this weekend with a fabulous 30% off storewide sale and 2 beautiful new products!

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New from Kimeric Kreations

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Do you play games?  Chelle has the perfect kit for your memories:  Game On!  Buy Game On, get the #weplaygames wood tile alpha FREE thru 10.23.13

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NEW from Stolen Moments.. Fallen Away – part of Mixed Matters Grab Bag #5 at ScrapMatters.. Get 4 full kits for only $5 thruOct. 24th!

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Kristin Aagard is retiring a few collaboration products this week. Make sure to pick these up at 50% off before they are gone, October 25th!

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Are you up for a challenge? Come play Maya de Groot’s October EYCChallenge!

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*NEW* Into the Dark Collection by Snips and Snails Designs – 20% Off through 10/20/13

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Capture all your fall fun with this vibrant, colorful digital scrapbook collection from Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard!

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Here are some other fun goodies that caught my eye:

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Now’s the perfect time to feed your computer some digi treats! Happy Friday! Smile

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A Beautiful Lifetime

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We are so excited to be welcoming back Lorelei from Studio Rosey Posey to The Digi Files this month!  I think the biggest thing that sets Studio Rosey Posey’s kits apart for me, is the very artistic feel. Her contribution this month, stays true to that style, but is very versatile and has something for everyone. Wonderful word art bits, journaling cards, and some beautiful papers and elements for scrapping and art journaling.  Let’s take a closer look at “Lifetime” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Studio Rosey Posey’s contribution:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Lifetime by Studio Rosey Posey; Lickety Split Ice Cream Sandwich (template) by Tiny Toes Designs.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Lifetime by Studio Rosey Posey; Softies by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Lifetime by Studio Rosey Posey; Scripts by Kara Dudley.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Lifetime by Studio Rosey Posey; Fonts: Small Typewriting.

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Hi! My name is Lorilei. I live just north of Calgary, Alberta, Canada on a farm. I am 47, I have been married for 21 years and I am Mom to 9yr old Hannah. Along with designing I homeschool Hannah, who is going in to Grade 4!

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One night I snapped this photo on my phone and while it wasn’t the greatest quality I blending and collaged until it was pretty!

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I got started in dig scrapping in 2005. I was hooked the moment I started! I was on a few creative teams and scrapped all the time. I opened my own shop – Rosey Posey Studio in May 2009 and joined Scrabookgraphics as Studio Rosey Posey in October 2009.

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I am inspired to create usually by an idea or a theme or a photo or memory. i love flowers and vintage and sometimes that’s all I need!

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Computer: I use a MAC tower with 10 GB of Ram.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 and Painter 11.
Camera: My camera is a DSLR Nikon D90 and Iphone 5.
Anything Else: I use my Intuos 4 Tablet quite a lot!

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When I scrap or work on a mixed media project the un-digi way, because of lack of space I make a “kit” of all the things I want to use in a basket. This helps me to be able just to sit down and work without constantly looking for something. I recently tried this approach with digi and it worked pretty well! Instead of just using one kit I made up a “kit” of different bits and papers using the collection feature in Adobe Bridge. Bridge allows you to make a folder from different places/folders without actually moving the item, so there was no messing up my files. I found that I used items I had forgotten about since the picking out of the bits for the kit is relaxing and gets you acquainted again with the STASH 🙂

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I really love this collection for its versatility. It is easy to blend with and the combination of the mustard and magenta is really pretty to me! I have been really into gold lately and the kit started from there! With the Fairweather Collection I introduced a new line called Danglies, which are little elements dangling from a piece of chain, sort of like a piece of jewelry for a layout!

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I believe this collection is popular because of its whimsical nature and that it is so easy to make blended or mixed media looking layouts with. The little bird is fun and the prettiness appeals to all of us girls who love a bit of pretty!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Rosey Posey:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Rosey Posey’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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