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I want a new camera.  I don’t need a new camera.  Mine is barely 2 years old but I can never seem to get the shots I want.  The manual that came with my camera is over 200 pages!  I just wanted to upgrade so I could get better pictures and now I just want to upgrade AGAIN so I can get better pictures.  My guy said I need to read the manual but I just want a camera that takes good pictures without having to take a class or read a book on how to operate it.   Now, I’m a pretty smart girl but I just don’t get all this ISO and F-stop stuff and he either isn’t very good at explaining it or… I’m not quite as smart as I think I am.  This week we had a long talk about the new camera that I won’t be getting.  It ended with something like “Well babe, if you can’t figure out the point and shoot do you really think it’s a good idea to drop all that money on a DSLR?  Is it possible that it’s not the camera but maybe it’s the operator?”  Ya think?  I admit it, I should read the book.  Ask me this time next year how that went. {wink}  I actually started out with crappy pictures years ago and learned how to spiff them up in photoshop but I would so love to just “point and shoot” and plop them on a page.  I want pictures like this.  Every time.  Sadly, it’s usually an accident. LOL

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If you’re a fabulous photographer then I envy you.  If you’re a fabulous photographer with a rinky dink camera, that makes it even worse!  On the other hand, if you’re like me and you want some tips without having to read the 200 page manual then you’re in luck.  Shortly after our “it ain’t gonna happen” conversation this week I got an email from MCP Actions titled ~ 6 Tips to Photograph Landscapes and Scenery from a Car.

Now this opens a whole new conversation because there is a constant battle when we’re on the road about the difference in “slowing down and stopping”.    I want to S.T.O.P when possible so I can enjoy the moment and grab a shot for the memory.  He has a tendency to just slow down to an incredibly SLOOOOOW crawl without coming to a complete stop.  I find myself trying to apply the break on my side and I’m not kidding when I tell you he is going so slow that I could probably step out of the truck.  Men!  Mine cracks me up.  Anyway, back to the story.  That post was very helpful and had some really great tips.  Buried in the text is also a link to some critical camera operation info too; some stuff I could actually understand about ISO and F-Stop. I’ll be testing this out come the end of the month when we head for Colorado.  Hopefully, I’ll have some great “only slowed to a crawl” shots when get home.

Until then, I’m clicking away and tossing what I don’t like.  What I do keep, I’ll find a way to work with just as I have in the past.  This week my new Scrapping BFF is these Super Drop Shadow Styles by JanetB Designs.

You don’t see much of her because her specialty is Commercial Use.  You can see more of her AND the rest of the fabulous CU designers if you subscribe to the new CU Newsletter. ;)

Shadows used to be almost as much of a challenge as getting the perfect shot.  Last week I saw these in the store and even though I’m so so with shadows, I thought I’d give them a try.  It IS after all, all about the tools right?  Truth is, I’m feeling a little lack of mojo on some scrapping projects.  I was hoping a new tool would help me push past the slump, and so they did.  Janet made this super easy too.  There is a file for PS users and a quick and easy PSD for those of you who use PSE.  Instructions are in the download so you won’t have to read a manual.

I put them to the ultimate test last night.  These are some shots I took last year as a sort of practice run with my new camera.  The ones on the left side came out pretty good but those humming birds…well, not so much. I really want to get my pictures scrapped from last summer before we leave again this summer so a template was in order.  I have a ton of traditional templates but I do love all the blending extras in Boo’s Photo book templates so I chose Let’s Make A Photo Book Template 5 {8&9}.  This comes with lots of extras but I already had my kit chosen so I removed all of the flower and ribbons and just used the skeleton template.

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I’ve had Summer Afternoon by ADBDesigns for a while {side note: pretty sure this was a DOTD so it was a great bargain} and it’s been calling to me so I started to play.  Since I wanted to put Janet’s  Drop Shadow Styles to the test I put all of my elements on first and then started to shadow.  Here is my NO shadow version.

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I zoomed in close and started to click on the shadow style thumbnails.

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It was so easy, click, click, click and then pick the one I liked best.  In the end, I only made a few minor adjustments.  I did add an element from CU Baroque Paper Elements by eqrAveziur.  I wanted a bit of paper feel behind the birds and I wanted to test the styles on something intricate and paper like.  Here is an upclose with no shadow and a touch of shadow.

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One of Janet’s styles applied.  I wanted it to look like a paper embellishment added with tiny glue dots.

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Except for adding my little journaling blurb I am a totally happy with my page.  I went for a traditional paper scrapped page with a touch of 3d and I think I got it.  One thing is for sure, this page went quickly and sometimes just getting a project crossed off your to do list will spark your mojo.

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Yes.  I know.  The birds look sort of ok here but in real life…not so much.  Here is a zoom at 100%.  Just so you know I’m not complaining over nothing.

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Each of these designers have graciously allowed me to offer you a bit of a deal on the items I used.  Isn’t that just too cool?

Janet B has a coupon for 20% off the already ridiculously low price of $4 on both of her Drop Shadow Styles

Use Coupon Code >>  eac46d8e0a
One use per person
Expires 6/14/13

Good on both products – Go ahead, you’re going to want them both.  Might as well get them now and start enjoying them. ;)

eqrAveziur has put her gorgeous CU Baroque Paper Elements on sale for 30% off for one week

And Diane (ADBDesigns) has her Summer Afternoon Page Kit on sale too.

Edit!  Oh Dear, I totally forgot to put this very cool freebie in.  I used a combination of elements from Summer Afternoon, the beautiful Baroque paper element and a series of the Drop shadows so you can get a sneak peek.  I deliberately left the shadows on the background for this freebie.  I hope you like it!  Click the Image or Download Freebie Here.  ***Download No Longer Available***

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Word strips seem to be all the rage lately.  I’ve seen them used as titles and neatly tucked into a cluster to add a little inspiration to the page.  I found this page in the gallery by Nandy.  She sprinkled word strips through out the page and I thought it really added some flair and pizazz.  She used “Someone I love” by NibblesScribbles.

I love crafting with paper and I love adding little word strips to my cards or projects.  I may add them for some filler depth or use them to create a title.  You can always make a word strip from a paper in the kit but I like things a little more unique so I usually go looking outside the box.

This week eqrAveziur has these wonderful paper pieces in her CU Ancient Vol. 4.

These would be really great to make some stacked tags or journals but the first thing that came to mind when I saw the textures and details was “word strips”.  Go figure.  It’s just the way my brain works.  I have the CU Ancient Vol.2 set and I use it often for tags or for making custom little word strips.  It’s so easy to make something unique from these textured papers.  Today I’m going to whip out a word strip and take you through the steps too.

First you need to fire up your scrapping program.  I’m using CS5 but this should work in any scrapping program where you can draw a shape or use the selection tool and fill.

Next you just type your word on your strip,t trim your image and it’s ready for your layout.  Go ahead, step outside the box and make something that truly adds the perfect final touch to your page or project.  Wouldn’t you know that these great Ancient papers are all on sale now too so there is no end to your creative possibilities.

Here are some screen shots to help you along. ;)

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You’ll find all 4 of the CU Ancient products on sale this week for 30% off.  Get creative!  After all, that is what it’s all about right?

 

 

 

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It’s Wow Me Wednesday and I’ve been waiting 3 days to spill the beans.

I LOVE NSD!  I love the thrill of finding great bargains.  My adrenalin gets to pumping and I always spend more than I budget but I’m never sad when the weekend is over and I have all those pretty kits to work with.  I’m almost as bad as those Black Friday Shoppers who camp out all night.  But not quite.  What I like even better than a great sale is F.R.E.E.  The Studio Designers have been working overtime to bring you some awesome new products for NSD weekend and we’re kicking it off in typical Studio Style with a Pin It To Win It Party on Saturday!

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Head on over to the NSD Pin It To Win It Thread.  Some folks have already registered and are busy PINNING to their Wish List right now.  I had a bit of a head start.  Yes, I really do have almost 300 items pinned to my board.  On Saturday we’ll be handing out coupons to grant some of your wishes but You Can’t Win If You Don’t Pin so don’t wait.

I’ve got a quick tutorial on how to set up a great wish list.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  I love having my wish list on Pinterest where I can see the previews.  Here’s a peek at My Wish List.  Don’t you want one too?  If you’re new to Pinterest here it is step by step.  If you’re already a seasoned PINNER then just go ahead and start pinning.

Step-by-Step

>Login to your Pinterest account.
>Choose the Add button to the left of your name.
>Choose “Create A Board”.
>Name your Board (I named mine 2013 iNSD Wish List but you can name it whatever you like).
>Select a Category and then click the RED Create Board button.
You should see your board…empty and waiting for some Pins.

Next, head on over to theStudio Personal Use or Commercial Use  Store and find something you want.

You have to get to the product page where you can see the “Pin It”  button at the top.  I just found a brand new release by The Urban Fairy and Carin Grobe DesignsA Love Remembered. Beautiful yes?  Go ahead and use it for your first pin.  You never know. {wink}

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When you click the Pin It button you’ll see several images but all you have to do is click on the preview and your Pinterest Box will come up.

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Choose your Wish List Board from the Drop Down and then the RED Pin It Button.  Bam!  That’s it.  You’re done.

Once you have your first item Pinned then go to the Pin It To Win It Thread and post a link to your board.  You have to register your board in the forum to be eligible to win.

I know that all seems easy enough but I’m going to give you a few hints to make it go even faster.

Repin from someone else’s board

The Scrapbooking kits & collections board is loaded with great stuff and you can simply Repin from there directly to your Wish List Board.  It’s the best place to start if you’re in a hurry.  There is also a Favorite Layouts Board with some beautiful “inspiration”.

Use the Search box

Simply add the name of your favorite designer in the search box and Pin Away.
I have coupons….I’m ready to “gift” some goodies so fill your boards up!
We have a few “Expert” pinners already registered in the forum so if you have questions, just post them there.  Someone will be along to help shortly.

Happy Pinning and Happy NSD!

 

 

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