Sunday, September 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Digitals!

Digitals is celebrating three years of digital scrapping. The first week of October is always a big celebration at Digitals -- freebies, freebies and more freebies. When Owners Stacy & Rick and those designers get a sugar high from all that cake, they start handing out all kinds of goodies
Check out the Daily Download section of their website to see this week's goodies. Also, pop over to the store -- HUGE SALES. I would even check the gallery because those tricky designers sometimes like to hide links to great stuff or advertise even better sale items.
As your "party favor" for attending the birthday party this week, Glenda Ketcham's party favors for the birthday event are seven all-occasion cards -- a download a day. Go here each day this week to get your card.
Click here for more information on the Birthday Bash.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

New Kit Alert -- Parking Lot Picasso

I had been telling my mom, Glenda, to do a sidewalk chalk kit since April. She went right out and bought a bucket of sidewalk chalk, but never got around to doing the kit. Every time my girls went over to Yay-Yay's house, Lindsey would go into the workroom, look at the sidewalk chalk and ask, "Yay-Yay, can I play with that chalk?" Yay-Yay would answer, "No. Not yet. I need to work on my kit first."
In August, Yay-Yay came to visit with ulterior motives. She had finished the sidewalk chalk kit and wanted to get pics of the girls being a "Driveway Degas" and "Parking Lot Picasso." Lindsey knew what she was up to and wasn't having any of it. She refused to use the chalk, no matter how nicely Yay-Yay asked. Sydney politely declined. When it is 95 degrees and someone ask you to sit on the blacktop and draw, the only thing a little girl can say is "no, thank you. Maybe when the sun goes down." After the fun of being passive aggressive ran out, Lindsey decided she would succumb to Yay-Yay's will and draw. Sydney quickly followed. I snapped a few pics, had a good story to tell, and put together a scrapbook page in about 15 minutes using Glenda's Parking Lot Picasso. Easy to use. If you don't have any sidewalk chalk pics, chalk is cheap. Grab a bucket of it and show your kids your non-computer artistic abilities. Snap a few pics, and down load Parking Lot Picasso at Digitals.

Having an eight year-old photographer who scraps and journals...priceless

My eight year-old has been interested in photography since she was three. She has always loved having her picture taken but getting to take pictures is even more exciting . I wasn’t always comfortable handing over my Canon 20D to a five or six year-old, so I would buy her disposable cameras. We never seemed to get the pics printed, or we would lose the camera in the deep dark hole that is the toy room.

When she was in second grade, she asked for a real digital camera for Christmas. I got her a $10 digital camera -- a 1 mega pixel. Sydney took a few pics -- four pics, which was all the camera could hold. We downloaded and opened the file and…my six year-old said that “is a really poor quality image.”

For her birthday, we broke down and got her a Fuji Film FinePix 6.3 mega pixels. I went through the rules of owning a camera -- also close the lens cover, put it back in the case when not using it, keeping an extra set of batteries charged, and keep attached to your arm while using and carrying it. Sydney has done a great job taking care of her camera, and an even greater job taking pictures. She knows how to download her files -- I help choose the destination file. In addition to being a great camera for Sydney -- durable, easy to handle -- it is handy to have around for the quickie pictures I wouldn’t have bothered to get my 20D out for.

I am most proud that she is already scrapping her pics. Every few months, we go through her picture file on our computer, and she pics out photos to print. She has the ability to choose the picture that tell the story of each event.

After printing the pictures, Sydney organizes them into her Creative Memories Pic Folio Album she got as a present. I love this album. At 11x14, it has ten opening in each spread for pictures or journaling boxes. Syd just slides her pictures in, then, uses a pre-cut set of title bars, and journaling boxes (different patterns on the front and back) to finish her spread. The journaling boxes have just enough space to tell a brief story about each page. Lines help Sydney keep her developing handwriting straight.

Approximately $120 for the camera
$44 for the Creative Memories PicFolio album
$12 for the pre-cut journaling set
Having an eight year-old who scraps and journals priceless.

Stuff I Like...Seebee's Postmark, 1942 Font

When I was working on this blog's header, I envisioned it having a postmark that I could change seasonally or monthly, depending on how much vacuuming or laundry needed to be done at the time. I had a font I knew would work -- 1942. {Sidebar: Check out the font on the blog header, looks like an old Underwood-style typewriter, I have used it numerous times since downloading here free.} I was going to make my mom come up with a post mark using that font, but she just searched postmark at several sites and found a great one. Exclusive Digitals Designer Christine Beasley's (Seebee) had one on sale at Digital. Easy to use. Good for postmarking things for a hundred years I think. Check it out here. Christine is not my mother, aunt, cousin or sister. I just liked her postmark.

Friday, September 28, 2007

There really is a Tooth Fairy, Momma

My girls don't play with toys. They play dress up and make-believe. One of their favorite games to play is "fairies." They go on fairy searches, they put out food for fairies, and they even have opinions on what type of flowers to plant to attract fairies. They dress up like fairies and prance through the yard several times a week. I don't think the people driving by even notice the herd of fairies flying, leaping and spinning around my yard anymore.
At my house, we are especially fond of the Tooth Fairy. My eight year-old, Sydney, lost a tooth in kindergarten. After placing it under her pillow the night before, she excitedly reached under said pillow -- now covered in a thin layer of fairy dust -- to find four quarters. Literally, not knowing the value of a dollar, she was disappointed. I refrained from launching into the "when I was a little girl, I would have loved to have gotten..."
When it came time for the next tooth to go under the pillow, Sydney said, "I think I will wait until I have some more teeth for the Tooth Fairy. She might pay more for a set." Syd lost seven more teeth and was ready for the payout.
Because she showed so much restraint and saved her teeth, my husband and I discussed the amount "a set of teeth" might be worth on the open market. We came up with $20. She woke the next morning and was thrilled with her windfall.
So, I tell you all that to tell you this...I assumed that she would be saving her tooth that fell out a couple of days ago until she "had a set." I was wrong. She came to me at 9:30 p.m. and said, "I forgot to put my tooth under my pillow." I was panicked. I was out of fairy dust. I tried talking her into waiting, but no. She wanted to set a trap for the Tooth Fairy. At 9:30 at night, Sydney wants to set a trap for the Tooth Fairy. Now, in a regular home, that might seem...a parental hardship, a major difficulty. Not at our house. We, two years ago, set a Santa Trap. We didn't want to hurt him. Or stop him from his deliveries. We just wanted photographic evidence that he existed -- there were some big kids at school who had the audacity to question the validity of St. Nick. I don't know about your camera, but my camera has a special setting -- motion detector. If you set your camera on motion detector and hide it, you can set a "magical creature trap." And we did. And we got our photographic evidence of Santa. Sydney and Lindsey wanted a picture of the Tooth Fairy. And, as their mother, I was going to get them that evidence.
The next morning Sydney jumped out of bed and grabbed the camera. "Show me, show me," She yelled. "Did we get anything?" I put the flashcard in the computer and the image that appeared brought a gasp from Sydney and a whispered "I knew it. There really is a Tooth Fairy, Momma," from my five year-old. In front of us was an image of my little girls sleeping with a glowing, sparkly orb floating above their heads. I just love that motion detector setting on my camera.

Create-a-fairy...I photographed up close a stain-glass lampshade. Cut out a section of the shade using the oval tool, feathered 80. I used the fairy dust in Glenda's Twinkle Belle kit to create the fairy dust trail.

Scrapville is...

Scrapville is a blog about scrapbooking, photography and the lack of clean clothes and parental supervision given by those who practice these hobbies. I have always been a photographer -- landscapes prior to children. Portraits after. I began scrapbooking in 1999 while pregnant with my first daughter. As I began doing more portraits of my children, friends asked to me to photograph their children. After word of mouth by my mouthy friends, I was operating a small portrait studio whether I liked it or not.
I am extremely critical and picky about the color and lighting of my photographs and am over-the-top detailed, everything-has-to-be-perfect when it comes to my scrapbook pages. Therefore, I am five years behind in scrapping. My mother, Glenda Ketcham, discovered digital scrapbooking several years ago which has helped pick up the pace of my scrapbooking. After digital scrapping for eight months or so, she started learning to create digital elements. I let her get ahead of me on the curve of learning the finer points of PhotoShop and Illustrator. Then, I stepped in to do what I do best...come up with ideas and criticize -- I mean critique her work. So my goal here is to 1.) learn to blog and teach myself basic html 2.) use my writing and research skills I acquired as journalist b.c. (before children) 3.) teach others to improve their photography 4.) share tips/info about cool sites, albums, and gadgets and 5.) promote my mom's work (and other quality designer I have found in the digiscrapping world) because I like it, not because I have to.