Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How to create a soft focus effect in Photoshop and Elements

Open and size your image.
Make a duplicate layer. Highlight top layer.
Go to Filter, Gaussian blur. Blur image to 15 to 19.
Go to the Layers. Change opacity of the blurred layer to 40%.
Save as jpg.

Thanks to Lorena at Quick Pic Portrait Studio for this lesson.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Welcome to Glenda's Hometown

Welcome to Glenda’s hometown, Harrodsburg – A pleasant little place of clever people and live businessmen. We Harrodsburgians have always assumed the founders of Harrodsburg meant lively businessmen when creating the town slogan in 1883, but, as the lifespan of the adult male was not what it is today, they may have only been stating what would not be obvious.

Harrodsburg became a bustling village when the railroad came through in the 1830s. With the railroad came more prosperity for the little village in the middle of farm country. The nearest big city was 12 miles away. In the 1880s, Harrodsburg boasted several churches, post office, general store, grist mill. We don’t like to talk of such things, but there was also a distillery. There was a good market for grain but the good citizens of the 'Burg prefer to have the grain marketed elsewhere, rather than the results that flow from "the poisonous still."

Let’s skip forward several decades to the 1940s. There were new faces in town, as well as familiar faces that had just grown older. Babies had been born – delivered by Dr. Mitchell. The old people died and were buried at Clover Hill. Women baked pies and hung the laundry on line. Men worked in the fields, tended the animals, oversaw their little businesses and came home every night to a homemade dinner at half past five…or did they?

Every quaint little burg has it colorful characters. For all of its “quaintness,” Harrodsburg had it fair share of citizens who have left us with much fodder for….digital scrapbooking kits. What did you think I was going to say?

The digital kits in this series -- Welcome to Glenda's Hometown will chronicle life in a small farm community during Glenda's formative years and any other year she decides to make up. Most of the stories are based in fact, but the names have changed because the subject of a particular kit may not like how they have been portrayed and egg our barn or tip our cow. The stories that Glenda knows first hand are guaranteed to be 97 percent true, all other are other as true as the person who told the story chooses to make it. You are buying high quality digital elements, but everything else you choose to buy from these stories may only be low quality -- well you know what.

Stay tuned for kits in this series...

Welcome to Glenda's Hometown

Welcome to My Hometown -- Etta's Poppies

Etta McKnight, Glenda’s mother, lived on Popcorn Road for over fifty years. She wasn’t the richest. She wasn’t the poorest. She didn’t have the fanciest dresses – all homemade, but she did have the prettiest flowers. During the spring, summer and part of fall, any vistor would walk away with a beautiful bouquet of Etta’s flowers –baby’s breath and fern fronds filling out the bundle of lilies (Stargazers were her favorite), daisies, asters, bee balm, lilies, poppies, lilies and more lilies. Once the flowers were cut, Etta would arrange the flowers and place them in a mayonnaise jar, filled precisely to half with water (so it wouldn’t spill on the way home). As her visitors pulled out onto the road, they always looked up into her kitchen window where she would be waving good bye.

Here is a link for a freebie from Glenda's "Etta's Poppies."

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Scrapville Freebie

My friend gave me this picture from the summer of my youngest daughter Lindsey (left) and her daughter Riley. They were having a sleepover -- Lindsey's first that wasn't at Yay-Yay and Papaw's house. She told me they got a little dirty so they could have a bath in the bubbles. I love this picture because their little faces just pop off the page -- the whole picture is beige and white -- except for their pink cheeks! The kit includes pinks, blues and greens, but I loved staying with the beige and white theme.

I used Glenda Ketcham's Washing Instruction Included (on sale for $4.20 October 1 through October 7) to create this layout.
If you would like to download the towel frame-tag-bow freebie pictured above, click here to find the URL. Note: To access Glenda's personal FTP area, located at Digitals, the previous link will take you to the Digitals gallery, and then you can access the FTP from there (look for the link in the description).

Glenda would like to thank Bannerwoman for her commercial-use bow used in this kit.