Catching Up

All of our travels and adventures over the past few months have meant lots of picture taking but very little time for getting those pictures scrapped. But I am slowly but surely catching up, at least with my Smash Book. I’ve got quite a ways to go in my regular scrapbook, soon to be even further behind after our trip to Mexico! One of the nice things about making the Smash Book this year is that even if I do get a bit behind in my scrapbooking, I have kept track of everything we’ve done in this book so it’ll be easy to go back and remember what I want to scrap. The downside to this though is it does start to feel a bit repetitive. I’ve decided next year I’ll skip the Smash Book and use 4×6 pages for the little pictures that I want to print but don’t necessarily want to make an entire page around. That’s my plan for now anyways.I am really glad that I did the Smash Book though. It’s been a fun project and I think I’ll love looking back on it. I just feel it’ll be a bit redundant two years in a row. So those are my thoughts up to this date anyways. Having a camera always at my disposal means I have lots of pictures so I do need a home for them. I just think it’ll be fun to change it up next year. We’ll see though, I may be addicted to smashing… 😉

Wedding Smash Book Take 1

After working like crazy the last few weeks on my sister’s bachelorette party, which was so much fun by the way, I can finally share my top secret projects. First up, the start of the Smash Book I’m making for my sister. And can I just say I love the K&Company Wedding Smash Folio is awesome, filled with fun colors and pages, instead of the typical pastels and flowers. It’s so much fun to work with!I wanted to give the book to my sister now so that she could pass on anything she may want included in it. It’s going to be so fun to fill it up with all the great wedding stuff coming up! I already have a pile of pictures to add from her showers and the bachelorette party. I’m a busy maid of honor! 🙂

Recently Smashed

I got a little behind on my Smash Book in June, what with my spending all my time outside and all, but I got it all caught up so we’re good to go for July. I actually remembered to save a menu from the BBQ joint we ate at last weekend (which by the way is incredibly delicious and comes with an awesome view so if you live nearby, go eat at Hook’s in White Bear!). As I spend less time scrapping and more time outside enjoying the summer, this is becoming more and more a great way to quickly keep up with all of my pictures. And when fall rolls around and I’m ready to cozy up with my scrappy supplies it will be easy to page through this and see what I want to go back and scrap full pages of. It’s the perfect summer scrapbook project!

Summer Slow Down

Summer.(Image from this website)

My poor little blog has been rather neglected over the last week and I have no excuse other than it’s summer and I’m feeling very little motivation to sit in front of the computer. Well, that and a week long headache. I suppose that counts for something. But I think it’s safe to say I won’t be quite as consistent around here for the next few months. So don’t think I forgot about y’all! I’m just busy swinging on the patio swing and soaking in the summer. I do have a little bit of scrappiness to share today.Hope y’all are enjoying summer as well!

5*31*12

Seeing as it’s now the final day of May I thought it just might be time to share my              12 of 12 layout for May.

Once again, sorry for the fuzzy pictures. If you click on it it’s just fine but on here it’s blurry. Darn you WordPress!!!And a new smashbook page. I’m still keeping up with my smashbook so I’m pretty proud of myself for that. I was worried that I would get sick of it after awhile and that it would become a chore to keep up with but nope, still love it.

Lately

*A few Smash book pages to shareI’m sorry these look so blurry. If you click on them they are just fine but for some reason they aren’t clear in the post. Sometimes WordPress fails me…

* A friend and I headed downtown for a super fantabulous girl date the other day. We visited the Minneapolis Photo Center, which had a great new exhibit, but is also one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever been in. It is everything you think of when you think of a restored industrial space; wood floors, exposed bricks, wood beams, huge windows with amazing views, awesome doors. It is such a cool space.We followed up our loft lust with dinner on the new rooftop patio at the Uptown Cafeteria. Awesome patio, awesome views, awesome food. When we were in the Bahamas I had conch fritters and fell in love. Since then I have been searching for something similar to satisfy the craving. But all that has changed now that I’ve had the crab fritters at the Cafeteria. They are DELICIOUS! I cannot wait to go back for more!!! It was a perfect girls day out with some much needed city time.

* So far the bone marrow biopsy recovery is going better than ever before. Seems like I was right when I predicted it would be the best biopsy ever 😉 I give all the credit to my sweet new anti gravity chair and the awesome care I’ve been receiving from the hubs. He rocks. I’m certainly not 100% yet but I’m much better off than I’ve ever been at this point before which is making me incredibly happy! Not to mention that recovering so far has included dozing in the sun while my handsome hubby fixes the lawn. Nice.

*My creative mojo seems to be back in full effect and I am chomping at the bit to make some fun new crafty goodies for around the house. I want to turn the wedding photos I have in our bedroom into photo canvases like this.I want to make one of thesefor the bedroom as well, I’m thinking with lyrics from Train’s “Marry Me.” I want to dress up my photo wall in the living room by adding some color. My photowall is made up of thrifted frames that I spray painted black so I want to pick up some more frames and maybe find some cute prints in the thrift stores or come up with some things I can make myself. I’m thinking for sure a map and then who knows from there! Between Pinterest and my imagination the possibilities are limitless!

Well, that’s about all that’s new with me lately. Basically just a lot of getting creative on my computer while my back heals 🙂

Printing iPhone Pictures

I’ve been asked several times over the last few months how I print my iPhone pictures so I thought the best thing to do would be to write a post describing my method. Bear with me as I’m not much of a teacher, but I’ll do my best.

I use Photoshop Elements for my editing software and I have an Epson photo printer (the R260) that I’ve had for about 4 years now that I am still very happy with. My one complaint is that the ink is very expensive and generic ink doesn’t work so there’s no way around the cost. The ink does seem to last quite a while though and I’m pretty sure that a printer with cheaper ink wouldn’t last quite as long so it all probably equals out in the end. That’s what I tell myself when I have to make a major purchase each time I run out of ink anyways… I did notice that Staples offers $2 back per used ink cartridge which adds up when you need to buy 6 ink cartridges so I think I’ll be going there from now on! I learned my lesson the hard way buying cheaper “genuine Epson Ink” on Amazon so be very careful if you consider doing the same. The photo paper I bought on Amazon seems to be pretty good though.

Alright, on to the nitty gritty details. Once in Photoshop, I open a blank document the size of the photo paper I plan to print on. My preferred size is 8.5×11 but if I don’t have enough pictures for it I will do a smaller size. I like to keep a package of 4×6 paper on hand and I also save the leftovers when I print a page but don’t fill it up. Always make sure the resolution is set to 300 inches/pixel. Those little scraps are nice to have when I just want to print one or two small pictures.

Next up I open all of the pictures that I want to print. For my Smash book, I typically print 2×2 or 2×3. If it’s a more “important” picture I’ll make it 3×3. For my scrapbook I print in a variety of sizes but rarely anything bigger than 4×6. To change the size of the pictures you go to Image>Resize>Image Resize (or shortcut ctrl+alt+I). Make sure it’s on inches and that Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are checked. Enter either your width or height and the other will change accordingly. Then change the resolution to 300 (pixels/inch).

Next you want to select the image (ctrl+a) and then copy (ctrl+c). Double click on you blank page and paste (ctrl+v). I like to add several pictures to get the most of my paper so I will resize, copy and then paste several and then move them into place.For those of you who don’t have a photo printer at home, I have heard wonderful things about the PostalPix app that allows you to send pictures off to print straight from your phone. Another option would be to use the same method I use, save the image as a jpeg file and send it off to an online printing service. I personally like to use Walmart, Snapfish or Shutterfly. The most cost effective way to use these services for smaller pictures would be to put them on a 4×6 canvas. You could do 6 2x2s or 2 3x3s which wouldn’t be too pricey at all with their prices!

I hope this helps any of you who were asking for the information! I’m sure there are much better tutorials out there but I thought I’d give it a whirl since so many of you have asked 🙂