Photo Tips – Night Photography

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Snapping photos at night can be challenging and rewarding!  There are so many fun things hiding in the dark to capture – the moon, stars, shadows, lights, reflections ….  I find working in manual mode has made the biggest difference in success for me with my photos in the dark!  This post may get a little techie, but I will try to keep it simple and easy to understand.  There is a lot of trial and error that goes on with night time photography and digital is so fantastic for learning and experimenting.

Christmas Lights

I like to capture the lights on our home at Christmas time, especially after a fresh snow.

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Using Calendar Grid Pages Non-Traditionally

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Did you see the NEW 12″ x 12″ Calendar Refill Pages?

These pages are great for documenting your day to day, or month by month.

….or you can use them in non-traditional ways.

Today I will share a few ideas with you, showing you exactly that.  Non-Traditional Calendar Grid Scrapbook Pages.

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Capture Your Days With The Daily Docket Collection

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There are so many special moments to capture each year.

Things like:

  • The birth of a child or grandchild
  • A Wedding
  • Holidays
  • Baptism/Christenings
  • A Milestone Birthday

And, then there are the day-to-day things like:

  • Baby’s First Steps
  • Kindergarten Graduation
  • T-ball Game
  • First Day of School
  • First School Play
  • Baking Cookies with Grandma
  • Playing in the Snow
  • First Trip to the Dentist

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Painted Harvest Holiday Envelopes

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Nothing makes me happier than using up my scrap paper to put together a card/envelope duo that is going to make a loved one’s day. Last week I shared with you some super fun and simple cards that you could put together using the Painted Harvest collection. Today we are going to make some coordinating envelopes!

For the blog post on how to make the cards jump over HERE!

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For instructions on how to make the envelope check out THIS blog from back in September. The instruction sheet can also be found in PDF form HERE.

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Painted Harvest Holiday Cards

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What’s a girl to do when she loves a product collection so much that she just can’t get enough? Make holiday cards with it, that’s what!

Painted Harvest is just stunning with its bright colours and beautiful patterns. It would be a shame to pack it away after creating autumn layouts. The designer paper pack is incredibly versatile and works wonderfully in some fun and funky holiday cards.

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Christmas Past Scrapbooking Sampler

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Here’s a project that will help you kick-start your holiday decorating.  This sampler made with our beautiful Christmas Past Collection and Gold Shimmer Cardstock evokes the warm cozy feelings of being”home for the holidays”.

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You can use the sampler with an easel on your mantle as I did, or it would also be great on your old Creative Memories Everyday Display.  After the holidays are over, use the sampler as a title page for your annual Christmas album or cut it apart into three vertical panels to use as borders on scrapbook pages.

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Simple DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments!

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Decorating for the holidays is my absolute favourite thing to do as soon as the snow flies (and we had our first dusting this past weekend!). All the beautiful colours, that take over the whole house just transforms this time of the year.

Today I’d love to share with you two super simple ways to make your own Christmas tree ornaments this holiday season while reminiscing about memories made during holidays past!

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Photo Tips – Top 10 Thanksgiving Photos

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What are your family traditions for Thanksgiving?  Here are some photos tips to help you capture your Thanksgiving memories.

#1 – Travel

Do you travel to be with family on Thanksgiving weekend?  Our family quite often travels to the family cottage to celebrate together.  The road to the cottage is beautiful in the fall!

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Meet Us Monday: Tara Dickinson

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Tara Dickinson is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer for Creative Memories, beer snob, kitty lover and can eat more pancakes and pizza in one sitting than you can imagine. 

Going into her second semester at St. Cloud State University in 2007 Tara decided to make a seemingly impractical career choice and pursue a BFA in graphic arts. Her talents got her in the door with an internship in her final semester of college with CM. She was then officially hired on as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator in the spring of 2011. She then stayed on board until 2013. After that Tara went on to work a short stint in Advertising. The agency was a great experience and she was able to expand her knowledge and skills, but she missed the creative freedom from her former illustrative job. Luckily for her she got an early Christmas gift and was called back to work for Creative Memories mid December of 2015. 

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Instagram Brag Book

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Natural Elegance is such a beautiful scrapbooking product collection. The colours are incredible and the variety of papers in the paper pack are fantastic! It is definitely the perfect collection to use for a wedding project. What happens when you don’t have a wedding project to work on but you’re dying to play with it anyway? Not to worry – let me share with you how you can make the perfect little brag book to showcase your Instagram photos, along with a few of your scrapbooking tools!

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