Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Oh What Fun Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.
If you arrived from Vandra’s blog you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Oh What Fun collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
The Oh What Fun collection is available until the end of December 2018. Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.
Today I’m using my December Craft with Heart Subscription Kit which features the Oh What Fun collection. The backgrounds are all pre-printed so there is no cutting and gluing required until you add the smaller paper pieces (which are also pre-cut) and embellishments. This makes a super-fast project. The kit includes stickers and die-cuts too. The top photo is my layout and the lower one is the one shown in the printed instructions that come with the kit.
My photos had a different orientation for the RH page and I needed to fit a few more onto the layout so I tweaked it a bit by cutting the light green paper piece in half and added the pieces above and below the photos. I also added a Flip Flap.
I do love a bit of bling and wanted to personalise the layout to my style. I added some Silver Glitter Gems and Silver Embellishing Thread around the title and journaling box. The silver thread will stick to the back of the title sticker making it easier to form the swirls. You will notice some pink sparkly gems too –they are silver ones coloured with the Cherry Pink Shin Han Marker.
The Oh What Fun collection and Craft with Heart subscription are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant. A list of products used in my project appears at the end of this post. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website.
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ blog, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations to see the project she has designed for you. I always love seeing what Doris has created – she is so darn clever!
Happy Scrapping, Shaunna
Close To My
Heart products used in this projects
Craft with Heart Subscription (visit your consultant’s website and look for the Subscription tab)
We live in a time when more photos are taken than ever before in history and yet fewer photos are printed or saved in an easily accessible way.
We have dozens…hundreds of images relating to individual events but in reality we only need a handful of those images to tell our story of the experience.
We do not have systems in place to store our photos together, to delete many, to keep the best and most relevant.
Let me help you create a bank of well curated photos that make it easy for you to choose what to print for your albums.
In Week One we gathered images
If you missed my live video you can read a recap here. The goal is to deal with a manageable number of images at one time. Your challenge was to gather and delete.
Last week we labelled our images
If you missed that post you can read it here. Labelling with generic names followed by detail makes it easier to search for specific images. Your challenge was to rename your test batch of photos and delete a few more.
This week we decide which photos to print
The safest place for a photo is still in a printed format.
I believe the most pleasurable way to enjoy photo viewing is sensory – flipping through a pile of photos; turning the pages of an album or standing close to an image mounted on the wall, enjoying the sounds and smells of the room it occupies.
I encourage you to print your photos and tell the story that goes with them. I make traditional scrapbooks and will focus on the process I use to select images for them but the same steps can be applied when choosing images for digitally created photo books and wall art.
What do you plan to do with your photos?
Before embarking on the next step, it’s important to decide what you plan to do with your photos. How many images do you want to print? Do you want to share all the details of an experience or just the highlights? Which photos are your ‘must haves’?
One of the main reasons we feel overwhelmed by our digital images is that we feel a need to do something with ALL the good ones. I’m here to tell you that is just not so. There are not enough days in our lives to keep up with scrapbooking all the photos we take. It’s time to get really clear about your purpose.
In week one of this course I asked the Facebook event group why they take photos. The answer was, “To remember”. Think about what you want to remember the most – that will help you decide which photos you want to print. Is it the emotion of the day? Is it the amazing sights you saw? Is it the story of growth? Is it progress made on a project?
Your reason to print will vary with each experience you photograph. As the reason varies, so does the quantity of images you require. Be mindful of this as you follow the next steps in our process.
Identify images you wish to print
Let’s look at the folder you have been working on over the past 2 weeks. By now you have reduced the number of images by at least half. In my sample I ended up with 12 good quality images I felt told the story well. I have several choices for what I do with them:
Print just one really great photo of Mandy to frame as a Christmas gift or use as a single photo on a scrapbook page alongside the story of the event.
Print my 6-8 absolute favourites to make a double page layout.
Print all 12 and make 2 layouts OR include pocket protectors in the design of one layout
Make a mini album of just this event.
All these options are great. All these options are ‘right’. All these options will result in you holding one or more images that help you to remember. The point is, you need to make the choice and then print them.
Close To My Heart offer many different scrapbook albums. Take a look through my shop to see what will suit your needs best. Look for the following categories:
Story by Stacy (4” x 4” and 6” x 6”)
Mini albums (6” x 8”)
Albums (12” x12”)
Create a system to identify images you wish to print
If you are using the generic folder system on your computer you have a couple of options to do this. One option is to highlight all the images you wish to print and drag them to a “Need to Print” Folder. Another option is to add a ‘P’ to the end of the file name so you will know later which images you have already printed.
If you are using a system that allows you to tag photos and sort by tags, simply create a “Need to Print” and an “Already Printed” tag.
I use a program called Historian on my Windows computer. This program allows me to store, curate and edit my photos in the one place. Two features I love are the ability to star rate my photos and the option to tag images as “Need to Print” and “Already Printed”. I find this invaluable as rating the images helps me see which ones are most important to me and keeping track of ones I’ve already printed makes life easier.
You can download the software for a free trial here https://www.forever.com/historian I am not a rep for this company, I just love the software. If you need someone to help you with details search the website for a Forever Ambassador in your area.
Work with manageable portions
Your challenge this week is to look through the photos you curated last week, decide what you want to do with them and select the ones you will print. It’s OK to print more than you use. Prints are cheap and sometimes we need to hold the printed image to know if it is a ‘keeper’.
Remember, you are working with one recent event or a recent, specific time period – NOT all your digital images.
We live in a time when more photos are taken than ever before in history and yet fewer photos are printed or saved in an easily accessible way. We have dozens, hundreds maybe, of images relating to individual events but in reality we only need a handful of those images to tell our story of the experience. We do not have systems in place to store our photos together, to delete many, to keep the best and most relevant.
Let me help you to leave a legacy of well curated photos that others can navigate to find what they are looking for.
Last week we gathered images
If you missed my live video on Facebook you can read a recap here.
The goal is to deal with a manageable number of images at one time. Your challenge was to gather and delete.
This week we continue working with that same set of images
Having deleted the obvious duds – those that are out of focus, had people running in front of the subject, badly framed, duplicate photos – you should have reduced the number of images you are working with.
Rename and delete some more
When we import photos they have an alphanumeric file name. Your first task this week is to rename the images in a way that is meaningful to you.
Here’s how I do it: Highlight all photos from one event and give them the same name. In this example, the photos taken were at an annual retreat known as ‘Ab Fab’. I had 51 images left after last week’s first cull (24 shown here). They were still labelled with the alpha-numeric code my camera generates.
The fastest way to rename a batch of photos is to select all images and type a new name once. Depending on the system you are using this may then show your images as Ab Fab 1, Ab Fab 2 and so on or it may show them like Historian, which I am using, with just the title repeated on each image.
Now you can fine tune your photo names. Select like images and add extra words to the name. In this case ‘Dinner’ and ‘Celebrate Mandy’
Now you can sort by name and have another go at deleting. In this case, I chose the photos that were flattering to Mandy but also highlighted the fun element to her gift opening. I had many food photos but chose to keep just a few to highlight the quality of the meal. Finally, I chose the best group photo and deleted the other 2.
I am left with 12 images that highlight the fun and fabulousness of our gift giving ceremony and meal. I have gone from needing 178MB of storage to just 65MB. This is fairly usual to only keep 30 – 40% of the photos I take.
What are the benefits of renaming files and deleting so enthusiastically?
The greatest benefit is in knowing you have the best photos to look at. Friends are happier to scroll through 12 photos versus 31. The images you have tell the story, are good quality and are not repetitive. It is also faster to scrapbook fewer images!
You need less storage space. It’s really easy for us to keep buying more or bigger hard drives but do we really need to store ALL the images we take?
You (and others) will be able to look at your archive in the future and know what the photos relate to. You will be able to find photos more easily
By naming files in this way you need fewer folders.
This week’s challenge is to re-visit the batch of photos you gathered last week and rename them in a way that is meaningful to you. Then go back and see if you can delete two-thirds of them!
Try this trick if you really struggle with deleting images: 1. Create a new folder called ‘Photos to Delete’. 2. Drag photos into this folder that you think should be deleted, making sure they are removed from the original folder. 3. Check through what is left in the original folder and decide if you are happy the photos tell the story and include the best images. 4. Bring back extra photos if you think they are needed. 5. Empty the ‘Photos to Delete’ folder.
Good luck this week. Persistence makes the job easier. Next week we will discuss what to do with the images still on all those other devices.
Welcome to the first in a 4 part series on overcoming your digital photo overwhelm.
Why am I offering this course?
We live in a time when more photos are taken than ever before in history and yet fewer photos are printed or saved in an easily accessible way.
We have photos stored on multiple devices with no system.
I see people scrolling through thousands of images on their phones looking for one to show a friend and often the task ends with the words, “I can’t find it now, I’ll show you another time”
I want us all to leave a legacy of well curated photos that others can navigate to find what they are looking for.
Why do you take photos?
A recent poll on my Facebook page showed we all take photos to remember. What exactly is it that you want to remember?
What the label of a beverage or food item looks like, so you can buy it again?
Where you parked your car at the airport?
These are photos you can probably delete straight away. Once you are safely in your card for the return journey you have no need for the saved image.
What everyone wore to the fancy dress party
The people who attended a concert with you
How people have grown and changed over time – for
better or worse (as in case of illness)
A project from start to finish
These are the photos you want to keep but do you need ALL of them?
The most important photos to keep are the ones of your everyday life – that’s what people will be most interested in when you are no longer here.
Think about what you want to remember the most – that will help you decide which photos you spend time curating.
Let’s get started!
Step 1 in overcoming digital photo overwhelm – Choose an archive location
The #1 reason people feel overwhelmed by digital images is that they have them on multiple devices or they have the same image saved to one device multiple times.
My Facebook poll showed most of you have images on 3 or more devices
Get all your photos onto one device and delete duplicates.
Don’t panic! We are not going to pull up every photo you’ve ever taken, we will chunk it into manageable portions
First up, decide which device will be your main archive.
Cloud, computer or external hard drive?
Which device will be the one place you can go to knowing it contains one copy of each digital image you feel is valuable enough to keep so that it will help you to remember.
Thumb drives, camera cards, mobile phones, tablets are all temporary solutions to photo storage. They malfunction, get lost or meet with untimely deaths too regularly to be trusted with your memories.
This archive will be where your photos are backed up to after you’ve curated them. We will revisit it in the coming weeks.
Step 2 in overcoming digital photo overwhelm – Choose a device to use for gathering your images
often this is a computer or laptop.
Using a larger screen, keyboard and mouse just
makes life easier
Thumb drives, camera cards and phone cords can be
plugged into it for photo transfer
If the storage capacity is limited, it is easy to
plug in an external drive to save the photos
use my laptop because it is portable and I often work on curating my
photos in small snatches of time or when I’m travelling.
Step 3 in overcoming digital photo overwhelm – Gather photos for a specific time frame or experience
I said earlier, we are not dealing with all the photos you’ve ever taken
in one go, we are breaking the process down into manageable chunks.
by choosing a recent time frame or event that you would like to remember. Some examples include:
Everyday moments in and around home – choose a 2-3
month time period
a folder (album) on your chosen device (or photo organising software) and
bring all the photos from social media, phones, cameras, email and
websites into that folder.
Step 4 in overcoming digital photo overwhelm – Delete duplicates and obvious duds
There is something about deleting a photo which makes a lot of us anxious. Is it the thought of never being able to get it back again? Is that somehow the person in the photo feels real? Or is it simply that we don’t like choosing?
Whatever the reason, it is a fact of life in this age of digital photography that we do need to delete images in order to make the task of managing them simpler. My best advise to you is to take a big breath and just do it.
Let’s begin with the images that are obviously below standard or unnecessary:
out of focus photos
random shots of ceilings, interior of handbags and the like
the 3 second rule – if you contemplate the value of keeping the photo for
longer than 3 seconds, you probably don’t love it or need it.
Have a go! You may be surprised at how good it feels to begin this task of photo management.
Part 2 in this series will look at how to name digital image files and get rid of even more of them!
Disclaimer: I am not an IT expert
information I am sharing in this course is based on years of experience personally
storing, organising and printing my family photos.
am not an IT expert and as such am unable to answer questions specific to
the systems and programs you are using for digital photo storage. Please seek help provided by those
programs if you need technical advice.
do not represent any digital photo storage companies.
will not receive any commissions from recommendations I make for digital
Welcome to the CTMH Australasian ‘Tis the Season Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.
If you arrived from Doris’ blog you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s ‘Tis the Season collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
The ‘Tis the Season collection is available until the end of December 2018. Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.I have loved using this paper pack for my Christmas photos of last year but today’s layout has nothing to do with Christmas.
I’ve used 2 packs of this paper. I pulled out my left overs to see what I could use on this hop. I had lots of the paper with Charcoal on one side and Candy Apple on the other and a bit of the fern leaves print. Mmm, what to do???
I called on my new best friend!
The Love of Colour Book is an invaluable resource we all need to own. It shows colour combinations that work together! I flipped to the Charcoal page and saw that Charcoal, Candy Apple, Fern, Sapphire and Carolina were suggested as a good combo. Brilliant! 3 of those colours were already in the papers I had selected. All I had to add was the two blues.
This layout is based on the Now You See It layout in the Magic How To book (p22). It worked perfectly for the panorama shots we had taken. I had printed them on 4×6 paper so they were all the same width but different heights. It was easy to fit several in a line on the right hand side of the layout.
I loved the title design in the ideas book and re-created it with Block Alphabet Thin Cutsand a free hand drawn and cut flourish. At first I just had Sapphire letters but when I added the Candy Apple print behind them, they really popped – especially when I used foam dots!!
The moral of this story is to look past the obvious theme of a set of papers and discover how adaptable they can be.
The ‘Tis the Season collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure it will love it ‘cos she is so talented!
Happy Scrapping, Shaunna
Close To My Heart products used in this projects
X7239B Tis the Season paper Pack
9045 Love of Colour Book
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock (light side)
X5990 Carolina Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Ink
Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen
Welcome to November’s Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Wendy’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it. Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from. Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Seasonal Trees (S1811) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.
I adore the trees in this set but felt you would be seeing a lot of them as complete trees on this hop so decided to think outside the box. I’ve added components of the trees to the card designs from the You Got This Workshop Your Way Card Kit (G1166). I’ve also included sentiments from two other Workshop Your Way Card Kits – Epic Birthday (G1165) and Hugs for You (G1164)
The first four cards use Pattern 1 from You Got This Workshop Your Way Card Kit. The last two cards use Pattern 2. I enjoyed decorating the envelop flaps to co-ordinate with the cards.
First up… First and second generation background stamping of leaves in Fern ink.
Card 2… Fern leaves stamped in Saffron ink
Card 3… I love this sentiment from the Hugs For You WYW kit and that little bird sitting on the letter makes me happy. He’s from the stamp of the month.
Card 4 is the same pattern as 1,2 & 3 but has been rotated… The leaves are half the pine tree foliage stamp. Just had to include the little bird again. The saffron edge on the white panel and envelope flap is also from the stamp of the month.
Card 5… I had to find a way to fit the sentiment from (Hugs For You) and the tree so I overlapped them. Still loving that bird! So did my daughter’s cat – she jumped onto the crafting table and added a wee smudge of pomegranate ink to the card!!! I ran out of time to re-do the panel but I suggest you make yours without the smudge (hehehe)
Card 6… This is my final sample. The background on the white panel was made by inking just the stem of the palm tree. The sentiment was masked, cut, layered and popped on foam tape.
Seasonal Trees (S1811) is only available during November, 2018. Full retail price is $29.50 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.
Isn’t it nice to create lots of different cards from the same 2 patterns? I hope this blog post has inspired you to use the stamps in different ways as you are crafting. Did you have a favourite card? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.
Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Grateful Heart Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.
If you arrived from Lauren’s blog you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Grateful Heart collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
The Grateful Heart collection is available until the end of December 2018. Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.
Today’s layout was is based on one taught to consultant’s at our National Album Retreat last month. We made the original layouts with Boutique but I am loving re-creating them in the Grateful Heart papers.
The paper part of this layout is very basic. One full sheet split across the two pages with 3 strips added. The full sheet of paper provides a place for photos to stand out. What makes the rest of the layout so eye catching are the two embellished clusters on opposite diagonals.
The first cluster uses a circle as an anchor point. This shape is cut with the largest circle in the Shaker cards Thin Cuts. October’s Stamp of the Month (S1810) and the Watercolour Impressions stamp (D1797) anchor it to the page. That lovely heart is also from the SOTM. Cut an arrow and draw inside it with a journal pen. The floral cluster is cut from one of the papers in the pack and popped up on foam dots.
Two flags form the base for the title cluster. Don’t you love the big, bold letters from the Solid Classroom Alphabet (E1043)? They worked nicely in partnership with the Simply Said Alphabet (C1725). I separated strands of Pomegranate Burlap Ribbon (retired) to curl behind the flowers and added Grateful Heart Cork Shapes for a little texture. The little flowers I’ve used for bullet points in the journaling come from the SOTM too! So many lovely elements on this one stamp set.
The Grateful Heart collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure will love it ‘cos she is so talented! Happy Scrapping, Shaunna Products used in these projects
X7237B Grateful Heart paper Pack
Z4229 Grateful Heart Cork Shapes
X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock
X6017 Pomegranate Cardstock
X6027 Daisy White Cardstock
E1043 Solid Classroom Alphabet
C1725 Simply Said Alphabet
S1810 Thanks & Giving Stamp
D1797 Watercolour Impressions Stamp
Z2835 New England Ivy Ink
Z2851 Saffron Ink
Z2823 Goldrush Ink
Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen