Some blog surfing for you.

July 23, 2007

I love checking out other scrappers’ blogs for inspiration and there is so much out there! I must come across a new great blog every day to save to my favourites.

Here’s a few great ones to check out below.

Some cool NZ sites to support are:

www.scraptheteenz.blogspot.com

www.kiwijackmeup.blogspot.com

www.nzdares.blogspot.co

and two of my favourite Aussie girls’ blogs (although Emily is now living in the States):

www.embers.typepad.com Emily Falconbridge

www.stephdevlin.typepad.com Steph Caskey-Devlin

More soon!

Kate.


Tag challenge #2 word- PLAY

July 21, 2007

Hi everybody

This is Tag Challenge installment #2. I had a totally different word sorted, tag half made and all. Then for whatever reason, the word PLAY kept popping up. So I went with the flow and had a great time making a playful/child like tag. I have put a bit of journaling on the back. What it says is so true and, I want to change, I want to play more. With family and friends. My husband and children are a playful bunch, so this should not be too hard. I was raised with a very strong work ethic, a bit too strong and so am in need of balance. This is a nice bonus of the Tag Challenge, I stop and think. Have fun with this word and play, play, play!

You don’t choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live now. Joan Baez

enjoy Fi

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You can quote me on that

July 20, 2007

Hi everyone

Kate mentioned a while ago that we’d be doing our best to bring you some articles of interest, tips and techniques etc in the “down” time between collections.

So I thought I’d do a post today on some of my favourite quotes. I’ve never been a poetry fan, but a short quote can inspire me, reduce me to tears, make me laugh, and they’re great for using on scrapbooking layouts. “A short saying often contains much wisdom” (Sophocles).

And here are some of my favourite quotes about children. Last Christmas I made my mother-in-law an 8 x 8 album with pictures of all her grandchildren. There was a quote on each child’s page, and I don’t know who got more pleasure from it – her or me. A number of the following quotes were among those I used:

No man can possibly know what life means, what anything means, until he has a child and loves it. And then the whole universe changes and nothing will ever again seem exactly as it seems before (Lafcadio Heam)”.

Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands (Linda Hogan, Native American writer)”.

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born (George Bernhard Shaw)”.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose (Dr Suess)”.

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life, I think, is to have a happy childhood (Agatha Christie)”.

Sweet childish days that were as long as twenty days are now (Wordsworth)”.

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in (Graham Greene)”.

For the Grandmothers out there:

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent (Sam Levenson)”.

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time”…..you’re the grandma (Teresa Bloomingdale)”.

I could go on and on, but you’ll be relieved to read I won’t. We’ll have some upcoming quote sharing for love (not too soppy we hope), inspiration, parents and friendship in the future. And we’d love to hear your favourite scrapbooking quotes and sayings.

Steph


Scan and Stitch

July 18, 2007

Hi everyone

If like me you have a love/hate relationship with technology – love it when it works, hate it when it all turns to custard – you may be using your computer more and more in your scrapbooking. I don’t think I’ll ever become a solely digital scrapbooker. I love making things and having some texture (3D) on the page. But I love learning new computer techniques to enhance and improve my pictures, although I’m the first to admit I’m still a complete novice. Being part of Paper Pesto has meant learning quite a few new computer skills, one of which is scanning and stitching. Now that I can do it, it’s so easy!

So I thought I’d write a little piece on scanning and stitching 12 x 12 layouts. I have a HP Photosmart All-in-One, just a cheap middle-of-the range model, but it’s fantastic. I realise not everyone has that brand, so I’ve done a little research and found some other sites you may want to link through to:

www.creatingkeepsakes.com/mag/article.ihtml?index_field=1958 – this links you to an article that came out in Creating Keepsakes July 2007 issue, and talks about scanning and stitching using various versions of Photoshop.

www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7487.asp – links you to an article from Bella Online, written by Lawanda Kress, which looks at stitching using Microsoft Paint, which most computers have as a standard program.

www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Computer_Center/Scanning/38.php – this article has some great tips for scanning layouts, as well as instructions on stitching together your scans.

And finally there is an article from the HP website, which also contains some tips for scanning, including lumpy 3-D layouts.

In any case, I thought I’d quickly share how I scan and stitch using my HP Photosmart printer and scanner. The first step is relatively easy – scan the two halves of your layout. The main thing to watch here is the fact that most 12 x 12 layouts slightly exceed the length of the scanner flatbed. Your layout will stick out maybe ½ inch off the glass scanning surface. Just pick the end of the layout which will have the least impact not being scanned, and when you flip your layout around to scan the other side, make sure the same end is off the flatbed. Or centre it as best you can.

I use my HP Solution Centre software to scan, which automatically sends the two halves of the scanned layout to HP Photosmart Premier (unless I specify otherwise).

Once the images are in HP Photosmart Premier, I then select the images on the View tab (by clicking on them).

Click the Create tab.

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To Arrange Images either click Add All from below the frames, or drag the images you want from the Selection tray to a frame.

At this stage you want to make sure the two halves of your layout are both facing the same way (click on the rotating icon on an image as necessary), and that the left hand side of the layout is on the left, with the right-hand side of the layout on the right i.e. in the right order.

Having arranged the images, click step number 2 on the left hand side – “Stitch”, and the magic begins. You can then save your newly stitched image or edit it further (crop, re-size etc).

I haven’t used any other scanners and stitching programmes to be able to tell you how they work step by step, but the process looks to be very similar for other programmes and scanners from what I’ve read in the above links. Those of you who already scan and stitch will know how easy it really is. For those of you attempting it for the first time, persevere – you too will be marvelling at the simplicity of the process within a short time.

Steph


Introducing Leslie!

July 15, 2007

Leslie is our feature designer for this month and has put together some great projects with our July collection. You can see these in the Gallery.

Here’s a photo and a bit about her.

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Hi my name is Leslie Rehm Hunt and I live in Los Angeles with my husband, James, and our two kitties. When I’m not working, I spend most of my free time in my craft room. I love to craft and make things, I knit, read, take pictures and of course, scrapbook! It all started back in 2000. After a semester in Europe, I wanted a unique way to display my pictures. That’s when my sister introduced me to this wonderful hobby that has now become an obsession!

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Leslie also completed Fiona’s tag challenge ‘dream’. Thanks for joining in Leslie! Will keep you posted for the next word in the challenge.

Kate.