Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Using Trendy Color Combos in your Scrapbook Pages

My assignment for this month's Get it Scrapped Creative team is "Ideas for Using Trendy Color Combos in Your Scrapbook Pages".  
Read the article here:  http://debbiehodge.com/2016/08/ideas-using-trendy-color-combos-scrapbook-pages/

Supplies:  Simple Stories-You are Here Collection (paper, embellishments, letters), wood veneer airplane-Studio Calico.

The photos above are where my color inspirations began.  I just love this color combination for clothing also.

Now let's go create!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Get It Scrapped Instagram Feature

Check out my Get It Scrapped creative team feature on Instagram today.  Click here to read it.

Now let's go create! Shanna

Monday, August 1, 2016

Get it Scrapped Instagram Page

Check out the Get It Scrapped Instagram page.  They featured a quote from me.....how awesome is that!  Each creative team member talked about who they scrapbook for. Every Monday a creative team member will be featured along with a layout they created. This week they are featuring, Deborah Wagner. (Meet the Creative Team).  I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of ladies. 

Enjoy your week!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How to get Pinspired

I love to spend time on Pinterest looking for new inspiration for my scrapbook layouts.  Ideas don’t have to be found only on scrapbooking boards.  I often search on design and design inspiration boards.

The bottom image is a poster that I saw on Pinterest.  I loved the fun and whimsical feel and decided it would make a great scrapbook layout.  I had the perfect underwater photos of my niece Reagan that I wanted to use.  

Besides the sailboat in the top right, this is all digital.  I will tell you that this challenged my digital knowledge and I spent a lot of time on YouTube learning some new techniques.  It would have probably been easier to do this with paper, but I do love a good challenge.  The journaling is typed with all different fonts, sizes, and colors of letters.  For a traditional layout this would be a great way to use up your leftover Thickers.

The end result was just what I had hoped for.  It gave me the same fun and whimsical feel and now it was personalized with my own journaling and photos.

Check out my Design Inspiration and Scrapbooking boards on Pinterest for more ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/shystad/

Supplies:  Martha Stewart Crafts-Boat Sticker, Adobe Elements

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. It is the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean. So, however small effort it may be, working for success on daily basis is necessary. #quote #Quote #child #quotes #student #school #hardworking #sports #play #studies #learning #education #schooling http://www.suncityschool.in/:
Pin from www.suncityschool.in

Now let's go create!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Joining New Creative Team-Get it Scrapped

I have some exciting news!  I have been invited to join the Get it Scrapped Creative Team.  My bio was just posted on their site. Please check it out along with the social media sites of my peers.

Look for my first assignment as well as my Instagram feature in August.  I will send out the links once I have them.

If you are interested in memory keeping, organizing, and documenting your stories, this site is for you.  It's filled with educational material for both beginners and advanced scrapbookers.  I have been inspired by this talented creative team for some time now.

This is a big deal for me and I have to pinch myself that I am now joining them!

Now let's go create! Shanna

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Capturing Photos During the Golden Hour

We’ve all heard of kissing a frog, well what about kissing a fish?

As I continue on my journey to take more creative photos, I learn from my daughter Hailey who always gives me fresh, amusing material (without even prompting her). She often teaches me how to let go and have fun with photos!

These photos were taken as the sun was going down.  Professional photographers call this the "golden hour" and I'm trying to learn more about it.  It's said that it's the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset.  There should be less shadows and harsh highlights and your photos may pick up a warm glow. I believe that I was in the golden hour when I took these photos.  It seems to me that it lasts less than an hour but what do I know?  I've tried to capture the golden hour too many times to count.  If you're not paying attention you may miss it! Believe it or not, there is a golden hour calculator on-line.  

The main goal is to be ready with your camera and take a lot of photos during this period of time. You will know when you capture the right shot!

Often when I have beautiful photos I don’t want to my layout design to be overly complex.  Adding too many embellishment can be distracting. I kept this layout simple; while still leaving a place for my journaling that documented our day. I found the perfect paper that reminded me of the beautiful coloring of a rainbow trout.

Supplies:  Paper-Hue Paper-Chase Rainbows-KaiserCraft, Today Journal Card, Chipboard Letters-Thickers, Pink Mini Letters, Embellishments-Amy Tangerine

Now let's go create!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Photo Ideas: Successes and Fails

When I was recently in Hawaii, I enlisted my niece who is 8 to help me with some new photo ideas. We had a lot of fun spending time together and making a list of the images that we wanted to capture.

As a beginning photographer, I am always trying to improve my skills.  These skills include learning the manual functions of my digital camera, understanding design and composition, and challenging myself to be more creative.  Hopefully I will inspire you to try some new things with your camera and learn from my successes and fails.

Hawaiian Flower-Success

Using my new 50mm lens and setting my aperture low, I was able to focus on the flower while leaving the background blurry.

Girls Jumping in Air-Success (sort of)

Although their form is not that great, these girls had fun jumping in the air (or at least trying to)!

Holding the Sun-Fail

Unfortunately, I need some more work on my night time photography skills.  The photo is a little too dark and there should be more of a silhouette of my niece.  I still like the concept so we will try this one again.

Grains of Sand-Success

This will be great to use for an upcoming scrapbook page.  I like how it shows the sand and the white space on the right will be perfect for journaling.  I also changed it to black and white (below) which would be another interesting usage of the photo.

Washing Away Stress-Fail

The simple reason this was a fail is because I lost patience.  To "get the right shot" you must not lose patience.  The goal of this photo was to capture the wave washing away a part of the stress that I wrote in the sand.  It's very hard to do because if you capture the photo too late the wave will wipe out the entire word, if you capture it too early (like this), the word it not wiped out at all.  We'll have to try this one again also.

Laying in Surf-Success

You would think that this would be a simple photo to capture but it wasn't especially if you don't want you and your camera to get wiped out by a wave.  The waves at this beach were very unpredictable and was lucky to get this photo.  I love how my niece's feet are so much smaller than mine in contrast.

Flower and Ocean-Fail

Although this photo is somewhat interesting, I wanted the flower to be in focus.  Looks like I need to learn more about aperture.  I think I had my setting too high.

Now let's go create!