Monthly Archives: February 2009

Photography Quick Tips

I found this great article today on photography tips.  I thought it would be perfect to share with my fellow scrapbookers.  Enjoy…

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People & Portrait Photography Quick Tips
from NationalGeographic.com

If you use objects other than your main subject in the foreground, be careful of placement. You don’t want to obscure or detract from your subject.
Every time you hold your camera to your eye, look for leading lines, foreground elements, frames—anything you can use to lend dynamism to your image. Photographs are two dimensional but it helps if they look and feel three dimensional.
Don’t just stand there—sit, squat, lie down. The angle from which you make a photograph can make a dramatic difference.
When using an electronic flash indoors, move your subject away from walls to prevent harsh shadows.
A piece of very light orange gel over the face of your electronic flash can warm up the light and give it a more pleasing cast.
When you first arrive at a new location, make note of any features that strike you. Try to find ways to incorporate them into your composition.
Be careful if you are using a wide-angle lens to photograph a group. The people at the edges may get distorted.
If kids want to look through the camera, let them. They will be more relaxed and cooperative. Just watch out for dirty fingers on the lens.
Anticipate kids’ behavior. If they are playing tag, set up near the base, compose your image, and wait for them to come running in.

Get Your Free Magalogue

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What is a “magalogue? 
It’s part stamping magazine and part The Angel Company catalogue.  It is chock full of ideas and new stamp sets.  You are going to want this beautiful publication and you can have it free.  Just email me your phone number and a good time to call you.  I will call for your shipping information and send your free copy.

Valentine’s Day Greeting Card

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! 

I hope you are taking time to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.  I made this sweet little card using GWP stamps from The Angel Company.  The inside is stamped with the sentiment, “With all my heart”. 

Currently, I’ve been participating in a bible study that is focusing on love.  God’s love for us and how we are designed to forward that love from ourselves to each other.  This study has made Valentine’s Day more special for me, less commercial.  I designed this card for my husband.  I want him to know how loved and cherished he is.

Forward your love and have a wonderful, meaningful day.

Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit Winner

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Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit

At Tuesday’s Valentine Stamp Camp I had a door prize drawing.  Since the stamp camp was an open house style event I couldn’t draw the winner until everyone had participated.  So I’m publishing it here for those who may have left before the drawing took place. 

The door prize was a Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit from The Angel Company.  It is a beautiful kit that once assembled makes a sophisticated 4-1/2 x 7 inch mini scrapbook.

The winner of this beautiful kit was Daisy H.

If you’d like to purchase a matchbook kit, just click the link or picture above to be directed to my secure TAC website.

 

The History of Greeting Cards

I found this interesting little article today about the history of the greeting card that I thought I would share with you.  Wouldn’t you know, it all started with a Valentine.  I hope it inspires you to get your stamps out and make a keepsake for your loved ones.  Why not leave your “impression” on history?
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The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer’s and manufacturer’s perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer’s used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer’s held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine’s offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800’s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn’t have its own greeting card!

Valentine Hearts Treat Box

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This treat box is just another take on a box I did back in the fall.  Here is the link.  It’s just an example of how changing the stamps and cardstock and ink colors puts a whole new spin on the same old project.  I stamped the heart sprig with red ink and colored in the hearts with a red marker.  Then I added Crystal Stickles for dimension and sparkle.  I filled it with my favorite heart chocolates and now it is ready to give to my loved one.

All supplies for this project are from The Angel Company.

Stamp Sets:  Sprigs, Feel Better, Petal Pack

Cardstock: Bazzil Basics- Pinks and Red Violets

Ink:  Toile Pink and L’Amore Red Palette Inks

Accessories:  Crystal Stickles, red marker, ribbon