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Picture Perfect

  • March 18, 2012 8:09 pm

I’ve always been obsessed with taking pictures, organizing pictures, and photobooking pictures.  But, with the invention of the digital camera, and well…blogging, I’ve relaxed a little in the organizing part of my picture mania.  I have intended to do a digital photo book for each year, but we always seem to be on a budget for one thing or another, and that gets shoved the bottom of the want list.  In addition, once we moved to Decatur, I stopped printing my digital pictures.  Before that time I’d been very diligent about “developing” them the same way old style film was developed.  As a result of all these new and fancy technologies, my pictures were a mess. And, I just hate messes, especially in the picture department.

Apple TV inspired my organizing marathon.  We’ve had the little Apple TV box for over a  year, and I’m not sure I could explain exactly how it works, but in plain terms, it talks to the computer, plays itunes, and runs a slideshow of our pictures on the TV.  I decided I wanted to see ALL our pictures (since the dawn of our digital camera), instead of just the pictures from the last four years.  So, I loaded all our pictures on the computer (from the CDs I’d made to ensure we’d always have them).  Over 12,000 pictures (yep, you read that right–obsessed, remember?) later, I have a slideshow showing baby pictures, vacation pictures, everyday pictures, and even boring out of focus pictures.  I have more editing to do, but I’m super happy with the results right now.  At least, I feel a little better about my picture organization.

Now, to get to those albums!

Santa Pictures

  • November 22, 2010 3:29 pm

We started decorating for Christmas this past weekend, given that, for us, the weekend after Thanksgiving is booked hour to hour with everything from shopping at 3am to your basic family bonding with eggnog and Christmas Tree Decorating.

So, in my decorating stupor, I had the ambitious thought to frame all Santa Pictures from the beginning of our parenting days.  Great thought, right?  Well, I came across three pictures.  THREE.  I was shocked-I was certain that just couldn’t be right!  I’ve had at least one kid for nine (NINE) years, and I could only drum up THREE pictures?? 

This just isn’t possible. For one, I’m super organized.  I feel I can say that without it being taken as bragging, because sometimes I think people pity my OCD tendencies, and realize it’s more of a sickness than a skill.  So, there’s that.  But, there’s also the fact that I’m a lover of pictures, and a scrapbooker at heart.  Before all these children took all my time, I spent hours pouring over the perfect layout, the perfect sticker, and the perfect paper to memorialize an event in one of my many (many) scrapbooks.  So, on top of being super-organized, I am all about preserving the memories!

Since I couldn’t possibly figure out how this tragedy occured, I called my husband-he has the memory of an elephant and would be able to recount every Christmas since his own birth-so our childrens’ Christmas memories would be no problem.  He was able to walk me through every year, which Santa, which location, blah blah blah.  Apparently, there were at least two years where my children would have nothing to do with Santa.  Sometimes Santa was a good sport, and held my screaming, crying children, but other years he just wasn’t that into that part of his job.  And, I guess I was in a sleep-deprived coma during that time since I only have foggy memories of seeing Santa at all, let alone him refusing to hold my children.

I feel like a loser mom-I bet there are moms out there with Santa pictures from the womb to age 18.  I don’t.  I did manage to scrounge up a few snapshots that I had put into those precious scrapbooks–I can scan those and have a partial Santa timeline to frame for Holidays to come.  So, this is my new goal-Santa pictures from NOW ON!  I’m sure when the kids are teenagers they will lovingly cooperate with me, and hopefully I will be rested enough to actively commit those outings to memory. 

In looking for those Santa pictures, I couldn’t help but pause and gaze at their baby and toddler pictures.  They are growing up so fast…no wonder I freaked a bit and wanted to freeze them in a frame with Santa.  I can do that, right?  Freeze time?

A Bloggable Scrapbook

  • February 9, 2010 10:50 am

People have asked me how I got into this blogging phenomenon, and while I started reading blogs to be entertained by the stories, I really became invested because it appealed to my scrapbook addiction.  Photo albums have always been a passion of mine, and so of course I jumped on the Creative Memories bandwagon as soon as I could.  The problem was, once I had all these kids and other grown-up responsibilities, I lost time for scrapbooking.  So, I decided to start a blog to record my memories until I found the time again to put them into memory books.  My personal blog was born.  I still keep it up to date with pictures of the kids, their activities, and just the mundane details of our daily life.  It literally takes all of ten minutes to upload a picture and write a little note about it, and it makes me feel like I’m not falling so far behind on my favorite past time.

So, that’s how I got started, and everything else just blossomed from there, because then I found myself actually with something to SAY instead of just pictures to post, but that’s another story all together.  Today, we are talking scrapbooking.  Recently, I’ve had a few friends ask me how to get started with their own personal blog, and these are a few resources I would use to guide you in the right direction.

www.blogger.com is a very user-friendly blog home.  Just click through the directions to set up your blog, and adjust it to your needs.

www.cutestblockontheblock.com is a great site to spruce up your blog.  There are also online directions that teach you how to embed the artwork.  It sounds harder than it is, I promise.

www.scrapblog.com is another site for bells and whistles.

www.blurb.com is a website that will convert your blogs into actual scrapbooks.  It seems ideal, and while I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet, I’m very intrigued.  I have a friend working on this, and will keep you posted as to her success.

So, there you go.  Happy Scrapblogging!

Photo Website

  • January 13, 2010 10:10 pm

I’m a freak when it comes to pictures.  I love taking them, editing them, printing them, and scrapbooking them.  I love looking through my scrapbooks year after year, and reliving all the wonderful (or not so wonderful)  moments.  The kids love looking through their books, too, and honestly now they ask me to scrapbook so they can see how different they look this year from last.  Sadly, this chapter of my life has me too busy to keep up with everything on that front, but it’s there-on my never ending to do list.

But, I’m always on the lookout for websites, products, or anything to feed my obsession.  Most recently, I stumbled across the website www.scancafe.com. The beauty of this website is that you can send in your old “nondigital” photos, and they will scan them, enhance them, and send them back in digitized form (CDs or DVDs).  It’s been a silent stress of mine that my daughter’s newborn and baby pics are only HARD COPIES from film, and this option totally solves that problem for me!  I’m adding it to my picture to-dos, and now her pictures (and maybe some others of us pre-kid) will be forever archived-ready for scrapbooking at any moment.  :)