Protect Your Files

Do you back up your digital photos?  You should — there are no negatives from which to get new copies!  I have tried to help friends and relatives when their computer suddenly locks them out — and the news isn’t good.  So, how do you back them up?

You can write your digital photos to a CD, to a DVD, or you can simply copy them to an external hard drive.  When I purchased a new computer, I kept the old one — and I keep copies of my digital photos and my scrapbooking kits on it.  But I also have backups on CDs and external hard drives (I treasure my photos and scrapbook layouts — yes, I’ve made prints, but I want to preserve the originals.  My computer is for photographs (digital from my camera and from scanning), scrapbooking and genealogy.

But my computer is also for communication online — a good reason to protect my treasured files.  Have you ever forgotten to save what you were doing when creating a document or scrapbook page, then had a window pop up to say it was closing you down?  Gr-r-r, why didn’t I save?  I have spent a good portion of this week sorting, checking for duplicates, and saving important files.  With all of the time I’ve spent creating photos, scrapbook pages, and researching our ancestry, I do want it available.

Have you checked the Design Center at MyPicTales?  I just put together a 5 x 7 book for my niece’s family.  It’s so easy! 

Be sure to “like” MyPicTales on Facebook, too — make certain that you get all of the news on specials and promotions.  Now go back up your precious photos!

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Gratitude Challenge

It’s easy to start to get lost in the shuffle of everyday life.  The craziness of the holiday season has started with Halloween (in our house, with smaller kids, it’s a holiday) in a few days, quickly followed by Thanksgiving and then the December holidays. EEEK!

When I was surfing around digi world this week, I came upon this challenge called Counting my Blessings, by Suzy Q Scraps.  The post was from earlier in the week, and the general idea is to record in some form, written word or photograph, what you are grateful for that day.  If you choose to follow her on Twitter, there are also prompts that can be found on the side of the blog page as well.

Here are the instructions, copied from her blog:

30 Days of Gratitude

The goal:
Record one blessing every day from today through Thanksgiving (11/25).

The steps:
Decide your medium — the written word or photography (or both!)
Create a container or journal or other method for keeping track of your blessings. (Ideas coming on Thursday!)
Write down or photograph a blessing every day .
Between 11/25 and 12/1, share your project on your blog, on Facebook, or in Scrap Orchard’s forum.
Optional: Share your 30 Days of Gratitude project with your family on Thanksgiving Day.
Before 12/1, create a layout about one of your blessings OR about the experience and post it in Scrap Orchard’s gallery (so you’ll have to use Scrap Orchard’s projects).

The reward:
Well, obviously, counting all those blessings will be a reward in and of itself.

BUT, it’s always easier to complete a goal if you reward yourself at the end. So, everyone who participates (well, and emails me at the end to show me they did) will receive a 30% discount coupon to my store at the end of the project.

How about I give away a $25 coupon to my store too? Everyone who posts the final project on their blog, on Facebook, or in Scrap Orchard’s forum AND completes the layout will be entered into a drawing to win the coupon.

The best part is that it’s ok to start late, you just need to think of a few more things that you are grateful for 🙂  I’ll share something that I’m grateful for based on the prompt for Day 2 of Gratitude! What is one physical feature about yourself that you are grateful for? This may sound silly, but I am grateful for eye doctors and their ability to correct my failing eyesight.  A few weeks ago, I had to go to the eye doctor to get my prescription changed (I wear glasses).  The change in the prescription and my better ability to see is amazing (plus I got a cute pair of glasses 🙂 )!  I’m grateful that they were able to fix my eyesight and stop the  headaches related to my eyes and now I can see tinier print.  Life is pretty good.

On a side note, warm up the cameras for the Halloween festivities.  Today is the Halloween parade and parties at the kids school and Sunday is the big day or Trick or Treat.  Hopefully, weather permitting we should have a large group and I am looking forward to some fun.  Our neighbors have decorated their house as only they can (I’ll try to get some pictures) and it’s one of the best places to go on Trick or Treat. Remember to take lots of pictures. It should be lots of fun.

So, until next Friday, What are you Grateful for and What stories are you going to tell?


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There’s a few days left to order your calendars at 40% off. We’re celebrating by giving one lucky fan or friend, their choice of the Shabby Princess’s new Calendar Toppers! Choose from the standard two-page version, the one-page version or the CD case version.

How can you enter? We’d love if you share about our great deal on Calendars somewhere (anywhere) you hang out. Then, let us know where you shared, either by posting here, emailing us or commenting on one of our other online presences. We’ll be sure to check them all for your entry!

(insert scary music)…double pagers!

Maybe it is just me and double page layouts, they totally freaked me out…until, I found this woman’s fantastic templates: Simply Yin.  Her blog is filled with the most beautiful double page layouts.  She has a separate store blog:  Yin Designs I went and bought this set:

I have been whipping out layouts I love for the past 4 days!  I am planning a photo book for 2010!  I want one of those nifty hard cover books they have here at MyPicTales!  I look at the glossy pages and the cool covers, and I will be honest, it looked too overwhelming to me.  I believe I can do it now!

I went to DST, and did a search on 2 pages.  I tell you, I was not disappointed for inspiration, here are a few:

vcjordi with Snow Fun

This next one, so simple in the blocking, but these books are such a perfect item to focus on.  Why clutter a page when those boots are so darn cute??

Jennifer Valencia -summer Rain page 2

Then this one large picture on adjoining page is just enough to make me want to put on some galoshes and play in puddles!! Super Duper!!  Doing a two pager like this in a book, it wouldn’t matter which one was left or right side!  Would be up to you.

Page 1:

Okay, let me show off a couple  of the 6 I finished this past weekend! This one is  the whole month of January, pics I didn’t scrap, but don’t want to keep hidden on my computer.  They need to be in a book!

We had gone to a Railroad Museum, our inside pics were not to good.  We had more fun outside waiting for the museum to open.  I wanted to get that feeling on the page.  I went and found better pics available for download on FlickR, by people who had better cameras, flashes and knowledge about indoor pics under really weird conditions.  I added those pics of the trains to the hilarity we had seeing the trains.

I am on a path to finishing my book, and just have to wait for the final December page and send off for my New Year’s Resolution of 2011!! woo hoo

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OK, it’s time for me to finish and send in my projects — are yours ready?  I enjoyed Mary’s links for kits — I’m busy creating a beautiful pink Princess costume for my granddaughter (she’s five).  You just know there are some very special moments soon to challenge my camera for the perfect photos!  Great kits and templates are just what I need — in addition to the superior service and product that MyPicTales delivers.  Hurry!

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