Relax, those old pictures aren’t going anywhere!

I stressed! I got a bit ugly! I lost the Christmas fun.  But! I found it again! All is good!! I was diligently taking pictures each day in December.  I love that part.  I had great plans on being super mom and once again getting the Christmas book finished.  I failed and spiraled into, I didn’t do this, and I failed…waha hahh waaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

I shook myself off, and then got some fun ideas in the galleries around DigiTown!  I laughed and giggled at the antics of the people that love to scrap as much as I do.  I also noticed that there were some really cool pages from Christmas past:


She (lkdavis) did this one from 1968! I breathed a big sigh of relief and realized I have 365 days to scrap this December.  I am not going to stress! I am gonna smile!

The biggest smile came from Traci Reed in her December Daily page for last year!! See she is doing last year this year!  Look at this page and if it doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will:

So from the bottom of my heart I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

~never lose your joy

Anne of Alamo

Blurry can WORK!

If you are anything like me, you probably take a million pictures. Too many times, the photo is not quality for an advertisement, but it is a memory I want to capture and hold on too. I hope that showing you different ways to work with the blurry photo and how you can still use it, will help set you free from perfection.

My oldest boy and pcameras are not friendly, it is rare he will pose. I took a series of pictures when he was rearranging his room, and only one turned out clear. I knew I would use that one, but this one was horrible:
The blurry one had the smile that melts this mom’s heart and I wanted that to be on the page.  So I used the blending options! Using Luminosity on the photo and then with the word art “BRING IT ON”, I used overlay.  Color Burn is another fun one to use, to give it a translucent look with color.  I also play with the opacity and fill levels to get the look I want.  Not over powering, but soft and still captures the feel of the photo.  That cute smile!

I have given you a whole different reason not to delete those blurry photos! I can’t delete anything!  I want to capture every moment of our lives, and if it means working with a blurry action photo, I will do it!  I hope you are able to use this in some way!

A huge thank you to the ViVas for this beautiful kit: University Drive available now as a bundle @ ScrapBook Graphics!

~never lose your joy

anne of alamo

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~Never Lose Your Joy

Anne Of Alamo

Daily December-not to late!

Really it isn’t too late! I am so excited to once again be doing a book for December! Last year I had a blast with Roadside Designs daily downloads and went a bit more fluff on the books.  This year, I don’t have the time, but want it to still look good.  Thankfully Roadside Designs must have read my mind, because her templates this year are sooooooooooo easy!

Seriously, I did day 2 and 3 in 30 minutes last night to “catch up” First thing, is to grab the pics I want to use and clip them to the ready made template:

Then open the journal page:

This is a memory for our family, so I am writing what happened.  It was a good moment!  The tree is such an important part of our Christmas holiday. We are not rushing Christmas this year, but enjoying each day.  Savoring the memories.

Day 3, same thing, open template and find the pics I want.

HELPFUL HINT-carry your camera with you all month, take pictures of things you wouldn’t usually.  I took a pic of my desk with my hand to hold the fact I really did do my Christmas cards this year! I was also playing with the settings to get the shot of the basket of ornaments.  It is just fun to do.

Then the journal page: (Warning, not all moments in December are happy in our house) this is a freedom!  If you yelled at the dog, or kicked the garbage can, put it in the journaling part.  It may not be funny right now, but by Christmas or by the time you print the book and get it back, you will laugh about it! I know I plan too!

You can see the one thing that is the same, is the font.  I wanted to use something that my kids could read.  I have a 1st grader who is excelling at reading and a kinder just starting, so I try to keep the big words to a minimum also.  I am using a Darcy Baldwin font; Miss Rachel, from her Storytelling Sisters collection.

Also keeping it simple, a quick ornament or branch element on the day number (I used an emboss style on the provided number from Roadside Designs template).

If you just jump in now, you can have a 60 page plus book to print to remember this month of joy and craziness! Stay tuned how uploading them now to MyPicTales can save you time and energy on my next blog post on Tuesday! ♥

~never lose your joy

Anne of Alamo