About five years ago, I decided to follow the popular trend and scrapbook my memories. This, I thought, was a fairly simple task and one in which I could exercise my creative juices. As I began to assemble materials, I realized that there were pictures strewn all over the house. I found last year’s vacation pictures to Mount Rushmore mixed in with 1987 halloween photos. My daughter’s second year birthday pictures were found with a picture of my great-grandmother and her sister, in a pile in the closet downstairs.
My next task was to gather all the pictures and put them into categories. I made organizational folders with pockets which included topics like: baby’s first year; school years; year in review; and vacation spots, just for this purpose. I soon discovered that I had gobs of Christmas pictures, so I made a folder for them too!
Now that all my pictures were categorized, I began thinking about what I would do with some of my favorites. Digital scrapbooking intrigued me but my computer skills were lacking. I began to practice, beginning with simple layouts and graduating to more complicated designs. I learned how to manipulate focus and color saturation. I also learned how to blend photos and turn colored images into black and white, all skills I could not do manually.
I then moved on to day planners which required additional skills of re-sizing photos and creating templates. The idea of the super calendar was born as a way to use more than one image.
The space was larger as well, 8 1/2x11, allowing me to really be innovative.
The bottom half is also called the grid, and is 8 1/2x11 too, and is a great place to include notations of upcoming events. It also marks special events like birthdays and anniversaries. The entire calendar measures 11x17 when complete and hanging on a wall.
As my interests grew within the digital world, I tried out filler projects such as: magnet frames, tissue boxes, picture cubes; coasters; and wall frames. All were a big success and so appreciated by customers.
Lastly, there were a few things I used often but I couldn’t find anything currently on the market that were right. I decided to create my own as we speak:
journal book-design your own cover. It comes with blank pages and is bound for easy access.
chore chart-a magnetized dry erase board with areas for the child’s name, the week designated, and the assigned chores. It comes with a marker and an eraser.
greeting card organizer-has pockets for: birthdays; anniversaries; sympathy; thank you; etc.
If any of this sounds interesting and helpful to you, please follow me through my site. There will be written explanations and picture examples on each page and you will actually see some of the photo manipulations I have made. If you are interested in making a purchase, visit my store at the end on this site. Email me if you have any questions...I am happy to answer them.
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