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Organizing Digital Photos February 27, 2009

Hi Guys,
I have been on the road since February 20th, 2009 travelling around Spain. I decided to use my time on the long roads wisely, and do a task that I have been putting off for a long time-organizing my photos. So that you do not have to face the same dilemma that I have been facing for a while, let me share what I am trying to complete.

Okay, as it stands today, I have about 27,174 digital pictures. On my hard drive, that is equivalent to 30 GB (gigabytes) of space. In one word, that is ALOT!  At this rate of snapping, I need to start cataloging and tagging my pictures better. Also, I need to delete some pictures that are not going to be rated with a 4 or 5 stars.

Over the years, I did not have a naming scheme, hence where my problem began. My advice would be to settle on a naming scheme for your picture files. This week, I have settled on one and I hope it is the best. From now on, when I upload pictures from my camera’s SD card I will use this format of naming: year month date short description, e.g. 2009 February 26 Cordoba Spain Mesquita; or 2009 February 20-22 Sevilla Spain Plaza de España. I try to keep each event under a separate file, and then tag each photo with more detail information like quality, location, person, and event. There are several programs on the market bidding for your business. The investment is worth it since tagging each picture accordingly will enable you to find them more readily tomorrow, or in the next 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

I currently use Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2, which came loaded on my computer, but there are other photo organizers, some that are free downloads (e.g. Picasa), and others ranging in price depending on the features you need. For digital scrapbooking, I like Photoshop Elements which ranges in price from $41 to $140 depending on the version purchased. For professionals, or if you want to brave the learning curve there are programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge (bundled with CS4), $299;$699, respectively). There are also photosharing sites online that will save your pictures for you, for instance Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa Web Albums. However, I would recommend using these as an additional backup of your precious photos.

I have been taking digital pictures since 2001, so I have 8 years of pictures that are not tagged properly, now you can imagine why I have been procrastinating on this overwhelming task. If you are just getting into digital photography, please do not be like me and start organizing your photos from the start. You will be able to locate them and enjoy them so much better.

In the event you want to be able to retrieve your pictures and get to the fun part- scrapbooking, of course  then, tagging and rating them is a must.

If you are reading this far, I hope you have found this information at least a bit useful. Got to go now, DS2 just fell off the bed.

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Free Swirly Border .scut file February 16, 2009

Hello Crafters,

I discovered several nights ago a way for  you to access my .scut files.  First I had to make a decision on which photo sharing account to open,  I chose www.4shared.com.  After troubleshooting, I think that the settings are correct.  Now, let’s see if you will be able to retrieve the file I have uploaded.

These types of files are for use with the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) program, designed to work with the Cricut machine. 

Available for download is a border I put together.  I am calling it Swirly border 11.804×2.5.scut. 

These are the measurements I saved it in.  I plan to use it for a 12×12 layout (LO), I am working on.  I think it looks quite pretty.  You can fiddle with the size some more, of course, but the smaller size might be a bit too intricate and might tear if care is not taken when removing from the cutting mat. Also, please note, I find that cutting the blackout style is better than cutting it in normal style.  Wait a second, a vivid image of a vinyl wall décor just came to mind.  Hmmmnnn!!  Tapping finger…need to find me some vinyl.

I would love to see what you come up with.  If interested, here is the link: http://www.4shared.com/file/87857013/7ecef211/Swirly_Border_11804x25.html Enjoy!              

Disclaimer:  For personal use only.  Use file at your own risk, I will not be liable for any damages or negative results that come about while using this file.  Please give credit to www.homegrownart.wordpress.com

 

This file is no longer available for downloading.  Please see my other free .scut files.  Thanks.

 

Being featured on Craft Critique

Filed under: In My World — homegrownart @ 7:39 PM
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Hello Crafters,

Just wanted to share my excitement.  I got an email alerting me that one of my blog post was being featured in the latest Carnival at http://www.craftcritique.com.  Right away, I went to their website to see for myself.  Yes, it was true.  Instant fame…, well I felt famous and special!

So thanks a bunch Craft Critique, this means so much to me.  Since this is a new blog, you have sent a lot of viewers my way. So crafters, if you are ever curious about crafting products, please check out www.craftcritique.com .  They will give you honest straight up reviews. 

Sending love back at you Craft Critique.

 

Elegant Valentine’s Day Card February 13, 2009

Hi Crafters,

Just wanted to share this beautiful V-day card with you.  I custom made it for a dear friend, who also happens to be my best customer.  He is going to give his lovely wife.  This card was CASEd (here to mean: Copy and Selectively Edit) from a SCS member, at the following link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1075352

I really admired the uniqueness of this card when I saw it.  Hope you like my rendition of it.

Valentine's Day Card Front View

Valentine's Day Card Front View

Here are the measurements and materials I used.

All paper used are from DCWV. Forever tag is from The Happy Hammer; silver brads from Making Memories; embossing, hearts, key, corners done with  the Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! (SU)Elegant Greetings set; Cranberry Crisp Ink pad from SU; Corners punched with my SU  1/4″  circle punch (I don’t have a ticket corner punch, so I use the V mark that is seen right  when the paper is inserted.)Rhinestones (Joann’s); glue dots and dimensionals also used. Silver string was salvaged from a gift set.

Measurements in inches:

Light Pink Cardstock (CS): 6×12 scored at 6 and 9; 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (you will need to vary this depending on the size of sentiment you are using)

Burgundy CS: 5 14/16 x 5 14/16; 2 14/16 x 5 14/16

Designer Paper (DP): 5 12/16 x 5 12/16; 2 12/16 x 5 12/16

White CS: 2 x 3

If you need further clarifications please post a comment.  Great,  now you have a go at it!

Valentine's Day Card Angled View

Valentine's Day Card Angled View

 

Can’t upload .cut, .svg files to WordPress? February 11, 2009

Filed under: Free SCAL .scut files — homegrownart @ 11:53 PM

Hmmnnn! This is a bigger speedbump than I initially anticipated.  I f anyone knows how to upload .cut or.svg files to WordPress, please let me know.  At this time, I might have to resort to using a separate photosharing source.

Tsst! Tssst!Tssst!!!

 

What inspires me… February 10, 2009

Filed under: In My World — homegrownart @ 4:30 PM
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Hi Ya’ll, had to take a little break there and do some house cleaning.  I finally got around to organizing and putting away the stamps that I was using for Christmas cards.  I have some small plastic containers that I use to sort strips and scrap paper into.   So I put away all the bit and pieces that I can still get some use of.  I try to save every penny in that respect, and save some trees at the same time while accomplishing that mission.   My desk is so clean, but I’m sure before the day is over cardstock (CS), pattern paper (PP) and what’s not will be all over the place again. I will be taking stuff out to make some V-day cards.

Okay, on to what gives me inspiration.  Well, I love to make embellishments, so I also have some smaller containers (from Chinese restaurant) which I use to sort the embellies by color.  When I need inspiration, or a color combo, I simply grab stuff that I already made ahead of time, try them out and see what works. This method works for me because sometimes I don’t feel like making a card, or I don’t have time to make embellies and a card, so I have to work in small time blocks.  I also find that I start with one project in mind and finish with a completely different result.  It all depends on the treasures I find in my hand -made embellies containers.

There is always SplitcoastStampers.com too.  I have spent countless hours browsing cards talented people have uploaded to SCS.  Then I also have some blogs that I visit often to see what’s new and fresh in the crafting world.  If all else fails, I resort to online shopping at my favorite stores.  Since I can’t afford to keep up with all their new products, I try to recreate what I see, with stuff that is in my collection.

Please leave a comment and share what inspires you.  I would like to hear.

Blessings!!

 

What An Awesome Blogger I Am February 8, 2009

Filed under: In My World — homegrownart @ 10:27 AM
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LOL!!  I am so proud of myself.  I have learnt quite a bit over the weekend so far.  I might just be capable of pulling this off. 

I was getting Widget happy here.  Just about added every widget in the widget section, not knowing what each was for.  Just wanted my page to have some content. 🙂  Now some have been deleted, and others customized.  Thanks to the generous tutors on www. youtube.com for contributing in this learning experience.  I have been able to rearrange the widgets on the sidebar and  insert an image within my post.  Hurray!  You might start seeing some of my work finally.  Thanks for being patient.  Have a  safe and blessed Sunday.