Monday, June 20, 2016

Tickled Pink Flamingo Card

I just love this Flamingo, it is from the Tickled Pink stamp set and has a coordinating Thin Cut set to go with it.  We water-colored the blue background on watercolor paper, the rest of the paper is from the Calypso paper collection which is so cute!  I added the Calypso flamingo washi tape and Claypso sequins, then finished it off with some clear sparkles.  I just love it!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Why Should I Print My Photos

“I don’t think it is necessary for me to print up my photos and put them in an album.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that, but I disagree and here are my reasons why: 

Mike Yost in his article “The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!” said this:  "Cameras. They’re everywhere. In your phone, on your tablet, . . . . And today, people are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined. The sad part is that few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. To many people, a “picture” is only good for the moment. . . . So what will become of all the pictures that are being taken today? Here is the reason that 99% of the photographs being taken today are soon going to be totally gone – digital images are no longer important enough to most people to actually keep them in printed form! Yes, I started in a film only world. We bought a roll of film and took our vacation photographs. We had them developed and printed. They were put in photo albums or photo boxes. We looked at them and cherished those memories with great care. They were a slice of our life and for many, if disaster struck, those photographs were the one thing we would try to find first. Wedding albums and photographs represented our LIFE and we salvaged all we could. It is estimated that less than 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today actually ends up being a printed photograph. . . . Add to this, over the years, the technology has changed so fast, that many photographs taken 6-7 years ago are stored on a type of media that is no longer supported."

Close To My Heart COO, Brian Holman, said the following:  "I purchased my first digital camera in 2000. My oldest of three children was six years old. Two additional children and fifteen years later, we have taken over 40,000 digital photos and 3,000 videos. That amounts to 500 gigabytes of data! In 1987 when I was programming the early PCs, it would have cost more than $22 million dollars to store that amount of data. . . .  Past generations left photos in boxes for the next generation to deal with and the current generation will leave hard drives for the next generation to deal with. No matter the generation: curation matters!” [Definition of curation: “The act of curating, of organizing and maintaining a collection of artworks or artifacts.”]

FastCompany reported: “Hard drives only have a 50% chance of surviving their 6th birthday.”

The article “Preserving the Past, How to Care for and Protect Your Precious Family Photos” from genealogy.about.com had this to say:  "Whether it is paintings on cave walls or writings chiseled in stone, mankind has been recording history since the beginning of time. The ability to document history photographically is a more recent invention . . . Photographs provide a very important visual connection to our ancestors. Shared family physical characteristics, hairstyles, clothing styles, family traditions, special events and more provide a graphic portrayal of the lives of our ancestors, but if we do not properly care for our photographs, some of our history will fade away right along with those precious images. . . .  What Causes a Photo to Deteriorate? Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and sunlight . . . [c]yclic conditions (high heat and humidity followed by cold, dry weather such as you would find in an attic or basement) are especially bad for photos. . . . The worst places to store your photographs is in an un-insulated attic or basement. . . . Avoid cheap drugstore-type photo albums and paper and plastic storage products that aren't specifically made for storing photos. Regular envelopes, ziplog bags and other things commonly used for photo storage aren't always safe for your photos. Use only lignin free, acid free, un-buffered paper for storing photographs or as interleaving paper in albums. Use only PVC-free plastics such as Polyester, Mylar, Polypropylene, Polyethelyne and Tyvek."

But in my mind, the most important reason of all is for yourself and your loved ones to be able to view your photographs. I remember my 2 year-old daughter showing the little boy next door her photos in her scrapbook. My children’s scrapbooks remind them of memories and assures them that they are loved. But I think Heidi Swapp said it best when she posted this on Instagram not too long after the death of her 16 year old son:

So how do you stay on top of your photos, well, this is what I do and I highly recommend you do this 4-step process monthly: 1) Save photos to one location (computer, tablet), organize by year, month & event; 2) back-up (disc, cloud), delete from phone/camera; 3) Print (printer, send out to a service), organize by year, month & event (add mementos); 4) Put in album.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

YMCA Layout Using Calypso Papers

I just love these Calypso papers and playing in the pool at the YMCA seemed to be the perfect pictures to use with these fun papers!  This is a really quick layout, everything is the same size and then I just added some of the Calypso Complements and done!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Best Pop Father's Day Card

The Day for Dad stamp set is such a unique and fun stamp set and I couldn't wait to use it to make a Father's Day card.  I used the Calypso paper collection as well for this card.  I used 3D Foam Tap to pop up the pop bottle and finished it off with some White Twine.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Calypso Birthday Layout

This was a really quick layout to do, all the photos are 3x4 except the focus photo is 4x6.  I took 2 sheets of Calypso paper, cut 4" off each end and flipped over so the other side showed, then just added some Calypso embellishments.  The title is from the Calypso paper collection.  The layout just makes me smile!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Congratulations Graduate Card

I love this card, simple and cute!  My favorite part is that the blue patterned paper is pink on the other side so you can flip to create a feminine or masculine card. 

It is made using the Smarty Pants stamp set, Calypso paper collectionSilver Assortment Sequins and 3D Foam tape.

Paper dimensions:
card base 4.25x5.5
black pattern paper 2x5.5
blue/pink pattern paper 3.5x2.75
White Daisy cardstock 3.25x2.5 & 1.25x1 (diploma)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Close To My Heart Specials


 Every weekend during the month of June CTMH is have a Flash Sale!  Each Friday there will be a new set of bundles of product at discounted prices and will only be available through the following Monday or while supplies last so don't forget to check every weekend to see the new bundles!


http://renaemcbarron.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=232All the Albums special will be available through the end of July, each CTMH album is 25% off!


The June Stamp of the month set is "The Long Way Home" such a cute set of traveling stamps, here is some artwork featuring the stamp set.  It is only available this month for $17.95 or for $5.00 with a $50 order.

Monday, May 30, 2016

May Day Flower Basket

This was the prize that I gave out at my May Card Making Workshop.  I have really fond memories of May Day so creating a little May Day basket was such a fun way to commemorate the holiday.  The base of the basket is about 2" square.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

April Planner Scrapbook Pages

I am having so much fun with my planner, I just love it!  These are my pages for April, my new grandson was born in April, so I have a whole layout of him on the My Crush pages as well as some of the Every Day Life pocket memory protectors.  Lots of things going on this month and I already have them in my book, I just love that!