Sunday, July 19, 2015

postheadericon 2014 Scrapped Pages as of July

postheadericon A Bit of Scrapping - YAY!

Now and then I have an urge to scrap, sometimes paper, but mostly digital.  Here are some of my latest:

All of these were made from the same kit from Digital Scrapper for July 2015.  The photos are from the granddaughter's other family's annual week at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

postheadericon Step 2 - Organizing your Digital Photos

Day 1 of the "organizing your photos in a week" was a while ago.  I am not finished yet.  I keep finding more camera cards with pictures, mostly ones I already have saved, but you can't be too careful.  Thus, I have a ton of duplicates.  I keep working at cleaning them up but an hour or so at a time is all I can tolerate.

Right now all of the digital photos are organized according to date.  Pictures sent to me by my daughters are undated so that has been fun trying to put them in the right folders.

Meanwhile, I am trying to remove duplicates. 

I have also started organizing the scans of old photos and doccuments in my genealogy.  They are organized differently.  I use an organization I found on where I am #0001 and it numbers up from there with my  
Father, #0002; Mother, #0003;  
Father's father, #0004; Father's mother, #0005,
Mother's father, #0006; Mother's mother, #0007

The male is always first and so females are always odd numbered and males even.  You get the hang of it easily.  I just have Ancestry run me an Ahnentafel report.  Number ID for ancestors you haven't discovered are held so you never have to renumber.  You get to huge numbers very quickly.  I got to #31450 without a huge amount of genealogy searched.

So my folder of #0040 #0041 Newman Scarlett and Sally Poole, for instance, has scans of their papers and one or two photos.  #0002- #0003, my parents' folder, is full of photos taken after their wedding.  Before they were married, their young photos, are in their parents' folders.

It sounds a lot more complicated than it is.  Nothing has to be renumbered as you discover things.  Actual papers and print-outs are in real file folders in my genealogy file cabinet numbered the same way.  I pencil the Ahnentafel number on print-outs of papers until I can file them.

Ok...almost everything is organized but there are just tons of duplicates.  That is my next task to complete.

I organize the computer file by size of scan and that usually puts the duplicate photos right together.  So much easier than alphabetically because they are named whimsically and often just numbered.  Where possible I rename them starting with the approximate date; i.e. 1945-06-24 Eunice birthday 01.

One day this monumental task WILL be done!
Monday, May 18, 2015

postheadericon Step 1 - Photo Crush

Well THIS was a surprise.  The task was to find ALL the digital photos you have ANYWHERE!  I had several SD cards and several DS cards full of goodness-knew-what.  I copied them all over into a new file I named "Cards".  Then to the camera that has a large internal card, also my phone and tablet.  Swell!  Now I have something like 40,000 photos.

Mind you, I haven't sorted out the duplicates yet.  It does feel good to get all of the photos in one place.  In each folder are the monthly folders with folders for each date a photo was taken.

This has worked for me since 1998, but putting ALL of the digital photos EVER in that organization ...well, I don't feel very smug about that.  I am going to take a look at one of the duplicate-finders other classmates have suggested.
Monday, May 11, 2015

postheadericon PhotoCrush

In the 17 years since buying my first digital camera, I have accumulated digital photos by the thousands.  It is just SOOO easy to snap as many as 10 shots of something to be sure you get the best...then have trouble deleting the rejects.  You might NEED those imperfect shots sometime.  Besides, what grandma can delete even fuzzy shots of those grandchildren?  I have a 2T external hard drive and a 1T for back up.  Still, I feel there are just too many photos and I can't always find what I want.

The photos are identified automatically by date: (year-month-day).  Even when I enhance with Adobe Light Room, that identification remains basically the same.  The photos then are organized into folders for the day inside a folder for the month inside a folder for the year.

So what are my organizational problems?

Well, first, unless I know the date on which a photo was taken, I have to go through months, maybe years of photos.  I would like to be able to find an older photo more easily.

The second is far too many photos.  I need to cull them down to a manageable number.

The third problem is how to file photos from other people, mostly my daughter's photos of her family taken from email or Facebook.  They aren't identified like mine by date or any other code I can crack.

So I signed up for a free course from Jennifer Wilson of  Simple Scrapper called PhotoCrush. I hope to find some answers to my photo organizational problems. 
Sunday, March 22, 2015

postheadericon Repairing Damaged Photos with Photoshop

This was how I found this precious photo of his grandparent's wedding.  I also used these steps to repair a torn document, recently.

First I scanned each piece separately.  With the document, it was sent to me all in one scan with spaces between the pieces.

I moved the separate pieces onto a document in Photoshop.  I use adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 4.  The steps wouldn't be much different for other versions of Photoshop Elements or Creative Suite.  Using the lasso tool I removed the white around each photo piece.  Then I aligned the pieces to each other.

This could be tedious if you have many pieces and aren't sure where they fit.  Fortunately, this was only 4 pieces.  Then I used the clone tool to duplicate color and pattern to the tears that showed.  This is done by holding down the [alt] and moving the o with the x in it to an area very close to the tear.  Reduce the size, using the [ key until it is just a smidgen larger than the area being repaired.  let the alt key up and start carefully painting in over the tear.  Reposition the o with the x in it whenever the areas don't match.  I usually magnify the area on which I am working enough to work with detail.  You can repair edge tears, etc this same way.
Then use your filters, sharpening and smoothing tools to bring up the details as you want.

Then you can scrap or not as you want.  I chose NOT to use filters to make the differences in tone blend in.  I wanted the aged look.  I tried to fix the groom's mouth but there wasn't enough there to duplicate and other things I tried looked bad.  I think he may have had a light mustache, but this wasn't my family and I didn't know.

Friday, December 12, 2014

postheadericon Restarting Scrapping - The Holidays

It has been a long, dry spell, scrapping-wise since the Digital Scrapbook Place closed.  I decided to make a few holiday pages and see how that worked. 

 Though not technically holiday themed, This year's high school football season lasted almost into Thanksgiving.  My son-in-law was Defensive Coordinator for a local high school team that went within one game of playing in the finals at Ford Field.  His wife and two daughters went to the home games.  This page commemorates the great season the Huron Chiefs had.

Thanksgiving was at my house this year.  We alternate Thanksgivings with the other grandmother. 

I don't "do" Black Friday but the next day is Small Business Saturday, especially as celebrated in Wyandotte.  That town is less than 10 miles North.  I grew up there until age 9 or 10 so I feel very nostalgic about the place.  We had lunch, visited lots of the shops, rode the trolly and Abby chatted with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

No pictures of the girls' school Christmas program this year.  I was to go on Thursday, but Abagael developed a fever in school so I picked her up and kept her home with me for the day and evening.  We will just have to remember fondly previous programs and look forward to next year.

More Holiday pages to come.

Friday, July 18, 2014

postheadericon The End of Decade with DSP (Digital Scrapbook Place)

I just loved this photo of Gabby looking at the waves on the beach near Sebastian.

I have not done much scrapping since the Digital Scrapbook Place defaulted to a different owner who then sold it to another scrapbooking company who then closed the site down.  There was a very close group of members, many in a forum called The Grannies. Many met weekly with various designers in the chat room.  They tried to stay together and loosely formed a couple of groups on Facebook, but it isn't the same.  No more making a nice fresh hot cup of coffee and sitting down to see what was going on in my favorite forums.  Now I go to Facebook, but, other than the local memories group, there isn't much.  I have lost the day-to-day goings on with my friends.  Several ladies I considered very close friends seem to have disappeared altogether.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

postheadericon Digi-Scrapping again-First Communion

 My younger granddaughter's First Communion on May 3 gave me plenty of opportunity to scrap photos of her and the family.

 Her mother started with photos of the preparation leading up to the big ceremony.  The first was choosing The Dress.  Her other grandmother and her mother went shopping with her and, in spite of nearly 20 other dresses, this was the one she chose over and over again.

On the Big Day, Mother's friend, Lorri, created the perfect hair-do for the veil they had chosen. 

 Even Abby's American Girl Doll got a First Communion dress.  Big Sister, Gabby, fixed the doll's hair to match Abby's.

Abbys big sister, Gabby, and their cousin Alyvia were Alter Servers for the First Communion Mass.
After the Mass, Abby and her class posed for the cameras of parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends.  They were so patient!

 Abby's cake was lovely.  The design was a surprise to Abby.

 The party for friends and family was at her Grandmother Suchy's house.  No one can agree on the number of guests, but there were a lot.  Abby was a lovely co-hostess.

Here are photos of a few of the guests, some coming from the Irish Hills and Toledo for the big day.

The next Sunday was Mother's Day and the two events seemed to run right into each other.

At last, we were home from Florida with the family and chances to take photos of events.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

postheadericon A New Project - reclaiming old skills

On Facebook there is a group of artists who are creating art journals from weekly planners.  It took me a few weeks to actually get a handle on what they were doing but here it is in a nutshell.

Project Details

Moleskine Weekly Planner
ALL of your art pens, pencils, brushes, markers
Plenty of papers to alter
sprinkles and sparkle
stamps and stamp-pads

My take on it is to just put the really important happenings on the planner page for each week.  So far I am lettering in the given spaces.  All 7 days are on the left side.  Some artists are painting, coloring, adding pattern, all kinds of takes on what to do with that side of the pages for the week.

The right side is lined for journaling about the week.  I am doing that, so far.

THEN a piece of art paper is adhered to the right side along the right edge with some pretty Washi tape.  I had to go buy some and hit a sale at Michaels so the edges of the pages are getting really pretty!  Some of the artists are creating the art piece each week first THEN adhering it to the book and some are creating right in the book.  There is a temptation to put all 52 of the papers in the book with Washi tape just to see how pretty it is.  I am not that confident that I will create what I like right from the start.

Here are the challenges.  I will add to them each week.  I will also add my attempts to regain an artistic bent I used to have many, many years ago.

Overview of project

January 1, 2014 - Week One - Photograph, sketch, paint or incorporate your front door.

January 5, 2014 - Week Two - Selfie

January 12, 2014 - Week Three - Add an envelope from your mailbox.

January 18, 2014 - Week Four - Write a secret message then paint over all but one key word.

January 25, 2014 - Week Five - Add a doodle border.

February 1, 2014 - Week Six - Open your Pinterest board and be inspired.

February 8, 2014 - Week Seven - Draw one shape - repeat - add color.

February 15, 2014 - Week Eight - Add a flap to your flap.

February 22, 2014 - Week Nine - Collage something you recycled.

March 1, 2014 - Week Ten - Make a list of the things that make you YOU.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

postheadericon My Holiday Album

I think I about finished my Holiday Album.  Here are the last ones.



Forty Years of Scrapping

Long before it was popular, I was trying to decorate arrangements of photos and sentimental items. Here I want to share some of my personal history and more important, some ideas I have gleaned from more than 40 years of scrapping.


A granny with a camera and a computer