The March ATC challenge/swap is up now

This month lets talk about Backgrounds.
When you make artist trading cards, the starting point is the background.
If you were making ATC the traditional way you could look around for sources of card with interesting patterns and textures, or you could paint your own or create backgrounds with rubber stamps.

Digitally there are a wealth of designer papers intended for scrapbooking that can be used. Even elements such as tags or mats can make useful backgrounds. Remember we are working small.
Look out for interesting textures like old wood or paint or I love old books and text. You don’t need to reduce the size of these but just use a part of them.
ATC are not the same as making a digital scrapbook layout so it is a good idea to look at yours on your screen at full size [3.5×2.5in]and see how it looks on an ATC. The details you put in a scrapbook layout may be lost.

Backgrounds can also become the inspiration for your ATC.
Maybe you see a paper that suggest something to you – go with it. Maybe it is a time of your life or a place you have visited or even a thought you have had. As you look through your scrapbook or image supplies if one grabs you try closing your eyes and seeing what images come to mind. These could be the basis for your theme.
Another idea for backgrounds is to look at brushes or digital stamps. You could repeat a brush or stamp it big only using a part of it on your background.
As you all use your computer you can also look at digital ways to make backgrounds. Perhaps your own photos or scans. You can even manipulate these with filters in your chosen graphic program to make backgrounds. the possibilities are endless.

If you would like to join in my challenge at GDS I would love to see you. I even have gifts for you.

Facebook – other lists to use.

We covered the restricted list yesterday so let’s look at other lists’
Facebook also has inbuilt lists for:

     Close Friends: You can add your best friends to this list to see more of them in your news feed and get notified each time they post. You also have the option to turn these extra notifications off.
     Acquaintances: This list is for friends you don’t need to stay in close touch with. People on your acquaintances list will rarely show up in your news feed. You can also choose to exclude these people when you post something, by choosing Friends except Acquaintances in the audience selector. Note: Your friends won’t get notified when you add them to these lists. 

You can also make your own lists, called custom lists, to organize friends as you like. You choose who goes into these lists and what (if any) privacy restrictions apply. Note that your friends won’t get notified when you add them to custom lists.
I use this myself by having a list of friends I know through digital scrapbooking that I don’t want to bombard with my personal stuff.  If I am posting something relevant to them I can include them in the audience for the post. Personal posts I can make to friends except scrapbooking.

You can also edit your lists or create custom lists right from your home page:

  1. Click the Home link (along the top-right of every Facebook page)
  2. Find the list you want to edit in the left column, or click the More link next to Friends
  3. Select the list you want to edit or click Create a List
  4. Search for your friends in the search bar at the top of the page, or add people from the List Suggestions on the right

Facebook tips – Restricted ????

Did you know you can put people on a restricted list ?
When you add someone to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see your Public content or posts of yours that you tag them in.
So if you put your boss on your Restricted list, post a photo and choose Friends as the audience, your boss (and anyone else on Restricted) won’t see that photo.
However, if you add a tag of your boss to the photo, Facebook let them know they’re in it. If someone else tries to tag your boss in one of your photos, you’ll get to approve this tag from your pending posts.

This can be very useful as you don’t need to set exclusions on every post. You may want to accept a friend request but limit what the person sees. 

How to do it ?

When you accept the friend request you can put them into the restricted group.

You can add individual friends to lists by hovering over the Friends button at the top of their profile (timeline) and selecting from the list names that appear. If you don’t see the name of the list you’re looking for, click the option to show all of your lists.

If you wnat o organise all your friends just go to your timeline, click on the friends box up the top.

This will open all your friends. Just hover over their name, then on the ‘friends’ and you can see what group you have them in and change any settings.

More later. Any questions feel free to ask and I will see if I can answer.

Tutorial Photoshop CS5 – How to apply Cross Processing effect (Xpro)

Tutorial for Photoshop CS5 english – how to apply the cross processing effect to a photo, this effect gives an unnatural coloration to a photo and we can get every time a different result because we can choose which color to highlight.
The Cross Processing has been used in the movie Domino.[I apologise for issue with the link not sure what happened]

Baby photography tips, how to photograph your baby

I think most digital scrapbookers at one time or another have babies to scrap. What about the photos themselves though. A great photo is more important then any embellishments.
Tanya Puntti’s  SLR Photography Guide Blog has some great tips and as a new DSLR owner I am slowly working my way through them.
How to photograph your baby seems like a great place to start if you have babies in your family. You will find it here.

My personal tip when scrapbooking babies or children is don’t be afraid to crop and take your photos up close. We don’t always need the extraneous objects or backgrounds but just that awesome face. Sometimes backgrounds reference an event or a place but not always.
Here is an example.
This is my original photo of my 2 girls taken way back in 1990. I love the photo but don’t need all the extraneous stuff. This does remind me where the pic was taken but just detracts from the girls.

I cropped it down closer to the girls and you can see this looks much better with the focus just on them.

Think of this when framing your shots as well and most of all enjoy taking the photos.