Photo Tips – Top Things to Photograph at Christmas

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and it is most often surrounded by traditions and family.  I try every year to come up with a new photo idea, the topics usually remain the same, I just try to find a new perspective when snapping the photos.  Looking at the same things in a new way and capturing that moment to remember for a lifetime.

Favourite Family Tradition

Every year our family visits the Christmas tree lot where we cut our own tree and I take the same photo of the tree falling.  It is nice to look back and see the difference in the size of the children and who is cutting the tree.  It used to be my husband when the children were small and now that Ben is 16 he is doing lots of the work.  I took that same photo this year, but I think my favourite photo from the day was Lauren and Grant grabbing a selfie while Todd and Ben cut the tree.

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Digital – Christmas Past Tags

I love my digital scrapbooking content around special occasions because I can personalize, gifts, cards, invites, decorations, tags and more!  Just wanted to share an idea to make your own tags for your Christmas gifts.  The Christmas Past Collection is perfect for making tags!

I started with an 8 x 10 blank page and made 13 – 2 x 3 photo holders.

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Digital Christmas Cards using Christmas Past Collection

Do you love receiving a personalized card?  I do and I love making them to send to my friends and family at Christmas and all through the year.  We receive so much electronic mail now and opening the mailbox to a personalized card is refreshing!

I grabbed the Digital Christmas Past Collection and added the Digital Ruby ABC/123 to make a card with the most recent photos of my children.  So quick and fun to create a card to share with friends and family at Christmastime.

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New Year’s Resolutions with the assistance of Daily Docket

I’m not big on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing, but this year I’m going for it anyway! As a mama of two little ones I struggle to find a balance in life. I love my family and spending time with them, I also love a house that isn’t in complete chaos, I love baking, I love my hobbies… the list goes on. There’s a lot of love, but  only so much time. It’s hard!

Balance is key, and I’m still in pursuit of it, but in the meantime I am going to work on priorities. On the top of that list is my family and the time we spend together – so, my New Year’s resolution is going to be to spend meaningful time together and create lasting memories. This means letting the dishes wait until the kids are in bed and choosing to build couch cushion forts instead. This means hiring a babysitter and going on date nights. This means being present in the moment – even if we are just walking home from school or shopping for groceries – memories can be made anywhere!

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Photo Tips – Christmas Tree Lights

Christmas tree lights are one of my favourite things to photograph at Christmastime!  The tree makes a perfect backdrop for holiday photos.  I thought I would share some fun ideas I have tried with my camera settings to get different looks for my photos.

One of the best tricks up my sleeve is a 50mm prime lens.  It gives that beautiful blurred background and the soft bokehs.  Bokehs are the out-of-focus light spots that you can create with your lens by fixating on your main subject.  You can achieve the look with other lens’ and you can work with what you have.  The 50mm just makes you look like an expert photographer!  They are a small investment and wonderful for portrait photos.

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Digital Layout Ideas for New Creative Memories Digital Artwork

We’re passionate about providing you with ways to save your memories in an artistic and creative way. You can now find our new Creative Memories artwork in digital papers, elements and mat packs in the following collections:

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Our Gift to You—Creative Memories Phone and Computer Wallpapers

Today, we’re giving you a digital gift!

You can now share your love for scrapbooking with Creative Memories phone and computer wallpapers. We’re excited about the upcoming launch of Creative Memories Digital Artwork and couldn’t help but sneak out a little gift in advance.

If you don’t see your phone listed below, try on a size and see if it fits. We bet that you’ll find one that works. Here’s a few tips on how to change your wallpapers:

Enjoy! And, share the love on Facebook.

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Computer Wallpapers:

Phone Wallpapers:

Download all of the phone and computer wallpapers. (Not recommended on a mobile device)

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Photo Tips – Night Photography

Snapping photos at night can be challenging and rewarding!  There are so many fun things hiding in the dark to capture – the moon, stars, shadows, lights, reflections ….  I find working in manual mode has made the biggest difference in success for me with my photos in the dark!  This post may get a little techie, but I will try to keep it simple and easy to understand.  There is a lot of trial and error that goes on with night time photography and digital is so fantastic for learning and experimenting.

Christmas Lights

I like to capture the lights on our home at Christmas time, especially after a fresh snow.

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Using Calendar Grid Pages Non-Traditionally

Did you see the NEW 12″ x 12″ Calendar Refill Pages?

These pages are great for documenting your day to day, or month by month.

….or you can use them in non-traditional ways.

Today I will share a few ideas with you, showing you exactly that.  Non-Traditional Calendar Grid Scrapbook Pages.

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Capture Your Days With The Daily Docket Collection

There are so many special moments to capture each year.

Things like:

  • The birth of a child or grandchild
  • A Wedding
  • Holidays
  • Baptism/Christenings
  • A Milestone Birthday

And, then there are the day-to-day things like:

  • Baby’s First Steps
  • Kindergarten Graduation
  • T-ball Game
  • First Day of School
  • First School Play
  • Baking Cookies with Grandma
  • Playing in the Snow
  • First Trip to the Dentist

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