December 29, 2006

Christmas past!

Posted in Christmas, photos, scrapbooking at 12:23 am by scrapbookdesigns

Hello, well it’s offical……the end of another year is just around the corner and it will be 2007 before we know it!  Whatever you did, everyone at Scrapbook Designs hopes that you and your families were safe and joyful. We thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open at 9am Tuesday 2nd January 2007.

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 We can’t wait to see all your happy snapping done over this holiday period.  Below and above are some great shots of Lisas beautiful Christmas tree and some baubles I have arrange as a table centrepiece. Before you put your decorations away, especially if you have precious family ones, why not take a few snaps to add in your Christmas layouts.

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November 16, 2006

A Beautiful Dress

Posted in ideas, photos, ribbons, samples at 10:20 pm by scrapbookdesigns

Just another reason for Lisa to have such a big home studio! What a beautiful way she has found to showcase her gazillions of ribbons! A fabulous idea and a great excuse to purchase such a wonderful piece. Lisa did you justify it to Rick by the fact that it was “decorative yet elegantly functional addition to the family home as it could also be classified as “storage”?  Hehe!  For everyone out there, Lisa has passed on that her “lady” isn’t finished and she still has quite a bare backside! I’m sure it won’t take Lisa long to rectify that!

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October 8, 2006

Up Close and Personal

Posted in camera, ideas, photos at 11:38 pm by scrapbookdesigns

RAMBLINGS OF A LAZY SUNDAY BY ELAINE…… When it’s gloomy outdoors but you have the shutterbug BUG, what to do?? Well, today was one of those days for me. All last night I was thinking about which of the freshly opened roses would deserve the most attention of the lens and of the new mother duck and her brood down the street at the park. I had also planned some shots of our two dogs Nero and Charlie racing around our backyard.  When the clouds started to gather and the sky became overcast I knew it wasn’t going to be an ideal “outdoor” day.  So instead I put myself to task taking some shots around the inside of the house.  These will serve for all sorts of different purposes.  Not only are we talking scrapbook pages but images that can be used for cards, collage, 3D objects and more all by changing the size of the photo and sometimes the colours.  Playing with your camera around static household objects can be really rewarding and a good chance to get used to certain functions of your camera, in my case I wanted to play with the Macro Food Function.  What I love about a digital camera is that there is no excuse for not taking good photos if you give yourself time to work your camera to its maximum potential.  You can always hit the delete button. I hope that the shots below will give you some inspiration to look what’s right under your nose.  I know I surprised myself!!

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These shots were inspiring to set up. Handfuls of luscious beads and pastel flower brads set on plain backgrounds let the objects speak for themselves.  I may print them and paste in a book for a record or for colour inspiration.

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I confess, I am a hoarder!!! Any chance for a collection I say!! I think the above shots really captures objects that bring me great pleasure and remind me of certain things.  Jewellery is my all time favourite accessory and many pieces are dear because of who bought them for me. The watches I bartered for in a small turkish ephemera store in a Singapore arcade.  My kids thought I was crazy to be buying a heavy plastic bag of working & broken watch pieces but I recall it as being the highlight of that days shopping!  The scissors started as op shop buys that I could attach to art work, even cards without too much grief being small and quite flat.  It wasn’t long before I kept more than I used and the collection keeps growing!

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And who could forget the snacks!  My favourite – licorice allsorts, chocolate or both together….mmmm! I thought a quick shot of the dogs chow would be a good edition to my stock of photos.

 Remember close detail can really add intensity to a photo and whether you end up using a small portion or the whole photo, you are sure to get that wow factor!  I wonder what around your house deserves a snap?

September 15, 2006

What to Scrapbook?

Posted in camera, ideas, photos, scrapbooking at 1:11 am by scrapbookdesigns

A recent trip to see my sister & family in Bunbury gave me opportunity to spend some time taking photos.  My niece Clare obviously had to smile for the camera just a WEE bit and as most children, she made for fantastic photos.  After some great “niece” shots I started to look around the back garden for other subject matter that would make interesting topics or additions for scrapbook pages. Along with some obvious shots of Clare’s pet rabbits, the 3 below photos were taken at random but give a great representation of Clare’s personality.  She loves pink, enjoys playing, spends lots of time outdoors and has a funky sense of fashion (OK, more to the point her mum does). I just love those wellies!! if only they made them in my size!!!!

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Next time you are bored with taking “people shots”, have a look around your environment, you just might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Happy snapping, Elaine