Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Camera Evolution Continues...

Remember this layout all about my camera evolution? The saga continues...

Lacey's camera broke so I gave her my SD500 which was just like hers. I thought I would be happy with just the S3IS 12x optical zoom camera. Well, what I discovered is that I really missed a small little camera in my purse at all times. I was missing so many shots because I was out somewhere and didn't have a camera with me. So I did some research and decided on the brand new Canon Posershot SD990 IS.

Duh duh, duh da...

I've read Pros and Cons on the reviews. My reason for choosing this camera instead of one of the less expensive models are:
  • the high pixels allow me to crop in on a shot and get a pretty decent closeup
  • its larger sensor lends a hand to low light shooting and captures some beautiful images
  • the red eye issue is much improved over the 550
  • it has full manual control (not that I use that, but it is possible!)
  • it has automatic face recognition
  • it fits nicely in my purse or pocket
I really love this camera. It really does do a pretty good job in low light conditions which I seem to be in frequently. I have to say that I do feel guilty about the Rebel that sits on my shelf. I even purchased a DVD on how to use the Rebel. It is still in the wrapper sitting on the shelf. It's not going anywhere and one day...soon...maybe after LOM...I will give it a go. Until then, I am tickled pink with my little point and shoot that is in my purse ready to use in a moments notice.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Design Your Life...

I just checked and I have not posted since last November. Let's see that is five months ago.

Since November, I took Cathy Zielske's Design your life class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. We learned all about balance, color, white space, typography, lots of Cathy's clean and simple design tips, etc. We also created a lot of layouts...

The class ended on Christmas Day so I got a little behind during the holidays. I used the month of January and the beginning of February to get caught up on the class. It was a great class and Cathy is an excellent instructor. Her knowledge and humor are so contagious. I would never hesitate to take another class with her. She really helped my enthusiasm and my confidence as a scrapbooker. Her weekly videos, pdf files and audio files have provided me with a great resource that I can use over and over.

Then no sooner did I finish up with that class, I started the Library of Memories Class (LOM) with Stacy Julian. I wrote a blog post back in August titled Photo Freedom aka Getting Photos Organized. This LOM class basically teaches everything from Photo Freedom step by step. I am having so much fun. I already embraced a lot of Stacy's non chronological attitudes but didn't really know it. She has helped me define what photos I want to scrap and how to have the photos organized in a system that I can retrieve them for scrapping whether digital or paper. And then her four album system for storing layouts is brilliant. This is a sixteen week class and I have totally committed to it. I have taken a break from blogs, digi scrapping sites, and other classes so I can embrace LOM and get the most out of it.

Here are some framework pages that I made for the All About Us album...

I actually have quite a few more frame work pages made for the other albums (Places We Go, Things That Matter, and People We Love) but haven't uploaded them to flickr yet. I'm realy pleased with the way they turned out and I will share them when they get uploaded.

So that's what I've been doing with scrapbooking lately. Having fun and learning lots of new things.