Tag Archives: Digital Scrapbooking

Happy Digital Scrapbook Day!

dsd2014_650Happy Digital Scrapbook Day! Okay, okay, I know it’s not *officially* DSD until Saturday, but at P&Co, we’ve kicked things off early. We’ve got a sitewide sale (save as much as 50% off your order!), plus lots of fun contests, challenges, and games going all weekend long. Hopefully you’ve made your way here by following along on the blog hop, because you definitely want some of this:

pco_northofordinary_previewBut, before I send you on your way with the final letter to your code, I’ve got a couple of things to share with you!

First up, I have a little tip for you: Invest in Mtn Dew, because seriously… I’m singlehandedly keeping the company in business right now. (In other words, I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but instead, I’d like to link you to this easy recoloring tutorial – with an accompanying freebie – that I did a few months ago.)

Secondly, I have a couple of brand-new collabs in the shop, and I’d love to have you check them out! First up is Handmade, with the über-talented Jen Allyson, featuring lots of unique papers, doodles, and elements for a totally handcrafted feel:gbja_handmade_previewAmanda Yi Designs and I also put together a fun one called Now Trending, full of bright colors and trendy motifs: aydgb_nowtrending_previewI also have two great build-your-own Grab Bags for you, in both Boystache (medium) and Manstache (large) sizes. Just list the kits you want (from my store) in the “customer notes” section when placing your order, and I’ll send you a coupon code to download them within 48 hours!

Alright, that brings us to the end of our regularly-scheduled program. Here’s my portion of North of Ordinary:Gen600And, here’s a little tidbit of trivia for you: Two years ago, almost to the day, I was in the process of planning a store. The very first step – before you start planning a website, or designing a logo – is to come up with a name, and it’s also one of the most difficult. I had quite a few of my fabulous friends and colleagues helping brainstorm, and we came up with (what we thought was) the perfect name for the new store. Unfortunately, when I went to buy the domain, North of Ordinary was already taken. We went back to the drawing board, and ended up with the Pixels and Company that you are familiar with today, but the name (and concept) of North of Ordinary has stuck with us, and is what inspired this P&Co collab. True Story.

Once again, here’s the list of participants:

Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn by Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
creashens
Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson
Mommyish
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett <– You are HERE!

And with my letter (below), you should have a grand total of 20 characters. You’ll want to add North of Ordinary to your cart, and then enter the code – all uppercase, with no spaces – in the “coupon code” redemption field, and then check out as normal. Have fun!

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Capturing the Essense of Summer!

Hello! Lori posting today from Gen’s Creative Team. It is summer time for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and for many that means lazy, hazy days. Those lazy, hazy days can be the perfect opportunity to create wonderful memories and document a life well lived! Capturing your life in photos lets you preserve all of the special little details that we love to remember when time has moved on.

Here is a list of some of the great traditions of summer that you will want to photograph before the season is over (you can click on the image to make it larger).

summer-photo-list

To photograph these memories, here are some of my favorite tips:

  • Get low – kneel, lie on your stomach, squat down to take a photo. Get eye level with your subject. Don’t worry about getting dirty or looking funny – you will love that you adjusted your perspective later when you look at your photos!
  • Take photos of the details – get up close and personal with subject: the flowers, the food, the labels on the products. Macro shots and cropping in on the details allows you to highlight special aspects of your summer life in a fresh, new way.
  • Take photos earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid harsh shadows on the face. This gives you more pleasing photos and then you can put the camera down and enjoy the life you are living. 🙂
  • If you are going take photos in the middle of a bright, sunny day, move your subject into the shade so that you can avoid those harsh shadows.
  • Be sure to go wide – take photos of the entire scene as well as the little details. One great way to do this is to zoom with your feet! You can move back and forward as you like to change your perspective. Don’t limit yourself to the range of the lens on your camera.
  • Remember to take photos as life is happening. While photos of your friends and family smiling at the camera are wonderful, it is just as lovely to have photos of people living life and unaware of the camera. You will capture many sweet moments following this tip.
  • Be sure to hand off the camera to someone so that you can be in some of the shots! You want to make sure you are documented as well. Even if you don’t like having your photo taken, your family will love it (and years from now you will likely love it as well!).

Most importantly, enjoy the process and have fun – your photos will reflect that!

Once you have your summer memories captured, you can then document those days with the great products from Gen’s shop at Pixels & Company! I will share a few of my favorite summer photos and how I scrapped them in an upcoming post so be sure to check back. In the meantime, go out and snap some great summer details! Happy Summer!

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