So first things first, I had to train myself to start taking more pictures. I had no idea just how good the camera on my phone was until recently so now that part is easy. Mostly because it’s usually in my hand anyway. Next on the list photo editing. Instagram is such a great app so I do a couple of snaps there. Then I also have the apps Cymera and Pixlr-o-matic on my phone for quick edits and fun layers and backgrounds. Then if I really need to touch up a picture for lighting, and such I have Photoshop on my computer. Though I find I use Gimp a lot more now a days. It’s a free program that you can get off the net that is sort of a watered down version of Photoshop. It’s really nice because it gives you everything you would need without all the complexity of Photoshop. But it is close enough that if you can’t afford Photoshop, but want to learn it you can get a real sense of what it’s like.
I really like the Canon Selphy. The image quality is good. I love the convenience of it, and it is small for storage. But as I’ve been using it I realized there are a couple of draw backs to it. Make sure when you buy the printer that you also buy refills. The printer I bought only came with enough paper for 5 images. Each cartridge has a fixed number of prints they can produce. Once that number has been printed the cartridge is done there is no squeaking out a few more at a lower saturation level, and no refilling. Printing at a lower resolution or hue saturation with not conserve the ink either. The print time is a little slow because it has to make numerous passes through the printer to lay down the color. I can live with all that. What is troublesome is that sometimes the amount of ink and the amount of paper gets out of sync. I’m not quite sure how to explain it. One reviewer said it has something to do with when you turn the printer off and on the printer advances or refills the ink chamber and then acts as if you printed a picture, but you haven’t. So you are left with more paper than ink, after you are done with that cartridge. I’m not sure if that is exactly it, but it is best if you have all your images ready to print when you turn it on. And maybe wait until you have enough images to empty one cartridge in one go. Also, while you are printing that round remember to turn off the sleep mode after inactivity until you are done printing for that amount of time. To me this really isn't a big deal because the cost per image isn't that much, but it is irritating to have extra paper floating about. The only other concern I had was I noticed that if you set the printer to print boardless images the printer sort of magnifies the image and cuts off the edges. This is kind of a cool effect on some pictures, but it did cut heads off others so I will be printing with a boarder from now on. Other than that I am really happy with the image quality, ease of use, and convenience of that little printer.
Now that all that business is taken care of how will I organize the album. All my albums in the past were made way after the events took place. They were all rushed just putting the event pictures together no journaling, no frills. Basically filing the pictures away in a protective sheet and that’s it. I want these albums to be more of a running pictorial journal of my life’s events. Something that is mostly made for me so I can look back on events fondly. I tend to journal life events so I will probably have the pictures in a big two page layout and then insert a little plastic sleeve in the middle of the pages for the journaling. So if I want to read the whole thing it is there. Then when little things happen that aren't big enough to cover the big layouts I will type them up with a picture and place them in a smaller sleeve. My boyfriend cracks me up all the time, and the stories are usually very odd and elaborate so I want to be able to insert them into the time line of the album, but have their own stand alone place in the book. The other thing is I’m not really a scrapbooker, I’ve always been more of a documenter (probably has something to do with my science background). I’ve never been much for making layouts, though I love them and want to make them in the future when I have more time. I will probably transition into making one every couple of pages for some impact on really important events. But for now just so I can get a jumpstart on the project and not worry about layout ideas I will probably just put the pictures down give them a title and some explanation with very little extras. I really like the pocket pages that came with the album. They are surprisingly easy to work with. I just finished with about six months worth of activities, and it really didn’t take me that long at all to put it all together after I printed out the pictures. I just sat down with a big pad of 12x12 paper, and paper trimmer, an ink pad, and my computer beside me to print out titles. The images were all set before me and I just filled them into the pockets. It was really fun. So much so that I am considering after I finish this years events I might print all my pictures from the previous year and making an album for them as well. In anycase now that I have all of this all organized in my head I am ready to rock! Wish me luck!
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