How To Avoid Glare When Photographing Your Art {DIY Light Diffusers!}

Hi Friends! I know you all are artist and crafters and many of you like to photograph your work and some of you make video tutorials sharing your crafty goodness. Or maybe you are finding that your task lighting is too harsh and making too much glare on your work.Well today I have a solution and it only costs pennies!

I used deli paper (aka dry waxed paper) to soften my studio lights but you could use white tissue paper too. Keep in mind that I am using CFL bulbs over my workspace so they do not get hot where as other lights produce heat. Don’t leave the lights on with the papers on them unattended. Besides, it wastes electricity lighting an empty room. ūüôā I think this tutorial will be most useful to video people making videos and I hope it helps someone out there. Goodness knows I was helped by tips from other bloggers along the way. I just want to pay it forward. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Scrapbook Week!

Hello Friends! As I mentioned on Facebook I am having a bit of a vacation this week but do not worry, I have lined up tutorials for you every day on my blog and have fresh new videos appearing each day on my YouTube channel lest you suffer from Frugalcrafter withdrawal. I just won’t be online this week. Time to unplug and enjoy my family. I thought this would be¬†a good time to share some scrapbook ideas, thoughts and tutorials with you since I had such a overwhelming response from THIS POST. Overwhelmingly the comment I heard most when I asked “Is¬†Scrapbooking Dead?” was about photos. What was the best way to print them? So I will tackle this topic today!

I hope that gave you some ideas for dealing with your JPGs. The collage software I mentioned is called Ipiccy and it is great, you will see me use it later this week. Please excuse any typos in this weeks posts, I am in a mad dash to line them all up before I go offline for the week! Thanks and happy crafting!

5 Photos you should take this Easter!

My favorite holiday to scrapbook is Easter. I love the frilly Easter dresses, brightly colored plastic eggs, fresh flowers popping up out of the ground and pretty pastel candy! this feast of springtime color is perfect to capture in photos. Before you head out (or host) this years Easter Celebration here are some photo tips for you!

Tip 1: Don’t Pose…Compose!

When photographing kids capture them being kids, chasing after eggs, playing and having fun. Check out this photo I tool last Easter of my nephew. My sister set him in frount of her flower garden and let him play and I got a great natural shot!

Don’t forget the candid action shots too:

Of course when you do have the family together and all dressed up it is a great time to…

Tip 2: Get a semi-posed family photo!

Tip 3: Do some still life photography:

Notice the photo of the baskets of eggs only, this after the hunt photo make a perfect embellishment for the page. Also consider taking photos close up in macro mode of jelly beans, easter grass and other candies for nearly free scrapbook embellishments and they will be authentic too!

Tip 4: OK this is a scrapbook tip-try kraft colored paper for your scrapbook pages, it looks great with pastel springtime shades (see above photos) a swipe of pastel paint adds a nice touch too and best of all you keep the focus on the photos!

Tip: 5-Photo the Pre-Easter Events.

This year I bout a Spin-an-Egg (Target/ $5) and we used that to color our eggs, what fun, get a photo of the pretty colored eggs:

Note: If I had to do it over I would have taken¬†the photo outside with no flash ūüėÄ Sometime your photos are not perfect¬†but you should still scrap them, that’s¬†what¬†is important. You kids will not care that the lighting isn’t perfect, they will be glad to have the memories. Here I took a bunch of egg dying shots and used a egg-shaped puzzle¬†template to make this page. Also I saved the egg-dipper and used it as an embellishment!

Here are some of the digital products from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff¬†I used in the above pages and some other springtime goodies:

Basket BonanzaUp, Up & Away PapersUp, Up & AwayPosies & Plant Pics SVGEgg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital StampsBirds & Branches StampsFancy Flowers Digital Stamps

And some freebies for you!

Basket FreebieVintage Journal FreebieEaster Sentiment Freebie

These projects qualify for the following chhallenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Creative Belli, Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft World & Papercraft Star (recycled egg-dipper on last page), For Fun Challenges, Paper Pretties, Sisterhood of Crafters, and Going Grey With Scrap-Creations¬†(digistamps)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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