Happy Spring - New from Jen Martakis!

Spring! Yay! It's here!

Apparently we had colder than average temps but it was sunny, beautiful and I had my jacket off part of the time outside. Warm enough for me when I can have my jacket off! It was perfect timing, too, for Jen Martakis to create a super lovely Spring digital kit. I went hybrid, of course, and creates cards.

Thought I would share one with you today and also share what I do for taking photos.  Here is my set up:


I have a 12x12 piece of chipboard that I lean against my wall. Then, depending on the colors of the card, I prop a piece of 12x12 cardstock on the chipboard and one on the table top. I have two Daylight lamps. They are the "cheaper" version of the Ott lite. Cheaper means they are less expensive the Ott but definitely not "cheap". I prop those so that the light falls and reflects nicely on the card.

Here is a raw photo:


This is usually what my initial photo looks like of my cards. I do make adjustments on my camera. I always shoot in manual and adjust the shutter speed and such. I'm not the best for giving a tutorial on doing this. My camera "cheats" for me. Meaning, I can view on my lcd screen what the adjustments are doing to my photo. So I usually just tweak until the lighting looks good. LOL I don't have a DSLR. It's a very awesome point and shoot that has lots of features a DSLR has, though.

I use Picasa as my photo storage and editing program.


In this program I can crop and then I use the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. This magic button seems to know exactly the right adjustments to make. Very rarely do I need to do any manual adjustments. LOVE this lovely little feature in Picasa. I then export the photo and resize to the desired number of pixels. You can see the export folder at the bottom of the screen shot.

And here is the final product:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Sticker: SRM Press, Brad: My Minds Eye, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Pen: Uniball Signo, Digital Supplies: Hello Spring kit by Jen Martakis Designs, Tools: Circle punches: EK Success, Die Cut Machine and Dies: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)

Thanks for swinging by! I'll share a card tomorrow that is using white cardstock. I do a couple of different things with those so that they don't melt into the white background.