With Christmas festivities, wrapping gifts, decorating, parties, programs, etc are in full swing; I thought I’d make a note of reminders for you on what pictures to capture.

Being that we all love to scrap and make layouts, you probably have a pretty good idea of the things you want to get pictures of. In fact, if you have a great idea that I missed, be sure to mention it here in the comment section.

I know that I get so busy that I forget the small details that can make wonderful pages of memories. You know, those little things that we do traditionally each year. Of course, each of us may do something a bit different, but it’s those little parts that help make up the whole. Those little things would make fantastic pictures to scrap and remember.

It might be in decorating the tree, or making the gingerbread houses, or carefully wrapping a treasured gift, etc. Many of you are talented with crafts, and may have spent hours making a gift of love. Why not capture the series of steps (if it’s not too late) in the making of that gift, then wrapping it and taking pictures as the recipient opens it (that is if you are lucky to be present). So be sure to focus on those and capture the preparation that goes into preparing it, doing it, and of course, the cleaning up.

Another idea is to think of Christmas as a child. Imagine what our pictures would focus on. The magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes. If you have children, grandchildren, etc. then try focusing those pictures on how they see Christmas.

Those of us that have children or grandchildren will most certainly have some sort of Christmas program or concert to attend. Capture pictures of them preparing for it, then if you can capture a picture of them before they go on stage, then if permitted capture them in the act of performing. This is a great time to get a picture of their whole group, but then also get a few with them filling the frame concentrating on their part.

Many of you are involved with office parties or company parties. Be creative in capturing those pictures, don’t forget those little details that can make a fun scrapbook memory.

For many of us, we enjoy being involved in service projects for Christmas. It might be care packages being prepared for those in the military or families in need. Or maybe just caroling, visiting a nursing home, or a needy family. Be sure to be creative (and of course sensitive depending on the situation) in capturing pictures that tell the story of how it touched you by serving and giving.

Another great idea is not only capturing pictures of Christmas morning but how about preparing for it. It might be of a Dad (Santa) staying up into the wee hours assembling some toy for their child. Or how about a child carefully setting out the treat for Santa. Or of the excited child finally falling asleep.

Many times we have so many things going on around us, that details are lost. So try focusing on the details that make up the whole, be it in the activities or in the decorations. Be sure to fill the frame up on the details too.

Of course be prepared to take pictures by having fresh batteries available and ready. Keeping your camera charged and your memory cards clear. Keep the camera handy and ready. Be sure to have it on the “must take with me” list, so you can capture those memories. Be sure to pull it out and use it, rather than regret later that you didn’t take time to snap pictures. One last, but important thing, see if you can get a trusted someone capturing you involved in the Christmas festivities.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see layouts of those memories that are important to each of us? Please share them, so we can see how others celebrate their Christmas season.

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Want a surprise?  We got one for you.  Thought we’d surprise you with another 50% sale.  It won’t last long…so if you want to take advantage of this sale you better order now.  Anyone that orders in this small window of time will get a surprise gift (downloadable file) sent to them by email.  Be sure to contact us with any questions, problems, etc.  ENJOY the surprise Sale!!!

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We have new digital scrapbooking kits in the shoppe.  Many of them focusing on Christmas.  Check them out while they are at the low Introductory price of 35% off.  Below is a preview of some of them.  Go here to see all the new Introductory kitsYou can see more Christmas kits here.

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Last week I talked about, “What camera should I buy”. I decided that I needed to cover that subject first before moving to this one. But this one can have a big impact on that type of camera you buy, so that is why I’m covering it this week.

You know those little cards that go into digital cameras? There is a large number of different types, brands, sizes and prices, which can make a difference in the type of camera you choose to buy. Fortunately there aren’t nearly as many kinds of memory cards as there are of digital cameras.

What about these memory cards? Well some memory cards can be costly for what you can store on them (meaning gigabyte capacity). Others are limited on the gigabyte capacity you can buy. Others are easier to find and buy than other types. Many of our computers, laptops, cellphones, printers, game consoles, kiosks, etc. come with slots that can only accommodate certain types of memory cards without needing to buy an adapter to read the information off of them. This can make transferring data much easier if it’s already built into the machine you plan to load the images into.

Lets say you purchase a large megapixel camera. It will require more space per image. So then, the size of card available could make a big difference on how many images you can hold.

It might be well worth your time to check into the memory cards, besides the camera you choose. In fact it might play a big factor on the type of camera you choose to buy. Of course you’ll want to do your own research on this subject because my knowledge is limited on the subject and can be outdated.

The prices can vary from shop to shop, the amount of memory wanted, by the brand, etc. I would highly recommend staying with good rated brand. I know prices have dropped for the memory cards and the amount of storage available has gone up on some. So it’s best to check things out.

Below is some helpful information:

Compact Flash has the most gigabyte capacity available per card (8 GB maximum) and more likely to be able to have slots available in the machines we want to transfer the images, too. A lot of your DSLR camera’s tend to use these. The next memory card would be the SD cards. The maximum capacity available for the SD card (today) is 4 GB. A lot of machines will have slots available to read these cards as well.

Then there are the XD cards, which is used by a large number of Olympus and Fuji camera’s. It has only 2 GB maximum per card that I could find. Then there are the Memory Stick Pro or Memory Stick Duo used mostly by the Sony Cameras. You may have to buy adapters that can be plugged into the machine so you can read the information off of the card.

Below are some places where you can shop by clicking on the links you help support this site.



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Quick Page Freebie

by admin on November 30, 2009

We have a newly released Collaboration kit called “Sounds of the Season”.  It’s been put together with seven of SumScrapper’s designers.  So you get seven mini kits all in one.  You can get this kit for free when you purchase something over $5.00.  Get more information here in the shoppe on how to either purchase it or get it FREE.

We have also made up a handfull of Quick Pages that are FREE.  So be watching for them here in this blog this week.  This is the 2nd one.

Today’s Quick page is provided by Michelle (msbrad).  It is s must have QP so get it while it’s available.

Click here for the FREE Quick Page Download

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Quick Page Freebie

by admin on November 29, 2009

We have a newly released Collaboration kit called “Sounds of the Season”.  It’s been put together with seven of SumScrapper’s designers.  So you get seven mini kits all in one.  You can get this kit for free when you purchase something over $5.00.  Get more information here in the shoppe on how to either purchase it or get it FREE.

We have also made up a handfull of Quick Pages that are FREE.  So be watching for them here in this blog this week.

Today’s Quick page is provided by Pammy.  It’s adorable.  You’ll want to download it while it is available.  Below you can view the sample of the preview.

Click here for the FREE Quick Page Download

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New Digital Collaboration Kit

by admin on November 25, 2009

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Check this out. Seven of the Designers of SumScrapper put together a wonderful kit that is perfect for this time of the year. The name of the kit is, “Sounds of the Season.” It has a total of 15 papers and 23 elements.

You can purchase it or get it free. To get it free, place an order for more than $5.00 and put the word “Sounds” in the coupon code and $5.00 will be taken off at checkout.  Or you can purchase it for $5.99.  To sweeten this deal purchase items from the shoppe at half off on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving).

Below you can see the kit preview:

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Below is the preview with the papers only:

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Below is the preview of the elements:

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Here is a layout by Michell (msbrad) using the Collaboration kit. She has made this into a Quick Page that will be given away here on the blog soon so watch for it and more.

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Here is a layout by Sonya.

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One of the most frequently asked question I get is:  “What camera should I buy?”  Before I bought my digital cameras, I too was asking the same question.  For me, it was much easier to choose when I went to a DSLR camera than the many point and shoot compact models that are out there.  A person can become overwhelmed at the numerous models, types, and kinds of cameras that are available.

Of course, telling someone what they should buy is like telling them whom they should choose as a friend.  Everyone is so different; with such variety it’s hard to tell. What could work for one, might not work for another.  Simply put, there is really no simple answer to this question because there are several different classes of cameras, from compact to semi-pro with all of the pros and cons that go with each of them.

I think I’ve covered this subject before.  But, I figured it was a good one to do again because we are getting closer to the Christmas shopping season, where people are looking to get a new camera, upgrade to a different camera, etc.

The best advise I can give is to first make a list:
1.    What is the most important thing you want from a camera?
2.    What is it that you are mostly wanting to get pictures of?
3.    Does the size of the camera mean more to you than most other features?
4.    Any other special things you have in mind on what you want from a camera.
5.    What is the amount that you are willing to spend on a camera?

Go to a store and hold, feel and test out the cameras that are available.  Then, ask around at places that sell cameras, what they think of various cameras.  Then ask friends, family, co-workers and others what they think about their cameras.  Better yet, ask if you can try their cameras out.  Check out the consumer reports, and other helpful consumer information on cameras.  Another great resource is the Internet.  There is many resources available online to help in the decision making process.

There are a couple I would recommended  as a great place for good reliable information about camera’s.  One of my favorites is Steve’s Digicams-Camera Reviews.  Then there are two others that are also good to check out.  That is Digital Camera Review or Digital Camera Resource page at.

When we get to test some out, we start to get an idea what we are looking for.  Checking with people we know who’ll give an honest opinion of what they own and think about it is useful.  They might bring out things you might not have considered which would be helpful to know about, before buying a camera.  Checking the reviews can further strengthen or weaken your list of choices or help with those choices.

Just make sure you check it out before buying just anything that looks good.  I can guarantee that you’ll be happy that you did.  Especially since we have a great interest in scrapping those pictures we take.

Remember if you want to buy anything for Christmas and help support this site then please click on the these banners below.  Thanks so much.



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Monday Madness Freebie

by admin on November 23, 2009

Today’s freebie is provided by Rhonda. Thanks Rhonda for the freebie to share.

Click here for the FREEBIE

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Friday’s Freebie

by admin on November 20, 2009

Here is a freebie for you to enjoy. This is provided by Ellie of Designed by Ellie. Be sure to get the freebie while you can.

Here is what Ellie has to say, “Here is a printable gift card and envelope for those last minute holiday gifts and packages. This freebie coordinates with my kit, Christmas Wonderland, available here at the SumScrapper shop.

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Here is a page created by Ellie’s CT “Miss Pepper” using this kit.

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