Monthly Archives: April 2011

The light at the end of the tunnel

One week of classes, a few projects and two final exams to go.

As the semester winds down, I plan to take advantage of extra free time and prepare for a summer of scrapbooking. I’m excited to rummage through some of the supplies I’ve kept for years but never had time to use. However, my favorite part about scrapbooking is looking through my pictures and choosing which ones to place in my layouts.

Although I have a lot of photos to sort through, I have an idea about which events and categories I’d like to tackle first.

My top three scrapbooking ideas are:

1. Photos from my childhood

Grandpa and me, circa 1993

2. Photos of my brother and me for his high school graduation gift

My brother Matt and me, Christmas 2010

3. Photos from my college years so far

Ashley and me, Lady Gaga concert (February 26, 2011)

And if anyone wants to join me for free Friday and Saturday crops at Archiver’s in Fairlawn, let me know!

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Get social, with scrapbooking?

“Some estimates say that in a few years, online content will double every 72 hours.”

It’s hard to imagine the Web growing any faster than it already does.

YouToo Social Media Conference, Kent State

Paul Roetzer, founder and president of PR 20/20, discussed content marketing for public relations professionals during his presentation at the YouToo Social Media Conference on Friday at Kent State. Although I enjoyed listening to his knowledge and advice  about online branding, effective Web content and measurement, the above prediction he mentioned particularly caught my attention.

How can the Internet store all that information? Who will monitor the content and how will this affect our daily routines? Sometimes I can’t keep up with my personal online accounts, let alone catch up with the news articles, blog posts and status updates that bombard my computer screen every day.

The Web may track every online move we make. For example, Facebook stores personal information and account history from square one. So by now, you probably have a vast online history that will only continue to grow.

How do you track everything before it gets lost in the online clutter? And how will you remember online moments of the past?

Once I saw an example of a scrapbook with a woman’s Facebook status updates during her pregnancy. And after I attended the conference last week, I wondered about overlapping social media and scrapbooking. Do scrapbookers create layouts about their online activity, too?

I found two outlets for social media scrapbooking online.

Memolane blog, http://blog.memolane.com/Memolane

Memolane compiles all postings from personal online accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube. The site generates a timeline of online activity and may isolate a specific time period of posts and content. For example, Alex Schmidt used Memolane to document a trip to Paris with her sister.

thisMoment

Although thisMoment has existed for almost two years, I was not aware of the site until now. Users create moments, equivalent to “multimedia journal entries,” and add details such as attendees, locations, titles, tags, photos and more. Moments are visible via slideshows or timelines. Check out this tutorial video about thisMoment:

What do you think?

Although I’m hesitant about creating my own social media scrapbooks, I will keep Memolane and thisMoment in mind. And as if social media sites are not overwhelming enough, I also found Scrapbooking & Paper Crafting Society, a social media site for scrapbookers! If you are interested in joining, let me know and possibly we can explore the site together.

If you want to become more social media savvy, check out Jason Eric Alexander’s blog about “social media tips, trends and news.”

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Purrrr-parazzi

My dad and step-mom adopted two kittens last weekend, so naturally I’m extremely excited.

Stones and Delilah, adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

When I went home to Medina earlier this week, it was interesting to meet the kittens, adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter, and pick up on their personalities almost right away. I sat on the living room floor among feathery cat toys and puff balls and Stones walked over and greeted me by sniffing my face. Delilah kept her distance by let me pet her within five minutes.

Of course, I brought my camera and intended to take pictures to share with my Facebook friends. However, I wish I had brought my Flip Video camera to record their antics. Stones leaped in the air for the rope I was flinging back and forth, and eventually Delilah joined in the fun as well. They wrestled as we watched “Glee” on TV and then chased each other up and over and behind the couch.

Stones, 7-month-old kitten adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

His sister, Sticks, was adopted a couple weeks ago. Stones is very playful and friendly.

I sat in the living room for hours watching the kittens that night. And I enjoyed every second of it. They’re quite entertaining!

But after Stones and Delilah settled down for the night, I found them sleeping next to each other on a chair in the dining room.

I soon realized you have to wait for the right moment to get the photos you want. It’s impossible to take a photo of every single moment that’s remotely interesting, so why waste your time trying? Photos are valuable, but you don’t need them to enjoy any given moment.

I’m not an expert photographer, but based on my experience living with pets for many years, here are some tips I have for photographing your furry friends:

  • Don’t expect every photo to turn out perfectly. Animals are antsy and when they’re tired, they insist on ample amounts of nap time; therefore, it’s best you leave them alone.
  • Photograph your pets as they sit, stand or play. Don’t try to move them to a certain spots. Cats, especially, won’t follow your directions!

    Delilah, 7-month-old kitten adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

    Delilah meows very slightly but incessantly if you stop petting her after a while. Annoying, but cute!

  • Keep hair accessories, sunglasses and clothing on your body. Your pets prefer to go au naterel. Once I put a Santa hat on my cat Chance, and needless to say he wasn’t pleased.
  • Pet eye turns your beloved companions into aliens, but there’s ways to get rid of it. If you scrapbook print photos, buy a pet eye correction pen at your local craft store. Use Photoshop to edit your digital photos.
  • Be aware of lighting. Try taking photos of darker subjects without the flash.
  • Take only a few photos at a time. Bombarding your pets with flashes might confuse them and deter them from cooperating, if at all.

What are some of your suggestions for photographing pets?

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