Mar 072014
4 Tips For New Silhouette Portrait Users

I have been using the Silhouette Portrait for a few weeks and love it! Here are 4 things that I learned that would help a new Silhouette Portrait users. 1. Built In Rachet Cap I have blogged about this tip before in this post. A rachet cap is needed to change the blade depth. I lost my rachet cap after my first project and ordered a new blade so I could get another rachet cap. I had to wait several days to receive the blade and couldn’t do [continue reading]

Feb 082014
Change the Silhouette Blade Depth Without Rachet Cap

I am a Silhouette newbie and only used my Portrait for the first time a few weeks ago. When I was doing my first Silhouette project, I had scrapbook paper and cardstock all over my craft table. It was only after I finished up the first project and moved onto my second project did I realize that I lost my rachet cap. I didn’t keep track of it because I didn’t realize its importance. The only way to change the blade depth (described by the manual and on [continue reading]

Aug 142013
First Day of School Faux Chalkboard

My daughter started first grade today. I was content to take my usual first day of school photos until I saw my friend Mandy’s photos of her kids on their first day of school. They took their picture with a faux chalkboard sign. Mandy used a printable from Yellow Bliss Road. I printed out the printables that I needed for my kids but then it occurred to me how quickly I could make a custom one in Photoshop. I did a quick Google search and found this great [continue reading]

Using Phonto App

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Jul 262013
Using Phonto App

This is a photo I posted on Instagram a couple of months ago of the before and after of doing the Color Me Rad 5K with friends. I created the image on my Android phone first and only used Instagram to post it. How did I create the image on my phone? First I made a simple photo collage using PhotoGrid. You can see my tutorial on how I did that here. I used the Phonto app to add the before and after captions on to the page. [continue reading]

Jul 242013
Journaling Tip: Use Song Lyrics

As a scrapbooker, I try to journal on every page. I think writing down and later reading the written details helps to solidify the memory in my head. Sometimes it is hard to be original and not just say that everything was “fun” or that “we had a good time.” I’ve been scrapbooking in one form or another for over 10 years so scrapbooking is never far from my thoughts. Last week, I heard the song Ballerina Girl by Lionel Richie as I was driving along by myself [continue reading]

Jul 182013
A Project 365 Confession

This is my fifth consecutive year of the photo a day Project 365 and I must confess… there are days when I haven’t taken a picture! The perfectionist in me is gasping for air but the realist in me says that it is okay. This is real life and there are going to be days when I am too busy or just forget to take a picture. This happened to me last week. On Saturday (7/13), we got up at 5 am in Los Angeles, got on a [continue reading]

Jul 152013
{ Video } Renaming Photos or Files Quickly

I just returned from a 10 day vacation with over 4000 photos! My pictures get imported into my computer in folders by date. I wanted a quick and easy way to rename my pictures and I found that with Advanced Renamer for Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Advanced Renamer is easy to use and I figured it out easily without reading any documentation. I have a video tutorial that shows you how to rename the files in a directory with just a few keystrokes and mouse clicks. If you can’t see [continue reading]

Oh The Places!

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May 232013
Oh The Places!

My daughter’s last day of kindergarten was this week. As the end came near I kept trying to think of ways to remember this moment – this time when Kara was finishing up her first year of “real school.” I remembered an idea I had seen to have teachers sign the Oh The Places You’ll Go book by Dr. Seuss during a child’s education and give it to the child for a graduation gift. I ordered the hard copy version of the book from because I want [continue reading]

The Balloon Avalanche

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Mar 012013
The Balloon Avalanche

I’ve seen this balloon avalanche on Pinterest pinned several times. There was no link to the source so I can’t give credit to the originator. I finally repinned it and decided to try it out myself. As a former engineer I tend to overthink things. As I was blowing up the balloons I thought about how the balloons should start up higher so that it would really be an avalanche from above instead of just a balloon drop. That led me to change my balloon avalanche up a [continue reading]

A Memorable Thank You

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Jan 312013
A Memorable Thank You

It’s birthday season at my house. My kids have their birthdays less than 2 weeks apart. This year I decided to make their thank you cards easy. I took a picture of Kara with each friend at her birthday party. Then I used a 4×6 thank you overlay to turn each photo into an instant thank you card. The photo serves as both a thank you and memento of the occasion. Once I got the photos printed, my daughter and I used an American Crafts slick writer to [continue reading]

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