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Archive for November, 2010

The Dreaded Red Eye

We know you hate it.  It’s the dreaded red eye in your pictures.  You’ve probably noticed that red eye only appears in pictures taken using a flash.  So, simply put, it’s the flash in a camera that causes red eye.  But how can you prevent it?  Everyone here at Store Photos wants you to learn a little bit about this phenomenon.  And then we can talk about how to fix it.

No red eyes here!

No red eyes here!

People have a curved plate that covers the back of their eyeballs—it’s called the retina.  When a flash on a camera goes off, the bright white light travels into the eye and bounces off the retina and back into the lens of the camera.

But that’s not all that happens.  After all, that doesn’t explain what makes your eyes red, does it?  While the light is inside your eye, it travels through many tiny blood vessels.  And that’s how the light turns red before it leaves your eye.

It takes the powerful flash bulb of a camera to cause this effect.  The simplest way to avoid red eye is to take away the flash.  If it’s possible, try to avoid needless camera flashes.  Professional cameras don’t usually create red eye because their flash is far away from the camera lens.  Consider an external flash if you take a lot of portrait shots.

Of course, you don’t have to worry much about red eye in pictures if you have a red eye remover pen from Store Photos.  So we say, flash away!

Our Friend: NikkiSivils.com

We recently had the distinct pleasure of meeting Nikki, from NikkiSivils.com.

Thanks for sharing with us, Nikki!

Thanks for sharing with us, Nikki!

Often times we at StorePhotos.com are asked, “What all can you do with a scrapbook?” We think that Nikki has provided the online scrapping community with a wonderful resource that answers that question: You can do whatever you want, so long as you love what you do!

NikkiSivils.com is a site where you can view and purchase a number of wonderfully original scrapbook paper and embellishments that you can use in your own creations. Nikki has organized a very talented Design Team that all work together to make amazing embellishments, that are all rooted in two core beliefs:

  1. Authentic artistic expressions

  2. Created with love

So if you are looking for a good place to start your scrapbooking project, or a new way to spice up a project that you’ve been working on, make sure to check out NikkiSivils.com. If you do visit Nikki, let her know that we sent you! You can also connect with Nikki on her Blog, which she keeps fresh with project ideas and her daily life as an owner of a paper manufacturer, her Twitter, or her Facebook page.

Happy Scrapping!

Better Conversation Week at Store Photos

It’s Better Conversation Week, and we think that’s a great way to kick off the few days before Thanksgiving.  After all, by the time Thursday rolls around you want to be able to celebrate with your friends and family.  Take the time to talk to one another and catch up on some old memories.  There’s no better way to get the conversation going than with the scrapbooks you have made and collected over the years.  Use them as conversation starters during Better Conversation Week.  Who knows?  It just might make Thanksgiving a little bit brighter.

These girls know how to hold a conversation!

These girls know how to hold a conversation!

Some Good Conversation Tips

  • Make sure you’re genuinely interested in what the other parties have to say.  Showing your interest is one of the best ways to keep the conversation flowing and keep both people comfortable.
  • With that said, you should also try to make the other person in your conversation feel as comfortable as you are.  Pay attention to your body language.  If you are talking with a family member over the pages of a scrapbook, make sure you both have the space to see the pages.
  • Listen to what the other person has to say.  Good conversation isn’t just one sided.  There should be even flow of words and ideas between the two of you.  So try to share the limelight!

These good conversation tips will make Better Conversation Week and Thanksgiving much happier occasions!  Enjoy your conversations over the pages of our scrapbooks.

Make a Family Tree Scrapbook

Genealogy is a great hobby these days, and there’s no better way to show what you’ve learned than with a family tree scrapbook.  Many traditional family trees have names, birth dates, death dates, and locations.  But they also illustrate a series of family lines—showing marriages and offspring.  When you make a family tree scrapbook with the supplies from Store Photos, you can also include pictures, mementos, awards, and other family documents.  It would be a good idea to get your children and grandchildren together to participate.  There’s no better way to learn about your family than WITH your family!

family tree scrapbook

The first thing you need to do is decide how many generations you’d like to trace back and include in your family tree scrapbook.  Then take the time to collect information for each family member you’re going to include in the book—get their names, birth dates, and birth location.  And if it applies, get marriage dates, the number of children, death dates, and burial locations.  It’s a wonderful way to create some history!

You can lay the project out however you’d like.  You don’t necessarily have to go chronologically, either.  Feel free to experiment with layouts.  When you’re working with older documents, it might be a good idea to copy them.  This way you aren’t going to run the risk of ruining something historic.

Most of all, have fun learning about your family history!

Thanksgiving Photo Collage

thanksgiving scrapbook storephotos.com

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be confined to books.  For Thanksgiving, why not make a fun scrapbooked collage as a decoration?  Then when the holidays are over, it can go into a scrapbook and become a special part of the family’s memories.

Get everyone to come up with a few good family photos. Try to collect photos of a similar size, with the faces of the family members about the size of a quarter.  This will help to keep everything uniform. See if relatives in other parts of the world can send photos also. If people don’t want to risk sending precious photographs, they can have a color photocopy made. A color photocopy will work just fine for this project. Even if people send original photos, make a color photocopy of all the photos rather than cutting out the photos themselves.  This will ensure that everyone will get to keep what they sent.

Cut the faces out of the photos, and arrange them in a collage on a large piece of paper.  You can use an adhesive glue stick to hold everything together.  When it is done, put it on or near the table so that everyone has an opportunity to give thanks for the love that your family shares.  What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with a great collage?