Archive for October, 2011

October 18, 2011

3 Tips for Capturing Fall Foliage

Well I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really just can’t get enough of the outdoors despite the chill (even if I am always freezing). The trees out here look as if they have been painted overnight and I’m worried I might miss out on the wonderful photo opportunities if I don’t act fast!

Weather condition

Like most people, I usually pass on picture taking if it is raining or still wet outside. However, moisture is actually key to making your photos appear much more vibrant. Leaves and foliage that are damp will have richer color as opposed to dried leaves, which might appear more washed out. If you are really against being rained on, try heading out early in the morning when the plants and trees are still dewy. You might even be lucky enough to capture misty or foggy backgrounds.

Time of day

Lighting plays a huge role in fall photographs. Colors look drastically different under a bright and clear afternoon sky versus a soft twilight sky. Depending on the time of day, you can try to capture rays of sun coming through the trees or even shooting silhouettes against the landscape just before dusk. Remember to bring a tripod or something that will help you steady the camera if you are shooting in dim light.

Mix it up!

No one really wants to see the same close up photos over and over again; it will get boring quite quickly. Try taking photos at different angles and perspectives such as a ground up shot or go for a nice panorama landscape by zooming out as far as possible.

Although this post is about capturing the essense of autumn in nature, keep in mind that you can also focus on other familiar fall scenes like your loved ones bundled up in their favorite coats and scarves or get a nice group photo over a warm Thanksgiving meal.

Until next time, Happy Mixbooking!

October 11, 2011

Autumn Scrapbook Designs

Summer is over, and it is time to get into autumn scrapbooking! When people think of fall colors, they tend to think of red, brown, and yellow hues. However, green, grey, and blue colors can compliment these shades quite well. Mixing in a pea or pine green amongst orange and yellow will echo the changing colors of tree leaves, while pairing bright colors with greyish blue tones hints at the upcoming cool weather.

For those who are building more traditional layouts, Autumn and Days of Autumn themed photo books offer lots of warm earth tones and neutral-colored backgrounds and stickers. If you are looking for a more modern design to showcase your photos, our pre-designed fall pages in our Contemporary Seasons or Seasonal Circles themes might be just the right fit for you.

Also, remember to look into other book themes as well because you just might find some useful stickers. For example, the apple slice stickers in the School Days theme will fit right in with the rest of your fall designs. Our A Year In Review theme offers some Thanksgiving and Halloween elements as well.

As always, our thousands of stickers, themes, and backgrounds are free to use! If you still want more stickers and backgrounds, some websites such as Shabby Princess and Computer Scrapbook offer digital scrapbooking kits you can download for free and then upload the images you want into your Mixbook project.

Need some more inspiration? Take a look at our Gallery to see what other Mixbookers are doing with their published projects. Below are a few of our staff picks:

For those who are taking a break from photo booking, we’ve also released tons of new Halloween  and Thanksgiving cards, a perfect way to send autumn greetings to your friends and family.

Happy Mixbooking!

October 4, 2011

How to Upload Your Own Stickers

Did you know you could upload your very own stickers or elements from your existing digital scrapbooking kits? It’s super easy! Just make sure the images you wish to use are in PNG format  (most files from a digital scrapbooking kit are already saved in this format) which allows for the image to show up without a background. Files that are not in this format might appear with a square white background. You can tell a file is in PNG format if the file name ends with “.png” or if it says it is a “Portable Network Graphic”). You can also find out by right clicking on the image file and looking up the information under the “Get info” selection.

To save an image in PNG format, you will need to use Adobe Photoshop. Open the file you wish to use and select “File” then “Save As.” Choose PNG from the “Format” menu the click “OK”.

Once you have the stickers you want to upload to your project, open your project in the Editor.  On the left side of the Editor, click the “Add Stickers” tab to see the sticker tray. Then, click on the the “Add Stickers” button. A pop up window will appear, and you will see an “Upload Content” tab along the top of the window. Once you’re in the “Upload Content” tab, click “Select Stickers.” You can then locate and upload your stickers from your computer.

 

Happy Mixbooking!