Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Unsharp Mask

Use your “Unsharp Mask” plugin in Photoshop, GIMP, or your favourite image editor. This won’t make up for poor focus, camera shake or the spherical aberration that often comes with shooting lenses wide open (these are all way too complex phenomena to correct this way), but it will give it a bit of a sharpness “kick”. Use a small radius (perhaps a pixel or less) and a large amount. If you’re clever with layer masks, do this selectively so that only the parts that merit your viewer’s attention are extra-sharp (hint: gaussian blur your layer mask with a very large radius).

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Make Your Own Cork Photo Coasters: Corksters!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED


Photos
A Pen
An X-acto Knife
A Paint Brush
Something Round
A Surface on which to cut
Acrylic Varnish, to waterproof your photo-coasters
Sheets of Cork (I’ve seen ‘em at the craft store, neighborhood drug store, and online.
You can make photo coasters with any photos, but try to think of what would look particularly funny staring up at you from underneath a glass. If that fails, try to think of photos that your coaster recipient would like… You can’t fail with your parent’s beautiful children or your far-away friend’s favorite hometown donut shop.

STEP ONE: ROUND UP SOME CORK

Place your round thing on the cork and trace around it.

Any ol’ round thing will do: a small plate, a big roll of tape, a pancake, anything that’s about coaster size.

STEP TWO: ROUND UP YOUR BEST SHOTS

Use that same round thing to trace circles onto your photographs.

Say, you’re pretty good at this! Have you done something like this before?

STEP THREE: TIME TO CUT LOOSE THAT CORK

Now, cut out all of those circles you’ve been drawing.

I found it easiest to cut the cork with an exacto knife, but if you’ve been doing your grip strengthening excercises, you might get away with using scissors.

STEP FOUR: MORE CUTTING

It feels like we’re going in circles.

Once again, take up your cutting implement and cut.

Follow that line carefully!

STEP FIVE: STICK IT TO ‘EM!

More specifically, apply a layer of acrylic varnish to the coaster, then stick a recently rounded photo to the top of that corkster.

Apply some pressure to the photo, to make sure it’s good and stuck.

STEP SIX: WEATHERPROOFING YOUR COASTER

Apply at least two coats of varnish over the top and sides of your Photo-Corkster to make it waterproof.

Be sure to wait for the first coat to get pretty dryish (to be precise) before you apply the second coat.

STEP SEVEN: WAIT FOR IT

Be sure to wait until the acrylic is dry dry dry before setting any actual drinks on your beautiful Corksters.

It’s probably best let them get a good night’s rest before putting them to work.

Ta da! All the thrill of a good rollercoaster, with none of the reverse-parastalsis.

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How To Make A Scrapbook

Learning to make a scrapbook is definitely one of the most enjoyable, rewarding and relaxing activities a person can get into. Aside from bringing out the creativity and resourcefulness in every person, it also helps people to organize memories and keepsakes in one place. Through the years, most people collect photos and mementos from their friends, family members, and loved ones. In order to organize these, more and more people are getting into scrapbooking.

The Fun With Album Scrapbooking

One of the most common themes used in scrapbooking is album scrapbooking. This kind of theme usually involves the use of photos just like in several photo albums. In creating album scrapbooks, the first consideration should be the album itself. In the market today, there are two standard sizes of albums – the 8.5″x11″ and 12″x12″. If you are planning to create a family scrapbook, most scrappers will suggest that you use a 12″x12″ album because you will need larger space to accommodate all the photos and captions of your family members.

Other specifications of scrapbook albums include the post-bound albums that come with black or white cardstock pages and are covered by sheet protectors. The pages of which are bound into the album using three posts that enables it to be easily taken out so you can add or remove pages. This kind of album makes it easy for the scrapper to move pages around by pulling the cardstock out of the sheet protector or by sliding in a page where patterned papers are used.

Strap-hinge albums, on the other hand, are those albums that have flexible plastic straps in the cover that run through wire loops embedded in each page and expandable while the 3-ring binders or D-ring binders are those albums that are bound using rings that allow you to add or switch around pages quickly and easily. Aside from the album itself, other major considerations in album scrapbooking is the space or room and the supplies you’ll be needing such as:

– stickers that come in various themes, designs, colors, and sizes which are great but inexpensive and very fun and easy to use

– tags that can be used as major decorations

– cut-outs and punch-outs which are usually tags, alphabet letters, and laser lace borders that are used to decorate the page

– paper embellishments which are usually perforated so you can use them anywhere in the scrapbook,

– punches which are tools used to punch shapes out of paper that come in shapes of all sizes

– embellishments such as buttons, fibers or fancy yarns and threads, metal accents, beads, craft wire and fabric ribbon roses that are safely be used on any scrapbook page

– chalk or decorative chalks that come in a set with various colors and applicators perfect for shading and highlighting an album page

– eyelets which are great for attaching vellum to paper, for decorating a photo mat or for making a border and which also come in different sizes, colors and shapes

– rubber stamps that are very versatile and can be used for different purposes such as in card making

– die-cuts which are paper shapes made from that come in all sorts of colors and themes; embossed paper charms and

– templates which are ideal for unique embellishments that will make your album scrapbook great.

Learning to make a scrapbook using these materials is just a start of your fun and enjoyable journey in the world of scrapbooking!
Learning to make a scrapbook is definitely one of the most enjoyable, rewarding and relaxing activities a person can get into. Aside from bringing out the creativity and resourcefulness in every person, it also helps people to organize memories and keepsakes in one place.

Boris Chistyakov is the author of this piece.

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Thank you!

Thanks to all who came by the art show Saturday. We all had a good time!

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Christmas Art Show

TOMORROW! Saturday, December 12th, come visit me at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique from 10 am – 5 pm at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen Restaurant. The Boutique is free and open to the public. Hope to see everyone there!

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Christmas Art Show

Saturday, December 12th, come visit me at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique from 10 am – 5 pm at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen Restaurant. The Boutique is free and open to the public. Hope to see everyone there!

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