Felt Skates

I wrote about the felt skates earlier this week here. Here is what I have been making.






























Project Life/365 Photography

The Last Bite

Project Life/ 365

I have been terrible about posting my project life/365 photos.

Here are  few…

















Craft Patterns Better Homes and Garden 2007 Christmas

I saved this photo from Pinterest because I planned on making these little felt skates and gifts/ornaments. I started to make them and have not been thrilled with my own skate pattern.












Today I was taking down the Thanksgiving decor and getting it all put away when I spied a stack of magazine. They were craft magazines!

And what should I see on those pages?  The very skates I saw on Pinterest and have been trying to make! I Scanned the page for all to enjoy. (Right click each scanned page to save.)










































Thanksgiving is Almost Upon Us

Organize Your Photos and Workflow

There are many articles on the inter-webs on this topic of organizing you photos. I like reading them and then incorporating what will work for my life and home where I can.

I watched an excellent YouTube video by Chase Jarvis “Chase Jarvis TECH: Complete Workflow for Photo and Video” and even gleaned some great tips for my home/family workflow and backing up files.

Of course my stuff is no where near the scale of Chase’s stuff, but I enjoyed watching it.

My photo storing has evolved from the shoebox days to being stored on DVD’s. I use DVD’s (I like DVD-R. It is all I have ever bought). DVD’s hold much more data then a CD.

Like any organizing ideas and tools, it takes time and effort in the beginning, but it pays off down the road.

I bought at the thrift store a large CD music holder. It zips closed, has many, many pages that hold 4 CDs a page and each page is 2 – sided.  I also have a smaller, hard case CD holder.

When I take photos, either for a family party or just a couple of days worth around the house, I copy them on to my laptop hard drive. I leave the photos on my camera chip. They will be deleted, but not at the time of copy them to the laptop.

I have folders set-up under “my pictures” for each month. I make 4 empty folders at a time. These photos will go into Nov 2011 for example. At then end of the year I have 12 DVDs minimum.

Next I go through each picture and delete any obvious bad photos. I also get an idea of which photos I really like and will print. Not all the photos I take will be printed, but they will be burned to a DVD. If I have taken video, I watch it and make a mental note of what I want to edit.

I usually am jumping up and down taking care of kids and meals during this time :- }

After my first run through at looking at the photos and videos I make a sub folder in Nov 2011. I name it something like “awesome need to edit”. I again go through the photos and move any pictures I really like and want to edit and print into this folder. I move the videos there too. So far I have not touched any photos in the way of editing. If it is an important event/party I shot, I will burn a DVD of the folder and sub folder now. I use a sharpie to write the month, year and event/party name on it. I put it in the hard case CD holder.

Otherwise, in that sub-folder I begin my editing. I use Adobe Photoshop. Once I have a few simple edits done, I save as a .jpg and re-name the photo. When I re-name the photo, in my mind I know I am done with editing and am ready to send it to Costco for printing. When I see all those photos in the sub-folder, I know which ones I am done with because they have been named. Like I said, I get interrupted while I go through the process. For the mid-editing interruptions, I save the file as a .psd. That way I can come back to it and keep making changes.

Once I have finished the editing completely, even if I have to wait to print, I save all the files (folder and sub-folder) to a DVD again writing on it that these are the edited files of the event or party.

If the photos are home/family pictures, I leave them on my hard drive until the beginning of the new month. I burn all the photos/videos for that month and write on the DVD the month, year and as many descriptions as will fit. These are jog my memory when I am looking for certain photos. I will write things like “trip to bay area” “Amber get braces off”.

After I have finished my editing, even if I have not saved the home/family photos to DVD, I delete that folder from my camera. If they are photos I am worried about losing for some reason, I move them to a flash drive that is just for that purpose. I never let my camera chip get full. I heard it is too easy to lose all the data when it approaches being full. I periodically delete folders from the flash drive, again, never letting it get full.

Once the DVD’s are burned and I am done with everything, I move them it to the big CD zipper case. They are not terrible organized in there. They are roughly by year.

It is a process. It may not work for everyone. Hopefully the ideas will help someone to be more organized with their photos.

Here is my CD holder I keep my photos DVD’s on.










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