Say Cheese?

We had an appointment this morning with the photographer.  We were attempting a family portrait and Maria’s 18 month pictures (a little early to beat the Christmas rush).

I made the appointment for 9 a.m., so we’d be first in and Maria wouldn’t be tired.  But still, we didn’t get much.  Maria was not ready to sit still or pose. Not even with Chad and I.  So the time I spent hunting for outfits for all of us was to no avail.  We were able to get a few of Maria, and she will be going solo on the Christmas cards this year.  Definitely cute, but just frustrating when we had hopes for a family picture.

The Big Upgrade

No, not my blog. Our home PC! Yes, we did it. Last year (2006) our Christmas present to ourselves was a video camera in April (2007)!  This year (Christmas 2007) we got a computer in January (2008).

It looks sweet! Chad has it all set up. I have only touched the keyboard briefly and only to keep Maria from pushing every button! Busy busy, because she’s been sick.

My question to all of you out there is photo editing software!  Yes, I am upgrading from the Olympus stuff that came with our first digital camera, because we’re finally going to have enough memory to handle something new!

We received Pinnacle as a Christmas gift for our video editing (because we stopped using the video camera, because we couldn’t edit it!)  But I’ve never known anyone that’s used it for photos? (As I type, I realize I never asked my brother!).  But I’ve heard lots of good things about Photoshop, so wondering if we should get that, and Amazon has it on sale right now, plus a rebate, so need to act quickly!

Advice? Suggestions?

Accordion Photo Book

For my niece’s 1st birthday, we’ve all been requested to bring items for a time capsule to be opened on her 21st birthday in lieu of gifts.

I decided to give her some pictures from her first year, including one from the day I met her in the hospital (the day we found out I was pregnant), one of her and Chad, a couple with her and her aunts (myself, Aunt Marilyn, and Aunt Alice) and then one of her trying to steal Maria’s Nuk a few weeks ago.

But how to present them… I decided I wanted to make a small photo album for them, so I started googling for ideas. I came across several links to making an accordion style book, and kind of cross mixed the ideas and ended up with this as the final results.

I think I will definitely make one of these again. It was relatively simple, and will make a nice gift, with or without pictures.

If you’re interested read on for some of the details about how I did it…

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