Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Photo Projects! And a chance for the whole kit and kaboodle!

As many of you already have figured out, I'm a big fan of the Instagram app on my iPhone.  Yeah, the pictures aren't anything to write home about (I've been on the receiving end of many well-meant lectures about the poor quality of the Instagram camera), and if you download them from the web they are small.  But you know what?  I'm taking more photos, more consistently, and capturing some little details of life that would slither on past and glide into oblivion, otherwise.  And I like that.  Mostly because it's easy, and it's convenient, and it suits my particular set of strengths and inadequacies, LOL.

One thing that makes Instagram work for me is being to download the photos no matter if I'm on the "right" computer or not, so if I'm stuck somewhere with no access to my desktop, I can still scrap something.  I use instaport.me to download my photos to my "scrap me" photo folder, and presto! I'm in business :)  And I admit I rather like the websized photos.  I could download from my phone and get more substantially sized photos, but a) see comment above about camera quality, and b) many are taken from the car at a stoplight, y'know?  Don't really need to see the bugs on my windshield in greater detail ;)  I also like that I can fit lots of photos on one page - whether it's a Project 365/52 layout, or whether it's just a series of details that belong together, I like the flexibility.  And that's why I started making Photo Project element packs, because it keeps me scrapping these little bits and provides a way to give my pages interest and continuity.  

There are two new additions to the collection this week:

Some cute little vintage photo edges, plus photo corners and two kinds of tape.  The photo corners and the frames remind me so much of my mother's immaculate photo albums - all done on plain grey paper, with each photo neatly placed in the photo corners and her tidy printing by each photo (I tell her she was the inspiration for my scrapbooking obsession, LOL).  Confession time... I actually scrapped a page using these, and I worked hard on my shadows, lifting corners, and lowering shadows under the tape.  It was magnificent.  And somehow Photoshop and Windows 7 got their wires crossed and it "saved" as some unusable file.  I was not pleased!  Although if I'm being honest, the only inspired part were the shadows, the rest of the page was pretty dull, LOL.  So I will reproduce it later and spiff it up a bit ;)

I like the flimstrip effect for a series of photos - like the photos of the iris my daughter and son-in-law sent me for my birthday.  I've included strips for 5, 3, and single photos so you have flexibility with your arrangement.

Here I scrapped some photos of Easter details at my house - we had a very low-key holiday, so there weren't any action photos to scrap, but this captured the memorable details.

Instagram recently released an Android version of their app, so lots more folks are going to have the opportunity to join the fun!  For those of you who are scrappers, and find the same fascination for imperfect 612 pixel square photos, I've bundled all the Photo Project element packs that I've released to date at a special savings:


And as a special welcome to new Instagram scrappers, established Instagram scrappers, and cameraphone photo enthusiasts of all sorts, I'm going to be giving away a Bundle pack to one lucky reader!  All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog, and I will swoop in at the end of the weekend and choose one random winner :)

In the meantime, all of these products will be at their introductory sale price through Friday at the DigiChick store, so grab your phone, get clickin,' and SCRAP!

17 comments:

sailwemust said...

I don't know about Instagram - it's new to me - but I DO love these frames you've made!

Wendy said...

I don't have a smart phone but my husband does and he's always sending me photos on his travels through his phone. I love using these items for his photos and telling the how, why, what and where regarding them. Great job on the designs, love them.

KayJay said...

Apparently Instagram is now available for Android, I'll have to look into that, but even without that, your frames are gorgeous - thanks for the chance to win them!
Hugs
Kerri

Lime said...

Hi!!! I've known about Instagram for a good long while, and I even turned my kids on to it, but I just got it for myself over the Easter weekend. I understand the concept, but there was a step missing -- your blog post filled in the last blank for me: ***instaport.me*** because I wasn't real sure what to do once I had the pics. :)

The frames are great - all the Photo Project stuff is great - so thanks for giving us the chance to win it!

Judy Goodnight said...

Even without using Instagram, I like your Photo Project kits for my digi-scrapping.

Deb D said...

Very cute!

wahoolady said...

Starting to do more pics with my cell phone and these would definitely come in handy.
Thanks for the chance

Nancy said...

I would love to win your whole kit and kaboodle!

Thank you,
Nancy

annachris70 said...

Oh, I love your designs! Pick me pleeeease!!!
Thanks for the chance :)

Laura said...

I love this whole collection - would definitely like to win the whole kit & kaboodle!! :)

cla said...

I'm loving your frames Julie! I don't have an iphone but hubby does so I'll be sure and mention Instagram to him. Considering his all around computer geekiness he'll likely already know all about it - hahahaha!
Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the chance to win!

Lana said...

Wow! This is stunning! would love to win it.

thanks, Lana

Joy2Scrapbook said...

A great collection of frames that would be perfect for digi scrapping! Thanks for the change to win!

pjoneil said...

A chance to win a bundle of these useful as can be little cuties? Yahoo!

Judith said...

Love this!! Great stuff.

Stacey said...

Love the frames! I don't have a smart phone, but small pictures are better than none! Thanks for the chance!

Lei said...

Love Instagram :) Thanks for the chance to win!!