In the Studio

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I haven’t had enough spare time to spend in the studio lately, but there are little indications of progress.

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Midori Traveler’s Notebook

I just received these Midori travel journals for my birthday and am looking forward to using them.  These ones are blank kraft paper, but I would also like to check out grid. I’ve been inspired by what I’ve seen other scrappers doing with them, including Amy Tangerine and Kelly Purkey. There’s also some great photos on Instagram, with the hashtag #Midoritravelersnotebook.  I’ve always loved the idea of scrapping on the go, but haven’t always been successful with it. I have an upcoming short trip to visit family and check out a pretty area of the country for a few days, so hoping to put it to use starting there. I’m still deciding if it’s something I want to make a part of a larger book (like by using the actual folios) or just leave them separate. My guess is I will leave them separate and add to them as I go along, chronological recording has always worked for me and is simple to adhere to.

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Printing with Canon East-Photo Print app and Canon Pixma printer

In my quest to be more selective with what I scrap and what stories I tell, I haven’t been ordering as many prints as I used to. Plus, instead of printing a bunch of 4x6s, I find I want varied sizes for different projects. I don’t have a great system for printing at home because the laptop I’m running on now is pretty slow, so I tend to put that off. I am hoping to get a new Mac soon, but until then I find I need a quick, resourceful way to print photos. I have been drooling over the Instax printers for over a year now, but can never justify the expense with having to buy the film refills. So once I got my new Iphone 6 and was able to actually download newer apps (I was stuck on Ios 6.0 with my old Iphone 5!) I was able to set up the Canon Easy-Photo Print app with my Canon Pixma printer to print wireless. I literally had 15 minutes last week to set it up and see if I could print a few mini photos. I used the Pic Stitch app to get 4 on the page. My only complaint with the Canon Easy-Photo Print app is it’s very basic and there are few customization options.  You cannot select a print layout, so for this it was trial and error. At first I had it set to Borderless which resulted in the pictures being skewed off the photo paper, so after correcting to Border print, I was able to get the 4 square mini photos. They are small, but for a lot of what I’m doing lately it works. I was thrilled this whole process took me 15 minutes to figure out and now I can print photos out more regularly and try to stay current with my storytelling. I also have heard good things about the Photo Collage app, so I want to check that out.

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I am determined to get more into my ancestry project and have been doing little things lately to prep. I’ve been visiting my tree and data I have online at ancestry.com, as well as any paper documents I have to refresh myself with what areas I need to focus on. I picked up this Karen Foster page kit a few years ago at a CKC Convention. My plan is to use it to help record some data, I don’t think it will be part of the actual project. I’m really leaning toward a digital book of some kind, and thinking the 8.5×11 style would work best. Especially now that I’ve seen these lay flat albums from Artifact Uprising. I do want some depth in some cases, so there may be traditional pages incorporated and possibly scanned in for digital copies. I don’t want to get too hung up on the style, I really just want to start digging into how I am going to go about presenting the information and telling stories. One thing I have to do is get the pictures organized that I want to use.

Right now for all of my filing for projects I use this portable file folder holder. In it I hold calendars with events, as well as memorabilia and separate those by year. I also have folders for holiday specific items and a folder for all of my ancestry documents. This is something I had on hand that I wasn’t using for paperwork anymore. I’ve been doing really well at just reusing what I have and finding things that work around the house versus purchasing new items. I am proud of that!

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This is a little bit of what’s been going on in my studio. The Enjoying the Ride card is by Simple Stories and was included as a freebie in a recent scrapbook.com order. I hung it up on my chain that goes along the wall of my studio. It pretty much sums up how I feel everyday!

What is going on in your studio? What projects have you done with the Midori travelers notebooks?

Do you have an ancestry album or plan on making one? Any ideas or tips for research?

What apps do you rely on for printing photos?

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