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Camera Memory Cards Ins and Outs

Camera memory cards are something I’ve never thought much about.  I know I need one in my camera but I’ve never made an informed decision about which card to purchase.  Honestly, I probably just grab a card based on size and price more than anything else.  What about you?

 

If you, like me, have limited knowledge about the technology inside that little card I have great news.  I just read an article written by an industry insider with in-depth knowledge about memory cards. He has a lot of good information to share.  If you’d like to know more about the ins and outs of memory cards, I encourage you to read this article, Why You Should Not Delete Images on Your Memory Card Using Your Camera.

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The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Sketchbooks

Some scrappers may wonder, “Who uses sketches?”, “What are they?”, “When would I use one?”, “Where do I start?”, and “Why would I need to use a sketch?”.  If you have found yourself asking these questions you’ll be interested in the article I posted here.

You may or may not need to use sketches.  You may need them some of the time but not all the time.  But if you are new to scrapping or find yourself needing a little push sometimes a sketch is one way to get you going.  So hop over and find answers to your questions if you’ve been wondering.

If you agree you need a little push in the right direction my Kindle eBook will help you.  It’s loaded with sketches and full color examples you can use right now.

 

 
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Basics Training Series

I’ve started a series of “basics” training articles comparing MyMemories Suite and MemoryMixer.  In the first article, posted today, we’ll compare prices, discounts available, system requirements, and briefly touch on the features of each program.  Many people have had questions regarding the differences and want to know which to buy.  I will dig deeper as the weeks go by and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If you have a question you’d like answered, please comment on this post and I’ll do my best to be sure to cover it.  I hope you enjoy this series and covet any feedback or suggestions.  Next week we’ll look at the features of each program in more depth.  Check back often or follow my blog to keep up to date.  You’ll find the first article under the Basics Training tab or click here.

 

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You're Number 1 at MemoryMixer

Isn’t it great when the stars line up and everything falls into place?  This weekend I submitted an article to DigiScrappingDivas about the importance of providing excellent customer service.  You can read the entire article here.  It’s about businesses that fail to recognize their biggest asset, their customers.  Within hours I had the opportunity to witness the flip side, excellent customer service.  Here’s what happened.

I received a message on my Facebook page from a lady that had used my link  to purchase MemoryMixer v4 software and save $10.  She did everything right.  She had gotten the confirming email with the product key and was excited to download the software and get started.  But the download was not available.  That’s not the good part!  She contacted me and I tried to help her by suggesting a few things to try on her computer, sending some emails and reassuring her that we’ll get it figured out.  I’m not an employee of MemoryMixer so my powers are limited.  She also reached out on another Facebook page for fans of the software.  Thankfully this is a company that uses their page to reach out and support their customers.  Nicole, an employee at MemoryMixer, came to the rescue.  She identified the problem and resolved it right away.  In addition, I received a email reply from another helpful employee, Kristan.  I think this is extra-impressive since it’s a holiday weekend.  It’s a win/win/win!  Thank you MemoryMixer for providing excellent customer service!

If you would like to try MemoryMixer and save $10 instantly click the image below.

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Design Principles Rule of Thirds

Some of the best photos, paintings and layouts are composed using a guideline called the rule of thirds.  Basically, you divide your “canvas” into equal parts horizontally and vertically.  Then you place your focal point along the lines dividing you composition, as in the illustration below.

Rule of Thirds

If you were taking a picture of a landscape you might place the horizon along the lower horizontal line.  This will result in a more interesting composition than if you placed it smack dab in the middle of the page.  In the layout below you’ll notice this principle is used twice.  In the sunrise photo the horizon is placed on the imagined lower third and the photo as the focal point is centered vertically on the left third and the blue/grey elements & base of the photo are in the lower third.

Sunrise

The next two layouts use the rule of thirds again.  In addition, you may notice I cluster elements in a way to maximize flow.  I want to lead your eyes around the page while drawing attention to the focal point.  More about that in a future article.

Love  Bathing Beauty

Credits: Thirds layout made in Memory Mixer using Kimeric Kreations/Denim & Lace.

The remaining layouts made in MyMemories Suite

Sunrise layout using MMS Designer/Spring It On

Love layout Kimeric Kreations/Take Note

Bathing Beauty layout Kimeric Kreations/Summer Sunset

Photographer Linda Blackwell