Oh dear…..It’s been over 2 months since I’ve posted here. Not good. Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way – not of card making, but of my trying to come up with good blog content. Actually, I’ve been rather busy making cards and really enjoying it. Last weekend I sent out over 60 cards total, divided between my eight cousins on my Dad’s side and my brother and sister-in-law. There is a great pleasure from making cards with no pressure of “will they sell”, “will someone reading my blog like them”, “will someone repin them”, “will someone taking a class like them”, etc. Instead they were gifts and as I made them I simply enjoyed the creative process. I hope the recipients of the cards liked them as well.
I was writing to all my cousins because I was sending out a small book with photographs of our grandparents and parents. Originally, I was going to make scrapbooks with photo pages and actual photos — even had multiple prints made of each of the photographs. And then it dawned on me — duh! Why re-create the same wheel 9 times when I could just do a digital photobook! So much faster.
So I went to Snapfish — my go to site for all things digitally photographic — and started plugging away. I had scanned the original images at 300 dpi as .TIFs, but .JPEGs were plenty large enough for the 8 1/2 x 11 size books I ended up ordering. It also made uploading the photographs to Snapfish quicker. I had done my touch up work on the photographs in Photoshop before uploading them to Snapfish, although the Snapfish photobook software does include a modest ability to increase and decrease brightness and make other minor adjustments to the photos. Alas, despite numerous read-throughs and revisions, a couple of typos did slip through. Word of advice: when doing a digital project like this, have someone else proofread it for you; after a while you get too close to it and won’t see your own errors. I wasn’t able to perhaps embellish the digital scrapbook as much as I might have liked if I had been doing it with actual photographs, photo pages, patterned scrapbook paper and the whole nine yards, but for the project I was creating, there was a template that fit my needs very well and I ended up with a very handsome finished product. And this method was certainly quicker and easier given that I had multiple copies to have printed.
The feedback I’ve gotten so far on the books has been very positive. Unfortunately, it usually isn’t possible — or realistic — to keep all the trinkets, photographs, clippings, cards, and other “stuff” that make up a life. So, I selected a representative sample of photographs that documented the life of my grandparents as they made their life’s work as missionaries in Korea, and of my dad and his two older brothers in family photos through the years as they grew up. I’m hoping the books will be passed down by my cousins to their own children to keep the family history alive. If that happens with just one of the books I sent out last week, I will have been successful.