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Scrapbooking with Snapfish and Digital Photographs

Marguerite and Charles Sauer

Marguerite and Charles Sauer

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.


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What to Say in a Retirement Card

My second cousin retired a few months back from a job she held for over 40 years.

Greeting Card with Enjoy Sentiment

Greeting Card with Enjoy Sentiment (all images copyright Stampin’ Up!)

By the way, and the archivist / genealogist in me finds this interesting, I checked out a site at Genealogy.com to figure out the exact nature of our relationship – second cousins –because we share the same great-grandfather. The site has a very good description of how all those confusing relationships can be figured out – daughter of my mom’s cousin – and a nifty chart to help. But I digress….

Needless to say, retirement is a BIG step in life so a celebratory card was in order. I have a stamp that I’ve found myself using a lot lately; it is just one word: enjoy (That doesn’t capture the font of the stamp – that’s something truly unique to Stampin’ Up!,the company whose products I use almost exclusively in my card creations) but it does convey the sentiment.) Here’s a picture of the stamp on another card I’ve made (in a beginner blogger error, I didn’t take a picture of my cousin’s card…)

I could have used “Congratulations” or “Celebrate” but I like “Enjoy” better. Enjoy means “to have a good time” or “to take pleasure or satisfaction in”. What more appropriate descriptions could there be for a well-deserved retirement? To me, it embodies the long term nature of a retirement, rather than marking the single day on which the retirement actually takes place.

After I made the card though, the next question was what to write on the inside of it. So I did what I do best when I have a question these days – I “Googled” it and came up with LOTS of ideas, many of which were appropriate for coworkers to use and others which were more suitable for friends and family. I had to laugh when I found two different sites, but by the same blogger, one of which advised that on a card for a coworker it was (a) appropriate (site 1) and (b) inappropriate (site 2) to express your jealousy towards the retiree no longer having to work. Guess it all depends on which site you hit first as to which advice you got!

Here are my favorites of all the sentiments I found. The first one is what I used for my card:

1. Congratulations on your retirement; the end of an era but the start of a whole new chapter.

2. Retirement is when you finally stop doing whatever the boss tells you to do and you start doing what your heart tells you to do.

3. Retire from work, but not from life.   M.K. Soni

4. Just as your work has been long and satisfying, we wish you a long and satisfying retirement.

5. We are only limited by our own thinking, even at this stage in life, you can think big

6. Opening a new chapter in life can be a huge adventure

7. Let the sand between your toes tickle your feet, you’ve earned that!

8. This next stage of your life can be filled with adventures, take the leap

9. Retiring is not just leaving your job behind, it’s embracing your future. Enjoy the best part of your life.

10. Pack your bags and set sail for the trip of a lifetime, where the alarm clock is silent, the time-clock is obsolete, and you can stay in your pajamas till noon. Enjoy!

Which is your favorite?




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