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Gem Eraser Valentines – Crazy Cute

Gem Eraser Valentines

Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m so excited to be here and to be showing you this incredibly inexpensive and Crazy Cute Gem Eraser Valentines. I live for Target and anything they have so when I saw these Gem Ring Erasers in the Valentine section for $3, I couldn’t resist. You’ll only need a few supplies and a few dollars to create these ‘gems’.

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Create these incredible easy gem valentines using diamond erasers from Target and some Twine.

To create your own Gem Eraser Valentines, cut up the printable into 1.5″ squares, punch a hole and tie onto your rings with some twine, that easy! Make sure to give one to your number one crush.

Create these incredible easy gem valentines using diamond erasers from Target and some Twine.

 

I hope that you love this Valentine because I have plenty more on my own blog, Frenchie.
Thanks so much, XOXO – Lindsay

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Kleenex Teacher Gift Idea with Printable Tag

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies and Kleenex for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I can never have enough Kleenex© Ultra Soft around my house. As a mother of 3 little girls, it seems like someone is always sniffling or sneezing especially when school starts and the germs start to circulate. The Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues are the best because they are super soft for those sensetive noses. gift-tags-for-teacher   I love to give Kleenex Ultra Soft to our new school teachers each year too, since they are dealing with a lot more sniffles and sneezes then I am on a daily basis. That’s another reason I buy a big pack of Kleenex© Ultra Soft from Sam’s Club. Then I can still have a stockpile at my house and be fine with gifting these. Another time saver is that Sam’s Club offers FREE online Order Pickup so you don’t have to do a ton of shopping if you have little helpers coming with you. So if you are like me and wanting to gift some Kleenex© Ultra Soft I’ve made it super easy with these great tags. Teachers-Printables In order to make this gift just run to your local Sam’s Club, then download and print these tags in color.

I made 2 different color schemes and I used a cardstock weight paper so the tags would hold up a bit. cc_download Kleenex-Teacher-Gift-Idea gift-ideas-for-teachers You could attach the tags with some cute washi tape, or some fun bakers twine like I did. printable-tags-for-teachers Tissue-gift-idea-for-teachers And there you have it. A great gift idea that’s sure to help your teachers and the kids stay a bit healthier this school year.

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I know, I know…here I am, a professional photographer, encouraging you how to use your phone camera.

Let me explain myself…I love using my digital SLR camera to capture stunning, gorgeous, breathtaking images. SLR cameras are an amazing tool and I get mine out at least weekly, if not daily. However, if I’m being truthful I find my SLR to be big, clunky, and kind of a pain to carry around with me everywhere I go. I use to carry my cumbersome SLR with me at all times capturing almost every single moment of our lives.

Until about a year and a half ago.

Until I got an iPhone 5.

All of a sudden my life changed. I had a super portable camera that I carried with me at all times AND I could edit my photos AND I could publish them pretty much instantaneously. Wow.

Do I think my phone camera can completely replace my SLR camera? Heavens no. My SLR camera is able to produce shots that my phone camera simply cannot do. But having a good camera on your phone and (most importantly) knowing how to use that camera to take awesome pictures means catching moments you might have otherwise missed.

With that said, Let’s begin. Here are 10 tips for you to follow so YOU can start taking beautiful photos with your phone.

Side note: All the photos in the post were taken with my iPhone 5. As you will see, I take A LOT of phone pics of my youngest. :)

1- Go Toward the Light

I can’t emphasize just how important having lots of light is. Without going into a lot of technical mumbo jumbo just remember that more light will equal sharper photos. So when you are outside during the day you will be able to get some awesome sharp photos. Or if you’re taking a picture inside just move toward the window. That will usually give you a sharp photo as well.

Side note: Above all try to use natural light when possible. Natural light will give you a better photo than artificial light.

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2- Face the Light

As you move toward the light position your subject so that they are facing the light source. When your subject is facing the light it illuminated their face and also gives that catch light in their eyes.

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3- Hold Still

I know this sounds like a no-brainer but you would be surprised by how many people are taking blurry pictures because they are moving. If you are in a low light situation you will really want to hold as still as possible because your shutter speed will be slower that if you are in full sun. Sometimes I will even hold my breath while I’m touching the shutter speed to minimize any movement.

Side note: When pressing the shutter speed, use a light touch and refrain from tapping the screen too hard as that could cause the camera to shake.

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4- Set Your Focus and Exposure

Did you know you could change where the camera is focusing? By simply tapping (or rather lightly touching) the screen of where you want your focus to be you can change the focus and the exposure. By default your camera will focus on a prominent face or toward the center of the screen. But if you need the focus to be elsewhere, just tap the screen.

Also by default the camera will set the exposure (how light or dark the photo is) by the amount of light in the focused area. So if your photo looks too dark simply tap on an area of the photo that is dark so that the camera will compensate for the darkness by making the entire photo lighter.

Side note: I use a camera app called, Camera+, this camera allows me to set the focus area and the exposure separately. I use the camera my phone came with about 80% of the time. But if I’m in a back light situation I will use Camera+ so that I can tap the darkest part of my picture thus giving enough light to illuminate people’s faces.

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5- Take LOTS of Pictures

I know this sounds like a weird tip but hear me out. Whenever I’m trying to get a a particular shot I never settle for just one or two shots. I take shot after shot often times without my subject even knowing it. (Turn off the sound on your phone so no one can hear when you’re taking the picture.) The reason being is so that you will have ample photos to choose from. In a split second someone’s eyes could close, or you might miss the best smile if you’re just settling with one shot.

6- Frame Your Photo Using the Surrounding Environment

To make your photos more appealing try using the surrounding architecture like windows, doors, trees etc. to frame your focus and draw the viewers eye toward the subject.

Side note: Be sure that you are aligned properly to have straight lines. You will want to keep your camera perfectly vertical and be at the correct angle. So you may have to squat down or rise the entire camera up to achieve straight lines and angles.

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7- Use Back lighting To Your Advantage

The hour before the sun sets is a magical hour. You can capture some awesome pictures. Have your subject with their backs toward the setting sun to capture that beautiful glow.

Side note: Review Tip 4 and remember to use the camera app called, Camera+. This will greatly improve your success with back lighting on your phone camera.

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8- Apps Can Save the Day!

Often times a photo can be distracting if there is too much going on. To remedy this I will occasionally use an app called, AfterFocus. This app allows you to blur out the background thus helping the view to focus on the subject instead of the distracting background.

I also like to turn a photo black and white if the coloring or different colors aren’t taking away from the overall look and feel of the photo. My favorite black and white conversion is in the photo editing app Afterlight called, Ash.

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A fun app that adds a bit of pizzaz is called, Rays. What this apps does is add actual sun rays to your photo.

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9- Edit, Edit, Edit

I edit 90% of my photos. That’s really where the magic comes from. I use the editing apps to straighten, crop, add saturation, brightness, etc. I could do an entire blog post on editing phone pics alone so I won’t go into editing now. But my suggestion is to play around with the apps and see what they do. You will learn so much just by trial and error to see what kind of changes you can make.

10- Use a Lens

Yes, they actually make lenses for phone cameras! To be honest, I don’t use mine as much as I thought I would but it’s fun to get out every once in a while. I have 3 lenses, a wide angle, a fish eye, and macro. The macro is my favorite.

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Now are you ready for your free ebook?

To help you out even more I’ve written/put together a book called, InstaLove. This ebook came about because I wanted to know how some people were getting such amazing photos with their phones. I would oooh and ahhh over many Instagram feeds scratching my head trying to figure out how in the world they captured such a shot. So I asked them. I asked 14 of my favorite Instagrammers (i.e.: phone photographers) a series of questions like, “How do you get such vibrant photos?”, “How do you get a super sharp picture?”, and “What are you favorite editing apps”. They spill the beans on every thing. It’s all in there. Nothing is held back. I’m in there as well and I share even more tips and tricks in the book.

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Download your FREE Instalove eBook here.

 

Please feel free to follow me on Instagram. I Love to follow people back so that we can get to know each other. It’s fun for me to get a little glimpse into your life. My feed is: http://instagram.com/keytopictures#

And finally, do you have some Phone camera tips and tricks? Please share!!

As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to support your photography goals.

Warmly,

Katie

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Tips for Printable Success

printing_like_a_pro We love a free printable just as much as the next guy (which is why keep making them), but we also know that finding a free printable and then not being able to get it to work is super frustrating! There’s nothing like finding the perfect thing (for free!), falling in love with it and having it hanging in your house in 5 minutes. Here’s some tips to make the whole process fast and fun!

Download and Unzip (if needed)

All of our files will need to be downloaded, so click on the download button and pay close attention to where it is being saved on your computer so you’ll know where to find it later. Once the file i s finished downloading, go to the folder it was saved in and open it.

Occasionally, when we’re packaging up more than 1 page we will zip the files together. Before you can access these they’ll need to be un-zipped. Unzip by double clicking on the file. It may also be called Extract on Windows machines.

PDF vs JPG

Our downloads will either be .pdf or .jpg files. PDFs can be opened using Adobe Reader, which you can download for free if you need it. PDFs can be printed on your home printer or at an office/print center (Kinkos, Staples, Office Depot, etc).

JPGs can be opened and printed using Preview on a Mac or Windows Photo Viewer on a Windows computer. JPGs are essentially pictures and can be printed on your home printer, photolab (Walmart, Costco, etc.) or an office/print center (Kinko’s, Staples, Office Depot, etc.).

Tip: Preview on a Mac will let you view and convert jpg to pdf as well as pdf to jpg. So if you want to send a pdf to Walmart to be printed, you can convert it to jpg in Preview and then upload the jpg to Walmart.

I don’t know of a free program for Windows that will let you do this, although there are programs you can buy that will do it.

Printing

There are many options when it comes to printing free downloads, my favorite is from my home printer. Probably because I like the instant gratification, and I am too impatient to wait to have it printed elsewhere. For the best results I always print on matte photo paper*. It gives vivid color to the prints, but with out the shine of other photo papers. I also recommend a good printer. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but there is a distinct difference between printers that print photos and those that print text quickly. If you are in the market, one feature I look for in a printer is borderless printing. This allows you to print to the very edge of the paper without leaving a white boarder.

 

I hope this helps eliminate the freebie frustration, but if you have questions I haven’t answered please leave them below and I’ll answer them!

*Amazon affiliate link.

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10 Easy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Let’s face it, finding the right gift to let Dad know just how much he means to us is H A R D! Father’s Day is getting close, so we’ve compiled our top gifts for dad right here. Have the kids fill out the cute questionnaire–their answers are sure to be funny! If that doesn’t melt his heart, well, head straight to his stomach with some of our Dad approved recipes!

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1. Dad Album

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gpsmatfinished 3. GPS Coordinate Welcome Mat

Fathers-Day-Handprint-Tree 4. Handprint Tree

IMG_1309ed 5. Coupon Book

 

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6.  Message Plaque

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nut_lover_trail_mix 10. Food!

 

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12 FREE Spring Printables

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We have some exciting news for you!  We have joined up with 11 other amazing bloggers to bring you a free printable each month.  We call it a printable blog hop.  You snag one great printable, and then hop over to another site and snag another…and another…and another. Now you have one sweet collection of printables!

Each month we will have a theme.  This month’s theme is

SPRING

So grab this printable, if you haven’t already, and hop over to another site and grab theirs. Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll see this month.

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I just think these printables are SO much fun!

Now for the one I’m sharing today.

Springtime-checklist Do you remember this one?  I shared it earlier this month because I didn’t want you to miss out on spring.  Too bad no one told Mother Nature that it was time for spring.  I think we are all ready for some warmer weather and sunny skies.  :)

Download below and start to make your list of to-do’s before summer heat makes it unbearable.

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I shared some ideas of what to add to this list on the Springtime Fun Checklist 2013 post, so just go there if you need some ideas. :)

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  1. {The Dating Divas} – A fun, flirty, and FREE printable card to give to your man this Spring.
  2. {Somewhat Simple} – The Earth Laughs In Flowers: Free Printable art in 3 colors to choose from.
  3. {Whipperberry} – April showers bring May flowers printable sign for your Spring home decor.
  4. {Crafting Chicks} – A Spring Time Fun Checklist to check off your spring time plans!
  5. {Tatertots & Jello} – “Happy Spring” (Neighbor) gift tags
  6. {L’il Luna} – Spring Cleaning Prints
  7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} – “Bloom and Grow” tag that is perfect for a gift of Spring Flowers!
  8. {I Heart Nap Time} – A darling tag that is sure to dress up any gift – big or small!
  9. {The 36th Avenue} – “Spring is in the Air” Printable and cute gift tags.
  10. {Paging Supermom} – Say “Hello!” to Spring. Frame and embellish this cheerful printable, available in three sizes.
  11. {The TomKat Studio} – Simply pretty printable Mother’s Day card + gift tags.
  12. {The Idea Room} – Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit with free labels and printables.
Here are some more of our printables that might come in handy in the next few months:\
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Strength Of My Love For You Printable

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You might remember seeing this quote from my girls room re-do and the colorful frame wall I did.  I have loved this quote since I first pinned it.

I think it’s because getting, and staying pregnant, was so hard for me that once it finally happened I savored the sound of each heartbeat.  It brings me a bit of joy to think that each of my girls knows what my heart sounds like from the inside!

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I used 3 different backgrounds and printed each of them because I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to use.  That is good news for you cause now you have choices.

 Strength Of My Love—Once you download you will need to unzip the file in order to print.

This pink one worked best for my room, but I almost went with the polka dots.  And who can say no to the chevron stripes?  Each of the backgrounds is a part of Crystal Wilkerson’s Color Combo 4 paper line.  Crystal has some amazing things so make sure you stop by her site.

These are large format prints since I needed mine to fit a 16×24 frame.  You can always crop them down or resize them according to your needs.

All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.

I also have the “I Am A Child of God” printable that matches if you need more decor ideas.

Enjoy!

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Don’t Burst My Bubble Valentine

dont-burst-my-bubble I was walking through Target and happened upon a box of bubbles.  I just knew they would make a great Valentine!

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It was a box of 24 bubbles for just over $3.00 at Target, but here are some on Amazon as well if you wanted a larger quantity.  Go look in the party supplies and you can throw this together in no time. All you need is this printable, the bubbles, and some twine (or glue).  I love how cute they are and every kid loves bubbles.

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{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

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I Am A Child of God Free Printable

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I’m so excited about all the work I’m doing for my girl’s room.  It is in the room that I did the Chevron Wall in.  It is going to be amazing with darling frames from Poppy Seed Projects.  I wanted the frames to be filled with cute pictures of them, the family, but also of some fun quotes.  You are all in luck cause today I wanted to share a Free Printable that I made to go in their room.

I Am A Child Of God

 

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I am using some other cute printables from Crystal Wilkerson’s Color Combo 4, so I just used some of my favorite colors from there and made this printable.

To download either click on the picture above, or I Am A Child of God Download.  It will take you to another page of Crafting Chicks where a link will appear and say, “I Am A Child of God Boy and Girl.”  Click on that and a zipped file will automatically download to your computer.  In order to access the files you will have to unzip the file by right clicking your mouse and choosing to unzip, or extract all files.  You will get both the Boy and Girl download.

Being a mom of 3 girls, everything I make tends to be on the girly side.  I made a boy, or more gender neutral version, too.  These are sized for 16×20 posters but you could crop them to make them a smaller size.  Also, if you upload to print, make sure you remember to click on “Don’t autocolor correct.”  It will change the look of the colors.

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

 

 

 

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Thanks a Day Gratitude Challenge:: Welcome A Little Tipsy

It seems like the world has jumped from Thanksgiving to December, but we still have a few more days of cards coming up.

We’re so excited to welcome Michelle from A Little Tipsy today! She’s super cute and a lot of fun to hang out with and a genuinely nice person–we love Michelle!


I love the combination of red and turquoise Michelle used on her card. Download it here.

 

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks, or our friends posting on our site, are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

There’s still time to enter our All I Want for Christmas Giveaway! We have an iPad, Nikon camera, Kitchen Aid, iPad Mini and a laptop up for grabs!



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