Monday, March 7, 2016

Daddy-Daughter Dance and Photo Fixes

I had a special night to document from last February of my husband and daughter going to their first Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance. So sweet. And I think this layout turned out pretty sweet, too.

This was such a sweet moment to document, but the nighttime lighting in our home and my iPhone camera just didn't produce the best photos. What do you do when that happens? Settle for lousy pics and decide it doesn't matter because it's the memory that matters? This is true, but I really wanted better photos. A few edits and I was much happier.

The pictures were a little fuzzy, too. I did a combination of Photoshop Elements edits and PicTapGo (from my phone). If you use PicTapGo, my favorite combination is the "lights on" and "auto color", which helps 95% of the time. I also brought this one into PSE and applied a "Auto Smart Fix". I played around with "Reduce Noise" to fix a little of the blur, but too much can make it grainy.

I really loved the striped card with the teal green heart and wanted to pick up that green elsewhere in my layout. I took that card and started comparing it to papers and embellishments in my stash. I came across the word "love" on a PinkFresh Studio paper from my stash, and it was like I could hear angels singing. Yes, I fussy cut that big word out so that I could use it to fill that space on the pink journal card. I really like how it stretches across several cards and highly recommend trying this! I glued it to the middle card first, trimmed the sides and then lined them all up to adhere the side pieces.
I want to give you a closer look at what I did with that 3x4 wood card. First I grabbed a somewhat plain card from my stash of MAMBI cards that picked up the same pink. Then, I added the wood card to the left half. I like the idea of including that matching tag, but I decided to cut out the heart, so it wasn't too similar to the card. And, do you know what else I did? I trimmed off the beveled end to use as a tab! Perfect!
This is actually a 4x6 flip page. I had a cute picture of me and my two boys' "night in" that I wanted to include, but not necessarily take center stage on the layout. Again, not a great picture. In this case, I chose to make it black and white. That is another trick that I like to use. A not so great photo will usually look better as black and white. I tried fixing the color, but still didn't like it so much...b&w for the win.

There's the hidden picture with a internet image to represent the move we watched.

I sprinkled some silver and clear sequins from the kit on the top left photo and again on the bottom right photo. That pink tab highlighting the date is from my stash (Simple Stories Life Documented).

Bottom Right Photo detail. I'm gonna tell you something. I used my Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive (photo-safe) and it's great for little items. Somehow, I made a mess of this photo gluing these sequins on. I mean, it looked like a preschooler got glue-happy. I set it aside and hoped it would dry clean. Amazing! I did nothing to fix it and it looks just fine! 
Bottom Left card. I used the PicStitch app to make this smaller photo. I used the extra stamp set that is available in the shop, here, to make the "happy" word. This stamp set is very versatile for Project Life pages.

Below are a few affiliate links to help you find some products that I used.
Of coarse the kits themselves are linked at the top of the post (the shop link).

Pink Paislee - C'est La Vie Collection - Washi Sheets with Foil Accents Pink Paislee - C'est La Vie Collection - Transparent Stickers with Foil Accents - Word Jumble
Doodlebug Design - Sequins - Rainbow Pack

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive (great for small/skinny items)

Glossy Accents is another great product to use for adhering small items. It is also fun to use on top of products to add a little gloss to a die cut or stamped image, for example.

Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ounces

Tombow are my favorite tape runners
Tombow - Mono Adhesive Dots Roller - Permanent - Refillable
Tonic Spring-Cut Detail Scissors. These are great and they are purple! I have two pairs.

VersaMagic Chalk Ink (it stamps much lighter than this)

My Go To Black Ink

Staz On Ink Pads - Jet Black
My Miny Attacher is used almost always. Love it.
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples
Sharpie Pens are archival safe. This set is great for journaling and planners.

My home printer and favorite 4x6 photo paper:

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