I mean to be the kind of scrapbooker who carries a camera
around all the time, but usually I forget. Or I'm just too lazy to bother (uh,
most likely because I'm lazy!) Enter the cellphone camera. What an awesome
technology. And most cellphone cameras can take print worthy photos now. That
said, the photos from a cellphone are still nowhere as good as what you'd get
from a DSLR. Mine tend to look either overexposed or underexposed. To be
honest, I don't think I've ever gotten a good exposure out of it. So I just go
with the flow. I've downloaded a few apps to my phone that plays on that crazy
exposure issue. My favorite are ShakeItPhoto and Hipstamatic. ShakeItPhoto
gives your finished product a Polaroid-esque frame, but it ups the saturation
and the contrast of the photo. I love how bright my photos look. I used it here
on this layout.
Take Note by Linda Barber, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 106.
With Hipstamatic, the user can choose from various frames
and finishes. The red photo in the layout below is was the original. I recolored the other three
in Photoshop to create this fun effect (more details in the May/June 2011 issue).
Many Sides by Linda Barber, as seen in the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine , page 85.
Even photos straight out of the phone camera without help
from apps are great for a layout. I took these selfies with my dad during one
of his visits. My parents moved back to China a few years ago, so I see them
infrequently. We were talking about how there were so few photos of the two of
us, since we are the family photographers. So we remedied that situation by
pulling out my phone and taking these photos. I have no makeup on, and the
photos pretty much cut the other person out. But I love them just the same. And
my dad and I shared a giggle over our "MySpace" photos.
It's more important to me to capture a specific moment than
it is to have perfectly posed and exposed photos. I think sometimes cellphone
photos are even more candid because the camera is not big and in everybody's
So I have a challenge for you. Download all those photos
that are in your cellphone, and create a layout using at least three of them. I
can't wait to see the results!
--Linda Barber, 2011 Dream Team
If you'd like to enter to win 1 of 2 subscriptions
to Creating Keepsakes magazine, here's what you'll need to do:
1. Create a layout using at least 3 photos taken with your cell phone.
2. Upload a scan or photograph of your layout to the Club CK gallery. (Learn how to upload to the gallery here.)
3. Leave a comment below with the URL link to your layout posted in the Club
CK gallery; for example, your comment could look like this: "My layout is
posted here: http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/media/p/31086.aspx." Note:
Previously uploaded layouts are not eligible; layouts must be posted on or
after May 2, 2011 to be eligible.
Your comment must be left before 6:00
p.m. MDT on Saturday, May 7, 2011 to be considered for the contest. Two
winners will be randomly selected.
Watch for a post title "National Scrapbooking Day Winners" on
the Club CK Blog on Saturday at 7PM to see if you're a winner!