Cropping photos for web

**When uploading your pictures for web viewing… there are a few REALLY important things to do.

Info: this image is cropped to 8×12″ at 72 dpi

First and foremost, 72 dpi (low resolution). This is best resolution for  web viewing for a few reasons, mainly -quicker upload speed and smaller resolution = harder for someone to copy your work.

I also watermark my photo’s, or at least I try to remember to watermark my photos for my protection. More on watermarking later. And I will give you a step-by-step guide on how to make your own watermark from you logo! Cool!!

Cropping. In photoshop (my program of choice for photo editing).

Open your image, then go to header bar and select IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE

You will se a similar window to the one below:

This is how you can see what size your photo currently is (and if it’s already been cropped, it should read your chosen crop size and 72 pixels/inch (dpi) for web browsing.

Here is where I crop in Photoshop, using my toolbar:

I usually save my file with a new name, never the original files name. I like to keep all the original files in their original state. If I want to come back and change the photo or print it for a larger print, using a 72 dpi is not ideal and the photo will be pixilated when I try to blow it up. SO keeping the RAW of full size JPEG is best for me.

Once you select your cropping size and 72 dpi, drag your crop tool over the photo, selecting your desired section of the image. Then press enter and your image is cropped. IF you goof up or don’t like you selection, simply go to EDIT > UNDO and your last move will be undone & you can re-crop.

Then, SAVE AS!!

And, in case your curious, this picture was taken in the AV mode (aperture priority) and here is the photo info. It was taken outside,near dusk.

 

Thin Crust Pizza

A YUMMY TREAT THAT THE HUBBY MAKES – Thin Crust (home made) Pizza  {drooling as I write}

This is a simple and yet superb meal to make at home.

#1. THE STUFF (& PRE HEAT THE OVEN TO 425 degrees, please)

Flour (wheat or white… we’ve made both. Sean prefers white flour for the thin crust style) about 2 cups

A bit of salt

Olive Oil

Yeast (1 pkt)

Water (3/4 – 1c. warm water)

toppings of choice

#2 . MAKE YOUR DOUGH GROW

First, soak the yeast for about 5 minutes (soak it in the 3/4 cup of warm water).

Second, add the flour and salt to the yeast and mix/kneed until well blended. Cover for about 15 minutes and let the dough rise.

#3. ROLL YOUR DOUGH (roll it to fit your pan)

We roll it right on our kitchen island. We are totally classy and wrap the island with some super-duper saran wrap, add a few dashes of flour and our trusty rolling pin… and away we he goes (there is no “we” here, who am I kidding, Sean does ALL the cooking).

#4. DECORATE YOUR DOUGH

Splash on some olive oil… you don’t need a lot but don’t be shy either

Add your Mozzarella cheese. A few handfuls should suffice. No need to over do it.

#5. IT’S ALL ON TOP

We LOVE salami on our pizza, our boys can’t get enough of it. We also add Ricotta cheese (dabs of it here and there), garlic, basil and bell peppers (and depending on our moods, we give and take in the toppings department).

#6. LETS GET THIS BABY COOKED

Over should be preheated to 425 degrees.

Slap that bad boy in the oven. Wait about 10-12 minutes, check that the cheese is melted and if so, it’s ready!

#7. EAT & ENJOY!!

Baby Girl Gift

This past weekend I whipped up this fun little gift for our friends who are expecting a little girl in May.

My inspiration came from a recent project that I did HERE (be sure to check it out too)

Supplies:

*  Piece of wood, sanded and one coat of white (or a light color) paint applied. I used left over shelving, the size was 12 x16″

* ribbon

* scrap card stock for triangles

* lettered sticker (Michaels Craft Store) any color if fine

* acrylic paint(s) – I used yellow and aqua

* paint brush

*optional – vinyl decal made on Silhouette Cameo machine (I designed and cut out the large “Lucy” shape that you see on the board.  Stars, a moon, a cute animal sticker… anything of that nature would work well here. Or the entire board could be a poem, not special shape needed, just the letters. :)

#1. I had a scrap piece of wood that I painted with some left over wall paint. My wall paint is a really light blue, almost white, Martha Stewart in Eggshell. So I lightly sanded a scrap board, and painted it. After letting it dry for 24 hours, then I started my project.

#2. Apply the vinyl decal (used my Silhouette Cameo and their vinyl)

#3. I drew straight lines (in pencil) for my quote “Miracle in the making”

#4. Centered the quote and stuck the letters onto the board. Once I liked them, I went over them with my finger nail and made sure they were stuck on well. Didn’t want any gaps or bubbles.

#5. FUN!! now I painted over everything. I am not neat nor am I worried about perfection so I just squirted some yellow paint and some aqua paint and mixed it together. I painted all one direction and over ALL the letters and the “Lucy” decal. This was easy!

#6. Wait for acrylic to dry, but don’t wait over 2 hours… too dry makes it hard to peel the stickers off. PEEL OFF THE STICKERS. S – L – O -W – L – Y

#7. I hot glued ribbon right across the center and with that ribbon I cut some cute triangles out of scrap card  stock paper and hot glued those on too.

TA-DA… a super cute, personal baby gift.

Hope they love it!

 

Fun Birthday cards

Collin is quickly approaching the BIG #8…

A sleepover is in order! Since he was only inviting about 5 boys, we decided to give the new Silhouette Cameo machine a whirl. What a great little machine (and since it was an early Mother’s Day gift I feel great using it on a mommy-son project).

I found free SVG files on a google search and had the machine cut the tent shapes and the trees.

Collin cut out the 12×12 card stock. We only needed two full sheets and that gave us eight squares to use as our main background (the plaid paper).

Collin folded construction paper for the front to write information on, and he glued it right on the cardstock. Easy peasy. Then we took turns writing information on each card (thank goodness there were only 6 to make, he was tired of doing this after only two cards!).

I was happy to do these with Collin and he was so proud to pass them out to his buddies because he made them!

Great memories.

Birthday Count Down

We have a new tradition around here… the Birthday count down chain. This started with my youngest son, he asked me everyday, sometimes 4 or 5 times a day “how much longer until my birthday?”  In an effort to help him understand how long it would be until his big, special day, we mad a chain.

The boys and I cut different colors of construction paper into 2-3″ strips (this is super easy). Then I helped write the days on each strip. I gave each boy about 15 days (15 strips) and they made two sections of the chain that eventually became one long section. This way they were both involved!

We used glue at first them ended up with the stapler to put the strips together.

It’s almost finished!!

Once it’s all one, we hang it up (just use a tack) and the “soon-to-be” birthday boy tears off one section of the chain each day, and one by one the chain starts to get smaller and smaller until FINALLY, it’s BIRTHDAY time!!

Spring time sign

I was inspired by a fellow blogger. Over at Tatertotsandjello.com there are a ton of great ideas for almost anything you can think of. I am such fan of her site. Check it out for sure!

My “pin” on Pinterest was my initial starting point. Filed in my “To Try” area, check out the link on the Tatertots blog here. Here is my INSPIRATION pin: I LOVED THIS!! I thought it was such a great idea… super creative and so FUN! Plus, look at those amazing colors. This was right up my alley! Subway style art + bright colors + SPRING! Fabulous!! Yipee!

So, it’s just shy of Easter and I have decided that I too can make a cute sign like this. Here was my take on the project… These were in the scrap pile. I was disappointed that I didn’t have something longer, like the inperation piece. I really loved the looooong subway style sign effect that the inspiration piece had. However, I was motivated (in the moment) and I needed to move. If I took a chance and made the trip to the lumber yard I may have lost interest or dreamed up another project or… well you can imagine. I have a short attention span!

Therefore, I needed to find paint too, NO TRIPS TO THE HARDWARE STORE! Stay focused!!

SCORE! This light blue paint will be perfect for my base coast!

I love using left overs.

And I have a helper!

This was a great project to include my boys on.  Painting can be so fun!

I applied scrapbook letters to the base coat after it was dry (of course).

I used my pencil to mark the areas where I thought the lettering would look best. I also was trying to keep in mind that I wanted a cute flag-ish banner on my sign too. SO I was intentionally trying to leave space for the banner.

I found quite the assortment of acrylic paint in my craft box (note: I said craft BOX, not craft room… ).

Luckily I had some nice spring time colors that I thought would be perfect for this project.

After all my letters were applied and pressed down firmly, I squirted on the acrylic paint. As you can see from the picture above, I had no ryme or reason to the coloring, it eventually became all the colors lightly mixed together, and I LOVED IT!

I waited for about an hour. Acrylic paint dries pretty fast. I didn’t want the letters to be too hard to get off but the paint was really dry and only after one short hour i found many of the letters hard to get off. Exacto knife to the rescue! It worked like a charm.

I seem to have a lot of scrapbook paper. I find myself collecting paper! I always have good intentions of making a cute scrapbook or something fun like cards but then, inevitably, I get side tracked. SO, I have plenty of paper! The inspiration piece used fabric. I thought it would be easier, for me, to use thick scrapbooking paper.

Almost done and it is looking amazing! I have quite a few spools of ribbon in my “craft box”. The hard part here was ‘which one do I like best’?

I went with the plain, light blue in the top left. But I really liked them all so I think any thin ribbon would have worked.

I loosely lined everything up, then when I was happy with the way it looked I HOT GLUED.

AND HERE IT IS ON MY MANTEL, READY FOR SPRING!! I TOTALLY LOVE IT, even if it’s shorter than I wanted, I completely love the way it turned out! Ta-Da!!