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Get closer to your subject!  You'd be amazed at what a difference it can make in the quality of your pictures.  Next time, focus on your subject and then take two steps closer.

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When setting up a shot, mentally divide the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically.  Try to place the subjects or objects on the imaginary lines, or -- better yet -- where the lines intersect.  If shooting the horizon, be sure to place it in the bottom third of the photograph.

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If you have a single roll of film in your camera for a long period of time, chances are you are going to forget when and where some of the pictures were taken.  Be prepared by caring a small notebook in your camera case.  Write down the date and a general description of the event.  Then, after you get the pictures developed, refer to your notes when journaling.  It makes remembering a lot easier!

Journaling

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Journaling, when done right, can be very time consuming.  But there's no reason you can't take your journaling with you for when you have a few spare minutes.  Take along a piece or two of acid free paper and your pen.  While you're waiting for your child to finish his or her swimming lesson or baseball practice do some journaling.  Later cut out the journaling box (or other shape if you're in a creative mood), and mount it on a color that will coordinate with your page design. 

Lining Up Letter Stickers

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People always complain to me that no matter how hard they try, their letter stickers always end up uneven.  The best tip I have for this is to use the leftover paper from your tape runner or photo splits to line up your letters.  Only put half of the stickers on the paper, letting the other part of your stickers hang over the edge.  You can easily reposition the letter stickers until they look just right.  Then adhere the stickers to your page while still on the paper backing.  Pull the paper out toward you and press down the stickers.  Voila!  Perfect position.  Be careful to pull the paper out slowly so you don't tear your letter stickers!

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To line up letters to create an arc-shaped title, use the paper backing of a large sticker sheet after you have used the stickers.  Use a circle or oval cutter to cut the paper into the right sized shape.  Then line up the letters on the paper backing (half of the sticker on the backing and half hanging over) to create a perfectly aligned title.  When you are happy with the placement, stick the letters to the page and pull out the paper backing.

Tips for Using Punches

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Putting adhesives on paper that has peen punched using a small or medium punch can be challenging.  But if you adhere your photo split to the paper and center your punch over the photo split (with paper backing still on), then your punched paper will quickly be covered with adhesive and you won't need to mess with the little pieces.  Just peel off the backing and you're ready to go.

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Sharpen your punches by punching through a piece of aluminum foil.

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Punches that stick can get a quick fix by punching through a piece of waxed paper.

Time Lines Make Remembering Easier

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If you are trying to organize many years of pictures to put in albums and are struggling to remember when certain events took place, making a time line may help.  Start by writing a list of years down the side of your page and make various columns of information you want to remember such as vacations, events, and children's grades and ages.  Then start filling in information you can remember like how old each child was each year, what grade they were in and some of their activities.  Next, associate some of the other events with this information and so on.  Hopefully, this will get you on the right road for getting your photos in order.

 

 

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