Blogs / Articles

Still working on transferring all of my articles over to this new website . . . enjoy these ones, and if you have questions, or an idea for an article, feel free to contact me and let me know what you are interested in.  Always love to help and share my knowledge!

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Resolutions and the New Year

… sometimes you will make the same mistake several times....yeah, maybe we should've learned the first time, but sometimes it was too subtle and we need another whack upside the head

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Taking Baby Steps on Overwhelming Tasks

How about taking “baby steps” and giving yourself 3 months, 6 months, or even a year to go through all of your photos that have piled up over the years…   

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Spending Trends #2

In addition to buying local, such as Farmer Markets and mom-and-pop stores, people are also wanting to use their limited "spending/gift-giving” money…

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 Spending Trends #1

One of the latest spending trends in America is to support local businesses to keep Americans employed and to help our local/national economy by keeping our money close to home… 

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How to Choose Photos for a Collage

I frequently get the comment, "I would love to have a collage, but I don't know what photos to choose ; or "I have several photos that I would really like to use in a collage, but I don't have time to find them” ; and even a "I don't know where I've put my special photos!”… 

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My Favorite Photos

There are two photos that are my all-time and forever favorites...both taken by my husband Michael.  The first photograph was taken the day after we brought our daughter, Lori, home from the hospital...

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Best Practices for a Better Business Card

It is said that you have only a few seconds for people to be able to find and read the information on your business card before you have lost their attention. There are so many tips and ideas for great business cards… 

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Why Do You Do Collages?

I have always loved photos...old, new, family, friends...I am enthralled by the emotions and events that have been captured and printed by professional and amateur photographers over the years…   

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Good Idea #2:  Photo Repair / Restoration

We take photos to document our life and the lives of our loved ones!  We treasure our photos because: we are reminded (or learn) of our family history, historical events…

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Let's Talk Resolution!

An image is an image, right? Well, maybe!

Did you know:  when you see an image (either a graphic or a photo) on the web, in most cases it will have a resolution of between 72 and 100 ppi… 

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Yes you CAN - but WILL you?

Even though there are plenty of things we could do ourselves, we don't always have the time or even the skills to do them when they need to be done - that's when we enlist outside help… 

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What is Photo Restoration?

Today, photo restoration is quickly becoming a catch-all phrase for digitally improving the looks of a digital photographic image. From minor fixes and color correction to major repairs… 

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Rule of Three

When creating your next ad, flyer, brochure, business card, or any promotional material, remember the following Rules of Three:

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Good Idea #1: Digital Collages

Digital photo collages have numerous benefits over the traditional photo collages you have hanging on your wall.  I’ve come up with 8 good reasons… 

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8.5"x11" Back Trifold Template

The Ins and Outs of Trifolds

Did you know, when printed by a commercial facility, each pane of the trifold is a slightly different size? 

In some cases the size of each pane will depend on the type of fold you want. The most common fold types include the 'Z', Gate, Letter, and Parallel folds.

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Basic Graphic Information

The most common graphic types that the public is familiar with are those for the Web and those for Print. Each has it's own file formats, color limitations, and size requirements. Below I have tried to clarify the differences… 

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