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Chatbook: favorite new app

Hey guys! Have you seen this buzzfeed video? I woke up to it this am…and I have been giggling ever since….If you want a laugh click play…too funny!

Wanted to share a recent obsession with you. I’m a sucker for a good photo book…as much as I am a sucker for a good instagram. This new app Chatbook marries my two loves…and makes it super easy too! All you have to do is download the Chatbook app and hook it up with your instagram account. Chatbook compiles photos along with the captions that you used into a sweet little 6×6 book of 60 photos. Once a book is filled up, Chatbook will email you and ask you if you in fact want to print all the photos….and then sends you the book…for just $6!!!

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You can get your first Chatbook for FREE by using this code  4ZEXZKE7

 

It is so fun to look back on my first instagrams…. (vintage 2010!) And I love that I will have these all in a book to enjoy forever:) This is not a sponsored post….just sharing the love!

 

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to use picmonkey to create your christmas cards (diy christmas cards)

Yall full? Turkey overload? Here is a great activity to get those Christmas cards done and done!

Easier than you think….promise. And no…these aren’t my Christmas cards…this was a card I just did to show you how easy it is to create your own one of a kind Chrismas card. I use Picmonkey every day. It is how I place text on all my blog post. I love this free service (I pay a monthly fee because I use a few of the other features…) but you can totally get away with using the free service to create a unique card this year.

 

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First you need to find a Christmas digital paper that you like. I use etsy to find digital paper….once you find one..pay for it and the seller will send you a link to download the “paper” to your computer. Once you have this you are set to create your card.

I purchased my digital paper on this etsy shop for $1.50 (for 8 papers!)

 

All set….here are the steps…

 

Open PicMonkey.com

On the top you will see “Open” and it will ask for a file to open. Click on the digital paper you would like to use for your background on your card. (see below)

 

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On the far left, you will see “crop”. Select the size of the card you are creating. Mine is 5 by 7. Select that and size the box accordingly on your digital paper.

 

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Your paper should look like this (cropped to landscape or portrait depending on the picture you will be using)

 

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Now you are ready to drop your picture on top of your paper. On the far left, select “overlays” and select at the way top “your own”. It will open a browser box for you to select your own photo to lay on top of your paper. Click the picture you want and click open.

 

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Widen your picture on top of the paper so that it is where you want it.

 

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Now you are ready to add text. Select the Letter icon on the far left menu. Click a text to use and select “Add text” at the way top. A text box will pop up on your picture and you can type in what you want to say.

 

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Add you text and place it where you want on top of your picture. You can change the color by clicking on the color box on the right (you can also center and make it larger from here too)

 

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All set to save your one of a kind Christmas card! Select “save” and place it in your picture file on your computer. Now you can upload that to any photo printing company and have your prints printed up! (Costco has fabulous prices:)

 

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Easy enough right?!?! Go play with it and I bet you will love it too!!

 

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Be sure to tune in this week and follow along with some of my favorite bloggin buddies. We are each going to post a cookie recipe to get you ready for the holidays!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY photo booth using your dslr camera

My dad takes pictures….and he has hundreds of thousands to prove it. Every holiday…every occasion…he has his camera out and ready to go. This DIY photo booth is a spin off of the tradition of taking family pictures at the holidays. So I thought… the entertaining season upon us…and family and friends coming in and out of our house….this would be a really fun activity to set up for the entire month. A DIY photo booth is fun for all ages….super easy to set up in a small unused corner of the house…and of course I made mine on the cheap…and you can too!

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I gathered all sorts of hats, scarves, glasses, ties…props at my local Dollar tree. Look in the toy sections for feather boas and fun “dress up” type stuff. Easy!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

* 1.5 yards fabric (mine was discounted Halloween costume fabric) could also use gift wrap or sheets, My friend Carmel used a blanket... etc….

* 1 string of lights

* 2 strings of tinsel garland

* props of your choice (hats, scarves, glasses, ties, beards…etc.:)

* tripod

* DSLR camera (be sure it is charged)

* remote shutter (or just have someone there to hit the shutter)

* external flash (not necessary…but helpful)

* black foam board

* chalk

* razor knife

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I made some really fun chalkboard “speech bubbles” that friends can write on with chalk. My friend Heather at Whipperberry showed me how she used black foam board for her food backdrops. I had no idea it will act like a chalkboard too….love this idea!!

I drew out a couple speech bubbles and cut out with a sharp razor. Hot glue  a dowel rod on the back…rub chalk over entire surface and wipe…tada….now write what you want to say!

Oh dear…..

 

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For my backdrop….I used push pins to tack up my fabric…wrapped some lights and tinsel…and BAM…my backdrop is all set!

 

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(I moved this little blue desk out of the way too…)

To set up your camera:

* set your tripod about 6-8 feet from your subject

* have some stand in the spot to test the lighting

* mine was set for 1/30s, F 3.5, hot shoe flash on, iso 1200

* play around with the manual settings until you have a nice lit up face and subject

* you may have to crop later…just let peeps have fun with it:)

Using a fabric that doesn’t have such “reflected” parts on it may be easier….but I liked the “party” feel of this one;)

 

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Go and have fun with it…and your guest will too!

 

Here is a link for the cheap hot shoe flash Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash Enhance Photos, Colors & Saturation For The Nikon D5000, D3000 Digital SLR Cameras’ target=_blank>that I purchased….

And I bought a remote control shutter from ebay here (works perfect!!)

I will be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate all our blessings. I will be thinking of you all too…and pray that you have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I am blessed to share this blog with you every week…and I cannot thank you enough for tuning in. Big hugs from Kentucky:)

If you are new here and just stopping by for the first time…feel free to poke around a bit:) The tab at the top of the page “Project Gallery” is a great place to start.

xo

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Back to School Tree Picture

Incase you missed it…here and here….this is the traditional “back to school” picture that we take every year. I recently came across the picture of my kids helping to plant this tree….sigh…..

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8th grade….#holycow…I remember this picture vividly. Hubs and I laughing at ourselves thinkin we are qualified to be planting a tree. This little tree was one of the first things we did when we moved to our house. By random chance…not planned at all…I began taking first day of school pictures in front of it. first day of school @cleverlyinspired (2)

 

Surely there is some deep thought about giving our kids roots…and watching them grow….and all of that. It just makes my heart happy to see this “growth” each year….I am no gardener…but I must be doing something right;)

 

I tried my own version of “dear photograph”…..

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Happy back to school week local friends….and to the rest of you…enjoy your last days of summer fun…they are gone too soon…

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to take pictures with sparklers (writing with light)

Well happy Friday friends! I wish all the Mothers out there a fabulous and relaxing Mother’s Day!

Just a quick note about the Traveling Art piece.…I know that Marian has the artwork right now. She is in the middle of her super crazy weekend at Luckett’s right now. I will keep you posted on that. Katie is chompin at the bit to get her hands on it…I cannot wait to see how this comes together!!! For real…I cannot wait!!! I will be sure to keep you posted:) If you missed it...Layla wrote a sweet post about her time with the art…  Onto something fun to try this weekend…

Spring and summer nights bring out some major family fun time. We had some sparklers at the lake this past weekend and I decided to pull the camera out and capture it all. It is really neat to see some of the shapes you can make with the light when you slow the shutter speed down. Here are some tips for “writing with light”…

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Here are some tips to capturing the light:

      • I was being kind of sloppy in these pictures because I didn’t have a tripod. In many of the pictures I was balancing the camera on my knees. It works in a pinch….but to truly get a crisp shot…use a tripod or another stationary object. (I used a bar stool in some shots…)
      • The trick to getting the “lines of light” is to slow the shutter speed way down. In most of these pictures the shutter is anywhere from 1.5 seconds to 3.5 seconds. The blurrier the light, the slower the shutter speed was set. Setting the camera to the M for manual mode works best.
      • Set the ISO low. My ISO was set about 100-250. The sun was still setting when I took these….so it continued to change. The low ISO will make the “light” from the sparklers pop.
      • Aperture is way open at F 5 allowing for the most amount of light and allowing for all objects to become as focused as possible.
      • You can use the S setting on the camera (this will allow you to tell the camera to set everything else…except the shutter speed) I didn’t try it that way….but it will probably work.
      • Have fun with the shapes….hearts, infinity signs….and letters are fun to make.
      • We used a tiki torch for lighting the sparklers…easier than continually lighting matches and then rushing to set the camera up.
      • Tell the kids to remain in one spot if you want to capture them as well. The more they move…the blurrier they will appear.

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Go have fun with it!! Course…I had to get in on the fun too ;)

So just remember: Set camera to M for Manual mode, Wide open aperture, Super slow shutter, Balance camera on a stationary object. Have fun with it and see what you get!

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Total side note….I was thrilled beyond words to log onto Twitter the other day to find that Better Homes and Gardens placed my little blog on their Home Bloggers we Love….need less to say…I am smitten with them too;) I am blushing:) Thanks BHG! And thanks to all of you who believe in me;) xoxo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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