Organizing Photos – When to Purge

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I sure am. 🙂  I don’t know why holiday weeks seem to last twice as long as regular work weeks, but I am in some definite need of recovery time.  Continuing with our Photo Organization theme this month, I’m going to talk about the dreaded issue of purging (i.e. deleting)  photos.  There, I said it.  The digital age is great, but it definitely leads to photo override.  After all, why not take 20 shots of the first day of school pose?  It’s not as if you’ll have to pay to get them all developed, right?  At some point, though, you will face storage and organization issues if insist on keeping all 10,000 digital photos that you took this year.  So let’s talk about the initial purging issue – when to purge . . .

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Introduction to Organizing Photos

Happy Monday! And for those of you in the States, Happy Labor Day!

This month, we’ll kick off a series on Organizing Your Photos. And if you’re anything like me, you NEED this series! We are going to talk about the processes of getting your photos off of your camera and onto your computer. Then we’ll talk about when to purge and what to purge. Next, we’ll talk about key wording, captioning and rating your photos so that they are easy to find and easy to scrap when you are ready. But before you can do any of that work, you need to find the program that is right for you.

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Then and Now

Perhaps it’s nostalgia on my own part looking at all the adorable back to school photos on FB and in the digi galleries and wishing I had the foresight to take photos like that. It’s too bad Pinterest wasn’t around then, because it gives you so many fun ideas! Ever the optimist, I look for the positives in every situation. Here, with the benefit of hindsight I also get the benefit of comparison, of recognizing the similarities and the differences from then and now. And I get to appreciate the older memories all over again!

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Back to School Gallery Standouts

Hello everyone! Irene here to share with you some wonderful layouts with the Back To School theme!


When I looked in the different galleries I came across some amazing layouts and I have chosen some very different styles as Gallery Standouts. Some are made with the colorful Back To School kind of digital scrapbooking kits, others caught my eye because of the photo treatment.

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How to Scrap Professional School Photos

We all have them, those “official” school photos that are nice to have to document the year for your child, but often don’t do justice to show off the real personality of your child. I have a row of school photos framed in my house that I dutifully change out each year at least until they graduate, then they seem to be forever frozen in time while their younger siblings catch up. So what happens after those professional school photos come out of the frame? I’ll share a few ideas I’ve had. 

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Birthday Bash Challenge – Winners!

Wow! We’ve had such an amazing week. In the class rooms, in our forums, with students we’ve known since our beginning to students we just welcomed into our virtual halls.


Thank you for such an amazing week AND YEAR!


Before we announce the 10 winners of our daily blog and gallery challenges, we want to thank every one of you for participating in all the ways you could. And for celebrating our birthday with us! We’re very proud to serve the digital scrapbooking community — help others digital scrapbook in ways they never thought possible.


And we’re looking forward to many years to come with you too!


Without further ado, here are the 10 winners of Scrapaneers First Annual Birthday Bash:


Challenge 1: Pick Your Class

  • Zani: Design Star
  • Wilma Cross: Design Star


Challenge 2: Scraplift Traci Reed

  • $100 gift certificate to Sweet Shoppe Designs: leahkenn
  • $30 gift certificate to Traci Reed Designs: fioontje


Challenge 3: Scraplift a Peer B-Day Layout

  • $35 gift certificate to Scrapaneers: MelanieC


Challenge 4: Go All Out!

  • Wacom Medium Intuos: NellahBean
  • $25 gift certificate to Scrapgirls: jode2771


Challenge 5: Scraplift Anna Aspnes

  • $100 gift certificate to Pixels & Company: KatieGrace
  • $20 gift certificate to Anna Aspnes Design: Zani


And the winner of a year-long Scrapaneer Scholarship is:



Congratulations to all our winners. If you’re username is listed above, please contact us at Student Support. We’re ready to coordinate your prize! Also please contact us if you participated in and completed the Scholarship challenge; every participating of that challenge will receive a little something-something!


And thank you to all again who took time out of their schedule to celebrate with us! Until next year.


PS. Don’t forget! There’s still time to take advantage of the SALE on all self-paced classes from now until 11:59 pm ET (USA), Monday August 11th.

Birthday Bash Challenge – Finale – Win a Year of Classes!

It’s time for the final challenge. The big one. The one for all the enchiladas. The one where you, yes YOU, could win an entire year of Scrapaneers classes! Here’s how:


The Challenge


As you know, we’ve hosted five daily gallery challenges during our First Birthday Celebration. Four of those five were layout challenges:


And completing each of those challenges, gives you a chance to win some cool prizes including hundreds of dollars in gift certificates, free classes — even a Wacom Intuos Medium tablet courtesy Wacom!


Now here’s the best: Complete ALL four layout challenges and you’ll be entered to win an entire year of Scrapaneers classes! That’s right — a Scrapaneer Scholarship. Each month, you’d let us know which class you’d like to enroll into and we’d give you full access! Any class. Any dollar amount. Brand spanking new or an older favorite. Self-paced or instructor-led. Digital scrapbooking goodness at your disposal!


The Rules

How do you enter? Simply visit the Finale thread here in our Birthday Bash forum and link us to all FOUR of your completed layouts that rep the challenges above. And don’t forget to add your layout(s) to the Birthday Gallery and list in the Birthday Bash Forum too.


That way we can keep up with everything you’re eligible to win.


So, load your layouts by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday August 10th. And don’t worry, EVERYONE who completes our Finale challenge will win a gift from Scrapaneers. Good luck!

Birthday Bash Challenge 5 – Scraplift Anna Aspnes

Hi there everybody! Scrapaneers Peer Lisa here and I hope you are having a blast celebrating Scrapaneers’ First birthday with us. Today I feel especially privileged to invite you to participate in Challenge #5 of our birthday celebration and scraplift Anna. I have admired Anna’s work since I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Certainly following Anna’s work is one of those things that made me say “Wow, you can do that with photoshop? I can’t do that with paper. ”  This ah-ha moment was a big influence in pulling me into the wonderful world of digi scrapping. Anna brings a unique artsy quality to her layouts and her designs. Her ArtPlay Palletes are just fabulous for creating quick and artsy layouts, and she has added a great artsy flair to the ever popular Project 365.




We recently interviewed Anna for our brand new Digital Coffee Break videocast! Subscribe and listen today.


The Challenge


Today’s challenge is to scraplift a layout from Anna’s gallery for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Pixels and Company; a second winner will receive a gift certificate to Anna’s store at Oscraps for $20. Imagine the shopping you could do! Make sure to post your page in our Birthday Bash Gallery and post in this thread in our Birthday Celebration Forum with a link to your page and tell us what layout you lifted and what inspired you.

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Birthday Bash Challenge 4 – Go All Out!

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve been enjoying all the amazing Birthday Bash activities this week.  I’m so excited to bring you the fourth Birthday Bash Challenge. Hold on to your hats for this one, because it’s definitely a doozy! Anyone interested in winning a Wacom Intous Medium Tablet or a $25 gift certificate to Want to know how to enter?  Then read on for the details . . .


Did you know that in addition to the fabulous array of classes here at Scrapaneers, the “Peers” also regularly post free tips and tutorials on the Scrapanners Blog?  Any time you’re looking for a new technique, or just want some inspiration, you should definitely come and check it out.  The blog posts are also organized by subject matter, so you can can find Tutorials and Inspiration each grouped in their own space.  You can explore these areas by clicking on their names in this post, or if you go directly to the Scrapaneers Blog, you will find them on the right hand side of the screen.


The Challenge

Now that you know about all the fabulous inspiration on the Blog, let’s talk about Birthday Bash Challenge #4.  We pulled out all the stops for this one.  You will need to put on your thinking caps, grab your computer mouse or tablet pen and create a brand new page using three (count them, three) techniques shared by the Scrapaneers Peers on the Blog.

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Birthday Bash Challenge 3 – Scraplift a Peer’s Birthday Layout

Woo Hoo! Everybody having a good time?! Can you believe all these sales, freebies and prizes?! For those of you who are just stopping by for the first time, let me sum things up for you.


We are having a sale on all Self-Paced Classes, we introduced The Digital Coffee Break yesterday and have given everyone free access to the first episode with the amazing Traci Reed, and Tiffany is offering a free mini class on how to restore old photos that opens for registration August 11! As if that weren’t enough, we are also hosting daily Blog Challenges that could win you all kinds of goodies. Here are the first two challenges just in case you missed them:



You can read all the details in this post. So, are you ready to learn how you can win something today? Read on, my friends, read on.


Today’s Challenge


Today I am challenging you to create and share with us a Birthday Layout. Fitting right? But you can’t just take any old layout you have laying around, you have to create a brand-spanking new layout based off of one of the following Peers’ layouts. You can choose which layout you want to lift, but this time, it must be an obvious lift.


Everyone who posts a link to their layout in the Birthday Bash Challenge #3 thread will be entered into a random drawing to win a $35 gift certificate to Scrapaneers!

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