Tuesday, 15 August 2017

10 Tips to take better photos

Today’s post is an extra special treat! We’ve asked the talented Chari Pack, founder & CEO of Persnickety Prints, to share with you some tips for taking better photos on your phone. Whether you’re promoting your Close To My Heart business, taking photos for your scrapbooking, or just posting to social media, these tips are sure to take your phone photography to the next level!
10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips
The way you present yourself, your artwork, and the products you offer has a huge impact on your business. Online sales will increase with improved product images.
Here’s how to get the best shot every time…

1. Natural Light (no flash)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsWhen shooting with flash, the subject can be blown out and shadows disappear. With product shots, a soft shadow adds depth. Keep your flash off and set products under a window using natural light.

2. Focus (tap screen)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsOn iPhones (and some Androids), tap the screen to focus on the subject. With the new iPhone 7S, use the portrait mode to blur out the background. With a short focal length, you’ll get that fancy dSLR camera result without the fancy camera.

3. Hold Steady & Level

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips“Camera shake” can cause your photo to be blurry. Use steady hands or prop up your phone and use the self-timer for best results.

4. Staging (simple & clean)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsInvest in a white poster board—it’s the perfect solution for a DIY backdrop! Wrapping paper or other fun colors can be added for dimension. Be sure your CTMH projects, cards, and layouts stand out. “Busy” photos tend to get lost in the crowd.

5. Get up close and personal!

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsDon’t be afraid to get up close to show details of the project. Shoot from different angles to focus on specific elements.

6. Pay attention to shadows

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsBe sure the shadow of your hand or camera is not in the frame. When shooting scrapbooking layouts, take the pages or photos out of the Memory Protectors™ and set the pages or photos on top. Your reader won’t notice they’re not inside, but they’ll notice the plastic glare when they are.

7. Use negative space to add text

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsUse the rule of thirds and push the subject to one side, leaving empty space to add a text overlay. We love using Rhonna Designs (iPhone and Android) and Adobe Post (iPhone and Desktop) to add text or a message to your photos.

8. Scale size with objects or pretty hands

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips
Use objects to show the actual size of your product so the viewer isn’t misled. Well manicured hands holding a product works, too!

9. Keep your phone/camera level

When shooting from above your product, be sure your camera is flat and level. Use the Snapseed App (free on iTunes and Android)  to adjust horizons if needed.

10. Take 1 minute to Edit & Enhance before sharing

Even a quick click of the enhance button in your native camera will give your photo just enough pop! We love Snapseed (free on iTunes and Android) for enhancements.
The Rhonna Designs App is not only great for text overlays: We also use it to journal and design prints for our scrapbooks!
10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips
We can’t wait to see you put these tools into action! Additional photo tips and tricks can be found on the Persnickety Prints blog.

Friday, 11 August 2017

In with the new

There’s a new kid in town and it’s quickly becoming a class favorite! One of our newest and most versatile products is actually an upgrade of a beloved staple. We’re talking about our cardstock, of course! To give you even more color flexibility than before, our cardstock is now two-toned! With one side featuring an original color from our exclusive palette and the reverse that same color in a lighter tone, color coordination has never been easier.
color chromatic cardstock #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #rainbow #scrapbooking #birthdayTake a close look at this color chromatic rainbow. What appear to be 20 different colors are actually only 10! Achieve this same colorful scaled look by alternating your cardstock from the dark to light hues in each color.
Ombre paper fringe #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #cardmaking #congratulations #graduation #graduate #ombre #chromatic #colorchromatic #monochromatic
Use the two-toned properties of the cardstock to create a trendy ombrè effect, where you have tones of color that gradually shade into each other from light to dark, like the decorative fringe on this card!
Two-toned 3-D flowers #CTMH #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #monochromatic #flowers #canvas #wallartThe monochromatic flowers on our 3-D canvas were made using just three different coordinating colors and their reverse lighter sides. It’s so easy to add depth and dimension to your art with this beautiful cardstock!
Seriously folks, there are reasons why this cardstock is a crafting favorite and must have! Expand your color combinations exponentially and check out all 40 of our exclusive (two-toned!) colors here.

Cricut® Shapes:
1″ (p. 42)
1″ Shift (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” Shift (p. 42, cut 3)
1¾” (p. 42)
1¾” Shift (p. 42)
Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
½” Background (p. 33, cut 4)
1″ Background (p. 33, cut 2)
1½” Background (p. 33, cut 2)
2″ Background (p. 33, cut 4)
3″ Background (p. 33, cut 2)

Monday, 31 July 2017

warehouse Sale

Save 50% on Timeless Crafting Supplies!

Warehouse Sale
Save big on the items shown below, which are available for a limited time while supplies last! A fresh set of deals will be made available every Tuesday at 4:00 pm (AEST). You’ll also save on shipping costs through this sale, since shipping will be based on the discounted price of sale items!
Interested in even more special offers? Check out the awesome FREE items that you could get when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant or the extra rewards you can earn by hosting a Gathering this month.

All items available while supplies last. Shipping/handling will be charged on the discounted price of sale items instead of the retail value.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

August price rise

The great news about August is that we have an INCREDIBLE new book to inspire and delight you – and I don’t say that lightly!

However, sadly, plastic costs have gone up in the world, so many of our items that have some kind of plastic component will also face a price rise in the new book.

Luckily for you, I’m going to share with you here just what those items are, and the difference in price, so you can make an informed decision about buying them now.   
price rise
In fact, why not get their purchase done and out of the way, and put those savings towards the exciting new products coming your way.  Shop online at http://rinamaxwell.closetomyheart.co.nz
Pocket Memory Protectors – from $18, to $19
Value pack 12×12 memory protectors – currently $34.50, will be $41.50
Glitter paper – currently $10.50 (3 sheets/pack), will be $12
Make it from your heart pattern books- currently $14, will be $18
Spine expander (for post-bound albums)- currently $5.50, will be $8.50 (10 pack)
Re-inkers – currently $10.50, will be $12
Watercolour paper- currently $12 (10 sheets), will be $14
Gems (gold glitter, red, grey) – currently $7.50, will be $8.50
Black&Gold / White&Gold Ribbon – currently $10.50, will be $12
Black and Blush Shimmer Ribbon – currently $8.50, will be $10.50
Watercolour paints- from $21 to $23.50
Sponge daubers- from $8 to $10.50
Sponge daubers value pack – from $29 to $32
Stamp spritz cleaner – from $8.50 to $10.50
Spritz cleaner refill- from $20 to $25
Bone folder – from $8.50 to $12
Rub & Remove Eraser – from $5.50 to $8.50
Tweezers – from $10.50 to $12
Versamat – from $26.50 to $28
Non-stick micro-tip scissors – from $25 to $28
Micro-tip scissors – from $18 to $21
Corner Rounder – from $14 to $18
Liquid Glass – from $12- $14
Workspace Wonder Stamp stack, marker stack and tool cubby- from $18ea to $19ea
Small tray – from $12 to $14
Large tray – from $23.50 to $26.50
Paper tray – from $32 to $34.50
My Acrylix Organiser – from $29 to $31
Mini organiser – from $23.50 to $26.50
Small organiser – from $29 to $34.50
Medium organiser – from $37.50 to $47.50
Large organiser – from $48 to $57
Tabbed dividers – from $8.50 to $10.50
Craft boxes – from $12 to $14
Foam inserts – from $15.50 to $18 & $26.50 to 28

If you prefer, I can place your order with mine (simply email me your order) or join my online gathering at http://rinamaxwell.closetomyheart.co.nz
I also need to add that the Basics colour range is retiring (to make way for a new range of of Basics), so now would also be a good time to purchase re-inkers for any of those colours you have ink pads for, and of course, any cardstock in those colours you need to finish any projects with.
Plus, our Ez dot adhesive is retiring – there is a replacement coming, if you just LOVE your Ez dot,so  be stocking up to keep you going for a while .
Happy savings!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stamping ABC's

Here we are, in the middle of Stampaganaza 2017, with more stamping tips and tricks for you to carry up your sleeve and share with your friends! Today we’re giving you the ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to, so go grab it and try the following out! (If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
Counting Sheep #closetomyheart #ctmh #layout #countingsheep #sleeping #alphabetstamp #alphabet #scrapbooking
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists!
Love Card #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #lovecard #love #alphabetstamp #stampingB is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts.
Gift Tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #tag #alphabet #alphabetstamp #stampingC is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.

Remember your ABC’s—they can make a world of difference when you stamp! If you’ve got some alphabet tips of your own that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
1¾” Background (p. 33)
Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking Collection
1¾” Photo Mat 1 (p. 83)