Photo smarts: Recreation:


This is my layout for the Oct 15th sketch over at Stuck…. These photos are really precious to me..It was a regular thing – him playing with the potatoes..But it was night time thing. Needless to say – NOT a fabulous time to capture a candid moment I can assure you.

So as well as showing you this layout I wanted to take the time to tell you that you can capture those little things..but you can make sure you get a ‘nice’ image at the same time.

I often take a photo to document something. But I will take the time to ‘pose’ the shot too. The photos in the layout are a prime example. He played at night with these toys. So instead I took them in the morning in his PJ’s..I just got the toys out then and let him play, so that I could capture this time – with nice light..

Another important memory I wanted to document was his love of banana’s.A simple thing really that I could have simply captured whilst he was sitting at the kitchen table, but the light is terrible there, and I didn’t want his booster seat in this shot. So, instead I gave his banana and directed him to the playroom. I know this room has the best available natural light in the late afternoon and I also wanted some colour in the background. I positioned him in front of the blue couch so that he would have the light from the window to his left. I made sure the banana was in focus.
Documenting the ordinary doesn’t have to be ordinary. A little bit of planning and you can have beautifully posed images, that still carry the message you want:
The girls were playing dress-ups quite happily on their own…I saw them out of the corner of my eye and grabbed the camera. I wanted them to know in the future that the ‘bigs’ played with the ‘little’s’..The girls were already in the room with the best light and were already using the mirror. I just asked them to ‘fake’ the zip-up again as I had already missed the magic moment. And I love this photo so much. 
I treat capturing my kids on camera in a similar way to a photoshoot with clients. If I need the to recreate a look..I will do it…Better than missing it altogether or having the shot but with a distracting background or poor light…I am photographer after all!!


STUCK! Bday blog hop winner:

Congratulations Vicki Vardouka:

“Hi Celeste! Your take on the sketch is beautiful! TFS!! And what a nice prize to win!!!Thanks!!”

Your kind comment was randomly drawn out making you my STUCK!  birthday blog hop winner and will be receiving my little mini kit in the mail…
Hope you have fun creating something fab with it!

Thanks to everyone who played along with us all at Stuck this month….Keep scrapping!

Celeste xx

Maybe back later with some last minute challenges to upload…

STUCK!…Blog Hop:

Happy Birthday to you..Happy Birthday to you…
It seems that birthday celebrations are a mighty good way to break the dreaded curse on my scrapping mojo! YAY!

If you have arrived here because you are hopping along with the Stuck! Sketches blog hop, welcome! If you’ve just discovered the hop, you can get started here.

StuckSketches is celebrating its 5th birthday this month. And to celebrate, we are having a giveaway on each of the CT members blogs! That’s an amazing 13 prizes on offer! Here on my blog, I am giving away this:

My RAK is created with items I used on the layout below.. A min kit of sorts..With a few handmade objects and bits and pieces you can use to create a great layout of your own – and with a bit extra thrown in for good measure:

And this layout is based on the Stuck! sketch from the 1st of the month:

For your chance to win, leave a comment here and on each blog on the hop. Once you have been to visit all of the blogs, email your name and address to Emails are to be received by midnight Sunday August 26th.

And, here is the full list just in case you get lost..
Stuck Sketches Blog

So, you’re next stop on the hop is …………..Debbie

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the blog hop and happy scrapping one and all..


Challenge+giveaway hint:

Just got back for the snow and really wanted to post this challenge for Purple Pumpkin before the month officially ran out. I do have a kit to giveaway that is based upon this layout and another one.. But I haven’t photographed it yet.. Stay tuned…Tomorrow I promise:

The layout was based upon this sketch…

Right.. Now to rest. Catch up with my two littlest people who I have missed ( a little bit) over the last three days..Continue reading the third instalment of The Hunger Games.. Which I started in the car after finishing Fifty Shades Darker..oooh la la..Then get some sleep and rest these aching skiing legs for bootcamp, grocery shopping and photo editing tomorrow…

Photos and delightful details of our snow trip with our big girls and good friends to come soon…

end of the month:

Means.. Layout that I haven’t submitted to challenge blogs are due. So without further ado:

Scrap The Girls:

To use the quote: ‘Having a sister is like ..”..You get the picture..It’s on the layout!..I have this photo framed now.. I love it..I always wonder what it would be like to be them? Twins I mean?  All old stuff on this layout…

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge:

Whe I read that you had to scrap your garden..I sighed..Bugger. We really don’t have a garden and I don’t have any desire to create one. I would really love the yard landscaped… I think my Mum thinks my green thumb might eventually show up when I’m fifty! Anyway I scrapped our lack of a garden instead. This is a photo of Grace weeding the sandpit!

I went with a big banner? Somehow it worked and I really like the result…

Keeping my word:

Doubling up this post..This is a ‘try this’ challenge for Show Us Your Stuff and also it is a layout created with a photo I posted with journalling to scrap at a later date here.

This system is working well. I also have the ‘Roar’ layout completed with the journalling I did on a post a few weeks back..I have done that for a design team challenge though so I will post it at a later date. I am truly much better at journalling on the blog. I tend to really overlook the important things to say when I am busy be creative on a layout! Too many pretties to put on and no time to think about the meaning behind the photo..Typical me..In fact I was almost finished this layout before I remembered I needed to get on my blog and squish in some journalling – to busy up to my elbows in glue and what have you!

Over at Show Us your Stuff the challenge was to try a textured background use gesso etc. I have used patterned material, craft glue, glimmermist and white paint- with some splodges of yellow thrown in after for good measure..Apart for making the page buckle a little it seemed to work well enough? Mind you in my typical fashion – I have covered most of it up with other things!

I am super-chuffed with the finished product. Crafty, bright, bold and meaningful too!


Stuck May 15:

Here is my take on the sketch over at Stuck for the 15th May:

Some cute photos of Milly Moo Mah…Always be divinely cheeky and sweet for the camera these days..That’s what the ‘tweet tweet’ is really all about.. I am not real sure if the title makes sense.. Well it does for me!
I initially thought this sketch was going to be difficult for my style. But I was really happy with the finished result..

Challenge your self and have a go….