Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Time at Click Away

by Kristina Rust Photography

I have been meaning to write up a post on my experience at Click Away ever since I got back but life has been so busy around here and  time keeps slipping away.

So before I wait another two weeks, I thought I'd give you a quick recap.......

In a nutshell, I had a fabulous time.  I met amazing photographers, learned so much and came home with a notebook full of ideas.  The conference was well organized and ran like a well-oiled machine.  The staff at Clickin Moms thought through every detail and really did a fantastic job.  I can't believe this was their first conference....it was so well done!

And Salt Lake City was a great location for this type of event.  It's beautiful and clean and of course full of photo ops...both in and around this lovely city!

There is so much more to say and I promise to give more details soon, but for now I'll leave you with a few photos from my trip.
When we arrived, we were hungry and decided to try the Red Iguana.  It did not disappoint!
Salt Lake City is so beautiful and clean.  We loved walking around Temple Square.
Yep, that is Sue Bryce.  She is just amazing as I thought she would be!
The entrance into the Salt Place Conference Center was impressive.
Me and my roomies, Suzanne and Becky.
During one of our breaks, Becky and I ran to the Farmer’s Market for a quick bite to eat and saw the cutest food truck ever!
We went on a field trip to Ogden, Utah.  The town was full of painted pianos.  I loved this one.
Suzanne and I decided to take a last minute trip to Saltair to see the sunset.  So glad we rallied to do this.  It was beautiful and I think this is my favorite photo from the entire trip!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Freebie - Instagram Photo Booth Prop

by Tina Case Photography

I've been negligent with my free photoshop templates.  You'll find similar Instagram templates like this on Etsy, but we're providing it free for our readers.

To download this Photoshop template you will have to go to my business Facebook page and 'Like' it to obtain it.  There are several other cool templates I created too :)

Link here: https://www.facebook.com/TinaCasePhotography, like that page and it will link to the download page.

This is sized for a 20x30 inch poster that you can have printed at your local Costco.  If you select the posterboard option at Costco then you just have to get an exacto knife to cut out the frame.  You may also want to adhere it to a second foam board for extra support.  Have fun with this at your next photo booth!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Personalized Rings and Necklaces by CentimeGifts

As posted from Parent Grapevine - our sister blog

What’s one of the most personal gifts you can find for anyone no matter the age?  At the top of that list is personalized jewelry.  Gifts that are personalized with a significant date, name or milestone are simply unique and will become your most treasured family heirlooms.  Personalized jewelry makes the perfect gift for graduations, birthdays and weddings.  CentimeGift creates custom works of art that you can wear, stack and cherish for years to come.

As the mother of 3 daughters it becomes more difficult with time to find gifts that stand out.  But with CentimeGifts there is an array of beautiful and fun designs that is endless.  I had the chance to order the stackable rings with the nicknames of each of my daughters.  The rings are made out of 925 Sterling Silver.  The handmade construction is remarkable and beautiful.

Beyond the ring design you see here, there’s a wonderful selection of whimsical, classy and timeless pieces of bling that you will cherish from the moment you open the box.  The only problem with CentimeGifts is choosing your design.

What to get for your Bridesmaids?  How about a personalized necklace nameplate?  You can include a name and date or thoughtful word to live by.  Whatever you fancy you can personalize it to make it your own.

Best graduation gift ever:  What about a necklace that marks a graduation milestone with their name and date?  Or a custom ring or necklace with their favorite words to live by?  CentimeGifts are unique to you.

The New Mom:  Hey Dads, be a hero and present a CentimeGift for the mother of your children.  Moms will a piece or two of jewelry that keeps their children close to their heart and what better way than a necklace or set of rings for each child? 

Be sure to double-check your sizing especially when it comes to rings.  Since these are custom made you’ll want to be completely sure your rings will fit over your knuckles but be snug enough not to fall off.  For necklaces you’ll want to figure out the length.  There’s a great size chart in each of the necklace photos on the CentimeGifts Etsyshop. 

The prices for are very affordable.  These beautifully crafted, handmade works of art will become your favorite pieces of jewelry.  CentimeGifts goal is to create handcrafted, personalized silver jewelry in timeless, dainty designs that you can wear everyday.  They are created to last a lifetime and to hand down as family keepsakes. So what are you waiting for? Check them out and get your holiday shopping done early this year!

Check out some of my favorites designs:
http://centimegift.com/name-rings/stackable-name-ring perfect gifts for mothers and grandmas, bridesmaids gifts, graduation gifts

http://centimegift.com/initial-necklaces/personalized-signature-necklace very special, sentimental gifts. You can turn your own signature or someone's signature to the pendant of a necklace.

CentimeGifts can be found here:

Disclaimer: I was provided with 3 custom rings.  I can attest that the quality and workmanship is beautiful.  I only endorse things that have a high quality and CentimeGifts is outstanding.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Decorate Your Walls with Removable Wall Decals

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out the wall from http://mywalldecals.ca.  They have a variety of different vinyl wall decals that can transform any room.  I love the idea of using vinyl decals because of the flexibility you have in your decorating options.  With removable wall decals you don't have to commit.  You can change your mind and change your design.

As it so happened earlier in the year we had redecorated my daughter's room.  The one area that we were still looking for something to fill was the space above her bed.  Because we live in California and therefore experience the occasional earthquake, we wanted to get some kind of wall decal to fill that space.  So this opportunity was perfect!

After browsing the decdecal site, we decided on the Photo Frame Tree they are a part of the Magic Tree Sticker collection.   It was just the right size and we loved the look.  Plus we loved the idea of being able to incorporate photos into this design (gotta display those photos!). Hanging this wall art was easy.  What was very helpful was the mini design on the sheet that showed you how to place the branches and frame.  In just a matter of minutes we were able to transform the space above my daughter's headboard.

One word of caution, while the decals are easy to place and adjust on the wall (they remove easily without tearing or leaving a residue) the frame decals do stick to the photos.  You want to make sure that your images are cut to size and that very little of the decal sticks to the photo.

Here is a photo of the decals before we added the photos......

And here it is after we added the photos......super cute! 

For those of you looking to spruce up a nursery (check out these cute jungle stickers), children's room (love the chalkboard art), or really any room in your house (wall quotes are always great!), you'll find a variety of different looks and ideas on their site.

Note:  I was provided with this tree decal in exchange for my review.  The opinions are entirely my own.