They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well I reckon that is how this storyboard came to be. I was asked to create something for two people getting engaged with a way to show their lives intersecting. This is a perfect storyboard to frame for a wedding or engagement celebration. OR for someone’s 49th or 50th birthday! While it does only have 49 spots for photos, you can take the birthday celebrant’s 50th year photo at their party to frame later and start a new storyboard for their next 49 years, right? Or how about using this for a bunch of your favorite Instagram photos?
This storyboard has 49 places for square cropped photos with the center one being the main attraction. For this example I filled it with images from my husband’s and my childhood all the way through to our center as a couple. Lots of between-years were skipped but you get the idea. By the way my friend Tracy, a wonderful photographer herself, snapped this photo for us while we were in Maui – that’s not a fake backdrop!
There are 48 small squares, which when used for an engaged couple provide 24 per person. The larger center spot is to be used with an image of the couple. But your creativity is the limit with this storyboard. Perhaps it’s a composition of your favorite Instagram images? Or a collage based on colors?
NOTE: I produced this as a 40×40 inch print. Because of the size of the file I reduced the download to an 8×8 inch file. To resize in Photoshop simple go to “Image – Image size” to whatever size square you need before proceeding. You may also want to change the DPI from 75 to 240 or 300 depending on your preference.
The download can be found on my Facebook business page here. This storyboard took a ton of time and lots and lots of Photoshop snapguides to perfect it, if you know what I mean.
I highly recommend that you visit Rita’s The Coffee Shop Blog to learn how to use Clipping Masks which is essential for this storyboard. Plus, if you’re game, here’s another wonderful Photoshop Action that Rita has provided which speeds up the insertion of your images. It’s called Group-It. And while we’ve never charged a nickel for our storyboards, I do ask that you LIKE my Facebook page to receive this free storyboard.
I hope to create a storyboard each month and will post it here when they are released. I have two more in the queue which are awesome so be on the lookout. Enjoy!
My mom has the coolest bicycle. It is the perfect photography prop. I wish I could have packed it in my suitcase when I was visiting in July and again in December!
One of our favorite design shops, Birdesign, has some fabulous holiday freebies for you. We love this festive timeline cover, mini accordion, and luxe pop card. To download yours, just pop on over to her site and download them here.
If you are still in need of getting your holiday cards printed, you should definitely check out Minted. I had the opportunity to try out their site this year and I have to say, I am very impressed not only with the quality of the cards but the ordering process.
As you all know deciding on the photos you want to use for your holiday card can be a challenge. And once you’ve made that decision, the next hurdle is finding a card design that “fits” your photo. What I love about Minted is they have a “find it fast” feature which allows you to see your photos in many cards. It really helps give you an idea of how your card will look in a variety of designs without having to go through them one by one.
Here is a quick example of some designs I tried out with my photo. I loved getting this quick snap shot which allowed me to quickly eliminate designs.
After finding my perfect card, I submitted my order and received a proof from a designer within 24 hours. Getting a proof was helpful because it made me realize that the photo I had chosen for the back of my card was not going to print as I expected, so I was able to swap it out.
Feeling confident about my selection, I ordered my cards and received them within 3 days (I was provided with express shipping as part of this review, so you will want to check the turnaround times based on your needs).
When I found my package waiting on my steps I was so excited to open it up and check out my cards. I loved how they were packed with a little ribbon and note…nice extra touch. And the cards looked fantastic!
The card stock is very thick (you can see the thickness below) and they feel so great in your hands. The colors were true to the image and I could not be more pleased (although I did go back and forth with my designer on the blue color in my son’s shirt to get it just right).
Spoiler Alert: If you are on my holiday card list, here is the front of my card (I’ll leave the back as a surprise). I just love it! Now I need to get busy and start addressing my cards (I still handwrite mine).
So if you still need to get those cards ordered, definitely check out Minted. You can get 15% off of orders of $150 or more and 10% off orders $100+ by using the code Holly. And if you have not picked out a photo yet, you can take advantage of this deal now and upload your photo later (offer ends Thursday, Dec. 5).
Note: I was provided with 75 holiday cards in exchange for this review, however the opinions are entirely my own and I am truly THRILLED with my cards.
While I will not be standing in line at my local retailers to take advantage of doorbuster deals, I will be sitting comfortably in my chair making a few online purchases that are of course, photography related.
So here are a few items on my Black Friday Wish List…..
While I don’t really need a new camera bag, I’m very tempted by this awesome sale from Kelly Moore Bags. Get $30 off your purchase.
I am also very intrigued by this iPad app from Preveal. It looks like a great way to show your clients how their photos will look on their walls. I know for many of my clients, it is so hard to picture what the prints will look like hanging on their walls and this looks like a great way to give them an idea.
And it is on sale Friday for $25 (regularly $74.99). I think I’m going to snap it up!
I love Photojojo’s Photo Time Capsules. It is such a fun way to revisit your old photos. How it works is you set up the Time Capsule with your email & Flickr account. And then twice a month you receive an email with your photos from a year ago.
Time Capsules actually looks at your Flickr account and picks the most interesting photos–the ones that got viewed the most, favorited the most and commented on the most.
It is a great way to relive moments and see photos that you may have forgotten (we take so many, don’t we?). For example today, I received these photos in my inbox. They actually make me a bit teary-eyed because these are from my fantastic, inspiring, week spent at Shutter Sisters Oasis. How can it be that this all happened a year ago?
I can’t tell you how awesome it was to wake up today and see these images in my inbox…..so many great memories came flooding back…..ahhhhh…..good times!
Anyway, I encourage you to sign up with Photojojo’s Time Capsules …..I know you’ll enjoy receiving this little blast from the past!
Happy Halloween! Hope you are ready for a day full of tricks and treats!
We thought we’d pull up a post from our archives where I created some ghost photos. Making them was super easy! You just need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and some basic knowledge of layering photos.
Similar to creating the levitation photos, you will first want to take a picture of your background without your subject in it. Using a tripod is very helpful, because your next step will be to have your subjects enter the scene for the next image.
Here is another example where I took a silhouette photo and after making a duplicate layer, I used a gaussian blur filter to blur out the subjects creating another eerie effect.
So go out and have some fun creating some spooky photos of your own!
Happy Halloween from Moms Who Click! Do you need a last minute, easy-to-use template for Autumn? You can change the font in the panel so it isn’t so ‘spooktacular’ (I used Black Widow if you do not already have it). Or use it ‘as is’ for a Facebook worthy collage.
Recently I took photos for a client’s Halloween party. I created this template and filled it with photo booth snapshots of their guests. Now they have a party memento and can send to friends and family.
To get this, download here (dropbox). Please check out The Coffee Shop Blog where I used one of her beautiful papers as the background and a scrapbooking cutout for the label. WE LOVE THE COFFEESHOP BLOG!
By: Kristina Rust Photography
We LOVE Tiny Prints. Their designs are fab and their quality is top notch. And right now they are having an awesome sale. You can get 25% off holiday photo cards and invites and save 20% off anything else site wide.
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