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A "Speedy" Mini Book in Five Ingredients or Less

Hello Ella readers! Abbie here, I’m writing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the great Brew City. Oh, but that’s an entirely different post. Today, in honor of Mini Book Month at Ella, I’m here to tell you about a mini book of my own creation.
 

Honestly, I’m not usually one to make many minis - but sometimes they just need to be made. Maybe you want to chronicle a vacation, a week, a routine, an event or - in my case - a repetitive activity. It’s nice to have these little books to tell the story from beginning to end and not be interrupted by “Baby’s First Bath!” or “What I Bought at Costco!” pages. (Please, like you haven’t done the Costco page. Ha.)
 

This particular mini book contains all my 5K race numbers and times. I wanted a place to keep them all together that looked cuter than a post-it note. I think I succeeded with this quick and easy, ready-to-fill book.
 

Before I go on, I need to make a small, yet rather important disclaimer: I am not a great (aka fast) runner and the truth is, I like the t-shirts more than the actual race. But. Crossing the finish line - there is nothing better than that.

Once I completed the cover, I was smitten. American Craft foam Thickers, a few banners from the Echo Park kit, and some twine. I adhered the twine with Tombow liquid adhesive and unless I tug at it, it’s, echem, stuck like glue.


Ingredients:

SEI 8x8 book and refills
Echo Park Metropolitan Dots and Stripes Collection

Bella Blvd. Mr. Boy “Heroes” patterned paper*
Red and white twine**
Red and teal coordinating cardstock

*I don’t think this paper is available anymore but Bella Blvd. has some of THE CUTEST scrapbooking products around. Go check her out. And in a total coincidence, she happens to be based out of the town where I live. So Stephanie, if you’re reading this and you need a new friend, my phone number is…. (The rest of you can go ahead and hum “It’s a Small World” in the background.)

**I made the happy mistake of buying one of those giant, industrial-sized spools of red and white baker’s twine. It will last so long that I plan on passing it down to my grandchildren someday. (My kids are currently 6 and 8, FYI.)
 

An 8x8 album is the PERFECT size for all those race numbers I have collected. This green version is in my future for a book of quilts that I’ve made. These particular albums are great because while they can be expanded, they feel nice and compact.

I love this kit. I used all the paper except for some scraps that I use on cards or as layout embellishments. The labels, borders and letters I still use all the time.

I wanted to keep the design simple, simple, simple. It needed to be something I could continue to add to, but not be overwhelmed by the effort and time of adding a page. I set up this book so that I could potentially add a page while blindfolded with one arm tied behind my back (please let it be my right arm, I’m a lefty).


Recipe:

  1. Cut the Echo Park kit patterned paper into 8” x 8” pieces.
  2. Cut the Bella Blvd. patterned paper into 2” x 8” strips.
  3. Cut the cardstock into 1.5” x 8” strips.
  4. Type the journaling and print it out on the strips. If you haven’t tried this trick, it’s really easy. Here’s how I do it: Pick a sheet of paper from y bin of scratch paper and print out the journaling. Then I gently tape the cardstock strip on top of the printing. I re-run it through the printer. Ta-dah! (I do this ALL the time with labels, diecuts, and anything else I want to print on.)
  5. Wrap the twine around the strips and then adhere all parts together.
  6. On some pages I added flag stickers from the Echo Park kit.
  7. Done. Eat a cookie. Oh, wait. This is a book about running... um... go stretch!
     

The race numbers are not adhered, adding to the casual, laid-back feel of the book. Plus, it seemed more fun to me: I can take them out and wear them for my early morning runs around the neighborhood whenever I want. (LOL. Seriously.)
 

The fonts I use on scrapbook pages are very important to me. I may not have a drug problem, but I do have a font problem. These beauties are My Own Topher  and Seeing Stars.
 

If I didn’t have a picture for a particular race, I took one later...or didn’t use one at all.
 


I felt like a total dork taking this picture by myself but I KNEW I’d want it for the scrapbook.
 

For this page, I adhered the (lovely!) pre-race picture of my friend and I right onto my race number. It was rebellious moment for me.
 

The last page contains a stack of strips and the remaining stickers. Pret-a-porter a la scrapbooking!
 

I also filled all the remaining pages with all the 8x8 papers.

So now that I’ve got this awesome little book of running, all I need to do is, uh, fill the pages. Anyone wanna join me? Anyone? Bueller?
Stop by my blog sometime and  say hi!

Ashley Cannon Newell's picture

Create a spring card


Hello Ella Friends, I’m Ashley and am so happy to share a project with you today. I’m going to spring forward a bit and jump to Easter. Traditionally, the spring season exudes pastel hues, Easter eggs, and bunny rabbits. Inspired by those seasonal characteristics, I created this card.

 

Instructions

  1. Trim chevron patterned paper to about 3.5” x 4.75” and stitch a border.
  2. Using pinking shears, add decorative border, then adhere to an A2 card front.
  3. Trim polka dot patterned paper to about 1.5” wide and die cut angled shape from tag die. Adhere to top and bottom of card front.
  4. Add ribbon treatment. Attach glittered button with twine to ribbon knot.
  5. Die cut oval, stamp sentiment, and adhere three egg nests. Adhere to card front center with foam adhesive.
     

Tips & Tricks

  • To add ribbon to a card front where a scored line interferes, simply use a craft knife to cut a small opening to allow ribbon to thread through the card front.
  • Use dies to create a decorative edge. I used a tag die to create a pennant element for this card.
  • Carry themes throughout a project. On this card, I was inspired by the chevron patterned paper and used pinking shears to add a decorative edge, then die cut a pinking oval to tie it all together. The pennant elements also follow the same chevron zig zag pattern.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Here, I combined chevron with polka dots. An easy way to accomplish mixing patterns is to combine papers from the same collection, but it is definitely not required. Dig through all of your patterned papers and get the most out of them.

 

Cards are so much fun to create and I try not to let the constraints of an envelope size place limits on my creativity. If a card is a bit too bulky for an envelope, I typically use a larger envelope or package it in a small box. If the card is being hand delivered, my favorite way to package it is in a glassine bag. Since it is a handmade card, I think it deserves the extra packaging and postage.

 

If you are interested in learning more about stamping embellishments, join me for in my video class at Miss Art’s Paper Crafting School.

 

Thank you, Ella, for welcoming me into your blog home for the day and thanks Ella Friends for taking a peek at my project.

 

About Ashley: Ashley Cannon Newell and her husband, McArthur, enjoy a happy life in Manassas, Virginia. By day, Ashley works as a legal editor, but she devotes evenings to her hobbies: cooking, photography, and paper crafting. She began stamping in 2008 and is a member of the Papertrey Ink Release Design Team. Get to know her better at ashleynewell.com/blog.

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My Favorite Things about Stamping

February is the month of love, and since I love stamping there’s no better month to celebrate stamping, IMHO (unless it’s every month)! I’m excited to share a few of my favorite things about stamping with you . . .

I love texture and dimension, not just on projects but on everything! And there are so many ways to create texture in stamping. . . this butterfly card is a great example. To create this card, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Apothecary Art stamp set. Those images, plus the embossed background, the different accessories (brad, ribbon, hairpin, etc.), and three different layers of the butterfly creates all kind of texture on this card.

As a mother of five young children, saving time is a top priority for me, so I’m always looking for simplicity. One of my favorite things about stamping is that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to create a simple, handmade, heartfelt card. . . and yet, you can still do lots of fun things that keep your project interesting. For this card, I used the You’re My Type stamp set and a basic color palette to create a fun card in only  minutes. I especially liked the way the paper looks like it’s coming out of the typewriter. . .

I also really love the versatility that stamping provides. With a few simple supplies, I can create projects for all kinds of different occasions by just changing the colors or using different images. These two birthday boxes are made from Stampin’ Up!’s Sweet Cake stamp set , yet they look completely different. All I did was change up the colors, add different accessories, and I have the perfect gift for a girl OR a boy!

Finally, I love to feel like I’m an artist. With stamps, I already have beautiful images . . . all I have to do is ink and stamp.  This simple yet elegant frame features Stampin’ Up!’s Bordering on Romance set, and while it wasn’t hard to create, it does look like it was made by someone who is pretty artistic!

You can find all of these stamp sets and many of the accessories in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Mini Catalog; check it out here. You can also check out our complete product offerings at our website.

Giveaway

Today we are giving away our Bordering on Romance stamp (image above) to one lucky Ella reader. Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post sharing what you love about stamping. Giveaway closes in 48 hours 10:00 am MT 2/24

 

*Update on 2/27: And the winner is random comment #102, bevk. Congratulations!

 

So here’s to celebrating stamping—this month and always!

 

 

Sara Douglass, Stampin’ Up!

 

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Are You Wearing Red Today?

Today is National Wear Red Day! Ella friends nationwide are donning red to raise awareness about heart disease, and we invite you to join us.

 

Put on a red dress, t-shirt, shoes, necklace, lipstick, or ribbon—we know you have that! Then share a photo with us through our linky party (details at the end of this post). One random party guest will receive a Color Mists prize pack from Studio Calico and a red dress pin from the American Heart Association.

 

 

Heart disease kills one American woman every minute.* Who will be next? Will it be you? Will it be someone you love? Fight back by warning the women in your life and taking action together. The American Heart Association makes it easy, just click here to tell 5 friends what you already know: heart disease kills, but we don’t have to be its victims.

 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to tell female friends and relatives you want them around for years to come. Share your love, appreciation, and admiration with one of these girly greeting cards, tags, or gifts from our Ella friends. Plus, download a free printable.

 

 

Card by Christa Paustenbaugh

 

Card by Jennifer Wilson

 

Card by Kelly VanDerMolen

 

Card by Grace Tolman

 

Card by Grace Tolman

 

Card by Grace Tolman

 

Tag by Shemaine Smith

 

Tag by Shemaine Smith

 

Jar of Hearts by Elizabeth Dillow

 

Free Printable by Audrey Neal [download available at end of post]

 

Show Us Your Red for a Chance to Win

To enter, upload a picture of yourself wearing red to your blog or any photo-sharing service; then link it up below by February 5. One random winner will be drawn from the entries below and announced the week of February 6.

 

 

Note: If you don't have a blog or a place where you typically upload your layouts, feel free to add your layout to our Ella Publishing Flickr Gallery, and then add it to the Inlinkz collection above from there.
 

* Statistics provided by the American Heart Association (AHA). To learn more about heart disease, risk factors, and prevention, visit the AHA at heart.org.

Rachel Gainer's picture

Love Your Heart

You love your family. You would do anything to keep them safe and healthy. What would they do without you? Probably, eat cereal for every meal, wear dirty t-shirts to school, and forget to wash behind their ears. But, seriously, what would they do if they lost you to a heart attack?

 

According to the American Heart Association:*
Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of American women over age 20, claiming approximately 1 woman every minute.
• More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. In fact, 1 in 3 American women dies of heart disease.
• 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

 

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a statistic: 80% of cardiac events in women can be prevented by monitoring and managing risk factors through diet and exercise. Controllable risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking (learn more here).

 

You can make small lifestyle changes today that will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. Start by setting one simple goal. Choose from the list below, or visit goredforwomen.org to find out how you can live heart healthy at any age.

 

Start now!
• Learn the warning signs of a heart attack, and watch this video about a supermom who takes care of everyone but herself.
• Research your family’s history of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease/heart attack. Heredity can increase your risk for developing heart disease. The more you know, the more you can do to reduce your risk.
• Find your numbers: total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, fasting glucose, height, weight, and waist in inches. Use these numbers to complete the Go Red Heart CheckUp. You manage what you measure, so start keeping a log.
• Try a new heart-healthy recipe, or adapt one of your own using heart-smart substitutions.
• Increase your physical activity: recruit a walking buddy, try an exercise band routine, enroll in a workout class, or go outside and play with your kids.

 

I asked Ella friends to share what they’re doing to become heart healthy and reduce their risk of heart disease. I was amazed and inspired by their commitment, and I hope you will be, too. If you’ve made changes—or plan to—leave a comment so we can cheer you on!

 

Album Pages by Kelly VanDerMolen [click for larger view]

Kelly started this album to document her experience training for a walking half-marathon.

 

Layout by Elizabeth Dillow [click for larger view]

Elizabeth designed this layout as a reminder of the risk factor she inherited and her reasons for keeping it in check.

 

Layout by Christa Paustenbaugh [click for larger view]

Christa and her husband started running for sport, but they keep running to set a good example for their children.

 

Layout by Melissa Gener [click for larger view]

Melissa, a doctor and mother of two, started a weight-loss program three years ago and has lost over 58 lbs. She will be running her first 5K in March.

 

Layout by Robyn Schaub [click for larger view]

After almost giving up, Robyn signed up for a weight-loss program at work and has lost almost 35 lbs. She feels healthier, happier, and more confident, and she's proud of the example she's setting for her girls.

 

Layout by Audrey Neal [click for larger view]

Audrey's layout reflects on her father's early passing and shares the motivation she feels to keep her heart strong so she'll be around to see her daughters grow up.

 

Journal by Grace Tolman [click for larger view]

Grace created this health journal to track her important numbers and keep track of her goals.

 

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day! Help raise awareness about heart disease by dressing in red and inviting your family and friends to do the same. We’ll be celebrating with female-friendly love notes, a linky party (show off your favorite red apparel), and a giveaway from Studio Calico. So come back, and join the fun!

 

* Statistics provided by the American Heart Association (AHA). To learn more about heart disease, risk factors, and prevention, visit the AHA at heart.org.

Rachel Gainer's picture

Ella Has Heart—Do You?

 

February is National Heart Month—as in, the human heart—and we’re celebrating with three days of heartfelt stories and projects leading up to National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3. This is a day for women nationwide to band together in raising awareness about heart disease and making personal commitments to improve their own heart health.

 

The term “heart disease” describes a wide range of heart-related illnesses, including those that lead to cardiac arrest. Heart disease is our nation’s no. 1 killer, causing 40.6% of all deaths—nearly 2,200 Americans each day.*

 

Most of us know at least one person affected by heart disease, and some of us are fighting our own battles. I invited Ella friends coast-to-coast to share personal stories about heart disease and other heart-related illnesses. Their poignant layouts reminded me of my own reason for taking up the cause.

 

One year ago, my husband and I adopted Daphne, a baby girl with half a heart. She lived just 58 days, passing away shortly after her second heart surgery. The causes of congenital heart defects are unclear, so it’s impossible to know whether Daphne’s condition could have been avoided. But most types of adult-onset heart disease are preventable, and my time with Daphne taught me to cherish and fight for more time with those we love. We must start by taking care of our own hearts; then we must ask our loved ones to do the same.

 

I hope these layouts will inspire you to join the fight against heart disease. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and tomorrow I’ll show you how to get started. If you or someone you love has been affected by heart disease, please share your story in the comments. And if you’ve created a layout, don't forget to include a link.

 

Layout by Rachel Gainer [click for larger view]

 

Layout by Katrina Kennedy [click for larger view]

 

Layout by Audrey Neal [click for larger view]

 

Layout by Kelly VanDerMolen [click for larger view]

 

* Statistics provided by the American Heart Association (AHA). To learn more about heart disease, risk factors, and prevention, visit the AHA at heart.org.

Teresa Moon's picture

Chipboard to Mini photo book

Hi this is Teresa from Talented Terrace Girls [talentedterracegirls.blogspot.com]. If you are saying what blog is that? Well let me tell you….we are a group of neighbors (8 to be exact) trying to swap and share ideas, recipes, and fun monthly challenges between us girls. We have a bit of everything and we love creating. We just started our blog June 2011 so we are a baby blog, but I am proud to say we have over 150 posts!!

Thanks for letting me share my idea I loved creating it.

Okay let me explain how this idea came to be. Every month over at Talented Terrace Girls we have a challenge where we are given an item and told to “create” something AMAZING! Well this month we were given chipboard. After much deliberation I decided to make a photobook! I have always wanted to create one from scratch but was always a little intimidated until NOW!

Supplies: chipboard, scrapbooking paper, pictures, scissors, glue (mod podge or elmers), embelishments (ribbon, brads, clips, stickers, etc…)

First cut your chipboard to 4”x 4”. I cut 16 pieces and used 2 of those for my covers. If you have a husband who lays carpet like me then you can find a cool knife to cut your boards with ease.

Now cut some paper you will use for binding the book, you will need 1 less then the number of pages you have. I have 14 pages so I cut 13 binding strips. This paper can be seen or unseen. I choose to leave mine seen so I didn’t clog up the page centers. I picked my solid colored paper and cut it to 4”x 2”. Now fold it in half length wise (hotdog style) with the pretty sides facing each other (kissing).

Now take 2 pages and 1 binding strip. Glue the strip onto the 2 pages so it opens like a book. The paper fold will face out leaving 1” pretty inside each page. Continue to glue all your pages together using your binding strip in between each page. Make sure to keep them as straight and flush as possible to create a more precise book.Once they are all glued together I added a thick layer of glue to the back of the binding to give it a little extra strength.

Now the cover! Take a large sheet of scrapbook paper lay it pretty side down, white side up. Then place both your front and back cover on the paper. But wait.. what is the little skinny piece in the picture?? The spine of your book of course! To make the spine cut a 4” piece then place the binding side of your book on the 4” piece and measure or trace the width of your spine. Cut it out and placein between your covers. Leave a little space between your chipboard so you have moveablitiy, allowing you to open and close your book. Now glue your cover and spine to the paper leave a 1” paper excess on each side. Now cute the corners of the paper off (the little green triangle). Now get ready to wrap your book cover! You are going to fold and glue each side down making crisp corners.

Your cover should look like this on the inside.

Next cut 2 pieces of paper 4”x 8” This is the inside page that is attaching your cover and pages together. Fold this paper in half (hamburger) so you have a 4” square on each side of the fold. Cover your first page of the book with glue, then place the 8”x4” paper onto the front page. You need to have the fold match up with the binding side. Let dry for a minute so it won’t shift on you. Then put glue on the inside cover and attach the other half of the 8”x4” paper to the cover. This paper is what holds your cover and pages together. You wont be adding glue to the spine.If you want to tie some ribbon onto the spine of the cover now is the time. Next attach the back cover. TADA!! You have assembled your book.

Now cut and decorate the pages! I cut my main page paper 4”x 3.5” this left a little of my binding color showing on each page. After I attached the main page paper I scuffed it with a little brown ink to give the distressed look.

Let me explain the use of my book-One of the family traditions I grew up with was….Christmas morning pictures on the stairs! Now mind you this was before we got to open our stockings and while we were still wearing our new jammies from Christmas Eve. Lets just say mom has a ton of these Christmas morning pictures so this book is going to be our yearly Christmas morning pictures (I know this pic is not from the morning please don’t judge me I messed up on printing the pictures I thought I could crop them down but NO I need to print them in wallet size cause I edited them all and zoomed them in so there was no crop room)

Here is the cover completed!

This is a look at all the fun paper I used.

I love my little book and can’t wait to make more for gifts. Thanks for reading my post and please check out my fun blog Talented Terrace Girls


 

careyvanwagoner's picture

Homemade Holiday Fudge Recipe

Hi friends! My name is Carey Van Wagoner and I blog over at Little Cherry Blossoms. I also own a Baby Boutique of the same name that is located on the cutest Historic street in North Utah, Historic 25th Street. I am so excited to be guest posting with Ella Publishing, and I know that you will love this recipe. It is super easy to make, and your friends and family will just love it. Each year I make 2 batches, one to keep at home, and one to give away as gifts.

Homemade Holiday Fudge Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Butter for greasing your pan
  • 1 can of Evaporated Milk
  • 4 1/2 cups of Sugar
  • 8 oz of Marshmallow Creme
  • 36 oz of Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup of Butter softened
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

The first thing you need to do is prepare your pan. This will make removing the fudge when it has cooled and set, much easier. First line it with tin foil, and then cover that with wax paper. Then grease the wax paper with butter.

Next combine your Evaporated Milk and all of the Sugar in a saucepan on low heat.

You want this mixture to come up to a boil, and then you will boil it for 10 minutes.

Make sure that you watch it so that is does not boil over. It should look like this.

You don't need to stir it for the entire 10 minutes, but make sure that you stir it often.

 

Luckily when I made this recipe yesterday, I had my nephew's sweet Mommy to help me stir.

While your mixture is boiling, put the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and softened butter in your mixing bowl.

After the sugar has boiled for a complete 10 minutes, pour it over the chocolate chips in your mixing bowl. Mix on medium heat until completely combined. Stop once and scrape down the sides. Add the vanilla. Continue mixing until completely combined. Be super careful, the sugar is extremely hot.

Quickly spread it into your prepared pan, and try to spread it as flat as possible. Refrigerate overnight.

The next morning turn the tray of yummy chocolate loveliness onto your cutting board. This is where the wax paper comes in very handy!

Cut your fudge into small bit size pieces. This desert is very rich, so a little goes a long way.

For the tray that you keep at home, just store it cut up in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. When guests come over, pull out the treats and serve with Coffee or Cocoa! They will love it.

For gifts, package small amount in little boxes like these:

 

 

Delicious and adorable!

 

Enjoy.

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Worth Writing About

My name is Katie Shepherd, the owner of Meaningful Moments. I am honored to be asked by Wendy to guest blog. As you well know, Ella agreat site full of lots of helpful information, and I hope in a small way to add to that.

What I do in my business is to help, teach and encourage people to write their life story. I do this through the most effective and simple tool I’ve found, which is called an Ethical Will. It sounds a little scary, but an Ethical Will is a simplified way to write about what’s important. I have found that most people fear writing anything about themselves for a few main reasons; one being they don’t know what to write, and why anyone would want to read it. A valid fear, but it need not be an obstacle anymore. Ethical Wills help the writer to focus on what to write, making it more engaging for the reader.

My favorite quote from Benjamin Franklin is “If you are not to be forgotten the moment you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing”.  Such great motivation and direction.

If you are to write the meaningful moments of your life, and keep your reader engaged, I suggest  you focus on four main areas.

1. Write what’s important.

Write why you were affected by the moment, and what you learned. I have found that a simple moment, with the time taken to reflect, can have a profound impact.

2. Write with a purpose.

Asking yourself your motivation to write keeps you on track, and the reader focused. Don’t forget that sometimes you need to spell things out plain and simple for someone to understand what you are trying to say.

 

3. Write to motivate.

Think to yourself what lessons you have learned in your life, and what values have created who you are. If you were to motivate someone to get through a similar situation, what hope could you provide for them?

4. Write with love.

Your audience needs to know you love them, or you will not be listened to. Just as a teenager doesn’t want to listen to your most profound advice, your reader doesn’t want to be criticized either. If love is the underlying tone, they will listen. Sometimes perhaps at a later date, but they will listen.

My hope is that you can focus on the meaning of your life, who you are and why you are that way, and incorporate these tools into your journaling, scrapbooking, or memoir writing.

Go do the things worth writing about, and write what’s important, and you will be remembered as such!

To learn more about writing an Ethical Will, or to incorporate the ideas of this tool into what you are already doing, join me on my Ethical Will website  where you can learn more, watch videos, purchase products, join a class, or schedule a presentation.

Katie Shepherd, Owner of Meaningful Moments

Bobbi-Jo Grunewald's picture

How to Take Great Group Photos: Part two

Bobbi Jo here with part two of How to Take Great Group Photos

 

3. Make sure you can see each face. This takes just a second looking through the viewfinder in your camera. Take a quick glance at each face to be sure they can be seen easily with nothing concealing any part of anyone (including shadows from other faces!).

Creative posing can help with this, too, as well as moving yourself around. Find the best possible spot where you can see each and every beautiful face.

 

4. Get CLOSE Together. Going along with the idea mentioned in number one, we want to convey a feeling of closeness...so, the obvious solution is to physically GET CLOSE to one another! Look for gaps and try to fill them by having your subject shift slightly, move an arm, or tilt their head. It will change the whole feeling of the photo!

5. Have some fun! I know it sounds cliché, but really having FUN makes for the best and more memorable group photos. Remember, that they don’t have to be looking at the camera to get a great shot! Let them interact with each other naturally. Tickle fights are usually a great start, unless it’s great-grandma - though, maybe even then ;) Have a few knock-knock jokes up your sleeves to get them laughing. Have the parents tell a joke to the kids, or have them sing their favourite song. Having them sing their “A,B,C’s” gives you a lot of great expressions. I have even resorted to telling them that I need to change a few settings so they can just relax for a bit – then I secretly start shooting. I find these group shots are the ones that families love best.

I hope these tips give you a little more confidence when photographing groups – whether they are groups of 2or 3, or groups of 20 or 30!

Visit me on my blog, It Works For Bobbi, for more fun Photography tips, as well as Photoshop tutorials and lots of free printables!

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