Thursday, December 18, 2014

What a day

What a day it has been.  

I was having trouble getting motivated to fix the blog problems and or work on a few Studio J pages so I moved locations over to a little coffee shop around the corner from my house.  I have been sitting here most of the day drinking coffee or smoothies and getting some serious work done.

I think I have the blog as fixed as I can get it.  Most of the photos that were used to create the past blog posts I deleted once I thought I did not need them anymore - I know that was a big mistake but it is what it is.

Then as you know I have been working on my Grand Canyon photos in Studio J.  Since Monday I have completed 38 pages.  I have more to work on but uploading photos to Studio J is taking a while because I have it set on high resolution.

As soon as the last batch of photos load I am going to have to go home to cook dinner for my family but I am excited about the progress I am making with this album.  I am not going to give up traditional scrapbooking but this is a fun way to get those vacation photos into an album before the sun tan fades.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pulling My Hair Out!

I was checking the blog hours ago and found that most of my photos that are attached to blog posts starting in May (when I moved over to Blogger) are missing.  I handed my computer over to Mike (hubby that is also my personal IT person) to see if he could find what I did to mess the blog up so badly.  Well I did do something but Mike said it is also Bloggers fault.

I use Picasa and Blogger & both are Google products.  When I post a blog the post gets saved on Picasa Web Albums.  Ok that makes sense but I was looking at this album and thought hmmmm I need to clean this up a bit - and that folks was a huge mistake!  

Once I deleted photos from the web album I deleted them from the blog FOREVER - unless I go back in to each blog post.... all 154 of them and repost all of the photos!  

Sounds logical ... except I can not access photos from past catalogs from CTMH. 

So here is the grand plan... I am going to fix what I can but if you come across a blog post with what seems like missing photos you will know that it was once a pretty post then I had to go and muck it up.

So Sorry! Sometimes my OCD is not my best friend.....

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Doing The Digi Thing

I have a love / hate relationship with Studio - J.  I love that we have it and I would love to use it but it hates me.  From what I am being told by other people it is just a "Jenny thing" but today I am trying to get over my fear.

I have a monthly meeting with a group of consultants, you could say we have a consultants only crop and during these meetings we play and toss ideas around with each other.  I told Dorothy about my Studio - J phobia and she is helping me with the items that I am having blonde moments about.
Grand Canyon:

The original plan was to do Studio J layouts while on the road trip then to order the finished layouts once I was home.  The big kicker was that we did not have reliable WiFi on the road so I gave up.  Once I was home I start photo processing and uploading to CTMH to use Studio J and the program stopped me when I hit 250 images.  I picked out over 1000 images to use.  

Well before thinking the problem through I just had a big old hissy fit and sent all of the photos to Walgreens for printing!  Big mistake, because as soon as I was back to rational thinking a friend told me to break down the 1000 photos into separate "projects" of 250 photos each.  Now I feel stupid!  Am I really going to use all 1000 photos?  No but I like having options! 

After talking with Dorothy yesterday I decided to give it another go.  Tonight is like all of my past Studio J problems never happened - It is working like a dream!  I started working at 1 pm today and after a small learning curve I made 8 layouts in 4 hours and that is with the photo's uploading to CTMH after each page while my daughter is watching Hulu in her room (we are talking slow internet today).  

Yes these are two 12 x 12 photo enlargements.  Each page is $3.47, if you get an enlargement with Walgreens it is way more than $3.47 per photo.  Such a deal.

When the pages are printed they will not have the Studio J banner on the bottom, that is only for the jpegs.  While working on this blog post I have also finished 3 more layouts but will wait before getting those printed.

I think this Grand Canyon album is going to get finished really quick!