that's all i have to say about that.
i have a few issues.
1. digital picture books
2. computer software/equipment
3. photography questions
4. family history organization
5. TIME to research and make the best decisions
6. MONEY to do what i find
7. getting over my initial desire to just forget it all... till next year. :)
i'm just a plain old mother of 7 who wants to make them a picture book.
i want to print my blog.
i want to create a yearly book of our family.
i don't want crazy scrapbookiness... i CAN'T do that.
i just want a classy book that doesn't cost me millions.
that is worth the time and energy that i will put into making it.
i DON'T want 100 different kinds of albums-- some for thanksgiving, some for summer...
i want them to look the same on my shelf.
(hah! the truth comes out...)
i want to put my ENERGY into making the dumb book NOT deciding HOW to make it.
i found this site...
Top 10 Photobooks--
i think i'm going to stick with Shutterfly 12x12 (they rate them #2)
cause i've used them before, and this gal uses them (scroll to the bottom to see her cute book)-- 100+ pages, 12x12, hardcover, picture front and back for under $50.
but, i dunno.
this girl uses My Publisher.
and this girl uses Blurb.
i bought "my memories" digital scrapbooking software
because it cost me $26.
because it was rated #1 for digital scrapbooking in Top 10 Digital Scrapbooking Software.
because i think it will help me make fun layouts and cute quotes and stuff...
BUT, i can't open it because i don't have enough space on my computer.
AND... i'm not sure why i need it or want it or if it was dumb for me to get.
I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO USE MY CAMERA BETTER.
BUT i am completely overwhelmed when i try to read a book or look at a website.
it seems like i have to become a professional photographer to even take the next step.
SORRY i don't have money to buy a $500 tripod and $1000 lens just to figure out how to make my pictures more crisp.
AND i don't have 1000 hours to sort through all the different sites to find where to find the information.
do moms REALLY whip out the tripod every time they want to snap a picture making cookies with their kids?
i don't want to BE a professional photographer-- i just want to be a good mom who takes non-blurry-ish pictures and prints them out in a book fairly regularly.
i can't even decide HOW to do these stupid books.
do i print each year (January to December)?
or, do i print each birthday? Birthday to Birthday.
of do i print each SCHOOL year-- kindergarten, first grade, etc.
or, do i have a family book "2012" and a separate book for each kid "age 12" or "second grade"...
do i need to buy paper and a cute banner template for $2.99 from scrap girls? (rated #1 for digital scrapbooking elements... whatever the heck that means.)
do i need photoshop?
do i need lightroom?
can't i just use the little folders that i'm currently using?
we have office 2003.
i can get the new office for $10 (through todd's work)-- but then i need to get a new printer, because my printer doesn't work with the new office.
even though my printer works great.
i think i need a new printer anyway because i need a scanner to scan in my pictures from before my digital age.
i have a really great friend who laughs at me regularly.
she says i just need to make a decision and stick with it, even if it isn't the "BEST" decision.
i tried to do that when i pushed purchase on my "digital scrapbooking My Moments software" and now it's making me crazy because i can't even open the stupid thing.
(should have done more research??!!)
list of things i need to buy so i can be a good mother and document my kids' childhood.
$100-$300 online photography course
digital scrapbooking software
$50-150 each printed book (times 7 kids time lots of years)
THIS is why my pictures are sitting nicely in my simple little "My Pictures" folder on my computer.
for the past 10 years.
And, i'm trying to get back into family history.
do i need to buy a better program?
do i need to subscribe to Ancestry.com?
or, should i just stick with my little old paf program?
Just so you know...
the information age is driving me CRAZY.
happy stinkin saturday!
hah, just kiddin.
i'm not really cranky... just venting. :)
ps. scrapbooking is one word, right?
i keep getting it underlined as wrong...