December 2011

I am not a scrapbooker.

I have friends who have gorgeous scrapbooks full of pictures of their wedding, their vacations and their kids. I find the  whole concept of finding matching papers, punches and cut-outs totally overwhelming; there are just too many options. A few years ago I made a scrapbook-style birthday card.  My type A, perfectionist, anal-retentive tendencies created a card that was stunningly gorgeous, but cost me over $30.00 in materials and took more than two hours to complete. So you can imagine why I find the task of scrapbooking all my children’s memories daunting.

I know that I could always print out all the photos I like but I am certain they will just end up in boxes because my type A, perfectionist, anal-retentive tendencies dictate that all the albums will have to be the same size, shape and colour. And of course I will feel the need to document the entire lives of my children and their children. I am not sure what the chances are of being able to find identical photo albums from the same manufacturer stretched over a 50 year period. So I do nothing.

What about digital scrapbooking? The options are endless with borders, digital stamps, masks and layering. Again, slightly overwhelming. I like the digital photo albums that are simple, with only the photo and maybe a caption or two. Creating these is on my fairy tale to-do list but I am not kidding myself thinking this will happen any time soon.

In the meantime, I have files upon files of digital images saved on my computer, backed up on an external hard drive and burned to disks. I have one of those digital photo frames which we update every once in awhile and will sit on our couch to enjoy our memories as they flit across the screen.

Regardless of how those photos will ultimately get cropped, edited, admired and enjoyed the most important thing for now is how those photos get taken!

Jen of Urban MomsTrend Watch reviewed the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X camera . You can also enter to win one for yourself! Here is what she had to say about it:

I am my family’s photographer. It’s a role that I take quite seriously because I, more than anyone else, enjoy reviewing the photos that capture our lives together. I’m the one who downloads them onto the computer, spends time editing, selecting favourites for screensavers, prints, photobooks, and gifts.

I take pride in my role and in my skills. I’ve taken photography courses, done extensive research before buying any camera, carry cameras with me wherever we go, and am quick to pull them out and chronicle our days photographically. But I’m always looking to improve my skills, my tools and my end results.

So, when I was asked to review the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X camera, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve spent the last week playing with this beautiful camera and I’m…

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